Got Cancer, Now What? with Denise Messenger

This show will be helpful to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, either recently or years ago. Denise Messenger survived stage four leukemia and breast cancer and now is committed to providing invaluable information in her book, Got Cancer, Now What? She describes her own reaction to being told she had cancer, including getting rid of all chemicals and changing a more healthy diet and life. The importance of being comfortable with treatments is stressed, along with exploring possible side effects and long term survival rates. Denise’s journey provides hope to anyone who lives with a life-threatening illness. She shares some of the research and tips that she found most beneficial when she was sick. For more information, please visit www.gotcancernowwhat.com

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Minimizing Stress and Maximizing Life with Kristen K. Brown

Kristen K. Brown is a celebrity stress coach, bestselling author, creator of The Happy Hour Effect, and blogger on http://widowmommy.wordpress.com/. As a new mom, Kristen was devastated when her 30 year-old husband died suddenly of a heart attack. Two weeks later, her job became increasingly stressful. Her stress was manifested in various physical illnesses. Rather than wanting to become overly medicated, Kristen sought a holistic solution to her challenging situation. She decided to help others as well as herself to reduce stress and anxiety by starting her company, The Happy Hour Effect. She also shares how she coped with her grief and stress in her first book, The Best Worst Thing. In it, she describes how the ‘worst thing’–tragically losing her husband—became the ‘best thing’ when she “woke up” and became more able to cherish her relationships, especially with her young daughter.

Kristin is now dedicated to helping others cope more effectively with stress, anxiety and grief in their own lives. Her business, The Happy Hour Effect, provides the opportunity for sharing her knowledge of various stress-reduction techniques. For example, she describes various stress indicators, including the ‘stress uglies’ which cause women to age more quickly, via wrinkling, sagging, acne and other skin conditions, plus weight gain caused in part by caring less about one’s appearance. It’s important to pay attention to the early symptoms of stress so they can be dealt with before too much damage is done.

Kristen shares a couple of techniques including singing loudly, which helps the body relax and release endorphins. Eating dark chocolate, which is filled with antioxidants, helps protect damage to cells by stress. She also discusses some of her favorite self-pampering techniques along with advocating for work/life harmony, where we prioritize what’s really important to focus on. For more information, please visit www.thehappyhoureffect.com

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How Energy Medicine Can Help You Heal in Mind, Body and Spirit with Heidi Dupree, RN, ND

Heidi Dupree is a holistic nurse, naturopath and author of a forthcoming book, The Other Medicine that Really Works: How Energy Medicine Can Help You Heal in Mind, Body and Spirit. Heidi experienced many serious health issues including infertility, that weren’t healing from traditional Western medicine. So she learned several energy medicine techniques to help herself heal. Energy medicine includes cranio-sacral therapy, holistic nutrition, meditation, chiropractic and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch and many other therapies. Rather that biochemical drugs, which control symptoms, energy medicine gets at the root of a health condition. Heidi gives an example of how she might help someone who suffers from chronic fatigue. She first is guided by her intuition to ask questions, then listens to the words a person uses to describe their symptoms. After doing an assessment, she’ll use several techniques to unblock energy,

Heidi discusses the impact of stress on people from a mental, emotional and spiritual standpoint. She shares ideas about how to overcome stress and foster healing. Often the first step is recognizing how our beliefs are based upon past experiences and how we respond to them. We can’t always eliminate stress but can learn how to cope with it and look for opportunities within it. She shares an EFT technique which evokes an energy response to help improve self-acceptance and fosters healing. For more information, please visit www.heididupree.com.

Listen: How Energy Medicine Can Help You Heal in Mind, Body and Spirit with Heidi Dupree, RN, ND

Transformational Thinking and the Brain with Mary Casey, MA and Shannon Murphy Robinson, MA

Mary Casey and Shannon Murphy Robinson, co-founders of BrainSkills@Work, discuss how to optimize our brain power to create sustained positive change. personal effectiveness, professional development and transformation. There are ways that the brain work for us and against us. The brain is wired around two main goals, speed and efficiency, and is designed around “patterns and maps” which help up us achieve those goals. The more we do something, like repeating an action, behavior or thought, the more we create a neuropathway in the brain that becomes the quick easy path the brain follows. Our habitual ways of doing things become the map for the brain so on its own, it doesn’t know what to do to make long term changse. We create a physical pathway in the brain every time we practice something. When we develop new habits, the brain ‘works against us’ as it resists the unfamiliar new actions and we begin to doubt ourselves and can develop negative thinking. The brain gets stuck and that affects how we think of ourselves, with the brain looking for confirming evidence of those negative thoughts. We think these thoughts are true but it’s only because the brain resists the new thinking. Mary and Shannon encourage people to get out of the limbic brain state and move into the neocortex state. There are several ways to move the brain into the higher, neocortex state. When we set an intention for what we want to change, like health and vitality, the brain helps us understand the gap between intention and action. Neuroplasticity means the brain is ‘plastic’ and it is dynamic and constantly changing. So the good news is that we can rewire pathways to create new habits. We can access higher brain states with more focused attention and repetition and an awareness of what brain states we are in. Then we can make changes if necessary to make shifts in behavior.

