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The Division of Community Engagement produces a weekly, live, 60 minute radio program, ‘Good News Radio Magazine’, co-hosted by Dr. Nell Forge and Mr. Charles McWells. The major emphasis is on spiritual health and wellness and also features a 20 minute health report segment followed by questions and answers from the listening audience. CDU and community events relevant to the program are also announced during the broadcast.

This program is designed to promote equity in holistic health outcomes and research involvement by (1) teaching stress reduction techniques and coping skills over the radio (2) creating awareness of chronic disease risk reduction and prevention strategies in the community and (3) cultivating trust and interest in Community-Partnered Participatory Research. We invite Community-based Pastors, Spiritual Leaders, Healthcare Professionals, Academic Researchers and Community Members to share valuable, personal, professional, health and research information. Our goal is to engage and enlist the listeners as advocates for equity in holistic health and research involvement in the community.

Good News Radio Magazine is broadcast on KTYM 1460AM on Wednesdays from 1-2pm.

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Alcoholism in the Family: Dr. Wanda Jewell, Jose Real

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Importance of Family Support when Coping with Adversity: Kacee Sims, Dorothy Wilmore

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Gay Today, Straight Tomorrow: The Perplexing Mystery of Sexual Identity"

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 This weeks episode focused on the journey of 2 individuals who struggled with their sexual orientation. There are many men who struggle with who they are early on in life. There is a study that shows that 37% of the men surveyed ages 16-55 had at least one same sex sexual experience. However, only 10% of the men in the survey actually identified as homosexual. Furthermore, this shows that these men experimented and tried figuring out who they were in terms of their sexuality, later to find that perhaps they were heterosexual. The speakers encourage parents to support and love their children if they are homosexual because God loves everyone deeply. These children also need a support system to prevent them from doing harmful things such as drugs. The speakers also encourage individuals who are internally struggling with their sexual orientation to love themselves the way they are, and to ask God for his strength.

Juvenile Incarceration and Recidivism: Dr. Elizabet Barnert, Dr. Raymond Perry

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 This weeks episode focused on a community partnered research study by Dr. Perry and Dr. Barnet on how adolescent factors predicted incarcerated outcomes from adolescence through adulthood. The study was done with a partnership between UCLA, Juvenile Court Services, and the probation department. There were two parts to the study. The first being secondary analysis of already existing national data on adolescent factors that impacted recidivism, which is being incarcerated or arrested repeatedly. Some of the factors looked at were personal, family, and community characteristics. The second part of the study included interviewing 20 incarcerated youth in the LA County. Most of the youth interviewed were Latino or African American. Every day there are about 1,800-2,000 youth between the ages of 12-18 years who are detained in the juvenile system. The study was done to gain knowledge on ways to keep children out of such a system. The ultimate goal is to be able to give each children proper education, healthcare services, mental health services, and appropriate resources to empower and help them stay on the right path.

(Rebroadcast) Colorectal Cancer Awareness: Dr. Derrick Butler

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States amongst men and women. It is the second cause of death in United states. Colon cancer disproportionately affects the African American community. Most people do not have any symptoms until the cancer has elevated to an advanced stage. Some of the typical symptoms are bleeding in the stool, changes in your bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, or abdominal pain. It is advised to get such symptoms investigated should they present themselves. The vast majority of people diagnosed with colon cancer are over their 50s. After this age it is important to get a sigmoidoscopy done every year along with a stool test, as this can be done easily. However it doesn’t look as far in the colon as a colonoscopy. It just looks at 2/3 of colon where 90 percent of cancer is. A Colonoscopy on the other hand can be done every 10 years as this is a more invasive test which can look at the entire colon. The guest speakers suggest everyone take Metamucil regardless of age as it is a high source of fiber. This can be important in a diet as it helps speed bowel movements which can ultimately help prevent colon cancer.

American Red Cross: CDU's Namesake and the Organization Today: Sylvia Drew Ivie, Darrin Greenlee, Dr. Joy Fridey

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 This week’s episode focused on the inception of the American Red Cross, and blood research that advanced our health system. Dr. Charles R. Drew was born in 1904 and did pivotal research work in blood preservation. He discovered a way to take plasma out from blood that could be stored for later use. After World War II he was invited to set up a blood bank in NYC where he became the director. In 1881 Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross as a way to meet the needs of the soldiers in the Civil War. She led it for 23 years. As health sciences progressed, surgeries and diseases became better known, making blood a vital treatment option. This was only made possible after the groundbreaking research discovery made by Dr. Drew. Over the years, the need to grow blood collections has increased. There needs to be about 1200 units of blood a day to meet the needs of Southern California residents alone. Any one is welcome and encouraged to donate blood as long as they meet the donor eligibility. More information on how to donate blood or pre-donation education material can be found at or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Hom(e)ophobia: The Connection Between Love, Acceptance and HIV Prevention

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 This weeks episode focuses on homophobia within the Black and Latino community. The speakers discuss how they have seen many men under 30 who have been evicted from their homes and from their families because they were gay or HIV positive. Many are kicked out without any support or employment and end up engaging in risky behavior. Sometimes many end up with AIDS or commit suicide. Parents are encouraged to seek support from the church or from support groups such as Circle of Care which is a support group for parents of same gender loving children. There is also HOPE which is an organization for people empowerment geared towards youth. They discuss preventative healthcare and emotional health. The speakers encourage the listening audience to attend the forum Hom(e)ophobia: The Connection Between Love, Acceptance, and HIV Prevention. It will take place March 8th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Children's Hospital located at 4661 Sunset Blvd LA 90067. The speakers urge people to find help through support groups or from peers dealing with the same things before they get involved in dangerous situations.

Veteran's Health Issues: Dr. Bruce Kagan, Dr. Dean Norman, Mr. Q

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 This weeks episode focuses on the resources available to Veterans. There is a Veteran’s Affairs office which is a cabinet level department that reports directly to the President of US. The VA offices are put in place to care for those that have been in battle and to provide comprehensive health coverage to veterans. Last year the VA offices saw 86,000 unique veterans. Of those, 29,000 were seen for mental health issues and 9,700 were returning veterans from either Afghanistan or Iraq. There are a total of about 23 million veterans who live in the US from across all wars. The guest speakers encourage Veterans to utilize the resources available through the VA office as it is a right that has been earned. When a Veteran separates from the military the VA should be the first stop to be screened for any health issues so that adequate treatment can be given. Veterans have 5 years of health care and 3 years of dental health guaranteed. Many Veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This disorder can occur when someone goes through something traumatic such as war. Symptoms can include severe trouble sleeping, flashbacks of things they saw, being emotionally numb, anxiety, or being afraid of going out in public. Treatment options have expanded to various medications, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy which has proven to be the most effective. It is vital to seek proper resources and to connect with people who have dealt with similar situations.

Obesity: Starting the Year Right and Setting Realistic Goals: Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 This weeks episode focuses on an epidemic in America, obesity. Obesity is when there is excess proportion of fat in your body or the Body Mass Index is 29.9 and above. Those that are considered overweight have a BMI between 25- 29.9. The prevalence of obesity in America is 1 in 3 people. There are many health consequences to being obese, having body fat in excess of 20 %. The most common are diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, cancers, and sometimes arthritis. These health risks can later lead to other health problems such as strokes and heart attacks. A risk factor for obesity is age because metabolism slows down as one gets older. Another risk factor is being a woman as they are more highly predisposed to weight gain. Lastly, a risk factor can sometimes be genes. The guest speaker encourages everyone to examine and change their lifestyle according to their age. Exercise and eating healthy are the two best ways to maintain a healthy weight. There is a nutrition and lifestyle program CDU has started at the Weingart YMCA called “Lifestyle Intervention and Food Education (LIFE) Center”. It takes place weekly from 10 am- 2 pm at the YMCA located at 9900 Vermont Ave. Los Angeles 90025. The Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement is also hosting classes on the affordable care act from March 7th – May 2014. It will be held at the Murray center located at 509 W 29th St.

Smoking Cessation and Black HIV Positive Men who have Sex with Men: Charles McWells, Jimmie Creer

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 This weeks’ episode was about smoking cessation and black HIV positive men. HIV stands for human immune deficiency virus whereas AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Having HIV can lead to AIDS but it is not the same thing. A person having AIDS will have a CD 4 count below 200 along with 2 or more of the 20 predetermined diseases. Over a million people are living with HIV in the US. However, the prevalence of the disease is greater in the African American community. The total African American population in the US is 10%, and they make up 52% of those who are diagnosed with HIV. HIV positive smokers have a life expectancy of only 63 years, and HIV positive non-smokers have a life expectancy of 78 years. There are certain subgroups of HIV positive people that smoke more than the general population which are men, African Americans, and gay people. Charles McWells discusses his study that looks at smoking among black HIV positive men who have sex with other men. This population represents about 75% of the new infections. The three main questions looked at in this study are; why did they start smoking, why did they continue to smoke, and what kind of cessation program might be helpful for people like them. Most people said they started smoking because of peer pressure. Some people said they continued to smoke because of habit while others said they continued smoking because of HIV stigma, HIV fatality, stress about racism and homophobia. The greatest help anyone can get is through faith in God and seeking faith based support groups. The speakers leave the audience with a positive message of never giving up and never allowing past failure deter you from giving up on the goal of quitting smoking. This weeks’ announcements were for the CDU’s Farmers Market 1 year anniversary on February 21, 2014 from 10 am-2 pm. They also invite everyone to join in a community forum discussing same gender men and HIV, taking place on March 8th from 11 am-2 pm at the Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.

The Role of Churches in Community Outreach and Education About Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Reverend Robert Bolden, Sal De Los Angeles

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 This week’s episode focused on dementia and Alzheimer’s. Someone experiencing dementia usually suffers through severe memory loss that interferes with daily life. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that attacks more than 5 million Americans. It causes problems in 3 primary areas; memory, general thinking, and behavioral changes. Dementia can cause Alzheimer’s but they are not the same thing. Over 70 % of people that have dementia end up with Alzheimer’s. African Americans and Latinos are twice as likely to suffer from some type of dementia later in life. It is important to make a stronger commitment not only with physical activities, but also brain activities, and healthy diets to help reduce the risk of dementia. Other ways to do this is to keep the brain stimulated by being engaged in the community, volunteer work, maintaining a social life, and reading. The guest speakers encourage the listening audience to seek help through various resources in the community such as the Alzheimer’s Association 24 hour hotline at 1-800- 272-3900. Also, they invite everyone to join them in a seminar about dementia, Alzheimer’s, and various other ailments given by Dr. Black. It will take place at 7901 S Vermont, Los Angeles on February 16th at 1 pm.

CDU Updates: Dr. David Carlisle, Mr. John Patton

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Today’s guest speakers were Dr. David Carlisle, President of Charles R. Drew University, and Mr. John Patton, the University Chief Council. They provided the listening audience with university updates from 2013. They were proud to announce the generous 7 figure donation bestowed by Mr. and Mrs. Emma and Joe. The Mervyn Dymally School of Nursing has also been established with about 300 students. There are about 700 students that make the total enrollment of the university’s various schools and programs. CDU is also celebrating the accreditation of 2 programs. The first being the radiology technology program as well as the continuing medical education program. CDU was incorporated in 1966 and will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary. CDU is also involved with various pipeline programs that encourage youth to pursue higher education. This year will be the 14th annual junior white coat and Saturday Science Academy ceremony, one of the university’s most successful pipeline programs. A number of students at CDU are products of such programs. There are many upcoming events planned for Black History month, as well as the Annual Spring Gala taking place on April 24th. There are also a series of events about the black male that will take place until June at the California African American Museum. Anyone is welcome to make contributions to the university by visiting or calling 323-563-4987.

Depression Pt. 2: Treatment, CPIC and Supporting Caregivers: Dr. Kenneth Wells, Reverend Terence Stone

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Depression is a period of sadness or loss of interest in things that you usually enjoy. It usually lasts every day for a couple of weeks. Although in some cases it can last for months to years. There are also physical symptoms to depression such as digestive issues, sleep disturbance, involuntary crying, being irritable, or being aggressive. There is no gold standard treatment for depression as every individual requires their own specific treatment that works best for them. There are a wide range of things that have shown to be successful. There are anti-depressant medications that are helpful for people with more severe depression, and milder medications with those who have less severe depression. In general, most side effects for most people are relatively minor. Besides medications, there are also talking therapies that have been proven to be just as effective as medication for some people. Many churches also have counseling services available or training sessions on how to deal with someone in the family diagnosed with depression. Unfortunately, many people try to handle depression on their own and resort to drugs and alcohol. Because of this, Community Partners in Care has been developed by community and academic partners who work together in learning how to best improve services for depression in LA communities.

Integrative Medicine: Holistic Approaches to Disease Prevention and Treatment: Dr. Randall Maxey, Gwen Moore

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Integrative medicine is the combination of practices of traditional medicine as well as complementary and alternative medicine. This focuses more on wellness and prevention rather than curing. The top 10 leading causes of death in the US such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc… are diet related diseases that are preventable. We are what we repeatedly do. There are various Complementary approaches to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition are the two most important preventative tools. It is like natural medicine for the body. Unfortunately, three fourths of Americans are overweight or obese which makes them more susceptible to chronic diseases. It is important to do physical activity at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. The speakers remind the listeners that they are the CEO’s of their own body. If you don’t take care of your body no one else will.

(Rebroadcast) Practicing Kindness: Reverend James McKnight

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 To be kind is to treat others lovingly. Kindness is the oil that eases some of the friction of life. We should be kind and good to others because we interact with others on a daily basis and those interactions can be characterized by words. Sometimes there is hostility, envy, or discomfort because of differences; however, when we are kind it allows healing of some hurts. Research suggests that being kind can increase the level of happiness within the self and helps with brain functioning as well. Being kind betters our relationships with others and keeps family connections strong. The guest speaker leaves the audience with a great reminder of always trying to imitate the character of God. One of His greatest characteristics is kindness.

(Rebroadcast) Body, Mind, Spirit: The Role of Prayer & Meditation in Health Care: Krishna Kaur, Min. Donta Morrison

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 The Body, Mind and spirit is strongly connected to each other. If a person thinks or feels a certain way it can affect the body and organs, or how the body metabolizes food. The mind is our tool, we have to guide it. The body mind and spirit have to work in harmony to function. We have to see how we act and react to things around us. Every action begins with a thought. Beliefs control our decisions which ultimately control our actions. The spirit is like a muscle that needs to be exercised as well. When the spirit is strong it helps pull everything together.

(Rebroadcast) How to Maintain a Physical & Spiritual Balance: Dr. Rachelle Bross, Rev. Joyce Kitchen

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Our spiritual connection with god is intangible. Our relationship with God has to be maintained through prayer, praise, worship, and fellowship. It is this relationship with God that is meant to inform our physical relationship with other people and our own life and the things we do and say. When spiritual balance is out of line than everything else in life becomes out of line. It is important to eat good foods and take care of the temple that is our body. When one is spiritually healthy it becomes easier to be physically healthy as well. The speakers remind the audience that is better to strive for progress rather than complete perfection. This week’s episode ended with a reminder to visit The Heritage at Vermont Village farmers market from 10 am to 2 pm. It is located at 7901 S. Vermont Ave Los Angeles.

