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Overcoming addictive eating by changing your relationship with yourself and food

Overcoming addictive eating by changing your relationship with yourself and food

December 16, 2019




Sandra Elia a Certified Food Addiction Counselor and a pioneer in the field of overcoming addictive eating joins eHealth Radio and the Addictive Prevention & Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Sandra Elia discuss the following:

  1. Tell us about your own journey recovering from food addiction.
  2. What is food addiction?
  3. How have you influenced the medical community in the treatment of obesity management?
  4. What is appetite correction?
  5. How can we manage food cravings?
  6. Tell us about your Food Addiction Recovery Program?
  7. How are you able to achieve lifelong results through Food Addiction recovery treatment?

Sandra Elia is a Certified Food Addiction Counselor. She runs Ontario's outpatient Food Addiction Recovery Program and co-created Canada's first residential treatment program.

Sandra is a Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Certified Professional Coach and the Vice-Chair for Obesity Canada (Toronto Chapter).

Sandra is dedicated to changing the conversation for obesity so that anyone living with obesity has access to treatment that is steeped with dignity, respect, and understanding. Sandra knows firsthand the challenges associated with living with obesity. She has lived two lives: one as a morbidly obese woman for 15 years. She experienced a world that was not made for her size, seeking assistance from biased healthcare providers, and dealing with fat-shaming. Since those difficult days, Sandra has transformed her life, losing over 100 pounds and keeping the weight off for 14 years. Obesity is not simply about body weight or body image. It's about human vulnerability. Behind every obesity statistic, is a real person living with physical, mental, and emotional challenges.





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Food addiction: A Bite Size Explanation

Food addiction: A Bite Size Explanation

August 24, 2019




Dr. Vera Tarman, addictions specialist and Medical Director of Renascent, an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment centre in Canada, as well as the author of Food Junkies: the Truth about Food Addiction joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and Health News Channels joins eHealth Radio.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Vera Tarman discuss the following:

  1. Is food really addictive?
  2. What foods are addictive?
  3. Why do we care? Why is it so Important to acknowledge Food Addiction?
  4. What does food recovery (from the obsession to eat) mean?
  5. Do you have to stop eating sugar. Forever?
  6. Why do diets not work? Why can you lose weight only to gain back only more? How does this relate to the growing obesity crisis?

Dr. Vera Tarman is the Medical Director of Renascent, Canada’s largest drug and alcohol residential treatment centre. Dr Tarman is currently overseeing Renascent’s unique 28 day live-in treatment program for women with food addiction. She has treated over 100 food addicts, and can attest that food addiction is as serious as all other addictions. She is the author of Food Junkies: The Truth about Food Addiction, and has spoken internationally on the subject of sugar / carb addiction.

Dr. Tarman is herself in recovery from food addiction and has sustained a weight loss of 100 pounds for over 10 years, mainly by following a healthy and delicious food abstinent plan. She is passionate about her subject, which she sees is personal. She maintains a website: and encourages you to join her Facebook page: “I’m Sweet Enough: Sugar Free for life Support Group Page”.




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RDx BioScience Fights Opioid Crisis

RDx BioScience Fights Opioid Crisis

June 12, 2019




Dr. Scott Howell, D.O., MPH & TM, CPE, Chief Medical Officer of RDx BioScience, a single source for care quality, risk evaluation and opioid expertise powered by a fast, full-service laboratory joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pharmaceutical Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Scott Howell discuss the following:

  1. How are the new synthetic opioids, as we hear a lot about Fentanyl, different than an opiate like morphine?
  2. Is Fentanyl responsible for overdose deaths?
  3. What other risks are associated?
  4. How does this impact employers?
  5. What does RDx do to help tackle the addiction crisis?

Dr. Scott Howell is an acclaimed physician with over 25 years of clinical experience in medicine, public health and addiction. As the Chief Medical Officer for RDx BioScience, Scott leads our crusade to design and deliver meaningful value-based care. With expertise in the macro world of population health and day-to-day experience treating individual patients, he has deep insight into the capabilities of diagnostics in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness.

Scott brings extensive managed care experience with health plans, serving as National Senior Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, Network and Population Health, Optum Insight, Regional Chief Medical Officer, Northeast Region of Americhoice, Inc., and National Medical Director of the Managed Care, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, with responsibility for international consulting in Russia, Ukraine, Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti. He most recently as Executive Medical Director at Heritage Provider Network.

He holds decades of hands-on practice experience, serving as Medical Director for the Broward Addiction and Recovery Center in Broward County, Florida, with oversight of a 40-bed detoxification center, 100-bed residential unit and over 5,000 outpatient visits per year in a public-funded setting. He continues to practice at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center’s Department of Addiction Medicine.

