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Best Of Nurse Talk: A Moving Tribute, Keystone XL and ObamaCare: Good, Bad or Both?

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Michael LightyTry as we might to stay away from polarizing issues on our show, it seems you can’t talk about health and healthcare without touching on these controversial topics. The Keystone XL Pipeline is one of those issues. It could have a significant impact on the health of communities in the tar sands production areas along its route and refinery fence-line communities where the heavy sour crude will be processed. In addition, the emissions from tar sands will exacerbate climate change, affecting public health more broadly even than the widespread direct impacts of the tar sands industry. Director of Public Policy for California Nurses Association Michael Lighty talks with Casey and Shayne about the health and environmental concerns related to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

 


A Moving Tribute to Barbara Taylor Vaughan and her daughter Missy.
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Some of our listeners and visitors to our Nurse Talk blog might have heard us talk about the touching account of life with Alzheimer’s written by Barbara Taylor Vaughan and her daughter Missy. Both of them have contributed to our blog and shared their powerful story about Barbara’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and her “first person” account of what it was like for her. Missy, Barbara’s beloved daughter (who herself has Multiple Sclerosis) was her loyal and loving caretaker. We received word from Missy that on June 9th, Barbara passed away. Casey and Shayne do a moving tribute to these two wonderful, courageous and inspiring women.

 


Hey, I bet Donna knows….

What is ObamaCare, aka the Affordabe Healthcare Act? Is it good? Is it bad? Is it both?

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No one can bring sense to the senseless more than healthcare and human rights advocate Donna Smith. While we just scratch the surface of this 1000 page document, we at least dismiss some of the myths…well at least 2 or 3. That means only 100,008 to go. If you can’t listen to the show, you can check out the fine print. For your copy of the Affordable Healthcare Act visit http://www.healthcare.gov.

And of course we’ve got Joanie Greggains and another edition of “Fit Happens,” where she will discuss the weirdest, latest weight watching technique: the HAPIfork.

And of course we’ve got Joanie Greggains and another edition of “Fit Happens,” where she will discuss the weirdest, latest weight watching technique: the HAPIfork.

Oh, don’t miss Health Trivia…and you should see this weeks email questions! A listener asks, “Should women take Viagra?”

All on Nurse Talk…where laughter is the best medicine.

Summer Vacay!…A Moving Tribute. Keystone XL. ObamaCare: Good, Bad or Both?

YES, we have officially declared summer vacation here at the Nurse Talk studio. But, we are not just eating potato salad, barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs and jello salad with banana’s in it. No, we are hard at work retooling our show, our website, and our figures. When our new shows return in September you will hear some great new features. Nurse Talk takes on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the good, the bad and the ugly…and yes, there is a between, too. There is so much information out there that is mythical at best and crazy in its worst form. With our expert panel and our healthcare partners, each week we will discuss issues related to the ACA. Oh, and for our listeners who may be hoping ‘Obamacare’ will go away…we’ll let you know if that happens too.

Also, health and fitness expert Joanie Greggains will join us for a series of interviews with well-known health and wellness practitioners, authors and cutting edge holistic leaders.

Humor is always in the equation and that won’t change, and our new website will have interactive features so that you can chat with our hosts as we live stream the show.

So while we are away at our picnic, please enjoy a Best Of. Be safe, be happy, be healthy and keep laughing!

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Golden Sisters or Louis C. K.? A Moving Tribute. Keystone XL. ObamaCare: Good, Bad or Both?

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OK, so this has nothing to do with health…well other than the laughter, but this week the Golden Sisters (new show on Oprah Winfrey Netword) start the show with a brand of humor only a mother could love? They are living proof that laughter makes you healthier and maybe even a little wealthier! Now, just because the sisters are in their 70′s and 80′s doesn’t mean they aren’t “hip.” However, Shayne is not convinced they’re “hip” enough, so he throws his favorite comedian into the ring, Louis C.K.

So now we have a contest! Check out these links and then vote in the poll.

Golden Sisters

Louis C.K.

