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The ALL ME® Power Lunch – Series 1

Series 1 Episodes
All episodes will air LIVE via Zoom from 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM CST.


Episode 1: Dietary Supplement Safety – April 28, 2021

The dietary supplement industry is an ever-evolving, ever-growing industry.  Roughly half of Americans report taking some form of vitamin or mineral supplement.    With the abundance of dietary and herbal supplements available, have you ever wondered if they actually contain what’s on the label?  Or worse, that they may contain a harmful ingredient that’s not listed on the label?

During this Lunch & Learn you will hear how to make safer decisions surrounding dietary supplements from our very special guests:

Leanne Sparling, a mom with a powerful story to share about her son, Michael, who tragically died after taking an over the counter dietary supplement containing a banned substance  

John Travis, Certified for Sport® Technical Leader  NSF International Dietary Supplement Programs

It’s estimated that up to 25% of dietary supplements on the market could contain banned substances or other illegal drugs.  As a woman who may be looking at or purchasing dietary supplements for yourself or your family, this episode is a must!

The views and opinions expressed by the guests are theirs and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF).  As a reminder, The Taylor Hooton Foundation is not qualified to provide medical advice or counsel of any kind, please consult with your own medical professionals for any questions, treatment, or advice.  Any content presented or discussed is not intended to malign anyone or anything including any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual.

At the THF our mission is to enlighten the world to the truths about Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances.  When we say world, we mean it.  We are committed to inclusivity by encouraging everyone to live and compete ALL ME®.


Episode 2: Anabolic Androgenic Steroids & Mental Health – May 19th, 2021

What are Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS)?

AAS are synthetic or human-made variations of the male sex hormone testosterone. “Anabolic” refers to muscle building and “androgenic” refers to increased male sex characteristics.   Anabolic steroids were developed for legitimate medical reasons; they were never intended to be used for changing one’s physical appearance or helping get an edge in a sporting competition. These substances are a Schedule 3 controlled substance, and using them without a legitimate prescription from a medical doctor is illegal and can be dangerous. 

When using these substances for appearance and/or performance reasons, the user will begin to experience rapid and unusual changes that may fall into three basic categories:

Physical: The most noticeable to see.

Personality/Emotional: These often occur suddenly without visible triggers.

Social: May be mistaken for natural tendencies in teens; be aware of excessive changes.

This episode will focus on the Personality/Emotional and Social changes.  You will hear from our special guests about the signs to look for, the questions to ask, where to get help, and resources on how to reach peak performance the right way, without the use of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances.

Special Guests: 

Gwen Hooton, Co-founder of the Taylor Hooton Foundation

Gwen will share her son Taylor’s story.  You will hear from a mom’s perspective how anabolic steroids impacted not only Taylor, but the entire Hooton family.

Sam Maniar, PH.D. Sport Psychologist & Executive Coach

Dr. Maniar is a licensed Psychologist with 20+ years of experience consulting with athletes and teams to improve their performance and achieve their goals.  He is the principal and owner of Center for Peak Performance, LLC. Dr. Maniar uses performance psychology and his extensive experience to help individuals and organizations pursue their potential.  As a sport psychologist, Dr. Maniar has worked with thousands of professional, Olympic, college, and high school athletes. 

The Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF) was formed in 2004 in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year old high school student from Plano, TX. Taylor took his own life on July 15, 2003 as a result of using anabolic steroids.

The views and opinions expressed by the guests are theirs and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF).  As a reminder, The Taylor Hooton Foundation is not qualified to provide medical advice or counsel of any kind, please consult with your own medical professionals for any questions, treatment, or advice.  Any content presented or discussed is not intended to malign anyone or anything including any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual.

At the THF our mission is to enlighten the world to the truths about Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances.  When we say world, we mean it.  We are committed to inclusivity by encouraging everyone to live and compete ALL ME®.


Episode 3: Women & Testosterone – July 28th, 2021

This topic is a slight diversion from our core focus of adolescent use of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances, but still holds true to foundation’s mission of enlightening the world to the truths about Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances.   With Testosterone and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)  being such a current topic, we wanted to provide some additional insight on the topic to our followers. 

We hear a lot about Testosterone and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (also known as TRT, Androgen RT and Hormone RT) for both men and women.  Testosterone and Testosterone related substances are medically used and unfortunately abused in many different ways-for today’s conversation our focus will exclusively center on TRT for women and the effects Testosterone can have on women.

In our guest, Lisa Marie Shaughnessy’s recently published book-Testosterone the Next Drug Epidemic, she cites that sales of Testosterone have gone from $324 million in 2002 to $3 billion in 2012 and is projected to be at $5 billion by the end of 2021.  Other Market research shows that the North America region is both the largest supplier and consumer of testosterone.

We are delighted to welcome our 2 guests who will enlighten us all more about Testosterone and Women.

Lisa Marie Shaughnessy is a certified life coach, former media advertising executive, and behavioral health marketing and business development professional.  Her life has been filled with tragedy, tipping points and triumphs.

In 2009, she was led to believe she was a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy at a hormone clinic in Arizona. After spending three years on testosterone replacement therapy, she developed an iatrogenic addiction that led her to contemplate suicide.

She is a testosterone addiction recovery advocate and speaker. Her recently published book,  Testosterone The Next Drug Epidemic: Side Effects-Addiction-Death is the first to explore, in-depth, the addictive side of testosterone.   To learn more visit lisamarieshaughnessy.com or testosteroneaddiction.com

Dr. Vanessa Curtis, Endocrinologist, earned her M.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  She remained in Madison to complete a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Wisconsin.   

She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology.  Dr. Curtis’s clinical interests include the endocrine health of athletes, disorders of growth and puberty, and pediatric obesity.  She is the Program Director for the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship and the Medical Director of University of Iowa’s Cardio-Metabolic Clinic. 

The views and opinions expressed by the guests are theirs and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF).  As a reminder, The Taylor Hooton Foundation is not qualified to provide medical advice or counsel of any kind, please consult with your own medical professionals for any questions, treatment, or advice.  Any content presented or discussed is not intended to malign anyone or anything including any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual.

At the THF our mission is to enlighten the world to the truths about Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances.  When we say world, we mean it.  We are committed to inclusivity by encouraging everyone to live and compete ALL ME®.


Episode 4: Appearance & Performance Enhancing Substances – Scope, Trends and Availability – August 25th, 2021

Who is using Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances? 
What are they using them for? 
Why are they using them?
Where and how are our youth getting these illegal substances?

The above questions are some of the most common questions we receive.  All of the answers will be shared during this  Power Lunch episode.  You don’t want to miss this enlightening conversation with our special guests:

Brian Parker, Director of Education at the Taylor Hooton Foundation


Eric Feinberg, Founder of the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPEC) and Vice President of Content Moderation for the Washington, DC based nonprofit, Coalition for a Safer Web.




According to polls the majority of adults believe that the usage of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances only takes place in professional sports.  This belief couldn’t be further from the truth.   This Power Lunch conversation is a must listen for parents, educators, coaches, and other adult influencers so you can be empowered with information on this subject.

The views and opinions expressed by the guests are theirs and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF).  As a reminder, The Taylor Hooton Foundation is not qualified to provide medical advice or counsel of any kind, please consult with your own medical professionals for any questions, treatment, or advice.  Any content presented or discussed is not intended to malign anyone or anything including any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual.

At the THF our mission is to enlighten the world to the truths about Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances.  When we say world, we mean it.  We are committed to inclusivity by encouraging everyone to live and compete ALL ME®.

Episode 5: September 29, 2021

Episode 6: October 27, 2021