How the AccuraScope Procedure treats chronic back and neck pain

May 27, 2015

Dr. Basem Abdelfattah, a partner physician with North American Spine that specializes in the AccuraScope Procedure, a minimally invasive approach to treating chronic back pain joins eHealth Radio and Pain Management & Spine Health Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Basem Abdelfattah discuss the following:

  • Talk about what you specialize in and how that equates to the types of patients you treat at North American Spine.
  • The AccuraScope Procedure is becoming an increasingly popular way to treat back pain. Explain how the AccuraScope Procedure works.
  • How is the AccuraScope Procedure different from other minimally invasive procedures?
  • After a patient has the AccuraScope Procedure, what can they expect in the days, weeks, and months afterwards?
  • North American Spine does more than just treat back pain, they also help treat chronic neck pain as well. Talk a little bit about that.

Duration: 9:05

Dr. Basem Abdelfattah (Dr. Basem) is a fellowship-trained Pain Specialist with North American Spine in Dallas, Texas. His goal is to help patients alleviate their chronic back or neck pain, allowing them to live life more fully.

Just as every patient’s pain is different, the causes of pain vary, too. After thoroughly evaluating a patient’s symptoms leading to a diagnosis, Dr. Basem recommends the most effective options for treatment, including minimally invasive surgical procedures. He is committed to patient satisfaction, and patients and families have recognized Dr. Basem for his compassionate bedside manner and professionalism.

Dr. Basem is a partner physician with North American Spine. North American Spine specializes in the AccuraScope Procedure, a minimally invasive approach to treating chronic back pain. North American Spine™ is the exclusive provider of the AccuraScope® Procedure, a minimally invasive spine surgery—which typically lasts less than 45 minutes— to treat chronic back pain. To date, more than 8,000 AccuraScope procedures have been performed by board-certified physicians with specialty training. Medical research has shown that the AccuraScope procedure has an 82% success rate and saves patients an average of $23,190 in out-of-pocket costs over 5 years by reducing expenses including medical visits and medications.

North American Spine physicians are spine experts with specialty training in Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, or Interventional Pain Management.  Using tiny incisions and state-of-the-art visualization, these experts provide minimally invasive decompression and/or stabilization to patients using the least invasive means possible to alleviate their pain.


Why Diets Fail With The Nutrition Chef Alex Fioroni

May 27, 2015

The Nutrition Chef, Private Executive Chef & Specialized Nutrition Expert Alex Fioroni joins eHealth Radio and the Fitness, Nutrition & Weight Management Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Alex Fioroni discuss the following:

  • Why do diets fail?
  • What is the best eating routine for weight loss?
  • Why is weighing yourself while trying to lose weight a bad idea?
  • What would you say is the number one thing that prevents someone from losing weight?
  • Is gaining muscle a good or bad thing while losing weight?

Duration: 11:26

With Over 15 years of culinary and nutrition experience, Alex Fioroni has created one of the original private meal services of its kind here in San Diego delivering organic, non-gmo,  custom calorie meals on the go! A Canadian Native and avid researcher of the best nutrition information mixed with the latest culinary skills, he was the first true hybrid of cooking and nutrition of its kind. Working with professional athletes, celebrities, doctors, and all families and people desiring to look, feel and perform their best through proper health and nutrition. As an active Entrepreneur and Philanthropist , his goal is to change the way our general public view food and their personal health.  Going ORGANIC, and NON GMO are two key passions he teaches everyday. He believes in giving back to his community, and to help and heal people with the POWER of food.

To date Alex Fioroni has helped raise close to 100,000 throughout San Diego by donating his time, his meal delivery service, and his unique private Chef dinners, as well as having Sponsored many Local Charity Golf events!!  As seen on FOX News, KUSI, UTtv, Healthy Power TV, and in numerous gifting suites in Beverly Hills, benefiting and supporting ECO Friendly organizations for The Emmy's, and Grammys!

His Signature name "The Nutrition Chef" says its all!!


How prosthodontists can help with sleep apnea

May 26, 2015

Dr. Cramin P. Wiltz II, DMD, CDT a Board-Eligible Prosthodontist and founder of Madison Prosthodontics that focuses on treating patients with the most challenging dental problems in the greater Huntsville-Decatur Metropolitan area of Alabama joins eHealth Radio and the Dental Care and Sleep Health Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Cramin Wiltz discuss the following:

  • Please tell our listeners how a prosthodontist differs from a regular dentist and who could benefit from your services?
  • What is your advice to those of us that might be putting off extensive dental work? Maybe because of anxiousness. 
  • It is Better Sleep Month and lots of us suffer from a condition called sleep apnea. How can prosthodontists help and is surgery often required?
  • You also perform a cutting edge procedure called All-on-Four solution. What is the procedure and how does it benefit patients? 
  • What are some other services you provide? Do you screen for oral cancer? 
  • Does one need a referral from a dentist to make an appointment with you and do you accept insurance?

