Healthy National Dog Day!

In honor of National Dog Day I’d like to tell you about a Hot new product to keep you fit while walking Fido.


Rhonda Pinkerman, a full-time cardio thoracic nurse practitioner created a special fanny pack out of necessity.


As a television producer and active person, I’m a big fan of fanny packs. I love to be hands-free.


I’m not alone.  Pinkerman is an avid runner and was tired of holding dog waste on her runs.


So, she designed a convenient, reflective, stylish, water resistant hands-free leash. It’s the King Daddy of fanny packs.


It’s easy to pull baggies from outside of pack and then drop the poo into the stink proof sealed compartment.


No more walking around carrying a poo bag in your hand until you find a garbage can.


After testing the product on her runs, she realized she had created the perfect leash.  She started getting requests from friends for the dog leash and…Poo Doo Dog Leash was born.


In one year, without any advertising she made 10K.  That doubled to 20K in year 2 just from friend referrals.


She also created Poo Doo Portable Water bowls -collapsible water bowls that fold easily into back packet of Poo Doo Leash.


Rhonda has even created an exercise routine that can be done with your dog while utilizing the hands-free leash.





For more information or to purchase one, please visit:


To Book Rhonda for TV to demonstrate Exercising with Your Dog Using the PooDooLeash:

Call Rhonda at:  615-414-4490


The product can also be found in these following stores:

Crossroads Pet Store, Miss Kitty’s Bed and Bath, Safari Pet Resort, The Dog Spot, Deco Decorar




Happy National Dog Day.  Stay Healthy!  :-)

doggie   Maria Dorfner is the founder of Healthy Within Network.  This is her blog. She can be reached at




Next Trillion Dollar Health Disrupter


Many A-list VC investors in HealthTech could use a lesson in Marketing and what’s on consumer’s minds.

I notice a lot of health apps are being developed by physicians. They are being funded by investors adding health to their portfolios.  Some of these physicians are still in or just out of medical school.  Some are mid-career. I wonder how much quality time these physicians have spent with patients.

Last time I checked, the average physician spends 20 minutes tops in clinical settings with each patient, ask all the wrong questions, write you a prescription and bill your insurance company an astronomical amount.  Medical mistakes account for a lot of misdiagnosis or mistakes leading to death. In fact, it’s the THIRD leading cause of death in the United States. That’s right.  Medical errors by physicians are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States.  A whopping 98,000 people a year die in hospitals due to preventable medical errors.  The first leading cause of death in the U.S. is heart attacks, second is cancer. We hear more about the first two (from physicians!) than we do about the third –so much it drowns out numero tre.

Have any physicians created an app or gadget to address this little snafu?  If I were a physician passionate about saving lives — this is a problem worth solving.  Physicians know what goes on behind-the-scenes while a patient is under, so they are more qualified to address it.  It’s a far bigger problem than physicians trying to shrink people’s waistlines by creating ways for them to count their calories or steps. People can count. Counting, measuring and scanning doesn’t solve any underlying issues or the cause of why someone is overeating, so it’s not going to cure obesity in the world. That’s another blog.

Please let me know if an app to help physicians fix medical errors is out there as it would save almost 100,000 lives each year. Is anyone even researching it to find out why? Is there any common thread in these mistakes? Is there lack of training? Is it misdiagnosis? Is it human error?  Everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes lead to learning, improvements, discoveries –good can come of it.  When mistakes kill 100,000 people a year…not good.  That’s not including deaths from deadly side effects from prescribed medications or deadly interactions. We’ve all heard the super-fast scroll in pharmaceutical commercials saying, “May cause suicidal thoughts…” but media will quickly report a gun was used making guns the issue before any investigation is done about what prescribed medications the person was taking at the time. The average person is on 12 prescription medications a day. If a gun is the weapon. The medication is the bullet with the side effect of suicidal thoughts being the trigger.  Pain meds are big business without anyone asking or caring about what is causing the pain in the first place. Physicians aren’t paid to care about you. They are paid to test you or treat your symptoms.

There are amazing, wonderful, compassionate physicians out there, and those are the ones you see people raving about or thanking on Facebook. Patient referrals by people you know and trust are the best way to learn about the great ones.

