There are more than 120,000 men, women and children in the United States (nearly 12,000 in Texas alone) who need an organ transplant to live. A single donor can save as many as 8 lives through organ donation and help as many as 75 people through cornea and tissue donation. Every 10 minutes someone new is added to the national transplant waiting list. Still, about 8,000 people die every year waiting for an organ, an average of 22 people each day.

Left to Right: Dr. Klintmalm, Patti Niles, Ronnie Matthews, Dennis and Niki

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to talk about this critical need are:

  • Göran B.G. Klintmalm M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.: Chief & Chairman, the Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, Past President, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas
  • Patti Niles: President/CEO Southwest Transplant Alliance, one of 58 federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organizations
  • Ronnie Matthews: Father of the late Cam’ron Matthews, a donor

During a school football game, Cam’ron, age 16, collapsed on the field. Not long beforehand Cam’ron had applied for a driver’s permit and had checked the box to indicate he wanted to be a registered donor. Cam’ron was a hero. His compassionate gift helped save 6 lives. His father, Ronnie Matthews says “there is nothing more touching that someone who looks you in the eye and says, ‘I would not be alive today if it weren’t for your son.'”

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The Southwest Transplant Alliance Team

According to Dr. Klintmalm, “3.2 organs can be recovered from an average donor; however, not all organs in every donor are usable. And we have to evaluate whether an organ is going to be good for a recipient or detrimental.”

In 2015, a record breaking 30,000 organ transplants were performed in the United States, more than in any previous year. Approximately 1% of people who die in Texas, die in a way where they can be an organ donor. The risk for a transplant procedure is relatively small. However, there are many other factors at risk; from blood types not matching to any medical condition the donor may have.

In 2016, Southwest Transplant Alliance surpassed their goal. President/CEO Patti Niles says, “Each year we set a goal to save more lives with organs transplanted. For 2017 we set a stretch goal of 1,300 transplanted organs. While this is a number and a goal, it represents lives saved. All of this starts with the ‘yes’ from registered organ donors and families that have made the incredibly generous decision to donate. We encourage everyone to register their decision by visiting donatelifetexas.org.”

You too can save lives. Go to donatelifetexas.org and register as a donor.

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Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss the growing dangers and spread of West Nile and Zika and the issues associated with them are:

  • Tara Smith, PhD – Associate Professor, Kent State University College of Public Health,
  • Christopher Perkins, M.D. – Medical Director/ Health Authority- Dallas County Health and Human Services,
  • Zachary Thompson – Director, Dallas County Health and Human Services,
  • Seema Yasmin, MD – Staff writer at the Dallas Morning News and Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas at Dallas, and
  • James (Jim) H. Kennedy, PhD – Regents Professor of Biological Science at the University of North Texas

West Nile virus (WNV) and Zika are infectious diseases which are primarily transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Zika can also be sexually transmitted. Contracting the Zika virus during pregnancy is becoming more problematic as it can cause congenital brain abnormalities in the fetus which we may not be aware of until the child is born.

Its symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, flu like symptoms, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. In 2016, World Health Organization officials declared the virus and its associated birth defects an international health emergency.

Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms; although about 1 in 5 people may develop a fever with other symptoms, such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. While most recover completely, fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than 1% of those infected develop serious (fatal) neurologic illness (CDC).

There are no medications to treat either virus or vaccines to prevent either infection. And the issue is growing as more people travel to countries where they can be infected and become the natural hosts and spread the virus.

So how do you protect yourself? Our experts counsel mosquito repellent all day every day as not all mosquitoes die in winter. We need to minimize breeding and their incubation as there is always a danger. Get rid of standing water, keep windows secure with screens, and be alert to bites. Even a flu shot can help. A key is public buy-in and building awareness. Surveillance and prevention need to go hand in hand.

Tune in to get advice and wisdom about this growing concern from experts in the field who understand and deal with the issues on a daily basis.

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01.31.17 – 2321

[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”#middleeast #refugees” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Millions of Middle East refugees are fleeing or have fled Middle Eastern countries because of wars, ISIS and terrorism and economic crisis.[/clickandtweet] The countries they’ve turned to are torn between compassion and fear that some of the refuges may in fact be undercover terrorists. And so the borders are closing.

Left to Right: Hind Jarrah, PhD, Dennis McCuistion, Donna Duvin, Niki McCuistion, and A.J. Irwin

The outcome: Middle East refugees are having a difficult time whether they are in refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan or elsewhere. Their sheer numbers have caused some European leaders to limit the number of Middle East refugees who enter their countries. In some cases doors have completely shut. While the refugee problem is not as acute in America, the refugee situation nevertheless raises concerns about national security, terrorism, health issues, disease, finances and assimilation. Concerns over fraud and welfare costs and terrorism are also very real.

