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Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Psychology, Self-help

SEP 16: How MBCT Can Help Alleviate Depression & Anxiety with Dr. Stuart Eisendrath

Since the pandemic hit our shores, more Americans than ever are experiencing mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Dr. Stuart Eisendrath joins us to share insights on mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and how it can help stabilize our emotions without — or in addition to — meds.

We also discuss why depression and anxiety often go together. And how MBCT can help us become more aware of triggers and potential relapses.

Dr. Eisendrath is the senior clinician and research psychiatrist at the University of California in San Francisco, and founding director of the UCSF Depression Center. His new book is When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression.

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Health & Wellness, Nature, Non Fiction, Science

AUG 05: The Well-Gardened Mind with Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith

Mental health issues in America are at an all time high, and with everything that’s going on right now, it’s not surprising that many people are struggling.

Studies show that connecting with nature can lift our spirits and provide long-term health benefits. Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith shares insights, neuroscience, and anecdotes to help us understand why. We discuss what a well-gardened mind means. Why so many famous artists are inspired by nature. What happens to our brain when we see beauty. And how nature can heal mind, body, spirit.

Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith is an accomplished psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She currently teaches at the Tavistock Clinic in London and is a consultant to the UK DocHealth Service.  Her new book is THE WELL-GARDENED MIND: The Restorative Power of Nature.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

JUL 08: The 12 Rules of Attention with Dr. Joseph Cardillo

We often use the words mindfulness and attention interchangeably, yet they have quite different meanings says Dr. Joseph Cardillo. He returns to Conversations Live to explain how recognizing that difference can make a big impact on your happiness, at work, and with life in general.  We also discuss how to talk to your brain using visualization as a powerful method of communication, and what we can learn from nature.

Dr. Cardillo covers all of this and more in his new book The 12 Rules of Attention: How to Avoid Screw-Ups, Free Up Headspace, Do More & Be More At Work.

Dr. Joseph Cardillo is an inspirational speaker and sought after expert on energy teaching, as well as best-selling author of several books in the fields of health, mind-body-spirit; and psychology. He holds a PhD in holistic psychology and mind-body-medicine and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today, Live Happy magazine, and The Huffington Post.

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Conservation, Health & Wellness, Wildlife

APR 08: National Wildlife Week with Naturalist David Mizejewski

Most of us are on Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders right now because of COVID 19. But even some introverts are starting to go stir-crazy. So how can you entertain your kids, get some fresh air and a little vitamin D from sunlight — and do so safely and responsibly?

Celebrating National Wildlife Week, David Mizejewski joins us to provide suggestions for indoor and safe outdoor activities. We discuss how to begin creating a sustainable garden to support wildlife. How to get kids’ Ranger Rick magazines for FREE.  Why Possum’s are the most misunderstood creatures, and their value to our environment. As well as the many physical and emotional benefits of getting kids outdoors and interested in wildlife (following CDC Corona virus guidelines, of course!).

David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. He’s a regular on Conan, The Wendy Williams Show, and NBC’s Today Show. He’s also hosted TV shows on NatGeo WILD and Animal Planet.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Self-help

MAR 11: The 4 Season Solution with Dallas Hartwig

When we’re always turned on, plugged in, burning the candle at both ends, we’re living a recipe for disaster. Making lifestyle adjustments, more aligned with nature and its changing seasons and natural rhythms, today’s guest expert says you can go from frazzled and exhausted to feeling good and living well.

Dallas Hartwig‘s latest book is The 4 Season Solution: The Groundbreaking New Plan for Feeling Better, Living Well, and Powering Down Our Always-On Lives. We’ll identify the 4 Keys of Wellness. Tell you how to get unstuck. Discuss the damaging effects of burnout from living in a “constant state of summer” — and share ways to recover your sanity and wellbeing.

Dallas Hartwig is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Whole 30 and It Starts with Food. He’s a speaker, nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and physical therapist who specializes in treating lifestyle-related health issues.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development

FEB 12: Dr. Steven J. Stein and the Hardiness Mindset

Why do people react differently to stressful situations, such as loss of a job or an illness?  Dr. Steven J. Stein believes hardiness is at the heart of the answer.  Today, you’ll learn the benefits of hardiness, how it differs from resilience, and if you were not one of the lucky ones born with it, how you can cultivate it.  His new book, co-authored with Paul T. Bartone, is Hardiness: Making Stress Work for You to Achieve Your Life Goals.

Dr. Stein is a clinical psychologist and founder and executive chair of Multi-Health Systems, a leading assessment and behavior analytics company. He’s a former chair of the psychology foundation of Canada, former president of the Ontario Psychological Association, and currently teaches at the Directors College of Canada.

Co author Retired Colonel Paul T Bartone is a visiting research fellow at the Institute for national security policy. During his 25 year US Army career, he served as commander of the US Army Medical Research Unity … and taught leadership and psychology at West Point.

 

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction

FEB 05: Whole Person Integrative Eating with Deborah Kesten

Could a dietary lifestyle that nourishes you physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially be your answer to emotional overeating and obesity?  Deborah Kesten has researched this at an international level for 25 years and says yes!

Today we discuss how it’s not just food that you need to be aware of, but also why, how, and with whom you eat it. We explore the seven root causes of overeating, and share some of the proven nutrition concepts Deborah discovered in other countries.

Deborah Kesten, MPH, is an international nutritional researcher, and a medical and health writer with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She’s the award-winning author of Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul. And Whole Person Integrative Eating: A Breakthrough Dietary Lifestyle to Treat the Root Causes of Overeating, Overweight, and Obesity. 

Coauthor (and husband) Larry Scherwitz, PhD, has a doctorate in Social Psychology, and trained at Harvard Medical School in psychophysiology. He’s published in prestigious medical journals including The Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Conservation, Environment, Health & Wellness, Humor, Social Issues

DEC 18: Richard Louv’s Our Wild Calling

What would your life be like if you were as immersed in nature as you are in your electronic devices?  Today you will find out how connecting with animals can improve our spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.  You’ll learn why a coyote riding on public transportation could become the new norm, and how our children can learn ethical behavior from our dogs.  And find out how our guest compares raccoons to Silicone Valley and Seattle technophiles!

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, and co-founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network.  In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, Sir David Attenborough and President Jimmy Carter.  His new book is Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform our Lives — and Save Theirs.

 

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction

DEC 11: Pleased to Meet Me with Dr. Bill Sullivan

Why do some people like broccoli and others find it disgusting?  What makes some people vote liberal and some vote conservative?  “Trust your gut” is an oft used and usually sound piece of advice, but did you know it actually has a scientific basis?   Dr. Bill Sullivan joins us today with evidence that our microbiota – the trillions of microbes living in our gut – influence and affect our behavior and moods.

Dr. Sullivan, author of National Geographic’s Pleased To Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are, holds a doctorate in cell and molecular biology and is an award-winning professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies genetics and infectious diseases.

 

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Health & Wellness, Social Issues, Travel & Adventure

DEC 04: Christina Adams’ Camel Crazy and a Boy with Autism

It’s often said a mother will go to the ends of the earth for the health and well being of her children.  Today we are joined by a mother of an autistic son whose mission really did take her across the globe – from Bedouin camps in the Middle East to Amish farms in Pennsylvania to villages in India.  Christina Adams shares how camel’s milk helped her son, as well as what studies show regarding how it may be able to help with other common health issues, and the sustainability of raising camels as an alternative to cow’s milk or soy.  Her new book is Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels.

Christina is an award-winning journalist and author who speaks on writing, culture, autism, and camels.  Her work has been featured by National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles TimesGlobal Advances in Health and Medicine, and more.

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