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    U.S. SURGEON General Speaks on New Stats on Deadly Disease

    These Distinguished Physicians
    Explain the Importance of Adult Immunization,
    Particularly in Communities of Color,
    and Urge African Americans and Latinos to Think Prevention
    for Potentially Deadly Diseases
    Satellite Interviews Available on Thursday, August 4th!

    What and Who: As healthcare continues to be a hot topic in the new, two of the nation’s well-known and most respected physicians are shedding light on a national public health issue that is often unaddressed: the importance of adult immunization in communities of color. Former “America’s Doctor” and former 18th United States Surgeon General under President Barack Obama, Dr. Regina Benjamin and nationally-renowned board certified internist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez.

    African Americans and Latinos face unique and specific challenges when it comes to preventive health and adult vaccinations in particular. and pneumococcal pneumonia, including lower vaccination rates than non-Hispanic whites, low awareness of pneumococcal disease and vaccine availability, and a higher prevalence of chronic medical conditions which can increase their risk for certain vaccine-preventable infectious diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia. Communities of color do not utilize preventive care in the way the experts recommend, particularly when it comes to adult vaccinations where long-held barriers have prevented widespread adoption. Adult vaccination rates among African Americans and Latinos are below the Healthy People 2020 goals, leaving them at greater risk for vaccine-preventable diseases like flu, shingles, or pneumococcal pneumonia.

    While chronic health issues like diabetes and heart disease are most often at the forefront of minority health conversations, Dr. Benjamin and Dr. Rodriguez will highlight that there are other health concerns that disproportionately affect this community and that are often not talked about, including vaccine-preventable infectious diseases such as pneumococcal pneumonia. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have declared August as “National Immunization Awareness Month,” there is no better time than now to bring light to these concerns.

    Dr. Benjamin will explain to your viewers the importance of utilizing preventive services available to communities of color and what specifically causes the preventive health disparities in these communities, including a mistrust among African Americans towards healthcare professionals, which was noted in a nationwide working study that was made public in June.

    Dr. Rodriguez will help your viewers understand the specific cultural barriers to preventive health and immunization in the Latino community.

    ** Dr. Benjamin and Dr. Rodriguez will answer any questions that your viewers have about pneumonia and will talk about empowering everyone to think “prevention” and take charge of their health with the support of their health care provider.

    additional biographical information on Dr. Regina Benjamin:

    Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., served as the 18th United States Surgeon General under President Barack Obama. During this time, she also served as the first chair of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council), comprising 17 cabinet-level Federal agencies that developed the road map for the Nation’s health called The National Prevention Strategy. Before becoming “America’s Doctor,” she served her patients at the rural health clinic she founded in tiny Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Dr. Benjamin has a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, an M.D. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an M.B.A. from Tulane University. Having attended Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency in Macon, Georgia, Dr. Benjamin is the recipient of 22 honorary degrees.

    additional biographical information on Dr. Jorge Rodriguez:

    A charismatic, bilingual, no-nonsense physician, nationally-renowned board certified internist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, has a gift for simplifying even the most complicated topics. Having attended the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Rodriguez chose to pursue Internal Medicine having completed his internship and residencies at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He finished his medical education with a fellowship in gastroenteritis at Baylor School of Medicine in Dallas and currently divides his time between two practices in Southern California.

    SPONSOR: Please, note that this media tour is NOT branded. It is designed as a tool (sponsored by Pfizer) for educating the public about pneumonia.

    When: Media interviews with Dr. Benjamin and Dr. Rodriguez are available on Thursday, August 4th at the following times:

    7:15a.m.-12:45p.m. Eastern time
    6:15a.m.-11:45a.m. Central time
    5:15a.m.-10:45a.m. Mountain time
    4:15a.m.-9:45a.m. Pacific time


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    Why Black Health Matters

    Why Black Health Matters
    Sheila Thorne

    The healthcare gap is still alive and well in the United States, especially when you take a look at the lack of diversity in clinical trials. In fact, according to the FDA, while African Americans comprise 14% of the U.S. population, but only 5% of clinical trial participants.

    “With Americans living much longer, healthier lives due to better preventative care, technology and improved access to healthcare,” says Sheila Thorne, a leading multicultural marketing expert and CEO of Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, “there is renewed urgency to make sure that people of color not only have increased access to care, but also have increased representation in pharmaceutical clinical trials.”

    Last year, global healthcare research and communications company Continuum partnered with Sheila Thorne/MHMG to help pharmaceutical companies recruit more diverse patient populations, especially for certain disease states that disproportionately affect people of color. Minority participation in clinical trials in the U.S. has a troubled history, dating back to the Tuskegee Experiments nearly 83 years ago in which the U.S. Public Health Service allowed 399 black men with syphilis go without the benefit of penicillin therapy.

    “This chapter in our history only partly explains why African Americans remain reluctant to participate in clinical trials,” states Thorne. “But there are cultural differences beyond this, such as how people of color utilize healthcare services, medications and even talk about health.”

    Thorne's MHMG is a full-service market research and marketing communications company with a team of seasoned, in-culture and in-language professionals with in-depth knowledge and experience in the public and private sectors of the healthcare industry. MHMG is committed to setting the gold standard of “best practices” in marketing health information to communities of color and to the healthcare professionals who treat them – focused on the business case of eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.


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    SLEEP SMARTER: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success

    Sleep is often the first thing we sacrifice in order to do everything from work harder to binge-watch our favorite shows.

    Unfortunately, this also means sacrificing our mental, emotional and physical performance, as sleep deprivation can lead to immune system failure, diabetes, obesity, depression, memory loss or worse.


    We need a wake-up call when it comes to recognizing the importance of sleep in lives, and SLEEP SMARTER: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success (Rodale; March 15, 2016) by Shawn Stevenson, BS, FDN(as seen on TedX, ESPN, ENTREPRENEUR, ESPN and more), host of the wildly popular podcast “Model Health Show” and Founder of the Advance Integrative Health Alliance, delivers just that.

    Through years of research and consulting the leading health experts, Stevenson discovered that the missing piece in many people’s quest to optimize their hormone function, balance blood sugar levels, get the numbers on the scale to move or simply not feel like they’ve been hit by a truck is sleep.

    In SLEEP SMARTER, Stevenson reveals the simple, surprising and highly effective strategies readers can start employing right away, including:

    YOUR BRAIN NEEDS A DETOX EVERY NIGHT Scientists have found that our brains actually have their own unique waste disposal system, similar to that of the lymphatic system; it’s called the GLYMPHATIC system. All of the dynamic functions the human brain does result in a lot of waste products, all of which need to be removed. This waste removal literally makes room for new growth and development. Removing and recyling dead cells, tossing out toxins and shutting out waste is critical to brain function. If the waste removal system in your home backs up, then things get nasty. The same holds true if you’re not sleeping well and your glymphatic system can’t do its job – this is believed to be one of the foundational causes of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    IT’S NOT ABOUT GETTING YOUR 8 HOURS, IT’s ABOUT GETTING TO BED AT THE RIGHT TIME It’s been shown that human beings get the most beneficial hormonal secretions and recovery by sleeping during the hours of 10pm and 2am—you get the most rejuvenating effects during this period, and any sleep that you get in addition is a nice bonus. Some people get eight or more hours of sleep but still don’t feel rested when they wake up; this is because their bodies are being deprived of the regenerative sleep they need between 10pm and 2am.

