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Lisa Belisle
Dr. Lisa Belisle is a mother, writer and physician who takes an integrative approach to health and wellness.
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As a doctor, I can’t tell you how often I recommend people use natural, organic, locally produced honey from local honeybees as a means of staving off allergies and promoting good health. I, myself, use honey pretty much every morning, so I understand the importance of having good bees because without good bees, we wouldn’t have good honey. But what do the bees have to teach us? Much more than we realize. These insects, which pollinate the plants that feed us, are offering important information about the impact of humans upon the environment. Bees are also used increasingly in healing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Today’s guests include Louise Rosen, Executive and Artistic Director with the Maine Jewish Film Festival. Richard Kane of Kane Lewis Productions and Filmmaker with the Maine Jewish Film Festival and Larry Rubenstein, retired rabbi and supporter of the Maine Jewish Film Festival. Now in its 17th year, the Maine Jewish Film Festival has presented over 300 domestic and foreign films. Sold over 32,000 tickets to both Jewish and non-Jewish attendees. This year the Maine Jewish Film Festival will be held from March 22 to 29 in venues around greater Portland as well as selected sites around the state. Listen to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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How do we understand those who are different from ourselves, particularly when these are people we may have never met? Maine authors of both fiction and non-fiction can help us bridge cultural divides. Today, we speak with journalist and Telling Room cofounder, Sara Corbett, who writes the true story of Amanda Lindhout, another journalist who was held in captivity for more than a year by Somali extremists in the book, "A House in the Sky." We also spend time with Eleanor Morse who explores her own experience with South African apartheid in the novel, "White Dog Fell from the Sky."... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Maine is a food-lovers paradise. We know how to grow our food, how to prepare it and how to savor it. It is a joy to live in a place where such a fundamental aspect of life is cherished. Today’s guests understand why nourishing ourselves is so important. Chef Harding Lee Smith and Maine Magazine Food Editor Joe Ricchio have made it their life’s work to bring food to the forefront. We hope you enjoy our conversations and are inspired to “Eat Maine!” Listen to the full podcast of "Eat Maine": Dr. Lisa # 129 __________________________________________________ About our guests: Harding... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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We can never be entirely sure where our limits may be. As we live our lives, we develop a comfort zone within which we tend to stay. When given the opportunity to move out of this zone, we realize that limitations we may have thought existed are not real. Today’s guests regularly work outside of perceived limitations. Ultra-Distance Obstacle racer Shelley Koenig pushes herself to engage in physical feats that most of us would never attempt; Eric Denny helps individuals push past their limits through the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. We hope that their stories will inspire you to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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We are at an interesting crossroads in medicine. Doctors and other health care providers are being asked to adjust their way of practice in significant ways, in order to address increasing health care costs and other demands on their relationship with patients. Yet doctors continue to show up, and attempt to practice with great heart and compassion. During Sunday's show we interviewed two such physicians: Dr. David Loxterkamp, a family physician + author of A Measure of My Days and What Matters in Medicine, and Dr. Rick Marden, a family physician who specializes in family medicine and member of numerous... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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In Maine, people often have more than one life, and it’s not just a difference in personal and professional lives, but sometimes two completely different professional lives. Sunday's guests were just that. During our show on Feb. 9, we spoke with Jeanne Handy, an interior designer and belly dancing instructor, and Andrew Kull, an attorney and also a practicing buddhist. We learned about wholehearted living and how two people bridged two seemingly different lifestyles together for a more well-rounded life. Listen to the full podcast of "Wholehearted Living": Dr. Lisa # 126 __________________________________________________ About our guests: Jamileh Jeanne Handy grew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Over the years, many couples—from here and from away—have celebrated their love by being married in Maine. Each February Maine Magazine celebrates love with its Wedding Issue, which tells the stories of these special couples. Leslie Oster and Kate Martin, who have been a part of countless special wedding days, today share their perspective about what it means to celebrate love in Maine. Listen to the full podcast: Dr. Lisa # 125 Leslie Oster is the general manager and catering director of Aurora Provisions in Portland’s West End. Her passion for food led to her involvement with Cultivating Community, where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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The 