Charity: Giving Any Gift: Reverend Ed Hansen

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 This week’s episode focused on charity and its importance. Charity is voluntary, not something we have to do. It is any gift of love we chose to provide where there are no expectations of anything in return. It is to give freely and lovingly. There are many benefits to the act of charity. It’s important to realize we live in a community and belong to one another. If we are going to improve life for all of us we have to do a part in helping this world be a better place. It is our duty to God to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the community; we are not isolated entities, but rather interwoven together. When someone is a giver, God brings more their way. The speakers remind the listening audience to not only give during the holidays. Instead, we should let the light of giving flicker throughout the year.

Practicing Kindness: Reverend James McKnight

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 To be kind is to treat others lovingly. Kindness is the oil that eases some of the friction of life. We should be kind and good to others because we interact with others on a daily basis and those interactions can be characterized by words. Sometimes there is hostility, envy, or discomfort because of differences; however, when we are kind it allows healing of some hurts. Research suggests that being kind can increase the level of happiness within the self and helps with brain functioning as well. Being kind betters our relationships with others and keeps family connections strong. The guest speaker leaves the audience with a great reminder of always trying to imitate the character of God. One of His greatest characteristics is kindness.

Cutting Slack Instead of Cutting Throat: Reverend Cecil Murray

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 This week’s episode focused on the importance of being kind to one another. Many people experience hurt between each other. Usually these feelings are exacerbated when we already feel hurt within ourselves. As a community everyone needs to learn how to cut some slack for others. Among young black males ages 18-31, the leading cause of death is homicide. The second leading cause of death for this age group is suicide. This alarming statistic displays that as a community we are hurting each other and ultimately hurting ourselves. There are many ways to combat this issue. Some suggestions are to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and learn about others as it decreases ignorance and increases compassion. The next time you have an urge to be upset at someone else, try to be kind. Observe how people react when you demonstrate an act of kindness. There is so much you get back from being kind.

Being Thankful and Expressing It: Reverened Joe Waller

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 This week’s guest, Reverend Joe Waller, describes his early struggles in life and how he was able to overcome them through being grateful. Instead of focusing on the weakness in our life we need to focus on the strength. We need to focus less on who we are and focus on God. Regardless of where one is in this walk of life, God is always walking besides us. We always have to realize that we can only do things with His strengths. Sometimes it is easy to overlook the simple blessings in our life such as waking up in the morning, being able to hear, see, or taste. It is very important to appreciate the big and small things in our life. Feeling grateful can improve one’s physical health, improve the outlook on life, and helps being satisfied regardless the situation. Religion and belief has also been shown to extend the lifespan of people. Reverend Waller closes by reminding everyone to be thankful and to spread gratefulness. Announcements: Invest in Charles R. Drew University by giving a tax deductible donation on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd , which is a National day of giving. Donations can be made at Remind everyone to be thankful and spread gratefulness.

Affordable Care Act: Covered California

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. It allows Americans more access to affordable health coverage and also helps control the rising cost of health care. The Affordable Care act is also known as Public Law 111-48, ACA healthcare reform, and Obama care. There are a compilation of various health care plans available to you as a resident of California. The plans are organized by the type of coverage one wants. All the plans have 10 essential elements: preventive care , emergency care, hospital care, ambulatory services, laboratory services, prescriptions, mental health including substance abuse, pediatric services, maternity and newborn care, and rehabilitative care. There are various qualifying factors to be able to enroll. There are different ways to enroll such as online, through telephone hotline numbers, or various community agencies. Some of these agencies include NAACP, MS enterprise, Black Women for Wellness, California Black Health Network, and Shields for Families. Working with someone who is trained in the enrollment process can be of much benefit as they can easily walk you through all the steps. All private information that needs to be provided is secured and safe. More information can be found on the www.Coveredca.go. For assistance also call 1-800-300-1506 or 1-888-975-1142

(Rebroadcast) Eye Health: Dr. Richard Baker

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 According to a 2008 report of the National Eye Institute, among Americans aged 40 and older, more than 3.6 million are visually impaired. African Americans are 5 times more likely to be blind or visually impaired than most Americans. Visually impaired is defined as having a 20/40 vision or worse. Eye health is linked to overall health. Eye health is not relative to dying but it’s important to living. Vision is directly associated with likelihood of having a serious injury or fall, depression, and livelihood. It is important to consistently visit an optometrist to ensure proper eye health. Many conditions of the eyes can be prevented with proper care which can ultimately prevent blindness. For more information on eye health, the guest speaker encourages the audience to visit

Family Caregivers: Caring for our Elderly - Deyana Blacksher, Jewell Daniels

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 This week’s episode focused on Family Caregivers. Both guest speakers had experiences with family members suffering through various health issues and needing care. With the Baby Boomer population getting older, it is estimated that 70 million adults will join Medicare or need care by the year 2030. Someone who decides to be a care giver commits their life to serving a family member. Their tasks range from buying groceries, cleaning the house, helping them get dressed or out of bed, taking them to appointments, and helping them take their medication, to name a few. Care givers also serve as a companion, financial manager, and care coordinator. Many people feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed or overstretched. However, It is important to first take care of the self mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. No one should feel ashamed for seeking help from other people or agencies. The Companion Care Plus agency provides family care giver services for 12.75 to 17 dollars an hour, and also accepts long term care insurance. Those who want more information are encouraged to call 310-676-2829

Fibromyalgia: Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson, Loretta Jones

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. More than 12 million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia with 1 in 30 women being affected and 1 in 200 men being affected. People with this condition often have symptoms of a crawling and painful burning sensation throughout the body, suffer from anxiety, depression, or fatigue. It is a disease of the nerves itself and usually affects both sides of the body as well as above and below the waist. Often times, it is difficult to describe the pain to doctors; however, it is important to take control and engage with doctors until they understand and are able to properly diagnose. The common drugs prescribed for this disorder are anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications to control the pain neurologically. The guest speakers remind the listening audience who suffer from Fibromyalgia to follow their medication regimen, practice relaxation techniques, and constantly pray to God to help change the state of mind. Lastly, the guest speakers remind the audience that there is help and relief to be found, and to never give up in being properly diagnosed.

Depression: Dr. Kenneth Wells, Pluscedia Williams

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Depression is a clinical term used when someone feels persistent sadness and loss of interest. The guest speaker on this week’s episode describes her journey through depression and how she felt down, hopeless, and didn't feel there was anyone that could help her. Symptoms that many people experience are stress, confused about what they are feeling, stomach issues, shortness of breath, low self-esteem, irritability, headaches, and constant crying. Depression can be a discrete period of time between 2- 6 months or it can be chronic and smoldering lasting 2 years or more. Some people may experience one single episode in their lifetime while some people experience many episodes of depression. African American and Latino men are more likely to deal with depression without it ever being diagnosed. Most people don’t see a mental health specialist, and usually only see a general practitioner who in many times does not diagnose someone who may be experiencing serious depression. The guest speakers encourage the listening audience to visit a doctor and tell someone if they experience feelings of sadness. No one should be ashamed or hold back feelings. Depression is best treated in earlier stages, which also helps prevent reoccurring episodes.

CDU Updates: Dr. David Carlisle

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Today’s guest was Dr. Carlisle, the President of CDU, with an update on all the great things happening at the university. Recently they have started a community advisory council which is a mechanism for the university to be aware of the health and education issues in the community. It also allows for the community to be informed about various things going on at the university. There is also Community Faculty that seeks to capture innovation and creativity that is expressed everyday on the streets of LA. Dr. Carlisle discussed the various improvements that have taken place at the university such as becoming a financially stronger institution, increased student applications, increased student enrollment, and providing $300,000 in scholarships for students. Scholarships are possible through increased gifts from various people and groups in the community. There are also a number of faculty members that are doing great and ground breaking research at the university. Lastly, Dr. Carlisle mentioned the various community events the university participates in, and invites the listening audience to be a part of. October 26th will be the 4th annual Lets Move 5 k walk that will take place on the CDU campus. There is also the 2014 Spring Gala, a fundraising effort by CDU, which is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to make donations to the university online or by contacting Dr. Carlisle’s office at (323) 563-4987.

(Rebroadcast) Healthcare Reform and its Relevance: Norma Mtume

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Healthcare Reform was designed to expand health care coverage and to reduce health disparities. Health care is one of the key challenges faced in Black and Latino communities. One of the highest expenses for the US government is medical care and service. There is a need to control health cost because it is increasing along with death and diseases. The Affordable Act was brought about to help control both increasing costs and increasing diseases. Some of the changes that the Affordable act mandates are greater access by expanding access to childless adults. It will also be mandatory for employers to offer insurance. Along with that, it will be expanding to cover things that are much more holistic such as wellness and preventative measures.

Alzheimer's Disease: Bryan Gaines, Rickey Sewell, Dr. David Trader

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 Dementia is an umbrella term for various diseases that cause memory loss which may affect other areas of functioning such as thinking, reasoning, judgment, and planning. Alzheimer’s is one type of dementia which is an irreversible disease. It’s a process of brain deterioration over time that affects brain functioning. The main risk factor for it is age. There are some genetic predispositions that make it more likely for this to occur in some people. Unfortunately the root cause of it is not exactly known. Typically it’s an older age disease after 65. Some of the symptoms for Alzheimer’s include memory loss, trouble remembering family members or friends, forgetting dates, problems speaking, writing, misplacing objects repeatedly, withdrawing socially, depression or anxiety. The guest speakers advise the listening audience to educate themselves on the disease especially if someone in the family has it. For more information on caretaking or support groups please visit

Cholesterol: Good Fat, Bad Fat - Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Fat, carbohydrates, and proteins are all types of food energy. Calories are the units by which we measure food energy. However, fat is more dangerous in that it contains denser amounts of calories than carbohydrates and proteins. It is also stored in the body where as other types of food energy is expended. The intake and output of energy must balance in the human body. One’s level of activity should determine your calorie intake. When fat builds in your stomach it can be dangerous as it stores fat underneath the blood vessels. The over consumption of animal fat increases cholesterol. There are 2 sources of cholesterol in our body. One is produced from our liver and the other is from eating animal fats such as in processed foods and meats. It is important to stay away from certain foods to lower our cholesterol and replace it with healthier options. Some examples of healthier options are fish, turkey, or shrimp. For those who have no health problems, total cholesterol should be under 200. If one has hypertension or diabetes, but never had a stroke or heart attack, LDL should be less than 100. If one has already had a stroke/heart attack, LDL should be less than 70.

Children's Institute: Project Fatherhood - Alan Michael Graves, Anthony Young

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Children’s Institute began over 100 years ago. It provides resources for children and families involved in trauma in the Los Angeles communities. They provide early childhood education, child trauma treatment, domestic violence services, family preservation, youth services, parent education, and trainings for professionals as well. Project Fatherhood is part of the Children’s Institute, and focuses on parent training. It was developed 25 years ago when it was realized that men were left out of the family equation. Project Fatherhood was designed to bring the father back into family by providing them with necessary resources. There has been a stigma that fathers don’t want to be part of their family’s lives. However, the issue is they did not have tools and resources to be a successful nucleus of their family. Project fatherhood runs 20 groups in LA including gay fathers, Latino fathers, African American fathers, substance abuse fathers, and many others. They have served over 1,100 fathers in 2013 so far. For more information you can call the Children’s Institute at 213-385-5100.

National Research Institute: Dr. Jose Mendoza, Susy Munoz, Dawn Santos

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 The National Research Institute provides access to innovative therapies and helps the community through clinical research. It is a disciplinary organization that tries to reach various populations affected by diseases. Clinical research is a branch of medicine that seeks to find safe and effective medicines and devices that can be used with humans. There are 5 phases of clinical research Phase 1 and 2 ensure it is safe to be used for healthy volunteers. Phase 3 incorporates people with the diseases. Phase 4 validates the dose that will be used for those patients, and Phase 5 is when it is commercialized. NRI focuses on metabolic diseases and also has a women’s initiative that focuses on diseases that affect women. NRI also has a unique recruitment approach as they collaborate with other organizations that can provide more resources to their patients. They attend many community events to do health assessments and disseminate practical health advice.

"Present Your Body" Research Project: Aziza Lucas-Wright, Reverend Cedric Alexander

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 This week’s episode focused on the Present Your Body study led by Aziza Lucas-Wright, Dr. Mohsen Bazargan, and Loretta Jones. Present your Body recruited 811 participants from 11 black churches of different denominations in South LA. It was a study to learn about people’s beliefs and knowledge about cancer. According to 2010 data from the American Cancer Society, African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival rate of any racial and ethnic groups with cancer. Of the men who have cancer, 34 % have cancer of the prostrate. That is twice the rate of lung cancer and 3 times the rate of colorectal cancer for black men. For women, 25 % have breast cancer while the rates for lung and colorectal cancer were 12 and 11 % respectively. The results of the study showed that most people knew someone who had cancer amongst their friends or family. Despite that a high number of people didn’t feel they were at any greater risk for cancer even though they knew people in their own family. This proved that there is a need for basic fundamental education as many parishioners didn’t even know what cancer was, how it starts, or the various types of cancers that exist. There is a need to educate parishioners on how to treat and support each other when cancer is present. For more information, the audience is encouraged to call Healthy African American Families at 323-292-2002.

Rebroadcast: Childhood Immunizations: Dr. Oliver Brooks

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Dr. Oliver Brooks discusses the importance of immunizing/vaccinating children and the personal benefits as well as the benefits to society as a whole. Dr. Brooks explains many health issues that can result due to not being immunized/vaccinated. He shares that immunizations/vaccinations are felt to be one of the greatest public health advances of the 20th century. Dr. Brooks talks about what is being administered through immunizations/vaccinations and their role in helping to build the immune system of the human body. Resources: Immunize LA Families, Humbert M. Humphrey Clinic, Dial 211 for County Services, LA County of Public Health,, Center for Disease Control 800-232-4636

Breastfeeding: Loretta Jones and Tera Hilliard

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 This week’s episode was on the importance of breast feeding. During slavery women breast fed their children and even others babies. Breast feeding was commonplace until the 1950's when the economy changed and welfare reform took place. This is also around the time the baby formula industry began to push for mothers and hospitals to use formula instead. They claimed it was healthier than breast milk. Presently, only 1 in 6 mothers breastfeed their babies up to 6 months. All mothers should be breastfeeding anywhere from 6 months to 2 and half years. Breast milk has many natural necessary nutrients baby’s need that can’t be found in formula. It has many benefits in brain development, providing good fatty acids, and developing a stronger immune system. There are many organizations such as Black Women for Wellness that promote breast feeding and offer various resources, support groups, and free breast feeding pumps.

Eye Health: Dr. Richard Baker

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 According to a 2008 report of the National Eye Institute, among Americans aged 40 and older, more than 3.6 million are visually impaired. African Americans are 5 times more likely to be blind or visually impaired than most Americans. Visually impaired is defined as having a 20/40 vision or worse. Eye health is linked to overall health. Eye health is not relative to dying but it’s important to living. Vision is directly associated with likelihood of having a serious injury or fall, depression, and livelihood. It is important to consistently visit an optometrist to ensure proper eye health. Many conditions of the eyes can be prevented with proper care which can ultimately prevent blindness. For more information on eye health, the guest speaker encourages the audience to visit

Eliminating Health Disparities: Government Burden or Personal Responsibility: STRIDE Students

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 This week’s episode was an educational debate between the Charles R. Drew University STRIDE students. The topic they debated was on health disparities and whether it is a government or personal responsibility. The students who supported government responsibility argued that the government should focus more on preventing the preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease because it’s the leading cause of death in the United States resulting in over 600,000 deaths annually. The government controls the media and has mass resources to be able to bring information to the public to highlight diseases and promote prevention. The students who supported that health is a personal responsibility argued that the media is not responsible; rather the community needs to help each other. It is the duty of every individual to pass on whatever knowledge they gain to their families, church members, or peers. Both sides made great points. Perhaps it is collaboration between the government and community that is necessary to break health disparities.

