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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.

Visit Lauren on Facebook, follow her on Twitter (laurenjaenyc), or log onto www.laurenruotolo.com

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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.

Please visit their informative websites at: www.womenopausebook.com and www.womenopauseinteractive.com


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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 www.emtexas.com.

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One Woman’s Tireless Efforts Bring Hope to the Hopeless

Ascot Media Group (Press Release) – Houston, TX, May 28, 2011 — Everyone on the island of Isla Mujeres knows Alison Sawyer Current – she is the woman who has dedicated her life to rescuing and caring for abused and discarded animals whose future would be extremely bleak without her intervention.  She has helped to decrease the pet population through ongoing spay and neuter programs, education, vaccinations and adoption.  Perhaps the following true story and its outcome best describes what Alison deals with on a daily basis and what keeps her going in spite of such adversity:

This story is about Roco, a callously abused dog, who was brought to Alison as a last resort after tourists gave the owner money to take Roco to the vet and then realized that the owner’s only goal was spending the money at the closest bar to drink to Roco’s health!  Out of all the sad cases she had seen over the years, Roco was one of the saddest. The owner had kept him on the roof of his house and regularly forgot to feed or water him, or provide any kind of shelter from the unrelenting sun – even leaving him there while the roof was being re-tarred!  Needless to say, Roco had tar matted into 70% of the fur covering his body, and in the moist, warm place that was between his skin and the tar there thrived every kind of parasite imaginable. Using a sharp blade, Alison had to slowly cut the fur under the tar until it could be peeled off like cloth! 

Roco’s feet and his ears were completely full of tics and infection and even after Alison removed as many tics as she could and bathed him – he was still anything but a pretty sight!  But what made this sad sight even sadder, was that Roco eyes were rimmed with infection and he was found to have a serious eye condition that almost cost him his sight. The condition was so severe that under more normal circumstances it might have required more than one operation – in Roco’s case, the vets at the spay and neuter clinic had to operate no less than five times!  

That was six years ago and, thanks to Alison and her volunteers, Roco is now a healthy, happy dog with a shiny black coat who thinks he is king of the castle at Isla Animals – a title he so rightly earned and deserves! 

Isla Animals has proudly saved the lives of over 4,450 dogs in the past decade and Alison Sawyer Current, also a writer who selflessly donates her book’s proceeds to saving more animals, is the operator of this unofficial humane society. To see more of this organization and their amazing work, please visit their website at: www.islaanimals.org.


A famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi says it all: The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

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Groundbreaking Information Helps Diagnose Silent Seizures Early And Could Change The Lives of Thousands Of Children Diagnosed With Autism

Ascot Media Group (Press Release) – Houston, TX, May 28, 2011 – We know that autism is a physical condition that is linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills.  Silently Seizing: Autism’s Hidden Syndrome (CJL Publishing) by Caren Haines, RN, is a breakthrough book that explores what most doctors won’t tell you – that in some cases the symptoms of autism are caused by seizures undetectable with standard diagnostic tools. 

This is a first-of-its-kind book that explores this little-known but crucial relationship between autism and seizures that has been hidden until recently, resulting in a heartrending outcome for children who are not receiving effective treatment because the seizure element is not addressed. That is, until now. Thankfully, because of innovative clinicians and researchers who acknowledge that in order to accurately diagnose autism it is imperative to look for seizure activity in the brain, there is help.

Many doctors have seen first-hand that children show measurable gains when treated early on for seizures and many of these children actually end up having their autism diagnosis replaced with a diagnosis of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE), which is easily manageable with the right medications.  As the doctors who have generously shared their wisdom in this book understand – if an unrecognized seizure disorder turns out to be the culprit then treating it can produce a miracle of healing for these children. 

Caren Haines, the author of Silently Seizing, is a registered nurse with extensive medical experience.  She has done exhaustive research for her notable book, together with input from parents of autistic children, as well as help from colleagues and medical experts.  Caren has already helped families coping with this strife to become free from the debilitating episodes of seizure and psychosis which can literally bring a family to its knees.  For more information, please visit her website at:  www.silentlyseizing.com.

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Doctoring with the Stars: Two Texas Physicians Use Concierge Approach to Treat the Rich and Famous

Where do rock stars, pro athletes, actors and politicians go for their health care? We never seem to see Lady Gaga or Brad Pitt sitting in a crowded, sneezy-cough group clinic waiting room.
 
The rich and famous, of course, have always had access to private doctors, but many are now taking advantage of a new service called The Concierge Package at Executive Medicine of Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Physician partners Mark Anderson and Walter Gaman describe Executive Medicine of Texas as “a luxury you can’t afford to live without.”

Celebrities and business barons fly in from all over the world to get first-class personal attention. Staffers at Executive Medicine of Texas arrange airport transportation and security if needed, and the patients are guaranteed complete confidentiality as they are treated to a suite of medical services, from blood biomarker testing to virtual colonoscopies, from nuclear medicine imaging to wellness and lifestyle assessments.

Patients measure their face-time with the doctors not in minutes, but in hours. Most get a half-day for the first full work-up, then follow-up visits and phone access to medical staff 24/7. When was the last time you heard a doctor say, “You can call me any time”? Patients at Executive Medicine of Texas can have their doctor on speed-dial and available whenever needed.

Dr. Anderson and Dr. Gaman won’t reveal the identities of any of their patients, but they say Executive Medicine of Texas isn’t just for celebrities. They see patients from all walks of life, as long as they can afford the fees – which aren’t all that expensive by today’s standards. The Concierge Packages start at $2,500 when added to a physical exam.
  
“We like people to look young and healthy. We also understand that our patients are their own biggest asset. If their health deteriorates, so does their career” said Judith Gaman, health and wellness expert and part of the Executive Medicine of Texas staff. “Starting with health on the inside and working out means long-term success and a better overall result. We even work with a world-renowned nutritionist, cosmetic surgeon and dentist to give inside/out makeovers. Lasting results – that’s what matters.”

Dr. Anderson and Dr. Gaman were both honored as “Best Doctors in Texas 2010” by Newsweek Magazine. They, along with Judith Gaman, co-host “The Staying Young” radio show, which airs Sunday mornings on three Texas radio stations and streams internationally. They have also co-authored two books, Executive Medicine: Optimizing Your Chances for a Longer Life and Stay Young: 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health (George House Publishing, 2010).

For more information on The Concierge Package and other medical services, contact Executive Medicine of Texas at 817-552-4300 or see their website at www.emtexas.com.

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TIP SHEET:

Past episodes of the radio show are available on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-staying-young-show/id399869346?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

QUOTES on “Stay Young: 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health” (George House Publishing, 2010)  by Mark Anderson, MD; Walter Gaman, MD; and Judith Gaman:

Lynne Palmeiro, wife of four-time Major League Baseball All-Star Rafael Palmeiro: “These guys have been keeping me healthy for years. I am thrilled about this book!”
 
Michael Landauer, Dallas Morning News: “This book meets readers where they are. The authors have a rare talent for connecting with people and helping them improve their lives by giving them the tools to do so.”

Larry North, health and fitness expert, author of ‘Living Lean:’ “A must read! If everyone followed these 10 steps, we would have a much healthier America.”

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