Great ones are in clinical settings seeing patients more than they are at conferences.  It may be prestigious to them to get on stage and talk in front of peers about their latest discovery. TEDMed was a great way to “spread ideas.”  But it’s a lot of different ideas.  Have they ever collectively put their intelligence together to figure out a solution to ONE big problem instead of a hundred little ones?  Imagine one brilliant solution that leads to reports that in year 2026 there were 2 deaths due to medical errors. That’s 1 billion lives saved in a decade.

Mid-career doctors make about 200K+ a year  –less if they’re female.  We’ve learned “some” physicians supplement their income by pushing pills on you. Some, not all. If a physician genuinely loves a product and is paid to be a spokesperson for it that’s fine as long as they disclose that.  Some accept free gifts, free trips, payola –AND they win the first place prize for being the profession with the highest addiction rate.  It’s so bad that patients should give their physician a drug test upon visiting them.  If they pass it they can then fill out a Questionnaire asking 1. Who do they have financial ties or agreements with? 2. Have they accepted any free gifts within the year? and  3. How much debt do they have?

I reckon honest ones will scribble “A LOT” 3 x’s  in illegible handwriting.  Now, Physician-Slash-Entrepreneurs and their investors are betting on YOU spending more time on your phone using their apps.

Ironically, a new study says people who spend more time on their phones are depressed.  They want to track your usage so as to identify who is depressed so they can treat you (write a prescription!) sooner.  If more phone usage means you’re depressed then why are they creating apps that encourage you to use your phone more?

Speaking of phones, poor people get the sickest and use Emergency Rooms more than healthier people. If you talk to people in poor communities they do not even have Smart Phones, if any phone at all. More than likely, they have pre-paid Trac phones, so all these apps don’t even help or reach the people that need help the most.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love doctors. I should have married one.  I digress.

Bottom line:  Too many doctors are figuratively and literally losing sight of the ME in Medical, which is the patient.  That’s short-lived, like sex without love. Meaningless.

Hookups are old news. The so-called “Hookup Culture” was a trend that was tried and it failed miserably.  Women, who make the majority of buying decisions decided it didn’t lead to a relationship. They felt used. Emotions get involved.  They’re over it.

They want quality.

They want commitments.

They want healthy.

If you’re passionate about transforming Healthcare, don’t invest in a short-term fad.  Invest in quality, long-term partnerships.  This partnership needs to value the patient.

So far, my picks for apps that could help people are (not in any particular order): HEALTHYOUT, ALLERGY FT, TALKSPACE, SLEEP CYCLE, GLOW, HEALTHTAP and iTRIAGE.  I have no ties to any of them.

HEALTHYOUT scans menus in restaurants for the healthiest choices (again, poor people left out), ALLERGY FT helps people with allergies detect allergens in menus in any country, TALKSPACE allows people to text a therapist 24/7 as a problem arises for $25/week, SLEEPCYCLE helps people track if they are getting enough deep sleep, GLOW helps women detect when they’re ovulating.  HEALTHTAP connects patients with physicians, iTRIAGE allows people to ask questions before going to Emergency Room to determine if they should go (again, those that need it most may not have the right phone and someone is usually in too much pain to fiddle with a phone when they need to get to an ER).

People may have privacy concerns with TALKSPACE.  So, all in all –nothing has revolutionized Healthcare.

23andME (kits to collect human genome to help predict genetic disease) received $80M in funding. Venture Capitalists and Physicians suddenly got interested in Health.  23and ME wasn’t started by a physician. It was developed by Anne E. Wojcicki.  She took the test for med school, but decided on research in biology instead. Sidebar: Anne’s sister was the CEO of YouTube and a former executive at Google. Anne ended up marrying the co-founder of Google.  They divorced two years later.

According to the World Health Organization in 2002, 7.1 million deaths are attributed to cancer each year.  In 2003, they stated that number would increase 50% in the next 20 years. That would bring us into 2023.  Yet, the World Health Organization itself states: “Studies have shown that the primary determinants of most cancers are lifestyle factors, such as tobacco, dietary and exercise habits, environment carcinogens and infectious agents, rather than inherited genetic factors. In fact, inherited cancer syndromes caused by high penetrance genes transmitted In fact, the proportion of cancers caused by high penetrance genes is low, about less than 5% for breast cancer and less for most other cancer types except retinoblastoma in children.”

