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Lisa.FM Thrive!

This show covers all aspects of health, wellness and personal development. From managing stress to the power of a good night's sleep. Find out how good oral hygiene can support a healthy body and about the impact your thoughts and emotions have on your overall well being. You'll also hear about essential oils, anti-aging techniques, mindfulness, natural remedies, and reducing toxins in your environment. This podcast will help you go from merely living to thriving! You can also catch some of these podcasts on KCBX FM, Public Radio for the Central Coast, in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
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Jan 28, 2017

Welcome to the Year of the Fire Rooster! The Lunar New Year is a powerful time to set goals to revolutionize your good health.

In this podcast I share two health supplements that I use daily, and recommend for good health.

Life 9, a probiotic from Young Living, promotes a healthy digestive system. Remember the old saying "I have a Gut Feeling"? There's truth to this. Science reveals a strong connection between our brain and our belly! So, keep your belly feeling good with Life 9 from Young Living.

NingXia Red juice drink from Young Living is another thing I use every day to keep feeling healthy.  Just 2-4 ounces a day can support good health. Google "Wolfberry" to find out about the super-ingredient in NingXia Red.

Click here to order the products mentioned in this podcast, and discover Young Living products for yourself. 

 

(photo credit: George T Bundy)

Sep 25, 2016

It's barely Autumn, and it sure seems as if cold & flu season arrived early this year. I've been using Young Living Essential Oils products to keep from getting the bugs that have been going around the radio station where I work.

In this podcast, I share with you how to use two Young Living essential oils blends, "Thieves" and "Purification," to support good health and eliminate germs year-round. 

Essential Oils from Young Living can not only help to kill germs that might make you sick. They can also keep your home and living environment smell fresh and clean. A few drops of Purification essential oil in a diffuser or blended with water in a spray bottle is great for eliminating pet and cooking odors.

Young Living essential oils and home and beauty products contain no synthetics or chemical ingredients, promoting good health and a clean living environment.

To find out more about Young Living products, and to order your premium starter kit featuring at least 11 different essential oils and an electric diffuser, to to AromaThrive.com - and be sure to use my Young Living Member ID #1734225.

Aug 30, 2016

A recent story in the New York Times suggested that abrupt changes in personality may be early warning signs for Alzheimer's disease. These changes in behavior can range from - agitation - to depression - to suddenly developing an overactive sexual appetite. It can set in even before the person starts to lose their memory. 

To find out more - I spoke with Dr. Kenneth Kosik, co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Kosik is the author of Outsmarting Alzheimer's, What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk.

 

Aug 18, 2016

At age 85, Dr. Walter Bortz still runs half marathons, writes books and a weekly blog and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University and author of “DARE to be 100” and several other books talks to me about the importance of “Attitude” and “Renewal” in living a long and happy life.

In this podcast you’ll also find out why ‘Engagement’ is his magic word to aging gracefully, and why he’s embarrassed by his (medical) profession.

Dr. Bortz will be presenting a class, "DARE to be 10 - Science-Based Secrets of Long Life," in Santa Barbara at SBCC's Center for Lifelong Learning, beginning September 19th. Click here for details.

 

Jul 6, 2016

Autism - it's an all-to-common diagnosis for children on the Central Coast and across the country.  But, treatment for the disease has come a long way in the past 50 years. 

One of the most effective modern therapies for Autism was developed at the UC Santa Barbara Koegel Autism Center.  I spoke with one of the center's founders, Dr. Lynn Koegel, to find out more about the Pivotal Response Treatment therapy she and her husband, Dr. Robert Koegel, developed during their 30 years of working in the field.

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Jun 7, 2016

Holding a grudge only hurts yourself. But, how can you let go of old anger, or fear? Hypnotherapist Nancy Segal shares tips for how to release old wounds and live a happier life.  

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May 24, 2016

More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes. This number is expected to rise, and many more people aren't even aware that they have the disease. 

