Get Summer Ready: Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

May 14, 2016

Dr. Howard Heppe and Dr. Harold Bautista, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg located in Fredericksburg, Virginia again joins eHealth Radio and the Plastic Surgery Information Channel. They discuss how you can get summer ready with liposuction or a tummy tuck.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guests Dr. Howard Heppe and Dr. Harold Bautista discuss the following:

  • What are your recommendations for someone who is trying to get their body ready for summer?
  • What is liposuction? What is a tummy tuck? 
  • What are reasons someone would choose liposuction over a tummy tuck or vice versa?
  • What do the liposuction and tummy tuck procedures entail? What is recovery like? 
  • What are common concerns with liposuction and a tummy tuck?

Duration: 7:03

A renowned plastic surgeon in Fredericksburg, Dr. Howard Heppe has traveled several times to Latin America on charity missions. He has given numerous presentations on topics of plastic surgery at medical conferences & throughout the United States and Canada, and has published several articles. He keeps abreast of new techniques of cosmetic surgery, attending national meetings. Dr. Heppe is a member of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and diplomat of the National Medical Examiners.

Dr. Harold Bautista is acting Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Mary Washington Hospital. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has recently proven his dedication to maintaining his knowledge base in his chosen specialty by passing a recertification examination given by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in April 2004. He joined the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg in 1993 and has privileges at Mary Washington Hospital, Stafford Hospital and Spotsylvania Regional.

Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg only performs procedures that are proven to deliver the best results, which include breast augmentation, mommy makeover, tummy tuck, liposuction and facelift.


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3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living by Melinda Arcara

May 13, 2016

Melinda Arcara who is known as Gluten-Free Bebe joins eHealth Radio and the Health and Nutrition Channels.  She is a Certified Health Coach and Healthy Gluten-Free Food Advocate. She’s discusses her new book titled "3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living that she self-published in September of last year.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Melinda Arcara discuss the following:

  • When you search the Words “Gluten-Free Books” on you get 21,000 results.  What makes this book different than all the other books on the market?
  • The book is titled 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living.  Why 3 steps? 
  • Isn’t eating gluten-free all about what to eliminate?  For example, couldn’t you just say “Eliminate anything that contain wheat, barley and rye” and the chapter would be over?
  • The back cover of the book calls it a guidebook.  People go on diets all the time, what makes eating gluten-free so different that it needs a manual?
  • Why would someone want this book rather than searching on the internet?
  • If someone was diagnosed with Celiac today what would you tell them to get them started?

Duration: 14:47

As the baby of ten children, Melinda or “the Bebe” as her dad nicknamed her, went through the first forty years of her life with lots of family love & support but she never felt healthy. Suffering from unexplained symptoms including migraines, stomach pains, anemia, anxiety, weight fluctuations, and joint pain, she was finally diagnosed with a gluten intolerance in 2010.  For Melinda, this diagnosis was as a blessing, not a curse as she learned how to be gluten-free and to finally feel better.  After much trial and error and significant expense, she has written a new book available on Amazon, 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living that wants to save newly diagnosed gluten-intolerant and celiac sufferers time, money, and energy to getting on a path to better health and to 100 percent gluten-free living for life!

3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living is a practical, step-by-step guide for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with Celiac or supporting someone with a gluten-related disorder and is left with difficult question “where do I start?”

br/>Sorting through all the information about becoming gluten-free can be frustrating and time-consuming—and purchasing everything labeled “gluten-free” can be expensive.  “My first 4 years of being gluten-free were stressful and expensive.  I wrote the book to help others become compliant to the diet quicker and easier than I did” says Arcara.

This book is written to be a practical, step-by-step guide to the elimination of gluten from your diet, the transition of your heart and your home (including your pantry), and the substitution of products and ingredients for your recipes and meals. Over 100 products and brands are referenced in the book.

The book emphasizes a holistic approach including eating whole, clean, local, and healthy, which is important when starting your gluten free journey and for being truly compliant to a gluten-free diet. 

