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Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio

Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio

By Bernice Butler
Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio, with weekly broadcasts on iHeart talk radio 1190AM at 3 p.m. Saturdays, is about more than just the environment. It’s more than just healthy living. Host Bernice Butler and featured guests examine topics and explore the inextricable relationship between your health and the health of our planet. Each one-hour program goes beyond the headlines to explore how myriad environmental issues we face today—climate change, plastic pollution, renewable energy, water, food justice and more—affect and influence the health and wellbeing of each and every one of us.
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Episode 86: Chemicals and Toxic Materials: Environmental Effects of What We Use
Features Frank A. von Hippel of the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Joe Schwarcz of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. Frank A. von Hipppel and Joe Schwarcz discuss the unknown environmental and health ramifications from harmful chemicals. Bernice, Frank, and Joe engage in a lively discussion on why proactiveness is important to reduce harm, as research and data results are often behind.
June 14, 2021
Episode 85: Healthy Cities, Healthy People: Their Intersection with the Planet
Features Sara Hammerschmidt and Monika Henn of the Urban Land Institute. Sara Hammerschmidt talks about the importance of healthy cities and the power of zoning. She further explains how public education can improve our overall environmental health. Monika Henn discusses healthy cities from the financial and developmental perspective. Henn also sheds light on the unexpected impacts of our changing environment.
May 31, 2021
Episode 84: The Built Environment Effects on our Natural Environment, Wildlife, and Climate Change.
Features Kevin Taylor of the World Wildlife Fund. Kevin Taylor sheds light on our wildlife. In particular, “keystone species” and their necessity to our natural environment and eco-system.
May 24, 2021
Episode 83: Infrastructure: The Intersection Between Our Health and the Environment
Features Solange Gould of Human Impact Partners. Solange Gould explores and expands upon the definition and importance of infrastructure. Gould and Bernice discuss how our infrastructure impacts the environment and our health.
May 17, 2021
Episode 82: The Outdoor Built Environment and Environmental Health Impacts
Features Wendy Perdue of the University of the Richmond School of Law, Hilari Varnadore of the U.S. Green Building Council, and Dr. Frank Shallenberger from the Nevada Center of alternative and Anti Aging Medicine. Wendy Perdue talks about why it is important for buildings to achieve LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and the effect on our environmental health. Hilari Varnadore discusses the significant impacts of buildings and man-made structures on our health. Dr. Frank Shallenberger shares the healing and detoxifying benefits as well as the common misconceptions of Ozone Therapy .
May 10, 2021
Episode 81: The Indoor Environment and our Health
Features Ruth Ann Norton of Green and Healthy Housing, Stephanie McCarter, M.D. from Environmental Health Center of Dallas, and Bill Walsh of the Healthy Building Network. Ruth Ann Norton discusses the harmful impacts of “Sick Building Syndrome” on day to day brain function and health. Stephanie McCarter, M.D. explains how long term exposure to indoor materials and chemicals affect longterm health. Bill Walsh sheds light on the ways indoor construction materials can have unintended consequences on children.
May 3, 2021
Episode 80: Earth Month 2021: Restoring Our Earth - Biodiversity, Extinction and Our Health
Features Tierra Curry of the Center for Diversity and Dr. Aaron Bernstein from the Center for Climate. Tierra Curry discusses eco system services and sheds light on how important pollination is to our agriculture and overall health. Dr. Aaron Bernstein draws the connection between the effects of climate change our eco system and our health.
April 26, 2021
Episode 79: Earth Month 2021 - Restoring Our Earth - Youth Leading the Way
Features Grace Edinger of Earth Force, Lizbeth Ibarra of Youth Vs Apocalypse, and Aaryaman Singhal of Sunrise Movement Dallas. Grace Edinger discusses the importance of teaching activism for sustainable change in early development. Lizbeth Ibarra talks about climate justice organization through youth proactivity, and environmental racism. Aaryaman Singhal informs listeners on the political efforts towards climate change policies and shares the need for creating sustainable communities.
April 19, 2021
Episode 78: Restoration and Mitigation: Eco-Systems, Forests, and our Well-Being
Features Will Anderson of the World Resources Institute and Dr. Susan Abookire, MD. Will Anderson points out the diversity in our eco-systems and explains how clean toxins from tropical forests effects human health. Dr. Abookire discusses the medicinal benefits of trees, plants, and forests.
April 12, 2021
Episode 77: Earth Day 2021 - Resorting Our Climate and Resorting Our Health
Features Kathleen Rogers of Earth Day Network, Michael Morris of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and Michael Cain of EarthxFilm and EarthxTV. Kathleen Rogers discusses the origins, positive impacts, and political ramifications of Earth Day. Michael Morris explains how Earth Day directly relates to clean transportation efforts in North Texas. Michael Cain reveals the lineup of films and shows launching for Earth Week, streaming exclusively on
April 5, 2021
What is Our Water Doing to Our Health: Human Health Implications of Water Degradation and Global Warming
Features Dr. David Gilkey of Montana Technological University, Andria Ventura of Clean Water Action, and Katie Huffling of Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Dr. Gilkey draws connections between environmental, human health and our water degradation. Andria Ventura discusses drinking water, pollution prevention,  source water protection, and even how pharmaceuticals impact our water. Katie Huffling reminds listeners that Global Warming and our changing climate is very much a human health issue.
March 29, 2021
Groundwater Pollution, Conservation and Regeneration
Features Denise Hickey of North Texas Municipal Water District and Jennifer Clary of Clean Water Action. Denise Hickey grants local listeners an inside scoop on Dallas Water management, sanitation, and storage. Jennifer Clary speaks on why water policy matters, and the importance of groundwater. Tune in to this episode to get a better grasp on where groundwater comes from, how it’s stored, sanitized, and delivered into our homes and lives.
March 23, 2021
Water, Water Everywhere: Why We Must Care About Our Urban Waterways
Features Tom Szaky, TerraCycle's CEO and Founder, and BJ Cummings of The University of Washington. Tom Szaky shares about TerraCycle’s connection to clean water, plastic pollution, and sustainability. BJ cummings gives listeners a look into our urban waterways, their importance, and the degradation urban waterway pollution causes in our cities and homes. This episode hits home and reminds listeners how connected we are to our urban waterways.
March 15, 2021
The Problem With Our Oceans - Environmental Health Issues and Threats
Featuring Marin Hawk, Fisheries and Commercial Manager for the Marine Stewardship Council-US (MSC). Marin unpacks the major threats and issues to our Oceans, explores the direct pollution as a result of human activity, and explains the connection between climate change and ocean health.  Listeners gain a special look into the Marine Stewardship Council in the second part of the episode. Marin dives into fisheries, safe and sustainable seafood standards, and the benefits of seafood for human health. 
March 8, 2021
The Clean Energy Imperative - Where are we? How are we doing? How is our health and wellbeing impacted?
Features Jeffrey Logan of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. of the University of Texas, Austin and Julie McNamara of Union of Concerned Scientists. These experts address the clean energy imperative, and improvements & pitfalls in our energy sector since interviewing Dr. Hayhoe  last season, as well as the exciting opportunities on the horizon. Julie McNamara unpacks the different components that inform our energy sector and decisions including policy & technology. Joshua and Jeff come together in a roundtable interview to compare and contrast how their clean-energy-focused cities approach the transition and the common threads that can be utilized across the USA and worldwide.
March 1, 2021
Are Fossil Fuels Really Dying:  How Are We Replacing Them? (Environmental & Health Impacts)
Features, Jonathan Buonocore of Harvard C-CHANGE, and Elizabeth Parks of Parks Associates. Jonathan Buonocore and Elizabeth Parks unpack the fossil fuel industry, the alternative options, and the big question: are they really dying out? Jonathan shares incredible insight about the chemical makeup and health impacts of gasoline, the hazards of natural gas, and the replacement alternatives available now and in the future. Elizabeth speaks about consumerism and the market in regard to fossil fuels and the cleaner alternatives, unpacks smarthomes, and offers greener options to the everyday listener.
February 22, 2021
Energy Production: An Overview of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly On Our Health
Features, Seth Shonkoff Ph.D. of PSE (Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy), and Dr. Melissa Lott of Columbia University. Dr. Shonkoff and Dr. Lott break down the good the bad and the ugly of energy production and human health. Dr. Shonkoff speaks about optimizing not only the production but also the storage and distribution of the energy sector, trends in home energy use, and the connection between COVID-19 and energy use.  Dr. Lott explains current energy policy and the opportunities to advance, the important role technology plays in the energy sector and the connection between air pollution and energy.
February 16, 2021
Energy Production - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for Our Environment
Features Kit Kennedy of the NRDC, and Dr. Todd Cowen of Cornell University. The two experts unpack the good, the bad, and the ugly of energy production, supply, and use on our natural and built environment. Kit dives into the possibility for clean energy regulations; offers easy ways to convert to sustainable energy; and connects climate change and energy production. Dr. Cowen sheds light on the connection between engineering, energy and the environment. He recounts engineering solutions and pitfalls. And he explores real-world impacts of our energy industry.
February 8, 2021
The Economics of Waste, Waste Management and Health
Features, Dr. David Bishai of Johns Hopkins and Peter Borkëy of OECD, and a Community Pulse segment with Heidi Solba of Let's Do It World. These three experts shed light on the important connection between the economy, our healthcare industry, and our waste systems. Dr. Bishai explains the term healthcare economy and unpacks what it truly means. Peter Borkëy unpacks the benefits of a circular economy and where waste and waste management exist within one. Heidi Solba wraps up the episode by reminding listeners how we can come together to protect our health by cleaning up our world together.
February 2, 2021
Toxic Chemical Waste & E-Waste Crisis – The Environmental and Health Consequences & Opportunities
Features Dr. William Suk of NIEHS, and Dr. Callie Babbit of the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Community Pulse segment with Terry Shultz is of United Electronic Recycling, LLC. The three experts break down the most prevalent types of hazardous, toxic and E-waste, and where they come from. Dr. Suk shares his expertise on the connection between public health and hazardous waste. Dr. Babbit unpacks American’s reliance on electronics and the trends in e-waste as a result. And Ms. Schultz closes the episode by sharing how Texans are tackling e-waste recycling in safe and responsible ways.
January 25, 2021
Health Impacts of Waste, Improper & Inadequate Disposal
Features, Dr. David Carpenter of University at Albany, SUNY's School of Public Health, and James Isensee of RPS Group, with a special Community Pulse segment with Danielle McClelland from the City of Dallas. These experts join HLHP and enlighten listeners about the various different health impacts of landfill leaching, waste-contaminated water and soil, and toxic trash-induced air pollution. They speak about mental and behavioral health and remedies to reduce exposure. The three experts examine inadequate waste disposal locally, nationally, and internationally and speak about the best ways to make changes moving forward to protect our health and the health of the planet.
January 18, 2021
Environmental Effects of Overconsumption & Waste Generation
Features, Debra Reinhart of The University of Central Florida, and Kate O’Neill of UC Berkeley. With the recent holidays, and in the midst of a COVID-19 world, full of online ordering and shipping, these two expert guests join HLHP Radio for a timely episode that unpacks American’s relationship with overconsumption, waste, and the impact on our environment. Debra and Kate cover a range of different topics in their individual segments, from waste relations amongst the richest nations, waste patterns during the pandemic, the connection between water and climate change, to the engineering of landfills, and the solutions for better waste disposal structures and systems moving forward.
January 12, 2021
2020 Lancet Countdown
Features Dr. Renee Salas Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Jeremy Hess, Professor of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Global Health, and Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington. The two come together for this very special episode to give a briefing on the 2020 Lancet Countdown. They bring their special expertise as lead authors to listeners and unpack the connection between climate change and health. The two reflect on previous reports, look at the impact of COVID-19 on the findings, and look into the future toward change.
January 5, 2021
Plastics and Cancer
Features, Justin Colacino, Ph.D. of Michigan State University and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon of the Children’s Environmental Health Network. These experts join HLHP Radio for a roundtable discussion about the ongoing study of the connection between plastics and cancer. They site their own scientific findings, speaks about the variance in cancers, unpack BPA (what it is and how it harms our bodies), and the elevated risks of plastic related cancer in our children and elderly.