Read the above again until it hits home.  Cancer IS preventable.  Just like mistakes are preventable. The focus and investment needs to be in prevention. Cancer can take 20 years to show up. By that time, you won’t recall the source and that’s what these companies bet on when they don’t inform  you of exposure.

Recently, I thought it odd that a lot of people that worked at the same workplace got cancer. I did some research and found a lot of others who worked there in the past also got cancer and died from it at a young age. They were all exposed to something I’m investigating further to find out if there is indeed a connection.  If there is one, other people are unknowingly being exposed to it right now.  Finding causes is a healthy step in prevention of that 50% increase of cancer in the next 20 years.

If you’re an investor or entrepreneur with a passion to transform healthcare –invest in prevention.  You make money in prevention from the Consumer. No one wants to get sick.  Longevity does not matter one iota if it is not a healthy life. I have heard sick people say, “Shoot me now.” They don’t want to live long. They can’t even afford it.

It’s almost like funding is for the elite. We are rich. We can afford wearables on our wrists and eyes and play with our phones all day. Poor people working 9 to  5 at minimum wage have to put their phones away or they will get fired. When they are done working the emotional energy it takes to survive doesn’t leave time or money for much else.

If you Google “Physician Entrepreneurs” a long list of articles appear including one from Forbes entitled, “Why Physicians Are Turning to Startups” or Medscape’s “A New Direction: Physicians as Entrepreneurs” and my personal favorite, a new Society for them to pay to join called, “Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.” They claim to have 4700 members who pay to once again talk to each other.  I bet these discussions last longer than 20 minutes or 90 seconds. Suddenly, they have time on their hands.

I notice physicians follow trends. There used to be a society called The National Association of Medical Communicators. I was a member. I was surprised how it was filled with physicians wanting to be on TV.  They all wanted to Dr. Sanjay Gupta.    Dr. Sanjay Gupta was a member. Well the physicians tired of it and the society no longer exists. Trends don’t last. All they do is make a quick buck from physicians who wannabe something else. Now, the trend is to be an entrepreneur.  I’m certain they’re getting flooded with invites to entrepreneurial meetings and conferences costing thousands of dollars.

The new Society of Physician Entrepreneurs formed a 501K and are also asking to raise 250K to “get ideas to patients” through education.  It doesn’t say how it will do that. It simply asks members to give them (physicians) money. Sounds like they’re coming up with all sorts of crafty ways to pay off their student loans and not have to be doctors.

If someone is passionate about transforming healthcare, the lengthy discussions need to be taking place with the healthcare consumer. What are their needs?  How can they be helped?  What are their experiences?  But that discussion is not happening.  You, the healthcare consumer are not invited to conferences around the world for Health 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 or Digital Health Conferences. You’re left out of the conversation because it isn’t about you.  Their passion isn’t in transforming healthcare. They’re leaving the clinical side to transform their own disillusions with the healthcare system.

They’re seeking an out of healthcare.  This will not bode well for investors or consumers. I wrote an article in the ’90s called, “Health News That’s Not Healthy.” It was published in BROADCASTING & CABLE Magazine.   I criticized the use of physicians to report medical news in media.  It began with the popular Dr. Art Ulene on the Today Show at NBC.

Journalists should be patient advocates questioning doctors on their behalf. Since the trend continued, consumers no longer trust on-air doctors.  The lesson keeps getting lost.

In Media, Medical and Marketing –it’s the consumer that comes first.

Once you lose the consumer’s trust –you’re done.  There is plenty of talent in the Digital Health Landscape.  It looks safe to invest in talent –someone who attended all the right schools and knows all the right people.  It’s a risk to invest in genius. The misfit. The crazies.

But that’s where the real disruption takes place. The next trillion dollar health idea will not come from a physician entrepreneur.  It will come from a healthcare consumer.

Content is no longer King.  It’s been dethroned.  TRUST is King.

Let’s look at Medical, Media and Marketing.  In Medical, medical students start out idealistic wanting to be excellent physicians, surgeons, researchers or scientists. Once enmeshed in the system, they find themselves walking on eggshells due to ties to Universities, Hospitals, Insurance Companies, Pharmaceutical Companies, Executives, CEOs, Shareholders, Boards, internal politics, Politicians and the list goes on. They learn the patient is a means to an end. The end being money. Get them in and out quick. Sell them this test, that scan, this drug, that therapy.

