by Rona | Aug 29, 2020 | KPFA, Podcasts, Radio Shows
Listen Now to our show on About Health @KPFA.org— 94.1FM
We discussed health issues facing our firefighting heroes, and also looked at common chemical exposures that occur in your home, school, and work. We are all exposed to chemicals in our homes that are harmful, but in fact these chemicals can cause great harm to our families and to firefighters.
“Air, water, food, and consumer products should be free of dangerous and untested chemicals. We believe that chemical makers have no right to expose you to concoctions that affect your family’s health. That’s why we work with parents, communities, businesses, workers, and government to protect children and families from toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods.—Center for Environmental Health.
“Firefighters face occupational hazards on a daily basis. Now, new research shows they face additional risk just by gearing up. Through research and advocacy we aim to improve public health and end this threat of job-related cancer in the firefighting profession.” —San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation.
Judy Levin is the Pollution Prevention Director at the Center for Environmental Health. For the past 10 years she’s been leading the Center’s campaign to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in a variety of products. Most recently, Judy has focused on healthier furniture, carpeting, and flooring. She has amassed hundreds of millions of dollars in buying power from government, higher education, and private businesses who want healthier furnishings, and this in turn has incentivized manufacturers to create these products. Judy was awarded the International Interior Design Association Leadership Award of Excellence for her work in the area of reducing the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals in furniture.
Tony Stefani is a retired Captain with the San Francisco Fire Department. In 2001, after 27 years of service, he was diagnosed with Transitional Cell Carcinoma in his right renal pelvis. After successful treatment Captain Stefani retired in 2003. Three years later he founded the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation, a foundation that has been dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cancer in both active and retired San Francisco Firefighters. Captain Stefani has also been involved with the Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative for the past 3 years and is a dedicated advocate supporting legislation on both the State and National level to reduce toxic chemical exposures to Firefighters and the population in general. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Heroes and Hearts award, given by San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, which recognizes exceptional community service.
by Rona | Nov 24, 2019 | Announcements, KPFA, Podcasts, Radio Shows
LISTEN NOW to a discussion about the diagnosis of cancer and why it’s so important to advocate for what you need, and when necessary, get a second opinion for the best course of treatment.
12/2/19—94.1 FM and online at KPFA.org
For 50 years the second opinion has been providing free multidisciplinary, second opinions to adults in California diagnosed with new or recurrent cancers. One of their goals is to ensure that every cancer patient is empowered to make informed medical decisions.
Dr. Howard Kleckner is a hematologist-oncologist and is the current Medical Director of thesecondopinion with offices in San Francisco and now Oakland-Berkeley. He was Chief of Hematology-Oncology at the Kaiser Permanente Hayward/Fremont centers for over 30years where he also served as the Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Kleckner served for many years on the California Board of the American Cancer Society and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the California Medical Society.
As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Joan Venticinque, has over 12 years of experience as a patient and research advocate. She is a member of numerous advocacy organizations and has been an advocate reviewer and member of the research team on grants for California Breast Cancer Research Program, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, National Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She currently sits as a community member on the Stanford Scientific Review Committee, reviewing clinical trials. Her past work experience with Bay Area Cancer Connections, and the Cancer Supportive Care Program at the Stanford Cancer Center, along with her current work at The Second Opinion, keeps her connected with the current issues cancer patients face.
by Rona | Nov 13, 2018 | Announcements, Appearances, KPFA, Nurse Rona, Podcasts, Radio Shows
Listen to today’s show (11/19/18) on KPFA, 94.1FM
Dr. M. Laura Nasi joins me for an in-depth conversation about an integrative approach to what you can do to become whole again when you have a diagnosis of cancer. Dr. Nasi presents a new way of looking at how we view and treat cancer. Integrative medicine encourages chemo and radiation when necessary, while also focusing on a patient’s internal balance to help halt the disease.
M. Laura Nasi, MD, is an integrative oncologist in private practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specialized in Internal Medicine at Temple University and in Clinical Oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY, was Clinical Research Coordinator for the International Breast Cancer Study Group in Bern, and Research Director for a Swiss pharmaceutical company. She lives with her partner alongside a lake on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, where she grows her own vegetables.