The holidays can be especially tough on your back with Dr. Alfred O. Bonati

November 21, 2014

Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, Founder and CEO of The Bonati Spine Institute, that has revolutionized the field of spine surgery joins eHealth Radio and the Spinal Health Channel. Dr. Bonati has created, patented and perfected minimally invasive laser spine surgery called The Bonati Spine Procedures and has successfully treated over 94% of his patients with complete satisfaction.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Alfred O. Bonati discuss the following:

  • Can the holidays be tough on your back?
  • What do you need to do to be aware of when hanging decorations or preparing for the holidays?
  • If you already have a bad back, what precautions should you take when it comes to the holidays or lifting?
  • If someone hurts their back, what signs lead you to see/visit your doctor?
  • What exactly is The Bonati Spine Procedure and how is it different from other back procedures?

TIP: In summary, whenever taking on a task, especially during this time of year, you need to be careful of your back.  If you already suffer from back pain, have someone help you instead of doing the task like decorating yourself.  In conclusion, if you have any questions with back pain always visit with your doctor.

Duration: 13:39

After researching back, neck and joint pain for many years, and finding poor results and unsatisfied patients, Dr. Alfred O. Bonati revolutionized the field of spine surgery. Dr. Bonati created, patented and perfected minimally invasive laser spine surgery called The Bonati Spine Procedures by applying new methods and techniques including arthroscope and laser instrumentations nonexistent at that time.

As part of the advancement of his procedures, Dr. Bonati developed a new set of treatments based on his work with lasers, e.g., Holmium YAG, and received FDA approval for the use of that laser for the first time on the human spine as part of his patented procedures. Until he came along, there was only traditional invasive open spine surgery. The patented Bonati Spine Procedures are highly successful and reflect over 94% patient satisfaction. More than 45,000 successful procedures have been performed at The Bonati Spine Institute.

In 1981, The Bonati Spine Institute was established in Hudson, Florida. The state-of-the-art facility contains its own imaging center, clinic and operating rooms, and offers access to registered nurses, orthopaedic and neurosurgeons. Dr. Bonati continues to lead the way in the study of laser technologies to treat cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine problems.

Dr. Bonati is a strong advocate for patient rights and quality medical services. Outside of his professional duty to look after the well-being of his patients, Dr. Bonati seeks to better the lives of the members of his community through his commitment to charitable service.

Twitter: @drbonati

Healthentic, helping your company measure population health

November 21, 2014

Sean Gallivan, Chief Operating Officer of Healthentic, a company who is striving to revolutionize how employer groups manage and quantify their wellness programs joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care & Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Sean Gallivan discuss the following:

  • So what is Healthentic and what do you do?
  • Why do you think it’s so important for businesses to measure population health?
  • Who are some of your current customers? How are these customers using Healthentic and what kind of feedback have you received?
  • How does Healthentic play into the current landscape of wellness programs and health data analytics?
  • What do you see as the future of healthcare technology?

Duration: 8:46

Sean Gallivan is the Chief Operating Officer at Healthentic. Sean is an expert on using big data as a way for employers to improve population health. He previously worked in the healthcare division of Thomson Reuters.

Twitter: @Healthentic

Somnia, a new solution for sleep wellness and care

November 20, 2014

Peter Fatianow, the President and CEO of Somnia, a new retail sleep solutions store located just outside of Denver, Colorado in the Park Meadows Mall joins eHealth Radio and the Sleep & General Health Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Peter Fatianow discuss the following:

  • Why is sleep so important for us all to get right?
  • Tell us about how you came up with the idea to start Somnia?
  • What do you offer at the Somnia store?
  • Name a few ways someone can vastly improve their sleep sanctuary?
  • Let's talk about sleep apnea. You've mention that sleep apnea goes undiagnosed for so many people, why is that and what is the solution for these folks suffering from this sleep disorder?

Duration: 18:01

Peter Fatianow is the President and CEO for Somnia, a new retail sleep solutions store located in Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colorado. Fatianow founded Somnia along with his partners, Mats Wahlström, and Kerry Hicks, all of KMG Capital Partners, LLC, to achieve their shared vision of helping the 40 million of Americans suffering from chronic sleep disorders overcome their issues and significantly improve their overall mental and physical health.