Then, there’s Media.  Journalists start out idealistic wanting to bring the public trusted news. Once enmeshed in the system, they walk on eggshells tied to advertisers, sponsors, executives, CEOs, internal politics, shareholders, Politicians, experts and the list goes on. Get the news out their quick and first. Sell them fear, products, hype and ratings.

Then, there’s Marketing. Medical PR is a multi-billion dollar industry. Practically every commercial within TV programming is health related.  Advertising firms being paid millions to create commercials and buy time during TV news programs and all other TV shows. Most are drugs from the Pharmaceutical Industry or Foods or Beverages that are bad for you.

Each network is competing for this Advertising dollars, which keeps them operating.  In news operations, the CEO makes the most and a handful of on-camera people. That’s it. The rest don’t get paid enough to think or speak up when they see an injustice.  They become part of the problem to keep their jobs.  In the end, no real journalist feels like one. No real doctor feels like one when they’re in the system.  Mainstream media is filled with fear and calamity.   It keeps viewers in a state of anxiety. Anxiety is at the core of all addictions and illness. Advertisers and Broadcasters know that.  They also know you’ll stop to watch a Train Wreck.  That’s why you’re seeing the overuse of “Breaking News” now when it’s not even happening at that moment.  It’s a game to keep you anxious, sick and glued to your TV.  It’s the power of the mind with a free entry into it whenever you turn on the TV. Politicians jumped on board after Clinton played the saxophone on late-night TV and ratings soared. Since politicians want to influence your mind and your money –they’ve jumped into the brainwashing game.

So who has YOUR best interest in mind, especially when it comes to your health. You can’t even trust studies or research anymore.  They’re paying off experts, physicians, researchers to publish articles that tell you to eat this or that or even make up ridiculous new diseases for your kids, pets, parents –you name it.  Images and articles flooding your phone and computer.

They bought content you trusted and turned it untrustworthy.

But consumers are wiser than they think. They will now follow who they TRUST.  And they will unfollow them if that trust is broken. Advertisers and Marketers need to wake up to the fact that consumers no longer trust physicians, government agencies, big charities, big PR firms.

They prefer to donate to individuals they know and trust, rather than large charities.  They prefer advice from trusted friends, families or referrals from them. They will trust Spokespeople and experts they trust.  They are sick of reality celebrities and news about them. They are sick of fashion models that don’t represent real people. They are sick of seeing the worst in humanity. They are sick of fake celebrities. Real people who actually love certain brands, products, services, physicians are the ones who Advertisers should put their money behind. Talk to the consumers.

If you want to sell something –let’s hear the pros and cons from real people that we know. Social media has connected everyone, but if you go to a physician’s Facebook wall –you see them talking to their circle of physicians, former classmates or family. I don’t see them talking to people with health concerns. In media, those physicians become more celeb like using their wall to self-promote stories that aired or will air.

There is room for something that can disrupt this Bermuda Triangle of Death.  It’s HEALTHY WITHIN NETWORK.

I don’t know all the answers to how to do it. But I know why it’s needed –more than ever.  Mainstream media can not continue to feed our minds with images and news that is unhealthy, one-sided, distorted or downright cringe-worthy if your kids or even your parents are in the same room. It’s disgusting.  I believe we will continue to learn how a positive mindset can actually heal the body. What is trending on social media is not an indication of what people want to read or see. It’s an indication of the dumbing down of America.  It’s an indication of what stories you’re being fed to incite fear, anxiety or simply distract you from truths.  No wearable in health will make you healthier. It will be a novelty like a piece of jewelry that will end up in a junk drawer one day.  Physicians can continue to high-five each other on getting funding from investors, but until you get a high-five from healthcare consumers, you’re in it for you –not patients.  Every one in the whole wide world is a patient because we’re all into PREVENTION.

The next trillion dollar health disrupter is the informed healthcare consumer.

Right now, one of the best things you can do for your health is turn off the TV.  You want to know the weather? Look out the window.  News?  If you must watch TV, limit it to one or two comedies if you must.  The rest will make you sick. I highly recommend something with Jerry Seinfeld or Larry David.