In a friendly tone that incorporates humor and inspiring enthusiasm, 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living teaches that gluten-free eating can be healthy—if you do it the right way.

Topics covered include:

  • Alternative gluten-free grains
  • Reading labels
  • Substitutable ingredients & products
  • Shopping & brands
  • Eating-out & social situations
  • Traveling
  • Positive attitude & family support

Helping you get organized with thought-provoking exercises, recipes, tips, facts, and plenty of space for notes, 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living has everything you need to quickly feel the benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle.

Author Melinda Lawer Arcara, a.k.a. Gluten-Free Bebe, is a blogger ( and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a certified health coach with a focus on incorporating healthy gluten-free living into daily routines.  She speaks to groups frequently about her 3 Step approach and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and children.



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Success and Charitable Giving & how they go hand in hand

May 13, 2016

Roberta Perry, President of ScrubzBody™ Natural Skin Care that creates small batch, handcrafted products that makes your skin smile again joins eHealth Radio and the Charity & Skin Care Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Roberta Perry discuss the following:

  • What was your AHA moment to create your signature product, Scrubz™?
  • Why do you call it the busy person's dream product? How can it help their skin issues?
  • Besides money, What is your greatest business success? 
  • How did you get involved in charitable giving with your brand?
  • What is "The Breast of Everything?" (

Duration: 11:25

After years of being totally selfless and taking care of everyone else's needs, (ok, that is my own humble opinion, but work with me here) my skin was peeling, dry, itchy and irritated. In 2005, at 43, I decided I was worth taking care of too. I discovered exfoliating products, but like the proverbial Goldilocks, none were completely satisfying my needs & wants. I decided to create my own and headed for the kitchen to play like a "mad chemist". I mixed up different combinations of botanical oils, which are great for skin, and loved my creations. It was not until I did extensive research, however, that I realized how lucky I was with the recipe I had created. I brought in my sister and we started ScrubzBody™ in 2006, in my home. We moved quickly to a renovated garage, and then opened our first manufacturing/store front, in Bethpage, NY in 2011. We have since moved to a much larger space, right in the heart of town. We love it here. All products are handcrafted in small batches. We host “Make your own Scrubz™” parties for kids of all ages. We sell retail and wholesale, with clients such as Whole Foods Markets.

I have been published and quoted in blogs, beauty magazines and various articles. I have had 2 Newsday articles written about my business and have contributed to many others. I was a panelist for the Newsday Connect Small Business Seminar, I was a guest for a natural remedy segment of the Dr. Oz show which aired on 10/24/14, as well as a food related segment which aired on 2/29/16. I received the Nassau County Legislature Trailblazer award for our charity work on 3/21/16. I am a proud member of Indie Business Network, American Made Matters, Bethpage Chamber of Commerce & Bethpage Kiwanis Club.


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Twitter: @scrubzbody
Instagram: @scrubzbody

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Introducing Soltrackr: The Wireless Health Companion

May 11, 2016

David Nam, Founder and CEO of Soltrackr, a smart health tracking company providing a wireless health companion that delivers in-depth vital and environmental information on the go joins eHealth Radio and the Cancer Prevention, Skin Care & Technology Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest David Nam discuss the following:

  • What is Soltrackr?
  • What are the benefits of Soltrackr?
  • How does Soltrackr work?
  • Who will benefit from Soltrackr?
  • What does the product replace?

David Nam is CEO of Soltrackr. A leader in the technology industry for nearly two decades, David has established a successful track record building businesses and organically growing new product lines. He previously served as General Manager at Maxim Integrated for the Mobile Power and Battery Management Business, where his team played an integral role in developing and enabling technology for Samsung flagship phones.

David’s real-life experiences of tragedy, including the loss of his nine-year old niece to Leukemia, inspired him to create Soltrackr. He combined his knowledge and passion to build a simple, yet powerful, solution to give people deeper awareness of their health and the environment around them.

