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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers, Celebrities & Experts on Mental Health
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Terri Cheney
Terri Cheney
(Topics: Bipolar Disorder; Mental Health Advocate) Hollywood entertainment lawyer and author of two books, Terri Cheney wrote a searing account of her struggles dealing with mental illness and bipolar disorder. Her book, "Manic" became a New York Times best-seller and was optioned by HBO. Her new book, "The Dark Side of Innocence -- Growing Up Bipolar" has also received rave reviews. As a lawyer, she addresses mental health in ou

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Tony Dow
Tony Dow
(Topics: Depression, Mental Health Advocacy), Few Hollywood celebrities have a more compelling story than Tony Dow. A two time cancer survivor who also has successfully battled depression, the former star of "Leave It To Beaver" has been an advocate for mental health for many years. He has testified before Congress, was a spokesperson at the national convention of the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, and was the subject of a documentary on KQED-TV about the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Dow has made tremendous progress and his story is inspiring to all audiences.

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Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl Hammerschlag, MD
Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D., a psychiatrist, author, and professional speaker says that "When we heal in community it actually makes a healthy outcome more likely, because everyone has a stake in the outcome." He is an authority in health and wellness, healing, leadership, authenticity and surviving in rapidly changing times. A master storyteller, he uses his stories to illustrate that the future of healthcare rests in the ability of community to provide for prevention of disease. For the last 25 years he has been a humanitarian clown, joining Patch Adams MD the world’s most recognized humanitarian clown/doctor, spreading clown joy and healing in disaster areas, refugee camps, and institutions all over the world.

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Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He has published 26 books including the New York Times bestsellers Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; Healing ADD; and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of several very popular public-television specials. Dr. Amen spearheads the groundbreaking Amen Clinics' retired NFL player brain imaging study.

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David Feherty
David Feherty
(Topics: Addiction, Depression, Mental Health Advocate) Feherty's sharp wit and colorful personality have made him golf's favorite TV announcer. A former professional golfer on the European and PGA Tours, he is now with NBC Sports and premiered his own primetime talk show on The Golf Channel in 2011. A mental health advocate, Feherty is open about his struggle with addiction and depression saying, "Far too many people are owned by addiction and devastated by depression. There's such a stigma attached to mental illness that they're afraid to get help".

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Frank King
Frank King
(Topic: Mental Health,Depression/Suicide) Former Tonight Show writer for 20 years, Frank uses his lifetime battle with depression and his skills as a full-time comedian to help reduce the stigma of mental illness and discrimination. He recently began a Laugh Therapy practice where he uses the healing power of humor to counsel individuals. He is an advocate for mental health and his TED talk "A Matter of Life or Death, is an uplifting story about an often taboo subject - depression and suicide.

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Laura Lawless
Laura Lawless
(Topics: Depression; Mental Health Advocate) Laura Lawless won the title of Miss Arizona 2002 and became a top 15 semi-finalist at the 2003 Miss America competition. But Lawless considers her greatest achievement adapting to and accepting her own experiences as an individual living with depression and removing the stigma of mental illness. She has traveled nationwide speaking about mental health awareness. She is currently an attorney practicing labor and employment law after graduating from Arizona State University and Harvard University.

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Laura Ling
Laura Ling
Award-winning journalist and author Laura Ling has traveled the world reporting on critical issues ranging from slave labor in the Amazon, to energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, to the challenges faced by military families in the U.S. As a correspondent and director of development for Discovery Communication's Seeker Network, Ling has focused on creating inspiring programming for a millennial audience. Her web-series Rituals highlights the practices of extraordinary individuals to see how they strive, thrive and gain focus. Ling was recently honored with a national Gracie Award, which recognizes exemplary programming created by women, for women. Ling has hosted two documentary series airing on the E! Network: E! Investigates and Society X with Laura Ling.

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Steve Sax
Steve Sax
(Topics: Mental Health Advocate; Anxiety) In 1983, as his baseball career was taking off, Steve was dealt with a horrible challenge - self doubt and paralyzing anxiety. It stemmed from a mental block he had developed early in the season and he was on the verge of losing his career, and boyhood dream, in front of a national viewing audience at the age of twenty three. Steve tells about the steps his took to confront and overcome this problem. After that year, Steve went on to play 18 years, including two World Series, 5 time All-Star, and mental health advocate. He was also on ESPN and FOX Sports' Prime Time.

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Jill Bolte Taylor
Jill Bolte Taylor
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke (AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It took eight years for Dr. Jill to completely recover all of her functions and thinking ability. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (published in 2008 by Viking Penguin) and was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008. She also travels the country talking about mental illness as a result of her brother's schizophrenia diagnosis.

