Healthy Options 9/5/18

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

The Mind-Body Connection: How emotions and the human spirit may enhance healing

Key Discussion Points:
How can we tap into our own inner “higher vibrations” and how can that enhance healing?
What do we mean by “higher vibrations”?
What studies have been done to show the effectiveness of our own healing processes?
How do meditation and stress-reduction techniques aid in everyday health and well-being?
What are some of these techniques, and how can they be used at any time,
and to prepare for surgery and in recovery, and during serious illness?

Peggy Huddleston is a psychotherapist, researcher and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School.
The focus of her writing and clinical work is on the ways in which emotions and the human spirit may enhance healing.
She is the author of the book, “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide of Mind-Body Techniques”.

Websites of Interest:
Peggy Huddleston’s website:
Information on Roberto Assagioli, M.D. and Psychosynthesis:

Healthy Options 6/6/18

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Production Assistance: Petra Hall
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

TICKS & LYME DISEASE and other co-infections that are now being seen in Maine.

Guest: Dr. Beatrice M. Szantyr, medical advisor for MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing Lyme and related tick diseases in Maine. She is also a member of the State of Maine Vector-borne Disease Work Group, the Maine Medical Association, and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).

What new ticks have been found in Maine?
What new tick-borne illnesses have been discovered in Maine?
What are the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease?
What are the signs and symptoms of tick diseases such as anaplasmosis & ehrlichiosis?
What is a course of treatment if you have the clinical symptoms of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses?
What can we do to prevent tick bites?
What new research has corroborated the effectiveness of permethrin as a tick repellent treatment for clothes and other items?

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

Rhonda’s 2017 show with Dr. Bea Szantyr and Constance Dickey, RN can be found here

Other Healthy Options programs on Lyme and tick-borne illness:

Healthy Options Special 7/11/12

Healthy Options 6/3/15

Healthy Options 6/1/16

Healthy Options 6/6/12

Healthy Options 3/6/13

Healthy Options 5/2/18

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Programs offered by Maine Family Planning and OUT Maine that educate young people to make healthy sexual decisions.

Why is it necessary to educate about health sexual decisions?
What are some of the programs and information currently available in Maine?
What are the issues that are addressed in these programs?
Who can participate? Where are they offered?
Who benefits from these programs?

Lynette Johnson, Director of Prevention Programs at Maine Family Planning, and Sue Campbell, program director at OUT Maine

Contact Info:

Healthy Options 4/4/18

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Engineer: John Greenman

Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACES) and their effects on long term health, brain development and behavior

Key Discussion Points:
What is an Adverse Childhood Experience?
What are we learning about how these experiences effect learning and health?
How is learning effected by ACES experiences?
Are there ways to help children and adults who have experienced ACES?
How are teachers being trained to identify and work with students affected by ACES?
What programs exist in Maine to address these issues?
What is the role of Health Care workers in identifying and treating the heatlh effects of ACES?
What is Toxic Stress and how does this impact health?
What programs and information exist nationally to diagnose and treat?
What can be done to prevent ACES and promote resilience in adults and children?

Sue Mackey Andrews co-founded and continues to serve as Co-Facilitator of the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN). She travels statewide sparking conversations focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and promoting resilience in children, families and our communities using a cross-sector, community-based approach.
She has been recognized by both the Maine Children’s Trust and the Maine Children’s Alliance for her child advocacy work, and received the ACEs Avenger Award in 2017 from the Maine Resilience-Building Network.
Sue Mackey Andrews is also the monthly host of Family Corner here on WERU, at 10 a.m., on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

Patrick Walsh retired as the Director of Prevention Services at Broadreach Family & Community Services, worked for the Knox County District Attorney’s Office as a Prosecutorial Assistant, and was Director of the Waldo County Child and Parent Council. Patrick Walsh also worked as a Victim & Witness Advocate for Waldo and Knox counties, and has been an ombudsman for the Waldo County Committee for Social Action. He has served on a number of commissions and advisory boards focused on child, youth and family safety, and currently he is facilitating the Midcoast Resilience Project.

WEBSITES OF INTEREST (for a more extensive list of resources, please contact Patrick Walsh )
Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) –
Midcoast Resilience Project on Facebook –
Maine Children’s Trust – Working to prevent the abuse and neglect of Maine’s Children
KPJR Films – “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope page –
Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University –
“Miss Kendra” – Alive! –
ACEs Too High (news) –
ACEs Connection – This website has a long list of resources and opportunity to join a “group” with similar professional interests/concerns: i.e A group to share ideas on mitigating the effects of adverse childhood experiences in the K-12 environment.
Futures Without Violence (Defending Childhood Initiative) –
Lives In the Balance – the website of Dr. Ross Greene author of “The Explosive Child” and “Lost in the Classroom”, developer of the process formerly known as (Collaborative Problem Solving) now known as Creative and Proactive Solutions.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network –

Healthy Options 3/7/18

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Production Assistance: Petra Hall

Interview with Florence Williams, author of the book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History

Key Discussion Points:
What are the cultural attitudes toward women’s breasts?
How do these attitudes translate into how women perceive of themselves and their bodies?
What environmental pollutants, toxins and chemicals affect breasts?
What chemicals are found in breast milk?
Why have we seen a change in the onset of puberty in young girls and boys?
How do hormone disruptors in the environment affect the health of children and adults in relation to reproduction and breast development?
What studies are being done and have been done to show how breast tissue has changed with environmental changes?
What can we do to prevent further unwanted changes in breast milk and breast tissue?

FLORENCE WILLIAMS, author of the book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science and technology, and the 2013 Audie in general nonfiction. It also earned recognition by the New York Times for being named a notable book of 2012.

Websites of interest:
BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History website:
“Breasts Unbound” Podcast:
In Nov. 2017, Rhonda also interviewed Florence Williams about her book, “The Nature Fix- Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative”

Healthy Options 11/1/17

Healthy Options 2/7/18

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Production Assistance: Petra Hall
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Maine Family Planning

-Reproductive health
-Family planning
-Women’s health access

Julie A. Jenkins, CNP, Maine Family Planning
Cait Vaughan, Community Organizer, Maine Family Planning


Healthy Options 12/6/17

Producer/Host: Rhonda Feiman
Production Assistance: Petra Hall
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Radon and other Indoor Air Quality Dangers

Guest: Kurt Johnson, past president and current board member of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council, and a Certified Residential Mechanical Ventilation Designer and Installer

Key Discussion Points:
a) What is radon, how is it dangerous to us, and how does it cause lung cancer?
b) What have we learned about exposure to radon- small or large- over the years?
c) Should we be unconcerned if we don’t spend time in our basements? If my neighbors’ house has a very low radon count, wouldn’t mine be the same? What are other myths about radon?
d) How can we get our homes tested for radon?
e) What are some ways we might correct a radon problem? What is mitigation?
f) Should only people in Maine be concerned about radon? Are there some areas of Maine and the USA that are worse than others?
g) What are some other important and dangerous indoor air issues we should watch out for, and take actions to prevent or correct?

Related websites of interest: (click on “IAQ Info” for specifics on radon and other issues)

Dispels the inaccuracies and myths:

Northeast Laboratory Services in Maine, for indoor air quality and more:
Northeast Laboratory radon overview & testing:

Also of interest, although from the UK(!)::