Duration: 11:31

Cramin P. Wiltz II, DMD, CDT is a Board-Eligible Prosthodontist and Founder of Madison Prosthodontics that focuses on treating patients with the most challenging dental problems in the greater Huntsville-Decatur Metropolitan area of Alabama. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Wiltz is the expert in aesthetics, full mouth reconstruction, and teeth replacement options using dental implants (including the All-on-4 technique), complete dentures, partial dentures, crowns and bridges, veneers, and inlays/onlays.

Dr. Wiltz maintains professional memberships with the following organizations: American Dental Association, Alabama Dental Association, Huntsville-Madison County Dental Society, American College of Prosthodontists, Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontists, Academy of Osseointegration, National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology.

He has won multiple award including: "Best of the Best" in Prosthodontics, Hanau Excellence in Prosthodontics Award, Outstanding Student in Implant Dentistry Award, Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics Scholarship, Student Leadership Award, Board of Directors of Delta Dental
Student Leadership Award, The Alabama Dental Association Professional and UAB President's Diversity Award.


One Father’s Quest to Broaden His Sons’ Eating Habits

May 25, 2015

Matt Davis, the Co-Founder of MixedPears, a company that makes products that help you nurture children by embracing their natural curiosity, and designer of BiteSizers portable food scissors joins eHealth Radio and the Children's Health and Nutrition Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Matt Davis discuss the following:

  • What are BiteSizers?
  • What inspired you to create them?
  • How do you feel BiteSizers can impact a child’s appreciation for food and any developmental skills, and how do they make parents’ lives easier?
  • What sets BiteSizers apart from other food scissors?
  • Any new products on the horizon for Mixed Pears?

Duration: 13:16

Matt Davis has children’s products in his blood.  Growing up in a suburb of Buffalo, New York, he was always around kids products as his father worked in research for Fisher-Price.  His own career in product design and marketing took him to Taiwan where he now resides with his wife and two small sons.  It was a result of living abroad that Matt observed children eating exactly what adults eat and inspired him to design an easy way for parents to feed their children.


The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It

May 24, 2015

Chef and Cardiologist Dr. Michael S. Fenster better known as Dr. Mike, the author of his new book “The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It”. Dr. Mike is back to help Americans change the way we view food and our diet and joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Nutrition Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Michael S. Fenster discuss the following:

  • With the title of this book, The Fallacy of the Calorie", it would leave some concerned...should we be concerned?
  • What should our view of food be? Why does anything healthy seem to taste so BLAH?
  • What seems to be the number one issue with Americans and their diets in general?
  • Tell us why you think we desire sugar, salt and fat so much.
  • Briefly touch on your 30 day program helping us break the shackles of the modern Western Diet with tools we would be able to use for a lifetime.
  • If I were to take action with you as my nutritional mentor, where shouId I begin to make changes in my daily diet?

Duration: 10:33

As a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, Martial Artist and Professional Chef, Dr. Michael S. Fenster is a beacon of light in the dark world of food myths. Better known to his fans as “Dr. Mike”, he’s never one to back down from a challenge – including receiving his culinary degree from Ashworth University, where he was their alumnus of the year. 

Dr. Mike is no stranger to the spotlight; whether it’s cooking demos, sharing recipes or discussing food and health. He’s been a regular on CW’s The Daily Buzz, ABC’s The List, NBC’s Daytime TV, he’s also the star and producer of a popular cooking web series with Forbes Riley. The Author of several books, Dr. Mike has written regular columns for numerous publications and websites including Shape, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Glamour, The Atlantic, Outdoor Magazine, Pacific-Standard, Tampa Tribune, Luxuria Lifestyles and Basil. 

Mike’s love of food and medical awareness propelled him to combine these passions, the result is an exceptionally unique and insightful approach to food that seeks to counter the negative and inflammatory effects of the modern Western diet that deadens our taste buds, robs our vitality and increases the risks of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and a host of other conditions and illnesses that plague our society. 

With the recent release of his new book “The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why The Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It” (Koehler Books) - Dr. Mike is back to help Americans change the way we view food and our diet. As Described by Huffington Post, the book is said to be “as much entertainment as it is pregnant with facts, making the mass of information deliciously palatable...” Dr. Mike is here to lead us to a better life through his witty yet incredibly educational writing. The book traces the origins of our desire for sugar, salt and fat and its modern incarnation as the addictive Western Diet. 

