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Natural Labor and Delivery with Dr. Michelle Aristizabal

Natural Labor and Delivery with Dr. Michelle Aristizabal

April 10, 2019




Dr. Michelle Aristizabal, an OBGYN and author of a book written for both the medical community and anyone looking to have a baby - "Natural Labor and Birth -an Evidence - Based Guide to the Natural Birth Plan" joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Pregnancy Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Michelle Aristizabal discuss the following:

  1. This is the first and only book about labor and natural birth that is based on facts. Can you explain what the book is about?
  2. What are the current rates for Cesarean sections in the U.S. today and why is this a big deal?
  3. You have seen first hand and also believe the actual curriculums at medical schools must be changed so that more women can give birth naturally, if they desire, and also so that it is more accepted on all levels of the medical community to embrace a natural child birth when appropriate. Can you expand on this?
  4. Your book is fascinating and I see you don't just lay out the facts of how women in labor are treated in the U.S. today, but you also offer options and solutions for doctors, nurses and women to consider. Can you name a few here?
  5. "Natural Labor and Birth" is written for both women who are expecting or planning to get pregnant and the medical community. It's a great crossover book. Tell our listeners where to purchase this book?
  6. Dr. Aristizabal, is there a tip you can offer our listeners if they are pregnant and wishing to have a natural labor and delivery?

Michelle Aristizabal, MD, FACOG is a board-certified General Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Montclair, NJ. She runs a busy, private practice with a special focus on supporting women who desire low-intervention, unmedicated births. Dr. Aristizabal earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona and completed her obstetrics training at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ.

As an attending physician, she has worked tirelessly to expand the acceptance of natural birth practices within her local medical community and educates medical students and resident physicians in alternative labor management techniques. Her new book "Natural Labor and Birth -an Evidence - Based Guide to the Natural Birth Plan" was published by McGraw Hill.




Building Healthy Humans With Dr. Pia Martin

Building Healthy Humans With Dr. Pia Martin

February 27, 2019




Dr. Pia Martin, author of the international best-selling book Building Healthy Humans: Your guide to a balanced and beautiful pregnancy for a happy healthy baby joins eHealth Radio and the Health News Channel to talk about Prenatal Planning for Parents, how to give your future child the best start in life.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Pia Martin discuss the following:

  1. What are some of the steps a couple should take if they are thinking about having a child?
  2. What if I have been off Birth Control for a while and I followed some of the above steps and I still struggling to conceive?
  3. What are the best Prenatal Supplements?
  4. You have mentioned the P21 program can you tell us more about that and how it works?
  5. Congratulations on your best selling book “ Building Healthy Humans.  Why did you decide to write the book?


Dr. Pia Martin is a practicing Personal Lifestyle Doctor, Speaker and Author of the International Bestseller Building Healthy Humans -- Your guide to a balanced and beautiful pregnancy for a happy healthy baby. Her passion is helping new moms have a beautiful and balanced pregnancy.

Dr. Pia graduated from Parker University in Dallas with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and two BA’s one in anatomy and one in health and wellness. She is also a certified clinical nutritionist & wellness coach. Dr. Pia uses her knowledge to combine the biomechanical, nutritional, environmental and emotional needs of the body to provide a balanced whole person approach to her patients.

Her book Building Healthy Humans was an immediate International bestseller and was written to support new moms through a confident and happy pregnancy. Her goal is to help future generations have the best start in life. She envisions a world where expectant parents understand the value of self-care, so they can build healthy humans for generations to come.





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Breast milk probiotics for pregnancy, breastfeeding and infant health

Breast milk probiotics for pregnancy, breastfeeding and infant health

September 28, 2017




Jim Arsenis, a Registered Pharmacist based in Sydney and is the pharmacist and medical liaison to health care professionals for the probiotic range Qiara joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Supplement Channels to speak with us about probiotics in breast milk and how they affect both mother and infant health.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Jim Arsenis discuss the following:

  • Do probiotics exist naturally in breastmilk?
  • How do they get there?
  • What are the benefits for mother and baby?
  • How can they be low or absent in breastmilk and what are the consequences?
  • Can supplementation with a specific probiotic strain isolated from breastmilk help?


Jim Arsenis is a registered pharmacist based in Sydney. After graduating from the University of Sydney Jim has been a practising community pharmacist for over 25 years. Over this time Jim has developed a passion for natural and complementary medicine, particularly in how it can assist in restoring the bodys’ natural processes that promote health and prevent disease.

