Archive for March 2014

To an increasing number of working mothers at every income level, “having it all” is accompanied by insomnia, depression, anxiety, medication, and overwhelming feelings of failure. In her staggering new book, Maxed Out, Katrina Alcorn tells a story that has women nodding in sympathy and recognition.

In our interview, Katrina describes the emotional and physical signals she experienced revealing her life was far out of balance, the strong ties she felt to her work life which made acknowledging these warning signs so difficult, and the wealth of insight into the need for systemic change so clear to her as she came out the other side.

Katrina says that women often “compare their insides to other people’s outsides.” In this program we examine the inside and outside of the work and family balance.

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Children spend 7 hours 38 minutes per day using entertainment media. And due to media multitasking (i.e., surfing while texting), they actually pack 10 hours 45 minutes of media content into those 7+ hours.

Do you know how the brain responds to video games and watching TV? Would it surprise you to know that children are overstimulating the part of the brain responsible for activating the “fight, flight or freeze” survival responses? And we are under-stimulating the activities that simulate the part of the brain responsible for empathy, relationship building, and executive function (i.e., planning, decision making, judgment).

Today we interview Kristen Race, PhD author of Mindful Parenting  who integrates cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology, and child development offering suggestions that are grounded in the science of the brain. Kristen emphasizes small changes that can make a big difference. In this program she will teach parents the tools of resiliency, brain coolers, and the benefits of nurturing a mindfulness practice that can change how our brain works.

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The emotional and financial toll of infertility is overwhelming. Couples report feelings of frustration, shame, social isolation, jealousy, and exhaustion. Ten to fifteen percent of US couples are infertile.

What can we learn from the best information available today on infertility?

  • What are the major drivers of infertility?
  • Are there natural strategies?
  • Can couples improve their prospects for conception through lifestyle changes?
  • How about supplements?
  • What do traditional medicine practices have to teach us?
  • Three changes to make today if you are looking to conceive this year.

Kelly Brogan, MD engages infertility expert Victoria Maizes in a candid, evidence-based discussion on the various ways women can prepare their bodies and minds for a healthy conception, pregnancy, and birth.

Victoria Maizes, MD is the Executive Director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a Professor of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine and Public Health, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is a recognized leader in integrative medicine and lectures worldwide to academic and community audiences. A graduate of Barnard College, she received her medical degree from UCSF College of Medicine, completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Missouri, and her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. ODE magazine named Victoria one of the world’s 25 intelligent optimists in 2009. In 2010, she co-edited Integrative Women’s Health, published by the Oxford University Press. Her newest book is Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child (Scribner, 2013).

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Tanya Selvaratnam was inspired to write The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism And The Reality Of The Biological Clock after her third miscarriage at the age of 40 in the fall of 2011. It was the book she needed then. So she wrote it, sharing what she had learned through her attempts to become a mother and exploring how delaying motherhood intersects with science, feminism, evolution, popular culture, female friendships, global economics, and more.

In the book she lays bare The Big Lie that we can do things on our own timetables, that we can manipulate evolution and that we don’t need feminism anymore.

This show is a conversation-starter with an eye towards social policy-change as part of the solution. The author's brave personal revelations set a safe a tone for an open conversation free of the guilt and failure women often feel around the issues of abortion, miscarriage, and infertility.

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