Healthy Options 12/4/19: Resiliency training in the schools: Changing the landscape of addiction

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

What do we mean when we speak of resilience?
What are some simple techniques that we all can practice to become more resilient?
How do kids respond to these techniques?
How does resiliency training help reduce substance use, misuse, & addiction?
How does resiliency training help reduce incidents of bullying?
What can adults learn from these techniques and why should everyone practice these techniques?
What is positive social development and why is it important to individuals and our communities?

Guest: Tara Young, the Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator for Healthy Acadia, in Hancock and Washington Counties. She is certified as a Prevention Specialist and a Master Resilience Trainer, and conducts trainings to educate youth, parents, professionals and community members about positive social development, and about the physical and behavioral health risks associated with substance use, misuse and addiction. She uses resiliency training in schools to help students learn tools that can reduce the risks of addictive behavior and substance abuse.

Websites of Interest:

Initiatives: Positive Social Development – Healthy Acadia

Initiatives: Preventing Substance Misuse – Healthy Acadia


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Healthy Options 11/6/19: Exploring Addiction as a Family, Community, and Societal Disorder

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

What does it mean to have an addiction?
How can we understand addiction as an illness?
What makes it so difficult for society to really understand that addiction is an illness and not a moral failing?
How can we learn to address addiction as a family, community, and societal disorder, instead of putting it all just on the individual?
What is codependency? How does codependency factor in when dealing with addiction?
What are boundaries? Why are boundaries so important when dealing with the issues of addiction?

Guest: Cheryl Jaques, a nontraditional counselor based in Minnesota, with decades of experience working with clients facing the challenges of addiction.

Website of interest:

Healthy Options 10/2/19: The Power of Storytelling

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

The power of storytelling, in personal and community-wide healing, and its importance for our social, emotional and physical well-being, especially in areas where communities have been torn apart by difference, or even, in the aftermath of war.

Key Discussion Points:
What is “civic empathy”?
Why is story work such a powerful means of helping to heal emotional pain?
How can telling our own stories -and listening to other people’s stories- help us heal ourselves and help restore health in communities in crisis, transition, or post-trauma?
What is the effect of hearing and then telling others’ stories, embodying another person’s story as your own?
How would finding common ground with people different from ourselves help us as a society and potentially, as a nation?
What are some story workshops where the outcome was greater empathy and understanding among disparate factions?

Gerard Stropnicky, theatre artist, writer, director, and co-founder of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, and CampEmerge, a camp for families touched by autism. He works with people all over the world who are experiencing conflict or are in crisis or post-trauma, who need to tell their stories to aid in healing and building peace in their communities.

Websites of interest:

Healthy Options 7/3/19: Health Hazards and Environmental Destruction Caused by Browntail Moths in Maine

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

a) What are the health hazards of browntail moths?
b) How can we try to protect ourselves from exposure to the caterpillar’s toxic hairs, which can cause severe skin rashes and respiratory problems? Are there times when exposure to the hairs are more/less of a threat?
c) How are browntail moths causing environmental damage? What trees are specifically being destroyed by the brown tail moth caterpillars, and are there ways to protect them?
d) Are these outbreaks just occurring in Maine? What kind of attention is being focused on health problems and environmental destruction, and what is the situation currently, on the funding for research, and for pest management?

Dr. Eleanor Groden, Professor of Entomology in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine, Orono, and head of the University of Maine Browntail Moth Project, which is investigating the factors contributing to the severity of the browntail moth outbreak in Maine, while evaluating methods which might manage its spread.
Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton of Lincolnville, science instructor for Cambridge College in Boston, who has been researching the environmental devastation and serious health problems resulting from the browntail moth infestation in Midcoast Maine.