With more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience, Fatianow is keenly qualified to develop a sleep and wellness concept store. He was part of the founding management team at HealthGrades®, Inc.®, where he was pivotal in developing products and data sets that ultimately helped the company grow until it was ultimately sold to Vestar Capital Partners for $295 million in 2010. Previously, Fatianow was a founder of Specialty Care Network, Inc. (SCN), a physician practice management company that went public in 1997. Prior to SCN, Fatianow was a healthcare investment banker with Credit Suisse in New York and Morgan Keegan in Memphis, Tennessee.

After taking a sabbatical from his work in the healthcare industry, Fatianow and his wife opened two successful restaurants in the Denver area (which his wife manages today). He also wrote a book for beginning wine enthusiasts, Wine 101: A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine.

Finding that he couldn't stay away from the healthcare industry for long, Fatianow eventually returned as the Vice President of Development at Health Ventures, until January 2013 when he left to research the sleep market and eventually went on to develop the first comprehensive sleep and wellness concept store, Somnia. He also serves on the Board of Assistive Coding, LLC, a specialty medical coding and consulting company based in Littleton, Colorado.

Fatianow currently resides in Denver with his family and enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying good food and wine, traveling the world, and taking care of his 125-gallon reef aquarium.

Twitter: @somnia_store

Oplink Connected, an In-home Medical Alert monitoring service

November 17, 2014

Matt Wisk, Senior Vice President of Business Development of Oplink Connected, a division of Oplink Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPLK), offering an In-home Medical Alert monitoring service joins eHealth Radio and the Healthcare and Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Matt Wisk discuss the following:

  • We hear all these terms like Smart Home, Connected Home and IoT. What is it all about and how does it apply to health care?
  • What has oplink providing that will allow people to enhance health care?
  • Describe your solution and how it works.
  • How will this product enable people to have a better quality of life?
  • What can we expect next from Oplink Connected and where can listeners buy the products & or get more information?

Duration: 7:34

Matt Wisk has nearly 30 years of general management and marketing experience. He served as President for, a subsidiary of United Online, from 2008 to 2013. He was promoted into that role after serving as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President for United Online consumer brands, including, NetZero and Juno from 2005 to 2008. He was also responsible for marketing within the Communications segment including operating responsibility for the broadband and web hosting product lines.

Mr. Wisk served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of TiVo in 2004 and 2005. Prior to TiVo, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Herbalife International. In 1994 Mr. Wisk joined Nokia. Over a nine year period he moved up through the marketing organization to become Vice President of Marketing, North and South America, providing leadership, strategic marketing vision, and broad executive management for the international marketing of its mobile phone division.  He moved to Europe to run global marketing for Nokia Networks from 2000 to 2002.

At Nokia, he was a key executive in the marketing team that helped establish Nokia as a global leader in wireless communications equipment. Under his leadership, Nokia grew from having single-digit brand awareness to being the most considered and preferred brand in the category. He serves as board member for Storage Appliance Corporation and is an advisory board member at Trueffect, BlurbIQ and Underground Cellar. He was named one of the 'Top 100 Marketers of 1999' by Advertising Age and 'Grand Marketer of the Year, 2000' by Brandweek, was also awarded the Gold Effie Award for Advertising Effectiveness in 2001. Mr. Wisk is a Henry Crown Fellow, Class of 2002, from the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program. Mr. Wisk received his BA and MBA from Michigan State University.


Tips and strategies for how to survive the holidays with Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin

November 16, 2014

Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin, a psychoanalyst and internationally recognized expert in the field of eating psychology joins eHealth Radio and the Weight Management Channel to give some tips and strategies for how to survive the holidays.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin discuss the following:

  • Why are the holidays so difficult for so many people?
  • You mentioned that a perfect family is an illusion.  Why is it hard for so many of us to deal with the reality of our families?
  • Would you say family issues are the main cause of anxiety during the holidays?
  • What are your recommendations on how to stop the cycle?
  • What’s your number one survival tip for getting through the holidays?