December 29, 2020
The Impacts of Plastic Pollution on Land & Food
Featuring Madeline Kaufman, of Debris Free Oceans and M.B. Kirkham, Ph.D., of Kansas State University. These experts unpack the impacts of plastic pollution on the water we drink, the seafood and produce we eat, and more. They cover the newly studied impacts of microplastics on soil and the connection between soil pollution in our oceans and soil pollution on our land.
December 21, 2020
The Long Life Cycle of Plastics and The Impacts on Our Environment and Health
Features Jane Patton of Center for Environmental International Law and Dr. Shanna Swan of Mount Sinai Health Systems. Jane unpacks the environmental pollution at every level of plastic production, consumption and disposal. She reminds listeners that although durable, the trade-off of plastic pollution is not worth the environmental degradation. She speaks about the Plastic Free Presidency (PPAP) push for Biden. Jane closes by identifying human's key role in plastic pollution and the changes we can make as everyday individuals to change the long lifecycle of plastics. Dr. Swan shares about her upcoming 2021 book release for, Count Down, and gives listeners insight into the toxic chemicals that impact human fertility, hormones, and health. Dr. Swan unpacks which of these toxins come from plastic and the risk factors associated. Dr. Swan gives listeners tips about protecting themselves from plastic pollution, solutions to employ plastic regulation, and great plastic-alternatives that are much safer for our health.
December 15, 2020
Wildfires - Are They Coming For All of Us?
Featuring Dr. Chris Dicus of Cal Poly, and Dr. David Bowman of the University of Tasmania. These two experts bring an incredible perspective on the wildfires impacting both California and Australia, as well as the patterns around the world. Dr. Dicus speaks about the various fire risks and causes from wind-events, and downed power lines, to lightning storms and pre-existing unhealthy forest conditions. Dr. Dicus unpacks “fire season” and the changes as a result of climate change. Loss of life, loss of property and environmental damage have all increased in recent years. Moreover, while climate change impacts wildfires, in turn, wildfires are a tremendous source of carbon pollution. Dr. Dicus speaks about the importance of prescribed burns and forest management and breaks down some of the myths about them. Dr. Bowman speaks about the history of humans and fire, and their co-dependence on fire, from the cars we drive to the way we heat our homes. Dr. Bowman speaks about the correlation between dry, dehydrated landscapes and prolonged fire seasons and gigantic fires. He reminds listeners and that wildfires are indeed extreme weather events. Dr. Bowman warns that the fires on the east side of Australia were so intense they mimicked a medium volcano eruption. As a result, they put Australia on the top greenhouse gas emitter list and impacted Australia’s weather and climate. These fires were not normal fires and their damage was seen around the world.
December 9, 2020
Nourish Festival Holiday Special
Join guests, Betty Murray and Christie Sayes in this Nourish Thanksgiving Special, as they speak about the connection of food and nutrition to the health of our bodies and planet. Expert guests discuss vegan and plant-based options, supportive and healthy habits and traditions we have with food. To learn more about this special episode visit: or
December 4, 2020
The Environmental and Health Costs of Storms, Hurricanes and Flooding
Features Dr. Nielsen-Gammon of Texas A&M and Dr. Jim Diaz of Louisiana State University. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon helps local listeners understand the weather patterns and extreme weather in Texas. Some of these patterns are predictable, some are more sporadic. For example, we’ve experienced one degree Celsius in warming, as as a result, our rainfall (and storms) have greatly increased. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon also explains the challenges in predicting and modeling thunderstorms and tornados. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon also breaks down which storms pose the greatest economic, health, and environmental impacts. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon closes by helping locals to prepare for upcoming storms. Dr. Diaz helps listeners connect the impact of storms and human health. He breaks down the top 3 most common causes of death as a result of storms and flooding. Dr. Diaz also reminds listeners that every storm is a different event with different risks. While immediate injury and death are grave impacts as a result of storms, there are also diseases transmitted by mosquitos and rats that have long-term impacts on human health. Dr. Diaz also breaks down why soil contamination after storms is such a threat to human health. Dr. Diaz closes by reminding listeners how they can protect their health during storms.
November 29, 2020
The Environmental, Health and Economic Impacts of Drought
Features Dr. Renee McPherson of University of Oklahoma & SCIPP of NOAA and Dr. Jay Lund of UC Davis. Dr. Renee McPherson breaks down the technical definitions of meteorological drought, agricultural drought, hydrological drought and ecological drought, as well as the timelines and impacts of these droughts. Dr. McPherson expands the more newly defined ecological droughts impact on our environment and vegetation. Dr. McPherson notes the regions most prone to drought, nationally and internationally. The El Nino and La Nina weather patterns are connected to drought. The warming effects & decreased predictability of rainfall of global warming contribute to the impact and frequency of droughts. Dr. McPherson closes by reminding listeners that drought is the 2nd largest contributor to natural disaster & economical strife. Dr. Jay Lund explains how drought and public health intersect. Public water systems, although all are unique, are impacted by large droughts and as a result, water conservation ensues. Dr. Lund speaks about harmful algal blooms and the resulting pollution to our drinking and sanitation water. Dust and particulate matter as a result of drought, particularly in rural areas this causes problems for folks with allergies and asthma. Moreover, wildfires decrease air quality and affect our mental and economical health and security. Dr. Lund also explains Valley Fever and its connection to drought. To learn more about the health impacts of drought also read an article written for HLHP by the Center for Disease Control on Drought and Public Health. Click HERE to read.
November 17, 2020
Extreme Heat, Climate Change and COVID-19 Pandemic
"Extreme Heat, Climate Change and COVID-19 Pandemic" features Bob Henson, Meteorologist of Yale Climate Connections, and Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni of The University of Minnesota Medical School. Bob Henson breaks down the definition of extreme heat, the variance in different parts of the country, and the danger of heatwaves. Bob continues to speak about awareness and planning for heat, after a heatwave in 1995 that truly alerted our populations to the consequences of our warming planning. Extreme heat has changed the way we live and our habits, in small and large ways, from water bottles being as common as our wallets, and more concrete cities planting trees. September 2020 was collectively the highest temperature month on record. Bob reminds listeners to take little steps to understand our weather patterns and "stay cool!" Dr. Surapaneni explains that heat is one of the most direct impacts of climate change on health. There are various ways to look at heat's impact on health, from looking at the numbers of people exposed to extreme heat worldwide, to the number of workforces and laborer hours lost as a result of health. Health costs are also rising with temperatures. Dr. Surapaneni also notes heat impacts pre-existing conditions in her everyday patients, such as a crisis in sickle cell anemia. When we think of extreme heat we must expand our understanding of how it impacts our overall health. Dr. Surapaneni urges listeners to protect themselves by speaking to their primary care physicians, especially during the overlapping crisis of rising temperatures and the COVID-19 pandemic.  
November 12, 2020
The Economics of Climate Change
"The Economics of Climate Change", features Jesse M Keenan, Ph.D. of Tulane University, Rob Williams, Ph.D. of the University of Maryland and Jasmine Sanders of Our Climate. Dr. Williams breaks down how climate change and environmental and carbon taxes connect. Moreover, how taxes can serve as an economic form of environmental policy. Dr. Williams also expands on the most effective ways we can turn the tide on the economic impact of climate change. Dr. Keenan zooms into the household level of the economics of climate change. From the price of food we eat, to the cost of energy bills, and even the cost of housing, the at-home impact is spanning. Dr. Keenan is one of the first scholars to connect climate change & real estate market, he seamlessly unpacks this connection in depth. Jasmine speaks about the climate migration side of our economy. Jasmine unpacks the definition and cause of climate migration. She notes that, 80% of the population relocated as a result of climate change are women. Jasmine also breaks down the inequities prevalent in climate migration, from the impact on people of color to the impact on migrant workers. These impacts in fact intersect with COVID-19 as well and Jasmine breaks this down.
November 1, 2020
Asthma, Allergies, Chronic Disease and Climate Change
Dr. Jeffrey Demain of the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska, and Dr. David Dyjack of The National Environmental Health Association. Dr. Jeffrey Demain breaks down exactly how and why allergies occur and the wide variety of allergic reactions. He further notes that the increase in pollen and pollen potency, leads to more allergy diagnosises in the public. Thus, as the climate changes and the allergy seasons become longer the impact becomes greater. Dr. Demain differentiates between allergies and asthma. He also offers solutions to listeners and hope for the future. Dr. David Dyjack talks about NEHA’s climate change committee and vector control committee. Dr. Dyjack explains that chronic disease, including allergies and asthma, is a major force behind our declining life expectancy in the USA and a profound issue in our country. Chronic disease is a prolonged illness that requires care for a year or longer. Dr. Dyjack shares insight into the states and populations impacted most by climate change & chronic disease. He closes by urging listeners to care for our vulnerable populations.
October 28, 2020
The Intersection of COVID-19, The Flu, and Climate Change
Featuring Jeffrey Shaman, Ph.D. of Columbia Public Health and Dr. Samantha Ahdoot of Pediatric Associates of Alexandria. Dr. Shaman speaks about pathogenic diseases and vector-borne diseases in relation to weather and climate change. Further, he breaks down the connection between climate change, the flu and COVID-19. Weather patterns and the spread of disease are intrinsically connected and the seasonal cycle of weather shifts as our climate changes. Dr. Ahdoot further breaks down seasonal infections and diseases such as allergies, tick-borne diseases, etc. As our seasons shift our allergy seasons lengthen, and mosquito and heat-borne illness persist later into the calendar year than previously. Climate change has disrupted the health care system overall. Dr. Ahdoot also calls attention to our most vulnerable populations and their susceptibility to climate borne illnesses.
October 18, 2020
The Politics of Climate Change
Featuring Philip Wallach, Ph.D. of the American Enterprise Institute and Howard A. Learner of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Dr. Wallach helps listeners understand how CO2 pollution, industrialization and our economy relate to one another. He also unpacks power, policy and wealth. Dr. Wallach speaks about the importance of reducing energy emissions and the breakthroughs we’ve seen during the pandemic. Although this should have been a result of the Paris Agreement rather than a national pandemic. Unfortunately, with the current administration's rollbacks in regulatory policies, and little indication of any desire to enact new policies it’s been left to local governments. Dr. Wallach uplifts local governments who have passed statewide policies to reduce solar prices and increase electric vehicle use. Mr. Learner explains that with the recent wildfires, hurricanes and natural disasters a new reality and understanding is unfolding for almost everyone across the political spectrum if they’re paying attention. A tipping point is being reached, as polling data reveals that climate change is becoming a voting issue, most importantly in our countries swing states. Mr. Learner hypothesizes the potential outcome of the upcoming presidential election and what may happen with each party and their future plans. Mr. Learner also offers insight into businesses role in clean energy, and many of their desires to be on board when the clean energy economy booms. While there is division among various oil companies on their stances and view of the future. Mr. Learner encourages us all to come together on every level.
October 12, 2020
Climate Change: State of The Union
Featuring Dana Nuccitelli of Yale Climate Connections and Citizen Climate Lobby and Tianna Arrendondo of Dana reminds our listeners how climate change is caused and impacted by human behavior and moreover, how climate change impacts our planet. He shares insight into climate models and mapping and what we expect to see in the future as the planet continues to warm. Dana also speaks about the major climate disasters of 2020 and the extreme impact of these disasters in conjunction with the COVID pandemic. Dana closes by reminding listeners of the importance of supporting bills that protect our planet by reducing carbon pollution, as well as the Green New Deal and by voting in the November 2020 election. Tianna explains the COP (conference of the parties) delegation and what it means in regard to climate change. Tianna also breaks down why the Paris Agreement was so important, as it protected every day people heal and preserve the planet we live on, and the detriment to our country caused when the USA withdrew from the agreement. Tianna speaks about greenwashing and reminds listeners of the biggest contributors to climate change in 2020, and the changes we can make move forward.
