All About Suncare with Beyond Coastal’s Tom Ferries

February 25, 2012


All About Suncare with Beyond Coastal's Tom Ferries

Director of Marketing at Beyond Coastal Suncare Tom Ferries joins the program.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Tom Ferries discuss the following:

Eric Michaels: What should I look for when buying a sunscreen?

Tom Ferries: The most important words on a sunscreen label are "Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection". This means the sunscreen will protect you from immediate damage (sunburn) caused by UVB rays and from long-term damage (premature aging, wrinkles, some skin cancers) caused by UVA rays. UVB protection is measured by SPF, but there is no official marker to declare UVA protection. Many sunscreen labels falsely declare "Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection," so how can you be sure? To verify the "Broad Spectrum" claim, look for the active ingredients zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or Avobenzone, which are the only three ingredients that ensure UVA protection. Look for an SPF of 15 or 30. Make sure harmful chemicals are absent, such as Oxybenzone and parabens. Check for the addition of healthy inactive ingredients, like aloe vera, vitamin E and antioxidants.

Eric Michaels: What is the difference between Beyond Coastal's Active and Natural lines?
Tom Ferries: Beyond Coastal's Active (traditional) sunscreens absorb into the skin and rub in easy and clear. Our Active line is a sport sunscreen that protects with Avobenzone, the healthiest choice in non-mineral protection. Our proprietary ingredient AvoSol adds Solistay to Avobenzone, which stabilizes the active ingredient, adding to your time in the sun. Beyond Coastal's Natural (mineral) sunscreens use Zinc Oxide to create a physical block that does not absorb into the skin. It can leave a white residue and is more difficult to rub on. Try our Natural Clear SPF 30 sunscreen for a natural sunscreen that rubs on clear and easy with no white residue. Our natural sunscreens are chemical-free which makes them best for very sensitive skin and for children. All of our sunscreens are free of oxybenzone, petroleum, Vitamin A, and parabens. They are all non-greasy, water-resistant, and fragrance-free.

Eric Michaels: Why does Beyond Coastal not make an SPF 50 or 100 sunscreen?
Tom Ferries: High SPF sunscreens suggest a false sense of protection. The SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, measures the sunscreen's effectiveness against UVB rays. There are two reasons Beyond Coastal offers only SPF 15 and 30. The first reason: the added protection provided by SPF 50 or 100 sunscreens is insignificant, yet the concentration of potentially harmful active chemicals is much higher. To put it simply: UVB Protection: SPF 15= 93% SPF 30= 97% SPF 50= 98% SPF 100= 99%. The second reason: a high SPF offer a false sense of protection, so people stay out in the sun longer and reapply less frequently. They might also apply a lighter coat, which dramatically cuts the potency of the SPF rating. It is best to apply the correct amount of an SPF 15 or SPF 30 sunscreen frequently throughout the day.

Eric Michaels: Can sunscreen help prevent skin cancer?
Tom Ferries: Sunscreen dramatically decreases the effects of cancer-causing UV rays on the skin. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, accounting for nearly half of all cancer cases. Both UVA and UVB rays contribute to skin cancer, so be sure to use a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection.

Eric Michaels: What is the proper way to apply sunscreen?
Tom Ferries: Non-mineral sunscreens (our Active line sunscreens) should be applied 30 minutes before going in the sun to give it time to absorb into the skin. Reapply every two hours, or more often if going in and out of the water or sweating a lot. People typically do not apply enough sunscreen to their bodies, which lessens their effectiveness. We recommend applying one ounce (the volume of a standard shot glass) evenly to the entire body. Be sure to remember highly exposed areas like the ears, lips, feet, hands and neck. These areas burn easily and are often neglected.


