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.

Is it the Blues or Something More? This Week on Total Health Radio

Everyone goes through the blues now and then. Whether it was a bad break-up, the death of a loved one, or being laid off from work, we have all been there. But how do we know if what we’re feeling – or what we see someone we care about going through – is just the blues or something more serious? The latest episode of Total Health Radio offers insights and tips on recognizing the symptoms of different types of depression and knowing when to get help. Check it out in the player below.

For more on this topic, visit the Total Health Radio website.

So…how are those New Year’s resolutions doing right about now?

Medium Sized - GoodFadUgly_colorFor all of us who set a few weight- or fitness-themed resolutions on January 1, now might be a good time to check in on how we’re doing. Our friends at Total Health Radio have shared this infographic they crafted around their episode called, “Diets: The Good, the Fad, and the Ugly.” It includes great tips around evaluating popular eating plans as well as simple guidelines for how to make healthy eating choices.

If you missed the show when it first aired, fear not — we’ve embedded it below. Check it out.

Mom and Dad? We Need to Talk.

While watching our parents grow older is tough, the hardest part of it for most of us is the role reversal that takes place.  Suddenly sons and daughters are taking care of moms and dads — and that can often start with tough conversations on awkward subjects.  How do you talk with Mom about when it’s time to stop driving?  When Dad re-enters the dating world, what’s the best way to broach the topic of safe sex?  This episode of Total Health Radio is all about these difficult — but necessary — conversations we need to have with our aging parents.

Gut Instincts: All About Our Insides — This Week on Total Health Radio

We know, we know. Who really wants to talk about our insides and how they work? The thing is, though, we should. Digestion is a complex process, and it’s not always easy. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. adults suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and most of them are women. So if you’re curious about keeping your insides healthy, and if you’ve ever wondered about the connection between our insides and our brains, check out this show. We have a gut feeling you’ll like it.

For more information on this topic, and to check out all the episodes, visit the Total Health Radio website.

Herbs, Hypnosis, Chiropractic…Oh My! All About Alternative Therapies

Complementary and Alternative Medicine — which can include anything from massage therapy to acupuncture — is the topic of this week’s episode of Total Health Radio. Harley Goldberg, DO, with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, walks us through the ins and outs of approaches to health and wellness that are not typically part of western medicine but are being used more and more as complementary therapies. Find out how pain can be managed with alternative medicine and why it’s so important to talk with your personal physician before starting any sort of herbal supplements. Listen!

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