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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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Jacobowitz, Ruth S.

Ruth S. Jacobowitz

Award-winning author, worldwide lecturer, and women's health advocate, Ruth Jacobowitz is a former vice-president of Cleveland's Mt. Sinai Medical Center, a member of the International Menopause Society, the North American Menopause Society and sits on the boards of many organizations and women's health foundations. She has been featured on "Today," "48 Hours," "CBS This Morning," "Donahue," "Leeza," National Public Radio and in the New York Times, McCalls, the Chicago Tribune as well as numerous other media.

Ruth is the author of "The 150 Most-Asked Questions About Menopause" ; "The 150 Most-Asked Questions About Osteoporosis," and "The 150 Most-Asked Questions About Midlife Sex, Love, and Intimacy. She is also the co-author of "Managing Your Menopause." Her newest book is, "The Estrogen Answer Book : 150 Most-Asked Questions About Hormone Replacement Therapy.". Ruth's column "Health Matters'" is internationally syndicated. A columnist for "Your Health" magazine and "The Chagrin Valley Times" Ruth continues to educate women about how they age and empower them to take charge of their health and their health care, which included a three-page spread about the work of Alice Stamm and Power Surge in the "Your Health" magazine.

Ruth S. Jacobowitz has the distinction of being listed in both Who's Who in American Women and Who's Who in the World. Married to her husband Paul for more than 40 years, they have three daughters and eight grandchildren (four girls and four boys.)

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Jaffe, Rona

Rona Jaffe

Rona Jaffe, internationally bestselling author, joins Power Surge to field questions about her career, the fascinating and complex relationships we've enjoyed reading about in her bestselling books, including "Class Reunion," "Mazes and Monsters," "The Cousins," "Family Secrets," "Mr. Right Is Dead," "The Last Chance," "Five Women" and her newest book, "The Road Taken".

Ms. Jaffe has been delighting us with her books for more than five decades and is considered one of the foremonst chroniclers of relationships in the modern age. She is the founder of the Rona Jaffe Foundation, which offers a national literary award to female writers.

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Jasheway, M.P.H., Leigh Anne

Leigh Anne Jasheway, M.P.H. (Masters of Public Health OR Might Possibly be Humorous) is a humor writer, humorous speaker and stand-up comic who lives in Eugene, Oregon with her two giant wiener dogs and her much younger husband. She is also a stress management expert, giving presentations on the use of humor to manage stress, change, and conflict to organizations all over the U.S. For ten years, she ran the wellness program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Among her books are, "I'm Not Getting Older (I'm Getting Better at Denial." She's written seven other funny books including, Don't Get Mad, Get Funny: A Light-hearted Approach to Stress Management.

Leigh Anne is also a regular contributor to Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens' Home Ideas, and The Comic News. Her humorous approach to life has also appeared in Dog Fancy, Good Housekeeping, Hysteria, The Journal of Nursing Jocularity, etc., as well as in public restrooms across the country. Leigh Anne believes that too little humor can lead to death, or at least, severe constipation.

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Jean-Murat, M.D., Carolle

Carolle Jean-Murat, M.D., was born into a family of traditional healers. From them she learned to care deeply and listen intently to patients, to understand that health and medicine have spiritual and emotional components, and to heal the whole person - not just symptoms. She is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who has had a private practice in San Diego, California, since 1982. Fluent in four languages, she provides medical care and preventive health education to women of diverse backgrounds. For over a decade, she has been providing free medical care to under-served women through Catholic Charities and St. Vincent de Paul Village.

Dr. Jean-Murat is an assistant clinical professor at UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Reproductive Endocrinology; and a clinical mentor for under-served students at San Diego State University. She is also a motivational speaker who brings her message of self-empowerment to women through lectures, TV, and radio appearances, a Spanish-language newspaper column, books, articles, and audio cassettes. Dr. Jean-Murat is the author of "Menopause Made Easy: How to Make the Right Decisions for the Rest of Your Life" and the award-winning book, Staying Healthy: 10 Easy Steps for Women. Her next books will be: Female Surgery Made Easy and Little Life Secrets from Grandma. Visit Dr. Carolle's Web site.

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Jurow, M.D., Ronna

Ronna Jurow, M.D., is a gynecologist, representing Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, "My interest in this subject, i.e., Premarin vs. the Animal Activists stems from the fact that I have studied this issue and I feel that women should have access to all viable options for hormone replacement therapy." Dr. Jurow is a gynecologist in private practice in Ventura, CA. Her specialty is helping women through the reproductive transitions in their lives.

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Johnson, Ph.D., David

David Johnson, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chairman in the department of physiology at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New England, Biddleford, Maine. Breakthrough medical tests can find dozens of deadly diseases before it's too late. But because of the state of modern healthcare (with insurers' red tape and doctors' busy schedules), most of us don't know that these tests are available let alone which ones to have, what they're called or how to ask them. That's all about to change. With the new book, Medical Tests that can Save Your Life: 21 Tests Your Doctor Won't Order ... Unless You Know To Ask, you'll learn how to determine if you're at risk for life-threatening conditions. Once you gauge your risk levels, Dr. Johnson teaches you which test to request from your doctor and how to make sure you get them. Genetic tests for cancer risk, the latest blood tests for heart disease, and even older test like ultrasound have one thing in common: They can save your life.

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Kamen, Ph.D., Betty

Betty Kamen, Ph.D.

Betty Kamen, Ph.D., with graduate degrees in psychology and nutrition education, is internationally known as a distinguished author, lecturer, and nutrition consultant. Dr. Kamen is in constant demand as a radio and Tv talk show guest and host, with countless media appearances to her credit - both nationally and internationally. The New York Times paid tribute to Dr. Kamen by doing a full-page feature story describing her work and lifestyle. Betty Kamen has hosted her own radio talk show, interviewed the world's most prestigious researchers for half a century, is responsible for the publication of more than 1,000 articles, many nutrition books, has taught at Hofstra University, developed her own nutrition program and has been the only non-laboratory researcher invited on more than one occasion to particpate in international symposiums along with world famous scientists. Dr. Kamen's fourteenth book, Hormone Replacement Therapy Yes or No? How to Make an Informed Decision About Estrogen, Progesterone, & Other Strategies for Dealing With Pms, Menopause addresses the very serious issues surrounding synthetic hormones. She explains why the most frequently prescribed drug for women is a major cause of infertility, cancer, loss of libido and a host of other serious problems.

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Kamhi, Ph.D., R.N., H.N.C., Ellen

Ellen Kamhi, Ph.D., RN HNC, "The Natural Nurse," holds degrees in Nursing, Teaching, and Public Health Education. Since 1969, Dr. Kamhi's quest for knowledge about natural healing modalities has led her all over the world. Along with partner Eugene Zampieron, ND AHG, Ellen produces nationally syndicated radio and television programs about natural medicine. They co-authored, Arthritis: Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide and their newest, The Natural Medicine Chest : Natural Medicines to Keep You and Your Family Thriving into the Next Millennium , a beautifully illustrated guide which provides the history, descriptions, research, and uses of over 100 healing herbs, foods, and nutrients. Dr. Kamhi is a staff member at the Corsello Centers For Complimentary Medicine in New York, ( See Dr. Corsello's bio ) and performs herbology, homeopathy, darkfield microscopy, ElectroDermal Screening, as well as nutritional product developement and staff education. She is a popular speaker at seminars and conferences. Visit Dr. Ellen Kamhi's Web site: www.natural nurse.com"

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Kennedy, Teresa

Teresa Kennedy

Teresa Kennedy is the author of more than 30 books on a wide variety of subjects, including New Age, novels and non-fiction. Kennedy is a firm believer in the body/mind connection and very well-versed in the areas of astrology, psychology and alternative healing methods. Contrary to much of the wellness literature out there today, Kennedy's book "Sensual Healing: An Elemental Guide To Feeling Good," goes against contemporary "no pain, no gain" theory and espouses self-indulgence in the form of sensual pleasures, a stepping stone to good health, wholeness and wellness. Methods as crystal healing, aromatherapy, music and color therapy all come together in this work to provide readers with easy to understand programs for relieving stress, getting in touch with basic life energies and encouraging physical and mental well-being by allowing oneself the special attention and sensual pleasure we all deserve. Teresa Kennedy is the author or co-author of more than 30 books. Ms. Kennedy lives in New York City.

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Kirshenbaum, Mira

Mira Kirshenbaum

Mira Kirshenbaum is a psychotherapist for nearly 30 years in private practice and Clinical Director of The Chestnut Hill Institute in Massachusetts. The author of five bestsellers including, "Too Good To Leave, Too Bad To Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping You Decide Whether To Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship," "The Gift Of A Year: How to Give Yourself the Most Meaningful, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Year of Your Life," Our Love Is Too Good To Feel So Bad, The Emotional Energy Factor: The Secrets High-Energy People Use to Beat Emotional Fatigue and her newest book, Everything Happens For A Reason: Finding The True Meaning of the Events in Our Lives.

Mira has 25 experience as couples, family, and individual psychotherapist in Boston and is a Clinical supervisor and trainer of therapists. Born in 1945 in Andizhan, Uzbekistan to parents fleeing the Nazis, Mira lived for four years in Displaced Persons camp in Leipheim, Germany with other Holocaust survivors. Mira did her graduate training at Boston Family Institute, University of London, and City University of New York. Mira has frequently appeared on radio and TV shows as author and/or guest expert, such as the Today Show, Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo, Maury Povich, Ricki Lake and Hard Copy. Articles and reviews about her work have appeared in national and international publications. Mira has given lectures and workshops at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. She is the author of a five-part article in Martyrdom and Resistance on "New Ways of Thinking About the Holocaust." and also delivered opening address and participated in "Dialogue with Elie Wiesel." Mira is married to Dr. Charles Foster, director of Chestnut Hill Institute. Visit Mira Kirshenbaum's Web site.

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Knight, RN, MSN, Karla

Karla Knight, RN, MSN

Karla A. Knight, RN, MSN, has been a nurse for 28 years. She was a pediatric nurse practitioner for many years in the office of the late John R. Craig, MD, of Waltham, Massachusetts. She has also worked with children and families in ambulatory clinics, hospitals, and long-term care. Since 1997, she has been a writer for Nursing Spectrum, a national RN-led communications company and division of the Gannett Company, Inc. Her many articles have appeared online as well as in print media. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor's degree in political science and has a master's degree from the Yale University School of Nursing. Co-author with Dr. Ivy Alexander of 100 Questions and Answers About Menopause.

Ms. Knight lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Tom Murphy, and their three children, Erin, Kyle and Kelsey. Ms. Knight is currently experiencing the symptoms of menopause firsthand.

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Kra, M.D., Siegfried

Dr. Siegfried Kra

Dr. Sigfried Kra is a well-known cardiologist, an associate clinical professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, and the author of numerous articles, textbooks and books for the lay reader. In his groundbreaking new book, "What Every Woman Must Know About Heart Disease," Warner Books, 1996, " Dr. Kra provides a comprehensive, authoritative guide to heart disease that focuses on women's needs. You'll learn the commonly overlooked symptoms that should serve as danger signals to you and your doctor, stress-reducing exercises, the diet that can make a difference, the most effective treatments - all the steps you can take to ensure you have the healthiest possible heart. Visit Dr. Kra's Web site (designed by Dearest / ASWeb Design.

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Lamothe, Psy.D., Denise

Denise Lamothe's, The Taming of the Chew

Denise Lamothe is a New Hampshire licensed psychologist and a doctor of holistic health with a Docorate in Clinical Psychology and a doctorate in holistic health.

Dr. Lamothe has taught for the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Technical Institute, New England College and Antioch/New England Graduate School, as well as other public and private agencies. She is a member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association and the Association for Women in Psychology.

Dr. Lamothe has been in private practice since 1981. She studied Self-in-Relation Theory, a theory of women's development. In her practice, she combines traditional and alternative methods to work "holistically" -- that is, with each client's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Special areas of expertise include eating disorders, life transitions, midlife and menopause, alternative lifestyles, anxiety, depression and stress management. The author of The Taming Of The Chew:A Holistic Guide To Stopping Compulsive Eating, Dr. Lamothe has helped people with compulsive eating behaviors since she opened her practice and runs weekend retreats and workshops for people who struggle with this issue. Denise is Power Surge's Weight and Eating Issues Expert.

Currently, Dr. Lamothe resides in Epping, New Hampshire and is in private practice. Visit Denise's Web site.

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Lark, M.D., Susan

Dr. Susan Lark

Dr. Susan M. Lark is one of the foremost authorities on women's health and is the author of nine books with topics ranging from fibroid tumors and endometriosis to anxiety and stress management. Her books include, "The Estrogen Decision Book -- Making The Estrogen Decision" -- "Dr. Susan Lark's Menopause Self-Help Book and "Dr. Susan Lark's Anxiety & Stress Self-Help Book" Dr. Lark has been a noted authority on women's health care and preventive medicine for over 20 years. She has been on the clinical faculty of Stanford University Medical School, Division of Family and Community Medicine, where she continues to lecture when she isn't seeing patients in her private practice in Los Altos, California. Dr. Susan Lark has been featured in a variety of magazines including, McCall's, New Woman, Mademoiselle, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Lear's, Shape and Seventeen.

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LaRoche, Loretta

Loretta LaRoche

Loretta LaRoche has been involved in the field of stress management for more than 30 years. She is an internationally known lecturer whose presentations have been heard by such corporations as IBM and Reebok. In addition to lecturing, LaRoche has been the host of three PBS-TV specials, the first of which was nominated for a regional Emmy award. Her down-to-earth, commonsense way of living has been lost in today's 'culture of busyness.' A graduate of Hofstra University, LaRoche married and started a famfly. After sixteen years of marriage, my husband and I divorced and I began an immense struggle of trying to support three children and a home." This led to the creation of LaRoche's wellness center, and her lecturing on wellness, led to her work with the Mind/Body Medical Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. LaRoche now co-owns The Humor Potential with her son. Currently, LaRoche lives with her husband, Bob, in southern Massachusetts, is the proud matriarch of three grown children and nine grandchildren and the author of "Relax - You May Only Have A Few Minutes Left: Using the Power of Humor to Overcome Stress" and "Life Is Not A Stress Rehearsal: Bringing Yesterday's Sane Wisdom into Today's Insane World." Be sure to visit Loretta's Web site.

