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April 1, 2014 – Katherine Ginkel

Katherine Ginkel has a unique job as educator of St Jude Hospice staff personnel on the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Workers. These Directives were developed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to set a standard of care that is to be expected by all Catholic health care institutions and their employees and associates. These ERDs are periodically updated to reflect the ever changing threats to the dignified treatment and care of those who are in need of care in clinics, hospitals and in all critical and end-of-life care situations. For example, the ERDs absolutely forbid abortion and euthanasia.

The hospice industry is not always respectful of the dignity of human persons and their right to a natural death. Hospice care can be on opportunity for euthanasia as we reported in one of last year’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” programs. The vocabulary now includes the phrase “stealth euthanasia” to describe the over dosing of pain medications to cause death.

St Jude Hospice was started by Tom Moreland as an authentically Catholic (loyal to Church teaching as reflected in the ERDs) alternative to secular hospice. In 2008, Tom started Saint Jude Healthcare, which eventually became the parent to Saint Jude Hospice and Spirit Homecare. Tom managed or owned hospices from Ohio to Mississippi, and Minnesota to California. There are now 13 St Jude Hospice locations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Tom has requests from several bishops to open new locations in their dioceses.

February 4, 2014 – Dr. Paul Byrne

Dr. Paul Byrne is a pediatrician and neonatologist from Toledo who early in his career pioneered the development of ventilators and other medical devices tailored to children born pre-term.

He is also a world renowned expert on, and opponent of, “brain death” for determining actual death, and has spoken and testified in numerous venues including several courts of law and the Vatican. So, Dr Paul is the perfect mix of pediatrician and brain death expert to help us understand two recent situations, including his personal intervention for the parents of Jahi–the 13 year-old California girl who had cardiac arrest during a tonsillectomy and was declared brain dead by hospital staff. But her parents challenged their diagnosis, and with assistance from Dr Byrne, were able to have Jahi transferred to a medical facility that would insert a feeding tube to prevent starvation.

Another current case from Texas has a pregnant woman on life support to save her baby, as required by Texas law. But her husband sued the hospital insisting that life support be withdrawn, thus terminating both the mother and baby. A judge ruled in the husband’s favor. Mother and daughter are now deceased.

August 31, 2013 – The Five Step Jump Start Program

The best way to maintain health and fight illness is to use the five steps in my Five-Step Jump Start Program, which include:

  • 1) eating a well-balanced “jump-start” diet
  • 2) detoxifying regularly to eliminate toxins
  • 3) using enzyme, vitamin, and mineral supplements
  • 4) exercising daily
  • 5) having a positive mental attitude (which includes prayer)

 

In this episode, I will discuss the five steps and how to integrate them into your life.

August 17, 2013 – Diet and Disease: Cardiovascular Disorders

In this episode, I will discuss cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death in the United States. CVD includes anything that involves the heart and blood vessels, including heart attacks, coronary artery disease, and strokes – all conditions in which high blood pressure (often treated through buy amlodipine tablet use), high cholesterol, obesity, and other factors can play a part. Diet can affect all of these factors. Prayer and medication help reduce the stressful effects of CVD.

August 10, 2013 – Diet and Disease: Cancer

Most authorities believe that diet is at the heart of many different types of cancer. In fact, the World Health Organization says that our diets contribute to at least 30% of all cancers in the U.S. and other Western countries. A poor diet can increase your odds of developing cancer, just as a healthy diet can help you to reduce your risk of cancer. I will discuss the foods that promote cancer and those that fight cancer, such as the foods I ate to beat melanoma. Also, prayer and meditation are used to reduce stress and to give supernatural support.

August 03, 2013 – Healthy Eating 101

In this episode, I will discuss how we can break bad habits and improve our diets by implementing my 10-Step Super Nutrition Program which includes:

  • eating breakfast every day
  • drinking less fruit juice and fewer sugar-sweetened beverages
  • eating more friendly fiber
  • cutting out the fat
  • eating more fruits and vegetables
  • eating less fast food and fewer snacks
  • stepping away from the screen
  • exercising every day
  • getting enough rest
  • losing weight, if necessary

 

All steps are accompanied by prayer.

July 27, 2013 – Nutrition Basics

Regardless of what we eat, our diets are composed primarily of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. These three nutrients, given to us by God, are called macronutrients because we eat them in relatively large amounts compared to the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). In this episode, I will explain proteins, fats, and carbohydrates and their various roles in the body. I will also discuss the importance of water, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals.

