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Dr. Kent Smith Named President of American Sleep & Breathing Academy

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS – Consumer Team News)   Dr. Kent Smith of Sleep Dallas has been named President of the American Sleep & Breathing Academy.   Dr. Smith is a regular contributor to The Consumer Team talk radio program on 1080 KRLD Radio.   Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, commented, “Dr. Kent Smith is a true leader in the area of sleep disorders.  For years, he’s been lecturing across the country to doctors and other professionals about healthy sleep.  We’re excited to see him move into this leadership position.”

Dr. Kent Smith - Sleep Dallas

Dr. Kent Smith – Sleep Dallas

Dr. Kent Smith’s contribution to healthy sleep has been significant.   He has been on the forefront of the development of a small oral appliance that can be used for the treatment of sleep apnea.  The appliance, similar in size to a mouth guard, has been very effective with patients not able to tolerate a CPAP machine.  Regarding Dr. Smith’s work in treating sleep apnea, Thomson added “Dr. Kent Smith and Sleep Dallas have helped thousands of patients who just couldn’t tolerate a CPAP.   Through this new advancement in treatment lives are being saved.”

As a regular guest on The Consumer Team, Dr. Smith has been able to bring a number of important discussions on healthy sleep to the program.   According to Thomson, this education is helping consumers get help before tragedy strikes.  Thomson added, “Drowsy driving is a real focus of Dr. Smith’s message lately.  Dr. Smith recently spoke to a congressional subcommittee about the issue.  The connection between drowsy driving and sleep apnea is clear and chilling.   It’s killing thousands of people every year.”

Dr. Kent Smith and Sleep Dallas offer a free initial consultation to patients who identify themselves as listeners to The Consumer Team.    Thomson added,  “The free initial consultation is a great opportunity for consumers to learn about the options available for treating sleep apnea.   We appreciate this valuable support of our listeners.”

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is broadcast Saturdays from 6-8 PM Central on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc.




Consumer Team: Ventana is Changing Retirement in Dallas

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX – Consumer Team News)   The corner of Northwest Highway and Central/Hwy 75 is about to change in a big way. Ventana, a luxury high rise retirement community, is being built at this location by Buckner Retirement Services.   The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is airing a series of educational segments on retirement in DFW and the new Ventana.

Ventana - Coming to Northwest Highway & Central in Dallas

Ventana – Coming to Northwest Highway & Central in Dallas

Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, says  he considers Ventana to be the future of retirement living. Thomson said, “People are very impressed with the the luxury of Ventana.  It will be a stunning community with beautiful views of the Dallas skyline.   There are some other major benefits.  First, Buckner Retirement Services is building Ventana.  Buckner is one of the most trusted names in North Texas.   Beyond that, Ventana will be a continuing care retirement community which means that residents will have access to many healthcare and medical services on-campus at Ventana, and at rates that are very predictable.   Over the span of a person’s retirement, we believe that Ventana’s pricing model delivers much more for the dollar and gives consumers more control over their budgets during retirement.”

The Consumer Team will feature different aspects of Ventana during on-air interviews on 1080 KRLD Radio.   Thomson said, “Our interviews on retirement and Ventana will be very educational.  We’ll be talking to the leadership of Ventana and Buckner Retirement Services.   We’ll also feature several people who will be among the first to move to Ventana when it’s complete.”

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is broadcast Saturdays from 6-8 PM on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

Consumer Team News: Dangerous Doctor Alert

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS – Consumer Team News)   Thousands of doctors across the nation are on probation for bad behavior.  And because they’re disciplined by a board of their peers, the state medical board, discipline tends to be lenient.   Often doctors who have been charged with serious offenses (sexual misconduct, drug abuse, reckless behavior with patients) are allowed to continue to practice while on probation.   The Consumer Team is airing a series on healthcare.  The series will kick off with an interview with Lisa McGiffert of Consumer Reports.   Consumer Reports recently published an article “What You Don’t Know About Your Doctor Could Hurt You“, which focused on the dangerous doctor problem as well as other issues related to healthcare.

Dangerous Doctors - The Consumer Team Invesitgates

Dangerous Doctors – The Consumer Team Invesitgates

Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, said the new health series will cover a variety of topics relating to getting the most from medical care.  Thomson said, “The story on dangerous doctors is just so important that we decided to cover it first.  The full Consumer Team health series will cover a number of healthcare issues including Medicare, hospital safety and how to find a doctor.   Regarding dangerous doctors, Thomson added, “Lisa McGiffert and Consumer Reports have done an excellent job of describing the problem that exists with medical boards and their lenient treatment of doctors who have done some pretty bad things.  Consumers Union is working to make it easier for consumers to find information on bad doctors.  The current system which varies state-by-state, does not offer a good solution for consumers.   We believe the solution is a nationwide database.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 6-8 PM Central on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD in Dallas, TX.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, TX.

