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“Old age ain’t no place for sissies,” H. L. Mencken declared. It’s especially true the way Marshall Ulrich does it.

This July, to celebrate his 60th birthday, Ulrich will climb two deadly mountains in the same week — right after he finishes running 146 miles across the hottest place on earth.

During the climbs, he and his fellow mountaineers will be roped in, but the best insurances against plummeting off Mount Eiger (13,025 feet) and the Matterhorn (14,692 feet) are strength and experience, both of which Ulrich has in legendary measure. He’ll need them: the Eiger has earned the nicknames “the Ogre” and Mordwand (German: “death wall”) because more than 60 people have perished while trying to scale the north face since 1935. The Matterhorn has claimed even more lives: 500 since it was first climbed in 1865. This fact just makes Ulrich all the more eager to conquer them. 

But this is not the first time he has thumbed his nose at advancing age:

• In 2008, when he was 57 years old, Ulrich ran 3,063 miles (the equivalent of 117 back-
 to-back marathons) across the United States, breaking records set by men more than 15
 years his junior.

• Four years earlier, he had ascended Mount Everest.

• To mark his 50th birthday in 2001, he had run across Death Valley four times in a row for  a total of nearly 600 miles, crossing the scorching desert and going up and down Mount
 Whitney in order to raise money for orphans.

This time he will run the Death Valley route just once as his warm-up to the Alps climbs. The infamous Badwater Ultramarathon, dubbed by National Geographic as the toughest footrace in the world, accounts for the first 135 miles but then Ulrich, a 4-time winner and 16-time finisher in this race, never stops at the finish line. He always runs up Mount Whitney and back to make it 146 miles, just because … well, just because.

Earlier this year, Ulrich debuted his memoir, Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America (Avery; $26). He is frequently asked why he waited so long to write it because his athletic accomplishments warranted examination sooner than this, readers say. Ulrich responds that he is glad he waited, as this book is richer and more reflective than one he might have written as a younger man. “Before, I didn’t feel qualified to speak with authority,” he admits, though most would argue the point. “Finally, I felt comfortable to write about something more than sport, to communicate some valuable lessons I’ve learned about living.”

It is also because an important element in the book is a recounting of how Ulrich met his wife late in life and how she taught him to love again after great personal tragedy. He credits her not only with helping him to become a better man but also with being essential to his completing this epic, record-setting transcontinental run.

Ulrich has been competing in extreme endurance sports for nearly three decades, but he didn’t start his athletic career in high school as did most peak performers. It wasn’t until his thirties that Ulrich discovered his formidable talent for ultrarunning and set records on some of the world’s toughest courses. In his forties, he became an innovator in the sport, finishing feats of endurance no one had accomplished before and many of which no one will ever attempt to beat. And then he diversified into adventure racing, taking on multi-day team events requiring a combination of such skills as long-distance trail running, ocean paddling, mountain biking, and (on occasion) camel riding.

As he entered his fifties, he was hailed by Trail Runner magazine as one of the legends of the trail; Outside crowned him “Endurance King,” and Adventure Sports highlighted him as an athlete “Over Fifty and Kicking Your Butt.” That’s when he started climbing and went to the top of the highest mountains on every continent, reaching all seven summits on his first attempts.

So Running On Empty is both a love story and a thrilling look into the life of someone who has accomplished more than most people can comprehend–and who continues to take on new challenges to show that the human body and the will to endure are miraculous indeed. For Ulrich, there are no such things as “too old,” “too far,” or “too difficult.”

For a closer look at the life of this extraordinary man, please visit his website at:



Dean Karnazes, acclaimed endurance athlete and bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner: “Marshall is The Man. Definitively. His run across America at the age of 57 sealed that distinction forever. He’s living proof that endurance never sleeps, never gets old, never tires. Nothing can stop him, and that gives us all hope, gives us resolve to keep trying.”

Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place and subject of 127 Hours: “Usually, graceful would be applied to a runner’s form. With Marshall Ulrich, it’s even more apt a descriptor of his spirit, his soul, which he generously shares with us in Running on Empty. Tempting as it might also be to describe him as superhuman, Marshall has fallen and struggled and risen and struggled some more. His story, therefore, is ours, and whatever one might admire in him is also, therefore, in each of us.”

