Monthly Archives: February 2014

Today on The Marilu Henner Show – Friday February 28th, 2014

Hallmark Home & Family9:42am PST Cristina Ferrare, Host of Home & Family

At the early age of sixteen, Cristina Ferrare started a career in modeling with the Ford modeling agency in New York. Her career as a super model spanned over twenty-five years. Max Factor put her under contract as their spokesperson while still a teenager. During that time her career took off as she graced the covers and pages of every major fashion magazine including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal and traveled the world as a sought after international cover girl. During this time she soon became a trusted spokesperson and endorsed numerous commercial products.

In the early 80s, Ferrare co-hosted “AM Los Angeles,” which was the #1 rated morning television show during her five year tenure. Between many TV appearances, she has hosted her own shows: “Cristina and Friends” and a two hour live show from Universal Studios’ “Home and Family.” She was a substitute co-host on “Good Morning America” and co-hosted numerous times with Regis Philbin on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” Her primetime series for CBS, “Shame on You,” was one of the first magazine format shows that featured consumer fraud and awareness. It set the stage for other prime time magazine formats that followed. For NBC, she co-hosted “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” with Dr. Drew Pinsky. At one time, Ferrare had three shows on the air at the same time: the afore mentioned live morning talk show, “AM Los Angeles,” “The Home Show,” and the primetime series “Incredible Sunday” all for ABC. In feature films, she starred opposite David Niven in “The Impossible Years” and the critically acclaimed “J.W. Coop” with Oscar® winner, Cliff Robertson.

Ferrare is an accomplished author, with her New York Times bestseller, “Okay, So I Don’t Have a Headache,” and bestseller “Cristina Ferrare’s Family Entertainment,” “Cristina Ferrare Style” and “Realistically Ever After,” a humorous view of finding happiness when he’s not Prince Charming, you’re not Snow White and life is not a fairy tale.

Her fifth and most recent cookbook, A Big Bowl of Love was released on Mother’s Day 2011 and has been widely accepted and has received rave reviews from bloggers across the country. She is already hard at work on her next cookbook!

The success of her books attests to her expertise in the areas of women’s health, wellbeing, culinary arts, stylistic design, as well as her great zest for life and her humor.

Ferrare completed 28 shows that air on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) that debuted on January 3rd, 2011. Her show, “A Big Bowl of Love” featured celebrity guests along with members of her family and friends serving up great ideas for all kinds of situations that happen in real life!

She has been hosting a series of web episodes for “” that includes cooking classes with the emphasis on how to prepare delicious meals for families, who are struggling with money, time and idea issues. She is writing weekly blogs for that include recipes and answers to questions from fans. She also completed Kellogg commercials for OWN and appeared with her Kellogg recipes on over 20 million Kellogg cereal boxes.

Ferrare has been able to harness all the experience she has had over the years interviewing different types of people including entertainment executives, major motion picture and television stars, directors, producers, writers, medical professionals, politicians, designers, and chefs and let it fuel her entrepreneurial spirit into starting her own design business. In 2006, Ferrare, along with her partners Brian Thorson and Tim Hosier, started a line of home accessories through their newly formed “Ferrare With Company.” It included picture frames, napkin rings, lamps, scented candles, candle sticks, accessories for the table, and show stopping, one of a kind mirrors and chandeliers using only the finest materials. Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones, pearls, shells, and metals are placed by hand, piece by piece, onto each object and are true works of art. The pieces are sought after by top interior designers around the country and sells to over 60 stores including Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys on line.

Cristina recently sold the company and is focusing her energy to writing. She is writing her sixth cookbook and recently signed on as food and style editor for Westlake Magazine.

She recently was asked to join an online shopping site where she is a curator of her own store specializing in the kitchen and cooking. She is a “Tastemaker” on where you can follow her recommendations on outstanding recipes that she finds on the web and shares with her followers. She also writes weekly blogs for her own web site and shares many or her own recipes, great finds, cooking tips including health, decorating, table settings, floral arrangements and money saving ideas.

Ferrare has spoken at various conventions around the country including the 2004 “The Women’s Conference” where she monitored a session about women’s health and sexual well-being. In 2007 she hosted, along with Chef Art Smith, a session on cooking for 300 women! She sat on the Board of Directors for “The Women’s Conference” which was headed by California’s First Lady Maria Shriver. Once a year, over 14,000 women come from all over for a life-changing day. It is a true day of transformation and empowerment that encourages women to be their own “Architects of Change” for a better life for them, their families, and their community! She was also the keynote speaker at the Creative Connection annual meeting held in St Paul, Minnesota 2011.

