Experts

This page contains interviews with well respected and renowned experts… individuals who are esteemed in their fields, and who share their expertise, ideas, strategies, and experience to help people interested in improving their coping skills.

My guest is Fabio Viviani, a master chef, an the author of the new book, "Fabio's 30-Minute Italian: Over 100 Fabulous, Quick, and Easy Recipes". We talk about how he got interested in cooking, how he went on from his start in Italy to grow a multifaceted cooking empire, and how cooking (and eating!) can help you cope.

My guest on this episode is NASA astronaut, Col. Jerry Ross. We discuss his astronaut career, what records he holds as an astronaut, the pure joy he experienced doing his first space walk, and his book, " Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer ".

A fascinating book that discusses human motivation, where it comes from, and how it affects our life, is called "Payoff: The Hidden Logic that Shapes Our Motivations." The author, Dan Ariely, is my guest. We discuss what motivation is, how it affects our behavior, what we can do improve our lives with this understanding, and what got him interested in this topic in the first place.

One of the most important components in our psychological well-being is our self-esteem. But what exactly is self-esteem? And if yours is not healthy enough, what can you do about it? My guest is Dr. Glenn Schiraldi, an expert in self-esteem, and author of The Self-Esteem Workbook."

My guest in this episode is NASA astronaut Mike Massimino. We discuss what led to his interest to becoming an astronaut, some of the difficulties he had to cope with while an astronaut, and his book, "Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe".

An up and coming way of providing health services is called telehealth. When applied to mental health services, it's called telemental health. My guest in this episode is Dr. David Luxton, a clinical psychologist in the state of Washington, and author of the new book, "A Practitioner's Guide to Telemental Health". We discuss this new, high-tech way of "providing health services from a distance".


This show features a conversation with Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon who, as a result of a near-death experience in 2008, wrote a book called "Proof of Heaven" in 2012. His 2014 follow-up, "The Map of Heaven", is also a best-seller. We discuss new findings in the understanding of the brain and consciousness.

Dr. Bernie Siegel is a physician turned author, who has written several well-known books including, “Love, Medicine, and Miracles”, “How to Live Between Office Visits” and “Prescriptions for Living: Inspirational Lessons for a Joyful, Loving Life”. He is internationally known as an expert on the relationship between the patient and the healing process as it evolves throughout one's life.

First aired in 2004, this discussion is with one of the most famous psychologists in history. We discuss the development of innovative psychological strategies from its earliest roots to the modern form of cognitive therapy in use worldwide today.

Jennifer Jaff, Founder and Executive Director of the organization Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, Inc., is my guest. We discuss some of the specific practical, financial and emotional ways that chronic illness can affect people, and how this organization can help provide legal assistance as well as support.

Dr. Donald Tanenbaum, an experienced dentist who specializes in facial pain, TMD, and sleep related breathing disorders, is my guest. He is the author of the new book, “Doctor: Why Does My Face Still Ache?” We discuss what makes facial pain so difficult to deal with, what can be done about it, and much more.

Penney Cowan, the founder and CEO of the American Chronic Pain Association, is my guest. We discuss chronic pain, its causes, what can be done about, and the role the American Chronic Pain Association has played in helping people living with pain for more than 30 years.

Dr. Noel Rose is an internationally renowned expert in autoimmune disease; he has been doing research in this specialty for more than 50 years. Dr. Rose was instrumental in establishing the whole field of autoimmunity, and his textbook, “The Autoimmune Diseases” is a classic. He is currently professor of pathology and molecular microbiology and immunology and Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Autoimmune Disease Research, and is Chairman Emeritus of the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association.

Dr. Deborah Serani is the author of a new book, “Living With Depression: Why Biology and Biography Matter along the Path to Hope and Healing”. We discuss how her personal life contributed to the writing of the book, types of depression, treatment for depression, and many other issues in a motivating, inspiring conversation.

Psychologist Dr. Ofer Zur is my guest, and we discuss “The Crisis of the Digital Divide in the Family.” We talk about how most members of the “older generations” (the digital immigrants) approach the internet and modern technology very differently than most members of the “younger generations” (the digital natives), and what the implications are for family relationships, child development, and the use of technology in everyday life.

Steve Andreas, author of the book, “Transforming Negative Self-Talk,” is my guest. We discuss how to recognize ways that negative talk affects you, the modes of negative self-talk, how to change the way you talk to yourself, and other factors, such as music, that can help.

The whole issue of verbal abuse affects many people. The comments of my guest, Patricia Evans, can be very helpful, both in understanding, and dealing with the problem. We discuss what verbal abuse is, and what you can do about it, as well as talking about her latest book “Victory Over Verbal Abuse”.

Virtually everyone knows someone who has an autoimmune disease… there are over 100 of them. There is only one national nonprofit health agency dedicated to bringing a national focus to autoimmunity, the major cause of serious chronic diseases (affecting approximately 50 million Americans!), and that is the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). This show features the founder and President of AARDA, Virginia Ladd.

The oldest advocacy organization for people with lupus is the Lupus Foundation of America. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with chapters across the country, the Lupus Foundation focuses both on research to hopefully lead to a cure for the disease, and educational and support services for people living with lupus. This show features Lupus Foundation president and CEO Sandra Raymond.

Dr. Daniel Wallace is a renowned rheumatologist and author, attending physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Internationally respected as a leading expert on lupus, Dr. Wallace is the author of “The Lupus Book”. He is also a former board member of the Lupus Foundation of America, and the founder of Lupus LA.

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