Duration: 10:17

Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin, a Los Angeles-based psychoanalyst who specializes in weight, food and body image issues.  Considered a thought leader in the field of eating psychology, Dr. Nina writes an award-winning blog, Make Peace With Food, hosts a podcast, Win The Diet War with Dr. Nina, and can be seen on her YouTube video series, The Dr. Nina Show. She is currently writing a book for Rowman & Littlefield on the psychoanalytic treatment of eating disorders.


Live or Die, A Stroke of Good Luck with Richard Burns

November 14, 2014

Richard L. Burns, Author & Spokesperson for Stroke Awareness & Recovery in regards to his new book, "Live or Die--A Stroke of Good Luck", which is based on his own story of being struck down with a cerebral hemorrhage and declared dead at 38 years old joins eHealth Radio and General Health & News Channels.

Miraculously, Richard regained consciousness and he got a 2nd chance at life! His new book is the story of his resurrection. A story of hope and practical advise for victims of stroke or any serious illness.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Richard L. Burns discuss the following:

  • "Live or Die: A Stroke of Good Luck" was inspired by you suffering a cerebral hemorrhage 40 years ago. Can you tell our listeners your story?
  • You were given a 2nd chance at life at 38 years old. How did that change you and your values?
  • How does "Live or Die: A Stroke of Good Luck" stand out from other books about strokes?
  • What advice do you give others recovering from a serious illness?
  • The book is a must-read for all stroke survivors. It helps you understand stroke and recovery, and inspires its readers. That must be very rewarding?

Duration: 11:45

Richard L. Burns is a retired television and advertising executive (a real-life "Mad Man"), who put the smile on the PSA Airplanes and helped engineer a cultural icon- the Fruit of the Loom models. He is an authority on retail, accountable and measurable advertising, and developed the first viable system of local television advertising and sales for national advertisers. Burns was a management consultant, promulgated fund-raising for non-profits and conceived and produced a successful international educational children's TV series called "With It."

At 38, Richard was struck down with a cerebral hemorrhage and declared dead at 38 years old. Richard miraculously regained consciousness and was given a second chance at life. He became a spokesperson for stroke awareness and recovery and wrote and published his memoir, "Live Or Die: A Stroke of Good Luck", which he calls "a handbook of hope." The book is a wise and witty story of his long and slow recovery and resurrection in his own words. It chronicles life after stroke and offers readers advice on how to come out victorious, after suffering a major illness. It is also about what he learned from the ordeal and how his life and values changed with each step he took to heal himself.

Richard is responsible for the rescue of animals in national disasters. He is the recipient of numerous professional and service awards, and is a graduate of Stanford University.


Lolita in the Lion’s Den, from Abuse to Empowerment

November 14, 2014

Justin Forest, a sexuality researcher and the author of Lolita in the Lion's Den, from Abuse to Empowerment joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health, Education & Family Information Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Justin Forest discuss the following:

  • Why did you decide to write Lolita in the Lion's Den and what is the book about?
  • Glen's bluntness about his sexual feelings as well as his concern for the sexualization of girls today seem contrary to what we hear about actual offenders or pedophiles. How realistic is this? 
  • How is society's inability to address such a taboo topic, in your opinion, harmful to everyone?
  • Glen notes that management of his sexuality is the key, not the concept of changing it. Can you elaborate on this?
  • How has your book been received?

TIP: Parents - if you want to protect your kids - here's the demand you should be making. Ask for more sex education, starting in preschool. What we need is a much better understanding of human sexuality, throughout all points of life. We cannot change the negative stigma associated with sexuality and kids easily, but we can educate and learn. I think it’s a reasonable assumption that if we all understood our sexuality better, even if “deviant,” we might be much better citizens. We should guide boys and girls to understand what it means to have positive relationships instead of locking them into stereotypical gender roles. After all, sex is going to come into the equation sooner or later. Let them — and us — be prepared.

Duration: 15:25

Justin Forest is the author of Lolita in the Lion's Den. He has five college degrees, including a MLSt in taboo studies and a PhD in literature and criticism. He has compiled information for the United Nations on the anti-child sex trafficking movement and has since transitioned to sexuality research. He's a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and teaches themes of girlhood and sexuality.


