Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in young men

January 31, 2017


Rebecca DeLeon, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Intensive Program Coordinator at Optimum Performance Institute, a residential treatment program that promotes lasting independence for young adults utilizing a real world approach joins eHealth Radio and the Mental Health and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Rebecca DeLeon discuss the following:

  • What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
  • How does it present differently in males?
  • How can this be misdiagnosed in males at times?
  • How do the symptoms cause a failure to launch for these young men?
  • How does OPI treat this in your program?

Rebecca DeLeon holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies was awarded by California State University, Northridge.

During her academic time with CSUN Rebecca worked in the Child and Family Studies Center which acknowledges the needs of the individual child and the values of the family with the provision of a safe and nurturing environment. She trained with New Directions for Youth during her graduate program working with court referred adolescents in therapy.

Rebecca participated in Behavioral Tech’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy 10-Day Intensive Training Course© as well as several other DBT trainings such as, Using DBT on the Front Lines.

Rebecca is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Psychological Association.


You’ve Lost a Loved One. Don’t Lose Your Health Too!

January 27, 2017


Robin Fiorelli, Sr. Director of Bereavement and Volunteers at Vitas Healthcare the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care joins eHealth Radio and the Emotional Health, Health Care & Health News Channels.

Robin Fiorelli has spent her career thinking about loss, death and grief. From what to say to a friend who is grieving to what a community needs when a public tragedy strikes, her education and experience as director of bereavement and volunteer services at VITAS Healthcare have served her, VITAS and the public well.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Robin Fiorelli discuss the following:

  • Does grief affect our overall health? Specifically what about our physical health and psychological health?
  • What is complicated grief and what risk factors are associated with it?
  • What are the indications that grief is moving from its normal course and becoming a problem?
  • What are some current theories on how our bodies process grief?
  • What are some tips for coping with grief – and keeping our own wellness in mind?

Summary: Grief is universal and it is a normal human reaction to losing a loved one.  Because the grief experience can be so difficult though, we often think we are losing our minds. So, it helps to understand what normal grief looks like, how we can help those who are grieving and what steps we can take to prevent grief from significantly affecting our health. 


Robin Fiorelli, LCSW, is senior director of bereavement and volunteer services for VITAS Healthcare. Robin develops, implements and standardizes VITAS’ volunteer and bereavement services nationwide.

She also serves as the liaison between Global Partners in Care and VITAS’ 17 African hospice partnerships, and is liaison between VITAS Community Connection, a non-profit affiliate, and VITAS Healthcare. Additionally, she provides support and education to
VITAS ethics committees nationwide.

Robin has more than 25 years of social services and bereavement support experience. She joined VITAS in 1993 as a social worker in San Diego. She has served in her current position since 2003.

“It was through my experience observing grief outcomes,” Robin says of the topic she will discuss, “that I began to conclude that those mourners who were able to gradually adjust emotionally, socially and spiritually also seemed to sustain better physical health overall. And they seemed to survive longer after their loss. Social support, faith and the individual’s psychological makeup have all been shown in the literature to greatly affect an individual’s grief outcome.
“That’s why, at VITAS, we are careful to individually assess each bereaved caregiver’s history—coping with prior loss, social support, internal strengths—to develop a plan of care tailored to their current needs for grief support.”
Robin has received the national VITAS Award for Excellence in Management, been named to VITAS’ Leadership Council and won the Social Worker of the Year Award for the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She recently served two terms on the NHPCO bereavement steering committee—officially known as the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals section of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

She is the author of many of the resources on written for grieving friends and family, and has contributed throughout her career to published books and articles on grief and loss and their effects on health.

Robin earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work at the University of California, Berkeley.




The connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body

January 26, 2017


Dr. Ben Kacos, The President of the Northwest Louisiana Dental Association and the creator of Explore Education, which provides training for dentists joins eHealth Radio and the Dental Care, Health News & Oral Health Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Ben Kacos discuss the following:

  • What is Periodontal Disease?
  • How does gum disease affect our general health?
  • What other dental problems can affect our health?
  • How are these conditions treated?
  • How can we prevent these conditions?


When you visit Benjamin M. Kacos DMD, expect quality oral health services. Each member of our team shows total commitment to his /her work and patients. Our staff members do all they can to help foster long-lasting relationships built on trust and support with best in class customer service every time you visit. If you are looking for personalized patient care, state-of-the-art procedures and a devoted dental team to meet your needs, call us at (318) 869-2593. We are always ready to help maintain and enhance your smile.