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Lee, M.D., John

Dr. John Lee

John R. Lee, M.D. is internationally acknowledged as a pioneer and expert in the study and use of the hormone progesterone, and on the subject of hormone replacement therapy for women. He used transdermal progesterone extensively in his clinical practice for nearly a decade, doing research which showed that it can reverse osteoporosis. Dr. Lee has had a distinguished medical career, including graduating from Harvard and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He retired from a 30-year family practice in Northern California a few years ago and ever since has been writing and traveling around the world speaking to doctors, scientists and lay people about progesterone. Dr. Lee has taught a very popular course on "Optimal Health," at the College of Marin for 15 years. He is the author of the best-selling book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause; "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone," and his newest, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty Dr. Lee is also the Editor of the John R. Lee, M.D. Medical Letter.

Power Surge extends its condolences to the family of Dr. John Lee, who passed away suddenly on Oct. 17, 2003.

Visit Dr. Lee's Web site.

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Libov, Charlotte

Charlotte Libov

Char Libov is a professional speaker, advocate and award-winning author on women's health issues. A veteran reporter and freelance writer when, at the age of 40, she learned she had to undergo open-heart surgery and could find no resources on women's heart problems, she teamed with Cardiologist to co-author, Frederic Pashkow, "The Women's Heart Book: The Complete Guide To Keeping Your Heart Healthy and What To Do If Things Go Wrong." They've also co-authored, "50 Essential Things To Do When The Doctor Says It's Heart Disease." Both are published by Plume. I also helped create and am featured on "Women's Hearts At Risk," a one hour documentary broadcast by PBS this past year. My newest book is "Migraine: 50 Essential Things To Do. In seeking to raise awareness about women and heart disease, Char Libov founded National Women's Heart Health Day, February 1st. She serves on "The Difference In A Woman's Heart" medical advisory board, a national public awareness campaign supported by the American Heart Association and the American Medical Women's Association, and is the founder and editor of Women's Health Hot Line Newsletter and Web site.

Char says about Power Surge, "I'm always delighted to participate in Power Surge. Thanks to Dearest, there are always informative articles on hand and knowledgable guests on board, but to me, most important feature is that Power Surge provides women with a safe place to share their feelings and fosters sisterhood in the deepest, most positive sense."

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Lottor, Ph.D., N.D. Elisa

Elisa Lottor, N.D.

Elisa Lottor, N.D. is a board-certified naturopathic physician and an expert in nutrition and botanical medicine. In practice for over seventeen years, Dr. Lottor is an international lecturer and a seminar presenter with a special interest in women's health. Brain fog, forgetfulness, or simply the inability to think straight affects millions of women beginning as early as age 30, or younger-and no, it's not just your hormones. This and more is discussed in Dr. Lottor's new book, Female and Forgetful: A Six-Step Program to Help Restore Your Memory and Sharpen Your Mind.

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Love, M.D., Susan

Dr. Susan Love

Dr. Susan Love, M.D., internationally known breast surgeon, women's health advocate and author of "Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices About Menopause," says of Power Surge, "It is one of the first, best and most informative communites for women." In her newest book, Dr. Love addresses the issues most on the minds of baby boomers today - how to deal with hot flashes and the many issues endemic to menopause. "The pharmaceutical industry and medical profession have characterized menopause as a "disease," best dealt with by a drug - Premarin, the most widely prescribed drug in America. However, women are not blindly accepting this, not any longer. At least, 20% of women given hormone prescriptions never fill them and 50% of women stop taking them within a year."

In Dr. Susan Love speaks not just as a doctor, but as a perimenopausal woman trying to make sense out of the confusing media reports, complex and contradictory scientific evidence and medical bias. She challenges the notion that every woman needs to take hormone drugs her whole life to prevent disease which may occur later in life. Dr. Love shows how scientists and doctors have overestimated the benefits and underestimated the risks of long-term hormone replacement therapy, such as the risk of breast cancer.

Respected by millions of women for her down-to-earth manner and willingness to tell the truth, she tackles the subject of menopause and hormone therapy with the same thoroughness she brought to her first book, the best-selling, "Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book," called "the bible" by The New York Times, changed the way women thought about breast cancer and helped launch a political movement.

Dr. Love does not stop with her fearless expose of the current situation. She goes on to explore in depth alternative approaches to symptom relief and prevention using the same rigorous scientific approach she applies to hormones. In addition, she provides the tools women need to make their own decisions -- including a detailed questionnaire to help women access their personal health history, lifestyle choices and prefernces, and the validation that they need to realize that can make them.

"Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices About Menopause" will change the way the world thinks about menopause. A renowned breast surgeon and an adjunct associate professor of clinical surgery at UCLA and director of the Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Institute. She was a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Women's Health Initiative, helping to guide the largest study ever on postmenopausal women in the country. Be sure to stop by www.susanlovemd.com

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Lukeman, Ph.D., Alex

Dr. Alex Lukeman

Dr. Alex Lukeman, a Ph. D. in psychology and a certified clinical hypnotherapist, has spent the past twenty years working in the field of dreams, sleep and health. He is the author of several dream and sleep books including his newest, Sleep Well, Sleep Deep: How Sleeping Well Can Change Your Life and "What Your Dreams Can Teach You." Dr. Lukeman has an in-depth background in psychology and over 20 years of experience in personal counseling and group facilitation. He has conducted many seminars, workshops and retreats focused on self-exploration and personal discovery. Alex has traveled extensively through Western and Eastern Europe and the Far East, as well as Russia, North Africa, India and Bhutan. He brings direct experience and understanding of the world's diverse cultures to his work. Dr. Lukeman received his Ph.D. in Psychology and is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy. He resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he maintains a private practice in psychotherapy.

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Lundberg, Gary and Joy

Gary and Joy Lundberg

Gary B. Lundberg is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. Joy Saunders Lundberg has published numerous magazine articles, illustrated poetry pieces centered around the family, and written lyrics to more than 200 songs. A husband and wife team, who co-host a weekly radio show on relationships, "Morning Break with the Lundbergs" and conduct seminars and workshops nationwide. Gary is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Joy is a writer, speaker, lyricist and poet. They have appeared on major network news shows. Combining a psychotherapist's clinical expertise with anecdotes, case studies and how-to's, their book, I Don't Have to Make Everything All Better presents six practical principles to empower others to solve their own problems while enriching relationships. Inspiring, entertaining, and timeless, this book is poised to become a classic guide to successful relationships and realistic peace of mind. The Lundberg's welcome E.mail at: garyjoy@email.com

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Mahony, M.D., Margaret A.

Dr. Margaret A. Mahony





Margaret A. Mahony MD
is a gynecologist experienced in managed care and fee-for-service practice. Her new book, Saving The Soul of Medicine is a timely collection of stories from Dr. Mahony's women patients regarding their experiences with managed health care. It is clear from reading the book that the system is dysfunctional and that it needs to change. Saving The Soul of Medicine also offers hope and solutions in order to set things right again.

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Marcell, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Marcell

Jacqueline Marcell is a former college professor and television executive, who after the experience of caring for her elderly parents became an author, publisher, radio host, national speaker, and advocate for eldercare awareness and reform. She is the devoted daughter in her riveting bestseller, Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please! How to Survive Caring For Aging Parents, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, which is being considered for a feature film.

Elder Rage has received 45+ prestigious endorsements, including: Hugh Downs, Regis Philbin, Dr. Dean Edell, Duke University Center for Aging, Johns Hopkins Memory Clinic, and the National Adult Day Services Association—who honored Jacqueline with their Media Award, for her tireless efforts to bring attention to the value of Adult Day Care.

Numerous publications have featured Jacqueline, including Prevention and Woman’s Day, but it was when she landed on the cover of AARP's Bulletin (circulation 22 million), that Elder Rage catapulted to national attention. The National Association of Women Business Owners will present Jacqueline with their “Advocate of the Year” award at their Remarkable Women Awards in October. Jacqueline also hosts the radio program “Coping with Caregiving”. For more information see: www.ElderRage.com

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Marston, Stephanie

Stephanie Marston

Stephanie Marston is a licensed family therapist with over 20 years experience in women's issues. She is a nationally recognized lecturer. She has conducted seminars for more than 100,000 women, parents and mental health professionals and frequently delivers keynote addresses, seminars and workshops to women's organizations and corporations.

Marston is also the critically acclaimed author of "The Magic of Encouragement" and "The Divorced Parent." She has written for several women's magazines and has appeared on national television programs including the Oprah Show. Her newest book is "If Not Now, When? Reclaiming Ourselves at Midlife," which addresses many of the questions of midlife women, such as "Who am I really?" What are my own real needs and dreams?" And, "If I'm not fulfilling them now, when will I?" These are just some of the defining questions women between the ages of 40 and 55 are asking. In her book, she addresses the spiritual, emotional and psychological dimensions of this challenging life stage.

Marston currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she has a private practice focusing on women in midlife. Her Web site is at www.stephaniemarston.com

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McDougall, John, M.D.

Dr. John McDougall

Dr. John McDougall runs a nationally renowned in-patient program at St. Helena Hospital in Santa Rosa, California, where his wife, Mary McDougall, teaces cooking techniques. They are the authors of, "The McDougall Plan, and "The McDougall Program:Twelve Days To Dynamic Health, plus "The McDougall Program For Maximum Weight Loss and numerous other books including his newest, "The McDougall Program For Women."

With his ground-breaking program, Dr. McDougall introduced his remarkable twelve-day plan. Building on the idea that the traditional meat-rich American diet is hazardous to our health, Dr. McDougall developed a medically sound, low-fat, starch-based diet that not only facilitates weight loss, but also reverses serious illness, without drugs, and provides a broad range of dramatic and lasting health benefits. Visit Dr. McDougall's Web site

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Minkin, Mary Jane, M.D.

Dr. Mary Jane Minkin

Mary Jane Minkin, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist in private practice in New Haven, Conn., and a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Minkin is a recipient of the Irving Friedman Award, given by Yale School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for excellence in clinical abilities and patient care, and has twice been awarded the Resident's Teaching Award for best community attending physician.

She is lead author or coauthor of articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals and coauthor of What Every Woman Needs to Know About Menopause, Yale University Press, 1996. She also gives lectures to a menopause support group called Red Hot Mamas. Her newest book is The Yale Guide to Women's Reproductive Health: From Menarche to Menopause

Dr. Minkin lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

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Moskowitz, Deborah, D.N.

Dr. Deborah Moskowitz

"Hi! I'm Dr. Deb, a naturopathic physician who specializes in women's health and sports medicine. I graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1993 and am two-thirds of the way through a masters degree in Chinese medicine. I live with my husband and son in Portland, Oregon . In addition to my private practice, I work for a company that specializes in natural health care products for menopausal women, Transitions For Health. "Dr. Deb" Moskowitz received her undergraduate degree in biology/psychology from Vassar College in 1985, after which she worked in the field of biomedical research for several years. In 1993, she graduated with a doctorate degree from National College of Naturopathic Medicine. While continuing studies toward a Master's degree in Chinese medicine, she maintained a family practice with an emphasis on women's health and sports medicine. A part of Transitions For Health since 1994, Dr. Moskowitz feels it is essential to maintain a sense of balance in one's life and values the opportunity to help women learn more about their bodies and how to stay healthy now and in the years ahead. Dr. Moskowitz says of her visit to Power Surge, "I had a wonderful time as a Power Surge guest and hope to find myself there again soon."

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Miller, Fred L.

Fred L. Miller

Fred L. Miller is an Author, Speaker, Coach & Yoga Teacher. He Speaks & Conducts unique programs in the areas of For Love of Work, Developing A Personal Spiritual Practice, Effective Decision Making, Accessing Your Creativity, and Everyday Courage. Author of How To Calm Down: Three Deep Breaths To Peace of Mind. You can calm yourself down in seconds, anytime, anywhere by following a simple exercise called "Three Deep Breaths." Fred earned a BA in Communications from San Francisco State University, and is currently completing an MA in Organizational Psychology. He is a certified Executive Coach and also holds certificates from the California State Bar Association to teach Meditation as Stress Management to attorneys, and from the American Viniyoga Institute and the Grief Recovery Institute. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, International Coach Federation, Professional Coaches and Mentors Association (Board Member), Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, and International Association of Yoga Therapists. Fred’s professional work experience includes 25 years in management and creative positions in the entertainment industry as an author, writer, producer and director. He is writing a new book – Yoga for Common Aches & Pains. Visit Fred Miller's Web site.

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Moss, Susan

Susan Moss

Susan Moss began saving lives as a teenager working as a lifeguard. At the University of Nevada she graduated with honors receiving a B.A. in Art and Psychology. She helped establish a suicide prevention clinic in 1966 with Dr. James B. Nichols. Susan Moss is an exhibiting artist worldwide, in both public and private collections. Her work can be seen at Forum Gallery in NYC, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Bobbie Greenfield, Venic, CA; Manny Silverman Gallery in Los Angeles. Some of the characters in her gene pool include art dealers, Frank and Klaus Perls, Psychologist, Fritz Perls, Artist, Max Ernst, as well as many women physicians. Of her new book, "Keep Your Breasts: Preventing Breast Cancer the Natural Way" Susan Moss says, "It is a practical way to beat cancer; physician approved! Cancer is a malfunction of the body, not a disease as we oft commonly think of one. Even in cases of a family history of cancer, the individual's personal well-being and health will determine when, or if at all, there is an onset of cancer. This book examines my and others' histories of battling cancer and gives puts the latest research and investigations into a perspective everyone can comprehend and actually use. Give your doctor this book and work together to defeat this ultimate of all foes. Or, prevent cancer before it is let into your body."

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Northrup, M.D., Christiane

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D. is a pioneer in the field of women's health. A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with nearly 20 years of clinical and medical teaching experience, she was also a co-founder of Women To Women, an innovative healthcare center for women in Yarmouth, Maine in 1986, and a past president of the American Holistic Medical Association. This background has given Dr. Northrup her unique perspective on how to help women heal themselves and learn to create health daily vs. living in fear of illness. She has articulated in an original and thought-provoking manner such issues as the difference between healing and curing, and why disease screening is not the same thing as creating health in many arenas, including her PBS-TV series.

