Dr. David Healy: Pharmageddon A Story of a Tragedy of Epic Proportions

January 9, 2014
Hosted by Leslie Carol Botha

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In 1962 a sleeping pill called thalidomide caused a drug disaster whose emblematic images of limbless and handicapped babies born to distraught mothers linger to this day. Congress swung into action wanting to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. They were also determined to rein in the marketing excesses of the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Healy’s latest book Pharmageddon, documents the riveting and terrifying story of how pharmaceutical companies have hijacked healthcare in America and the life-threatening results that have since transpired. The horrors are best depicted by increasing numbers of pregnant women who steer clear of anything that might harm their unborn child, but who are urged by their doctors to take antidepressants — now the most commonly prescribed drugs in pregnancy — even as evidence accumulates that these drugs cause birth defects, double the rate of miscarriages, and cause mental handicap in children born to mothers who have been taking them

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Holy Hormones Honey! The Greatest Story Never Told is dedicated to every woman who has ever experienced a hormone fluctuation, from menarche to menopause! Sponsored by Truehope Inc, the leaders in brain health, the show will address core biological issues that cause mood disorders and/or mental illness from a micronutrient support perspective. Because no one can make a sound decision unless their brain functioning is intact.

For decades, the power of women’s hormone shifts has been unrecognized and underestimated. In fact, women make up the majority of mental health diagnoses’ due, in part, to a lack of education about the endocrine system and how and why our hormones affect our minds, moods, and behaviors. For too many years women have been labeled as ‘mentally disordered’ if they struggle with their menstrual cycle. Women will be the portal to sharing this information with the men and children in their lives. Because when women thrive, everyone thrives. Now that is true hope.

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Leslie Carol Botha

Leslie Carol Botha

Leslie Carol Botha is a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.

Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how women’s hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.

Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”

Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.

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Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander spent most of his life depressed. In 2010 he lost his job, and his life, career, and identity was gone. Devastated he spiraled into a pit of alcohol, muscle relaxers and pain meds. He developed sleep anxiety and would toss and turn for hours. He’d take a pill or three and chase them with vodka...praying he would sleep. He knew he would wake up hung over and groggy, and that people would comment he looked ill...if they only knew. His closest friends knew something was wrong, but Scott could never admit it. He had lied about it for so long; he didn't know how to tell them the truth. Now Scott is 42 and feels better than he has in years. For the past 23 months he has been taking EMPowerplus™Q96. His head is clear, the depression and anxiety have eased. Scott’s story is not fresh or unique. It’s a story shared by millions of people who appear to be ‘happy go lucky’ while hiding their depression. This is one man’s story. But how many other men can relate? View Guest page

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Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy

Dr. Ann Blake-Tracy, holds a Ph.D. in Health Sciences with the emphasis on Psychology, and serves as the executive director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. She has specialized for 17 years in adverse reactions to serotonergic medications (such as Prozac, Sarafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Serzone, Remeron, Anafranil, Fen-Phen, Redux and Meridia as well as the new atypical antipsychotics Zyprexa, Geodon, Seroquel and Abilify), as well as pain killers, and has testified before the FDA and congressional subcommittee members on antidepressants. Since 1992 she has testified as an expert witness in Prozac and other SSRI related court cases around the world. Some of the more high profile cases she has worked on include the murder/suicide of comedian Phil Hartman and his wife Brynn, the Columbine & Red Lake School shootings, and Andrea Yates - the Texas mother who drowned her five children. View Guest page

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Angela Bussio

At the age of 45, Angela graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. To her dismay, she found the practical applications of traditional psychology and use of psych medications were only effective in quelling only some of the most acute symptoms. Angela began a journey for healing that led her to read almost 100 books and experience as many programs. This passionate, determined quest led her to the discovery of a new genre of psychology called “Energy Psychology.” It was the through the application of several of these techniques- that she was able to completely heal. Angela became certified on a master level. She started a life coaching practice using these techniques in conjunction with her knowledge of brain and body processes and the powerful laws of Newtonian and Quantum physics to assist those who were suffering. She helped them learn to heal and re-create their lives. Angela appears as a Life Coach on a local morning television show, and conducts addiction group workshops. View Guest page

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Hyla Cass M.D.