 


Try as we might to stay away from polarizing issues on our show, it seems you can’t talk about health and healthcare without touching on these controversial topics. The Keystone XL Pipeline is one of those issues. It could have a significant impact on the health of communities in the tar sands production areas along its route and refinery fence-line communities where the heavy sour crude will be processed. Read more…

A Moving Tribute to Barbara Taylor Vaughan and her daughter, Missy.

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Some of our listeners and visitors to our Nurse Talk blog might have heard us talk about the touching account of life with Alzheimer’s written by Barbara Taylor Vaughan and her daughter Missy. Both of them have contributed to our blog and shared their powerful story about Barbara’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and her “first person” account of what it was like for her. Missy, Barbara’s beloved daughter (who herself has Multiple Sclerosis) was her loyal and loving caretaker. We received word from Missy that on June 9th, Barbara passed away. Casey and Shayne do a moving tribute to these two wonderful, courageous and inspiring women. Read more…

A Moving Tribute, Keystone XL and ObamaCare: Good, Bad or Both?

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Michael LightyTry as we might to stay away from polarizing issues on our show, it seems you can’t talk about health and healthcare without touching on these controversial topics. The Keystone XL Pipeline is one of those issues. It could have a significant impact on the health of communities in the tar sands production areas along its route and refinery fence-line communities where the heavy sour crude will be processed. In addition, the emissions from tar sands will exacerbate climate change, affecting public health more broadly even than the widespread direct impacts of the tar sands industry. Director of Public Policy for California Nurses Association Michael Lighty talks with Casey and Shayne about the health and environmental concerns related to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

 


A Moving Tribute to Barbara Taylor Vaughan and her daughter Missy.
barbarataylorvaughan225

Some of our listeners and visitors to our Nurse Talk blog might have heard us talk about the touching account of life with Alzheimer’s written by Barbara Taylor Vaughan and her daughter Missy. Read more…

Its OK to Go

Its OK to Go

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My mom sleeps…about 22 hours a day now…she is up for maybe 20 minutes at a time….I miss her and shes still here with me…..I miss her real loud laugh, her giggles, her smile…..I miss hearing her talk, her voice calling my name….her voice now is low….its not what I’m used to my mom sounding like….I miss our talks, her holding my hand, her just being in the next room…its not the same now…

She’s still here, but just holding on….I wonder what to….I tell her to let go, go be with daddy…dance, twirl….but she smiles and holds on…I tell her I will be OK, and that she can go….but she smiles and holds on…I think shes waiting for June…she always told me she wanted to die in June…that it was such a beautiful month…and some of her best memories are of June…..she asked me last week what month it was….I told her the last week of May….I think she is waiting for June…..but I don’t know if I can tell her that it is here…

Mom is getting weaker by the day, she is not eating now….she only is sipping a little liquid…she doesn’t open her eyes any longer and sleeps about 23 hours a day. Read more…

Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

When I was pregnant I always prayed that my babies would be healthy, and have ten fingers and toes. I had so many miscarriages after my son was born that I never thought I would have another baby. When I was pregnant with Missy, I knew it would be OK. I prayed that she would just make it the nine months and be born. I didn’t care if she had 9 toes, 6 fingers… hell, I just wanted her to be born. I would deal with anything as long as she made it into the world. I only prayed once to GOD when I was pregnant with her, and that is what I said, “Just let her make it 9 months and be born and I will handle whatever you give me.”

Last year during the cruise contest I got some ugly, mean messages. People told me I caused Missy’s MS, and it was my fault she had it. Read more…

I’m Not Scared Anymore

I’m Not Scared Anymore

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Last night I told Missy why I am so happy. I told her why everything is OK and why I am not scared of Alzheimer’s anymore.

One of my good friends died a few weeks ago, they wouldn’t let me go see her. The nursing home wouldn’t let anyone but family in because of the flu epidemic going around their, but I talked to her on the phone. She told me, “Barbie, I’m going home. I’m so so happy. I know in a few days I am dying. The doctors told my children and they are all here, my grandchildren are here…we have had a beautiful few days…but I told them I am so ready to go home.”

She told them to call me. She wanted to tell me that I would be OK. She told me how wonderful her heart felt, even though she was in pain and having trouble breathing now. Read more…