After serving in the U.S. military for 25 years, Dr. Howell is currently on military reserve assignment with the Office of Secretary of Defense at the Department of Defense Inspector General, concentrating on the Wounded Warrior Program, BioAssurity and Ebola Outbreak Assessment.

He earned a Master’s in Economics from the University of Miami, a Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University Fresno, and is certified by the American College of Physician Executives as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE).





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An idea that began in 2013 with the loss of a single life has helped save thousands of lives since

An idea that began in 2013 with the loss of a single life has helped save thousands of lives since

March 12, 2019




Dr. Caitlin Simpson, Director of Clinical Operations for Footprints to Recovery, a collection of drug and alcohol recovery treatment centers located across the United States joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention and the Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Caitlin Simpson discuss the following:

  1. What is Footprints to Recovery? Where and when was it founded?
  2. How many facilities operate under the Footprints to Recovery umbrella? Where are these facilities located?
  3. What is Footprints to Recovery’s overarching mission? What are the current programs that Footprints to Recovery offers in support of this mission?
  4. Can you give us a sense of the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse in the United States?
  5. If you could give one piece of advice for people seeking help for themselves or someone else, what would it be?

Conclusion: Footprints to Recovery is a collection of regional drug and alcohol treatment centers with headquarters in Chicago and facilities in Arizona, Illinois, Colorado, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company also operates a 24/7 call center to answer questions and support individuals in crisis.

Dr. Caitlin Simpson, LCSW, LCADC (MSW Fordham University and DSW Rutgers University) has twelve years of experience specializing in the field of addictions and co-occurring disorders, with a focus on the co-occurrence of trauma.

Dr. Simpson began her career in New Jersey at a private organization offering medicated assisted treatment, then advanced to the Superior Court of New Jersey, where she served as the Substance Abuse Evaluator for both the criminal division and drug court program. Through this position she became highly proficient in the areas of assessment and treatment recommendations in accordance with ASAM Criteria.

In 2010, following completion of graduate school, Dr. Simpson pursued a PhD in Social Work at Fordham University. After completing two years of doctoral research-based education, she transferred to Rutgers University to delve into the Doctorate in Social Work program, which offered a comprehensive advanced practice doctorate in clinical social work. Dr. Simpson then transitioned into various administrative roles as a clinical supervisor, program director and clinical director.

Currently, she serves as the Director of Clinical Operations with Footprints to Recovery. Dr. Simpson believes that through the mindful integration of traditional therapy, evidenced-based practice, and complementary holistic approaches, we can restore the well-being of the whole person: mind, body, brain, and spirit. She ensures special attention is paid to effectively and compassionately providing trauma-informed care and believes that the integration of mind, brain and body are essential in this realm.





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Instagram: @footprintstorecovery

Alcoholism: Is there a medicinal solution on the horizon?

Alcoholism: Is there a medicinal solution on the horizon?

November 15, 2018




William Stilley the CEO of Adial Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded company specializing in medicines that fight addiction joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction & Health News Channels.

The company’s first drug addresses those with a genetic predisposition to alcohol use disorder and is about to enter into a phase 3 clinical trial. It is estimated that alcohol is the leading cause of death globally among 15-49 year olds.


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

  1. What is currently being done to fight and deal with alcohol addiction?
  2. What is Adial Pharmaceutical’s solution to the alcohol addiction problem? Specifically how does your drug work?
  3. How does someone get tested for a genetic predisposition? Can they get involved in your clinical trial?
  4. Where can interested parties find out more and follow the advancement of your clinical trial?
  5. Assuming you are successful in your trial, what’s next and when do you think this solution will be available?

William B. Stilley has served as the Chief Executive Officer since December 2010. Prior to joining Adial Pharmaceuticals, he was the Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Projects at Clinical Data, Inc. (NASDQ CLDA), where he worked on licensing and M&A transactions and was involved in management of Phase 3 clinical trials, production of Viibryd® for initial commercial launch of the product, and sourcing drug product and drug substance for the Phase 3 clinical trials of the Company’s vasodilator drug for myocardial stress imaging. Before entering the business community, Mr. Stilley served as Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. Stilley has an MBA with honors from the Darden School of Business and a B.S. in Commerce/Marketing from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Until recently, he guest lectured at the Darden School of Business, two courses on the management of life science companies. He currently serves on the Board of Virginia BIO, the statewide biotechnology organization. He also holds a patent for Stedivaze®, which is currently in Phase 3 clinical development.





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A Powerful Way to Defeat Smoking

A Powerful Way to Defeat Smoking

November 5, 2018




Lewis Fein a marketing adviser for QUIT WTR joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Smoking Cessation Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Lewis Fein discuss the following:

  1. For the benefit of our listeners, please tell us what QUIT WTR is?
  2. How does QUIT WTR work?
  3. What are some of the key advantages of QUIT WTR?
  4. Tell us more about the natural ingredients of QUIT WTR.
  5. What else should our listeners know about QUIT WTR?

