The Derek Volk Show
About This Show
Derek Volk is the President and third generation owner of Volk Packaging Corporation in Biddeford, Maine. Volk Packaging is the only Maine owned and operated corrugated box manufacturer since 1967.
Derek is a well respected businessman and is very active in his community as well as throughout the state of Maine.
Box Talk Radio was named after a YouTube series Derek created at Volk Packaging called “Box Talk” in which he and his associates talk about the company and their job. The goal of Box Talk Radio is to promote and encourage Maine business people.
Most Recent Episode
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Constance Mazelsky Constance is an adoptive mother of a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and activist for FASD awareness. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems. Cause and Prevention FASDs are caused by a woman drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol in the mother’s blood passes to the baby through the umbilical cord. When a woman drinks alcohol, so does her baby. There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy or when trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time to drink during pregnancy. Alcohol can cause problems for a developing baby throughout pregnancy, including before a woman knows she’s pregnant. All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all wines and beer. To prevent FASDs, a woman should not drink alcohol while she is pregnant, or when she might get pregnant. This is because a woman could get pregnant and not know for up to 4 to 6 weeks. In the United States, nearly half of pregnancies are unplanned. If a woman is drinking alcohol during pregnancy, it is never too late to stop drinking. Because brain growth takes place throughout pregnancy, the sooner a woman stops drinking the safer it will be for her and her baby. Resources are available here. FASDs are completely preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy—so why take the risk? The life experiences of individuals with FASD vary greatly. Many are successful, happy, contributing members of families and communities—electricians, teachers, counsellors, parents, skilled workers and others. However, without identification and appropriate supports, there is often a sad trajectory of failure, loss, and confusion. This often results in multiple placements and in secondary defensive behaviours that lead to involvement with the justice system and multiple mental health