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LGBT: What is it all about- a conversation with Kathleen OBrien, LMSW
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November 20, 2011 09:56 AM PST
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Today's podcast is a conversation about the LGBT issues, concerns and counseling services.

Kathleen OBrien is a Licensed Master of Social Work specalizing in LGBT issues, Personal and Family Counseling, and Group Therapy. She has a Bachelors in Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Masters from the University of Iowa.

Kathleen now provides clinical services at the Windsor Counseling Group in New Windsor, NY and in Middletown, NY. She founded a Transgender Support Group in Orange County, NY and has been a moderator for the women's group at the LOFT Gay Center in White Plains, NY. She also works with the Lambda Peer Support Services (LPSS) group in White Plains, NY and the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston, NY.

How to Lose Weight Without Dieting - A Conversation With Dr. Brian Wansink
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August 29, 2011 08:14 AM PDT
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We live in a time when there are a million types of diets and fat free foods, yet Americans are gaining weight at alarming rates. It would appear that our eating habits and diets are not working. Today Dr. Howard Gurr talks to Dr. Brian Wansink about “mindless eating” and some surprisingly simple changes we can make to our eating practices that can really help.

Dr. Brian Wansink (Ph.D. Stanford 1990) is the John Dyson Endowed Chair in the Applied Economics and Management Department at Cornell University, where he directs the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. He is the lead author of over 100 academic articles and books on eating behavior, including the best-selling Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think (2006) along with Marketing Nutrition (2005), Asking Questions (2004), and Consumer Panels (2002).His research focuses on how ads, packaging, and personality traits influence the usage frequency and usage volume of healthy foods. His research on consumption volume has won national and international awards for its relevance to consumers. His research has been widely featured on 20/20, BBC News, The Learning Channel, all news networks, and on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times. "

From 2007-2009 Wansink was granted a leave-of-absence from Cornell to accept a Presidential appointment as Executive Director of USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the Federal agency in charge of developing 2010 Dietary Guidelines and promoting the Food Guide Pyramid (MyPyramid.gov). While there, web hits to Dietary Guidelines increased 44% to 5.4 million/day, and he was named ABC World News Person of the Week.

In 1999, Professor Wansink founded the Wansink Consumer Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization which is funded by book royalties and speaking honorariums. The Foundation supports high school science projects dealing with consumer welfare and provides textbook–related scholarships to selected college–bound students who wish to promote consumer welfare through their studies. It also supports Consumer Camp, every June in Ithaca, NY.

You can find out more about Dr. Wansink and mindful eating by going to his website www.mindlesseating.org or go to www.mmethodeating.com to find out more about a program to change your eating habits.

Anxiety and Relaxation techniques: A Conversation With Dr. Fred Holtz
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August 03, 2011 08:04 PM PDT
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Today’s podcast is about anxiety and relaxation techniques. Anxiety is a problem that affects a large percentage of the population and relaxation techniques have proven to be quite helpful in managing or reducing anxiety. Today I will be speaking to Dr. Fred Holtz, an expert in the use of relaxation techniques for anxiety.

Fred L. Holtz, PhD is the Executive Director of Holtz Psychological Services, a group practice in Melville, New York. Dr. Holtz has been in private practice for over twenty-two years and he has extensive experience in individual and marital therapy, learning disabilities and psychological evaluation. He received his Doctorate from Hofstra University and did his undergraduate work at State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Holtz is adjunct Professor of Psychology at Suffolk County Community College. Dr. Holtz is the author of Ten Ways To Reduce Stress and Anxiety TODAY, a practical booklet on identifying and reducing anxiety. His articles and workshops on coping with stress, and on improving communication in relationships have been featured on Long Island NEWS 12 and in NEWSDAY and he has been a guest lecturer and workshop leader for businesses and civic organizations. He established a website called www.Therapy-Now.com where you can find more information about treatment programs and psychological issues.

Dr. Ross Greene Talks About Collaborative Problem Solving
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July 18, 2011 11:32 AM PDT
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In today’s podcast, I have a conversation with Dr. Ross Greene who is the originator of a model of psychosocial treatment for challenging kids called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). He has written two books about this subject called "The Explosive Child" and "Lost at School". Dr. Greene is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, he is on the professional staff in the Department of Psychology at the Cambridge Health Alliance, he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech, and Senior Lecturer in the school psychology program in the Department of Education at Tufts University. Dr. Greene is also the founder of a non-profit organization – called Lives in the Balance – which aims to provide advocacy and support for behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers, and to disseminate the CPS model through no-cost web-based programming. He consults extensively to general and special education schools, inpatient and residential facilities, and systems of juvenile detention, and lectures widely throughout the world. You can find out more about Dr. Greene and the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) at www.livesinthebalance.org.

