A Nurse-Led International Crusade to Promote Liver Health, Prevention, and Education

On episode 368 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interview Thelma King Thiel, RN, popularly known as “The Liver Lady”.

Thelma King Thiel’s crusade against liver disease began five decades ago when she lost her infant son Dean to a rare and fatal liver disease. She has been a tireless advocate for promoting liver education and prevention of liver diseases while serving as the CEO of the American Liver Foundation, the Hepatitis Foundation International, current co-founder and Chair of the Liver Health Initiative and founder of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.

Ms. Thiel has trained thousands of healthcare providers with her Foundation for Decision Making program in collaboration with SAMHSA, CDC, OMH, the University of North Texas, the University of Illinois, and local and state health departments.

Having served as a Commissioner on the National Commission on Digestive Diseases and as an advisor to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, Ms. Thiel has produced 15 award-winning DVDs on liver health and the prevention of hepatitis and substance abuse, and was featured in a documentary called The Visionary that aired on 140 PBS stations.

Ms. Thiel mounted an international awareness campaign promoting the adoption of liver information/education in schools, government, and military agencies in order to fill a global need for promoting the prevention of drug abuse, hepatitis, obesity, fatty liver, type 2 diabetes, and 13 types of cancers related to obesity. She is a frequently published author of articles promoting liver health education and broadly acclaimed coloring books for children in both English and Spanish.

Internationally recognized as The Liver Lady, Thelma’s Liver Health Education Curriculum and script of her unique and motivational communication techniques were recently included in the US Public Health Service’s National Prevention Strategy. LHI is currently collaborating with the USDA’s Abriendo Caminos research project promoting the prevention of obesity among Hispanic-heritage families in Chicago. The University of North Texas Health Science Center is also collaborating with LHI making liver health information available to university students and schools in surrounding communities. Ms. Thiel is the co-author of the NASH Care Act introduced in Congress.


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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist.With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses.From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.Living in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, Keith shares a magical life with his partner, Shada McKenzie, a gifted, empathic, and highly skilled traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. They regularly cavort with their remarkably adorable animal companions, George, Buck, and Lorca. You can find George the Cat on Instagram by using the hashtag #georgethecatsantafe. You can find Buck and Lorca wherever tasty treats and fun walks can be found.

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