Archive for November, 2012

Meet the Specialist- Dean Heller, MD

Monday, November 26th, 2012

As PeKu Publications grew, so did our team of writers.  With a hearty team of writers who excel at researching and writing, we were publishing a wide variety of articles weekly.  To deepen our knowledge base, we decided to seek specialists that would be authorities, as opposed to researchers, in their area of knowledge.  The first specialist that we added was Dean Heller, who is author of our weekly Ask the Doctor column on Health Eagle.  Dr. Heller has been a contributor to Health Eagle since March 2010.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce Dean Heller:

MPK: Our readers know you simply as “Ask the Doctor”.  What is your specialty?

DH: My specialty is Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology.

MPK: You cover so many topics in Ask the Doctor and work with many other specialists.  Outside of your specialty, what is your favorite health topic?

DH: Outside of the diseases of the heart that we treat, I have a very strong interest in health and nutrition.  I was a biology and nutrition major in college and have tried to incorporate some of this into my practice.

MPK: What do you like best about being a physician?

DH: One of the great things about being an interventional cardiologist is that when people are very sick and close to death when they come to the hospital with a heart attack, that we can frequently make them better very quickly by emergently putting a stent into their heart artery to restore the blood flow to the heart. They are forever grateful.

MPK: What was the inspiration for creating Ask the Doctor?

DH: Ask the Doctor is a great outlet to bring health information to people and answer the different questions that people have about their health. All physicians are educators, and that is the inspiration behind Ask the Doctor.

MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?

DH: An interesting fact about me is that while I am now the proud father of 3 wonderful children, I used to be a daily surfer while I was living on the south shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Two Words

Monday, November 19th, 2012

For many of us living in America, this Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving.  With the word thanks in the holiday’s name, it’s hard not to take a second or two to consider all of the people and things for which we are grateful.  Whether it is a private moment of contemplation or a group discussion, most people will find the time to consider their gratitude.

However, I have to consider why we don’t do this more often.  Although I try to express my gratitude on a daily basis for things little and big, I know that I often forget to do so.  It is easier to notice the mistakes than to praise the job done correctly.  Why just send an email to a team member when there is a mistake, instead of also sending emails that praise a job well done?  Why not praise a child for remembering to put dishes in the dishwasher instead of complaining that she forgot?

No, I’m not advocating that we ignore errors and only highlight the positive.  However, striving to point out the positive more frequently couldn’t hurt.  So, I will see how I can implement this in both my personal and work lives.  The simple addition of two words, such as “Thank you” and “Nice job” won’t take much time and only a little bit of effort.

This Thursday I certainly will be thinking of all the things for which I’m grateful.  But in addition, I will be making the effort to make days of giving thanks more frequent.  Expressing my gratitude may take only two words but will provide much more value than that.

Wasabi Media Group Rebrands as PeKu Publications

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Manchester, NH— Today Wasabi Media Group announces that they have rebranded. Wasabi Media Group will begin operating under the new name, PeKu Publications (PKP), effective immediately. With the adoption of the new brand and tagline, PKP has also launched their new website,

The rebrand is part of the continued development of this Internet-based publishing company. Launched in July 2008, Wasabi Media Group has seen continual growth. Increasing their publishing from 80 to 400 articles per month, and increasing their readership from hundreds to over two million readers each month, the company has expanded steadily.

PeKu Publications is a Wasabi Ventures portfolio company. Chris Yeh, General Partner of WV states, “Over the last few years, Michele and her team have made impressive progress in creating a top flight publishing firm. We are excited to count PeKu Publications in our portfolio of emerging technology firms.”

To clarify the mission of the company, it was decided that renaming the company would be best. In recognition of the dedication and inspiration of the CEO, the company has been named PeKu Publications.

Michele Pesula Kuegler, CEO/Editor-in-Chief, explains, “I have enjoyed building this company and overseeing its growth. Now that it has emerged from its infancy, it is time to give it a name that expresses exactly what we are.”

