RadioMD: Body Language

RadioMD: Body Language

  • Health, Wealth & Happiness: Do You Know AARP?

    Mar 28, 2014 | 10 min
    is leading a revolution in the way people view and live life after 50, by helping individuals re-imagine themselves through social change advocacy and service.Why ARRP? AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over.The organization is leading a revolution in the way people view and live life after 50, by helping individuals re-imagine themselves through social change advocacy and service. AARP also provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members.Jerry Cohen, State Director of AARP Oregon, discusses how to affirmatively and passionately redefine your life in your later years with host Christopher Springmann. The le...
  • Dark and Smelly? Fix Your Underarm Problems

    Feb 28, 2014 | 10 min
    Dr. Marmur also introduces a PitiCure. A Piti-what? That's right, a PitiCure is a at home arm treatment that Dove promotes for your armpits.Pity your poor armpits. They exist in a dark, smelly, moist, thin-skinned and neglected place. Little wonder they are the “final frontier” for skin specialist and dermatologist, Ellen Marmur, MD, who wants to put you in touch with your inner armpit by – are you ready – posting an armpit selfie on-line. It’s the pits! Women often damage their armpits while shaving, as only 64 percent of what is removed is hair, while the other 36 percent is precious skin, a process that can lead to folliculitis, an infection in the hair follicles, often accompanied by ing...
  • Too Many Patients, Too Few Doctors: The National Dilemma of the Affordable Care Act

    Feb 08, 2014 | 10 min
    It’s been called the perfect storm of American medicine: too few doctors being trained, not enough doctors available.It’s been called the perfect storm of American medicine: too few doctors being trained, not enough doctors available to folks outside of major cities and urban areas plus the challenge of the Affordable Care Act inputting millions of people with no previous patient experience into the system, other than knocking on the emergency room door. So, where will all the new doctors come from, who is going to inspire and train the new Obamacare sign-ups as to how to have a great patient-provider relationship and get the care they need? Dr. Danielle Ofri, MD, offers solutions but emphas...
  • The Changing Face of American Healthcare for Low-Income Families?

    Jan 24, 2014 | 10 min
    The crucial missing piece of the ACA, the Affordable Care Act, according to host Christopher Springmann, is health literacy.The crucial missing piece of the ACA, the Affordable Care Act, according to host Christopher Springmann, is health literacy. Simply put, it's one thing to sign folks up for the ACA, it's something else to train people to be effective, efficient patients by changing their old ways of engaging the American healthcare system. It's all about which door do you want to walk through for service, the emergency room or the hospital front door.Bill Wright, a research scientist with Providence Health and Services in Portland, Oregon, discusses the visionary Oregon Health Study (20...
  • Life Reimagined: Your Health, Happiness & Longevity

    Nov 15, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you at a point in your life where you're asking, "What's next?" Let Life Reimagined help you discover your new life possibilities!Life Reimagined co-author Richard Leider asks the question: "Are you at a point in your life where you're asking, What's next? Or Is that all there is? You've finished one chapter and you have yet to write the next one. Leider says that many of us face these transitions at midlife, but they can happen at any point. It's a time full of enormous potential, and it defines a whole new phase of life.Having a reason to get up in the morning is associated in numerous scientific studies with better physical and mental health and greater longevity. Purpose can add not ...
  • Living Without Pain: Treatment Truths and Myths

    Nov 08, 2013 | 10 min
    The misconception that pain is a natural part of aging is a common myth that leaves millions of people in pain every dayThe misconception that pain is a natural part of aging or illness and those who suffer must live with it, is a common myth that leaves millions of people in pain every day. There is almost always a reason why a person is experiencing pain and in most cases physical pain can be managed.Hospice and palliative care professionals, experts in helping patients and families cope with pain, know from experience that pain can take away peace of mind, comfort, enjoyment, and most of all, hope. Helping people learn the truth about pain and what can be done to manage pain is the focus ...
  • Pain Patients and Access To Medications: Unintended Victims of the War On Drugs?

    Nov 08, 2013 | 10 min
    The War On Drugs often claims unintended victims, patients with serious economic, cognitive, physical or mobility issues, who need convenient, timely access to their pain medications.The War On Drugs often claims unintended victims, patients with serious economic, cognitive, physical or mobility issues, who need convenient, timely access to their pain medications. So typically, prescriptions don't get filled or people try and make due by cutting pills to make them last longer.Community pharmacists share concerns regarding the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. Abuse of these drugs can ruin lives, devastate families and has contributed to dangerous crimes against pharmacies," says gue...
  • Compassionate Caregiving For Elderly Parents

    Oct 11, 2013 | 10 min
    What will you remember about your parent's passing?What will you remember about your parent's passing? Will tears of joy come to your eyes as you revisit their good deaths, or will the memories be fraught with anger and frustration that you sided with the medical team instead of the people you loved?Knocking On Heaven's Door Author Katy Butler presents a cautionary tale in her book subtitled, The Path To A Better Way Of Death, as she outlines her strategy, based on first-hand experience, of how to emerge from one of life's most trying health events, the death of parents, with a legacy of caring, love and no regrets decision making.
  • Hospice, Palliative Care and the American Way of Dying

    Oct 04, 2013 | 10 min
    When parents die other than a good death, their legacy of departing plus memories of the event last a lifetime for the living, often with painful emotional and economic consequences.When parents die other than a good death, their legacy of departing plus memories of the event last a lifetime for the living, often with painful emotional and economic consequences.Katy Butler's Knocking On Heaven's Door stand outs as a dead-honest personal story that doesn't attempt to hide the anger, denial, and even cowardice of family members as they cope with the unimaginable, the death of parents. Butler rails against the implacable insistence on life at any cost that drives the medical establishment into ...
  • The Gift of Sight: Your Window To Health

    Sep 06, 2013 | 10 min
    Did you know that comprehensive eye exams can spot symptoms of many health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, glaucoma, and cataracts?Did you know that comprehensive eye exams can spot symptoms of many health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, glaucoma, and cataracts? Optometrist Dr. Linda Chous, OD, discusses all-season vision health strategies including: protecting eyes from birth to adulthood; avoiding harmful UV radiation; vision loss from diabetes; eye sunburn, skin cancers around the eyes; and how 3-D movies and television can provide early warning signs of vision problems in children. Dr. Chous is also an advocate of adding vision care...
  • Chemotherapy: Myth & Facts. Winning The Cancer Race

    Sep 06, 2013 | 10 min
    Do you know the connection between chemotherapy and drag racing? Listen as we delve into one of the greatest comeback stories in motorsports history.Do you know the connection between chemotherapy and drag racing? Champion racer Jack Beckman could write a book about overcoming hurdles life has laid before him, including cancer. The last chapter would delve into one of the greatest comeback stories in motorsports history. Jack discusses how he began experiencing health problems that were ultimately diagnosed as high grade level 3B lymphoma, a cancer that had invaded his body from hip to neck. He underwent six months of chemotherapy treatments, but continued to teach at dragster driving school...
  • Stay Upbeat and Healthy: The 7 Steps of Attitudinal Change

    Aug 02, 2013 | 10 min
    Guest Dr. Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH, seeks to persuade Body Language listeners that one's positive outlook influences whether we smoke, exercise, suffer depression, or develop high blood pressure.Guest Dr. Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH, seeks to persuade Body Language listeners that one's positive outlook influences whether we smoke, exercise, suffer depression, or develop high blood pressure. Dr. Tindle elucidates her 7 Steps of Attitudinal Change, beginning with a self-assessment to help listeners achieve the first goal: Determine your current attitude latitude. From there, she guides us along a proactive path intended to redirect their gaze upward and onward. Practical activities along the way incl...
  • How A Healthy Positive Outlook Can Transform Aging

    Aug 02, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. Hilary Tindle, MD, the physician author of UP: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging, urges Body Language listeners to give positive psychology a chance for the sake of a longer, healthier, happier life,Dr. Hilary Tindle, MD, the physician author of UP: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging, urges Body Language listeners to give positive psychology a chance for the sake of a longer, healthier, happier life, In this powerful call to action, Dr. Tindle begins by presenting sobering evidence for the detrimental physiological effects of negative emotional statesA strong correlation has been shown between feelings of anger and hostility and heart disease. T...
  • Do Doctors Cry? The Emotional Burden and Challenge of Medical Practice