David is a graduate from University of California, Berkeley.


soltrackr on Social Media:
Twitter: @soltrackr

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How Good Sleep Can Improve Your Day to Day Life

May 10, 2016

Richard Shane Ph.D., founder of Sleep Easily, a learn-at-home, medication-free Sleep Solution joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Sleep Health Channels. Richard Shane, Ph.D., has been a psychotherapist since 1977 and is the Behavioral Sleep Specialist for New West Physicians, Colorado, with 85 physicians serving over 170,000 patients.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Richard Shane discuss the following:

  • What is your background in health and sleep?
  • What are the damaging effects of poor sleep?
  • What is Sleep Easily?
  • Who did you test this product on and what percentage benefited from Sleep Easily?
  • Is this something that can help someone who is a chronic poor sleeper?
  • What about those that wake up during the night?
  • Where can you get the Sleep Easily Method?

Duration: 10:45

Richard Shane, Ph.D., has been a psychotherapist for 35 years. He is the Behavioral Sleep Specialist for New West Physicians, Colorado, with 85 physicians serving over 170,000 patients. From 2010 through 2014, he was the Behavioral Sleep Specialist for Lutheran Medical Center Sleep Center in Denver.

In 1991 as a result of a life crisis, Dr. Shane developed severe insomnia. He spent years internally exploring and resolving his own insomnia. Through that process, Dr. Shane discovered five physical triggers for sleep. He further researched the neurophysiology of sleep and developed the Sleep Easily Method.


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Twitter: @sleepeasily
Instagram: @sleepeasily

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Intimate Skin Care Products for Feminine Hygiene

May 8, 2016

Dr. Ronald D. Blatt, M.D an expert in the field of women's health for over 30 years & PrivateRx Founder joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Skin Care Channels.

Dr. Blatt is also Femnene Corporation Chairman, a board-certified gynecologist and Chief Surgeon and Medical Director of the Manhattan Center for Vaginal Surgery and the Manhattan Centers for Women's Health.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Ronald D. Blatt discuss the following:

  • What is PrivateRx and why it is different from other products on the market?
  • What are the advantages of using PrivateRx vs hormone replacement therapy or other Dr prescribed products and treatments?
  • How soon can women expect to see results from PrivateRx treatments?
  • What is the cooling and soothing package you offer on your website?
  • Where can listeners purchase PrivateRx products?

Duration: 10:17

Ronald D. Blatt, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., has been an expert in the field of women's health for over 30 years. Board-certified gynecologist, expert surgeon and compassionate physician, Dr. Blatt's driving imperative is to treat matters of vaginal health and intimate skin care with knowledge, awareness and respect.

Dr. Blatt has built one of the world's top health care practices in New York City, where he is Chief Surgeon and Medical Director of the Manhattan Center for Vaginal Surgery and the Manhattan Centers for Women's Health. He is also Chairman of the Femnene Corporation, where he developed a revolutionary line of Intimate Skin Care products for mature women.

Located on New York's fabled East Side, the Manhattan Centers staff provides a comprehensive array of gynecological services to a diverse clientele and perform a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures, which include vaginoplasty, labiaplasty, and vaginal rejuvenation. Aware of the fact that it is sometimes difficult for women to talk about the subjects of vaginal looseness, loss of sexual satisfaction or enlarged labia.

Dr. Blatt draws on decades of experience in the ob/gyn field to put patients at ease, answer their questions in an empathetic manner, and provide the knowledgeable consultation and professional treatment women seek.

Dr. Blatt's focus is, and has always been, on the well-being of the total woman. It was this devotion that led to his creation of what he calls his Intimate Skin Care line – with medical benefits specifically formulated for a woman's most private areas: Total feminine skin care that results in greater comfort and sexual self-esteem. His first product, Vulvare, was developed and released to a specialty salon market. Response was so overwhelmingly positive that Dr. Blatt felt encouraged to expand his range of products. Along with his group of research scientists, he went back to the laboratory and created the PrivateRx brand.

