Speaking Topics

Each of these topics involves a subject integral to the health of your entire being.

For example, If I am speaking about cholesterol we will realize how important this is for healthy blood vessels which are necessary for healthy brain cells which are indeed necessary for sharp thinking, creativity and a stable mood.

It is all connected.

Knowledge in any of these areas will help you live more healthfully,
more successfully and more productively in all areas of your life.

My goal as I teach is not to just show you how to change, but to inspire you to know that you can. 

I am sure that everyone felt that you were speaking to them and for them.  

~  Barbara Bosserman


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What a treat to listen to and learn from Dr. Van Zino. Her talks often weave ancient wisdom with modern technology enabling us to clearly see the link between philosophy, art and the physcian’s craft. 
~ Nadine F. Oei 


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Dr. Van Zino is both motivational and clear in her explanations.  I will be telling my friends about her.

~ Carol Little, RN

The Wisdom of the Enneagram

The Enneagram and Relationships

Journey of Growth - Dynamism and Levels of the Enneagram

The Three Instincts - Using the Enneagram to Create Balance in Your Life

Poetry and the Enneagram - The Power to Transform

The Goddesses in Everywoman

Understanding our personality patterns through the stories of Greek Goddesses.

Dreams & The Power of Sleep

Since Dr. Van Zino’s work as a student in Stanford’s sleep clinic she has been fascinated with the mysteries of dreams and sleep. Just what is happening during this mysterious 3rd of life? Where do dreams come from and what do they mean? Can we learn to control our dreams? Can dreams teach and guide us or can they reveal things to us? Why is it so hard to remember our dreams? Are there sleep disorders that interfere with our dreaming? Come and learn the answers to these questions and more in this colorful and historically interesting journey through this fascinating nocturnal world. You’ll leave dreaming more with a handle on interpreting your dreams.

Fascinating Stories from History and Medicine

Great stories from throughout the ages.

High Blood Pressure; The Silent Destroyer of Mind and Heart

Hypertension is the single most important treatable condition putting us at risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vascular disease, and perhaps most frightening of all, early dementia. In this class Dr. Van Zino will call upon her 25 years of medical experience and her access to the latest research to help you learn about this silent killer and the many things you can do through lifestyle, nutrition, and medical management to maintain a normal BP, thereby avoiding its ravages.

All About Recognizing and Preventing Stroke

20% of individuals die of their first stroke. Of those who live 4% will be in a vegetative state, 18% will never return to work, and 25% will have a 2nd stroke and of these half will die! MOST STROKES CAN BE PREVENTED. Come learn how to know if you are at risk, how you can help prevent stoke and exactly what stroke symptoms are and what you can do about it. Also learn about which hospitals in your community use clot busters to treat stroke. Prevention and early treatment make all the difference. Don’t miss learning this vital information to save your life or the life of a loved one.

Cholesterol; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Are you confused about all the new and different blood test for cholesterol?

How important is HDL?

Does a high LP (a) predict stroke?

Should I take fish oils?

Are all these expensive medications and supplements worth it?

What can I do on my own? Since Dr. Van Zino’s own family suffers a cholesterol disorder she has become an expert on diagnosing and treating lipid disorders. Feel free to bring your history & labs to this interactive class for discussion. You will leave far more informed and in a good place to manage your own cardiovascular health.

Sorting Out Chest Pain

It can be hard to know what to do when you feel pain or discomfort in the chest. Is it a heart attack or another, less serious problem? Our hearts, lungs, esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, and muscles are the usual suspects, but how to tell them all apart? Come learn how to sort this out and learn when and how urgently to seek medical attention. Also learn which tests to expect in an evaluation and what they can tell us. Not a day goes by where a serious problem is mistaken for another of these local imposters. Don’t let it happen to you.

Type II Diabetes; Battling the Ravages of High Blood Sugar

Diabetes, the dreaded ‘D’ word! Learn exactly what this disease is, how it differs from Type I diabetes, who’s at risk, how to avoid developing DM, and why it is so very important to catch it early. Did you know that a diabetic could eat a chocolate bar and still be on a diabetic diet? Did you know that there are ways to avoid ever needing insulin and why, if you have high cholesterol, you are at risk for diabetes? Leave this class understanding how this disease silently destroys the body and what you can do to stop it.

Osteoporosis; Prevention, Treatment and Rebuilding Bones

Weak bones are a tragedy of the aging adult. While both men and women develop thinning bones, women are more at risk due to their hormonal state. Not only is our figure distorted and our internal organs rearranged but also we run the risk of fractures that, as seen with hip and pelvic breaks, can lead down the road to loss of independence. This comprehensive seminar will explain what osteoporosis is, how to diagnosis it accurately and what to do to both prevent bone loss and regain what you may have already lost. Calcium and vitamin D will be covered as well as the array of new medications available to treat this common problem. Look forward to standing straighter as you walk ahead.

Vitamin D; From Strong Bones to Cancer Prevention

Did you know that vitamin D deficiency is rampant in our country in both the young and old? Did you know that Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in kids in the US? Are you on an osteoporosis med? Did you know that if your Vitamin D level is low while you take these meds that you may be forming abnormal bone? How do we make Vitamin D, what can interfere with this process, how much do we need, and how can we be tested? Dr. Van Zino will answer these questions as well as bring you up to date on the latest medical findings showing the important role in Vitamin D in cancer prevention and treatment and in maintaining a healthy immune system. Don’t miss this essential topic for any age.

Conquering Anxiety

In this motivating seminar Dr. Van Zino will share and offer solutions to the thorny problem of why so many of us feel anxious most of the time. As a doctor who became interested in this topic as a medical student at Stanford she has continued her studies throughout her years of practicing primary care. Dr. Van Zino will stress the importance of identifying the problem and then helping the patient to know what is appropriate treatment for their specific situation. People are different and treatments differ. Sometimes medications can help, at other times they can hurt, and still other times they are not needed at all. The whole spectrum of alternative treatments will be covered and numerous exercises for relaxation will be taught. We don’t have to feel like machines left on vibrate all day. Come learn how to turn off the switch and feel better.

Preserving Memory

“The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining.” ~John F. Kennedy

Do you fear losing your memory or perhaps think you already have?

Are you worried about a loved one?

You have far more control over your brain then you think! In this comprehensive seminar you will learn all about the brain, the different types of memory loss and their causes, and what you can do to, not only to preserve your memory, but also regain it. You can prevent damage, protect from damage, and repair damage. In this interactive seminar complete with easy tests, fun exercises, and the latest in clinical research, Dr. Van Zino will pull together all the areas of medicine and psychology to aid you in sharpening this most marvelous of all human organs.

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