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In our 19th year online, Power Surge is renowned for the medical luminaries and other prestigious experts in the area of menopause, women's health and midlife issues we have brought to the Power Surge Live! Guest Chats on America Online and in the Web site Guest Chats. The site's Library houses transcripts of some of the most esteemed physicians, authors, medical journalists, naturopaths, psychiatrists, holistic healers, nutritionists, psychologists, intimacy, fitness and sexuality experts. They've answered thousands of questions from audience participants regarding the best methods of treatment for menopause and the best ways to stay, or get back into, good shape as we get older.

All of the guests who appear in Power Surge are respected professionals. However, their opinions are their own. The appearance of any guest in Power Surge does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of their theories and opinions. Power Surge embraces no particular ideology other than that of providing as much information as possible about menopause, midlife health and other issues, empowering women to own their bodies, take charge of their health and be armed to make educated decisions about their health care.

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Alexander, Ph.D., Ivy

Dr. Ivy Alexander

Ivy M. Alexander, PhD, C-ANP is an Associate Professor at the Yale University School of Nursing and Director of the Adult, Family, Gerontological and Women's Health Primary Care Specialty. She is also a practicing clinician in the internal medicine department of the Yale University Health Services. Dr. Alexander received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Pennsylvania State University, her Master of Science degree from Northeastern University, a Post-Master's Certificate in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from the University of Connecticut. She has practiced as a nurse practitioner in internal medicine with a focus on women's health since 1992. Dr. Alexander has published numerous articles concerning women's health, is active in several state and national organizations, and is regularly invited to speak at national meetings. Her primary interest is menopause and midlife health issues and she is currently conducting research focusing on menopause experiences and midlife health perceptions among black women. Dr. Alexander is the co-author with Karla Knight of 100 Questions and Answers About Menopause.

Dr. Alexander lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ray, and daughter, Lauren, and their two dogs and two cats.

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Altman, Alan, M.D.

Dr. Alan Altman

Dr. Alan Altman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the Harvard Medical School. He is a board-certified gynecologist in private practice, and specializes in menopause. Over the past fifteen years he has been quoted in a variety of publications including "Time Magazine," "The Boston Globe," "Boston Herald," "Glamour" and "Self Magazine." Dr. Altman has appeared on such shows as "Good Morning America," "People are Talking," "Getting Healthy" and "Doctor On Call."

Dr. Altman is the President and Co-Founder of Women’s Healthcare Video Library, Inc. He wrote and co-produced the highly acclaimed video productions, "Transitions: Preparing for Menopause," "Adolescence: A Woman’s First Transition," and "Fertility: Pathways and Obstacles to Pregnancy." Dr. Altman's newest book with co-author, Laurie Ashner is "Making Love the Way We Used to: The Secrets of Midlife Sexuality."

As one of Power Surge's medical experts, read the archived answers of Dr. Alan Altman.

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Arnot, Bob, M.D.

Dr. Bob Arnot

Dr. Bob Arnot, aka "Dr. Bob," is the NCB-TV News Chief Health and Medical Correspondent. He was formerly the Chief Health and Medical Correspondent for CBS-TV and appeared regularly with DanRather on the CBS Evening News." Dr. Arnot, a native of Boston, Mass., received his B.S. degree from Dartmouth College in 1972 and a medical degree from McGill University in Montreal in 1974. He served as medical director of the National Emergency Service (1980-1984), where he was responsible for the education and quality control of 2.500 physicians in 116 hospitals around the country. From 1976 to 1984, Dr. Arnot practiced emergency room medicine. Dr. Arnot was also physician for the U.S. Ski Team (1977, 1980) and for the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in 1980 in Lake Placid, NY.

Founder and chief of the Lake Placid Sports Medical Center (1978-1981), Dr. Arnot develops computer applications for sports training and is also the author of "Dr. Bob Arnot's Guide To Turning Back The Clock" "Dr. Bob Arnot's Revolutionary Weight Control Program"and "Dr. Bob Arnot's Breast Cancer Prevention Book."

An avid sportsman, Dr. Arnot competes in moutain hiking, wind surfing, and cross-country skiing. He is also a proficient instrumented rated pilot. Dr. Arnot lives with his wife and two sons in NYC.

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Ashner, Laurie

Lauie Ashner is an Author and Researcher. She is the Co-Author with Dr. Steven Goldstein, of, "Could It Be .... Perimenopause?" (Little, Brown, 1998).

Ms. Ashner is also the author of "When Parents Love Too Much," Resonance," and " When Is Enough, Enough?" Ms. Asher's upcoming books include, "Six Keys To Creating The Life You Desire" and the new collaboration with Dr. Alan Altman, "Making Love the Way We Used to: The Secrets of Midlife Sexuality." Visit Laurie's Web site, www.sixkeys.com

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Atkins, Robert, M.D.

Dr. Robert Atkins

Robert Atkins, M.D. is the founder and medical director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine. A 1951 graduate of the University of Michigan, he received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School in 1955, and went on to specialize in cardiology. He has been a practicing physician for over thirty years and has cared for more than 60,000 patients.

Along with seeing patients daily, Dr. Atkins continues to champion the natural healing arts as a rational, effective approach to pharmaceutical drugs and surgery for many debilitating illnesses. Dr. Atkins has helped to bring national attention and credibility to Complementary Medicine as a serious and effective medical approach. A modern-day founder of Complementary Medicine, Dr. Atkins also continues to be a prolific writer and sought after speaker.

One of the most recognized doctors for diet, nutrition, and natural medicine, Dr. Atkins is the author of several books which promote nutritional medicine as an alternative and complementary medical technique. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, originally written in 1992 was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over a year. He also wrote " Dr. Atkins Health Revolution: How Complementary Medicine Can Extend Your Life," There are cassettes of his bestselling, "Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution: The Amazing No-Hunger Weight Loss Plan That Has Helped Millions Lose Weight and Keep It Off." His original Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution (1972) has sold in excess of 10 million copies world-wide, and has been translated into eight languages and is one of only two diet books listed on the Top 50 bestselling books of all time. Other books include, Dr. Atkins' Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook (1997). Dr. Atkins' newest book, The Vita-Nutrient Solution: Nature's Answer to Drugs." In this book, Dr. Atkins advocates the use of nutrients as medical tools which, when used correctly, can be extraordinarily beneficial to one's health.

As a leader in the areas of natural medicine and nutritional pharmacology, he has built an international reputation. His many media appearances include "Larry King Live," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "CBS This Morning," and "CNBC," among others. Dr. Atkins' work has been featured by many magazines and newspaper articles. He also hosts "Your Health Choices", a nationally-syndicated radio show, and authors his own national monthly newsletter, "Dr. Atkins' Health Revelations." He lives in New York City with his wife, Veronica.

Dearest Note: It is with profound sadness that Power Surge mourns the untimely loss of one of our country's greatest cardiologists, nutritionists and humanitarians, Dr. Robert Atkins, in January, 2003. I have followed his nutritional theories for 25 years and have learned so much from his work. I am so glad to have had the good fortune of having some wonderful conversations with him, as well as having him as a guest in Power Surge He is a great loss to our country and health care system, but his accomplishments will live on forever.

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Denise Austin

Denise Austin

The issues of weight gain, loss of skin tone/elasticity, muscle mass, mass, bone and tissue structure are common during the "pause." Coupled with the emotional frustration of watching our bodies change before our very eyes, it is a topic arousing much passion and discussion in Power Surge. In order to encourage dialogue and provide information, Denise Austin helped kick off a series of chats on Diet and Fitness devised by Dearest called, GIGS™ -- (G)etting (I)n (G)ood (S)hape, with its focus on helping women at midlife and in menopause bet back into shape. The host of "Denise Austin's Daily Workout" on Lifetime TV and a national infomercial, Denise Austin is also the author of two bestsellers, "Jumpstart," and "Hit the Spot!" plus 25 exercise videos, of which six milion copies have sold, and the winner of the "Video of the Year Award."

Denise is a consultant to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, a national spokesperson for Spalding Activewear and her new Denise Austin Signature shoes, plus Parade Video. Denise has been a popular guest on numerous TV and radio shows, and was the resident fitness expert on NBC's "Today Show" from 1984-1988. Denise served as National Ambassador for the March of dimes Walk America for seven years and The American Heart Association. Mother of two daughters.

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Aven, Alan, M.D.

"Dr. Allan" is a veteran family physician in practice for 23 years in a northern suburb of Chicago, board certified, with special interests in clinical research, nutrition, and environmental medicine. "Many clinical studies in the field of menopause have given me a better insight into the problems women are facing as they pass through this period of internal hormonal turmoil and I truly enjoy sharing my clincial experience with those in need. I monitor the Power Surge message board on a regular basis to offer suggestions and frequently attend the PS chats on Wednesday and Sunday nights along with other healthcare professionals.

"Nothing but the best to Dearest for her perservance, honesty, and dedication. She has made Power Surge a first rate experience whether by design or by intuition. I recommend the Power Surge group to ALL my menopause or perimenopause patients.

"Many thanks to Dearest and the group for allowing me to participate in such a wonderful undertaking and to add a new chapter in my career."

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Baer, Ph.D, Lee

Lee Baer, Ph.D.

Lee Baer, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and related disorders. He is an associate professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and the director of research of the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. He is the author of "The Imp Of The Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad Thoughts" and "Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions." He lives near Boston with his wife and two children.

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Bailey, Covert

Covert Bailey

You've probably seen Covert's expressive face on book covers, video jackets, cereal boxes and television. Where in the world did he come from? Covert got started about twenty-five years ago when he taught nutrition at a community college in California.

In 1975 Covert started the "Bailey Clinic," his traveling fitness show. As his reputation on the lecture circuit grew, his family and friends urged him to write down all of his funny and easy to understand explanations of muscle physiology and metabolism. What resulted was a 20-page booklet called "Body Fat and Physical Fitness". He sold it for a buck in the back of his lecture rooms.That little pamphlet grew and grew until it became a full sized book called "Fit or Fat." It took five years for their gamble to pay off when "Fit or Fat" reached the New York Times best seller list in 1983. In 1984 his second book, "The Fit or Fat Target Diet" also hit the NY Times best seller list. The list of Covert's books now totals seven.

In 1986 Covert was invited to record one of his lectures for a local station of PBS. The show was so popular it was used nationwide for PBS's fund drives. PBS has now featured Covert in two hour long specials and a 13 part series. In between projects with PBS and lecturing, Covert authored "The Fit or Fat Woman," a look at women's diet and exercise problems from his experiences with the five-year operation of the "Fit or Fat" Center. And still he kept writing. In 1990 "Fit or Fat" was updated, revised and released under the title "The New Fit or Fat."

Covert has numerous audio and video tapes. Among his books are, Smart Eating, 1996; Smart Exercise: Burning Fat, Getting Fit, Visit Covert Bailey's Web site.

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Barbach, Lonnie, Ph.D

Lonnie Barbach

Well known among the Surgettes for her book, "The Pause: Positive Approaches to Menopause," and now the revised version of the bestseller, The Pause: Positive Approaches to Perimenopause and Menopause . Lonnie Barbach is a best-selling author on the topics of intimacy and human sexuality, Lonnie Barbach is virtually without peer. Her books, including Pleasures: Women Write Erotica, For Each Other: Sharing Sexual Intimacy and For Yourself:The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality have sold more than three million copies in the U.S. alone. Millions more read her regular columns in McCall's and eternelle magazines, and in the past her monthly columns for Playgirl and New Woman magazines.