The Consumer Team: Understanding The Organic Food Scam

Organic….Natural…..Locally Grown.   These words are common in the marketplace because consumers are demanding fresh and healthy.  Natural News estimates that 2014 profits from the sale of organic and natural food were over $35 billion.   Consumers want healthy and we’re willing to pay for it.  The prices of organic food products are often much more than food that doesn’t have the organic seal of approval.  In some cases the price is over 100% more than non-organic products.  The profits from organic food combined with a weak inspection system in the US has resulted in a consumer world where food that is advertised as organic is often far from it.  We’re paying a ton of money for organic food and, oftentimes, getting junk.

The Organic Food Scam - The Consumer Team Investigates

The Organic Food Scam – The Consumer Team Investigates

In 2015, Forbes published an investigation of the organic food industry.  “The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture” is a well researched work that shines a light on a number of issues, including how misinformed the consumer is regarding organic food.  Consider pesticides.  Although it’s generally true that chemical pesticides are prohibited in organic products, there are exceptions including natural pesticides.  Natural pesticides can be toxic.  Another consumer misconception is regarding GMOs, genetically modified organisms.   Consumer perception is that organic means GMO free.  It doesn’t.  As long as organic food is produced using an authorized process (which is not closely inspected), the presence of GMOs in food is not a violation.

So how can this all happen?   Why aren’t testing standards protecting the consumer?  Just follow the money to understand the scam.  The sheer profits that organic food produces, including a super-high premium paid by consumers, has created an incentive for food producers to create a system that is lax and offers plenty of wiggle room.   According to the Forbes study, for the majority of organic products, no tests can determine the difference between organic and non-organic.   And when tests or inspections are present, they’re often incorrect or incomplete.  Forbes cites a 2014 Wall Street Journal investigation that found that almost half of USDA inspection agents failed to uphold USDA standards.   The organic food inspection system is totally loose.   And the organic food lobby is so big and well-funded that their lobbying effort has been successful in preventing any changes to the system.  Show me the money.

The poster child for bad behavior in organic foods is Whole Foods Market.  According to the Forbes investigation, the food retailer was found to be importing large amounts of produce from China. Yes, the same China where the air is not breath-able.  And the Whole Food’s scam gets even better.  They advertised their Chinese “glow-in-the-dark” produce as “California Blend”.

So, what can a consumer do?   First, unless you can personally identify and confirm how a product is produced, packaged and stored, don’t pay a premium for organic.  Beyond that, do research for yourself. Below are several resources we believe are viable:

Lastly, call or write your representatives in Congress.   Let them know that you’re informed regarding the organic food scam, including their complicity in maintaining the corrupt organic food system in the US.

Pete Thomson

CEO – The Consumer Team

Editor’s Note:  The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is heard Saturdays from 6-8 PM (Central) on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD, Dallas-Ft. Worth.  The Consumer Team features news and information on consumer issues.  Additionally, the program recommends ‘best in class’ business sponsors in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas area.

Consumer Team Investigates Organic Food Industry

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)   The Consumer Team today announced that a new investigative series on the organic food industry will start airing in November of 2015.   Consumer Team host Pete Thomson, commented on the series.  He stated, “The Consumer Team will air a series of segments aimed at educating consumers regarding organic foods.  Recently, serious charges have been made regarding the integrity of organic food.   Our series will help consumers to truly understand the issues involving organic food and to make more informed shopping decisions.”

Organic Agriculture - The Consumer Team Investigates

Organic Agriculture – The Consumer Team Investigates

Several recent investigations have disparaged the organic food industry, including Dr. Henry I Miller’s recent article in Forbes, The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture.    Thomson voiced several concerns regarding organic foods.  He said, “Consumers pay a huge premium for food that is labeled as organic. Recent research and studies, including Dr. Miller’s article in Forbes, are challenging the integrity of the organic industry.   On The Consumer Team we want to weigh the evidence objectively and help consumers understand the truth.”

Thomson said that a thorough understanding of the role of pesticides in organic food will be essential to understanding both the benefits and safety issues surrounding organic foods.  He added, “The pesticide discussion is the part of the organic discussion that people are finding both educational and concerning.  People are generally surprised to learn that pesticide free doesn’t necessarily mean food more healthy.”

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7 PM (Central) on 1080 KRLD Radio.  The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc in Dallas, Texas.