    LEAVE THE OFFICE ON TIME “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is a common refrain in our culture. Everyone is trying to work harder, burning the candle at both ends and forgoing sleep. But it’s actually making us less efficient: our quality of work suffers when we don’t sleep. Research shows that just 24 hours of sleep deprivation leads to an overall reduction of six percent in glucose reaching the brain. Simple translation: you get dumber. Instead, work smarter and schedule sleep. If you know you’ve got a big task, project or event coming up, plan ahead and set it up so that you get an optimal amount of sleep and can do your best work.

    DON’T ORDER YOUR LUNCH IN, TAKE A WALK AND GET SOME SUN It may sound counterintuitive that getting more sunlight during the day can help you sleep better at night, but science has proven that to be the case. Light exposure (specifically sunlight) triggers your body to produce optimal levels of daytime hormones and neurotransmitters regulate your biological clock; too little light exposure during the day and too much artificial exposure in the evening negatively affect your ability to sleep well at night. In fact, a recent study focused on the sleep quality of day shift workers revealed some shocking results. When compared to office workers who have direct access to windows at work, the office workers who didn’t have access to windows got 173% less exposure to natural light and as a result slept an average of 46 fewer minutes each night. Sleep deficits resulted in more reported physical ailments and lower vitality.

    LISTEN TO YOUR GUT The food you eat can dramatically impact your quality of sleep. Scientists have uncovered that the human gut is a mass of neural tissue, filled with 30 neurotransmitters (like the brain). Additionally, the gut has 400 times more melatonin than the pineal gland in your brain. It has been found that your gut bacteria also have a circadian timing system and there’s a virtual “changing of the guard” that happens every night to help keep the good guys in control. If you don’t sleep, or don’t sleep well, then it gives the opportunistic bacteria a chance to take over your gut and brain.

    SLEEP SMARTER lays out the effects of screentime before bed, when you should have your last cup of coffee, why good sex can result in good sleep, what to wear (or not wear) to bed, how to create a sleep sanctuary, the best time to exercise, the good-sleep nutrients and minerals your body needs, your best sleep positions and much more - including a 14-day plan to make over your sleep.

    Throughout the book, Stevenson also weaves in his own inspiring personal journey to better health. As a teenager, he was diagnosed with a degenerative bone disease that crushed his dreams of becoming a professional athlete. After a period of depression, Shawn took matters into his own hands. Unwilling to accept the “un-curable” diagnosis his doctors gave him, Shawn took a functional medicine approach to his health, including upgrading his sleep, and completely reversed the degeneration. He graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a background in biology and kinesiology and went on to found the Advance Integrative Health Alliance, which provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn has dedicated his life to showing people that they have the power to become their strongest and healthiest selves and that it all starts with a strong foundation: sleep.


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    La Crème Sponsors Fashion Gala for Cancer Stricken Student

    (Mountainside, NJ)– Amidst an audience of three hundred, La Crème Modeling/Acting LLC, New Jersey’s number one modeling agency, presented its 2016 NJ Fashion Week Gala at the Doubletree Hilton, Newark, NJ. The benefit, sponsored in part by Ray Catena Mercedes Benz, raised awareness around Ependymoma in support of Melody Bialkowski, an inspiring La Crème student who was diagnosed with this rare form of brain cancer four years ago.

    Bialkowski, who recently turned 18, has directed her attention towards working with La Crème to perfect her craft and expand her passion for acting and modeling into a possible career. The event provided Bialkowski with the once in a lifetime opportunity to model gowns by Simone Sisa, designer to the stars. Prior to the Gala, Sisa’s designs have appeared on the red carpets of the Grammys and the Academy Awards.

    Patricia Pinto, President and CEO of La Crème LLC, shared her thoughts on Bialkowski and the success of the Gala. “To see all of my students come together to raise awareness for Melody and her condition is truly so rewarding.” She continued, “Seeing them all come together and work as a team to help out one of their peers has been one of the most heart-warming experiences.”

    The event featured appearances by Mayor Chris Bollwage of Elizabeth, Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada, and former La Crème graduate Ines Rosales of FOX 5 News who acted as the Gala’s Master of Ceremonies.

    About La Crème Modeling/Acting LLC
    La Crème Modeling/Acting LLC has been a staple in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years. By presenting its associates with the opportunity to interact with casting directors, movie, print and commercial producers, fashion shows and promotional managers in the entertainment industry, La Crème has enhanced the dreams of thousands of children, young adolescents and adults all over the world.

    As an organization, they actively practice and instill virtues of honesty, hard work, ethics, and temperance in each one of their associates. Their commitment is to completely transforming our associates’ personas and enhancing both their self-esteem and confidence in order to assist them in fulfilling their aspirations and dreams. They offer developed plans to enhance opportunities and maximize your modeling success while helping you improve your potential, optimizing your performance for casting on: Television Commercials, Promotional Videos, Soup Operas, Movies, Brand Representation, Marketing Events, Fashion Shows, Hair Shows, etc. Driven reliability with improved performance. Developed plans to enhance opportunities and maximize your modeling success.

    For more information on the event or La Crème Modeling/Acting LLC please visit or contact the show’s coordinator at 908-688-4411.


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    January Is Thyroid Awareness Month!

    The Doctor of Actress and Thyroid Patient SOFIA VERGARA
    Speaks Out about the Importance of Thyroid Disease Awareness
    And the “Good Morning Hypothyroidism” Campaign,
    Explaining How a Simple, At-Home Neck Check Can Help Detect Thyroid Disease
    And Answering All of Your Listeners’ Questions about Thyroid Disease!

    What and Who: Tens of millions of Americans suffer from a thyroid disorder, yet many millions of them do not even know that they have it although the symptoms are right in front of them. AND WOMEN ARE FIVETO EIGHT TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM THYROID DISEASE! The thyroid gland is a vital part of our delicate hormonal system, controlling every cell, tissue, and organ in our body. Its function is to produce thyroid hormones that help the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as they should. So, if the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, neither are you; and symptoms such as changes in energy, hair loss, irritability, and difficulty concentrating, among others, can develop.

    January is Thyroid Awareness Month. And who better than world-renowned Dr. Jordan Geller, M.D., who treats many hypothyroid patients (including “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara who developed hypothyroidism after having her thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer) to help increase awareness of this important part of the body through the “Good Morning Hypothyroidism” (GMH) campaign” initiative which arms patients with new tools to engage, learn, and take steps toward helping to improve their daily condition management routine, encouraging them to examine how they start their day and reestablish a morning routine.

