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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
Experience a passionate, wise and caring healer who helps people transform their lives by showing them how to rise above their limitations, remove their roadblocks, rekindle their dreams and become the principal agents in their own professional and personal lives. Carl Hammerschlag, MD is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker and healer. A Yale trained community psychiatrist who believes the walls of healing will extend beyond the doctor offices and hospitals as we learn to heal in community. He is an expert on community-based health care, how to survive in rapidly changing cultures, and a leading authority in the practical applications of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine).

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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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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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Tracey Cleantis, LMFT
Tracey Cleantis, LMFT
Tracey Cleantis, LMFT, is in private practice and also writes for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and on her own blog, "La Belette Rouge," where she combines her humor and expertise in helping people live life to its fullest. She helps people examine the ways they are holding themselves back and inspires people to take actions that are unique to their own goals, dreams and talents. Hearing Tracey speak is like taking a journey with a wise and comforting friend. She will help you determine what is stopping you, how to fuel the next phase of success and action in your life.

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Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD is an infectious, compelling storyteller that all should hear. His true rags-to-riches journey leaves audiences inspired and filled with motivation. Growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, he made the transition from life-threatening quarters to a highly sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author and specially skilled, life-saving physician. Through riveting personal and medical stories, Dr. Sampson Davis provides a never-before-seen look at health care in America, presenting not only the issues but also the complicated lives behind the statistics.

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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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     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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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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