Tom Becker hosts this show which covers several health-related issues: the medical challenges in Haiti after the earthquake, poisonous chemicals in our bodies from manufactured products, and how the law treats people who rely on faith healing rather than medicine. Plus, Tom memorializes the late Howard Zinn who practiced history from below -- making him one of history's Old Moles.
Angele Theard is a Portland anesthesiologist and second generation Haitian just back from ten days in Haiti administering to the pain of injured people. In this interview, she talks with Thabiti Lewis about her work and the problems of getting needed aid to the people. Dr. Theard was part of a group working with Medical Teams International of Oregon.
What toxic substances are we soaking up from the industrial products we use -- including "sippy" bottles for babies? Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis has been studying the body chemistry of Oregonians and she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about her findings. Hackenmiller-Paradis is with the Oregon Environmental Council and wrote the Oregon "Pollution in People" report (PDF) which found alarming amounts of mercury, endocrine disrupters, mercury, and other stuff in the tissues of Oregonians.
Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche
An interview with Ethan Watters, author of "Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche." Not only is America exporting Mc Donald's, strip malls and the latest movie blockbuster, according to Watters we are also exporting Western ideas about mental illness. Learn why Watters says: "We should worry about the loss of diversity in the world's differing conceptions for mental illness in the same way we worry about the loss of biodiversity in nature."
An interview with Randall Neustaedter, author of "The Holistic Baby Guide: Alternative Care for Common Health Problems." Learn holistic solutions for colic and other worrisome digestive disorders, for healing eczema, cradle cap, and diaper rash, for treating colds, fevers and ear infections and for strengthening your baby's immune system.
Host Roberta Hall interviews Dr. Chinh Le, a Vietnamese-born, American-trained pediatrician, who worked with the CDC and Vietnamese health leaders to design programs for HIV prevention and advocacy in Vietnam. He lives in Corvallis and works part time at the Benton County Health Clinic.
A holistic approach to depression. How well do pharmaceuticals really work for mild to moderate depression? Not much better than placebo. Dr. Kim Hapke, a local naturopathic physician, and professor of psychology at the National College of Natural Medicine, discusses the long-term benefits of approaching depression, not simply from the perspective of neurotransmitter deficiency, but from a holistic individualized perspective.