Reports focusing on the latest health news and trends along California's Central Coast.

CDC - James Gathany

A northern San Luis Obispo County resident has been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

Ann McDowell with San Luis Obispo County Public Health told KCBX on Thursday that the person was infected while traveling to Morales, which is south of Mexico City. 

Emptying the Nest

Sep 22, 2016

Broadcast date: 09/20/2016

Launching our children into the world means launching our mid-life selves into a whole new world. How we prepare our children to launch is critical to their success as adults, but it is as equally important to plan and prepare for our own launch. Tune in for a conversation about college, careers and our second act.

Broadcast date: 09/13/2016

Talk therapy, CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy, ACT, Attachment, play, art, primal, marriage and gestalt therapy - there are well over 200 different types of psychotherapies aimed at helping to improve the human experience. But - how many of these well-meaning interventions really help us to cope and accept the normal struggles and sorrows of life? Tune in for a conversation about how the helping professions are often getting in the way of our collective well-being and may be creating more problems than they solve.

Broadcast date: 09/06/2016

When we talk about mental health - how we approach the symptoms of distress is critical in determining the outcome of treatment. Tune in for an open line discussion about how we view mental health, wellness and medical interventions in attempting to manage mood disturbances. We will also follow-up with our conversation from last week with Kelly Brogan MD - Holistic Psychiatrist about her book: A Mind of Your Own - the truth about depression and how women can heal their bodies to reclaim their lives. 

Broadcast date 8/30/16

There's been a lot of talk about the gut lately - and how relieving inflammation through lifestyle changes can also relieve depression and anxiety without medication, or even talk therapy. Could it really be so? Listen to a conversation with Psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, MD about the science behind mental health, her path from prescription writer/pill dispenser to holistic clinician, and her book - A Mind of Her Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. (Although it applies to men too!)

CDC - James Gathany

In early August, Monterey County announced its first travel-related case of Zika Virus, marking a first for the Central Coast.

A few weeks later and Santa Barbara County announced a resident there has also tested positive.

Flickr member Enrique Dans

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department says the county now has its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus since 2009. 

Broadcast date: 08/02/2016

One of life's greatest challenges is finding the courage to be who we are, to ignore the cultural pressures to conform to our narrow definition of normal and to unleash our inner spirit. Tune in for another show from the road featuring conversations from Pittsburgh, Pa with some truly authentic people, living their truth.

Broadcast date: 07/26/2016

With all that we have, and all that we think we know - why is it that we keep struggling to maintain our mental health and well-being? Maybe it's time to really listen to, and heed, the wisdom and experience of our elders. Tune for part 2 of our conversation with Psychologist, author and activist, Dr. Mary Pipher about the changing world of psychotherapy.

CDC - James Gathany

The first Zika virus case on the Central Coast was reported recently in Monterey County. 

Broadcast date: 07/19/2016

It isn't often that you get the chance to meet your hero, but when the opportunity arrives should you take it? It's hard for anyone to live up to their persona, which can lead to a disappointing personal encounter. But when offered the chance to interview author, activist and psychologist Mary Pipher at her home in Lincoln, Ne- it was worth the cross country car trip for this conversation. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with Dr. Mary Pipher about creating a life worth living.

Broadcast date: 07/12/2016

It seems that when it comes down to it there are just a few things that make life worth living. Tune in Today - Tuesday - at 2 for a conversation from the Black Hills of South Dakota with 3 very different men who share some fundamental values that guide their lives.

Broadcast date: 07/05/2015

If we as a country fail to value the work of those who care for others, who will be able, or want to do the work? Tune in for a conversation with Riane Eisler PhD, about her work as the president of the center for Partnership Studies and the founder of theCaring Economy Campaign.

Broadcast date: 06/21/2016

Instead of a riotous clash of forces, this revolution may already be taking place outside of mainstream culture and under the noses of those in power. Tune in today at 2 pm for a conversation about how fathers, families, music and alternative economies are quietly changing the world.

How sports psychology can help us in everyday life

Jul 7, 2016

Broadcast date: 06/14/2016

What does it take to reach our full potential? For elite athletes and performers it takes a combination of fitness, preparation and confidence -- both physically and mentally. How can these same attributes help each of us find more success in the areas of our lives that demand overcoming stress and pressure to "get the job done"? Tune in for a conversation with Sports Psychologist Jeff Troesch about his work helping the best of the best find their "zone."

When we begin to feel old depends not just on our age, but on our physical, emotional, and mental health.  Listen to this conversation about accepting the transitions of age with Elizabeth Barrett and her guest, author Lois West Bristow, PhD.

Broadcast date: 05/31/2016

Listen to a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett and her callers about how pursuing happiness as a life goal can set us up for poor mental health. 

Ken Pfeiffer Photography

Are you looking to improve your life? Feel free to go all out. 

Vacation Rejuvenation

May 24, 2016

Broadcast date: 05/24/2016

Unused vacation time in America is at an all time high - coincidentally so are the rates of anxiety and depression. Taking time to get away and regroup is critical to our mental health and well- being. and is essential in maintaining our most important relationships. Listen for a conversation about the joys of family vacations and the importance of getting away together to stay together.

Flickr user: Steven Depolo

The frozen vegetables and fruits covered under an expanding voluntary recall by CRF Frozen Foods affects products sold in all 50 states and several Canadian provinces.

The teen birth rate is dropping nationwid, especially among Hispanic and black girls, and those same statistics are mirrored here on the Central Coast. 

The Monkey Mind: That endless stream of troubling thoughts or other distracting chatter can zap confidence, preventing a person from focusing on what is truly important. 

Broadcast date: 04/12/2016

Power is the driving force in almost every aspect of our lives. 

Getting a handle on food and environmental allergies

Apr 20, 2016
Ken Pfeiffer Photography

It seems like allergy season gets longer every year. Whether it’s foods or the environment, a lot of people are suffering from allergies.

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Residents of a San Luis Obispo County neighborhood are in the early stages of suing the County over a toxic chemical that is testing positive in their well water. 

Broadcast date: 03/29/2016

With all of the sexual content available and graphic images displayed on billboards, in store windows and in the media - we do a poor job of talking about sex and intimate relationships. 

The process for giving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) has changed quite a bit over the years and there is a new push on the Central Coast to get people acquainted with the most recent version of this life-saving technique. 

Broadcast date: 03/22/2016 

Journaling is therapeutic. It's more than just a writing exercise. 

Broadcast date: 03/15/2016

One of the most well-recognized epidemics in the United States is that of skewed body image. But is this epidemic well understood? Tune in for a conversation about the sorts of mental strain that precipitate eating disorders, and advice on grappling with body image issues. 

Dr. Susan Swadener

For National Nutrition Month, hear from Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Susan Swadener and Registered Dietitian Megan Coats with Cal Poly Campus Dining about the campaign to inform the public about healthful eating and lifestyle and about their work as registered dietitians.