Mark Burnett, Emmy-award winning producer of Survivor, Eco-Challenge, The Apprentice, and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? “Marshall and I go way back to the first Eco-Challenge in 1995. An athlete of astonishing grit both then and now, he never fails to push the limits of his sport, no matter what extreme endurance event he’s chosen. Running on Empty tells the story of Marshall’s greatest test: reading it, you get a sense of how tough this man is, but there’s also a bit of Everyman in Marsh.  He’s an inspiration to all of us.”


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Unstoppable in Stilettos – A Girl’s Guide to Living Tall in a Small World

Ascot Media Group (Press Release) – New York, NY, May 29, 2011 – Standing 4 feet, 2 inches tall in flats (which she would never be caught dead in anyway), Lauren Ruotolo’s preferred method of transportation is her stiletto heels, and she utilizes them to do everything from hailing cabs in mid-town Manhattan to traipsing along the streets of exotic, ancient places like Greece and Turkey. But how does a girl with a rare genetic disease, McCune-Albright Syndrome, who was originally predicted to live a wheelchair-bound existence become so adventurous, self-assured, successful, and . . . unflappable?

Instead of being hovered over by enabling parents, Lauren tells us in her new book, Unstoppable in Stilettos: A Girl’s Guide to Living Tall in a Small World (HCI Books — $14.95 – October 2010), she was treated the same as her fully-able siblings and subsequently became the role model big sister to them (and landed a hot boyfriend, to boot!). Truly unstoppable, she rose to become Director of Entertainment Promotions for Hearst Magazines.

Lauren Ruotolo avoided the label of “disabled” through uniquely discovering who she really is and thus avoiding playing the label game. The little girl with the big voice, Ruotolo is a combination of roaring personality, great mind, and humble soul, with a heart bigger than any shoe closet of Carrie Bradshaw. Part of that heart fills this book, as Ruotolo offers the entertaining evolution of a little girl in a big world to living tall in a small one, with advice and encouragement for any woman of any age who is still finding her way.

About the Author:

Lauren Ruotolo is the Director of Entertainment Promotions at Hearst Magazines in New York City, where she is responsible for developing strategic key partnerships with TV & cable networks, music labels, and movie studios. She recently helped produce E!’s Style Network show about the inner workings at Marie Claire fashion magazine and is working on three one-hour specials with Scripps Networks for Esquire and The Food Network & Good Housekeeping magazine.  Lauren joined Hearst Magazines from TV Guide Magazine, where she was the Director of Consumer Marketing & Promotions and created the first ever U.S. newsstand promotion with a CD on the cover featuring Elvis Presley.

Ruotolo’s first-person essay “Get Shorty,” shared her philosophies on living with the rare genetic disorder McCune-Albright syndrome, was published in Marie Claire magazine in 2009, and was one of the most-responded to articles in Marie Claire. Currently Lauren just published her first book titled “Unstoppable in Stilettos—A girls guide to living tall in a small world.” In this book Ruotolo discusses her struggles and achievements  growing up as a disabled person plus offers her advice on life known as “Lauren Lesson’s” on how to achieve everything you want in life even when life throws lemons at you.

Ruotolo has been interviewed on many nationally syndicated television shows as The Nate Berkus Show & Wendy Williams and was on Oprah’s book list for the top ten titles to pick up in 2011, plus has been interviewed on many local news broadcasts promoting her message of empowerment.  Besides writing and working full time Lauren is on the advisory board of Glamour Gals, Love Our Children USA, and is an active member in the NY chapter of Women in Communications and Step Up for Women. She currently lives in NYC with her long time boyfriend Nelson.

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Coming Out Of The Closet Of Old-Fashioned Ideas And Embracing ‘Womenopause’

Ascot Media Group (Press Release) – Cambridge, MA, May 29, 2011- Even in our modern world, ‘menopause’ still bears a stigma and people still speak about it softly for fear that it might be contagious.  Truth is, every woman has to go through it; there is no way to avoid it – so why not get the best possible information to help in the transition?  Doctors Lovera Wolf Miller and David C. Miller understand this and it is a primary reason they wrote Womenopause: Stop Pausing and Start Living (O-Books) – an exceptional book that acts as an informative yet compassionate guide through menopause.

