Shark Conservation: Protecting the Oldest Species on Earth

19Sep

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Just as with other large predators, from Grizzly Bears to Wolves, humans have hunted these species and in many regions of the planet have brought them to near or complete extinction. New scientific studies show the critical importance that those animals had and have on the ecosystems that they were or are a part of. As for the oceans, sharks play this critical role. There are over 400 shark species in the world, and in this episode we will hear about their function, their challenges, and what is being done to protect them.


Guest: 
Dean Fessler, Jr., Education Director, Shark Research Institute, Princeton, N.J.

Nutrition for Children: Starting them Off Right

12Sep

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We all know that a diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables and unprocessed, whole foods is the foundation for overall health and well being. And we also know that even before children are born, they are already exposed to hundreds of chemicals and heavy metals, a toxic burden that could compromise the children’s health and development. And from there our young ones, just as we are, are exposed to toxins in our food and environment as they grow older. Today we are learning just how important a healthy diet is in balancing this exposure to toxins, and what a healthy children-specific diet looks like.
Guest:
Dr. Matthew Lederman, Co-Author, Forks Over Knives Family, Los Angeles, CA

Strong Bones: Optimal Food for Skeletal Health

5Sep

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Food is thy medicine, again today. Osteoporosis, or loss of bone density, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and many other Western Societies. The common answer to bone loss is usually Calcium. While Calcium has an important role in our overall bone health, there is much more to the story. In this hour, we are speaking with a physician about how to prepare and combine whole foods to prevent and treat Osteoporosis naturally.


Guest:
Dr. Laura Kelly, Co-Author, The Healthy Bones Nutrition Plan and Cookbook, Topanga, CA

Food Service Training: Changing Lives for Common Good

24Aug

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Food is everything – from the fields to the grocery store, from our plates to our health, from community to personal and professional re-integration. We all need to eat, every day, and because of it, being trained in any aspect of food production, preparation, or nutrition, will provide a foundation for one’s life that a person will be able to stand on forever. That is the idea behind our guest today, an amazing non profit that offers food service training as a way to re-integrate people back into society – and, as we will learn, have society benefit from it in a very tangible way in return.


Guest:
Tracy Hitchcock, CEO, Create Common Good, Boise, ID

Organic Agriculture: Honoring Life, Land and Community

15Aug

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Three women who have made organic food their career show us that sustainable food production and healthy agricultural practices have a tremendous impact on everything that food touches. Starting on the land with the farmer, these practices positively affect just about everything along the journey, ultimately reaching the end consumer. Us. In this episode, we celebrate the notion that life creates life, with Helge Hellberg. 


Guests:
Christie Biddle, Fruit Buyer Susan Simitz, Social Media & Marketing Manager Jessica Cole, Quality Assurance & Inventory Control Specialist Earls Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Diet and Depression: A Vicious Cycle

8Aug

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We are what we eat – this old saying about how much our food intake affects our physical health is now being expanded into our mental health as well. In recent years, research has been showing the direct connection between what we eat and what – or how – we think. In other words, our mental capacity and our mood are the direct result of our diet. Today Helge Hellberg is speaking with a Psychiatrist specifically about how to best address Depression through your diet.


Guest:
Dr. James Greenblatt, Integrative Psychatrist & Author, Breakthrough Depression Solution: Mastering Your Mood with Nutrition, Diet and Supplementation, Walthan, MA

Good Health Starts from Within: The Stash Plan

1Aug

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Guest: 
Elizabeth Troy, Nutritionist & Co-Author, The Stash Plan, Westport, CT

Children and Nature: A Crucial Connection

25Jul

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American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors—that is 90 percent less time than their parents did. There is a significant physical, emotional, and mental price to pay for having such little exposure to Nature and unstructured playtime. What is at stake, how to bring Nature back into all of our lives, and specifically, How to Raise a Wild Child – that’s our topic in this hour of An Organic Conversation.


Guest:
Scott D. Sampson, Author, How to Raise a Wild Child, Vancouver, B.C.

The Epicenter of the Organic Movement: Marin County

18Jul

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There is a small county just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area that has shaped the organic food and agriculture movement throughout the country – if not the world – forever. As the nation's only all-organic county, Marin sets an example for the future of organic farming and the evolution of the industry. How did this happen and what can be learned from this model? Listen to one of the true leaders of the organic movement, Warren Weber, owner of Star Route Farms.


Guest:
Warren Weber, Owner, Star Route Farms, Bolinas, CA

Island Wisdom: Lessons from Hawaiian Culture

27Jun

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There is a deep reverence and respect for the Elements of Water, Sky, and Earth, Sun and Moon that we’ll find when we engage with cultures that have developed in the middle of the ocean, away from the speed of mainland societies. Hawaiian philosophy does not consider the physical and non-physical aspects of the world to be separate, therefore, to heal one aspect, all must be healed. Hear from an Hawaiian elder about key lessons in life - how to be of service, honor your family, and always practice kindness.


Guest:
Kevin Hoke, CEO & President, Hawaiian Outrigger Experience, Wailuku, HI

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