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African-American physician Dr. Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD—author of the forthcoming BLACK HEALTH MATTERS—with TBWA\World Health "Protecting Black Mothers: A Holistic Perspective of the Maternity Crisis" livestream on YouTube (Wed., Apr. 14 at 5:30pm EST)

Posted: 2021/04/12

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: If you don't think African Americans today suffer the effects of systemic injustice, look no further than your local maternity ward. Far more prevalent than police abuse—and more insidious than the “Jim Crow” segregation laws, which forced Blacks in past decades to use bathrooms and water fountains kept separate from those used by whites—Blacks are being disenfranchised at birth, according to Texas-based African-American physician Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD, MBA, IFMCP.

Dr. Walker—who has been a dedicated obstetrician now for 50 years and whose next book, Black Health Matters, will be published this June—is one of five remarkable individuals who will participate in TBWA\World Health's livestream YouTube event "Protecting Black Mothers: A Holistic Perspective of the Maternity Crisis" on Wed., Apr. 14 at 5:30pm ET.

“What should be one of the safest and most sacred of arenas, the birthplace of life, is statistically many times more dangerous for Black people than it is for white people,” Dr. Walker says. “The magnitude of the health crises within the African-American community is more severe than all other manner of injustice to Blacks in the U.S. today. And yet, no one is talking about it.”

Until now, that is.

This live discussion is a part of TBWA\WorldHealth's strong and ever-growing social media initiative #BlackHealthNow. Anyone who wishes to check in and watch should either CLICK HERE on the day of the event, or can copy/paste the YouTube URL/link provided below into their preferred internet browser:

bit.ly/youtubeBHN

Both founder and CEO of Walker Health Care Holdings and TVP-Care, Dr. Walker will be joined on this livestream YouTube event by:

* Dr. La Tanya R. Hines, MD, FACOG
Assistant Clinical Professor, ObGyn, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

* Dr. Denese Shervington, MD, MPH, CLINPROF
President and CEO of IWES

* Dr. S. Michelle Ogunwole, MD
Social Epidemiology and General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital

and

* Wallye Holloway, Associate Managing Partner for TBWA\WorldHealth

Both neonatal and congenital defects, once thought to be genetic, are now being linked to widespread nutritional abuse and environmental toxins in the Black community—something that alarms Dr. Walker greatly. "If you consider the fact," says Dr. Walker, "that the highest levels of toxins in the US are mostly found in communities of color—where the water, air, food, houses, and apartments are all seriously compromised by man-made contaminants—it’s not hard to guess why our babies are born already poisoned, and go on in life to suffer the highest deaths and abnormal birth rates of all American populations."

When it comes to the current state of Black health in America, Dr. Walker does not mince words. “We can no longer wait for others to solve our own urgent health care crises. We have to take charge of it for ourselves.”

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The TBWA\World Health #BlackHealthNow Livestream YouTube Event
"Protecting Black Mothers: A Holistic Perspective of the Maternity Crisis"
Wed., Apr. 14 at 5:30pm ET

Check it out on YouTube at: bit.ly/youtubeBHN

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Former NYS Assemblyman HARVEY WEISENBERG champions better wages for caregivers of the developmentally disabled amid COVID

Posted: 2021/04/05

Garden City Park, NY: As reported this week by Michael Gormley in New York Newsday, a serious effort is now being made in Albany by Governor Andrew Cuomo and fellow legislators to ensure that part of the state's proposed $193 billion budget is allotted to "provide for a higher, living wage to retain trained, experienced workers" who tend to those of New York's youths and adults with special needs.

Harvey Weisenberg, a major voice for all manner of public service—across New York State in general, and the Long Island town of Long Beach in particular—for more than sixty years, has kept himself actively engaged in the fight to get better wages for those folks who give their care to the disabled. And as with so many things throughout his life, much of Weisenberg's political advocacy springs from a personal story.