    Dr. Jordan Geller, who is a nationally-renowned board-certified internist and endocrinologist; past Clinical Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles; and an instructor at the UCLA School of Medicine, has provided his medical expertise on “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors” and can answer questions such as:

    * What is hypothyroidism?
    * Who is most at risk for this condition?
    * What are symptoms of hypothyroidism?
    * How can you conduct a simple at-home neck check?
    * How is a diagnosis made?
    * What are management options?
    * Why is it important to establish a medication routine?
    ** Dr. Geller will also answer any questions that your listeners might have about anything related to the thyroid.

    Dr. Geller will be joined by hypothyroidism patient Elisa Aldridge, an actress and hypothyroidism patient who began to experience symptoms of hypothyroidism long before her diagnosis at the age of 24 when, at an annual exam, her physician noted that her thyroid was enlarged. Elisa his passionate about educating other people on the condition and can provide an important first-person perspective by answering questions such as:

    * What symptoms did she experience?
    * What led her to visit the doctor?
    * How does she deal with her hypothyroidism?
    * What is her daily routine?
    * What is her advice for other people living with hypothyroidism?


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    New York (October 16, 2015) – Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, New York's largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), received the Health Care Leadership Award from the Acacia Network, Inc. at its 45th Annual Gala on October 15 in midtown Manhattan. The largest Latino-founded nonprofit in New York, Acacia Network is a community-based organization offering health, housing, education, and economic development services.

    The award recognizes notable contributions to health care on local, state, and national levels. Wirth received the award in recognition of his unwavering commitment to improve underserved communities, address health care disparities, and solve health care's broader challenges.

    Amida Care is a not-for-profit health plan that specializes in providing comprehensive health coverage and coordinated care to New York City Medicaid and Medicare recipients with chronic conditions, including HIV and behavioral health disorders. Acacia Network, formerly “Promesa,” was one of several community organizations that founded Amida Care in 2003. Wirth has led Amida Care for nearly 10 years and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS for decades, including serving as a Health Policy Advisor to New York City Mayors David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani, where he oversaw the community planning process that led to binding recommendations for over $100 million in Ryan White funding to New York City and New York State.

    Amida Care
    Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins; Pamela Mattel, Chief Operating Officer, Acacia Network; Raul Russi, Chief Executive Officer, Acacia Network; and Doug Wirth, President and CEO, Amida Care

    "I am deeply honored that the Acacia Network has chosen to recognize me, and I am grateful to Acacia for partnering with Amida Care to help make our successful health outcomes possible," said Wirth. "I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead an organization like Amida Care that improves the health and quality of life of people coping with multiple complex health conditions, including HIV/AIDS. These are people who have the greatest need for access to the kind of specialized, comprehensive care that Amida Care provides."

    "Doug’s outstanding commitment to quality, inclusiveness, and ensuring people have joy and happiness in their lives is a shining star to the health care industry," said Pam Mattel, COO of Acacia Network. "A staunch advocate in health care transformation through the growth of Amida Care, the most successful Special Needs Plan in NY State, Doug has consistently articulated a compelling vision combined with realistic, innovative solutions to significantly improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS."

    Other awardees included Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Speaker, for the Latina Leadership Award; Anne-Marie A. Hendrickson, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Deputy Commissioner, for the Leadership Award; Jason A. Helgerson, Medicaid Director, State of New York, for the Health Care Transformation Award; Arnaldo Segarra, NYC Commission on Human Rights Commissioner, for the Community and Public Service Award; and Milagros Baez O’Toole, Acacia Network Board Chair, for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was also a guest at the event and made remarks.

    Wirth’s leadership at Amida Care has contributed to impressive HIV health outcomes that save lives and produce cost-savings in the health care industry:

    • Over 93% member engagement in care

    • A 93% success rate in getting members on anti-retroviral medications

    • A 70% viral load suppression rate among our members

    Leading to:

    • A 74% decrease in hospital admissions/readmissions

    • A 35% reduction in overall medical expenses

    Both Acacia and Amida Care are committed to providing integrated care that focuses on holistic wellness. More than just a health care plan, Amida Care helps members achieve the best quality of life possible by working closely with each member to provide support and services that address the whole person—physical, mental, and emotional. Amida Care's integrated care team also helps members with social determinants of health such as secure housing, employment, legal concerns, food insecurity, and transportation.

    For more information about Amida Care, please visit


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    Solace Lifesciences, Inc., Receives Patent for NuCalm Relaxation System

    Successfully Used on 400,000 Dental Patients; Developer Sees Many Other Uses

    (Issued October 6, 2015) – Privately-held Solace Lifesciences, Inc., has been awarded a patent by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office for NuCalm, an all-natural, drug-free technology designed to relieve stress and improve sleep quality. (U.S. Patent Registration No.: 9,079,030; Issued July 14, 2015).

    The announcement was made by James M. Poole, Solace Lifesciences’ CEO and President, who noted, “This is the world’s only patent granted for ‘Systems and Methods for Balancing and Maintaining the Health of the Human Autonomic Nervous System.’” NuCalm ( uses a four-step system to bring users to a state of deep relaxation.

    “We have reached a milestone with successful applications on over 400,000 dental patients,” said Poole. “It has been a 13-year journey to this point including eight years of research, discovery and development, followed by five years of tested, proven real-world use, by dentists, doctors, cancer patients, professional athletes, pilots, and business executives across five continents.”

    On receiving the patent, Dr. G. Blake Holloway, NuCalm technology inventor, a neuroscientist and clinician from Kerrville, Texas, said, “We are currently living in the second age of anxiety, the first being just after World War I. People are more stressed today than during the Great Depression and not doing enough to manage stress and sleep quality. NuCalm could not have come at a better time to help humanity lower stress and improve sleep quality without drugs.”

    CEO Poole says, “As a culture, we are not getting enough rest and are overly reliant on stimulants for productivity, when we should better understand how the body and mind work optimally: it’s through relaxation and restoration, not hyper-stimulation. The brain works in patterns; we’re always seeking patterns. NuCalm mimics patterns that the brain identifies to help it relax. We are not doing anything foreign; we’re simply adding fuel and mimicking patterns in the brain to trigger deep relaxation. When we rest and restore, we can achieve homeostasis which enables us to perform at maximum efficiency.”

    How NuCalm Works: A Multi-Part System
    NuCalm’s four-step system quickly and naturally brings the individual to a state of deep relaxation. This deep relaxation occurs thanks to neuroacoustic software that initiates a change in brain waves (Alpha and Theta level). Other steps include an all-natural proprietary cream; a patch behind each ear that allows microcurrent stimulation; and a light-blocking mask. The relaxation state occurs within minutes and lasts throughout the NuCalm experience. In stages, your mind will wander, your breathing slows down, and your body feels heavy and still. In as little at 20 minutes, you feel refreshed, relaxed, and focused.

    About Solace Lifesciences, Inc.
    Founded in 2002, Solace Lifesciences, Inc., is a privately-held Wilmington, Delaware-based company.

    Solace Lifesciences develops all-natural neuroscience technologies used to lower stress and improve sleep quality. NuCalm®, our flagship product, is an all-natural stress intervention system that rapidly and reliably interrupts the stress response at the midbrain and guides people to a deeply relaxed state. This technology is drug-free, non-invasive, and quickly “flips the switch” from acute stress and alarm to deep relaxation within minutes, allowing the body to idle in its optimal healing state.