When it was first released in a hardbound edition, Barbach's Pleasures (1984) spent 16 weeks on the best-seller list of the San Francisco Chronicle. The paperback edition of "Erotic Interludes: Tales Told by Women" (1986) was on the list for 12 weeks. Barbach's other books include "The Erotic Edge: Erotica for Couples," (1994); "Going The Distance: Finding and Keeping Lifelong Love," with David Geisinger (1991); Shared Intimacies: Women's Sexual Experiences, with Linda Levine (1980) and Women Discover Orgasm: A Therapists' Guide to New Treatment Approach (1980). Translations of many of Barbach's books have been published in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Swedish, Dutch and Norwegian. Lonnie's newest book is "50 Ways to Please Your Lover : While You Please Yourself" (Dutton, 1997).

For the past 20 years Barbach has been featured as an expert on sexuality issues on the most popular national television and radio shows, including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Donahue, CBS Morning News, Charlie Rose, Sonya Live (CNN), Jenny Jones, Real Personal , many regional editions of People Are Talking and The Larry King Show. She also has hosted two shows for ABC Cable as well as a two-part special for Northern German Television (NDR).

Barbach joined the clinical faculty at the University of California Medical School, Department of Psychiatry in San Francisco in 1978. She has been a psychologist in private practice since 1976 and has earned citations from the National Council on Family Relations, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists and the American Medical Writers Association. She is a co-founder of Focal Point Productions in Sausalito, California, and the executive producer of several award-winning videos including Death By Design, Anonymous Hero and Innocent Addicts.

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Bekkar, Bruce, M.D.

Dr. Bruce Bekkar

Bruce Bekkar, M.D. is part of Power Surge's series, Man To Man..."Women and Menopause" to help educate men on the transition their wife and, ultimately, their relationship goes through. Dr. Bekkar, who prefers to be called "Dr. Bruce" is a gynecologist who has written the definitive guide to women's health. It's written for men. Bekkar says he wrote Your Guy's Guide To Gynecology: Everything You Wish He Knew About Your Body If He Wasn't Afraid To Ask" to help the average man, whom he says is "completely confused" about how women's plumbing works. This ignorance can adversely affect relationships, he says.

Dr. Bekkar completed his medical studies at the University of Southern California of Medicine. He grew up in Los Angeles and acquired his dry sense of humor from his father. He got interested in the issue after many of his female patients told him that their husbands or partners just didn't understand. To help guys learn the basics, Bekkar launched a "What's Under The Hood" class at Kaiser's San Diego center. He's been on the Permanente obstetrics/gynecology staff in San Diego since 1989. It's one of Kaiser's most popular classes, with more than 350 men attending since 1998. Bekkar used humor to help guys get over the initial anxiety about this topic. Bekkar addresses the typical guy reading the book in this way: "Most of you probably wouldn't know a Pap smear from a reindeer. You probably think a vulva is a Swedish sports sedan. You know your girlfriend's got PMS, but you'd rather join the Witness Relocation Program than learn anything about it."

Both men and women are encouraged to attend this series together to help them better understand their partners' feelings about this transitional experience.

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Ben-Kiki, Joyce Silverman

Joyce Silverman Ben-Kiki

"I was born in Dover, New Hampshire and at 14 years old, moved to Springfield, MA where I graduated from Classical High School, same as Dr. Seuss! I graduated from the University of Hartford in 1968, a very famous year, and taught school in Stafford Springs, Connecticut for eight years. I have been a single mother for 20 years. I moved with my 2 sons to Israel in 1983, where I sold diamonds for seven years to tourists in the country's largest diamond establishment. It was very exciting. We returned to the states where I have taught first grade at the Solomon Schechter Hebrew Day School in West Hartford, Connecticut for the past ten years. I am now together again with my college sweetheart after 22 years. I think that real life stories are the most humorous, and believe me, I have many that I have shared and entertained my friends with for many years, I believe laughter and humor have helped me get through many of life's problems!I My son Danny is a graphic design major at the University of Connecticut, and my son Jay is a District Manager for Blockbuster Video. How could I give my biography without mentioning the most wonderful sons in the world, who also laugh along with me at some of the most hysterical happenings in our lives. I hope you enjoy my humorous and whimsical look at menopause in my new book, "I Love Menopause Because . . . "

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Blalock, Jack M.D.

Dr. Jack Blalock

"I have been in private Practice continuously since fellowship Columbus, Ga. (endocrinolgy/adolescent medicine). Born: Summer of '42. Dr. Blaloch did his undergraduate work in English at the Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Med school: M.D. Tulane, New Orleans. Internship: St. Eliz. Hosp, Dayton. Residency: Grady Hosp (Emory), Atlanta. Fellowship: Univ. of Va., Charlottesville. Private Practice: continuously since fellowship Columbus, Ga. (endocrinolgy/adolescent medicine). And the Clintons are making GP's of us all now. Faculty appointments: Emory, Med. College of Ga (tenure). Hobbies: Languages, Mythology (for my Jungian leanings), travel (to use the languages). He enjoys his Golden Retriever.

"Menopause in my practice is considered as a real entity, viz., it is taken serously. Data regarding the reality of it is finally coming forth, and some more than "adequate" treatments are available, viz., hormonal replacement to slow the osteoporosis and to return the female patient's vascular status to "normal" to cut down the heart attack rate increase; new therapy for osteoporosis; new recommendations for the premenopausal woman who is consider more at risk for osteoporosis to impede it are out; several regimens to diminish the vasomotor symptoms are available.

"The support system that is available via POWER SURGE is certainly a plus. Too many physicians are too lazy or too strung out to discuss the usual questions with the patients, and many patients are too uncomfortable to ask the M.D. about what they feel are trivial questions. This venue certainly offers this service. Keep up the good work, my Dearest!"


Blanchard, Kenneth R., M.D., Ph.D.

Kenneth R. Blanchard, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kenneth R. Blanchard was born in Perth, Amboy New Jersey in 1939 and attended local schools there. He majored in chemistry at MIT and graduated from that institution in 1961. Extra curricular activity there centered around crew and he coached the sport for three years while a graduate student at Princeton. He completed a PH.D in Chemistry at Princeton while teaching for three years at Vassar College. While at Vassar, Dr. Blanchard became fascinated by medicine and went on to Cornell University Medical College, graduating there in 1972. Post graduate training consisted in two years in the New York Hospital – memorial Hospital program and then two years of endocrinology fellowship at the Boston VA Hospital. He is married to Dr. Rita Blanchard, who practices hematology-oncology in Boston. They are the parents of two grown sons and a large cat named Brunswick. His leisure time centers on boating and fishing on Cape Cod.

Dr. Blanchard is the author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About™ Hypothyroidism: A Simple Plan for Extraordinary Results

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Blecherman, Caroline, M.S.
Caroline Blecherman has been working with women, families, and organizations for over 20 years, to help them have more: more rewarding relationships, more self-confidence, more inner well-being. Caroline holds a Master's Degree in Psychological Counseling, and is an adjunct professor of The Psychology of the Life Span and Child & Adolescent Development at Central Connecticut State University, where her classes fill almost immediately. She has a private counseling practice in the Hartford, CT area. In addition, Caroline leads workshops and seminars for women in the many areas of self-esteem, including weight control, personal and professional relationships, and parent and teacher programs to help children's self esteem. From her own experience and those of her clients, Caroline reflects, "Women who are in middle age today have challenges and opportunities available to no other generation. Power Surge is a phenomenal 'place' for us to meet, share, comfort, encourage, and celebrate each other. We are the first generation of Power Surgers to be so healthy, so capable, so full of energy. I believe that by now, we deserve to enjoy ourselves, to live life according to our own values. This could -indeed, should - be the very best time of our lives, and I'd like to help each of us achieve that."


Bohorquez, Elizabeth, R.N., S.R.N.
Elizabeth Bohorquez, R.N.,S.R.N. Lifestyle Change Educator, Certified Medical Hypnotist, President, Sarasota Hypnosis Institute, Center for Lifestyle Change, Sarasota, Florida.

"As a Lifestyle Change Educator and Certified Medical Hypnotist. I teach insight meditation, awareness work to reduce stress hormones. This works well for many aspects of menopause. I know, because I'm menopausal, too. " I address total mind-body management which includes understanding the part nutrition plays in hormonal imbalance, and how to manage the food/mood connection. These underlying links are responsible for the development of the killer diseases, including cancer of the breast, uterus, and ovary, as well as heart disease, circulatory disorders, and adult onset diabetes. We explore mental bio-feedback techniques, and learn to read our body messages on low levels to keep hormones in balance, as well as experience insight meditation, mindful awareness, and insight meditation to take us through our problems and forward to our goals.

"I have a private clinical practice in Sarasota, and have written many articles on this subject matter, as well as two award-winning public television series, "To Your Health: The Older Generation and WomanShare."

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Bouchez, Colette

Colette Bouchez

Colette Bouchez is an award-winning medical journalist with more than 20 years of experience. She is the former medical writer for the New York Daily News and the author of six health books for women, including the best-selling, The V Zone: A Woman's Guide To Intimate Health Care -- Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy, and her latest, Your Perfectly Pampered Menopause: Health, Beauty, and Lifestyle Advice for the Best Years of Your Life. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Danish, German, French, and Japanese.

Bouchez began her journalism career in syndicated newspaper writing where her weekly columns on health, fitness, and beauty were regularly published in more than 1,500 newspapers around the world, including The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Boston Herald, The Miami Herald, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her experience expanded to include editorial positions with Slimmer Magazine, Beauty Digest, Complete Woman, and Savvy, and her magazine articles have appeared in many women's magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Reader's Digest, Ladies' Home Journal, and McCall's.

Bouchez's health reports have been honored by many professional medical and journalism organizations. Her seven-part series on breast cancer, a co-project between the New York Daily News and WNBC television, won an Emmy award for local news documentary. She also received a fellowship from the University of Virginia College of Medicine. Bouchez lives in New York City.

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Braff, Sandy, M.A., M.F.T.

Sandy Braff, M.A., M.F.T.

Sandy Braff, M.A., M.F.T. is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in private practice in the San Diego area. While you're living with a loved one who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease, you must be able to survive one emotional upheaval after another. Caregivers have been known to put their own lives on hold and become entirely devoted to caregiving - making this difficult role even harder, and often compromising their own health. Sandy Braff will show us that this needn't happen. Even if you're not the primary caregiver, there are difficultie associated with staying connected, while letting go. Since 1989, she has voluntarily facilitated a weekly Alzheimer's Caregiver's Support Group for the San Diego Alzheimer's Association. She also facilitates a monthly support group at a local Alzheimer's facility. She authored Staying Connected While Letting Go: The Paradox of Alzheimer's Caregiving.

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Brandon, Marianne, Ph.D.

Dr. Marianne Brandon

Dr. Marianne Brandon is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed in Maryland, and a Diplomat in Sex Therapy through AASECT. She is the co-author with Andrew Goldstein, M.D. of, Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys to Finding Your Lost Libido, the first book to not just talk about the existence of low desire, not just offer "quick fixes" like the long-overused "schedule time for sex" solution, but to really explain to women how complex their libido is (being affected by their intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical selves). For the vast majority (of women)...a decline in sex drive takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll. These women speak of feeling deficient, ashamed, sad, angry, anxious, or unfulfilled.

Dr. Brandon is also a graduate of a post-doctoral fellowship in eating and weight disorders from the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. She is currently in private practice in the Baltimore / Annapolis area. Dr. Brandon is a member of the Maryland Psychological Association; the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; The Society for Sex Therapy and Research; The International society for the Study of Womens Sexual Health; and The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr Brandon is also licensed to practice in Washington D.C., New York, Arizona, and Missouri.

The following are among the issues in which Dr. Brandon has special interest and training: depression, low sexual desire, anxiety, stress, relationships, sex therapy, weight disorders, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. She has presented seminars to professionals and in the community on topics relating to personal growth, sex therapy, low libido in women, sexual dysfuncion, and on stress-related disorders such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Drs. Goldstein and Brandon are co-founders of the Sexual Wellness Center in Annapolis, MD. where they specialize in treating women's sexual problems. Visit Dr. Brandon's Web site.