Hyla Cass M.D. Nationally acclaimed innovator and expert in the fields of integrative medicine, psychiatry, and addiction recovery, Dr. Cass helps individuals withdraw from psychiatric medication and substances of abuse with the aid of targeted nutritional supplements. She has appeared on Dr. Oz , E! Entertainment, and The View, and blogs for the Huffington Post. Dr. Cass is the author of: Natural Highs, 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutrition, and her eBook, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free. Dr. Cass graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). For more information, visit www.cassmd.com View Guest page

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Allison Chapman

Chapman is the mother of two daughters and a son with regressive autism, seizures, apraxia, gastrointestinal and esophageal inflammation. She dedicated years to environmental, medical and education research, advocacy and activism. Chapman has met with many state and federal legislators to educate them on the autism epidemic, the medical co-morbidities that go undetected and the medical needs of the community. She has testified and advocated for parental rights, and fought to reinstitute a respect for parental observations as an integral part of the medical discovery process. Chapman is currently on the Board of the Canary Party. View Guest page

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Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen is President/ Founder of the Center for Brain Training, in Boca and Jupiter. Florida. CBT provides help for attention, cognitive function, depression, anxiety, sleep, and neurological conditions. He's a leading expert in EEG Neurofeedback, which helps improve brain function. He’s taught the technology to health and medical professionals for 16 years and has been integrally involved in this emerging industry during that time. Cohen has served on the Board of Directors for two of the largest professional organizations in the field of neurofeedback. He has produced over 36 monthly audio CD interviews with top industry leaders, as well as with professionals from other related fields. These professionals share their experience and expertise in using neurofeedback with PTSD, depression, ADD, autism, etc. Called the ‘Phone Forum’, the CD's are distributed around the world to neurofeedback professionals. It continues to be a popular series for new and experienced clinicians. View Guest page

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Cindy Costanzo

Cindy Costanzo is a 56 year old woman living in the SF Bay area where she resides with her husband enjoying wonderful times with her 4 children and 7 grandchildren. She has been a Real Estate Broker for 30 years but also has a background in design and construction. She holds a patent on an health and wellness invention and is a consummate entrepreneur. Her lifelong struggle with symptoms of mental illness and her amazing journey back to complete health is the basis of her mission to help others find the same joy and restoration that she did. She is passionate about "debunking" the myths that surround mental illness and the unfair stigma attached to it. View Guest page

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Jed Diamond

Jed Diamond is Director of the MenAlive, a health program that helps men live long and well. Since its inception, Jed has been on the Board of Advisors of the Men’s Health Network. He is also a member of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male and serves as a member of the International Scientific Board of the World Congress on Men’s Health. His PhD study on gender and depression developed vital new information for treating depression in men. Diamond has been a licensed psychotherapist for over 40 years and is the author of seven books including the international best-selling Male Menopause that has thus far been translated into 24 foreign languages, including Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Slovak, Greek, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Korean, Portuguese, Indonesian, and Malaysian. His latest book The Irritable Male Syndrome was published by Rodale Press in the fall of 2004, and in paperback September 2005. View Guest page

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Richard Diaz

Born shortly after World War, II Diaz had all the cultural attitudes of a rebellious personality. Whether that is from the common culture of the times or the systemic poisoning he was exposed to, remains to be answered. After 30 plus years of investigating medicine, disease and chronic illness, Diaz came to a number of conclusions; most doctors are prisoners of their education and shackled by their profession, and most importantly not a single medical professional knew how to define illness. After all the classes, groups, and speaking with researchers, scientists and patients, Diaz proceeded to define illness from basic principles he had collected. This was not easy and took years but he came up with a definition that would apply to anyone, anywhere in the world. This is not a how to, about getting healthy. Everybody tries to tell you about that. Diaz will teach you what you already know, in a different context and in doing so you will begin to understand how to avoid illness. View Guest page