Ferrare lives in Los Angeles with her husband, entertainment executive Tony Thomopoulos. They have a blended family of seven children and four grandchildren.

11:11am PST Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz is involved in women’s empowerment and public education, and appears frequently as an expert in women’s and integrative health on TV, online and in print. Dr. Suzanne completed her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Mills College. She earned her medical degree in 1996 from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has been in private practice of obstetrics and gynecology in Beverly Hills, CA since 2000. After many years of a personal yoga and meditation practice, she completed her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist degree at California College of Ayurveda in 2010 and was board certified in Integrative and Holistic medicine in 2008.

Dr. Suzanne’ s diverse background includes research experience combining Ayurveda and conventional medicine, an exploration of the relationship between psychosocial risk factors in pregnant urban teens and participation on a MacArthur Foundation funded team at University of California at San Francisco. She has worked at San Francisco’s famed Haight Ashbury Free Clinic and supervised midwives and residents at an inner city hospital in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Suzanne has taught at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, The National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Yoga Studios and Childbirth conferences and appeared TV shows such as Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, The Tyra Banks Show, The Today Show, Headline News and Bill O’Reilly’s No Spin Zone.

Dr. Suzanne is co-founder of Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s Green Committee and is deeply committed to the promotion of healing that involves individuals, families, communities and the planet. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children in a “green” renovated home with a sustainable native plants garden and organic urban mini-farm.


30 Restaurant And Fast Food Workers Reveal The One Item We Shouldn’t Order

1. The chili at Wendy’s.
I used to work at Wendy’s. The meat used in the chili, yeah that comes from the meat on the grill top that expires and dries up that’s put in to a warming drawer until you have enough for a batch of chili, which we first freeze and then thaw the next day. Also if the chili sitting in the warmer doesn’t sell fast enough we just added hot water to it to mix it up.

2. The BBQ sandwich at KFC.
Worked at KFC for ~4 years. The BBQ sandwich is actually made from chicken too old and stale to give to the homeless shelters, so they soak it in BBQ sauce until it can be pulled and then they keep it on the heater for a month.

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Are Best Memories Made by Age 25?

That’s when major milestones and important life transitions tend to occur, study author says.

“Life begins at 40” and “the best is still to come” may be encouraging but untrue: A small new study suggests that people make the most important memories of their lives by the time they’re 25.

Researchers asked 34 people, aged 59 to 92, to recount their life stories and found that they tended to focus on life transitions such as marriage and having children that occurred between ages 17 and 24.

“When people look back over their lives and recount their most important memories, most divide their life stories into chapters defined by important moments that are universal for many: a physical move, attending college, a first job, marriage, military experience, and having children,” lead researcher Kristina Steiner, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of New Hampshire, said in a university news release.

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes controversial anti-gay bill, SB 1062

(CNN) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

The controversial measure faced a surge of opposition in recent days from large corporations and athletic organizations, including Delta Air Lines, the Super Bowl host committee and Major League Baseball.

Fiercely divided supporters and opponents of the bill ramped up pressure on Brewer after the state’s Republican-led Legislature approved it last week.

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‘Death test’ predicts chance of healthy person dying within five years

A ‘Death Test’ which predicts the chance of a healthy person dying from any medical condition in the next five years has been developed by scientists.

Researchers said they were ‘astonished’ to discover that a simple blood test could predict if a person was likely to die – even if they were not ill.

They found that the levels of four ‘biomarkers’ in the body, when taken together, indicated a general level of ‘frailty’.

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California Slaughterhouse Allegedly Sold Meat From Cows With Cancer

The nearly 9 million pounds of beef recalled from a California slaughterhouse this month may have come from cows sick with cancer, inside sources are now claiming.

Rancho Feeding Corp., currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after inspectors demanded the processing plant recall a year’s worth of beef, was allegedly purchasing dairy cows sick with eye cancer, decapitating them to hide the disease from inspectors and illegally selling the beef, an anonymous source told the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Rancho, we’re told, was slaughtering them, somehow after hours or in other ways where the inspector didn’t know about it,” the source revealed. “Because the carcass looked good, (Rancho) mixed it back in with other beef that it sold under its label.”

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Slaughterhouse accused of selling meat from cows with cancer

(02-26) 10:44 PST SAN FRANCISCO — Rancho Feeding Corp., the Petaluma slaughterhouse that recently recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef, is under criminal investigation by the federal government for killing and selling meat from dairy cows with cancer, according to sources who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

Rancho was allegedly buying up cows with eye cancer, chopping off their heads so inspectors couldn’t detect the disease and illegally selling the meat, the sources said.