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss Middle East refugees are:

This is a particularly difficult issue as most Americans are by nature compassionate towards their fellow man and woman regardless of their country of origin or other unique characteristics. On this program we attempt to weigh humanitarian concerns against those of terrorism.

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The economics of climate change is becoming an increasingly critical issue and divisive issue.

President- elect Donald Trump’s pick for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , the Hon. Scott Pruitt, Attorney –General, State of Oklahoma, is a major change away from the previous administration’s position on climate change.

Historically, EPA chiefs have been climate change advocates. Mr. Pruitt appears not to be.

Left to Right: Bruce Bullock, Niki McCuistion, Charlene Heydinger, Dennis McCuistion and Tom “Smitty” Smith

In an article for the National Review, co-authored with a fellow attorney-general rich Luther Strange of Alabama, he said, “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind,” he wrote. “That debate should be encouraged—in classrooms, public forums and the halls of Congress.”

Mr. Trump once tweeted that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.” Mr. Trump followed up during the campaign with his “America First Energy Plan,” which would rescind the present (soon past) administration’s actions on climate change.

President Trump has stated he wants to dismantle the Paris Agreement.

So what is the future of climate change and the economics involved? Isglobal warming/ climate change responsible for everything that is wrong with our world as some advocates claim?

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss the issues from an economic perspective are:

  • Bruce Bullock – Director of the Maguire Energy Institute, Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business,
  • Charlene Heydinger – President of Texas Pace Authority
  • Kelly Mitchell – Energy Campaign Director, Greenpeace
  • Tom “Smitty” Smith – Texas Director of Public Citizen
  • A clip from Prager University with Richard Lindzen, PhD – a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute outlines the politicians, media and environmentalists points of view on energy and climate change. Global warming alarmism- according to Lindzen provides these groups with what they most want.

Renewable energy advocates believe that clean energy for the future means shutting down coal plants, building our natural gas reserves and increasing wind and solar technology and use. The panelists agree, markets make better decisions than man does.

Various alternatives are discussed. One program, headed by the Texas Pace Authority, grants loans to business which allows them to make energy –saving infrastructure improvements, e.g., a new roof, insulation, an air conditioning system, etc… The loan is tied to the property, so risk to the lender is reduced, the company saves on utility bills, and the end result, cost savings overall.

Fossil fuel fracking, which some are against at least, have made for new deposits and less expensive natural gas reserves.

Solar energy is discussed as a more cost effective solution. India and China are starting to investigate these technologies. While China is reducing coal consumptions, one billion Chinese do not yet have access to electricity, so innovations will take a long time. Coal is still growing faster than any other energy choice, especially outside the U.S.

All energy is subsidized to a degree. The panelists discuss corporate tax deductions which could help.

Joining in by a previous interview is Robert” Bob” Durden Inglis, Sr., Executive Director, Energy and Enterprise Institute. Their goal is to catalyze a movement among ‘conservatives’ to find answers, a free market one that is eco right and eco left, for more energy for less.

With 1000 people moving into Texas each day, finding a way a way to economically look at what is happening in our own backyards is critical.

P.S.

In response to a question about his views on climate change on Science Debate, Trump implied that the US shouldn’t waste “financial resources” on climate change and should instead use them to ensure the world has clean water, eliminate diseases like malaria, increase food production, or develop alternative energy sources.

“There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of ‘climate change,'” he said. “We must decide on how best to proceed so that we can make lives better, safer and more prosperous.”

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2317 – 01.15.2017

Advocates of climate change say 97% of scientists agree that the earth is warming catastrophically, the science is settled and anyone who disagrees is just flat wrong. The issue they claim is primarily the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Climate change views though are open to interpretation and many disagree that the earth is warming – catastrophically . Essentially the warming may be business as usual with a prediction of 4-8 degrees Fahrenheit over the 21st century.

Left to Right: Cherelle Blazer, Dr. Geissman, and Dr. Michaels with Dennis McCuistion

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss what 97% of scientists really do agree on are:

  • Cherelle Blazer: Organizing Representative for Sierra Club Beyond Coal Chair, Dallas
  • John Geissman, PhD: Professor and Department Head Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas, Past President of the Geological Association of America
  • Patrick J. Michaels, PhD: Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute; author of Lukewarming, Past President of the American Association of State Climatologists
  • Andrew Emory Dessler, PhD: Climate Scientist and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University

The mainstream view of climate change is that yes, the climate is warming with the increase in temperature primarily due to carbon emissions and other greenhouse gasses from human activity. With an expectation of population growth going from 7 billion to 11 billion people by the end of the century, we need to ask what is the cost of prosperity? And what do we as a society need to do, if anything to mitigate risk?