Dealing with Addicts in the Family: Yolanda Simmons, Gail Vaughn-Harris

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Addiction is the use of any mind altering chemical that controls livelihood and creates problems in lifestyle. Addiction is a process that develops with casual using and eventually turns into a craving which then becomes an addiction. You crave it more than anything else in life. Many times family members don’t want to admit that someone in their family has become addicted to something. It is important to identify the addiction and not ignore it. There is a basic 3 step process the guest speakers suggest once the co-dependent has done everything they can to no avail. Step 1: “I can’t do this on my own”. Step 2 is where you cry out to God and say “God can”. Step 3: we say “Let him”. When you know a loved one has an addiction it is important to not be in denial. As a family member you have to learn what the addict needs to bottom out so they can come to the end of themselves to start recovery. Many times we are doing things that are enabling them to prolong the problem. It is important to learn to be tough with God’s help.

Causes and Consequences of Senior Hunger and Obesity: Dr. Karen Lincoln, Bryan Gaines

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 In the U.S. hunger is a problem with seniors. Hunger is affecting millions especially in the LA County area where there are about 2 million residents who are food insufficient. Seniors are the most vulnerable to food insufficiency. There are many factors that lead to this issue. There is a lack of access to healthy foods and healthy supermarkets in certain neighborhoods. There are also many functional limitations that seniors have with, transportation, walking, vision problems, or amputated limbs due to diabetes. Obesity is another health issue that affects 30% of seniors. Obesity is determined by Body Mass Index which is a ratio of height and weight; BMI over 30 is defined as obese. Many seniors are affected because they don’t have easy access to healthy foods and have high levels of stress. It is important to identify resources in one’s neighborhood that can help deal with these issues. Senior centers or churches have lists of resources for people to utilize. The guest speakers encourage seniors to be more proactive in tackling these issues and for the community to help the elders around them.

Cell Reprogramming Research: Dr. Chris Reid

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Stem cells are the cells of the body where the entire body originates. We all start life as a single fertilized egg cell. Stem cells are so powerful since they replace cells that are normally lost. The question arises if this could be a way to deal with a disease. Especially for those individuals who have damage anywhere in the body. The difference between an embryonic stem cell and an adult cell- is that the embryo has a job of producing overtime all the billions of cells that are in the human body by making other stem cells and producing specialized cells. Adult stem cells have the more limited job of producing replacement cells in certain tissue. Cell reprogramming allows the taking of a cell, for example a skin cell, and converting it to a cell that has properties which are akin to those of embryonic stem cells. With cell reprogramming we will be able to make replacement cells and organs

CDU Updates: Dr. David Carlisle

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Charles R. Drew University was founded in 1966, and has remained opened since then. Its mission is to help communities that are underserved and under resourced by training health care professionals. This week’s episode provided the listeners with updates about the University from its president Dr. Carlisle. After 22 years of being at the University, Dr. Keith Norris departed the University. Currently the university has hired an Interim Provost which is the Chief Academic Officer who oversees the activities that define an education, teaching, research and patient care. The Interim provost is Dr. Mary Boyce from CSU Monterey Bay. The university has also recently embarked on a pathway to privately fundraise for money. If anyone is interested in donating to the university, you can go to the website ( On the homepage there is flashing tab that reads “giving to cdu” or you can call 323-563-4987. Dr. Carlisle also encourages CDU alumni to attend the alumni reception that will take place at the National Medical Association in Canada on July 29th. There will also be a 5k race at East LA College on August 11th at 8 am that will benefit the University. In addition there will be a Legacy harmony series, which is a jazz concert, held in Little Tokyo on September 7th 2013. This will recognize Mrs. Lillian Mobley, where money will go towards her foundation and scholarship fund.

How to Maintain a Physical and Spiritual Balance: Dr. Rachelle Bross, Reverend Joyce Kitchen

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 Our spiritual connection with god is intangible. Our relationship with God has to be maintained through prayer, praise, worship, and fellowship. It is this relationship with God that is meant to inform our physical relationship with other people and our own life and the things we do and say. When spiritual balance is out of line than everything else in life becomes out of line. It is important to eat good foods and take care of the temple that is our body. When one is spiritually healthy it becomes easier to be physically healthy as well. The speakers remind the audience that is better to strive for progress rather than complete perfection. This week’s episode ended with a reminder to visit The Heritage at Vermont Village farmers market from 10 am to 2 pm. It is located at 7901 S. Vermont Ave Los Angeles.

Don't InsAlt the Cook: Dr. David Martins, Dr. Susan Bowerman

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Sodium Chloride is table salt used to cook. Sodium is needed in the body. 2/3 of the water in your body is located in the body cells while 1/3 is outside of the cells. Of that 1/3 of it flows in the blood vessels. The reason water does not leak out of the cell is because of potassium. Sodium counters the potassium within the cell and retains water within so that there is blood volume, and nutrients can be transported. High salt intake raises blood pressure and attributes sometimes to heart strokes or failure. In general the more processed a food is the more sodium it will have. Crackers, cookies, and cereals can also be high in sodium. Low sodium labels do not mean it is necessarily low. Instead it is just lower than those foods that have astronomically high levels of sodium. Salt is needed for the body, but too much is not good. A good amount per day is 1 teaspoon. There are many herbs and spices that can give food flavor besides salt that should be explored and used.

Sickle Cell Disease: Dr. Carolyn Rowley, Pat Corley

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Sickle Cell Anemia affects millions worldwide. In America 1 in 500 African Americans have sickle cell disease and 1 in 36,000 Americans have it. Furthermore, 1 in 12 African Americans have the sickle cell trait and one in 1,400 Latinos have the trait. Sickle cell anemia is the sickle cell disease you most often hear about, and is present when a person has 2 genes for the sickle cell hemoglobin. A gene for sickle cell hemoglobin from both parents will give a person sickle cell disease; both parents have to be carriers. Red blood cells are round that allow them to flow in the blood. When one has sickle cell anemia the shape of the RBC is sickle shape or crescent moon shape preventing it from flowing properly. Therefore, it decreases oxygen to parts of the body. It is important for those who have this disease to become involved with the community and different support groups so they don’t feel like they are doing this alone. It can cause a lot of pain; however some treatment can be through hydration, Obioids for pain relief, oxygen, or hydroxeria. Although it affects a person from the time they are born it is still possible to have a viable life, but you have to be vested.

Healing the Mind and Stress on the Body: Pastor Brian Johnson, Dr. Laurie Windle

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Stress is anything, internally or externally, that triggers us to make some kind of reaction. Usually it comes from something that is perceived as a fear or a threat. It is inevitable that stress will come into our life at some point, but it is important to remember that there is no weapon that the world has that will bring us down. God is the best of planners and He makes everything work out for our good. Stress can sometimes guide us just as pain guides us, to have more mindful or healthy coping. Physically it can lead to agitation, high blood pressure, ulcers, headaches, migraines, or heart disease. If it’s a constant psychological stress it can overwhelm a person. Because of this it is important to name your stressors and understand what parts of the body it affects. Alongside with that, it is important to develop a stronger connection with God, and have trust in His plan.

HIV/AIDS Awareness: Dr. Wilbert Jordan, Richard Hamilton

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 This week’s topic was HIV/AIDS which means Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and its history. It was found in later years that the virus that caused AIDS was HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus). AIDS means your immune system has been significantly tampered. HIV simply means you have been infected with the virus, but does not necessarily mean you have AIDS. Over the years there have been a decrease in IV drug users and an increase in cases in black women. African American women make up about 60 percent of the total number of people who have HIV/AIDS. In Los Angeles County, sex is the most common way of transmission. The best preventative method is to start using condoms. June 27th is national HIV testing day, and the speakers encourage the listening audience to get tested as well as invite family and friends to get tested too. They also suggest people to at least see their physician if they don’t want to go to a testing center. They ended the episode with a closing message: know your status and know how to protect yourself and your partner.

CDU Farmers Market: Dr. Carolyn Rowley, Cynthia Davis, Bill Coleman

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 The CDU Farmers Market was student driven initiative. The Masters of Public Health Program had students who submitted a grant for a farmers market as a class project. In January of 2013 this grant was awarded and the Farmers Market was able to come to fruition in South LA. The CDU Farmers Market takes place every Friday from 10am- 1pm. There are many vendors that attend as well as free health screenings, HIV testing, blood pressure testing, and blood drives. One of the prime benefits of this market is providing access to low income families to organic fruits and vegetables at an affordable price. This allows families in the South Los Angeles area to make healthy choices and to be able to eat vegetables and fruits that are freshly picked without the pesticides, chemicals and wax. The speakers leave the listening audience with closing reminders to always eat fresh and healthy foods that are high in vitamins and minerals. They also invite the audience to the 7th Annual Charles R. Drew University Health Fair on June 8th from 10 am to 10 pm at the Kenneth Hahn plaza located at 11722 S. Wilmington Ave.

Grief and Loss: Dr. Ronald Barrett, Minister Yvonne O'neal

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Grief is an emotional state or reaction to a significant loss. There are many types of grief. Anticipatory grief is when individuals experience the forecasting of a loss. Delayed grief is a reaction that occurs after some time. Inhibited grief is experienced with role constraints. Grief is different for every individual. There are other causes that lead to grief besides death such as loneliness, displacement, being fired from a job, retiring from a job, or separation from family and friends. There are some healthy ways to deal with loss or grief. Some of these are to stay connected with significant others and to not isolate oneself. It is important to seek help through God, and to remember that God will never forsake you. He is the most consistent force in all lives. Local churches and communities also have available support groups that are very helpful. The guest speaker encourages the audience to call the suicide crisis hotline at 877-727-4747 or the national hotline at 800-273-TALK for further help.

Free N One: Faith-Based Recovery: Elder Ronald Simmons, Yolanda Simmons, Toni Mosley

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 An addict’s life centers around the use and misuse of intoxicating substances. People lose control on the amount of drugs or alcohol they are using. Most people don’t realize they have lost control. Faith is the foundation in which everyone lives and breathes. Some individuals have gone through various programs to overcome addiction. However with this program, Christ becomes the foundation. Churches are like hospitals that heal people who have suffered through trauma in their lives. Free N one Faith has an outpatient facility located at 5838 S. Overhill (323-295-0009). There is a faith based and a secular component. They train churches around the country and have certified counselors and recovery plans that are very personalized for every individual. There is an upcoming training at a Bethel Church located at 7900 Western Avenue on Tuesday June 18- Friday June 24. For more information listeners can call (323) 295-0009. The speakers leave the audience with closing advice to remember that it’s never too late to try and overcome an addiction.

Let's Talk: Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Dr. Rebecca Alleyne, Pastor Rhonda Santifer, Dolores Caffey-Fleming

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 Breast cancer cells have 3 receptors on the outside of cancer cells. 2 of them are hormone based and the last one is not a hormone one. In triple negative breast cancer all 3 of these receptors are missing. This becomes a more difficult cancer to treat. TNBC makes up about 15-20% of all breast cancers. In the United States there are about 220,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The most advanced treatments right now are those that trigger receptors. However, because TNBC does not have receptors, other options have to be taken such as chemotherapy. All women need to constantly be aware of any changes in their breast regardless of age, and get tested for breast cancer. Celebrate Cancer Life Ministry is a group that holds meetings monthly for people to discuss cancer. On May 25th from 10-12 pm there is an event called “Testimony, Celebrations, and Education” that will be held. There will be cancer survivors of various types to share stories, the cancer survivor choir will sing, and questions will be answered. The guest speakers opened this great symposium to all audience members. Address: New Prospect Baptist Church (10910 S. Broadway, Los Angeles)

Violence and Bullying Part 2: Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 Bullying has a lot to do with physical pushing, kicking, name calling, spreading rumors, exploiting powers on someone else, or disrespecting. 2013 statistics show that 43 % of children are experiencing bullying. This creates aggression that we see in our society today. Statistics also show that about 160,000 kids will miss school out of fear this year. Because of this academics and school is becoming compromised. There are many consequences that arise from being bullied such as the lack in ability to make and sustain friends, socialization, academics suffering, heavy drug use, eating disorders, depression, alcoholism, or even suicide. 90 % of bullies were either abused or bullied themselves some point in their life. Since bullying occurs a great deal in schools it is important to have school based programs that highlight bullying prevention to educate children. There should also be increased supervision in schools and at home. Anti-bullying school policies should also be enforced. It is also very important to have open communication and casual conversations with your children at home. Together as one community bullying can be reduced.

Child and Adolescent Health: Mental, Physical, Social: Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw, Lorna Gregory

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 There are various disorders that children of today suffer from. The National Institute of mental health states that about 11% of children suffer from depression and bipolar disorder which can begin as early as 5 years old. 8% of children are impaired by anxiety disorders. 40 % are suffering from mental disorders. There are also coexisting disorders such as drug use, sex, and bullying. These things can affect a child’s personality and academics. Unfortunately, percentages are constantly rising. It is important to watch a child’s health, diet, exercise, and to create rules for them. Positive reinforcement given to children is vital to encourage them to do well. The speakers advise parents not to constantly focus so much on what your child is doing wrong but rather what they are doing right. They leave the audience with closing remarks to observe, encourage, and monitor children; furthermore not to be afraid to get help from others.

Violence and Public Health: Culture, in Society, at Risk Youth: Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw, Rafael Flores

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Many times Children do not know they are bullying others or that they are being bullied. Many times the line is blurred of what is play or violence as many children begin to hit, kick, curse, or act aggressively. According to research words have greater power and are longer lasting than physical violence. Children learn from their parents. The number one factor that contributes to violence and bullying is the relationship children have with their parents. Many times this is because there is not enough warmth in the home. It is also important to eat meals together as a family to keep communication open. One of the leading causes of death for 10-24 year old African Americans is homicide. It is important to set rules, regulations, and consequences for children to understand boundaries. The speaker ended with providing a website for parents to visit to learn more about bullying at

Violence and Bullying: Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw, Reverend Charles Lee-Johnson

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Bullying is physical assault no matter how small or big. Sadly, bullying has become very common with 30.5% of it happening on school grounds. There are very strong implications with this when people use their powers to belittle other. Bullies are not born, they are made. Many times it starts verbally and then becomes physical. 85 %of bullying incidents happen within peer groups. 88% of the time there are bystanders watching and of that only 19 % actually say anything to help. 30.5 % of it is only intimidation while 40.4% of bullying happens through physical assault. People say they do it to show toughness, to prove others are wimps, or because someone was annoying them. It is important to pick up on signs and symptoms that a child is being bullying. Some of these can include changes in appetite, acting out, bullying siblings, defiant to parents, changing their dress; grades plummet, or sleep pattern changes. It is vital to always have good communication with children. It is also important to attend a child’s school and be aware of what happens in their days. Remember to always Stop, look, and be active listeners with your children.

CDU Updates: Dr. David Carlisle

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 This week’s guest was Dr. David Carlisle, the President of Charles R. Drew University. He discussed the history of the university as well as updates and upcoming events. CDU is a community founded institution that was created specifically because of the events that occurred in South Central Los Angeles in 1965. It was built in order to create access to healthcare and education. CDU has expanded from a college of medicine and allied health to include the school of nursing. There are 3 major programs that allow CDU to now be called a full service university. 700 students have successfully matriculated. CDU has now started a farmers market in conjunction with Crenshaw Christian Center and the Heritage Education Group. It is held at 10 am every Friday, and was established to promote health. In 2015 there will be a new physician’s assistant program and there will also be a new residency program for family medicine and health. This will increase the doctors that will be sensitive to those in underserved communities. Lastly, Dr. Carlisle encouraged listeners to attend CDU’s Leaders Legacy Spring Gala that will be held on April 11, 2013 from 7-10pm at the California Science Center. Anyone who is interested can feel free to contact Dr. Carlisle at 323-563-4987.