Jim has developed his passion by continuing education in complementary medicine which has led him to his speciality in the human microbiome, the trillions of bacterial cells that live within us and how they shape our health.

Today Jim is the pharmacist and medical liaison to health care professionals, representing Puremedic, for the breast milk isolated probiotic range Qiara.





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Fertility & Preganacy Nutrition & Lifestyle - 28 day plan for wellbeing and preparation.

Fertility & Preganacy Nutrition & Lifestyle - 28 day plan for wellbeing and preparation.

March 24, 2017




Michele Chevalley Hedge and Simone Kopkas from A Healthy View based in Sydney joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health, Health News & Nutrition Channels.  A Healthy View is a nutrition & wellbeing business with a clinical practice, 1000s of patients, with a radio talk show, appearances on tv, brand ambassadors, and professional wellness speakers.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guests Michele Chevalley Hedge and Simone Kopkas discuss the following:

  • What makes your program different to others out there?
  • What should someone expect from the program?
  • Why is food so important to fertility and pregnancy?
  • What is your favourite thing about the program?
  • Who would you say should be doing this program?



Michele Chevalley Hedge is a Nutritionist, Health Writer and Presenter. There may be many wellness practitioners stepping into the space of health and food but there are not many Nutritionists that come from the corporate, busy background, have three kids and really understands the modern requirements for health, happy hormones, a firing libido and vitality.

Due to Michele’s former role as a Marketing Manager she truly understands the needs of a busy, time poor corporate executive who wants health but not hassle. She is often introduced by the editors of health magazines as “the modern day nutritionist – the one who likes a bit of wine and coffee.” She is not Paleo Pete or I Quit Sugar but perfectly placed somewhere in the healthy middle.

Michele’s clinical practice experience allow her to share stories of patients and their nutritional transformation that gives the audience goose bumps – the kinds of stories that can only be heard if you are at the ‘coal face’ with clients. Women who say their addiction to food caused their divorce, executives who say they don’t like going to the boardroom without her five top tips, and politicians and their families who come to her wellness retreats. Wiley Publishing commissioned Michele to write Beating Sugar Addictions for Dummies two years ago. When she asked why they chose her, Wiley replied because of her evidence based research skills, ability to take a medical issue and turn it into simple concepts, use of humour around delicate matters, tv presenting on the World Health Organisation new recommendation of sugar, and Sarah Wilson, I Quit Sugar, recommend her!

When Michele is not out speaking, writing or seeing patients, she can often be found at her cafe, The Balmoral Boatshed. It is the perfect spot for filming, interviewing, or just enjoying a glass of wine (which she can tell you ways it will reduce your cortisol and lead to a calmer, happier and perhaps leaner person)! Michele is the Nature Care College Ambassador and Accor Group Nutritionist and recently sat alongside the Dalai Lama at a conference where she presented on ‘Vitality, Energy and Serotonin – It’s all in Your Food’. Mental health and nutrition research is her passion and she often declares “It makes the New Yorker come out in her.”

Michele loves to write, so along with her blog and social media, she writes often for Body & Soul, Huffington Post, Mama Mia, The Glow, Prevention, Wellbeing, Clean, Cosmo, MindFood and many more. Her second book, ‘Hormone Help- reset your weight, mood, libido & energy in 4 weeks’ will be out at the end of this year. Michele often appears on The Sunrise Show to discuss the WHO’s (World Health Organisation’s) nutrition recommendation on cancer and sugar.

Michele’s business, A Healthy View, expanded to New York and the US last year with the addition of her online programs.

For more information, or to contact Michele please email




Simone Kopkas is a Nutrition/Health Counsellor & Reiki Healer. Food changes everything!  As a Certified Nutrition / Health Counsellor, Energy Healer and loving mother of two, Simone specialises in digestive issues, fertility and cancer. She is passionate about working with adults and children to improve their health, vitality, balance and family life, in a way that suits their unique body, lifestyle and goals. Simone looks at the interconnectedness of the body, mind, emotions and spirit to help facilitate wellness by equipping people with the tools and knowledge to continue their journey of growth. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the Australian Reiki Association. She loves speaking at schools, corporate events and running cooking classes and workshops.

As a Nutrition and Health Counsellor, I am your personal advocate for living an energised and passionate life. I work with my clients to help them create happy, healthy lives in a way that is flexible, fun, and free of denial and discipline. By working together, we can discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. Making gradual, lifelong changes enables you to reach your current and future health goals. Imagine what your life would be like if you had clear thinking, energy, and excitement every day!”