At the heart of Harvey's autobiography For the Love of a Child: My Life, My City & My Mission ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0480-3) is his ongoing dedication and loyalty to his late wife Ellen's son, Ricky, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Now blind at 62 years old and unable to speak, Ricky has lost his caregiver of eight years because of the economic struggles for so many in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While he wants to do all he can to ensure his son receives the kind of care on which he has come to depend, Weisenberg also knows—from decades of political service spent on behalf of the disabled community—that the best you can do in life is equalled only by the most lives you can help best.

Weisenberg's undying commitment to the disabled was recognized in June 2019 by the New York State Senate and Assembly, in a salute to a remarkable career where he was instrumental in the passing of 337 bills into law—many of which were focused on the needs and challenges of the disabled community.

To learn more about Harvey Weisenberg's life and his ongoing commitment to the good in everyone, feel free to check out For the Love of a Child either at Amazon, B&N.com, Bookshop—or, yes, even from your local library (you'll either find it there yourself, or your librarian will be able to find it for you).

* Harvey Weisenberg photo credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams

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Square One's Two Finalists in the IBPA Ben Franklin Awards!

Posted: 2021/03/29

Garden City Park, NY: Square One has two finalists in the just-announced 2021 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards.

The titles are What You Must Know About Strokes in the "Health & Fitness" category, along with our hardcover The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History in the "History" category.

Winners will be announced in IBPA's live ceremony over four nights, May 11-14, 2021.

Last year saw Square One's audiobook version of Elliot Tiber's Palm Trees on the Hudson (an ACX.com production brought to wonderful life by veteran actor/narrator Edwin Wald) bring home the Gold Medal in the 2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards for Best Audiobook - Nonfiction, and Square One has won for a number of its other titles over the years.

Hailed by Library Journal as "a clear and thorough guide that should be a solid one-stop resource for patients and their support circle," What You Must Know About Strokes ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0483-4) by stroke specialist Dr. Amytis Towfighi and best-selling health writer and stroke survivor Laura Stevens offers all the information stroke survivors and their loved ones need to know in order to ask the right questions and make informed decisions.

Meanwhile, The Knights of Columbus ($34.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0308-0) stands now as the definitive book on this mainstay in contemporary Catholic life for many—a fraternal organization with well over 1 million members worldwide. This book has been declared "An approachable, worthwhile history of a venerable Catholic brotherhood" (Kirkus Reviews); a "well-designed history" (Publishers Weekly); and an esteemed text in which "Catholic and non-Catholic readers alike will find much to enjoy" (Booklist).

Square One is proud to have two finalists in this year's IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, and wants to congratulate all of our other fellow finalists in this great annual book awards ceremony.

What You Must Know About Strokes and The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History are both available on Amazon, B&N.com, Bookshop, and wherever else books are sold.

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NOTES FROM A DYSLEXIC PUBLISHER #3

Posted: 2021/03/19

The Point
When trying to get attention for any groundbreaking title,
always be mindful of the difficulties involved in
getting your author’s message out.

Garden City Park, NY: Independent publishers have many reasons for bringing out the books they do. Most people never have an opportunity to see what’s behind the curtain. These are two “inside” stories that I thought I would share.

Early on in my publishing career, I was lucky enough to learn about alternative approaches to personal health. It began when my house produced a guide on the various uses and benefits of vitamins and minerals. Prior to the book’s publication, few books—if any—listed the amount of nutrients one might take on a daily basis. If they did, they always drew data straight from the USDA’s recommended list of nutrients—a list that was created back in the 1950s, and which focused solely on the minimal amounts necessary to ward off various diseases. My author believed that, based upon newly published studies, these long-established dosage levels did not provide the appropriate amount of nutrients for optimal health. We made sure to include a References section that comprised about twenty percent of the book, just to ensure that our readers could double-check the latest research then available.

Although I may have been naïve, what surprised me the most was the lack of reaction our title received from the mainstream media. When I checked into why the book was either being ignored or questioned, I learned that the media would first pass along any and all books that dealt with nutrition to a pre-selected team of far more “old school” nutritionists and/or doctors for their review. While the book went on to do quite well, that was the first time I learned that there already existed these established but largely hidden and self-interested barriers in the area of consumer health titles.