Websites of interest:
University of Maine Browntail Moth Project
The Maine Forest Service’s Frequently Asked Questions about Browntail Moths
The website, with links to a multitude of subjects pertaining to brown tail moths:
Blindsided: The Browntail Moth Caterpillar Takes the Midcoast by Surprise (The Free Press, 7/19/18):

Healthy Options 6/5/19: Ticks, Lyme & Other Tick Diseases

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

Ticks, Lyme & other tick diseases: The challenges of diagnosing & treating tick-borne illness, with a discussion of resources & support offered through Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education

Key Discussion Points:
a) What are the challenges in diagnosing tick-borne illnesses?
b) Is a negative result on a Lyme test, proof that you do not have a tick-borne illness? How accurate are tests for Lyme disease? What about testing for co-infections?
c) How can we prevent tick bites?
d) What are some of the signs and symptoms of undiagnosed & untreated tick-borne illness?
e) What other illnesses besides Lyme Disease, can be transmitted by ticks, even in the same bite?
f) Why might Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses be diagnosed incorrectly as other disease or conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, or even dismissed as psychological distress?
g) What is a “Lyme-literate” physician?
h) How does Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education assist those who need information and/or who have tick-borne illness?

Paula Jackson Jones, president & co-founder of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education (MLDSE)

Other Websites of interest:
Tick removal, tick testing & tick types in Maine
International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)

May 1st, 2019 Healthy Options Program with Lyme Disease expert Dr. Beatrice Szantyr, about ticks, Lyme disease and tick-borne illness,
Other Healthy Options shows on ticks and tick-borne disease,

Healthy Options 5/1/19: Update on Ticks, Lyme, and other tick-borne illness

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

Key Discussion Points:
a) What is “persistent Lyme”?
b) What are the issues with blood tests which can make them ineffective for diagnosing Lyme disease?
c) What are other tick species and tick illnesses that we are seeing in Maine, and what are their symptoms?
d) How can we protect ourselves against tick bites, and the possibility of contracting illness in the first place?
e) What is the best way to remove an embedded tick? What about testing the tick to see if it carries disease? What then?
f) What are some strategies for treating tick illness and how effective are they?


Dr. Beatrice M. Szantyr, internist and pediatrician; medical advisor for MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing Lyme & related tick diseases in Maine; and member of the State of Maine’s CDC Vector-borne Disease Work Group, the Maine Medical Association, and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).
Other Healthy Options shows on ticks and tick-borne disease (with links to websites of interest, FMI), can be found here 


Healthy Options 4/3/19

Wellspring, Inc. and the treatment of substance abuse and addiction

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

Key Discussion Points:
a) What is the Wellspring program?
b) What have we learned about the “physiology of addiction”?
c) Why do we look at addiction as a chronic disease?
d) What are specific treatments and techniques used in the residency programs at Wellspring that have been so effective?
e) What are the particular challenges that women with children face in their recovery?
f) What steps are necessary in order to protect children from starting down the road to addiction?

Suzanne Farley
Lisa Williams

Websites of interest:
Wellspring, Inc. 207-941-1612

Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACES) and their effects on long-term health, brain development and behavior,
Healthy Options Archives 4/4/18:

Healthy Options 3/6/19

Music Therapy

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

What is music therapy?
Who benefits from music therapy?
How does music affect our nervous system?
What benefits do we see using music therapy with survivors of stroke, and Alzheimer or dementia patients?
Are there techniques we each can use at home to influence and calm our own nervous system, even if we are not experiencing any illness?
What kind of research is being done that can teach us ways to utilize music in our own healing process?

Melissa Violette, Board-Certified Neurologic Music Therapist at Birch Bay Retirement Village, and Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine. She is also the director of the American Music Therapy Association National Roster Music Therapy Internship Site- the first, for the state of Maine, where the use of music therapy is quite new.

Websites of interest:
Outpatient Music Therapy with Melissa Violette, MT-BC, NMT is offered free of charge through the MDI Behavioral Health Center for an introductory period. For more information, or to request a referral, contact the Behavioral Health Center at 207-288-8604
To find a Board-Certified Music Therapist in your area of Maine:
Carla Tanguay MA, MT-BC of Modulation Therapies is a local Music Therapist in the Hancock County area who will travel to you: 207-812-8662.
To learn more about Music Therapy:
To learn more about the Certification Board for Music Therapists and how to find a Board-Certified Music Therapist in any state