Healthy Options 8/4/21: Osteoporosis: Myths and Facts

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Technical assistance: Joel Mann & Amy Browne

Osteoporosis: The myths and facts in diagnosis, new developments in screening technology, and the pros & cons of current treatment options

Key Discussion Points:
1. What are some ideas and strategies to keep your bones strong and healthy?
2. What are some ways to be safe in your house and with your everyday activities to try to prevent debilitating falls?
3. What is osteoporosis?
4. Why is bone density difficult to measure?
5. What is a DXA scan? How are DXA scans interpreted?
6. What is a Trabecular Bone Score (TBS)?
7. Why should Trabecular Bone Score software be used to interpret the results of your DXA scan?
8. What is osteopenia, and why is this a controversial diagnosis?
9. What are the pros and cons of current medicines being prescribed for osteoporosis, including biophosphonates such as alendronate (Fosamax), etidronate (Didronel) & zoledronic acid (Zometa), and monoclonal antibodies, such as denosumab (Prolia)?
10. How has pharmaceutical company research & marketing impacted and influenced medical diagnosis and treatment of bone density and osteoporosis?

Guest:
Cindy Pearson, the former Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network of Washington, D.C.
She is one of the nation’s best-known advocates for women’s health, and is well known for her leadership in bringing grassroots organizations together to press for accountability from the government and other powerful entities. Cindy Pearson often testified before Congress, the National Institutes of Health and the FDA, and was frequently featured in the news as a consumer expert on women’s health issues.

Website of Interest: National Women’s Health Network

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.

Healthy Options 6/2/21: The Many Facets of Hospice Care

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Technical assistance: Joel Mann & Amy Browne

The many facets of hospice care, with a focus on the surprisingly diverse roles played by hospice volunteers; also, separating myth from fact, starting with the misconception that hospice is “just” all about death and dying.

1. What do hospice volunteers do? How is what they do, different from what is generally offered in a hospice program?
2. What services do you offer that might surprise our listeners?
3. People have the idea that hospice is all about death and dying. Why isn’t that accurate?
4. How does hospice programming enhance living?
5. What are some of the basic legal issues that all of us need to consider, to ensure our wishes are known, for end-of-life care?
6. What kind of training is required to become a hospice volunteer?
7. How did training as a hospice volunteer change your attitude about life and living fully?

Guest:
Jody Wolford-Tucker, Executive Director of Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, Maine, who has worked to create and nurture community partnerships for hospice care since 2006.

Websites of Interest:
Hospice of Hancock County
Online Resources from Hospice of Hancock County

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.

Healthy Options 5/5/21: TICKS! Those blood-sucking parasites!

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Technical assistance: Joel Mann & Amy Browne

TICKS! Those blood-sucking parasites! (and why you shouldn’t annoy the ticks!): Our annual update with tick specialist Dr. Beatrice Szantyr

-What are the ticks we can find in (or find us) in Maine?
-What diseases can dog ticks, black-legged (deer) ticks, & wood ticks carry?
-How can we protect ourselves and pets from tick bites?
-What can we do to try to keep ticks away from our gardens and backyards? What is their preferred habitat? Do ticks die off in the winter?
-What are some symptoms of Lyme and other tick illnesses? Is there always a rash with Lyme?
-Can Covid symptoms be confused with tick illness?
-When is an antibiotic appropriate for treatment and what is an effective therapeutic dose?
-Are blood tests effective for diagnosing tick illness?
-What do I do if a tick bites me? How do I remove a tick? Why is it best not to “annoy” a tick which is embedded in you? What should you do with the tick once you’ve removed it? Where can I send the tick to be tested, what do they test for, and how might this information be of use?

Guest: Dr. Beatrice Szantyr is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the American College of Physicians, and an Internist and Pediatrician, living in Lincoln, Maine. She is an active member of Maine CDC’s Vector Borne Disease Work Group, as well as the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. Dr. Szantyr is also the medical advisor for MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing Lyme and related tick diseases in Maine.

Websites of Interest:

Dr. Szantyr at Belfast Library May 3rd 2021 (video glitch; misses beginning)

Maine Forest Tick Survey

University of Maine Orono Cooperative Extension Tick Lab

MaineLyme, dedicated to decreasing tick borne diseases in Maine through awareness, education, prevention and advocacy

I have a tick bite! What do I do now?

Tick testing in Maine

Lyme Disease Association

Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education

Tick Management Handbook Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Repellant Info:

EPA: Find the Repellent that is Right for You

The best bug sprays of 2021 (CNN report)

Dog Not Gone – a Maine company selling permethrin treated apparel for people and pets

InsectShield permethrin treated clothing

Previous Healthy Options show on ticks, & links to other tick shows & resources:

Healthy Options 6/3/20: Ticks and tick borne illnesses

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.

Healthy Options 4/7/21: Brown Tail Moth presence in Maine this year

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall
Technical assistance: Joel Mann & Amy Browne

Brown Tail Moth presence in Maine this year, and how to try to prevent the spread of this hazardous and destructive invasive species, whose caterpillars give off tiny toxic hairs that can cause great harm to human health.