October 5, 2020
Air Quality and Our Children
Featuring Molly Rauch from Mom’s Clean Air Force. and Dr. Afif El-Hasan from the American Lung Association. Molly Rauch discusses why Mom’s Clean Air Force is such a powerful player in the clear air movement. She unpacks why our environment, childhood health, and air pollution are so intrinsically connected. Molly identifies some of the major sources of air pollution and places where are children face the greatest risk. Molly reminds listeners what is at stake if we don’t change: our children’s health and relationship with our planet. Dr. El-Hasan explains the physical differences between adult & adolescent lungs and the impact of air pollution on pediatric development. Dr. El-Hasan offers solutions to boost our health and immunity to fight illness, such as wearing a mask during COVID and timing childhood outdoor play & sports when air pollution is low. Dr. El-Hasan reminds listeners that the air our children breathe not only impacts their lungs but also their genes, allergies and entire bodies. Dr. El-Hasan closes by connecting the dots between air pollution, COVID, the fires and the flu.
October 2, 2020
Air Quality and Transportation
Michael Morris of North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and Kay Shelton and Gordon Shattles of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) join HLHP to speak about the environmental and health impacts of transportation on air quality, and alternative transit options to reduce your impact. Michael Morris of NCTCOG speaks about Clean Air in Texas and breaks down what a clean-air non-attainment status means and how it can be remedied. Michael also shares insight into the connection between our air quality and electric vehicles. Bernie and Michael discuss the impact of COVID-19 on transportation in Dallas, and the impact on our environment and health. Michael closes by offering guidance and solutions for the future. Kay Shelton and Gordon Shattles of DART explain the different types of mass transit, available around the world and also in the Dallas Metroplex. The two speak about the role public transit plays in our environment and our health. They discuss the COIVD-19 health regulations, keep transit goers safe and sound. They even delve into the clean transit initiatives DART is heading up and what to expect in the future.
September 23, 2020
Industry and Air Quality
Dr. Maria Neira of the World Health Organization and Evelyn Mayo of Downwinders join HLHP to speak about the extensive health impacts of industry on air quality. Evelyn addresses the impact of particulate matter on communities and the environment. She breaks down the different types of pollutants, their sources, and their impacts. Evelyn uses the example of a cement plant and helps listeners truly understand the pollution process and the impact on our planet. She speaks about zoning and inequities in regard to legal and illegal industries. Evelyn closes by giving alternatives for listeners to move away from supporting highly pollutive industries, and into promoting safe and sustainable infrastructure. Dr. Neira explains the deep connection between the health of our bodies and the air we breathe. She notes that, in fact, almost 90% of our population breathes air that is not considered up to healthy standards. Dr. Neira underlines that air pollution from industry and many other sources does not only impact the lungs, but rather our whole bodies. She delves into WHO’s involvement in policy, industry, health, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Neira closes by offering solutions to mitigate the impact of poor air quality and our bodies, as well as ways to improve air quality for our planet and our health.
September 16, 2020
Air Pollution - How Does It Impact our Health and Environment?
Featuring Surili Patel of APHA and Dr. Lea Hildebrandt Ruiz of the University of Texas. Community Pulse segment featuring EarthX’s Michael Cain. Dr. Hildebrandt Ruiz begins by speaking about air pollution and why we should "care about what's in air."  Dr. Hildebrandt Ruiz breaks down the biggest polluters and the most common types of air pollution. In regard to our environment, carbon dioxide and methane are two of the most common types of pollutants emitted by human activity. On the other hand, the pollutants that cause longterm health impacts are different and include atmospheric particles or aerosols, PM or particulate matter, and ozone. Dr. Hildebrandt Ruiz gives listeners insight into how scientists predict ozone and air quality. While PM has a big impact on human health it also factors greatly into our environment and climate change. As a University of Texas professor, Dr. Hildebrandt Ruiz reminds listeners that PM is also one of the biggest air pollutants in the state of Texas. While, the EPA has clean air regulations, as well as existing standards for PM and Ozone, we must follow these guidelines & scientists must reevaluate them every couple of years. Dr. Ruiz Hildebrandt closes with the reminder, everyday people can implement the use of filters during combustible activities to stop PM before it enters the atmosphere. Surili Patel unpacks ground-level ozone and it’s impact on human health conditions such as, chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, worsening bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma, as well as long term permanent lung damage. We may not always associate our medical conditions with ozone while on a bike ride, or even while in the garden, but they are very likely a result of air pollution, specifically ozone. Exposure to fine particulates starts as early as in the womb and is often associated with premature birth. Mental health is also impacted by air pollution, in the short term during natural disasters, but also slowly over time. For example, wildfires cause trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and impact air quality. Additionally, indoor air quality has also been impacted by climate change, as a result of floodwaters contributing to increased mold. Climate change’s impact on air pollution does NOT stop at our doors. Surili reminds listeners that policy plays a huge role in air quality and it is our responsibility and great power to vote, not only federally, but also locally; and if you can't vote work with your community members to help them register and vote. Michael Cain of EarthX joins the community pulse segment to speak about EarthX TV. Since 2011 when Trammell Crow founded EarthDay Dallas, (which led to EarthDay Texas) EarthX has been building toward the 2020 50th anniversary of earth day. During the COVID-19 EarthX pivoted and held a VIRTUAL conference, featuring Youth Panels, Women Leaders and more. This virtual conference led to EarthX TV, a platform for voices & people to come together in a shared mission, despite their differences, to learn from one another in order for everyone to make one change to save the environment and our planet. EarthX TV's launch is 9/21/2020, visit their website for more information at:
September 9, 2020
Economic Justice & Environmental Health and Safety: Air & Water Pollution
Peg Willingham explains that FairTrade was founded when people saw injustices around the world and called for equity. FairTrades works in over 120 countries, by partnering with farmers to adopt better practices and promote better, more equitable pay and working conditions. FairTrade works with companies in the USA like Ben and Jerry’s, Starbucks, Wholefoods, and Trader Joes. Peg notes that consumers also have significant power. When consumers make more ethical choices, farmers are treated more ethically. Sadly, climate change is threatening our most popular crops, coffee, cocoa, and bananas. Moreover, the independent farmers who contribute least to the changing climate are being impacted the most by the impacts. Farmers who might grow luxury products for consumers in the USA only make a few dollars a day, and as a result, cannot afford to properly nourish themselves. FairTrade works with these farmers to make positive change and provide them with equitable solutions, such as planting more trees, digging trenches to direct water, and ethical planting. Peg and Bernice close by speaking about the impact of climate change around the world, immigration, and empathy. Dr. Natasha DeJarnett explains that Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) advocates for health around the world, and was founded on preventing nuclear war & proliferation, and works to protect the public from toxic chemicals, nuclear power, and climate change. At the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Dr. DeJarnett works to truly connect public health and environmental health. Environmental health ensures that people have safe water to drink, safe food to eat, and safe environments to thrive in, free of disease-carrying bacterias and ticks. Dr. DeJarnett notes the top public health issues exasperated by environmental issues as, Climate change as a threat multiplier to already susceptible populations (elderly, children, people of color, undocumented residents, and LGBTQ+ populations), our aging infrastructure, and our emerging environmental health conditions. Dr. DeJarnett breaks down these threats, noting that climate change has been widely named our nation's biggest public health threat, and the disastrous effects of the aging infrastructure seen in Flint Michigan and Hurricane Katrina. Dr. DeJarnett reminds listeners that climate change costs us our environment, our health, and our economy, we can’t afford not to invest in climate solutions and climate equity!
September 3, 2020
Climate Change & Worker Health
Featuring Juanita Constible of the NRDC and Dr. Juley Fulcher of Public Citizen. Dr. Fulcher and Juanita connect climate change, working conditions, rising heat, healthy work standards and worker's rights. Dr. Fulcher reminds listeners that rising temperatures are often overlooked, but are in fact a greater cause of death than hurricanes and other natural disasters. Unfortunately, our essential workers are most deeply impacted by these dangerous working conditions and rising temperatures. Due to segregation in America, the majority of essential workers who are negatively impacted by climate change are black and brown folks. Extreme heat is associated with heatstroke and heat exhaustion, but heat can actually kill you in 27 different ways. Heat is one of the biggest and most imminent health risks to worker and human health. Heat can also lead to irritable and dangerous behavior, tick-borne diseases, and cholera and waterborne illnesses. Juanita and Dr. Fulcher unpack the workers who are most at risk, including oil rig workers, farmers, construction workers, landscapers, sanitation workers, postal carriers, package delivers, first responders, and most recently, healthcare workers in full PPE. Heat is not the only risk factor or extreme weather event for our essential workers, they are at risk of chemical spills, flooding, trauma, PTSD, and beyond. COVID-19 also plays a big part in essential worker health, safety and social equity. Our essential workers, like our farmworkers who are experiencing some of the highest rates of infection, are at great risk for serious COVID complications. Additionally, many of these vulnerable populations and essential workers live in multigenerational homes, raising the risk of exposure for elders. Gender equity and LGBTQ+ rights also play rolls in worker rights and safety. The wage gap is still present and widened by race. And at-home work generally continues to fall on women’s shoulders, so women are not only overworked and underpaid in the field, but also disproportionately affected at home. LGBTQ+ folks have less access to safe healthcare and thus are at greater risk. Dr. Fulcher and Juanita close by speaking about the solutions and encourage listeners to come together in policy, community, and action.
August 26, 2020
Ocean Justice: Where Social Equity and Climate Fight intersect & Food & Water Justice
Emily Stengel of GreenWave and Dr. Miriam Goldstein of American Progress join HLHP Radio. Emily begins by explaining ocean agriculture to the listener. Underwater farming is affordable, scalable, replicable, and sustainable. By painting a true picture of these underwater farms, listeners are able to envision these zero input farms (no fertilizer, pesticides, animals, feed). The stark contrast to land-based farming is quite incredible. This is particularly important because our waters have really seen the impact of climate change, from animal extinction to agal blooms and job loss. Moreover, these are restorative crops, soaking up carbon, and promoting biodiversity in the ocean. The model provides endless environmental benefits. The economic benefits are also more accessible to a wider group of people, with the goal of creating sustainable opportunities for more people. Emily also reminds listeners that this model is not limited, it can be modeled in cool Alaskan waters, Caribbean waters, and everywhere in between, as long as the ocean crops are native. Emily closes by reminding listeners that purchasing seafood sustainably is a big part of the equation. It is our responsibility to make sustainable choices. You can gain more information about making sustainable choices by purchasing All We Can Save, a book Emily contributed to.  Dr. Goldstein reminds us that justice for people and justice for the planet are intertwined, and cannot and should not be addressed separately. Rather, it is essential to look at the interconnectedness while tackling these issues. With a great threat to our environmental policy, we are faced with the challenge of rebuilding a clean and livable earth with equitable opportunity. Dr. Goldstein notes that there are many struggling across our nation right now, and those in coastal communities face even greater adversity as a result of rising sea levels. Moreover, the existing inequities in our system are being highlighted. Due to our country's history of systematic racism, communities of color receive less disaster aid. Thus, when sea levels rise and flooding ensues or storms wreak havoc, there is further damage to these communities. Dr. Goldstein also connects our economy and our oceans and the importance of linking the two responsibly. Dr Goldstein points toward hope as our state and local governments work to protect our oceans and our people in the wake of rollbacks on environmental protection acts. Dr. Goldstein works hard every day to protect our planet and she lends encouragement to listeners to do the same by voting both federally and locally. 