I don’t know why, but I trust them.  Jerry has too many cars, but I have too many baseball caps. It’s all relative.


Yes, the photo was click bait.

“Talent hits a target no else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” -Arthur Schoepenhaur

Stay healthy!  :-)

Maria Dorfner is a health journalist and the founder of Healthy Within Network.  This is her blog. Maria’s interest in health began as a child.  Her favorite subjects were Health, Science, English, Marketing and Art.  During college, she did an executive internship at NBC News.  She was hired full-time upon graduating in 1986 with national Sigma Tau Delta Honors. Three years later, she helped launch their cable station, CNBC. Three years later, in 1993 she developed and co-hosted Healthcare Consumers and other health programs. The series aired weekly on CNBC for 3 years before she joined NBC Miami as their medical producer. Upon a relocation to North Carolina for her then husband’s job Maria founded NewsMD Communications, an award-winning full-service production company specializing in Health. Her first client was Discovery Health and a Who’s Who in Medicine.  She worked out of Chapel Hill, NC and travelled extensively producing award-winning medical documentaries, segments and series, including 21st Century Medicine and The Cutting Edge Medical Report. She has interviewed pioneers in medicine who work tirelessly behind the scenes.  She also wrote and produced for the Journal of he American Medical Association and others. She is the author of 3 books.  Most recently, she won an Outstanding Leadership Award from her alma mater and continues to mentor students in journalism and health.  Maria is also a Certified Water Aerobics Instructor, Scuba Diver, Sailor and enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, and learning in her spare time.

She can be reached at:

Keep Your Teeth Healthy As You Age!

Originally posted on MEDCrunch: What's Hot in Health:


Fortunately, my family won the genetic lottery when it comes to teeth. My parents both have perfect smiles and good health.


And some say I have a trillion dollar smile.  But what happens to our smiles as we age?


Does everyone’s teeth eventually fall out?


Most people assume losing teeth are a natural part of aging. Not so. Adult teeth don’t fall out from natural causes.  Repeat.


Five things cause teeth to fall out:  1. Trauma 2. Severe illness (diabetes, cancer, osteomyelitis or autoimmune diseases)


3. Gum disease 4. Lifestyle, what you eat and drink along with your oral hygiene and 5. Drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine (also called speed, ice or meth), cocaine, crack cause severe tooth decay and teeth falling out in a very short amount of time.


Things that are harmful for your teeth acidic foods and drinks like soda, some mouth fresheners, some tooth whiteners and…

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Keep Your Teeth Healthy As You Age!

Originally posted on MEDCrunch: What's Hot in Health:


Fortunately, my family won the genetic lottery when it comes to teeth. My parents both have perfect smiles and good health.


And some say I have a trillion dollar smile.  But what happens to our smiles as we age?


Does everyone’s teeth eventually fall out?


Most people assume losing teeth are a natural part of aging. Not so. Adult teeth don’t fall out from natural causes.  Repeat.


Five things cause teeth to fall out:  1. Trauma 2. Severe illness (diabetes, cancer, osteomyelitis or autoimmune diseases)


3. Gum disease 4. Lifestyle, what you eat and drink along with your oral hygiene and 5. Drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine (also called speed, ice or meth), cocaine, crack cause severe tooth decay and teeth falling out in a very short amount of time.


Things that are harmful for your teeth acidic foods and drinks like soda, some mouth fresheners, some tooth whiteners and…

View original 650 more words

Mending Little Hearts

jude4Congenital heart defects are the most common form of birth defect among American infants. 


More than 40,000 babies born each year with a serious, underlying heart condition.


Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a term used by cardiologists to describe a patient whose heart does not pump enough blood out to the rest of the body to meet the body’s demand for energy.


This can be due to either a heart that pumps well but is very insufficient (due to a structural problem), or it can be a result of a weak heart muscle that does not pump a normal amount of blood to the body.


Either situation will lead to backup of blood and fluid into the lungs if the left side of the heart is the problem or backup of blood and fluid into the liver and veins leading into the heart if the right side of the heart is problem.


