Nadia Giordana: Thinking Skinny

Nadia Giordana lost 88 pounds without surgery, pills or fad dieting. She’ll share her successful formula of using visualization exercises, healthy eating and a daily dialogue with God to achieve her goal. Her story will provide inspiration and motivation, along with practical tips, to help anyone trying to lose weight and become healthier.

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3-12-10: The Power of Prayer and Premonitions – Guest: Dr. Larry Dossey

Bestselling author Dr. Larry Dossey has written eleven books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing. In this show, we will discuss his most recent book, The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives, which includes fascinating stories plus compelling data and theories concerning the role of premonitions in our lives. We’ll also visit about some of the extensive evidence included in his other books regarding the power of prayer and spirituality. To learn more about the work of Dr. Larry Dossey, go to


Dr. Larry Dossey, MD

Dr. Larry Dossey is a former physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital. He has lectured at medical schools and hospitals and for other audiences throughout the United States and worldwide. He is the author of eleven books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times bestseller Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, and most recently The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives. Dr. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is the executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing.

3-5-10: Providing Support for Patients and Caregivers – Guests: Lori La Bey and Jane Klein

In this episode, our guests will discuss the importance of providing emotional, spiritual and psychological support to both patients and caregivers. Lori La Bey was a caretaker for her father, who had brain cancer, until his death, and still cares for her mother, who has been living with Alzheimer’s disease for over 25 years. Lori will share ideas for how caregivers can better care for themselves as well as help their loved one live as fully as possible with this challenging illness. Next, Jane Klein, who has been a co-facilitator for several support groups, will discuss the benefits and wisdom gained by women who participate in support groups, especially for cancer survivors.

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Jane Klein, RN, MBA

Before her retirement in 2006, Jane Klein was the program and care coordinator for the HealthEast Breast Care Center at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood, MN. She served women diagnosed with breast cancer by assisting, supporting and educating them throughout the continuum of their care. In addition, Jane coordinated a high risk cancer genetics clinic, facilitated a monthly breast cancer support group, and continues to co-facilitate a weekly group for women with stage 4 cancer. She also coordinated the complementary care offerings, including healing touch, guided imagery, massage and acupuncture. Jane also has served as a volunteer group facilitator for the last twelve years at a domestic abuse shelter in Bloomington, MN. She also is co-facilitator for the women’s cancer integrative healing support group at Well Within.

Lori La Bey

Lori La Bey is a Real Estate agent, who specializes in the working with seniors. Over the past few years, she has experienced life-changing events while dealing with the loss of her Father who died of brain cancer, and her Mother, who has been living with Alzheimer’s disease for over 25 years. Dealing with ill and aging parents turned Lori’s life upside down, and lit a passion in her to spread a message to the world. After watching family members and friends struggle to communicate with her parents as illness gripped them, Lori found ways to make opportunities out of obstacles. She has written a book to help other caregivers, called, Alzheimer’s Speaks -Guiding Caregivers To Be Their Very Best! Giving Voice and Enriching Lives – As the Cookie Crumbles. You can visit Lori at her Resource website & Blog at:

2-26-10: A Holistic Approach to Preventing and Treating Heart Disease – Guests: Dr. David Hurrell and Lynette Crane, MA

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one. The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. And knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack. Our first guest, cardiologist Dr. David Hurrell, will explain how to recognize the signs of a heart attack, and will provide holistic suggestions for preventing and treating heart disease. Next, Lynette Crane, MA, will share her own story as a woman who survived a heart attack and now is a passionate life coach, trainer and advocate for helping women reduce stress and preventing heart disease.

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David Hurrell, MD

Dr. Hurrell received his medical degree from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. His internal medicine residency was at Beth Israel Hospital, part of Harvard Medical School, in Boston, MA. He returned to the Mayo Clinic to complete his cardiovascular fellowship. He joined the Minneapolis Heart Institute in 1996. His particular area of expertise is in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging (no needles, catheters, or wires). Specifically, he has focused on nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. These techniques aid in the assessment of coronary heart disease, valvular function, and the contractile strength of the heart muscle. While he performs and interprets these procedures on a routine basis, the majority of his time is still spent caring for patients, both in the outpatient and inpatient setting.

Lynette Crane, MA

Lynette Crane, M.A., Certified Life Coach, taught psychology for 30 years, creating classes and writing in the Psychology of Stress, and Shyness & Self Esteem. After a period of intense caretaking of others, she had an unexpected heart attack, and soon learned that women are becoming more and more susceptible to this disease. She now is an advocate for women and cardiac disease, and has developed her own coaching and training company, Creative Life Changes, to help women find creative solutions to the stress and time pressures that overwhelm them.