August 19, 2020
Climate Justice & Environmental Equity - The Connection between Social and Environmental Justice, Part II
Tina Johnson begins by defining climate justice, which is used in the frame of global warming and ethical and political issues; whereas environmental justice is a term coined by black and brown folks to address environmental racism. Tina contextualizes this (in)justice as occurring not just in the natural environment, but also where we play, eat, work and worship. The intersection between the two types of justice emerges in the fact that we simply cannot have climate justice without environmental justice. Some of the biggest contributors to these injustices include toxic waste facilities, coal fire plants, high-risk chemical plants, oil refineries, and highways. Unfortunately, these plants and highways are all often built in communities that need to be uplifted rather than polluted. Tina also speaks about climate refugees and the importance of relocation projects to create just transitions. Tina closes by reminding listeners that there is no part of climate change that the everyday person can escape, from food extinction to air pollution, and beyond. Juan Declet-Barreto, Ph.D. explains the history of the Union of Concerned Scientists and their incredible roll in assuring science is used to make sound policy decisions. Juan highlights the great need for policy to not only lessen the impact of emission pollution on vulnerable populations but also to track the impacts. Juan is an expert in mapping the vulnerabilities in populations. He maps climate change, extreme heat, and flooding. Juan notes that people of color, low income, and immigrant families are most impacted by climate-related extreme weather, as they live in non-temperature regulated spaces, work in the elements, and do not have access to key resources. In regard to the health impacts of climate change, Juan examines the disparities that have been magnified through the COVID pandemic. He warns, if we return to a pre-COVID state, we will return the vast inequities. Instead, there is a call for change and climate justice. 
August 13, 2020
How do Environmental Issues Disproportionately Affect Different parts of our Society? Why is this so? How does this Fact Negatively impact People and the Planet – Part I
Ms. Diana Lopez and Dr. John Balbus join Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio. Diana Lopez begins the conversation by defining Environmental Racism, Social Equity, and Environmental Justice. There is an inherent lack of consideration for vulnerable communities and people of color when implementing infrastructure, factories or military bases that pollute the environment and the people living nearby. In regard to equity and the disproportionate impacts of pollution on communities of color and low-income populations, there is a vast difference not only in access to healthcare but also in the impact of air, water, soil, etc. pollution. Diana also speaks to the voices left out of the conversations about issues that impact them most, for reasons spanning from meetings held only in English, to lack of equitable transportation and beyond. Solving these social inequities leads us to truly solving climate change. We must address the root of the problem with Climate Justice, to conquer Climate Change. Dr. Balbus reminds listeners about the importance of the climate justice movement including all voices, not just a select few. This is important because our country has had a long history of inequitable solutions and conversations about climate change. As a public health leader, Dr. Balbus shares the importance of looking at the downstream health effects, and the vast disparity in asthma, diabetes, & cancers in people of color and impoverished communities. While some claim these disparities may be caused by “lifestyle choices,” Dr. Balbus notes that this point of view incorrectly assumes there are equal and equitable choices and opportunities across the board. In regard to COVID-19, people who have pre-existing conditions caused by Climate Change Pollution, such as air pollution, are more susceptible. Disproportionate exposure leads to disproportionate vulnerability and susceptibility. When disparities already exist, and a harmful event such as a virus, hurricane, or wildfire occurs, it is far more difficult for these communities to recover. As a result, communities of color and vulnerable communities face devastating losses, of their homes, traditions, and culture when they are displaced or unable to recover from climate disasters or health crisis as a result of lacking adaptive capacity due to inequitable systems. The inequities and injustices are spanning. Tune in next week for Part II.
August 3, 2020
Environmental Impact of Our Diet & Nutrition: Vegan, Plant-based & Food as Medicine
Ms. Brooklynne Palmer, Ms. Gabrielle Reyes, and Dr. David L. Katz join HLHP Radio to speak about the intersection of nutrition, the environment & our health. Ms. Palmer sheds light on the new and innovative field of culinary medicine, which is a holistic approach to health that links food and health. As a vegan herself, Ms. Palmer breaks down the difference between vegetarians, pescetarians, and vegans. She also expands on veganism and the traps people may fall into as they transition into a healthier lifestyle. Ms. Palmer notes that social media presents many of these traps and can make becoming vegan feel unattainable, expensive or exclusionary. On the other hand, she notes how incredibly important it is to use social media responsibility to promote health. Ms. Palmers closes by sharing that although the transition isn't without challenges, she has been surprisingly heard, met, and supported by the incredible vegan community, from Facebook groups to personal and professional connections and beyond.  Ms. Reyes speaks about the incredible power plant-based diets have to heal our bodies. In her own experience, she's experienced plant-based nutrition lift her out of body dysmorphia and disordered eating, and into a healthy relationship with food and her body. Ms. Reyes speaks about the idea of plant-focused eating, which steers folks away from the processed and less healthy vegan meals. As a chef, Ms. Reyes illuminates the best way to satisfy your meat cravings, from poultry seasonings, textures from mushrooms, alternative proteins & beyond. Ms. Reyes reminds listeners that going vegan is simply to: "love the earth, the same way you choose to be loved." Ms. Reyes closes by reflecting on COVID and the exciting shift during this time as we see large corporations move toward to plant-focuses food. Dr. Katz breaks down both the science side and the common sense side of nutrition. Science is a very powerful way to answer questions, but science fails to ask the "instead of what" question when examining which foods are good for our bodies. Common sense guides how we apply science and leads us to the questions we truly need to ask about nutrition. Dr. Katz also breaks down the word diet. Dr. Katz reminds listeners, diet should be a noun and focus on a lifestyle, community, joy, bodily health & planetary health. Sadly, in our society food is often centered around fad diets and fast results. Dr. Katz's most recent book, co-authored with Mark Bittman, explores the importance of balance. Balance is not found in "the latest news about diets," it's instead rooted in our heritage & tradition. Dr. Katz leaves listeners with a reminder that making more plant-based choices leads to an incredible food revolution for our planet and our bodies. 
July 28, 2020
Sociology & Psychology of Eating: How our Eating Habits Affect the Environment & How the Environment Affects our Eating Habits
Ms. Betty Murray and Dr. Susan Albers join Healthy Living Healthy Planet Radio. Ms. Murray enlightens listeners about outside influences on our food behavior, from marketing, smells, science and beyond. Ms. Murray goes on to draw an insightful connection between the way animals in their natural environment eat (intuitive eating) vs how humans eat (factory farming, rainforest destruction, monoculture, additives, and fertilizers). Ms. Murray also notes that our food habits have changed over the years. This change was brought on largely when we made food into an industry. If we eat non-processed or non-industrialized foods in their natural forms we are better nourished, and the environment is better preserved. Ms. Murray speaks about food as an oppressor. Food disparity and food insecurity is a major crisis in our country. Dallas in particular has one of the largest food deserts in the country, with a three-hour bus ride to reach the nearest grocery store. Food is incredibly powerful, it has the ability to nourish and the ability to oppress. It is essential for us to pay attention to food in relation to our planet, bodies, and communities. Dr. Albers introduces listeners to mindful eating, which is about eating with awareness and savoring our food, flavors, and food experiences. Rather than mindless eating, which often stems from comfort, habit, or boredom. Mindless eating can lead to a disconnection from food and health, shame, and weight gain. For instance, when we feel stressed our bodies are flooded with cortisol, and as a result, we crave sugar. Dr. Albers reminds us that our relationship with food in our adolescence and our family of origin’s relationship with food greatly impacts our habits as an adult. Dr. Albers shares the 5 tips of mindful eating. Additionally, Dr. Albers shares about the impacts of COVID on our eating habits, from the benefits of choosing immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory foods, to the pitfalls of stress-driven eating during quarantine, as a reaction to our outside coping mechanisms being inaccessible. Dr. Albers closes by diving into the all too relatable topic of hanger and shares tips to manage hanger with our audience. Both Ms. Murray and Dr. Albers give listeners and intriguing and important look in the sociology and psychology of food.
July 22, 2020
Food Systems: How They Affect the Health of the Planet and our Health
Dr. Michael Clark from Oxford University and Dr. David Wallinga from the NRDC join HLHP Radio to speak about Food Systems in America and beyond, and how they impact our health and our environment. Dr. Clark begins by reminding listeners that it's essential to speak about food in regard to pollution because it's the single largest source of environmental damage globally. Our food production systems cause damage through fertilizer production, livestock farming runoff, energy use, land use, greenhouse gas emissions, and shipping. Dr. Clark also explores the sustainability of certain types of transport versus others, for instance, planes vs boats. Dr. Clark breaks down the difference between the processing and production of our food. Red meat, beef, sheep, and goat meat are the biggest pollution culprits in our food systems. Climate change is undoubtedly impacted by our food systems, however, climate change will also impact our food production. Over the last 40-50 years climate change has already negatively impacted crop yields. Dr. Clark explains that what and how much we're choosing to eat is the least sustainable part of our food system, as these choices drive how we produce food. An ideal sustainable food system would provide healthy food at economical prices with low environmental impacts. Dr. Clark reminds listeners that we play a roll by purchasing food responsibly, not only by reducing red meat consumption but by buying less and reducing our food waste.  Dr. Wallinga breaks down the connection between food systems, nutrition, and public health. Our food is industrially produced, with a lot of chemicals and mass yields. We've moved away from smart, hands-on farming approaches, and toward chemical practices that unfortunately impact our food supply negatively and impact our health as early as the developmental fetal stages. Dr. Wallinga also speaks about our broken food systems and the weaknesses COVID-19 has revealed. In an ever-changing world, a food-system that only functions during particular circumstances runs a large risk because we cannot rely on it. We've created a system where we speed up production and focus on mass shipping, however, this speeding up reduces the nutritional value of our food. Dr. Wallinga, an expert on antibiotics in food, speaks about the importance of antibiotics in our medical system. Our medical system relies on antibiotics for procedures like c-sections, bacterial infections, pneumonia, etc. However, because of antibiotic overuse in our food, more and more infections are becoming resistant. Put simply, this matters because it leaves our physicians with no way to treat our infections, and with untreatable infections, our health is in grave jeopardy. 
July 14, 2020
Our Food Diet & Environment: The Fundamental Connection
Dr. Paul Behrens of Leiden University and Sujatha Bergen of the NRDC join HLHP Radio to speak about the connection between our diets, our environment, and our health.   Dr. Behrens breaks down the connection between our food and climate. Our food systems have a wide impact across many different facets of our environment, from energy use, soil degradation, algal blooms, and an overall 15% contribution to the world's climate change problem. The impact of our food systems is higher in areas that heavily farm livestock and dairy, as they release more greenhouse gases. There are ways to improve livestock farming, however, plant-based farming will always have a lower impact on our environment. Dr. Behrens speaks about the trends of our diet over the years, as well as our trends in nutrition and food equity. Over the last few decades, our meat consumption has increased greatly which has caused a decrease in biodiversity. If we're not careful this trend will continue. However, there has been a positive trend rising toward plant-based diets. Our world is calling for the great food revolution, a shift to plant-based nutrition, decreased food waste, and increased sustainable productivity. Dr. Behrens explains how we might do this, by using our land more mindfully and embracing exciting new nutritional innovation. Dr. Behrens closes by reminding listeners small changes make a big difference.  Sujatha Bergen explains that there is a lot of confusion for Americans when they think about what they should eat for their health. Overtime nutritional guidelines have been released by the American Government and health leaders, which has helped to clear up some of the confusion. Unfortunately, however, the USA nutritional guidelines have not always been the healthiest guides. It is a known fact that there is a lot of money and industry influence in these dietary guidelines. For example, in the 2015 guidelines, red meat reduction was strongly recommended to reduce the risk of disease and climate change impacts. In turn, the red meat industry leaders went to congress and fought these dietary guidelines. As a result, this recommendation was buried and not published in the final guidelines in 2015. Sujatha explains that our nutrition is inevitably connected to our health, and while we often think of obesity first there is more to it. Including, drinking water pollution from overuse of fertilizer, antibiotic overuse and antibiotic resistance in humans, and diabetes and other health conditions as a result of high fructose corn syrup additives. Sujatha reminds listeners that if the average American cut the equivalent of one burger a week out of their diets it's equal to taking 10 million cars off the road. We have the power to change our diets, health and environment for the better.
