Archives for Healthy Options

Healthy Options 1/6/16

Host and Producer: Cynthia Swan
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: “Thyroid Health”

Key Discussion Points:
a)What does the thyroid gland do for us?
b)What are some signs and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction?
c) What does a full thyroid panel consist of and what does it tell us about the health of our thyroid?
d) Why do many doctors ony test the TSH level and consider that good?
e) Where do you fit into the picture as the Director of Women’s Health at Kennebec Pharmacy?
f) Are there non-pharmaceutical options to patients who have thyroid disease? Tell us about them.
g)When would someone benefit from a “compounded” form of thyroid medication and what exactly is that?
h) Where does iodine fit in?
i)Where can listeners go to learn more?

Tanya Kibler, RPh
phone: 207-594-0888, option 5

Healthy Options 12/2/15

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

Program Topic: Diagnosis & treatment of concussion & brain injury

Key Discussion Points:
What is a concussion?
How does a concussion differ from a traumatic brain injury?
What are typical symptoms of concussion?
What types of treatment are available for concussions and traumatic brain injuries?
What is vision therapy and why is it important in the treatment of concussion?
What is craniosacral therapy and what type is beneficial in the treatment of concussion?

Guest: Dr. Kendra L. Bryant, clinical neuropsychologist with Neuropsychology and Concussion Management Associates in Rockport, Maine

Healthy Options 11/4/15

Host: Andree Bella
Engineer: Amy Browne

Program Topic: The Nature of Sleep and Dreams

Key Discussion Points:
a) The stages of sleep
b) REM sleep and its relationship to dreaming
c) The health benefits to studying your dreams

Guest: Renee Chrystefor, studied at New England Dreamwork Institute and Goddard College in science of sleep, dreamwork and other healing modalities

Healthy Options *Special* 9/30/15

Host: Cynthia Swan
Engineer: Amy Browne

Program Topic: Opiate Dependence

Key Discussion Points:
Substance Abuse is not a black and white issue it’s on a continuum
What’s the scope of the problem in Maine and how did it get to this?
What are the best practices for treatment ?

Kip Young, LADC
207-664-1500 (office)

Healthy Options 9/2/15

Host and producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall

Topic: The Healing Power of Theatre

Key Discussion Points:
How can theatre exercises and the expression of personal narrative be beneficial in working with post traumatic stress?
How does storytelling help immigrant, refugee & incarcerated youth, to cope with- and transform- their traumatic experience?
What kind of PTSD experiences are faced by individuals in these groups,
and what are some illustrations of how they have been helped in their healing process, through this theatre work?

Guest: Judith Sloan- actor, audio artist, writer and radio producer
YO MISS! Transforming Trauma Into Art
Earsay Productions

Healthy Options 8/5/15

Host: Andree Bella
Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: Integrative health

Program Topic: Meditative Aspects of Tai Chi

Key Discussion Points:

a) Definition and history of Tai Chi as a martial art.

b) Physical and psychological benefits of Tai Chi

c) Attributes of a good Tai Chi teacher and how to find one.

d) The meditative process of Tai Chi

Guest: Randy Gelo, martial arts instructor

Healthy Options 7/1/15

Host: Cynthia Swan
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: “Tools to Thrive”

Key Discussion Points:
a) What is Electrodermal screening and how may it be helpful?
b) Who invented this technology? How and what does it measure?
c) What does thriving mean?
d) Supplements, are they really necessary?”

Kate McMorrow CHCP, LMT

Healthy Options 6/3/15

Host and Producer: Rhonda Feiman, LAc.
Co-Producer: Petra Hall
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: Lyme Disease and Co-Infection Prevention and Treatment

Key Discussion Points:
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
What are co-infections & what are the symptoms of co-infections?
What can each of us do to minimize our chances of contracting Lyme Disease?
What is the best way to do tick checks, & what do you do if you find a tick?
What products are helpful to minimize the chances of getting a tick bite?

DR. BEATRICE 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 and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). 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.

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.

Lyme Disease Association (includes great illustrations of ticks, rashes, how to pull out a tick, and much more)
ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society)
Rhode Island Tick Resource Center
MaineLyme info on repellents:
Consumer Reports info on repellents:
Insect shield your own clothing:
***Tick testing:
U Mass Exten. Tick Assessment Lab
***Other info:
“New Illness (Borrelia miyamotoi) transmitted by same tick that carries Lyme”- Boston Globe article:

***Rhonda Feiman‘s previous information-packed HEALTHY OPTIONS programs about Lyme Disease & other tick-borne infections, are archived at: