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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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  • Host: Andree Bella
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Integrative Health

    Program Topic: Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster, Peggy Huddleston

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Mind-body techniques to prepare for surgery
    b) Mind-body techniques to deal with anxiety, chronic pain and insomnia
    c) Research which documents the benefits of mind-body techniques

    Guest: Peggy Huddleston, author of Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster HealFaster.com

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  • Host and Producer: Cynthia Swan
    Co-Producer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Men’s Health

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What is one of the primary challenges men face regarding health?
    b) Herbs that aid the heart and circulatory system.
    c) Overview of dose and recommended use.

    Guest: Jillian Kelsey Rose
    Website ursaherbal.com

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  • Host and Producer: Rhonda Feiman
    Co-Producer: Petra Hall

    Program Topic: Healthy Nutrition
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What nutrients are essential for health?
    b) How does stress affect our nutritional needs?
    c) Does stress change our metabolism?
    d) Why do we crave foods that harm us?
    e) How do we work with changing our eating habits?
    f) How does exposure to toxins in food, water and the environment affect our bodies?
    g) What are antioxidants, and why are they important?

    Guest: holistic nutritionist Dr. Judith Valentine.
    Dr. Valentine holds a doctorate in nutrition science, and is certified as a Clinical Nutritional Analyst and is a Certified Nutritional Consultant. She also has received training as a specialist in Metabolic Typing.
    Books: Co-authored by Dr. Judith Valentine and Dr. Janet Cunningham
    Weight Solutions: The New Body-Mind-Spirit Approach
    Dr. Judi Valentine is based in Camden, Maine.
    For more info: www.judithvalentine.com

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  • Producer/Host: Andree Bella
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: integrative health therapies

    Program Topic: LEAP Ending the War on Drugs

    Key Discussion Points:
    LEAP Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, it’s mission statement and policies
    The history and effects of The War on Drugs
    Strategies for ending The War on Drugs

    Guest: Jeff Kaufman, LEAP speaker leap.cc

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

    Program Topic: Healthy Aging as the Silver Tsunami Approaches

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What is the “Silver Tsunami”, and what does this mean for baby boomers, seniors, & our healthcare system?
    b) How do our health care needs change as we age?
    c) What lifestyle habits should we cultivate in order to stay well?
    d) What do baby boomers and seniors and their families need to know when interacting with the medical system?
    e) What is a geriatrician? Why do we need one as we age? Why are there so few of them, in sharp contrast to the increasing population of seniors who need them?
    f) What can we do as patients and as family to be sure that the treatable ailments of seniors are not dismissed as “just old age” or misdiagnosed?

    Guest: Marcy Cottrell Houle, MS., coauthor of The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare

    Related websites of interest:

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  • Host & producer: Cynthia Swan
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Program Topic: reading and health

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) studies supporting reading and health briefly reviewed
    b) how do regional stories enhance us?
    c) books that teach us life lessons
    D) what’s it take to launch a children’s book?

    Tommie Townley
    Ally-gator bookbites.com

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  • Host & producer: Rhonda Feiman, L.Ac.
    Co-producer: Petra Hall
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Program Topic: Ticks, Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) How can we protect ourselves against tick bites and possible tick-borne illnesses?
    b) What is a tick check and how often should we perform them?
    c) What type of clothing should we wear for tick protection?
    d) What repellants should we apply before venturing out into the great outdoors?
    4) What is the safest way to remove an embedded tick, and should we save the tick after we remove it?
    5) Can a tick transmit disease if it hasn’t been embedded for many hours, or isn’t engorged?
    6) What are the signs and symptoms of tick-borne infections, and what should we do if we have those symptoms?

    A) 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.
    B) 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.

    Call In Program: no
    Political Broadcast: no

    Websites of interest:

    ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society)

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

    Lymedisease.org (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.

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