Health

Mental Health
3:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Our Use of Technology

Broadcast date: 10/14/14

In spite of emerging research exposing the negative impacts of too much technology in our lives, the onslaught of high tech tools are not going away any time soon. How can we learn to interact with our screens in ways that enhance and improve our lives instead? Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett. 

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Health
1:45 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Counseling Services for a recovering community

UCSB started school earlier this month. KCBX Reporter, Jordan Bell, met with members of the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services program to discuss what it has been like to return to school since May’s mass killing in Isla Vista.

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Mental Health
2:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The State of Your Mental Health

Broadcast date: 10/7/14

Mental health is a state of well being in which we realize our own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to our community.  How is the state of your mental health? 

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Health
2:23 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Watch Your Back

Broadcast date: 10/13/14

According to Dr. Richard Deyo, the multi-million dollar back pain industry may be doing more harm than good. Deyo’s book, Watch Your Back, discusses how the back pain industry is costing people more and how to become informed about the industry.

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Health
7:48 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Central Coast prepares for possibility of local Ebola case

The Ebola Virus as seen under a microscope.
Credit Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Concern over the possibility that the Ebola virus could makes its way to the Central Coast has local health agencies working on outbreak plans. 

Santa Barbara County Public Health says it has new protocols in place and is teaming with local airports to help identify potential patients. County Health Officer, Dr. Charity Thoman, says the infrastructure put in place could deal with a number of different infectious diseases.

While Ebola is the headline maker currently, because it is so mysterious, Thoman says there are other, more serious health concerns we should address;

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Health
3:04 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Cal Poly chocolate bars recalled over allergen concerns

Cal Poly's Peppermint Crunch Bar is among the varieties being recalled due to allergen concerns.
Credit Cal Poly Food Science & Nutrition

Several varieties of chocolate candy bars made by students at Cal Poly are being voluntarily recalled. 

The reason behind the recall action is that the chocolates may be contaminated with undeclared allergens including peanut, milk or soy. The university did not stipulate which one.

The products may also have been exposed to microbial contamination, according to a press release.

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Mental Health
3:12 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Happy wife, happy life?

Broadcast date: 09/30/14

A look at marriage today. Recent studies have confirmed the old adage that marriages are most successful when wives are happy with the state of the relationship. Could marriage really be that simple? Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the current state of marriage.

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Health
11:30 am
Tue September 30, 2014

San Luis Obispo County offering free flu vaccinations on Sunday

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

San Luis Obispo County is offering free flu vaccinations this coming Sunday at a couple of locations.

The Public Health Department expects it to be one of the largest single-day clinics in county history with up to 2000 people receiving a shot. Michelle Shoresman is helping to organize the event and says if you didn't think you're in the group of those who should get the shot you might think again:

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Mental Health
3:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

College Sexual Assault Epidemic

Broadcast date: 09/23/14

What can we do about the college sexual assault epidemic?

Sexual assault on college campuses, can create higher rates of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and isolation for victims. In response to recent disturbing statistics, President Obama has formed a task force to combat sexual assault on campus. 

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Health
6:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Horse tests positive for West Nile, despite possibile vaccination

CDC: West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites.
Credit Flickr member Enrique Dans

An active case of West Nile Virus was reported in San Luis Obispo County Thursday, the first detected this year in the area. Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties still remain free of any reported activity.

Public Health says a horse in north county San Luis Obispo—whose owner says was vaccinated against the disease—tested positive for the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says West Nile can be fatal in 3 to 15 percent of human cases and is more serious for those older than 50.

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Mental Health
3:09 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ancient mythology alive in the modern world

Broadcast date: 9/16/2014

A conversation with Author, Activist, and Inspiration, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen. Our planet is at a tipping point socially, politically and environmentally. So, where can we find the guidance and inspiration we need to collectively save the world? It’s a conversation about how we can find the role models and messages we need in the stories of the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Greece. 

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Environment
3:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Sacred Cow

Broadcast date: 9/15/14

How much are we willing to sacrifice for our next fast-food hamburger?

Acres of land, gallons of water, and our health are at risk.  Dr. Brian Moench, president of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, says it’s time to reassess our destructive diet.

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Health
5:30 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

California after-school programs take a healthy turn with governor's signature

Students in the after-school program at San Luis Obispo County's Los Ranchos Elementary.
Credit Randol White

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday by local State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to create an after school program aimed at giving students healthier options.

It's called the California Distinguished After School Health recognition program—or DASH.

In order to be DASH certified, programs must limit "screen time"—the time spent looking at computers or television—and serve healthful foods daily, requiring fruits and vegetables, and banning foods with high sugar or sodium content.

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Mental Health
3:34 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

One Mom's Battle

Broadcast date: 9/9/14

A conversation with author and activist Tina Swithin. Divorce is always a struggle, but it can be especially so when it involves a partner with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This can create a "high conflict" experience that mimics the impact of a category five hurricane in our lives. 

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Mental Health
3:32 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Labor Day

Broadcast date: 9/2/14

Besides being the traditional end of summer vacation, an extra day off, and a great day for sales, what is the point of Labor Day?  Do we still need to celebrate the American Labor Movement or the contribution workers make to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country?  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the importance of honest labor and meaningful work in supporting our own mental health and well-being.  Your calls with comments, questions and concerns are welcomed and encouraged.

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