Archive for December 2014

Guest // Diana Shulla-Cose

Host // Toni Bark, MD

apple heartThis program cuts through the Common Core and “U.S. education in crisis” debate with a single question: What if our emphasis on standardized testing and structured lesson plans was all wrong?

Imagine for a moment that a very different kind of focus, one that centers on social-emotional learning, could turn our educational model on its head and deliver real. results. Results that, for example, exceed the national average in high school graduation and college admission rates.

Now, what if I told you that this is already happening in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country where violence, drugs, and high school dropouts are the norm?

If you’re a parent, educator, or taxpayer, you need to listen to this show:

  • What is social-emotional learning?
  • Why are some educators now saying that grit is the best measure of future success?
  • Who created this curriculum and why?
  • How do the foundational elements of social-emotional learning — relationship building, the conversation cycle, active listening, and wrap-around services — work together?
  • Where are the success stories, at the individual, school, and larger community levels?
  • What’s next and who’s doing it?
  • How can parents incorporate aspects of social-emotional learning for their children no matter what type of school they attend?


diana cose cropDiana Shulla-Cose is co-founder and President of Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago. After working as a public school teacher, Diana co-founded Perspectives as a school-within-a-school in 1993. As one of the first charter schools in Chicago, Perspectives is now a network of five 6th-12th grade schools educating over 2,300 students from under-resourced communities. Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average. The key to these results is a program that Diana co-created called A Disciplined Life®. This curriculum and culture will soon be shared with schools throughout the country through a government grant. Diana is a contributing columnist for Smart Business and the Executive Producer of the “I Am for Peace” documentary. She recently led a Lab at Chicago Ideas Week 2014 on social-emotional learning. Diana has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Loyola University Chicago.

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Guests // Leslie Wakefield, Erin Luyendyk, and Philippa Bridge-Cook

Host // Chandler Marrs, PhD

endo pelvic-pain3 cropYou have endometriosis, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts and/or fibroids. Your menstrual periods are hellish, bowel movements are disrupted, bladder functions are awry, and forget about sex. You have suffered through years of pain, have tried countless prescription meds, and likely have had many surgeries, some more successful than others.

For many girls and women without access to specialists, the excruciating pain will continue.  Most can’t get a diagnosis let alone appropriate treatment, but we can address this with education and awareness. The more you know about these women’s health issues, the more likely you will be able to find help for yourself and for your daughters, should they develop these conditions.

In part two of our multipart series on endometriosis, menstrual and pelvic pain syndromes, we’ll be talking about exciting and effective non-invasive options for managing abdominal and pelvic pain syndromes: women’s health physical therapy and anti-inflammatory diets.

Women’s health physical therapy is an emerging, specialized treatment modality to heal inflammatory conditions that affect the abdominal and pelvic regions. Adhesions and fascial restrictions that developed as result of the chronic inflammation and/or surgeries can be softened or released, so the pressure they place on surrounding areas is relieved,  pain is reduced, function is restored, and quality of life improves. Find out if this form of physical therapy might help you or loved ones live pain-free?

Did you know that certain foods can trigger inflammation and exacerbate pain while other foods reduce inflammation? Did you know there are diets specifically designed to help manage endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), PMS, and other common conditions?

Join host Chandler Marrs for a conversation about women’s health and healing with three incredible women:

Leslie WakefieldLeslie Wakefield, DPT, CSCS is a doctor of physical therapy specializing in Women’s Health and Pelvic Rehabilitation. She is the owner of Wellsprings Health, a holistic therapy clinic in Hollywood, Florida, and Director of the Miami Clear Passage clinic. Leslie writes about women’s health physical therapy for Hormones Matter.

Erin - endoErin Luyendyk, RHN is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Nutrition Educator, Raw Chef, and founder of Nutritionista, inspiring women around the globe to nourish themselves healthy. As an endometriosis sufferer herself, she has both expertise and a special passion for using integrative nutrition to help manage endometriosis, PCOS, and PMS. Erin consults with private nutrition clients and health professionals internationally.

Philippa-Bridge-Cook-150x150Philippa Bridge-Cook, PhD is a scientist working in molecular diagnostics and trained in medical genetics and microbiology. She is an endometriosis survivor, advocate, and regular contributor to Hormones Matter. Phillippa is a board member of The Endometriosis Network Canada, a non-profit organization that promotes a patient-centered approach to managing endometriosis to increase the quality of life for those living with it.

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December 17, 2014

Guest // Robert J. Krakow, Esq

Host // Louise Kuo Habakus

sad-child2So you think they’re your kids? Sure, you gave birth to them. You raise them, teach them your values, ferry them far and wide, and shower them with love and stuff.

Did you know they can be taken away from you in a heartbeat and it doesn’t take much?

You might have no warning before there’s a knock at the door from Child Protective Services(CPS).

Let’s back up for a moment. It’s understandable that our reflexive response is to support structured resources that protect children from abuse or neglect. We’ve read terrible stories of little ones tortured beyond imagination. We whisper a quiet prayer that, please, the next time, a curious neighbor or concerned teacher might find the courage to intervene. We’d like to imagine CPS caseworkers as a caped avengers of sorts, swooping in to save the day.