Join us as we continue the discussion on Climate Change/Global Warming. To view the first episode, please click through to our website: Climate Change/Global Warming: The History, the Threat, the Exaggeration.

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12.25.2016 – 2316

 

Climate change is the subject of this week’s episode. Over the past 10 years, the question of mankind’s role in the warming climate has become a deeply polarized one in U.S. politics. An October survey from Pew Research found that only 15 percent of conservative Republicans think climate change is a function of human activity, compared with 79 percent of liberal Democrats.

Left to Right: Dennis McCuistion, Niki McCuistion, and John Geissman, PhD

President-elect Trump has been a staunch opponent of the need to address climate change. “Perhaps there’s a minor effect, but I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change,” Trump said at the time. Since the election, his stance has softened somewhat. Shortly before the general election, his campaign manager confirmed Trump’s position: Warming is happening, but it’s not mankind’s fault.

Scientists disagree.

Climate change has been a global public policy issue for 40 plus years. Host Dennis McCuistion is joined by key experts in the field:

  • John Geissman, PhD: Professor and Department Head, Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Patrick J. Michaels, PhD: Director, Center for the Study of Science, Cato Institute; author of Lukewarming
  • Molly Rooke: Dallas Sierra Club, and Kathleen Hartnett-White: Former Chair- Texas Committee on Environmental Quality.

Panelists talk about global warming and climate change from very different perspectives. According to Dr. Geissman, science is never certain. It is not 100%. There are always errors.

The problem is not how much it is warming, it’s how it’s warming. While policy responses to climate change show the risk is not high, we do need better policies for alternative forms of energy.

A clip of the documentary Climate Hustle, produced by winning investigative journalist, Marc Morano, Host and Writer of CFACTs Publisher of Climate Depot, examines climate scares and global cooling.

Join us for a heated discussion surrounding this controversial topic.

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The recent election campaign has caused decided schisms in relationships.

Overall the breakdown in relationships is having an impact on every level, financial, social, psychological and in some cases is causing long lasting breaks in our communities among friends and families. There is a high cost involved in how we communicate and treat each other.

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Left to Right: Mahmoud Sadri, Phd, Dennis McCuistion, Ami Moore, Phd, Robert E. Hall

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to talk about the dangers as well as solutions to broken and fractured relationships are guests:

Robert Hall, believes there is a growing crisis in relationships, from family to friends. His examples: for the first time in history, 50% of children born in the US are born to single moms and their children face a poverty level 5 times that of their peers in two “parent” households. In friend relationships, there have been decreases in the number of friends people now have – from an average of three to now two, and the number of people without any close friends has tripled.

Not just a North American problem, Dr. Ami Moore, Fulbright scholar, relates her extended research studies in West Africa and observations on how changing relationships are causing new challenges as families drift further from their native roots. She says, “No-one teaches us to manage changes”. And the many changes she observed are increasingly negative, particularly affecting those with reduced incomes. “These changes in male and female relationships are increasingly causing breakdowns in family relationships and marriages”.

Dr. Mahmoud Sadri believes that while we are in challenging times this is also a time of dynamic equilibrium. There is hope for the future and many new ways of relating are open to us.

Terry Brock and Gina Carr, business consultants renowned for their work on TRIBES, join us for a brief excerpt. They comment on social media and how it can extend our reach, help us make more new “friends” and be less isolated. “Social media is a wonderful way to connect, it leverages touch and interaction”.

Join us for a brisk dialogue on the challenges facing relationships today, and let’s keep talking about things that matter with people who care.

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Robert Hall, businessman, consultant and author: This Land Of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics and Faith, joined us a while back for a two part program on our relational decline and the societal trends that got us there. In the face of the backlash and continuing protests following the election results, his thoughts are insightful and shed some insight into the trend the elections followed.

In his most recent Huffington post article titled: “Tribal vs. Team Leadership: Trump, Hillary & You”, he mentioned that “more than half of Americans say the 2016 election is a major source of stress (American Psychological Association)”. He goes on to say, “Much of the stress associated with the Presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can be attributed to how two different types of groups – teams and tribes – have run-amok. In fact, much of employee disengagement in business, church defections from denominations, and institutional distrust emanates from dysfunction within tribal and team-oriented groups and their leaders”.

He describes how teams and tribes work well or don’t, and how “teams become dysfunctional when their focus on accomplishing or winning causes them to abandon their values, ethics and loyalty.” Tribes become dysfunctional when their commitment to rigid, uncompromising beliefs feed never-ending conflict and warfare”.

His compare and contrast of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and their election strategies is worth a read. He critically evaluates them both and ties it back to his studies on relationships; the good and the fractured ones.