In this episode of Lisa.FM Thrive, author Michael Bedar explains the dramatic rise in diabetes, obesity and other health problems in America is linked to "the 20 year rule." That's the amount of time that has passed since highly-processed foods arrived on store shelves.   

Bedar talks about how to 'eat intuitively,' by choosing and preparing foods in a way that retains their natural colors. The clothes we wear (cotton clothing can be drenched in toxic pesticides) and the water we bathe in also impact our health. 

Bedar's novel, "Sweet Healing: A Whole Health Journey," has been described as a whole-life healing-themed "Way of the Peaceful Warrior"-type adventure. It tells the story of how a man on the brink of of retirement learns he has type 2 diabetes. It describes how his family comes together to offer support. The story also features seven touchstones, or inspirational gems, for living a well-balanced, healthy life.

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May 3, 2016

The link between your mouth and overall health is becoming more evident. Developing a good routine of brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly can help you maintain good health into your sunset years.

Dr. Chris Marchack of Pasadena Prosthodontics describes oral systemic health, and the link between periodontal disease and other health conditions, from stroke and heart attack to infertility.   

He covers dental health for all ages - from kids (he'll share a story that could convince the little ones in your life to get started on a life-long solid brushing routine) to senior-citizens, and how taking prescription drugs can impact dental health.

You may also be surprised to learn the value of having healthy teeth and gums when recovering from heart valve and knee or hip replacement surgeries.

"There's definitely a correlation between good dental hygiene and
infections," said Dr. Chris.

Along with seeing patients, Dr. Chris trains dentists and speaks to other dental professionals around the world. For more information, visit his website at PasadenaImplants.com

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Apr 26, 2016

A bout of bronchitis kept Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb from running in the 2016 Boston Marathon. Instead, she served as Grand Marshal of the famous race. But, 50 years ago, when women were not allowed to enter the Boston Marathon, Gibb ran the race anyway -making history and forever changing women's sports. 

In this episode of Lisa.FM Thrive! Gibb explains how, dressed in her brother's Bermuda shorts, she jumped out of bushes near the starting line to run the race. She talks about what the other runners did when they figured out there was a woman in the race and what happened afterward.

"We had a sense at that moment that things were never going to be the same again," said Gibb.

Learn the reason Race officials gave her for not allowing her to race in 1966, and how she turned the rejection into an opportunity to speak up for social justice. Gibb also shares the experience that moved her to tears at this year's Boston Marathon.

Today, Bobbi speaks up for social change. And, her interests span a wide spectrum - from art to neuroscience. She's an artist, and a fundraising effort is underway to have Bobbi create a sculpture of herself - or a generic female runner - to go on display in Boston. Click this link to learn more or donate. And, be sure to connect with Bobbi Gibb via her Faceook page, click here. 

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Apr 19, 2016

It seems like allergy season gets longer every year. Whether it’s foods or the environment, a lot of people are suffering from allergies.

In this episode of Lisa.FM Thrive!, Dr. Jacob Offenberger, allergist and specialist with Dignity Health Northridge Hospital talks about the latest trends in caring for allergy sufferers.

Find out why kids living on farms are less likely to suffer with allergies than kids who live in the city; and why Dr. Offengberger recommends that parents introduce their children to a variety of foods at a very young age.

Find out if air purifiers or humidifiers can provide relief, and whether there are any alternative treatments (I use a blend of essential oils to keep my sinuses dry).

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Apr 13, 2016

A smile is a sign of friendliness that’s understood in any language. What can you do if you were not born with a beautiful smile but would like to improve yours?

In this episode, Dr. Christopher Marchack with Pasadena Prosthodontics offers options for what you could do to improve your smile, as well as tips for how to find a dentist that’s right for you.

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Mar 23, 2016

You’ve probably heard the old adage "you are what you eat." If this is the case, America's obsession with fast food is becoming alarmingly destructive.

Research out of UCLA recently revealed that more than half of all adults in California have either pre-diabetes or diabetes that hasn't been diagnosed.

In this podcast you'll hear about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, who is more at risk, and what pregnant women should know about diabetes.