12 Step Programs: Causes and Consequences of Alcohol Abuse: Reverend Gary Williams, Myrna Williams

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Substance abuse is a form of addiction that involves intense craving and a need to consume more and more. Heroine, meth, alcohol, nicotine, and cocaine are a few examples of things people become addicted to. The 12 step program was created by Mr. Bill w and Dr. Bob. They were both alcoholics in the 1930’s. Dr. Bob was sober for 6 months and was on the verge of relapse. In order to help himself stay sober he knew he had to help someone else stay sober. This began what is now known as the 12 step program where one addict or one alcoholic helps another. 12 steps is the program of getting clean that includes fellowship, honesty, and open mindedness. Love is also embedded within all the 12 steps. It is important to love God, love the self, and love others in order to remain strong and grow spiritually. The speakers remind the listeners to constantly pray and ask God for help. If further information is wanted the listeners are encouraged to contact Reverend Gary Williams at or 323-731-7285 (ext. 16).

Hypertension (cont'd): Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 For many years it was unclear what a “normal” blood pressure was. In previous years it was known that the higher the blood pressure reading, the more complications would arise. Furthermore, the lower the bloods pressure the healthier. However, in the recent years there has been a major move to not create excessively low blood pressure in those that have high blood pressure. This holds true unless it is someone who has had a stroke due to blood pressure or someone who has excessive protein leak in their urine. Knowledge has evolved through the years, and this was only possible with people participating in studies. The more people that participate in studies the more information researchers can gain on certain diseases and how it affects certain people. Ultimately, it will help find more cures and preventative measures to help our communities.

HCNI Study: Why Minority Participation in Research is Important.: Felica Jones, D'Ann Morris, Joyce Sales

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Healthy Community Neighborhood Initiative (HCNI) is a study that started over 4 years ago. It was a door to door assessment of the community to explore real health needs and concerns of the people. The approach that was taken was to personally ask individuals some of the problems they were facing. It is important for minority involvement to be able to assess what their own direct needs are, and to ultimately redirect them to have a healthier community. The more information we have on the community, the more it can be catered towards. Together the community at large can be affected positively.

What is Community Partnered Participatory Research?: Loretta Jones

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 This week’s episode focused on Community-Partnered Participatory Research. The purpose of this type of research is to bring various people from the community on board with a research topic. No one knows the community better than community itself. There have been many horrific examples of harm that has been done to people through research. To remedy this, there have been steps taken such as the development of Institutional Review Boards. In Community-Partnered Participatory Research the community takes an active role from even before a research project is developed. It is vital to be partners with the community as they are able to answer relevant questions pertaining to the group of people the study will be on. For example, the community partners can tell researchers if the study is even necessary. It is important to have community partners participate on all levels of research from design to implementation to ensure no harm is done.

Houses of Healing: The Role of Churches in Health Care: Minister Donta Morrison, Dr. Randall Maxey

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 There is a strong link between spirituality and health. It is important to love one self. Stress and fear can lead to many health issues. Therefore, it is necessary to always remember God is present and to rely on Him. This can bring about a healthier mind, body, and spirit. Prayer works best for those who are spiritually fit—coupling prayer with action. The church should also be seen as a second home that can provide necessary tools to stay healthy. The Church has to play a pivotal role in promoting healthy behavior and lifestyles within our community. Healthy teachings can be incorporated within sermons, workshops and support groups can also be offered.

Family Well Being and The HCNI Study Project: Pastor Brian Johnson, Karina Madrigal, Ibrahima Sankare

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 This week’s episode was in two parts- part one focused on family wellness and part two focused on a study presently recruiting participants. The guest speaker discusses the importance of family wellness. A family is like different instruments that have to play the same note in one harmony. Each family member needs to work together to gain mutual respect and understanding of one another. The HCNI study taking place is to understand health needs, diseases, and access to healthcare within the community. This project brings together all voices in the community to gain a better understanding. Presently they are recruiting for their studies. Community residents who are over the age of 18 years old and live in park mesa heights can become involved by calling 1-855-533-3925. Participation in the study requires filling a survey and going through a short physical exam.

Body, Mind, and Spirit: The Role of Prayer and Meditation in Health Care: Minister Donta Morrison, Krishna Kaur

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 The Body, Mind and spirit is strongly connected to each other. If a person thinks or feels a certain way it can affect the body and organs, or how the body metabolizes food. The mind is our tool, we have to guide it. The body mind and spirit have to work in harmony to function. We have to see how we act and react to things around us. Every action begins with a thought. Beliefs control our decisions which ultimately control our actions. The spirit is like a muscle that needs to be exercised as well. When the spirit is strong it helps pull everything together.

Healthcare Reform Relevance: Norma Mtume

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 Healthcare Reform was designed to expand health care coverage and to reduce health disparities. Health care is one of the key challenges faced in Black and Latino communities. One of the highest expenses for the US government is medical care and service. There is a need to control health cost because it is increasing along with death and diseases. The Affordable Act was brought about to help control both increasing costs and increasing diseases. Some of the changes that the Affordable act mandates are greater access by expanding access to childless adults. It will also be mandatory for employers to offer insurance. Along with that, it will be expanding to cover things that are much more holistic such as wellness and preventative measures.

Health Literacy: How to Communicate with and Understand your Provider: Dr. Randall Maxey

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 It is important to get involved in one’s own health. If a person is not engaged in their health or can’t understand what their physician is telling them, it becomes difficult for them to be compliant. It is important for everyone to know what their cholesterol numbers and blood pressure numbers are, and what exactly they mean. The guest speakers encouraged the audience on ways to invest in their own health. Some of their tips were to first Google and research their physician. Before going in for a doctor appointment one should know what their goal is from the visit and narrow down a few chief complaints. Along with this, one should also be cognizant of their weight, blood pressure, hydration, and sleep patterns.

Phone Survey Reportback: Dr. Nell Forge, Charles McWells

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 This week’s episode discussed the outcomes and results of the Good News Radio Magazine Telephone survey that was conducted in 2012. The purpose of the study was to elicit information about the audience that listens to “The Good News Radio Magazine” and to assess its impact. Specifically, the survey was looking to see how medically relevant the show was to them, what knowledge they gained from the show, and what medical conditions and issues most affected the listeners and community at large. There were 225 respondents over the age of 18 that called in to participate in the survey. Of those who participated in the survey, 108 were female, 116 were male, and 1 was transgender. A significant proportion of the respondents exhibited high prevalence of chronic illness. 91% of the respondents rated the quality of the information and guests on the program as very good. 82% rated the overall quality of the program as very good. Most of the respondents agreed that the program sufficiently taught stress reduction techniques and coping skills, as well as created awareness of chronic disease.

How to Measure Blood Pressure: Dr. David Martins, Laurice Pitts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 The guest speakers of this week’s episode taught necessary skills to the audience on how to properly take blood pressure and understand what it means. When a patient is taken in for measurement, it should be a quiet room to allow for relaxation. It is important that the patients arm circumference is measured to make sure proper cuff size is being used. It is also important for the medical staff to ensure the patient has kept away from caffeine or smoking 30 minutes prior. There is no such thing as a normal blood pressure reading; however, it is vital to keep it under 120 over 80. Anything above this can be considered pre- hypertension or hypertension. It’s common that people take their medication only when they think their blood pressure may be elevated. The guest speakers leave the audience with important advice to keep up with blood pressure medication regimens as prescribed.

Hypertension Medications: Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 This week’s episode focused on the various medications and how they can potentially react with foods. With scientific evidence we see that food and drugs are not as different as once it was thought to be. Generally food is what we take for healthy bones, adequate blood levels, and good skin. There’s a lot of food that have medicinal properties and some that can have negative affects when paired with certain medications. It’s important to ask doctor what foods to avoid with certain medications.

Issues of HIV/AIDS in the African American Community Policy Issues and the Criminalization of HIV/AIDS: John Duran, Alex Garner, Richard Hamilton

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 World AIDS day used to be a way to recognize and memorialize people that passed away from AIDS. In today’s time, World AIDS day is different as there is testing, treatment, and educating. Now AIDS is seen as a chronic disease that can be treated. The Black community is still disproportionately affected by it. Before, people wanted to quarantine and isolate the population of people who had AIDS in concentration camps. They then made a medication to give to people who were at high risk. However, they failed to realize that anyone who was sexually active with no barriers were at high risk of contracting HIV. Globally AIDS has killed 25 million people. Today more than 33.4 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. 1.2 million of those diagnosed are in the US, black men accounting for 70 % of new HIV cases. This is 2 times more than Latinos and 6.5 times more than whites. Much of the legislation in the past was to punish people who had AIDS/HIV. It was seen that those who had it were trying to affect others. This was a myth. This came out of a context of fear.

The History and Health of Beauty in the Black Community: Reverend C. Eziokwu Washington

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 This week’s episode focused on the importance of understanding the richness of one’s blackness. Furthermore, learning to appreciate one-self instead of thinking negatively. This not only helps ones psychological well-being, but also physical well-being. It is important to take practical steps to move towards a better quality of life. This can be done by taking preventative measures such as exercising the body, mind, and being aware of surroundings. Diet is one vital way to lead a better quality life. Some examples are cinnamon as it holds many great qualities, raw fruits, vegetables, and aloe vera which is good for the skin and body.

Diabetic Nephropathy: Renal Failure: Dr. Randall Maxey

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Diabetic nephropathy is associated with diabetes mellitus. These conditions are thought to result from diabetic micro vascular injury involving small blood vessels that supply the nerves. The organ that has the most blood vessels in the body is the kidney. Disease of this organ can come with diabetes when blood sugar is out of control. Nephropathy can be found through urine samples when there is micro albumin (protein)- smaller particles of protein. It becomes dangerous when there is more than 3.5 grams of protein excreted in one day. Having a lot of protein excretion doesn’t necessarily mean diabetic nephropathy. Instead it shows that there is some type of disease of the blood vessels somewhere in the body. The speakers leave the audience with great closing advice. They remind everyone that they are commanded to love their neighbor as they love themselves. However, it is important to make sure to take care of one-self before helping others. It is also important to know your family health history to be able to take care of self and children. Lastly, they remind everyone to take vitamins, take antioxidants, and avoid smoking.

Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: Emphasis on Managing and Monitoring Calories: Dr. David Martins, Dr. Naureen Tareen

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Dr. David Martins recaps that Diabetes is a sustained elevation in blood sugar. He gives an overview of the processes the body goes through when dealing with diabetes and differences between Type I and Type II. He also explains what blood sugar tests actually are saying. Dr. Martins covers the connection of calories and ones risk for diabetes. Co-host Dr. Forge gives statistics on the disproportionate diagnosis rates among the African American population. Dr. Naureen Tareen gives a synopsis regarding how diabetes affects kidney function. Both doctors cover the top prevention and treatment options for both diabetes and Chronic Kidney disease.

Misdiagnosis of ADHD: Dr. Marini Smith-Hamilton, Dr. Sandra Lee

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Drs. Lee gives a working definition of what ADHD is and its features, inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. She also gives possible causes of ADHD in children such as genetics. Dr. Lee lists ways to identify behaviors that can be symptoms of ADHD and should be closely monitored. The doctors share tips with parents on how they can go about working with teachers and doctors to help accurately diagnose their children’s behavior. Dr. Smith talks about the gender differences related to the diagnosis of ADHD. Both doctors share various statistics in relation to ADHD and its misdiagnosis. They explain the many factors that can lead to misdiagnosis in children and how some behaviors are similar to other social and genetic disorders. Drs. Smith and Lee cover the best strategies and treatments for ADHD in a child. Resources:

Heart Failure and Diet: Eula Dunnings, Susan Bogan, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 The purpose of this broadcast is to give a better understanding of heart failure and the role diet plays in this failure. Dr. David Martins covers basics of the heart and its functions as well as the reasons that could cause heart failure and the types of heart failure. Dr. Martins also gives a clear explanation of what heart failure really is, the heart not working as efficiently as it should, not the heart stopping altogether. He also lists common symptoms and gives advice on how to interact with one’s doctor when dealing with heart failure and diagnosis. Dr. Martins goes on to explain how certain foods, such as salt, and the amounts consumed can affect one’s heart health. Eula Dunnings shares her story about dealing with heart failure, how diet affected her health, the treatment that worked best to overcome her illness and how having a good doctor like Dr. Martins made a difference. Mrs. Dunnings daughter, Susan Bogan, talks about caring for her mother through her heart failure.

Breaking the Silence: Events/Projects: Dr. Nina Harawa, Sumarian Abdullah, Tiffany McDaniel, Danielle Campbell

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Co-Hosts Dr. Nell Forge and Charles McWells lead the discussion on Women’s’ Sexual Health and a free community event that addresses the issue. Dr. Nina Harawa, a faculty member at CDU talks about HIV/AIDS and overall women’s sexual health. CDU students explain their reasons for getting involved in the, “Breaking the Silence” event headed by Dr. Harawa. The event makes information and resources regarding sexual health known and available to the community. The event, which is geared towards Latino and African Americanwomen, includes a youth track which is designed to appeal to the young people in the community through engagement. Men are also invited to attend this event. Event Info.: King/Drew Magnet High School, October 13, 2012 9 am - 3:30 pm,, 323-357-3440

Youth and Addiction: Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw, Shy Everidge

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Dr. Gabriel Crenshaw speaks on the ease with which teens can easily access the gateway drug marijuana. He discusses how drug use beginning at a young age has an impact on all aspects of one’s life including physical development. Dr. Crenshaw lists symptoms and social interactions parents should look for in their young children to help evaluate whether they may be involved in drug use. The doctor also addresses the issues of how drugs are criminalized among certain populations/cultures as opposed to others. Shy Everidge shares her experience with drugs as a youth and the possible issues that could have lead to her using.

