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A reminder about our mission…

In light of a recent opinion published on Forbes.com, we’d like to take a moment to remind everyone of our mission here at Health Talks Online (HTO).

How a Summit Is Formed
First, allow us to explain the process of how a health summit gets started to give you a better understanding of how content is chosen and developed. We are constantly working with hosts and topics. An ideal host is knowledgeable about the content, can dedicate a lot of time to the event, understands how to create a high-quality interview and, in most cases, can rally for the cause to drive a lot of traffic. Most times these hosts come to us with an idea. Periodically, we seek out hosts for ideas that we have. Once we’ve agreed on a topic and date, we start selecting speakers. This is usually driven by the host, but we provide background on past speaker performance, content relationship, ratings and might suggest some changes to the speaker schedule.

Second, we deliver the summit: topic, talks, discussion and process.

Our Mission
It is our mission at HTO to provide you with many and varied opinions about how to pursue a healthier life, whether you’re struggling with a chronic illness or simply want to maintain your vitality as you age, among many reasons. We don’t know what remedy is the right remedy for you–just want to give you a forum where you can learn from and explore several options.

Many times, experts at our events don’t even agree with each other that a particular course of action is right, but we can certainly present both of those opinions. It’s almost always the case that one solution doesn’t fit the entirety of the masses, so it may be that a particular course of action works for some, and not for others.

Since our inception in 2013, our events have reached nearly 2 million people worldwide. We know the format and the information don’t work for everyone, and that’s okay. We are part of an overall exploration into one’s improved health.

Nearly every day, people thank us for giving them access to health information that truly improved their lives and that of their families. For that, we are extremely grateful!


So, on to this opinion piece that was published on the Forbes.com website, “Keep Calm and Avoid Microbiome Mayhem. Our comments:

  • The writer wrote about us, yet never reached out to ask us any questions or allow us to clarify or correct her errors about our platform.
  • To date and with all current HTO events, we do not force people to buy anything to hear our content. We operate a “freemium” model that allows for people to see the content for free and buy it if they want to keep it on hand for future learning. Instead of forcing access to a physical, location-based conference that might cost a person hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in travel, accommodation and attendance, we present this information for free…and average 60,000 worldwide at each of our online events.
  • Our events are a collection of experts, often including very well known and respected health leaders and others with many varying opinions–it’s unfortunate that this writer did not choose to comment on more of the speakers for The Microbiome Medicine Summit.

With any of our events, we invite those with opinions on our health topics to reach out to us so we can discuss opportunities to help you provide them. (Click here to view our event calendar and click here to submit feedback.) Because, if there is an opinion missing from an event and we know of it far enough in advance. We’ll do our best to include it.

Thank you.

Bob & Bobby, co-founders of Health Talks Online

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