Episode Fifty One – Laura Varon Brown Download

36:55 Download March 15th, 2019

Before joining Gilda’s Club in 2012, Laura Varon Brown spent 19 years with the Detroit Free Press before entering the non profit world. Laura is now Executive Director & CEO of Gilda’s Club Detroit, and a passionate champion for the cancer community. Laura also has a personal connection to cancer and understands the difficult path the disease can impose on families. Listen to her story and you will hear for yourself why she is a WCSX “Woman Who Rocks”.

Everyone needs a place.

That’s what Detroiter and comedian, Gilda Radner said when she was facing a cancer diagnosis that seemed insurmountable. Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit is that place. Click the video to learn more about Gilda’s Club.

Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit is an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community. With more than 150 monthly programs, Gilda’s Club provides support, education and wellness to anyone facing cancer and continues to set the gold standard of care. The program is no cost to anyone and ensures no one faces cancer alone. Gilda’s Club main Clubhouse is in Royal Oak with offsite locations in Saint Clair Shores, Dearborn and Farmington Hills.

In the second half of the podcast, I am always joined by Cyndy Schalter-Salsido from Turning Point Macomb. Were you off your game and tired this week because of “Daylight Saving Time”? You are not alone. Some doctors believe that just losing an hour of sleep can affect your health in some very negative ways. Cyndy and I discuss the grogginess and the dangers of being to tired.

7 Freaky Things That Happen To Your Body When You've Lost Just An Hour Of Sleep

While it may not seem like a big deal, losing just one hour of sleep can have some surprising effects on the body, especially if you do so night after night. "The average individual needs 7.5 hours of sleep nightly," Dr. Suzanne Stevens, neurologist...

Have you used tele-medicine yet? Many hospitals and health care providers are switching to this option to alleviate costs of actual hospital and doctors visits. While, in some cases this is a great cost saving measure for patients, at what point does it become to impersonal? Cyndy and I discuss why in some situations a face to face with a doctor should be the only option.

California man learns he's dying from doctor on video shown on robot

Ernest Quintana's family knew he was dying of chronic lung disease when he was taken by ambulance to a hospital, unable to breathe. But they were devastated when a robot machine rolled into his room in the intensive care unit that night and a doctor told the 78-year-old patient by video call he would likely die within days.

Facebook, the world’s largest social media site, will soon take aim against anti-vaxers. Parents are increasingly turning to social media to gather information and form opinions about their children’s health and the consequences of inaccurate information has been playing out offline. Cyndy and I discuss the ramifications when this information is spread and how we can be more vigilant in helping to end the spread of false information.

Facebook to target vaccine misinformation with focus on pages, groups, ads

Facebook, the world's largest social media site, will soon take aim against anti-vaxers. The company will start by lowering the ranking of groups and pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations in its News Feed and Search options, a representative said Wednesday.

More and more celebrities are turning to social media to reach out to fans, especially in times of need. Pop star Justin Bieber is the latest to do just that. He recently posted on his Instagram about his recent struggles. The singer married model and actress Hailey Baldwin last September, after undergoing an informal detox in 2014. Cyndy and I have a very real conversation about Justin’s struggles and how they could benefit others who are going through similar situations with mental diseases.

Justin Bieber Asks Fans to 'Pray' While He's Emotionally 'Struggling'

Justin Bieber is being open about his emotional problems, and he's asking his legion of fans for help in the process of getting better. The pop superstar, who has kept a low-profile since the massively successful 2015 release of his last studio album Purpose, took to Instagram to send a message to his followers about how he's doing.

Turning Point is ALWAYS here to help!!!!!!

(Cyndy Schalter-Salsido)


Domestic violence and sexual assault rob an individual of their sense of safety, power, and dignity. Turning Point provides emergency and support services to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Turning Point strives to provide a safe non-judgmental place for survivors to explore their feelings and options, and regain control of their lives.
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