  • Use a Broad Spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen every day. Even on cloudy and overcast days 40% of the sun's UV rays reach the earth. A sun protection program should be used 365 days a year. Daily Active SPF 15 Sunscreen.
  • Cover up with clothing (UV rated material is best), including a wide-brimmed hat, and UV blocking sunglasses. The sun can burn your eyes too!
  • If possible limit your sun exposure between the hours of 10am to 4pm. UVA and UVB rays are most intense when your shadow is shorter. Keep in mind that snow, water and sand reflect UV rays intensifying your exposure.
  • When playing or working outdoors use a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen Active SPF 30 Sunscreen.
  • Apply your sunscreen generously - 2 tablespoons, 1 oz. or a shot glass of sunscreen for the whole body. Apply it 30 minutes before going into the sun. This allows the sunscreen to absorb into the skin. Re-apply sunscreen often, at least every 2 hours, more if sweating or in and out of the water. Don't forget to apply sunscreen to highly exposed areas like your ears, lips, feet, hand and neck. These spots are often neglected and can burn easily. Beyond Coastal’s Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen. Natural and Active Lip Balm. Natural Lip and Face Screen.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun, and use an all-natural sunscreen on babies over the age of six months. Never leave children exposed to the sun without adequate protection. Over-exposure and multiple sunburns early in life may lead to skin cancers later in life. Kids Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen.
  • See your doctor every year for a skin exam. Examine you birthday suit on your birthday.
  • Do not get sunburned.


About Beyond Coastal Suncare

Years of sun exposure and the ensuing effects drove Shawn Biega to start Beyond Coastal Suncare. A diehard skier and surfer, Shawn and his cohorts spent endless hours in the sun year-round, every day their skin taking a beating. Although they wore sunscreen, too many of his friends were being diagnosed with skin cancer.  After some initial research Shawn was disappointed to find the sun care market filled with greasy, chemical laden formulas that claimed broad spectrum protection.

After years of research and testing (on himself, not animals!) in surf breaks, skate parks, and ski slopes, in 2006, Beyond Coastal Suncare was born.

Two years later we grew a bit and relocated to Utah's Wasatch Mountains.  We miss the surf, but love the skiing!  The outdoor opportunities are plentiful in Utah and the sun is harsh.  This combination continues to spur our constant research into better sun care.

As individuals we are parents, athletes, consumers and concerned members of our global community.  As a company and signatory of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics we are committed to offering your family the cleanest, healthiest sun care products possible at a reasonable price. Our formulas are crafted to offer true broad-spectrum protection and are packed with moisturizing botanical antioxidants that nourish, repair, and hydrate your skin.

We are a sun-loving culture and whatever you do to play outside, there is a healthy choice for sun protection.



Mexico’s Hotel Esencia Spa Offers Health Benefits

February 22, 2012


Mexico's Hotel Esencia Spa Offers Health Benefits

with Brenda Espinosa

Brenda Espinosa of Mexico's Hotel Esencia Spa joines the show to talk about its offering of health benefits.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Brenda Espinosa discuss the following:

Eric: What makes Hotel Esencia so unique?
Brenda: Esencia is the only hotel seated in the Xpu Ha Bay with one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, being the single SLH with less than 30 rooms in Riviera Maya making us the most secluded and private place to spend a most relaxing and exclusive stay.

Eric: What does the Spa offer that benefits your health, with that being at the forefront of traveler’s minds these days?
Brenda: Esencia’s main proposal for the person looking to be healed with our detox program is to be reeducated on regular habits and how to use the wisdom of our ancestors and the inherited medicine they taught us using plants, herbs, fruits and other natural elements. We are open to share this wisdom like grandmothers did at some point to us and that we will eventually do with our descendants. We propose this 3, 5 or 7 day program for people wanting to change their lives, be willing to commit and learn a healthier lifestyle and mostly to become aware during these few days of how nature can provide healthiness with immediate results on physiological functions.

Eric: What is it about the Esencia setting that provides an ambiance for healing and rejuvenating?
Brenda: Warmth provides an immediate felling of well-being, since we are seated on the white sand of the Caribbean Sea, This is a benefit which quickly helps in the process of decompressing this along with our very calm and indulgent location. For the rejuvenation process the less exposure to stress is directly proportional to the effectiveness of our treatments. Natural medicinal herbs effects are better on repetitive takes and focus on the healing process.

Eric: What are some of the indigenous treatments that are offered?
Brenda: Our most representative treatment is “Limones” lime is and has been considered as a natural element for purification, our ancestors use it to run your body looking for bad energy and encrypting it, we use a mixture of movements that presses acupunctural spots on your body and helps to drain your lymphatic system naturally. We call this magical realism because it has the magical use with the lime encrypting the bad energy floating on your body and realistic acupunctural points are pressed purifying your body.