2-19-10: A Model for Integrative Health and Wellness – Guests: Executive Director Lori Knutson and Nutritionist Carolyn Denton and Exercise Physiologist Susan Masemer

Imagine being a patient in a hospital where acupuncture, energy healing and various other mind/body therapies complement the conventional medical treatment you receive. At Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing has created the nation’s largest hospital-based integrated health program, providing both inpatient and outpatient care. In this episode, Executive Director Lori Knutson will explain how this model program helps transform health care by blending the art of healing and the science of curing to optimize the health of the whole person–mind, body and spirit. Nutritionist Carolyn Denton and Exercise Physiologist Susan Masemer will explain how diet and exercise can have a profound effect on healing and wellbeing.

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Carolyn Denton, MA, LN

As a Licensed Nutritionist, Carolyn’s work focuses on nutrition for general health and disease prevention and as a complementary therapy for existing chronic and degenerative diseases. In addition to nutritional counseling, Carolyn has developed and implemented nutritional programs addressing specific health concerns. She has also designed and conducted numerous education programs for both patients and for corporate settings. Additionally, Carolyn has published articles in various magazines and periodicals and wrote the nutritional content for the Center for Spirituality and Healing’s Taking Charge of Your Health website focusing on personal health. Currently, Carolyn is a member of the Integrative Medicine Team at Abbott Northwestern’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. She also teaches Functional Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Masters Degree in Nutrition with an Emphasis/ Nutrition and Aging.

Lori Knutson

Lori Knutson is the Executive Director of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and holds the Brenden Leadership Chair in Integrative Medicine. She has developed the largest hospital-based integrative care program in the U.S. that includes inpatient programs and services, an outpatient clinic, an integrative fitness center and research center. Lori also co-owns and operates Healing Alchemy, an integrative healthcare consulting business. She is a contributing author to the book, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice. In 2006 Lori was honored as the Holistic Nurse of the Year by the American Holistic Nursing Association.

Susan Masemer, MS

Sue is currently the manager of operations at the Live Well Fitness Center at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, where she is responsible for the development of programs and service offerings. Sue has a master’s degree in exercise physiology, and bachelor’s degree in health. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career. Prior to LiveWell Fitness Center, she was the director of the Lifestyles Wellness Center at Flagship Athletic Club, a large up-scale health and fitness facility, for 17 years. She has served as a faculty member at West Virginia University and was the program manager for the WVU Adult Wellness Program, a jointly sponsored program of the departments of Exercise Science and the School of Medicine. She has been employed by medically-based groups involving senior wellness and cardiac rehabilitation programming and has served as a consultant for various corporations, medical organizations, municipalities, elite sports teams and health and fitness organizations. Sue is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is the State Representative for the Medical Fitness Association. She was recently appointed to Allina’s Wellness Advisory Council.

2-12-10: Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully – Guests: Becky Bohan and Nancy Manahan

Authors Becky Bohan and Nancy Manahan will discuss their award-winning book about Diane Manahan, who demonstrated how to be in the driver’s seat for her final journey, from cancer diagnosis, to death, to a family-directed green funeral, and beyond. People who seek a holistic approach to living and dying will learn from this extraordinary nurse’s wisdom. Those who fear illness or death can gain strength and confidence by having tools to help others—or themselves—complete their lives with dignity, purpose, and peace. Nancy and Becky will also share some of the after-death ‘thin place’ experiences they had, reassuring them that Diane continues to be present in the lives of those she loved.

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Becky Bohan and Nancy Manahan, PhD

Becky Bohan is the retired Vice-President of Knowledge Design and Delivery, a training consulting company. Nancy Manahan, Ph.D., is a community college English teacher, now retired. Becky and Nancy have co-authored and published five books. Their latest book, Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully: A Journey with Cancer and Beyond, tells the inspiring true story of their sister-in-law, Diane Manahan, a professor of nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, after her diagnosis of terminal breast cancer. Their book has won six regional and national awards and has transformed many readers’ feelings about dying and what happens afterwards. Nancy and Becky have been speaking around the country, helping people plan for end-of-life issues, sharing information about caring for loved ones after death, home vigils and funerals, and green burials. They are currently active in changing legislation in Minnesota to grant families greater control of their loved ones at time of death.