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Bratman, Steven, M.D.

Dr. Steven Bratman

Dr. Steven Bratman is a physician in private practice whose practice integrates conventional and alternative medicine. Although he is a proponent of alternative treatment, Dr. Bratman is also a vocal critic of his own field. He believes that alternative medicine has both strengths and weaknesses, just like conventional medicine. This even-handed critique has made him a trusted party on both sides of the debate.

Dr. Bratman authored, "Beat Depression with St. John's Wort," The Natural Pharmacist: Natural Health Bible from the Most Trusted Alternative Health Site in the World : Your A-Z Guide to Over 300 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements, Natural Pharmacist: Your Complete Guide to Herbs, The Natural Pharmacist: Your Complete Guide To Menopause and, among many others, The Alternative Medicine Ratings Guide : An Expert Panel Ranks the Best Treatments for over 80 Conditions in which twenty top experts review and rate the most popular alternative treatments for more than 100 common ailments.

Dr. Bratman lectures widely, consults for medical boards on issues of alternative medicine, and publishes essays in national magazines. He is married and has two children.

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Broder, Michael, M.D., M.S.H.S.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibroids

Michael S. Broder, M.D., M.S.H.S., is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He has extensive research training and has served as a consultant to the RAND Corporation (a research think tank in Santa Monica, CA) since 1996. He has earned a listing in Who's Who in America, 2001.

Dr. Broder's work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, as well as in scientific publications, including the Journal of the America Medical Association, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Health Services Research, the Western Journal of MEdicine and the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. His research has been cited in numerous newspapers and magazines including Health, Prevention, Parenting and Family Circle. He is a frequent public speaker on women's health isssues. Dr. Broder has also studied the overuse of hysterectomy to treat gynecologic problems. He is on the board of the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation, a group dedicated to helping women with uterine fibroids.

Dr. Broder co-authored with Scott C. Goodwin, M.D. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibroids: New Techniques and Therapies--Including Breakthrough Alternatives to Hysterectomy. Read a sample chapter of Dr. Broder's book.

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Brooke, Jill

Don't Let Death Ruin Your Life

Jill Brooke is the Editor-in-chief of Avenue Magazine, a Daily News columnist and a former CNN correspondent whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Family Circle and Ladies Home Journal. She started studying grief therapy after her father died when she was sixteen. Two years ago, Jill had a near-death experience when an experimental treatment for her cervical pregnancy caused severe hemorrhaging and doctors were forced to perform a hysterectomy. The fear that she had almost left her only child, her son, behind as her father had left her triggered her decision to take a leave of absence from her job to examine how loss can be transformative. She was taken under the wing of such leading pioneers in the field as Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Dame Cicely Saunders, who started the hospice movement. During that time, she interviewed hundreds of other nurses, caretakers, doctors, sociologists and people who have found meaning from loss. Those include Rupert Murdoch,Ted Turner, Steven Spielberg, Donald Trump, Shenia Twain, President Bill Clinton, Mary Higgins Clark and Peter Fonda. Her experience led to the writing of "Don't Let Death Ruin Your Life: A Practical Guide for Turning the Death of a Loved One into a Growth Experience." She lives in Bedford Hills, NY.

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Brown, Ph.D., R.N., Marie-Annette

Marie-Annette Brown, Ph.D., R.N.

Marie-Annette Brown, Ph.D., R.N. is the co-author with medical writer, Jo Robinson, of "When Your Body Gets The Blues:The Clinically Proven Program for Women Who Feel Tired, Stressed, and Eat Too Much!" Do you feel drowsy, sluggish, tense, moody, and disinterested in sex? The body blues is about those who have trouble sleeping, controlling your eating (especially sweets), and concentrating. If you have any of these symptoms, you may have the "body blues" (or "vegetative depressive symptoms"). Authors Marie-Annette Brown and Jo Robinson name these blues, which are caused by low or fluctuating hormones, "women's most misdiagnosed, undertreated, and mistreated mood problem."

Dr. Brown is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington who is involved in research, teaching, and clinical practice. Dr. Brown has lectured widely and published more than 60 scientific papers. She is nationally certified as a family and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner and provides primary care at the University of Washington Women's Health Care Clinic.

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Bulik, Ph.D. Cynthia

Cynthia Bulike, Ph.D.

Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, is the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a professor of nutrition in the School of Public Health and the director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. In their new book, Runaway Eating: The 8-Point Plan To Conquer Adult Food And Weight Obsessions. Bulik and co-author, dietitian Nadine Taylor, shed light on the physical and psychological factors that drive runaway eating and show women how to regain a healthy relationship with food. Their book and plan provide strategies for dealing with problematic eating behaviors, particularly those that affect women in midlife. In understanding runaway eating, the authors examine the underlying causes of runaway eating and address the complex array of factors responsible for its increase in recent years. More and more women, especially those between the ages of 35 and 60, are developing symptoms of runaway eating as they struggle to cope with the stresses of menopause, empty nest syndrome, caring for ailing parents, work overload, and cultural emphasis on youth and beauty.

The authors also explain why some of us are more likely to develop runaway eating, and what keeps this behavior going -- even when there’s a desire to stop. Whether readers occasionally binge, restrict their food intake, exercise excessively, or purge, the authors offer help and hope. Their 8-Point plan for recovery offers simple strategies beginning with identifying the triggers that set off runaway eating, understanding the importance of eating on time, rerouting thinking, transforming moods, alleviating anxiety, defusing depression, finding alternate ways to deal with the factors that perpetuate runaway eating, managing menopausal symptoms and paring down perfectionism.

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Carrico, Mara

Mara Carrico

With more than 25 years of experience in dance, movement therapy and the Eastern disciplines of mind-body exercise, Mara Carrico is recognized internationally as a proponent of mind-body fitness. Through the years, she has come to be known as the "Yoga Lady."

Carrico works with clients and physicians to help in stress reduction or with back and joint problems or arthritis. She works with physicians, chiropractors and physical therapists, and is a licensed massage therapist.

Carrico is the author of "Yoga Journal's Yoga Basics" and the creator of "The Ten Minute Yoga Work-In™ - audiocasette series. She both scripted and choreographed "Jane Fonda's Yoga Exercise Workout" video and personally trained Jane for that project. Carrico has been a columnist for "Yoga Journal" magazine and written feature articles for "Yoga Journal," "Self," "Working Mother," "IDEA Today," and "Physical Therapy" magazines. She is frequently quoted as an expert on mind-body fitness, meditation and stress reduction techniques. Yoga Lady Inc™, 700 Second St., Ste. G, Encinitas, CA 92024-4406. Telephone: 760-942-4244

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Carter, Steven
Sokol, Julia

 Steven Carter

Steven Carter is half of the team of Steven Carter and Julia Sokol, who have been writing together about relationship issues since 1986. Their first book, "Men Who Can't Love (M.Evans & Co.) -- in which they introduced the term "commitmentphobia" into the American vocabulary -- was an instant New York Times Bestseller. Today, "Men Who Can't Love" has almost four million copies in print worldwide. "Men Who Can't Love", is featured in the popular films, When Harry Met Sally (Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan) and The Mexican (Julia Roberts/Brad Pitt), has been translated into twenty-two languages over the past twenty years. Their book, "Getting To Commitment (M. Evans & Co.) is the long-awaited follow-up to this relationship classic.

Carter and Sokol are also the authors of the national bestsellers, "He's Scared, She's Scared and "What Smart Women Know," as well as the companion book, "Men Like Women Who Like Themselves" and This Is How Love Works." These books are all known for their no-nonsense approach to challenging relationship issues, and for their in-depth, honest, personal interviews that shape and support the work.

Steven Carter is Power Surge's Relationship Expert. Considered to be the leading authorities on the topic of commitment fear, Carter and Sokol appear regularly on popular national talk shows such as Oprah, Sally, Geraldo, Maury Povich. They have also appeared on Today, Good Morning, America, CBS This Morning, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC. Carter and Sokol's work is featured regularly in magazines such as "Cosmopolitan," "Glamour," "New Woman" and "Mademoiselle," and they periodically lecture and run workshops throughout the country. Steven's most recent book, a study of intimacy and narcissism was published in 2005 is Help! I'm In Love With A Narcissist

Steven Carter lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Jill, where he is currently the Dean of Administration at Yo San University. Julia Sokol and her husband currently live in New York City.

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Catalano, Julie

Julie Catalano

Julie Catalano is an award-winning writer whose articles on women's health and fitness have appeared in national publications for 20 years. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Julie is the author of The Women's Pharmacy: An Essential Guide to What Women Should Know About Prescription Drugs. With two-thirds of the more than 2.4 billion prescriptions a year written for women, there's a need for a clear, concise resource to help sort through the confusing--and often contradictory--bombardment of information and advertising for the drugs women take. The Women's Pharmacy provides an essential list of drugs used exclusively by women (contraceptives, estrogens, fertility drugs) plus drugs for cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, diabetes, and other health conditions that affect women in greater numbers than men.

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Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., Arthur

 The Power of Empathy

Arthur Ciaramicoli, Ed. D., Ph.D., is a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, where he is an instructor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. He is also the chief psychologist and director of Alternative Medicine Services at Metro West Wellness Center, an AMA affiliate medical center in Framingham, MA. He hosts a daily radio show on the Boston station WMEX-AM. Dr. Ciaramicoli lives in Hopkinton, Massachusettes, where he also maintains a private practice.

In his groundbreaking book, "The Power of Empathy: A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-Understanding, and Lasting Love in Your Life" (Dutton, 2000), Dr. Ciaramicoli argues that "empathy," more than any other human facility, is the key to loving relationships and the antidote to the loneliness, fear, anxiety and despair that afflict so many of us." "The Power of Empathy" clarifies the crucial difference between empathy and sympathy, and explains why empathy -- the ability to accurately understand and respond toanother person's thoughts and feelings --- is absolutely essential to living life fully and wholeheartedly. The book teaches readers how to strengten their capacity for empathy, which will enable them to have better relationships with their spouses, parents, children, friends, coworkers and even total strangers, as well as increase their physical health and energy levels.

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Cloutier-Steele, Lise

Lise Cloutier-Steele

Lise Cloutier-Steele, is a communications specialist and a professional writer and editor, who has herself had a traumatic experience with hysterectomy. She is the author of Misinformed Consent: Women's Stories About Unnecessary Hysterectomy.. She is the recipient of a Canada 125 Award in recognition of a significant contribution to the community and to Canada for her volunteer efforts to help the parents of children who stutter. She has appeared on Canada AM, the Women’s Television Network, The Phil Donahue Show, The Body and Health Show, and several other media to talk about the important topic of unnecessary hysterectomy in North America. In "Misinformed Consent," Lise Cloutier-Steele has joined other survivors to speak out about the prejudices and the traumas that accompanied their hysterectomies. In combining their moving personal stories, the women of Misinformed Consent hope to enlighten readers with honest accounts on the impact that surgical castration can have on a woman’s sexuality, dispel the myth that all women feel wonderful after a hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy, provide information on alternative treatments, warn others against the potential dangers of hormone replacement therapy, offer validation to those who suffer greatly from the aftereffects of hysterectomy and oophorectomy, and empower women everywhere to demand better and more honest care.