July 20, 2013 – Proper Digestion and Why It’s Important

It’s been said that “You are what you eat,” but that’s not completely true, because in actuality, you are what you digest. In this episode, I will explain digestion and what happens after we take our first bite. Also discussed will be problems that can occur when digestion is faulty. Some of these problems include acne, allergies, arthritis, autism, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic heart failure, depression, diabetes, obesity, and psoriasis. There are several ways to improve digestion including improving the diet, with God’s help, adding probiotics and prebiotics, drinking plenty of water, and taking supplements, when necessary.

July 13, 2013 – What’s Wrong with Teenagers’ Diets?

Many teenagers today live on dead-food diets, eating only junk food, processed food, or baked or fried snack food. Few of them eat anything that is real, live, and fresh. Most adolescents get their fruit from fruit juice rather than from whole, enzyme-rich, fresh fruits and their vegetables from fried potatoes! In the years between 1965 and 1996, soft drink consumption in the United States increased by nearly 300%. Sadly, a 2010 study found that 40% of all the calories consumed by children aged two to eighteen years were from empty calories-that is, refined sugars and solid fat with half of those calories coming from soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk (rather than reduced-fat milk). But true health can only be obtained through proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. When we go against the laws of God, polluting our bodies and our minds, the result is an imbalance, a dis-ease of bodily function, and that leads to a diseased body or mind. This episode will discuss the specific foods teenagers are consuming, while offering healthy alternatives.

Jumpstart Your Health with Dr. Anthony J. Cichoke

Many of today’s most serious deseases and disorders could be avoided just by changing our lifestyle and especially our nutrition. The modern American diet is high in calories, yet low in nutrients. Our poor diets are the reason we have many of today’s leading causes of death and disease, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity and diabetes.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the link between poor diet and disease and that improving their diets and nutrition can profoundly improve their health. The goal of this program is to help educate people on the effects which their diets have on their lives and to make meaningful suggestions for a healthier, happier, disease-free life. As SOLDIERS OF CHRIST, MADE TO THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD, we have a moral responsibility to take care of God’s gift to us (our bodies). We can help accomplish this goal through better nutrition.

May 29, 2013 – Cheryl Marsh, APRN

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Board Certified Cheryl Marsh, APRN, Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical NurseSpecialist and Past President of The Association of Christian Therapists about Gratitude; Developing an Attitude of Gratitude; Its effects on health and well being, our psyche, relationships and healing. You won’t want to miss this one! Born and raised in Connecticut, Cheryl has been a psychiatiric nurse and psychotherapist with an MSN in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and Consultation Liaison Nursing. Cheryl will discuss what she has seen and personally experienced in the realm of gratitude, developing an attitude/demeanor of gratitude (the virtue) resultant in transformation through personal reading, retreats, journaling, Christian Healing and Prayer coupled with professional training.

April 30, 2013 – Dr Dominick Pedulla

Our Guest this week is Dr Dominick Pedulla from Oklahoma City, where he is a highly respected varicose vein surgeon board certified in cardiology, internal medicine and vein surgery. Dr Pedulla also has a long history of interest in natural family planning and the harmful impact of unnatural birth control methods on mothers and children. This interest prompted him and three other physicians (one also a priest) to thoroughly review the Plan B literature to discern if and when Plan B operated as an abortifacient.

Their study was prompted by bishops in several countries approving the use of Plan B in Catholic hospitals to treat women who had been raped. The intent of such use is to prevent an obviously unplanned conception, realizing that children conceived in rape are at high risk of being aborted. Drs Pedullah, Peck, Kahlenborn and Velez were suspicious about the literature claiming that Plan B has no abortifacient effect. The similarity between hormonal birth control (with its admitted potential for acting as an abortifaciant) and the hormones in Plan B made it seem likely that Plan B would act as an abortifacient at least some of the time.

Plan B is now available over the counter (without prescription) to women 17 or older. Several concerns are apparent: What are the health risks for the woman taking Plan B? How does it work? Ever as an abortifacient? Are women/couples leaning toward a Plan B approach to birth control to avoid the constant pollution of their bodies that characterizes other methods of hormonal birth control?