While I believed then—and now—in both conventional and complementary medicine, from that point on I came to realize that there were two routes through which to garner attention for our health books. One was a relatively easy path as long as you chose not to rock the boat. The other, for boat rockers? Not so easy.

A number of the books that I have chosen to publish over the years because of their importance seem to have run into more than one informational roadblock along the way. Consider the following:

When medical anthropologist Sydney Ross Singer, first approached me with his book proposal, I was somewhat taken aback by it. He and his wife/fellow medical anthropologist, Soma Grismaijer, had conducted a survey to see if wearing tight-fitting bras might increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. The results showed that they did. I needed more information, though, and Sydney swiftly provided me with more. Apparently, according to Sydney and Soma, tight bras would impair the natural flow of lymph in and around the breast area—and this constriction allowed toxins to remain trapped in the breast tissue. What their research also showed was that many women would wear their bras twenty-four hours each day. Based on the compelling information presented in their manuscript, I decided to go ahead with the book’s publication. We named the book Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras.

Approximately a week after we publicly announced the book’s forthcoming release date, I received a call from a woman who said she represented an intimate apparel trade association. She had heard about the book, and was calling to let me know that Sydney Singer had lied about receiving his master’s degree from Duke University—and as such, she further warned that the book I was now slated to publish would likely be rife with misinformation. I have to admit that this alleged revelation did throw me. I said I would check into it and, if she was right, I would then pull the plug on the book’s publication. She then warned me that if we still chose to bring the book out, her association would sue us. That warning struck me both as strange and a little desperate. After all, if she already knew that our author was lying about his credentials, then why would she also need to threaten my company with a lawsuit?

Once that call was finished, I promptly called Duke University and was connected to a person in their Student Records department. Normally, schools don’t provide such information over the phone. After I explained about the call that I had just received the person on the other end of the line told me to wait a few minutes—and sure enough, a few minutes later she confirmed that Singer had indeed graduated from Duke with a master’s degree in Anthropology. We went on to publish the book on time and as publicized—and we never did get sued by that intimate apparel association.

Dressed to Kill is now in its second edition, and it has actually helped pave the way for some changes in the world of bra fashion—doing away with metal underwires and producing looser-fitting bras. It has also encouraged the “Go Bra-Free” movement, and the book’s findings have been further validated by dozens of other studies around the world. What it has not yet done is to impel medical authorities here in the US to call for more research into this important bra/breast cancer link. If the Nurses’ Health Study group, which focuses on cancer, were to investigate—at very little cost to them—whether bras do cause cancer—just imagine how many women could be spared the suffering associated with this disease. Unfortunately, while the group refuses to even consider underwriting such a study, the fight continues on here in our times.

Meanwhile, the inner workings of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) would never have been a subject that I’d choose to pursue—until one of my authors introduced me to Dr. Renee Joy Dufault. Dr. Dufault had worked for the US Public Health Service specializing in toxicology, environmental health, and industrial hygiene. As such, she had been sent to work at the FDA as an investigator. Her assignment was to go to food production and distribution plants throughout the country, and to report on the relative quality of the foods that were being manufactured there. She was called upon to collect samples of the foods, and to then send them over to a food laboratory for fuller content analysis.

After sending several samples out from the various plants she had visited, the results came back. The lab report showed that the samples she had submitted contained traces of heavy metals (e.g., mercury and lead), pesticides, and other dangerous contaminants at levels far higher than the standards set by the FDA. Thinking the lab may have made a mistake, she submitted new samples to be analyzed a second time. The same results appeared in the new analysis. Based on these findings, Dr. Dufault prepared a full report that she then submitted to her immediate supervisor at the FDA. The next day, she was told that her assignment was over—and no further explanation was provided. When she asked to have the report included in the FDA’s online site, she was denied. It was not until the publication of her book with Square One—Unsafe at Any Meal: What the FDA Does Not Want You to Know About the Foods You Eat—that this information was made public. And yet, as important as this story is to the health and well-being of children and adults alike, too few people are aware of Dr. Dufault’s disturbing discovery.

