Vital Signs

Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez, M.D., M.M.Sc.

Kidney Awareness and Prevention of Disease     
Listen to What Your Kidneys Are Telling You     


Did you know that kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States? In honor of National Kidney Month, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) is raising awareness by educating those with and at risk for kidney disease. AKF is a national nonprofit organization and the #1 source of direct financial assistance to kidney patients in the United States. Find out more at

Orlando M. Gutiérrez, M.D., M.M.Sc., obtained his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Gutiérrez’s research is focused on understanding pathophysiological mechanisms underlying disorders of phosphorus and vitamin D metabolism in health and in individuals with kidney disease. He has a special interest in delineating environmental and/or behavioral factors that may modulate these associations, particularly those related to poverty and nutrition. His research has been published in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation, and he has been an invited speaker in numerous national and international conferences.


Phil Beene, Co- founder and President of Nudge
Mac Gambill, Cofounder + CEO of Nudge

What's Trending in Health Apps?     


As a new diets #trend every day, from juicing to paleo to macrobiotic, it seems that everyone is looking for a quick fix, often sacrificing a wholesome and nutritious lifestyle for shortcuts. Luckily, with the limitless smartphone power in the palm of our hands, it’s easier than ever to track of all of the different elements of a healthy life.

This March, in honor of National Nutrition Month we’ve gathered the top must-have health and wellness apps that actually make it easy and dare we say it… fun…. to eat healthy and workout.

Mac Gambill co-founder and CEO of Nudge, is an entrepreneur who has experience in the technology and fitness industries. Hailing from a background in semi-professional sports and technology, Mac decided to found Nudge in order to help people lead healthier lives. The health tech company offers insight into individuals’ lifestyle choices by curating and analyzing data from health and fitness apps and wearables and providing a simple, and unified feedback system to users.

Phil Beene is an entrepreneur, former semi-professional athlete and healthcare enthusiast. Previously to Nudge, Phil worked at Maxim Healthcare where he worked with a team managing care services and personnel for clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Nudge offers insights into individuals’ lifestyle choices by curating and analyzing data from health and fitness apps and wearables, and providing a simple unified feedback system to users.


Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND

Connection Between Diabetes and Your Heart     


21 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes and Your Heart by certified diabetes educator and dietitian Jill Weisenberger is a succinct and straightforward guide to managing diabetes and heart health. She will help readers understand that through consistent lifestyle choices, including food, exercise, and education they can make positive changes that will equal optimal diabetes management and heart health. Throughout the book, Weisenberger digs deep into the lifestyle choices that affect your heart and breaks down challenging topics into achievable actions that are easy to understand, simple to implement, and ultimately empowering to all.

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND, is the author of Diabetes Weight Loss–Week by Week and The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition. Jill contributes articles to a variety of publications, including The Diabetes Experience, Diabetic Living, and Kids Eat Right. She lives in Yorktown, Virginia, and has a private practice in nearby Newport News.


Nature’s Secrets

The New Vital Signs to Your Vital Health     
Traditional vital signs are a good start to assessing your health, but there are many more observations and evaluations that can be done routine at the doctor’s office or at home.

On Nature’s Secrets, Dr. Susanne will go over tongue diagnosis, fingernail and stool analysis which can reveal a good deal about a person’s overall health, habits and even their anxiety level. Physical examination is key to early detection of nutrient deficiencies and future illnesses.