Dr Mike discusses the intricate relationship between our diet, our physiology and our gut microbiome and how that manifests as health and wellness or disability and disease. He concludes with a 30 day program to break the shackles of the modern Western diet with tools you will use for a lifetime.  Always entertaining, often controversial and tremendously informative, Dr. Mike is a true original fusing food and health into easily digestible morsels and showing us all why; Tasty is the New Healthy.


The newest “on-the-go” travel “must have” products that keep us all healthy while traveling!

May 23, 2015

Tina Aldatz and Margie Floris, Co-Founders of Savvy Traveler join eHealth Radio and the Health News and Travel Channels to share with you the newest "on-the-go" travel "must have" products that keep us all healthy while traveling!

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guests Tina Aldatz and Margie Floris discuss the following:

  • We have learned that you are best friends in business! Tina, how have you managed to keep a healthy working relationship with Margie Floris your partner after all these years?
  • So you both built the now global company Foot Petals, can you tell us what Savvy Traveler is?
  • Since you both travel all the time, what is the one thing you were most shocked to learn about as far as facts about germs, and surface bacteria on planes?
  • What is your best seller so far from all the individually packed towelettes Savvy Traveler has created?
  • What is next for Savvy Traveler, will we see the product in airports? Any new products on the horizon?

Duration: 9:26

Tina Aldatz and her best friend Margie Floris are Co-Founders of the newest "must have" travel products, making traveling simple, smart, and safe. The company is called Savvy Traveler and the website is Savvy Traveler is a premier lifestyle brand offering daily use products in convenient kits and single-use packets that are disposable, eco-friendly and made in CA! Savvy Traveler is dedicated to overall travel wellness while offering stylish lifestyle components for both personal and surface use. They are high performance products that are individually packed in a disposable towelette form that remove 99% of surface contamination. Savvy Traveler, American-made products with a modern design, help consumers carry all of their must-haves while they travel for a healthy, easy, on-the-go experience. Keeping travelers healthy for all their destinations!

TINA ALDATZ, Entrepreneur and CEO, made her mark on the world as a self-starting entrepreneur and founder of Foot Petals, the revolutionary line of designer insole cushions for women's high heels. As a child, Tina severely burned her feet after accidently stepping on buried hot coals at the beach. From her foot injury, Tina created Foot Petals to help fill a gap in the market for women?s high-heeled foot support. Through her strength and tenacity, Foot Petals became a successful multi-million dollar company that was recognized by Inc. 500 as one of the "500 fastest growing companies in America". Tina is a true pediatric burn survivor who has taken a horrific tragedy and turned it into her destiny. Tina has also been featured in Forbes Magazine as an "entrepreneur to watch" and was honored to become the 2011 National Latina Business Women Association's (NLBWA) "Business Woman of the Year".

Currently, Tina is the CEO of Savvy Traveler, a premier lifestyle brand dedicated to the health and wellness of the on-the-go consumer. Savvy Traveler is launching a revolutionary line of products intended to make the life of a jetsetter more clean and convenient. Recently, Tina authored her first book, "From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange", an autobiographical telling of her life and business, from concept to creation.

Tina is also an activist in her community. As a member of the Board of Directors for Hispanic 100 and Chairwoman of its highly regarded Mentor Program, she is dedicated to inspiring others and believes that success comes from within. The goal of the mentor program is to help young, goal orientated Latinos between the ages of 18 and 24 become successful in business and civic engagement through mentored relationships with successful Hispanic professionals.  Tina has also volunteered and helped organizations around her community like Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County, Girls Inc., and in 2011 Foot Petals created an endowment through the Two Ten Foundation, focusing solely on scholarships for Women in the Footwear Industry (WIFI).

Tina is a strong advocate for change with regard to immigration policy in the United States. She is as an Executive Producer for Frontera, a very poignant film starring Eva Longoria and Ed Harris that brings to light the controversial and ongoing debate regarding illegal immigration along the U.S. and Mexican border. Tina believes it is crucial to remember what every immigrant is seeking?opportunity.Tina is driven to inspire women in all walks of life to pursue the American dream. She strives to motivate and assist women in business to bring their power and passion to reality.

Margarita "Margie" Floris is a self-made, successful businesswoman and entrepreneur with an extensive career in the fashion, accessories and footwear industries. As a pioneer in her field, she has established herself as a leading woman in the fashion industry through her experience in sales and management. After acquiring her degree in marketing and management from the Tobe Coburn School of Fashion in New York, Margie became the international sales manager for BCBG Max Azria and led the management of launching its cutting-edge product line throughout the United Kingdom and parts of the Middle East, Hong Kong, Central and South America.

