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Celebrities and Medical Speakers on Women's Health
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Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter
(Topics: Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Cancer), One of TV's favorite mothers, Meredith appeared on the popular show, "Family Ties". While performing critically acclaimed comedic and dramatic roles in TV and over 50 movies, Meredith Baxter also battled alcoholism, breast cancer, domestic abuse, and other challenges while raising five children. Now a cancer survivor, successful entrepreneur, and recovering alcoholic for 20 years, she also released her memoir, "Untied". From fame to floundering and back, she offers an inspiring story of courage, hope, self-acceptance and happiness. Her upbeat, winning style that earned her the admiration of fans is now a part of her presentation to audiences across the country.

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Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Recently named "Best Blogger of 2015" by Huffington Post for her articles focusing on positive aging Barbara Grufferman is also an inspirational host for AARP 's popular web series: "The Best of Everything with Barbara Hannah Grufferman." She is the author of "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More" and a nationally recognized expert on positive aging. Grufferman writes the highly regarded front-page "Life After 50" column for Huffington Post, a weekly column for AARP, and is the 'Positive Living Expert' for GLOW Health & Wellness Magazine. She is a frequent guest on national and local radio and television shows. Her message to audiences is simple: "We can't control getting older . . . but . . . we can control how we do it."

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Jennie Nash
Jennie Nash
A rare breed, a writer who knows how to tell a story as powerfully on stage as she does on the page, Ms. Nash is seen in hundreds of national magazine articles for publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Self, Shape, Child, Glamour, Mademoiselle, GQ, US, Home, Working Woman, New York Woman, and Readers' Digest. Her specialty, for more than 20 years, has been writing about the small moments that give life meaning. On stage, Jennie brings her personal story to life, skillfully guiding audiences through laughter, tears and the inspiration to find out what adversity can mean in their own lives and in the lives of those they love.

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Devin Alexander
Devin Alexander
Media Personality, Healthy Comfort Food Chef, Weight Loss Expert, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Devin Alexander, is the Chef of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," author of all five Biggest Loser Cookbooks and Host of "America's Chefs on Tour" on PBS. Devin's unique approach to healthy cooking and her motivational personal story have landed her appearances on more weight loss and fitness shows than any other food expert or nutritionist in America. Having maintained her 70-pound weight loss for close to 20 years, she lives and eats her message: you don't have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy. She teaches, The Secret of Food.

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Holly Atkinson, MD
Holly Atkinson, MD
Always candid, never afraid to "tell it like it is," Dr. Holly Atkinson guides audiences through the challenges that consumers face today including health care reform, women's health issues and the glut of medical information reported in the media. She sends her audiences home with the ability to be more intelligent about exercising their health care options, and more informed and less confused about medical issues currently confronting them. Award-winning medical journalist, Dr. Atkinson is currently medical editor-in-chief of EverydayHealth.com, one of the leading health sites on the Internet. She is immediate past-president of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning non-profit organization, Physicians for Human Rights.

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Lucinda Bassett
Lucinda Bassett
Few people have witnessed as many traumatic life experiences as mental health expert and CEO, Lucinda Bassett. From parental alcoholism, sexual molestation, numerous family deaths, and her husband's suicide, Lucinda has drawn on her pain, anxiety and emotional distress to create a powerful message of motivation, hope and inner peace. The author of four books on mental health including the best-seller, From Panic To Power," Lucinda has appeared as a guest on national TV shows including "Oprah" and "The View," and "Live With Regis and Kelly." Lucinda moves audiences with her powerful stories of loss and success and inspires them to conquer their own fears and tragedies and find happiness in their lives.

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Joan Borysenko, PhD
Joan Borysenko, PhD
Dr. Joan Borysenko has a powerfully clear personal vision: to bring science, medicine, psychology and spirituality together in the service of healing. Trained as both a medical scientist and a psychologist, Dr. Borysenko has gone beyond her traditional academic training and developed depth and breadth in a number of fields, including behavioral medicine, stress and well-being, psychoneuroimmunology, and women's health. On the leading edge of the mind/body revolution, she has become a world-renowned spokesperson for this new approach to health, sharing her pioneering work with a gentle graciousness, enthusiasm and humility.

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Jeff DeGraff, PhD
Jeff DeGraff, PhD
Jeff DeGraff is a world-renowned professor, speaker and innovation guru. Referred to as the "Dean of Innovation," His advice is highly sought on how to pick, manage and harvest winning ideas in organizations. Jeff's expertise has been shared globally at top innovation incubators and think tanks.