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Claire Dwoskin

Ms. Claire Dwoskin, founder of the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute, a nonprofit that provides funding for research to address eroding national health, particularly in very young and elderly populations will be presenting at AutismOne and will be joining Botha for an interview. Ms. Dwoskin is a child health advocate, philanthropist and leader of an international effort to address the increasing incidence of chronic illness and disability, including autoimmunity, and age related neurological diseases. As part of her family foundation’s charitable work in the area of vaccine safety and advocacy, Ms. Dwoskin pursues autoimmune disease research. Research articles funded by her foundation have been published in prominent peer-reviewed journals including Annals of Medicine, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, Lupus, Autoimmunity, and Vaccine. Ms. Dwoskin was one of three recipients to receive the “AESKU Award for Lifetime Contribution to Autoimmunity" in 2014. View Guest page

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Maureen Edwardson

Maureen has been developing Inner Resonance Technologies over the last 20 years, traveling internationally, sharing with the Russian doctors of the Medical Research Institutes in Siberia, the traditional shamans of the Republic of Altai, healing centers in Norway and Sweden, and for three years in the US giving training to various Tribal Schools for the Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs. IRT is unlimited in its application, and loving the variety of possibilities, Maureen not only enjoys working in the field of rapid injury recovery and addiction recovery, but also provides a cutting edge Corporate Wellness service. Her favorite thing is giving group presentations and teaching, and remains grateful for the capacity to make such an amazing difference with her work. View Guest page

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Britt Fiste

Fiste is a 27 year old woman from Ohio. She was formally a vibrant communications major and avid singer before being disabled by the vaccine, Gardasil. Today she has become a spokeswoman and outspoken opponent against the HPV vaccines. It is her desire to prevent anyone else from being harmed by these dangerous vaccines. View Guest page

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Holly Grigg-Spall

Author of Sweetening the Pill Or How We Became Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, Holly Grigg-Spall is a women’s health writer and activist whose blog documenting her personal transition off the pill gained international recognition from The BBC, The Washington Post, The Times (UK), and The Independent (UK). Holly began writing a blog in 2009. When in London, England she had an article published in Easy Living on the side effects of the birth control pill. Her research was prompted by her own experience with Yasmin. After researching the pill Holly realized that after 10 years on synthetic hormone contraception, she needed to come off the pill completely. The blog became a place to document her transition and the steep learning curve that came with that choice. View Guest page

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David Hall

David’s transformation to ‘Mr. Rebounder’ evolved through an amazing series of events. He remembers in 1990 the Chinese calendar was the year of the horse, and in that year he felt like a horse put out to pasture. David’ shoulders were rounded; posture poor. A weak back put him down for days at a time; his knees and shoulders constantly ached, and the circulation in his legs was so feeble a doctor suggested he wear stockings. Digestion and elimination were a struggle and he wasn’t sleeping well. In 1991, David’s awakening came in the form of pesticide poisoning and right side of his lymphatic system collapsed. He was 34. David’s path led him to rebounders which through personal experience he found to be dangerous from the jarring effect at the bottom of each bounce. David introduced a new concept in mini-trampolines that has now evolved into Cellercising®. He then set out on a mission to enlighten people of the benefits of Cellercise™ and the problems with typical rebounders. View Guest page

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Dr. David Healy

Dr. David Healy is an internationally respected psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist, and author. A professor of Psychiatry in Wales, David studied medicine in Dublin, and at Cambridge University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, 200 other pieces, and 20 books, including The Antidepressant Era and The Creation of Psychopharmacology from Harvard University Press, The Psychopharmacologists Volumes 1-3 and Let Them Eat Prozac from New York University Press, and Mania from Johns Hopkins University Press. David’s main areas of research are the history and clinical trials in psychopharmacology, and the impact of both trials and psychotropic drugs on our culture. David is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Data Based Medicine Limited, which operates through its website RxISK.org, dedicated to making medicines safer through online direct patient reporting of drug effects. View Guest page