Eric: Can you tell us about the Temazcalera special healer Hotel Esencia offers its guests?
Brenda: Esencia’s Temazcalera was born in Mexico City from a very traditional family, her grandmothers taught her this ancient purification art, she talks about her story very light and thinks her great grandparents will laugh if they knew she does this as a job, her traditional family used to do this typically and would never think it will help others. Now we know that it clears the mind , purifies the spirit and body thru the sweat pulling out all toxic substances we introduce  accidentally thru food, tobacco, alcohol, etc.

Tip: Make sure to book a minimum of five nights to reap the full benefits of the Aroma Spa program, the first organic spa in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.


Brenda Espinosa was born June 18th 1982, she comes from a very traditional family her parents both from Mexico City Georgina y Ricardo sent her to a bicultural private school in Mexico City where she learned both English and Spanish at the same time, even when she learned about American culture at school as part of her education her grandmothers always educated her about Mexican culture including kitchen and remedios “Indigenous medicine” for headaches, for example small pieces of lime stiked on the sides of the brain “chiquiadores” among others. She is very interested in everything her grandmothers taught her and researches on the effects of this traditional medicine. So she came up with the magical realism ideas, because her grandmothers where aware of the magical effects of the medicine but she realizes now that this works has been proven scientifically it helps to clear, purify and detoxes our body.


Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.

Laser treatments work to stop the thinning process and to regrow hair

February 17, 2012


Laser treatments work to stop the thinning process and to regrow hair

with William Blatter

William Blatter, President and the CEO of the Hair Loss Control Clinic, a pioneer in the hair loss industry for 25 years, now with over 140 locations in 30 countries around the world joins the show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest William Blatter discuss the following:

  • Explain how the process of balding actually occurs? What should women and men do to prepare and protect themselves from thinning hair and balding?
  • How do laser treatments work to stop the thinning process and to regrow hair? Are laser treatments clinically proven and FDA approved?
  • Why do doctors and clients in Australia, England, Hong Kong, Sweden and around the world come to HLCC?
  • How do your professional product systems work together with laser treatments to effectively regrow hair?
  • Talk a little about women’s hair loss and will women typically have the same level of successful hair regrowth as men?

TIP:  By the time your hair loss becomes visible to the naked eye, as much as 50% of the hair in the thinning area is already gone.  You will have a much better chance of successful hair regrowth with early treatments. So, begin NOW to address your hair loss challenges for the best possible hair regrowth results!


William Blatter cites his father as the primary role model for his personal business ethic. “He was a very honest, straight-forward man who taught me that you have to look at yourself in the mirror every day and like what you see,” Blatter shares. This commitment to superior quality, hard work and value forms the business philosophy that has led to Blatter’s success in gaining acceptance and respect in the mainstream medical, beauty and wellness industries.

Blatter was born in New Hartford, NY. He attended Siena College, graduating with a marketing degree in 1985. He was in the student senate, President of the Society for Advancement of Management and started his technology career with an internship at Radio Shack Computer Center. He gained valuable experience in sales with his first job at Vision Data, selling Subscription, Circulation and Accounting software to daily newspapers. He went on to work as a regional manager in construction software sales for Contel Business Systems, Shaker Computer and Sound Ideas. In 1992 he opened his own company, Intelligent Solutions, helping companies with a “new thing” called the Internet and their software needs. Shortly after he found an unfilled niche in helping real estate firms automate, offering programs and computers to track real estate for comparative market analysis. This became so successful it was sold nationwide with 14 locations. Blatter then sold this company and worked with SAS, the world’s largest private software company, providing professional statistical analysis software for critical data integration,software for human resource management as well as software for analytics and enterprise mining to large corporations.