It is not uncommon for both sides of the heart to fail at the same time and cause backup into both systems simultaneously.  Backup or excessive blood flow into the lungs, which is the most common use of the term in pediatrics.


Many cardiovascular problems that afflict older adults actually started when they were much younger.


A new initiative by the non-profit Mended Little Hearts and St. Jude Medical, Inc. the global medical device manufacturer, will offer an important new resource for parents who need answers—and it’s being headlined by none other than the mother of “Little Darth Vader,” Jennifer Page.


You may know her son Max from his appearances on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” and from his well-known role as little Darth Vader in a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial that has become a classic.


Max was born with a congenital heart defect and received a St. Jude Medical pacemaker when he was 3 months old.


At age 7, the child-actor had to have open-heart surgery because of his condition. The surgery replaced his pulmonary valve and repaired a hole in his heart.


The valve should last another 10-15 years before it has to be replaced with noninvasive surgery.


Now Jennifer is reaching out to other parents with the information they need.


In many cases, these kinds of problems in children aren’t properly diagnosed until it’s too late, as in the tragic cases you may have heard about high school athletes dying suddenly on the basketball court or football or soccer field.


The new initiative will spread awareness with online resources from Mended Little Hearts and St. Jude Medical.


Jennifer Page provides a parent’s perspective and is joined by a leading cardiologist and pediatric cardiac surgeon, Dr. David A. Ferry, on staff at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.


In addition to doing heart surgery procedures at Children’s, Dr. Ferry is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.


Jennifer and Dr. Ferry will provide background on the new online resource, as well as information on how your viewers can learn more.


The mission of Mended Little Hearts is to empower families with support and education about congenital heart disease. St Jude Medical, Inc. is a worldwide leader in research and development with products to treat congenital heart disease.


For More Information please visit the new website at:



§  Jennifer Page, Max’s mom, providing the parent’s perspective, also an ambassador for new web resource

§  David A. Ferry, MD, FACC, Pediatric Cardiologist, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, Assoc. Prof. Peds., UCLA School of Medicine

How To Tell If You Have A Vitamin B12 Deficiency



As many as one in five adults are vitamin B12 deficient. 


Many people don’t recognize symptoms or understand the risk.


If left untreated, B12 deficiency can cause damage to nerve cells and serious neurological problems, such as memory loss and dementia.


Those most at risk include:


  • People over the age of 60 (2 in 5 adults over 60 are deficient)


  • Women, especially pregnant women on a vegetarian diet


  • People with gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s and celiac disease


  • Those with diabetes who are taking metformin


Vitamin B12 deficiency is a serious medical problem that affects an estimated 48 million Americans.


If left untreated, this condition can cause irreversible damage to nerve cells and other co-morbidities.


Most people – even those who are at highest risk like the elderly and those with gastrointestinal problems – aren’t aware of the detrimental effects that a deficiency in vitamin B12 can have on their overall health.


Here to tell you more is Ralph Green, M.D. Ph. D. and Peter Shaw, M.D. who I had the pleasure to interview here:


Ralph Green, M.D. Ph.D., of the UC Davis Health System, is considered one of the top global experts on the topic of vitamin B12 deficiency. Dr. Green discusses in-depth the importance of understanding and managing vitamin B12 deficiency.

Peter Shaw, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer of Emisphere discusses specifics about a new oral option to manage B12 deficiency without the need for an injection.
Now, there is a new oral  option to manage B12 deficiency without the need of an injection.

