The role of the DNAdose test in finding the best medications and doses for individual patients

December 21, 2014

Professor Les Sheffield, a geneticist and the clinical director of GenesFX Health, a pioneering company based in Melbourne, Australia, that has developed the DNAdose test joins eHealth Radio and the Health and News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Les Sheffield discuss the following:

  • What is personalized medicine?
  • Do all drugs have the same effect on people?
  • What is the DNAdose test?
  • Which patients is the test particularly relevant for?
  • What can your doctor do with the results?

Duration: 8:34

Associate Professor Les Sheffield, Senior Clinical Geneticist, GenesFX Health and Victorian Clinical Genetics Services. A qualified Clinical Geneticist with the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services based at the Royal Womens Hospital Victoria, Melbourne, Associate Professor Leslie Sheffield is a director of GenesFX Health as well as its principal clinical geneticist.

Associate Professor Sheffield has been involved in the instigation, design, development, and participation of various genetic tests since the 1960s, and has authored more than 100 scientific publications. Responsible for establishing clinical genetic services in South Australia, he has also conducted genetic clinics in Melbourne, Wodonga and Shepparton, Victoria and has extensive experience in interpreting both molecular and genetic screening tests.

He currently holds two NHMRC grants in collaboration with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, where he supervises five pharmacogenomic research studies in teaching hospitals in Melbourne.


Finding the source of your health challenges and optimize your health “naturally”!

December 21, 2014

Dr. Wendy Wells, physician and owner of Wellsource Naturopathic Medical Center, where they find the source of your health challenges and optimize your health “naturally" joins eHealth Radio and the General Health Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Wendy Wells discuss the following:

  • What brings our health into balance?
  • What does it mean to be out of balance? 
  • How would I know I am out of balance?
  • Where does naturopathic medicine play a role in health?
  • Can you give me an example how naturopathic medicine plays a role in our health?
  • Why is naturopathic medicine so effective?

Duration: 10:58

Dr. Wendy Wells is a Naturopathic Physician in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wendy Wells graduated with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where she was awarded a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine.

Before her present career, she received her Bachelor's in chemistry at Notre Dame of Maryland. Dr. Wells is active in her professional organizations, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Arizona Board of Naturopathic Medical Association. She specializes in women’s health, hormone balancing, preventative medicine, chronic fatigue, food sensitivities and weight management. Her excellent care helps those patients with a variety of acute and chronic issues.

Dr. Wells is well-known in the Phoenix valley as a gifted speaker, educator and humanitarian.  Her passion is finding the source beneath health concerns, getting the body back in balance, optimizing total well-being, and setting a course for absolute wellness for life.


Arch Support Health and the Good Feet Franchise

December 20, 2014

Sandy Kessler, Director of Customer Service & Franchise Training at Good Feet Worldwide joins eHealth Radio and the Foot Health Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Sandy Kessler discuss the following:

  • What is different about the Good Feet franchise?
  •  Why would someone want or need your arch supports?
  • How many stores/franchisees do you have and what areas are they located?

  • What is the connection of foot health and overall health?
  • I see you have a Mobile business too. How is that different?

Duration: 7:01

Sandra Kessler has been in Franchise Support since our formation in December 2004 and held the same position with GFW from June 2003 until December 2004. Ms. Kessler was Sales Manager/Franchise Sales for GFW from April 2001 until June 2003.

Twitter: @GoodFeet

The emotional lives of animals and children with Dr. Karen Davis

December 20, 2014

Dr. Karen Davis, Ph.D. founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia joins eHealth Radio and the Animal Health & Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Karen Davis discuss the following:

  • You just were a panelist in New York talking about Where Did Our Compassion Go? 
Children, Adults and the Loss of the Human-Animal Bond and you wrote a book review on a similar subject – the emotional lives of animals and children. This is a very important subject. Can you tell us more about it?
  • What happens between childhood and adulthood that causes most children to outgrow their primal delight in and empathy with animals and become detached, callous and indifferent toward them? 
  • You regard farmed animal sanctuaries as vitally important for the animals, the caregivers and the public, who otherwise have little or no way of meeting and learning about chickens, turkeys, cows, pigs, goats and other animals. Can you explain your thoughts about that?
  • Your review of William Crane’s book, The Emotional Lives of Animals and Children includes the thoughts of educators, psycho-analysts and ethologists. Would you recommend this book for parents?


KAREN DAVIS, PhD is the founder and president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. Founded in 1990, United Poultry Concerns addresses the treatment of domestic fowl in food production, science, education, entertainment, and human companionship situations. Karen has a PhD in English from the University of Maryland-College Park where she taught for 12 years in the English Department.