July 5, 2020
Transportation Pollution and Human Health
Dr. Meredith McCormack and Professor Edward Avol join HLHP to talk about the health effects of transportation pollution. Dr. McCormack begins by reminding listeners that when we think about our bodies exposure to the environment we think about the outside body. But when we breathe in pollution our whole body is at risk for serious health problems. Dr. McCormack goes on to unpack asthma, COPD, and lung cancer. While COPD is caused in large by smoking and found in adults, it is exasperated by air pollution. On the other hand, asthma is common in children and young lives are put at risk sitting in idling school buses. Of course, there is also a strong correlation between lung cancer and long term exposure to air pollutants from transportation.  Short term and long term exposures result in different conditions. Treatment and management is also important for these chronic lung diseases and cancers, but there are many things that can be done beyond medications. Solutions include reducing pollution, exercising, eating well, and avoiding vaping, e-cigs, smoking. Professor Avol explains the process of pollutants entering our bodies. When we breathe in air pollution it enters our lungs and then our bloodstream. Anywhere our blood goes the pollutants go. This means pollutants can reach any and every organ and system in our body. Nanoparticles and gases are the infamous pollution combination. Focusing on the heart, heart disease does not occur in a vacuum and is impacted by our diets & environments. However, transportation pollution is a big contributor to heart disease and heart attacks. People with pre-existing conditions must be hyper-vigilant to reduce their exposure to transportation pollution. Dr. Avol also reminds listeners that air pollution impacts children even before birth & effects them forever. On the other side of life, elderly individuals experience an accelerated decrease in mental capacity in more highly polluted areas. Dr. Avol reminds listeners that lifestyle choices like running, walking, and consolidating car trips will reduce their exposure and risks.
June 21, 2020
The Worst Polluters: Automotive's and Planes
Aired 6/13/2020. Dr. Maz Zhang of Cornell and Dr. John Heywood of MIT join HLHP Radio to speak about transportation pollution, and our worst polluters, cars, trucks and planes, and the impact on our body and environment. Dr. Heywood explains how and why cars, trucks and planes all pollute differently by breaking down their engines and fuel types. Regardless, all forms of transportation emit massive amounts of carbon pollution, causing a rise in greenhouse gases in our environment. Major pollutants are not only limited to carbon, they also include hydrocarbon, smog, and ozone. Dr. Heywood explains that smog attacks all living and non-living beings, from materials to plants and animals, and our human bodies. With congestion at the top of list for air pollution, Dr. Heywood states that while getting cars off the road is the best option, people may be more inclined to simply move to electric vehicles, which is indeed a step in the right direction. Dr. Heywood looks further into the future to talk about solutions on the horizon, and reminds our listeners to move out of COVID-19 with more consciousness and aim to never return to the driving frequency and congestion prior to this time. Dr. Max Zhang unpacks emission pollution based on exposure. For example, if you live near and airport your personal exposure rates are higher. Additionally, in the climate community, there is a major concern about contrail (condensation and trail) pollution from aircrafts, and these emissions dominate atmospheric pollution rates. 90% of aircraft solutions happen above ground level, whereas 10% of emissions are released at ground level. Dr. Zhang explains how cars, planes and trucks pollute, while much of the pollution is fuel, there is nanoparticle pollution from breaks, tires, oil and beyond. Portable Emission Management Systems are key for tracking pollution. However it doesn’t stop with research, Dr. Zhang looks to the solutions as well, such as highway design, green infrastructure near highways and ends by reminding listeners, “the solution to pollution is dilution.”
June 16, 2020
Transportation Pollution - The Impact on Our Health and Environment
Aired 6/6/2020. Kaid Benfield of Placemakers, and Susan Polan of the American Public Health Association join HLHP Radio to speak about transportation pollution, mobility and the impact on our people and planet. Kaid connects our driving habits and the impacts on our environment. The effect of cars on environmental pollution has, no doubt, grown over the past century. In fact, statistic show our traffic has grown 5 times more quickly than our population. Moreover, as Americans our most comfortable and convenient mode of mobility is private car. American’s trips are made by car 85% of the time, while Europeans use private vehicles to make their trips 50-60% of the time. Kaid explains that this vast difference in percentage may result from our city layouts. In short, more compact cities make for shorter drive times and distances, and thus less pollution. Kaid reminds the listeners that transportation accounts for 1/3 of greenhouse gas emissions in our environment, which leads to climate change. Kaid also speaks about the opportunity to arise from COVID-19 with a different approach to transportation and the environment. Susan unpacks the connection between transportation pollution and human health. While transportation releases greenhouse gases into our environment, these pollutants also impact our bodies. With transportation as the leader in pollution, we have seen increased problems with asthma, heart disease, obesity, malaria and even Lyme disease. We also miss out on health benefits when our cities are built around cars, such as biking, walking. Susan reminds the listeners that the communities who are most vulnerable and susceptible to these health conditions, are often those who contribute less to the transportation pollution, thus they are left with all the health consequences and without a voice. Susan closes by speaking about the impact of COVID-19 and the increased car crashes as a result of reckless driving, and cautions listeners to be careful on the roads.
June 9, 2020
Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening - The Impacts on Health and The Environment
Dr. Nigel Sizer of Rainforest Alliance, and Dr. Joe Masabni of Texas Agrilife join HLHP Radio. Rainforest Alliance is deeply involved with sustainable agriculture and farming because the biggest threat to tropical rainforests and deforestation is non-sustainable agricultural practices. Rainforest Alliance has become an expert in the agricultural supply chain and are very involved in bananas, cocoa, coffee, tea and vegetable crops. They have certified these crops and aided in reducing water pollution, deforestation, irresponsible resource use, and increased the sustainability, equitable treatment and fair pay for agricultural workers. In regard to agriculture in general, Dr. Sizer reminds us we need to responsibly produce and use food as populations and consumption grows. 50-100% more calories will be required to maintain food security over the next generation. This increased yield can be achieved sustainably by increasing responsible productivity of existent farmland, and expanding new agricultural land.  However, expansion risks encroaching on our forests and resources. Dr. Sizer also speaks about the connection between human health, planetary health and meat farming. Overall, it is far better for our bodies and the planet to conserve less red-meat if we are properly nourished. Dr. Sizer closes by defining AgroForestry and the incredible benefits. Dr. Joe Masabni speaks about the importance of vegetables in our diet, in order to live healthy lifestyles in healthy bodies. With this in mind, Dr. Masabni talks about striking the balance between feeding our people, and sustaining the health of our land and water. Fresh and local produce is the best and most nutritious produce we can consume. Farmer’s market and local vendors do their best to farm as organically as possible with cover crops for soil health, properly maintained soil, and a lack of chemical spraying. Commonly, organic is defined as sustainable and natural growing practices. The most common misconception about organic farming is there is no spraying at all. Dr. Masabni also explains the different sustainable options for urban agriculture, which is on the rise. Additionally, he speaks about gardening at home, especially during this pandemic and shares the secrets of home gardening, healthy soil tips, and local resources. Dr. Masabni reminds listeners: “your shadow is the key to success,” meaning commercial and hobbyists alike must be in the garden or crop all the time to monitor pests, disease and growth.
May 31, 2020
Forests, Deforestation and Sustainable Forestry - the Existential influence on Health & the Environment
Airied 5/23/2020. Featuring, Patrick Shults of Washington State University Forestry Extension, Ian Leahy of American Forests, & Liz O'Brien PhD of Forest Research. Ian Leahy discusses the 145 year history of American Forests, a rich history that began with a group of activists institutionalizing the conservation movement, John Muir founding the Sierra Club, and Gifford Pinchot spear heading the forest service. A history that no doubt, highlights the community support of our forests. However, there are also threats to our forest’s today including climate change, which is ironic because forests are the best nature-based solution to address climate change. Ian specializes in Urban Forests, defined forests near anywhere populations have settled in sizable numbers. One local example of this is the Trinity forest in Dallas. Patrick Shults provides insight into forest stewardship and the education he provides to small forest owners in WA State. Patrick notes that forest health is, and must be, the main goal of every forest landowner. While timber is a part of landowning, small forest landowners are in it for the lifestyle of living in the woods, providing wildlife habitat, and being stewards of the forest. Sustainable forest management is shifting with climate change, after a very hot 2018 summer Patrick saw tree’s wrought with drought, and the public noticed this damage too. Patrick’s role is to educate the public and landowners to turn this fear into action. Patrick reminds listeners that there is a symbiotic relationship between humans and forests. Liz O’Brien shares the importance of forest health in connection to the wellbeing of humans. Liz notes that forest health contributes to higher physical activity, improved mental well-being, addiction treatment, improved memory, and lung function and reduces blood pressure, pulse rate, muscle tension, cortisol levels, obesity, heart-disease and type two diabetes. Liz introduces her Active Forests research study. In this study she has found some incredible increases in residents visiting  forests for physical activity, and in turn also experiencing incredible stress relief. Liz closes by reminding listeners than forests are a community space which facilitate healing, teamwork, and exploration for all who gather in them.
May 24, 2020
Carbon Footprints/Ecological Footprints -What are They & How do they impact our health & environment?
Experts Shyla Raghav of Conservation International and Maria Saxton, Ph.D. of Hill Studio and Tiny Home Industry Association join HLHP Radio to speak about our carbon footprint and ecological footprint, what it is and how we reduce it. Shyla speaks about climate change and how caring for our planet helps to facilitate natures powerful ability to heal under the right circumstances. In our daily lives we make a series of decisions, how we get to work, what we buy, what companies we support. These decisions all inform the size and impact of our ecological footprints. If we can better understand our decisions we can consciously reduce our footprints and help our planet to heal. As of 2020, we’ve experienced a peak in emissions, and the necessary policy to reduce this peak has not been enacted. However, there is a temporary opportunity in COVID-19 to make longer term systemic change as we rebuild our economy with green jobs. Shyla also shares insight from the communities she works with worldwide and details the differences between the ecological footprint in developing and developed nations. Maria details her in depth research on reducing our ecological footprint by moving to tiny homes. She reminds us that while we may not be involved in her study, there are many footprint calculators available for people to understand the impact of their lifestyle. The primary finding of Maria’s study is the 45% reduction in tiny home dwellers ecological footprints. The people in Maria’s study grew more of their food, ate less animal based products, spent more time in nature, had improved fuel economy in their vehicles, and traveled less by airplane in a given year. In regard to improved health, many participants shared their financial freedom, decreased home upkeep and increased time to spend with family, pursue hobbies, and improved mental health. Maria also notes a strong sense of community within tiny home dwellers - in physical and virtual communities alike. Calculate Your Footprints -  Carbon: Ecological: 
May 17, 2020
Natural Areas & Nature Spaces - Threats To Them and How They Benefit Human & Environmental Health
Featuring, Ben Lawhon of Leave No Trace, John DeFillipo of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, & Diana Allen of the National Parks Service. With 750 partners, on state and federal levels, Leave No Trace, promotes the LNT principals in all outdoor activities. They work to educate communities in schools, tourism, non-profits and beyond reaching nearly 15 million people. LNT also collects metrics to understand how their education positively impacts nature health, as well as people’s attitude toward stewardship. Ben details some of the biggest threats to our public lands including, human waste, campfires leading to wildfires, and litter. All of these polluters also impact human health - mental and physical. LNT advocates for giving back, volunteering in parks and protected areas to truly understand how these shared spaces work and become part of the solution. LNT also provides key information surrounding the trends & shifts we should expect in outdoor recreation during and post COVID-19. John Bunker Sands Wetlands is one of the Dallas Metroplex premiere nature areas, with an incredible impact on local wildlife and ecosystems. JBS Wetlands is in partnership with North Texas Municipal Water District and provides clean drinking water, and an incredible opportunity for education for students and parents about water conservation and filtration. JBS Wetlands also manages invasive plant species, to preserve habitat for the wildlife. The need for wetlands is high, not only to protect local wildlife, but to provide water for humans during the frequent droughts in Texas. John DeFillipo advises listeners to make a positive impact by gaining conservation literacy - truly understanding where their water comes from and how the water supplies can be used. Natural spaces, most pointedly our National Parks, are the cornerstones of our health and wellbeing. The NPS has a longstanding mission of protecting and promoting human health. National Parks were established to provide all people access to outdoor recreation, clean water and clean air. Not only does the NPS ensure health for its' visitors, but also for its' employees and the land. The Healthy Parks Healthy People Program is working partnership with doctors to prescribe time in parks as medicine. Diana reminds our listeners that the people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, those suffering from underlying health conditions, are those who would benefit most from this prescription of recreating responsibly in nearby nature spaces to manage conditions like pre-diabetes and beyond. 
May 10, 2020
Sustainable Communities - What Are They? How Do They Impact Human Health and The Environment?
