Healthy Options 7/1/20: Screen Dependency and Saving Our Vision

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

The focus of this program is on the importance of eye health, and how we can practice good hygiene- for our eyes- especially at a time of increased usage of computers, smart phones, and all that demands our visual attention.

How do we maintain good vision?
Are we only considering eye hygiene for using screen devices?
How does eye health relate to body health, overall?
What are specific relaxation techniques we can use to maintain eye health? Do these techniques help us in other ways?
How does stress reduction benefit our eyes and vision?
What is palming and how do we do it?
How often should we blink? How often should we look away from the screen, and for how long?

Guest:
Rosemary Gaddum-Gordon, D.B.O., M.A.
Natural Vision Improvement
207-439-9821

Websites of Interest:

Vision Tips

Video Streaming and Your Eyes

Previous Healthy Options Programs with Rosemary Gaddum-Gordon:

Healthy Options 11/7/18

Healthy Options 9/5/12

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 6/3/20: Ticks and tick borne illnesses

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall
Engineering assistance: Joel Mann

Program Topic: Ticks and tick borne illnesses

Rhonda Feiman presents our yearly update with tick & Lyme disease expert Dr. Beatrice Szantyr.

-What are ways to protect ourselves from tick bites?
-What are the signs & symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick borne illness?
-What ticks are we seeing in Maine now? How do I identify what tick it is?
-What are the treatments for Lyme & other illnesses? What is effective, what is ineffective, and why?

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 part of the provider-education-working group, to develop and present the full day evidence-based course: The Fundamentals of Lyme Disease. Dr. Szantyr is also the medical advisor for MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing Lyme and related tick diseases in Maine.

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

Websites of Interest:

EPA: Find the Repellent that is Right for You

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 — now what?

Lyme Disease Association

Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education

Tick Management Handbook prepared by Kirby Stafford, III of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

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

InsectShield permethrin treated clothing

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 5/6/20: The Intersection of Healing and Music

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall
Engineering assistance: Joel Mann

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

-How can we soothe our nervous systems through music?
-What is chanting, and why is chanting so powerful in affecting the nervous system?
-Does music have to be soft and quiet in order to be healing?
-Some people feel relaxed when listening to music that is discordant- why is that so?
-How can music and singing be combined with other healing modalities?
-How can we use music, rhythm and song to work with young children?
-How has music been used in hospitals, neonatal units with infants, and intensive care settings, etc. to assist in healing?
-Why are lullabies so wonderful!?

Guest:

Amy Robbins-Wilson holds a BA in Empowerment Theater for Women from Bates College, an MA in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University and an MA in Ritual Song and Chant Performance from The World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, Ireland.

She is a musician and expressive arts therapist, Reiki master, author of Transformational Mothering, creator of several solo albums of music, and she is also a meditation guide at Ananda Yoga & Wellness in Belfast, Maine.

As the musical parenting expert on Lullaby-Link.com, Amy educates and encourages new parents in the best ways to connect, communicate and develop creative young minds with music. Her online musical parenting program for new mothers, called Mommy Jingles, empowers moms by showing them how to best use music with their babies.

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

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

Program Topic: Effective techniques to reduce exposure to infectious disease due to influenza and the emergence of the coronavirus

Key Discussion Points:
1. What are symptoms of the coronavirus? What are symptoms of the flu?
2. How are viruses and bacteria transmitted from person to person?
3. What are the most important ways for us to protect ourselves?
4. Why is hand washing a powerful way to protect your health? What is the proper way to wash your hands?
5. Should we or shouldn’t we be using masks?
6. Why should you keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth?
7. Why should we stay at home if we are ill? What is bioethics and why is this a consideration?
8. What is the five second rule? Can we rely on the five second rule?
9. Why is it important to keep surfaces clean?
10. What is a simple recipe to make your own hand sanitizer?

Guest:
Miryam Wahrman, Professor of Biology at William Paterson University of New Jersey, where she directs a research laboratory in microbiology to study bacteria on environmental surfaces. Professor Wahrman is an expert in Bioethics, a pioneer in Biotechnology education, an award-winning science journalist (publishing over 200 articles on topics in science and health), and has written extensively on biotechnology, genetics and medical ethics. Miryam Wahrman is the author of The Hand Book: Surviving in a Germ-Filled World

Websites of Interest:

FMI:
facebook.com/SafeHandsBook/
Previous interview with Dr. Wahrman:
Healthy Options 2/6/19: archives.weru.org/healthy-options/2019/02/healthy-options-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.

Healthy Options 2/5/20: Mindful Eating

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall
Production assistance: Vic Tredwell & Joel Mann

Program Topic: Mindful Eating

Key Discussion Points:
1) What does “mindful eating” mean?
2) How can we balance eating for nourishment with eating for enjoyment?
3) Why is it so important to ask the question, “Am I Hungry?” before eating?
4) Why would we eat when we are not hungry?
5) What role do emotions play in our eating habits?
6) How can we learn to identify our own nutritional needs?

Guest: Hester Kohl, National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and facilitator & coach of the “Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Program”

Websites of interest:
www.hesterkohlwellness.com
amihungry.com/what-is-mindful-eating/

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 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. Tara@HealthyAcadia.org.

Websites of Interest:

Initiatives: Positive Social Development – Healthy Acadia

Initiatives: Preventing Substance Misuse – Healthy Acadia

FMI:

Dimensions of Prevention_School Offerings-20
Dimensions of Substance Prevention_In-service Trainings
Youth Resilience Presentations color

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: belfastcreativecoalition.org/art-in-action-project/

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?

Guest:
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:
belfastcreativecoalition.org/art-in-action-project/
animatingdemocracy.org/resource/community-practice-net-learning-place
vimeo.com/user57966289