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    Topical BioMedics Inc. Announces Its Top-Selling Product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, is Now Available at CVS pharmacy

    A research and development leader in topical patented natural biomedicines for pain relief, Topical BioMedics, Inc., reports that its top-selling product, Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, has been picked up by CVS Pharmacy. A leading national drug retailing chain, CVS will feature the 4-oz. jar of Topricin in front of the pharmacy in its Home Diagnostic/Diabetes section.

    Rhinebeck, NY, October 7--Topical BioMedics, Inc., has contracted with CVS Pharmacy, a leading national drug retailing chain, to carry its 4-oz. jar of Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream. Based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, CVS operates more than 7, 800 retail stores across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Brazil. The retailer will be carrying the Topricin formula in its Home Diagnostic/Diabetes section, located in front of the store’s pharmacy. CVS also carries the company’s Topricin Foot Therapy Cream in its Foot Care section, and MyPainAway Fibro Cream in the store’s Analgesic section.

    Topical BioMedics is a research and development leader in topical natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s product line includes Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, Topricin® Foot Therapy Cream, and Topricin® for Children. The company has also launched the MyPainAway™ (powered by Topricin) line of products. Two formulas have been introduced—MyPainAway Fibro Cream and MyPainAway After-Burn Cream—with others slated to roll out later in 2015 and 2016. Topical BioMedics’ formulas have been awarded a patent for the topical treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy, and are safe for diabetics.

    Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream has been specially formulated to address joint and muscle aches and pains, including: arthritis; carpal tunnel syndrome; lower back, neck and shoulder pain; sports/impact injuries; muscle strains and sprains; sciatica; and repetitive motion injuries such as bursitis and tendonitis.

    Odorless, greaseless, and free of parabens, petroleum, counterirritants, and other harsh chemicals, Topricin can be used on any part of the body. It features a combination of natural (homeopathic) medicines that help the body rebalance healing chemistries, which detoxify the damaged area around the nerve tissue to help restore oxygenated blood flow. The product has been shown to reduce the need/dependency on all classifications of pain medications, including opioids.

    “We are gratified that Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream is the third product to have been selected by CVS, a corporation we have a great deal of respect for” says Lou Paradise, Topical BioMedics’ president and chief of research. “We are humbled that our Topricin formulas have helped many pain sufferers get off pain pills, restoring their hope and quality of life. Having Topricin pain relief and healing cream in CVS’ Home Medical Diagnostics section will certainly make our product more available to those in need.”

    Topricin products are made in the U.S.A. and are in compliance with federal rules for homeopathic over-the-counter medicines. Topricin products are growing in popularity and are safe for diabetics and the entire family, including pregnant women. In addition to serving those in pain, Topricin is also a lifestyle product that athletes and other active people appreciate for its ability to help with performance and recovery.

    All Topricin and MyPainAway formulas contain: no parabens, petroleum, counterirritants or harsh chemicals, are odorless, greaseless and non-irritating, and produce no known side effects.

    For locations of stores, visit For information on Topricin visit

    21 years in business and a Certified B Corporation, Topical BioMedics is a research and development leader in topical patented natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s flagship product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, was introduced in 1994 and is now a leading natural therapeutic brand. A combination natural biomedicine formula, Topricin has been awarded a patent for the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy. Topricin products are mandatory treatment protocol at world renowned medical centers.

    The Topricin family of natural healing products also includes Topricin Foot Therapy Cream, specially formulated to treat painful foot and ankle issues and conditions, and Topricin for Children, which received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval (with 5% of sales are donated to pediatric cancer foundations). The company launched the MyPainAway™ (powered by Topricin) line of products. Its two new formulas have been introduced—MyPainAway Fibro Cream and MyPainAway After-Burn Cream—with others slated to roll out later in 2015 and 2016.

    Made in the U.S.A., all Topricin products are federally-regulated over-the-counter medicines with no known side effects, no parabens, petroleum, or other harsh chemicals, no grease, and no odor.

    Topical BioMedics launched a free monthly pain management webinar in February 2015. Featuring Lou Paradise, president, chief of research, and pain management expert, the webinars are streamed live the second Tuesday of each month from 12pm to 1pm then archived on the company’s WordPress blog for on-demand access 24/7.

    Topricin is available in independent pharmacies, natural food and co-op stores nationwide, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Pharmaca, The Vitamin Shoppe, Fred Meyer, Wegmans, CVS, Walgreens (Diabetic Section), and other fine retailers, as well as directly from the company.

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    (BPRW) New survey finds strokes of unknown cause leave patients, caregivers in the dark

    New guide helps educate patients who suffer from cryptogenic stroke to avoid frustration and anxiety from not knowing the cause

    (Black PR Wire) -- DALLAS – Sept. 9, 2015 –According to a new survey from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, more than 50 percent of stroke patients and caregivers report anxiety and frustration when the cause of the stroke was undetermined, or “cryptogenic.” The survey, which included 309 cryptogenic stroke patients and caregivers, also found that only 20 percent of patients and caregivers report receiving information for cryptogenic stroke at the time of diagnosis.

    The survey findings indicate that patients and caregivers are significantly impacted by stroke with more than 70 percent of both groups reporting feeling tired and drained (or having low energy) as a result.

    Every year, about 800,000 Americans have a stroke. Of those, about 200,000 are considered “cryptogenic,” meaning the cause of the stroke is undetermined. Statistics show cryptogenic stroke patientshave reason to be concerned: A prior stroke is the number one risk factor for a second stroke.

    Educating patients and families about cryptogenic stroke and diagnostic options will help manage feelings of worry, nervousness or unease and frustration they report from not knowing the cause of a stroke. This is why the American Stroke Association, with support from Medtronic, launched the Cryptogenic Stroke Initiative.

    This month, the first Patient Guide to Cryptogenic Stroke is being released. The guide includes information on the cryptogenic stroke diagnosis, what happens during a stroke, secondary prevention information, questions to ask your doctor, support resources and more.

    “Through the initiative, we’re informing cryptogenic stroke patients about their condition andhelping them to work with their healthcare team to prevent a second stroke,” said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. “We know that focusing on these patients will help us save lives from stroke, which is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability.”

    The American Stroke Association’s survey, which includes a combination of online and telephone interviews with 309 stroke survivors and caregivers, also provides insight into how cryptogenic stroke patients receive information about their diagnosis.

    The survey reveals that only one in five patients receive information about cryptogenic stroke at the time of their diagnosis. Of patients receiving timely information, 75 percent received it verbally. Cryptogenic stroke patients and caregivers seek information from a variety of sources for the first year, but few report finding adequate information.

    “It is extremely difficult to remember everything a doctor tells you when you’re still trying to come to terms with the fact that you’ve had a stroke. We can help cryptogenic stroke patients and their families by providing comprehensive resources about the condition, ” Bauman said. The association’s Cryptogenic Stroke Initiative is designed to help patients like Bill Benedict, 79, from Ithaca, New York.

