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Breast Health and Genetics: What You Should Know

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will be highlighting a series of three episodes of Total Health Radio over the next few weeks that focus on breast health — before, during and after a cancer diagnosis.

In this episode, we explore breast cancer screenings and the role of early detection in survivability. Our host speaks with OB/GYN Cristina Amaya about breast cancer screenings, and genetic counselor Monica Alvarado talks about the role our family history plays in a breast cancer diagnosis.

Domestic Violence: It’s a Health Issue

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — a good time to pause and consider just how many people are affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. The numbers are astounding. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by a domestic partner each year. And one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

Adults aren’t the only ones affected. Every year, nearly 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner. One in three adolescents is a victim of physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

This episode of Total Health Radio talks about what teen dating violence looks like and some of the warning signs parents and friends should be watchful for. Guest Nancy Schwartzman, the inventor of the Circle of 6 mobile app, shares ways that young women can both prevent and cope with sexual assault.

School is in Full Swing: How Are Your Kids Doing?

The school year is underway, and by now students are settling into their classes — as well as their cliques. In a time when bullying has become pervasive, whether on the playground or online, it’s worth asking the question: How can we best equip our children with the skills and behaviors they need to resolve conflicts on their own?

This episode of Total Health Radio features a conversation with Anabel Castrezana, a marriage and family therapist from Kaiser Permanente Southern California, who shares ways we can model empathy and healthy expressions of emotion for our kids — including our toddlers. Check it out, and let us know what you think.

How are your kids handling the stress of heading back to school?

Understanding our kids’ physical health is one thing. Tuning in to their emotions can be quite another.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the number of children with a diagnosable anxiety disorder is now up to a staggering 25 percent. As we’re now a few weeks into a brand new school year, this might be a good time to pause and check in on the anxiety levels of the kids in our lives.

In this episode of Total Health Radio, we explore key questions around anxiety in children. In what way do symptoms of anxiety look different in a child than in an adult? How do we differentiate between a high level of stress and something more serious? How do we help our kids identify triggers? And importantly, we look at how we can best help our kids by becoming aware of – and getting a handle on – our own anxieties.

What We All Should Know About Headaches

Is there anything that can get in the way of your day’s activities worse than a headache? We’ve all been there. But did you know that there are several different types of headaches you may be suffering from – and each has its own causes? It’s true. The good news: There are things you can do to deal with – and sometimes even prevent – the headaches plaguing you. In this episode of Total Health Radio, our guest physician walks us through the different types of headaches, shares how we can identify our own personal triggers, and explores options for how we can best manage headache pain when one strikes. Have a listen.

Caffeine and Kids: What’s the Buzz?

As your kids head back to school, you may notice that they — and many of their friends — seem to be weighed down with nearly as many commitments as adults. How they manage that level of responsibility is worth considering. With the rise of coffee house culture, the popularity of soda, and the explosion of energy drinks on the market, the amount of caffeine consumed by teens and even younger children is on the rise.

If you are concerned about the caffeine habits of a child in your life, this episode of Total Health Radio can help. In it, Kaiser Permanente’s Michael Nelson, MD, shares the symptoms that signal your child might have a problem, as well as how to broach the topic — and what you can do to protect your child’s health.

Advice for New Moms’ First Hours, Days and Weeks Following Childbirth

After the BirthTotal Health Radio has had straight talk about pregnancy and truth telling about childbirth.  But what about those first days and weeks after giving birth?  In this episode, we focus less on the baby and more on the changes you are going through during that time – what’s normal, what’s not, and what may surprise you.  Packed with tips for making new moms more comfortable and advice on how spouses and partners can best provide support, this show is valuable listening for expectant parents – and the people who love them.

For more information on this episode and for links to additional resources every new mom should have at her fingertips, check out the Total Health Radio website.

Anxious Kids? This Week’s Total Health Radio is for You

Understanding our kids’ physical health is one thing. Tuning in to their emotions can be quite another. But according to the National Institute of Mental Health, the number of children with a diagnosable anxiety disorder is now up to a staggering 25 percent. In this episode of Total Health Radio, we explore key questions around anxiety in kids. In what way do symptoms of anxiety look different in a child than in an adult? How do we differentiate between a high level of stress and something more serious? How do we help our kids identify triggers? And importantly, we look at how we can best help our kids by becoming aware of – and getting a handle on – our own anxieties.

For the Mom-to-Be in Your Life: The Truth About Childbirth


Childbirth. It’s an amazing thing. And for those of us who have yet to go through it, it’s more than a little mysterious. What should the birth plan include? What are the options for managing pain? What can you expect during delivery? And what happens during childbirth that even your good friends haven’t shared with you? This episode of Total Health Radio attempts to demystify the final weeks of pregnancy as well as labor and delivery. It’s a frank conversation about what you can expect – and what might surprise you – as you welcome your bundle of joy into the world.

For more on the show, including additional resources, visit the official site — www.totalhealthradio.org.

Kid Fitness — This Week on Total Health Radio

Are there children in your life who are struggling with their weight? Odds are good that there are, because in just the past 20 years, the number of obese children in the United States has tripled. It’s tough – especially in this age of computers, video games and iPads – for parents to get their kids outdoors and active. This episode of Total Health Radio explores that challenge by laying out what’s really at stake for overweight children and how we can get young people moving even in the face of 21st-century technological distractions.

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