Our guests define the various brain states, which are the way brain responds, including the the reptilian brain, the limbic area and the neocortex. The reptilian brain is the basic responses we have to events in our lives. The limbic system is where the emotions are centered, operating just under the surface of the brain. Here we can be more vulnerable as it’s where the brain is looking for threats and it will react to perceived threats.

In the neocortex lies our ability to transform our thinking out of limiting thoughts and unconscious habits that make it difficult to make positive change. The goal is to enable people to operate more out of the neocortex state. For transformational thinking, we are in the highest, neocortex brain stage where we can shift how we see ourselves and the world around us. Mary and Shannon give an example of how to access the higher brain state where we can make and sustain long-term change. For more information, please visit http://www.brainskillsatwork.com.

NOTE: Mary Casey and Shannon Murphy Robinson will be speaking on July 26 at the Summer Leadership program at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul about Neuroscience Meets Leadership.

Listen: Transformational Thinking and the Brain with Mary Casey, MA and Shannon Murphy Robinson, MA

Holistic Psychotherapy with Jeffry Jeanetta-Wark, LICSW

Jeffry Jeanetta-Wark, is a holistic psychotherapist who uses an eclectic approach to helping his patients at his Center for Integrative Wellbeing. Jeffry first defines what it means to be a holistic or integrated psychotherapist who brings together an awareness of the mind, in connection to the body, emotions and spirit. It also focuses on energy in reference to mental healthcare. He describes some holistic techniques including Thought Field Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques, two tapping techniques that helps someone deal with painful memories, and reduce the discomfort of distressing emotions and a variety of other health issues. Other stress management skills he teaches people include breathing techniques, diaphramic deep breathing, heart rate monitoring, and reframing thinking to calm down. Shamanism is explained as a helpful practice for healing using herbs, nature, energy and the universe He gives an example of how a person can bring intention and ritual into her healing process. Totems are animal spirits who can help people. One of Jeffry’s special areas of expertise is working with adolescent males including through the use of stories and archetypes. He shares information about the Integrative Healer’s Consortium which meets monthly in the Twin Cities.

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Chinese Medicine for Digestive Issues and Weight Loss with Senia Tuominen

Our guest is Senia Tuominen, owner of Healing InSight acupuncture, herbs, food therapy in St. Paul, Minnesota. She specializes in treating digestive health issues and using Chinese Medicine food therapy for a wide range of conditions.. Senia first discusses how she developed an interest in Chinese Medicine as a result of a plethora of her own health issues. Eventually, she left her career as a mechanical engineer to become a Chinese medicine practitioner. Learn about the difference between western, allopathic medicine and Chinese medicine, especially concerning digestive issues and weight loss. She discusses the philosophy of Chinese medicine, which looks for patterns of imbalance in someone’s body. She also describes how it is used to diagnosis various health condition, like the quality of “digestive energy”, which includes the entire process from swallowing to the elimination of food. Benefits of using acupuncture and Chinese herbs include boosting a person’s overall energy, reducing cravings and losing weight. She discusses some aspects of a good food plan, including the importance of consuming good fats and why it’s essential to eat ‘real’ food vs. ‘dead food.’ For more information please visit is healinginsightonline.com

Listen: Chinese Medicine for Digestive Issues and Weight Loss with Senia Tuominen