    Benedict suffered two “mini-strokes” (transient ischemic attacks or TIAs) about a month apart. Each time, doctors were unable to give him a reason why they occurred. For Benedict, who has a personal history of heart trouble and a family history of stroke, this was far from reassuring.“It was quite scary not to know,” he said.

    After his second mini stroke, Benedict’s cardiologist suggested an underlying cause may be atrial fibrillation (AF), which is a quivering or irregular heartbeat. AF often has no symptoms and comes and goes so it may not always be detected by conventional cardiac monitoring techniques. While it can be tricky to diagnose, it’s important because AF increases stroke risk up to five times. His doctor agreed to test him for AF using a small, insertable device thatmonitors the heart rhythm continuously for up to three years. A few months after having it, the device detected a trial fibrillation and Benedict is now managing his condition through medication.

    Although AF is one of the many likely causes of cryptogenic stroke, only 12 percent of patients were told that AF was a possible cause of their stroke. Other common causes for investigation include Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) a hole between the heart’s chambers, and thrombophilia, a blood clotting disorder.

    To download the free Patient Guide or to learn more about cryptogenic stroke, visit or call 1-888-4-STROKE (478-7653).

    About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

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    How Exercise and Healthy Eating Can Influence Your Love Life

    Yes, that's right--exercise and healthy eating can have a positive effect on your sex life. Just ask Chris Pratt, who told Men's Health UK that when he weighed 300 pounds, he had a lower sex drive and didn't feel great.

    "Summer is a great time to fit in some exercise and eat healthier foods," says Dudley Seth Danoff, MD, FACS, men's urologist and expert for more than thirty years and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health. "It's amazing how small improvements and changes can bring about such improvements in how you feel and your sex life." Dr. Danoff is known for his candid and good-natured style that makes it easier for men (and the partners in their lives) to talk about and handle a myriad of medical situations.

    A requested guest on national radio and television shows, Dr. Danoff is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University Medical School. He has taught on the clinical faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine for more than twenty-five years and is the founder and president of the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Tower Urology Medical Group in Los Angeles. Urologist to many Hollywood stars and the recipient of national and international honors, Dr. Danoff is also senior attending urologist at the Saban Los Angeles Free Clinic.

    If you need an expert on men's health issues, including those involving embarrassing subjects like erectile dysfunction (including blue pills and other medical cures), and tips for a healthy, active sex life at any age, Dr. Danoff is available for radio and television interviews and also has numerous articles available for your immediate use on a variety of topics, including:

    3 Reasons Exercising Can Make You More Sexually Active

    In today’s fast-paced society, finding time to exercise is hard. But if you want to have a good sex life, making time to work out is one of the best decisions you can make. Besides feeling good about the way you look--which inevitably will boost your self-confidence in the bedroom--getting regular physical exercise will increase your stamina, strength, and flexibility, all keys to having great sexual experiences.

    Invigorate Your Sex Life with These Healthy Foods

    Often, we worry about what foods to avoid. Certainly, some foods are better avoided or eaten only in small amounts--but the good news is that by focusing on the healthy foods you should eat, you can improve not only your health but also your sex life. Focus on the positive, and add a few of these items to your regular diet, and you may just find your self-confidence, your health, and your sex life reinvigorated.

    3 Reasons Sleep Is Essential to Maintaining a Healthy Sex Life

    How many hours of sleep did you get last night? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is probably less than the seven to nine hours generally recommended by most sleep experts. Lack of sleep can take a toll in many areas of your life, not least of these is your sex life. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your stamina and focus may suffer, and difficulty sleeping can be a sign of bigger problems, as well.

    Doctor’s Orders: Make Regular Sex Part of Your Health Plan

    You might not expect to hear your doctor suggest that you make having regular sex a priority for your health, but the truth is that sex is not only one of life’s cheapest luxuries but also a wonderful way to improve your health. The health benefits of sex include improvements to your cardiovascular health, your mood, your psychological well-being, and more. Sex benefits circulation, stimulates the nervous system and the prostate gland, and clears up mental cobwebs.


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    (BPRW) African Americans Urged to Take Advantage of Recommended Preventive Sexual Health Services Now Available at No to Low Cost

    There’s Nothing Sexier than Being Sexually Healthy/#MakeBlackHealthMatter

    (Black PR Wire) Washington, DC – Today, the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), which consists of over 50 leading health and medical organizations, issued a call-to-action to increase the uptake of essential preventive sexual health care services in the African American community. These vital services can protect and improve sexual health, and even save lives.

    With historic levels of insurance coverage, most African Americans can now access recommended preventive sexual health services for free, including the HPV vaccine, female contraceptives (including the IUD, implant, and pill), pap smears, and screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia and HIV. Unfortunately, many African Americans are not currently benefitting from these important services, which are vital to the overall health and well-being of the community. For example:

    • In 2013, only 34% of African American girls and 16% of African American boys received all three doses of the HPV vaccine, the only cancer prevention vaccine currently available;

    • Approximately 44% of sexually active African American women (ages 15 -21) were not screened annually for chlamydia, which, when left undiagnosed and untreated, is a leading cause of preventable infertility;

    • More than a third (35%) of African Americans have never been tested for HIV, even though it is recommended that all sexually active people be tested at least once, and that many be tested at least annually if they’re at increased risk.

    “You and your health matter. We know you have a lot on your plate, but we all need to make room for our sexual health. Just like protecting your heart health, managing your blood pressure, and exercising regularly – it’s worth your time,” said Christian J. Thrasher, M.A., Director, The Center of Excellence for Sexual Health, Morehouse School of Medicine. “We have a tremendous opportunity here. An unprecedented number of people now have access—at no cost—to these safe and effective preventive services that have been endorsed by leading medical organizations nationwide. We need to take advantage of these services.”

    Recommended for all Americans by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, these preventive services can help you prevent many male and female cancers, plan your pregnancies, and detect and treat common STDs before they cause serious problems.

    “Knowledge is power. It’s important to take charge of your own sexual health, and get informed about the services that are recommended for you. Don’t assume that you are automatically getting these services when you go to your health care provider. You need to ask your provider to be sure,” said NCSH Co-Director, Susan Gilbert.

    To help Americans get the services they need, a free guide and website are available from the NCSH, which features action steps for good sexual health, charts of recommended services for men and women, questions to ask health care providers, and other resources. The guide, “Take Charge of Your Sexual Health: What you need to know about preventive services,” is accessible at: Tips and tools can be downloaded, and the site is mobile-friendly for easy access on the go.

    HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. In fact, nearly all sexually active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. The HPV vaccine is the first and only vaccine available that can protect both women and men against multiple types of HPV-associated cancers including cervical, penile, throat and mouth and anal cancer as well as genital warts.

    “Since nearly everyone will be exposed to HPV at some point in their life, it’s essential that everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated. Parents, it’s particularly important to get your kids vaccinated before they become sexually active,” said Yolanda Wimberly, M.D., M.S., FAAP, pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, Morehouse School of Medicine. “Talking with your kids about the HPV vaccine presents a great opportunity to talk with them about their sexual health. Studies show that kids who talk with their parents about sex are more likely to delay having sex and more likely to use condoms when they do have sex. However, if you’re not ready for that conversation, you can simply tell them it’s a cancer-prevention vaccine. How many kids ever ask what shots are for, anyway?” said Dr. Wimberly.