Dr. Northrup is the author of the best-selling book, " Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" and is also the editor of the highly successful monthly newsletter, "Health Wisdom For Women. With more than 270,000 copies of the original "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom in print and having has emerged as a new classic guide to women's physical and emotional well-being. This completely revised, "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom : Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing" edition offers solutions women trust for their most pressing health concerns. The book explores true contemporary medicine--bringing together the best conventional treatments and the full range of alternative therapies with the individual's own natural healing power. There is also an audio cassette available of Women's Bodies, Women's Choices."

Dr. Northrup lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

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Ojeda, Ph.D., Linda

Linda Ojeda, Ph.D.

Linda Ojeda is the author of the very popular, "Menopause Without Medicine." Although noted for her work in women's health initiatives, Linda Ojeda is a recognized authority on a wide variety of issues which focus on the importance of nutrition as a basis for healthy living. She has a varied background of traditional and non-traditional training, education and independent research, both in the United States and the U.K. After receiving her Ph.D. in Nutrition, she pursued a career as a nutritional educator with a natural weight-loss organization, followed by intensive work with a local medically-supervised weight-loss program. Linda has written several books - "Exclusively Female," in the early 80's pioneered the nutritional approach for relief of PMS and other menstrual disorders; "Menopause Without Medicine," first published in 1989 (with three subsequent editions). The latest version is fully updated with information about natural sources of estrogen, including phytoestrogens; how mood swings are affected by diet and personality; the latest research on hormone replacement therapy [HRT], osteoporosis, breast cancer and heart disease. Ojeda's upbeat approach empowers women, giving them a clear understanding of menopausal changes and debunking negative cultural attitudes about menopause and aging. She thoroughly examines the hormone therapy debate, suggests natural remedies for the issues endemic to menopause.

In the TIME Magazine cover story, "The Estrogen Dilemma," Linda Ojeda is the only non-physician authority quoted. From the article, "Many of the 'alternative' practitioners around the country are suggesting that women seek estrogen from dietary sources. San Francisco nutritionist, Linda Ojeda, author of Menopause Without Medicine, advocates soybeans, which contain a natural progesterone as well as estrogen. Linda Ojeda did her own radio talk show, "Healthy. . . by Design." Recent television appearances include frequent spots on CNBC's "Alive And Wellness" program broadcast nationally through NBC's cable affiliates.

Ojeda says, "Power Surge was a wonderful learning experience. It got me involved in the internet and for that I am grateful. I probably would not have jumped in so soon otherwise. It was also fun meeting these bright, caring women. Most of all, I met you, Alice. For that I am MOST grateful. You have provided a place for women to get the most current info on menopause as well as vent their personal fears and concerns. And YOU, Dearest, are so loved and respected as their fearless leader."

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Pearl, C.S.W., Sue
Sue Pearl, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been a practicing psychotherapist for the past 13 years. She has designed and facilitated workshops on many topics, including women's empowerment, dealing with your emotions, and building self esteem. Her counseling and her workshops are enriched by her unique approach to spirituality. Sue merged her practice with that of Dr. Diane Eisman and her Cadiologist husband, Dr. Eugene Eisman. Recognizing the importance of focusing on mind, body and spirit, they are dedicated to caring for people holistically.

Her practice has a wide base, treating depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Fatique Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, as well as those going through life passages. Sue and Diane have a special interest in assisting women in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of menopause. Sue is also a certified clinical hypnotherapist. During the course of her practice she has developed an eclectic approach to psychotherapy, embracing a wide range of techniques, as well as creating her own methods.

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Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., Pamela

Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.

Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism. Dr. Peeke is a regular in-studio medical commentator for the national networks and CNN, and has appeared on Oprah, Larry King Live, The View, The Today Show, Dateline, PrimeTime, and others. She is the Chief Medical Correspondent for Nutrition and Fitness with Discovery Health TV and the physician behind their National Body Challenge series and is medical director for the National Women's Health Resource Center. Dr. Peeke regularly contributes to and is quoted in numerous magazines. Author of numerous books, her bestselling, Fight Fat After Forty, presented groundbreaking research describing how chronic stress contributes to weight gain and threatens the length and quality of life after the age of forty, Dr. Peeke has become known as the scientist who first presented the scientific basis of the "stress-fat" connection to the American public, raising awareness about this potentially life threatening medical condition.

Dr. Peeke's newest book is Body for Life for Women: A Woman's Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation. According to Peeke, "women are up to their ovaries in stress" as they try to care give everyone in their lives. As consummate ruminators and perfectionists, women are psychologically hard wired to make their quest for self care even more difficult. Peeke's experience in working with women of all ages proved to her that women have unique female traits that prevent them from keeping both physically and mentally fit. "I knew from my practice that the most successful plan for today's women would factor in the realities of a woman's whole life-the full-time job, the endless care giving, the stress that comes with trying to do it all," Peeke writes. "And, most clearly of all, it would address the issues of emotional eating and poor body image-issues with which many women struggle on a daily basis."

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Penn, M.A., Roberta
"Licensed Psychologist . Psychotherapist- Palpitating through menopause was my link to Power Surge and my cyber-friendship with Dearest. The support, information, education, camaraderie of those chat sessions were wonderful, as well as the email tips that followed. As a practicing psychologist, I can honestly say that I have referred many women to the support systems that are available in the cyberworld, especially Power Surge, but other medical and life condition support groups as well.

"Thanks to Dearest for the growth of this human service resource."

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Perry, George

George Perry

George Perry is a London-born author, journalist, and movie critic and has written more than 25 books on entertainment and cinema. Currently he serves as President of the London Critic's Circle and has also served on several international film festival juries. He resides in London where for 12 years he was the film editor of the London Sunday Times. In the lavishly illustrated Magic Movie Moments, distinguished film critic, George Perry, brings together 101 all-time masterpieces that span the history of film--from Modern Times to Star Wars, from Casablanca to Thelma and Louise, from Psycho to The Shining. Page after page of witty captions packed with Hollywood history and gossip. This wondrous and original collection of favorite screen moments will enthrall all, from film buffs to casual movie goers, but be careful not to let anyone borrow this book if you ever want to see it again.

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Pertot, Sandra, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandra Pertot

Sandra Pertot, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and sex therapist in private practice. She has been published in Woman's Day, Penthouse, and many publications in Australia where she lives. Dr. Pertot's new book, Perfectly Normal: Living and Loving with Low Libido, rejects the current notion that a "healthy" sex life means frequent and exciting. Instead, individuals fall along a wide spectrum of interest in sex and low libido does not necessarily mean sexual dysfunction. If you feel like you wouldn't care if you never had sex again, you're not alone. The largest group of people seeking sex therapy is women who feel there must be something wrong with them because they don't have the urgent sex drive that they believe everybody is supposed to have. In Perfectly Normal, Dr. Sandra Pertot dismisses that theory. She believes that there are many ordinary and logical reasons why you might not want to have sex--and provides practical solutions to everyday sexual problems. She doesn't offer a cure for low libido but rather an approach for making your sex life the best it can be with what you've got. In Perfectly Normal, you'll find specific tips on discovering your sexual potential, including how to: Explore your ability to have orgasms, Stay focused during sex, Practice fantasizing, Appreciate your body, Identify what gets you interested in sex--and what turns you off.

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PETA:People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals
Dr. Imogene Rodgers ( see her bio) says of PETA, " As the world's largest animal rights group, PETA believes that animals, as sentinent individuals, are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. PETA does not accept that a difference in species alone, any more than a difference in race or sex, can justify wanton exploitation or oppression in the name of science, food, sport, entertainment or clothing or for any financial gain. As a scientist with 20 years of experience in cancer research and risk assessment, I agree with these positions.

"I have heard the tired arguments of vivisectors that animal rights activists impede important research. This cherry-picking approach ignores two important issues. Each year hundreds of millions of animals are maimed, tortured, and killed for worthless research meant only to satisfy the publish-or-perish syndrome at universities. And animal testing is time consuming and expensive. Virtually all of the chemicals we encounter in our environment have not been adequately tested in ANY species. Alternative test methods are cheaper and more efficient. Had our government spent a fraction of the money it has wasted on the Joe Six-packs of research, we would have much more information about the safety of our food supply, drugs, air, and water. Yes, I am a scientist who is opposed to vivisection; in the long haul, it doesn't make economic or moral sense."

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Petracek, Laura, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Petracek

Laura Petracek, Ph.D., is assistant professor of clinical psychology at National University in Sacramento, CA. She maintains a private practice in San Francisco and is a certified treatment provider for the San Francisco Department of Probation. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors, and the Nation Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Petracek's new book, The Anger Workbook for Women: How to Keep Your Anger from Undermining Your Self-Esteem, Your Emotional Balance, and Your Relationships. This workbook addresses the unique concerns of women with anger problems. "Rigid social patterning conditions many women to stifle or deny their anger, and this repression can cause a range of other psychological problems. Others experience violent, outwardly focused anger." Whichever pattern your anger follows, this book provides a powerful set of anger management tools. Cognitive behavioral and attitude adjustment exercises help you limit the power of anger-triggering situations. Worksheets and assessments guide you in an examination of family-of-origin issues that might contribute to your problems with anger. Sections of the workbook explore the connection between anger and substance abuse, mood disorders, and spirituality, as well as the issue of domestic violence.

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Plourde, M.A., Elizabeth

Elizabeth Plourde

Elizabeth Plourde is the author of Hysterectomy & Ovary Removal: What All Women Need to Know. She is a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist, with a B.S. in Biological Science, a M.A. in Psychology, and is currently completing her Ph.D. This training is augmented by invaluable experience gained while working for cutting-edge medical research laboratories for over a decade. Her well-rounded education and professional expertise provided the necessary background to research the "standard medical practices" offered to women today, and the ability to convey a new level of understanding for women's health care in the 21st century.

While dispelling many myths in her informative and revealing book, Hysterectomy & Ovary Removal, you will learn how sexual hormones influence the entire body and preserve every woman's life-long vibrant health. You will learn how your body has its own built-in anti-oxidants and anti-depressants and understand why today's "standard medical practices" of tubal ligations, hysterectomies, and ovary removal can set women up for future sexual dysfunction, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, fibromyalgia, and bowel and bladder dysfunctions. You will gain many insights into the perplexing decisions regarding Hormone Replacement Therapy and enjoy smoother sailing in your relationships, as both women and their loved ones learn that there are answers for the imbalanced or insufficient hormones, which can alter women's capacity to function in the world. Read more about Elizabeth's research and personal hysterectomy experience.

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Pogrebin, Letty Cottin

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Author, Lecturer, Media Personality and co-founder of MS Magazine, Letty Cottin Pogrebin's ninth and newest book, "Getting Over Getting Older: An Intimate Journey" covers the myriad of issues with which women in their 'prime' [past 40] cope with in the way of health issues, psychological, political, menopause, etc. Letty's other books range from "Deborah, Golda, And Me:Being Female and Jewish in America," to "Among Friends," "Family Politics," "Growing Up Free, Getting Yours," "How To Make It In A Man's World and the newly revised "Free To Be, You And Me," written with Marlo Thomas and Gloria Steinhem.

As co-founder of MS. Magazine, Letty served as Editor from 1971 to 1987 and still as a Contributing Editor. You'll find Letty listed among Who's Who In America, Who's Who Among American Women and dozens of other "Who's Who" lists. She's been affiliated with a vast array of distinguished publications as Contributing Editor and/or columnist, such as The Nation, MS, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Harpers Bazaar, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, Travel, New York Newsday, New York Daily News, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and many other publications. Pogrebin has also contributed to numerous textbooks and anthologies.

Consultant on the 'Free To Be You And Me" production for which Letty was honored with an Emmy Award for her work with Marlo Thomas, who narrated FTBYAM. Letty also travels around the country lecturing on such subjects as women, politics, Judaism and the Middle East, to name only a few. Letty is involved in numerous civic and professional activities. She resides with her husband, Bertrand B. Pogrebin, an attorney, in New York City. They are the parents of three grown children.

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Quincy, M.D., Cheryl

"I'm in Private Practice, with my husband and several good friends, in Northern California. I've been a medical doctor for 25 years, originally specializing in Geriatrics and teaching (Associate Professor of Medicine...) at a Texas Medical School. After 10 years of that, my husband and family moved (home) to Northern California to do personal, transformational, integrative, medicine and healing. We now are a group of 8 physicians, still practicing client centered, educational, friendly, hands-on, medicine, and having fun doing it in Community. Its probably typically California; we live on an organic farm, raise veggies and sheep (for wool), and produce a few workshops. I believe people can be their own healers if they can find a good model of the process and learn to use it creatively. My interest in Menopause started simultaneously (coincidently) with my first conscious hot flash, aka, power surge (yes!) afew years ago. I'm currently researching the role choices for the post-estrus adult woman -- sort of a cultural anthropology of the future! It's us.

"I loved Power Surge! I'm very glad to participate, and will do so again at your invitation. Always a good time to share with women in the same 'spaces". We'll get it figured out together, or not at all."

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Raffel, Lee, MSW

Lee Raffel

Lee Raffel, MSW, author of the book "Should I Stay or Go? How Controlled Separation (CS) Can Save Your Marriage," has 27 years of experience as a psychotherapist, specializing in couple counseling. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a clinical hypnotherapist, and board certified diplomate in clinical social work, psychotherapy and behavioral medicine. She is a frequent radio and television guest and has hosted a program: Should I Stay or Go?: Straight Talk About Troubled Relationships for Renaissance Radio -- North American Broadcasting Company. She has been interviewed for the "Today" show on NBC and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune. Lee continues her private practice through Awareness Counseling Services, Inc., Port Washington, Wisconsin. As founder of Fresh Perspectives Training Institute, she also presents personal and professional development programs for organizations including the Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Family Therapy Training Institute of Milwaukee. Her provocative insights and timely solutions show us how a healthier resolution of the stay-or-go impasse can be achieved.

