Archives for Healthy Options

Healthy Options 11/1/17

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Production Assistance: Petra Hall
Engineer: Amy Browne

Healing ourselves through nature: The Nature Fix- Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Key Discussion Points:
Why do you say that “being in nature makes us more human”?
What have we discovered about being in nature that helps the immune system?
How does noise pollution affect our health and well-being?
How are we harmed by the unnatural toxins which we may encounter in daily life?
How can being in nature help with managing PTSD?
What is the difference in how our nervous system reacts, when we are on an outdoor excursion, whether it is an urban stroll, a day hike or an extended backpacking trip?

Guest: Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix- Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Healthy Options 10/4/17

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Engineer: Joel Mann

Building Resiliency to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models

a) What is the Trauma Resource Institute?
b) What is the Trauma Resiliency Model?
c) What is the Community Resiliency Model?
d) How does trauma or stress affect the nervous system?
e) Is there a way to regulate the nervous system even when there is trauma?
f) What is the difference between the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system and why is it important to know this?
g) How can we be more resilient in our response to life events?

Guest: Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute, and author of the book, “Building Resiliency to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models.®”

Healthy Options 9/6/17

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Engineer: Amy Browne

Techniques to protect your brain and body from the effects of STRESS

1) How does stress affect us?
2) What is the role of melatonin in helping us cope with stress?
3) Why is it important not to “relax” after a stressful experience?
4) What is the relationship between our eyes and stress?
5) Why is diet so important in healing, and in preventing the negative effects of stress?
6) What foods are helpful in protecting us from the effects of stress?

Mithu Storoni, MD, PhD.
Author of “Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution To Protect Your Brain and Body- and Be More Resilient Every Day”

Healthy Options 8/2/17

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall

Rhonda Feiman speaks with Marcy Cottrell Houle, MS., co-author of “The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare,” about how the current health care delivery model is ill-equipped to provide comprehensive, person-centered care to seniors, and how many treatable conditions and symptoms are dismissed as “just old age.” The discussion highlights specific tools that we can use to help prevent these mistakes and what we need to know to achieve healthy aging.

(This is an encore presentation from October 2016, and is as relevant now as it was then.)


Healthy Options 7/5/17

Producer/Host: Cynthia Swan
Engineer: John Greenman

Brain-Gut-Immunity: Making the Connections

Key Discussion Points:
a) Description of the brain-gut connection
b) What are optimal diets to enhance brain-gut healthy?
c) What is autoimmunity? What contributes to it? What can help repair the immune system?

Dr. Kurt Vreeland
417 Main Street, Suite 202 Rockland, ME

Healthy Options 6/7/17

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Engineer: Amy Browne

Update on Tick-Borne Illnesses, Lyme Disease and Co-infections: Prevention and Treatment

What is Lyme Disease, and why is it spreading?
What are co-infections and tick-borne illnesses, and what are the signs & symptoms?
What are the best ways to prevent tick bites, and how can we protect ourselves against these illnesses?
Are there effective tests and treatments for tick-borne illnesses?
What are some common misunderstandings about diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease?

Dr. Beatrice M. Szantyr is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Physicians, and is board-certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She currently participates on the State of Maine Vector-borne Disease Work Group, and is a member of the Maine Medical Association, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), and serves as a medical advisor for MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing Lyme and related tick diseases in Maine. Dr. Szantyr has lectured on Lyme disease and related tick-borne disorders, to professional and community groups throughout New England, and has given testimony before the Maine Legislature concerning Lyme disease in the State of Maine.
Constance “Happy” Dickey, RN is a founding member and board member of MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to awareness and prevention through education and advocacy. She facilitates support groups for people with Lyme, both in-person in Maine, and online, and she is also an advocate for patients with Lyme disease. She has traveled extensively with Dr. Szantyr, educating medical personnel -and the public- about Lyme disease.

Websites of interest:


ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society)

Lyme Disease Association (About Lyme —great pictures of ticks and rashes) (Formerly CALDA)

Tick Encounter Resource Center

Insectshield sells permethrin-treated clothing, blankets, hats, etc, or will dip your own clothing, uniforms, etc. Will last the life of the garment.

Dog Not Gone is a Maine company using goods made in the USA makes dog and horse vests that are permethrin treated. They are also making people vests, hats, and gaiters.

Healthy Options Special 5/30/17

Producer/Host:Cynthia Swan
Engineer: Amy Browne

Program Topic: Chiropractic and More

Key Discussion Points:
a) Chiropractic: what is it? What are the benefits?
b)Food, what to eat?
c)Vaccines, be informed about them

Jane Robertson, DC
326 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, ME

Healthy Options 5/3/17

Host: Andree Bella
Engineer: John Greenman

Issue: Integrative health therapies

Program Topic: Vaxxed, The Movie

Key Discussion Points:
a) Information made public by Dr. William Thompson, senior scientist, whistlesblower, at the Center for Disease Control regarding the MMR vaccination and autism
b)The role of drug companies in the manufacturing and promoting of vaccines
c) Absence of media and Congressional coverage of vaccine data
d) Ways to take action around these issues

Del Bigtree, producer of Vaxxed, From Cover-up To Catastrophe