Our first guest is Bryon Daily, Myeloma Link Community Outreach Manager for LLS and Myeloma survivor, to discuss his personal cancer experience, the work is he doing with LLS to support patients, families, and caregivers throughout their cancer journey, and more about myeloma. A global leader in the fight against cancer dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Bryon is a multiple myeloma survivor and staunch advocate for closing the disparity gap in healthcare. Diagnosed in early 2018, Bryon went through several months of chemotherapy leading up to an autologous bone marrow transplant. Since his diagnosis, he has taken up bicycling and dedicates time to speaking publicly about the importance of self-advocacy and risk mitigation related to health and wellness. For more information either call 844-955-LINK/ 844-955-5465 to speak with an LLS Information Specialist and learn how you can participate in Myeloma Link or for information on LLS’s wide array of other resources and programs or visit LLS.org
The second guest today is Susan M. King, M.D., F.A.C.S, she is in the private practice of Otology and Neurotology at the Ear Medical Group. Today she will discuss the clinical trials underway where patients can receive a potential new therapy that could actually reverse hearing loss. Recruitment for this clinical trial is underway in more than 25 states. Doctors are eager to enroll even more people to help advance this new technology, with the hope of one day improving the standard of care for millions of people with hearing loss. In Cincinnati, Ohio the clinical trial will be held at the University of Cincinnati at 231 Albert Sabin Way. Dr. King is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and is a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, contributing to the training of surgical residents. Dr. King is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf and is serving on the Women in Medicine Committee of the Bexar County Medical Society. Dr. King’s practice focuses on disorders of the ear and related structures, particularly disorders of hearing and balance. She surgically treats tumors of the temporal bone, cranial nerves, and the base of the skull. Dr. King is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf and is serving on the Women in Medicine Committee of the Bexar County Medical Society. Remember for more information go to Clara Health Hearing Studies
Chef Christine Ha was the first blind contestant on Master Chef and won the show’s third season. She is also a renowned restaurateur, entrepreneur, and author. Christine was born an only child in Los Angeles to parents who emigrated from Saigon, following the Vietnam War. In 2003 at 23 years old, she was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD), an unpredictable autoimmune disease caused by inflammation in the central nervous system (the optic nerve, brain stem, and spinal cord), and began losing her vision. By 2007, she was almost completely blind. Christine has also authored a New York Times best-selling cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen, opened two restaurants in Houston, hosted a cooking show for the visually impaired, and served as a culinary envoy on behalf of the American Embassy, and travels the world giving TEDx Talks. For more information on Chef Christine Ha go to her website at The Blind Cook.
Joining Chef Christine to talk about NMOSD is Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams a board-certified neurologist, fellowship-trained multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist, author, international speaker, MS expert, and researcher who is passionate about supporting those affected by neurologic autoimmune disorders. She is also the Founder and CEO of Joi Life Wellness Group Multiple Sclerosis Center™️, where she provides specialized MS care. Dr. Mitzi received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University and received her Doctor of Medicine Degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Internship, Neurology Residency, and Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship at Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly MCG), where she received numerous awards and served as Chief Resident of the Neurology Residency Program. For more information go to Joi Life Wellness.
Our next guest today is Neal Barnard, MD, FACC; Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.; President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Today Dr. Barnard talks about Type 2 diabetes and why it is more common than ever and can lead to serious health complications. But research by Dr. Neal Barnard shows that simple food changes can reduce the need for medications and sometimes make all signs of diabetes disappear.
Dr. Barnard shows how to put those findings to work in his new book Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health. In this book, he shares the science of how foods can control not just insulin, but other hormones, too. That gives us new power over a broad range of conditions, including weight gain, infertility, menopausal symptoms, thyroid problems, and many others. For more information go to Your Body in Balance
Our last guest is Jonathan Chen, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He will discuss advances in congenital and acquired heart conditions. His clinical research has primarily been directed toward surgical issues in complex congenital heart care and cardiac transplantation (focusing on advances in operative techniques, outcomes research, and transplantation for congenital heart disease), with a particular emphasis on the development of mechanical ventricular assist devices for children, as well as stem-cell-based valved conduits for pediatric application. February was American Heart Month. For more information please visit HEART.CHOP.EDU