Even the most self-assured woman anticipates menopause with dread; conjuring up visions of decline and even associating it with losing their looks – or worse, possibly even their husband!   Womenopause was written to help the over six thousand women reaching menopause in America every single day, and Drs. David and Lovera Miller recognize that there is a real need for help on this sensitive subject that encompasses more than half of a woman’s lifetime between peri-menopause and post-menopause. 

Womenopause is a breath of fresh air to many women because it offers real solutions on everything from hormones and hot flashes, brain and bone preservation, breast health, skin, fitness, food, sleep, to intimacy and more.  In other words, it is packed with thirty years of proven success rather than a swing in trends that has become ‘the cure du jour!’ 

The superior credentials of both doctors authenticate how they have devoted their lives to helping menopausal women.  Dr. Lovera is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and a certified menopause practitioner.  Dr. David Miller is boarded in pain and anesthesiology, taught neuroanatomy at UCLA, was an instructor of courses in physiology and neurophysiology, and is also a certified menopause practitioner.

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Sharon J. Parish, M.D
Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein School of Medicine: “…it’s a fabulous book. Womenopause is a very well-rounded, comprehensive compendium on the female transition commonly termed menopause. …offer a refreshing look at a natural process that affects every aspect of the midlife woman’s health and well-being. They challenge standard social concepts of menopause as well as provide a new paradigm that focuses on vitality and wellness. The book offers a clear and understandable, yet thorough and scientifically sound explanation of the physiology of menopause and the anticipated physical, psychological and mental changes. The authors offer a well-balanced view of available remedies for symptoms including hormonal, non-hormonal-pharmaceutical, and alternative treatments. Also, they nicely discuss behavioral and lifestyle approaches. This book is a tremendous resource for any woman seeking to employ an intelligent and multifaceted approach to the Womenopause transition.”

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Doctors Prescribe Bedroom, Not Pharmacy, In Their ‘10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health’

Ascot Media Group (Press Release) – Southlake, Texas, April 25, 2011 – They aren’t suggesting you cajole your spouse into bed with the plaintive wail, “But honey, it’s doctor’s orders!”  Some might try that approach, of course, but the physicians who wrote “Stay Young: 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health” are simply saying that sex is good for you.

It’s all there in Chapter 8 – by far the most talked-about pages of “Stay Young” (George House Publishing, 2010), a hot-selling book from authors Mark Anderson, MD; Walter Gaman, MD; and Judith Gaman, health expert and public speaker.

The book’s cover depicts an attractive, naked couple cuddling under the sheets, so you know right away this isn’t your typical health and wellness guide. But don’t go looking for pure titillation in Chapter 8. The doctors present their case in a straightforward, convincing manner and support it with case studies and facts. But there’s no denying they have turned health into an – ahem – exciting topic, and when’s the last time you saw the word “sexy” next to healthcare?

“The fountain of youth can be found between the sheets,” said Dr. Anderson, who, along with the Gamans, runs Executive Medicine of Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  “Frequent intercourse causes the brain to release human growth hormone, which helps maintain youth.”

Dr. Gaman points out that “middle-aged men who have sex five times a week can lower the risk for prostate cancer by 33 percent, compared to those that have sex only five times a month.”

Judy Gaman adds another startling fact: “Vigorous sex three times a week for a year is the equivalent caloric burn as walking 75 miles.”

Staying Young: 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health is the first health book to include a weekly orgasm chart so readers can log their number of orgasms and how long they engaged in sex each day.

Is more always better? Whether or not a point of diminishing returns exists, Dr. Anderson is convinced that “having sex can increase your immunity. A recent study showed that sexual intercourse at least three times a week can increase IGA, a protein that acts as an antibody by binding to pathogens that enter the body.”

For more information, contact Executive Medicine of Texas at 817-552-4300 or see their website at


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The down-to-earth doctor puts healthy holistic lifestyles within readers’ reach in time for New Years

At some point in their lives, most Americans face the high-cost, high-risk traditional medical system.  Soon afterward they are fed up with it.  But now Dr. Tom Potisk’s book, Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages (Maven Mark Books), offers a healthy holistic alternative to common ailments and corporate healthcare options from a refreshing new perspective.