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Erin Gray
Erin Gray
Topics: Domestic Violence, Healthy Living, Life Balance. Best known for her roles on television's "Silver Spoons" and "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," Erin Gray got her start in modeling, movies-of-the-week, theater, and feature films. Host of such programs as Lifetime Cable's Drug and Alcohol Intervention Program, Gray is a former victim of domestic violence who also serves as spokesperson and board member for Haven House, the oldest battered women's shelter in the United States. She speaks at seminars across the country regarding stress management and teaches chi kung and tai chi classes at UCLA and the Theatre of Hope for Abused Women.

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Marion Grodin
Marion Grodin
(Topics: Substance Abuse, Cancer) As the daughter of Charles Grodin and one of the decade's hottest comics, Marion Grodin has shared the stage with Robin Williams, Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including "The View", MSNBC and CBS Radio, where she hosted a show for two years. But life had its highs and lows. At an early age, Marion was part of the drug scene and by 14 she was getting high every day and by college was completely addicted to alcohol and narcotics. This sent her on a downward spiral into profound mental illness. Add to her life a diagnosis of breast cancer. She believes that her "community" of friends, family and support groups were her lifeline. In her memoir, "Standing Up", she shares her life stories and how she now loves using humor even more to help others.

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Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence
An Emmy Award-winning comedienne, Vicki Lawrence, loves to make audiences laugh. Best known from "The Carol Burnett Show" and her six year run on "Mama's Family," loyal TV fans can still see her daily on reruns around the country. Ms. Lawrence decided that the time is right to take Mama out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes and hit the road with her new touring production, Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show. Lawrence is a strong advocate for women's health and hosts the annual "Walk for the Cure" in her hometown where all proceeds go to breast and ovarian cancer research at Long Beach Memorial Center. In addition she serves on the Board for Miller Children's hospital.

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Deborah Norville
Deborah Norville
Topics:Womens Health, Healthcare Philanthropy, Alzheimers, Arthritis. As anchor of the top-rated syndicated newsmagazine "Inside Edition" since 1995, Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy Award winner. Also an active volunteer, she has served as Director of the Greater New York City Council of Girl Scouts since 1989 and is on the Steering Committee for the Alzheimer's Association's Rita Hayworth Gala, a cause particularly close to Norville's heart, as her grandmother suffered from the disease. She also works with a national program to raise awareness of the need for early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, which her mother battled. Norville is the author of two children's books, as well as the semi-autobiographical Back On Track: How To Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You a Curve, a self-help work directed at women who have experienced a crisis and are suffering from depression as a result.

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Daphne Oz
Daphne Oz
Daphne Oz is co-host of ABC's The Chew and author of the national bestseller The Dorm Room Diet. An in-demand speaker on health, diet, and lifestyle issues, she is a regular contributor to Oprah.com and The Huffington Post. She writes the syndicated newspaper column Food for Thought and has been featured in numerous magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, People, The Washington Post, Seventeen and Glamour, as well as on The View, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The Nate Berkus Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and NPR's "Weekend Edition." Daphne is an ambassador for and helped to found HealthCorps, a nonprofit that equips teenagers with nutrition, exercise, and stress management education.

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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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Seth Siegel
Seth Siegel
Seth M. Siegel is a leading expert on water conversation and distribution, a businessman, activist and writer. Siegel has co-founded numerous companies including Beanstalk, Sixpoint Partners and Vringo. He has also produced on both Broadway and television, and has served as branding agent for many celebrities.

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Gary Swart
Gary Swart
Gary Swart is a veteran Silicon Valley executive and venture capital investor. He is credited with building the world's largest online marketplace oDesk, which grew to more than eight million freelancers and one million clients under his leadership. He guided the company through periods of great change and growth.

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Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
Throughout her performing career, Vanessa Williams has maintained a reputation as one of the most respected and multi-faceted entertainers in the world. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures, and has sold over four million albums worldwide. She is also a champion for the cause of educating women on the prevention of heart disease, which has been a part of Williams' family.

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Paula Zahn
Paula Zahn
Formerly the host of FOX's "The Edge," Paula Zahn is currently the anchor for CNN's weeknight primetime evening program, "Paula Zahn Now." Based in the network's New York bureau, she also hosts "People in the News," CNN's feature-format program with People magazine. Zahn, who shares her story of the effect cancer had on her family, is the recipient of an Albert Einstein College of Medicine Spirit Achievement Award, the Second Annual Cancer Awareness Award by the Congressional Families Action for Cancer Awareness, and a citation from New York's Beth Israel Medical Center for her contributions to the battle against breast cancer.

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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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