Creating Your Ultimate Life with Dean S. Lewis

November 13, 2014

Dean S. Lewis, Author and Life Coach at Your Full Life, LLC joins eHealth Radio and the Personal Development Channel. As a Life Coach, Dean guides and help people achieves goals they have set for themselves in their lives.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dean S. Lewis discuss the following:

  • How did you develop neuropathy?
  • What was it like for you at the beginning of your illness?
  • What inspired you to write a book?
  • What lessons have you learned from your experience?
  • Have you ever felt like giving up?
  • What advice or words of wisdom would you give someone going through what you have gone through?

Duration: 8:54

Dean S. Lewis is an author and life coach. Dean began his life coaching in 2012 and published his first ebook “Peripheral Neuropathy: 9 Simple Steps To Reduce The Pain” in February 2014.  Dean initially studied Clinical Laboratory Sciences but in 1998, Dean underwent a critical illness caused by a reaction to a medication that changed the course of his life. Dean credits his survival of his hospitalization to his work ethic of being driven to be in the best shape of his life, the work of the clinicians and the grace of God. He was asked by a nurse if he was worried about being so ill and he quoted Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength”.

Dean documents the steps he used to overcome neuropathy in “Peripheral Neuropathy: 9 Simple Steps to Reduce the Pain” and offers helpful tips and affirmations in “Peripheral Neuropathy: Daily Tips and Affirmations”.

Dean had to learn once more how to walk and do the basic functions of everyday life normally taken for granted. Dean uses these experiences in overcoming his circumstances in his life coaching and guides individuals to see how they can achieve their dreams. Dean has a passion for life and it shows in his work. Dean enjoys going for walks, meditating, weight training, reading, looking at sport cars and spending time with family and friends.

His website was featured in the Dec/Jan 2014 issue of Neurology Now magazine as one of the top patient blogs for neuropathy. Dean has spoken at Peripheral Neuropathy Support Groups meetings and lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.

Twitter: @deanslewis

SonoCiné AWBUS, detecting small invasive breast cancers in women with dense breasts

November 12, 2014

Dr. Daniel Herron the Director of Women’s Imaging Mercy Radiology who has been practicing medicine for 26 years joins eHealth Radio and the Cancer Prevention and Health News Channels to discuss the SonoCiné AWBUS™ (Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound) examinations. The technology, detects small invasive breast cancers in women with dense breasts.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Daniel Herron discuss the following:

  • Describe to our listeners what your primary responsibility is and what your specialty is in the field of medicine?
  • I understand that there is a new technology on the market that catches small cancers in women with dense breast tissue. Can you describe the technology?
  • How is ultrasound different from mammography?
  • Why not use ultrasound on all women instead of mammography?
  • How does a woman know if she has dense breast tissue?
  • What is your advice to women for protecting their breast health? 
  • What questions should one ask their doctor to be sure they are getting the right breast cancer screening?

Duration: 14:25

Daniel E. Herron, M.D. is the Director of Women’s Imaging Mercy Radiology. He has been practicing medicine for 26 years. Dr. Herron graduated from the University of Washington SOM in 1988. He practices medicine in Carmichael, CA and 4 other locations and specializes in Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Herron is affiliated with Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Mercy Hospital Of Folsom, Mercy General Hospital and Methodist Hospital Sacramento.


How Autism affects language skills with Dr. Martha Burns

November 12, 2014

Dr. Martha Burns, a noted neuroscientist, author, and leading expert on how children learn joins eHealth Radio and the Autistic Syndrome Information and Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Martha Burns discuss the following:

  • How does Autism affect language skills?
  • What are some of the common ways to strengthen a child's language skills? 
  • What is BrainPro Autism?
  • How does BrainPro Autism work?
  • Where can parents find out more about Fast ForWord?

Duration: 7:53

Dr. Burns has been a practicing speech and language pathologist in Evanston, Ill., for over 40 years. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is an adjunct Associate Professor at Northwestern University. Dr. Burns has authored over 100 journal articles on the neuroscience of language and communication, has written three books on language difficulties associated with neurological disorders, and lectured around the world on neuroscience applications to education and clinical intervention for children and adults with communication/cognitive disorders.


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