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  • 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”

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  • 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.)

    FMI: www.thegiftofcaring.net

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  • 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

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  • 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) www.lymediseaseassociation.org

    Lymedisease.org (Formerly CALDA) www.lymedisease.org/

    Tick Encounter Resource Center www.tickencounter.org/

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

    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. www.dognotgone.com

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Host: Cynthia Swan
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Program Topic: Ancient Art of Face Reading

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What does the shape of the face indicate?
    b) What does the coloration of the face indicate?
    c) Skin Quality and Lines of the face
    Guests by name and affiliation
    Melanie Rose Scofield

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  • Host: Rhonda Feiman
    Co-producer: Petra Hall
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Program Topic: Searching for helpful and accurate medical & health care information on the internet.

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) How can the internet be helpful- or detrimental- in seeking out medical & health information?
    b) How can you determine if you are at a legitimate website?
    c) What guidelines should you be aware of, in evaluating websites?
    d) How can you tell who created the website, where the website originated from, and whether it is a neutral source of information- or it exists to sell products?
    f) What are the names of some reliable medical information websites?
    g) How can medical libraries & librarians be helpful, in finding health & medical information?

    Christine Fleuriel, Medical Librarian
    Chris Fleuriel and her colleague, Susan Bloomfield, contributed to the Healthy Maine supplement of the Portland Press Herald in June 2016, with an article entitled “Look up medical info on line- but carefully.”

    Websites of interest:
    The Medical Library Association publishes a list of Top Health Websites and it can be found at www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=397.
    MedlinePlus, medlineplus.gov, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is an outstanding, comprehensive source of reliable health information.
    Another source of excellent, vetted health care information may be found at
    libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/topic.asp?topic=Health This is MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library. One of the many useful databases included is “Health Source: Consumer Edition.” MARVEL can be accessed at any library or at home.
    PubMed: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
    Senior Health: nihseniorhealth.gov
    Veterans’ Resources: www.myhealth.va.gov and www.veteranshealthlibrary.org

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