ProfNet Expert Alerts Available on Healthcare Workforce, New Year's Resolutions, Muslims in Western Society, More

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Dec 11, 2015, 08:09 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Trump's View on Muslims
  • Muslims in Western Society
  • Healthcare Workforce Demand to Explode Within Next Decade: New Federal Projections
  • Keeping Your New Year's Resolution: There's an App for That
  • Healthy Eating and Not Depriving Yourself During the Holidays
  • The Psychology of Magic and Illusions
  • New Study Says Vegetarians More Prone to Mental Health Problems


  • Producer – Bloomberg Radio (NY)
  • News Editor – Daily Press (VA)
  • Managing Editor – Dallas Business Journal (TX)


  • Holiday Life Hack: How to Manage Out-of-Office Emails
  • The New Business Card: Using a Book to Expand Your Business
  • PR Newswire Media Moves, Dec. 7 Edition


Trump's View on Muslims
Gordon Quan
Immigration Lawyer
Quan Law Group, PLLC in Houston
"Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims is wrong on many levels. Have we as a nation not learned that Americans are not defined by religion and race? America learned a lesson from the paranoia toward Japanese-Americans during WWII that the information of disloyalty had no merit. It is difficult to determine all of the positive impact Muslims have made. Just as the movie 'A Day Without a Mexican,' it would be interesting to see the benefits of persons of Islamic faith. Who and how does the government discern with certainty the faith and beliefs of any individual? If one truly wishes ill to the U.S., they can claim whatever faith they wish. Faith is not determined simply by region, nationality, appearance and name."
Contact: Mary Flood,

Muslims in Western Society
Edward Curtis IV
Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts, Professor of Religious Studies
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
"The problem of anti-Muslim prejudice in our politics goes well beyond Donald Trump. There's a softer, more acceptable form of bias that gets expressed in the notion that 'we,' meaning America and the West, are engaged in a broad life-or-death struggle against 'them.' Others casually use the phrase 'radical Islam,' a dangerously vague terminology that, especially in translation, risks branding a whole religion and its billion-and-a-half adherents as incompatible with Western values. Such hyperbole fundamentally distorts the ways in which Muslims have always been a part -- often an integral part -- of Western societies, nation and culture."
Curtis is co-editor, Journal of Africana Religions, and editor, Bloomsbury Reader on Islam in the West.
Contact: H. Diane Brown,

Healthcare Workforce Demand to Explode Within Next Decade: New Federal Projections
Susan Salka
President and CEO
AMN Healthcare
"The tremendous growth in demand for healthcare workers is one of the top issues facing the healthcare industry, and now the nation. Findings just released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the need for these jobs will not only continue and rise throughout the next decade, but expand to include additional roles beyond physicians and nurses, such as physical therapists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners. Solutions are at hand to address the impact of critical workforce shortages, but healthcare providers must begin now to meet this immense challenge."
According to projections released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Dec. 8, healthcare will become the nation's largest employment sector in the next decade, surpassing all other industries in job growth and representing one in four new jobs by 2024. Healthcare industries, particularly home healthcare and outpatient centers, will be the fastest-growing industries in the country, while total job openings for healthcare will exceed 5 million from 2014-2024. The federal labor statistics show that there will be nearly 1.1 million job openings for registered nurses alone the will need to be filled. Salka recently shared predictions regarding the imminent surge in retirements among Baby Boomer nurses that are only strengthened by these federal findings. She is available to comment on the impact of this growing demand for healthcare workers, and how medical facilities can and should prepare to meet the challenges of this impending workforce boom.
Contact: Lisa Santacruz,

Keeping Your New Year's Resolution: There's an App for That
Michael Mulvihill
When it comes to New Year's resolutions, the odds are definitely not in your favor -- 45% of us make them, but only 8% succeed (see While there are mobile apps for tracking certain habits, few if any are grounded in behavioral science, where findings show that the best way to change habits is to focus users on small, easily managed habits and, as positive habits become ingrained, move toward bigger target behaviors -- promoting physical activity, improved sleep, better eating, positive emotion, etc. Says Mulvihill: "Good habits take practice. It's hard to resist the big gesture, the dramatic resolution you unveil to family, friends, and colleagues, promising a new and vastly improved you. But it's the incremental, more modest resolutions that are easier to sustain."
Mulvihill is CEO of ORCAS, developers of MindSet: the Good Habit App.
Contact: Charles Epstein,

Healthy Eating and Not Depriving Yourself During the Holidays
Chef Andrew Dole, CEC, RDN
The Art Institute of Colorado
"Stressing over whether you should eat your holiday favorites or settle for the low-fat healthy substitute does more harm than good. You only have to be good 80% of the time. Enjoying great food at Christmas dinner won't ruin your week or even your year. It's one maybe two days out of the year. Holiday and weight loss shouldn't even be in the same sentence together. Focus more on portion control and being satisfied."
Dole can speak about ways to responsibly enjoy all of the holidays' delicious food, why it's important to not deprive yourself, and how doing so can actually lead to eating more. He is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist (RDN), a culinary instructor at The Art Institute of Colorado, and the owner of Body Fuel SPN.
Contact: Mandy Wilson,

The Psychology of Magic and Illusions
Carl Christman
Mentalist and Magician
Guide Media LLC
"Magicians have a long history of using psychology to fool people. It's not that the hand is quicker than the eye, but that the mind is predictable and easy to misdirect. Many of the principles used by magicians can be adapted by others to help them read people and influence them more effectively."
Christman is a teacher, author, and mentalist. He is a member of Hollywood's famous Magic Castle and The British Society of Mystery Entertainers. He is a popular entertainer at upscale venues and colleges across the country, where audiences marvel at his ability to get inside their minds. His bestselling book, "How to Read Minds and Influence People," explores communication from a radically different perspective.
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New Study Says Vegetarians More Prone to Mental Health Problems
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
People on meatless diets are found to be more prone to mental health problems, such as depression, panic disorders and obsessive-compulsive behavior. Referring to some Australian and German studies, a recent article says people consuming plant-based diets are at a greater risk of anxiety and panic attacks as well as depression. This finding is endorsed by the German study, which says that vegetarians are 15 percent more likely to experience depressive conditions. The German study further says they are also twice as likely to suffer from anxiety disorders. Says Birnbaum: "Despite the findings of this study, many vegetarians may indeed be happier and less stressed than those who eat meat. One of the primary reasons for this is that vegetarians tend to be purpose-driven individuals who feel good about what they eat and knowing that they are not supporting factory farming or harm to animals. Because vegetarians are also very selective of what they eat, they are more likely to eat fresh foods and less likely to ingest genetically modified foods, which could have a negative impact on the body. When our bodies feel good, we feel good mentally. I think that there needs to be much more research on this subject matter before people can conclude in the long term that vegetarianism has any negative impact on a person's mental health."
Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is a research psychologist, psychoanalyst and author of "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness.
Contact: Ryan Goldman,



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