    Strongly endorsed by leading medical groups, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians, the HPV vaccine is recommended for all boys and girls at ages 11-12, but can be given to males up to age 21 and females up to age 26. HPV vaccination is particularly important for black women since they are 34% more likely to develop cervical cancer, and twice as likely to die from cervical cancer as white women.

    The average American woman spends 30 years trying to avoid pregnancy. But for African American women, the cost of and access to contraceptives have historically been key barriers to their use. In fact, a recent study revealed that over half of African American women said they had trouble purchasing birth control and using it consistently due to cost. For example, Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), which include the Intrauterine Device (IUD) and the implant, are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and are the methods that most female physicians use themselves. Yet, only 5% of African American women currently use them. This is not surprising since before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the average cost of an IUD was approximately $900 per insertion.

    “Increased access to free, highly effective contraceptives empowers more women to take charge of their reproductive health. They can plan their pregnancies, and have children, if and when they want to,” said Nerys Benfield, MD, MPH, assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. Most women can choose from a wide variety of highly effective birth control methods at no cost, including LARCs and other methods, such as the pill, ring, and patch.

    Women who don’t use contraception are highly likely to experience an unplanned pregnancy. In fact, approximately 85 percent of women who don’t use contraception will become pregnant within one year. “So, if you’re not ready to be a mother, it’s important to find a birth control method that is right for you,“ said Dr. Benfield. “And remember, condoms are the only method that protect you from STDs, so we recommend using condoms in addition to your chosen birth control method, to give you the highest level of protection during sex.”

    There are more cases of STDs than diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, and asthma combined. Each year, there are an estimated 110 million cases of STDs, which includes approximately 20 million new cases and 90 million existing cases.

    “We need to change our thinking about STDs. These are incredibly common infections. Half of all sexually active Americans will contract at least one STD by the age of 25. Anyone who has sex is at risk, regardless of who you are, where you come from, or how many partners you have had,” said Deborah Arrindell, Vice President, Health Policy, American Sexual Health Association. “Our sexual health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. We in the African American community must try to prevent STDs, just as we must try to prevent diabetes.”

    Prevention and regular screening are key since many STDs don’t have any symptoms. As a result, many people do not know they are infected and may be unintentionally passing these infections onto their partners. If left untreated, STDs can cause infertility, pelvic pain and fetal illnesses, and increase your risk of contracting HIV. But, there’s good news -- if detected early, STDs can often be easily cured with antibiotics, or effectively managed, before they cause serious problems. For example, annual chlamydia screening is recommended for all sexually active women ages 24 and younger and for older women at risk. If caught early, chlamydia can usually be cured with simple antibiotics.

    Also, it is recommended that all Americans get tested for HIV at least once, and that individuals at higher risk be tested at least annually (e.g. those who have had sex without a condom, have an STD, have multiple partners, share injection-drug equipment, or are a man who has sex with men). “Screening for HIV is particularly important for African Americans since our community bears the biggest burden of infection, due to many social and economic disadvantages. In fact, it is estimated that one in 16 black men and one in 32 black women will contract HIV,” said Dr. Wimberly.


    “HIV testing is the gateway to care and treatment. It is estimated that nearly 75,000 African Americans don’t know they have HIV,” said Dana Van Gorder, Executive Director, Project Inform. “With highly effective treatments now available, often at low or no cost, people can live longer and healthier lives with HIV, just like they live with other chronic conditions. And, if you’re not infected, you can take steps to protect yourself, and keep you and your partners safe.”

    With HIV, early detection and treatment are key. But unfortunately, one-third of diagnoses are made late, and result in missed opportunities to get medical care. According to a recent major international study conducted in 35 countries (the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment Study), people who received treatment immediately after an HIV diagnosis were 53% less likely to die during the trial or to develop AIDS or a serious illness.

    Today, more African Americans have health insurance, and access to these services than ever before. Through the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 2.3 million African American adults have gained health insurance coverage, bringing the total insured to 87% of all African Americans. Under the ACA, health plans must now cover specific preventive services without charging a fee, copayment or coinsurance, including all FDA-approved contraceptive methods (except for condoms). Specifically,

    • If you have private health insurance, most health plans now cover these services free-of-charge, but check with your health plan before you make an appointment.

    • If you have Medicaid, most plans will also cover these services, but coverage can vary by state; check with your health plan or provider to find out what’s covered.

    • If there are fees under your plan or you don’t have insurance, check out the cost of services at community health centers, family planning clinics, STD clinics, or HIV testing centers. Most clinics offer a sliding fee scale, which means your fees are based on your income. Services could be available at low or no cost.

    For teens, you have the right to obtain many confidential sexual health care services without parental permission. For example, all states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) allow teens under age 18 to get confidential STD testing and treatment. For contraceptive services, 21 states and D.C. allow teens to consent to receive these services, while 25 states allow consent under specific circumstances.

    However, if you use private health insurance to pay, a statement might come in the mail to your parents that will describe the services you had. So, it’s a good idea to ask about privacy policies when you make an appointment. Or, seek services at clinics that can guarantee privacy and confidentiality, such as Planned Parenthood clinics, other Title X family planning clinics, and STD testing centers. Go to or to find locations near you. Note: if you use Medicaid, services are kept confidential.

    About the National Coalition for Sexual Health
    The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) consists of 65 members, including over 50 leading national health, medical and consumer organizations, working together to improve sexual health and well-being across the lifespan. NCSH member organizations include:

    • Adolescent AIDS Program
    • Advocates for Youth
    • AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), ACRIA Center on HIV & Aging
    • AIDS Institute-NYSDOH
    • Altarum Institute
    • American Academy of Physician Assistants
    • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    • American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists
    • American College Health Association
    • American College of Nurse-Midwives
    • American Sexual Health Association
    • Answer
    • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
    • Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center
    • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault/Prevent Connect
    • Cardea Services
    • Center of Excellence for Sexual Health at Morehouse School of Medicine
    • Center for Sex Education
    • Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
    • Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality
    • CHOICES. Memphis Center for Reproductive Health
    • Department of the Navy
    • Emergo Health
    • The Female Health Company
    • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
    • Healthy Teen Network
    • Howard University Student Health Center
    • JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
    • The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
    • My Sex Doctor LTD
    • National Association of Community Health Centers
    • National Association of County & City Health Officials
    • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
    • National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
    • National Coalition of STD Directors
    • National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
    • National Network of STD/HIV Training Centers
    • National Sexual Violence Resource Center
    • National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
    • North America Region of IUSTI
    • Ogilvy Public Relations Washington, DC
    • Physicians for Reproductive Health
    • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
    • Program in Human Sexuality (at the University of Minnesota)
    • Project Inform
    • Secular Woman
    • Sexual Health Innovations
    • Sexuality & Aging Consortium at Widener University
    • SIECUS
    • The STD Project
    • Variance, LLC
    • Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance
    • Youth+Tech+Health (YTH)

    NCSH individual members include:

    • Beth Dooley, Polk County Health Department
    • Michael Horberg, Kaiser Permanente
    • Ned Hook, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Mary Jett-Goheen, Johns Hopkins University
    • Amber Madison, Author and Sex Expert
    • Arik Marcell, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Alicia Miller, University of the Sciences
    • Amy Schalet, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Lise Talbott, Golden Valley Health Centers
    • Mitchell Tepper, Sexologist
    • Jessica Tillman, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
    • Beverly Whipple, Rutgers University

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    Eye Specialist Says Proper Nutrition can Treat+Reverse Common Vision Problems

    Dr. Robert Abel Jr, MD author of the new book, The Eye Care Revolution, will reveal which nutrients are essential for the care and feeding of your eyes

    For 40 years, Dr. Robert Abel Jr. has dedicated his professional life as an ophthalmologist to preserving vision. As a founding partner in a large eye care practice in Delaware, he operates on four hundred cataract patients a year, but he treats six times that number without surgery.

