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Mar 18, 2016, 10:50 ET from ProfNet

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  • The Pros of Probiotics When Living With Ulcerative Colitis
  • Creative Ways to Deal With the 'Buzz' and 'Bites' of Summer
  • Five Ways to Immediately Spring Clean Your Health and Accelerate Weight Loss
  • Studying Child Prodigies Could Be Key to Autism Breakthrough
  • Home Automation/Smart Homes and the Latest Technology Available for the Home
  • Spring Cleaning: The Importance of Cleaning Your Rugs and Carpets
  • Instagramming Our Food


  • Reporter – Crain's Chicago Business (IL)
  • Social Media Manager – Colorado Springs Gazette (CO)
  • Quebec Business Reporter – Bloomberg (Quebec)


  • Giving a Good TV Interview, Part Three: Message and Interview Techniques
  • Expert Spotlight: Steven Rothberg, College Recruiter
  • Live via Satellite: Pitching Media Tours to Morning TV Shows


The Pros of Probiotics When Living With Ulcerative Colitis
Patricia Raymond, M.D.
Board Certified Gastroenterologist
While probiotics have gained widespread recognition for their general intestinal usefulness and lack of side effects, there is confusion when it comes to choosing a probiotic for the management of a serious gastrointestinal condition like ulcerative colitis (UC). Says Dr. Raymond: "A probiotic should be chosen based upon the desired outcome and for specific health conditions, such as VSL#3, the only OTC high-potency probiotic medical food clinically recognized in the dietary management of ulcerative colitis. Talk with your doctor and/or your pharmacist and do some research so you can participate in your plan of care."
Dr. Raymond, a medical expert for VSL#3, is available for interview to offer tips on how to manage UC successfully or address the many misconceptions about probiotics.
Contact: Laura Giardina,

Creative Ways to Deal With the 'Buzz' and 'Bites' of Summer
Larry Kalkstein, Ph.D.
Climatologist, Professor of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Sciences
University of Miami
Summer weather -- particularly the lack of rain -- plays a major role in how aggressive the yellowjackets will be at your picnic or poolside meal. Before you reach for the insecticide, protect the bees and kill the stings instead: "These hard-working creatures pollinate just about all of the world's species of flowering plants, including vegetables and fruit. Without their labors, we would lose one third of all we eat."
Dr. Kalkstein, an expert for Sting-Kill, the number-one choice of pharmacists for bee stings and insect bites, is available for interviews and can provide creative tips for dealing with the "buzz" and "bites" of summer, like creating a "decoy" plate of food to clear the entertainment area.
Contact: Laura Giardina,

Five Ways to Immediately Spring Clean Your Health and Accelerate Weight Loss
Dr. Elaina George
Board Certified Otolaryngologist
Dr. George shares these five tips for spring-cleaning your health: 1) Start exercising: "An increase in activity of as little as 20 minutes three times a week can make a difference in your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. You don't have to get fancy with a gym membership. Try taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, or park further from the entrance when you go to the market or mall." 2) Eat smaller portions: "You may not want to give up your junk food or fried food, but try to limit your portions. Instead of buying a six pack of soda, buy a two-liter bottle. You can better control the portions along with your intake of calories." 3) Drink more water: "The average person should be drinking one ounce per kilogram of his/her weight in water per day (1 lb = 2.2kg). Studies have shown that people eat more when they are dehydrated because the signals in the body can confuse hunger with thirst. If you are hungry, try drinking an eight- to 12-ounce glass of water before you decide to eat that snack." 4) Avoid salt: "The average American diet consists too much salt. Salt is found in everything from canned foods to frozen foods. Not only does salt make your body retain water, it also dulls your sense of taste when it comes to sugar. As a challenge, decrease the amount of salt you eat for about one week, then drink a non-diet soft drink. Not only will you lose about 3-5 pounds of water weight, but you will see that the soda is incredibly sweet. In addition, try to use sea salt." 5) Avoid high-fructose corn syrup: "Studies have shown that most products in this country are made with high-fructose corn syrup that is contaminated with mercury (a known neurotoxin). Instead try to choose foods made with cane sugar. When you drink soft drinks that are made with sugar, you will be less likely to crave salt and be able to stop with one soda because there is no 'sugar high' that leads to the craving that makes you want to have more."
Based in Atlanta, Dr. George is on the advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network, an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research. She hosts her own radio show, "Medicine On Call," and she is also a keynote speaker for many organizations. She is the author of the new book, "Big Medicine: The Cost of Corporate Control and How Doctors and Patients Working Together Can Rebuild a Better System." As a solo practitioner in private practice who is also a small-business owner, she has a unique perspective on the problems of health care delivery, the true costs of healthcare and viable solutions.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,

Studying Child Prodigies Could Be Key to Autism Breakthrough
Dr. Janet Lintala
Autism Health, Pllc
"A research team at Ohio State University have even found evidence that prodigies and autists may have a genetic link in common, a mutation on chromosome 1 that some prodigies and autists (but not their non-prodigious, non-autistic relatives) share. The prodigies themselves -- all of them -- have autistic characteristics, such as extraordinary attention to detail and a tendency toward obsession. This connection is fascinating; it offers an unexpected perspective on the riddle of the prodigies' talent and an intriguing take on what drives children to hone their skills with laser-like focus and intensity."
Dr. Lintala is the author of "The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child." She is also the mother of three boys with a variety of issues, such as Asperger's, Tourette disorder, OCD, anxiety and ADHD. She has a B.S. in genetics, and graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Salutatorian, Summa Cum Laude, from The National University of Health Sciences. She completed two mentorships at the RIMLAND Center under Dr. Elizabeth Mumper, M.D., the former medical director of The Autism Research Institute.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,

Home Automation/Smart Homes and the Latest Technology Available for the Home
Carlos De León
Vice President
The León Group
"Home automation is not simply people turning on their TV from their iPhone. There is technology out there today that, for example, allows your kids to use their fingerprint to open the door once they arrive home from school. This action will trigger a series of commands, like sending an alert to the parents notifying them of their child arriving home, turning up the heat, and turning the TV to the child's favorite station, among other things."
Based in Bridgehampton, N.Y., De León is a Gold Member of Genesis 3 Design Group with more than 25 years of technology experience. He is fluent in Spanish.
Contact: Brian Kearney,

Spring Cleaning: The Importance of Cleaning Your Rugs and Carpets
John Ahdoot
Ahdoot Oriental Rugs
"We spend most of our time inside during the winter months, and it's crucial to thoroughly clean your rugs and carpets after these months. Rugs and carpets can hold four times their weight in dirt, skin cells, and other particles than can make you ill."
Ahdoot can share tips on cleaning your rugs and carpets during spring cleaning.
Contact: Brian Kearney,

Instagramming Our Food
Morgan Poor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
University of San Diego School of Business
The act of photographing food before consuming it can actually influence our experience while eating and, as a result, shape our evaluations of the food. Additionally, it turns out the type of food matters. Indulgent foods -- not healthy foods -- are appreciated more after taking a picture. Says Poor: "If the food being photographed is inherently pleasurable -- red velvet cream cake, for example -- the individual is more likely to savor the experience of consuming that indulgence and, in effect, to enjoy the taste more. This is a result, to some extent, of delayed gratification. In creating the images, the consumer is delaying the experience of eating while also still interacting with the food. This involvement with the food actively focuses the consumer's attention on what they're about to consume and, in effect, invokes savoring."
Poor holds a Ph.D. in marketing from Indiana University. His research was published in the Journal of Consumer Marketing.
Contact: Amy Schmitz,


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