But what happens when you’re on the other side of the equation? Let’s say you get into an argument with a doctor or a teacher. What if a neighbor doesn’t like the way you’re raising your child? Can anyone call CPS about you? Is it true that allegations can be unsubstantiated and calls can be made anonymously? CPS is obligated to investigate every single call. And more parents than you can imagine fall down the rabbit hole. They find themselves in a true nightmare, waging an epic battle for their children.

Join me and Bob Krakow for an eye-opening and sobering discussion about the things that can and do happen to parents and what you need to know to protect your family:

  • What if the hospital says your child urgently requires a certain medical intervention and you disagree?
  • What if you and your child’s doctor don’t see eye to eye about supplements, alternative treatments, or vaccination?
  • What if you’re falsely accused of Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP)?
  • Who are Mandated Reporters?
  • What are the laws and limits? What do we need to know about the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)?
  • What rights do parents have?
  • What are the top things that parents must know to protect their families?

bob headshot cropRobert J. Krakow, Esq is an attorney in private practice in New York City focusing on the trial of civil and criminal cases, and specializes in the representation of persons injured by exposure to environmental toxins and vaccines. Bob started his legal career with NYPIRG. He was a prosecutor with the New York County District Attorney’s office and served as Bureau Chief of the special narcotics prosecution division. Bob is committed to working for individuals with disabilities. He is on the board of Lifespire, Inc. and was Board Chair for 7 years. He founded and/or serves/served on the boards of prominent autism and vaccine safety advocacy organizations including EBCALA, Center for Personal Rights, A-CHAMP, National Autism Association, and SafeMinds. He lives in NYC with his wife and their two children.

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Guest // Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND

Host // Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Millions of people are taking calcium and vitamin D supplements thinking they’re helping their bones. The truth is, without the addition of vitamin K2, such a health regimen could prove dangerous, even deadly.

Without vitamin K2, the body cannot direct calcium to the bones where it’s needed; instead, the calcium resides in soft tissue (like the arteries)—leading to a combination of osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, or the dreaded “calcium paradox.”

It’s time to bring attention to the enormous health benefits of Vitamin K2 in making the body less susceptible to dental cavities, heart disease, prostate cancer, liver cancer, diabetes, wrinkles, obesity, varicose veins, and other ailments.

portraitKate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND is a popular health expert on Canadian television and radio, and a contributing editor to several health-related publications. She is the author of Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox. Kate graduated from McMaster University with an honors BSc in Biology and completed her professional training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Born and raised on Montreal’s West Island, Kate now makes her home in Ancaster, Ontario (just west of Hamilton) with her husband, sons and Chloe, the Great Dane.

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Guest // Suzanne Humphries, MD

Host // Kelly Brogan, MD

cdc preg bellyThe CDC website has information on Vaccines for Pregnant Women and Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women. Here, pregnant women and clinicians are told:

  • Vaccines can keep mama and “her growing family” healthy.
  • Specific vaccines that are needed are based on age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous vaccination.
  • Get up to-date with vaccines before getting pregnant
  • Some vaccines cannot be given during pregnancy (i.e., rubella).
  • Some vaccines should be given during pregnancy: pertussis, hepatitis B, flu.
  • It is safe for a woman to receive vaccines right after giving birth, even while she is breastfeeding.

Together, these pages raise more questions than they answer. Kelly Brogan raises a collective, manicured eyebrow on behalf of many dubious women and dig into the research with these probing questions:

  • Where’s the science showing safety and efficacy for both mom and fetus?
  • If vaccination should vary based on age and lifestyle, then where’s this discussion and the underlying evidence base?
  • What do we know about maternal-fetal immunology?
  • Which vaccines are Category C pharmaceutical drugs and what does this mean?
  • Can we speak very specifically about the reasons women cannot get some vaccines while pregnant? Is it just the live virus vaccines?
  • What are the adverse events that have been documented following vaccination while pregnant?
  • What’s the down low on flu shots? Efficacy, statistics, mist vs injections, and lessons from the 1917 epidemic and recent swine flu campaigns? How does the CDC justify its recent decision to recommend live virus flu shots to 2 year olds when so many pregnant women have toddlers at home? (Live attenuated rubella virus is excreted from nose and throat 7 to 28 days after vaccination. – MMR II package insert, p. 5)
  • Why is the mercury-based preservative thimerosal still in the flu shot, recommended to virtually everyone, including babies and pregnant women?
  • What’s cocooning and do you buy it?
  • What adverse events have been reported following vaccination of pregnant women?
  • Is there a better way for women to boost the immune system during pregnancy?

This discussion is for girls and women of reproductive age, the people who love them, and parents and guardians of young children.

suzanne humphries headshotSuzanne Humphries, MD is a conventionally-trained physician who participated in mainstream medicine from 1989-2011. During those years, she saw how often that approach fails patients and creates new diseases. Suzanne is board-certified in nephrology and was formerly certified in internal medicine. She graduated from Temple University Medical School. Read more about Suzanne on her website

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