Be sure to stop by and Visit Lee Raffel's Web site

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Rako, M.D., Susan

Dr. Susan Rako

Susan Rako, M.D., author of the groundbreaking "The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Sexuality, Menopause, and Testosterone" is the pre-eminent authority on testosterone deficiency and supplementation for women in menopause or following hysterectomy or chemotherapy. Dr. Rako has been a psychiatrist in private practice in the Boston area for the past 25 years. She both trained and taught at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a teaching hospital in the department of Psychiatry. With developed interests in writing and film, Dr. Rako earned a master's degree in film from Boston University's College of Communication in 1988, just before her hormones crashed. Her search and discovery in the medical archives of a body of information linking testosterone to women's sexuality led to her writing her book and to conducting workshops to teach women how to take care of themselves and to find the medical attention they need and deserve for health and quality of life.

Dr. Rako's work has been featured in "Mirabella" "Elle" (Nov 96), "American Health" "Body Smart" and NBC's "Dateline." Stop by and visit The Hormone Of Desire Web site (designed by ASWeb Design (Dearest).

Rako says, "Power Surge and its founder, Dearest, provide a unique service to women in our prime -- compassionate company and intelligent, responsible information -- and I am honored to be a part of the network of guests."

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Randolph, M.D., C.W.

Dr. C.W. Randolph

Dr. C.W. (Randy) Randolph is internationally recognized for his natural medicine approach to women’s health concerns. As a trained pharmacist and Board Certified practicing gynecologist, Dr. Randolph has treated thousands of women suffering from the symptoms of hormone imbalance. For more than a decade, Dr. Randolph has built a sound foundation of clinical evidence to support the safety and efficacy of human-identical hormones (e.g. estrogens, progesterone, testosterone) vs. synthetic hormone replacement therapies (HRT).

With devastating reports coming out about synthetic hormones, Dr. C.W. Randolph, Jr. was urged to write, From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well: Discover Human-Identical Hormones as a Safe & Effective Treatment for PMS, Perimenopause, Menopause or Hysterectomy. This book helps women around the world understand how their bodies can be treated effectively by using human-identical natural hormones - written for women suffering from the symptoms associated with PMS, perimenopause, menopause, or hysterectomy. With more than 38,000,000 women now hitting the perimenopause or menopausal years, Dr. Randolph offers safe and effective treatments for weight gain, depression, osteoporosis, mood swings, premature aging, breast health, hot flashes, low sex drive, fluid retention, and fatigue.

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Rice, Rochelle

Rochelle Rice

Rochelle Rice has a master's degree in plus-size exercise from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She is certified by the American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) and is a member of the American Anorexia Bulimia Association (AABA). She serves on the board of directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). Rochelle is the author of Real Fitness for Real Women: A Unique Workout Program For The Plus-Size Woman.

She is a writer, teacher, activist, lifestyle consultant and movement therapist. She is the president and creative energy behind In Fitness & In Health, the lifestyle choice of movement for women worldwide whose appetite for life is anything but petite. Rice is a leader in the fight to end stereotyping and discrimination practice for an under represented majority of real women with real sized bodies. She embraces life and help others to move beyond the small prejudice of a size seduced world into the flow of possibilities that should exist for all people. My belief is that self-esteem, a sense of personal purpose, size of spirit and bigness of heart are the true measures of a life well lived.

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Richardson, M.D., Marcie

Dr. Marcie Richardson

Marcie Richardson, M.D. went to Med School at UCSD, and trained in Ob-Gyn at Beth Israel, a Harvard Hospital in Boston. She has been in practice in Massachusetts since 1979, first in private practice and then associated with an HMO -- "I got tired of being on call every third night -- which is now reinventing itself as a multi-speciality group as the insurance business has gotten more and more odious."

A board certified OB-GYN and a generalist, Marcie has developed a personal and professional interest in menopause over the last decade. She is the co-director of the Harvard Vanguard Menopause Consultation Service- where "we see women with difficult menopause issues." She is also am on the board of the North American Menopause Society, a national organization devoted to the issues of menopause and beyond. Marcie has a long-term interest in consumer education and has helped write many pieces for her group. On the advisory board of the Harvard Women's Health Watch, a monthly health news letter for women, Dr. Richardson recently helped Harvard Health Publications put out a special report, "Menopause; Managing the Change of Life." Marcie says of her work, "Helping individual patients have more healthy lives is still my passion."

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Rodgers, Ph.D., Jean
"In addition to being a 50-year-old woman going through menopause, I obtained my Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from Duquesne University in 1975. Pharmaceutical chemists study new drug design. This affords me insight into the similarities and differences among the different estrogen drugs on the market." "Having also obtained an M.S. in business (management option) from Johns Hopkins University, I am currently providing consultant advice to groups that support sane stewardship of our land and resources. As part of a national franchise chain, General Business Services, I also counsel small businesses that need strategic management advice. From June 1995, until I started my own business this May, I worked as a researcher atPETA, helping to spread the word about the abuse and suffering of mares and their foals exploited for the production of Premarin.

"In 1976, I went to work for the Federal Government where my first government job at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health where I evaluated the health effects of occupational exposure to nickel, cobalt, and hydrazines. Later on, I headed a special projects group to evaluate priority chemicals. Following that, I was a senior health scientist at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. I represented OSHA on the interagency committee that selects chemicals the Federal government tests for cancer. I also worked on OSHA's Cancer Policy and the lead standard and was the program manager and chief writer of the formaldehyde standard. In 1989, I moved to the Environmental Protection Agency. As science coordinator for the Office of Research and Development's Risk Assessment Forum, I facilitated EPA's review of its "Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment" and dealt with other controversial projects involving special risk groups like chilldren and the relevance of animal tumor data to humans. As a health scientist in occupational and environmental health programs, my area of expertise is cancer risk assessment. In addition, I participated for many years on the interagency committee that selects the chemicals the Federal government tests for carcinogenesis. I know I can provide a great deal of insight into the benefit vs risk issues of HRT to the women of Power Surge."

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Rosenfeld, M.D., Isadore

Dr. Isadore Rossenfeld

Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., a professor of medicine at New York Hospital Weil Cornell Medical Center, is widely recognized as one of this country's preeminent doctors. His regular appearances on network television have garnered a devoted nationwide following of viewers seeking the latest information on health and medical issues. With seven best selling books to his credit (as well as a textbook for doctors), Dr. Rosenfeld is one of the leading and most effective proponents of the medical enlightenment of the American public. He is the Health Editor of Parade magazine, with 82 million readers.

His books include, The Complete Medical Exam, Second Opinion, , Modern Prevention. The Washington Post referred to it as the product of an informed experience and practical physician who is also a skillful writer. In 1989 came his fourth book, Symptoms, written for laymen to learn how to recognize and interpret their symptoms and when to seek professional treatment for them. The Best Treatment, a #1 New York Times best seller, provided readers with the necessary information to make an informed decision about the most effective therapy for a host of medical problems. Also, Dr. What Should I Eat?, Dr. Rosenfeld's Guide to Alternative Medicine (1997), calling it extraordinary. Dr. Rosenfeld joined us in Power Surge on two occasions -- to discuss his 2002 bestseller, Power to the Patient: The Treatments to Insist on When You're Sick and, again, in 2004, his newest book, "Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's Breakthrough Health 2004: 167 Up-to-the Minute Medical Discoveries, Treatments and Cures That Can Save Your Life, From America's Most Trusted Doctor!"

Dr. Rosenfeld is an attending physician at New York Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rossi Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York Hospital Weil Cornell Medical Center. He was President of the New York County Medical Society and was a member of The Practicing Physicians Advisory Council for the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In addition to maintaining a private practice in Manhattan, Dr. Rosenfeld has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Health on such task forces as arteriosclerosis, sudden death and hypertension. He is the recipient of the first award for the achievement in cardiovascular medicine and science by the New York affiliate of the American Heart Association. Dr. Rosenfeld is scheduled to receive the United Nation's Citizen of the World Award in November 1999 and has recently been awarded the San Valentino D'Oro Gold Medal for Medicine.

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Roth, Dick

Dick Roth

Dick Roth is part of the Power Surge series devoted to the men of menopausal women, Man To Man..."Women and Menopause" to help educate men on the transition their wife and, ultimately, their relationship goes through. Dick Roth, a 53-year-old former Olympic gold medal winner says he nearly derailed his own marriage when his wife started to suffer hot flashes. Now he realizes she couldn't control the mood swings or the hot flashes. Roth says he didn't have the facts to help him understand what was happening to her and it almost destroyed his marriage. "I was the typical clueless husband," says Roth, whose book, No, It's Not Hot In Here: A Husband's Guide To Understanding Menopause has been very popular in helping to educate men about their wives or partners menopause experience. He advises men whose wives are entering menopause, "The risk is that you'll throw a wrench into your relationship at a time when a little understanding goes a long way."

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Rubin, Bonnie Miller

Bonnie Rubin

Bonnie Miller Rubin, author of "Fifty On Fifty : Wisdom, Inspiration, and Reflections on Women's Lives Well Lived," in which she interviewed 50 high profile women, at or near 50 years of age, who've made their marks on the world, such as Hillary Clinton, Faye Dunaway, Donna Karan, Diane Keaton, Nancy Friday, Linda Ellerbee, Sue Grafton, Linda Ronstadt, Christine Todd Whitman and Jane Fonda. Through fascinating personal interviews and revealing biographies, these role models (and 39 others) share the extraordinary experiences and wisdom gained during a half-century of life. It is a unique collection of the private thoughts and photographs of some of this century's most provocative women. Bonnie Miller Rubin has written for daily newspapers for 25 years, having covered everything from food to football. Since 1990, she has been at the Chicago Tribune, where her current beat is family issues. She is also a regular contributor to "Good Housekeeping" magazine. Bonnie Rubin resides in suburban Chicago with her husband and two children.

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Rulnick, Mary Jo

Mary Jo Rulnick

Mary Jo Rulnick has turned her creativity as a do-it-yourselfer into a writing career. She has written extensively about home, family and women's issues in parenting publications across the United States.

As avid volunteers, Mary Jo and her family have helped with everything from building a community playground in their hometown to coordinating school supplies and home-cooked meals for underprivledged children. Mary Jo has planned day camps for Girl Scouts, special occasion parties for senior citizens and has served on the executive board of seven non-profit organizations.

Mary Jo Rulnick is co-author of The Frantic Woman's Guide to Life: A Year's Worth of Hints, Tips, and Tricks along with Judith Burnett Schneider. The author lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter and son.

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Ryan, George

George Ryan

A qualified zoologist, George Ryan was an assistant in medical research before becoming a science editor at the McGraw-Hill Book Company. He also worked for four other major New York publishing houses. For more than ten years, he has ghost written health books, a number of which became best sellers. Despite his claim that he can assume the "voice" of prominent health experts, male or female, George admits that he can't fool a few perceptive editors who detect his hidden handiwork, no matter what.

He was a founding senior editor of Longevity magazine, and is presently book editor at Rx Remedy magazine. It is in his role as a medical journalist that he undertook to collect recent ground-breaking research in the book, "Reclaiming Male Sexuality" (M. Evans & Co, $14.95). The news was mostly good, yet men were not being told because nobody thought they would listen. The book has been hailed by urologists across America as the most reliable and clearest explanation of male problems for laymen. George admits one big mistake. If he had the book to do over, he would write it much more for women than he did originally. This was brought home to him by doctors who said that almost all their male patients requesting Viagra had come not on their own but on their wives' or girlfriends' request. Women play a greater beneficial role in men's health than is generally acknowledged, and probably only a woman could persuade many men to seek help in the sensitive area of male sexual performance.

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Sachs, Judith

Judith Sachs

Judith Sachs, co-authored with Karen Anne Hutchinson, M.D., "What Every Woman Needs To Know About Estrogen" (Plume) is the author of numerous books in the area of women's health. Judith Sachs is also the author of "What Every Woman Should Know About Menopause;" and The Healing Power of Sex;" "Nature's Prozac;" and "Break The Stress Cycle: 10 Steps to Reducing Stress for Women." You can visit Judith's Web site on the Internet. Judith's latest book, co-authored with Richard Paulson, M.D., is "Resetting Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late In Life." .

Judith Sachs, daughter and granddaughter of physicians, was probably destined to write and speak about health and wellness. Author of more than twenty books on preventive health care, she has been lecturing for the past seventeen years on midlife, sexuality and emotional wellness. Judith has conducted workshops for such major corporations as Johnson & Johnson, Ortho-MacNeil Pharmaceutical Corp., and Warner-Lambert Company, as well as holistic centers, such as the Omega Institute and the New York Open Center, where she also conducted workshops on the subject of menopause/estrogen. She has appeared on many major TV talk shows, including "The Phil Donahue Show," "Leeza," "Real Personal," and "Rolanda," and is also a frequent guest expert on radio broadcasts around the country.

Ms. Sachs has seved as an Adjunct Professor at the College of New Jersey in Trenton, teaching stress management, and runs wellneess retreats for organizations, such as the New Jersey Businesswomen's Assc'n, the New Age Health Spa and Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. A graduate of Brandeis University, Judith Sachs is an HIV/AIDS educator for the American Red Cross and teaches tai chi chuan for health, stress reduction and martial awareness. Ms. Sachs is at home in Pennington, New Jersey.

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Sarpolis, M.D., Karen

Dr. Karen Sarpolis

Karen Sarpolis graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. After her undergraduate education, she chose one of the most unusual options in the combined degree program at the University of Illinois--the M.D./M.B.A.. Sarpolis took her doctoral courses at the Public Health School where she studied the psychology of patients and patient populations and what motivates health behavior. During medical school, she worked as a research assistant at Searle Pharmaceuticals and did studies with the top medical schools in the country. Studies involved women's health, and others set national standards for pharmaceutical use. Dr. Sarpolis also explored health software development through the company's technology division. She is currently involved in a study to improve mammography screening in an outpatient setting. She was secretary of the American Medical Women's Association's (A.M.W.A.) Chicago Chapter, and is now Illinois State Director. Dr. Sarpolis is on its Women's Health Committee and is a member of other professional organizations--especially those involving medicine and women. Professionally, Dr. Sarpolis is currently on staff at St. Margaret Mercy Health Care Women's Center in Chicago.