Sleep Apnea Solutions: Saturday on The Consumer Team

(Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX)     Every night millions of Americans wake up gasping for breath.  Sleep Apnea. We’ve all heard about the symptoms…snoring, gasping for air, lack of sleep.  We’ve also heard that Sleep Apnea can be a killer.   Saturday, October 25, The Consumer Team will welcome Dr. Kent Smith from Sleep Dallas to talk about new developments for the treatment of Sleep Apnea.   Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, called Dr. Smith’s appearance timely and a result of listener demand.  Thomson said, “Sleep Apnea is very concerning.   Every day, people struggle with the symptoms and it can kill.  Dr. Smith is an expert in the field of sleep and we look forward to having him on The Consumer Team.”

Sleep Apnea Solutions - Saturday on The Consumer Team

Sleep Apnea Solutions – Saturday on The Consumer Team

According to Thomson, Sleep Apnea often goes untreated because people don’t understand all the treatment options.   He added, “The CPAP machine is a pretty well known treatment option for Sleep Apnea.   However, it’s no secret that it’s not an easy treatment method.   Many consumers have difficulty  using the machine.  Dr. Smith will be talking about options for treatment that are easier for patients.  Because the new treatments have the potential to save lives, we feel that it’s important to discuss on the air.”

Thomson cited both Dr. Smith’s credentials and innovative approach.  He added, “Dr. Smith is a leading lecturer on sleep disorders.  He’s also been instrumental in bringing new technology to his patients.  In addition to the new methods of treating Sleep Apnea, we’ll discuss new developments in sleep study science that no longer require a mandatory overnight session in a sleep clinic.   We see this new technology and intelligence as positive because it’s removing barriers that previously would serve as a roadblock to people getting treatment for sleep disorders.”

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7 PM on 1080 KRLD Radio.  To listen live, click here.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.


Consumer Team Radio: Best Heart Hospitals, Retirement Planning & Protecting Your Online Privacy

The Consumer Team talk radio program is on the air.   This Saturday (Aug 2, 2014), join host Pete Thomson as he brings broadcasts the latest news and research that will help you live a better consumer life.   On this week’s Consumer Team radio program:

Best Heart Hospitals In America:  Dr. John Santa from Consumer Reports will join us to discuss the new Consumer Reports article on the best heart hospitals in the US.    Regarding the interview, Pete Thomson commented, “To see Consumer Reports getting into the area of rating hospitals and health care is very exciting.  This information is badly needed.   Dr. Santa is heading this research initiative at Consumer Reports and I know he will have very valuable information to share with us on The Consumer Team.”

The Consumer Team:  Best Hospitals for Heart Surgery

The Consumer Team: Best Hospitals for Heart Surgery

Retirement Planning:  Who’s On Your Team?   You’ve heard the expression “You are judged by the company you keep”.   Jim Poe, of Texas Retirement Specialists, will join us to talk about the strategic team that you need to achieve success in retirement planning.   According to Poe, a financial planner is an important part of the team, but there are several additional professionals, or ‘strategic partners’ that you need to have on your retirement team.   Listen to learn about these people and how they can help you prepare for retirement.

Protecting Your Online Privacy:   Ernie Sprance will report on canvas fingerprinting, the latest sophisticated tool that allows marketers, hackers and identity thieves track your online activity.   He’ll also talk about how to secure an iPhone from hackers and identity thieves.

The Consumer Team is broadcast on 1080 KRLD Radio from 5-7PM (Central).   To listen live, click here.   The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

Bed Bugs: Invasion USA

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH)    On Saturday June 14th, The Consumer Team talk radio program will air a special segment regarding the increase of bed bugs in cities across America.   Consumer Team host Pete Thomson said “From what we’re seeing, this problem is quickly becoming serious in many parts of the US.  And for cities with major airports, the spread of bed bugs can be fast and severe.”    Joining Thomson for the broadcast will be Patrick Prather, owner of Entex Pest Solutions.   Prather, an Entomologist and graduate of Texas A&M, is on the front lines of fighting the bed bug invasion.   A number of major cities in Texas have engaged Prather and his company to consult on solutions for city-wide pest issues.

Bed Bugs Invading America

Bed Bugs Invading America

Thomson said that awareness of the bed bug issue is low because of people generally don’t disclose having a problem with the insects.  He added, “Because bed bugs are associated with unclean, low-class hotel rooms, people are reluctant to admit they have a bed bug problem.   But as we’ll discuss on The Consumer Team, the bed bug invasion is effecting everyone.   They’re even found on cruise ships and in 4-star hotels.”