My guest is Ellen Goodstein, executive director of the William Sansum Diabetes Center in Santa Barbara, California. She will explain the work that Sansum Diabetes does, including development of an artificial pancreas, which could be helpful to those who are living with diabetes.

Here are some highlights from the UCLA study: 

— 13 million adults in California (46%) have pre-diabetes or undiagnosed diabetes — 2.5 million adults (9%) have already been diagnosed with diabetes. 

That adds up to 15.5 million people, 55% of the state’s population 

33% of young adults (aged 18 to 39) have pre-diabetes

Read more about the UCLA study here.

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Mar 15, 2016

Meeting the demands of daily life can be overwhelming. Developing healthy boundaries – physical and energetic - can help you reduce stress and feel more in control.

In this podcast, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Brian D. Mahan explains why it’s hard for many people to set clear boundaries (because most of us didn’t learn how in childhood).  

“We weren’t allowed to have those boundaries in our family situation and then we don’t know how to take that…. Into our social lives.”

“The more we are able to identify what our energetic boundaries are, what our values are, then the more we are able to……  sit in the strength of our own sense of what’s right and wrong,” said Mahan.

Mahan says identifying your core values is key a first step toward establishing healthy boundaries.

“It’s important to get in touch with ‘what’s important to us, what’s not important, what we like and what we dislike.”

When values are defined, he says, a person can make a decision and take action, or what he calls ‘healthy aggression.’

“we have this opinion that aggression is a bad thing, and the reason we have that is it’s usually shamed out of us as children” but, Mahan says ‘Healthy aggression is also discipline, dedication, drive, empowerment.”

In this podcast, you will also learn how Somatic Experiencing (SE) can offer relief to those suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), trauma and other disturbing life events.

Mahan was introduced to SE at the suggestion of his chiropractor. He was suffering from daily panic attacks following a major car crash. He says, after three SE sessions, his panic attacks went away.

The experience was so life-changing for him, he became an SE practitioner and now trains others in this methodology as well.

SE, created by Dr. Peter Levine, is considered one of the world’s foremost approaches for dealing with developmental trauma, anxiety, stress and panic disorders.

Find out more about Brian D. Mahan and SEP at BrianDMahan.com

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Feb 2, 2016

February is considered the 'month of love' for some romantics. For others, Valentine's Day (or February) is just another reminder of being single.  But, if you would like to, chances are it's not too late for you to find a sweetheart. Lisa Amador, owner of Santa Barbara Matchmaking, is a matchmaker and dating coach. She offers dating and relationship coaching as well as personalized matchmaking services to clients who are looking for true love. 

In our podcast conversation, Amador offers advice for navigating the world of online dating. For starters, she suggests writing a solid profile and posting flattering, non-blurry (recent) photos (which can be taken with your smartphone).

In the online profile, Amador urged Lisa.FM listeners to show off some aspects of your personality. "Share what's exciting and wonderful about you.... Tell me a story that shows who you are. Or, give something unique to allow the person to see who you are."

"You should be very transparent (in your profile) and let people know what you are looking for so you don't waste your time."

The Santa Barbara matchmaking maven says one of the biggest challenges of her job is helping her clients to get in the proper mindset - to be ready for love to come into their lives. Confidence and feeling good about yourself and your body can translate into a better dating experience. 

"You're going to attract what you are putting out... so you want to attract the best," said Amador.

In our podcast, Amador talks about how to choose the best online dating site for your needs. Tinder is known for offering a platform for 'hook ups,' which isn't the best option for anyone who wants true love. But, Amador doesn't rule out any site, since you never know (where you will find Mr or Ms Right).  

Just in time for Valentine's Day! Santa Barbara Matchmaking is hosting a "Meet Your Match 2016" party at Globe in Santa Barbara, February 13th from 6:30pm-9:30pm. She says this is traditionally her most successful event of the year. "People come and they're hopeful. They're excited there's a chance to meet somebody."

So, don't be shy if you are looking for love - just go for it! And, please keep me posted on your stories and success!  

