15 minutes | Mar 9, 2017
Ep 17 – Six Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer
When someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, it can be so hard to know what to say, how to express your support, or whether you should contact them at all. In this helpful episode, Leslie shares six simple ways—from small acts of kindness to taking on specific roles—that you can support a friend who is dealing with a cancer diagnosis. >>Check out PatientsPlaybook.com for more resources and helpful health care tips!
26 minutes | Feb 15, 2017
Ep 16 – Questions to Ask Your Doctor About a Diagnosis
If you've just been diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, or a chronic condition, if your cancer has come back, or if you've received an abnormal lab test or imaging result—this episode will teach you the questions to ask and the approach to take to make sure that you and your doctor are working together on the exact right diagnosis and treatment.
17 minutes | Jan 25, 2017
Ep 15 – Emergency! How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Mistakes
Medical emergencies are, by definition, sudden and unexpected. In this episode of The No-Mistake Zone, you'll learn how to avoid the 5 most common mistakes people make in an emergency.
9 minutes | Jan 13, 2017
Ep 14 – Three Ways to Stay Healthy in Uncertain Times
As we move from Obamacare to Trumpcare, a lot of people are wondering: Am I going to lose my coverage or will I have more choices? What’s going to happen to Medicare, to birth control, to the cost of insurance? What is the plan going forward? >>Here's the one thing you can control no matter what happens to the healthcare marketplace: You own your health. You are master and commander of your well-being. In this week's episode, Leslie breaks it down to three simple things all of us can do to stay healthy and optimistic as we move forward.
26 minutes | Jan 5, 2017
Ep13 – What You Need to Know About Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy is a new and remarkably effective tool that harnesses the immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells. But it's an imperfect science. Results can take months to appear and, as a recent New York Times story illustrated, some patients have endured scary side effects. Today, Leslie is joined by Gregg Britt, President of Private Health Management and an expert in cancer cases, and Dr. Eva Gordon, Vice President of Research and an expert in targeted immunotherapies. An invaluable episode for anyone considering immunotherapy for cancer, Leslie, Gregg, and Eva share insider information, including how to find experts, what to expect from treatment, how to protect yourself from side effects, and much more. >>Visit PatientsPlaybook.com for more resources!
20 minutes | Dec 14, 2016
Ep12 – Chronic Conditions: 3 Steps to Getting the Best Care
When Lyn discovered she had ulcerative colitis, she was in total denial about the fact that this condition was something she'd likely have to deal with for the rest of her life. After taking the time to meet specialists and study the research, she now manages her symptoms more effectively. In this special episode, Leslie draws from more than 30 years of partnering with doctors and patients to reveal the 3 steps you can take now to make sure you're getting the best care for your chronic condition. >>Don't miss this important episode of The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson. >>Visit PatientsPlaybook.com for more resources!
22 minutes | Dec 1, 2016
Ep11 – The 4 Words You Must Say If You're Having a Heart Attack
Although it's commonly thought of as a man's disease, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease in the United States. In fact, researchers find that an increasing number of young women, under age 55, are dying from undiagnosed cardiovascular problems simply because the female experience of heart trouble is often very different from that of men—and so their doctors aren't detecting it. In this must-listen episode: >>Lisa and Leslie delve into the dangerous differences between male and female heart disease... >>We'll hear the compelling story of a woman who was repeatedly told (inaccurately) that nothing was wrong with her heart... >>And Cedars-Sinai cardiologist Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, a leading clinician/researcher on female heart disease, will reveal the four words you MUST say if you are having a heart attack. >>Be sure to go to www.PatientsPlaybook.com for more resources and tools to prevent and detect heart disease.
36 minutes | Nov 16, 2016
Ep10 – Toss Your Trendy Diet Books: Good Health Comes Down to 5 Things
There are 360,000 books on diet and exercise on Amazon and Leslie thinks they are best used as kindling for your barbecue. Good health—and we're talking about lifelong vibrance and well-being—really comes down to about 5 essential things. As Leslie explains in this week's special episode, the 5 things are specific, they're not that hard to do, and they are much more consequential in terms of living longer, being healthier, and reducing the probability that you're going to have cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. >>>For more resources, go to www.PatientsPlaybook.com/podcast >>>The No-Mistake Zone will be off next week for Thanksgiving, but back again on Dec 1 with more great episodes!
18 minutes | Nov 9, 2016
Ep9 – Fighting Diabetes is a Personal Mission for Dr. Juan Rivera
Some 29 million Americans, 9% of the entire U.S. population, has diabetes and the rates can be as high as 15% among some Hispanic communities. Even worse, 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, the precursor to Type 2 diabetes, yet 90% don't even know it. Leslie talks with renowned cardiologist Dr. Juan Rivera about detection and prevention strategies, exciting new treatments, and how to better partner with your physician to prevent diabetes. >>>Visit www.PatientsPlaybook.com for more resources. >>>Dr. Rivera is the director of cardiology prevention education at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami and the chief medical correspondent for Univision. He has dedicated his life to educating the Hispanic community about better ways to prevent, detect, and treat common health problems. Both of Dr. Rivera's parents are diabetic, and he recalls that, as a youth, his father never left the dinner table until dessert was served. As part of National Diabetes Month awareness, Dr. Rivera explains why he is on a mission to educate the Latino community about this all-too common epidemic.