    Aug 02, 2013 | 10 min
    Do doctors cry? Oh, yes they do, especially when they lose a patient they couldn't save, or a patient who just would not change their destructive behavior. Those feelings and more are documented in the book What Doctors Feel by physician Dr. Danielle Ofri, MD.Do doctors cry? Oh, yes they do, especially when they lose a patient they couldn't save, or a patient who just would not change their destructive behavior. Those feelings and more are documented in the book What Doctors Feel by physician Dr. Danielle Ofri, MD.Dr. Ofri counters the idea that physicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life's most chall...
  • What Doctors Feel: Medical Practice and Human Emotions

    Aug 02, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. Danielle Ofri, MD, discusses, with host Christopher Springmann, her newest book, What Doctors Feel, a look at the emotional side of medicine including the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that impact patient care.Dr. Danielle Ofri, MD, discusses, with host Christopher Springmann, her newest book, What Doctors Feel. It is a look at the emotional side of medicine including the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that impact patient care. Contemporary media portrayals of doctors focus on the decision-making and medical techniques, reinforcing an image of rational, unflinching doctors. But the quality of medical care is influenced by what doctors feel, an a...
  • The Anti-Vaccination-Autism Legacy: Infectious Diseases Return

    Jul 26, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you part of the herd? One of the herd immunity thought process in America? Because of vaccination, which is a shining triumph of public health, that has kept polio, diphtheria, small pox, Whopping cough, Rubella, even measles, off our radar. We are now seeing these diseases return in record number.Are you part of the herd?The herd immunity thought process in America, because of vaccination, which is a shining triumph of public health, that has kept polio, diphtheria, small pox, Whopping cough, Rubella, even measles, off our radar. We are now seeing these diseases return in record number.Those days are over, according to Dr. Paul Offit, MD, author of Do You Believe In Magic.As popular bel...
  • Dietary Supplements & Vitamins: Ineffective, Expensive, Even Deadly?

    Jul 26, 2013 | 10 min
    In Do You Believe in Magic?, Medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.In Do You Believe in Magic?, Medical expert Paul A. Offit, M.D., offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry, revealing how even though some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, many of them are ineffective, expensive, and even deadly.Dr. Offit reveals how alternative medicine—an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its ri...
  • Male Circumcision: Genital Mutilation, Child Abuse Or Ancient Tribal Rite?

    Jul 26, 2013 | 10 min
    Jennifer Margulis, author of The Business Of Baby, and host Christopher Springmann ask listeners the tough questions about male circumcisionJennifer Margulis, author of The Business Of Baby, and host Christopher Springmann ask listeners the tough questions about male circumcision.Why would a parent consent to having their day-old male child strapped to a board, restrained by Velcro, as a doctor or religious entity cut off the most sensitive erogenous tissue on his body, the foreskin of the penis, as the child screams hysterically? Why do we allow this ancient trial blood initiation ritual to continue in America while passing and enforcing laws to stop female circumcision, the forced, traumat...
  • Birth In America: It’s Expensive and Risky. What you Need To Know

    Jul 26, 2013 | 10 min
    Investigative journalist and The Business Of Baby author Jennifer Margulis is back discussing the scary and expensive world of pregnancy and birth, where greater cost does not equal better outcomes.She's Back! Investigative journalist and The Business Of Baby author Jennifer Margulis is back discussing the scary and expensive world of pregnancy and birth, where greater cost does not equal better outcomes. And just try and get a price for a typical birth from your hospital and insurer!Fact: The cost of giving birth in the US is more than twice that of any other industrialized nation, including Switzerland, France and Britain. Fact: The US infant mortality rate (death) is the highest in the wo...
  • Integrating Music and Sound Healing into Daily Life

    Jul 19, 2013 | 10 min
    A regular sound and/or music healing practice is a powerful tool for many people already, much like yoga, so how can those unfamiliar with the field learn about it and integrate it into their daily lives?A regular sound and/or music healing practice is a powerful tool for many people already, much like yoga, so how can those unfamiliar with the field learn about it and integrate it into their daily lives?Jon Beerman graduated from the Sound, Voice and Music Healing Certificate Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California, and he has begun to explore the power of expression through musical improvisation and discussion. For his final project, he invited ...
  • Exploring Musical Improvisation as a Form of Healing

    Jul 19, 2013 | 10 min
    To put it simply, playing music just makes people feel better.To put it simply, playing music just makes people feel better. Jon Beerman graduated from the Sound, Voice and Music Healing Certificate Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California, and he has begun to explore the healing power of expression through musical improvisation and discussion. For his final project, he invited students of the program into his studio for discussion and musical improvisation over several months, and through these sessions discovered the impact the class had on them, as well as creating some interesting improvisational musical pieces, which are featured throughout th...
  • Positive Body Image & Self-Esteem

    Jun 07, 2013 | 10 min
    Did you know that anxiety about looks begins at an early age and is proven to hold girls back from reaching their full potential?Do you believe that no young person should leave school feeling that they can't participate fully in life because of the way that they THINK they look?A troubling 6 out of 10 girls stop doing the things they love because they feel bad about their looks. If you have children or are an adult concerned about the future of our children, then you'll agree with and support the mission of guest Jess Weiner, Dove's Global Self-Esteem Ambassador, part of Dove's Self-Esteem project.Jess discusses her role and the social mission of the Dove Self-Esteem project, which is to en...
  • Surviving Lung Cancer: It's an Extraordinary Life, Don’t Miss It!

    May 24, 2013 | 10 min
    You've got about a year to live. Randall Broad got this message from his surgeon, but Randall had a second opinion of his own.Randall Broad got the message from his surgeon: You've got cancer; so get your things in order. You've got maybe a year to live.But Randall had a second opinion of his very own: "I've got two great kids I love, and they really want me to stick around, so I plan to live forever - or die trying." Randall chronicled his survival experience in It's An Extraordinary Life, Don't Miss It! He originally wrote the book as a legacy gift for his children, but it has now sold over 10,000 self-published copies.Randall's story is of a man who not only lives with cancer, but survive...
  • Not Ready to Launch: Will My Grown-Up Kid EVER Grow Up?

    May 24, 2013 | 10 min
    If you're the mother of a 20-something, you know that your parental duties hardly ended when your kid turned 18.Mothers of grown kids probably won't get breakfast in bed or some kind of craft made out of macaroni for their birthday, Mother's Day, or any other holiday like they did when their kids were little. But mothers of older teens and 20-something adults deserve appreciation too! Parenting an adult can be hard work. HARD work!This is the stage of parenting no one ever told you about, as you'll read in When Will My Grown Up Kid Grow Up?, co-authored by Elizabeth Fishel.If you happen to be the mother of a twenty-something, you know that your mothering duties hardly ended when your child t...
  • Health Literacy, Financial Literacy: Valuable Emotional Currency

    May 24, 2013 | 10 min
    Being clueless about money is no longer affordable. It's bad for your emotional health and ultimately your longevity.Being clueless about money is no longer affordable. It's bad for your emotional health and ultimately your longevity. There is a proven straight-line relationship between health literacy and financial literacy. Simply put, health is your most valuable personal and professional asset. In the world of health care, money is often at the root of a longer life; one with greater freedom, mobility and independence.If you ever needed a reason to be more mindful, thoughtful and serious about the value of money as it relates to your existence, look in the mirror and ask yourself, What w...
  • Health Crises & Medical Bills: A Need for Patient Advocacy

    May 17, 2013 | 10 min
    Have you ever received a medical bill and thought, "What the heck?" Learn how you can avoid confusing medical bills, and even save some money.Do you need a medical claims advocate in your life? Perhaps you already have one and just don't know it! Over half of all American companies with more than 500 employees offer this benefit. Before you call HR or the benefits department, listen to Becky Stephenson, co-president of the Alliance of Claims Assistance Professionals and President/CEO of VersaClaim. She specializes in guiding consumers and patients through that minefield of medical paperwork and invoices, especially in the midst of a terrifying health crisis.If you think you're in the clear, ...
  • Breasts: A History of Babies, Toxic Milk & Cancer

    May 17, 2013 | 10 min
    Breasts are humanity’s first responders to environmental changes. What have modern-day chemical exposures wrought?When you write a book, as author Florence Williams did, entitled Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, watch out. Even your writer friends, anxious to provide a sound bite about how wonderful your book is, will get a laugh at your expense. As did Bonk author Mary Roach who said, "Florence Williams's double-D talents as a reporter and writer lift this book high above the genre and separate it from the ranks of ordinary science writing."Williams covers all the cultural and anthropological information that the mostly male scientific—and not-so-scientific—community has gathered a...
  • My Stroke of Insight: Becoming Stroke Triumphant!