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Jan 20, 2016

Think it's hard to get fit, lose weight and eat healthy? Maybe you're being too hard on yourself.  

"You don't need to spend an entire hour working out," said Lanré Idewu. The former medical student turned certified trainer and celebrity fitness instructor suggests working more activity into your day naturally. "The key is to get moving." 

As for strict diets, he isn't a fan. "Everything in moderation, including moderation.... if you eat a piece of cake, don't beat yourself up."

An important key to achieving the body you have always dreamed of is in finding a way to be happy with your appearance now, before you begin your fitness regime. 

In this podcast, Lanré explains why strict diets don't always work, how you can easily add more activity into a busy day, and the affects the stress hormone cortisol could have on your body.

 

Dec 23, 2015

You might consider getting seven hours of sleep each night a luxury, but your body probably needs at least this much to function properly.

“Sleep is absolutely critical to our overall functionality,” said Dr. Helene Emsellum,medical director for the Center for Sleep & Wake Disorders.  “Sleep restores us both physically as well as psychologically. We can take on the next day with a clear head to get to the things we need to do.”

Emsellum says adults need an average of 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

“I like to think of seven hours of sleep as the lower legal limit…. You drop below six hours of sleep a night, we can put you on a driving simulator and you’ll drive drunk.”

Young children need 10-11 hours of sleep, adolescents need 8.5-9.25 hours of sleep a night.

She says our brains need sleep in order to properly store the information gathered each day.

“During the night we have to prioritize information, we need to store the memories we want to keep.”

Sleeping your way to your ideal weight

A good sleep routine can also help a person maintain a proper body weight. “Our weight control is based on adequate sleep.”

“The reality is, if you overstay your welcome in wakefulness … and you don’t get your minimum threshold of adequate sleep, a whole system of hormones in your body ….direct the cells to store more calories at any moment in time.”

If you are on a diet but not losing any pounds, you might want to try getting some extra sleep.

Light is not your Friend 

Establishing a healthy sleep routine can be a challenge.

“We live in this crazy 24/7 lit society,” said Dr. Emsellum. “…. it really does take discipline (to get a good night’s sleep). We don’t have ten hours of mandatory darkness our ancestors had 150 years ago at night.”

Because of this, Dr. Emsellum suggests creating a routine that offers ‘wind down’ time that separates day from night. Staring at a bright computer screen too late in the evening can make it harder to get to sleep, so try to log off at least an hour before going to bed. Sleeping in a dark room can also help you get a good night sleep.

Learn more in my conversation with Dr. Helene Emsellum.

This segment was produced by Carolyn Branson.

Dec 15, 2015

More than 5 million people in the USA are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, and that number is expected to triple by 2050. While there is no cure for this common form of dementia, experts say there are things you can do to help reduce the risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s later in life.

Neurologist Dr. Kenneth S. Kosik has been researching Alzheimer’s Disease for 35 years. The Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research at UC Santa Barbara, and co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute, shares these important tips to help ward off Alzheimer’s.

“Know your Numbers”

“Know your blood pressure, know your glucose or sugar level, know your cholesterol or lipid levels,” said Dr. Kosik. If any of these numbers are abnormal, a person is at greater risk of Alzheimer’s.

If your numbers are off, talk to your doctor about what you can do to get them back on track.  Keeping these numbers in check can also reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Small Changes can make a Big Difference

Adopting these five lifestyle habits can help fend off Alzheimer’s Disease:

  • Get your exercise
  • Keep your brain active
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Try to reduce stress
  • Maintain friendships

Dr. Kosik goes into detail on these tips, and offers other valuable insights, in our conversation in this Lisa.FM podcast (click below to listen)

You’ll find more valuable information on this subject in Dr. Kosik’s Reader’s Digest story, Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: 8 Daily Habits a Neurologist Swears By.

Pick up Dr. Kosik’s book “Outsmarting Alzheimer’s: What You can do to Reduce Your Risk” (Readers Digest 2015).

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