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Scammell, Henry

Henry Scammell

Henry Scammell is the author of nine books, the newest of which is "The New Arthritis Breakthrough"-- the remarkable account of the search for the cause of this excruciatingly painful, crippling illness, and the discovery of a safe, cheap, and effective treatment by which the disease can be controlled and reversed. Mr. Scammell is the author of over one-thousand magazine and newspaper articles on topics ranging from medicine and business to aerospace and forensic anthropology. "The Road Back," written in collaboration with Thomas McPherson Brown, M.D., made the first case to the general public for treating the inflammatory forms of arthritis as infectious diseases. Scammell served on the steering committee of the Arthritis Institute of the National Hospital for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and subsequently as an Institute trustee, developing an intense commitment to serving the public's right to know. In this book, Scammell examines how antibiotic therapy has led to substantial remissions among patients affected by humankind's oldest and most widespread crippling disease. The American College of Physicians-sponsored clinical trial, examines the Minocycline in Rheumatoid Arthritis trial and all subsequent studies in close, dramatic detail.

A co-founder of The Road Back Foundation and a current member of its board of directors, Henry Scammell is a graduate of Harvard College, where he won the Bell Prize for American Literature. With a 30 year background in public relations and public speaking, he has also appeared frequently on radio and television to explain the use of antibiotic therapy for arthritis and to interpret the results of the principal clinical trials. He resides in Orleans, Massachusetts.

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Scantling, Psy.D., Sandra

 Sandra Scantling, Ph.D.

Sandra R. Scantling, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist with a private practice in Connecticut. She is on the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and has appeared on such national television programs as "Today" and "Good Morning America." She is the co-author of "Ordinary Women, Ordinary Sex," and the creator of the "Ordinary Couples, Extraordinary Sex" videotapes, which are advertised regularly in the New York Times and many other publications.

Dr. Scantling's newest book, is "Extraordinary Sex Now." Great sex is not about physical prowess; it's about intimacy, and about understanding those ineffable forces that bring people together in the first place. Often, it's a search for completion -- our hope that a partner will provide us with that "missing piece" -- that results in attraction. By understanding how to capitalize on our own unique style and how to complete ourselves, rather than struggling in vain to change our partner, we can learn how to deepen and achieve "Extraordinary Sex Now."

Dr. Scantling makes her home in Farmington, Connecticut. Visit her Web site at www.drsandy.com and don't forget to stop by Power Surge's Ask The Intimacy Expert, Dr. Sandy Scantling.

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Shellenbarger, Sue

Sue Shellenbarger

Sue Shellenbarger is the creator and writer of the The Wall Street Journal's "Work & Family" column. Shellenbarger has been writing or editing for The Wall Street Journal in various capacities for 25 years and also hosted a syndicated national "Work & Family" talk radio show on The Wall Street Journal Radio Network for two years. The former chief of the Journal's Chicago news bureau, Shellenbarger started the column in 1991 to provide the nation's first regular coverage of the growing conflict between work and family and its implications for the workplace and society. Her column has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has received six major national awards, including "Best General Interest Column" from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Shellenbarger has been named by Working Woman magazine to the "Working Woman 25," the 25 people who have done the most to help women in the workplace in the past 25 years. In 1997, she was named one of America's "25 Most Influential Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine. Most recently, she is a 2005 recipient of "The Work-Life Legacy Award" from the Families and Work Institute.

Her new book, The Breaking Point: How Female Midlife Crisis Is Transforming Today's Women. Long stereotyped as the province of men, today the midlife crisis is reported with greater frequency by women than men. Though the female midlife crisis travels many courses, Sue Shellenbarger found that most women's angst is propelled primarily by one powerful, repressed passion -- a part of oneself that begs for expression and reintegration. These archetypal drives -- Shellenbarger labels them the Lover, the Leader, the Adventurer, the Artist, the Seeker, and the Gardener -- reflect our core human capabilities to love, to create, and to learn. She lives near Portland, Oregon.

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Schneider, Judith Burnett

Judith Burnett Schneider

Judith Burnett Schneider is a practical problem solver who runs her own business. She worked as a Research Organic Chemist for a Fortune 500 corporation. As a result, her work appeared in technical journals and she is contributing author for the book, Plastics Recycling. She now runs a successful editing/critiquing service and is currently ghostwriting a book, titled Managing Change through Positive Relationships, with former NFL player-turned motivational speaker, Rocky Bleier. Her Internet course has been rated among the Top 50 Great Classes.

Judith Burnett Schneider is co-author of The Frantic Woman's Guide to Life: A Year's Worth of Hints, Tips, and Tricks along with Mary Jo Rulnick. The author lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Schulz, Carol

Carol Schulz

Carol Schulz is the author of "60 Second Menopause Management: The Quickest Ways to Handle Problems and Discomfort, an informative "survival guide" providing practical information on how to deal with distressing symptoms that might occur at meetings, in the office, or in bed.

Carol is a must-see speaker with over 25 years of hands-on experience as a consultant and speaker. Her success as a professional consultant to major companies across the U.S. and in Europe has made her acutely aware of the possible implications of menopause in the middle of a career. She is dynamic and passionate, and her wisdom on the subject comes from extensive research and first-hand experience.

Carol has earned national recognition in televised appearances and book signings. Her expertise has enabled her to conduct workshops on menopause for two major healthcare organizations that were interested in offering the women in their healthcare plans alternatives to HRT.

Carolyn Colwell of Newsday had this to say in her review of Carol's book, "Most of all, Schulz' approach is upbeat. She writes that some of the best years are still ahead."

On a personal note, Carol has four children and nine grandchildren.

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Schwartz, M.D., Erika

Erika Schwartz, M.D.

Born in Romania, raised in Italy and educated in New York, she has parlayed her vast understanding of women's needs into the successful mission of bringing comprehensible and usable medical knowledge to all women - throughout the many stages of their lives. Specializing in women's health, she has been practicing medicine for 20 years. In all situations - treating patients in her office, teaching a group, or appearing on television, Dr. Schwartz gives her audience scientifically proven and caring combinations of alternative and conventional medicine. Dr. Schwartz is the author of, The Hormone Solution: Naturally Alleviate Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance from Adolescence Through Menopause."

A graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York Dr. Schwartz completed her residency at Kings County Hospital Center, N.Y., the second largest hospital in the country. Dr. Schwartz became the youngest female doctor in the country to direct a trauma center in a major university hospital. Four years later she entered private practice. The mother of two daughters, Dr. Schwartz resides and practices in Westchester County, New York.

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Seaman, Barbara

Barbara Seaman

A women's health advocate for more than 40 years, Barbara Seaman is the co-founder of the National Women's Health Network, a women's advocacy group in Washington, D.C., a national judge of the Project Censored Awards, and an advanced science writing Fellow at Columbia University's School of Journalism.

Barbara is the author of several books. Her newest is the controversial, The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth. Barbara also authored in 1967, the landmark book, The Doctors' Case Against the Pill. Other books have been, For Women Only: Your Guide to Health Empowerment, Lovely Me The Life of Jacqueline Susann, Free and Female, Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones and co-authored, The Menopause Industry: How the Medical Establishment Exploits Women.

Barbara has contributed frequently to The New York Times, the Washington Post, Ms., Hadassah Magazine, Ladies' Home Journal, Brides, and Family Circle.

Gloria Steinem said, "Barbara Seaman is the first prophet of the women's health movement and her prophesies are still coming true." Seaman lives in New York City.

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Sevener, M.D., C. Alan

Dr. Alan Sevener

Dr. Sevener is a: Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology Fellow, American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

Grad. degrees: M.D., Loma Linda University. Master of Human Resources & Organization Development, University of San Francisco Dr. Sevener has spent most of his professional career in solo Ob-Gyn practice in central California. He is currently a senior shareholder in The Permanente Medical Group, Inc., in the Northern California region of Kaiser Permanente. (TPMG is the largest private medical group in the U. S.)

His special interest in estrogen and hormone replacement therapy goes back over the last 20 years. He has compiled a massive amount of research data during those years in addition to his very busy practice of Ob-Gyn. Author of "It's Okay To Take Estrogen," Dr. Sevener believes estrogen is natural and produced by your body. What could be more natural than a small adjustment of this hormone! In doing so, the body can continue to work normally and degenerative changes are prevented. What an easy way to secure a more fulfilling life with the utmost personal freedom. Dr. Sevener has appeared on hundreds of radio, tv, and speaking engagements throughout the U.S. and Canada discussing estrogen and hormone replacement therapy.

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Shandler, Ph.D., Nina

Nina Shandler

Dr. Nina Shandler is a licensed psychologist who has written about health and diet for more than twenty years. Her work has reflected the changing concerns of the baby boom generation from marriage to middle age. Given her sustained interest in a health-promoting diet, it was natural for Shandler to seek a dietary approach to mid-life changes. This inclination turned into a serious search for an alternative, when Hormone Replacement Therapy did not relieve her own menopausal symptoms. In fact, estrogen, the most prescribed drug in America, made her feel worse -- more bloated, headache-prone, nauseous, and moody. Forsaking the drugstore, she found a solution to her menopausal woes at the grocery store after extensive research into natural estrogen replacement. Discovering what few women know - some foods have estrogen - she headed for the kitchen and teamed up with nutritionally aware physicians to write her eighth book, "Estrogen The Natural Way".

Nina's other books are "The Marriage and Family Book" and Ways Of Being Together, "The Complete Guide And Cookbook for Raising Your Child As A Vegetarian," "Homemade Moms For Instant Meals The Natural Way," "How to Make All The Meath you Eat Out of Wheat and Holiday Sweets Without Sugar." Nina received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts and has counseled women, children and families in private practice, clinics and schools. Her articles have appeared in The Family Therapy Networker, Teaching Tolerance and the Communique. Nina lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, Michael.

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Shapiro, Howard, M.D.

Howard Shapiro, M.D.

Dr. Howard Shapiro has had a successful holistic weight loss practice in Manhattan for more than 20 years. Dr. Shapiro has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, New Woman, Vogue, Mademoiselle, W, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Self, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Parents Magazine, Longevity, and Reader’s Digest. He has helped hundreds of celebrity, executive, and model clients successfully lose weight. In 1998, he created a weight-loss program for the New York City Police Department. The program was so successful that he was asked to develop a 10 week program for the New York City Fire Department in which the participants lost between 22 - 45 pounds. This program continues to be featured on Good Morning America and The View.

In his provocative New York Times bestselling book, Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss: The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss, Dr. Shapiro proves that great eating and weight loss can go hand in hand. Giving you graphic guidelines of the calorie content of your food options, Dr. Shapiro empowers you to take charge of your diet. After all, losing weight is all about calories. Whether you're eating out for pleasure or business, enjoying a snack or even a chocolate indulgence, his proven program of Food Awareness Training will show you how it can all be done-without gaining weight. So stop dieting, depriving yourself, and feeling guilty. Whether you want to lose 100 pounds or simply to maintain your ideal weight, here is an invaluable resource that will help you enjoy a healthy and happy balance in your life. Dr. Shapiro believes that many people with weight problems are visually motivated. With this in mind, he created an innovative diet book that utilizes more than 170 full-color photographs of food equations. On each page spread, readers actually see what they are tempted to eat. Next to this is an abundance of alternative options-for the same total calories. With only a fraction of the choices from the second column, a dieter will be completely sated-and will have consumed fewer calories. Nothing is forbidden. Dieters can even eat restaurant and airplane food without memorizing complicated lists or counting calories, Dr. Shapiro's images leave a lasting impact, allowing dieters to make intelligent food choices for a lifetime.

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Sheehy, Gail

Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the author of eleven books. She has been tracking the stages of adult development for the last twenty years. In "The Silent Passage," Sheehy opened a national discussion of the previously taboo subject of menopause. The women of Power Surge most relate to her groundbreaking bestseller, "The Silent Passage:Menopause" -- the book that broke the silence around one of America's last taboos; Random House, 1992. Ms. Sheehy de-mystifies the medical and psychological issues of menopause, placing this passage in the context of the life cycle as "the gateway to a Second Adulthood." New York Times hardcover bestseller list for over a year. The revised and expanded and paperback edition of The Silent Passage was released by Pocket Books in May '93. A revised paperback edition with a new introduction was published in July, 1995. Another bestseller, "New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time," seven years in preparation, finds a revolution in the adult life cycle. She traces radical changes in the earlier stages and discovers and maps out the new frontier for both men and women -- a Second Adulthood in the middle years. Sheehy compiled nearly 10 years worth of interviews and research into this book, revealing the fears and self-doubts of men over 40 who struggle with identity crises both at work and with their partners and children. Gail's newest book, "Understanding Men's Passages: Discovering the New Map of Men's Lives,"

Ms. Sheehy's books have included: "Lovesounds," "Speed is of the Essence," "Panthermania," and "Hustling." which was developed into a major ABC-TV documentary-drama. Her bestseller "Passages," proposed that adult life proceeds by predictable stages and became a landmark work. New York Times bestseller list for three years; Dutton, 1976. Published in 28 languages. A Library of Congress survey placed it among the top ten books that have most influenced people's lives. "Pathfinders" drew on Ms. Sheehy's study of 60,000 Americans for portraits of men and women who have emerged victorious from the predictable crises or accidents of life; William Morrow, 1981.

Gail has written numerous other bestsellers and articles, exploring the psyches of Saddam Hussein, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart, Dan Quayle, Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich. Her lengthy articles, "Is There A Male Menopause?" and "The Flaming Fifties," which appeared in Vanity Fair magazine, broke more new ground. As a literary journalist, Gail Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor of Vanity Fair since 1986, she has established a new genre of political writing. Her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders won her the 1991 Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America. Ms. Sheehy frequently appears as a social commentator on CNN and such network programs as "The Today Show", "Nightline", "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report", and "This Week with David Brinkley".

A graduate of the University of Vermont, Ms. Sheehy received a fellowship to study under her mentor, Margaret Mead, at Columbia University in 1970. In 1974, she was awarded a grant from the Alicia Patterson Foundation to continue her studies in adult development. Her honors include the National Magazine Award and the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, and she is a four-time winner of the New York Newswomen's Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism. Ms. Sheehy received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Race Relations in 1986 for Spirit of Survival. Her first play, "Maggie and Misha," a political satire, was produced in New York in 1991 by the Women's Project. Gail Sheehy is the mother of two daughters, Maura and Mohm, both published writers, and lives in both New York City and Berkeley, California with her husband, publisher and editor, Clay Felker. She was honored in 1992 as one of the New York Public Library's Literary Lions. She is a member of the Women's Forum of New York, the Women's Health Initiative of the National Institutes of Health, and on the board of directors of Poets and Writers.