Then in the late 1990s, a friend of Blatter gave him some hair loss products to personally try from his Hair Loss Control Clinic Company -- HLCC. Blatter shares, “They really had great products and people but no concrete marketing strategy. Their business card had a picture of the world, simply saying ‘Invest in Yourself!’ The Latham, NY clinic successfully performed hair transplants, while it offered low level laser therapy and professional hair growth products. After loyally using their treatment program I was able to effectively regrow five years worth of hair loss. I became a believer!” Blatter then bought this company in 2000. He has now successfully grown the Hair Loss Control Clinic to over 140 affiliated locations in 28 countries across the world. The original Hair Loss Control Clinic near Albany is still thriving with four medical directors, a full-time registered nurse, hair loss specialists and five laser treatment systems. Blatter credits the growth of HLCC to his effective Internet marketing, combined with the dedication to using only the highest quality hair loss products and technologies.

Blatter quickly earned the reputation as a successful leader in the hair loss industry, networking and traveling internationally to speak on the topics of effective hair loss treatments and low level laser systems. With his key insights for both users and sellers of the HLCC products, he was asked to become an active member of the American Hair Loss Council, while sharing his expertise at national conventions. Blatter has been interviewed on many TV shows as well as quoted for his expertise in numerous national trade journals. He has recently been featured on Good Morning Texas and CBS TV in New Orleans, as well as featured in Aesthetic Trends & Technologies magazine, along with a special profile in the National Hair Journal. Blatter has trained countless doctors and hair loss specialists in the latest laser therapy methodologies. He always tries to set up a win-win situation for their affiliated HLCC locations, including medical spas and doctors across the globe. “We arm our professionals with the very best information, products, equipment, technologies and training. Our challenge is to initially attract our clients and business associates. Once they see the quality of our products and our commitment to their success, they are reassured of our dedication.”

Conducting business in an honest and ethical manner is paramount to Blatter, who relays that many hair loss clients have been treated by unreliable methods or untrustworthy providers with disastrous results. He notes, “We want to always be realistic by telling people the truth about their hair loss so that we may honestly help manage their expectations for hair regrowth. We want to under promise and over deliver, while treating our clients in a very respectful and caring manner.” Being dedicated to the personal and business principles of integrity, social conscience and old fashioned hard work is what Blatter credits much of his personal accomplishment to, as well as the success of the Hair Loss Control Clinic and their affiliated partners.

Blatter’s commitment to helping others is reaffirmed in his charitable work, which began with his father’s involvement serving on the Board of the United Way charities. Taught that he had an obligation to help others from an early age, Blatter has always participated in local charities and national fundraisers. Blatter has consistently given back to his community, from trick or treating for UNICEF as a child to working with the JCs, local food drives, the Bethany hospitality center for the homeless and helping to run ‘Camp Good Days and Special Times,’ a camp for children with cancer. He recently founded ‘We Care, We Share,’ an organization that arranges bartering to provide services for those in need, allowing 100% of the proceeds to be returned into the charity.

Thoroughly enjoying the outdoors in his upstate New York home with son Billy, and fiancé’ Lori, Blatter regularly goes boating on the Hudson River, along with fishing, skiing, ATVing and camping. He looks forward to taking the Hair Loss Control Clinic into the future as well as to see a very positive evolution of the professional hair loss industry. “As science unwraps a better understanding of genetics and charts the systems in the body, we will have a better understanding of hair loss and how to effectively treat it. At HLCC, we always seek the most innovative doctors, researchers and business partners globally. We strive to produce the safest and most cutting-edge products that deliver the most effective results available today.”



Cancer Survivor and Cancer Exercise Specialist Lockey Maisonneuve

February 16, 2012


Cancer Survivor and Cancer Exercise Specialist Lockey Maisonneuve

Lockey Maisonneuve is a Cancer Survivor, Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer & Founder of MovingOn joins the show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Lockey Maisonneuve discuss the following:

  • How did you get started as a personal trainer?
  • How do you use exercise and fitness in your MovingOn program that is different from other programs?
  • What are the added benefits of having a fitness support group for cancer patients/survivors?
  • What muscles are most effected by treatment?
  • What do you suggest is the best exercise for someone recently out of treatment?


Lockey Maisonneuve began her fitness career in 2004 as a personal trainer. In 2006, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Lockey underwent chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomies, radiation and saline implant reconstruction.  She found first-hand the importance of exercise for both physical rehabilitation as well as emotional well-being.  Ms. Maisonneuve serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital.  Her certifications include: Certified Personal Trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine and Cancer Exercise Specialist through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute.