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Cohen, Herbert EED

Dr. Herbert Cohen

Dr. Herbert Cohen has been practicing psychotherapy for 25 years. He is a licensed psychologist and a certified marriage and family therapist. He has conducted numerous workshops in stress management for business professionals. His upcoming book (M. Evans, Oct. 1999), "Snap Out Of It!: 6 Steps to Banishing Bad Habits, Addictions, and Negative Thoughts, co-authored with Nancy Whitin, is a powerful tool that helps banish bad habits, addictions and negative thoughts. Do you want to stop smoking? Biting your nails? Overeating? Using bad language? Then "Snap Out Of It!" -- Take control of your life with an innovative six-step technique that combines several powerful psychological approaches in a program that wil teach you how to take control of your emotions and initiate real change. In a friendly, cogent, upbeat style, Dr. Herbert Cohen presents the Snap Out of It! technique that is so easy to understand, learn and maintain that it will quickly become a natural aspect of the new you. The most unique part of the technique is a Snap Out Of It! "Band" that comes packaged with the book and is worn on your wrist as part of the program. "Snap Out Of It! is a proven psychological procedure that involves "thought stopping." When combined with several powerful behavioral modification methods, the technique becomes even more effective in changing behavior. The systematic approach is consistent with cognitive behavioral changes.

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Colacicco, James R., MS, FHI
Weight gain, loss of skin tone/elasticity, bone and tissue structure are common changes during the "change." Therefore, it is a topic arousing much discussion in Power Surge's GIGS™ or (G)etting (I)n (G)ood (S)hape series.

To help kick off the GIGS™ series is James R. Colacicco, BA, MS, HFI, who not only has 27 years of experience, impressive credentials, but possesses a sense of "caring."

Jim has his Masters Degree in Biochemistry, Medical Technology, Wellness, and has been accredited by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Health and Fitness Instructor. His Wellness & Fitness Clinic of C.N.Y., located in Utica, New York has as its main objective, the providing of individuals with help in the areas of Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Healthy Living. Jim offers education and training in Weight Control Counseling, Body Composition Analysis, Physiology Workshops, Proper Exercise Techniques, Personal Training, Target Area Toning, Nutrition and Food Preparation Advice plus Stress Control Management. The Wellness & Fitness Clinic of C.N.Y. provides group or individual sessions. The Wellness & Fitness Clinic of C.N.Y. can be reached at (315) 697-9629. Jim Colacicco provides Group or individual sessions in his client's home or office



Conrad, Chris

Chris Conrad

Chris Conrad is the Founder of the Natural Woman Institute and author of "Natural Woman, Natural Menopause", (with Marcus Laux, N.D.), published by Harper Collins in May 1997 and "A Woman's Guide to Natural Hormones", Perigree, May 2000.

In l970, Chris Conrad was appointed by then Mayor John Lindsay, as head of New York City’s film, television and theater office, the first of its kind in the nation. After four years in city government, Chris turned to publishing, first at Bantam Books then as a senior editor at Warner Books. In l982 she began working as a screenwriter and sold numerous screenplays for motion pictures and television. She is best known for writing the original screenplay for "Junior", the widely acclaimed movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emma Thompson and Danny DeVito.

But along with this career success came serious illness and it was during this period that she found herself searching for a “natural” estrogen. After being told by her doctors that there were no alternatives to the standard hormone drugs, she eventually was led to Marcus Laux, ND and to her successful treatment with natural plant-derived hormones. The difficulty she had in finding this treatment and her realization that women are unnecessarily at risk and suffering unnecessary side effects when using conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) galvanized Conrad’s interest in getting women the help they need. She spent three years dedicated to researching and writing Natural Woman, Natural Menopause, a groundbreaking book about the use of natural hormone replacement at mid-life. Her latest book is "A Woman's Guide to Natural Hormones."

Because of her commitment to educating women and physicians about real alternatives for women’s health care, Conrad is sponsoring the Natural Woman Institute and has brought together an extraordinary team of talented people dedicated to the advancement of safe, effective medical treatment for all women.

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Corio, Laura, M.D.,

Laura Corio, M.D.

Laura Corio, M.D., has a thriving NYC practice that attracts women from across the country because of her unique blend of no-nonense medical advice and extensive knowledge of alternative therapies. Dr. Corio is a board-certified OB/GYN, and attending physician at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, where she also teaches medical students and residents. She has appeared on radio and television as an expert on women's health and co-authored the book, "The Change Before The Change: Staying Healthy During Perimenopause," with health writer Linda G. Kahn. They wrote The Change for women, usually over 35, who have started experiencing some of the symptoms that indicate that menopause is approaching. This transition time, which can last for several years before menstrual periods stop, is called perimenopause. Symptoms may include "irregular bleeding, hot flashes, palpitations, mood swings, headaches, insomnia, memory loss, vaginal itching and dryness, lack of libido, dry skin and hair, weight gain." The Change documents how perimenopausal women can counter these symptoms by adding certain vitamins, minerals, herbs, and foods to their diet; making simple lifestyle changes; and using hormone preparations, including natural hormones and low-dose estrogen.

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Corsello, Serafina, M.D.


Serafina Corsello, M.D., has been a leader among those who have chosen to combine complementary non-toxic interventions with conventional medical modalities.

Dr. Corsello spearheaded the formation of the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine (FAIM), of which she is a charter member and sits on the Board of Directors. She is a member of American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) Task Force of Complementary Medicine.

Dr. Corsello's studies are on the interrelationship between body and mind and have led her to an exceptional understanding of the relationship between the biological and psychological functions of the human body. Having become interested in the physiological effects of stress and their role in triggering illness, her discontent with the side effects of psychotropic medications led her further down the path of alternative-complementary medicine, and she began studying nutritional treatments for psychiatric disorders. She received her certification as an orthomolecular psychiatrist in 1981 and has integrated her psychological insights with her extensive knowledge of biochemistry into a broad medical approach, and is now a recognized authority in the field of alternative-complementary medicine. Dr. Corsello has lectured extensively in the United States as well as Europe. Dr. Corsello is also the host of "A Second Opinion," a live, call-in radio talk show providing the newest information on health issues, prominent expert guests and an opportunity for listeners to ask questions. Dr. Corsello is the Executive Medical Director of the Corsello Centers for Nutritional-Complementary Medicine with offices in Manhattan and Huntington, L.I., NY.

Dr. Corsello is the author of a new book, "The Ageless Woman". Visit Dr. Corsello's Web site

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Cosman, Felicia, M.D.

Felicia Cosman, M.D.

Felicia Cosman, M.D.., an osteoporosis specialist, is the clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the medical director of the Clinical Research Center at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y., and associate professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Cosman, who has specialized in osteoporosis for 15 years, asserts that every woman should be following a universal prevention plan. She has compiled comprehensive guide to a lifelong strategy covers everything women need to know, from the architecture of the condition, to methods for reducing risk factors, to preventative nutrition, exercise, supplements, and vitamins--and the latest findings about estrogen and hormone replacement therapy. But prevention may not be enough--bone density testing is also a crucial yet often misused component of diagnosis. Her breakthrough approach presents women of all ages with new, safe, and accessible means of preventing osteoporosis.

Dr. Cosman is the author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Osteoporosis: Help Prevent--and Even Reverse--the Disease That Burdens Millions of Women.

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Crites, Irene, LPN,

Irene Crites, LPN

Born and educated in Masachusetts, Irene graduated from the Morton Hospital School of Nursing in 1962. She continued her education at Bridgewater State College majoring in Human Services and Women's & Children's Issues. Irene has had an interest in Natural Therapies and Holistic Nursing for over 20 years with her main focus in Complimentary Health Therapies.

Irene Crites is a Reiki Master/Instructor, a Certified Reflexologist, an Herbal Consultant and a Life Coach Therapist. Since 1980 she has worked with children and their families around issues of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Irene is the founder and principal of the Cherub Light Holistic Wellness Center of Wareham, MA. and is the co-founder of "The Center For Healing." In 1999, Irene was honored as Women Of The Year for her work with children and individuals infected and affected with HIV & Aids.

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Cymbaluk, Nadia, D.V.M, M.S.
Nadia Cymbaluk, D.V.M., M.S., after 15 years on the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan and private practice, is the managing veterinarian of Linwood Equine Ranch near Brandon, Manitoba. Wyeth-Ayerst's operates Linwood as a working pregnant mares' urine ranch [PMU], where Dr. Cymbaluk supervises studies of animal husbandry and veterinary care practices employed in pregnant mares' urine ranching. Dr. Cymbaluk also monitors the company's equine health programs whereby 84 practicing equine veterinarians conduct reviews of the health and welfare of the horses three times during the six-month period when the mares are housed indoors.

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Dano, Linda

Linda Dano

Linda Dano is an accomplished actress, fashion authority, entrepreneur and author. Dano, the recipient of of the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, joined the cast of "Another World" in 1982. She has also been seen on the daytime serials, "As The World Turns," "General Hospital" and "One Life To Live." An early successful modeling career led her to a three-year contract with 20th Century Fox Studios, and she appeared in numerous films including, "Hello, Dolly," "Tony Rome," "The Boston Strangler," "Star." She co-starred in the comedy series, "The Montefuscos," had a recurring role on "Bracken's World," co-starred in the pilot "The Fess Parker Show" and was seen on numerous television shows and mini-series.

Linda became well known to millions in her role as Felicia Gallant on NBC TV's "Another World." and co-hosted Lifetime's Television's "Attitudes" for six years. Linda makes frequent guest appearances on such national talk shows as "Oprah," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "Leeza," "The View" and "Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee." Although Another World has since gone off the air, that hasn't stopped Linda, who appears regularly in the role of Rae Cummings on All My Children, One Life To Live, General Hospital and Port Charles, all ABC-TV soap operas.

In 1984, Linda co-authored a Harlequin Romance Novel, "Dreamweaver," with her alter-ego, Felicia Gallant and in 1997, "Looking Great" (Putnam), written with Anne Kyle. For more than a decade, Linda Dano has owned and operated "Strictly Personal," a New York-based fashion consulting service. She is also designer of a line of fashion accessories for the cost-conscious woman with a sense of style, which she sells exclusively on QVC.

Born on May 12th in Los Angeles and raised in Long Beach, CA, Linda has been married to advertising executive Frank Attardi 16 years.

Linda's upcoming book from Putnam is, "Living Great," a treasure of ideas about how to bring style to our homes with her easy, affordable decorating ideas and techniques. To learn more about Linda Dano, visit her Web site.

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Davich, Victor

Victor Davich

Victor Davich has been a meditator for over 20 years. He has studied with some of America's foremost meditation teachers, including Shinzen Young and Sharon Salzberg. His first book, The Best Guide to Meditation (St. Martin's Press), was a Book of the Month Club Main Selection and is published worldwide in four languages. His newest book is 8 Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life. The companion CD, Eight Minute Meditation Guided CD contains introductory materials and timed guided meditations of the 8 techniques contained in your 8 Minute Meditation book.

How long does it take to experience inner peace and tranquility? "8 Minute Meditation" promises inner peace with a daily commitment of eight minutes a day. So, grab a timer and get ready to do, well, nothing. The plain-spoken Davich abstains from ethereal prose and addresses common concerns: "Why can't I shut off my thoughts? Why do I feel so restless? Am I not trying hard enough?" Once readers master the eight-minute meditations, Davich brings the art of contemplation to everyday tasks, from washing a single dish to peeling an onion. This clear and simple book can help you find the time to calm and clear your mind through meditation no matter how busy you may be. If you think meditation would be good for you but aren’t sure where to start, this is the book and CD you want.

Victor has worked both as a copywriter and attorney for major advertising agencies and motion picture studios. He has also written many movie marketing campaigns, co-produced the feature film, The Brain, created the NBC primetime TV series, Nasty Boys, and authored five screenplays.