Dr. Blatt graduated magna cum laude from the esteemed S.U.N.Y Albany, he then graduated from University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Blatt fulfilled his residency at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. As he was particularly sensitive to women's health issues, he decided to invest his time, energy and passion in the field of gynecology. Dedicated to educating women in personal and intimate health care, Dr. Blatt feels that the topic of vaginal health is often neglected. While surgical measures can provide successful results, there are still the everyday concerns that must be tended to. The PrivateRx intimate skin care line is designed to do just that.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @private_rx

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Breedlove for Africa: Spreading Hope One Meal at a Time

May 4, 2016

Mark Wentling, Director for Africa Relations with Breedlove Foods in Lubbock, Texas who is involved in spreading hope one meal at a time joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel. He has a long record of outstanding performance in the design and management of a diverse variety of complex development assistance activities in Africa. Wentling is one of the rare people on Earth who has visited or worked in all fifty-four African countries.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Mark Wentling discuss the following:

  • What is AfriCook?
  • Tell us a bit more about the importance behind the “Breedlove for Africa” fundraiser. (#Breedlove4Africa)
  • Your company works with companies addressing these problems in the continent of Africa. What new breakthroughs do you find promising? 
  • How can Lubbock Support the “Breedlove for Africa” Fundraiser?
  • Where Can People Go to Make a Donation?

Duration: 8:59

Mark Gregory Wentling was born in Wichita, Kansas and grew up in the nearby rural communities of Eldorado and Udall. He has a wealth of international development experience, working mostly in Africa for the Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras in the 1967-69 period and, in September 1970, he continued working with the Peace Corps in Togo, where he served three years as a volunteer in village construction and agricultural education programs in the Agu District of Togo. In 1973, he served as a volunteer leader for these programs throughout Togo. In 1974, he became Associate Peace Corps Director responsible for rural development programs in Togo. In February 1975, he was assigned to Gabon as Peace Corps Director, and in 1976 he took up the same position in Niger.

In 1977, Mr. Wentling accepted an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. During the 1977-1981 period, Mr. Wentling managed one of the most complex integrated rural development projects in West Africa, the Niamey Department Project. For his work in Niger, he received a Superior Honor Award from USAID and an unprecedented commendation from the Government of Niger.

Following his work in Niger, Mr. Wentling managed regional projects in the areas of agricultural research, rural credit and private sector development from USAID's headquarters in Washington. In 1983, he was assigned to Guinea and served as USAID Representative to this country until June 1987. For his work in Guinea with private investment promotion, agribusiness, local farmers and food aid, Mr. Wentling received high recognition from USAID, the Department of State and the Government of Guinea.

From June 1987 to July 1991, Mr. Wentling was USAID Representative to Togo and Benin. For sustained outstanding work during this four-year period with population, child survival, export promotion and agricultural policy reform activities, he was awarded Meritorious Awards by USAID and the U.S. Ambassador. In April 1989, in recognition of performance through March 31, 1988, Mr. Wentling received the high honor of being promoted into the U.S. Senior Foreign Service .

In August 1992, Mr. Wentling was named first USAID Director to Angola, but insecurity in that country prevented him from pursuing this assignment and he was assigned in November 1992 to Washington as the Director of the Southern Africa Drought Emergency and African Disaster Assistance Task force, including the Somalia working group. In March 1993, Mr. Wentling was assigned as the Director of USAID/Somalia. Mr. Wentling left this position in April 1994 to serve as Director of USAID/Tanzania until September 1996.  
Following his retirement as an USAID Senior Foreign Service Officer on September 30, 1996, Mr. Wentling was hired to serve as USAID’s Senior Advisor for the Great Lakes Region of Africa until to November 1997.  Beginning in late 1997, Mr. Wentling worked as a specialist consultant to USAID missions in Zambia, Guinea, Senegal and Malawi. In the 1999 – 2006 period Mr. Wentling worked for CARE in Niger and Mozambique, and for World Vision in a regional position that covered all of Africa. From August 2006 to December 2010, he worked for USAID’s West Africa Mission as its Country Program Manager for Niger and Burkina Faso. He was Plan International’s Country Director in Burkina Faso from July 2011 to June 2015. He then began working as a Senior Consultant for Africa with Breedlove Foods in Lubbock, Texas.

