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ProfNet Experts Available on Online Pharmacies, Smokeless Tobacco, Germ Eradication, More


ProfNet Experts Available on Online Pharmacies, Smokeless Tobacco, Germ Eradication, More

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NEW YORK, July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.


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  • FDA Policy on International Online Pharmacies
  • American Cancer Society Sees Zero Cancer Risk for Smokeless Tobacco
  • Back to School: Importance of Germ Eradication and Prevention
  • Planning for Your Child's College Education
  • Four Easy Ways to Detox Your Body This Summer
  • Why Are Today's Americans Calling the Police Over Trivial Things?
  • The Past, Present and Future of Doctor Who
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FDA Policy on International Online Pharmacies
Gabriel Levitt
Millions of Americans purchase prescription drugs through international online pharmacies. The FDA recently announced drug importation is on the table for lowering drug prices for Americans. Says Levitt: "The FDA already allows imports of foreign versions of medicines to stave off shortages. Allowing lower-cost foreign versions to fight price gouging is a great idea – but it's too limited in scope. FDA-approved medicines are available at much lower-cost in Canada and the UK, for example, so clearly Americans should be allowed to import them for personal use, as long as they do so from licensed pharmacies. PharmacyChecker-verified international online pharmacies are already a lifeline of affordable prescription drugs for many, but because of the technical illegality and scare tactics by drug companies about online pharmacies, patients end up forgoing needed treatments. Perhaps this new policy by FDA will open the door to expressly permitting safe personal importation. It should."
Contact: Lucia Mueller,

American Cancer Society Sees Zero Cancer Risk for Smokeless Tobacco
Dr. Brad Rodu
Professor of Medicine
University of Louisville
"A June 11 American Cancer Society policy paper states that the Society will 'focus on the primary goal of ending deadly combustible tobacco use.' ACS researchers have estimated the number of cancer cases and deaths attributable to potentially modifiable risk factors in the United States. They identified 17 risk factors causing 660,000 cases of cancer. Cigarette smoking was the primary cause (responsible for nearly 300,000 cases), while herpes virus type 8 produced the fewest cases (1,040). Smokeless tobacco was not among the 17 risk factors -- a tacit acknowledgment that the risk of cancer from smokeless tobacco is de minimis. Taking this position, ACS seems to be abandoning its 30-year crusade against tobacco harm reduction." (See full quote here:
Dr. Rodu is a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville, where he holds an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research. For the past 20 years, Dr. Rodu has been involved in research and policy development regarding tobacco harm reduction (THR).
Contact: Mark Goldman,

Back to School: Importance of Germ Eradication and Prevention
Irwin Stromeyer
Sterile Space Infection Defense
Stromeyer is an expert on germ eradication in any public space – think daycare centers, schools, gyms, eldercare, rehab facilities, offices, restaurants, etc. He can speak on the importance of public germ eradication and the prevention of cross-contamination since germs and viruses can morph into Superbugs, which lead to pandemics (like this year in the Northeast with the deadly flu outbreak). Says Stromeyer: "The germs adapt and become resistant to our antibiotics, but humans do not adapt and, therefore, become defenseless -- think children touching contaminated surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouths and getting sick. They then can't go to daycare or school and their parents either miss time at work or go into work sick and infect the whole office. This causes companies to lose productivity. It's a vicious cycle. But there is protection out there."
Stromeyer is the owner of Sterile Space Infection Defense, which performs a terminal disinfection of all high-frequency touch points and applies an antimicrobial surface coating. This coating eradicates the vast majority of newly deposited organisms on contact. Stromeyer calls the service the Healthy Child Zone® Program. This procedure is replicated with all clients, whether a school, eldercare facility, gym, etc. Sterile Space Infection Defense is the only company in the region that offers this kind of service. While other companies only disinfect, that's only one part of the overall solution to cross-contamination infection issues.
Contact: Amy Delman,

Planning for Your Child's College Education
Steven Sirot
Think helping your child afford a college education is difficult when you are in an intact marriage? It's even harder if you're divorced or separated. According to a New York Times report, "Married parents can meet 77% of their child's financial needs in paying for college, while divorced parents can only meet 42% of that need." With 4 million college students in the United States with parents that are either separated or divorced (source: NYU Steinhardt Department of Applied Psychology), it's important to make sure you are planning correctly. Says Sirot: "A divorce should not be a roadblock to a child's long-term education goals. A college education is a necessity for success in today's competitive world."
Sirot is co-founder of College Benefits Research Group, which helps families find the right fit for their child financially, academically and socially, and now offers mediation services tailored to parents going through separation or divorce. CBRG is the only college planning firm that is offering this type of college/planning/mediation resource. To date, they have presented at NJICLE and at the NJ Association of Mediators.
Contact: Amy Delman,