Karen’s articles have appeared in The Faculty Voice (University of Maryland), Journal of English and Germanic Philology, English Language Notes, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics. Her work, letters-to-the editor and op-eds have been featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, Washingtonian, Altoona Mirror, Chicago Tribune, Portland Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Potomac Gazette, Jerusalem Post, Harper’s Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Minnesota Monthly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Nation, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, “Dear Abby,” Egg Industry, Feedstuffs, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Canadian Veterinary Journal, One Green Planet, and many other publications. Karen has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including The Howard Stern Show, The Daily Show, Fact Finders on WB Channel 11 News @ Ten in New York City, 1010 WINS’ John Montone reports/CBS New York, Fox Television, and This American Life on National Public Radio.

In 2011, Karen published a chapter on her growth as an activist, “From Hunting Grounds to Chicken Rights: My Story in an Eggshell,” in Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice (University of Illinois Press). Her contribution, “Birds Used in Food Production,” appears in The Global Guide to Animal Protection (University of Illinois Press, 2013). Karen’s essay, “The Mental Life of Chickens as Observed Through Their Social Relationships,” is the opening chapter in Experiencing Animal Minds: An Anthology of Animal-Human Encounters (Columbia University Press, 2012), and her essay, “From Animal Oppression to Animal Liberation: A Historical Reflection,” is the Afterword in Defining Critical Animal Studies: An Intersectional Social Justice Approach to Liberation (Peter Lang, 2014). Karen’s chapter, “Anthropomorphic Visions of Chickens Bred for Human Consumption,” in Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014), analyzes the transformation of chickens and turkeys into mutilated forms of existence as an endeavor not only of the poultry industry, but as a “welfare improvement” strategy endorsed by elements of the so-called animal protection movement.

In 2010, Karen and a group of New York City activists formed The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos (, a project of United Poultry Concerns comprising people who seek to replace the cruel practice of swinging and slaughtering chickens in Kaporos rituals with money or other non-animal symbols of atonement. On October 9, 2010, Pulitzer Prizewinning photojournalist Carol Guzy published “An ancient tradition draws protests” in the online edition of The Washington Post, prompted by the Alliance’s Rally to End Chickens as Kaporos, on September 12, 2010, in Brooklyn, NY (

Karen's work is prominently featured in the National Museum of Animals & Society’s online exhibit “Un-Cooped: Deconstructing the Domesticated Chicken.” This unique museum, which opened in May 2013 to correspond with UPC's International Respect for Chickens Day May 4, is a treasure house filled with historical and contemporary documents about chickens. Visit Un-Cooped at

Karen Davis is the author of several books including A Home for Henny (a children’s book published by UPC); Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless ‘Poultry’ Potpourri (a cookbook published by the Book Publishing Co.); Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry (Book Publishing Co.); More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality (Lantern Books); and The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities (Lantern Books). The 2009 Revised Edition of Karen’s landmark book Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs (first published in 1996) is described by the American Library Association's Choice magazine as "Riveting . . . brilliant . . . noteworthy for its breadth and depth." See Book Reviews at

Web Site:
Twitter: @upcnews

Note: The views and opinions expressed on any program are those of the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the eHealth Radio Network.

The best way for men to implement an everyday grooming routine

December 19, 2014

Dr. Allan Peterkin, a beard scholar, author and Dove Men+Care Face Range expert again joins eHealth Radio and the Skin Care Channel to share tips for men on best ways to implement an everyday routine.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Allan Peterkin discuss the following:

  • With the weather cooling off, what do guys need to keep in mind for their skin?
  • For guys who are just stepping up their grooming game, what’s the best way to implement an everyday routine?
  • What are some of the best ways men can keep winter facial hair looking polished and well-groomed?
  • Shaving is tough on skin already – but especially for people with sensitive skin. What can guys do to minimize irritation such as razor burn and ingrown hairs?
  • Where can guys get more information on products and grooming tips?

Duration: 6:41

Facial hair expert and pognologist (beard scholar), Allan Peterkin, is known for his three bestselling books on facial hair, One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair, The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide To Shaving Face, and One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of The Mo. Dr. Peterkin is an academic and cultural historian who has tracked the history of facial hair on men over time (from pre historic, to Victorian to modern times) and so his books have become the authoritative references for factual information on the history of men's grooming, shaving and facial hair styles and trends.

Peterkin’s thoughts on the meanings of facial hair and men's contemporary styling choices have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health, GQ and Esquire, as well as in documentaries from National Geographic and Morgan Spurlock ("Mansome" 2012). He also appeared as a judge at the 2014 World Beard and Mustache Championships held in Portland.

