5
Mar
2012

Bay to Breakers Race Director on Run’s Colorful History and the “Run and Give” Charity Program

In this podcast, we speak with race director Angela Fang about the interesting origins of the race, the first "known" costumed runner and the "run and give" charity program--which Breathe California is proud to be a part of.

For the past four years Breathe California has supplied volunteers at all water stops for the Bay to Breakers race and has been a beneficiary in the race's "Pledge Runner" program.

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27
Jan
2012

Blowing the Whistle on the Tobacco Industry: “Addiction Incorporated”

In this podcast we speak with  film director Charles Evans Jr. and Victor DeNoble. Mr. Evans is the director of Addiction Incorporated, a  documentary film which examines the story of Victor DeNoble and his efforts to expose information about the tobacco industry that would forever change the way the industry operates

In the 1980s, Mr. DeNoble was a research scientist at a major tobacco company where he was tasked with finding a safer form of nicotine that would not cause heart attacks. He succeeded but in the process produced something that the industry had been denying and avoiding for years, scientific evidence that nicotine was addictive. Instead of remaining silent, DeNoble became an important whistleblower—testifying before congress and setting off a chain of events that has had a profound effect on   laws regulating tobacco use.

As a lung health organization that spends a considerable amount of time on tobacco control and smoking cessation classes, we became very interested  in this film and are happy to have Mr. Evans and Mr. DeNoble with us on the Breathe California Educational Podcast Series.

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19
Jan
2012

Bhavani Kludt’s Story: How Yogic Practices Helped Me Manage My Asthma

In this podcast we  speak with an extraordinary woman who has used an age-old practice to reverse her asthma symptoms. Bhavani Kludt had been an asthma sufferer since early childhood. She recalls in one of her published papers how her mother would "fill the bathroom with steam to give her relief during her early years".

At 36, Bhavani began to practice yoga and eventually became a certified Integral Yoga Instructor. Upon discovering yoga, she also discovered and developed yogic practices to minimize her asthma episodes. She has taught workshops to hundreds of students throughout the bay area in an effort to help them understand how breathing techniques and gentle, simple postures can relieve some of their chronic asthma symptoms.

NOTE: In February, Bhavani will be featured in a video produced by Breathe California in which she will demonstrate some of the breathing practices and postures which have helped in coping with her asthma.
  

 

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11
Oct
2011

California Assemblymember Jerry Hill Speaks About Tobacco-Control Legislation

 

In this podcast we speak with Assemblymember Jerry Hill, who represents the 19th district in California (South San Francisco to Belmont). Mr. Hill has served on the California State Assembly since 2008 and prior to that served 17 years in local government. Breathe California and Mr. Hill have worked together on legislation over the years including AB574, the bill to make hospitals smoke-free. The bill passed the state legislature but was later vetoed by then Governor Schwarzenegger.
In this podcast Assemblymember Hill voices his views on a wide-range of issues concerning tobacco-control in the state of California.
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16
Aug
2011

Dampness, Mold, Your Home and Respiratory Illness

Today we are going to look at mold in the home and its potential effects on respiratory health. Respiratory problems such as asthma often begin in the home due to things that cannot be seen and are not easily detected. One of these things is mold, which grows in damp places in the home and other buildings. A 2009 report from the World Health Organization determined that there is a consistent association between indoor dampness and mold in buildings and many types of respiratory or allergic health suffered by the building's occupants.

In this podcast we speak with Mark Mendell Ph.D. about this issue.  Mark Mendell is currently an Air Pollution Research Specialist in the Indoor Air Quality Section of the California Department of Public Health and a Staff Scientist/Epidemiologist in the Indoor Environment Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

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6
Apr
2011

Cleaner Air on the Horizon: Electric Cars and Electric Charging Stations

As gasoline prices hover around $4 per gallon and car emissions continue to cause air quality issues throughout the nation we thought it would be a good time to explore alternative energy sources for automobiles.

With this in mind, today we are going to talk about electric vehicle charging stations.

For years the idea of the automobile running on nothing but electricity has been seemingly part science fiction and part wishful thinking. But with the introduction of the Nissan Leaf earlier this year and the beginnings of a dedicated effort to begin work on an electric charging station infrastructure by organizations such as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the hope now seems to be turning into reality. The Air District has recently invested $3.9 million for the deployment of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

In this podcast we speak with the Air District's Director of Strategic Incentives, Damian Breen about many issues surrounding electric cars including how the charging infrastructure will be implemented and what the potential impact a transition to electric vehicles on a mass level may have on air quality.

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2
Mar
2011

The Link Between Smoking and Tuberculosis

Recently a report released by Dr. Thomas Novotny stated a clear relationship between tobacco use and a greater chance of contracting tuberculosis. With world TB day fast approaching we thought it would be a good time to learn more about this correlation as well as try to understand what other factors are currently responsible for TB cases.

In the following podcast, Dr, Masae Kawamura a tuberculosis (TB) clinician for more than 20 years and Director of San Francisco's TB Control Program since 1996, speaks about the tobacco/TB link. She also talks about treatment options for smokers and non-smokers and the overall picture of TB worldwide and in the Bay Area.

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20
Jan
2011

Report Recommends Alternate Cleaning Products To Reduce Risk of Asthma in Childcare Facilities

A recent report published by the San Francisco Asthma Task Force found that many cleaning products, particularly bleach, are a cause for the early onset of asthma in childcare workers and children.  

In this podcast we speak with Luz Agana of the Asthma Task Force about the dangers of many widely-used cleaning products in childcare facilities. Luz speaks about alternatives to commonly used products, how the task force is educating workers about the toxic dangers of everyday cleaning products and what a parent should be looking for when visiting a childcare facility.

Breathe California has supported the San Francisco Task Force for nearly a decade and secured funding for this project.

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19
Nov
2010

Woodburning: Regulations and health impact for the holiday season

In this podcast we speak with Kristine Roselius, Supervising Public Information Officer at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

As the winter months approach, we want to examine the current regulations in respect woodburning. Woodburning is something many of us do on a cold winter day, however many are unaware of the health and environmental toll that particulate matter from wood can cause.

Kristine clarifies information regarding "Spare the Air" days, enforcement of current regulations and the detrimental health impact that woodsmoke can cause for bay area residents.

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30
Sep
2010

No on Proposition 23: Why Prop 23 is a bad idea for California

In this podcast we talk with Breathe California's government relations director Andy Katz about what’s at stake with Proposition 23.  Largely funded by two Texas oil companies, Proposition 23 would suspend the implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act until California’s unemployment rate falls to 5.5% for three consecutive quarters.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB32, vigorously supported by Breathe California and a number of other public health organizations, passed in 2006 to reduce greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

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