PeKu Publications will continue to focus on publishing original, top quality content on their 23 niche sites. Each article will aim to fulfill the goals of their tagline: Inspire. Inform. Engage.

About PeKu Publications

PeKu Publications is an emergent Internet-based publishing company, which is home to 23 niche properties, featuring content in eight unique channels. For more information about PeKu Publications go to or contact Michele Pesula Kuegler at

Cold Season Returns

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Sure, it has been fall since the third week of September, but the progression into lower temperatures and shorter days is gradual.  However, with the time change a week ago and a recent spell of sub-freezing temperatures, it is quite apparent that winter is knocking at our door.  Of course, beyond the meteorological conditions, there are other indicators that winter is near: ads for ski swaps, holiday music in stores, the arrival of the first cold of the season.

Yes, not only is it the start of cold season (as in weather), it also the start of cold season (as in health).  In our house we have experienced the first cold and all of its symptoms:  stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, cough, sinus pain, ear pain.  Like most colds it lasted for nearly a week, making it a tiring week for the patient.  Luckily for us, the cold was contained to only one of us, which in itself is a victory.

As my children are older, I no longer have the concerns that I did as a new mom.  I understand that colds may linger and that, generally speaking, there’s no need for a trip to the doctor without a fever.*  However, I also like to keep current with new products or treatments that can help reduce the symptoms of a cold.  My quest for this sort of knowledge makes our publication, Health Eagle, one of my resources during these times.  For example, we recently posted an article that clarified the benefit of Vitamin D.  Reading this article, I knew that adding that vitamin would not be beneficial.

Of course, Health Eagle covers more than the common cold.  Each month we highlight one medical issue, such as diabetes, and dedicate multiple articles to it. We also have a weekly Ask the Doctor column.  We have a pediatrician who writes a monthly column that focuses on children.  Heart health, medication information, healthy diet, mental health, we cover all of these and more.

When the first cold of the season arrives at your house or you have a general medical concern, give Health Eagle a read. We may have what you are seeking.

*I am not a medical professional nor am advising at what point other parents should take their children to their doctor.  This is a decision to be made by the individual parents and their health care providers.

Kimberly Hays

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Kimberly has been writing on a full time basis for over six years. She writes in many genres and enjoys sharing her work with her readers. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, volunteering, photography, and art. She lives in Florida, and also enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and 3 dogs.

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Just Vote

Monday, November 5th, 2012

I spent yesterday afternoon reading a memoir. Sitting in the living room I was surrounded by the sounds of an early afternoon NFL game that my teenaged son was watching. The noise of the game in the background, I happily devoured my book; the sounds of play calls and clashing helmets and pads merely filling the air like elevator music. However, when the game went to commercial, it was a completely different story. It seemed that the majority of the ads were political with one candidate bashing another.

Although the sounds of the political advertisements were more disruptive than the combined noises of a football game, the ads definitely were vibrant reminders to vote on Tuesday. For those with a passion for politics and government, tomorrow is a day to assert your opinion via a ballot. For others it may simply be just another day. However, no matter what views you hold or parties you support, this is your chance to be part of the process.

At our political publication, Camp Campaign, we have covered many aspects of the presidential election process, reviewing candidates and issues leading to this election. Whether you think Romney is the obvious choice, wish that Gary Johnson had been included in the debates, or chant, “Four more years!”, you’ll find a writer that agrees with your point of view. Although Camp Campaign isn’t a true news website, as we don’t cover breaking news, we do provide unbiased coverage. Our writers share their personal perspective, be it liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between.

While it may seem that this process is bigger than you, it was designed to include each and every voter’s opinion. So, as you plan tomorrow’s schedule, whether it be going to work, carpooling for sports practice, lunching with friends, be sure to include a few minutes to express your opinion at the ballot box.

Inspire. Inform. Engage.