Victor teaches his 8 Minute Meditation program to individuals, religious organizations, professonal and healthcare groups, and corporations. Visit his Web site at www.8minutes.org

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Day, Stephen, MPhil, CCS,

Stephen Day

"For 23 years, I have been a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. "It's very exciting for me to finally have a modem fast enough to allow me to visit Power Surge. Alice (Dearest), whose online name is very aptly chosen, has been kind enough to share the excitement of the growth of the Surgette movement over the years, and I've found her newsletters and expert advice (not to mention her friendship) invaluable. "During my 23 years as a psychotherapist, I've also directed a counseling center at a radiology clinic for cancer patients and their families, as well as for the professional staff; been co-director of the Urban Counseling Service; been a consulting therapist for an NYC conservatory; where I worked with young musicians; served on the Central Coordinating Committee of the Feminist Therapy Collective (where I was the first male accepted for membership after 51 previous applicants); served on the Board of Directors of the Clinical Sociology Association, and on committees for the Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. I've also consulted to government and multinational corporations, but that's another story.

"So many of the issues raised by the Surgettes are questions that have been an ongoing theme both in my personal and professional life: dealing with the relationship between mind and body, and finding ways to improve our lives through physical as well as emotional paths; facing the life challenges that lead us to ask deep and fundamental questions about our identities -- who we are, where we are going, where we have been; and finally, finding and nurturing the relationships that help us to transcend those challenges and enrich every aspect of our world."

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De Angelis, Barbara, Ph.D.

 Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D.

Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D., is one of the most influential teachers of our time in the field of relationships and personal growth. For the past 25 years, she has reached millions of people throughout the world with her positive messages about love, happiness and the search for meaning in our lives. As a best-selling author, popular television personality and sought after motivational speaker, Barbara has been a pioneer in the field of personal transformation as one of the first people to popularize the idea of self-help in the 1980's, and as one of the first nationally recognized female motivational teachers on television.

Barbara is the author of fourteen best-selling books which have sold over eight million copies and been published throughout the world in twenty languages. Over the past decade, Barbara has written five consecutive national bestsellers, including "Real Moments," "Real Moments For Lovers," How To Make Love All The Time and the #1 New York Times blockbusters, Are You The One For Me? and Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know were on the NY Times bestseller list for months. Barbara's newest book is, " Ask Barbara: The 100 Most Asked Questions About Love, Sex, and Relationships. Barbara also authored, The Real Rules, Passion, Chicken Soup For The Romantic Soul, Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Chicken Soup For The Couple's Soul. Her newest book (May, 2005) is How Did I Get Here? Finding Your Way to Renewed Hope and Happiness When Life and Love Take Unexpected Turns.

Barbara also writes regularly for magazines including, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, McCalls, Readers Digest, Redbook and Family Circle. Barbara's television career has been just as prolific as her publishing career. In 1994, she wrote and produced the TV infomercial, "Making Love Work," which won numerous awards, and was seen throughout the United States by hundreds of millions of people. "Making Love Work" was the most successful relationship program of its kind. Barbara has hosted her own daily television show for CBS-TV and her own radio talk show in Los Angeles. She appeared weekly on CNN as their Newsnight Relationship Expert. A frequent guest on Oprah, Donahue, Leeza and Geraldo, she has been a regular contributor to Entertainment Tonight and Eyewitness News in Los Angeles. For twelve years, Barbara was the founder and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Personal Growth Center. She is currently president of Shakti Communications, Inc., dedicated to bringing transformational education to the world through all electronic and print mediums. Barbara received her Masters Degree in Psychology from Sierra University in Los Angeles, and her Doctorate Degree in Psychology from Columbia Pacific University in San Francisco. Barbara lives in Santa Barbara, California, and is known for sharing her inspirational presence, authenticity, and passion with her audiences.

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De Angelis, Lissa, CCP, MS

Lissa Deangelis

Lissa De Angelis is an educator of the principles of health and cooking. Lissa was the Associate Director of the Natural Gourmet Cooking School in the New York City area, and has worked in the field of natural healing, nutrition and cooking since 1972. Over her career, Lissa has owned and operated several food-related businesses. Currently, she works as a nutritional consultant personalized chef. She is co-author of "Recipes For Change: Gourmet Whole Food Cooking For Health And Vitality At Menopause"; directed at women in their 40's and beyond who are interested in good health through good eating. Lissa also writes the "Quick And Easy Cook" column for Newlife Magazine

Lissa is a trend setter in the field of cooking, generating recipes that are made with traditional ingredients. She organizes kitches, creates menus and recipes, and teaches cooking classes for individual groups, plus those in the food industry. Her speciality is cooking nutritive foods that will aid in weight loss, protect against degenerative illness, such as heart disease and osteoporosis, and allow the body to find its natural rhythm as we gracefully age with comfort and strength. Among the many subjects she teaches are baking, cooking, natural desserts, bread baking, women's health issues, kitchen pharmacy, detoxification, how to use herbs and spices. Lissa lives in Edison, New Jersey.

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DeMarco, Carolyn, M.D.

"I graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1972, and have been in private practice in both rural and urban settings in British Columbia and Toronto." Dr. DeMarco is the author of the best selling book on women's health entitled, "Take Charge Of Your Body, Women's Health Advisor" (Well Women Press, 1994). Recommended by women's groups across the country, this book is the gold standard for women's health information. Dr. DeMarco's book can be purchased by calling: 1- 800-387-4761.

For over twenty years, Dr. DeMarco has been a leading advocate for women's health and was among the first to promote the pro-active approach to health care and warns about the dangers of the overuse of drugs and surgery. Dr. DeMarco takes her message to the media through television and radio and a nationally syndicated newspaper column on women's health and alternative medicine. Visit Dr. DeMarco's Web site.

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Diamond, Jed

Jed Diamond

Jed is Director of MenAlive, a health center for men and the women who care. Since its inception in 1992 Jed has been on the Board of Advisors of the Men’s Health Network which was established to increase public awareness about the social and economic costs of declining health among men. He is also a member of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for men throughout the world. Diamond has been a licensed psychotherapist for 35 years and is an internationally recognized educator and trainer in the area of men’s health, gender reconciliation, and addiction prevention and treatment. He has shared his expertise on the midlife (and beyond) male condition on numerous shows, such as "The View" and "Good Morning America."

Jed Diamond is the author of seven books, including his landmark book, Male Menopause, which has been translated into 17 languages. The book details the hormonal, physiological, psychological, interpersonal, social, sexual, and spiritual changes that occur in all men generally between the ages of 40 and 55. His follow-up book, Surviving Male Menopause: A Guide for Women and Men is not only recommended and widely read by men, but by the women who love them. His latest book, The Whole Man Program: Reinvigorating Your Body, Mind, and Spirit after 40. His forthcoming book, "The Irritable Male Syndrome" will be published in 2004 by Rodale Press. Earlier books include "The Warrior's Journey Home" and "Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places."

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Diamond, Nina

Nina Diamond

Nina L. Diamond is the author of, "Purify Your Body: Natural Remedies for Detoxing from 50 Everyday Situations." Purify Your Body focuses on fifty situations that lead to toxins in the body, and offers countless remedies to improve your health. It covers issues from lack of sleep, work stress, jet lag, addiction, illness - situations specific to men and women, stages of life, such as menopause. In her book, Nina Diamond provides numerous recommendations for purifying your body while menopause wreaks havoc on every normal function. Nina Diamond is the Founding Editor of the monthly publication, "Deepak Choprah's Infinite Possibilities," a journalist who's written for more than 50 newspapers and magazines, such as Omni; Longevity; Body Mind & Spirit and the 1994 Information Please Almanac. Ms. Diamond is also a contemporary pianist and composer, with her debut album of piano solos, "New Places,".


Domar, Alice Ph.D.


Alice D. Domar, Ph.D. is a graduate of Concord Academy and Colby College, received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva University in 1986. She did post-doctoral training at Beth Israel Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and Children's Hospital, all in Boston. She is currently the Director of the Mind/Body Center for Women's Health at the Mind/Body Medical Institute, where she is also a senior scientist. She is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a senior staff psychologist in the Division of Behavioral Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Domar is also on the Executive Committee of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. She is the author of Healing Mind, Healthy Woman (Dell, 1997) and Self-Nurture (Viking, January 2000) and Six Steps to Increased Fertility (Simon and Schuster, October 2000). She has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC, and the CBS and NBC Evening News and has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States as well as internationally.

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Drummond, Edward, M.D.

Dr. Theodore Drummond

Edward H. Drummond, M.D., graduated magna cum laude from Tufts College of Liberal Arts with a B.A. in psychology. He received his medical education at Tufts University and was trained in psychiatry at Harvard University. Dr. Drummond is the associate medical director at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Dr. Drummond's book, "Overcoming Anxiety Without Tranquilizers:a groundbreaking program for treating chronic anxiety" was published in 1997 by Dutton. Dr. Lawrence Hartmann, of Harvard Medical School's, Department of Psychiatry and former president of the American Psychiatric Association says, "Dr. Drummond's book is a clear, valuable and necessary book, by a smart, decent and courageous psychiatrist. In a decade bombarded by profit-driven pressure from pharmaceutical companies and so-called managed-care organizations to go for quick-fix drugs for all discomforts, Dr. Dummond cares for people and firmly stands against the trend. He helps us all to better understand real people with real anxieties, and offers real and preferable alternatives to today's vast reliance on benzodiazepines." Dr. Drummond lives with his wife, Amy Feitelson, who is also a psychiatrist, and their two children in New Hampshire.


Edelson, Stephen, M.D.

Stephen Edelson, M.D.

Stephen Edelson, M.D. has practiced medicine for more than 20 years. As an autoimmune specialist and founder of the Edelson Center for Environmental and Preventative Medicine in Atlanta, he has successfully treated thousands of patients using innovative and effective alternative therapies. Dr. Edelson lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Edelson's book is What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Autoimmune Disorders: The Revolutionary Drug-free Treatments for Thyroid Disease, Lupus, MS, IBD, Chronic Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Other Diseases. Read a sample chapter of Dr. Edelson's book.

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Eisman, Diane, M.D.

"Dr Diane," as she has affectionately come to be known and loved in Power Surge, Diane Eisman, M.D., tells us, "I am in Family Medicine in Florida with my husband, Eugene, who is an Internist Cardiologist. Special interests include menopause and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am a writer as well, with one book out. Have been on the award-winning editorial board of Miami Medicine as writer and editor. I am also a contributing writer to Deepak Chopra's newsletter. Currently serve on Judge Dakis' Committee on Domestic Violence and as Chief of Family Medicine at the Miami Heart Institute. I have served on many committees such as Public Relations for the Dade County Medical Association. Just written up in Diario de los Mujer as one of the Women of Valor in South Florida Also, teach clinical skills to medical Students at the University Miami and am a discussion leader in the Freshman Human Sexuality Course there.

"Power Surge is sheer delight. Power Surge is knowledge shared by all of us, learning (and sometimes suffering) together. Power Surge is laughter. Power Surge is tears - mostly tears of joy and discovery. Power Surge is all of us - together - Powerful!" Diane


Elliott, Julia

Julia Elliott

Julia Elliott has come to be known as Power Surge's "soy-Source," and is the author of two books about the benefits of soy, especially for women in menopause with hormone issues. Julia's two excellent soy books are: "Beating Menopause," "Early Ovarian Failure With The Help Of 1 Natural Ingredient, " which discusses the wonders of soy protein, and how it affects cholesterol, osteoporosis, kidney disease, and cancer. Her latest book provides ways to prepare home-made soyfoods -- and "With A Little Help From The Soybean,", including 50 pages of recipes you are probably already preparing, made healthier by being modified with the soybean. Her books are included in the worldest largest data base on soyfoods, (SOYSCAN) Her latest book was featured in this April's email newsletter, "Soyfoods USA."

