MRM Lecture Series

In Memory of Michael S. Ratner

May 3, 2016
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April 21 Meeting Notes

Thomas Lodi, MD, Fellow in Integrative Oncology Internal Medicine, and founder of An Oasis of Healing, presented on Thursday, April 21st, HOW TO STOP MAKING CANCER. He talked about the importance of sleep, exercise, detox, nutrition, and stress reduction.

The Q&A session took us into overtime, and just like an exciting football game, we enjoyed the back and forth knowledge with Dr. Lodi declaring all attendees who combine the best alternative therapies with the best conventional ones—a winner.

Be sure to join us on Thursday, May 19, for an evening with Dr. Dan Koontz, owner of Healthy Habits and a retired naturopathic MD with over 40 years of clinical experience discussing his experience with helping thousands of cancer patients. See you soon!

March 18, 2016
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March 17 Meeting Notes

Our March 17 presentation, PRECISION MEDICINE IN ONCOLOGY, turned into an eye-opening experience, including a Q & A between our excellent speaker, Dr. David Duggan and attendees. It isn’t every day one learns about the cutting-edge of medicine by an articulate scientist from TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute). Dr. Duggan shared his knowledge of the technological advances in genomics and gave us an understanding of the biology of human disease as he focused on the biggest benefactor to date—oncology.

These medical advancements allow patients to gather technical information about their DNA with specific attention to molecular information about particular cancers. To have access to this incredible information allows patients and families to make informed medical decisions about medical treatments.

I’d like to thank TGen and Dr. Duggan for sharing their latest scientific breakthroughs with the MRM Cancer Lecture Series. And, of course, a big thanks to all of you who attended this event.

Here is a list of companies that Dr. Duggan mentioned during the presentation:

Tumor Profiling
Ashion Analytics (TGen JV Co)
Caris Diagnostics
Foundat1on Medicine
Personal Genome Diagnostics
plus 50 Other companies and academic medical centers

Circulating Tumor DNA
Gaurdant Health
Foundation Medicine
Personal Genome D1agnostics

Risk Assessment
Amber Genetics
Myriad Genetics
Color Genomics

Asymptomatic Screening
Veritas Genetics
Adaptive Biotechnologies
Health Nucleus

February 25, 2016
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Arizona Oncology Event – February 27th

MRM Cancer Support sponsor, Arizona Oncology is hosting their 1st Annual Patient and Caregiver Survivorship event on Saturday, February 27th at the Marriot Desert Ridge from 7:45 am – 1pm. It is free and includes breakfast and lunch.

February 24, 2016
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February 19 Meeting Notes

Dr. Mahesh Seetharam provided an eye-opening presentation on Clinical Trials 101: An Experimental Science. The attendees had their questions answered in an easy to understand, yet direct and informative fashion which allowed them to unravel the maze of clinical trials. Dr. Seetharam’s empathy for his patients was evidence in the way he communicated with individuals and the group as a whole.  His research team, a group of four qualified nurses, were present to answer questions and explain their personal roles when a patient requests information on clinical trials. We plan to include the researchers in a clinical trial panel discussion later this year. Thanks to all of you who attended and our newest sponsor, Arizona Oncology.

We look forward to seeing you at our March 17 event featuring David Duggan, Ph.D at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

January 28, 2016
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January 21, 2016 Meeting Notes

Dan Rubin, ND, FABNO, presented Cancer Treatments: Naturopathic and Conventional, at our January meeting. What a great kickoff to the 2016 series!

We met for dinner at Bluewater Grill, where we tasted the best clam chowder soup and warm  sourdough bread in Arizona. A delicious Caesar salad followed with a main course of meatballs simmered in a tomato based sauce.

Our round table event with Dr. Rubin began with an interesting overview of naturopathic medicine followed by a relaxed Q & A session. His answers were informative, relevant, and personalized. Great presentation. Thank you Dr. Rubin!