Mr. Wentling holds a Bachelor's degree from Wichita State University (WSU) and a Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from Cornell University. WSU Alumni Association awarded him its annual achievement award for 2014. He was also honored to be among a select group of senior civilian and military officials to complete an intensive ten-month Master’s course of study on national security and international strategic issues at the prestigious National War College in June 1992. While at the War College, he received annual awards for his paper, "Redesigning U.S. Assistance to Africa in the Post-Cold War Era."

Mr. Wentling's languages are: French, Portuguese, Spanish, Ewe, Hausa and Kiswahili. He is the author of numerous articles and three novels, an Africa Trilogy. He resides in Lubbock with his wife and four children.


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Lubbock, Texas, 79403
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Group Homes Australia, a new concept in aged care

May 1, 2016

Tamar Krebs, Founder and CEO of Group Homes Australia, a new concept in aged care, dementia care which offers a social, supportive and welcoming environment that values independence and living life to the fullest, and feels like home joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care, Mental Health & Senior Care Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Tamar Krebs discuss the following:

  • How is Group Homes Australia different from other aged or dementia care providers in Australia?
  • Why did you start Group Homes Australia?
  • What questions should one ask when they are looking for an aged/dementia care home/environment?
  • Does Group Homes Australia offer high care? How many residents are there and how many care givers?
  • Does the person need to move when they become more frail?
  • Why should a family choose Group Homes Australia for their loved one?

Duration: 8:16

Our commitment at GHA and to each resident is to walk the entire journey each day, from beginning to end.

Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity.

We achieve this by providing homes that look like, smell like and are like real homes.

Group Homes Australia recognises that today's generation of older Australians want something more than traditional aged care homes. They, and their families, want accommodation that provides high levels of respect and personal care combined within a warm, friendly environment.

Because we limit resident numbers in each of our houses to between 6 and 10 people, we are able to deliver care ratios that are usually one carer to every three residents, which is far higher than most aged care facilities are able to provide.

In this environment, we focus on our residents' abilities, not disabilities.  Our residents go on accompanied visits to local shopping centres; they visit hairdressers, buy food and, if they wish, may use our fully equipped kitchens to make favourite dishes – all with carer assistance.

These nurturing factors fit with our philosophy which is to provide new – and better – choices for older Australians; something we have been doing successfully since we opened in 2011.

Group Homes Australia provide a safe, pleasant, and enjoyable environment for every resident. To that end, we stimulate resident interest, personal satisfaction and well-being … and we encourage independence by showing respect for each individual's dignity and pursuit of enjoyable living.

Above all, we provide peace-of-mind to both our residents and their loved ones.


Social Media Links:
Twitter: @GroupHomesAus

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How Individual Therapy Can Naturally Help With Pain Management

May 1, 2016

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor joins eHealth Radio and the Pain Management & TeleMedicine Channels discussing how individual therapy can naturally help with pain management.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Nikki Martinez discuss the following:

  • Why is natural pain management such an important topic to you?
  • What are some natural ways to treat, or at least lesson chronic pain?
  • How can therapy help someone with chronic pain?
  • What are some of the issues that individuals with chronic pain face? How can they be sure they are supported by their MD's? What are the benefits of a pain clinic?
  • You included an article on natural help for pain management in your book Chronic Health Issues: Creative Ways to Treat Them. Why did you feel it was important to include this, and where can we find not only this book, but all of your other books as well?

Duration: 10:54

Dr. Nicole Martinez received her Masters and her Doctorate from Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and completed her predoctoral and post-doctoral fellowship at Gateway Foundation in Lake Villa, Illinois. She is a Professional Psychologist, an Adjunct Professor for 2 graduate programs, a Blogger for the Huffington Post, everyday Power Blog, several other publications, and is a Contributor to the Chicago Tribune. She works as a consultant on medical cases, as well as tund trainings for others. She has recently published 4 books.

Twitter: @DrNikkiMartinez

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