16 minutes | Nov 2, 2016
Ep8 – How to Find the ONE
Leslie reveals 3 easy steps for finding the best primary care physician for you. In less than 15 minutes, you'll have the tips and tools you need to find The ONE! Plus, you can visit www.PatientsPlaybook.com for a list of questions to ask potential primary care doctors, websites to help you vet them, ways to build a stronger relationship with your current physician, and more helpful guidance on finding the very best doctor for your needs.
25 minutes | Oct 27, 2016
Ep7 – How it Feels to Beat Cancer, Part 2
Meet Beth Fairchild, an artist, wife, mother, and cancer warrior. At 34, Beth was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and told she had two years to live. That was 2.5 years ago and she's had no evidence of active disease for more than 20 months. Last week, in Part I, Beth shared her incredible story. This week, in Part 2, she reveals the results of her latest cancer scan, and what they mean for her treatment going forward. Next, Leslie has an in-depth conversation with Dr. William Audeh, the medical director of the Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the medical director of Agendia, a breast cancer testing company. Dr. Audeh has specialized in breast cancer treatment and prevention for more than 20 years, and he has helpful insights for listeners about genetic testing, mammography, and the next steps after a diagnosis. >>>Are you a cancer warrior? We want to hear from you! We know how stressful it can be when it's time to get a blood test or scan to find out whether or not your cancer is back. How do you deal with the emotions that come up? Is there a song you listen to on the way to your appointment? Do you bring along a certain someone who knows how to keep you steady? ***Share your experience so others can gain strength from it. Send us a voice memo from your smartphone to Leslie@nomistakezone.com. And we may play it on a future episode. ***Be sure to visit www.patientsplaybook.com for resources and helpful information.
22 minutes | Oct 19, 2016
Ep6 – How It Feels to Beat Cancer, Part 1
Meet Beth Fairchild, an artist, wife and mom who, at 34, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and told she had two years to live. But that was 2.5 years ago and her cancer is still in remission. Beth is funny and courageous. She's an inspiration to so many (check out her Glamour magazine profile!). And whether you’re struggling with a new diagnosis or just want to be moved by someone who faces tough challenges with humor and strength, you won’t want to miss this special 2-part episode. This week, Beth shares what it’s like to completely reassess your life, the time her husband fought for her when she was on the operating table, and how she told her two daughters about her illness. In part 2, Beth will reveal the results of her most recent cancer scan, and Leslie will talk about genetic testing, mammography, and next steps for a breast cancer diagnosis with Dr. William Audeh, an expert in breast cancer prevention, treatment and management. We hope you enjoy this very special 2-part episode of The No-Mistake Zone and share it with your friends and loved ones.
19 minutes | Oct 13, 2016
Ep 5 – How to Save Money During Open Enrollment
It's the one period during the year when you can make changes to your health-insurance coverage, yet most of us say to ourselves, "Why do I even have to deal with open enrollment? Why can't I do exactly what I did last year?" Well, what if we told you that you could potentially save hundreds of dollars from the tips in this episode? Today, Leslie and Lisa are joined by Karen Frost, the Senior Vice President of Health Strategy & Solutions at Aon Hewitt. Karen has great advice that can help you and your family get the most out of open enrollment—and maybe even save you money! Check out our podcast page at www.patientsplaybook.com, for more resources.
