Jewish guests abound on new tell-all health talk show on WADL.
Lynne Meredith Golodner
Special to the Jewish News
f there's one message viewers and
guests alike will take away from the
cutting-edge, conversational new
health TV talk show, Ask Dr. Nandi, it's
that "you have to be an advocate for your
That's the premise
behind Ask Dr. Nandi,
a new talk show air-
ing Wednesdays at 11
a.m. on WADL. The first
episodes, focusing on
topics like yoga, Celiac
disease and childhood
obesity and featuring
Dr. Partha Nandi, aired
in California to wide acclaim. The show
debuted in his hometown on May 16.
"I want patients to know the truth about
their care;' Nandi says. "If you feel you're
not being heard, please get another opin-
ion. Be an advocate for your own care; this
includes fighting for appropriate care from
your insurance plan."
Every episode of Ask Dr. Nandi focuses
Michigan alumni of the Jewish
Theological Seminary will compete for the
title of "JTS Maven" at this year's citywide
dinner scheduled for Monday, June 4, 5:30
p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in
This year's program will pit rabbis, can-
tors, Jewish educators and lay leaders who
are graduates of JTS's five schools. Diverse
and challenging questions from the Bible,
Jewish history, as well as popular culture
and sports, will try to stump the competi-
Competing will be graduates from the
joint JTS List College/Columbia University
program Robin Rubenstein, Hy Safran
and Yoni Nadiv; Cantors Sam Greenbaum,
Daniel Gross and Zachary Mondrow;
Rabbis Jonathan Berger, Aaron Bergman,
Robert Gamer, Joseph Krakoff, Jason
Miller, David Nelson, Elliot Pachter, Steven
Rubenstein and Herbert Yoskowitz.
Dinner chair this year is Stuart Logan
with synagogue chairs including Steven
and Jeri Fishman, Dave and Fran Stark
Hundiak, Lee and Ellen Michaels, Glen
and Wendy Pickover, Jeffrey and Joyce
Weingarten, Harvey and Anita Zalesin,
and Marvin and Renee Zucker. The Metro
Detroit JTS cabinet is chaired by Robert
Goodman with Sandy Glazier and Paul
Magy serving as associate chairpersons.
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on a single health problem.
"We talk about a problem in detail for
people so they understand it and know
how to resolve it;' Nandi says. "This show
offers real solutions. We like to say, 'We'll
go there' and we will! We are not afraid to
tell the truth."
Local guests on the first show included
Julie Silver of Acupuncture Healthcare
Associates of Michigan, fitness guru Nikki
Fayne, dermatologist Dr. Wendy Sadoff,
cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn and patient
Cheryl Grossman, among other guests.
"I was asked to come on the show to
share my story of physical transforma-
tion," says Fayne, who was obese as a
child and is now a fit, healthy woman who
teaches fitness classes and helps others
"I loved being on the set and filming the
show. Dr. Nandi has a gentle approach that
is authentic. He is a brilliant man yet so
very open in mind and heart."
Silver says, "It was a pleasure to work
with Dr. Nandi, talking about acupuncture
and traditional Chinese medicine. His
combined expertise and interest on a vari-
ety of subjects as well as his compassion
and interest in the human spirit make him
the perfect talk show host. It is very excit-
ing to have his show in the Detroit area
and, as important, to feature the wonder-
ful local skills and talent in our area."
Nandi practices in Metro Detroit. Born
in Calcutta, India, he immigrated to the
United States as a child and completed
high school by age 16. He attended Ohio
State University on a full scholarship,
graduating summa cum laude with a
degree in chemistry and classical Greek
civilization. Nandi was both the Rhodes
scholar representative and homecoming
"I became a physician because I want
to be there when someone's world stops
— I want to help people when they are
most vulnerable and help them recover
fully;' he says. "I always tell the truth
about a medical condition and work hard
to ensure my patients fully understand
their problem. My goal with this TV show
is to eliminate intimidation and fear
from health care and put the power in the
hands of the patients."