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Shipko, M.D., Stuart

Dr. Stuart Shipko

Stuart Shipko, M.D. is a Psychiatrist and Neurologist who has treated over 2500 patients with panic disorder. His specialty is in the area of panic disorder and stress-related medical conditions, stress and trauma related disorders, psychiatric injury, psychosomatic medicine, general psychiatry. Dr.Shipko is associated with the Hospital of the Good Samaritan Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Shipko is also the Medical Director of PDI - The Panic Disorder Institute. PDI is an organization dedicated to the clinical care of patients, public education and ongoing research concerning all aspects of panic disorder. Information concerning many aspects of panic disorder is provided. This effort is supported by physicians in several different specialties, panic disorder specialists from all over the world, and especially from a highly educated group of "citizen scientists" who have helped to create a first class FAQ section and informational bulletin board.

Dr. Shipko has published original research relating panic disorder to abnormalities of bile flow that result in reflux based sinusitus and heartburn. Dr. Shipko has used this, and other research to formulate a more precise conceptualization of panic disorder and practical treatment approaches

Dr. Shipko is Power Surge's Resident Psychiatrist/Neurologist, to answer your questions about anxiety, panic disorder/attacks, stress-related issues. how to cope with them, how they impact your general health and how these disorders can be brought on/exacerbated by hormone imbalance. He is the author of the book, Surviving Panic Disorder: What You Need To Know.

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Shippen, M.D., Eugene

Dr. Eugene Shippen

Dr. Eugene Shippen, a specialist in hormone replacement therapy, recently appeared on "Oprah" to discuss his groundbreaking new book, ""The Testosterone Syndrome:The Critical Factor for Energy, Health, & Sexuality--Reversing the Male Menopause" In his book, co-authored by medical writer, William Fryer, information on the benefits of this therapy, treatment plans, and histories, to prove that high levels of testosterone are directly related to mental and physical functioning.

Testosterone, an all too often misunderstood hormone, may be just the elixir for women's problems- loss of memory, energy, muscle tone, sexual functioning, and overall zest for life. Eugene Shippen, M.D. proposes how and why in his new groundbreaking book, The Testosterone Syndrome: The Critical Factor for Energy, Health and Sexuality -- Reversing the Male Menopause. Although the book's subtitle is geared towards the male menopause, the book examines Testosterone for both women and men.

Testosterone is one of the most crucial substances in our bodies, very much at the core of health. When abundant, and in proper ratio with other hormones, testosterone fortifies health amazingly, rejuvenating tissues, and regulating body functions from bladder control to sexual drive and memory. Testosterone deficiency is linked to every degenerative disease and to the decline of the quality of life of middle-aged women. Dr. Shippen shows some of the hundreds of cases of women and men who now enjoy a renewed vigor and vitality becuase of testosterone replacement therapy.

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Shomon, Mary

Mary Shomon's Book

Mary Shomon is a communications consultant and published author who has transformed her own struggle with thyroid disease into an award-winning Web site.

Mary, who has been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, researches and writes about thyroid disease and its impact on health. Mary's ability to communicate important thyroid-related information reflects her 20 years of experience designing public information campaigns and writing health and entertainment books and articles. Her patient advocacy focus brings much-needed attention to the underdiagnosed and often overlooked issue of thyroid disease. Mary is the author of the book Living Well With Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You . . . That You Need to Know , which was published in March of 2000 by HarperCollins.

Mary Shomon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. "Traditional medicine dismisses thyroid disease as a mundane 'take this pill and you'll be fine' disease, but sufferers know better. Mary says, "My motto is 'We're patients. . . not lab values!' I feel that information, empowerment, and support can take us all a long way in our continuing effort to achieve good health."

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Shull Abascal, Kathy, C.H.
Kathy Shull Abascal is a graduate of the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and a certifed herbalist. She graduated from the University of California with a degree in neurobiology and a minor in biochemistry and worked on numerous state and federal research studies.

Kathy is involved with herbs in many ways. She sustainably harvests wild herbs and prepares tinctures in the old Eclectic and Thomsonian traditions. She performs herbal consultations for individuals by mail and in person. Her consultations combine her personal experience, the wise woman's intuitive knowledge, and contemporary scientific explanations of how herbs and good food support good health. Kathy also writes about herbs, and this spring will publish a newsletter about herbs, nutrition, and health.

Kathy lives north of Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband who is writer and sculptor. When not with herbs and plants, she draws, quilts, reads, hikes, and practices mindful living.

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Sickles, M.D., Alan

Dr. Alan Sickles

Dr. Alan Sickles' interest in Women's Health issues is longstanding. He is the former chief surgeon at the Guttman Diagnostic Breast Institute in New York City, where he supervised the clinical screening and care of 35,000 women annually. His private practice, in New York City, is devoted to diseases of the breast. Currently, in addition to caring for his patients, he is the co-instructor (and the author of the textbook for) the Cabrini Medical Center Workshop for Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery. This is an internationally recognized course, where he lectures and teaches the use of the ABBI system (Advanced Breast Biopsy Instrumentation). Dr. Sickles is currently at work on a book concerning women's health after menopause.

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Simon, M.D., Barry

Dr. Barry Simon

Dr. Barry Simon is a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, trained at Columbia University and at the University of Toronto, where he an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Simon is on the staff of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto and has a private consultative practice in Irvington, New York. He specializes in the treatment of obesity, and is Treatment Director at The Center for Heart and Metabolic Studies in Toronto. Dr. Simon lectures internationally on the implementation of weight management and wellness strategies and has appeared on numerous radio and televsion shows. In his new book by Prentice-Hall (1997), "Break The Weight Loss Barrier" co-authored by nutritionist and fitness expert, Dr. James Meschino, readers are provided with the keys they need to unlock a future of looking and feeling good. Finally, an approach to weight loss and good health that helps you break the weight-loss barrier by developing a diet and lifestyle that helps you cope with your cravings. Learn how to apply proven mental strategies and common sense nutritional guidelines to a personalized weight-loss plan. You can attain your weight-loss goals and achieve fitness, self-confidence and glowing good health.

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Simon, M.D., David

Dr. David Simon

David Simon, M.D. is a pioneer in the medical field, whose mission is to facilitate the integration of complementary and conventional medicine in the twenty-first century. Since he began his association with Deepak Chopra, M.D. in the 1980's, Simon has become one of the nation's foremost authorities on the effective use of holistic health care practices. Simon's work is changing the landscape of health care for professionals and consumers, alike. He is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health grant to study mind body medical approaches on health quality, and has created initiatives to bring integrated mind body medical programs to medical institutions, community health centers, and health resorts. In his role as Medical Director for and co-founder of The Chopra Center, David Simon continues to research and develop clinical programs in mind body medicine. Simon is the driving force behind The Center's development, training and implementation of its flagship programs. Dr. Simon is a sought after media expert and keynote speaker.

A popular author of wellness books, The Chopra Center Herbal Guide, co-authored with Deepak Chopra; Vital Energy: The 7 Keys to Invigorate Body, Mind and Soul, Return to Wholeness – Embracing Body, Mind and Spirit in the Face of Cancer, The Wisdom of Healing, Grow Younger, Live Longer: 10 Steps to Reverse Aging, co-authored with Dr. Chopra.

David Simon laid the foundation for his influence in the medical community through his private practice in neurology, and his roles as Chief of Staff and Medical Director of the Neurological Rehabilitation Center and Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at Sharp Cabrillo Hospital, an affiliate of the Sharp HealthCare system, the largest in Southern California. He is a member of the clinical faculty of The University of California Department of Neurosciences and supervises medical students rotating through The Chopra Center. Simon is dedicated to his role as an integrator of a broad spectrum of healing approaches into our western medical paradigm.

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Smith, Kathy

Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith is a longtime leader in the fitness industry. She has reached millions of people with information on health, fitness, and nutrition. Kathy is the creator of 15 fitness videos that have topped the Billbard bestseller charts for more than 10 years. She is the national spokesperson and development team member for Reebok's Body Walk program. Her involvement with non-profit organizations includes spokesperson for the National Recreation and Parks Association as well as Allstate Insurance's "Just Say Go," a fitness program designed for elementary schools. She is a veteran fitness correspondent of NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, and Whittle Communications' Special Reports TV. Her Pregnancy Workout was praised by the American Film Institute, the National Education Association, and Billboard magazine. She serves on the board of directors of ECO, the Earth Communications Office, and The Women's Sports Foundation. The author of numerous books and videos, including Kathy Smith's Walkfit For A Better Body (Warner Books), Kathy Smith's Fitness Makeover, Kathy Smith's Getting Better All the Time, Kathy's newest book is perfect for the Power Surge community, Moving Through Menopause: The Complete Program for Exercise, Nutrition, and Total Wellness. Exercise not only keeps us healthy, but has proven invaluable in reducing and/or eliminating many menopausal symptoms, especially anxiety and depression. She lives with her husband and two daughters in California.

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Smith, M.D., Lendon

Dr. Lendon Smith

The concepts Dr. Lendon Smith helped to pioneer apply to people of all ages, although he was years ago dubbed "America's Favorite Pediatrician." One of the most visible and popular doctors in the country, Dr. Lendon Smith maintained a leadership role in many areas of medicine. Being ahead of his time occasionally made Dr. Smith somewhat controversial. His early studies with hyperactive kids brought him worldwide acclaim. And yet his nutritional approach was viewed suspiciously by many in the medical community. The same was true of his best seller "Feed Your Kids Right". Of course, these nutritional approaches are standard medicine today.

Dr. Lendon Smith was the first to break the taboo regarding sex education on network television. His ABC After School Special, "My Mom's having a Baby," set the standard and is today one of the most widely distributed sex education presentations in the country. Dr. Smith's use of humor was part and parcel of his firm belief in the influence of humor on health and productivity. His early work with The Laugh Clinic was a forerunner of many current programs emphasizing humor in the workplace. His wit, charm, relaxed style, and sense of humor made him an audience favorite for nearly four decades. He was one of the most "asked back" guests in radio and TV, having appeared on the Johnny Carson Show 60+ times and on Donahue 20+ times, more than any other guest, plus he appeared as a regular on Good Morning America; the Today Show; Oprah; Sally Jessy Raphael; Regis and Kathie Lee; Merv Griffin; Mike Douglas; Prime Time and Hollywood Squares. He is the recipient of Television's coveted Emmy Award for excellence in programming.

Dr. Smith's CV is a mile long, but he graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School and ran his General Pediatric Practice -- 1951 - 1986; Retired to write, produce, and lecture, 1987 - present. His books include:   The Children's Doctor; Encyclopedia of Baby and Child Care; New Wives Tales; Improving Your Child's Behavior Chemistry; Feed Your Kids Right; Foods For Healthy Kids; Feed Yourself Right; Dr. Smith's Low Stress Diet; Diet Plan For Teens; Vitamin C is Fundamental Medicine; Hyper-Kids Workbook; Happiness is a Healthy Life "Feed Your Body Right" TV shows include the ABC After School Specials: "My Mom's Having a Baby," "Where Do Teenagers Come From?" "All Being Well" (Canadian broadcast series).

Dr. Smith has contributed, been quoted, or been featured in thousands of newspapers, magazines, and professional journals throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as many countries world-wide. He's in step with the 90's as he was with the 60's, 70's and 80's. Our aging society, productivity in the U.S., AIDS, the financial crisis in the health care system, and the tribulations of parenting are among his topics. His current topic of interest is, "Health Through Your Nineties and Beyond. . ." Are you going to be one of the winners or one of the losers in the graying of America? Some insights on how to live to a ripe old age and enjoy it! You can read more about this in his newest book, "Feed Your Body Right : Understanding Your Individual Body Chemistry for Proper Nutrition Without Guesswork." His Newsletter, "The Facts," takes a humorous and informative look at the world of people and medicine. Cartoons by Bob Staake range from funny to outrageous. His cassette tapes are available on a wide range of topics. Contact the International Health Foundation for a list of tapes and order information.

Dr. Smith lost his beloved wife of 40 years, Julie, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease. One of my very favorite people, it is with great sadness that Power Surge announces the passing of Dr. Lendon Smith, November, 2001, due to complications during surgery. He will be sorely missed. What a beacon of light in the medical profession and what a gift to the world. He leaves behind an amazing legacy. His Web site contains much of his wonderful philosophy and wisdom.

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Solimini, Cheryl

Cheryl Solomini

A graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Cheryl Solimini has held staff positions as a writer or editor for several New York City-based national magazines, including Country Living, Family Circle and McCall's. During the past ten years as a freelance writer and editor, she has been a health columnist for Family Circle and New Woman magazines, and written five consumer books, including "Living with Arthritis," with Harry Shen, M.D., of The Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, and "Diabetes: Beating the Odds, with Elliott Rayfield, M.D., of Mount Sinai Medical School and Rockefeller University Hospital.

Chery'ls tongue-in-cheek guidebook, "The Not-So-Silent Passage: How to Manage Your Man's Menopause" (Without Committing Manslaughter, is somewhat of a departure from her usual genre). The Not-So-Silent Passage proves that there IS a male menopause; that it is the cause of every political, socioeconomic and hair-replacement disaster in history; and that if a cure is not found soon, it will be the end of civilization as we know it.

She has been Editor-in-Chief or Executive Editor for more than a dozen special-interest magazines produced by Family Circle's Lifestyle Publications division, and has also contributed more than 100 articles on a variety of subjects to national publications including Child, Family Circle, Fitness, Healthy Living, Living Fit, Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine, McCall's, More (published by Ladies' Home Journal), New Woman, Prevention, Redbook and Working Woman. For an enjoyable audio interview experience, listen to David Cronin interviews Cheryl Solimini about her bestselling book. The audio interview runs approximately 15 minutes.

Currently exiled to a mountaintop in Milford, Pennsylvania, Solimini is aging disgracefully with her husband, poet/playwright/performer, Martin Farawell.