The impact diabetes has on a women’s sexual health

February 11, 2012


The impact diabetes has on a women’s sexual health

with Dr. Stacy Lindau

Dr. Stacy Lindau, a practicing gynecologist joins the show focusing on sexual health and diabetes with women.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Stacy Lindau discuss the following:

  • Can diabetes harm one's intimate life?
  • What impact does diabetes have on a women’s sexual health?
  • Are there specific symptoms?
  • Can having Type 2 diabetes cause complications in a women’s sexual health?
  • Are there specific symptoms of nerve damage?


Stacey Lindau combines biomedical and social science techniques to study life–course health, aging and sexuality.

As principal investigator of the South Side Health and Vitality Studies, Lindau directs population–based biosocial and health technology research using a community–engaged, minimally invasive approach. This project is the major research component of the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Urban Health Initiative, and it involves dozens of faculty members across biomedical and social science disciplines collaborating with civic leaders and community members living on Chicago’s South Side. This undertaking–inspired by the commitment of the medical profession to the principle of justice–aims to inform and evaluate community–level strategies for health and health care equity for all residents and reflects a central theme of Lindau’s research. Related to this work, Lindau directs the Chicago Core on Biomarkers in Population–Based Health and Aging Research at the University of Chicago and NORC Center on Demography and Economics of Aging, funded by the National Institute on Aging. She also leads the Population–Based Integrated Biology Research Core at the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine.

As a practicing gynecologist, Lindau translates her population–based research into clinical care via the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine. PRISM’s Clinic for Women and Girls with Cancer is a unique interdisciplinary program providing medical, psychosocial and physical therapy care for women seeking to prevent sexual problems and recover sexual function following cancer treatment and induced menopause. PRISM’s patient registry and health services research focuses on ways to improve clinical care in this important domain. Lindau is developing a national network of institutions with similar efforts to accelerate research and establish best practices for care of sexual concerns in women with cancer.

Lindau’s research accomplishments include the 2005–06 National Social Life, Health and Aging Project, the first comprehensive study of social relationships, sexuality and aging. She collaborates with several disease–based teams to study sexuality in the context of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive impairment, HIV/AIDS, and several cancer types. She also has contributed research and teaching in the area of sex education. Lindau actively engages with policymakers, including her participation in the recent national health care reform debates.

  • Associate Professor, Pritzker School of Medicine, Departments of Ob/Gyn and Medicine–Geriatrics
  • Associate Professor, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Core Faculty in the MacLean Center on Clinical Medical Ethics



Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.

Foods and drugs that cause chronic pain

February 11, 2012


Foods and drugs that cause chronic pain

with Dr. Daniel Twogood

Dr. Dan Twogood who has been practicing for 30 years in Southern California and has written a new book, his 4th, "Chronic Pain Gone 90 Days" joins the show.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Daniel Twogood discuss the following:

  • You point out in your book that pain and chronic pain are two different things. How so?
  • Pain can be caused by what you eat? I haven't heard that before. What kinds of food cause pain?
  • Dairy foods and bread are the main staples of our diets. How can they be bad for you?
  • What medications cause pain?
  • How can our listeners learn more about the connection between diet and chronic pain?


Dr. Twogood began practicing in 1982 at the International Sports Medicine Institute in West Los Angeles. While there he treated many of the athletes in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He began his private practice in Apple Valley, California in 1985. There, he met a patient who told him that he suffered with chronic back pain and headaches for 20 years. Doctors couldn't help him, but because of high cholesterol, he changed his diet. Within a few weeks he was free of his chronic pain. He later found out that milk and dairy foods caused his pain to return.

Dr. Twogood began experimenting with diet manipulation in 1985 and wrote his first book, "No Milk" in 1991. He has chronicled more of his practice experiences in three more books, "How to Rid Your Body of Pain" in 1996, "MSG is Everywhere" in 1997, and his newest book, "Chronic Pain Gone 90 Days" in 2011. He is available to talk to your group about how to get rid of chronic pain.


Dr. Dan Twogood
PO Box 3812 Apple Valley, CA 92307 760-953-0861

Dr. Twogood's books will be available through Barnes and Noble in March of 2012. Books can be ordered by sending $20 to:

PO Box 3812

Apple Valley, CA 92307


Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.