Julia holds workshops and soy sessions to pass this important information on to other people who are not happy with the cancer-causing preparations they are offered at menopause. Women are experiencing many side effects from these synthetic preparations. These side effects have led to finding the alternative -- phytoestrogen -- a plant form of estrogen found in the soybean. Julia began using soy protein as an alternative to the HRT preparation, Premarin, at menopause (one of her side effects included a lump in her breast.) Julia's concern is, "To enlighten women everywhere, and to help them understand that there is a safe choice!". She has been a guest on her local Access TV channel, "Valley Health," "Windows to Women," Poughkeepsie, NY radio WHVW, and has done Natural Health radio talk shows.

Julia has not always been met with praise, but, rather, occasional disapproval from those skeptics who believe soy products aren't worthy of consideration. Julia forges ahead in hopes of spreading knowledge and healthfulness among women at a time when they're seeking alternatives to prescription hormones. Julia says, "Testing in this area is ongoing. The results that we have gotten from soy thus far are very promising." Julia Elliott lives with her husband in her home town of Kingston, New York.

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Emery, Marcia, Ph.D.

Marcia Emery, Ph.D.

Marcia Emery, Ph.D. is a respected psychologist, lecturer and professor, who has devoted more than a decade to the study of the workings of the intuitive mind. She conducts workshops and seminars on the subject of intuition management. In 1991, she received a grant from the Charlson Research Foundation for the development of "course materials" for teaching Intuitive Problem Solving skills. She's a member of the American Psychological Association and the Global Intuition Network, and is listed in Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in The World.

Author of "Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook: An Expert Guide to Unlocking the Wisdom of Your Subconscious Mind." This exemplary workbook is a practical, hands-on collection of enjoyable exercises that show readers how to unlock and strenghten their intuition for more power and control in their business and personal lives. Dr. Emery developed the "intuition workbook" out of the intuitive management program she conducts in business and industry, in companies as diverse as General Motors, Amway, Xerox, PepsiCo, Planned Parenthood, Hewlett Packard and Upjohn Co.

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Evans, Marie

Marie Evans

Millions of female baby boomers are turning 50, and their sheer numbers insure that menopause will no longer be a "silent" experience, as it was in the past. Marie Evans and Ann Shakeshaft, co-authors of "The Noisy Passage:Baby Boomers Do Menopause" (Hysteria Pub.), dedicate their book, "To our mothers who lied and said they breezed through it all." The experience of menopause has gone through a lot of changes since the era of Gail Sheehy's The Silent Passage. "We wrote The "Noisy Passage" in hopes that it might make humor the second language for all women," says Marie Evans. "The Noisy Passage" is the first humorous and irreverent manual about menopause for the millions of women who went to Woodstock, kept their names, and almost forgot to have families. Evans and Shakeshaft aim this farce at "sweltering women speeding down the Hormone Superhighway, steering them towards the latest antidotes for hormonal disturbances." While there are no absolute answers, the book may be the best source to date for lifting sagging spirits.

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Foster, Charles, Ph.D.

Dr. Charles Foster

Dr. Charles Foster is co-founder and research director of The Chestnut Hill Institute in Boston. For thirty years he has worked as a psychotherapist and consultant with individuals, couples, families, and organizations of all sizes. The focus of his work has been to develop an evidence-based approach to finding practical solutions for perennial problems. His research is based on studying people who are successful with a particular problem and learning how to apply their solutions in the most effective way.

His books include, Feel Better Fast: Overcoming the Emotional Fallout of Your Illness or Injury, What Do I Do Now?: Dr. Foster's 30 Laws for Great Decision Making, Truth Without Fear: How to Communicate Difficult News in Tough Situations, Parent/Teen Breakthrough.

Dr. Foster has appeared on the Oprah Show and many other national shows. He was featured on a John Stossel 20/20 Prime Time Special for ABC News.

Dr. Foster has a BA from the College of the City of New York, an M. Sc. from the University of London, an MSW and an MBA from Boston College, and a PhD from Brandeis University's Heller School of Advanced Studies. Dr. Foster has lectured at Harvard Medical School and has held grants from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Fox, Bronwyn

Bronwyn Fox

Bronwyn Fox developed panic disorder/agoraphobia in 1980 and was housebound for over two years. She recovered using Mindfulness Meditation in 1985 and has been working in the area of Anxiety Disorders since. Bronwyn became involved in working with other people with anxiety disorders and co-founded Australia's Panic Anxiety Disorder Association (PADA) in 1987. Her workshops have been funded by the Health Commission's Rural and Remote Services since 1990 and enables PADA to provide much needed services in these areas. PADA has become the largest National organization for people with anxiety disorders. From small beginnings in South Australia, Bronwyn has helped form similar Associations in every state in Australia. While Bronwyn is no longer with PADA she still works closely in advocating for appropriate treatment services for people with anxiety disorders both at a State and Federal level. She has worked with General Practitioners, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nursing staff, Community Health workers to increase their awareness and education on anxiety disorders. PADA received acknowledgement of her work when it won the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Achievement Award for Non-Government Services for her Workshop.

Bronwyn was Power Surge's Anxiety/Panic Expert. You can read her archived answers here.

Bronwyn also a co-founded and was Deputy Chairperson for the Anxiety Disorders Foundation, which is run by consumers, psychiatrists and psychologists. Bronwyn's Panic Anxiety Management Workshop is in every capital city in Australia. Her Workshop has also been assessed by a leading anxiety disorder specialist and researcher, Associate Professor Julian Hafner, as being 85% effective for people who experience an Anxiety Disorder. Bronwyn is the author of Power Over Panic: Freedom From Panic/Anxiety Related Disorders. Visit the Panic Anxiety Hub.

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Fox, Enid, C.H.T.
Enid Fox is a Certified Strength and Personal Fitness Trainer. "I have worked in Healthcare for over 20 years as a Certified Hemodialysis Technician. A graduate from Hiram College in 1975, I have a BA in Biology. "In a period of five years, I worked my way from the "ladies' health spa" to a sweaty local gym with a boxing ring. The owner of the gym convinced me to train for a body building contest. It was the first competitive sport I had ever participated in and I liked it! I won first place in a local contest. My body fat dropped to 6 percent, my periods stopped and I injured my shoulder. Somehow, fitness and health were lost. I took a long hard look at what I was doing and saw that my fitness program was not balanced. I revised my program for a balance of cardiovascular, weight resistance and flexibility exercises. In 1993, I received certification for personal fitness and strength training at the Health and Fitness Institute at UC Hayward, California. I want to help women understand that muscular development is more important for women than it is for men. It is one aspect of fitness that women do not embrace. Ironically, it can bring the greatest health benefits! Menopause was not on my mind 20 years ago when I started a daily fitness program. The resultant bone density, body composition (fat to muscle ratio), cardiovascular health, strength, endurance, ability to cope with stress, self confidence and recuperative powers from my fitness program are priceless. Recent research demonstrates that women can begin a fitness program at any age and give themselves the gift of fitness." Perimenopausal and menopausal women can reap the benefits of exercise for relief of symptoms and long term health issues. Power Surge is the best source of information about perimenopause I have found. I have found the support here is both emotional and informational. I wanted to return the support I received from fellow Surgettes. Since fitness is a vital part of my perimenopause 'treatment,' my posts often focused on encouraging other women to get fit. Dearest invited me to post weekly fitness tips in her newly formed weight and fitness series, GIGS.™ (Getting Into Good Shape). When Dearest opened the door for me to become the "virtual fitness coach" for Power Surge, a dream came true for me! Power Surge is a wonderful opportunity for me to share what I have learned about the benefits of fitness with women, who like me, want to take control of the aging process."

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Friday, Nancy

Nancy Friday

Nancy Friday is the author of seven books on the relationships between men and women, and within the family. Her books have sold more than 8.5 million copies.

In Nancy Friday's newest book, The Power of Beauty : Men, Women and Sex Appeal Since Feminism (HarperCollins) Nancy draws on a decade of research she conducted on the psychology of physical appearance, including focus groups, symposia, and a national survey conducted with DYG Inc., touching upon topics as the importance of the "gaze" -- that first loving, non-judgmental focus infants seek in their parents eyes, which serves as the beginning of self-esteem; Envy; The connection between sibling rivalry and beauty; Taboos; the Feminist and Sexual revolutions; Ending the "blame game" perpetrated against men by matriarchal Feminists; The control that women exert over one another and the damage caused them by rivalry, competition and envy; Beauty in the workplace and the battle over courtship versus sexual harassment; The empowerment of middle-aged women and the advent of men as caretakers; Men's reentry "in the mirror" and The double standard of aging Nancy grew up in South Carolina. In the mid 60s she worked as a magazine writer in New York, London, and Rome. She has lectured and written internationally and appeared regularly on American television. She currently lives in Key West, Florida and Connecticut.

Nancy Friday has said of Power Surge, "Dearest runs a very professional group." When invited to join Dearest in another chat, Nancy remarked, "Dearest, any time you're running the chat room, I'm with you, kid!" Visit Nancy's Web site.

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Friedman, Michael

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman is an inspirational Weight Watchers leader in Oakland, California. Michael joined Weight Watchers in 1990 and reached lifetime status in 1991. Over the next years Michael regained much of the weight he lost and in September 1997 he returned to Weight Watchers weighing 255 pounds. By February of 1998 he was again running on the streets of Oakland. When he completed the famous Bay to Breakers 7.5 mile race in San Francisco in May 1998, having surpassed all his goals, he decided he would run a marathon, 26.2 miles. On December 13, 1998, at age 51 and having lost 85 pounds, Michael ran the Honolulu Marathon, raising over $3,000.00 for the Arthritis Foundation in the process.

Losing weight, becoming fit, and successfully completing the marathon have changed Michael's life forever. He is now a dedicated endurance runner and runs marathons on a regular basis. He assists the Oakland coach for the Arthritis Foundation and has embarked on a course of study at California State University at Hayward to earn a Certificate in Fitness Teaching. Michael eventually intends to gain certification as a personal trainer. Michael is a devoted single parent, equally sharing custody of his two wonderful children. He resides in Oakland and continues to be employed in his day job in the corporate world. Visit the developing Michael Friedman Web site

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Friedman, Theodore C., M.D., Ph.D.

Theodore C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.

Theodore C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. has a private practice specializing in treating patients with adrenal, pituitary, thyroid and fatigue disorders. His practice includes detecting and treating hormone imbalances, including hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Friedman is also an expert in diagnosing and treating pituitary disorders, including Cushings disease and syndrome. Dr. Friedman has privileges at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Martin Luther King Medical Center.

Dr. Friedman's career reflects his ongoing quest to better understand and treat endocrine problems. With both medical and research doctoral degrees, he has conducted studies and cared for patients at some of the country's most prestigious institutions, including the University of Michigan, the NationaI Institutes of Health, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and UCLA's Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.

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Fumento, Michael

Michael Fumento

Michael Fumento is a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Michael Fumento has been a legal writer for the Washington Times, editorial writer for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and was the first "National Issues" reporter for Investors' Business Daily. Mr. Fumento was the 1994 Warren T. Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., a fellow with Consumer Alert in Washington, D.C., and a science correspondent for Reason magazine. He is also the U.S. correspondent for the Austrian environmental and economics magazine, a3 Umwelt and sits on the science advisory boards of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition and the Atlantic Legal Foundation. He is a former AIDS analyst and attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Mr. Fumento's commentaries have appeared in the Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, San-Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Daily News, and other newspapers. His articles have also appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. He has lectured on science and health issues throughout the country and in Europe, Hong Kong, China, and South America. He has authored four books: "The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS (1990, revised 1993)," "Science Under Siege: Balancing Technology and the Environment (1993)," "Polluted Science: The EPA's Efforts to Expand Clean Air Regulations (AEI, 1997). "Science Under Siege" has received the American Council on Science and Health's "Distinguished Science Journalist of 1993" award and other honors. He has also authored a monograph on silicone breast implants and co-authored one on the alleged health risks of chlorine. Author of "The Fat of the Land: The Obesity Epidemic and How How Overweight Americans Can Help Themselves."

