June 5, 2011 - National Cancer Survivorship Day! 
Saturday, June 4, 2011, 3:53 PM
Posted by Dr. Larry

America's 12 million cancer survivors will join survivors around the world in observing the 24th annual National Cancer Survivors Day® on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Hundreds of communities worldwide will host events on this day to celebrate life and demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.

http://copingmag.com/cwc/index.php/feat ... ne_5_2011/
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June 4, 2011- Dr. Larry Interviewed on KVEC-920 NEWS TALK RADIO AM! 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 3:55 PM
Posted by Dr. Larry
Dr. Larry talks about Animal Assisted Therapy, Pets, The Elderly, and potential physical and psychology health benefits of companion animals with radio talk show host, Deborah Bayles on "The Best is Yet To Be!"

This interview will be aired Saturday, June 4th,at 12 noon Pacific Time on the radio, as well as streaming on the Internet, at:



I had the pleasure being interviewed today as a guest on the radio show, "The Best is Yet to Be," hosted by Deborah Bayles, on KVEC-920 News Talk Radio AM, in San Luis Obispo, which will be aired locally and on the internet on their web site located at:


this Saturday, June 4th, 2011, at 12 Noon California Time/3pm New York Time. (click your mouse on where it says: "CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE!") The motto of the show and it's host is: "What if you could make the rest of your life the best of your life?" Topics Discussed were:

Animals and pets as therapy and companions for physical and mental health benefits--especially for seniors over 60 or 80 years of age, who may be living alone with multiple social role losses. I talked about the history of animal assisted therapy, the Delta Society, cardiac and hypertension benefits in owning a companion animal, as well as possible psychological benefits in reducing depression and anxiety and how animals play a role from a family systems therapy perspective.

We also talked about the pros and cons of having different species of animals as companions: dogs, cats or pet birds and different behavioral traits of varying breeds of dogs and cats and the uniqueness of different species of pet birds.

We talked about the importance of attachment styles growing up (Bowlby & Ainsworth)and how those attachment styles effect later relationships and how they tie in with the needs of middle and late adulthood persons and the three unique things pets can give us that most people cannot.

On the air, I cited several scientific journal articles related to the topics discussed as well as utilizing 6 full length published books. Here's the list of what they were:

Journal Articles Used In Interview—In Order of Citation On The Air:

Wash, Froma. (2009). Human-Animal Bonds II: The Role of Pets in Family Systems and Family Therapy. Family Process. 48, 481.

Giaquinto, Salvatore & Valentini, Fabio. (2009). Is there a scientific basis for pet therapy? Disability and Rehabilitation. 31, 595-598.

Peretti, Peter. (1990). Elderly-Animal Friendship Bonds. Social Behavior and Personality. 18, 151-156.

Friedmann, Erika, Katcher, Aaron Honori, Lynch, James J., & Tomas, Sue Ann. (1980). Animal Companions and One-Year Survival of Patients After Discharge From a Coronary Care Unit. Public Health Reports. 95, 307-313.

Parshall, Debra Phillips. (2003). Research and Reflection: Animal-Assisted Therapy in Mental Health Settings. Counseling and Values. 48, 47.

deGuzman, Allan B. (2009). Petmanship: Understanding Elderly Filipinos’ Self-Perceived Health and Self-Esteem Captured From Their Lived Experiences With Pet Companions. Educational Gerontology. 35, 963-989.

Journal Used in Preparation But Not Used on The Air:

Kovacs, Zoltan. (2004). Animal-assisted therapy for middle-aged schizophrenic patients living in a social institution. A Pilot Study. Clinical Rehabilitation. 18, 483-486.

Published Books Used on Their Air:

Lachman, Larry & Mickadeit, Frank. (1999). Dogs on the Couch: Behavior Therapy for Training and Caring For Your Dog. Overlook Press, New York

Lachman, Larry & Mickadeit, Frank.(2000). Cats on the Counter: Therapy and Training for Your Cat. St. Martin’s Press, New York

Lachman, Larry, Grindol, Diane and Kocher, Frank. (2003). Birds off the Perch: Therapy and Training for Your Pet Bird. Simon & Schuster, New York

Lachman, Larry & Masten, Ric. (2003). Parallel Journeys: A Spirited Approach to Coping and Living with Cancer. SunInk Presentations, Carmel, California

Becker, Marty & Morton, Danelle. (2002). The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing The Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy. Hyperion, New York

Beck, Alan & Katcher, Aaron. (1996). Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship. Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana

In addition to the broadcast airing Saturday on the radio and internet, it will also be archived and posted on a web site as a PODCAST at: http://www.yet2.be/

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May 2011-Dr. Tony Shaheen, Urologist, Talks About Prostate Cancer 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 3:44 PM
Posted by Dr. Larry
May 4, 2011 - "Prostate Cancer Screening, Treatment and Management—The Medical Approach:", A Presentation to the Prostate Cancer Self-Help Group of the Central Coast, facilitated by Dr. Larry Lachman, coordinated by Paul Soifer, and medically advised by Anthony Shaheen, M.D. and Brad Tamler, M.D. The Presenter is Dr. Tony Shaheen, Board Certified Urologist, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, held at Westland/Hospice House, in Monterey, California. To see his presentation go to:

http://www.drlarrylachman.com/people/co ... php#videos

and scroll down to his video.
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Dr. Larry's NEW January 2011 Podcast  
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 10:53 PM
Posted by Dr. Larry
For The Month of January 2011-Delusional Disorder, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Psychosis and Community College Campuses--A Recipe for Disaster or An Opportunity for Change--An Opinion Analysis

http://www.drlarrylachman.com/podcasts/ ... sorder.mp3


http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/dr-larr ... d380827442
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Dr. Lachman New Facilitator for Men's Prostate Cancer Group 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 9:24 PM
Posted by Dr. Larry

January 5, 2011 marked the first night that Dr. Lachman began as the facilitator for the Men's Prostate Cancer Self-Help Group of the Central Coast, in Monterey, CA, supported by both the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Paul Soifer, who founded and has facilitated the group for over 16 years introduced Dr. Lachman tonight.

The guest speaker for tonight's meeting was Dr. Cathy Bargenquast, Assistant Director for Hospice of the Central Coast, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Dr. Bargenquast holds a Master's Degree in Psychological Research and a Ph.D. in Holistic Health Sciences.

Included in this blog section are three photographs from tonight's prostate cancer group meeting. The photographs show Dr. Lachman, Paul Soifer, Dr. Bargenquast and Ruth Sigala of the American Cancer Society.
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