Finding the root of the problem with Vincent Ho

February 10, 2012


Finding the root of the problem with Vincent Ho

Vincent Ho, the President of Toronto-based company Dr. Ho’s, who redesign clinical grade devices for affordable home use therapy joins the show. Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & Vincent Ho discuss the following:

  • Can you please explain the Dr. Ho’s brand and the beliefs behind your products?
  • What is the decompression back belt and how does it work?
  • Why is this back belt unique from other belts on the market?
  • What is the Pain Therapy System and what is it used for?
  • What makes this pain therapy system special?


Dr. Ho’s provides quality clinical products reinvented for home therapy. Based out of Toronto, Dr. Ho’s has a whole line of home healthcare products for optimizing quality of life and body function, with everything from pain relief, to de-stress belts, to detox systems. Dr. Ho is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Acupuncture who has been practicing and teaching for more than 18 years. He has devoted his life to the study of natural medicine and self-care. He believes that the body has incredible healing powers and his philosophy is to identify and correct the underlying cause of the pain.


Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.

Increasing your energy, vitality and health

February 10, 2012


Increasing your energy, vitality and health

with Randi Dukoff

Randi Dukoff, owner of Core and More Health & Fitness and Partner at Vital Advantage Consulting joins the show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & Randi Dukoff discuss the following:

  • How do you define health?
  • What are your top 5 recommendations to increase your energy, vitality and health?
  • Are there any tests you recommend people have run during their annual check-ups?
  • Do you think Food can really effect a person's health and energy levels?
  • What are your top 5 foods to increase your health?


About Randi Dukoff

Twelve years ago, my picture was very different.  To begin, I was 30 pounds heavier than today. I suffered from sinus infections at least once a month a long with a prescription for antibiotics. I had horrendous seasonal allergies and would often feel tired.  I was burning the candle at both ends.  I would wake up early with my three young children and then stay up until between 12:00 and 1:00am getting “stuff” done, that never got accomplished during the day.  I convinced myself that I was a night owl.  My second wind would come around 9:00 pm every evening, even though just hours before I could barely keep my eyes open.  My diet was the SAD (Standard American Diet)  I was a huge meat and pasta eater.  My vegetables consisted of iceberg salads with a creamy dressing or Chinese broccoli in brown sauce.  I didn’t drink “coffee” but I did love Frappacinos every afternoon.  The only fish I ever ate was tuna salad, shrimp and smoked salmon.  I enjoyed fast food, did not cook a wide variety of dishes and I had joined at least 7 gyms and exercise programs but would never go to workout.  I would tell myself, I just don’t have enough time.

The thing is I seemed to make time for everything else, except me.  I was the type of person who would say yes to just about anyone who needed help.  At one point I was a PTA President, running a charity tennis tournament, fund-raising chairperson and class mom for 2 of my three children (all at the same time).

Let’s flash forward to today.  My life, health and world is very different.  The changes were not drastic, they were gradual.  Each positive change that resulted in my feeling better and getting results, led to more.  I lost the extra 30 pounds in less than 18 months.  The best part is that the weight has remained off for over 10 years. Now, I can’t wait to get to the gym and workout, but I only have to go 3-4 times/week.  My diet is completely different then it used to be, but I do not have to deprive myself of foods that I love, I just opened up to including more of what I had been missing. I don’t watch what I eat and I don’t count calories.  You won’t have to do those things either. My cardiac profile and blood fat levels also changed for the better.  My energy levels soar (I don’t have to hit the snooze button in the mornings), my stress has decreased and my productivity and time for my family has increased.  Health is about getting connected to your body.  Really listening so you can understand, what it is asking for.

When you take the time to slow down, tune in you naturally begin to make different choices.  Choices that will lead to having a Flatter Belly, less digestive issues, more energy, better body definition, more stamina, a stronger libido, no more weight issues, more mental clarity, less stress, more financial opportunities and the ability to be more present with the people you love.

