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Do you love the holidays? Or perhaps you are dreading them because of some traumatic event. Either way the holidays are a stressful time. Kristen Brown is our favorite expert for stress relief any time of year.
Kristen tells us that the chemicals produced by holiday stress can impact our body’s systems and literally make us sick. Dr. Nancy and Kristen talk about how the pressures of gift giving, the violence of Black Friday Continue reading
Great news! “Chronic disease and disability are not a consequence of aging,” says Gerontologist Lori Campbell. “In fact, they can be delayed or prevented. Science backs this up.” Her research for her book, Awaken Your Age-Potential, shows that all the things we need to live vibrant healthy lives are within our control. You can learn the skills and make the right choices. Continue reading
If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. After 23 years as an emergency room nurse, Diane Sieg learned that from seeing people who were completely out of touch with their bodies. She became a coach, a yoga teacher, an author and an inspirational speaker to help people change their way of life from chaos to calm. Continue reading
Women are biologically more vulnerable to depression than men because of hormonal events like pregnancy and menopause. Plus, we are socially vulnerable with more stressors, like poverty and childhood abuse, says Dr. Jennice Vilhauer. Jennice directs The Well Mind Institute in Beverly Hills, serves on the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA.
She developed a new treatment called, Future Directed Therapy® for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, which is twice as prevalent in women as in men. Future Directed Therapy® teaches people skills that help them focus on the future they want rather than the past that makes their future seem hopeless. Continue reading
When disaster strikes, we’re all riveted to the TV, internet and social media. But what happens later, after the initial disaster is over and the news media stops reporting? Maura Taylor says there’s a network of case workers from Catholic Charities and other organizations who continue to help the victims rebuild their lives. It takes years and thousands of volunteers and donations, but resources must continue if we are to help communities rebuild. We must not forget the survivors in the months and years that follow.
Less than a month after the Joplin, Missouri, tornado, Maura accepted her job as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. As she assumed responsibility for this dedicated organization with only two paid staff people, she was faced with the casualties of the worst reported tornado since NOAA first started recording in 1950. Continue reading
Regardless of the natural disaster, one international organization is ALWAYS there. For Hurricane Sandy, the Red Cross has helped 11,000 people as of October 31, put up 250 emergency shelters, served over 25,000 meals and snacks and fielded over 2,000 disaster responders in the 16 affected states.
This week Dr. Nancy talks with her friend and fellow crisis responder, Jami Peebles, Board President of the Greater Ozarks Chapter of The American Red Cross. Jami’s volunteer work takes her away from her job as Executive Vice President at Central Trust & Investment Company, Springfield, Missouri.
Jami and Dr. Nancy met while helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Jami describes helping a woman Continue reading
The answer was surprising for author and gender expert, Susan Shapiro Barash. She interviewed 200 women from all ages, ethnic and marital states for her book, The Nine Phases of Marriage: How to Make It, Break It, Keep It, and 85% said that marriage was love-based and also set it as a goal. In fact, even among the 70% of women who had experienced major disappointments during marriage, they still favored being married. Continue reading
To succeed in business a woman needs to be “wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove,” says amazing guest Molly Mahoney Matthews.
As a single parent of two small children who had never held a real job, Molly went to school, developed a network, and found an internship. When laid off from a job she fought for severance and started a public relations company. She grew it to employ 150 people, bill over $20 million Continue reading
Connecting our body, mind and spirit to promote healing is no longer regarded as a weird “voodoo” topic. Its current acceptance in mainline medical circles is largely due to the work of pioneer thinkers like Leslie Davenport. Leslie began cultivating these connections while pursuing a professional dance career. When a friend later became ill with cancer, she re-examined how these connections could be used for healing. Eventually Leslie became a psychotherapist and a founding member of the Institute for Health and Healing, which brings holistic care into the heart of conventional medicine at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Continue reading
This is the question that Kristen Brown asks her stress management clients and audiences. Kristen became a young widow and single parent of a toddler overnight when her young husband suffered a heart attack. The sudden shock of loss forced her to re-examine her life, and she went on to achieve a master’s degree in Integral Theory and become a certified holistic health counselor.
Equipped with the credentials, learning and experience to help others, Kristen became known as “The Queen of Stress Relief.” Continue reading