    May 17, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you a stroke survivor or a stroke triumphant? Listen to this inspiring story of one woman's survival."Are you a stroke survivor or a stroke triumphant?" asks Oprah Winfrey during an interview with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of My Stroke Of Insight.On the morning of December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuro-anatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life; all within the space of four brief hours. As the damaged left side of her bra...
  • Medical Bankruptcy: A Healthcare Horror Story

    May 10, 2013 | 10 min
    Have you ever feared that of your health insurance could be cancelled at any time for any reason? Unfortunately, it does happen.Have you ever been afraid that of your health insurance could be cancelled at any time - for any reason? Author Lesli Moore Dahlke describes the terror of her health insurance being cancelled as she struggles with multiple cancers, unemployment in the family and a rapidly declining home value. Her story, chronicled in The Best Is Yet To Come, is an emotional journey driven by relentless optimism and a positive attitude, even in the face of life-and-death health issues. Lesli and her husband filed bankruptcy and thought they had "cleaned the slate" in terms of her as...
  • Medical Claims Advocacy: A Healthy Financial Strategy

    May 10, 2013 | 10 min
    Have you ever considered retaining a medical claims advocate, to assist you with complex medical bill issues, even in advance of a medical procedure? You might want to think about it.Have you ever considered retaining a medical claims advocate, to assist you with complex medical bill issues, even in advance of a medical procedure?If you've ever walked through a minefield of medical paperwork and invoices, especially in the midst of a terrifying crisis, you understand that this isn't the place you want to be alone.Remember the first time you received a bill from the hospital for their services?Did you ask yourself what bizarre language did they write this in and what do these codes, abbreviat...
  • Silent Acid Reflux: The Sleep Solution?

    May 10, 2013 | 10 min
    Can sleeping in the right bed not only promote a great night sleep, but perhaps save your life or the life of someone you love? The answer to both questions is yes.Can sleeping in the right bed not only promote a great night sleep, but perhaps save your life or the life of someone you love? The answer to both questions is yes, according to Kelli Minson, creator of the revolutionary Gravity 1st elevated sleep system. Kelli's physician-husband awoke one night unable to speak, the result of silent acid reflux. He held up a note that said, Call 911!The attending physician suggested that Kelli's husband sleep with his head elevated 6 to 8 inches to restrict the flow of acid; however, the trick is...
  • The Business Of Baby: Hyper-Capitalism in America

    May 03, 2013 | 10 min
    Fasten your seat belts, as investigative journalist and author Jennifer Margulis is back with The Business Of Baby. You might be very surprised at what you hear.Fasten your seat belts, as investigative journalist and author Jennifer Margulis is back with The Business Of Baby.She gets in your face and on your case about the crass commercialization of pregnancy, delivery and baby raising including outrageous infant mortality rates, shocking Cesarean section statistics, unnecessary circumcisions that boarder on genital mutilation, crass infant formula peddlers and a famous pediatrician who acts as a shill for the disposable diaper industry. Did I mention vaccines, too? And . . . why are America...
  • Saying NO To Job Seekers Who Smoke

    May 03, 2013 | 10 min
    If you smoke, you might reconsider applying for a job at the Cleveland Clinic, because if you flunk their nicotine-free urine test, well, sorry, no job for you.Looking for a job in healthcare, perhaps at the world famous Cleveland Clinic? A wonderful calling, an opportunity to help people and make a difference in their lives. But if you smoke, you might reconsider applying for a job at the Cleveland Clinic, because if you flunk their nicotine-free urine test, well, sorry, no job for you right now..According to Dr. Paul Terpeluk, MD, the Cleveland Clinic's medical director of Employee Health Services, that may sound harsh to some, but consider that cigarette smoke contains hundreds of chemica...
  • Dating and Sex After Breast Cancer: The Scar Project

    May 03, 2013 | 10 min
    There's no such thing as typical portrait session for photographer David Jay when breast cancer survivors participate in The SCAR Project, standing before his camera, baring their hearts, souls and . . . scars, where their amputated breasts once were.Breast cancer. Surgery and chemo. Scars. And massive self-doubt about one's physical appeal, date worthiness and future sex.Host Christopher Springmann and photographer David Jay, creator of The Scar Project, which features breast cancer survivors, have a very up close and personal discussion about women in their lives who have continued their life, love and intimacies with enormous, self-fulfilling success.There's no such thing as typical portr...
  • The Zero Waste Home: Trash-Free Living

    Apr 26, 2013 | 10 min
    It's trash day at the Johnson home, but there's no garbage. Could you live with zero waste?It's trash day at the Johnson home, but there's no garbage. Nothing except for a big green recycling compost bin. Béa Johnson has achieved her family goal: trash-free living, as chronicled in her book Zero Waste Home. Johnson shares her experiences and expertise with the Five R's of success: Refuse (stuff), reduce, reuse, recycle and rot. Live big, think small, enroll the whole family in the goal, and save money; the best of all possible worlds, right here in America!Béa and husband Scott downsized from a 3,000-square-foot home to their current home of 1,400 square feet. But the idea of a zero waste li...
  • Concussion Management: When In Doubt, Sit It Out

    Apr 26, 2013 | 10 min
    When in doubt, sit it out. That's the advice that many doctors give to athletes who sustain a concussion.When in doubt, sit it out.That's the advice that many doctors, especially neurologists, give to athletes who sustain a concussion. Those same doctors often follow up with this sobering admonishment: You only get one brain, so treat it well.Brain health is the one of the primary concerns of guest, Dr. Laura Balcar, co-director of the new concussion center at the NYU Langone Medical Center, which was established to provide comprehensive care and a team approach for patients with concussions.More than a million American athletes experience concussions each year, with the risk of concussion g...
  • Safe Prescription Drug Disposal: Don’t Flush Them

    Apr 26, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. Amy Tiemeier discusses safe disposal strategies plus how to avoid abuse of prescription medications.Got drugs? If you have prescription drugs lying around, especially drugs that you or family members are no longer using or are outdated, there is only one rule of thumb: Get rid of them. But before you toss them in the trash or flush them down the toilet, find out the ways to dispose of them legally, safely and in a way that won't hurt the environment. Sunday, April 27, 2013 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). But you can take precautions ANY day of the year. Simply do an Internet search for "take back drugs" and the name of ...
  • Prevention & Public Health: Perception vs. Reality

    Apr 26, 2013 | 10 min
    Do public health prevention strategies work? Have we won the war on Polio with no cases in the Western Hemisphere since 1991?Do public health prevention strategies work? Take polio, for instance.The U.S. recorded its last case of wild, naturally-occurring polio in 1979, among isolated Amish communities in several states. In fact, no cases of wild polio were acquired in the entire Western Hemisphere since 1991.But does this mean we have won the war on polio because it isn't there? The answer is NO. Our nation's public health prevention policy is like a secret agent that often leaves no calling card. Its good works are likely to be ignored by everybody except the statisticians and experts who ...
  • Living With Breast Cancer: The Scar Project

    Apr 19, 2013 | 10 min
    There's no such thing as typical portrait session for photographer David Jay when breast cancer survivors participate in The SCAR Project.There's no such thing as typical portrait session for photographer David Jay when breast cancer survivors participate in The SCAR Project. Standing before his camera, baring their hearts, souls and . . . scars, where their amputated breasts once were.But why would a woman want to be photographed after a mastectomy, and participate in an exhibit and book? Is there something about going quite public with this highly personal, intimate experience that promotes healing or simply helps women to come to terms with their new reality?David Jay says, I never intend...
  • Sex After Hip Replacement: A Leg Up On Pain!