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Steinberg, M.D., Alan

Dr. Alan Steinberg

Alan J. Steinberg, M.D., is currently a doctor-partner in a small managed care company in Marina Del Rey, CA, and was previously affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, the largest HMO organization in the country.

"The Insider's Guide To HMO's: How To Navigate the Managed-Care System and Get the Health Care You Deserve," (Plume, 1997) provides the crucial information we all need to make better informed decisions about health care. Dr. Steinberg draws on years of front-line experience as a medical insider. After interviewing hundreds of doctors and patients, Dr. Steinberg compiled dozens of case studies that illustrate the basic concept about HMO's and provide a behind-the-scenes view of how medicine is practiced and how medical decisions are made. In doing so, he gives many specific, concrete suggestions about obtaining the best possible health care from your HMO.

"The Insider's Guide To HMO's" addresses some very important questions:

  • What is an HMO and how does it work?
  • How do the major HMO plans rate?
  • How is your doctor paid in your HMO and why does this matter to you?
  • What are the special concerns of Medicare HMO's?
  • How do you get referrals to specialists both inside and outside your HMO?
  • What are the options if you're not getting the care you need?

For everyone who's perplexed by our tangled health-care system (and who isn't?), Alan J. Steinberg's "The Insider's Guide To HMO's" is the must-have handbook for making HMO comprehensible.

Dr. Steinberg received his medical degree from the University of Nevada.

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Steinman, David

David Steinman is a resident of Topanga, California. He is author or co-author of "Diet for a Poisoned Planet (Crown, 1990, Ballantine 1992), "The Safe Shopper's Bible" (Macmillan 1995), "Living Healthy in a Toxic World" (Perigee 1996), "The Breast Cancer Prevention Program" (Macmillan 1997, 1998), "Arthritis: The Doctors' Cure (Keats Publishing 1998) and the forthcoming novel, Bloodlands.

David Steinman's newest book, co-authored with Dr. L. Stephen Coles, is "Nature's Ultimate Anti-Cancer Pill: The IP6 With Inositol Question and Answer Book."

Mr.Steinman is chairman of Citizens for Health and served two years on a committee of the National Academy of Sciences where he co-authored Seafood Safety (National Academy Press, 1991). He is publisher of The Doctors' Prescription for Healthy Living, Pharmacist's Choice and The Doctors' Oral Enzyme Health Letter, three of the largest, most popular health letters in the United States today with a combined monthly circulation of 600,000 copies. Steinman is a member of the teaching faculty at National University and the University of Phoenix. He has won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers' Association, Sierra Club, and Society of Journalists' Best of the West. For information on subscribing to David Steinman's newsletters, you can contact the toll-free number at Freedom Press, 1-800-959-9797. Visit the Healthy Living at Freedom Press Web site for an overview of David Steinman's work and for wonderful information about alternative medicine.

David Steinman is married to the artist Terri Steinman and they have three children.

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Stewart, M.D., Elizabeth

Dr. Elizabeth Steart

Elizabeth Gunther Stewart, M.D., FACOG, a Boston-based gynecologist, is director of the Stewart-Forbes Vulvovaginal Specialty Service at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Dr. Stewart is also Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and a member of Brigham and Women's Hospital staff. She speaks extensively about vulvovaginal disease to medical professionals, and works with lay groups to promote awareness that the vulva and vagina are important parts of women's health. Her perspectives as a full-time vulvovaginal practitioner, a researcher, and a teacher shape her prominence as one of the leading voices advocating the emerging importance of her specialty. Her book, The V Book: A Doctor's Guide To Complete Vulvovaginal Health, is an extension of her lectures, her clinical experience with patients, and patient-education materials she has prepared for them.

Every year in the United States there are 10 million doctor's-office visits for vulvo-vaginal complaints. The women who seek help have unusual discharge, constant itching, yeast and other infections, dryness and pain with sexual activity, to name only a few annoyances and serious disorders. And yet, the V-zone, as the authors of this excellent manual put it, is something that many women have misguided notions about. Too often, they merely walk away from their physicians' offices with tubes of cream or antibiotic pills — and sometimes without a clear diagnosis. "Vagina is hardly a household word," writes Dr. Stewart, a veteran gynecologist who operates a renowned "vulvar specialty" service in Boston. "Vulva and clitoris might as well belong to another language. They are blushers, vaguely subversive, not ready for prime time." The NY Times said, "Her book has no such constraints. Covering everything from pap tests to pain, vibrators to the existence of the G spot to ranges of absorbency (in grams) in tampons, it explores the basics of "V-Health" as candidly as comfortably as 'The Vagina Monologues' publicized the vagina." She's compiled complete coverage of the facts about the healthy vulva, vagina and vestibule. Dr. Stewart discusses "that part" of your body. "Vagina is hardly a household word," whe writes. Written because "so many women are unfamiliar with their bodies," the book's comprehensive content separates truth from popular belief about yeast infections (they are harder to diagnose and self-treat than women have been led to believe), discusses the leading cause of vaginal complaints (bacterial vaginosis), and what foods to avoid with a bladder inflammation (spicy, chocolate, citrus fruits and sour cream among them). This is not a gynecological sourcebook.

Dr. Stewart is married and has three grown children. She lives in Weston, Mass. with her husband, Don, and a one-animal menagerie, a golden retriever named Coriander.

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Stone, Doug

Doug Stone

Doug Stone and Sheila Heen are co-authors of Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Viking/Penguin 1999) and teach negotiation at Harvard Law School. They are also partners at Triad Consulting Group, a Cambridge firm dedicated to helping people and organizations face their toughest conversations with clarity, integrity and heart. 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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Tabor, M.D., Aaron

Aaron Tabor, M.D., Medical Director of Physicians Labs/Revival Soy Protein

Dr. Aaron Tabor is the Medical Director of Physicians Laboratories, a group of mainstream doctors trained at top institutes likes Johns Hopkins and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Dr. Tabor graduated Summa cum laude with honors in Biology from Wake Forest University and earned his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Physicians Laboratories conducts human clinical studies using Revival Soy Protein at premier medical institutes like Johns Hopkins Hospital. Studies include the effects of soy's isoflavones on breast, endometrial and prostate cancer. He directed the team that developed Revival Doctor-formulated Soy Protein. A patent-pending manufacturing process allows a single small serving of Revival to naturally contain the same amount of plant estrogens found in a pound of tofu - and new flavor technology allowed them to eliminate the soy taste. Revival delivers the benefits of soy without the usual bulk or bad taste. Dr. Tabor believes that patients have the right to learn about nutritional management therapies from their physician or other health care provider - not the college kid at the health food store. Physicians Laboratories is dedicated to making soy an accepted mainstream nutritional option. Revival has quickly become the #1 Doctor-recommended soy protein.

Dr. Tabor has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows. He resides in Winston-Salem, NC near his family. Enjoys scuba diving, karate, and hiking. Dr. Tabor answers questions in the Ask The Soy Doctor on the Web site.

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Theodosakis, M.D., Jason

Dr. Jason Theodosakis

Jason Theodosakis, MD, MS, MPH is a residency-trained, board-certified Preventive Medicine specialist who is also fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine. He divides his time between practicing clinical prevention medicine/sports medicine and as the Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, lectures and is also involved in various research projects related to Arthritis and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Theodosakis' first book, The Arthritis Cure, immediately became an international #1 best-seller and has resulted in a major paradigm shift in the way arthritis is treated. He has extensive media and lecture experience including television's, Today Show, Primetime Live, NBC and CBS Evening and Morning News, CNN, Fox Network News, and others. Articles about him have appeared in Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, People, USA Today, The NY Times, Prevention, and others. He's appeared on dozens of national and local radio programs and lectures on Arthritis, Obesity, Sleep, Aging, and many other Preventive Medicine topics.

Dr. Theo's book, "Maximizing The Arthritis Cure," expands upon his original theories. Dr. Theo has been the keynote speaker at various functions. You can learn more about Dr. Theo's theories and research at his Web site.

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Townsend, Duane, M.D.

Duane Townsend, M.D.

Duane Townsend, M.D., a board certified OB/Gyn and Gynecologist for 40 years, was a Professor of OB/GYN and Vice-Chairman, Dept. of OB/GYN at the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. Dr. Townsend introduced to medicine, Endometrial Ablation. Dr. Townsend, "I taught myself Rollerball in 1988 and published one of the first articles in the early 90’s. I have performed several thousand such procedures, but now prefer Cryoablation as it is easier, much safer and can be performed in a physician’s office. I’ve taught both Rollerball and Cryoablation to over 1500 physicians." Dr. Townsend also introduced Colposcopy, Cryosurgery and was the first to train nurses in the extended role of women’s health care, which led to the development of the first nurse-practitioner training program. Dr. Townsend has authored 90+ papers in peer review journals and 15+ chapters in books, over half of which deal with various aspects of pre-invasive diseases of the cervix, vulva and vagina.

In his new book, A Maverick of Medicine Speaks to Women, one of today’s most prominent gynecologists speaks up for women, speaks out against the bias in female health care, and tells how his own battle with cancer led him to the practice of integrated preventive medicine. Unabashed and unashamed of his odyssey into the world of "unconventional" medicine, Dr. Townsend shares his successful use of soy genistein, natural progesterone, and disease-prevention measures for thousands of women. An intriguing and indispensable read for women of all ages, Maverick intertwines a lifetime of personal and professional experience in treating everything from breast and uterine cancer to endometriosis and menopausal discomforts. With powerful candor and impeccable credentials, Dr. Townsend advocates a new approach sure to become the standard in tomorrow’s world of women’s health.

Dr. Townsend is one of Power Surge's "Ask The Experts" - Ask Dr. Townsend.

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Turkington, Carol

Carol Turkington

Carol Turkington, a medical writer specializing in psychology, has written 22 books, including, "The Hypericum Handbook:Nature's Antidepressant;" and "Making the Prozac Decision: A Guide to Antidepressants, and "The Perimenopause Handbook:What Every Woman Needs To Know About The Years Before Menopause."

Carol graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism and spent three years on small newspapers in New York and Cape Cod as editor/writer, then worked briefly as a stringer for Time in Boston. The next three years were spent as a medical writer/editor at Duke Univeristy Medical Center and followed by a ob as senior writer in clinical psychology for the newspaper of the American Psychological Assc'n in Washington, DC. After five years of work focusing on both medical and psychological issues for the APA, she left to begin freelancing. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, USA Weekend, Psychology Today and numerous other publications. She's written more than 22 books, is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the American Medical Writers' Association, and the division of media psychology of the American Psychological Asscociation.

Carol Turkington is married and lives in Morgantown, PA. and has one daughter, age 8.

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Utian, M.D., Wulf

Dr. Wulf Utian

Wulf Utian, M.D. is the Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is Professor and Chairman of Reproductive Biology, CWRU; MD-Witwatersrand University, South Africa, 1962; Ph.D-, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1970; Board Cert.: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology.

Dr. Utian's special interest include Menopause, Infertility, Microsurgery, General Gynecologic Surgery

He is the co- author of "Managing Your Menopause," with Ruth Jacobowitz. Dr Utian edited, "The Menopause and Hormonal Replacement Therapy," "Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Menopause (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol 592)," and authored "Menopause in Modern Perspective : A Guide to Clinical Practice," 1979; "Your Middle Years: A Doctor's Guide for Today's Woman, 1980; " Your Middle Years : A Gynecologist's Guide to the Menopause," 1980; "Your Middle Years : A Gynecologist's Guide to the Menopause," 1980.

Dr. Utian is also the founder of NAMS -- The North American Menopause Society.

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Vliet, M.D., Elizabeth Lee

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet

Dr. Vliet received her M.D. degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1978, where she also did her internship in Internal Medicine. With her interest in the integration of mind and body, she completed further specialty training in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A nationally recognized speaker on women's health issues, she has presented numerous scientific papers and keynote addresses at regional, national and international conferences, and regularly teaches CME courses on Women's Health for physicians and other health professionals.

¨Dr. Vliet founded and is Medical Director for HER Place®: Health Enhancement and Renewal for Women, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona, and Dallas-Ft.Worth, Texas. These programs focus on the integration of hormonal changes with physical, emotional and social aspects of women's lives. Clinical research interests and publications include the effects of hormone changes in migraines, fibromyalgia/chronic pain, PMS, sexuality, mood phenomena, osteoporosis and cardiovascular risks.

¨Dr. Vliet is author of Screaming To Be Heard: Hormonal Connections Women Suspect--- And Doctors Ignore (©1995). She is Co-Coordinating Editor for a monthly CME Publication, Practical Reviews in Women's Health. Dr. Vliet is a Member of the North American Menopause Society, the International Menopause Society; and serves on the Advisory Board for The American College of Women's Health Physicians; she is also on the Rodale Press Women's Health Advisory Board, and The Alliance for Better Bone Health Advisory Board. Dr. Vliet served as Program Chair of the Southern Medical Association Preventive Medicine Conference from 1993-1995; and served on the Part III Test Development Committee for the National Board of Medical Examiners.¨Dr. Vliet holds position of importance at numerous medical institutions. She received her B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. ¨Dr. Vliet's approaches integrate careful evaluation of hormonal changes through the life cycle with Preventive and Complementary Medicine strategies to assist women and men in developing individualized health enhancement plans for optimal physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Her latest book is Women, Weight and Hormones.

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Warner, M.D., Phillip

Phillip O. Warner, M.D.

Phillip Warner, M.D. is an OB-GYN specialist who has spent much of his career empowering women through education and individualized treatment to stay healthy. There are many stages of a woman's life when alternative medical therapy or natural hormonal replacement therapy may be appropriate. Alleviating menopausal symptoms such as migraines, hot flashes and dramatic mood swings are only part of the benefits received from alternative therapies including nutritional supplements, herbal therapy, acupuncture and good dietary intake. The therapy is also important for any woman who wants to maintain good health long after menopause. These therapies combined with weight control, exercise regimens, stress reduction and avoidance of toxic substances can lead to a longer symptom free post menopausal life. The use of hormones when indicated, should be in the form of bioidentical hormones which are natural to the human female.