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The Benefits of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing – Dr. Annelise Swigert

The Benefits of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing – Dr. Annelise Swigert

December 22, 2016


Dr. Annelise Swigert, a partner and OB/GYN at Southdale OBGYN, in Minneapolis, Minnesota joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels. Dr. Swigert will be answering questions about Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing, and a groundbreaking NIPT called MaterniT 21 PLUS. She will also be offering her tips on encouraging optimal health during pregnancy.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Annelise Swigert discuss the following:

  • What can women do to ensure optimal health during pregnancy?
  • What is Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing?
  • Do you recommended that all pregnant women consider NIPT? Are there specific tests you recommend?
  • What conditions are identified with NIPT?
  • How long does it take to get results back?


Annelise Swigert, MD is board certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology at Southdale OB/GYN Consultants. “I have wanted to be a doctor as long as I can remember,” says Dr. Annelise Swigert. Although she originally wanted to be an orthopedist, Dr. Swigert developed a passion for obstetrics after her first year in medical school. It was then that she worked closely with a maternal fetal medicine specialist, researching HIV transmission in pregnancy and spending hours with pregnant women and new mothers. Pregnancy’s combination of simplicity and complexity, along with the continuity of care for women through all stages of life, are what she loves about the specialty of ob/gyn.




Expert physician creates the new Pregnancy Power App – Pregnancy Power

Expert physician creates the new Pregnancy Power App – Pregnancy Power

August 22, 2016

Dr. James Betoni, board certified high risk maternal fetal medicine doctor and Founder/Creator of the new app, Pregnancy Power, from Boise, Idaho joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. James Betoni discuss the following:

  • Tell us a bit more about yourself and your credentials for starters.
  • Why did you decide to create the Pregnancy Power App?  
  • How is it different than any other pregnancy app that is out there?
  • Did you develop this app to replace your published workbook due to the change in times and people using apps?
  • What are your goals for this new app?

Duration: 7:44

Dr. Jim’s journey towards writing The Pregnancy Power Workbook began in 1967 when his mother gave birth to his little sister; who was born with Down syndrome. In an era when children with her condition were put into homes for special needs, his parents lovingly chose to parent and raise her in their home. As the five-year old big brother, young Jim soon became the family expert on chromosomes and learned that his sister had an extra one. His first hand experiences of living with and caring for his sister who suffered through many health conditions, played a major role in inspiring him to pursue a career in health care.

Through 20 years of refining his skills as an OB/GYN physician, he has come to recognize the vulnerability that many women experience during their pregnancies because of their lack of knowledge. Our medical system does not consistently allow adequate time for determining patients’ levels of understanding. As the co-author of The Pregnancy Power Workbook, he feels privileged to help create a meaningful pregnancy guide that changes the way women and their providers approach prenatal care. Rather than being thrown into a system that does not support their needs, women using this workbook will experience the reassuring and motivating power gleaned from real knowledge.

45 years after learning about his sister’s extra chromosome, Dr. Jim realized his dream. In 2010 he completed his fellowship subspecialty training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. “Now I can better care for women with high-risk pregnancies, including those carrying a baby with Down syndrome, with compassion built from many years of personal experience.”

Dr. Jim enjoys his new practice with the University Perinatology Consultants in Colorado Springs where he lives with his wife, three active children, his mother, and his sister. When time allows, they all enjoy theater, dining, and traveling.


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Twitter: @DrBetoni

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.

5 Time Olympian and Founder of Tootsies Brand, Jacqueline Edwards

5 Time Olympian and Founder of Tootsies Brand, Jacqueline Edwards

August 11, 2016

Jacqueline Edwards, a 5-time Olympian and Stanford University graduate, who competed in the sport of Track and Field joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels. Jacqueline is the Founder of Tootsies Maternity Compression Socks, high quality compression socks designed to alleviate the discomfort of swollen legs and feet and all the associated side effects that women experience during and after pregnancy.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Jacqueline Edwards discuss the following:

  • Tell us about your background if you would, I'm sure you have a lot to talk about.
  • Aside from pregnancy, what are some other reasons people may need compressions socks?
  • What makes Tootsie compression socks different?
  • Since you competed in the sport of Track and Field, will you be watching the Olympic Games in Rio?

