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Celebrities and Medical Speakers on Diabetes Topics
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Steve Garvey
Steve Garvey
As one of the most successful Major League Baseball players of all time, Steve Garvey is the reigning National League "Iron Man", fifteen years following his retirement from baseball. Garvey, the man who once played in 1,207 consecutive baseball games, now utilizes that same drive and leadership to motivate audiences around the world to become the best and most successful people or corporations they can become. Steve Garvey's playing field has changed from the baseball diamond to corporate boardrooms and lecture halls, but the integrity, intensity and the devotion for which this future Hall of Famer is famous for is the same.

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Jerry Mathers
Jerry Mathers
Known to millions as "The Beaver" on the still running TV show, "Leave it to Beaver", Jerry Mathers began his career at the age of two. The show ran for six seasons and is now in syndication. It celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 4, 2007, becoming the longest running scripted show in television history. In 2007 he made his Broadway debut with a starring role in the Tony winning musical, "Hairspray" in NYC. He played to standing room only houses. Jerry was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and is currently one of the leading lecturers on living with and dealing with diabetes. He has shared his experiences on numerous TV shows and has spoken to the Congressional Caucus at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Jerry also speaks about the impact of the current media and popular culture and compares the mythical Cleavers of the 1950s with the current American family.

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Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
Womens Health, Heart, Dental Health, Cancer. Known to millions as Clair Huxtable from "The Cosby Show", Rashad earned two Emmy award nominations and a People's Choice Award for "Favorite TV Female Performer". Most recently, she became the first black actress to win a TONY award for her role in " Raisin in the Sun." She has also appeared on Broadway in the musicals, "Dreamgirls,", "The Wiz," and "Into The Woods." She is vocal in the fight against diabetes and is dedicated to women's causes, including heart disease, domestic violence awareness and was a spokesperson for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance for her close friend who died of the disease. She was a recipient of Harvard University's Foundation Award.

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Jim Turner
Jim Turner
Regular viewers of dLifeTV know that actor and comedian Jim Turner has a spark for storytelling. Not surprising, considering he's written and performed in comic theater since the 1970s. Diagnosed in high school with type 1 diabetes, Jim enjoys sharing his personal stories with others who relate: "Everybody that knows me has heard 100 different stories about diabetes - decisions I've made, things I've done during insulin reactions. Some are really funny and some are really scary. I relish the opportunity to tell those stories."

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Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen
A Legend of the stage and screen, Ben Vereen is best known for his iconic role as Chicken George in the ground breaking television miniseries, Roots. A Tony Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse's Pippin, Ben has gone on to solidify his place among Broadway royalty, with starring roles in such Broadway productions as Wicked,Chicago,Jesus Christ Superstar,Hair,Jelly's Last Jam, and I'm not Rappaport. He is currently touring his one man show, An Evening with Ben Vereen,throughout the US and Europe.

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  • Barbra Streisand is the latest celebrity to raise awareness of women and heart disease. It is the nation’s number 1 killer and has not gotten the attention that many other diseases, such as cancer have, she says. The fact is that a woman dies every minute from heart disease and it actually kills more women than all cancers combined.   Streisand, to her credit, has created an organization, Women’s Heart Alliance, which has initiated a study on how heart disease affects women. Because the symptoms appear differently in women than men, many women are unaware of their risks and also that they may have heart disease.
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  • How many times have we seen and heard about celebrities suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol and then relapsing after spending time in rehab – too many, I’m afraid. In his memoir just out, “I’ll Be Right Back After This”, Sportscaster and TV celebrity host, Pat O’Brien, tells of his numerous attempts to overcome his addictions.  O’Brien recently told People Magazine (Sept, 1, 2014) that he had hit bottom and almost died, and his last stint in rehab in 2008 taught him to be honest with himself. He is now six years sober and goes to twice-daily AA meetings. 
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  • Robin William’s death by suicide is just another sign that we need to address mental illness. Luckily more celebrities are stepping up and speaking out about mental health, including Meredith Baxter on substance abuse, LaDonna Gatlin on attempted suicide, John Larroquette on addiction, Susan Ford Bales on substance abuse and author Terri Cheney on Bipolar Disorder to name a few.

    The time has come for our society to realize that we have an epidemic.  There are more people than ever suffering from mental illness and the National Institute of Mental Health says that suicide now kills twice as many people as homicides. 
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  • In his latest NY Times Best seller, The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork remarks on how little we appreciate the work our heart does for each of us. Every day it pumps about 100,000 times. Try squeezing your hand 100,000 (or 100 times!) and you’ll start to respect the amount of work your heart does every minute of every day.  Using about the amount of pressure it would take you to squeeze a tennis ball, the muscles in your heart push your entire blood volume – about 6 quarts total – throughout your body three times every minute.  Heart disease is more than a statistic in his ER world. 
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  • We are excited to announce Dr. Travis Stork’s newest book, The Doctor’s Diet – Restore Health & Lose Weight to be released on January 1, 2014.* Unhealthy eating is an epidemic and it very well may kill you! Finally, a flexible and workable diet plan is available that will help readers lose weight, restore health, prevent disease and add years to their lives.

    The Doctor’s Diet is Dr. Travis Stork’s solution to unhealthy eating — a nationwide problem that contributes to a death toll higher than that of car accidents, drug abuse, smoking, and gun violence combined. Dr. Travis is genuinely concerned about what he considers to be a true crisis, so he created a flexible and workable diet plan that will help readers feel instantly more energetic and healthier while the pounds come off – ultimately, giving people the tools they need to extend their lives and live them to the fullest potential.
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  • Dr. Travis Stork, ER Doc and co-host of the Emmy-award winning show,  THE DOCTORS shared life saving lessons with Prevention Magazine this month.

    On his first night as an attending physician, moonlighting in the ER of a rural southern hospital, Travis Stork, MD, got his first postgraduate lesson in life and death. “A father frantically ran into the ER carrying a young boy who was unresponsive and barely breathing,” recalls Dr. Stork, the Emmy-nominated cohost of the award-winning talk show The Doctors and the author of The Lean Belly Prescription. When the child’s breathing became more faint and his lips started turning blue, Dr.
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  • It’s another Saturday night in the E.R. The PA system barks a warning, announcing an auto accident with multiple injuries. I hear the sirens and know this is the “golden hour,” the critical 60 minutes that determine whether they will live or die.  Two ambulances arrive at the door and I have to determine immediately what’s wrong so what is one of the first vital signs I check?  How much they weigh.  C’mon Travis, you’re thinking, you don’t check vitals?  Well, sure, I’m looking at a lot of things simultaneously, but often one of the most important indicators of how well a patient will manage a health crisis is how much excess weight he or she is carrying. 
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  • Author Jane Heller, who has written 13 comic novels, has taken on the subject of caregiving, which she knows well. As caregiver to her husband, Michael, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, she has been able to find the humor in this subject and has written the nonfiction book, “You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits”. This topic is becoming more important and crucial as the baby boomers age and find themselves in the position of caregiver for a parent or spouse. Many are unaware of what faces them in this role and find out through experience what is entailed.
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