Four Easy Ways to Detox Your Body This Summer
Ann Louise Gittleman
Gittleman, author of the soon-to-be-released book "Radical Metabolism: A Powerful New Plan to Blast Fat and Reignite Your Energy in Just 21 Days," can share four easy ways to detox this summer: "1) Coffee: Not only will the right coffee boost your energy, but studies show it can improve your insulin sensitivity, metabolic rate and lipid profile -- and even reduce inflammation levels in the body. Coffee has several polyphenols and other compounds that are exceedingly beneficial to metabolism, including a secret weight loss weapon called chlorogenic acid. CGA tells your body's fat cells to burn their fatty acids for fuel. Make sure your beans are organic light or medium roast for maximum benefit. 2) Dandelion: Roasted dandelion tea first thing in the morning aids digestion leading to better elimination. Dandelion also helps your liver with its detoxification processes. Like coffee, dandelion is a bitter food that gets your digestive juices flowing to stimulate good bile flow, as well as saliva, HCl, pepsin, gastrin and pancreatic enzymes. It's delicious hot or iced! 3) Bitters: Besides being the antidote to 'sweet addiction,' bitters help detox your GI tract and love your liver. Many familiar foods are considered 'bitters,' including asparagus, arugula, artichokes, cucumbers, grapefruit, basil, thyme, and dozens more -- even cacao! Working bitters into your diet several times a day is one of my top Radical Metabolism tips. 4) Watercress: Watercress soup, as featured in my 4 Day Intensive Cleanse, is a forgotten secret to cleansing and slimming. Watercress is a cousin to cabbage, arugula, and mustard greens. This peppery power-green contains ten times as many beneficial chemicals as any other fruit or vegetable -- and it's a cancer-fighter too! Add watercress to your soups, salads, and green juices to pump up your energy and detox."
Gittleman is a multi award-winning New York Times bestselling author of 30 books on weight loss, diet and detox, including women's health, men's health, perimenopause, menopause, beauty and the environment. She is frequently in the media talking about nutrition. Her forthcoming book, "Radical Metabolism," looks at "forbidden fats," forgotten flavors, and fat-busting beverages you must eat and drink in order to supercharge your metabolism, making weight loss easier than ever before. But weight loss is just the beginning – with the easy-to-follow program, you'll also enjoy greater energy, balanced mood, healthier skin, and protection against autoimmunity, gallbladder issues, type II diabetes, and other devastating health problems.
Contact: Mark Goldman,

Why Are Today's Americans Calling The Police Over Trivial Things?
Dr. John Huber
Mainstream Mental Health
"This disturbing new trend of Americans calling the police on each other for just about anything (selling water, being fouled at a basketball game, etc.) reveals a lot about our collective state of mental health. The idea of personal responsibility seems to have been all but abdicated. People seem to either be lazy or incapable of dealing with anything that ruffles their comfort zone. Also, this trend could be direct reflection of a lack of maturity among our fellow citizens. When some children don't get their way, they cry to their parents and tell on their siblings -- only now adults are doing it. The idea that the police should be used as force for one individual to infringe their will upon another individual is a tyrannical idea and not one rooted in a free society. Contacting law enforcement should be the last resort to an escalating situation, especially if it is becoming violent. Police only have limited resources, and if our fellow citizens keep calling them over trivial things, people who have genuine life-or-death emergencies may be directly impacted."
Dr. Huber is the chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for more than 20 years, Dr. Huber is a clinical forensic psychologist and a practitioner with privileges at two long-term acute-care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on more than 300 top-tier radio shows, is Law Newz's go-to clinical psychologist, and appears regularly on "America Trends" national television show. He is also the host of "Mainstream Mental Health Radio," which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today's top mental health professionals.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,

The Past, Present and Future of Doctor Who
Dr. Piers Britton
Professor, media and history
University of Redlands
Dr. Britton, an internationally recognized expert on Doctor Who and a professor of visual and media studies at the University of Redlands, is available to speak on the past, present and future of Doctor Who, particularly at this time, as anticipation builds for the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, to make her debut at Comic-Con in San Diego: "In the 2017 Christmas episode, Doctor Who's 12th and current lead actor, Peter Capaldi, ran into David Bradley playing the Doctor's first incarnation. Both versions of the Doctor are fatally ill – which, for a Time Lord, means that it's time to transform into someone new in order to survive. In Capaldi's case, that someone new is Jodie Whittaker, the first-ever female lead. Although perhaps not evident to American audiences, this is in its way a cultural watershed. Doctor Who is a national institution in the United Kingdom -- and historically a bastion of male privilege. Whittaker's casting has been warmly received by critics, former Who stars, and fans alike, but not everyone is convinced."
Dr. Britton is the author of "TARDISbound: Navigating the universes of Doctor Who" (2011).
Contact: Jennifer Dobbs,

Visit Mumbai Through the Eyes of a World Traveler Who's Been to All Seven Continents
Ajay Kaul
Author, "Mumbai Matinee"
Kaul is available to share his expertise on Mumbai, India's most populous city and its financial capital: "Mumbai's energy level was the first thing that stood out to me. The city moved at such a brisk pace. The tenderness of humanity also abounds. And on a train, men will stand to give children seating. In Mumbai, life gets shared. You are not alone."
Kaul is the author of "Mumbai Matinee," a truth-based fiction that acts as both memoir and travelogue. Once you read Kaul's stories, you'll want to book your plane ticket to India.
Contact: Scott Lorenz,



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