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PUMP: A Natural History of the Heart

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For centuries, humans have been fascinated by the heart. Aristotle believed it was the seat of consciousness; the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz mused about how his life would change if only he had one; and poets and musicians from Shakespeare to Tom Petty to Stevie Nicks have written countless words about hearts being cold, broken, and lonely. Now, the critically acclaimed author of Cannibalism and American Museum of Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt turns his attention to this vital organ in PUMP: A Natural History of the Heart (Publication Date: September 21, 2021; $26.95), which explores the mysteries and wonders of the literal heartbeat of life on earth. The first book to present in-depth natural histories of both the human heart and the hearts of dozens of diverse animal species ranging from worms to alligators to bats to sea squirts, PUMP is an illuminating journey that shows how the heart has become the core of not only the circulatory system, but also the natural world.

From a Canadian museum where Schutt examines a rare, preserved blue whale heart the size of a golf cart to New England beaches where horseshoe crabs are being harvested for their life-saving blood to labs where he encounters frozen hibernating wood frogs, PUMP takes readers on a fantastic trip around the world, telling an incredible story of evolution and scientific process. Readers journey with Schutt through human history, too, as philosophers and scientists hypothesize, often wrongly, about what makes our ticker tick. The book traces humanity’s cardiac fascination from the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, who believed that the heart contains the soul, all the way up to modern-day laboratories, where scientists use animal hearts and even plants as the basis for many of today’s cutting-edge therapies. Schutt interviews notable doctors, researchers, and animal experts, revealing unexpected anecdotes and studies including:

  • the science behind the survival of the Antarctic icefish, whose blood contains a natural antifreeze;
  • the use of tropical Zebrafish, an organism that shares more than 70 percent of its genes with humans, to study the regrowth of functional heart muscle in humans;
  • the heart of the Burmese python, which can grow 40 percent after eating a meal, and how this invasive species can help researchers better understand physiological human heart growth;
  • the scientific background on why doctors made the switch from therapeutic bloodletting including the use of leeches to blood transfusions as a way to restore health;
  • the strange science behind the giraffe circulatory system – which includes a massive high-pressure heart that can pump blood to heights of eighteen feet and unique adaptations that prevent blood from rushing to their lowered heads when they drink;
  • the 150-year-old mystery behind the ailments that plagued Charles Darwin for the last forty years of his life, which may be traced to a rare bloodborne disease he contracted during his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle;
  • the experiments showing the direct relationship between bereavement and Takotsubo syndrome, better known as “broken heart syndrome”;
  • the brand-new technologies utilized by various labs to grow and regenerate the human heart from stem cells, animal hearts, and plants.

Pump is a story about hearts – big hearts, small hearts, cold hearts and even nonexistent hearts,” Schutt, professor emeritus at Long Island University – Post, explains. “The history of our attempts to understand the function of the heart and circulatory system is long, and until relatively recently, riddled with errors. From a hollow cluster of cells with a unique ability to shorten its length to beliefs about the origin of love and the soul to early cardiac medicine, futuristic therapies, and beyond, my hope is that readers will gain appreciation for the degree to which the heart plays a vital role, and will never think about these topics in quite the same way again.” The author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, Schutt received his PhD in zoology from Cornell University and did his post-doctoral work at the American Museum of Natural History (where he was a recipient of a Theodore Roosevelt Grant). His most recent book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and an Amazon Best Book of the Month as well as a Scientific American Recommended Read. He lives with his family on Long Island.

Written with verve and Schutt’s signature wit, weaving evolutionary perspectives with cultural history, Pump shows us this magical and mysterious organ in a completely new light.

 

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Speakers Bureau signs Dr. Kimberley Linert
Behavioral Optometrist is on leading edge of vision and movement therapies
LAS VEGAS – Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers Bureau has reached an agreement to
represent Dr. Kimberley Linert, a pioneering doctor in the field of Behavioral Optometry, a
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received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry, is available for
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Dr. Linert is also the founder of Optic Brainfit Foundation, a holistic organization that combines
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Her “Incredible Life Creator Podcast” has featured hundreds of in-depth interviews with change
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For more information on Dr. Kimberley Linert and Bruce Merrin’s Celebrity Speakers Bureau,
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Vince Sanders founded CBD American Shaman in March of 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri as an alternative resource to help with the discomfort many cancer patients experience. Since then, Sanders has built CBD American Shaman into a team of doctors, chemists, lawyers, and advocates. Sanders pioneered the use of nanotechnology in the hemp industry to enhance the plant’s health-supporting effects and to increase the bioavailability of CBD.

CBD American Shaman produces high quality cannabinoid tinctures, creams, pet products and more. CBD American Shaman is certified by the US Hemp Authority for its manufacturing and quality control standards. Currently with 365 locations offering their premier CBD products, American Shaman is one of the largest CBD retailers in the United States.

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Global Business Expert Predicts Positive Trends in Healthcare

Boston, MA, Sept. 25, 2020  The American healthcare system is complex, to say the least, and the collaboration and interoperability among its key players lags far behind other industries. Consider this: If a credit card company can access a person’s complete credit history in minutes, why can’t a doctor access patient records from another facility for seamless, continuity of care? And why isn’t it easier for patients to price shop and compare medical services and procedures?

Positive change is on the horizon — and in some cases is already here — says global business expert Harry Glorikian, and we have the power of big data and a push from consumers to thank.

“Consumers have seen how technology and data have changed user relationships to other industries, like banking, and are starting to demand similar improvements in healthcare,” Glorikian explains.

He recently interviewed numerous leaders in the field of healthcare, documenting their challenges and exploring emerging opportunities that are impacting everyone from the doctors and patients to researchers and insurers.

What he found:

1. The uptick in electronic storage of medical records and convenient online patient portals are improving patient experiences.

2. Innovative applications of data are being used to pinpoint outbreaks and expose drug-resistant diseases.

3. Data and cutting-edge analytics are already advancing some aspects of healthcare and creating new and evolving business opportunities.

4. Data and technology are impacting drug development, precision medicine, and how patients with rare diseases are diagnosed and treated.

5. Digital devices and artificial intelligence are helping doctors do their jobs faster and with greater accuracy.

Glorikian’s findings make a compelling case for embracing technology and the use of data to revolutionize the healthcare system for the greater good of patients and healthcare professionals alike.

“We have entered a rapidly evolving era of medicine that values data-driven approaches and prioritizes evidence-based care, and the best is yet to come,” Glorikian predicts.

Harry Glorikian is an expert on how big data is transforming the healthcare and life sciences landscapes. An influential global business expert with more than three decades of experience building successful ventures in the U.S. and around the world, Glorikian is well known for his achievements in the life sciences, healthcare, diagnostics and healthcare IT industries. He is a sought-after speaker and go-to media resource who has addressed the National Institutes of Health, Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference, World Theranostics Congress and other audiences worldwide.

He has written numerous articles for industry publications, appeared on CBS Evening News, and has been quoted regularly by Dow Jones, The Boston GlobeBioWorld Today, Los Angeles Times, London Independent, Medical Device Daily, Science Magazine, Genetic Engineering News and many other media outlets. He is also the author of Commercializing Novel IVD’s: A Comprehensive Manual for Success. 

For more information, please visit www.glorikian.com, or listen to his podcasts at https://glorikian.com/podcast/.

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