    Apr 19, 2013 | 10 min
    When you have a hip replaced, do you get a new sex life to go with it? Wait, before you jump back in the sack listen to Dr.Claudette Lajam, an orthopedic surgeon.When you have a hip replaced, do you get a new sex life to go with it?A new hip can mean an end to pain caused by osteoarthritis, plus greater freedom, mobility and, yes, a return to normal daily activities.Including sex, but wait, before you jump back in the sack and make up for lost time, listen to the cautionary words by Dr. Claudette Lajam, an orthopedic surgeon at the Center for Musculo-skeletal Care at the NYU Langone Medical Center.She says that so many patients have questions about intimacy after joint replacement that she h...
  • Too Posh To Push?: Caesarian Section In America

    Apr 19, 2013 | 10 min
    Has vaginal natural childbirth become an archaic, boring inconvenience for an increasing number of women in America?Has vaginal natural childbirth become an archaic, boring inconvenience for an increasing number of women in America?The answer is yes, according to Nathanael Johnson, author of All Natural, and the numbers and consequences of this modern approach to birth are shocking.In the last ten years, the Caesarean rate has increased from 22% to 32%, some 500,000 surgeries a year, all while infant mortality rates have gone up in the United States.Maternal injury and death rates are up, too.
  • The All Natural Approach vs. Western Medicine: Who Wins?

    Apr 12, 2013 | 10 min
    Do parents know best? Can you trust their health advice? Maybe not when it comes to life saving health advice.Do parents know best? Can you trust their health advice? All Natural author Nathanael Johnson was writhing in pain on the kitchen floor, alone and agonizing, as brawny belly dwarves were competing in an enthusiastic tug of war with my intestines. What should he do? He tried one of his hippie-parent's home remedies, drinking a tall glass of Wesson Oil. And the pain still got worse. Almost blinded by pain, he drove himself to the local ER, condescending to accept traditional Western allopathic medicine, which saved his life by successfully treating his acute appendicitis. All Natural f...
  • Looking For A Doctor? There's an App for That!

    Apr 12, 2013 | 10 min
    Looking for a restaurant, auto repair or local big box store, no problem, there’s an app for that. However, if you’re seeking a doctor, based on quality and the power to access and control your own health records, shouldn’t that be just as easy?Looking for a restaurant, auto repair or local big box store, no problem, there’s an app for that. However, if you’re seeking a doctor, based on quality and the power to access and control your own health records, shouldn’t that be just as easy?In fact, many say this should be a basic consumer right.Emily Peters agrees, as the leader of Practice Fusion’s marketing and communications strategy, an organization that has positioned itself as the easiest p...
  • Healthy Eating Through Bacon? First, Know Your Pig!

    Apr 12, 2013 | 10 min
    Have you ever thought about the farm-to-table movement, not just back to the land, but looking at what's-for-dinner, literally, in the eye?Did you take a course in high school entitled The proper way to eat a pig, where you learned to butcher a real pig, the right way?Maybe not, unless you attended Portland's Oregon Episcopal School and had the unique opportunity to experience dismembering a pig, under the watchful eye of Camas Davis of the Portland Meat Collective.She is at the fore-front of the farm-to-table movement, not just back to the land, but looking at what's-for-dinner, literally, in the eye.Davis, who has taught butchery to mothers and young professionals, to beer brewers and bike...
  • Why Are Baby Boomers Getting STD’s? (Hint: The Old Fashioned Way!)

    Apr 05, 2013 | 10 min
    Condoms aren't just for kids anymore, grandma or dad, so if you are dating, you'd better be packin' protection, as the rates of STD's, sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS, are really up among sexually active Americans ages 45 to 64.Condoms aren't just for kids anymore, grandma or dad, so if you are dating, you'd better be packin' protection, as the rates of STD's, sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS, are really up among sexually active Americans ages 45 to 64. Researchers writing in The New England Journal of Medicine decided to ask older Americans about their sex life and discovered something interesting: very often, they HAVE a sex life! When guest Dr. Robin G. Sawyer, Ph...
  • Is My Behavior Normal? The DSM: Mental Disorder Diagnosis

    Apr 05, 2013 | 10 min
    Psychotherapist Dr. Brigitte Lank, PhD, discusses the social, economic and personal consequences that result when behavioral disorders, real or re-imagined, are either created, reclassified, modified or delisted from the DSM.The American Psychiatric Association creates intense controversy every time they revise their legendary DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The response to the release in May, 2013, of Edition DSM-5 will be swift and vocal, as it was when the homosexuality diagnosis was removed or alcoholism redefined.Psychotherapist Dr. Brigitte Lank, PhD, discusses the social, economic and personal consequences that result when behavioral disorders, real or ...
  • This Job’s Killing Me! Reducing Stress With Gratefulness

    Apr 05, 2013 | 10 min
    How many times have you thought, This job is going to kill me? The truth is, you may have be right. For better or worse, a person's job plays a critical role in their mental and physical health.How many times have you thought, This job is going to kill me? The truth is, you may have be right. For better or worse, a person's job plays a critical role in their mental and physical health.It's not your imagination, and it's not a joke: Your job may in fact be making you sick, robbing you of sleep and running down your immune system, making you more vulnerable to illness. Things really are more stressful these days. In fact, workplace stress has more than tripled in the past several years accordi...
  • Medical Decision Aids: The Health Reform Challenge

    Apr 05, 2013 | 10 min
    Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act are a solid economic and political reality, with an additional 30 million Americans suddenly having access to healthcare. One answer might be to become engaged, effective patients, actively participating in and taking more responsibility for their own healthcare outcomes.Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act are a solid economic and political reality, with an additional 30 million Americans suddenly having access to healthcare, many for the first time. Dr. Dominick Frosch, PhD, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have taken on the enormous challenge of realigning physicians and their health systems to work with these new consumers...
  • Hip Replacement: A Leg Up On Life!

    Mar 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Why do people wait so long to seriously consider having a total hip arthroplasty? Fear! Listen to ease your fears and improve your life.Why do people wait so long to seriously consider having a total hip arthroplasty, that's a hip replacement. After all, with over 300,000 hip procedures in America every year, and a 95%-plus favorable outcome rate, why wait? I asked that question of Dr. Richard Schultz, Director of the Orthopedic Division at Scott & White Healthcare's Round Rock Clinic.Dr. Schultz' reply? Fear is a lot of it. It's a big surgery. It's a major undertaking. So people tend to try to put that risk off, which certainly is a reasonable thing. By far and away the most common diagnosi...
  • Becoming A Sexual Provider: Guys, Don’t Fake It!

    Mar 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Do men care deeply about being a good sexual provider, about pleasing their partner? Delve into the mind of men and their behavior, especially issues around depression and performance anxiety.Men do it all the time with their doctor, have a doorknob conversation, a last-minute plea for some Viagra, the real reason they made the appointment in the first place! There is a secret, unspoken world of men's sexuality, according to Dr. Morgenthaler, that stereotypes men as unfeeling, selfish and insensitive to women's needs when, in reality, men care deeply about being a good sexual provider, and thus view their ultimate sexual satisfaction in terms of pleasing their partner.Dr. Abraham Morgentaler...
  • The Real Skinny: Fat Habits & Slim Solutions

    Mar 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Every day, we make choices about what to eat and drink and how to live. If you're like most people, your habits could be in need of a tune-up.Every day, we make literally hundreds of choices about what to eat and drink and how to live, which impact our health and, ultimately, our weight. When these habits are good, it's easy to keep weight in check. When they're bad, the number on our scales can creep upwards and upwards. If you're like most people, your habits could be in need of a tune-up.The 101 slim habits presented in THE REAL SKINNY by registered dieticians and founders of the popular website Appetite for Health are based on information they have culled from leading dieticians around t...
  • Integrative Medicine: Alive On Arrival

    Mar 29, 2013 | 10 min
    Integrative medicine has been one of the best kept secrets in American healthcare, but now the social and economic time is right for this approach to patient care.Integrative medicine has been one of the best kept secrets in American healthcare, but now the social and economic time is right for this approach to patient care, as it's so closely aligned with what people really want; that is, an approach to patient care that addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person's health.Guest Margaret Chesney PhD, of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, discusses the finding of a new Bravewell Collaborative study ...
  • Why Men Fake It: Orgasms, Sexual Wellness & Love

    Mar 22, 2013 | 10 min
    Get it on, get it up, get off! Is this what really drives men to do what they do sexually?Get it on, get it up, get off. Is this what really drives men to do what they do sexually? Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, the author of Why Men Fake It, uses the real-life stories of patients to let us in on the secrets of men and to examine the current state of male sexuality in science and medicine as well as in relationships and popular culture.In this frank and open discussion of the subject, Dr. Morgentaler will make men and women alike question what we think we know about gender, motivation, sexuality, relationships, and, ultimately, the definition of a man.
  • Vision Care & Sight Preservation: Get Eye Smart!

