Archives for Healthy Options

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:
MaineLyme
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

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?

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

Contact Info:
mainefamilyplanning.org
outmaine.org

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?

Guest:
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:
www.florencewilliams.com/
BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History website:
www.florencewilliams.com/breasts-a-natural-and-unnatural-history/
“Breasts Unbound” Podcast:
itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/breasts-unbound/id1314135350?mt=2
Note:
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

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

FMI: mainefamilyplanning.org

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 maineindoorair.org, and a Certified Residential Mechanical Ventilation Designer and Installer www.freshairventilation.com

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:
maineindoorair.org (click on “IAQ Info” for specifics on radon and other issues)
www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-consumer-information
www.radonawareness.org/radon-facts.php

Dispels the inaccuracies and myths:
www.radonawareness.org/radon-myths.php

Northeast Laboratory Services in Maine, for indoor air quality and more:
www.nelabservices.com
Northeast Laboratory radon overview & testing:
www.nelabservices.com/services/homeowners/radon-overview.aspx

Also of interest, although from the UK(!)::
www.radonassociation.co.uk/guide-to-radon/introduction/
www.radonassociation.co.uk/guide-to-radon/radon-in-basements/

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 florencewilliams.com

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.®”
www.traumaresourceinstitute.com
www.thetraumatherapistproject.com/podcast/elaine-miller-karas-lcsw/