Feeding the Mind: Food & Supplements—What is the Right Balance?

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, My Mind My Health hosted by Dr. Vernon Barksdale for Voice America satellite radio airs episode 10 entitled, “Feeding the Mind: Food & Supplements—What is the Right Balance?” with special guests Dr Marc Lemay and Dr. Stuart Menn.

We can’t talk about wellness of mind and body without talking about nutritional support for the body and the brain.  When you get right down to the building blocks of who we are, one of the keystones of our wellness is what we put in our bodies.  We’ve been talking about the different abilities of mind to activate our immune system, conquer stress or interface with our transcendent self.  Mind and body should get the best “food for thought.”  Our guests represent the cutting edge of nutrition research and applied science in supplementation that must meet the standards of several world health agencies besides the US FDA.  How much supplementation is enough?  What type is best?  Who’s ensuring the purity and bioavailability?  Can they be safely used with conventional medication?  Why not just eat organic foods in adequate quantity and variety – if you can afford it?  Is there a way to know what you need specifically?  Can supplements slow the aging process? This is important information … after all, you are what you eat!

About The Guests
Marc Lemay, PhD, CCTI is senior scientist and clinical researcher at the Nutrilite Health Institute.  His specialty is research and development of new products for global markets.  He designed a controlled clinical trial and consumer use study of ClearGuard, the first dietary supplement shown to be equivalent to a prescription drug for allergy symptom relief.  He has been a frequent speaker on nutrition and health for international organizations.  He is a thought leader in the science of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, and on the future of food supplementation.

Stuart Menn, MD, is a practicing sleep medicine physician and clinical researcher who has made nutrition and supplementation important parts of his medical practice.  His work in sleep medicine, and in obesity as a frequent cause of sleep ailments, required a new approach to diet and supplementation.  His patients have enhanced wellness through replenishment of their nutritional deficiencies.

Healing Prayer

Dr. Vernon Barksdale has recorded a meditation version of the Ana B’Koach for your personal use. You will find that by meditating with this prayer you will see your health improve over time. It is also helpful to play this prayer in the background of your everyday activities and as you go about your daily routines. Your mind will hear the prayer throughout the day and will use the powerful healing forces for help heal your body.

The Family Gets Sick Together–The Family Gets Well Together

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, My Mind My Health hosted by Dr. Vernon Barksdale for Voice America satellite radio airs episode 9 entitled, “The Family Gets Sick Together–The Family Gets Well Together” with very special guest Chana Carro.

Two weeks ago, guest Chana Carro discussed some of the background issues and reasons for the incorporation of a spiritual power in the 12 step programs of AA.  This week, she’ll be sharing some of her insights on how the disease of addiction causes spiritual detriment to the individual and their family or loved ones. Many traumas happen during the course of the dis-ease of addiction. Perhaps the greatest tragedy and oft-untreated outcome of addiction is the people exposed to the destructive behaviors of the addict.  Why do people subject themselves to such trauma over years of abuse?  What makes healthy boundaries so hard to maintain?  How often is family survival at the expense of losing the addict?  We’ll be talking about these and other questions with Chana on our next show.

About Ms. Carro
Chana Carro is a Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor with 24 years’ experience in the treatment of addiction.  Chana has a master’s degree in Social Work.  She is the former Executive Director of Outpatient Services at Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, NY.  Chana’s post-graduate studies in the Anthropology Department at Arizona State University explored spirituality and addiction, with a special emphasis on addiction in the Jewish Community.  Chana was Associate Faculty at ASU and ASU West and has taught in the Graduate School of Social Work where she developed a specialty course entitled Faith Based Intervention in Social Work Practice.  She is particularly sensitive to the impact of addiction on the whole family system and her research has included work in the Religious Studies Department exploring spirituality as it is expressed in the Twelve Step model of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Hope, Empowerment and Spirituality: Wellness through Recovery Pathways

On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, My Mind My Health hosted by Dr. Vernon Barksdale for Voice America satellite radio airs episode 8 entitled, “Hope, Empowerment and Spirituality: Wellness Through Recovery Pathways” with special guests from Recovery Innovations International

This week we turn our sights on mental health challenges and strategies to return wellness. We have been redefining the concept of wellness in this series, expanding its scope and strategies for achievement.  Are you getting the message that we are wholly capable of wellness?  Perhaps we should do a 180 and see ill health and many other challenges as imbalances in our “wellness” system.  Is there a way to apply wellness concepts to other areas of our lives?  It’s time to discuss how this works with people actively pursuing their personal recovery of wellness.  Our guests are not professionals but everyday people living the process and finding success through the 5 Recovery Pathways to accomplish their goals, reconnect to themselves and others and develop a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in life.

About Recovery Innovations International
Peer support staff of Recovery Innovations International; “A community of people on their journey to wellness.”  They ascribe to the 9 dimensions of wellness that include social, intellectual, spiritual and occupational dimensions.  Meet Kathy, Yvette, Rebecca, Julie and Mary Jane on the show, and find their organization at www.recoveryinnovations.org

“A Power Greater Than Ourselves Could Restore Us …”

On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, My Mind My Health hosted by Dr. Vernon Barksdale for Voice America satellite radio airs episode 7 entitled, “A Power Greater Than Ourselves Could Restore Us …” with special guest Chana Carro.

That famous phrase from the 12-step program has been adapted to many different addictive or compulsive behaviors worldwide.  So, how do you get that belief?  And what makes it so ubiquitous that different cultures, people of no faith and those of deep religious belief get the connection to the Higher Power?  Is there something within us all just waiting to be discovered?  Is there a difference between religion and spirituality?  Why is abuse of drugs and alcohol such a spiritual corruptor?  If the mind is such a powerful interface between body and the higher self, why isn’t appropriate use of will enough to handle the problem? Dr. Barksdale’s listeners have been exploring some of the unique aspects of mind with healing and the role of access to the transcendent self to promote wellness. Dr. Barksdale now turn his sights to drug and alcohol abuse. The week’s guest expert, Chana Carro, will shed some light on how spirituality and mind must work together to restore wellness from abuse/addiction across different cultures. 

About Ms. Carro
Chana Carro is a Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor with 24 years’ experience in the treatment of addiction.  Chana has a Masters degree in Social Work.  She is the former Executive Director of Outpatient Services at Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, NY.  Chana’s post-graduate studies in the Anthropology Department at Arizona State University explored spirituality and addiction, with a special emphasis on addiction in the Jewish Community.  Chana was Associate Faculty at ASU and ASU West and has taught in the Graduate School of Social Work where she developed a specialty course entitled Faith Based Intervention in Social Work Practice.  She is particularly sensitive to the impact of addiction on the whole family system and her research has included work in the Religious Studies Department exploring spirituality as it is expressed in the Twelve Step model of Alcoholics Anonymous.