    Mar 22, 2013 | 10 min
    Do you know how to save your sight? The best place to start, may be with an ophthalmologist.Do you know how to save your sight? The best place to start, according to ophthalmologist Dr.Andrew Iwach, is to have a baseline eye disease screening at age 40, the time when early signs of diseases and vision changes may start to occur. Based on those results, an ophthalmologist will prescribe the necessary intervals for follow-up exams. What then? Eat leafy vegetables, berries, eggs and fish like salmon, rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can improve eye and overall health. Wear sun glasses to reduce ultra violet (UV) light which can cause cataracts. Invest in eye protection for sports; and to avoid...
  • Hip Replacement: A Leg Up On Longevity

    Mar 22, 2013 | 10 min
    Do you think you need a hip replacement? Listen for vital information on hip replacement in Medicare patients.Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder, due to aging plus wear-and-tear on a joint. That bone-on-bone contact, at its worst, produces debilitating pain and thus immobility, restricting independence and often leading to diabetes, heart failure and depression. According to researcher Dr. Scott Lovald, hip replacement in Medicare patients has been found to extend both quantity and quality of life. Makes sense, as when the pain goes away, people start moving and exercising, socializing, eating better and regain their personal sense of freedom while saving money on pain medicati...
  • Hospice Care: Honoring Life, Saving Medicare Millions

    Mar 22, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. Donald Schumacher, President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization says we bring dignity and compassion when they are needed most to our loved ones"We know that hospice care addresses so many critical issues involving quality of care at the end of life and that hospice brings dignity and compassion when they are needed most," says Dr. Donald Schumacher, President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. A recent study discussed by Dr. Schumacher confirms why hospice is the best solution for caring for the dying in a way that provides patient-centered care and is cost effective for the Medicare system.Schumacher goes on to say that more ...
  • Anti-Vaccination, Pro-Unpasteurized Milk: The Rebellious Community

    Mar 15, 2013 | 10 min
    Nathanael Johnson questions his upbringing, and starts to see the world through the eyes of his baby... and he doesn't like the view.All Natural author, Nathanael Johnson, at age 34 questions his upbringing by so-called hippie parents, as his new fatherhood role brings him face-to-face with dedicated community activists in small-town California who have little use for law enforcement agencies dictating what they can-or-cannot put in their bodies, especially those of their children. Are chicken pox parties natural? Is raw milk worth the threat of Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria? Should big government dictate that our children be vaccinated? Reality vs. mythology plus disinformation and down...
  • No Sugar, No TV, No Clothes: The All Natural Childhood

    Mar 15, 2013 | 10 min
    Why, as medicine improves, are we becoming less healthy? Why do we grow fatter the more we diet? Why have so many attempts to save the environment backfired?Nathanael Johnson lovingly but rigorously scrutinizes his hippie family's all-natural theories, an inquiry that introduces him to outlaw midwives, radical doctors, renegade farmers and one hermit forester. Along the way, he uncovers paradoxes at the heart of our ecological condition: Why, even as medicine improves, are we becoming less healthy? Why are more American women dying in childbirth? Why do we grow fatter the more we diet? Why have so many attempts to save the environment backfired?
  • Pregnant Or A New Mom? Reach Out And Text4Baby!

    Mar 15, 2013 | 10 min
    How do you reach one of the most elusive cohorts in America: young, urban, highly mobile pregnant women and new mothers. The answer? Reach out and TEXT them.Here's a real public health challenge, how do you reach one of the most elusive cohorts in America: young, urban, highly mobile pregnant women and new mothers, a historically underserved population that needs critical health information, so they can have and raise healthy babies?The answer? Reach out and TEXT them on their lifelines aka mobile devices, according to Sarah Ingersoll, Director of text4baby. Text4baby and Discovery Fit & Health plan to raise awareness of text4baby and encourage moms to join up and tune in for great pregnancy...
  • A Double Struggle: When The Patient Becomes The Caregiver

    Mar 15, 2013 | 10 min
    Very often it is said that being a caregiver is the art of strength, commitment and a great shared loved. Listen for a story of how you can overcome unbearable times to care for the ones you love.Author Lesli Moore Dahlke discusses how her long-term role of a patient receiving care and support from others has suddenly changed with the illness of her husband. Weakened physically and financially by years of fighting multiple cancers, Lesli struggles with this new reality, of taking care of herself and her husband, writing that illness can be immeasurably harsh and painful, literally where the tires meet the road for many marriages. She says that being a caregiver is the art of strength, commit...
  • Your Morning Tapping: Waking Up With Brad Yates

    Mar 08, 2013 | 10 min
    By tapping on meridian points of the body while repeating certain helpful affirmations about health or emotional situations, energetic blockages can be removed, allowing profound physical and emotional changes to take place.Brad Yates, creator of the Tap Of The Morning called-out host Christopher Springmann and his chronic, unrepentant procrastination and self-sabotage on the air, persuading him to keep his promise and tap-away his personal devils. It worked. Tapping works, too, as it's a simple but effective Emotional Freedom technique, the convergence of ancient Chinese acupressure, self-hypnosis, meditation and modern psychology. By tapping on meridian points of the body while repeating c...
  • Bowel Incontinence: Start The Conversation!

    Mar 01, 2013 | 10 min
    Let's start the conversation about bowel incontinence, one of America's least talked-about medical conditions and little wonder, considering that we're discussing the inability to control leakage of contents from the rectum. Yikes.Why start the conversation? Because there are nearly 18 million American adults, about 1 in 12, who have bowel incontinence, people whose lives may be improved, but they're often embarrassed, ashamed and hiding the problem, even from intimate partners and their healthcare providers, when there are answers and treatments available that can give sufferers realistic expectations of living a better quality of life.
  • The Touch Of Success: Tapping As Integrative Medicine

    Mar 01, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you tapped into Tapping? It might be the release of emotional tension you've been looking for.Tapping has gone mainstream, transcending complementary and alternative approaches to becoming a fixture of integrative medicine. Our guest, and Tap Of The Morning, creator realizes that there are a few folks who haven't been tapped, thus, he's a man with a tapping mission. Tapping is a simple but effective Emotional Freedom technique, a fusion of ancient Chinese acupressure, self-hypnosis, meditation and modern psychology. By tapping on meridian points of the body while repeating certain helpful affirmations about health or emotional situations, energetic blockages can be removed, allowing prof...
  • Food Safety Begins At Home: What’s Eating You?

    Mar 01, 2013 | 10 min
    The three triumphs of American public health are clean water, efficient sanitation and food safety, all of which require constant vigilance and oversight; yet, things can go very wrong. Do you know how clean your food is?The three triumphs of American public health are clean water, efficient sanitation and food safety, all of which require constant vigilance and oversight; yet, things do go very wrong, especially for nine people who consumed peanut butter and related peanut products, who are dead, while hundreds of others have been sickened, part of the basis for a Justice Department action against a peanut processing company involving salmonella infection, a case that guest Bill Marler, a S...
  • Hey, Girlfriend! Great Friends: Loving Life, Living Longer

    Mar 01, 2013 | 10 min
    Most women realize that friendships are as important to well-being as good health and sound finances - and should never be left to chance. Do your best friends know this?Authors Diane Gage Lofgren and Margaret Bhola spent three years interviewing women about how they build and nurture their friendship circles, and exploring how and why friends contribute so richly to our lives. Their findings and stories will help women realize that friendships are as important to well-being as good health and sound finances - and should never be left to chance. In fact, according to studies: When women hang out with friends, their bodies release the hormone oxytocin, which combats stress and creates calm. H...
  • Attachment Parenting: Are You Mom Enough?