December 30, 2015
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December 17 Meeting Notes

Gala Holiday Event at Bink’s Midtown

Our December 17th gala event at Bink’s Midtown included a ‘family style’ sit-down dinner which featured red bean vegetable soup, a mixed green salad with julienne apples, walnuts, endive, goat cheese, and cranberries served with apple cider vinaigrette. For the main entre, a hearty dish of meatballs cooked with blue cheese, celery, and dipped in a mouthwatering house-made buffalo sauce dazzled our taste buds along with fresh brioche rolls. But it wasn’t only the array of delicious culinary sides that were dished out. Our guest speaker, Colleen Forgus, Nutritional Consultant & Chef, brought in homemade sauerkraut, beet Kvass, and delicate rolls filled with cranberry and a variety of nuts and answered questions from our attendees concerning their diet needs.

Our raffle giveaways for complimentary dinners at local hotspots, as well as spa days including manicures, pedicures, facials, and hairstyling were handed out to the lucky winners. Our silent auction produced some friendly bidding wars between attendees, but in the end, everyone was happy, which was our goal. All attendees were winners!

Our December gala event has been deemed a fun time for all. We hope to see all of you in January. Happy New Year!!

November 21, 2015
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November 19 Meeting Notes

Thank you Dr. Joshua LaBaer, director of the Virginia Piper Center for Personalized Medicine, for an exciting presentation on the immune system and how it relates to cancer. Dr. LaBaer was both knowledgeable and comfortable with his topic and provided ample time to respond to all questions and concerns. Attendees shared a relaxed and informative evening complete with great food and service provided by Donovan’s Steakhouse. My thanks to all of you who attended the November 19 lecture (we had a full house). A special thanks to Donovan’s for their generous sponsorship for the MRM Cancer Lecture Series.

October 19, 2015
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October 15 Meeting Notes

Our October presenter, Jeffrey D. Esko, Ph.D, distinguished professor of cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California, San Diego, talked about MHE AND ME: Developing a pharmacological approach for multiple hereditary exostoses. Wow! What a fabulous presentation. Dr. Esko, a scientist, showed us how scientists work to develop pharmaceutical cures for diseases. A refreshing change of pace for our cancer lecture series, which prides itself on unleashing knowledge, science, and humor to the community.

The buffet was wonderful at Bluewater Grill, as was the service. We are varying our menu each month so that our attendees can try new innovated, eclectic dishes. Our thanks to all of you for a great turnout and a wonderful presentation.

For more information the MHE Coalition, go to

September 20, 2015
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September 17 Meeting Notes

Sept17KuoWhat a great turnout—35 people attended September’s lecture at Bluewater Grill. We had an excellent presenter, Dr. Kuo, talking about THE CHANGING FACE OF HOW WE TREAT LUNG CANCER, which included screening, complete overview, and the newest scientific advances.  A question/answer session followed, which included all cancer-related topics. Thanks to Dr. Kuo and all of you who attended our fall debut. And thank you Bluewater Grill, for providing excellent food and service for the event. See you all in October!


Michael Ratner Memorial volunteers, Maria Christy, left, and Casey Smith-Forrest, presents the Michael Ratner Memorial a generous sponsorship check on September 15, 2015 on behalf of AMTrust Bank (2200 East Camelback Road in Phoenix, Arizona). Thanks to everyone at AM Trust for their continuing support and assistance.

June 20, 2015
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June 18 Meeting Notes

Our June 18 presentation with world-renown homeopathic medical doctor and chief physician of Oasis of Healing in Mesa, AZ, Dr. Thomas Lodi, brought in 87 attendees with 25 additional people on the waiting list. The MRM support lecture series promoted this event to numerous media outlets throughout the state of Arizona. Our marketing paid off—with an even stronger audience for our lecture series.

Lodi2Most of the attendees were unaware of Dr. Lodi’s practice, but enjoyed hearing his humorous and insightful presentation. Our mission is to bring awareness of the latest traditional and non-traditional medical modalities offered and let you decide which path to take.

Donovan’s catered a delicious vegetarian dinner and drinks. We sat at two long 40+ people tables draped in white linen table cloths reminiscent of a Bar Mitzvah or wedding reception. Some people were mesmerized and Dr. Lodi received a hardy applause at the end of the presentation.

FYI: My diet, which I thought was basically healthy, will change dramatically after hearing Lodi’s nutritional philosophy.

We’ll be on hiatus until September 17, when we hope to present another ‘standing room only’ presentation.