    "We know that specific foods and nutritional supplements have value in treating specific diseases, and we also now know there are also certain foods and supplements that specifically encourage eye health," says Dr. Abel, author of the book, "The Eye Care Revolution."

    Dr. Abel says by using an understanding of nutritional chemistry and other means it is possible to control or eliminate many of the factors that contribute to the development of serious eye diseases:

    Controlled clinical studies show that the risk of developing cataracts can be decreased by more than half by eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, as well as the antioxidants vitamin A, E, lutein, and glutathione boosters.

    The risk of developing glaucoma can be lowered by consuming high levels of vitamins C, Omega 3, and B12. Also rhythmic breathing and avoiding blood pressure medications in the evenings.

    The risk of developing macular degeneration can be reduced by maintaining high levels of vitamins A, D, E, the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein, DHA, and the amino acid taurine (found in egg whites).

    Diabetic retinopathy can be delayed or prevented by consuming vitamin C along with alpha lipoic acid, Quercetin, and other bioflavonoids.

    What is the ideal dietary regimen for someone concerned about preserving or improving eye health? In his book, "The Eye Care Revolution," Dr. Abel lists the Top Ten Foods for Sight:

    Cold water fish (sardines, cod, mackerel, tuna) are an excellent source of DHA, which provides structural support to cell membranes and is recommended for dry eyes, macular degeneration, and sight preservation.

    Spinach, kale, and green leafy vegetables are rich in carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein protects the macula from sun damage and from blue light.

    Eggs are rich in cysteine, sulfur, lecithin, amino acids, and lutein. Sulfur-containing compounds protect the lens of the eye from cataract formation.

    Garlic, onions, shallots, and capers are also rich in sulfur, which is necessary for the production of glutathione, an important antioxidant for the lens of the eye.

    Non-GMO soy, low in fat and rich in protein, contains essential fatty acids, phytoestrogens, vitamin E, and natural anti-inflammatory agents.

    Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene. Yellow and orange vegetables, like carrots and squash, are important for daytime vision.

    Blueberries and grapes contain anthocyanins, which improve night vision. A cup full of blueberries, huckleberry jam, or a 100 mg bilberry supplement should improve dark adaptation within 30 minutes.

    Wine, known to have a cardio-protective effect, has many important nutrients, which protect the heart, vision, and blood flow.

    Nuts and berries are nature's most concentrated food sources. Grains, such as flaxseed, are high in the beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower cholesterol and stabilize cell membranes.

    Extra-virgin olive oil, is a healthy alternative to butter and margarine.

    Dr. Abel says to maintain eye health, drink six eight-ounce glasses of filtered water every day to keep properly hydrated, as water helps create the fluid in our eyes.

    New Dietary Supplement for Eye Health: Eye Complex CS (Clinical Strength)

    "While we should depend primarily on whole foods to meet our nutritional needs, we should use vitamins and supplements as an insurance policy," says Dr. Abel.

    For eye health, Dr. Abel has formulated a special multivitamin, Eye Complex CS, which contains important nutrients supportive of the retina and having a protective effect on the lens:

    Vitamin C 250 mg N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 50 mg Selenium .05 mg
    L-Glutathione 2.5 mg Alpha Lipoic Acid 25 mg Vitamin E 100 IU
    Lutein 10 mg Zinc 7.5 mg Bilberry 40 mg
    Zeaxanthin 0.5 mg Taurine 50 mg Riboflavin B-2 15 mg
    Vitamin B-6 10 mg Vitamin B-12 0.1 mg Rutin 100 mg
    Grape Seed Ex 25 mg Citrus Bioflavonoids 100 mg Chromium .05 mg
    Ginkgo biloba 20 mg Beta Carotene 10,000 IU Eye Bright 100 mg
    CoQ10 10 mg Green Tea Ex 50 mg

    Dr. Abel earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in 1969, completed his ophthalmology residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital and was a Cornea Fellow at the University of Florida. A board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Abel is on the staff of the Christiana Care Health System. He is a former Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University. He founded and has been Medical Director of the Medical Eye Bank of Delaware since 1981. He teaches locally and internationally on numerous subjects, including cornea, cataract and nutrition. He instructs the Cornea Microsurgery Workshops at the Academy of Ophthalmology meetings annually and has been on the Academy's Committee of International Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Abel has done active research on corneal transplants, corneal pathology, contact lenses and drugs as they relate to the eye. He holds two patents on artificial corneas and has received the AAO Honor Award and the Senior Honor Award. Dr. Abel is the author of the popular new book, "The Eye Care Revolution," which teaches patients how to treat and reverse common vision problems, and he has written eight other books. Other information concerning eye care can also be found on his website, He was also voted "TOP DOC" by Delaware Today Magazine. In his spare time, he practices Tai-Chi, and studies alternative medicine systems.


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    Signing Up for Health Insurance During Open Enrollment? Here’s What to Expect.

    You may be preparing to select and purchase an individual health insurance plan during the Marketplace’s open enrollment period, which began on November 15, 2014. Rick Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer take a step-by-step look at what to expect during the process.

    Salt Lake City, UT (November 2014)—The news you’ve been dreading has finally arrived: Your employer is canceling the group health insurance plan you’ve counted on for years, and by the end of 2014, you’ll no longer be covered. (Insert expletive of your choice here.) You know the Health Insurance Marketplace’s open enrollment period began on November 15, but shopping for a policy seems so overwhelming you keep pushing it out of your mind. When you do think about your insurance predicament, it’s to fret: What if I make the wrong decision? What if I can’t afford the premiums? What if I can’t get the coverage I need?

    You’re not alone—but Rick Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer urge you to stop the cycle of dread and procrastination before open enrollment’s February 15, 2015, deadline forces you to act.

    “Like all dreaded chores, shopping for individual health insurance in the Marketplace is nowhere near as terrible as you’re imagining,” assures Lindquist, coauthor along with Pilzer of The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company (Wiley, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-119-01211-5, $25.00,, “Choosing and signing up for a new policy can actually be efficient and relatively painless if you know what to expect and are prepared with the correct information.