The Real Rules of Life with Dr. Ken Druck

Dr. Ken Druck tragically lost his daughter Jenna in an accident in India when she was just 21 years old. He now uses his experiences to help others who are grieving, including in his work at the Jenna Druck Center, and with his newest book, The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your Own. Dr. Ken discusses various aspects of grieving, including ‘living losses’, those non-death losses we all have in our lives. We discuss some of his 23 “Real Rules” that help us turn adversity into opportunity. One of the most important things we can do to help others is to be a good listener, because “listening is love.” He gives suggestions for becoming a better listener, including reflecting back to the other person what they are saying and trying to be “more of a facilitator than a fixer.” We discuss how people deal with the end of their lives, a time when he advocates being open to the mysteries of both life and death. Dr. Ken stresses how important it is to stay connected to those we have loved and lost, as they still exist in the “spirit space” of our hearts. We live in the “middle of miracles and suffering, with gifts and blessings in front of us.” He recommends reaching out with compassion to anyone who has lost a loved one. Dr. Ken shares one of his favorite exercises from the many ones in his book: how to apologize to someone who we believe we have hurt. There is tremendous power in asking for forgiveness, but it’s also helpful to offer a ‘make up’ action, like taking someone out to lunch. Apologies can re-open relationships and helps both parties heal. To learn more about Dr. Ken Druck and his book, please visit www.kendruck.com

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Health Coaching for Well Being with Karen Lawson, MD and Becky Gorman, PA-C

Dr. Karen Lawson and Becky Gorman, PA-C are co-directors of the Health Coaching Program at the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Our guests define integrative health coaching as helping a person looking at all aspects of health and well being, in mind, body and spirit. Aspects of integrative health coaching include allopathic and complementary therapies for overall health. When we obtain medical advice, from both allopathic and holistic providers, it often is content specific, but we often need help with how to implement this guidance. Integrative health coaches help us change our behaviors around our own health and well being. Host Mary Treacy O’Keefe asked our guests for examples of how to help someone with cardiac disease who has been told that there is nothing more medically that can be done. They explained how a health coach can help people learn about how to augment diet, dealing with emotional issues, including how to deal with grief and loss, the impact of illness upon relationships, spirituality, and other aspects of their lives.

For general well being, a health coach can help someone take their health to the next level, learn ways to reduce stress, pain and relax more. Becky Gorman describes what a typical first appointment might be like, enabling her to create an assessment, then work together with the person to create a plan to meet his or her specific need. Health coaching is an umbrella over other aspects of coaching, as it encompasses all aspects of overall heath. Becky and Karen also describe how to find the right health coach with proper credentials. For more information, please visit www.csh.umn.edu

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The Wisdom to Know the Difference with Kelly Wilson

Dr. Kelly Wilson, a recovering addict, psychologist and author of The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance and Committment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse. The title of his book comes from the words of the Serenity Prayer, used by millions of people who have gone through a 12-step program for overcoming addiction. Dr. Wilson first shares aspects of his own experience with addiction. Now, his perspective comes from a unique treatment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Research shows that ACT is a powerful treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, and other issues, and it can be used alone or in combination with any 12-step program. He has used ACT for the past 20 years to treat addiction with compassion, kindness and understanding.

Accepting “what is”, rather than using substances that cause us to say “no” to what we feel and think, is a key part of his program. ACT encourages acceptance, mindfulness and stillness in the midst of the storm. The ACT model for substance abuse is based on basic behavioral science methods that help people recover from addiction. Other topics discussed in this interview include the whether one needs to practice total abstinence, how to avoid relapse and the need for practicing various self-care techniques to conquer addiction. Dr Wilson provides hope that anyone can recover from addiction. For more information please visit www.onelifellc.com and www.actforaddiction.com.

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Beyond Sugar Shock with Connie Bennett

Certified health and life coach and “sugar liberation expert”, Connie Bennett discusses her new book, Beyond Sugar Shock:The Six Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction and get Slimmer, Sexier and Sweeter. Connie begins by discussing her own battle with sugar addiction. Years of heavy consumption of it contributed to 44 different physical and emotional ailments. She was miserable in mind, body, emotions and spirit. After being told she likely would die young, she was motivated eliminate sugar totally from her diet.

Connie explains the initial difficulty of confronting her addiction, yet reassures us that once we get through the first 21 days, cravings are much less than originally felt. She convincingly describes the overall benefits of getting off sugar Her book is about preparing for taking the big step of getting rid of sugary foods, then she offers a holistic plan for healthier eating. She describes the “five stages of sugar bondage” that indicate the levels of sugar addiction people experience. Then she goes on to give specific tips for coping with a sugar-free lifestyle. She also offers a companion course that shares tips and techniques for reducing and hopefully eliminating sugar from their diet.

People who purchase copies of Connie’s book during her book launch week beginning June 4, will receive many free gifts, including ones from host Mary Treacy O’Keefe. For more about Connie and her book, please visit www.beyondsugarshock.com.

Listen: Beyond Sugar Shock with Connie Bennett