Twitter: @dovemencare

Selecting the right cleanser for your skin type with Dr. Susan Goodlerner

December 19, 2014

Dr. Susan Goodlerner, a board certified dermatologist located in Torrance, California joins eHealth Radio and the Dermatology and Skin Care Channels to talk about the elements of an Optimal anti-aging skin care routine.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Susan Goodlerner discuss the following:

  • We all know that using sunscreen is important, how do you pick the best sunscreen for daily use?
  • What products should I use on a daily basis?
  • What do you recommend for eye products or to use around the eye?
  • How do you select the right cleanser for your skin type?
  • What are your recommendations for moisturizer and how do you choose the best one for your skin type.

Duration: 9:16

Dr. Goodlerner is a board certified dermatologist with a private practice in Torrance, California serving the South Bay community for the past 30 years. The scope of Dr. Gooderner’s practice includes general dermatology, skin cancer treatments, and cosmetic dermatology. She is a member of the staff at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard UCLA. Recently she was elected Best Dermatologist in the South Bay by the readers of the Daily Breeze.

The priority of her practice is always the health and wellbeing of the patient. Dr. Goodlerner aims to provide the highest level of medical and cosmetic treatments in a friendly and caring environment.


Simple Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain with Integrative Nutrition Coach Mariam Bandarian

December 18, 2014

Mariam Bandarian, H.C., a board certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and health blogger joins eHealth Radio and the General Health and Nutrition Channels. Mariam works with clients around the US by Skype or phone.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Mariam Bandarian discuss the following:

  • Why do most people gain weight during the holiday season?
  • What’s the problem with putting on a few extra pounds? Can it really affect our health?
  • If someone wanted to avoid holiday weight gain, what are a few things they could do right now?
  • If things don’t go as planned, how can people get back on track with their weight ?
  • Any last bit of advice for our listeners on how to avoid holiday weight gain between now and January 1st ?
  • How do you work with client's and how can someone get in touch with you?

Duration: 11:58

Mariam Bandarian is a Board Certified Integrative Health Coach. Her passion is to help women get healthy, lose weight and get inspired to show off their best bodies now! Mariam thinks food should be fun, nutritious and adventurous!

Mariam holds a B.S. degree in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. After completing her formal education, she went on to receive advanced certification and training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. There, Mariam was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.

Drawing on this knowledge, she will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

Mariam is also the founder of where she helps women love their bodies and develop a better relationship with food.

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Love with Food: Organic and Healthy Snack Box Subscription

December 17, 2014

Aihui Ong, Founder and CEO of Love With Food: a subscription-based, healthy snack-snack food company that delivers the best available snacks every month to your door joins eHealth Radio and the General Health and Nutrition Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Aihui Ong discuss the following:

  • What were you doing before you started Love With Food?
  • What lead you to the idea of starting Love With Food?
  • What does using the name “Love With Food” mean to you?
  • What distinguishes Love With Food from other gift box services?
  • What is the key to running a successful business in such a competitive industry?
  • What is the measurement of your success?
  • What do you have planned in the future?

Duration: 11:48

Singapore native Aihui Ong, who came to the United States in 1999, was a successful financial software engineer at Accenture who gave it all up and went backpacking for a year after her divorce, which “gave me newfound freedom, but my heart was still heavy with bitterness,” says Ong, Founder and CEO of Love With Food.

Rather than feign happiness, she set off to find solace in a foreign land with only a backpack and a hunger for new experience. Along the way, her taste buds “rejoiced” with gelato in Italy, her adrenaline soared in Switzerland with sky diving, her spine tingled while exploring Dracula’s castle in Romania, and she was intoxicated by the aromas of spices in Istanbul.

“However, I also witnessed many who were living in poverty,” says Ong. “So many people had neither clean water nor food, and this hard truth stuck with me throughout my journey.”

Twenty countries and twelve months later, and after some “burnout,” she returned to America jobless and bored, but wanted something new, only to discover a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Overcome with emotion, and struggling to come up with the right words, she blurted out the first thing that came to mind: “I’ll cook for you, because I only know how to show love with food.”

Caring for her friend, who today is happy and living life to the fullest, changed Ong’s life forever. “She helped me find the happiness that I spent so many miles and months seeking,” says Ong. It was another friend who started an all-natural stir-fry sauce business out of nothing but pure passion and her own savings that further renewed Ong’s purpose. Unfortunately, for her and many other food makers, gaining greater distribution wasn’t easy. After depleting her life savings, Ong’s friend had to shut down her operation. “Infuriated, I was motivated to help passionate food producers avoid this common fate, and reach their goals of successfully growing their food business,” says Ong.

Because the archaic food industry has not caught up with the present Internet age, Ong combined both of her biggest passions: food and technology. This is where Love With Food came into the arena in 2012. Ong started coding and creating a website to help food makers find alternative distribution and marketing channels and help consumers easily discover great gourmet food.