Key Discussion Points:

1 What are the health ramifications of exposure to Brown Tail Moth caterpillar hairs?
2 How can we prevent exposure to their toxic hairs?
3 What measures can you take between December and early April to mitigate webs in trees?
4 What is the best way to dispose of the webs after you clip them?
5 What protective clothing should you wear when dealing with the webs, moths or caterpillars of Brown Tail Moth?
6 Is it OK to eat food from a garden that is exposed to hairs of the Brown Tail Moth caterpillars?
7 Will eradicating the moths- which is the actual adult stage of the Brown Tail Moth- be enough to affect their numbers?
8 Why should you not use bug zappers or other kinds of light traps to deal with Brown Tail Moths when they are in their adult stage, or any time?
9 Why is it best to turn the lights off at night, until morning (especially from 9 pm to midnight), from late June through August/September?

Guest:
Tom Schmeelk, forest entomologist with the Maine Forest Service, who is charged with managing the state’s response to the Brown Tail Moth problem.

Websites of Interest:
Maine Forest Service- Brown Tail Moth info:

Maine Forest Service website- Brown Tail Moth FAQs:

Brown Tail Moth Frequently Asked Questions, PDF
Brown Tail Moth presentation- Tom Schmeelk, Belfast Library 3/25/21:

2021 Brown Tail Moth Winter Web Survey map

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.

Healthy Options 3/3/21: Building Resiliency to Trauma

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall

1 What are some new strategies being used globally to treat trauma?
2 How does our nervous system respond to stress?
3 What is the difference between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system?
4 What is a simple technique we can try right now to relax our nervous system?
5 What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and why are they so vital to recognize and address?
6 What is the Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning™) program and how does it help K-12 students with learning resiliency skills based on trauma-informed care?

Guest: Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW, is a trauma therapist, co-founder and Director of Innovation of the Trauma Resource Institute, and key developer of the Community and Trauma Resiliency Models. She is the author of “Building Resiliency to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models®”, and the host of the new podcast, “Resiliency Within”.

Websites of Interest:

The Trauma Resource Institute (TRI) is a nonprofit organization devoted to cultivating trauma-informed and resiliency-focused individuals and communities throughout the world.

“Resiliency Within” podcast

“Resiliency Within” Facebook page

ACES Connection: resources & education about ACES, Adverse Childhood Experiences

Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning program
seelearning.emory.edu
compassion.emory.edu/see-learning/index.html

Previous HEALTHY OPTIONS programs on the work of the Trauma Resource Institute:
archives.weru.org/healthy-options/2017/10/healthy-options-10417/
archives.weru.org/healthy-options/2014/09/healthy-options-932014/
archives.weru.org/healthy-options/2010/12/healthy-options-12110/
archives.weru.org/healthy-options/2009/9/healthy-options-90209/

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.

Healthy Options 2/3/21: The Intersection of Healing and Music (rebroadcast)

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall

Host Rhonda Feiman explores the intersection of healing and music, with singer and energetic healer Amy Robbins Wilson.

Rebroadcast from 5/6/2020

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.

Healthy Options 1/6/21

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall

Healthy Options host Rhonda Feiman shares techniques that have been used for centuries to help people stay healthy and resilient. Experience easily learned movements and breathing techniques that can enhance the health of our nervous systems, and calm our minds- skills especially useful for these stressful times.

Key Discussion Points:

How can simple breathing techniques enhance our health and well-being?
What is Qi Gong? What is WuJi?
Why is movement such an important technique to calm our nervous system?
What do we mean when we speak of meridians?
What is a body scan? How can we practice this for ourselves and why is this beneficial?
Presenter: Rhonda Feiman, L.Ac., is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition and the host of Healthy Options on WERU radio.

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.

Healthy Options 11/4/20: Current Scientific Thinking about Covid-19 & Health Strategies

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall
Technical assistance: Joel Mann & Amy Browne

Current scientific thinking about Covid-19 and a review of basic strategies to keep us (ourselves, our families, and our communities) healthy during these challenging times.

-What is the proper way to wash your hands.
-What is the proper way to wear a mask?
-What should we look for before we return to a healthcare practitioner’s office? What questions should you ask about procedures and how the visit will be conducted?
-What are the ethical considerations In terms of how we as a society keep each other healthy?
-How do we reconcile ideas of our personal freedom, and our responsibilities as good citizens working towards the good of the community- and what does that mean in respect to ethical behavior?
-What is “herd immunity” and why is it so dangerous, & not a good idea, to “just let nature take it’s course”?
-What is the difference between COVID-19 and influenza?

Guest: Dr. Miriam Wahrman is a microbiologist, professor and researcher, and author of the book, “The Hand Book: Surviving in a Germ-Filled World”.

Previous programs with Dr. Miriam Wahrman can be found at these links:

Healthy Options with Dr. Miriam Wahrman 3/4/20

Healthy Options 3/4/20: Interview with Dr. Miryam Wahrman, author of “The Hand Book: Surviving in the Germ-Filled World”

Healthy Options with Dr. Miriam Wahrman 2/6/19
About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.