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Join Us – MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum

I would like to announce an exciting event occurring in Chicago April 22nd – April 23rd that will feature top innovative leaders in the healthcare industry.

This will be your opportunity to learn more about innovation and technology in healthcare today! The program lineup includes senior leaders from Walgreens, GE Healthcare, Mayo Clinic Ventures just to name a few as well as many promising startups.

Program Highlights include:

· Panels on Digital Health, Venture Investing, and Crowdfunding in Healthcare

· Keynotes by James Rogers, Mayo Clinic Ventures and Mike Swinford, GE Healthcare

· Fireside Chats on analytics, Walgreens case study

· MidAmerica Showcase, featuring 30 of the most promising early-stage startups

Find out more here and register now for best price.

Over 300 healthcare experts, innovative thinkers and elite startups will be at this prestigious event, that has become the destination healthcare investing conference of the Midwest.

Read more here hope to see you there!





Probiotics vs Oatmeal: How to Increase Good Gut Bacteria

This morning I came across an article about “good gut bacteria” in the daily mail which I think is an important topic and I get asked about it frequently. The headline read: Forget those trendy probiotic drinks – just eat more porridge! We’re always being told to increase the ‘friendly bacteria’ in our gut, but this leading doctor recommends a much simpler alternative instead.

First, a health warning: anyone eating breakfast should skip to the sports section.
In January of this year a group of doctors in Amsterdam published a study using ‘friendly bacteria’ in the most extreme way possible. They were treating a group of patients with an infection caused by a bacterium called Clostridium difficile (C.diff) – which grows when your normal bowel bacteria are wiped out by antibiotics. It can cause severe diarrhoea and even death.

Ironically the treatment of C.diff infections is usually another strong course of antibiotics, but instead the Dutch group used the ultimate probiotic: a faecal transplantation.
doc eating oats

The power of porridge: Dr Christoffer van Tulleken ate oats every day for six weeks to assess the impact on his gut bacteria.

To read more about this interesting article written by a UK doctor where they call oatmeal… porridge darling! Click here Probiotics

Anti-Aging, Energizing – Açaí Bowl


The best anti-aging, energizing solution- I make my acai pudding with unsweetned acai pulp 1 tsp of molasses, 1/4 cup rolled uncooked oats, 1 or 2 whole bananas with a splash of water blended together in my vitamix served with banana slices on top- keeps me energized for hours!

Here’s what the experts say:

It may seem odd to start this list of superfoods with one you’ve likely never even heard of, but studies have shown that this little berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world! Açaí (ah-sigh-ee) is the high-energy berry of a special Amazon palm tree.

Harvested in the rainforests of Brazil, açaí tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature’s perfect energy fruit. Açaí is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Although açaí may not be available in your local supermarket, you can find it in several health food and gourmet stores (often in juice form). A new product featuring the unsweetened pulp is now also available, and I highly recommend that you choose this form of açaí.

Açaí pulp contains:

  • A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.
  • A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health.
  • An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.

The fatty acid content in açaí resembles that of olive oil, and is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. Oleic acid is important for a number of reasons. It helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate the cell membrane; together they help make cell membranes more supple. By keeping the cell membrane supple, all hormones, neurotransmitter and insulin receptors function more efficiently. This is particularly important because high insulin levels create an inflammatory state, and we know, inflammation causes aging.

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Heart Healthy Oatmeal!


This is my signature recipe- cooked old fashioned rolled oats. My favorite toppings are seasonal berries, roasted unsalted almonds, apples, and cinnamon.

Cholesterol Levels

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, elevated total cholesterol is a chief risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Especially dangerous is low density lipoprotein cholesterol — a form of cholesterol that deposits plaque in your body’s arteries. Consuming soluble fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal is an effective way to reduce elevated cholesterol levels, according to Soluble fiber forms a sticky gel in your digestive tract that grabs and clears cholesterol from your body. recommends consuming approximately 1.5 cups of oatmeal per day to reap its cholesterol-combating benefits.

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