Calm Instead of Crisis: A Conversation with A Hospice Doctor

January 25, 2017


Dr. Joseph Shega, MD, senior vice president and national medical director for VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care & Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Joseph Shega discuss the following:

  • Hospice is a scary concept. Why shouldn’t people put it off for as long as possible?
  • How does someone know when it’s time for hospice? Who makes that decision?
  • What does the hospice admission process involve?
  • Describe the four levels of hospice care in laymen’s terms.
  • What is the role of the physician in hospice care?
  • What can someone expect once they become a hospice patient?


Joseph Shega, MD, is senior vice president and national medical director for VITAS Healthcare. Dr. Shega oversees the regional medical directors and the director of physician services. He joined VITAS in 2013 as a regional medical director and in 2016 was promoted to national medical director.

Dr. Shega has devoted his career to improving the care of older adults at the end of life. Prior to joining VITAS, he was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago in geriatrics and palliative medicine. In this role, he helped expand the palliative medicine program, including accreditation of a fellowship program in hospice and palliative medicine, integration of palliative care into oncology, and furthering the understanding of pain assessment and management in persons with dementia.  

“The best hospice doctor,” he believes, “is an advocate, someone who appreciates and respects individuality, values personhood and matches each care plan to that personhood.”

In conjunction with his work at VITAS, Dr. Shega serves as the chair of the ethics committee for the American Geriatrics Society, as co-editor of the Pain and Aging section of Pain Medicine, and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. He serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s roundtable on quality care for people with serious illness. Dr. Shega is a key contributor to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s UNIPAC education series and serves as managing editor of the upcoming 5th edition.

Dr. Shega earned his bachelor’s degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Chicago.



VITAS® Healthcare has more than 35 years of experience caring for fragile patients and managing care transitions: from hospital to home, from curative to palliative, from chronic to end-stage. VITAS operates 44 hospice programs in 15 states and the District of Columbia, employing 12,051 professionals who care for seriously ill patients daily, primarily in the patients’ homes but also in the company’s 32 inpatient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities. In the third quarter of 2016, VITAS reported an average daily census of 16,341 patients.

Learn more at or call 800.93.VITAS.

Building a Better Fat Trap. Q & A with Gary Thompson, M Pharmaceuticals

January 21, 2017


Gary Thompson, President and CEO of M Pharmaceuticals USA, a clinical-stage company developing innovative technologies for obesity and weight management joins eHealth Radio and the Health News, Pharmaceutical & Weight Management Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Gary Thompson discuss the following:

  • A fat loss drug is the holy grail, what has been the challenges in developing a drug that actually works?
  • With drugs that "trap fat", what have been the issues surrounding Orlistat products currently on the market?
  • Your company has redesigned this drug, now called C-103, to address "bathroom issues", how does this new drug work?
  • What have studies for C-103 demonstrated so far?
  • Would your drug work against other illnesses that affect the obese such as fatty liver disease, if so, how?
  • What is the next step for your diet drug?


Gary A. Thompson, B.S. is President & CEO M-Pharmaceutical U.S.A. Inc. Thomspon has 30 years plus of sales and management experience in Fortune 500 health care organizations and start up pharmaceutical companies. He has served as Vice President of sales for Cigna Healthcare managing billions of assets over his career. Mr. Thompson's management and leadership roles with start up ventures including ToConceive LLC., (510K FDA Clearance ) in women's health and wellness, and in the obesity space as President of M-Pharma's newly acquired Chelatexx, LLC., C-103 reformulated orlistat.




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The Caregiver’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s and Dementia

January 19, 2017



Health writer and nutrition educator Barbra Cohn again joins eHealth Radio and the Alzheimers Information and Nutrition Channels. Barbra is also the author of Calmer Waters: The Caregiver's Journey Through Alzheimer's & Dementia.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Barbra Cohn discuss the following:

  • You cared for your husband who had early-onset Alzheimer's disease for 10 years. What is the number #1 health concern that caregivers face?
  • There are so many books about Alzheimer's, how is yours different and where is it available?
  • You're a nutrition educator, as well as a health writer. Can you talk about some nutrition tips that help relieve stress?
  • Your book includes 20 chapters on healing modalities and activities that care partners can do together to help them to relax and feel more connected. What did you and your husband do?
  • What is the most important thing about providing care for someone with Alzheimer's disease?
  • What tips can you give for instant stress relief?


Barbra Cohn is a health writer and certified nutrition educator who offers support to caregivers, guiding them to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. She cared for her husband for a decade before he died from younger-onset Alzheimer's disease. Afterward, she was compelled to write "Calmer Waters: The Caregiver's Journey Through Alzheimer's and Dementia to help caregivers feel happier, healthier, less stressed, more confident, sleep better and to experience inner peace.

Barbra has written hundreds of articles for national and regional publications and health newsletters including First for Women, Better Nutrition, Energy Times, Delicious! and YM magazine. She currently writes a blog called thehealthycaregiverblog ( and is on the editorial board of Care Connections, a newsletter for caregivers.