Lewis Fein is a media relations consultant, specializing in design, branding, and product development. A graduate of The Emory University School of Law, Lewis is a frequent commentator on personal and professional messaging. A guest on various shows, including KABC Talk Radio and Fox News, Lewis resides in Southern California.






What Society Needs to Be Aware of As States Continue to Legalize

What Society Needs to Be Aware of As States Continue to Legalize

August 28, 2018




Dr. Antoine Kanamugire, a Canadian medical doctor specializing in psychiatry that discusses the unknown dangers of recreational marijuana joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Antoine Kanamugire discuss the following:

  1. How does marijuana work in the brain? What are the side effects and long term results of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and suicide?
  2. What does society need to know about the impacts of marijuana in children and young adults? How do you discuss this issue with them?
  3. What are the risk factors of falling into addiction of marijuana and other drugs?
  4. How does marijuana affect the professional and social aspects of people's lives?
  5. Can you please explain the difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana?


Dr. Antoine Kanamugire, M.D. is a Canadian medical doctor, specializing in psychiatry. He pursued a bachelor's degree in biology in Pittsburgh, USA, then went to Canada where he completed a medical degree at the University of Sherbrooke and then a specialty in psychiatry at the University of Montreal. He is a consultant psychiatrist in outpatient clinics, in the Emergency Department and for mental health first line teams in Montreal suburbs.





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The Negative Affects Drug Abuse Has On The Body

The Negative Affects Drug Abuse Has On The Body

May 11, 2018




Ray Estefania, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Family Recovery Specialists, an intensive outpatient program for adolescents and adults that also provides concierge crisis/case management and intervention services for all ages joins eHealth Radio and the Addiction Prevention & Health News Channel.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ray Estefania discuss the following:

  1. When and how does drug abuse start and progress?    
  2. How can you tell the signs and symptoms of drug use and drug addiction?
  3. What drugs commonly cause problems, and how do they affect the body?
  4. Why has America’s opioid epidemic gotten so much worse in recent years?
  5. Talk to me about your partnership with Miami Beach. What kind of value are you providing residents?


Mr. Ray Estefania is the former Director of South Miami Hospital’s Adolescent Addiction Treatment Program. His current role is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Family Recovery Specialists (Miami, FL), an intensive outpatient program for adolescents and adults that also provides concierge crisis/case management and intervention services for all ages.

Mr. Estefania has been working as an addiction counselor for over 20 years and was formerly the Adolescent Program Supervisor at Suburban Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He has worked extensively as drug abuse counselor and alcohol abuse counselor, interventionist and as a family therapist in the field of addiction treatment.

Mr. Estefania is a considered an expert in the field and frequently provides education and training to physicians, nurses, other mental health professionals, teachers and school administrators on topics related to addiction and recovery.





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Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (The Partnership) Launch New National Coalition

Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (The Partnership) Launch New National Coalition

May 9, 2018




Marjorie Clifton, Executive Director of the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies, a non-profit dedicated to educated consumers about safely buying medicines online joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pharmaceutical Channels.

CSIP and the Partnership for Drug Free Kids are launching Medicine Safe, a new coalition of national and state public and private organizations dedicated to helping families understand the opioid epidemic, medicine safety and how to prevent and treat addiction.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Marjorie Clifton discuss the following:

  1. Before we talk about the new coalition, let’s give our listeners some background. It seems that every day we are hearing about the opioid epidemic in the country. Can you give us some insight into how widespread it is?
  2. When you talk about opioids, are you only talking about prescription painkillers?
  3. Why are so many more people addicted now?
  4. Some say eliminating opioids, limiting the number of pills prescribed or incarcerating more people will solve the crisis. Do you agree?
  5. What about prevention?
  6. It seems like an impossible situation. Let’s talk about the new coalition CSIP and the Partnership started. What is Medicine Safe?
  7. What makes MedicineSafe different from all of the other organizations trying to curb the opioid epidemic?


Marjorie Clifton is the Executive Director for the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies (CSIP) and has been helping develop international awareness and policies around medicine safety, illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medicines since 2011.

In her role with CSIP she has built global coalitions, communications strategies and campaigns to drive impact and awareness on a range of issues impacting consumers, corporations and global citizens.

Marjorie has helped stand up global organizations supporting CSIP’s mission and participates in an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) working group. She is also called upon regularly to speak on the topic of online counterfeiting and consumer protection at industry conferences, government stakeholder meetings and international forums such as the U.S. Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, the Global Trade Organization, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, APEC, the Internet for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Merchant Acquirers’ Committee (MAC). Ms. Clifton is also a published author and media commentator, appearing regularly on CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, PBS and global radio.