2-5-10: Pain and Stress Management with Dr. Norman Shealy – Guest: Dr. Norm Shealy

As one of the world’s leading experts in pain management, Dr. Norman Shealy was among the first physicians ever to specialize in the resolution of chronic pain. Over the years, Dr. Shealy’s intensive pain and stress management research has resulted in numerous pioneering treatments. In this interview, we will discuss holistic approaches to managing chronic pain and stress and share information from Dr. Shealy’s latest book, Life Beyond 100: Secrets of the Fountain of Youth. For more info, visit

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C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is President of Holos Institutes of Health, Inc, a 501-C-3 organization devoted to research, education and clinical services in Holistic Health. He founded the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978, which continues to emphasize the spiritual component of healing. He has 12 patents in the field of Energy Medicine, has published 26 books and 300 articles and teaches Medical Intuition. He is Professor Emeritus of Energy Medicine at Holos University Graduate Seminary, offering masters and doctoral programs in Spiritual Healing and Energy Medicine. For more information, please visit or

1-28-10: Energy Medicine with Donna Eden – Guest: Donna Eden

According to Christiane Northrup, MD: “Donna Eden is one of the most joyous and effective pioneers in the rapidly expanding and vitally important frontier called energy medicine.” Energy medicine brings flow, balance and renewal to the body’s vital energies. Using methods akin to acupressure, therapeutic touch and qigong, Donna has developed a unique system for productively working with your own body’s energies to optimize health and wellbeing. In this episode, she will discuss specific techniques for reducing stress, strengthening immune systems, fostering healing and restoring energy.

Listen: 1-28-10: Energy Medicine with Donna Eden – Guest: Donna Eden

Donna Eden

Donna Eden has been a pioneer in Energy Medicine for more than 30 years. She is among the field’s most sought-after and authoritative spokespersons. Her abilities as a healer are legendary. Eden has taught some 100,000 people worldwide how to methodically and precisely direct energy for health and happiness. Eden is author (with her husband, David Feinstein) of the best-selling book, Energy Medicine, which has been translated into 15 languages, and is the classic in its field. Its 10th Anniversary Edition was the 2008 Health Book of the Year at the prestigious Nautilus Book Awards.

1-22-10: Healthy Nutrition and Digestion – Guest: Darlene Kvist, MS, CNS, LN

60-90 million people are affected by digestive problems ranging from acid reflection and heartburn to constipation and other issues. Poor digestion can cause problems with metabolism, cravings, mood swings, frenzy thinking, and even sinus problems. Learn how to improve the digestive process with Darlene Kvist, M.S., C.N.S., L.N., who is a a licensed nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist, and co-founded Nutritional Weight & Wellness, based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Darlene  Kvist, MS, CNS, LN

Darlene Kvist, a licensed nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist, co-founded Nutritional Weight & Wellness, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Darlene has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, counselor, and psycho-nutritional consultant. She currently serves on the Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice for the State of Minnesota. Dar also hosts “Dishing up Nutrition,” a popular radio show that she developed, Saturdays on FM 107. She consults with the media on nutrition regularly and has been quoted in Time. For more information about Nutritional Weight & Wellness, go to

1-15-10: Developing Resilience in Times of Change – Guests: Dr. Joan Borysenko and Alex Acker, MA

According to best-selling author, Dr. Joan Borysenko, “Resilient individuals face reality head-on, take action, find deeper meaning in life, laugh often, and are masters of improvisation.” As our first guest, Joan will help you discover how to become more resilient as we discuss her new book, It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change. Our second guest, Alex Acker, will continue our conversation by discussing how resiliency helped her cope with a stage 4 cancer diagnoses, child abuse, rape and sexual exploitation. A Renewing Life ® group facilitator and inspiring presenter, Alex now helps others transform their lives and find meaning within serious illnesses and other challenges.

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J. Alex Acker, MA

With a master’s degree in writing, Alex is a published author of several books and numerous articles. She is also a public speaker and seminar presenter. Alex is a certified Renewing Life program facilitator and offers this transformative program at Well Within and Regions Hospital Cancer Care Center, both located in St. Paul, MN. In 2007, Alex was diagnosed with Stage Four colon cancer which she successfully battled. She has also survived child abuse, rape and sexual exploitation. Alex now offers her tools and stories to help others with serious and life-threatening illnesses find ways to increase the quality of their lives.

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Dr. Joan Borysenko is a Harvard-trained medical scientist, psychologist and best-selling author of 14 books. An expert on how to navigate the journey from stress to strength, she is a nationally known speaker and journalist. Her work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, from the Wall Street Journal to Prevention to the Huffington Post where she currently blogs in the Living Section. Her latest book is It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change. You can find out more about her at