Dr. Warner's special interest is in hormone imbalance therapy. He found that a number of his patients did not respond well to the standardized treatment. In order to better serve his patients, he began his search for alternatives. In his clinical research he found that natural hormones were available and methods other than oral medications could be utilized. Gels placed on the skin, or tablets placed under the tongue (sublingual) are examples of these methods. By individualizing treatment, Dr. Warner was able to dramatically improve the patient's quality of life. Dr. Warner recognizes the benefits of natural hormone therapy for the post-menopausal woman. Studies show that the risk of heart attacks increases greatly after menopause, and hormone therapy significantly reduces the risk. Osteoporosis is also a problem facing older women and hormone therapy along with calcium intake and exercise can stop bone loss, thus preventing spinal and hip fractures. Women can continue to lead vital and active lives, and they need to explore all avenues to good health. The positive benefits of exercise and nutrition as well as natural hormone therapy are important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Even women who start exercising later in their lives can see results.

Dr. Warner's commitment to research, patient education, and individualized treatment, led to his current role providing specific consultation to patients. This enables women to receive individual answers to questions as Power Surge's expert, Ask Dr. Warner.

Dr. Phillip O. Warner completed his undergraduate work at UCLA, and received his M.D. degree from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. His obstetrics and gynecology residency was done at Letterman General Hospital, and the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, California. He was in private practice in Northern California for thirty-two years, until closing his office in 1997, and devoting full time to patient consultations. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the North American Menopause Society, and has done clinical research for the pharmaceutical industry.

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Waterhouse, Debra

Debra Waterhouse

Debra Waterhouse is an internationally recognized nutritionist and best selling author of Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell: Winning Weight Control Strategies for Woman over 35 to Stay Fit Through Menopause," Why Women Need Chocolate, Like Mother, Like Daughter, and Outsmarting the Midlife Fat Cell. She received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College in Boston and her masters in public health from the University of California at Berkeley.

As an expert in women's health and a leader in the anti-dieting movement, she has been featured on numerous radio and television programs, including Dateline, 20/20, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and CBS This Morning. Through her private practice, seminars, and workshops, she has inspired hundreds of thousands of women to accept the realities of their female bodies and embrace a natural, non-restrictive approach to eating and weight control. It's a formula that has worked for her. Once a food preoccupied, yo-yo dieter, she now maintains a comfortable, healthy weight by exercising, trusting her body's messages, and eating her favorite foods — pizza, potato chips, and chocolate — in moderation. Her goal is to help women of all ages break free from the trap of dieting and body dissatisfaction and start feeding and respecting their bodies they were born with. Visit Debra's Web site.

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Weed, Susun

Susun Weed

"I live on a homestead in the Catskills, NY, and my lullaby is the music of goats and geese. I have an oak woods of my own and still love all that is wild. I left high school and Dallas at age 16 and enrolled as a mathematics major at UCLA. My life is devoted to helping women reclaim their wild nature, but I never thought of myself as a writer. I only wanted to share with women the simple, safe remedies I was learning and writing seemed to be the best way to do it. Weed teaches at her home base - the Wise Woman Center - her 55 acre homestead near Woodstock, N.Y., and throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Germany. She has lectured at the National College Of Naturopathic Medicine, Yale Nursing School, South Florida Midwifery School and Waikato College Of Herbal Studies. Susun currently sits on the advisory boards of the The California Institute Of Integral Studies, and the Rosenthal Center For Alternative Studies at Columbia University. Articles have appeared about her in myriad publications. Weed has trained more than 150 apprentices and supervises nearly 200 correspondence course students. Her mentors include philosopher Joan Houston, Seneca elder Twylah Nitsch, and Zsuzsanna Budapest, founder of the women's spirituality movement. Susun is an initiated High Priestess of the Dianic Wicca and a member of the Wolf clan and the Sisterhood Of The Shields.

Some of Susan Weed's writing include, Breast Cancer, Breast Health: The Wise Woman Way; " Menopausal Years:The Wise Woman Way and "Healing Wise."

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Widman, Anneliese

Anneliese Widman

Anneliese Widman, author of "My Female, My Male, My Self and God," a fiery, insightful presentation that everyone needs to read. Dr. Widman presents an unforgettable story of a modern quest for spiritual identity. Dr. Anneliese Widman, prominent Manhattan psychotherapist takes us along on her Sidharrtha-like journey. She seeks her identity passionately and along the way discovers her soul. Ultimately, courageous self-exploration and therapeutic discoveries lead her to an acceptance of self and to the peace of spiritual healing. Formerly, a former Broadway dancer and choreographer, who studied with the best a la Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, etc., starred on Broadway in "A Flag Is Born" with Marlon Brando, Paul Muni and Sidney Greenstreet, etc., and today is a psycho(bioenergetic)-therapist in Manhattan. However, while her dancer career was in high gear, Anneliese found herself still grappling with many unresolved childhood problems. In order to deal with her inner turmoil, Anneliese began Bioenergetic therapy. With the help of a Bioenergetic therapist, Anneliese discovered that musculature armoring was hamperingher dance. From the Bioenergetic perspective, her dance training was antithetical to a healthy, breathing, feeling body. In time, Anneliese started her own dance company that incorporated bioenergetic concepts. The dance pieces that Anneliese creates deal with the psychological evolution of a woman in search of her female self and the processes she needed to undergo in order to love the male and be united with him.

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Wiglesworth, M.D., Anne

Dr. Anne Wigglesworth

I was born in 1940. In my present persona, I am a gynecologist/obstetrician in a college town on the prairie. Over the years, my interests have shifted away from birthing and more toward the health concerns of aging women--both those approaching and undergoing menopause and those who are past it. Do any of you have any idea how difficult and daunting it is for women in their sixties and older--the never-empowered generation--to get decent gyn care? The other group that interests me is aging women in the former Soviet Union, whose health care has been a grim farce and who may, given enough support, begin to find something better.

"I stumbled upon PowerSurge through the Women's Room and other dialogues led by EvaS, currently the Women's Interests Channel's Online Coordinator. She and Dearest have both been wonderfully supportive of my concerns about finding my own voice online, how much to share my medical knowledge and biases, and taking time to help me over some hurdles and making me feel welcome. As the only woman Gynecologist in a small town, it's hard to speak frankly sometimes to those I see face to face. I love the companionship on Power Surge and WIC--it really lessens the isolation I sometimes feel.

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Warga, Ph.D., Claire L.

Dr. Claire Warga

Claire Warga, Ph.D., is a research neuropsychologist and New York State licensed clinical health psychologist. Her professional interests, in research and in private practice, have focused on the interface between brain, biology, and behavior. She trains health and mental health professionals, and women, in midlife research. In a l997 cover article for New York magazine titled "Estrogen & the Brain," she first reported some of these findings on both the new research and the estrogen-loss related symptoms, interviewing many leaders in the neurosciences. Dr. Warga is also the author of the groundbreaking book, Menopause And The Mind: The Complete Guide to Coping with the Cognitive Effects of Perimenopause and Menopause Including Memory Loss, Foggy Thinking And Verbal Slips.

Are you between the ages of 35 and 60 and having trouble remembering your best friend's phone number? If this sounds familiar to you, take heart: Claire Warga's help and advice are on the way. Dr. Warga identifies the "mind misconnect" syndrome that causes unsettling events during perimenopause and menopause, noting that they are not signs of imminent madness but a natural part of aging. She names this condition "WHMS: Warga's Hormonal Misconnection Syndrome." Drawing upon cutting-edge brain research and many never-before-described cases, Warga provides the first scientific explanation for why the symptoms occur and reveals how they can be reversed or alleviated. She provides a self-assessment test to help readers determine whether they are experiencing "mind misconnect" syndrome and offers important information and advice on estrogen replacement therapy as well as non-hormonal treatments that mimic estrogen's mind-boosting effects. Her self-screening test, symptom chart, and treatment measurement technique are important tools every woman can use to assess her condition and progress over time, with or without her ob/gyn.

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Wilkes, Penny
Penny Wilkes holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Southern California. She has served as administrator in a private school, science editor and orthodontic office manager. She teaches creative writing, and has conducted seminars on creativity, humor and problem solving. Her articles have appeared in diverse publications dealing with motivation, creativity, travel, carousel art, animal genetics and behavior. Publication credits also include a collection of short stories, chapters in books, and award-winning poetry. For many years she showed hunters, jumpers and stock horses. She also has bred and shown Champion Norwegian Elkhounds. She received the accolade of “Toastmaster of the Year” for her speaking and leadership skills.

During the challenges of turning 50, Penny read the literature, attended seminars on menopausal issues, and became a supporter of POWER SURGE. She won the Women’s Division of a 5K race, ran a marathon, and climbed mountains to gain perspective. Her life’s philosophy of love, laughter and learning promotes FUN as the greatest discipline of all.

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Wolf, Sharyn. C.S.W.

Sharyn Wolf

Sharyn Wolf is a psychotherapist, workshop leader and America's leading romance and relationship expert. She has appeared on hundreds of television shows, including eight times on Oprah. Sharyn Wolf's incredibly popular "Guerilla Dating Tactics" turned the jungle warfare of finding a mate into an exciting, satisfying negotiation from which both sides emerged winners. In "How To Stay Lovers For Life: Secret Tips And Sure-Fire Strategies", she applies the same philosophy to maintaining any long-term relationship.

Replete with real-life stories of couples who made it through the trenches together, "How To Stay Lovers For Life", offers hundreds of quick, easy and fun things two people can do together to keep their love alive and their relationship flourishing. Sharyn's newest book is "So You Want to Get Married: Guerrilla Tactics for Turning a Date into a Mate". She has also written 50 Ways To Find A Lover; Proven Techniques for Finding Someone Special. Sharyn Wolf lives in NYC. Visit Sharyn's Web site.

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Wolinsky, Howard & Judith

Health Care Online for Dummies

Howard Wolinsky, co-author with wife, Judi, of Health Care Online for Dummies(June, 2001), which features Power Surge, spent his first week as a medical writer on the Chicago Sun-Times in March 1981 covering the attempted assassination of President Reagan. He's been on the run there ever since, having written over 3,000 articles for the daily and fifteen years writing health stories for the paper. The National Press Club, the Associated Press Managing Editors and the Chicago Newspaper Guild have recognized Wolinsky's work. His health reporting has won a slew of awards, including from the American Public Health Association, the American Bar Association, and Mental Health Association. Gay Chicago magazine named him "Hero to the Community" for his early coverage of the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Following exposes they wrote for the Sun-Times on the American Medical Association, Wolinsky and former Sun-Times reporter Tom Brune wrote the book, The Serpent on the Staff: The Unhealthy Politics of the American Medical Association (Putnam, 1995). In 1994, the Internet bug, which wife Judi brought home from Urbana, bit Howard, and he switched to covering the Net and tech for the Sun-Times.

Wolinsky was a journalist-in-residence at the University of Michigan, where he studied medical ethics, medical economics, and other medical topics. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more about it on their Tips from the Authors Web site.

Judi Wolinsky, co-author of Health Care Online for Dummies, was a graduate student in library science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, when Mosaic, the first Internet graphic browser, was introduced there. The Internet changed everything for her--and for everyone else. She's now head of reference services at the Homewood (Illinois) Public Library, where she and her able staff, use the Net and old-fashioned print resources to find the answers to their patrons' questions.

Judi Wolinsky manages the library's Web site, teaches a class in Internet searching for librarians at the Suburban Library System, has spoken at the Internet Librarian conference and written for the journal, "Public Libraries. The Public Library Association awarded first prize for the year 2000 to her article, "Pep Talk for the Reluctant (or Novice) Librarian." Wolinsky has several popular Web sites.

The Wolinsky's live in Flossmoor, Illinois, with their sons, Adam and David, and their pup, Rufus.

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Wyatt, Mary Anne

Mary Anne Wyatt

Mary Anne Wyatt collaborated with Lise Cloutier-Steele on the book, Misinformed Consent: Women's Stories About Unnecessary Hysterectomy. Mary Anne is a researcher in molecular biology and electrochemistry. Her career has embraced both a passion for scientific research and a deep and abiding interest in the betterment of her community. In addition to researching molecular biology for six years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mary Anne has worked extensively in the private sector as a chemist in the tangential fields of physical and inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry. Mary Anne has maintained an ongoing commitment to a wide range of humanitarian causes. She has been a board member and president of several non-profit organizations, including the Florence Crittenton League for women with unplanned pregnancies, the Orenda Wildlife Trust and other conservation societies, and the New England Banjo Society. In 1989 Mary Anne was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year distinction by the Animal Protection Institute of America.

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Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories

Wyeth Ayerst Pharmaceuticals

Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, a major, multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company located in Philadelpha, PA. The company maintains the Wyeth-Ayerst Women's Health Research Institute, dedicated to the discovery of new therapies that meet the health needs of women through pharmaceuticals in areas such as hormone replacement therapy, endocrinology, and a wide range of reproductive diseases and disorders. Premarin, the world's first oral estrogen was introduced in 1942. Today, Premarin is the leading prescription estrogen replacement therapy in the United States, used by more than 8 million American women. They also manufacture Prempro and Premphase.

Note: Although Power Surge invited Wyeth-Ayerst to participate in a live forum to refute serious allegations of animal abuse regarding the manufacture of their Premarin family of drugs, and the abuse of pregnant mares whose urine is extracted to manufacture these drugs, Power Surge wishes to point out that it remains vehemently opposed to the mistreatment of hundreds of thousands of innocent pregnant mares.

At last count, there were approximately 439 producing PMU farms. Each year, more than 100,000 mares are impregnated and tied in stalls six months each year - in stalls so small they cannot turn around, take even a few steps, or comfortably lie down. Irritating rubber sacks are strapped around the mares' groins so their urine (known as PMU, or pregnant mares' urine) can be collected to make Premarin. The mares are denied free access to water so their urine will yield a more concentrated estrogen. The foals resulting from these pregnancies are considered unwanted industry "byproducts"--most are slaughtered. For those who believe the allegations of animal abuse are the result of only radical animal rights organizations, be advised that many mainstream animal's rights associations have been vocal in speaking out against Wyeth-Ayerst's inhumane treatment of animals in the production of these drugs. Read about Premarin and the abuse of innocent pregnant mares.

Finally, women aren't horses and why women take hormones made from horse urine is beyond me entirely.

-- Dearest, Power Surge Founder.

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