As president and owner of Cohn Writing Solutions, Barbra writes sales copy, newsletters and articles, and analyzes scientific studies for cosmetics and nutritional supplement companies. In addition to holding a Master’s degree in professional writing, she has a Certificate in Nutrition from the Bauman College of Nutrition. When she is not writing, Barbra can be found hiking in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, dancing salsa and tango or playing with her adorable grandchildren. Email her at




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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.

Personalized Nutrition: Finding Exactly What Nutrients Will Restore Your Health

January 17, 2017



Dr. Greg Tefft, the World’s Leading Expert in Personalized Nutrition & author of the internationally bestselling book Your Personal Life, Measuring What Your Body Needs to Live Lean, Long, Strong & Better joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Nutrition Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Greg Tefft discuss the following:

  • What really is personalized nutrition and why do you say in your book it’s not “You are what you eat” but that “You are what you retain?”
  • You say that you believe all disease is a matter of what we eat...Let me quote you here. “Experiencing the fastest healing process and the healthiest, fittest, longest life possible is totally based on a tug- of-war between what’s inside of you and what choices you are exposed to and make from the outside. Food is always the dominant variable.” Can you comment further on this.
  • Tell us about the testing program that you developed and perfected over the past 60 years? How does it work and what does it tell you about someone’s health... how is it different than other medical testing?


Dr. Greg Teftt, author of the internationally bestselling book Your Personal Life, Measuring What Your Body Needs to Live Lean, Long, Strong & Better, is a renowned board-certified naturopathic and chiropractic physician, three-time Natural Mr. America, former Olympic and U.S. Swim Team sports-med staff doctor, and well known drugless clinician to the stars at Malibu Health & Rehabilitation Center. He says that EVERY illness can be traced to what we put in our mouths. And the opposite holds true, every illness can be eliminated by putting the RIGHT foods in our mouths.
Now that doesn’t mean eating the accepted standard “healthy diet,” or living on wheatgrass and kale. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.  Because EVERY body is different -- which means that your health is a matter of what is nutritionally correct for your body only.  You must give it the very nutrients that are lacking, while reducing the ones that are excessive. And the only way to accomplish this is to test using a lock of your hair instead of 1,000 blood tests as the basis for an exacting analysis. This ends the guesswork by you or your doctors.   
Why is using ONE lock of hair so vital as a biopsy specimen? Because it’s the same as taking twelve blood tests a day for three months. This approach eliminates daily errors in blood fluctuations and identifies long term mineral and related nutrient patterns that are more reliable for therapeutic intervention and permanent change. Urine and saliva do not measure up as saliva provides no reflection of nutrient status, while urine shows what is excreted, not
assimilated by cells.  

Furthermore, in his book, Dr.Tefft lays out why the health system is failing people today with standardized nutrition advice--and just how our genes and metabolic state predetermine what works for us and what doesn’t.  According to Dr. Tefft, “Experiencing the fastest healing process and the healthiest, fittest, longest life possible is totally based on a tug-of-war between what’s inside of you and what nutrition choices you make as well as what you are exposed to from the outside environment. Food is always the dominant variable.”





Work Comfortably and Pain free with the Help of the New Phone App, WorkPose

January 16, 2017


Charissa Sims, an Occupational Therapist, CEO of Ergolution & Co-Founder of the Free Workpose Phone App joins eHealth Radio and the Health News & Pain Management Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Charissa Sims discuss the following:

  • What gave you the idea to come up with the Workpose App?
  • How can a user get the most out of using the Workpose App?
  • If I have neck pain, does the Workpose App provide suggestions and can you give me some tips to reduce neck pain?
  • What are some basic suggestions that can help people be more comfortable at work? A common problem s not having the correct posture while working in the office for an example.
  • What's next for Workpose?  Are you planning to add more content or features?


Vanessa Friedman is the founder of Ergonomic Connection, which has been providing speciality ergonomic furniture and computer accessories to businesses and individuals since 2003. She is a Kinesiologist with a speciality in Exercise Science. Her career started in the orthopedic arena by helping clients rehabilitate from a workers’ compensation injury. Through this work, she saw the need for injury prevention in the work place and the solution was, to prevent the injury by correcting the workspace and educating clients on easy to use tools, equipment and excercises. Vanessa has partnered with Charissa Sims to bring comfort in the workplace, mainstream. She hopes to get all WorkPose users pain free.