In 2001, Margie joined long time friend, Tina Aldatz, taking the footwear industry by storm through the launching of their innovative line of custom insoles for women's high heels, Foot Petals. Margie was instrumental in globally growing the Foot Petals brand through her dedication, hard work and professionalism in developing and maintaining key relationships that enabled Foot Petals to be acquired by a publicly traded company. Through her direct management, Foot Petals consistently exhibited consistent and positive growth year after year.

Margie is also actively involved in the promotion of women in business; having helped fund the very first endowment fund for Two Ten's Women in Footwear Industry by providing college scholarships to young women looking to succeed in the footwear business. She is also a member of the Cosmetic Executive Women, serves as a mentor for Hispanic 100, and is a founding partner and board member of Apparel Insiders LLC. Apparel Insiders is a media company founded in 2010 that publishes both an online and print magazine delivering an inside perspective of the contemporary fashion industry.

Currently, Margie has joined business partner Aldatz, once again, as President of Savvy Traveler, a premier lifestyle brand dedicated to the health and wellness of the on-the-go consumer. Savvy Traveler showcases a revolutionary line of products intended to make the life of a jetsetter more clean and convenient by offering smart, safe and simple solutions. Margie continues to strive to be at the forefront of the fashion industry by creating unique, innovative solutions for today's consumers.

My Mommy Makeover with Board Certified Toledo Plastic Surgeon

May 21, 2015

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. John Zavell, the owner of his practice in Toledo, Ohio joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery Information Channel to discuss a popular procedure among mothers, called the Mommy Makeover.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. John Zavell discuss the following:

  • What is a Mommy Makeover and why has it become so popular?
  • What procedures are included in a Mommy Makeover?
  • What can patients expect the recovery process to be like for this procedure?
  • Who would you recommend this procedure to or who would be a good candidate for a Mommy Makeover?
  • How long after childbirth can this procedure be done –particularly in relation to body healing and breast feeding?

Duration: 16:40

John F. Zavell, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in the Toledo and Northwest Ohio area since 1993. He has focused his practice on cosmetic surgery of the breast, body, and face.

Dr. Zavell has been an investigator for the Mentor and Allergan corporations in ongoing breast implant technology research since 2003. This includes research into the highly cohesive gel implant, known as the “gummy bear implant”. (Allergan 410 ®, Mentor CPG ®). Dr. Zavell uses all types of implants in breast surgery including saline, silicone gel, and the “gummy bear” implants. The Mentor® external volume sizing system is used to help patients make more precise decisions about the size and look of their future breasts before surgery.

With the advent of bariatric surgery for massive weight loss, Dr. Zavell expanded his practice to include a greater array of body contouring procedures. In addition to requesting his experience in liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast lifts, Dr. Zavell’s patients may also discuss body lifts, thigh lifts, arm lifts and buttock lifts. Dr. Zavell is a frequent speaker at local weight loss groups including bariatric support groups. He regularly attends national meetings with a focus on body contouring.

In addition, Dr. Zavell is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a clinical associate professor at the UTMC and the chairman of the Plastic Surgery at Flower Hospital for over 10 years. He retains hospital privileges at most Toledo area hospital and surgery facilities, including overseeing his office’s AAAHC accredited operating room. He is a speaker at the Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, supporting breast cancer patients.

Dr. Zavell, originally from Detroit MI, attended the University of Michigan for college and medical school. After graduation, he completed general surgery at the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo Medical Center) and was twice voted the Outstanding Resident Teacher. He performed his residency in Plastic Surgery at Providence Hospital and the affiliated Institute for Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery.


New Advances in Diabetes Treatment: Insulin-Producing Cells That Could Replace Injections

May 20, 2015

Dr. Gerald Crabtree, Chief Operating Officer and Director at PharmaCyte Biotechnology, a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing targeted treatments for cancer and diabetes using its signature live-cell encapsulation technology, Cell-in-a-Box joins eHealth Radio and the Diabetes and Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Gerald Crabtree discuss the following:

  • In an effort to understand how the Melligen cells works, can you explain what happens to the pancreas in Type 1 diabetes?
  • Why are liver cells such good candidates to replace the damaged cells in the pancreas?
  • What have early lab trials shown?
  • How does PharmaCyte’s Cell-in-the-Box help the melligen cells do their jobs?
  • How will this technology help the lives of those patients living with Type 1 Diabetes?