Marjorie received her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from the University of Texas. She received her master’s from Drama Studio London. She is currently a fellow and advisory board member for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation at the University of Texas and serves on the board for the School of Undergraduate Studies. She is also an executive board member of the non-profit Running Start, and a founder of their Next Step program, which trains young women in career development and politics.





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REACH Wellness & Recovery, helping patients with a full range of behavioral health issues

REACH Wellness & Recovery, helping patients with a full range of behavioral health issues

September 29, 2017




Dr. Alix Nassiri, a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Physician, an Anesthesiologist and Founder of REACH Wellness & Recovery, a cutting-edge brain institute based in the Los Angeles area joins eHealth Radio and the Rehab and Addiction Prevention Channels.

Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Dr. Alix Nassiri discuss the following:

  • How is REACH Wellness & Recovery's approach different from other rehab & mental health facilities?
  • What inspired you to launch REACH Wellness & Recovery?
  • You recently opened a new state-of-the-art REACH Wellness & Recovery facility in Burbank; can you tell our listeners about the cutting-edge services that REACH provides?
  • What advice do you give to someone struggling with addiction? What’s the first step to recovery?
  • What are you thoughts on the Opioid epidemic in this country?
  • What are the benefits of Ketamine therapy? Who should consider Ketamine treatment?
  • You are committed for REACH to make its mark in Washington DC. What is your motivation behind this and what do you hope to accomplish?


Dr. Alix Nassiri is a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Physician, an Anesthesiologist and Founder of REACH Wellness & Recovery, a cutting-edge brain institute based in the Los Angeles area.

Dr. Nassiri founded REACH Wellness & Recovery 4 years ago in Pasadena, and recently launched a new state-of-the-art REACH facility in Burbank to help patients with a full range of behavioral health issues, ranging from substance and alcohol use disorders, to depression, PTSD, general anxiety disorders, OCD, and Chronic Pain.

REACH is one of the few institutions in behavioral health that is physician founded and operated, and incorporates a multidisciplinary team approach to care, along with cutting-edge medical therapies. The combination of this groundbreaking medical care with an innovative and sophisticated treatment that is individually tailored to each patient, has made REACH the go-to facility for those seeking the absolute most advanced care possible. With services ranging from both outpatient detox to concierge in-home detox with 24 hour nursing care, Ketamine Infusion Therapy, Intravenous NAD+ infusions, EMDR, Psychotherapy, counseling, toxicology testing, and pharmaco-genetic testing and medication management of psychiatric meds.

While in the past addiction was the main focus of care, Dr. Nassiri and his team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Nurses, Therapists, and other specialists, manage the full range of mental and physical health issues, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, Chronic Pain, Bi-Polar disorders, OCD, chronic binge eating and other varying disorders.

Dr. Nassiri utilizes cutting-edge medical therapies from Ketamine Infusion, Alpha-Stimulation, NAD+ infusions, and other medications to help restructure and reconfigure the traumatized mind and allow for more traditional behavioral health modalities to have their intended effect.

“All people have to navigate the human condition, which brings with it variable stressors and anxieties, often accumulating over time and creating a chronic traumatic experience that can no longer be processed with our built-in, innate coping mechanisms. Some people turn to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol, while others, become completely crippled or unregulated by their mind, unable to function on a daily basis. Our approach at REACH is radically different, by not just medically detoxing the patient, but using an advanced medical approach to help attenuate the effects of this cumulative trauma, and from there paving the way for the care of the complex patient via a multidisciplinary approach; addressing all components of the brain from a 360 degree angle.” – Dr. Nassiri

Dr. Nassiri is a graduate of University of California, where he was a Regent scholar, and went on to complete medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. Upon graduation from medical school, he completed an intensive one-year internship at Riverside University Health System Medical Center. He then completed a three-year residency in Anesthesiology through Western U/OPTI, training at Riverside University Health Center, Cedars Sinai and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. During that time, he had a wide range of exposure to patients with chronic pain, mental health and substance and alcohol use disorders.

Dr. Nassiri is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Osteopathic Association of Addiction Medicine, American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists, California Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Medical Association, and the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Nassiri serves as the Medical Director for the country’s second oldest rehab center, a non-profit based in Pasadena, the Bishop Gooden Center. He oversees both their primary Mental Health program; and also their substance abuse program. Dr. Nassiri is also the Medical Director for Ridgeview Ranch in Altadena, Refuge Recovery in Los Feliz, and Awakenings in Agoura Hills. He is also on staff at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena and Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, and Chief of Anesthesia for Southern California Anesthesia Providers in the La Canada-Flintridge area.

He has been named as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” people by Pasadena Magazine, as well as voted one of the Top Doctors in the area. He has completed humanitarian medical missions overseas, and he has been interviewed by local and national media, including NBC, CNN, FOX and CBS.

Dr. Nassiri is fluent in English, Persian, French and medical Spanish.




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