November 27, 2012 – Barry Jacobs, PsyD

Caring for a parent or spouse whose health is in decline, or a child with special needs, can turn the world upside down. The emotional fallout can be devastating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Empathic guidance from an expert who’s been there can help. Barry Jacobs, PsyD, has studied family caregiving and counseled caregivers for many years. His no-nonsense advice, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers, helps family members navigate tough decisions and make the most of their time together as they care for an aging parent, a spouse, or a child with special needs. This edition of A Caring Place features an important conversation with Dr. Jacobs about caregivers being honest about the level of commitment they’re able to make. He speaks of tasks that all should attend to during their caregiving experience. He emphasizes the need for clear communication with each other in the family unit, and the importance of involving siblings, in-laws and significant others. While acknowledging their guilt, stress, and fatigue, he helps caregivers reaffirm emotional connections worn thin by the routine of daily care.

Bio- Program guest Barry Jacobs, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and author of the book, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers- Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent(Guilford, 2006). Dr. Jacobs is one of the nation’s leading thinkers, writers, and educators about family caregiving. He serves on the AARP’s Caregivers Advisory Panel, is the spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association, and served on the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Caregiving that produced the Caregiver Briefcase website. He has haled adjunct faculty positions at Temple University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and the Institute for Clinical Psychology of Widener University.

October 20, 2012 – Medicaid Planning

Medicaid vs. Medicare
Long Term Medicaid
Nursing Home Costs
Look back period/penalty period
How a trust may be able to protect your assets.

September 26, 2012 – Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. and Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., Past President of  The International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) and Editor of The Journal of Christian Healing discuss Inner Healing: Healing negative beliefs about ourselves, (“I am defective/I am a failure, no one likes me”)  Healing memories of wounding, especially emotional wounding that broke trust; Using  Scripture; Psalms, Words of Jesus etc. for  inner healing; and Generational Healing as part of the inner healing of ones soul; the Mission of The Association of Christian Therapists and its  members in medical and health professions, and the ACT Annual International Conference  to be held October 2012 in Schaumburg, IL. (Romans 8: 26 – 28)

June 21, 2012 – Ordinary and Extraordinary Treatments in Medical Illness

Guest: Fr. Joseph Howard

Points to Make: How we work closely with physicians to evaluate the particular clinical data of a given person at a given point in time to  determine whether treatments proposed are ethically ordinary or extraordinary.

Mental Health – March 23, 2011

FRANCESCA FRANCHINA, MS Ed.  speaks with Dr. Sylvia Gleason, DO,  about mental health care in the  hospital emergency room; mental health viewed as a “Non-Disease,”  the lack of adequate insurance coverage and facilities for mental health patients,   prescription drugs reaching epidemic proportions; the  demand for prescription drugs fueled by  advertising leading to the demand for harder drugs such as  heroin;  the death toll of drug abuse; its  cost in dollars and personhood; and what can be done about all of these issues regarding  mental health and drug abuse  in general.

March 22, 2011 – Interview with Jennifer Campisi, LPN

This program addresses private duty care with Jennifer Campisi, LPN, of Senior Helpers home care of Abbeville, LA. Ms. Campisi speaks of various aspects of family care giving and of a special program for Veterans.

February 22, 2011 – ‘Family Care Giving 101’

This program includes important tips from a web based document ‘Family Care Giving 101’. It includes information from different resources and on numerous topics on care giving. Warren Hebert, RN, BSN has worked in home health for 26 years and is a family caregiver

*UPDATE* Special Guest on Don’t Give Up

*UPDATE* You can listen to the interview below! *UPDATE*

Robert Maddox, father of Lil Boo, will be the special guest on this week’s Don’t Give Up. Lil Boo has been in the hospital for over a year after nearly loosing his life to swine flu. Tune in on Wednesday, December 8 at 5/4c as Anne and Anna talk with Robert and he shares his family’s story of pain, hope and healing that you will never forget.

November 30, 2010 – Judie Brown

Steve Koob talks with Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, about the pro-life movement, politics, and health care and the end of life.

September 14, 2010 – Dr. Dominick Pedulla

Steve Koob talks with Dr. Dominick Pedulla, executive director of the Edith Stein Foundation, about ethical issues in medicine and cardiology, human sexuality, and St. Edith Stein.  Dr. Dominick also discusses the surprising link between contraception and the effect it has on mental health.

A Caring Place

A Caring Place is an hour long weekly program that focuses on those receiving care at home and their family caregivers. Tune in every Tuesday afternoon at 1pm central, 2pm eastern, as Warren Hebert discusses the issues that affect home caregivers and shares resources that can assist in home care. Call in with your questions and stories; toll free at 1-866-333-MARY(6279).

Caregiving in Rural America

In this episode of A Caring Place, Warren discusses a new report on the issues facing caregivers in rural america. He then shares some stories of some of those caregivers taken from the website strengthforcaring.com.