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Daren Hogge

In his 26 years in the network marketing industry, Daren Hogge has built a reputation as a dynamic leader with the ability to turn vision into reality. He began his career as a CPA for Arthur Andersen LLP, where he served as a financial consultant to one of the founding companies in the network marketing industry. The head of the company invited Daren to join the executive team as its Director of International Finance. Daren later went on to become President, during which time the company opened new international markets and more than tripled its distributor force. In Daren’s subsequent executive roles for three additional network marketing companies, he oversaw record sales and international growth. As current President of the Direct Sales Management Association of Utah, Daren is one of the most respected executives in the industry. He came out of retirement to join Q Sciences because he truly believes the company’s products and opportunity must be shared with the world. View Guest page

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Brian Hooker, PhD, PE

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE is an associate professor of biology at Simpson University in Redding California where he specializes in chemistry and biology. In 1985, Dr. Hooker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, from California State Polytechnic University. He earned his Masters of Science degree in 1988 and his doctorate in 1990, both in biochemical engineering, from Washington State University. Hooker has published over 50 science and engineering papers in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. He has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines. Dr. Brian Hooker's investigative research is sponsored by the Focus Autism Foundation, which is dedicated to informing the public about the cause(s) of the autism epidemic and the rise of chronic illnesses. To learn more visit A Shot of Truth, an educational website sponsored by Focus Autism. View Guest page

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Karen Kain

Karen Kain is the author of A Unique Life Fully Lived: A Personal Journey of Love, Hope and Courage. She is also a parent advocate for children of disability and travels around the county inspiring families with her personal story of raising a medically fragile, vaccine-injured daughter as a single mom. Karen shares how she bridged the gap from ‘special needs’ to creating mainstream experiences for Lorrin: best friends, slumber parties, concerts, camping, beauty pageants, Girl Scouts, school dances, musicals and endless travels. Her book describes the unique and extraordinary life experiences that Karen created for Lorrin and the strong bond and soul connection between mother and daughter that continues to this day. Karen success in creating a life uniquely lived in unfathomable ways lights up the journey for other families. View Guest page

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Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD

Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Department of Paediatrics, Department of Community Health Sciences) at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Originally from Ohio, she did all her training in the U.S. (Univ of Chicago, Brandeis Univ) in experimental and physiological psychology. Her interest in the biological basis of behavior led to postdoctoral training and then faculty research in neurophysiology at the West Haven (CT) VA Hospital Neuropsychology Laboratory, and Yale University Department of Neurology, until she moved to Canada in 1979. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health – particularly, the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function. Her nutrition-related studies have focused on 1) broad spectrum micronutrient treatments for mental disorders, and 2) the effect of intrauterine nutrition on brain development and maternal mental health. View Guest page

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DeAnna L’am

A pioneer in Menstrual Empowerment, DeAnna L’am is a recognized world expert in helping women and girls make coming-of-age easier, and womanhood richer. Like many women, DeAnna struggled with PMS and for many years viewed her period as a bother and a nuisance. In 1992 she began a personal journey toward embracing her monthly cycle, which led her to “reverse the curse!” Having already been a trained coach and facilitator at the time, she called her first Menstrual Empowerment circle in 1994. The response was overwhelming, and the journey embarked upon — profound. DeAnna empowers women to reclaim menstruation as source of inner guidance and spiritual renewal; coaching Moms in the art of welcoming their daughters into empowered womanhood, and training women to hold Red Tents in their communities. DeAnna is author of Becoming Peers – Mentoring Girls Into Womanhood and A Diva’s Guide To Getting Your Period. View Guest page

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Dr. Chandler Marrs

Chandler Marrs MS, MA, PhD, CEO, is the founder, creator and driving force behind Lucine Health Sciences and Hormones Matter. Dr. Marrs is a mom, a scientist and a fierce women’s health advocate. She has an extensive collection of online writings with a scope and depth of expertise uncommon in today’s hyper-specialized environment. Dr. Marrs has spent the last 15 years in women’s health research and brings that knowledge and innate curiosity to bear with Lucine. Dr. Marrs received her BA in philosophy from the University of Redlands; MS in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University; and, MA and PhD in Experimental Psychology/ Neuroendocrinology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. View Guest page