Aired May 2nd 2020. Jason Babbie & Amanda Eaken of the NRDC, & Manal Aboelata from the Prevention Institute join HLHP Radio and speak about healthy, sustainable communities & the opportunity we have to build stronger & more resilient communities during this time Amanda and Jason speak about the many opportunities we have to increase sustainability within our communities - from food security, water safety, building development and affordable housing, to transportation walkability within our urban and suburban communities. The NRDC is promoting a special project: The American Cities Climate Challenge; it is in 25 American cities, aimed toward our US cities being better models of livable, walkable communities. We have a unique opportunity within this pandemic to evolve. During the pandemic we have safer streets, less car accidents, and less air pollution. Looking toward the future we have the opportunity to implement slow streets, promoting more physical activity and local business growth, as well as equitable and accessible communities. Manal joins the show with incredible insight from firsthand work with marginalized and under-resourced communities around the world, including Columbian cities where Manal worked to make policy change to create safe, sustainable and healthy communities. In regard to US communities within the pandemic, particularly our low-income communities, our policy makers eye’s have been opened. There has been a change in policy to change eviction laws during COVID-19 that has highlighted the changes that can be made to support and create sustainability in our communities as a whole. When we focus on human health in our communities, the Prevention Institute has worked at the federal level to advocate behind the scenes for millions of dollars to go into programs that support communities directly to implement healthy school foods, increase green space and playgrounds in neighborhoods. We have a great opportunity moving forward to focus on connected and healthy communities and physically distance, rather than socially distance. Thank you to our guests who can be found at: The Prevention Institute and Healthy People Thriving Communities - NRDC. Thank you to our sponsors who can be found at: and
May 4, 2020
The Built Environment - Health Impacts on Our Pets, Wildlife and Natural Ecosystems
Aired April 25th 2020. Join Bernice Butler, and expert guests, Nikhil Advani from the World Wildlife Fund, and Dr. Shawn Messonnier from Paws and Claws Animal Hospital to make the connection between the health of our pets and wildlife, the health of our planet and the health of our own bodies. Nikhil explains how natural ecosystem services, such as fresh water, pollination, soil health, etc., are essential for human health. Thus, it is imperative for us to protect nature and wildlife. Wildlife is an vital part of our natural ecosystems. For instance, without bee’s we wouldn’t have the same crops  to provide nutrition to our bodies - a fact that is often overlooked, but absolutely dependent on our wildlife. There are very few animal species untouched by human impact, of the 5 major threats to wildlife human’s play a roll in all 5 of them. In regard to the built environment, there is a huge impact on wildlife around the world. In developing countries, cities are growing and connecting by roads and this drives wildlife out, interrupts their migration and their health as a whole. To care for a wildlife, we must reduce our consumption and be more responsible in our development. Dr. Shawn, speaks about the impacts of the built environment on our beloved pets. Everything from where we walk our pets, the beds they sleep on, the food we feed them, and the medicines and vaccinations we give them play a part in polluting their built environments and body and lead to serious health issues such as cancer, asthma and allergies. Moreover, the exact same toxins (mold, chemicals leached into soil and grass) that our pets are exposed to can be spread to our bodies and vise versa. Dr. Shawn offers safe and natural alternatives to care for your pets, such as, doing blood tests before vaccines, CBD oil, being involved and observant pet parents, herbal and homeopathic detoxification, and general supplements for pet health. Thank you to our guests who can be found at: WWF Climate Crowd, and  Thank you to our sponsors who can be found at: and
April 26, 2020
Earth Day 2020 - Climate Activism
Aired April 18th 2020, welcoming expert guests: Lana Weidgenant of Zero Hour & National Children's Campaign, Aaryaman Singhal of Sunrise Movement, and Brittany Wells of the City of Dallas . Lana explains the spanning network that is Zero Hour, with 20 national branches and 30 more internationally, all with a goal of climate justice around the world. Zero hour focuses on holding big business accountable for climate change and enacting change. Lana focuses on food justice and the connection to climate change, and the need for equitable food and plant based diets. Lana also connects the climate crisis with systems of oppressions such as: colonialism, racism and patriarchy. Lana shares the 2 day Earth Day live broadcast and climate-friendly food campaign for the UN Climate Conference:  and Aaryaman shares his personal experience with climate change and his incredible passion that led him to a move from a full-time paid position at Groundwork Dallas to spearheading The Sunrise Movement Dallas branch, as a volunteer. He goes on to speak about a world where we can walk to buy local produce, take an electric bus to work, and see families outdoors together; bringing this type of life to people around the country is Sunrise Movements goal. Sunrise Movement’s goal is not only to create this world, but create millions of jobs along the day through policy like the Green-Stimulus Deal. Aaryaman also connects COVID-19 and the climate crisis in a profound and insightful way. Learn more at or Sunrise Movement Dallas on social media. Brittany, explains the importance of the Climate Council in Dallas. The Climate Council shows a positive and exciting shift in a focus on climate action efforts in the City of Dallas - debunking the myth that “Texans Don’t Care of Climate Change.” Moreover, the City of Dallas has been focusing for about a year on the CECAP in Dallas - initiated by resident conversations and requests for plans to reverse climate change impacts in their city and suburbs. The purpose of CECAP is to be a comprehensive plan to not only mitigate emissions, but moreover adapt infrastructure by electrifying transportation fleets, and improve quality of life with access to healthy food and nearby parks and outdoor space. Find the CECAP plan schedule on 4/22/2020 on
April 19, 2020
Green and Healthy Homes - Boost Your Immune System AT HOME
Dr. Stephanie McCarter, M.D. and Dr. Tang Gim Lee, Ph.D., architect and professor, join Bernice Butler for a very relevant episode about healthy homes and architecture. At a time of sheltering in place we all want to ensure the healthiest homes with the cleanest possible air and most peaceful environments. Learn how to make small changes today and big changes in the future to live your healthiest life, in a healthier home, on a healthier planet. Dr. McCarter shares insight about her safe haven home. From mold issues, paint, carpet, varnishes, cleaning products, pesticides and scented candles, the air quality in your home matters and is impacted by multiple factors -- a new home is not always the best option. Dr. McCarter recommends using the app Plume to track the particulate matter in the air around you to ensure your environment is safe. She also cautions that air filters in your home are essential, especially in highly populated and urbanized neighborhoods. Dr. Lee speaks about clean and green building strategies. Dr. Lee dives deep into the way we outfit our homes, meaning, carpeting, wood flooring, and the glue that is used to hold everything together. Dr. Lee also discusses the best kinds of vacuum cleaners to use in your homes. Moreover, Dr. Lee reminds us that we are all unique individuals, healthy homes look different from one person to another, we must build with materials that make our own unique bodies feel good. Last but not least, Dr. Lee reminds our listeners to get fresh air, eliminate the dust in your environment, and remove off-gassing objects for a healthier home today! Finally, Dr. Shawn of Paws and Claws Veterinary Clinic joins our community pulse segment to educate listeners about the impact of COVID-19 on the pets in your homes.
April 12, 2020
The Built Environment - Healthy Workspaces and Beyond
Dr. Karen Wang from the Collaborative for Health and The Environment and Because Health, and Amy King from GoodWork US, join Healthy Living Healthy Planet to speak about healthy homes, workspaces and the built environment.  As we shelter in place and spend even more time indoors Dr. Wang explains that the average person spends nearly 90% of their time indoors on a regular basis. In our current state, it’s nearly 100% for many. Not only do we spend our time indoors, we bring our comforts inside as well, from furniture, to toys and electronics. Our buildings, furnishings and entertainment materials impact our built environment and contribute to serious pollution and toxic leaching. From flame retardant furniture to lead paint, the list goes on. Dr. Wang shares her personal experience making her home healthy and the journey of researching to truly find out what is in our products and building materials. While we may not all be able to build our homes from scratch, we can make better choices in our products, choose better pots and pans, glass and stainless steal food storage, and body safe cleaning products (beware of fragranced cleaning products). Amy King speaks about healthy workplaces. Co-working spaces are shared work places for entrepreneurs. GoodWork is a green building co-working space, rehabilitated from a vacant 1950’s two floor warehouse. Recycling buildings is not often done, especially in Texas, but Amy and her business partner saw the potential and revitalized their co-working building with WELL and LEED building. GoodWork’s rehabilitation has helped to inspire the rest of the built environment in the neighborhood to come back to life. Amy explains “sick building syndrome” and her experience working in a sick building - marked by old mechanical systems, old air filters, toxic carpets and un-opening windows, resulting in the well-known 3 PM headache. But there is hope, businesses and their employees can make change, by advocating for their health, and pursuing local green building rating systems to access their workspaces and make change. Building’s are one of the top three offenders in climate change, our built environment, natural environment and human health are all connected. To improve the health of one, we must improve the health of all. Visit to tap into great cleaning products and tips to make your produce last while sheltering in place. Visit for ideas about how to make your home workspace greener and cleaner, and a safe space to work away from home in the future. Visit to be a part of their virtual expo April 22nd-27th. Visit for resources to boost your immune system and stay healthy.
April 5, 2020
Groundwater Pollution & Water Conservation
In this episode expert Karen Kinsella from The National Groundwater Association and GZA GeoEnvironmental will speak to listeners about groundwater pollution; and experts Denise Hickey and David Cowan from North Texas Municipal Water District will explore water conservation. Groundwater is one of our most valuable resources, and while we may not see if everyday, we can’t forget about, it’s always there, beneath the surface, giving us and our earth life. Groundwater is polluted by incorrectly used fertilizers and pesticides, septic pollution, chemical spills, & even polluted surface water. The most common groundwater pollutant is Perchloroethylene which can cause anything from skin irritation, all the way to cancer. To personally reduce pollution, make sure you have licensed professionals install your septic and dispose of your waste properly. Water conservation is Texas, and of course around the world is essential. In Texas, surface water belongs to the state, while groundwater belongs to individual landowners, and so the municipal water district and individuals must come together to preserve and protect the finite resource of water. To conserve water, garden and water your land properly, make sure your swimming pools don’t have leaks, shorten your showers and start talking about water with your children and community. Visit for updates on clean and safe drinking water in Texas, during a time where water is so essential. Make sure you’re staying hydrated and washing your hands. Visit for their incredible response and resources to stay during COVID-19. Visit to be a part of their virtual expo April 22nd-27th - stay home, protect your health and your planet all at once. Visit for resources to boost your immune system and stay healthy.
March 29, 2020
Human Health and Our Waterways
How exactly are we impacting our own health, and the health of our future generations when we neglect the care of our oceans and waterways? Dr. John Stegemen Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute for Oceans and Human Health (a branch of WHOI), and Dr. Scott Meschke, Associate Chair in the Department of Environment and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, will break it all down for you in the special health focused episode. Join these special experts, as they unpack waterborne illnesses, pathogens, unsafe drinking and recreation water, chemical pollution, red tide, and beyond. There is a deep connection between oceans and human health. This connection is seen in many ways, but largely through the seafood we delight in eating. Dr. Stegemen explores the risks of eating contaminated seafood on our bodies, minds and lives. Our daily activities, the very activities that should help contribute to our #bluemind and benefit our health, unfortunately hold great risk when we don’t care for our waterways, drinking water and water sanitation. Dr. Meschke educates us about the different waterborne pathogens, and viruses present in our shower's water vapor, drinking water and even food rinse-water.
March 22, 2020
Waterkeepers - Cleaning up Our Urban Waterways
Aired 3/14/2020, featuring Waterkeepers: Jill Jedlicka, Fred Tutman, and co-host Garrett Boone, of the Boone Family Foundation. Waterkeepers and the Boone Family Foundation both take a special interest in keeping the Urban Waters of their homelands clean, healthy, and advocated for. Fred Tutman speaks about the cycle of clean up on the Patuxent River, from restoration, to re-pollution and back again. With a water rating of a D-. In parts of the river there are flesh-eating bacterias running rampant in the summer. Even with these health risks in mind, the state has no clear plan in place to maintain river health. These potential human health risks are very real, and Fred knows that if we care about our bodies, we MUST care about over rivers. This is non-negotiable. Garrett Boone, speaks about his connection to the Trinity River System, the garbage build up from the suburbs, homeless encampments and freeway traffic pollution. Garrett has partnered with Groundwork to lead Kayak pick ups, ecoli-testing, and river management. Jill’s waterways in the Buffalo-Niagra region as polluted by industrial and radioactive waste. Jill Jedlicka reminds us that Urban rivers and waterways can have a bad reputation for pollution, but we must reflect on ourselves and what we do to contribute to this pollution. Listen to the incredible conversation that unfolds between these three, passionate, involved and knowledgable experts.