With the website as a platform to connect food producers with consumers, Ong realized that she could also use it as a means to help underprivileged children. For every box sold, Love With Food donates a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. “There are in fact more than 16 million children in America that are at risk of hunger. That’s more than 1 in 5 children that need a helping hand in order to thrive,” says Ong.

As for the future, Ong plans to continue disrupting the food world and its “old-fashioned way of selling food.” Through Love With Food, she also plans to continue fighting child hunger and donate more food. “To date, we have donated more than 320,000 meals,” says Ong. “That’s just the beginning.”


Review Concierge, helping doctors protect their public images online

December 16, 2014

David Engel is the co-founder of Review Concierge, an online review management company that helps doctors protect their public images online joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest David Engel discuss the following:

  • You mentioned in your recent Electronic Health Reporter article that online reviews are the new incarnation of patient feedback. Can you tell us a little more about that?
  • Can you tell us about the trends that are making online reviews take the place of the paper feedback form?
  • Healthcare organizations already have their hands full. Do they really need to stop and invent new processes to get online reviews or can they somehow dovetail this effort into existing processes?
  • What are some of the best practices that you use when responding to reviews? Namely when the review is negative.
  • How can healthcare leaders begin to put a strategy in place to manage their online reviews?

TIP: Develop a culture of “feedback.” Having a transparent, nondefensive attitude is the first step in developing a culture of feedback.

I was talking with the leader of an orthopedic surgery practice. And he had such a great attitude about reviews. He said he welcomes both good and bad reviews. His staff knows that whatever they do is going to be reflected online. That keeps everyone on their toes to deliver the best experience to patients.

Culture is easiest to change when it starts from the top down. Even if you're not at the top of the organization you can start leading by example by regularly asking your patience for their feedback. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how happy patients are to provide it and how useful it can be for spreading positive word of mouth about your practice.

Duration: 16:41

David Engel is the co-founder of Review Concierge. He started Review Concierge in 2012 to help doctors defend their reputations online. David has helped the company create a wealth of knowledge around using review websites like Yelp to improve a medical practice’s image on the internet. The company serves doctors in nearly every state in the US.

David’s entrepreneurial experience goes back to 2008 when he started his first digital marketing agency. Since then, he has been recognized as a leader in design. He has been quoted for his expertise in interactive and mobile marketing in numerous media outlets, including Media Post,, Businessweek, LA Times, and the San Diego Union Tribune. He lives in San Diego, CA where he enjoys sunbathing, hiking and taking long walks on the beach while talking on his cellphone.


How do we minimize the same old/same old couple issues with Natalie Robinson Garfield

December 15, 2014

Natalie Robinson Garfield a psychotherapist in private practice for over 30 years working with individuals, couples, and parent counseling in New York City and the author of The Sense Connection, How Your Five Senses Determine Your Effectiveness as a Person, Partner, and Parent again joins eHealth Radio and the Dating and Relationship Advice Channels. She works with with individuals, couples, families and institutions as a consultant.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Natalie Robinson Garfield discuss the following:

  • As married couples hit a dry spell in their physical relationship, how can a married couple put the sexy back in sex.
  • How do we minimize the “same old/same old” couples isuues.
  • Looking at dating and first time dates how do those going out on a date with someone for the 1st time maximize their potential on first dates.
  • If you would touch on creating harmony out of discord.
  • What is lovingness?

Duration: 16:56

Natalie Robinson Garfield has been a practicing psychotherapist in Manhattan and Long Island for over thirty years, specializing in parent-child education. Holding a degree in Infant and Toddler Development and Administration, Garfield has had an extensive career working in individual, couple, family and group therapy. THE SENSE CONNECTION, based on the theory of sense channel hierarchy, draws on her experience working with private patients and conducting large conferences, discussion groups and workshops. Garfield has primarily focused on psychological and developmental work, but she also has a background in program design, staff training and administration.

Garfield was part of the New Age movement in the 1970s, working with The Association for Humanistic Psychology, which sought to move toward a more aware and humane global society. She also designed and directed various programs within the Children’s Aid Society, which provided education for families about subjects ranging from childbirth preparation through parenting. Garfield has also served on the United Nations Commission for the International Year of the Child, bringing awareness to problems such as malnutrition and lack of educational access, affecting children around the world.

She has had over forty years experience as a consultant, supervising and training staff for various institutions, including AT&T, American Express, The Gesell Institute for Child Development, The Montefiore Medical Residency Program, The Gestalt Learning Center, and the Kings County District Attorney’s office.

Garfield is a founding member of the Association for Parent Education and is a featured expert on various television documentaries and radio shows, such as WYNY, CBS Documentary, CBS Evening News, Current Affair Extra, and ABC Eyewitness News. She is also frequently interviewed by news media such as New York Magazine, Self, Working Woman, Cosmopolitan and Parents Magazine. She lives and works in New York City.