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Margarita Ochoa-Maya

Within the broad area of internal medicine, preventive medicine, women’s health, adolescent health, and endocrinology, Dr. Ochoa-Maya has developed extensive interest in metabolism, the hormonal mechanisms of organ injury, the pathophysiology of hormones, obesity, hypertension and diabetes. She is a specialist in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a seriously under-diagnosed condition that affects millions of women world-wide. She is very interested in the interrelationships between the environment, a healthy diet, routine exercise, and illness, including physical, psychological, and emotional health. Dr. Ochoa-Maya demonstrates her ongoing commitment to patient education by leading open discussions focusing on her areas of expertise and expands this commitment by actively participating in community activities that promote health literacy. Her main efforts are to understand and to help others acknowledge the influence hormones have on total health, happiness and physical appearance. View Guest page

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Laurie Pinard

Laurie is an exercise enthusiast and running instructor living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In 2012, Laurie was chosen as one of five individuals representing Canadians in the Faces Campaign by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. This national campaign highlights awareness about mental health issues. Laurie then became a spokesperson for Bell Media’s Let’s Talk Campaign in 2013 to educate the country on reducing stigma surrounding mental illness. Laurie has appeared in every national newspaper publication in Canada and on national television to talk about her story and encourage others to take ownership of their illness and seek the help they need. Laurie represents self-determination, resiliency, and hope; she speaks nationally about her story of battling back from mental illness and lets people know it is possible to reach recovery and live a healthy, fulfilling life. View Guest page

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Ken Ring

Ken Ring, from Auckland, New Zealand is a former mathematics teacher who, while living an outdoor life with his family in the 1970s, “stumbled over” a long range weather forecasting system using ancient principles in astrology. In 1999 he published the first of his annual Weather Almanacs and in 2002 he established Predict Weather Limited which now supplies farmers with data more meaningful than a day-before forecasting system. The Australian almanacs began in 2007; the Ireland version in 2010. Ken is still the only published long range forecaster in these three countries and presents at conferences throughout Australia and NZ. He has weekly and monthly spots on a number of regional radio stations in NZ, Australia and Ireland, as well as being a regular face on Australia’s Channel’s Nine and Seven. He also has monthly columns in magazines and regional newspapers. The almanacs have a strong following amongst the many whose business or leisure activities are affected by the weather. View Guest page

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Julia J. Rucklidge, PhD

Julia J. Rucklidge, PhD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes. View Guest page

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Susan Rex Ryan

Susan Rex Ryan is the author of the award-winning and Amazon bestseller Defend Your Life. Born and raised in the Philadelphia, PA area, Sue enjoyed a career with the U.S. government where her service included leading non-proliferation efforts for nuclear and chemical weapons security. Formal recognition of her achievements includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award and the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award. Susan Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Science degree from the U.S. military’s National War College. In addition, she has earned scores of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from accredited U.S. medical programs approved by, inter alia, and The American Academy of Family Physicians. Her professional memberships include the Vitamin D Council, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and the Independent Book Publishers Association. View Guest page

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Susan Rex Ryan

Susan Rex Ryan wrote Defend Your Life, an informative book about the amazing health benefits of Vitamin D. Defend Your Life won a prestigious Mom’s Choice Award® and enjoys a “best-selling” ranking on Amazon.com. Ryan’s timely book on the health benefits Vitamin D includes information on the prevention of autism, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis. She is a guest health writer for Lucine Biotechnology, Inc., a research and diagnostics company. Susan Ryan possesses a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Science degree from the U.S. military’s National War College. In addition, she has earned scores of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from accredited U.S. medical programs approved by, inter alia, The American Academy of Family Physicians. Her professional memberships include the Vitamin D Council, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and the Independent Book Publishers Association. View Guest page

