Archives for Healthy Options

Healthy Options 11/2/16

Producer/Host: Andree Bella
Engineer: John Greenman

Issue: integrative health therapies

Program Topic: LEAP Ending the War on Drugs

Key Discussion Points:
LEAP Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, it’s mission statement and policies
The history and effects of The War on Drugs
Strategies for ending The War on Drugs

Guest: Jeff Kaufman, LEAP speaker

Special Edition of Healthy Options 10/6/16

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

Program Topic: Healthy Aging as the Silver Tsunami Approaches

Key Discussion Points:
a) What is the “Silver Tsunami”, and what does this mean for baby boomers, seniors, & our healthcare system?
b) How do our health care needs change as we age?
c) What lifestyle habits should we cultivate in order to stay well?
d) What do baby boomers and seniors and their families need to know when interacting with the medical system?
e) What is a geriatrician? Why do we need one as we age? Why are there so few of them, in sharp contrast to the increasing population of seniors who need them?
f) What can we do as patients and as family to be sure that the treatable ailments of seniors are not dismissed as “just old age” or misdiagnosed?

Guest: Marcy Cottrell Houle, MS., coauthor of The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare

Related websites of interest:

Healthy Options 10/5/16

Host & producer: Cynthia Swan
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: reading and health

Key Discussion Points:
a) studies supporting reading and health briefly reviewed
b) how do regional stories enhance us?
c) books that teach us life lessons
D) what’s it take to launch a children’s book?

Tommie Townley

Healthy Options 6/1/16

Host & producer: Rhonda Feiman, L.Ac.
Co-producer: Petra Hall
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: Ticks, Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections

Key Discussion Points:
a) How can we protect ourselves against tick bites and possible tick-borne illnesses?
b) What is a tick check and how often should we perform them?
c) What type of clothing should we wear for tick protection?
d) What repellants should we apply before venturing out into the great outdoors?
4) What is the safest way to remove an embedded tick, and should we save the tick after we remove it?
5) Can a tick transmit disease if it hasn’t been embedded for many hours, or isn’t engorged?
6) What are the signs and symptoms of tick-borne infections, and what should we do if we have those symptoms?

A) Dr. Beatrice M. Szantyr is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Physicians, and is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. She currently participates on the State of Maine Vector-borne Disease Work Group, and is a member of the Maine Medical Association, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), and serves as a medical advisor for MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to decreasing Lyme and related tick diseases in Maine. Dr. Szantyr has lectured on Lyme disease and related tick-borne disorders, to professional and community groups throughout New England, and has given testimony before the Maine Legislature concerning Lyme disease in the State of Maine.
B) Constance “Happy” Dickey, RN is a founding member and board member of MaineLyme, a non-profit dedicated to awareness and prevention through education and advocacy. She facilitates support groups for people with Lyme, both in-person in Maine, and online, and she is also an advocate for patients with Lyme disease. She has traveled extensively with Dr. Szantyr, educating medical personnel -and the public- about Lyme disease.

Call In Program: no
Political Broadcast: no

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

Insectshield sells permethrin-treated clothing, blankets, hats, etc, or will dip your own clothing, uniforms, etc. Will last the life of the garment.

Dog Not Gone is a Maine company using goods made in the USA makes dog and horse vests that are permethrin treated. They are also making people vests, hats, and gaiters.

Healthy Options 5/4/16

Producer/Host: Andree Bella
Engineer: John Greenman

Issue: Alternative health

Program Topic: Using Medical Marijuana for Treatment of Opiate Dependence

Key Discussion Points:
a) the current status of medical marijuana in Maine
b) how medical marijuana has been used sucessfully to treat opiate addiction
c) present and proposed conditions allowed for use of medical marijuana

Guest: Catherine Lewis, board chair and educational director of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, co-owner of Home Grown Health Care of Maine

Healthy Options 4/6/16

Producer/Host: Cynthia Swan
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: Raw chocolate recipes, spring herbs and health

Key Discussion Points:
a) What are the health benefits of raw cacao?
b) Raw Cacao Recipes
c) What are some benefical spring herbs for health?
d) How does one incorporate herbs into their diet?
e) What are the health benefits of stinging nettles? burdock root?
f) A spring tea recipe for cleansing and health of bitter herbs: blessed thistle, nettles and fennel seeds

Melanie Rose Scofield
Facebook: Earth Walk School of Herbal Traditions (in Rockport, ME)

Healthy Options 3/2/16

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

Program Topic: Digestive health and managing irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders through the FODMAP elimination diet process.

Key Discussion Points:
a) What does FODMAP stand for and how are these substances implicated in gastrointestinal (GI) health?
b) How can you determine if one of these substances is affecting your GI health?
c) What is a FODMAP elimination diet?
d) What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?
e) What is SIBO- small intestine bacterial overgrowth?
f) How can the elimination of FODMAPs help treat SIBO?

Guest: Patsy Catsos, registered & licensed dietician.
Her extensive training includes a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science at Cornell University and a master’s degree in Nutrition at Boston University. She completed her internship at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, and she is a professional member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease. Patsy Catsos is a long-time board member and past-president of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and she was honored as the 2014 Outstanding Maine Dietician of the Year.

For more info on Patsy Catsos and the FODMAP approach: and

Healthy Options 2/3/16

Host and Producer: Andrée Bella
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: “A Different View of Depression and Addiction”

Key Discussion Points:
a) How does our culture contribute to depression? How is grieving done in the Mayan culture, and how is this different than in Western culture?
b) What is the relationship between depression, violence and war?
c) Can a whole culture be depressed? What are the consequences of this? Can these consequences be passed on to later generations?
d) What role can parents play in helping their children grow up in a culture where depression and addiction are no longer such a threat to the happiness and stability of everyone?
e) What is the relationship between grief and praise?
f) How can grief turn losses into beauty?

Guest: Martin Prechtel – author, social activist – director of the international school Bolad’s Kitchen