Duration: 15:55

Dr. Gerald Crabtree is PharmaCyte’s Chief Operating Officer. Since 1985, Dr. Crabtree has been involved with various biopharmaceutical companies where he has alternatively supervised and coordinated the development of multiple drug candidates, prepared clinical protocols, investigator brochures, monographs, and research and review articles and served as project manager for development of major oncologic agents. He is a Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and also is a past member of research grant review committees for the National Institute of Health and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Crabtree established and directed, from inception, a department that monitored and coordinated the development of oncologic and immunologic drugs from initial discovery through regulatory approval in a major pharmaceutical company and served as project manager for the development of the anticancer agent, Taxol®.

Dr. Crabtree received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is a National Cancer Institute of Canada Research Fellow. In addition, he served as Department Head of Molecular Pharmacology for the Nucleic Acid Research Institute, and prior to that as Associate Professor of Medicine with the Roger Williams Cancer Center at Brown University. Dr. Crabtree has also served as Director of Project Planning and Management (Oncology/Immunology) at Bristol-Myers Squibb and as Vice-President of Research and Development at ETEX Corporation.


Stemtech’s all natural, stem cell nutrition products

May 18, 2015

Christian Drapeau, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer of Stemtech International, a leader in the field of stem cell nutrition, and Author of "Cracking the Stem Cell Code" joins eHealth Radio and the General Health and News Channels to discuss his innovative research & development of Stemtech's all natural, stem cell nutrition products.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Christian Drapeau discuss the following:

  • What is stem cell nutrition? And how can we enhance our own stem cells?
  • You are the co-founder and Chief Science Officer at Stemtech International, a pioneer in the field of stem cell nutrition. Can you tell our listeners about Stemtech's nutritional products?
  • Can anyone take Stemtech's all natural nutritional products?
  • Stemtech also developed DermaStem Renewal Serum. How does DermaStem work to rejuevenate the skin and reduce signs of premature aging?
  • Stemtech's SE2 is the world's first all natural supplement documented to support the release of adult stem cells. SE3 is being launched in June. Can you tell us about this new innovative addition to Stemtech's products?
  • Stemcell medicine & therapy has shown great potential for pets. How does stem cell nutrition help to maintain our pets health? Can you tell us about StemPets and StemEquine? 

Duration: 18:16

Christian Drapeau, MSc
Stemtech International, Chief Science Officer

Research scientist and neurophysiologist Christian Drapeau has more than 15 years of research experience in the fields of natural foods and nutrition. Christian has collaborated with several universities and research centers in researching raw botanical ingredients and serves as Chief Science Officer for Stemtech International.


Facial Rejuvenation with Dr. James Shire | What Patients Should Know About Facial Surgery

May 16, 2015

Dr. James Shire, the Founder of Shire Facial Plastic Surgery located in Chattanooga, Tennessee joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery Information Channel to discuss what patients should know about facial rejuvenation.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. James Shire discuss the following:

  • What is your recommendation to patients who choose facial procedures based on short recovery times?
  • What common misconceptions do you find patients have during your consult with them for a facial procedure?
  • What are the benefits of a mini facelift or a facelift?
  • After getting a surgical facial procedure, what are your general recommendations to maintain their new look and prolong results?
  • As a surgeon, what important questions should patients be asking during their consultation?

Duration: 15:03

Dr. James R. Shire has combined a lifelong interest in the arts with a career in medicine in his practice of facial plastic surgery.  Dr. Shire is Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, The American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Shire was also the Director of Facial Plastic Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1995-1998.

After shifting to Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Shire quickly become the premier facial cosmetic surgeon in the area, and still holds a large following among out of state patients - seeking his unparalleled artistry, expertise and patient satisfaction. In addition to his thriving practice, Dr. Shire has dedicated his career to expanding the field of facial plastic surgery. He has contributed his expertise and excellence by co-authoring over 10 medical textbooks providing cutting edge techniques for various facial rejuvenation procedures.  Some of these topics include, Facelifing Incisions, Rhinology, Prejowl Implants, Facial Implants and lastly Deep Chemical Peeling which is set to release in the fall of 2015.

Dr. Shire organized and co-directed the Faces of Jerusalem in 2010 and was invited to the International German Symposium for Plastic – Reconstructive Surgery in 2012. Later that year, Dr. Shire conducted an instructional course on ‘The Modified Phenol-Croton Oil Peel’ in Washington D.C. and again later conducted the same course in New Orleans the following year.

Dr. Shire has been voted the best Plastic Surgeon in the Chattanooga area for the last six years and is listed in ‘Best Doctors in America’. He has been known as Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Top Surgeons – voted in every year since 2005.