March 15, 2020
Oceans: Water, Water Everywhere
Aired 3/7/2020 Featuring Greenpeace experts, Kate Meleges and Arlo Hemphill; and Dr. J Nichlos of #BlueMind. Greenpeace fights for policy change in our waterways, from plastic pollution to ocean sanctuaries they dive in and enact change at the highest level. Kate Meleges speaks to the devastating plastic pollution in our oceans, impacting our ecosystem health, our marine life health and the health of our own bodies. From hormone disruption to bellies littered with plastic, she covers it all. Arlo Hemphill, is actively working on enacting serious change at the UN conference coming up this month, where he is fighting for ocean protection in the form of ocean sanctuaries. International waters currently have no way of being protected, and new legislation would allow for protection, marine life healing, ecosystem rehabilitation and overall renewed ocean, and in turn, human health. Dr. J Wallace, the author of Blue Mind, speaks about our bodies inherent connection to water, the healing impacts spending time around water, or listening to water sounds, has on our immune systems. nervous systems and whole body healthy. J reminds our listeners that healthy waterways = healthy humans.
March 8, 2020
Wind Energy, Allergies and Asthma
Join experts Matt Saldãna from the TTU National Wind Institute, Carol Dollard from Colorado State University, and Jenna Riemenschneider from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Matt Saldãna speaks about West Texas’s leadership in Wind Energy, financing wind energy, cost efficiency, accessibility and education. Carol Dollard addresses the engineering of Wind Turbines, the importance of renewable green energy, and reducing our carbon footprint in big business and large universities like STARS platinum ranked CO State University. Jenna Riemenschneider connections human health wind energy; from the amount of allergy and asthma related deaths increasing in recent years, to the disproportionate impact of asthma and allergies on minority and lower income groups, and the true public health crisis of climate change. Listen to this special episode, featuring three incredible experts, and take another step towards renewable energy, a healthier planet and a healthier YOU.
March 1, 2020
The Clean Energy Imperative - Featuring Katharine Hayhoe
Bernice Butler and Co-Host Tony Keene from EarthX, welcome expert Katharine Hayhoe. In this special episode Hayhoe addresses climate-deniers, clean energy, and faith. Hayhoe dives into energy production, where 75% of our pollution comes from fossil fuels, and the easiest and most impactful way to combat this is clean energy.  However, the richest corporations in the world are currently being subsidized by the tax payer to keep the cost of fossil fuels low. This is a fact that most people don’t realize. Many people think that clean energy is being subsidized because of the rebates we receive when we purchase electric vehicles. In reality, these rebates are 10% of the subsidy that are given to the fossil fuel industry (the International Monetary fund breaks this all down). It all breaks down to fact that big industry is profiting from taxpayer’s money to continue our reliance on an outdated, and frankly dirty way, of producing energy that we have since outgrown.  The bad news about our current energy sectors, 200,000 people day in the USA alone from air pollution, chemicals and dangerous pollutants leach into our streams and waterways and soil every day from the fossil fuel industry causes endless health risks. The good news, we’re making progress, United airline is running biofuel flights out of LAX. Energy and fuel are straightforward ways to implement clean energy. Other spheres are more complicated, but with a mix of new clean energy technology we can tackle all our energy sectors. Further, Hayhoe reminds our listeners that the only “type of person” you have to be to care about climate change is a human. We don’t need to move climate change up to the top of our list, because climate change impacts everything on our list already. We must come together on what we already care about, may it be our faith, our jobs or our health, to connect the dots to climate action. For the number one most important thing we can do about climate change is…TALK ABOUT IT. Hayhoe references her incredible Youtube series Global Weirding, watch her series on, and of course on her youtube channel. Community Pulse: General Honoré joins HLHP to speak about climate change, leadership and mobilizing action. 
February 26, 2020
Solar Energy - Clean Energy Revolution
Unpack the shift to solar, how to do it, why it matters, and what it can do for our environment and health with Jonathan Buonocore from Harvard University, and Karl Rábago from Rábago Energy. Jonathan explains the health risks of our current energy production sources, resulting from air pollution (ozone & PM 2.5). These include: asthma, pre-mature birth, stroke, cardiovascular, Alzheimer's, Aspergers, etc. Additionally breaks down the problematic nature and negative health impacts of natural gas (named by some as a clean energy). However, Jonathan explains how this naming doesn’t factor in the whole lifecycle of natural gas (pipelines, hydraulic fracturing, facilities pollution, etc.). Jonathan closes with a lighter topic of the benefit of switching to solar. There are greater health benefits in areas already high in pollution and population; this is where we must focus first to make the greatest impact. In segment 2 Karl promotes solar as a huge opportunity.  Solar is now more accessible, falling in price rapidly. Using solar energy on a renewable cycle, on a daily basis through photo-voltaic panels, and converting sunlight into electricity is where the shift happens. You can even size your solar panels and setup for your households energy needs. There are many avenues for solar, including pollinator and wildlife safe solar farms, solar on top of landfills, community solar projects and group cooperatives. With abundant opportunity, lowering cost and rising availability, solar should only become for viable for lower income populations who can benefit from the consistent and fixed bill every month and the lowered risk of climate related health issues, which they are impacted by at higher rates. To promote the switch to clean energy individuals can: join a group of activists, contact utility customer service and advocate for solar, speak up at community meetings, talk to officials and make informed votes. Find more about Jonathan and his work here: Learn about C-Change Harvard here: Find about more about Karl and his work by visiting:
February 9, 2020
Wildfires - Habitat Restoration and Trauma Recovery
Listen as we dive into Australia as a stark example of what is to come for our world if don’t better our fire management systems, hold big businesses accountable, and take actionable steps to reduce climate change and drought. Experts Justin Kenardy, Philip Stewart and Christine Hosking from Queensland University in Brisbane all share their unique knowledge about the impact on flora and fauna, fire prevention and the aftercare of trauma inducing events such as wildfire on children, adults and communities as a whole. Dr. Hosking highlights the massive loss of habitat for Australian wildlife as a result of development and agriculture, now further amplified by the fires in New South Whales has led to mass extinction.  Additionally she speaks to the decrease of biodiversity - a biodiversity that human health relies upon, as it balances our planet (fresh air, crops, fresh water). Professor Stewart speaks about the build up of fuel in our environment and eco-systems, made more severe by climate change, which has led to these massive and uncontrolled burns. His goal is to control fires through management, & acknowledge that we will only see greater intensity fires if we don’t have a paradigm shift. Professor Kenardy speaks about the short term and long term impact of the trauma of wildfires and natural disasters. He considers the immediate impact of disaster on people who experience PTSD and amplified anxiety, and the later long term effects on those who do not fully  recover, of depressions, poor self-care, and even changes in cardiovascular health. He also considers the separate issue of eco-anxiety. Finally, we look into a strong sense of community and resilience that can emerge when communities come together to heal.
February 2, 2020
Storms and Flooding - Drowning in Bacteria
Sharon Beard of NIEHS speaks about the risk factors of hurricanes and storms, and addresses the communities at the greatest risk. The DERT program provides training to workers who respond to disaster relief to decrease those risk factors. The environmental career worker training program is specialized to train workers who live and work in communities with high environmental risk, natural disasters and pollution. The immediate risk factors on the ground are, entering unsafe and structurally damaged homes, mold contamination, electrical issues and water pollution. Dr. Patrick Harris of The University of Queensland speaks specifically about the significant health impacts of storms and flooding. Great influx of melioidosis disease spikes after rainfall in tropical climates such as Australia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The presenting factors of melioidosis are septic shock, brain and liver abscesses, bone and joint problems, skin abscesses. The direct impacts of floods according to Dr. Harris are drowning, debris injury, carbon monoxide poisoning. Infectious complications roll in a week to two weeks later, such as soft tissue infections, many of which are antibiotic resistant (opportunistic pathogens). There are huge spikes in gastroenteritis from contaminated drinking water. Last but not least, floods greatly impact mental health, prescriptions for antidepressants shoot up.
January 26, 2020
Drought - Draining Your Mental Health, Natural Resources and Finances
Join experts Brad Pugh of NOAA and Dr. Bruce McCarl of TAMU on this extreme weather episode about drought. The economic, social, health and environmental impacts of drought are spanning. From mental health to asthma, and food security to clean drinking water and even job security, drought impacts us in all facets of our lives. Brad Pugh tells us more about NOAA, the agency in charge of monitoring and reporting the US weather to aid citizens in preparing for climate impacts. Monitoring the current drought situation is essential because it sneaks up on people, it’s not like a tornado or hurricane, it’s a slow and steady build to a serious environmental and health problem. Each month, NOAA does a monthly climate call for the local and national media to spread essential awareness about extreme weather and drought. The public can access a snap shot of current drought condition using NOAA’s drought monitor online. When drought arises there is a significant impact to our mental health. To counteract drought, stay informed, minimize your water use and utilize drought trackers. Dr. Bruce McCarl of Texas A&M explores droughts and the swinging pendulum of weather specifically in Texas. The greenhouse effect is causing our temperatures to increase, our rainfall to change and our drought to increase. In fact, last year was the 2nd warmest year on record. These climate changes cause the standing drought to worsen. In the 2011 drought, one hundred million trees died in Texas — the socioeconomic and environmental impacts were massive, in multiple billions of dollars. As drought increases we see cropland convert into grassland and the income earning potential drop 70% for rural areas. To combat drought in Texas Dr. McCarl suggests taking more public transit, using more efficient cooking and heating systems, better sustainable care of the land and trees, and reducing intake of beef.
January 19, 2020
Extreme Heat - Rising Temperatures, Raising Your Health Risks
In the first episode of our extreme weather segment, we focus on extreme heat. Extreme heat adversely impacts our health, from increased respiratory and heart diseases, to heat stroke and heat stress. Dr. Nielsen-Gammon of TAMU speaks about the extreme heat in Texas; and the interrelation of all extreme weather events. While extreme heat is prevalent around the world heat waves are qualified differently depending on where you live. In cities extreme heat is becoming a major issue, as the population raises and the concrete jungles expand the heat risks multiply. Dr. John Balbus of NIEHS introduces the bodies natural air conditioner of sweat. Regardless of our bodies acclimation to heat, during extreme heat our body is over stressed and can’t cool us properly. When we move more blood to our skin to sweat our heart and lungs are further stressed causing serious health risk. Moreover, our mental health is negatively impacted during extreme heat, from aggravated mental health conditions, to elevated crime during heat waves the human body cannot handle extreme heat waves, just as the planet cannot either.
January 12, 2020
Zero Waste Part 2: Solutions
Join Turn Compost’s Lauren Clarke and Wes Fitch, and Step Tire’s Blake Bassett for an amazing Bonus Episode. Four Episodes simply weren’t enough to cover the environmental and health impacts of waste and waste disposal in the world. In this Bonus episode, two local Dallas companies come together to give the audience incredible information, education and resources to live less wasteful lives. Listen to Lauren and Wes speak about the process of composting, layering your greens and browns, and the health benefits of turning your waste into compost. Learn the do’s and don’ts of composting from these experts. And don’t miss Blake Bassett from Step Tire. Giving Hope Traction is their mission and they are doing a fantastic job. Creating shoes from old tires, they do an excellent service to reusing, and repurposing material that would otherwise go straight to the landfill and cause hazardous waste. Enjoy this bonus episode and move one step closer to zero waste.
