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The Health Co-Op, a Christian alternative to health insurance

The Health Co-Op, a Christian alternative to health insurance

January 17, 2014

Tony Dale, Founder of The Health Co-Op a Christian alternative to health insurance, providing members with support and an array of discount health benefits joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and Health News Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Tony Dale discuss the following:

  • With your background as a physician and your understanding of the healthcare system tell us what prompted you to see the need for this alternative solution to Health Insurance?
  • What’s the main benefit of people using Health Co Op vs alternative regular health insurance?
  • How can businesses offer this as a plan to their employees?
  • Where do you see the Affordable Health Care act heading this year?
  • What are the top concerns you have about healthcare and its direction in America?
  • With all those changes, how is Health Co-Op a good solution – what other solutions are there and how can people sign up for health co-op?

Duration: 13:19

Dr. Tone Dale, Founder of The Health Co-Op spent many years as a family physician and as a missionary, and understands the challenges that are encountered by Christians in an insurance-led health care world.

In 1996, he founded The Karis Group, Inc., to negotiate costs incurred to members of Christian Sharing Organizations. That company has now expanded and works with thousands of members of many various organizations, employer groups and insurance companies.

The Health Co-Op was the natural outgrowth of his concern to provide the best for the Christian public and provides a comprehensive, yet easily affordable, approach to dealing with health care costs, one of the greatest challenges facing our nation.

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January 16, 2014

Mari L. McCarthy, founder of that provides Journaling for the Health of It products and services to help people improve their health joins eHealth Radio and the General Health Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Mari L. McCarthy discuss the following:

  • What is Journal Writing for the Health of It?
  • How did you come up with the idea for Journal Writing for the Health of It?
  • How does a Journaling Routine help a person improve their health?
  • How has Journaling for the Health of It helped you with your personal health? 
  • Why daily? Why pen to page only?

Duration: 9:01

Mari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Power Guide, founder of, home of Journaling for the Health of It™. Mari offers counseling and encouragement to health conscious people through her many on-line journaling resources (eBooks, newsletters, weekly journal writing prompts) as well as private consultations. She lives in a beachfront home south of Boston where she raises her roses and her health and wellness consciousness. You can download a sample chapter of her popular, Perfect Health, at her Journaling Power Library. WriteON!


Houston’s Diva Day - Celebrating Women of all Shapes, Sizes, Colors & Creeds

Houston’s Diva Day - Celebrating Women of all Shapes, Sizes, Colors & Creeds

January 15, 2014

Rhonda Townsend, whose emotions were stirred when she learned of Shawanna Thompson's crushing story having been denied services by a local area nail salon, is now hosting "Diva Day" in metro Houston, TX Saturday, January 18 for individuals everywhere. Rhonda Townsend is the President & CEO of Colour Nail Bar, Inc, one of the newest nail spots in Houston that "throws some extra touches into the mix.

This episode of eHealth Radio is in association with the Beauty, Health and Personal Development Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Rhonda Townsend discuss the following:

  • What is Diva Day? Why Diva Day?
  • Did you know Shawanna Thompson before the incident?
  • Where did the inspiration for "Be you. Live you. Love you." come from?
  • Who is invited to Diva Day and how can people be apart of it? 
  • What do you want people to walk away with from Diva Day? Give us five words that describe Diva Day?

Duration: 8:15

Rhonda Townsend is President & CEO of Colour Nail Bar, Inc and manages the day to day operations of the business. She is responsible for Colour Nail Bar's growth as one of the most sought after nail bars in Texas. Colour Nail Bar is a place for clients to get healthy nail services, build relationships and just feel relaxed.  Rhonda has over 20 years of business management experience and has held several management positions throughout her career with ExxonMobil, HP, and other companies. She is versed in strategic planning, customer engagement and performance improvement. She is adept in handling a wide variety of people. Her interpersonal skills and experience managing 20+ employees and handling multiple projects give her a competitive advantage over those salon owners who only have the technical expertise of doing nails.  While she is a self-motivated, take-charge person, she also understands the value of working collaboratively with her team to meet customers' expectations.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and her MBA from University of Phoenix. Ms. Townsend holds an Advanced Nail Technician certification from MediNails, Inc. She is a member of many professional business networking organizations. Rhonda also taught business courses at DeVry University as an adjunct professor. During prom season, she works with non-profits to donate services to economically challenged young girls.  She also mentors youth on various business topics such as Networking 101 and Mentorships.