Nandi obtained his medical degree
from Wayne State University, where he
was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha
honor society and graduated in the top of
Cost for the dinner is $180 per person;
40 years and younger, $118; and students
at $54. To reserve online go to www.jtsa.
edu/DetroitDinner2012 or call (248) 258-
Camps. The weeklong summer camps will
run again this year, from June 25–Aug. 24
for grades 1-8. These weekly camps offer
a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Math) experience for all lev-
els to create with LEGO bricks, as well as
explore robotics, gears, motors and related
computer programming skills.
More information can be found at www.
therobotgarage.com or (248) 723-9100.
Free Family Event At
The Robot Garage June 1
The Robot Garage is turning one and
celebrating with a free birthday party —
packed with fun, educational activities
for the whole family. Building enthusiasts
and the community-at-large will have a
chance to experience, explore and play at
this "geeky but cool" family hotspot in the
Birmingham Rail District Friday, June 1,
from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Drop-in open building with LEGO, LaQ
and DUPLO building materials will be free
for the whole day. In addition, other free
activities include robotics demonstrations,
hands-on "Sumo" robot competitions, a
community LEGO mosaic, and various
displays built with LEGO, Makedo and
Treat Dreams, the Ferndale micro ice
creamery, will be on site with its ice cream
truck selling frozen goodies at the First
Birthday Party. Motor City Franks will
also be on-site, selling classic Detroit and
Chicago-style hot dogs, Faygo and Better
Made potato chips.
The Birthday Party will also offer a
preview of the Robot Garage Summer
JFS Offers Help Through Its
Facing a cancer diagnosis can be frighten-
ing and overwhelming. For many people,
it can be an isolating time, dealing with
many concerns and emotions that even
the most devoted family and friends may
Helping a loved one through a cancer
diagnosis also can bring many unique
challenges that can be hard to talk about
with others who are not in the same situ-
Cancer Connection at Jewish Family
Service is the address for Jewish Detroiters
in need of support, resources and informa-
tion relating to cancer. In addition to our
resource center and educational programs,
our peer support program offers telephone
support to individuals facing their own or a
loved one's cancer diagnosis.
Our trained volunteers are all cancer
survivors or individuals who have cared
his class. His internal medicine training
took place at Wayne, where he was intern
of the year; he completed his gastroen-
terology fellowship at the University of
"I want to leave a bigger footprint on
this Earth, and really help people;' says
Nandi, who would one day like to open an
urban medical clinic offering care to any-
one who walks through the door.
Nandi speaks nationally about health
and medicine, educating physicians and
patients, and serving as a patient advo-
cate, promoting empathy in care and
comprehensive, integrated treatment.
Nandi is married to Kali Nandi (a
registered nurse) and the father of two
children; they live in Sterling Heights.
His approach is widely known as "hon-
est medicine;' offering straight talk with
patients so they have all the information
they need to make informed decisions
about their health.
For more information, visit www.
askdrnandi.com or email askdrnandi@
Lynne Meredith Golodner is a writer, publicist
and owner of Your People LLC.
for a loved one through a cancer diagnosis.
Matches are made based on the specific
needs of each individual. There is some-
thing unique about talking to someone
who understands the specific challenges
of a cancer diagnosis.
To learn more about Cancer Connection
or to volunteer as a peer supporter, contact
Shira at (248) 592-3963 or
As Spring Winds Down,
Franklin Gets 'Wined Up'
Wind down spring's end in historic
Franklin at the village's first annual
Summer Wined Up on Thursday, June
14. Retailers will extend shopping hours
beyond the traditional 5 p.m. closing
to 8 p.m. and will add Beaujolais and
Chardonnay to the inventories of hand-
crafted jewelry, flavorful spices and cool
Shoppers will be able to enter to win a
basket filled with a sampling of products
from Franklin's merchants.
"We're really excited to celebrate the
start of summer," said volunteer Maureen
Movold of Main Street Franklin, which
is sponsoring the festivities. "We want to
focus on promoting our one-of-a-kind
merchants and charming downtown and
host an event that fosters a relaxed sense
of community in today's harried social