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Anthony Stephan

Anthony Stephan is the founder of Truehope Inc., the leaders of brain health. His quest to find a natural solution for bipolar disorder started with a personal tragedy - the suicide of his wife, who battled bipolar her entire life, and the discovery that two of his nine children were afflicted with the disease. Through his hard work, he helped his children reclaim their lives. But he didn’t stop there – to date, he’s helped over 100,000 people through the Truehope Program, in over 600 countries. There are now over 20 independent journal publications on his product. For Stephan, the assurances of a Calgary psychiatrist, that his uncontrollable teenage son would never improve, and instead deteriorate was the prod to find an answer. He was told he should prepare for another suicide in his family. “That hit me in the gut. Something snapped. I was not prepared to accept that God would put people on the Earth to suffer like this. There had to be an answer.” View Guest page

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Anthony Stephan

Anthony Stephan is the founder of Truehope, a leading brain health supplement company. His quest to find a natural solution for bipolar disorder started with a personal tragedy - the suicide of his wife, who battled bipolar her entire life, and the discovery that two of his nine children were afflicted with the disease. Through his hard work, he helped his children reclaim their lives. But he didn’t stop there – to date, Stephan has helped over 100,000 people through the Truehope Program, in over 600 countries. There are now over 20 independent journal publications on his product. For Stephan, the assurances of a Calgary psychiatrist, that his uncontrollable teenage son would never improve, and instead deteriorate was the prod to find an answer. He was told he should prepare for another suicide in his family. “That hit me in the gut. Something snapped. I was not prepared to accept that God would put people on the Earth to suffer like this. There had to be an answer.” View Guest page

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Autumn Stringam

Autumn grew up in a bipolar household, losing both her grandfather and her mother to suicide by the age of 21. At 19, Autumn was diagnosed with Bipolar I with rapid cycles and Schizophrenic tendencies and before long had tried 13 different drug combinations, to no avail. Hospitalization and regular emergency visits to the doctor for sedative injections were common when each of the drug combinations stopped working. Since starting the micronutrient therapy in 1995, which finally resolved her symptoms, Autumn has become an author, magazine contributor, public speaker and political advocate for the rights of the mentally ill. She is a mother of four and has dedicated her life to breaking the cycle of illness that plagued her family. She is educating and supporting other people who want to find total healing from the aftermath of mental illness. Autumn’s inspiring memoir, “A Promise of Hope” (HarperCollins, 2007) is available on Amazon.com View Guest page

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Lewis Thomas

Lewis Thomas in his award-winning book, The Lives of a Cell, states most eloquently, that somehow we have gotten the concept of disease and death all wrong. He states that viruses and pathogens in the body were designed to live in symbiotic harmony and that it would take many years before they develop an antagonistic predatory relationship. What has happened? Are our bodies the new Armageddon? View Guest page

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Robert Whitaker

Robert Whitaker is the author of four books, two of which tell of the history of psychiatry. His first, Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002. His newest book on this topic, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism in 2010. Prior to writing, Whitaker worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York. His journalism articles won several national awards, including a George Polk award for medical writing, and a National Association of Science Writers’ award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for The Boston Globe was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. He also was director of publications at Harvard Medical School for a time. View Guest page

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Robert Whitaker

Robert Whitaker is the author of four books, two of which tell of the history of psychiatry. His first, Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002. His newest book on this topic, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism in 2010. Prior to writing, Whitaker worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York. His journalism articles won several national awards, including a George Polk award for medical writing, and a National Association of Science Writers’ award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for The Boston Globe was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. He also was director of publications at Harvard Medical School for a time. View Guest page

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Cissi William

Cissi is an Osteopath, Cranial Osteopath, Naturopath, Trainer of NLP and Transformational Soul Coach, specializing in Break-Through Coaching. She is passionate about giving tools, techniques and wisdom to others so they can heal and evolve spiritually. She does this through her writing, courses, seminars and treatments. She qualified as an Osteopath and Naturopath from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy (now called the British College of Osteopathic Medicine) in London in 1997, after having undergone a four-year full-time osteopathic training leading to a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honors) in Osteopathic Medicine. Cissi started training in NLP in 2002 and has since then been very busy with coaching clients. She has also authored, Transformational NLP – a Spiritual Approach to Harnessing the Power of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Spiritual Medicine – 7 Spiritual Potions to Heal Your Life. View Guest page

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