90 episodes

This podcast features people with chronic health conditions as they share their positive coping tools and practitioners of mind-body and/or alternative health who have helped people with a chronic health condition.

Glass Half Full with Leslie Krongold, Ed.D. Leslie@GlassHalfFull.online (Leslie Krongold, Ed.D.)

    • Alternative Health
    • 5.0, 32 Ratings

This podcast features people with chronic health conditions as they share their positive coping tools and practitioners of mind-body and/or alternative health who have helped people with a chronic health condition.

    Hug A Tree & Live Longer

    Hug A Tree & Live Longer

    This month we have both Earth Day and Arbor Day so it's high time to be amongst the trees. Even if you are hunkered down in the safety of your home during the pandemic, you can still derive healing benefits from gazing out of your window at nature's bounty. If your window faces man-made materials, there is science proving that a photograph of trees can impact you in a positive physical and emotional way.

    Verla Fortier, RN, author of Take Back Your Outside Mindset: Live Longer, Prevent Dementia, and Control Your Chronic Illness, shares some of the research she found about the healing powers of trees and nature. Diagnosed with systemic lupus, she was told to stay indoors to avoid the sun. And she did. Until she witnessed a noncompliant online support group participant.

    Katherine Chen, meditation teacher, talks about Bodhi Meditation and its connection to nature.

    If you can, go outside and hug a tree. And if you're not sure what kind of tree you're hugging, download a smartphone app:

    LeafSnap
    British Tree Identification
    PlantSnap Plant Identification
    TreeFinder

    • 22 min
    Hear Ye, Hear Ye: People with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's or Neuromuscular Disease

    Hear Ye, Hear Ye: People with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's or Neuromuscular Disease

    If you, or someone you know, has a muscle or nerve condition such as Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, Osteoarthritis, Parkinson's Disease, or a neuromuscular disease (i.e. myotonic dystrophy, SMA, Charcot Marie Tooth, Becker's, ALS, etc.), here's an opportunity to participate in a research study. No trips to a medical center or donation of muscle tissue required.

    The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center has a variety of studies with different criteria. For Factsheets produced by UW -- after a study has concluded -- check this website.

    Listen to an earlier podcast episode with a UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Research Study Coordinator about Resilience and Aging with a Disability.

    • 22 min
    Let's Rant: Unhelpful Advice

    Let's Rant: Unhelpful Advice

    It's April Fool's Day so we're mixing things up. One can't be positive 100% of the time. Now is the opportunity to share about all of the weird things people have said about our health conditions -- whether it was a friend, an aunt, or even a health care professional.
    Perhaps well-intentioned but definitely not insightful nor helpful advice. Most people with some type of chronic health condition have had this experience.

    A panel of three previous podcast guests share their stories -- from the hilarious to the frightening. Nancy, Melissa, and Laurel let it all out.

    • 46 min
    Coping with a Coronavirus: Trees, Yoga, and Essential Oils

    Coping with a Coronavirus: Trees, Yoga, and Essential Oils

    A retired nurse, physical and yoga therapist, and mental health professional offer strategies to cope with uncertainty, anxiety, and all those other emotions caught up in this season of the pandemic.

    Verla Fortier, author of Take Back Your Outside Mindset: Live Longer, Prevent Dementia, and Control Your Chronic Illness, speaks about her experience diagnosed with systemic lupus and the discovery of the healing power of trees.

    Tianna Meriage-Reiter, DPT, C-IAYT, owner of the Mind-Body Movement Center talks about her new live streaming yoga classes available at her YouTube channel.

    Lee Greenstein-Wein, MSW, shares how specific essential oils can help with situational anxiety or depression. An earlier podcast episode features other healing benefits of essential oils.

    • 28 min
    No Hugging Allowed: Tales of Covid-19

    No Hugging Allowed: Tales of Covid-19

    How is the threat of Covid-19 (coronavirus) impacting your life? Beyond fierce hand washing, are you changing how you relate to others? Is social distancing keeping you indoors? Are you second-guessing where you go, what you do, and with whom you spend time?

    You're not alone. People with chronic illness and/or compromised immune systems need to be vigilant as well as mindful.

    For a few practical tips, listen to this podcast episode as well as the earlier episode, The Flu is Not for You. Here's a recipe to create your own hand sanitizer. And if you're ready for a little levity, check out this reoccurring segment on The Daily Show.

    • 20 min
    Mindfulness as a Disease Management Strategy

    Mindfulness as a Disease Management Strategy

    Being diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating disease can certainly bring stress to one's life. In fact, that stress can be significant enough to be called trauma.
    How one handles this stress varies. Some people have amazing coping capacity and are hard-wired for resilience while others have more difficulty. None of it is easy.

    How one handles this stress varies. Some people have amazing coping capacity and are hard-wired for resilience while others have more difficulty. None of it is easy.

    Mary Holt, a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, shares her journey of loss and recovery and the profound impact a mindfulness meditation practice has had on her life and work. She brings this practice to the clinics where she helps patients and their families with neuromuscular and Parkinson's disease.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

MomOfEighteen ,

Outstanding Show!

Such a great resource for people wondering what to do, what’s next and how to live a full life!

Rootla ,

A Must Listen ....

For policy makers and patients alike! Leslie asks thoughtful interview questions, links whole health best practices, and approaches disability care seamlessly in this podcast. This podcast should be a trendsetter not just in the health care industry, but down to how we design our infrastructure and shapes our attitudes about what health means.

Wxz1J7u ,

Great Show

So glad I found this podcast. My partner has DM1 and this show has been inspirational. Informative and compassionate.

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