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Galland, China

China Galland

China Galland is the author of two critically acclaimed works of nonfiction, "Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna," .... Women in the Wilderness," and her newest book, "The Bond Between Women: A Journey to Fierce Compassion,"

A frequent lecturer on the Black Madonna, Buddhism and Christianity, as well as women and spirituality, she is a research associate for the Center for Women and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and founder and director of the Images of Divinity Research Project. China Galland is also a seasoned river guide and a founder of Women in the Wilderness. Ms. Galland lives in San Francisco.

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Monique N. Gilbert

Monique N. Gilbert

Monique N. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Science degree, is a Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Counselor and health advocate. She began a low-fat, whole-grain, vegetable-rich diet in the mid-1970's. This introduced her to a healthier way of eating and became the foundation of her dietary choices as an adult. She became a full-fledged vegetarian on Earth Day 1990. Over the years she has increased her knowledge and understanding about health and fitness, and the important role diet plays in a person's strength, vitality and longevity. Monique feels it is her mission to educate and enlighten everyone about the benefits of healthy eating and living.

Monique N. Gilbert is a Health Advocate, Recipe Developer, Soy Food Connoisseur and the author of "Virtues of Soy: A Practical Health Guide and Cookbook" (Universal Publishers)

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Larrian Gillespie, M.D.

Larrian Gillespie, M.D.

Larrian Gillespie received her medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine and became the first woman to graduate from their prestigious Urology program, an accomplishment that earned her the featured cover story in Parade Magazine. Over the next fifteen years, as a private practitioner, she brought about public awareness of an overlooked medical condition, interstitial cystitis, which resulted in three pharmaceutical patents from her pioneering research. Her book, You Don't Have to Live With Cystitis has been a "Top Ten Best Seller" on women’s health according to the New York Review of Books Reader’s Catalog, 1999. A frequent lecturer at international medical meetings, Larrian taught her colleagues how to diagnose and treat this "incurable" condition. Larrian has been featured in over 50 magazine stories and television shows, including Good Morning America and CNN. She has served on the medical advisory board of SHAPE Magazine and been a frequent source for numerous other publications.

Changing careers in 1995, Larrian has focused on the issues of women's health as they relate to diet. She has designed nutritional programs for numerous performers, from "Lord of the Dance" Michael Flatley to the Goddess of song, Cher. Dr. Gillespie's interest in cooking and nutrition, nourished by courses at London’s Cordon Bleu and La Varenne in Paris, has resulted in her current books, The Goddess Diet, The Menopause Diet, The Menopause Diet Mini Meal Cookbook, and The Menopause Diet Daily Journal, which are destined to join her other book in becoming "Best Sellers." Larrian Gillespie lectures frequently on The Menopause Diet.

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Gittleman, Ann Louise

Ann Louise Gittleman

Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S., is one of the formost nutritionists in America today. She has an extraordinary background in both traditional and holistic health.

Prior to writing her first book, the best seller, "Beyond Pritikin," Ann Louise was the Nutritional Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, California. Ann Louise currently consults with a broad spectrum of professionals including medical doctors, corporations, universities, environmental health clinics and spas. Ann Louise's dynamic speaking style, coupled with her expertise, makes her a popular guest on nationwide television and radio. Her extensive portfolio also includes interviews by national newspapers and magazines. The author of "Super Nutrition for Women." In 1993, she released the popular books "Guess What Came to Dinner: Parasites and Your Health" and, "Super Nutrition for Menopause." In 1996 Ann Louise released a revised version of, "Beyond Pritikin," as well as, "Super Nutrition for Men" and "Your Body Knows Best.". Her latest books are "Get the Sugar Out" and "Get The Salt Out."

Ann Louise's newest book is, Before The Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause," (Harper, 1998) -- in which Power Surge is recommended as an excellent resource for women in menopause.

Ann Louise is listed in the World Who's Who of Women. She became a Certified Nutrition Specialist in1993 and was named in "Self Magazine's" Ten Knowledgeable Nutritionists (August 1993).

She also served as The Rejuvex Woman for 1994 and 1995 with national advertising in "Longevity," "McCalls, " and "The New York Times." She has been recently been interviewed by "Seventeen," "Harper's Bazaar," and "Family Circle Magazine." Ann Louise is constantly busy with seminars, speaking engagements, lectures, and workshops.

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Steven R. Goldstein, M.D.

Dr. Stephen Goldstein

Dr. Steven Goldstein is a professor at New York University's School of Medicine; Director of Gynecological Ultrasound; Co-Director of Bone Densitrometry at the NYU Medical Center; and Immediate Past Chairman of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology for New york.

Dr. Goldstein's book, "Could It Be .... Perimenopause?", co-authored by Laurie Ashner , provides clear, supportive prose and no-baloney advice. "Today's perimenopausal women has neither the time nor the patience to go through four to fifteen years of symptoms without relief," he says. He fully delineates the roles of various hormones, how to determine if you're in perimenopause or not, as well as how to treat the various symptoms to gain control over your life. He's a big advocate of low- and ultra-low-dose birth-control pills: "There is nothing inherently advantageous about bursting the capsule of your ovary and having to repair it each month. There's no reason for having fluctuating levels of hormones floating around unless you want to have a baby." He also recommends some natural and herbal treatments (he tells which ones are more appropriate for menopausal or postmenopausal women, and which are worthless or even dangerous). He's also a big promoter of sonohysterography, a type of ultrasound test that he says could prevent up to three-fourths of all emergency-room visits made by women with excessive uterine bleeding. With added resources, including URLs for recommended newsgroups, Web sites (There are five pages devoted to Power Surge and its founder, Alice Stamm, and is referred to as "the premier site for women in menopause") , and medical databases, along with information about the very latest in treatments (such as crinone, a natural progesterone gel), Goldstein's created an enormously beneficial reference for both women and health-care providers who could stand to brush up on this topic.

Dr. Goldstein has appeared on national television and has created videos for cable television and health spots for WCBS radio. He lives in New York.

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Deborah Gordon, M.D.

Review Menopause The Natural Way

Deborah Gordon, M.D., was a founding partner of Complementary Medicine Associates Primary Care and Consultation in Classical Homeopathy. Her private practice incorporates conventional medicine, herbal and nutritional therapies, plus mind-body medicine. She regularly lectures across the country. Menopause The Natural Way: The Women's Natural Health Series, co-authored by Molly Siple, explains what women can do to feel their best during this transitional time. In the tradition of Christiane Northrup's bestselling book, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, this book weaves together user-friendly strategies to help women heal the symptoms of menopause and lead a healthier, happier life. Also, author of Perimenopause the Natural Way combines mainstream and alternative medical approaches into a simple six-step program. Includes nutritional and herbal medicines, natural progesterone, mind-body medicine and movement, foods to boost health and vitality, and ways to reduce the risk of menopause-related health conditions.

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Grey, Patsy

Learning Meditation

Patsy Grey, creator of Learning Meditation says, "Without knowing it, I have been meditating for years. I used to sit and daydream. Sometimes I thought I was bored and unmotivated and felt guilty for just sitting and blanking out. What I was actually doing was instinctively replenishing my weary soul. When I became aware of what I was actually doing, I began to study the concept of meditation. I began to choose to do it on a regular basis. The results were astonishing. I really never worry about things not in my control. I rarely feel anxiety or stress. Instead, I perceive life to be adventurous and complex -- to be enjoyed in every way.

"My business as an executive recruiter took me to many offices to meet with various people involved in the companies I would be hiring for. I became aware of how stressful work had become for people. I thought of how great it would be if these people could practice meditation for a brief time during the day. I then thought about all the areas of life that cause people stress or anxiety. The list is endless. People in these areas can benefit from meditation. That was the "seed" that led to my developing this site. It will change and evolve as we do. The more we use it, the more we will learn and add to the information."


Gullo, Stephen, Ph.D.

Stephen Gullo, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen Gullo received his doctorate in psychology from Columbia University, and for more than a decade was a professor and researcher at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the former chair of the National Obesity and Weight Control Education Program of the American Institute for Life-Threatening Illness at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. His first book, Thin Tastes Better, was a national bestseller. He has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, and Barbara Walters and has also made numerous appearances on Today, Good Morning America, and Hard Copy. Dr. Gullo is currently president of the Institute for Health and Weight Sciences' Center for Healthful Living in New York City. In his newest book, The Thin Commandments Diet: The 10 No-Fail Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss, Dr. Stephen Gullo lets you in on his unique weight-loss program that has a success rate that is many times higher than the national average and has helped patients lose more than 100 pounds -- and maintain that weight loss for more than 5 years.

Dr. Gullo resides in New York City and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Havey, Julia Griggs

Julia Griggs Havey

Julia Griggs Havey tried every get-thin-quick gimmick and nothing worked. She eventally dieted her way from a size 8 to a 290 pound size 24. At 29, she resigned herself to a matronly figure and plus-size clothing. Then, one fateful day, Julia received an anonyous note informing her that her husband was having an affair. It was just the wake-up call she needed. From that moment on, she changed her attitude and took charge of her life. Fifteen months after the poison pen letter, she had divorced her husband, changed jobs, lost over 130 pounds and later married and was crowned Mrs. Missouri. Julia shares her inspiration story and weight-loss secrest in Awaken The Diet Within: From Overweight To Looking Great - If I can Do It, So Can You. Julia Griggs Havey is a motivational speaker and columnist for eDiets.com. She also owns The Health and Wellness Institute with her husband in St. Louis, where they live with their two children.

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Heen, Sheila

Sheila Heen

Sheila Heen and Doug Stone are co-authors of Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most and teach negotiation at Harvard Law School. Visit their Web site at http://www.diffcon.com Whether it's asking for a raise, ending a relationship, or saying "no" to a friend or family member, we all face difficult conversations every day. If there's a conversation you've been dreading - or perhaps avoiding - or an argument that you and your spouse seem to have over and over, Difficult Conversations can help. Keeping an eye on the simple question, "What works?", Sheila and Doug have spent 10 years looking at what gets us in trouble in these conversations, and what can get us out. In addition to appearing on Oprah, NPR's Diane Rehms Show, the G. Gordon Liddy show, at The Smithsonian, and the National Press Club, their articles have appeared in The New York Times, Parents, Glamour, USA Weekend, StraightTalk (Women's Consumer Network)and The Independent.

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Heller, Barbara L., M.S.W.

Barbara L. Heller, M.S.W.

Barbara L. Heller, M.S.W., Psychotherapist/clinical social worker, in private practice for over two decades with offices in upstate NY, both rural and in a small city. I continue to love my work because of its diversity -- and I love to say that I am still a generalist in an era of specialization.

Barbara is the author of 365 Ways To Relax Mind, Body & Soul. Barbara offers tips for relaxing the body, regrouping thoughts, renewing the spirit, and thriving, not just surviving. "365 Ways To Relax Mind, Body & Soul" (Storey Books) is the must-have guide to personal pampering. A women's health educator, Barbara participated in a Women and Their Bodies class, an offshoot of the original Our Bodies, Ourselves, in NY City in the early 1970's and co-taught the first credit Our Bodies,Ourselves course in the NY State college system (as well as the first credit course about women and violence). Since then she's woven in and out of various educational forums from regional workshops, online classes, publishing health newsletters, college teaching, etc. Barbara Heller is the author of the upcoming, "Sleep Soundly Tonight" (Storey Books, March 2001), two 32 page pamphlets: Sleep and Relaxation: A Natural and Herbal Approach and 10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health (both Storey Country Wisdom bulletins), as well as articles and book reviews on and offline.