    “And remember—the sooner you act, the sooner you’ll be free to enjoy the holidays without this task hanging over your head,” he adds.

    Here, Lindquist and Pilzer provide a step-by-step overview of what to expect as you sign up for individual coverage:

    Step 1: Decide whether to DIY or use a broker. Step 1 of navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace is deciding whether you want to go it alone or use a guide. If you’re confident that you know (or can research) what type of coverage you need and that you can navigate on your own, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take charge of shopping for and purchasing your own health insurance.

    “However, if you’re concerned about navigating the process and choosing the best policy—or if you’d simply like professional insight—you can choose to work with a broker, who can advise you and eventually help you enroll in coverage,” says Lindquist. “The exact role of brokers, who often receive commissions from insurance companies, varies based on state and situation.”

    Step 2: Gather your paperwork. When you apply for or renew your individual health insurance policy during open enrollment, you’ll need to provide information about your household, income, and insurance coverage.

    “Individual health insurance applications no longer ask medical history questions, but the application will ask financial questions to qualify you for the premium tax credits,” Lindquist explains. “So for many people, filling out an individual application will feel like filing income taxes. That might not be your idea of fun, but the silver lining is that it will be familiar. And like filing your taxes, gathering the necessary materials for open enrollment before the time comes will make applying for coverage quicker and easier.”

    Lindquist and Pilzer recommend having the following information ready:

    Home and/or mailing addresses for everyone in your household who is applying for coverage

    Social Security numbers for individuals in your household

    Documentation verifying legal immigration status, if this applies to your household

    Employer and income information for every member of your household. This may come in the form of pay stubs or W-2 forms

    Your best estimate of your household income for 2015

    Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering household members

    A completed “Employer Coverage Tool” for every employer-sponsored health insurance plan you or your household members are eligible for. The form should be filled out for every employer-sponsored health insurance plan you are eligible for—not just the ones you are enrolled in. (Your employer should be able to provide you with the completed form.)

    If you have health coverage in 2014, notices from your current plan that include your plan ID

    It may also be helpful to have the notice you received from your employer about the Marketplace and new coverage options

    Step 3: Fill out an application. Once you have all of your information gathered, it’s time to complete an application. You can do so online or in paper form. You will have to fill out only one application, and from there your eligibility for premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies will be determined.

    “This year, to help make open enrollment 2015 go as smoothly as possible, has been working on their online enrollment process,” shares Lindquist. “While all applicants will be required to answer some screening questions, about 70 percent of applicants are expected to be redirected to a shorter, updated application. The remaining 30 percent with ‘more complicated household scenarios’ will use the traditional Marketplace application.”

    Step 4: Choose your metallic level. Individual health insurance plans are categorized by “metallic tiers” of coverage: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. These categories are designed to help you compare plans with different coverage levels. As the metal category increases in value, so does the percent of medical expenses that the plan will cover.

    “At this point, you need to take a close look at how often you go to the doctor,” instructs Lindquist. “In general, if you anticipate using a lot of medical services, it is more ideal to select a platinum or gold plan. Although the premiums higher, you will pay less out-of-pocket when it comes time to receive medical care. If you do not anticipate having a lot of healthcare needs, selecting a silver or bronze plan is more ideal to save money. Although there will be higher out-of-pocket costs when and if you do need medical services, you will pay a significantly lower premium.”

    Step 5: Pick a plan. Now that you know what level of coverage you want, it’s time to browse and pick a plan.

    “With some people comparing more than 100 plans, this is often the step that takes the most time and where working with a health insurance broker can be very helpful,” notes Lindquist.

    Step 6: Pay the premium. Many of the Health Insurance Marketplaces are currently referring consumers to the insurance companies for payment, since each insurer can set their own deadline and payment requirement. “Some people will get bills in the mail, while others will be able to pay their premiums over the phone or on the insurer’s website,” says Lindquist. “Just follow the instructions you receive.”

    “Hopefully, reading about these six steps has demystified the process of signing up for health insurance during the open enrollment period,” concludes Lindquist. “Just remember—the earlier you begin the process, the more time you’ll have to research and compare plans, and the more comfortable you’ll be with the coverage you eventually purchase.”

    About the Authors:
    Paul Zane Pilzer is the New York Times best-selling author of 11 books, a former professor at NYU, and has served as an economist in two White House administrations. He is also the founder of six companies including the two largest U.S. suppliers of personalized employee health benefits, Extend Health (1999) and Zane Benefits (2006).

    Rick Lindquist is president of Zane Benefits, Inc., the U.S. leader in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses. Zane Benefits’ software has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. He is a regular contributor to leading health benefits publications, including

    About Zane Benefits, Inc.:
    Zane Benefits is the leader in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses. Since 2006, Zane Benefits has been on a mission to bring the benefits of individual health insurance to business owners and their employees. Zane Benefits’ software helps businesses reimburse employees for individual health insurance plans for annual savings of 20 to 60 percent compared with traditional employer-provided health insurance. Today, over 20,000 customers use Zane Benefits’ software, services, and support to reimburse individual health insurance plans purchased independent of employment. Zane Benefits’ software has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. Learn more at

    About the Book:
    The #1 Amazon best-selling The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance is a comprehensive guide to utilizing new individual health plans to save 20 to 60 percent on health insurance. Over the next 10 years, 100 million Americans will move from employer-provided to individually purchased health insurance. Written by a world-renowned economist and New York Times best-selling author, this insightful guide explains how individual health insurance offers more to employees than employer-provided plans. Learn more and join the debate at

    The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company (Wiley, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-119-01211-5, $25.00,, is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and direct from the publisher by calling 800-225-5945. In Canada, call 800-567-4797. For more information, please visit the book’s page on


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    The Public’s Attitudes about the Health and Economic Impact of Vision Loss and Eye Disease

    New Public Opinion Poll includes Minority Population Data

    WHAT: A roundtable discussion with leading experts on the health and economic impact of vision loss and blindness, research funding and progress of new treatment and therapies. Currently, 38 million Americans age 40 and up experience blindness, low vision or an age-related eye disease and the annual cost of vision disorders is expected to reach $717 billion by 2050.
    "addressing the public’s attitudes regarding vision loss with data from Hispanic, African-American and Asian populations "
    A new national public opinion poll addressing the public’s attitudes regarding vision loss with data from Hispanic, African-American and Asian populations - commissioned by Research!America and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) and supported by Research to Prevent Blindness - and a Vision and Blindness fact sheet detailing the story of Paul D’Addario, a patient suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a condition that causes vision deterioration, will be released. D’Addario will be available for interviews following the discussion.

    WHO: Moderator, Michelle Miller, CBS News Correspondent

    Neil Bressler, M.D., the James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Retina Division,Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., the Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    James Tsai, M.D., President of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and Chair of Ophthalmology for the Mount Sinai Health System

    Karla Zadnik, O.D., Ph.D., the Glenn Fry Professor of Optometry and Physiological Optics and Dean at the Ohio State University College of Optometry

    WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014

    9:30am – 10:30am

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    National Press Club

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    CONTACT: or (571) 482-2737

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