January 5, 2020
Zero Waste - Ditch The Landfills
Safe Landfills are a fairy tale, let us tell you why… Landfills deeply impact our health and wellness. Landfills are places on land where we put our garbage and other toxic chemicals to keep them out of our environment, but not surprisingly they find their way back into our environment and our bodies. Waste in landfills does not always, in fact often, decompose and as a result produces a huge amount of methane emissions. The USA has the highest methane emissions from landfills. So needless to say, this is not a small problem. Landfills negatively impact our health: asthma, eye, throat and lung irritation, nausea, headaches and toxic chemical inhalation and may impact cancer, diabetes, and even autism. Listen in with expert Kirstie Pecci to unpack what it truly happening in our landfills: plastic barriers breaking down, lacking regulations, the dangerous orderless methane gasses, and leachate and contaminated groundwater.
December 29, 2019
Hazardous and RX Prescription Waste
Join Dr. William Suk and Dr. Elizabeth Seymour for this impactful episode about toxic and hazardous waste (RX prescriptions, electronics, batteries, factory waste, mercury, lead etc.) in our landfills, food, water and air. Dr. Suk, from NIH, expert in environmental exposures, explores the numerous chemicals we are exposed to throughout our lifetime. One of these chemicals is arsenic, which tests in high quantities in the human body. Exposure to arsenic is most common near mines or in mining towns, but also occurs naturally in the earth and can be found in ground water (well water in Maine and Vermont). Arsenic is also found in our daily products, such as our food (particularly our rice in the USA) and in lightening and whitening beauty products. Arsenic exposure has serious cardiovascular repercussions, can cause diabetes, and birth defects in fetuses exposed before birth.   Dr. Emily Seymour, from the Environmental Health Center of Dallas reminds us that there are many tests to dig deeper under the surface of your symptoms. Simply because you enter a doctors office with fatigue does not mean you are anemic, you may have toxin exposures you aren't aware of, and you can take control of your health and connect with environmental health doctors like Dr. Seymour to treat your whole body, not just your symptoms. Much of our exposure is unsurprisingly pesticide exposure, as well as heavy metal, RX prescription toxin exposure in our drinking water.  While you may not immediately show symptoms of toxic exposure the effects are longterm and catastrophic. Dr. Seymour offers some important alternatives to stay away from pesticide, RX prescription and other toxic exposure.
December 22, 2019
Electronic Waste: Siri, Remind Me to Dispose of My Electronics Safely
Learn about E-Waste, one of the most overlooked epidemics in our society today. Every year 50-million tons of electronic waste is created. With computers, cell-phones and tablets being created, purchased and promptly thrown into landfills, it is the number one fastest growing waste form in our society. By recycling our electronic products we can create recycled energy, eliminate toxic e-waste  that is currently polluting  our soil, air, water and in turn our bodies. Hear from Professor Lucy McAllister, a specialist in e-waste research. She knows we all love our cell-phones and live in a world that is now based around technology, however, she has incredible insight on how to shift our relationship with electronics and e-waste. We are upgrading our electronics at unsustainable rates, with 1000 of chemicals going into production causing serious harm to our bodies and the environment. Also hear from Dr. Aimin Chen about the hazardous impacts of e-waste on our bodies; from exposure for workers (inhalation, and skin exposure), to exposure for residents who live in E-Waste recycling zones (air, food, and water). Furthermore, on a daily basis American citizens are exposed to e-waste toxins through air exposure and contamination in our food. There are adverse health impacts on the body, birth defects, pre-mature birth, cognitive dysfunction, DNA damage. Cancer-risk, respiratory and cardio vascular studies are all suspected and require further long term studies.
December 15, 2019
From Overconsumption to Sustainability - Little Actions Make a Big Difference
Join incredible guests, Chris MacDonald, British scientist, author, filmmaker and environmentalist; and Ina Petersen Founder of Inner Voice Artists and co-founder of the leading Sustainability Festival: YouthMundus. Overconsumption is escalating in our world, particularly in the USA. Hear from Chris about the disconnect we have as humans between our products, the environment and our health. Learn about the massive waste produced by the fashion industry and sustainable alternative choices we can make instead. Additionally, hear some hard hitting examples to understand just how we are over-consuming our earth each day. From Overshoot Day, to Plastic Island and beyond, Chris has insight into this issue you can’t miss. Ina Petersen speaks with host Bernice Butler in the second segment of the episode. Hear from her about a new spin on festivals. In a world where waste is accelerating, music and art festivals are a huge leader in waste. Research shows that Coachella and StageCoach generate 100 tons of waste PER DAY. YouthMundus has flipped this on it’s head, choosing sustainable options, partnering ecological brands and environmental leaders, and creating a panel of youth activists. Learn from Ina how important sustainable festivals and events are in a world being consumed by waste every day.
December 7, 2019
PPC: Plastic - A Substance Our World & Bodies Can't Digest
Join in on this special episode by listening to host Bernice Butler, speak with Dianna Cohen and Emily DiFrisco of Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC). In the world of plastic pollution all roads really do lead to the PPC, they are a global organization with partners in healthcare, education, science, activism and even art. They are beautiful of example of coming together to understand and eliminate single-use plastic. Better understand the way plastic breaks down in our world and our bodies and the adverse effect is has during its long-lasting lifecycle (longer than a human lifecycle). Moreover, understand what is at stake for ourselves, our children and our unborn babies. We come into constant contact with plastic everyday and this is exposure is directly related to breast cancer, brain cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, low sex-drive, diabetes, and obesity. While there are some things we cannot control, plastic pollution is a very controllable issue. Learn how Dianna and Emily implore our listeners to make small changes on a daily basis to eliminate single use plastic. Learn More about PPC and make change by clicking the links below: Link to join Plastic Pollution Coalition Link to our Global Plastic Reduction Legislative Toolkit Link to sign our petition to
December 4, 2019
Plastic Accumulation - The Unhealthy Effects on Our Bodies, Our Oceans & Our land
Did you know plastic accumulation builds up in your body and causes serious ailments and illnesses? Have you ever heard from a health expert about the ways to eliminate your contact with plastic and heal your body? Did you know plastic pollution doesn’t start and end with proper recycling and reuse? Have you ever spoken with an expert who has seen the lifecycle of plastic firsthand, from the beginning stages, to visiting the end of the line countries plastic accumulates in? Listen this special episode featuring Michael Doshi of Algalita, and Joseph Spada, LPN, adult family home owner and professor, to learn about all of the above and WAY MORE! 
November 24, 2019
Forming The Future: Youth Activism
Featuring two incredible youth activists Lilly Platt and Danny Eisawy. Lilly founded ‘Lilly’s Plastic Pickup’ at the age of 7.  is a Youth Ambassador for Plastic Pollution Coalition, HOW Global, The Ship of Tolerance London 2019 & YouthMundus. Lilly was recently awarded Young Activist of the Year Award 2019. And last but certainly not least Lilly was recently featured on  her first TedX talk. Lilly sheds light on plastic pollution and unique strategies to combat it and bring together a network through social media. Danny, founded Litter Kickers at the age of 9, was part of a 2018 campaign that successfully managed to save a local tree from being felled, leads climate strikes at his school, and has started a growing network of litter pick ups. Together with his brother Jojo, Danny was named Environmental Champion for Tonbridge and Malling in 2019 for his litter picking activities & community clean-up initiative. Danny speaks about his global litter-picking initiatives, protest leadership and wildlife protection. The two come together powerfully to bring us some serious inspiration and motivation to a can’t miss episode, and remind us that little acts make a HUGE DIFFERENCE.
November 17, 2019
Eliminate Plastic To Find The Balance - Hormone Health & Ocean Preservation
Aired Live on 11/09/2019: Shelby O’Neil, environmental activist, Jr. Ocean Guardians founder, #NoStrawNovember creator, and 18 year old student at UC Berkley, speaks about educating our population, especially our youth, on plastic pollution through her work. Moreover, Shelby explains the negative impacts of plastic pollution and the importance of getting involved in changing policy in regard to pollution and climate change. Shelby proves that one voice can make huge waves, she has eliminated over 32 million single use plastic straws per year, on Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines and many others. Dr. Lynn Lafferty, Pharm D, master herbalist,  naturopath, educator and chef, grants us insight into a topic that matters to each and every one of us: OUR HEALTH. Moreover, Dr. Lafferty explains the impacts of plastics on our hormones. Learn about the hidden micro-plastics in our daily products (detergents, products, food supply). Moreover, better understand BPA, BPF, and BPS, the tricks behind the phrase “BPA Free,” and the common use of these materials in dentists offices. Finally, understand the impacts of plastics on estrogen levels in the body, resulting in cancer, and other health ailments.
November 10, 2019
Plastic Pollution Advocacy - Fossil Fuels, Political Policy, and Community Education.
Aired Live on 11/02/2019: Featuring Jeffrey Jacoby, Deputy Director for the Texas Campaign for the Environment; and Katy Launius sustainability coordinator and Dean of Students Success and Wellness at Eastfield College. Jeffrey speaks about changing the habits of texans one door, and one person at a time. They are a ground up organization who work to pass state wide legislation on climate change and pollution, enact curb side recycling and composting, and eliminate single-use bag banning, to name a few. Learn about Jeffrey’s national presentation from “The Drill To The Dump”, and “We Can’t Recycle Our Way Out Of This.” Jeffrey will shed light on the life cycle of plastic, with the true beginning being at the drilling of oil (especially in West Texas). Understand how plastic is recycled, or otherwise, not properly recycled and how you can be responsible with the products you buy and how you reuse and recycle them. Also learn about the negative health impacts of the build up of micro-plastics in our environment. Finally, hear from Katy, about how the the communities of Texas are being educated in environmental sustainability through Eastfield College’s programs on each of their campuses.
November 3, 2019
Climate Change: Your Job, Your Health & Your Wallet
Dr. Kim Knowlton and Juanita Constible from the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)join host Bernice Butler to speak about how rising temperatures and extreme weather conditions in our world impact our job, our health and our wallets. Our world's temperatures are predicted to raise 10-15 degrees over the coming decades. Heat is intrinsically related to health. Learn about the motion Juanita and Kim have worked on to advocate for workers rights related to heat; and the 780 US workers killed from heat related issues on the job, and the nearly 70,000 sickened over the past 25 years. Better understand the economic burden of raising temperatures for workers who do not have PTO and cannot access their jobs because of heat related natural disasters, and the high cost of emergency health care and services for heat related natural disaster. Moreover, learn about the very real health costs resulting from the raising temperature, from access to mental health care, and beyond. Also hear from earthXfilm president and co-creator Michael Cain about the incredible movement through film to sensitive, educate and change people's hearts and minds about the importance of climate change and the environment. Through earthXfilm Dallas is slowly becoming greener and more environmentally aware and active.
October 27, 2019
Healthy Homes & Predictive Plants
Featuring guests Dr. Bonnie Jacobs and Dr. Stephanie McCarter. Explore how climate change impacts plant growth and the health of our planet and people with Paleo Botanist Dr. Bonnie Jacobs. Moreover, understand the climate of past civilizations using plant fossils. Dive into the staggering 24% of diseases and illness caused by environmental exposures which can be averted with Dr. Stephanie McCarter. Learn about healthy living sanctuaries free of radiation & pollutions, and environmentally impacted illness such as ADHD and Bi-Polar disorder.
October 20, 2019
We're All Connected: Humans and The Environment
Featuring guests Dr. Andrew Dessler  and Dr. Alfred Johnson. Explore the impact human activity has on climate change. Dr. Andrew Dessler, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, helps unpack human's impact on climate by sharing his research on water vapor. Not only do human's impact the environment, the environment impacts humans. Listen to Dr. Johnson speak with host Bernice Butler about the unbreakable bond between human health and environmental health as he discusses gut health and body wellness.
October 13, 2019
Climate Change and Allergies
Aired live October 5th 2019, featuring guests Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick and Dr. Jeffrey Demain. Explore climate change and examine the shifting climate in your own city through Dr. Fitzpatrick’s climate mapping. Later, learn from Dr. Jeffrey Demain, allergy expert, how allergies and the environment interact and leave you feeling extra stuffy as the seasons change. Our premiere episode is an exciting dive into climate change and the reality of the shifting environment in our daily lives.
October 5, 2019