Tootsies is the brainchild of Jacqueline Edwards, a 5-time Olympian and Stanford University graduate, who competed in the sport of Track and Field (long jump). As an athlete, for many years Jackie wore compression socks to help with recovery, blood circulation, muscle soreness and muscle tone. As a result, she was uniquely aware of their many benefits and actually cites compression socks as one of the reasons why she was able to have such longevity in her athletic career.

One day while in conversation with a pregnant friend whose feet were swollen and achy, she recommended that her friend try a pair of compression socks to alleviate her symptoms. Upon receiving feedback regarding the immediate impact and relief that her friend experienced, confirming that it was medically recommended for pregnancy and then realizing there was a space for it in the market, in an instant, the very original but much needed idea for Tootsies was born. She decided to create a fun, colorful and fashionable line of compression socks specifically branded for the maternity market.

Jackie was born in Jamaica and moved to The Bahamas at the age of 7. Her athletic career began there at the age of 11 and she earned a full scholarship to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, where she was a 2-time NCAA champion. She graduated with a degree in Psychology. She also earned a Master's degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and has a flourishing personal training business in Los Angeles.

Jackie went on to compete in 5 consecutive Olympic Games beginning in Barcelona in 1992 and ending in Beijing in 2008. She competed in a record 9 consecutive World Championships and was ranked as high as 5th in the World.

In 2008, Jackie was one of 7 people inducted into Stanford University's prestigious Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2003, she was named as L'Oreal Cosmetic's Face of a Generation, appearing in ads in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Self, Allure and Lucky magazines. She is also a very powerful international motivational speaker who engages her audience through her athletic experiences. Jackie is extremely passionate and excited to have launched Tootsies Brand, LLC with her 2 business partners Dr. Ross Flowers and Mr. Chris Johnson. She is a healthy lifestyle advocate and so in addition to the sock line, she created Tootsies Fit Club, aimed at encouraging women everywhere to have healthy pregnancies by providing them with exercise and nutritional information. She hopes that by sharing her experiences in the athletic world, Tootsies will help moms and moms-to-be not only look good, but feel great!


Social Media Links:
Facebook: Tootsies Maternity Compression Socks
Twitter: @tootsiessocks

Women’s Health with Dr. Denise Jagroo

Women’s Health with Dr. Denise Jagroo

July 30, 2015

Dr. Denise Jagroo, Board-Certified Women's Health Specialist in women's health physical therapy who specializes in providing patient-centered treatment for pelvic, obstetric, and orthopedic pain and dysfunction joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health, Orthopedic & Pain Management Channels. She is also the author of the book, "Your Best Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Easing the Aches, Pains and Uncomfortable Side Effects During Each Stage of Your Pregnancy”.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Denise Jagroo discuss the following:

  • You are one of the only 200 Board-Certified Clinical Specialists in women's health physical therapy in the US. Tell us the story about how you came into this field, as well as your new book, "Your Best Pregnancy".
  • You speak all over the country about all things women's health and rehabilitation with topics that range from pregnancy to pelvic pain to postpartum recovery. What are some of the most common issues your patients encounter, and what are some of the recommendations you have for listeners who may be going through similar issues?
  • I see from your galleries online that you're also an avid athlete and have even completed trialathons! What's your advice to listeners who want to compete in a marathon, or mud run, or any type of an event, but don't know where to start?
  • I've read that you're a big believer in vision board, mantras, and positive psychology. Tell us about any success you've had with this in your own life and how you believe it plays a role in one's mental/emotional health. 
  • In addition to doing all this, you're also committed to the veterans and soldiers community! Tell us a little more about the work you do with that, both inside and outside of your private practice. 

Duration: 15:11

Dr. Denise Jagroo (PT, DPT, MTC, WCS), is a celebrated physical therapist, world renowned speaker, new author, and expert in women’s health issues, with a focus on pelvic physical therapy. In fact, she is one of the only 200 Board Certified Clinical Specialists in Women’s Health Physical Therapy in the country.

Her new book, “Your Best Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Easing the Aches, Pains and Uncomfortable Side Effects During Each Stage of Your Pregnancy” is available now on and

Most recognized in the medical community for her national and international speaking engagements, Dr. Jagroo frequently lectures to healthcare providers and clinicians on pelvic health and rehabilitation, including coping with pain, dysfunction, pregnancy, exercise and post-partum recovery.  For several years, her highly attended seminars have attracted thousands of clinicians including obstetricians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, midwives, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and dietitians. In recent years, she has presented at the National Conference of the American Physical Therapy, where over 10,000 physical therapists attend the conference annually.