In 2010, Colour Nail Bar was featured on KHOU Ch. 11 in Houston as one of the newest nail spots in town that "throws some extra touches into the mix.  Complimentary treats and drinks in the beverage bar and the service areas are designed to promote social interaction."  It was featured in the September 2012 issue of Nails Magazine, "A Social Experience in a Salon that Pops with Color".  Colour Nail Bar was named "Official Manicurists of the 2013 NBA All-Star Celebrity Lounge".  For 2014, she will be a manicurist in BET's Being Mary Jane Holiday Glam Nail Salon presented by Revlon held in Sugarland, TX.  Under her leadership, Colour Nail Bar has developed a number of strategic partnerships to provide increasing awareness about healthy nails and salon sanitation.

Rhonda’s extensive background in operations and customer service brings a unique perspective to Colour and poises the business for continued growth. Her strengths include interpersonal relationships and excellent communion skills with an appreciation for all people and cultures.

For more information, visit the Colour Nail Bar web site or email Rhonda Townsend at
Colour Nail Bar is located at 1614 Louetta Road at Interstate 45 in Spring, TX and can be reached at 281.288.5550.

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Roles the senses play in a person’s life with Natalie Robinson Garfield

Roles the senses play in a person’s life with Natalie Robinson Garfield

January 4, 2014


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

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

  • What is the most common complaint or issue people come to you for?
  • What role does medication play with your patients?
  • Do you subscribe to the mind body theories that are now the vogue?
  • What roles do the senses play in a person’s life?
  • Do you think there is a foundational reason so many get depressed after Christmas and suicide rates are up?

Duration: 14:29

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

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

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

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



Fat transfers or grafting in plastic surgery with Dr. Luis Macias

Fat transfers or grafting in plastic surgery with Dr. Luis Macias

January 4, 2014

Dr. Luis Macias, a physician with Marina Plastic Surgery in Marina del Ray, California who is bi-lingual and specializes in Latino plastic surgery joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery Information Channel. Marina Plastic Surgery offers many different plastic surgery procedures both surgical and nonsurgical which are used and have been studied extensively.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Luis Macias discuss the following:

  • We’ve heard a lot about fat transfers or grafting in plastic surgery but what does it all mean?
  • Can it only be done during liposuction or are there new ways to use it?
  • Is this a local procedure or do you need to be knocked out?  What’s the recovery time?
  • While new techniques include better liposuction devices that leave more fat cells intact for transfer, a new fact has come to light the last few years. Fat cells, it appears, are already rich in stem and regenerative cells and when harvested properly, may increase the survival of the transferred stem cells. Is this being done in clinical studies?
  • What is the average cost of the procedure?
  • Does getting a fat transfer improve one’s health and if so how? 

Duration: 7:35

Dr. Luis H. Macias is a highly-trained plastic surgeon serving Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, specializing in aesthetic and complex reconstructive plastic surgery. A University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine alumni, Dr. Macias completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Mayo Clinic, followed by a fellowship in microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Closer to home, Dr. Macias underwent further training in cosmetic surgery in the USC-Marina Plastic Surgery Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship, under the direction of Dr. Grant Stevens.

Using his specialized microsurgical and aesthetic training, Dr. Macias provides Los Angeles plastic surgery patients exceptional technical skill in breast reconstruction following mastectomy and body contouring procedures such as Brazilian butt lifts, Cellulaze™ to treat cellulite, and Smartlipo™.

Dr. Macias is highly experienced in breast augmentation using gummy bear breast implants, laser breast surgery, power-assisted tumescent liposuction, and no-drain tummy tucks. He is also trained to perform the breakthrough NeoGraft® hair replacement procedure.

In addition to seeing patients at Marina Plastic Surgery, Dr. Macias continues to train chief residents in the University of Southern California Plastic Surgery Residency Program as well as cosmetic surgery fellows in the USC-Marina Plastic Surgery Aesthetic Fellowship. As is typical, Dr. Macias went above and beyond and in addition to his extensive formal training he traveled overseas to train with some of the leading plastic surgery innovators.

Before pursuing his career in medicine, Dr. Macias served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He became an avionics technician for the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet, reaching the rank of sergeant. He then used the G.I. bill to obtain his undergraduate and medical degrees from UCLA.

Patients looking for plastic surgeons in Los Angeles can consult with Dr. Macias and take comfort in his warm bedside manner. His compassion puts his patients at ease, while his exceptional surgical skills gain attention among colleagues. In addition, his bicultural-bilingual background makes it easier to communicate with, and relate to, patients who speak Spanish.

As a Marine, Dr. Macias knows what it means to be dedicated, disciplined, and passionate. He brings those same traits to his career in plastic surgery, where he is specializing in aesthetic surgery and reconstruction for cancer and trauma patients. His empathetic nature shines through whether his patients are undergoing a complex reconstructive procedure or have decided on breast implants or liposuction after struggling with low self-esteem because of their physical appearance.


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