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Margie Warrell
Margie Warrell
As a best-selling author and expert on courage, Margie Warrell has an extraordinary ability to get to the heart of what holds people back from achieving deeper fulfillment and greater success. Warrell is the author of two bestselling books Find Your Courage (McGraw-Hill 2009) and Stop Playing Safe (Wiley 2013). She's also co-authored of two other books with Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield, Ken Blanchard and John Gray. Warrell's l2015book, Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life (Wiley, 2015) guides readers to move past the fears, doubts and beliefs that keep them from making the changes and taking chances they need to enjoy the fulfillment and success they desire. Her Spring 2017 release Make Your Mark will focus on getting unstuck and charting your best course towards your biggest life.

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  • Telehealth is here to stay, but it will go through an evolution like all new technology shifts. A new study evaluated performance of teledermatology. The results were mixed. There were incorrect diagnoses and missed diagnoses. Treatment recommendations were not always consistent with guidelines. Prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects.  The study was limited because there are not yet large numbers of cases to evaluate. A significant limitation to the study was the authors were unable to assess whether clinicians seeing these patients in traditional in-person encounters would have performed any better.

    On balance, telehealth is a good thing. It has the potential to expand access to more patients, and the medical literature is filled with examples of telehealth systems providing quality care.


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  • Squeezing in a little exercise improves concentration and actually makes your meeting more productive. Waking up the mind and body creates a better atmosphere for listening to the innovative thoughts and ideas being delivered and better prepares us for putting those ideas into action when we return to the workplace.

    Invite a person from your Leadership Team to deliver a “3-5 minute” exercise break. Exercise helps increase energy levels, as well as concentration levels.  Break up the presentations where sitting for long periods can put the mind, not to mention other parts of the body, to sleep.  The break also creates a different type of exposure for your attendees to interact with leadership! 
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  • Re-Posted from John Patrick’s Blog on Accelerating Cancer Treatment…I remember being at a technology conference in 1999 when teenagers Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning demonstrated a digital music service called Napster. It was the beginning of a revolution, and it made a lot of sense to me. The rock group Metallica sued Napster in 2000 and the momentum of music sharing slowed – temporarily. I never saw the problem as theft. I saw it as an industry unwilling to give up the status quo and give consumers a way to purchase music. It took Steve Jobs, the iPod, and iTunes to ignite major growth in digital music.
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  • In a recent article, Healthcare Selfies: Consumers Go Mobile for Better Health, Dr. John Patrick features mobile devices for consumers to monitor their health. One such device is AliveCor. It has a heart monitor that attaches to the back of an iPhone and creates a 30-second EKG. A team of engineers at Cornell University has developed a smartphone camera attachment that takes a photo of a single drop of blood that a consumer has placed on a strip, and in a matter of seconds a colorimetric analysis displays cholesterol level. Read the article for additional devices. The pace of mHealth adoption will accelerate; self-monitoring and self-diagnosis are here to stay.
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  • In a recent interview by Bottom Line/Health, our own Dr. Cynthia Green was asked to suggest her best brain workouts. It’s not what most of us think. Crossword puzzles, online classes and other such activities are not necessarily the best for improving memory and preserving overall cognitive function. The latest research reveals that it takes more than quiet puzzle-solving and streaming lectures.

    In fact, some activities that we once thought were time wasters may actually help build intellectual capacity and other cognitive functions.  And, the most important steps to keep your brain performing at optimal levels are lifestyle choices.  Brain workouts that include getting aerobic exercise (at least 150 minutes per week), maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking and eating a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables (low in refined sugar and white flour)

    However, research now tells us that there is more to a healthy brain workout. 
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  • Did you wonder how the Paris attacks could actually create a stronger “World Kindness Day?” True human kindness was shown, at its best, in the days following the attack as witnessed by many of us in the numerous media stories. Tweets, during the attacks, showed how ‘kindness spreads faster than hate.’ Tributes were laid to victims of the Paris attacks at the foot of the Monument a La Republique, in many cases by strangers for strangers.

    Dr. Stephen Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, discusses kindness in his lectures across the globe.
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  • Buckwheat honey for a cough, peppermint for IBS, turmeric for arthritis, Chia seeds for high cholesterol, salmon for inflamation…“I think most people think food can’t possibly be as potent as drugs, but I see the powerful direct benefits all the time,” said Dr. Melina Jampolis, in a recent discussion with CNN and posted in an article on Fox8.com. A small, growing number of physicians are “prescribing” foods not only for weight management, but also to prevent and treat chronic diseases and CNN spoke with medical nutrition experts to unearth the specific foods they recommend. And you don’t have to be a chef or nutritionist to take advantage of these healthy choices.
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  • I just spent a glorious week disconnecting from my ordinary workaday world and escaped to paradise…northern Lake Kootenay in the Canadian Rockies. I was there with my wife and dear family friends staying in a gorgeous mountain home where our major decisions were whether we had wine and hors d’oeuvres before or after the bocce-ball game, or what garden greens to pick for that evening’s meal.

    Along with the house came with three big dogs, including Maggie, a 20 year old Black Lab mix nearing the end of her life. She was virtually immobile, spent the day sleeping only getting up to eat, drink or relieve herself.
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