2014 Olympic games are soon upon us, this year being held in Sochi, Russia. While we are awed by the athletes who bring evidence of their talent and hard work to the world-wide stage, there are adults and children who cause a quiet awe daily. These are our Special Olympians and the parents and volunteers who work with them. Today we speak with Raf Adams, Cri Swift and Karen Johnson, who share their experiences with parenting and coaching the children who inspire us in unexpected ways. Listen to the full podcast below, or download this episode of the Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Today is my birthday, and as such, gives me an opportunity to think about where I have been, where I am going and just exactly who I am. The latter is an elusive idea, to be sure. Just who any of us might be is impacted by many variables. I know I am not alone in giving this serious consideration each year on the anniversary of my birth. This year, I am indulging in a guilty pleasure and having my friend John McLaughlin join me to talk about the stars. We will spend our hour discussing how we are impacted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Each of us has access to a different set of attributes: skills, talents and physical characteristics. For some of us the attributes are more readily apparent than for others. This is especially true of individuals who were, in the past, referred to as “handicapped.” We now understand these individuals to be ‘differently abled,’ and often capable of accessing attributes that many of us have never even considered, largely as a result of learning to work with the world. Today’s guests, Scott Wentzell and Charlie McBrady, have experienced this firsthand through their experiences raising differently abled sons, and through their work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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A new year is upon us and we are all thinking about ways we might live better lives. Joining us today are people who help others do just that. Maine magazine 2012 “Super Doc,” Dr. Robin Noble, shares how she counsels women in her practice to achieve balance, while Dr. Tim Howe and his wife Lyn describe their “Lifestyle Choices” program at Parkview Hospital in Brunswick. They offer insights on plant-based eating and the importance of spirituality in creating change. Listen to the full podcast below, or download this episode of the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast on iTunes.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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As we move into a new year, many of us are taking time to count our blessings and look forward to blessings ahead. We are best able to know the bounty of our lives when we are fully present, enjoying the moments as they come to us. Today we speak with experts in the field of mindfulness, who are helping educate health care providers and patients about being more fully present. We hope that our conversations may give you an opportunity to count your blessings from 2013, and consider the importance of mindfulness in the year ahead. Listen to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Last week on the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour, we reflected on the spirit of giving that is so prevalent in our Maine community. This week, we speak to individuals who are contributing to world wellness by giving of themselves, both in Maine and abroad. From purifying hospital water supplies in Haiti, to providing homes in Central America, Dr. Nathan Nickerson and Mark Carter are making a difference one brick, and one patient, at a time. Thank you for joining us. Listen to the full podcast below, or download this episode of the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast on iTunes.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Mainers are a giving group. We at the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour have been fortunate to spend time with a wide variety of giving individuals, from Mark Swann of the Preble Street Resource Center, and Billy Shore & John Woods of Share Our Strength, to Julie Marchese of the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Tri for A Cure. Our affiliation with Maine Magazine, Maine Home + Design and the Kennebunkport Festival has given us a seat at the table with more than 70 charitable organizations. Today we speak with Eleanor Kinney and Meredith Jones, two individuals who understand the importance of providing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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There is much to be learned from the sea. Many of us here in Maine are aware of the obvious resources provided by the ocean. What we may not realize is that schoolchildren and scientists the world over are benefitting from marine research and education being done right here in our great state. Some of this research has a direct impact on human health. We hope you enjoy our conversations with Alan Lishness and Dr. Graham Shimmield about the Deep Blue Sea. Listen to the full podcast below, or download this episode of the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Is your family ready to hit the slopes? As we head into winter, many of us are preparing to enjoy one of our state’s favorite seasonal activities. Today’s guests are admitted snow-lovers and longtime ski aficionados. Why does skiing, and Maine ski areas such as Sugarloaf, engender such loyalty? Listen in to our conversations with Cooper Friend, and John and Josh Christie find out more. Perhaps you will find yourself planning your own family excursion to the slopes this year. Thank you for joining us. Listen to the full podcast below, or download this episode of the Dr. Lisa Radio... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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As humans, we gravitate toward certainty and stability. We like to believe that life has an inherent logic. What many of us learn, as we progress through our lives, is that things are far less logical than they seem—or at least far less intellectually logical. When we open ourselves to the logic of the heart, we find stability through a deeper sense of our own spiritual selves. In opening their hearts to love of self and others, our guests today have done just that. We hope that our conversations with Elaine McGillicuddy and Sukie Curtis will inspire you to open... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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What does it mean to lose one’s mind? To become someone unrecognizable to our loved ones and peers? Today’s guests, unfortunately, have witnessed this scenario firsthand. They have seen family members transformed by the brain illness Alzheimer's. As individuals who have relied heavily on their own brains in creating a livelihood for themselves, they offer compelling perspectives on what it means when that is no longer possible. We hope we are able to give your mind something to ponder as we speak with Tess Gerritsen and Leon Duff. Thank you for joining us. Dr. Lisa 114 Internationally bestselling author Tess... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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The Dalai Lama once said: “The only true guardian of peace lies within: a sense of concern and responsibility for your own future and an altruistic concern for the well-being of others.” The guests on today’s show include individuals who fulfill these criteria and are true guardians of peace: Maine’s former Senator George Mitchell, Meg Baxter, President & CEO, Mitchell Institute and Ethan Pierce, Mitchell Institute Scholar. We hope you enjoy our conversations with them, and are inspired to reflect upon the ways in which you may be a guardian of peace in your own life. Listen to the full... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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This show was inspired by the article written by Susan Conley for the November issue of of Maine Magazine. We know that kids learn differently, and that no matter how kids learn, education is of paramount importance. Maine is working to find ways to educate our kids in new ways, through programs such as charter schools. We hope you enjoy our thought-provoking conversations with Susan, Glenn and John. Listen to the full podcast below, or download this episode of the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast on iTunes. Dr. Lisa # 112 Susan Conley’s novel, Paris Was the Place (Knopf,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Everyone has their own story. Some keep it close to the vest, while others shout their stories from the rooftops. In our latest show, we speak with several brave individuals willing to share their tales with the world—and to help others find voice, too. These stories, like many of our lifetime narratives, are filled with moments of beauty, the sweet happiness of love, and the terrible fact of tragedy. Listen to the full podcast below, or download this episode of the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast on iTunes. Dr. Lisa #111 Michael Paterniti is the New York Times bestselling... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Money has a significant impact on our health and happiness—whether we like it or not. Learn how fiscal and emotional issues contribute to our financial fitness, and how one young entrepreneur is building her own financial foundation. Listen to the full podcast below, or download this episode of the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast on iTunes. Dr. Lisa #110 Kate Northrup is a creative entrepreneur, business mentor, speaker, and writer. Her philosophy is that if you free yourself financially you can be fully present to your purpose on the planet. She created this financial freedom for herself by the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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We all benefit from caring for—and being cared for—by others. While many of us have experience offering hospitality to visitors, some people choose to make their living serving others. Whether they're cooking up delicious meals or designing the perfect hotel room, these individuals specialize in comforts of the body and soul. Learn why it is important for Maine to offer healing hospitality to our locals and visitors, and how it is being done in our newest episode, "Hospitality." Listen to the full podcast below, or download this episode of the Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast on iTunes. Dr. Lisa... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle
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Here in Maine, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. We work with the resources we have, creating new and interesting products to share with the world. No small feat, given our geography and relatively small population base. This week’s radio show guests, Philip Conkling, founder of the Island Institute and contributing editor at Maine Magazine, and Dream Local founder & Client Success Officer, Shannon Kinney, understand the entrepreneurial process. Entrepreneurs themselves, they have brought their unique talents to Maine, creating and nurturing organizations that act as valuable resources for our community. Listen to "Economies of Scale" below, or download... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at Dr. Lisa Belisle