Substance Abuse, Stigma and Families: Brenda Wiewel, Reverend Gary Williams, Myrna Williams

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 This broadcast is started off with an explanation by the guests regarding what is stigma and how it affects people’s perceptions of themselves and barriers it can create in society. Returning guests Reverend and Mrs. Williams tell of their experience dealing with Reverend William’s period of substance abuse, the stigmas they experienced and how they overcame them together. Brenda Wiewel discusses the problems and behaviors she sees as a social worker working with substance abuse addicts. The guests also talk about how some treatment resources can be difficult to obtain, retain or are not covered adequately by health insurance. Resources: LA CADA 562-906-2676 or 213-626-6411

Trauma and Addiction: Toni Mosley, Dolores Thomas, Floyd Edmond

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Returning guest Toni Mosley from LA CADA helps Charles McWells facilitate the discussion on the correlation between trauma and addiction. Ms. Mosley defines trauma as the extreme stress that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope. The normal response to an abnormal event. Host Charles McWells and the guests talk about many different types of traumas and how they affect a person’s way of life. The Kaiser Permanent study from the 1990’s, “The Adverse Childhood Experience Study”, was referenced in the link between health disparities and childhood traumas. Statistics on the financial effects of substance abuse on the nation were shared by host Charles McWells. Dolores Thomas and Floyd Edmond speak on the childhood traumas they experienced and how it led to their subsequent substance abuse. They also share how they found a road to recovery. Resources: LA CADA 562-906-2676 or 213-626-6411, New Vision (Parolee Program) 562-347-5771, (childhood trauma study)

Spirituality and Recovery: Toni Mosley, Reverend Gary Williams

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 Host Charles McWells starts off the broadcast with a few statistics regarding how substance abuse affects society at large. Toni Mosley and Reverend Gary Williams speak on what spirituality and addiction are. Also on how one can be used to help when treating the other. They explain the severity of having an addiction and trying to help those with addictions of any kind such as drugs, alcohol, sexual, etc… Reverend Williams shares his experience as an addict and his struggles to become sober. He shares that his efforts were helped by his religious beliefs and how he is able to better help and understand others through his experiences and beliefs. Resources: Allen House 562-906-2685, Holman United Methodist Church 323-731-7285 ext.16, LA CADA 562-906-2676

Prophecy and Medical Decision Making: Pastor Brian Johnson, Reverend Kelvin Sauls, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Dr. David Martins covers the difference between medical diagnosis and prognosis and the possible errors medical professionals can make in reaching each one. Dr. Martins explains that medical decision making should be based not only on clinical predications, but also on other sources of information such as second opinions spiritual or statistical in nature. He covers the reasons and examples that backup this advice. Pastor Johnson and Reverend Sauls share their experiences about helping their congregations in dealing with health conditions, treatments and decision making based on their roles as faith leaders. They also speak on how to distinguish false prophets from true ones and using the bible as a resource for helping in medical decision making.

Family Dynamics and Health: Eric Russell, Yvonne Russell, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Host Melanie Rodriguez leads the discussion on Family Dynamics and Health. Guests Eric and Yvonne Russell share their story regarding how the growth of their relationship and Mr. Russell’s doctor/patient relationship with Dr. Martins has been crucial in the positive changes in Mr. Russell’s health. Dr. David Martins talks about his observations, as Mr. Russell’s doctor, on Mr. Russell’s improving health since his relationship with Mrs. Russell. Dr. Martins also speaks about how social and family dynamics can affect ones health positively or negatively. Resources: T.H.E Clinic 877-457-9682, Healthy Way LA 877-333-4952, Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles 562-928-9600

Transgender Health Issues: Billie Jean Whittenberg

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Host Charles McWells and Guest Billie Jean Whittenberg discuss who is defined as transgender and the other more familiar terms used to describe this group of people. Billie Jean gives some insight into growing up and choosing the lifestyle she lives and the reasons behind it. She explains the social stigmas that are held in regards to transgender and how this affects their healthcare, also how it could affect the general populations’ health. Billie Jean shares her spiritual journey into finding peace and comfort in who she is through God. Resources: Oasis Clinic at Charles R. Drew University 310-668-4213, Minority AIDS Project in Los Angeles & Billie Jean Whittenberg 323-936-4949, Spectrum at Charles R. Drew University 323-563-4939, Unity Fellowship Church & Dignity House 323-938-8322

Domestic Violence: Karen De Paz Silva, Nekandra Muhammad, Brian Johnson, Lynn Lambkins

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 Host Melanie Rodriguez leads the discussion on Domestic Violence with an overview of statistics based on historic documentation as well as current information. Lynn Lambkins, a social worker and returning guest, expands on what Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence is, what can cause it, who it affects and all the issues that revolve around this type of violence. Karen De Paz Silva and Nekandra Muhammad give their personal experiences living through Intimate Partner Violence and getting out of their violent situations. Pastor Brian Johnson speaks on the religious and spiritual teachings about dominance in the household and its interpretations.

Homelessness and Chronic Health Issues: Marc Hicks, Lynn Lambkins, Gil Montgomery

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 This show covers the topic “Sick on the Streets: Health Problems of the Homeless”. Marc Hicks and Gil Montgomery give their personal experiences about becoming and being homeless at one point in their lives. They both also talk about their paths out of homelessness. Lynn Lambkins gives her perspectives, statistics and experiences as a social worker who has dealt with people who are or have dealt with being homeless. She explains about the health issues that being homeless can cause and exacerbate. Ms. Lambkins also discusses the stresses associated with being homeless and how social stigmas contribute to those stresses. Resources: Los Angeles Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (LA CADA) 323-461-3161 ext.3818, Positive Parolees Network 323-563-4939, Special Services for Groups (SSG) located at Broadway & Slauson in Los Angeles

Should Abortion be on Demand or by Necessity

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Host Charles McWells moderates a debate between King/Drew Magnet High School students based on the topic “Should Abortion be on demand or by Necessity”. The students give pros, cons and supporting information to promote their views on the topic.

Should Sex be Before or After Marriage or Both : King/Drew Magnet High Students

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Host Charles McWells moderates a debate between King/Drew Magnet High School students based on the topic “Sex Before or After Marriage”. The students give pros, cons and supporting information to promote their views on the topic.

About CDU : Dr. David Carlisle

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Dr. David Carlisle, the current President of Charles R. Drew University, speaks on the university’s namesake, origins, history and current mission and goals of the University. Dr. Carlisle covers all the schools contained on the campus and programs of study available to students as well as how many students attend the university overall at any given time. He also talks about the relationships between the University and the King/Drew Magnet High School and about the programs available through the university for younger students, programs such as the Saturday Science Academy which is open to elementary thru high school students. The community faculty program was also highlighted as an innovative initiative by the university. Dr. Carlisle explains the university’s role in the community in which it resides and how it strives to impact the health disparities issue that have plagued the community over the years. He discusses the impact of the closure of MLK hospital on the community and the university and how the medical school was able to work around the loss of the hospital. The President of CDU leaves off with a bright outlook for the university and states that it will become an even more prominent institution in its community.

Phone Survey Promotion : Dr. David Martins, Charles McWells

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Host Charles McWells and Dr. David Martins talk about the purpose “Good News Radio Magazine” radio broadcast. Dr. Martins explains that by promoting stress reduction and coping skills it will help to extend the life expectancy of people in our vulnerable communities. He also discusses how using alternative approaches to treating health problems can also be helpful and lessen the use or amount of medications needed to treat patients. Charles and Dr. Martins also cover why it is important for communities of color to participate in clinical trials and the possible consequences if they are not part of these trials. Dr. Martins also promotes the ongoing evaluation phone survey about the “Good News Radio Magazine” broadcast. He also gives an overview of the reasons behind the broadcasts conception, implementation and goals including receiving continued funding. Listeners are invited to participate and promised a $25 gift card for completing the 10 – 15 minute phone survey. The number to call is 866-441-8447. . The purpose of the survey is to give the production team feedback regarding the broadcast including demographic information, knowledge of chronic health conditions and the listeners status in regards to these conditions, how often the listener tunes in, quality of the broadcast, usefulness of the information provided, etc… The survey will be open to callers until the goal of 200 callers is reached.

Phone Survey Overview : Dr. Nell Forge, Charles McWells

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 Co-hosts Dr. Nell Forge and Charles McWells talk about the ongoing evaluation phone survey about the “Good News Radio Magazine” broadcast. They give an overview of the reasons behind the broadcasts conception, implementation and goals including receiving continued funding. Listeners are invited to participate and promised a $25 gift card for completing the 10 – 15 minute phone survey. The number to call is 866-441-8447. The purpose of the survey is to give the production team feedback regarding the broadcast including demographic information, knowledge of chronic health conditions and the listeners status in regards to these conditions, how often the listener tunes in, quality of the broadcast, usefulness of the information provided, etc… The survey will be open to callers until the goal of 200 callers is reached.

End of Life Decision Making and Care Giving : Dr. Ebere Ume, Yolanda Bozant

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Dr. Ebere Ume explains that end of life care giving is usually family members taking care of their loved ones until they pass. She gives statistics on the amount of older adults who have family care givers and on the amount of those who suffer from chronic health conditions. Also covered is the financial impact on the U.S. that care givers have. Dr. Ume covers the issues of cultural and spiritual backgrounds that contribute to the decision or duty of becoming care givers. Both guest talk about the burdened it can be on families regarding resources, finances, emotional, physical and time. Ms. Yolanda Bozant tells about her personal experience as a care giver to her parents and how it affected her lifestyle. Dr. Ebere Ume ends with post care giving advice and the availability of resources to cope with the passing of the loved ones cared for. Resources: Church and Hospice support groups are available.

Childhood Immunization : Dr. Oliver Brooks

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Dr. Oliver Brooks discusses the importance of immunizing/vaccinating children and the personal benefits as well as the benefits to society as a whole. Dr. Brooks explains many health issues that can result due to not being immunized/vaccinated. He shares that immunizations/vaccinations are felt to be one of the greatest public health advances of the 20th century. Dr. Brooks talks about what is being administered through immunizations/vaccinations and their role in helping to build the immune system of the human body. Resources: Immunize LA Families, Humbert M. Humphrey Clinic, Dial 211 for County Services, LA County of Public Health,, Center for Disease Control 800-232-4636

Manifestations and Management of Sex Addiction : Dr. Gail Wyatt

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Sex therapist and sexologist Dr. Gail Wyatt speaks on human sexuality. Dr. Wyatt covers her background on studying human sexuality and defines the term Sexual Compulsion (sex addiction). She also lists the stresses, conditions or personal history that can lead to this addiction and the types of actions addicts may take to relieve their sexual urges. The doctor talks about the fact the there are no reliable statistics due to the lack of reported behavior. Most statistics are through the police departments and only pertain to certain groups of people. Dr. Gail Wyatt also talks about the dangers of not treating the addiction as well as types of treatments that can be helpful.

The History and Background of Healthcare Disparities : Dr. Richard Allen Williams

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 Dr. Richard Allen Williams, the 1st African American from Delaware to graduate from Harvard University, discusses the racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. Dr. Williams dates racial disparities back to times of slavery. He talks about the disparities in healthcare practices as well as in environmental factors due to socio-economic circumstances. Dr. Williams gives stunning health and death statistics regarding the African American population in the United States. He also goes over the current healthcare reform issues that are steps towards equal healthcare which President Obama has been working to put into place. Resources: “The Textbook of Black Related Diseases” (Book By Author: Dr. Richard Allen Williams), “Healthcare Disparities at the Crossroads with Healthcare Reform” (Book By Author: Dr. Richard Allen Williams)

Childhood Asthma : Dr. Samuel Shacks, Steven Gholar, Jonathan Gholar

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Childhood Asthma affects nearly 5 million young Americans. Host Charles McWells gave an overview of the statistics regarding Asthma among young Americans. Dr. David Martins explained what occurs in the body that leads to Asthma. He also expands on the hereditary and gender risks as well as the environmental factors that affect the body. Steven Gholar shares his experience dealing with his sons Asthma on a regular basis and during very trying times in their lives. His young son Jonathan Gholar shares his story about living with and treating Asthma. Dr. Samuel Shacks covered the stages of Asthma, other illness that can bring out Asthma effects and the types of therapies and treatments available so that children can live pretty regular lives.

Causes and Consequences of Alcohol Addiction : Reverend Ron Simmons, Yolanda Simmos

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Reverend Ron Simmons tells of his personal experience dealing with alcohol addiction and his several efforts towards recovery. Reverend Simmons also tells of how he included religion as part of his recovery efforts. The reverend explains how his experiences with recovery showed him and his wife other needs missing in existing recovery and family programs and how it lead to establishing Christian/religious programs of their own. Yolanda Simmons, Reverend Simmons wife, tells of her experience dealing with her husband’s addiction, her being a co-dependent and his recovery. Reverend Simmons shares that he will celebrate 31 years of being clean and sober this year. Resources: Free and One & Tough Love 323-295-0009 Outpatient Program, “Understanding Christian Drug and Alcohol Recovery” (Book By Author: Ron Simmons)

The Health Effects of First and Second Hand Smoking : Aqebi Hill, Dorothy Hill

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 Aqebi Hill and his mother Dorothy Hill tell of their personal experiences dealing with smoking and second hand smoking. Dr. Nell Forge, co-host of the broadcast, gives an overview of the harmful effects of smoking on the body. Charles McWells, co-host of the broadcast, covers the harmful effects on second hand smokers and the amount of chemicals found in cigarettes. Mrs. Dorothy Hill spoke about how she started smoking and how family support and help was very encouraging during her quitting period. Mr. Aqebi Hill shares his experience dealing with his mother’s second hand smoke and the effects it had on his body as well as the rest of the family. The show ends with some tips and advice for quitting smoking such as to praise and cheer on those who quit or are in the process of quitting. Resources: 800-784-8669 (800-QUITNOW) guides and coaches to help you quit smoking.

The Risk Factors for Ano-Rectal Cancers and the Role of Anal Pap's Smear : Dr. David Martins, Jay Sims

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Discussed during this episode is Chronic Kidney Disease, how to reduce the risk of developing the disease as well as living with, treating it and the information regarding your kidneys that you should know or ask your doctor about. Dr. Martins gives a clinical perspective and Jay Sims gives his personal experience. Mentioned in the broadcast is that African Americans and Latinos have the highest rates of this disease. Listed are factors that contribute to developing Chronic Kidney Disease as well as preventative actions. An overview of the kidneys functions and what Chronic Kidney Disease is and its symptoms is given by Dr. David Martins. It is expressed that early detection is critical when dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease so it is urged to get screened on a regular basis during routine physicals.

Foods that Prevent and Predispose to Colon Cancer : Mandy Graves Hillstrom

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Keeping in sequence with the last 3 shows on Colorectal Cancer, an overview regarding what Colorectal Cancer is its symptoms, genetic risks and when to start screenings is given to start off the show. Dr. Hillstrom continues on to explain why nutrition and diet are important factors in the prevention and risks of developing Colorectal Cancer. She lists foods that can increase ones risk for developing Colorectal Cancer as well as foods that can help reduce ones risk. Dr. Hillstrom also shares that the way foods are prepared and cooked can also affect the level of risk. Fiber, Fish and Folate are the foods and nutrients that are most protective against developing Colorectal Cancer. Food portions are also talked about, obesity is mentioned as a risk factor. Resources:, American Cancer Society,

Signs and Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer : Claudine Robinson, Derrick Butler

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Colorectal cancer is the 3rd leading cause of death in US, 103,170 new cases of colon cancer are estimated for the year of 2012 alone. Unfortunately, the death rate of African Americans in this country due to colorectal cancer is twice as high. For most cancer diagnosis in general, African Americans have a higher rate of death mortality. A lot of this is due to the disparities in our health care system. Colorectal cancer is a cancer in which there is uncontrollable growth of cells in the colon and rectum. Most cases are due to age, lifestyle, poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking. Men are also affected by this cancer more than woman. However, some cases are due to genetics. Some signs and symptoms to be aware of are losing weight, blood in stool, or being anemic. The guest speakers advise the audience to get screening done to catch this cancer at an early stage to increase chance of survival. It is also vital to take preventive measures such as increasing fiber in diet, reducing red meat, and increasing exercise.

The Prevalence and Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer : Dr. Ram Chillar

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 This week’s episode focused on colorectal cancer. It affects the colon which is located in the abdomen which is after the small intestine. A lot of residue is stored in the colon which is stored for elimination from the body. When the residue forms into a more solid form it moves towards the rectum and is then ready to be eliminated. The colon is about 3-4 feet, which is about 10% of the entire intestinal tract. Cancer is uncontrolled growth of cells that can eventually spread throughout the body in stages. Stage 2 of this particular cancer penetrates the bowel wall, Stage 3 begins to penetrate to the lymph nodes, and Stage four sometimes spreads to other organs. Initially it begins as a small pimple and takes many years to reach dangerous stages. This is why it is vital to get a colonoscopy done. Some of the risk factors include: genetics, western diet, weight. Two important pieces of advice the speakers leave us with are to know your risk factors and get a colonoscopy starting at the age of 50.