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Herrera, Carla

Carla Herrera

Carla Herrera is the publisher of 40+ -- an online magazine for midlife women. She has worked at several newspapers over the years, often in the capacity of graphic artist, or as a graphic consultant. Ms. Herrera has had numerous published articles in publications throughout California -- Idea News, Connections, Clearlake Observer, El Foro Magazine. Her online publications include, Seven Seas Magazine, Womanlinks.com, Uselessknowledge.com, Alumbo.com.

The aughor of the upcoming book, Contemporary Woman's Guide to Midlife: Essays and Resources for Life Transitions," Carla R. Herrera takes the reader through the various transitions of midlife. It’s an intimate portrait of a midlife woman; as well as, a sometime poignant, entertaining and educational relation of the midlife journey. Herrera asks some pointed questions of her audience as well as herself, ''Midlife brings with it many things, among them, for some women, a slap across the head. The bucket of cold water dumped on us during slumber. The metaphorical kick in the teeth. Beauty is one of those things. We can’t help but think about it because it’s right there, in our face every day. We have to look in that mirror every morning and if the image of the woman staring back at us isn’t what we want, we have to question what it is we need to validate our self. Do we really need it?''

Born in Martinez, California, Carla is divorced with three adult daughters and four grandchildren.

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Hersh, Sunny

Sunny Hersh

What happens when a woman who talks health and motivation for a living hits menopause with a bang? Professional speaker, trainer, and workshop leader Sunny Hersh decided that when the going gets tough, the tough do research! Combining her experience in inspiration with her expertise in health and relationships, Sunny has brought together an extraordinary digest of midlife wisdom. Quoting key passages from such mentors as Dr. Christiane Northrup, Rabbi Harold Kushner, and Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, she captures the highlights of hundreds of books and web sites that can help a woman's body, mind, and spirit in her book, Midlife Mamas on the Moon: Celebrate Great Health, Friendships, Sex, and Money and Launch Your Second Life. Sunny's fiercely honest, "girlfriend" style makes it easy to laugh at the psychotic mood swings, uncontrolled periods, and frustrating doctor visits of midlife. Her useful checklists and no-nonsense resources reflect her background in advertising and marketing, cutting through the fluff to the core benefits of bioidentical hormones, low-dose birth control, and targeted supplementation. She convinces you of the important lifestyle choices you can make to create the healthy, happy future you've dreamed of, enlisting the professional review of top experts in careers, finance, and men's midlife changes. Practical observations from the front lines of a 30-year marriage and raising two successful young adults lend an authentic, proactive slant to her advice on transforming your relationships.

Knowing that aging is like dancing backward in high heels while spinning plates, Sunny passes on the shortcuts to overcoming the physical, emotional, and relationship changes she experienced in her 40's. She is so proud to be on the roster of power-surge.net, the electrifying midlife women's presence on the internet.

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Hotze, Steven, M.D.

Steven Hotze, M.D.

Steven Hotze, M.D., founder of the Hotze Health and Wellness Center, enables his patients to enjoy a better quality of life by helping them achieve and maintain health and wellness naturally by focusing on bio-identical hormone replacement, chronic yeast overgrowth, bio-identical thyroid hormone supplementation, adrenal fatigue, the treatment of airborne and food allergies, vitamin and mineral supplementation and nutrition. Dr. Hotze has appeared on hundreds of radio shows discussing his blockbuster new bestseller Hormones, Health and Happiness: A Natural Medical Formula for Rediscovering Youth with Bioidentical Hormones.. He's also recently appeared on the CBS Early Morning Show and CNN's American Morning.

Dr. Hotze believes, "If You're Sick and Tired of Being Sick And Tired, It's Time To Get Your Life Back!"

Dr. Hotze obtained his medical degree in 1976 from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is a Fellow Member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Former President of the Pan American Allergy Society and founder of the American Academy of Biologically Identical Hormone Therapy.

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Hueseman, Paul, Pharm.D.

Dr. Paul Hueseman, Pharm.D., is an integral part of the Bellevue Pharmacy Solutions team that makes up Power Surge's Pharmaceutical Experts. Dr. Paul Hueseman is a graduate of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Paul has a wide array of experience that includes retail pharmacy, clinical practice in pediatrics, account management and clinical expertise in managed care and for a major pharmaceutical company. Paul also has experience in natural hormone compounding, having worked for Bajamar Women's Healthcare in the past. Paul is an expert in clinical assessment, disease management, and patient consultation.

Along with Pete Hueseman, R.Ph, PD, Power Surge's pharmaceutical consultant of 9 years, Paul is co-owner of Bellevue Pharmacy Solutions, a pharmacy with a large segment devoted to compounding prescription (natural, bio-identical) hormone products (progesterone, estradiol, estriol, estrone, tri-estrogen, DHEA, testosterone, pregnenolone). You can call Paul at 1-800-728-0288, or E.mail Dr. Paul Hueseman directly.

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Hueseman, Pete, R.Ph., P.D.

Pete Hueseman, R.Ph., P.D., Power Surge's Resident Pharmaceutical Consultant for 9 years, has been a Registered Pharmacist since 1973, and is a graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He has specialized in the women's healthcare field for the last 15 years. Pete was formerly with College Pharmacy. His Bellevue Pharmacy Solutions is devoted to compounding prescription (natural) hormone products (progesterone, estradiol, estriol, estrone, tri-estrogen, DHEA, testosterone, pregnenolone), and specializes in counseling patients and physicians nationwide on the use of natural hormones. Pete Heuseman is an acknowledged expert on the use of natural bioidentical hormones for NHRT (natural hormone replacement therapy). Pete encourages everyone to call him at 1-800-728-0288 and he'll be glad to answer any and all questions about menopause and natural compounded prescription hormones. E.mail Pete directly.

Professional Affiliations are: North American Menopause Society; ACAM - Academy of Alternative Medicine; Alternative and Complementary Medicine Association; American Society of Reproductive Medicine; Missouri Pharmacists Association; St. Louis Pharmacists Association (member and past President). Feel free to ask any questions of Pete Hueseman on the Ask The Pharmacist page.

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Hulem, RN, RNP, Rebecca

Rebecca Hulem, RN, RNP

Rebecca Hulem, RN, RNP has excelled in the field of women's health for over twenty-eight years. Her career has included positions as a registered nurse, Ob/Gyn nurse practitioner, certified menopause clinician, and certified nurse midwife. Along the way, Rebecca has personally delivered over two thousand babies. In 2003, Rebecca left the corporate world to start her own business as a dynamic speaker and author on the subject of menopause. She has traveled throughout the United States and Canada speaking professionally to women of all ages on how to stay healthy and sane in spite of their hormones. With a reputation as a caring, nurturing and informed woman who is truly passionate about helping other women find answers to their health issues, Ms. Hulem has truly connected with her core audience.

Now widely known as "The Menopause Expert," Rebecca has also been interviewed by numerous media outlets, such as Fox TV News in the A.M. in Austin, Texas regarding the much talked about controversy on hormone therapy for women in menopause. Hulem's own book, "Feelin' Hot? A Humorous, Informative and Truthful Look at Menopause", is now in its second printing.

Rebecca's eternally positive approach to life is first to respond: "Yes, yes, yes, I can" and then figure out how! This never-ending enthusiasm and drive have given Rebecca Hulem the courage to run two marathons, attempt snow skiing, climb both Mt Whitney and Half Dome, and hike down and up the Grand Canyon three times?and all after the age of fifty!


Hilts, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Hilts

Elizabeth Hilts, the author of, "Getting In Touch With Your Inner Bitch" (Hysteria Publications, 1997), is also the editor of an alternative newsweekly. She is a frequent contributor to Hysteria Magazine and Cook's Magazine. Her work also regularly appears in alternative newspapers throughout the country.

Elizabeth Hilts illuminated the concept of the Inner Bitch for the premier issue of Hysteria, which appeared in February, 1993. Her article, Get In Touch With Your Inner Bitch, was called upon by numerous radio stations to discuss the Inner Bitch on the air. Eventually, Elizabeth's work came to the notice of Rush Limbaugh, who railed against the Inner Bitch on his radio show for several weeks. Needless to say, he didn't get it. More to the point was Elle Magazine's March 1994 forum, inspired by a reprint of Get In Touch With Your Inner Bitch. Titled, Yo, Bitch, the forum brought together a group of high-powered women to discuss bitchiness, success, backlash and other topics of importance. It's all about getting in touch with our inner needs and goals, helping us to assert ourselves, and say what we mean.

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Hoffman, Lisa, M.A.

Lisa Hoffman

With boundless enthusiasm and energy, total commitment to clients, a host of credentials, and recent publication of her book, which has been used as the foundation of the Power Surge GIGS™ Program: (G)etting (I)n (G)ood (S)hape , "Better Than Ever: The 4 Week Workout Program For Women Over Forty" , Lisa Hoffman has propelled to the forefront of the fitness industry. Lisa founded Solo Fitness® in 1990, a personal training company specializing in women's midlife health issues, including menopause and hormone replacement therapy, and launched her own extensive investigation in the search for "the exercise program for midlife women." She is a certified health/fitness instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine and a personal trainer/fitness instructor by the American Council on Exercise.

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Houston, Mark, M.D.

Mark Houston, M.D.

Mark Houston, M.D., SCH, FACP, decided that he wanted to become a physician at the age of six. Dr. Houston is clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical School, and Medical Director at Hypertension and Vascular Biology Institute and the Life Extension Institute at Saint Thomas Hospital and Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He's also been the Editor-in-chief of JANA, the leading journal on nutraceutical science and technology, provides peer-reviewed original research articles, review articles and clinical perspectives on nutraceuticals and integrative health issues that impact the emerging field of nutraceuticals.

Dr. Houston's medical practice philosophy is "A wise healer uses that which works." This means that I use conventional, nutritional and complementary/alternative modalities to help heal patients of their various diseases. His specialty is Clinical Hypertension, Internal Medicine with a special interest in Anti- Aging for which he uses a combination of natural and drug treatments, which can be found in his book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypertension: The Revolutionary Nutrition and Lifestyle Program to Help Fight High Blood Pressure.

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Irvine, Dr. Joan

Dr. Joan Irvine

With a background in psychology and a doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, "Dr. Joan" Irvine is an author, talk show host, women's health advocate, who specializes in sexual enhancement, self-esteem, menopause transition, and stress management. A former educator for Masters and Johnson Institute (as a successful matchmaker in Beverly Hills), Dr. Joan authored "Taking Charge of Your Changes" and most recent humorous book, "Recipes for Hot Sex: The Book for a Spicy Sex Life ... Just Add Love ." "Recipes..." provides info about how to rekindle the passion. Improve your relationship. Create a deeper connection and greater love while having fun "cooking-up" some of these recipes. Add spice back into your sex life; give and receive greater sensual pleasure. Learn how to communicate about sex in exciting way by using the "Fantasy Questionnaire." People who have read 'Recipes for Hot Sex' have said: "it's cute, fun and easy to use."

Dr. Joan produced and hosted a public access show, "Taking Charge of Your Changes," about women and mid-life transitions, and has hosted a "Talk Real Sex," a public access cable show. She is associated with many women's organizations and regularly engages in public speaking on issues of importance to women at midlife. She specializes in smoking cessation, goal setting and sexual and relationship enhancement. Dr. Joan is included as a Health & Wellness Practitioner in BLUE CROSS OF CALIFORNIA'S HEALTHY EXTENSION.

Dr. Joan appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs including "The View" where she was interviewed by Barbara Walters, NBC's "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus", Dick Clark's "The Other Half", and "Berman & Berman: For Women Only." She hosted a weekly chatroom for AOL on the Alternative Medical Forum. Recently she was a guest lecturer for UCLA's Female Sexual Health Medicine Center. Visit Dr. Joan's Web site.

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