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

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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 bananas 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!


Michael Lighty
Michael Lighty

Director of Public Policy for California Nurses Association Michael Lighty–joins us to talk about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.  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.

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 had 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

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.


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