In spite of all the time and effort that the Square One team has put into getting this book the attention it so rightfully deserves, the mainstream media seems to have ignored Dr. Dufault’s findings. Yes, the book has had excellent reviews and Dr. Dufault has appeared on numerous local radio shows. Still, those barriers to her receiving a greater visibility have seemingly been snapped into place. Is it too outrageous to think that the FDA would hide the fact that the processed foods that many of us eat every day help cause so many of our current health disorders?  Perhaps, but the facts don’t lie.

As an independent publisher of such titles, I have come to understand just how difficult it can be to get these messages out. That should never become a reason to avoid moving forward, though. If anything, barriers can often strengthen one’s resolve. In these chaotic and often worrisome times, it’s still vital to provide a viable platform from which authors with an important message can be heard.

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WHAT'S BLACK & WHITE, AND NOW BEING READ ALL OVER? THIS BOOK.

Posted: 2021/03/08

“A memoir from ‘the first white student to receive
his diploma at an all-Black college’ . . .
Thought-provoking memories of
a civil rights–era friendship that crossed racial lines.”
Kirkus Reviews

"This fascinating fish-out-of-water account
provides a unique perspective on race and culture."
Publishers Weekly

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: The year was 1961, a year marking the start of the racial unrest that would last throughout the decade. Living in a trailer camp in Maryland with his wife and children, Fred’s future seemed bleak—that is, until he heard a college football coach being interviewed on a local radio show talking about becoming a Physical Education teacher. The coach’s words would inspire him enough to registrar at Maryland State College, a then all-black college. The thing of it was, Fred Engh was white. He would become the first white student to attend Maryland State, a segregated college. His intention was not to break any racial barriers or make any headlines. He simply wanted a better life for himself and his family as an accredited teacher. What he learned from attending that college however was something he had not expected. Matchsticks: An Education in Black & White ($24.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0505-3) is his story.

Fred Engh and his non-profit organization, NAYS—the National Association of Youth Sports—has positively affected the lives of millions of children throughout the country for decades, but chances are you have never heard of him or his group. What he has tried to do is make organized sports for kids fun. He has done this by training coaches to be fair, avoid playing favorites, bulling players, and stopping fans from getting out of control. He has also tried to even the playing field for children of different colors and ethnicities. From baseball to soccer to golf, he has made it his mission to let children choose to play the sport they love—no matter where they live or how well they play. And yet, the story behind how he discovered his calling in life is definitely a remarkable one of transition.

Matchsticks has already earned praise from Kirkus Reviews ("Thought-provoking memories of a civil rights-era friendship that crossed racial lines") and Publishers Weekly ("Engh [Why Johnny Hates Sports], the founder of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, shares the unusual path his life took . . . [as] 'the first white student to receive his diploma at an all-Black college in 1961.' . . . Engh’s experience as the school’s lone white student enabled him to empathize with his Black colleagues who were routinely regarded with disgust or hostility because of their skin color. . . this fascinating fish-out-of-water account provides a unique perspective on race and culture").

Today, when racial disparagement has once again taken the form of marches, protesters, and daily news headlines, Matchsticks is a tale of discovery, understanding, and personal change. A lesson still as valuable today as it was then.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Fred Engh has been involved in youth sports for over thirty years—as a coach, athletic director, and sports educator. In 1981, he founded a program that evolved into the National Alliance For Youth Sports (NAYS), a nonprofit organization that works to provide safe sports for America’s youth. As president of the Alliance, Engh has appeared on a number of national television shows, including: Dateline NBC; ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America; CBS's Early Show and The Jim Rome Show; ESPN's Outside the Lines; and CNN's Sports Illustrated with Nick Charles, among others.

Jann Seal attended the University of Maryland in College Park receiving her undergraduate degree in English. After driving around the world in a Land Rover and writing about her adventures, she began her career teaching high school English in Baltimore’s inner city. With a move to Los Angeles, she became an advertising copy writer opening the door to writing for network television soap operas. Jann currently writes and edits magazines and newspaper articles and has published a cookbook. She and her husband Paul live in Lake Worth, Florida.

To see Fred Engh share his unique story with Golf Channel TV, click here.

Matchsticks is now available everywhere that books are sold.

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