    Mar 01, 2013 | 10 min
    Are you mom enough? That's the question that VISION Magazine writer and editor Gina Stepp explores with host Chris Springmann, based on her article, Attachment: Battleground In The Parent Wars?The term attachment parenting, usually associated with co-sleeping, baby-wearing and prolonged breast-feeding, is heard increasingly often these days. Yet it isn't always well understood, even by those who support it. What is attachment, what does it have to do with parenting, and healthy family relationships?Even TIME Magazine got into the act with a cover story, but very few readers could get beyond the shock-it-to-you cover photo of a 26 year old mom baring her soul and breast, as she nursed her alm...
  • Access To Entertainment For The Hearing Impaired

    Feb 22, 2013 | 10 min
    Hearing impaired? Can't hear the TV or your home entertainment system? Scott Houston may have a solution for you.Hearing impaired? Can't hear the TV or your home entertainment system? Crank up the volume, right? Wrong, as you'll probably just annoy your partner, family and the neighbors, too. Scott Houston may have a solution: the wireless assisted listening device, which often can interface with a hearing aid. Thus, an individual with hearing problems can comfortably watch television while their partner is sound asleep. Home versions are similar to those offered at commercial venues like movie theaters, museums, factory tours and concert not only for people with hearing issues but to create...
  • Friendship: Women You Want To Grow Old With

    Feb 22, 2013 | 10 min
    We challenge you to list the top three friends you'd call if your life suddenly fell apart. Many women may not have the friends they want, when they'll need them the most.Authors Diane Gage Lofgren and Margaret Bhola challenge women to list the top three friends they'd call if their lives suddenly fell apart, thereby pointing out that many women may not have the friends they want when they need them the most. Together they spent three years interviewing women about how they build and nurture their friendship circles, and exploring how and why friends contribute so richly to our lives. Their findings and stories will help women realize that friendships are as important to well-being as good h...
  • Toxicologists: Protecting America’s Food Supply

    Feb 22, 2013 | 10 min
    The recent contamination of the Gulf waters from the BP Oil spill has seen an impact on the seafood production. Microbial contamination is often an under-appreciated concern with seafood safety.Drs. Bruce and Plunkett discuss Toxicological Challenges in Food Production in Texas and the Gulf Coast, a presentation for the Society of Toxicology's annual meeting in San Antonio TX in March.They're focusing on the toxicological challenges related to protecting the health of consumers, who ingest foods that are produced in Texas and along the Gulf Coast; plus the health of workers who are responsible for food production in Texas, one of the Nation's largest producers of meat, seafood, fresh fruit, ...
  • Palliative Care: It’s For The Living

    Feb 15, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. Tanya Stewart discusses how palliative care extends the principals of hospice care to a broader population that could benefit from receiving this type of care earlier in their serious illness. Dr. Tanya Stewart discusses how palliative care extends the principals of hospice care to a broader population that could benefit from receiving this type of care earlier in their serious illness. Thus, the focus is on quality of life, symptom relief, all while addressing family needs, as well. “We try to get to know the human being behind the illness, and then pair their needs, expectations and values with a treatment option. In short, we listen and value the opinions of everyone intimately involv...
  • Secondhand Smoke: Impairing Children’s Cough Reflex?

    Feb 15, 2013 | 10 min
    What if a child's cough reflex was seriously desensitized by inhaling secondhand smoke?The coauthors of Secondhand Smoke Impairs Vital Cough Reflex in Kids for the Monell Chemical Senses Center start with the fact that coughing is a vital protective reflex that helps clear potential toxins from the body. But what if a child's cough reflex was seriously desensitized by inhaling secondhand smoke? Might that increase the risk of adolescents acquiring a smoking habit by making their experimentation with smoking actually less unpleasant and perhaps even easier? That's the question that our guests seek to answer. They are Julie Mennella, PhD, a developmental biologist and her colleague, sensory sc...
  • Choosing Epilepsy Drugs: How Do Doctors Prescribe?

    Feb 15, 2013 | 10 min
    Have you ever wondered how doctors continue to learn about the drugs that they prescribe? What we don’t see and should be very interested in is, where does the doctor’s drug information come from, and how objective is it.Have you ever wondered how doctors continue to learn about the drugs that they prescribe? As a patient, it appears quite straightforward for a physician to recommend a drug for the treatment of Epilepsy and its related seizures after an accurate diagnosis. However, what we don’t see and should be very interested in is, where does the doctor’s drug information come from, and how objective is it. That’s the question we posed to physician Dr. Carl Bazil, Director of the Divisio...
  • Replace Your Arthritic Knee & Extend Your Life?

    Feb 15, 2013 | 10 min
    Is it possible that knee replacement surgery can literally extend your life? Well, yes, that’s the finding of a new study of Medicare patients who had knee replacements.Is it possible that knee replacement surgery can literally extend your life? Well, yes, that’s the finding of a new study of Medicare patients who had knee replacements. As a group they had lower rates of heart disease three years after surgery, and the risk of dying for any reason was 50 percent lower overall. Those are the finding of guest and lead author, Scott Lovald of Exponent. This study and an earlier study on hip replacement would seem to confirm what many of us suspected. That once the pain of osteoarthritis goes aw...
  • Your Heart Disease Risk: An Early Warning Test

    Feb 15, 2013 | 10 min
    What is the leading cause of death among all American women, regardless of ethnicity or economic status? The correct answer is heart disease, with its enormous social and financial costsWhat is the leading cause of death among all American women, regardless of ethnicity or economic status? If you said breast cancer, that’s not surprising, as three out of five Americans surveyed believe that, but the correct answer is heart disease, with its enormous social and financial costs, given that women are typically cast in the role of caregivers by their families and society. These facts about heart disease for women and men are of great concern to guest and physician Dr. Doug Harrington, CEO of AvI...
  • Fake and Fraudulent Drugs: Deadly, Criminal Chemistry

    Feb 08, 2013 | 10 min
    Before you pop those pills you bought over the Internet at a terrific discount, you should ask yourself: are they for real or just fabulous fakes? Just when you thought it was safe to open the medicine cabinet and pop those pills that you bought over the Internet at a terrific discount from Canada, India or Asia, perhaps you should hesitate and ask yourself the question, are they for real or just fabulous fakes of well-known breast cancer, heart disease or erectile dysfunction drugs? They may be dangerous to your health, even deadly, according to Roger Bate, author of Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines. Roger Bate is a resident scholar and economist with the Ameri...
  • Younger Next Year: The Promise Fulfilled

    Feb 08, 2013 | 10 min
    There are seven essential rules for living a healthier, longer life. A few of them are: Exercise six days a week, don't eat crap, connect and commit to others. Dr. Henry Lodge, a New York internist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, and the coauthor of Younger Next Year with almost 800,000 copies in print. Dr. Lodge is a candid, smart and thoughtful physician, so if you're shopping for a doctor, well, listen to his words and please take notes. The key to the book's program is found in Harry's Rules: Exercise six days a week. Don't eat crap. Connect and commit to others. There are seven rules all together, based on the latest findings in cell physiology, evolutionary ...
  • Energy Warriors: Fight Cancer & Winning

    Feb 08, 2013 | 10 min
    When you are fighting cancer, not once or twice, but four times and win, you quickly discover that strength-and-courage isn't just a line from a movie. They are the survivors, energy warriors. And when you are fighting cancer, not once or twice, but four times and win, you quickly discover, as Bob Ellel did, that strength-and-courage isn't just a line from the movie Gladiator, it's a way of life, a way to keep living, especially when all hope seems lost. The book is Energy Warriors: Overcoming Cancer and Crisis with the Power of Qigong. Bob discusses how the practice may have literally saved his life. Energy Warriors learn to draw on something deeper during impossible times. You will make be...
  • Screen To Live: Colorectal Cancer