Thomson called Prather a very credible source for solutions to the bed bug problem.  Adding to Prather’s appeal, according to Thomson, is his background in natural pest control.  Thomson said, “Patrick is an expert in natural pest control.   Even though the bug issue is serious, most consumers would prefer not to be exposed to chemicals.   Patrick is known for his abilities in this area.”

Prather also owns Municipal Mosquito, a company that works with cities and counties on the control of mosquitoes.   Thomson added, “When cities are concerned about West Nile Virus, they turn to Municipal Mosquito.  They have the experience and background that cities need to safely and effectively control mosquitoes that can spread West Nile Virus.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7PM on CBS Radio’s KRLD in Dallas, Texas.  For more information and to listen live, go to http;//   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

Consumer Team: Don’t Overpay for Hearing Aids

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)   Consumer advocate Pete Thomson says he was blown away when he investigated the prices of hearing aids.   “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  A pair of hearing aids could cost as much as a car.”    The prices he found motivated Thomson to look deeper into how the hearing aid business operated.  Thomson will report the results of his findings on The Consumer Team, Saturday, April 5th on 1080 KRLD Radio.

Hearing Aid Pricing - The Consumer Team Investigates

Hearing Aid Pricing – The Consumer Team Investigates

“It just didn’t make sense,” Thomson continued, “The prices for electronics are generally falling.   Smart phones, printers, laptops and tablets are getting cheaper while hearing aids still often cost a fortune.  Hearing aids are really not that complicated.  They consist of a speaker, microphone, amplifier and a power source.”   What Thomson found was a consumer world full of middlemen who called themselves specialists.  “They’ve got all kinds of names from hearing specialist to hearing advocate.   Regardless of the title, the markup is significant and not a good deal, especially for older consumers who are often on a fixed income.”

The Consumer Team hearing aid segment will include recommendations for businesses that feature fair pricing on hearing aids.  Thomson said, “If a consumer will shop around, they can find quality without paying too much.  We’ll be talking about several hearing aid outlets that offer quality products, competitive pricing as well as expert consultation.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7PM (Central) on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD in Dallas.  The Consumer Team is one of the most listened to locally produced consumer advocacy programs in the nation.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

BioTE Medical Receives Consumer Team CISQUA Award

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)  BioTE Medical has been presented the CISQUA Award by The Consumer Team for pioneering best practices in the field of natural hormone replacment for men and women.  Pete Thomson, founder/CEO of The Consumer Team, announced the award today.  The CISQUA Award recognizes exemplary corporate performance in areas of integrity, service, quality and accountability.

Dr. Gary Donovitz, founder and medical director of BioTE Medical, commented on the award.  He said, “We’re honored to receive this recognition.  The Consumer Team has a reputation for being very selective regarding the companies that they endorse and we’re thrilled to receive The CISQUA Award.

Dr. Gary Donovitz - BioTE Medical

Dr. Gary Donovitz – BioTE Medical

Pete Thomson said The CISQUA Award presented to BioTE Medical reflects the contributions that the company has made in the field of natural testosterone replacement.   Thomson added, “Hormone replacement and specifically testosterone replacement therapy are hot topics for consumers right now.  We believe that BioTE Medical’s all natural approach to hormone replacement is the safest and most effective way for both men and women to balance hormones.  Because of the significant issues that accompany the use of synthetic hormones, we believe that consumers need to understand how the natural approach used by BioTE Medical can be beneficial and very different than synthetic therapies.”

Thomson said that the marketplace is generally very confused about hormone replacement therapy, largely because of inaccurate media coverage.  He added, “The media understands half the story, which is that synthetic hormones, the ones you see advertised heavily on television, have a long list of negative side effects.  However, they haven’t grasped the difference between synthetic and natural hormones.”

Dr. Donovitz cited numerous research studies that support the use of natural testosterone replacement.  He added, “There are years of research and studies that support natural hormone replacement therapy.  In fact, we have multiple studies that show that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is protective to the prostate, heart, brain and breast.  The benefits to the patients, both men and women, allow for healthier lives as people age and they require fewer drugs for disease management.”

The growth of BioTE Medical has been steady and impressive.  According to BioTE Medical’s COO, Dan DeNeui, the company has grown to over 500 certified practitioners in 26 states.  DeNeui said, “Our growth has been exciting.  People are experiencing better health.  Plus, our practitioners, many of whom have been frustrated by the limitations of managed care, are excited to be able to offer the great benefits of BioTE to their patients.”

Beyond the advantages of BioTE’s natural approach to hormone therapy, Thomson cited their organization and network of medical practitioners as major assets.  He said, “BioTE Medical’s commitment to on-going training is very impressive.  And, the quality of physicians utilizing the BioTE Method in their practice is outstanding.”

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