I received my training from the C.H.E.K Institute and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

Randi Dukoff of Core and More…Health & Fitness has years of experience in supporting and coaching Corporate Clients and busy professionals/parents how to decrease their stress, increase productivity by having more energy, and lose enough weight to fit into their “favorite, sexiest jeans” again, all without the frustration of dieting or the danger of popping pills. I have developed a network of referral specialists, to use when necessary. I specialize in Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance, getting you back into your “Skinny, Sexy Jeans” , and getting overworked/time-pressed professionals back to the point of less stress, a flatter belly and the mental clarity needed to have even more productivity and even better relationships. My goal is to get you out of “pain” and back into the zone of HEALTH & ENERGY.  I have incorporated everything I teach into my own life with success.  I understand how important support is on the path to health.  I live what I teach and am living proof that is not difficult to achieve your health goals.

I began my career as a personal trainer through NASM and ISSA in 2003. I later became certified as a C.H.E.K. Nutrition and Life Coach in 2004 and a C.H.E.K. Exercise Coach in 2008 and as a Golf Performance Specialist in 2011. Within a short time, I realized that exercise was just part of the equation. What and when people ate, how much sleep they got and how they manage their Stress levels had a bigger impact on health then we realize. When broken down, exercising 3 times per week could not make up for the minimum 28 times a week we eat. This prompted me to return to school to study nutrition, anatomy & physiology and motivation.

Whatever your health goal is, I am here to support you! If you are ready and willing to make a wonderful change in your life, I will motivate, inspire and empower you to reach your goals.



Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.

PR & Marketing For The Medical Community

February 4, 2012


PR & Marketing For The Medical Community

with Angela O'Mara

Angela O'Mara the President of The Professional Image, Inc. a PR and Marketing Firm that has specialized in strategic marketing and high profile media campaigns for doctors and medical companies for over 24 years joins the show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & Angela O'Mara discuss the following:

  • What do you see as the most important aspect of marketing a physician or medical company should add to their practice?
  • Why is PR considered to be so powerful?
  • There are several popular TV shows featuring doctors. Can any physician be a guest on these types of shows?
  • It seems that there is a trend in the medical community of moving toward elective surgery and concierge medicine.  How can doctors improve their image so they can attract the type of patient interested in non-insurance treatments?
  • We are seeing an increase in popularity of Facebook and other Social Media.  What are your thoughts on how the medical community can embrace this new method of connecting with potential patients and how can they embrace it while maintaining their medical ethics?
  • Tell me how do you work with doctors and medical companies in other parts of the country?


Angela O’Mara has over 24 years experience representing public relations (PR) clients to the national media. What began as a casual interest in understanding how people "get on TV," Angela has taken PR beyond simply spinning a story.

Her PR & Marketing Agency The Professional Image, Inc. works  all television stations, and has successfully placed clients on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, E! Entertainment TV, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, The View, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Telemundo, Univision and the BBC, to name a few.

Angela has also been equally successful showcasing clients in magazines and newspapers around the world. A frequent lecturer on how to effectively market a business, Angela specializes in strategic marketing and PR campaigns for business organizations and offers private media training and on-camera interviewing skills. Her office is in Irvine, California.



Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of the show host or it's owners.

Hypnosis has a high success rate of helping smokers quit

February 3, 2012


Hypnosis has a high success rate of helping smokers quit

with Bryan Toder

Bryan Toder a certified clinical hypnotist located in the Philadelphia suburbs joins the show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & Bryan Toder discuss the following:

  • Why does hypnosis have such a high success rate of helping smokers quit—even more so than gum and nicotine patches?
  • Why is hypnotherapy a better alternative to use to quit smoking?
  • How can hypnosis play an important role in helping people lose weight?
  • Who can be hypnotized?
  • What does it feel like to be hypnotized?

Conclusion: Rather than rushing out to your local pharmacy to buy a pack of Nicorette, why not consider trying hypnotherapy to help you quit smoking. To learn more about Bryan Toder’s work, visit his website at

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Bryan Toder is a Certified Clinical Hypnotist and owner of Plymouth Hypnosis Center in Lafayette Hill, PA. He’s been in business at the same location for over nine years, specializing in helping his clients lose weight, quit smoking, manage their stress and even improve their golf game!

Bryan was trained and certified in Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy by the National Guild of Hypnotists and the American Board of Hypnotherapists. And, he has written his latest book, Get Thin—Be Happy: The 6 Easy Steps to Weight Loss Success, available at