Breakthrough Documentary on Pregnancy Connects Parents-to-be through Personal Stories and Expert Information

Breakthrough Documentary on Pregnancy Connects Parents-to-be through Personal Stories and Expert Information

May 6, 2015

Christopher Henze, Director of the new breakthrough documentary, Big Belli presents "40 Weeks" & Dominique Debroux the CEO of Big Belli and a Co-Producer of "40 Weeks" the movie joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guests Dominique Debroux & Christopher Henze discuss the following:

  • What is "40 Weeks" the movie? How does it differ from other movies on pregnancy?
  • In addition to very personal interviews with the 13 women, who else is featured in the movie?
  • What do you hope to accomplish with the release of "40 Weeks" the movie?
  • How does the movie fit in with the new website
  • What are the future plans or projects from BigBelli?

Duration: 8:56

Christopher Henze, Director "40 Weeks" the movie, also directed over 100 commercials, including Andrea Bocelli's "Amore", award nominated music videos and industrials. He is the proud father of Gaia who served as the inspiration for "40 Weeks" and "One".

Dominique Debroux, Big Belli CEO and co-producer of "40 Weeks" and "One". She has 15 years experience establishing and managing US divisions for European companies. Past positions included VP Rosa Clara USA; GM LILITH, USA and GM Thierry Mugler. She also produced the Cannes premiered "The Shade".


Precautions a woman can take to help prevent postpartum depression

Precautions a woman can take to help prevent postpartum depression

December 30, 2014

Dr. Lisa Duggan, PHd, RN, FNP, and Assistant Professor of  Women's Health and Obstetrics at Clemson University; and Mary Apple, CEO of Pretty Pushers, Inc - manufacturers of Hospital Gown Alternatives for birth join eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guests Dr. Lisa Duggan & Mary Apple discuss the following:

  • Many people would assume by the term Postpartum Depression that this is a disorder which begins after the baby is born.  Is that always the case, or is this something a woman is predisposed to during pregnancy or even before? 
  • Are there precautions a woman can take to help prevent postpartum depression?
  •  How can we recognize postnatal depression? Are there certain behaviors that family and friends should be aware of?
  • Are doctors screening for Postpartum Depression and other Maternal Mental disorders?  When and how do they do it?
  • Many of us have a pregnant family member or friend.  How can the average person be of support once the baby arrives?

TIP: As the conversation about Postpartum Depression has become more open and more people are becoming aware, there are a growing number of resources available to mothers, fathers, and their families.  A handful of states in the US have recognized May as Maternal Mental Health Awareness month.

On the Postpartum Support International website (the web address is there is a page with a huge list of very helpful links in both English and Spanish. There are websites, blogs, twitter conversations, help for new dads, treatment centers, and information for healthcare professionals, as well. The phone number is 1 800 944 4773.

Duration: 25:05

Dr. Lisa Duggan has over 13 years of experience working with women throughout the stages of pregnancy, postpartum and newborn care.  Her work has included patient education, throughout all aspects of prenatal care education including, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, home preparation, and newborn care.

Since starting with Clemson University in 2007, as lead instructor and course coordinator, she has been in charge of the education of undergraduate nurses in the specialty of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health. She also co-teaches the graduate level family nurse practitioner students in the same specialty of women’s health, obstetrics and gynecology.

In 2008, Lisa began mentoring students in an international service learning clinical experience in multiple different countries to enhance their cultural awareness. Each year she travels on a medical mission with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in a short term immersion experience to areas such as Ecuador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

Lisa mentors Honors students, Masters and Doctoral level students in various research projects related to the field of women’s health, obstetrics or gynecology. She also has created several webinars for health care professionals related to women’s health topics.

Mary Apple founded Pretty Pushers in 2008 as one of the first companies offering to the masses a hospital gown alternative specifically for pregnant women.

Mary's background studies in art and fashion respectively at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York provided a creative edge while taking on the sharp learning curve of the newly blooming Birth Empowerment Movement.

Mary holds a US Patent and the Gold Women in Business Stevie Award for Innovator of the year, 2014.  Pretty Pushers, Inc manufactures the #1 distributed Labor Gown throughout the US and Internationally.The product line continues to grow with apparel for Maternity, Birth, and Breastfeeding.