    Feb 08, 2013 | 10 min
    Colorectal cancer is the only cancer that we can currently prevent by performing a test. Have you this simple and painless test yet? Colorectal cancer is the only cancer that we can currently prevent by performing a test, according to Dr. Nagle. When patients get screened for breast cancer, for prostate cancer, we're looking for the cancer that's already occurred. With colonoscopy, a screening for colorectal cancer, we're looking for the polyp that is the precursor lesion before the cancer. And by removing it we can prevent cancer.
  • Abortion, Hot Button Health Issues and Rule One

    Feb 01, 2013 | 10 min
    Hot button issues, such as abortion, are discusses in meaningful ways on Body Language with Christopher Springmann.RadioMD host Springmann provides candid insights into how subjects are chosen for Body Language while giving the back story about why he doesn't mention the A-Bomb, abortion, in programming. Springmann feels that, Abortion is a talk show staple along with capitol punishment, healthcare for illegal immigrants, euthanasia, liver transplants for alcoholic prisoners, legalizing pot, death panels, smoking in public, all hot button issues, real table pounders, that light up the phones and make the hour go by real fast on talk radio.Springmann's rationale? Is a discussion of abortion e...
  • How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice

    Feb 01, 2013 | 10 min
    This is a story of falling in love, battling HPV and cervical cancer, facing sexual dysfunction, confronting conflicting feelings about motherhood, and becoming your own best advocate.Michelle Whitlock, author of How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice, says that "as a young woman, I never thought I'd be that girl, the one with cervical cancer. But it happened to me. My experience with cancer, my treatments and the devastating life-long effects changed the landscape of my life forever."Michelle candidly discusses her post-surgery sexual relationship with husband Mark and how they worked together to reclaim her lady parts by together dilating her vagina with what she refers to as a replica of...
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Lifesaver

    Feb 01, 2013 | 10 min
    Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone age 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone age 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. According to Dr. Nagle, colorectal cancer is the only cancer that we can currently prevent by performing a test. When patients get screened for breast cancer, for prostate cancer, we're looking for the cancer that's already occurred. With colonoscopy, a screening for colorectal cancer, we're looking for the polyp that is the precursor lesion before the canc...
  • Fracking: Toxicology & Public Health Concerns

    Feb 01, 2013 | 10 min
    Should you be concerned about fracking or hydraulic fracturing? It could be causing a public health environmental hazard.Are you concerned about fracking or hydraulic fracturing?It's an extremely water-intensive process where millions of gallons of fluid, typically a mix of water, sand, and chemicals, are injected underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil or gas well. Dr. Bernard D Goldstein, MD, discusses his presentation on the subject to the Society of Toxicology's March annual meeting in San Antonio TX, raising public health, environmental and cultural awareness and issues.
  • Uterine Fibroids: Preserving A Woman’s Fertility

    Jan 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Should you think twice before undergoing a hysterectomy for uterine fibroids? Sometimes a second opinion may be just what you need.RadioMD host Christopher Springmann tells of a chance encounter with a concerned grandmother, Belva Williams, on a flight to Chicago, as she describes her grand-daughter's fertility problems caused by uterine fibroids. Belva says a doctor has recommended a hysterectomy, even though she's in her early 20's and childless. What would YOU do? asks Belva of Christopher, who recommends that she seek a second-opinion. But that's not enough for the caring and loving grandmother, who's seeking specific information about other treatment options besides a hysterectomy or, i...
  • Ouch! Kitchen Safety: Bandages Not Included!

    Jan 25, 2013 | 10 min
    The latest home kitchen must-have, the immersion blender, is causing more serious hand injuries than ever before.Of the many primal noises to emanate from the modern kitchen — crackle, sizzle, mmm and so forth — AAAGGGHHH! is not one anybody wants to hear! But the latest home kitchen must-have, the immersion blender, has changed all that, as cooks are regularly slicing-and-dicing their fingers. "It's gained popularity from the smoothies" said Dr. Keith Raskin, a hand surgeon and clinical associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the New York University School of Medicine, who estimates he has treated about a half-dozen immersion blender injuries, many of which involve severed nerves and t...
  • Buyer Beware: Is Your Olive Oil Truly Extra Virgin?

    Jan 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Is that bottle of extra virgin olive oil really all it's touted to be? More importantly, Is it even olive oil at all?That bottle of fine extra virgin olive oil on the supermarket shelf, while it may carry the name of an Italian artist or opera singer, may not necessarily even be olive oil, suggests author Tom Mueller, who wrote Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, a fascinating book about the checkered history of olive oil as medicine, beauty aid and a vital element of religious rituals plus the living economic, social and cultural heritage for peoples throughout the world.
  • Agent Orange, Cancer & The Best Is Yet To Come

    Jan 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Listen to the inspiring story of one woman who was an unwitting victim of Agent Orange.Lesli Moore, knows more about Agent Orange than she really cares to, as she was exposed to the herbicide at the age of 18, as a civilian traveling with the USO in Vietnam under the auspices of the US Army . . . a fresh faced, dewy-eyed teenager on a meet and greet, hand-shake tour, a living picture for many GI's of the girlfriend they left back in America, which GI's called The World. Her autobiography, The Best Is Yet To Come, is an inspirational story about her post-war journey of multiple cancers, falling in love and how she has maintain a cheerful, positive attitude despite challenging medical conditio...
  • Celiac Disease: The Gluten-Free Diet

    Jan 25, 2013 | 10 min
    Can a former psychotherapist find happiness cooking up gluten free, vegan cookies, in response to her own Celiac Disease? Listen and find out!How does a former psychotherapist find absolute happiness cooking up jillions of gluten free vegan cookies in response to her own Celiac Disease, while using only organic, non-GMO ingredients? Mary Waldner's success story is a classic. Starting in her home kitchen, she produced gluten-free crackers as a way to remedy her Celiac Disease. Friends and family went crazy for the crackers and suddenly she found herself in the baking business, big time. Colleagues thought she was nuts to give up her psychotherapy practice, saying 'Mary's gone crackers' ...whi...
  • Olive Oil: Food, Fraud and Extra Virginity

    Jan 18, 2013 | 10 min
    Is there deception, and crime in the food industry in regards to that healthiest of all foods Olive Oil? There just might be!Extra Virginity author Tom Mueller has become the world's expert on olive oil and olive oil fraud, as he discusses globalization, deception, and crime in the food industry from ancient times to the present, a powerful indictment of today's lax protections against fake and even toxic food products in the United States. Extra Virginity is also an inspiring account of the artisanal producers, chemical analysts, chefs, and food activists who are defending the extraordinary oils that truly deserve the name extra-virgin.
  • Working Stiff: A Forensic Pathologist’s Diary

    Jan 18, 2013 | 10 min
    What does it take to be a Medical Examiner? Guts, patience and not much glory. However, it sure is interesting.Forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek picked as auspicious time to start her training at New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, learning to do autopsies on people suspected of experiencing sudden, unexpected or violent death. The time? Just months before the September 11, 2001 or 9-11 tragedy at the World Trade Center, Dr. Melinek prophetically kept a journal of her training experience, which has become the basis of Working Stiff: The Making Of A Medical Examiner, co-authored with her husband. T. J. Mitchell.
  • The Wellness Plan: Big Results From Small Changes

    Jan 18, 2013 | 10 min
    Is it possible to make do-able changes that build on each other to ultimately lead to a totally new, healthier you? It sure is and they're easier than you think.Small Changes, Big Results, by author Ellie Krieger, is a wellness plan with 65 recipes for a healthy, balanced life full of flavor.Ellie introduces her food and lifestyle philosophy as a 12-week plan of small, do-able changes that build on each other to ultimately lead to a totally new, healthier you. She explains her Usually-Sometimes-Rarely outlook on food and cooking and a step by step plan to enjoying an active, satisfying life. Taking a whole-life approach, she addresses three areas that are key to overall wellness – eating wel...
  • Lung Cancer: Why No Ribbons?

