Category Archives: Health & Wellness

Changing the face of the world! Steven Svoboda

Maria & Steven Svoboda August 2014

At the Maria Sanchez Show, we try and focus as much as possible on good news. Oftentimes it isn’t so easy to do so. For whatever reason, the human condition appears to need stimulation and we find it in salacious, dramatic, tragic situations. Thus the rubber necking that occurs on our roadways when there is an accident.

This is why the media focuses on blood and guts. Either we have prurient interest or we want to be distracted so very much from our own existences that we focus on the horror.

Enter one of my idols, a man that I am proud to call a collaborator, and someone who is literally changing the way we look at an issue that was traditionally and socially acceptable – male circumcision.

When I first met Steven, I was working at an NPR affiliate as a talk show host and I brought him on the program to talk about female genital mutilation and what was occurring at that time in Africa.

In our conversation, Steven compared that atrocity with male circumcision. Of course I rebuffed his words and the concept as “our” circumcision in the United States is conducted by a mohel (a Jewish practitioner) or a physician, in clean, sanitary, well lit and controlled circumstances.

After all I argued, my father, my 2 brothers, my 3 sons and my ex-husband were all circumcised. That’s just what we do. That’s how ignorant I was at that time in my life.

Steven’s point to me then and to this day (we’re talking late ’90s) was, “genital mutilation is genital mutilation, regardless of the gender and the circumstances.”

That began a 15+ year of professional collaboration. I affectionately have called Steven our “Circumcision Correspondent” because he visits with us whenever circumcision is in the news.

The organization he founded 20+ years ago which is his passion to this day, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, seeks to educate people, physicians, cultures, countries about surgically removing viable skin for cosmetic reasons. www.arclaw.org for more information.

Steven and I had never met in person. This picture of the two of us was taken last Friday, August 22 in Santa Monica, CA as we finally had an opportunity to speak to one another face to face.

I hope you’re helping to make this world a better place! Steven is a shining example of that.

Robin Williams – Rest In Peace

Robin WilliamsI was acquainted with Robin Williams in the early 1980’s.  At the time I was married to a stand up comedian and they were colleagues, if you will.  In those days comics honed their craft at either The Comedy Store or The Improv in Hollywood.  It was a legendary group of funny folks that banded together over a common passion.

It was inordinately composed of men, although there were a few women, and these brave, young, talented individuals were cutting their teeth on stage for a mere pittance.  Usually $25 a set, which lasted 5 to 10 to 30 minutes depending on when they were booked in the week and in what order they performed.

The camaraderie amongst these comics was exemplary.  They’d stand in the parking lot, shooting the shit, talking about their auditions, what comedy clubs they were booked in throughout the country, riffing with one another about the events of the day, sometimes working out a bit with one another and even giving each other a joke or two to have and claim as theirs while they waited for their set or thereafter.

Robin Williams was often in that parking lot waiting for his time to go on stage.  He was fairly famous already due to his role on “Mork and Mindy” and he was there not for the money (obviously) or the fame.  He was there because he loved to perform and the audiences loved him.

One of the things that I found curious about him aside from his brilliance and his frenetic energy was that we’d be having a conversation and his answers to my questions, while funny, ended up following him onto the stage that same evening.  Was he trying out his material on me or was he answering spontaneously and then taking it with him to the spotlight?

I never knew the truth, or shall I say, his truth?

To lose another brilliant, talented, gifted performer is truly a loss for all of us.  It gives real meaning to the term, “tortured artist.”

I spoke this afternoon with a man that is very involved with the mental health community.  He is not a physician but he has personal experience with mental illness and is active in the education and support of those that are in need of such tools. 

He told me that, “suicide is 100% preventable.”  While I find that difficult to believe, he knows better than most.  He says that there are signs, there are messages and that there is an opportunity to help prevent someone from choosing a permanent solution to a temporary situation.

Something to ponder upon as we mourn Robin Williams passing.  #RobinWilliams

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 – Health & Wellness

Pacific HerbsDoctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupunturist and herbalist, Cathy Margolin visits with Maria about the science behind Chinese herbs and what they can do to help with our wellness as well as our disorders.

Dr. Margolin shares that the single worst choice that we make here in the United States regarding our health and wellness is our poor eating habits.  Not just the choices of our foods but the manner in which we consume them.  She speaks of mindful eating.  Being in the moment, relishing the nourishment, taking the time to enjoy what we are ingesting – much like they do in France, for example.

She also talks about the company that she created, Pacific Herbs, which offers a collection of natural herbal remedies for pain and issues ranging from menopause to PMS.  As well as treatment for chronic pain such as backaches, headaches, and arthritic pain.

The herbs have a synergistic effect and have been used for centuries, making it a reliable product to relieve pain without creating an addition or any other side effects.

Suggested use is 1/2 teaspoon daily and Dr. Margolin suggests that the product is consumed according to your situational need, in other words, to address a certain malady and then regain balance.

Click here for their website.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

HomePlease join Maria as she visits with her Circumcision Correspondent and founder of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, J. Steven Svoboda.  In developments that were revealed yesterday, the Obama administration has an anti-Semitism monitor who is defending circumcision in Europe.     Click here for the ARC website.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

You may be horrified to learn just how damaging high fructose corn syrup is and how insidious its placement is as an additive.  Please join Maria as she chats with “The Vitamin Professor” – Doug Ingoldsby in this terribly revealing discussion about the food industry.