The Spiritual and Physical Consequences of Prolonged and Persistent Anger : Pastor John Johnson, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 This week’s episode was on the spiritual and physical consequences of persistent anger. Anger is a normal emotion that everyone experiences. It is a negative emotion that is triggered whenever our experience is opposite to our expectation. Anger is sometimes not a problem it depends on what you do with that anger. Everyone’s blood sugar goes up when they eat or drink and everyone has elevated blood pressures; it’s not a bad thing, but persistent elevated blood sugar or blood pressure is the problem. This is when problems begin to occur in the body. Your body releases chemicals when you are angry that takes 2-4 hours to recover from. If one keeps triggering this response it becomes like an internal fire that harms you spiritually and physically. This can ultimately lead to many chronic health diseases and issues. Because of this, it is important to understand what causes you to get angry and to consistently work at resolving it.

What is Community-Partnered Participatory Research? : Loretta Jones, Dr. Keith Norris

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 This week’s episode focused on Community-Partnered Participatory Research. The purpose of this type of research is to bring various people from the community on board with a research topic. No one knows the community better than community itself. There have been many horrific examples of harm that has been done to people through research. To remedy this, there have been steps taken such as the development of Institutional Review Boards. In Community-Partnered Participatory Research the community takes an active role from even before a research project is developed. It is vital to be partners with the community as they are able to answer relevant questions pertaining to the group of people the study will be on. For example, the community partners can tell researchers if the study is even necessary. It is important to have community partners participate on all levels of research from design to implementation to ensure no harm is done.

How to manage and Monitor Anger : Reverend Joyce Kitchen, Dr. Laurie Windle

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Anger is one of the first emotions we experience as a baby. Its function is to provide us with emotional and vital, physical energy boost when we need it most. But can be a problem when it occurs to frequently, is too intense, lasts too long, or when it leads to aggression and disrupts our relationships. There is a difference between anger and being upset as anger can lead to many physical and mental issues. Overall, anger is an external trigger that happens when there is a perceived insult. It is our own interpretation of what we think we are experiencing. Anger is a more exaggerated reaction to something. As a result of anger there is muscle tension, more rapid breathing, and increase in heart rate. The speakers advise those that have anger problems to keep a journal to help identify triggers and reactions to it. This can help those with anger issues to understand where their anger stems from and how to better deal with it the next time. There are 270 references to anger in the scripture which signifies the importance in controlling it. It is important to see how anger affects our relationship with ourselves, others, and especially God.

The Risks and Benefits of Participating in Research : Junko Nishitani

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 There are various risks and benefits when participating in research. Research varies from observational, survey studies, clinical (administered medication), or behavioral intervention studies to try to modify a behavior through a program. There are many examples in the past where research was abused. For example, there was the 1952 Willobat hepatitis study and the Tuskegee study. Also, in 1972 there was the tea room study where the investigator used deception to gather private information without informed consent. In 1974 Congress passed an act for the protection of human subjects. This is where the Belmont report was created. The Belmont report has 3 categories: autonomy, beneficence, and justice. Autonomy is the basis for informed consent. Every human has the right to know what is going to happen to them and should not be coerced into anything. This further protects individuals who are vulnerable such as children, prisoners, or those with language barriers. Beneficence means that there has to be some potential of benefit for society. Lastly, justice means that once something new and beneficial comes about through a study it will become available to everyone not just a select few. Research is vital, but the protection of humans is just as important

The Physical and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others : Reverend Ed Hansen

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 There’s a lot research indicating that volunteering provides health, social, and spiritual benefits. It not only promotes longevity and reduces mortality, but it can reverse and reduce feelings of depression. Interacting with others in need gives people a sense of meaning and purpose. It can help with many physical issues as it uplifts the mind and spirit. It provides spiritual well-being as it gives inner, mental, and emotional strength and balance. Helping others also helps fulfill a religious obligation which makes people feel good about themselves. There is a significant relationship between health and helping others. Spirituality has to do with inner value of compassion, kindness, and caring for others. All humanity regardless of religion can embrace this inner value; it’s like water which is essential for us to survive.

The Treatment and Prevention of Cervical Cancer with an Emphasis on the New Pap's Smear Guidelines : Dr. Traci Robinson

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women worldwide. However, it is much less common in parts of the United States where people have access to routine pap smears. Cervical cancers start in the cells on the surface of the cervix. There are various risk factors that lead to cervical cancer such as smoking, having an autoimmune disease, and having numerous sexual partners. It is important to know risk factors and ways to prevent oneself from getting this cancer. Some preventative measures suggested are getting regular pap smear tests, pelvic exams, and to get vaccinated at a younger age for HPV.

Cervical Cancer and HPV: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate : Dr. Nnennaya Omerigbo, Tiima Smith-Pitts

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 HPV in females affects them through the cell lining becoming cancerous or through genital warts that can occur externally or internally. There are also other cancers that can occur in the vulva. Men are usually not affected internally but can be affected externally through genital warts or penile cancers. There are about 150 types of HPV viruses. There are some states that are trying to make the HPV vaccination mandatory for all children. The concern is to prevent them from getting genital warts as it is a painful thing to go through which can eventually lead to cancer. The target population for this vaccination is boys and girls ages 9 to 26 years of age. This is to reach them before they may even become involved sexually. However, there is much debate in various states as to whether this should be a parent’s choice.

Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Cancer : Tiina Smith-Pitts, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 All cancers represent abnormal growth. In the cervix you have lining, muscles, and covering. Any of these layers can be involved with cancer but the one that usually contributes to cervical cancer is the lining. In the US it is not as common as it used to be, but in some pockets in the country and around the world it is still a prevalent cancer. In 2008, 9% of total cancer cases were cervical cancer. It is more common in Latinos/Hispanics as well as African Americans. The Mean age for diagnosis is 48. The risk for getting this cancer increases with age but once you reach a certain age the incidence is low. It can be diagnosed through Pap smears. Because of this it is important to get a pap smear done at least once a year. Once symptoms begin to show it may be too late. Vaginal bleeding is one sign that occurs especially when it happens after intimacy. There is no genetic disposition, instead a lot of the risk factors are environmental and within the control of people.

The Impact of Molestation on the Sexual Orientation of the Male Child : Dr. Wilbert Jordan, Reverend Paul Hill

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Findings from clinical and non-clinical samples of Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) adults suggest a great proportion were victims of childhood molestation. Childhood molestation often occurs within single-headed households by the mother’s boyfriend or other male relative. Within the OASIS clinic roughly 64% of MSMs who are HIV+ were molested between the ages of 8-12. There are numerous negative consequences associated with childhood molestation including low self-esteem, low self-worth, drug/alcohol use and abuse, inability to maintain healthy social relationships, early initiation of sex, hyper-sexuality, and subconsciously repeating the behavior of the molester. It is important that the Black Community and the church assume a role as a safe haven for young people to turn to and for sermons to raise awareness to promote well-being of our young people. Lastly the church should provide a ministry to single mothers on how to protect their young children, recognize the signs and symptoms and maintain a partnership with their creator.

HIV and Youth : Reverend Clyde Oden, Dr. Eric Walsh

Wednesday, December 07, 2011 Many youth are becoming affected by HIV. The most Common way youth are getting affected is through unprotected sexual activity. The CDC reports that 46% of high school students have had sexual intercourse. And 6% of youngsters have had sex before the age of 13. Most of them are not using condoms regularly either. This is also coupled with the growing issue of prostitution with young boys and girls. Sadly, many young people think they are bullet proof and feel they won’t be affected diseases; however, this is very far from the truth. With this growing problem, it becomes vital that strong messages come from the church and from the parents. It is important to build a relationship with a child to understand where they are coming from and to cater your advice to them as an individual.

Meal and Physical Activity Planning While on Medications for Diabetes : Dr. Sheree Poitier, Dr. Bill Releford

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Diet and physical activity are important for living a healthy lifestyle and reducing ones risk for chronic disease. Healthy meal planning for diabetics’ emphasizes ½ plate of fruit and vegetable (emphasis on vegetables), ¼ lean protein and ¼ complex carbohydrates. Key for diabetics is consistency of calorie intake, time of day when meals are eaten (6 small meals/day), and monitoring glucose levels. Physical activity is a protective measure especially against diabetes. Physical exercise burns excess glucose within the body. Suggested types of exercise include: aerobic (e.g.: walking, swimming, dancing), non-aerobic (e.g. being generally active, avoid sedentary lifestyle), strength training to build muscle, stretching and flexibility (e.g. yoga, tai chi), and relaxation (e.g. prayer and meditation). Aerobic and strength training are key. Consult your health provider before beginning any new dietary or physical exercise regimens.

Complications of Diabetes and How to Prevent Them : Dr. Mayer Davidson and Pluscedia Williams

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are too high. There are 2 types of diabetes: Type I and Type II; the latter is most common. There are several health complications that result from excess levels of glucose within the body: 1) retinopathy (the leading cause of blindness when the small vessels are affected; 2) nephropathy (kidney disease) due to excess protein in urine and high blood pressure; 3) amputations resulting from long nerves that present at first tingling and subsequently numbness and diabetic ulcers; 4) autonomic nervous system where food remains in the stomach, which affects the heart, bladder, and cause erectile dysfunction. Preventing these health complications include: keeping glucose levels down (A1C x < 7%) LDL x < 100, blood pressure below 130/80, reduce weight (if overweight/obese) by 5-10% body weight, exercise and adhere to medication regimen.

Living with Neuropathies: A Case of Charcot Marie Tooth Disease : Dr. Ernestina Saxton, Loretta Jones

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Neuropathies are extremely painful condition that happens when nerves in the body are damaged. Many times it can occur when one is exposed to toxins. This disease is not well treated, understood, and is under diagnosed. Most of the time it starts in the feet with a burning sensation. Having neuropathy is not only painful but can also complicate other diseases one may already have. Anti-epileptic drugs are most commonly used to help soothe the pain. The guest speakers stress to the listeners to always record any pain they may feel that is not normal, and mention it to their doctors. Neuropathy can be difficult to describe. It can be helpful to write down symptoms as they occur with a description of the pain level, time, and date.

The Types and Causes of Diabetes Common : Dr. Mayer Davidson and Jeanette Gillespie

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 Diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose. Some 25.8 million Americans, or about 8.3% of the population, are living with diabetes. Diabetic complications can lead to problems with eyesight, kidneys, nerves, heart disease and stroke. Type 1, “juvenile”, diabetes which affects about 10% of patients is differentiated from Type 2 (“maturity-onset”) which impacts 85-90% of patients. The major cause of the latter is obesity. A third classification is Type 1 ½; patients with this type are usually lean and younger.

Breaking The Silence: HIV/AIDS in the Black Community : Dr. Nina Harawa, Claudia Spears

Wednesday, November 02, 2011 Fear is a major reason why, 30 years after the discovery of HIV/AIDS, that it remains so difficult to talk about this disease in the African American community. Black women make up about 13% of the U.S. population but account for about two-thirds of the AIDS cases among women. Since 2009, Charles R. Drew University has presented the Breaking the Silence conference which links issues related to power, culture, self-esteem and male incarceration to disproportionate rates of HIV infection among African American women and Latinas. Presentations will include discussions on how to talk to youth about sex, what its like to live with HIV/AIDS, and negotiating safer sex after 50.

Breast Cancer Screening and Prevention : Sharon Leffall, Maggie Gutierrez, Maria Toth

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Over a woman’s life there is 1:8 risk of developing breast cancer. Although the rates of new cases among women of color are lower than those of whites, African American and Latina women have lower survival rates and higher mortality. These surveillance data reinforce the importance of early breast cancer screening and detection. Women routinely should examine their breast to become aware of any changes in appearance, tenderness, and/or discharge. Additionally scheduling regular appointments with a health provider for clinical breast exams and mammogram (beginning at age 40) can increase early detection and enhance survival rates. T.H.E. Clinic has a breast and cervical cancer detection program available for women who are uninsured, under-insured and who do not have economic means to afford health care. This program provides health education, screening, and diagnostic and treatment referrals as well as case management.

Male Breast Cancer and the Implication for the Female Relatives : Reverend Robert Jones, Dr. Ram Chillar

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Male breast is rare affecting only 1:1,000 males. Risks for male breast cancer is less well understood, compared to breast cancer in women. Research does suggest that genetics impact a man’s risk, BRCA-2 (gene) and female relatives with breast cancer. Men are encouraged to become aware of family history of breast cancer, notice changes in physical appearance and sensation of breast when pressure is applied. Examples of physical signs include enlargement on one side of the breast, pain and feeling a lump. Include breast cancer screening along with other cancer-prevention screenings (e.g. prostate, colon). Early detection impacts survival rates. Remember to reach out to a support network such as through the American Cancer Society, faith institutions, and family to enhance coping. Survivors should not be defined by their diagnosis.

Living with Breast Cancer : Rhonda Santifer, Marie La Fargue

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women; roughly accounts for 1:4 cancers diagnosed. African American women have a higher incidence (new cases) rate before age of 45 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age. Each person’s cancer journey is unique. Breast cancer survivors have different journeys relative to age of diagnosis, treatment modulation, and coping strategies. Faith and spirituality can be significant sources of strength for treatment decision-making, recuperation and enabling survivors to remain optimistic. A cancer diagnosis should not define who one is and one should challenge such a diagnosis as becoming the authority of one’s life. Draw upon community resources, women’s support groups, and allowing family to be engaged in ones care and recovery. It is important that women pay attention to usual changes in the breasts, see a health care provider for annual clinical breast exams and mammography’s.

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer: The Role of Alcohol : Dr. Naureen Tareen, Carolyn Garner

Wednesday, October 05, 2011 Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women 40–59 years of age. The number of new cases has doubled in recent years due to an increase in cancer awareness and breast cancer screening. Research shows that increased risk for breast cancer is associated with 1) age, 2) prior cancer issues, 3) family history, 4) age of menarche, 5) lifestyle behaviors, including alcohol consumption. Alcohol intake of 1 per day is considered to have low association with breast cancer risk; whereas consuming 2–5 alcoholic beverages per day increases risk by 40%. Types of alcohol consumed also impact risk such as beer and hard liquor has an increased risk more so than wine. Women diagnosed with breast cancer are recommended to seek treatment, reduce stress, maintain a positive outlook and seek social support.

Complementary and Alternative Strategies for Prostate Cancer Prevention : Dr. Farid Zarif, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 There are other options beyond traditional western advances in the treatment of prostate cancer, such as complementary and alternative strategies. This includes those that are botanical or plant based like natural herbs, acupuncture, yoga, or meditation to name a few. Firstly, it is important that one gets screened for prostate cancer. This is the healthiest step anyone can make. If there is growth or abnormalities in the prostate or frequent urination, there are a few herbs that the guest speaker suggested to help with this. These included curcumin, sawpalmetto, garlic, nedo, and pygeumafricanum. There is value in both western medicine just as there is in complementary medication. Both strategies can be used simultaneously as well.

The Staging and Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer : Dr. Jonathan Bergman, Dr. Clyde Oden

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Prostate Cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers among African American men within the United States. This is a cancer that is usually curable if treated early. Many African American men avoid screening for various diseases because of denial and fear. However, it is vital to screen early before a disease becomes more aggressive. Treatment options for prostate cancer have to be individualized for every person. A physician has to figure out if a person is low risk, intermediate risk, or high risk. This can be determined through age, overall health, and co-morbidities. According to this, a physician can decide whether surgery, lacroscopic surgery, radiation therapy, or just surveillance is necessary.