According to Robert Hall, “Teams and tribes are our most valuable and highest form of group. But, when we as members become singularly obsessed with winning or our own ‘rightness’, our groups become dysfunctional and everybody loses”.

On the program, he said he’s “never seen anything like the dysfunctional mess we are in. Leaders who feel entitled to lose touch with followers evoke a specific kind of costly broken relationship- the popular term, disengagement”.

“Leaders used to be able to say one thing and do another, because no one would ever know,” Hall says. “Not today. There’s virtually nothing you can do that’s not out there to be found. We want leaders who will authentically tell the truth. Instead, we get people who manipulate us. And we’re less willing to put up with that every day.”

Left to Right: Robert E. Hall, Dennis McCuistion, and the late Jim Underwood, PhD

On that program, host Dennis McCuistion was also joined by: (The late) Jim Underwood, PhD, former Professor of Management at Dallas Baptist University and a prolific author, including, the best seller, What’s Your Corporate I.Q.?

According to Dr. Jim Underwood, a spirit of transiency is everywhere. Two hundred of the Fortune 500 companies have relationship issues in management or in their culture, with many companies experiencing a 70% turnover rate among their CEO’s. Research indicates as organizations become larger, the atmosphere becomes toxic if management does not align its leadership with a relationship culture.

Left to Right: Terry Brock, Gina Carr, Niki Nicastro McCuistion & Dennis McCuistion.

Gina and Terry join in to talk about tribes and social media.

Is there hope? While the jury’s still out -our guest’s state we’re starting to recognize the need for positive emotion and a return to our core values. Yet, we sometimes have to be hit over the head.

 

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Can Twitter predict who will win the election?

Two out of three Americans use social media every day. There are 100 million daily active twitter users, 1,374,000,000 people on Facebook, 2.3 million Google searches a second, 187 million unique visitors monthly; and 1 billion viewers on YouTube generating millions of hours and trillions of views. Our go-to means for research and news has changed dramatically from the days of print, radio and television.

Social media and technology has opened the door to more possibilities of hacking, vote totals that can be tampered with, tweets deleted and infinite possibilities to influence voters with information, not all factual. And while people may be more engaged, social media is most effective at the margins. People tend to self-select what reinforces their own beliefs and if they find a community like them individuals harden in their position.

Joining host Dennis McCuistion to discuss the impact of social media on our vote are experts in the field:

  • Murat Kantarcioglu, PhD: Professor of Computer Science and Director, Data Security and Privacy Lab, University of Texas at Dallas;
  • Chris Kraft: Founder and CEO, Share Rocket, Inc.;
  • Victoria Farrar-Myers, PhD: Senior Fellow, The John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. Author: Controlling the Message, New Media in American Political Campaigns and
  • Hannah Wise: Dallas Morning News Breaking News Reporter.

How much does social media influence how we vote? Is it any more effective than print, radio and TV?
Does social media allow for more civic democracy, more content development of issues and deeper conversation? Or does it hinder and bias our outcomes depending on its source and slant?

Join us for a robust conversation using the archaic communication of television to see how the media is changing society and our way of thinking.

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The United States Department of Defense estimates that 22% of all combat casualties from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are brain injuries.60% to 80% of soldiers who have other blast injuries may also have traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Left to Right: Dr. Zant, Ray Cralle, Dr. Niezgoda, Col Sanchez (retired), Dennis McCuistion, Niki McCuistion

The results can be devastating: loss of memory, loss of executive functions, depression and even suicide. Blast exposure creates a signature injury in the brain, and as most soldiers have been exposed to repeated blasts, repetition means even more damage to the brain.

Treatment to date has been medication, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and anti-anxiety medications that result in little success. Unfortunately pills treat the symptoms and may cause even more damage.

One treatment that treats the cause and is having remarkable success is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing process through breathing 100% oxygen in an enclosed chamber. The extra oxygen reaches all of the damaged tissues, help kill bacteria, reduce swelling and aid the body’s healing process. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) helps the brain heal itself without the aftereffects of over-medication.

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, are experts in the field of HBOT:

Unfortunately, the treatment is not always fully paid for by the Veterans Administration and many medical practitioners and physical therapists, Dr. Zant and Mr. Cralle included, offer the treatments pro bono.

Our guests are joined by: Dr. E. George Wolf, Jr., M.D., Colonel (ret), USAF, who talks about the Air Forces studies on HBOT and Matt Smotherman, Captain Oklahoma National Guard (retired). Mr. Smotherman was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, hit by three separate IUD’s, was diagnosed with TBI and hospitalized. The recipient of a Purple Heart, he came back from the conflict with little executive function and no hope. He was cured by HBOT and has since returned to law school and is scheduled to graduate .

More information on Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment is available from the American Association for Hyperbaric Awareness to which we are indebted for their help with this program.

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