Please join me on Monday, November 12 at 5 PM Eastern when I welcome Experts In Pink authors Cindy Papale-Hammontree and Sabrina Hernandez-Cano to Your Book Your Brand Your Business. These wonderful clients and friends will discuss their latest book release, which expands upon their 2015 compilation, Miami Breast Cancer Experts, with the inclusion of chapters on new topics like cardiology, dental care, care-giving, and Yoga.
Prominent critics like actress Mariel Hemingway have offered nothing but praise for the authors’ latest effort. Notes Hemingway, “It’s so important to be informed as a woman. Cindy and Sabrina provide a compassionate and detailed look into the impact and most importantly the solutions to empowering yourself when dealing with Breast Cancer. Thank you ladies!“
During the interview, Cindy and Sabrina will elaborate on some important aspects of managing a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and answer as many questions as time allows from the live chat. To stream the show, visit www.w4cy.com and click on the LISTEN LIVE button on the right sidebar. As always, the show will be archived and available on my iHeart Radio page within a few days of the broadcast.
Pirate Pete, captain of the seven C’s (candies, cookies, cake, cola, chips, chocolate, and cereal), is a happy and much-beloved pirate to his crew. However, Pirate Pete’s love of the seven C’s makes life for Tony the Tooth unbearable! Fed-up with the yucky, unkempt mouth of Pirate Pete, Tony leaves Pete’s mouth. Now, without Tony, Pete’s smile just isn’t the same as it once was, and the captain’s left wondering if he can ever bring him back. With his trusty sidekick, Sweet P, the Pineapple Parrot, and the rest of his crew, Pirate Pete sets sail to discover the treasure of a healthy mouth, and the smile that it can bring. Along with Pirate Pete, kids will learn that even pirates can improve their teeth and gums by eating well and having good dental habits. Complete with recipes, an interactive science project, and a whole trove of kid-friendly activities, Tooth Ahoy! invites readers to experience the journey of Pirate Pete and his crew one sight and yummy treat at a time.
More about Lisa and Mitchell:
Lisa Soesbe resides on the Treasure Coast of Florida. She is a children’s book author, blogger, wife, and homeschooling mother of two children. Frustration from her children’s frequent illnesses inspired her to make changes in her children’s diet and lifestyle. After years of researching nutrition and holistic ways of treating her family, she realized that simple changes made a big difference. These diet and lifestyle changes resulted in healthier children. Lisa started sharing her experience and results with her friends and family. Her first book, Tooth Ahoy! : Pirate Pete’s Voyage to Healthy Teeth is currently available in bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com nationwide. She is currently working on the Pirate Pete’s Voyage children’s book series with her co-author, Dr. Mitchell Kershner, ND, a series that teaches kids how to grow up safe, happy, healthy and responsible. The book series teaches not only children, but the parents as well. You can follow Lisa’s blog at www.mommywithamission.com.
Dr. Mitchell Kershner, a Naturopathic Doctor and Nutritionist, received his degree at National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon. Upon graduating, Mitchell moved to Northern New Mexico where he was in private practice for 10 years. Dr. K, as his students referred to him, was an adjunct faculty professor at University of New Mexico nursing department . It was there he realized the importance of good nutrition as the foundation of health, especially in the children he was seeing in his private practice.
We had an excellent discussion about the obesity epidemic; the difference between sugar and processed sugar; the process by which Tooth Ahoy came into existence and its incredible success; and the authors’ plans for future books. I’ll embed the interview as soon as it’s available on iHeart Radio. Whether you’re a parent or just someone who wants to experience better health, I encourage you to listen, and I look forward to bringing Lisa and Mitchell back to the show in the future.
My work as a copywriter for SMART Growth Marketing creates an ongoing opportunity for me to discover new industries and professions, and hone my persuasive writing skills. A few months ago, I wrote copy for Dr. C’s (as he’s known by his patients) digital marketing campaign, which included an informative eBook on Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
In 2002, I discovered the benefits of bio-identical progesterone cream through Arbonne, which became the solution I’d been seeking for most of my life. But until I wrote the eBook with medical information provided by Dr. C., I had no clue about the widespread impact of hormones and hormone deficiency on every aspect of health and well-being — from heart disease to diabetes — not only menopause or anything relating to sex. Having spent decades seeking alternatives to synthetic hormones, e.g. the pill, the panacea most gynecologists prescribe for irregular periods and other female health problems, I welcomed the discovery of bio-identical progesterone, which regulated my cycle with no harmful side effects.