This book is changing American healthcare culture by retrieving control from greedy and abusive corporations and politicians and restoring it to the people.  Dr. Potisk helps readers end over-reliance on traditional medical care.  Specific solutions are provided for over 40 common ailments including fibromyalgia, colic, headaches, infections, and bedwetting.  Readers can apply Dr. Potisk’s nutrition and health expertise to their lives and immediately reap the rewards.

Internationally renowned and loved, Dr. Potisk has earned the nickname the “Down-to-Earth Doctor” because of his easy-going conversational style of teaching do-it-yourself natural health techniques. In a conversational style Dr. Potisk supplies readers of Whole Health Healing with practical, realistic advice about saving money on health care, the truth about ‘real’ health, the five most dangerous exercises, ways to enjoy eating without gaining weight, and how to raise healthier children. True dramatic patient anecdotes that run the emotional gamut from humorous to tragic empower and motivate readers to obtain optimum health.  The author includes observations of healthier cultures from his many travels to remote and exotic locales; he even reveals the secrets of his own family’s extraordinary wellness.
This unique book provides easy to follow, budget friendly, safe, and effective natural options for dozens of common maladies.  One example of these practical and inexpensive holistic health tips is for readers with knee injuries.  The book includes an illustrated description of a remarkably effective, simple, and safe self-applied knee-stretching maneuver that requires only a bath towel to be effective.  Another example of the economical, holistic health improvement lessons supplies readers suffering from cholesterol problems with a natural regimen that has worked wonders for many of his patients.  Seniors and parents receive special attention in the book: there’s a special chapter for advanced-age health and another for raising healthier children.

Either celebrities or “medical defectors” with minimal, if any, training and experience with holistic, natural healthcare have written many of the books on holistic health, but Whole Health Healing relies on a quarter century of training and experience of one of America’s leading natural healthcare practitioners.  Dr. Potisk is a real holistic doctor who has helped thousands of patients in one of the largest holistic health clinics, which he founded in 1985.  He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and trained for hundreds of hours and is certified in nutritional counseling and wellness, and was elected Chiropractor of the Year, extensively publishes and lectures in his community.  Dr. Potisk lives holistically on a farm in Wisconsin with his wife and 3 children.  His goal is to improve lives by empowering people to make wiser healthcare decisions.

Readers can purchase Whole Health Healing and learn other interesting information about this unique and innovative speaker, healthcare specialist, and author at Dr. Potisk’s website:  .



Brian Lampe, chair CEO Ministries: “I rarely buy books about health after being let down by several that I found to be over-hyped and written by either celebrities or medical “defectors” with little holistic health training. But upon a recommendation of a friend, I bought Dr Potisk’s book and was blown away at his ability to write in a conversational style I can understand and with information I can put to use right now. I’ve already lost 35 pounds by just following a few of his simple suggestions. It’s easy to recognize his training and experience with the subject, and I love all the little stories he uses from his experiences in his practice, his own family, and his travels to remote places. I’m now getting my wife and child on this new healthy path Dr Potisk makes so easy to follow.”

Dr. Jerry Zelm, author of What Your Doctor Never Told You: “This book contains cutting edge, useful information for everybody. This is the answer to the health care crisis in the US. Thanks to Dr. Tom’s help, I’m enjoying an active, healthy life at age 63.”

Suzy Cohen, RPh, author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist and Drug Muggers: “Whole Health Healing is a well-researched and surprisingly entertaining book. Dr. Potisk is clearly ‘’outraged’ at the current American ‘sickness-care’ system, and it has lit a fire within him to inspire others to get well naturally. If more doctors were like him, we’d all be healthier for it.”

Kira Henschel, MavenMark Books: “Tom Potisk is one of the most caring, sincere proponents of natural healthcare I know. He is a skilled chiropractor, an eloquent and dynamic speaker…and all in all, a wonderful person to know and work with. …’Whole Health Healing’ [is] a great resource for people of all ages, with straightforward advice, wry humor, and excellent holistic information.”

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