Charissa Sims is an Ergonomist and Occupational Therapist working in the field of injury prevention. She has been running ergonomic programs and performing evaluations for the past fifteen years. Sims truly loves helping people be more comfortable and productive at work and has seen amazing results over the past decade. While lecturing on Ergonomics at the University of Southern California, she managed the ergonomics program at Raytheon Space and Airborne systems. As a consultant, she worked with some of the biggest technology, insurance and healthcare companies in the world from Google to Electronic Arts, Symantec to UCLA, as well as City of Hope, FOX, NBC Universal, Riot Games, CBS, Union Bank, AIG and The Hartford. Sims receives many requests from people that work from home and cannot afford her fees. She wanted to create something that was affordable, easy to use and accessible. You can learn more about Mrs. Sims other projects at her company site:




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Sayar Care, an all-natural product that slows and reverses hair loss

January 14, 2017


Zee Schwab, the CEO at Sayar Care, an all-natural product that slows and reverses hair loss, using ingredients proven to work as well as commonly used drugs without the side effects joins eHealth Radio and the Hair Loss Prevention and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Zee Schwab discuss the following:

  • Why do young adults lose their hair?
  • What makes an all natural approach to stopping hair loss better than using pharmaceuticals?
  • How can you target DHT and not cause the side effects seen with the drugs that block DHT?
  • With this all natural way, how long does it take to see results?
  • If users stop using it for a little bit, does the hair loss accelerate?
  • What tips can you tell us that will help people slow their hair loss?


Sayar Care produces and distributes :Retain™. :Retain™ is an all natural product that slows and reverses hair loss, using ingredients scientifically shown to work as well as commonly used pharmaceuticals, with fewer side effects. it addresses the multiple causes of hair loss, and ensures that new and remaining hairs stay healthy and well taken care for.

In order to properly stop hair loss, the hormone that causes the hair loss needs to be blocked. After that has been accomplished, the body needs to be reminded to continue nourishing the dying hair follicles, and the hair needs to be strengthened. :Retain™ accomplishes this while using only eight natural ingredients. Using this unique approach, Sayar Care has produced a viable all-natural product to combat hair loss, with the success seen from more commonly used pharmaceuticals.




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Twitter: @sayarcare

INOCULATED - A Story of Darkness and Hope

January 13, 2017


Kent Heckenlively, a science teacher, attorney, and author, who wants the world to know about the CDC whistle-blower, Dr. William Thompson and it's all in is new book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Kent Heckenlively discuss the following:

  • Tell us why you decided to write this book.
  • Why is INOCULATED such an important book?
  • In your subtitle you use the phrase – “How Science Lost its Soul in Autism” – please explain what you mean?
  • You share some startling revelations in the first three chapters, can you talk about some of them?
  • What first brought this subject to your attention?


Kent Heckenlively is a science teacher, an attorney, and a founding contributing editor of Age of Autism.  During his undergrad years at St. Mary’s College, Heckenlively worked for U.S. Senator Pete Wilson and was the school’s Rhodes Scholar candidate.  In law school at Golden Gate University, he was a writer and editor of the school’s law review, spending his summers working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco.

In the summer of 2010 and 2011, Heckenlively attended the Teacher Research Academy at Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratories, spending eight weeks in a virus lab investigating the expression of micro-RNAs in a monkey model of Ebola infection.  Kent is also a member of the Compass group, a consortium of autism parents, leading scientists, and philanthropists in Silicon Valley looking for answers to neuro-immune diseases.

Heckenlively served on the Executive Council of the San Ramon Valley Education Association for several years and was the Health and Safety Committee Chairman for the teacher’s union, representing more than 1,600 educators, therapists, and psychologists.

In the fight against chronic diseases, Kent finds great wisdom in the strategy used by Nelson Mandela in South Africa.  Mandela believed change could only come about when one engaged in satyagraha, a Buddhist concept which insists on speaking the absolute truth, while at the same time practicing ahimsa, a commitment not to harm those who might be your adversaries.

In November of 2014, Heckenlively published PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases, with Dr. Judy Mikovits, a 20-year government scientist and former head of the Lab of Anti-Viral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute.  The book quickly became one of the best-selling virus books of the last 30 years and has garnered extensive praise from the patient community and leading physicians.

His new book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism is even more explosive, detailing allegations by a senior CDC scientist of how the agency has covered up a link between vaccines and autism.  The allegations of Dr. William Thompson are now under investigation by Congressman Jason Chaffetz's office and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Kent and his wife Linda live in Northern California with their two children, Jacqueline and Ben.

Fun fact:  Kent played football for De La Salle High School whose Spartans had a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003, a record unequaled by any American sport.  This accomplishment is depicted in the 2014 film, When the Game Stands Tall, starring Jim Cazaviel and Laura Dern.  Kent firmly believes that even though all this success happened after he stopped playing football for De La Salle it was “just a coincidence” and not a reflection of his athletic skills.