    Jan 18, 2013 | 10 min
    Lung cancer takes more lives than any other cancer. Yet why is there is no national pink ribbon or yellow bracelet movement for the disease?Lung cancer takes more lives than any other cancer. This year it will kill an estimated 160,340 Americans – more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined, yet, according to Linda Wenger, Executive Director of Uniting Against Lung Cancer, there is no national pink ribbon or yellow bracelet movement for the disease. Why? In a word: stigma. Lung cancer victims are unfairly characterized as smokers who deserve what they got. Linda's organization is determined to change that inaccurate public and personal perception.
  • Hysterectomy: Hands Off My Uterus!

    Jan 18, 2013 | 10 min
    Is it possible to go in for a benign cyst and left without a uterus and ovaries? We educate you on the dangers of some seemingly minimally invasive procedures.Nora Coffey went into surgery for a straight-forward procedure to remove a benign cyst and left without her uterus and ovaries, a startling medical event that changed her life, compelling her to found HERS, the Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services Foundation, to educate other women about the subject. Her cautionary tale is especially relevant as robotic surgery is touted as an expedient, efficient and safer minimally invasive procedure for hysterectomy.
  • ALS, Stem Cell Research & Hope

    Jan 11, 2013 | 10 min
    What is ALS? Sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrigs disease, the cases are heartbreaking and unbelievable, but there is hope on the horizon.When Diane Winokur speaks about ALS, a usually fatal disease (90%) of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, her audiences listen carefully. She doesn’t have to say “Oh, I feel your pain,” because they feel hers, instead; after all, she lost two adult sons to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.Diane was appointed by California’s Lieutenant Governor as ALS and Multiple Sclerosis, MS, representative on the Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee, the governing body of the California Institute for Regenerative Medi...
  • Lung Cancer: The Stigmatized Disease

    Jan 11, 2013 | 10 min
    Lung cancer is stigmatized because of its association with smoking, as if lung cancer victims somehow deserve their fate.Linda Wenger, executive director of the Uniting Against Lung Cancer research foundation, keeps asking . .. since lung cancer takes more lives than any other cancer and will kill an estimated 160,340 Americans this year, more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined, doesn’t it make you wonder that while there’s a pink ribbon on cosmetics, a Barbie doll, even a pink fried chicken bucket, nobody has raised their hand for lung cancer.
  • The Personalized Genomics Revolution: Analyze Your DNA for Only $99!

    Jan 11, 2013 | 10 min
    Knowing your family medical history is useful, but is this a slippery slope of personalized medicine, without professional guidance and follow-up?Prof. Arthur Caplan, medical bioethicist at New York University's Langone Medical Center, discusses his skepticism of venture capital-funded $99 DNA-based genetic tests sold on the Internet. While an interesting concept, the results of these tests can confuse and even frighten consumers.They can also frustrate physicians, who are unprepared to do genetic counseling on 3rd-party tests they haven’t ordered
  • Regulation of Genetic Testing & FDA Oversight

    Jan 11, 2013 | 10 min
    With the explosion of genetic testing in the United States, the question is: At what point during patient care is it appropriate to use a particular genetic test for a particular patient?’Dr. Diane Allingham-Hawkins, PhD, Director of the Genetic Test Evaluation Program for Hayes, Inc. discusses the explosion of genetic testing in the United States, stating that “Our payer clients need an objective tool they can use to determine when and if a certain genetic or genomic test is necessary and medically appropriate. In patient populations for which multiple genetic or genomic tests might be considered, our interactive decision trees enable payers to answer the question, ‘’At what point in the co...
  • The Spirit of Hospice: Torrey DeVitto’s Volunteer Story

    Dec 28, 2012 | 10 min
    Actress Torrey DeVitto explains the important duty of easing the fears and doubts of loved ones as they approach the end of their lifetime.Actress Torrey DeVitto is the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Hospice Ambassador – and has worked as a volunteer for over four years. Torrey says that: “To most, death is an incredibly scary and taboo idea. Hospice provides a shoulder to lean on... and the important duty of easing the fears and doubts that naturally reside in our minds as we approach the end of our lifetime.Torrey goal, in addition to serving hospice patients and their families, is: “There is nothing I am more proud or passionate about than being a part of this work. I...
  • Same Sex Marriage: Mental Health & Equal Rights

    Dec 21, 2012 | 10 min
    Significant harm can result from discrimination and stigma associated with sexual identity.Guest Dr. Jo Linder-Crow, Executive Director of the 4000 member California Psychological Association, discusses why settling the marriage equality question will, among other issues, promote and support same-sex couples in raising mentally healthy, well-adjusted children. Dr. Linder-Crow has said that the Court now has an opportunity to send a strong and significant message about the harm that can result from discrimination and stigma associated with sexual identity. Stay tuned, as the Court will review California’s Proposition 8, a decision that is expected to come down in June of 2013.
  • Relationships & The Complexities Of Illness: Helping Couples Cope

    Dec 21, 2012 | 10 min
    While a health crisis is an enormous challenge, the outcome is often the deepening of a couple’s commitment to one another.Coauthors Barbara Kivowitz, a seasoned therapist, and Roanne Weisman, an award-winning author of seven books, came to the subject as professionals, but also as having weathered sickness in their own relationships. They know first-hand it is not a matter of if, but when, couples will face a new after reality.In Sickness As In Health is a power tool not just for the suffering partner, but the well one, their caregivers, and family and friends who love them.
  • Lycopene & The Heart-Healthy Sun-Dried Tomato!

    Dec 21, 2012 | 10 min
    Mary Mooney of California’s Mooney Farms, discusses how sun-dried tomatoes contain Lycopene, a phytochemical and proven antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body.Tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil have been the key ingredients of the Mediterranean diet for over 6,000 years. Americans have adopted this diet in record numbers as it has been linked to a long, healthy, and vibrant lifestyle. Mary Mooney of California’s Mooney Farms, discusses how sun-dried tomatoes contain Lycopene, a phytochemical and proven antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body. Ounce per ounce, sun dried tomatoes have 12 times the amount of Lycopene than a raw tomato. Recent studies show that a tomato ric...
  • Fixing Healthcare in America: A National Patient Care Program

    Dec 21, 2012 | 10 min
    New information on how you can be the best advocate for your health.Each year hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths occur in U.S. hospitals, and millions of dollars are spent on patient readmissions that could be averted. Additionally, fewer than half of all patients report feeling part of and respected by the healthcare system that serves them, issues of great concern to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Dr. Dominick Frosch discusses the Foundation’s Patient Care Program initiative, which seeks to achieve, in collaboration with others, a fundamentally better approach to healthcare in America that improves quality and safety, reduces costs, and ensures dignity and respect to both ...
  • The Power Of Negative Thinking?

    Dec 14, 2012 | 10 min
    To quote Edith Wharton: "There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there's only one of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness.”Oliver Burkeman's aim is to find happiness for people who can't stand the oppressive orthodoxy of positive thinking, and he finds himself seeking out those who have set themselves apart from the suffocating rat race of modern life.Burkeman, a journalist and psychology writer, heads to a motivation seminar in San Antonio (with none other than George W Bush as head motivator), finds himself feeling alternately elated and depressed at a meditation retreat in Massachusetts, and finds an odd sort of peace at a Day of the Dead ceremony in...
  • In Sickness & In Health: Couples Cope With Illness

    Dec 14, 2012 | 10 min
    When your significant other faces a serious illness or has an accident, these are the ingredients that can make managing the relationship through a health crisis possible.In Sickness As In Health is a power tool not just for the suffering partner, but the well one, their caregivers, and family and friends who love them.For those who find themselves at the intersection of lifetime love and overwhelming obligation, the right path is often painful and difficult to find. When illness invades the couple relationship, partners ask themselves and each other some really hard questions: "What do I want to do for this person whom I have loved for many years?" "How much of my life do I give up to take ...
  • Protecting Children From Second-Hand Smoke

    Dec 14, 2012 | 10 min
    Thousands of American children daily are subjected to second-hand smoke as they sit strapped into car seats.Dr. Jonathan Winickoff discusses new research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center which reveals that exposure to secondhand smoke decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants in otherwise healthy children and adolescents. The findings may help to explain why children of smokers are more likely to develop pneumonia, bronchitis and other diseases; and also are more likely to experiment with smoking during adolescence.

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