Good Sex and a Warm Heart: How to Keep Male Menopause from Ruining Your Love Life.
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March 05, 2011 08:55 AM PST
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Today’s podcast is a conversation between Dr. Gurr and Dr. Jed Diamond about male menopause. Most of us want to have good sex, love, and intimacy at any age, but when we get to be 40, it isn't always easy. One of the less talked about reasons why our "love" life goes south is that we do not understand how to survive male menopause. Today we learn the secrets.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Jed Diamond has helped men and the women who love them. Dr. Diamond is Founder and Director of the MenAlive, a health program that helps men live long and well. Though focused on men’s health, MenAlive is also for women who care about the health of the men in their lives. Since its inception in 1992, Jed has been on the Board of Advisors of the Men’s Health Network. He is also a member of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male and serves as a member of the International Scientific Board of the World Congress on Gender and Men’s Health. He is the only male columnist writing for the National Association of Baby Boomer Women.
His work has been featured in major newspapers throughout the United States including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. He has been featured on more than 1,000 radio and T.V. programs including The View with Barbara Walters, Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN-360 with Anderson Cooper, CNN with Glenn Beck, CBS, NBC, and Fox News, and To Tell the Truth. He also did a nationally televised special on Male Menopause for PBS.
Dr. Diamond has been a licensed psychotherapist for over 45 years and is the author of nine books including the international best-selling Male Menopause and Surviving Male Menopause that have thus far been translated into 22 foreign languages and The Irritable Male Syndrome: Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome has recently been published.

He is currently working on a new book, Tapping Power: A Man’s Guide to Eliminating Pain, Stress, Anger, Depression and Other Ills Using the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Psychology.

You can find out more about Dr. Diamond at www.MenAlive.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/JedDiamond
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Dr.Jed.Diamond

Suicide and Suicide Prevention- a conversation with Dale Camhi from The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
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November 02, 2010 01:43 PM PDT
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Today's podcast is about suicide and suicide prevention. I know it is a topic that is not light and entertaining, but very serious and necessary. Let me fill you in on where the idea for this podcast came from.

I have a friend who lost her son to suicide many years ago. As a psychologist, and one who knew the youngster who committed suicide, his act was sudden and unpredictable. In response to the loss, my friend and her husband decided to devote much of energy to make sure this did not happen to others. They became involved in volunteering for the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention(AFSP). In support of my friends, and in an effort to get the message out to the public about suicide and suicide prevention, I have annually participated in the Out of the Darkness community walks. By the way, these walks happen all over the country. You can find out more about them by going to http://www.outofthedarkness.org or http://www.afsp.org.

As I was at the most recent walk and I heard Dale Camhi, who is also a friend and former colleague, speaking to the crowd of over 1400 people about trying to help to get the message out. It dawned on me that I had the perfect vehicle to help- my podcast. So, invited Dale Camhi to be a guest.

Let me give you Dale's background. I met Dale many years ago when we worked together in a local school district. At that time, Dale was a special education teacher and served as an educational evaluator for 12 years. In 1999, Dale changed career paths following the loss of her best friend’s son to suicide, Dale began working in a volunteer capacity for AFSP. After five years, she joined the national field staff. Dale currently serves as the Metro-NY Regional Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Today, Dale juggles fund raising events, educational programs, AFSP’s Survivor Outreach Program, and advocacy for suicide prevention.

The View From the Womb
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October 03, 2010 07:22 PM PDT
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Today's podcast is a quick review of an article I found in Time Magazine- October 4, 2010. The article points out the findings of several studies that suggest the fetal environment has a strong impact on the babies health and future. Mothers get blamed again!

Touch Counts In Our Everday Life!
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August 16, 2010 08:54 PM PDT

Today's podcast is about a series of small experiments which show that tactile information does affect our decisions. Useful information to help assist people in making decisions in everyday life.

Brain Plasticity
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April 25, 2010 07:02 PM PDT
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Brain plasticity has been in the news the past few years. Years ago we thought the brain was hardwired and incurable. Now, we know that the brain can be malleable and new brain cells can be created. Books like, “The Brain that Changes Itself”, by Dr. Norman Doidge and “Save Your Brain:The 5 Things You Must Do to Keep Your Mind Young and Sharp” , by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, have presented evidence to show how the brain can change after damage and how to enhance thinking skills. There are also websites that have information or mind games that are purported to help increase or maintain cognitive functioning. Although I do not endorse any of these sites, or can prove without a shadow of a doubt that these mental games will help, they are interesting. For a good resource site go to www.sharpbrains.com. For computer internet brain training programs check out: www.lumosity.com, www.cognifit.com, and www.positscience.com

Health Insurers Have Banner Year- Did You Make More Money In 2009?
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February 21, 2010 01:53 PM PST
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Did you make more money in 2009 than in any other year of your life? I doubt it! In these financial times, most American’s would have to say, "No." Most companies had problems in 2009, and some large corporations and banks even had to be bailed out by the government. Well, in today’s podcast I present information from an article that came across my computer that shows how 4 out of the 5 major health insurance companies made more money in 2009 than the year before. The one company that did not make more money still profited quite nicely. It seems clear to me that these companies are not out to protect the public’s needs. They sell themselves as being there to help the public, but, in reality they are like any other company that is oriented toward making a profit for their stock holders and CEO’s. Regardless of your position on the question of universal health insurance in America, this information should make you question if health insurance companies need to be better regulated and whether these companies need to be investigated for their practices. Listen and you decide.

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