LivingWell Podcast

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Feb 13, 2018

In this Episode

  • CJ Anderson
  • Chad Carr, MD

During the conversation you’ll learn:

  • What the term "heart failure" means.
  • Types of heart failure and their causes.
  • How heart failure is diagnosed and treated.
  • How you can affect your risk for heart failure.
Dec 12, 2017


In this episode physician and research specialist Dr. David DeRose joins us for a conversation about blood pressure. Co-author of the book, “30 Days to Natural Blood Pressure Control: The ‘No Pressure’ Solution,” Dr. DeRose explains why blood pressure is a key health number to watch and shares tips for naturally achieving healthy blood pressure levels.


During the conversation you’ll learn:

  • Why the number for “healthy” blood pressure may be different if you achieve with medication verses lifestyle changes.
  • Two categories of food that generally lead to increased or decreased blood pressure, depending on how much you eat of each.
  • A quick trick to spot low sodium imposters.
Oct 9, 2017

Atrial Fibrillation (or AFib) is the most common form of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), affecting more than 2.7 million Americans. According to the American Heart Association, even though AFib double the risk of heart-related deaths and is associated with a 5-fold increased risk for stroke, many patients are unaware of the seriousness of this condition.

May 19, 2017

Cancer is the leading cause, after heart disease, of death in the United States. We all know someone who has cancer.

People impacted by cancer often feel helpless. Sometimes doctors recommend radiation or chemotherapy or surgery that can help, but those affected by cancer can do something to fight back too.

Apr 20, 2017

As more states legalize marijuana, it can send mixed messages to children, many of whom grew up learning that pot is an illegal drug that’s bad for you. It’s important for parents or guardians to talk with their children about marijuana use and to answer their questions now that pot is for sale in stores across Oregon.

Jan 9, 2017

Casey helps people create plans a systems for organizing their busy lives. She’s passionate about helping clients develop a plan for making positive change, and using small attainable behaviors to develop positive habits. Who better to give us tips on how to set (and actually achieve) personal goals for the new year.

Dec 5, 2016

We usually associate the farmers market with summertime, but did you know some of Portland’s markets are open in the winter? In this episode we’ll explore the fresh produce that’s available in the winter and how we can use it to help nourish ourselves year round.

Nov 21, 2016

Tis the season for family feasts and office potlucks. And amid all the culinary delights lurks the risk of foodborne illnesses. Today we’re talking best practices for preparing, serving and storing food to keep sickness at bay.

Nov 8, 2016

Last year, 3,100 kids in Oregon started smoking. That’s more than graduated from all the public high schools in Medford, Bend and Pendleton. Three out of four high school students who start smoking will continue to do so as adults, putting their health and quality of life at risk. Meanwhile, the tobacco industry spends $1 million per hour to make sure we know how sweet, cheap and easy to get their product are.

Oct 18, 2016

Debra Johnson is a board certified family and pediatric nurse practitioner who loves helping patients and families optimize their health and lifestyle. One of Adventist Health’s newest providers, her interest in healthcare began while growing up in the rural hospital her parents built and ran in the Philippines. In this episode she shares some of that story.

Oct 3, 2016

Making changes to your diet is a very personal experience. But that doesn’t mean you’re all alone in the process. In this episode an Adventist Health physician talks about how he, and his family, made the switch to a vegan diet. He talks about their motivations, process and shares tips for changing your own diet.

Sep 19, 2016

Whether it’s eating right, exercising more, or spending less time at the office and more time with family, we all have goals. Do you ever wish you had a better plan of action for making and sticking with your health and wellness goals? Today we’re talking with a professional organizer. She’s got some insights on how to establish healthy habits and avoid common stumbling blocks that keep us from succeeding.

Sep 6, 2016

You can’t always plan when you’ll get sick or hurt, and urgent care clinics provide extra care when you need it. Today we’re talking with a doctor from our newest urgent care clinic about what it’s like to care for an assortment of ailments. He’ll also help us explore the role urgent care plays in our total healthcare team.  

Aug 8, 2016

In this special Back to School episode we’re hitting the road to visit a pair of local providers who can help us prepare our kids, and ourselves, for success this school year.


Jul 4, 2016

Staying in shape seems to be all about getting up and moving around. So what happens if you spend most of the day on your feet, but aren’t actively exercising during that time. Today we’re talking to a local physical therapist who specializes in workplace wellness. We’ll talk the pros and cons of spending your workday standing up, and learn some ways to give your body the work and rest it needs.

Jun 20, 2016

For many of us sitting takes up a large part of our day. We know it’s not the healthiest practice, but it’s how we get work done. Today we’re talking with a local expert about the right exercise and habits to offset the dangers of desk dwelling.

Jun 13, 2016

You may not have the time or resources to have your own farm, but you can still enjoy fresh and delicious local produce. In this episode we’ll talk about Portland’s robust network of farmers markets, bringing fresh, local and nutritious produce to your table.

Jun 6, 2016
Minor-league baseball has a new home in Southeast Portland. In this episode we’re learning about the Portland Pickles the big fun for the whole family this summer in Lents Park. 
May 22, 2016

Heather is a fitness fanatic. So when she hit the water for the swimming leg of a triathlon last summer a cardiac event was the furthest thing from her mind. But minutes later, when she was being pulled from the water and into an ambulance, she began to learn about how stress affects your health.

May 16, 2016

Parents spend a lot of time and energy trying to raise good kids, but have you ever thought about what it takes to raise good adults? Chuck Hagele, executive director of Project Patch, is back to chat with us about how to help our kids embrace responsibility, accountability and the life skills we use through our adult lives.

May 9, 2016

In this special Mothers’ Day episode a pair of Adventist Health physicians talk about adding “mother” to their list of specialties. We’ll explore the challenges and joys that come with having a baby.

May 2, 2016

There’s nothing like a trip to the Oregon Coast. But amid the beautiful and inviting scenery are real dangers. In this episode we’re talking about some simple ways to stay safe when we visit the coast.

Apr 25, 2016

Our health rarely keeps office hours and sometimes you need care in a hurry. But how do you know if it’s time to go to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic? Today we’re sitting down with some experts in these areas who can help us understand the difference and what we can expect when seeking urgent or emergency care.

Apr 18, 2016

Getting injured isn’t at the top of anyone’s to-do list. Today we’re going to talk to a couple experts about how to avoid injuries in the workplace and at home.

Apr 11, 2016

40% of Americans spend more time thinking about money than hygiene. But for all that worrying, it seems like we’re all struggling to live within our means. Join us for an honest conversation about the challenges and opportunities that arise when we evaluate our financial health. 

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