Although it’s against federal law, experts say eating the meat isn’t likely to make people sick. So far, no one has reported becoming ill from eating the meat.

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10 Strategies for Fat Loss and Healthy Eating on a Budget

The last question completely threw me off guard. A frustrated middle-aged woman, sitting in a back row, stood up just as the moderator told my audience, “One more question.”

Her initial sigh signaled hesitancy. “I work two jobs and raise three kids pretty much by myself,” she began. “My husband is unemployed, but he spends most days looking for work. I come home most days after 6 p.m. drained. How can you expect me to not only get a healthy meal on the table every night, but also buy these expensive foods?”

She pointed to the nearby meat counter at the store where I was promoting my shakes.

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Today on The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday February 27th, 2014

David Kessler10:42am PST David Kessler, Grief Expert and Author of On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss

David Kessler is one of the most well-known experts and lecturers on death and grieving today, reaching hundreds of thousands of people through his books. “On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss is co-authored with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. David also co-authored with Kübler-Ross, “Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach us about the Mysteries of Life and Living.” David considers it an honor and privilege to have worked so closely with Elisabeth for ten years and to be with her during her passing.

David has helped thousands of men, women and children face life and death with peace, dignity and courage. His experiences have taken him from Auschwitz concentration camp to Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying Destitute in Calcutta. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with Anthony Perkins, Michael Landon and industrialist Armand Hammer when they faced their own deaths.

His volunteer work includes serving as a member of the Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Team and as a Specialist Reserve Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, on its trauma team. He also is chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee.

His work has been discussed in the “Los Angeles Times,” the “New York Times,” “Business Week” and “Life Magazine,” and has been featured on CNN-Cross Fire, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, and “Entertainment Tonight.” He has written for the Boston Globe and The SF Chronicle. He has also been interviewed on “Oprah & Friends” and now writes book reviews for The Los Angeles Times. He is a featured Grief and Loss expert on and AOL Health Expert.

11:42am PST Eloise Laws, Award-winning Vocalist and Broadway Actress

The incomparable world-renown, award-winning vocalist and Broadway actress Eloise Laws reveals her new CD, Secrets, and she delivers her unique style and versatility straight from the heart.

Ms. Laws’ distinctive vocal expressions can be heard on several classic Capital, Liberty and ABC recordings, produced by such luminaries as Ronnie Laws, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Linda Creed and Andre Fisher (Secrets). Never one to rest on her laurels, Ms. Laws continues to perform at music festivals, including, the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Long Beach Jazz Festival, among many others. She has won the prestigious Cherry Blossom Award from the Tokyo Music Festival and headlined the 94.7 The Wave Presents Jazz By the Bay at the Queen Mary series to record-breaking, sold-out audiences.

Most recently, Ms. Laws performed with Laws Family–consisting of herself and sister
Debra Laws on vocals, with brother Ronnie Laws and his son, Jaman Laws on saxophones—headlining at The Cotton Club, Japan, the star-studded Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise, 2007 On Board Royal Caribbean’s “Freedom of the Seas” and the prestigious Atlanta Jazz Festival.

Ms. Laws is an original lead cast member and co-writer of the highly successful Tony-nominated play It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, which had its world premiere at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Opening on Broadway with great bravado at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, it garnered four Tony nominations, and Ms. Laws received a Drama Desk Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She also received a coveted Helen Hayes Nomination for her performance at the Kennedy Center, and she continues to receive critical acclaim performing with The Blues cross-country.

Her other theatre roles underscore her exceptional versatility. They include Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Madame Tango in House of Flowers, multiple roles in Candide, and, most recently, as Weizero Channa in The Met’s premiere production of The Return, among others. When she recently performed at the Denver Center Theatre Company’s world premiere production of Nat King Cole: A Musical Healing, a Denver Post reviewer described Ms. Laws as: “A rare and ethereal presence . . . possessed of a voice that could move chimes on a windless night.”

‘Scream rooms’ in schools are psychological sadism

In many states throughout the U.S., teachers and school administers will lock students in small spaces called “scream rooms” to discipline them for misbehaving during the school day.

The infractions can be relatively minor – such as swearing too many times or shooting spitballs. And students are sometimes kept in seclusion this way for hours. In one reported case, a student was not allowed out even to go to the bathroom and subsequently urinated on the floor.

Scream rooms aren’t just for high school bullies or tough athletes with attitudes either. First graders can be confined in them, as well as kindergarteners. Children sometimes weep and struggle to get away before being locked up.

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