Even back in the day at the age of 19, I remember challenging the doctor who explained that Provera, a synthetic version of progesterone, would not solve my problem, but would instead create a “false scenario” in my body so I’d get a period every month. “What’s the point of that? And why can’t we solve the problem so my body functions the way nature intended without putting synthetic garbage into it?” I remember asking.
I’m paraphrasing slightly, but I intuited at a young age that nothing good could come from taking synthetic hormones that failed to address and correct the issue — and worse, had the potential to inflict more harm over time. So began my decades-long journey from doctor to doctor, with the same frustrating results. Eventually, I learned to smile, say “thank you” and take the prescription for the pill, then rip it up as soon as I left their office.
Years later in 1998, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a complex condition that affects women in various ways. In most cases like mine, it’s not obvious by looking at someone’s physical appearance that they even have PCOS, which is characterized by acne, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, excess facial and body hair, and — as the name suggests, ovarian cysts. For me, it began with a strange outbreak of cystic acne on my chin (something I never dealt with as a teenager), prompting my first visit to a dermatologist, who took one look at me and declared, “I’ll give you something to clear up the acne, but this is a hormonal problem. You need to go back to your doctor and get to the bottom of it.”
I took his advice, which led to a referral to the Fertility and IVF Center of Miami in the spring of 2000, where a specialist determined I had simple ovarian cysts and endometriosis. After my outpatient procedure, the doctor handed me a prescription for the pill, which I accepted and never filled. By then, I knew it was pointless to engage in debate on the topic. Thankfully, the acne and the simple cysts cleared up and dissolved on their own, and once I discovered Arbonne’s natural progesterone cream, I experienced regular cycles. Problem solved. Or so I thought.
Fast forward to a few months ago. The acne on my chin returned with a vengeance, though this time it was not cystic. However, it recurred in an endless cycle, creating redness, discomfort and itching. Combined with the onset of insomnia, which is especially difficult for a deep sleeper like me, and low energy levels, I realized it was time to book an appointment with Dr. C. I called Jody, his Chief Operating Officer and former partner in SMART Growth Marketing, to start the process, which began with detailed blood work, followed by an office visit with Dr. C. to review the results and decide on a plan forward.
I spent about 30 minutes in his office, during which he explained that PCOS is a complex problem involving sugar metabolism, progesterone, thyroid, and androgen sensitivity. He noted that PCOS people tend to have insulin resistance but since my blood sugar was really good (72), that was not the case with me. While I was not a “clear-cut” case, Dr. C said it was rare for him to see patients who were 50 pounds overweight, with significant acne, noticeable hair growth and spots on their skin, high testosterone, zero progesterone levels, and a blood sugar of 120.
He also explained that other things can mimic PCOS, including gluten sensitivity. Not only does gluten play a role in skin manifestations, it is the number one reason people have autoimmune thyroiditis, a condition my blood work also revealed, along with a B12 and vitamin D deficiency.
I appreciated his thoroughness in not only explaining the causes and cures for my health issues, but in prescribing a course of treatment that incorporates medical-grade supplements, a gluten-free diet, bio-identical thyroid and progesterone, and Spironolactone for its secondary effect of blocking testosterone from the skin.
During our conversation, Dr. C was forthright, knowledgeable and open to answering my questions. He took his time, explained everything clearly, and made me feel as if my concerns were important. I wish every doctor practiced medicine in the same way, where they consider the unique needs of each patient and create an individualized protocol to solve their specific health issues. In six weeks, I’ll return to determine if we need to make any changes to this regimen, based on blood results. It’s another example of Dr. C.’s attentiveness to detail and concern for his patients.
It was definitely worth the drive to Orlando from South Florida to spend some time with Dr. C. and his wonderful staff.