Never Bet Against Occam: Mast Cell Activation Disease and the Modern Epidemics of Chronic Illness and Medical Complexity

Never Bet Against Occam: Mast Cell Activation Disease and the Modern Epidemics of Chronic Illness and Medical Complexity


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ISBN-13: 9780997319613
Publisher: Sisters Media, LLC
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 119,073
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Afrin earned a B.S. in computer science at Clemson University in 1984 and then an M.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1988, where he also pursued internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology clinical and research fellowships. While on faculty at MUSC from 1995-2014, he was active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, educational and information technology administration, and practice and research in hematology/oncology and medical informatics. Since the mid-'00s, his clinical work has increasingly focused in hematology, especially mast cell disease.

Kendra Neilsen Myles holds a BS in Public Health from the University of Maryland. She worked for Johnson & Johnson as a territory manager for their Ortho-McNeil Women's Healthcare division. Kendra remained in her position for 6 years, earning numerous top sales awards during her tenure, until she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) in 2005. Kendra's desire to help the EDS community, coupled with her education in public health, experience working in medical device and pharmaceutical sales led her to speak about Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and its related comorbidities from a patient's perspective to several organizations, coordinate fundraisers to promote EDS awareness and support EDS non-profit organizations, and launch Strength/Flexibility/Health/ - an online magazine for those living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and other chronic illnesses.

For the last 4 1/2 years, Kendra has served as the volunteer coordinator for the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation HelpLine ( It was through Kendra's life and professional experiences, that she first founded Mediterina Medical Solutons, LLC, and then EDS Wellness, Inc. -- an integrative wellness non-profit organization focused on organizing integrative wellness events and conferences, and on disseminating health education resources and materials for those living with heritable disorders and diseases of the connective tissue, and other chronic illnesses.

Kendra's love for reading and writing stems from a childhood surrounded by books, spending much of her life in her mother's bookstores. The granddaughter of a former House and Garden magazine publisher, she combined her passion for serving the chronic illness community, with her strength in medical writing and interest in publishing, to co-author the first Ehlers-Danlos syndrome anthology, Our Stories of Strength - Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Subsequently, Kendra founded Sisters Media, LLC - a media company focused on photography and design projects, as well as the publishing of digital and print materials in fields of health, medical, and wellness fields, including non-fiction books and anthologies.

Kendra is active on several social media platforms and can be found at Kendra N Myles on Facebook, @KNMyles on Twitter, and Strength/Flexibility/Health/EDS on Instagram.


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