Ralph Green, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPath, Medical Director and Distinguished Professor in Pathology and Medicine, UC Davis Health System Medical Diagnostics Outreach Laboratory
Peter Shaw, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Emisphere joins him to answer questions.
Did you know?
·       It is estimated that 48 million adults/1 in 5 adults may have B12 deficiency.
·       As many as 25 million or 43 percent (2 in 5) of people over the age of 60 may have B12 deficiency.
·       B12 is particularly important for pregnant women and the development of a fetus’ neurological function.
·       B12 deficiency can occur with a range of conditions in which there is an impaired capacity to absorb vitamin B12, including pernicious anemia, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease, which are common in women.
·       B12 deficiency is often overlooked, yet early detection and management is crucial because, if not treated, it can lead to permanent nerve damage and serious neurological problems, such as memory loss and even dementia.
Dr. Ralph Green is internationally renowned and considered one of the top in his field in the world. In this satellite interview, he will educate viewers about medical B12 deficiency – what it is, who is most at risk, and why physicians should be more frequently checking for this deficiency. Dr. Green will be joined by Dr. Peter Shaw, Chief Medical Officer, Emisphere, who will discuss recent advances in this area and discuss a new treatment option available that can normalize B12 levels without the need for an injection.
Ralph Green is a clinical pathologist, specializing in diseases of the blood. Immediate past chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Green serves as Medical Director of the UC Davis Health System Medical Diagnostics Outreach Laboratory. He is internationally recognized for his research, which focuses on studying how deprivation or metabolic disruption of B-complex vitamins, iron, and other micronutrients affect the blood, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and the aging process. He has studied the role of nutrient deficiencies in dementia, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Dr. Green has served as an adviser to National Institutes of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Heart Association.
Peter Shaw serves as Chief Medical Officer at Emisphere. Dr. Shaw has 25 years’ experience as a practicing physician in the UK. He retired from his Primary Care practice in 2007 with considerable experience in many different specialties including; general and orthopedic surgery, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, general medicine, cardiology, chest medicine, and transplant medicine.
headshot  Maria Dorfner is the founder of MedCrunch.

Health Enthusiast/Actress, Mariel Hemingway Pens New Memoir

MURIEL2Mariel Hemingway is not only an iconic Academy Award nominated actor from a celebrated family, she is a prolific author, healthy lifestyle brand entrepreneur, and a tireless mental health awareness and suicide prevention program advocate, recently sharing the stage with Hillary Clinton, Patrick Kennedy, and other world-class Keynote speakers.

Mariel’s much sought after purpose-driven presentations entertain, educate, engage and enrich, focusing on topics including: mind-body-spirit optimization, purposeful living, and mental health related issues. She shares her own evocative story about growing up in a home where there were great challenges in order to inspire others to do the same, thereby cultivating compassion and understanding and breaking down the stigma so often associated with the discussion of mental illness.


In a high-tech world, Mariel is considered an expert in high-touch solutions which facilitate finding one’s authentic voice and experiencing the greatest sense of personal power, life balance, joy, fitness, authenticity and peace of mind.


Mariel’s on camera film and television accomplishments include starring roles in: Manhattan, Lipstick, Personal Best, Star 80, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and appearances in television shows including Roseanne, Civil Wars and Central Park West. She’s narrated several programs and films including the documentary Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life.


In 2014, Mariel and Oprah Winfrey executive produced, Running From Crazy, the Emmy nominated documentary focused on the 7 most recent suicides in the Hemingway family. It is available on Netflix.


With her two daughters, Dree and Langley successful in their own entertainment careers, Mariel is once again considering film and television series opportunities. She’s passionate about the art of acting and storytelling, and thrives in the collective creative energy when working with gifted artists, directors, producers, and writers.


Mariel’s best selling books include: Finding My Balance, reflecting her life’s journey through the lens of her yoga and meditation practices. Healthy Living from the Inside Out: a how-to guide to finding a greater sense of balance and meaning through self-empowering techniques and strategies. Mariel’s Kitchen is a healthy lifestyle cookbook offering creative gluten and sugar free recipes.


Running WithNature, co written with her life partner (in above photo on left), provides insights into the import and impact of making good choices based on an awareness of and respect for nutrition, meditation, mindfulness, movement, silence, compassion and connectedness to self and earth.


Mariel’s 2015 book releases include her memoir: Out Came The Sun: Overcoming the Legacy ofMental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family and INVISIBLE GIRL: a tender engaging book written in diary form for teen and tweens. Mariel and famed children’s book illustrator, Edward Hemingway will collaborate on a children’s book in 2016.


Recent health, wellness, inspirational, advocacy and entertainment media profiles, features and covers include those in USA Today, LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, in Vanity Fair, the New York Times and Interview Magazines, The Times of London, Pret A Porter and People Magazine. Mariel was also the focus of a one hour interview with Oprah Winfrey’s, on Super Soul Sunday, her book and lifestyle focused program.


Muriel Hemingway’s books, Out Came The Sun for adults and Invisible Girl for teens are available on-line and in stores April 7, 2015.



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