Dealing with Abnormal Digital Rectal Examination and/or Elevated PSA Levels : Ronald Beavers, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Men over the age of 40 should begin screening for Prostate cancer. This can be done through measuring PSA levels and getting a digital rectal exam. This is an examination physicians do with their fingers to feel for abnormalities in the prostate. The guest speaker emphasizes that we need to all take responsibility for our health, and it is early detection that can save lives. If you do have elevated PSA levels and an abnormal digital rectal exam, don’t respond in panic as it doesn’t always mean you have cancer. Ultimate diagnosis is made from a biopsy. It is important to be screened regularly, encourage others to do the same, eat a healthy diet, and show compassion to others.

Prevalence of Prostate Cancer and the Foods that Predispose to Prostate Cancer : Susan Bowerman

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 Prostate Cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers among African American men within the United States. Factors that increase men’s risk for developing prostate cancer include: family history, age, race, and lifestyle behaviors (e.g. smoking, being overweight, not exercising and diet). There are health benefits from increasing intake of fruits and vegetables which include a variety of colors and combinations. Additionally by reducing portion size, caloric intake and high fat proteins research shows the risk for prostate cancer is greatly reduced. Incremental incorporation of fruits and vegetables can have a protective effect on risk for prostate cancer and other health benefits.

Causes and Consequences of Genetic Inbreeding : Reverend James McKnight, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 This episode focuses on the causes and consequences of genetic inbreeding. This is when people are having sex with others and don’t know who their parents are. This increases the likely hood of genetic inbreeding and furthermore, production of children with health deficiencies. When the same genes are multiplied within the same generation this amplifies the mutant genes. It is important for children to know at least their fathers name even if he is not a part of the child’s life. Not only is this vital in avoiding genetic inbreeding, but it is important to know family members health and social history to know risks an individual may have for certain diseases. The speakers leave the listeners with a few words of advice. It’s never too late to reach out to your children and make them a part of your life. It is also important to make our children understand marriage is the best thing before procreating children with single parents.

Partner Body Size Preference and Weight Loss Recommendation : Carrie Brodus, Frank Levels

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 Research shows that African American men have a preference for larger-sized women. Some factors that influence these preferences include: personal desires, culture, socio-economic status, and peer group references. What’s key to partner body preference is the connection made with the woman and the woman’s self-concept. African American males and women should be supported to adopt healthy lifestyles and self-determined choices without fear of the male partner’s rejection.

Authenticating Complementary and Alternative Therapies : Dr. Farid Zarif, Dr. Keith Norris

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 38% of the U.S. adult population has used complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The definition of complementary therapies involves integrating western medicine and naturopathic approaches. Alternative therapies are therapies that represent the use of non-western medical therapies. The impetus for the consumer demand for CAM include; psycho-social factors such as stress, not being pleased with health care quality delivery, faith systems and to pursue more natural remedies and incorporate prevention. Authenticating CAM therapies pose methodological changes, however the Center for CAM is funding research to measure efficacy and effectiveness of these therapies.

Dealing with a Wayward Child : Dr. Fred Frankel, Dr. Bowen Chung

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 Adolescence is a period of turmoil. Parents should work at sustaining a pattern of communication with children. Signs of turmoil: 1) who they keep as their circle of friends (minimize contact with those who are not healthy influences), 2) notice how much time they spend alone (i.e. too little or too much), 3) erratic change in behavior (e.g. recurrent anxiety, moodiness, substance abuse, sexual behavior), 4) peer relationships become more important (e.g. boyfriends/girlfriends). Ways to deal with signs and symptoms: 1) use extended family, faith and community, 2) health and mental health resources, and 3) peer mentorships, community and school programs.

Therapeutic Misconceptions in Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trials : Dr. Kenneth Wolf, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 This episode focuses on the misconceptions in placebo-controlled clinical trials. Placebo controlled studies are a way to test new medical treatments by giving one group the new treatment and another group a placebo treatment which is usually a sugar pill. This is done so subjects don’t know which treatment they are given and it eliminates bias. Many times individuals participate in such trials only for the monetary incentive or because they think they will be receiving the newest and best drug before it becomes available to the public. Others chose not to participate because they believe it will bring no personal benefit. The speaker encourages everyone to try and participate as it is the greatest gift people can give to humanity even thought it may usually not bring direct benefits for a participant.

Sickle Cell Disease: What it is and How to Prevent it : Stephanie Starr, Dr. Halline Overby

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Sickle cell anemia is a blood disorder caused by deformity in the shape of blood cells. This condition affects approximately 1 out of 500 African Americans. In order to have the disease, both parents must have the tract for the disease. Prevention options include staying hydrated, taking antibiotics at the first signs of infection, taking medication to minimize the damage that is done to the bones and organs, getting adequate rest, and maintaining proper diet. Crises endured by patients are extremely painful and can result in frequent hospitalizations. Some patients report pain relief and improvement in range of motion by utilizing acupuncture and yoga.

How to Make Abstinence Work : Reverend T. Marvene Wright, Toni Cooper

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 From a Biblical perspective, sexual abstinence refers to the decision to refrain from sexual activity. The Bible can serve as a blueprint on where sex fits into our lives. The consequences of inappropriate sexual activity can lead to unwanted pregnancies, abortions, child abuse, disease and other adverse health outcomes. Making abstinence work starts with remembering what 1 Corinthians says about the purpose of sex: for procreation and as a means of expressing love within the covenant of marriage. Other tips to practical abstinence include teaching positively and holistically the scriptural messages about sexuality; and ensuring that adults, parents, pastors and teachers need to serve as role models to young people.

The Social and Spiritual Implications of Choosing to Have Babies Without Partners : Reverend D. Najuma Smith-Pollard, Loretta Jones

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 There are different reasons why people chose to have a baby without a partner. Some people chose to have a baby because they feel their biological clock is ticking. There are teenagers who get pregnant but don’t inform their boyfriend because they don’t want them in the child’s life. There are also the teenagers whose boyfriends leave them when discovering they are pregnant. In the United States, 42% of pregnancies are by single women. Also, 72% of all African Americans have babies as a single parent. Many people decide to go forward with having a child because there is something very powerful about giving a part of you to another human being and having unconditional love. The speakers emphasize the importance in seeking out help especially from God. Raising a child alone is no easy task, and it is vital to have support for a child’s sake.

Teen Sexuality and Birth Control : Troy Campbell, Dr. Oliver Brooks

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 There are many scriptures that promote sex; however, there are rules. Sexual union is a byproduct of a spiritual commitment that two people make to each other. Abuse is the abnormal use of anything or when things aren’t being used in the proper way that it was intended to. Anytime we engage in sexual activity out of the context of marriage you are abusing yourself sexually. Sex outside the institute of marriage is where you sin against your own body. Sadly, by middle adolescence about 50 % have had sexual intercourse. The speakers strongly encourage young people to educate their mind and spirit. In doing this you will be able to grow, find yourselves stronger in being able to make the best decisions throughout life.

Male Circumcision and HIV/STD Transmission : Dr. Wilbert Jordon, Dr. Eric Walsh

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Male circumcision is the removal of foreskin from the penis. Usually in western society it is done in the first few days of life. This is an ancient practice that took place in Egypt. It is also a biblical injunction that started with Abraham. Ishmael was circumcised on the 8th day of life. The majority of babies are circumcised in the first few days of life. There is greater risk for uncircumcised man having vaginal sex with HIV positive woman. The cells on the Foreskin are known to be a transporter of the HIV to the T-Cell. This mechanism does not occur, however, in CLAID B. It is important to know what CLAID a person has. In the states most people are CLAID B. Circumcision is not a big issue in the transmission of the disease, it is the semen that people are being exposed to. The overwhelming majority of men who are infected are the receptive partner of anal sex between two males. Whether the person was circumcised or not has no affect. However, In Africa or other countries it’s different as circumcision does play a role in the transmission.

HIV Testing in the Churches: Barriers and Challenges : Richard Hamilton, Reverend Paul Hill

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Historically the church has played a pivotal role in the black community during slavery. It was a place for religious anchoring and social action. The lens of the black church needs to be reframed so that church addresses HIV/AIDs in the black community. The church needs to not be intimated by what we don’t know but rather what we do know. The scripture in the simplest form says to love God, our neighbors and ourselves. The church needs to be relevant to our community and education is power. Collectively we need to empower each other and take care of one another. There is no better place for this to be done than the church.

Video Games and Physical Activity : Dr. Stanley Hsia, Joi Jackson

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1 out of 3 people in America are obese. It’s a complex issue that we still need to learn more about. In today’s time we aren’t moving as much as we used to and more people are living a sedentary lifestyle. People are eating high calorie foods with no physical activity. Because of this there are studies being done to see how effective Exergaming is in getting people to move while still having fun. Exergaming is video games that require physical activity. It makes it easier to have at home. The speakers leave the audience with some last remarks and advice to start paying attention to their diet, drink more water, and love themselves more.

Living with Neuropathis: A Case of Charcot Marie Tooth Disease : Denedria Banks, Dr. Ernestina Saxton

Wednesday, June 08, 2011 Recording Not Available

Divorce and Personal Health : Dr. Curly Bonds, Loretta Jones

Wednesday, June 01, 2011 Divorce is a life changing event and its becoming more common unfortunately. Sadness, anger, anxiety, depression, and grief are a few health effects that are commonly experienced. However, there is a concern when these signs last for months and people stop caring for themselves. For example, not eating well, not sleeping properly, or disregarding proper hygiene. When the ability to do things to get through life is halted or one becomes affected physiologically, this becomes a great concern. One of the biggest negative coping mechanisms is drinking alcohol or taking drugs. People feel like this helps them clock out from it all. But it is important to go through all the stages emotionally. Another negative coping mechanism is self-pity and shame. There are many stages of grief and the last one is acceptance. Some things to help reach this stage are to set time aside to relax whether it is through a mini vacation or taking up a relaxing hobby.

Marriage and Family Health : Dr. Sheba George, Norma Mtume

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 The guest speakers discussed the connection between marriage and health. Studies have shown that happily married people seem to have better health outcomes. This includes physical and mental health. Marriage reduces depressive symptoms. In our community there are various types of families. There are the traditional families, foster families, play families and spiritual families. Our family is whoever we define it to be. A family is a unit of mutual commitment; it is a group of individuals in a traditional or nontraditional way to love and support each other. Some people feel isolated or alone because they don’t have a spouse or traditional family; however, it is important to realize there are other resources and others who need the same support. There is also God as a spiritual resource. It is important to seek support from others as it helps ones mental and physical health.

The Secrets of a Successful Marriage : Reverend Gary Williams, Myrna Jefferson-Williams

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Today’s episode discussed the secrets of a successful marriage. The scripture gives much advice about this topic. Husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies and vice versa. It is important to not be self-centered in a marriage. One of the key ingredients to a good marriage is for the married couple to focus on GOD. When we take our eye off of God a marriage begins to deteriorate. Unfortunately, half of America’s marriages fail within the first few years, and many times this is attributed to financial stresses as we live in a world full of material wealth. Marriage is design by God as a union between two people. Always remember the vow you made when you got married through all the struggles. Couples need to understand that they don’t go into marriage as a temporary situation rather it’s a lifelong journey once you say those vows. It’s a spiritual journey together as a couple. The speakers leave the audience with some advice to remember to always be honest, have open communication, and put God first.

Risk Factors for Ano-Rectal Cancers and the Role of Anal Pap's Smear : Dr. Halline Overby, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Cancer is an uncontrolled growth of cells within the body. Generally they start in an organ and these cells are believed to start with one cell having some type of mutation which is a change in DNA structure. Causes of mutation are multiple and occur randomly in every person. Rectal and colon cancer are quite different from anal cancers. There is an estimated 6000-7000 cases per year of anal cancer. There is a higher a higher percentage of women who get anal cancer per year with approximately 3500 women and 2500 men. Of those 6000 people about 1000 people die because it spreads throughout the body. It tends to affect older people as the average age is about 60. In the US 20% are affected by the Human Papilloma Virus which has been found to be associated with cancer. However, there are only certain types of this virus that can develop into cancer which can be transmitted through sexual contact. The highest risk in spreading this virus is through receptive anal intercourse. It is important for everyone to get digital rectal exams and anal pap smears as the first signs of abnormal growth can be detected. Doing this can prevent the cancer to spread, reaching a fatal stage.

Hair Care and Physical Activity : Nichole Nicholas, Lanise Paul

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 Why don't you see many Black women at the gym? Research has revealed that concern about hair maintenance is one barrier that impacts Black women's level of physical activity. With incidence rates at epidemic levels for obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and stroke within the African American community, it is imperative that Black women find a way to mitigate "hair scare" and increase their amount of weekly exercise. This episode focuses on practical tips for healthy hair maintenance that are conducive to a physically active lifestyle.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV : Cynthia Davis

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 This week’s episode focused on Pre-Exposure prophylaxis for HIV. Prophylaxis means taking measures to prevent spread of disease. There are only a few studies to date that have looked at pre-exposure. In one of the studies they took an at risk population which was men who have sex with men; and conducted a double blinded trial. There was a placebo group that was given an anti-retroviral called truvata which is a one pill a day regime that is usually done when infected with HIV. However, in this study it was given to men who were high risk but negative for HIV. The study showed that for this cohort of men who got one pill a day, there was reduction in HIV transmission by about 44 percent. Out of the 2500 men recruited into the original study, less than 10 percent represented people from America. Furthermore, of the 10 percent Americans only a very small part was African American. Because of this there is still a lot of research that needs to take place especially within the African American community. Still the number one method that has been shown to be affective in stopping the spread of HIV is the use of Condoms if used consistently and correctly.

Informed Consent for Research : Regina Flowers, Dr. Kenneth Wolf

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 This week’s episode focused on the importance for Informed Consent in Research. When the events of Tuskegee became known there was a group of researchers that met in the 70’s. This is where the Belmont Report was created. The Belmont Report that has 3 categories: autonomy, beneficence, and justice. Autonomy is the basis for informed consent. Every human has the right to know what is going to happen to them and should not be coerced into anything. This further protects individuals who are vulnerable such as children, prisoners, or those with language barriers. Beneficence means that there has to be some potential for benefit for society. Lastly, justice means that once something new and beneficial comes about through a study it will become available to everyone not just a select few. It is best if a study investigator or coordinator explains every section of the informed consent to participants to ensure everything is understood. It is vital for the community to participate in research to help science advance; however, it is also important to always understand every part of the study before participating and to never be afraid to ask any questions.

Community Mobilization against HIV/AIDS and STDs in the African American Community : Cynthia Davis

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 This week’s episode focused on HIV/AIDS. In June of 1981 the CDC first published an article that talked about a new mysterious disease which is now labeled as AIDS. There is still a lot of confusion surrounding HIV and AIDS. HIV is a retrovirus while AIDS is the end stage of HIV. There are key symptoms that one experiences when the T- cell count drops. Some of these include rapid weight loss, development of swollen lymph tissue behind ear, night sweats, high fevers, or diarrhea to name a few. Full blown AIDS usually come about in 12-14 years. It is estimated that 6,000 people around the world are being affected every day. SPA 6 has the highest rates of HIV and other STDS among African American and Latinas. The guest speaker emphasizes the importance of schools and churches being more active to educate their students and congregation, and to provide testing. Hopefully through this it can be prevented.

