Vegetarian or Vegan: The Health Benefits of Plant Based Diets

6Feb

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The average American consumes about 270 pounds of meat a year, making the United States the country with one of the highest meat consumptions per person in the world. We know of our love for meat, and most of us know at least about some connection between meat consumption and our health, particularly cardiovascular, or heart health. So how much healthier is a diet that is much more – or entirely – plant based, that avoids animal meat or animal products all together? New studies are out that are looking at the effect of plant-based diets on our health, both for vegetarian as well as vegan diets.

 

Guest: 

Vandana Sheth, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Los Angeles, CA

The Independent Farmstead: Living Successfully Off the Land

30Jan

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Many people, especially young folks, are dreaming of their own small piece of land, self-supported, away from the stresses of the city, to live a lifestyle of peace, based on a deep relationship to nature and self. Today, we are learning what it takes to make that dream a reality from people who have done it.

 

Guests:

Shawn & Beth Dougherty, Co-Authors, The Independent Farmstead, The Sow's Ear, Ohio

Affordable Preschool Education: Learning in Outdoor Classrooms

23Jan

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Can education be fun, safe, safe and affordable - even for low income families? A new preschool is using outdoor classrooms to provide quality education in reading, math and science affordable for families and to give children a joyful, nature rich childhood – one full of play, exploration and wonder.

 

Guest: 

Andrew Jay, CEO, Tiny Trees Preschool, Seattle, WA

Clean Drinking Water: The Power of Knowing

16Jan

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Governmental agencies are in place to make absolutely sure that we are protected, and that we are able to live lives that are healthy, and safe. The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, brought forward a picture that one can adopt to many other products and public safety areas, from drugs, to air, and food, just to name a few. So how safe are we, really? Today we’ll talk with an expert who has made public safety his career, and we’ll learn what we can do ourselves to make sure that – in this case – our water is 100% safe to drink.

Guest:

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, Founder & Executive Director, Toxin Alert, McLean, VA

Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality: From the Unthinkable to the Inevitable

9Jan

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What would our society be without women? Impossible to comprehend, right? And yet, women have been marginalized for hundreds and hundreds of years, fighting long and hard for equal pay, for voting rights, for a true recognition of their value in business, their leadership, and their critical role in society. Tiffany Shlain's film 50/50 explores the 10,000 year history of women + power and asks, what’s it going to take to get to a #5050 world — not just politics and board rooms, but truly shifting the gender balance to be better for everyone.

Guest: 

Tiffany Shlain, Director, 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power, Mill Valley, CA

 

Zero Waste Living: Practical Tips for Every Day

2Jan

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*Originally Aired on 4/04/16. Chosen as "Best of 2016"

15% of the cost is in the packaging. So what do you gain by striving for a Zero Waste lifestyle? A cleaner home, a healthier planet, deeper relationships, and up to 40% more money in your wallet. What are you waiting for? It takes less time than you think...

Guest:

Bea Johnson, Author, Zero Waste Home, Mill Valley, CA

Alive Inside: Music to Remember

26Dec

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*Originally Aired on 3/14/16. Chosen as "Best of 2016"

An award-winning documentary shows the powerful effect music has on patients with Alzheimer's disease. By demonstrating how melody returns people to long lost memories, we explore the question, "can music make you come alive again?"

 

Guest: 

Michael Rossato-Bennett, Writer/Director/Producer, Alive Inside, New York, NY

Animal & Human Companionship: Proven Benefit to Our Health

19Dec

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*Originally Aired on 3/28/16. Chosen as "Best of 2016"

Anyone who has ever loved an animal knows the sublime quality of a relationship built upon unconditional love. Increasing evidence suggests that beyond the bonds of companionship, human-animal relationships can also be life saving. Tune in to learn about how animals across species are healing a spectrum of human ailments - and how animals improve their health at the same time.


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Hooked on Sweet: Beating Sugar Addiction Now

12Dec

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The average American consumes about 150 pounds of refined sugar a year. That almost half a pound of refined sugar each day. Refined sugar is in everything, not just in sugary drinks, but even in our cut meats, and in our bread, and in most everything else. It’s there for two reasons – it makes things taste better, and, it gets us hooked, because sugar is addictive. Today we are talking with an expert on sugar, a doctor who has made unhooking from sugar his life’s career.

 

Guest: 

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., Author, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction, Hawaii

Ancient Wisdom and Indigenous Rights: Lessons from Standing Rock

5Dec

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Indigenous people’s rights have been violated since the beginning of time. But one would think that by now, we would have seen and understood the injustice of the past and revised our stands and approach to land use in general, and in particular, when it includes land of the First Nations or any other indigenous groups in this country, or anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately, not so. The developments around Standing Rock in North Dakota where an oil pipeline is supposed to go through sacred land, including underneath the Missouri River - the longest river in America - has raised massive political, cultural, environmental, and ethnic concerns. This week we are speaking with a Native American elder about what is happening and what is at stake at Standing Rock, and what the lessons are, that so urgently need to become a much greater part of our way of life.

 

Guest: 

David Escobar, Lenca-Poton Indian, Member of the Indigenous Cuxcatan Collective

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