19 minutes | Oct 3, 2016
Ep4 – Ask Leslie
Lisa thinks Leslie is the MacGyver of health care, and he pretty much is. In this episode, Leslie answers listners' health care questions: • Carol feels like a number every time she sees her doctor: how can she get him to slow down and pay more attention to her? Leslie talks about how to get your doctor’s attention and ways to maximize your time together. • Mike asks, “An orthopedic specialist I want to see is always booked three months in advance. What can I do?” Leslie’s gives a few tricks of the trade on how to get special attention and get in quicker to see a physician. • Robert’s 15-year-old daughter is traveling to Chile to study. They're not too worried about Zika, but they want to know the best ways to prepare for travel abroad, so that if she does get sick, she won’t be scrambling for good care. Leslie gives tips on what to bring when you're traveling abroad, how to handle an illness, and how to coordinate with your doctor at home. • A young reader of The Patient's Playbook asks, "What can I do to stay as healthy as I am now?" Leslie provides the 3 steps you can take to be healthy and ready for anything. Leslie’s Bottom Line One day, maybe today or maybe 10 years from now, you or someone you love is going to face a serious medical problem. You’re going to have to choose a surgeon, or an oncologist, or maybe even agree to an emergency procedure. So Right NOW—I want you to start thinking about health care the same way you think about every other major decision. That means: Do your homework, Get expert opinions, and Collect your medical records. You want to be able to understand your problem, and all your choices, so you can select the physicians and treatments that are best for you. What health stories and topics do you want to hear on The No-Mistake Zone? Let us know at Leslie Michelson’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PatientsPlaybook/ If you like The No-Mistake Zone, please subscribe and spread the word! Show Credits Archive clip: ABCs MacGyver Episode, “My Trusty Paperclip" Music is from PremiumBeat Special thanks this week to Lyn Benjamin, Lissa Morales, and Melissa Handy The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson is produced by Lisa Sweetingham Post-Production is by Shelli Gonshorowski
8 minutes | Oct 3, 2016
Ep3 – 3 Signs It's Time to Fire Your Doctor
Amanda loved her primary care doctor, but when he started making strange demands of her, she wondered if perhaps it was time to let go of this relationship. In this episode, Leslie reveals the 3 signs it’s time to fire your primary care physician. And in a future episode, he’ll share his 3-step process to finding the best doctor for you! Leslie's Bottom Line In brief, the 3 signs are: You've experienced a preventable medical error; You can’t get timely access to your physician; Your physician doesn’t treat you in the respectful way that you deserve. My bottom line is that you need to feel comfortable with your doctor. If something deep down is telling you that this relationship isn’t balanced—trust your gut. Do something about it. But give your physician the courtesy of a conversation. Explain your concerns. Give him the opportunity to repair the relationship. And if you get a negative response, then this isn’t the right physician for you. Better to know that now, while you’re well, then when you’re sick and discover he’s not there for you the way you need. Check out https://www.PatientsPlaybook.com for more stories and tips on finding the best physicians for you! What health stories and topics do you want to hear about on The No-Mistake Zone? Let us know at Leslie Michelson’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PatientsPlaybook/ If you like The No-Mistake Zone, please subscribe and spread the word! Show Credits Archive clip: Elaine May & Mike Nichols, “Calling Dr. Marx” Music is from PremiumBeat The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson is produced by Lisa Sweetingham Post-Production is by Shelli Gonshorowski
21 minutes | Oct 3, 2016
Ep2 – Don't Leave Home Without THIS
Michael and Janice’s lives changed forever last fall when Janice fell unconscious from a stroke as she was emerging from a Manhattan subway station all alone. She needed emergency brain surgery, but the doctors lacked important information about her health and they didn’t know how to reach her husband. As Janice’s story unfolds, Leslie reveals the most important checklist you’ll ever make—and you don't want to leave home without it. And we made a special Emergency Information Card just for you at https://www.PatientsPlaybook.com! Download it, Fill it out, Put it in your purse or wallet. Check out https://www.PatientsPlaybook.com for even more helpful resources and downloadable forms that will help you prepare for a longer, healthier life! Like us on Leslie's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PatientsPlaybook/ -Music is from PremiumBeat -Special thanks this week to Cynthia O'Donnell and Lissa Morales -The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson is produced by Lisa Sweetingham Post-Production is by Shelli Gonshorowski
6 minutes | Oct 3, 2016
Ep1 – Introducing the No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson
The Podcast that will show you how to live a longer, healthier life. The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson is a life-changing podcast for anyone who interacts with our broken health care system—which is pretty much everyone. Whether you’re facing a serious illness or just want to prepare yourself and your family for a lifetime of better health, this exciting new program will inform and entertain with compelling stories, essential insider information, and problem-solving steps that will literally save lives. CO-HOSTS Leslie Michelson: Author of The New York Times best-seller The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love, and founder and CEO of Private Health Management, a unique, patient-focused company that has helped thousands of people to obtain exceptional medical care, Leslie has spent the last 30 years as a medical care–management expert and patient advocate, helping people to get exceptional health care results. Every day, Leslie and his team of medical experts help patients with a broad range of health issues, while partnering with the most cutting-edge and knowledgeable physicians from around the world, many of whom will be interviewed for the podcast. Lisa Sweetingham: Accomplished author, investigative journalist, and mother of three (which makes her a pretty regular health care “consumer”), Lisa is the co-host and producer of The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson. Lisa will bring Leslie’s lessons and advice to life through the fascinating stories of everyday people who are facing compelling health care dilemmas. Visit Leslie and Lisa at https://www.patientsplaybook.com and Like Us on Leslie's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PatientsPlaybook/ Show Credits Clips in this episode include: • Video: CNN Money Reports: "How to Get Healthcare Like a Billionaire," with Christina Alesci • Video: ABC News' Good Morning America: "The Patient's Playbook: A Guide for the Health Care System," with Robin Roberts • Archive clip: Court TV's "Catherine Crier Live" • Radio: Marketplace: "How Ecstasy Empire Fell From Its High," with Kai Ryssdal • Plus select clips: from future episodes of The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson • Music is from PremiumBeat Special thanks this week to Julia Richter, Lyn Benjamin, Lissa Morales, Melissa Handy, and Jennifer Marshall. The No-Mistake Zone with Leslie Michelson is produced by Lisa Sweetingham Post-Production is by Shelli Gonshorowski