Research Abuses : Junko Nishitani

Wednesday, April 06, 2011 Biomedical research is done to improve the well-being of humans. Scientific knowledge hopefully goes into development of new drugs, procedures, or diagnostic methods. In order to begin research it has to go through a review board to ensure safety and protection of participants. Therefore, there is an independent committee that looks at research design and methods. In the past, such as the 20th century there were many types of research done in the name of science where participants were abused. It was done unethically and unfairly to a group of people with blatant disregard for their safety, rights and welfare. This no longer happens as there are federal regulations that each study has to abide by. It is important to contribute to research by volunteering in research studies; however, if you will be a participant it is vital to fully understand the study beforehand. Some things to know are the duration, when you have to go in, and if compensation is given. Most importantly, you need to understand any risks involved.

Colorectal Cances Awareness : Dr. David Martins, Susan Bowerman

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 This weeks episode focused on the different foods which are healthy for our diet. Fruits and vegetables are good for carbohydrate needs. It provides minerals, nutrients, and most importantly water. If you intake protein through meat it is important to ensure that one gets the leanest meats that can be afforded. Poultry breast is the leanest. Fish is also a good low fat source as well as canned tuna and salmon. It is better to eat and drink non-fat dairy products. Eggs are also a good source for protein. Eating the yolks should not have an effect on cholesterol unless a lot is eaten over a week span. Whole grains are the most preferable as opposed to processed white rice or white breads. The speakers emphasized that food, family, and fun are all equally important. Control your stress level because it affects you and your day to day decisions which ultimately impact your health. You should prepare your foods in a healthy enjoyable way that can be shared with family.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness : Dr. David Martins, Susan Bowerman

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 This weeks radio program focused on the color of ones diet. The traditional Food pyramid shows you how much you should be eating of each food group. However, there is now the California cuisine pyramid that includes fruits and veggies at bottom instead of grains. Fruits and vegetables should form the basis for diet. With grains at the bottom of the pyramid, people were eating too many grains relative to their fruit/vegetable consumption. All chronic diseases are affected by diet; and majority of the common cancers are affected by phytochemical intake which is determined by color of the food.. Everyone is unique and everyone’s response is unique to a diet. Variety of colors and combinations are important in ones diet as each food color group represents a phyto nutrient that has some benefit to the body.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness : Derrick Butler

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States amongst men and women. It is the second cause of death in United states. Colon cancer disproportionately affects the African American community. Most people do not have any symptoms until the cancer has elevated to an advanced stage. Some of the typical symptoms are bleeding in the stool, changes in your bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, or abdominal pain. It is advised to get such symptoms investigated should they present themselves. The vast majority of people diagnosed with colon cancer are over their 50s. After this age it is important to get a sigmoidoscopy done every year along with a stool test, as this can be done easily. However it doesn’t look as far in the colon as a colonoscopy. It just looks at 2/3 of colon where 90 percent of cancer is. A Colonoscopy on the other hand can be done every 10 years as this is a more invasive test which can look at the entire colon. The guest speakers suggest everyone take Metamucil regardless of age as it is a high source of fiber. This can be important in a diet as it helps speed bowel movements which can ultimately help prevent colon cancer.

Community Partnered Approaches to Increasing Awareness about Prevention & Treatment of Chronic Disease : Laverne Bates, Dr. Roberto Vargas

Wednesday, March 09, 2011 This episode focused on Kidney disease prevention. Kidneys primary function is to filter blood. As they filter blood they remove toxins and waste products to make urine. It is important they are able to do this and absorb necessary things for body function. Some of the risk factors for chronic kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, obesity. By knowing these factors we can be more aware. There are two types of prevention. Primary prevention is before you detect the disease. This can include eating properly and exercising at least 30 minutes 5 times per week. There is also secondary prevention which is to control and manage the risk factors for kidney disease. This includes controlling high blood pressure and diabetes. If a person does have kidney disease it is important not to intake foods high in potassium such as potatoes, avocados, citrus fruits, or mangoes as this can lead to heart issues. The guest speakers emphasize the importance of taking proper prevention measures before reaching the point of kidney disease.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness: Risk Factors : Reverend Cecil Murray, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 Over 50,000 people die of colorectal cancer each year. Both scripture and medical science provide hope for those afflicted with or at risk for this disease. From both a scriptural and scientific perspective, the power of the belief system can be a powerful source of disease prevention and healing. A holistic approach to cancer prevention and treatment takes into account the important role that faith plays. This program also examines risk factors associated with prostate and colorectal cancer, as well as some of the diagnostic tools currently available to combat this disease.

Chastity and Cervical Cancer : Reverend Joyce Kitchen, Dr. Tracy Robinson

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 While faith challenges us to follow guidelines related to sexual behavior, these rules are often in direct contradiction to socio-cultural norms. Some churches have found creative ways to encourage chastity (particularly among teens). And some healthcare providers similarly advocate delaying sexual activity as a way of decreasing the prospects of contracting cervical cancer. This episode discusses the moral and physical implications of deferring sexual activity, and focuses on the uses of PAP smears and vaccines as two clinical means of reducing the incidence of cervical cancer.

The Health Benefit of Joy and Laughter : Minister Donta Morrison, Dr. Keith Norris

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Many people fail to realize that joy and laughter are gifts from God, and that having a sense humor in the face of adversity is a spiritual way of coping with the challenges of living a human existence. Medical science also affirms a connection between laughter and good health. Emerging research even suggests that laughter may produce neuro-hormonal changes that can counteract physiological changes associated with stress-related conditions including depression, immune system dysfunction, and cardiovascular problems.

Anxiety and Cardiovascular Diseases : Father Kenneth Keke, Dr. George Marks

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 Proverbs 12:25 says, ‘An anxious heart wears a man down….’ This is just one of many verses in Scripture that focuses on the spiritual and physical impact of excessive worry. From a clinical perspective, there is a clear connection between chronically high levels of anxiety, medical conditions related to cardiovascular disease (e.g., hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke). This broadcast episode examines the link between anxiety and adverse effects on individuals’ health and spiritual wellness. Practical preventive advice is offered, including the impact of prayer and a healthy diet.

Generosity and Social Capita: Implications for Community Stress Level : Dr. Peter Rogers, Dr. Bowen Chung

Wednesday, February 02, 2011 Tough economic times, loss of a loved one, divorce, and other life-challenges contribute to chronic stress, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, sleep deprivation, depression, fatigue, eating disorders, and immune-suppression. When significant numbers of individuals within a select population are impacted by stress, communities are adversely impacted (e.g., higher rates of crime, substance abuse and abandoned homes). Conversely, clinicians spanning the spectrum from ‘mainstream’ to metaphysicians affirm that people who live in communities where there is a sense of cohesion or ‘connectedness’ tend to have lower levels of individual stress.

Oral Sex: Spiritual and Physical Health Implications : Reverend DiAnn Johnson, Cynthia Davis

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 The HIV epidemic has been around for 30 years on a global level. There are still no cures but there are effective treatments. 1.1-1.6 million people are living with HIV/AIDs in United States alone. Oral sex was never discussed as an at risk activity for HIV/AIDS; However, is it is important to understand how it is. You are at risk because the oral mucosa in your mouth can have breaks. These breaks can be through gum disease, body piercings, past oral surgery, or flossing. When having oral sex precum and semen can get into your blood stream through these oral breaks which lead to HIV/AIDS. This is why it is vital to know the drug and sexual history of your partner. There are two types of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Bacterial STDS are those that are treatable. The other are Viral STDS (i.e. hepatitis, herpes, HIV) which are not curable but can be treated for the rest of a person’s life through medication. The best preventive method and absolutely effective way to avoid STD’s is abstinence. Parent involvement as well as church involvement is vital in educating children about the risks and responsibilities of sexual activity.

Anal Sex: Spiritual and Physical Health Implications : Pastor John Johnson, Dr. Ida Jean Davis

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Strict Biblical interpretation suggests that anal sex (sodomy) is against God’s will. So, evidence of increased incidence of anal sex among heterosexuals (especially among young people as a means of protecting vaginal virginity) may be at odds with what many consider to be morally right. Moreover, because of the physiological configuration of the anal cavity, persons who engage in anal sex are at greater risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. This episode examines the Biblical and medical arguments against anal sex.

Spiritual and Physical Pollution (Indoor) : Reverend T. Marvene Wright, Professor Richard J. Jackson

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 This week’s episode focused on indoor pollution. The home and work environment have a number of pollutants that many people don’t know about. Many of these especially affect children and those with asthma. The biggest pollutant is tobacco smoke. Another area that is a big source of pollutants is rugs that may have over 1000 antigens and chemicals. It is vital to keep the home properly ventilated and to change the filters often if forced air is being used. Just as the human body is threatened by breathing polluted air, the human soul is threatened by images and ideas that glorify violence or exploitation of others. There exists a pollution of the heart and spirit which mortifies the spiritual existence. It is important to always understand our environment physically and spiritually.

Spiritual and Physical Pollution (Outdoor) : Reverend D. Najuma Smith-Pollard, Sam Atwood

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 Outdoor air pollution is caused by manmade sources and harms our health as well as our society. Much of our pollution usually involves the burning of fuel. It can cause various health effects such as new cases of asthma, stunted growth in children, chronic respiratory diseases, lung cancer, and various other things. Unfortunately, Southern California has the worst air in the entire nation. Because of this it is important for families and schools to check the air quality index every so often, to ensure that the air is relatively clean and healthy to be in before going out. Not only is there physical pollution there is also spiritual pollution that we need to protect ourselves from. It is important to be aware of what our eyes see, our ears listen to, and the people we surround ourselves with. These things can potentially be toxic to our spirit and our walk as a believer.

Spiritual and Physical Exercise : Minister Donta Morrison, Dr. Antronette Yancey

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 It is vital to be healthy not only physically but spiritually as well. Just as it takes discipline to be physically active every day and to eat healthy, it also takes discipline to continuously develop a relationship with God. A healthy spirit is very important because when we have a strong relationship with God it provides another road map to get through life and all of its up and downs. The guest speakers suggest having a spiritual buddy to encourage us to pray, read the bible, reflect, and meditate often. The guest speakers also suggest being physically active at least 10 minutes per day at moderate intensity. This makes it easier for many people with busy schedules and lives. Taking care of ourselves spiritually and physically can sometimes be difficult; however, it is suggested to ease in to it day by day as it will eventually make you stronger.

The Risk and Benefit of Forgiveness : Reverend James McKnight, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Forgiveness often times can be difficult for some people as it poses many risks. However, there are many benefits and blessings in forgiveness that far outweigh the risks. When you don’t forgive you often only hurt yourself. It is important to look at forgiveness from a medical perspective. When we see a person that has done us wrong we become angry. Every time we become angry we die a little because diseases that harm our body such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer are related to hormonal imbalance. It’s the same hormones that turn on when you are angry. Instead one needs to resolve within themselves and pray for those that have hurt them. Forgiveness is a liberating feeling that frees our mind and body from unnecessary anger and anxiety.

Fasting and Taking Diabetes Medications : Reverend Michael Eagle, Dr. Mayer Davidson

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 This episode focused on fasting and diabetes. There are many references in the bible as to how fasting is beneficial to the soul and body. When fasting is done properly with sincerity, humility, good faith, and prayer, it does the body good. However if one has diabetes and wants to fast it can pose a challenge, but is doable with careful consideration. It is important for diabetics to maintain a steady diet and eat in moderation. To avoid sugar levels to drop too low, the speakers suggest taking long acting insulin at night before the fast begins. Diabetes is a terrible condition but can be treated or prevented if we are careful about the foods we eat.

Faith in God and Preventive Health Behavior : Father Gus Taylor, Charles McWells, Krishna Kaur

Wednesday, December 08, 2010 This week’s episode focused on Faith in God and preventive health. The speakers emphasize the importance of seeing God in everything we do because God exists in every ray light and every leaf. Having faith in God can help people deal with medical conditions and in some cases far out live medical prognosis. However, it is important to understand that you cannot solely rely on God as Faith without work is dead. It is important to put your part in along with having faith. God alone knows how much an individual can bear; He doesn’t burden anyone with more than they can bear. Instead we have to take what we are given and deal with it instead of sitting back passively. Having such faith can help us outlive medical prognosis, it can help us quit smoking, and ultimately it can help prevent many negative medical outcomes.

The Danger of Persistent Anger: Dr. Laurie Windle, Reverend Joyce Kitchen

Wednesday, December 01, 2010 This episode focused on persistent anger. Anger which is repressed, unresolved, or not managed is bad for our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well being. Persistent anger especially can be very dangerous as it leads to anxiety and depression, which ultimately causes cardiac problems. Anger, however, is often misunderstood. Anger is a real and necessary part of us as humans that is given to us by God. It is mentioned 270 times in the bible. Although it can make us sick it doesn’t always have to be something negative. Anger can sometimes help us to protect ourselves from negative things and people. It serves to teach us things about God. Our faith teaches to respond to the will of God not to our feelings. We can let anger control us or we can develop coping mechanisms to be able to control anger so that it does not become persistent. It is important to exercise and sleep well as this tends to flush negative feelings out of our bodies. The speakers close with advice to be able to recognize our own anger, and immediately use breathing exercises and happy imagery as coping and relaxing mechanisms.

The Old Testament; Dietary Laws and their Application Today : Reverend John Cager, Dr. Elaine Williams

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 This episode focused on the dietary laws of the old testament and its application in today’s time. The guest, a renowned pastor who was awarded pastor of the year in 2007, takes the audience through the historical evolution of food through the biblical stories. God set up an eating plan for humans which started in the garden where fruits, nuts and simple grains were available. Then came a flood which took away a lot of vegetation, and this is when eating meat was acceptable. Since then diets have only gotten unhealthier, and life spans shortened. The speakers emphasize that it is a challenge to eat more nutritiously and healthier, but it is necessary in order to avoid many chronic diseases and illnesses. They remind the audience that the body is our temple and it is our duty to take care of it. In conclusion, they leave the audience with simple ways to make their soul food diets healthier.

Perseverance and Adversity : Reverend Paul A. Hill, Eric Russell

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 It is inevitable for everyone to experience adversity and challenges in life. Life itself is tentative and as humans we make plans, but often times’ life takes us through different journeys. Because of this, it becomes imperative to learn how to cope and not engulf ourselves in self-pity as it has a direct negative effect on our body. Instead, humans need to understand their reality, talk to god and recognize there is a power beyond themselves. The speakers encourage the listeners to be in spiritual union with god and to open the scripture often. Furthermore, they stress the importance of having a strong supportive network of people who feel like it is their duty to get you out of adversity. It is this strong community of faith that can reduce the adverse effects on health.

The Causes and Consequences of Fear : Pastor John Johnson, Kacee Sims

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 This episode focused on the causes and consequences of fear. There are two types of fear-- inefficient and efficient fear. Inefficient fear is that which causes stress, illness, fatigue illness, loss of sleep, and ultimately offers no value to life. It shows that we are not in proper alignment with God and takes away from the quality and longevity of life. Efficient fear, however, is that which preserves and keeps you. The speakers emphasize that there are three parts to humans—the body, mind, and spirit. The Body is the least powerful and responds to the thoughts in our mind. Fear thrives in the lack of knowledge and has tremendous impact on our health as it has the potential to kill us before what we are afraid of gets to us. The speakers remind the audience that it is important to immerse ourselves with God as it drives fear out of our souls. Also, to remember that we can overcome fear with companionship and strong faith.