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Dr Geronimo Rubio, Dr Adam Perlman, and Ms Carolyn Gross Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

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Guests interviewed by Dr Carl O Helvie, host, Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio (www.bbsradio.com) Station 3 on Saturday were Dr Geronimo Rubio (left), Dr Adam Perlman (right), and Ms Caroline Gross.

Dr Rubio is Medical Director of the Rubio Cancer Center and his biography was presented earlier. More information is available at www.rubiocancercenter.com Dr Rubio discusses his use of immunotherapy and other alternative therapies in successfully treating various types of cancer.

Dr Perlman is Director of Integrative Medicine at St Barnabas Health Care System and Medical Director of the Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine in Livingston, New Jersey. His biography was presented previously. He discusses the integrated approach to cancer treatment that is used at St Barnabas and that is a model of care combining traditional and altenative therapies.

Ms Carolyn Gross was diagnoses with stage 3 breast cancer in 2003 and was treated successfully by Dr Rubio with immunotherapy and alternative therapies. Her biography was presented earlier and she will talk about her treatments.

The interview follows and is also on iTunes. If you wish to have this mailed to you, please sign up on another page on this site.

Dr Adam Perlman, Medical Director of the Siegler Center at St Barnabas, and Ms Carolyn Gross who used Immunology for Recovery from Breast Cancer will also be Interviewed by Dr Carl O Helvie

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

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My other guests on this Saturday’s show on BBS Radio (www.bbsradio.com) are Dr Adam Perlman, and Ms Caroline Gross. Both were previously on this cancer series.

Dr Perlman received his Medical Degree (M.D.) and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Boston University. He is currently Director of Integrative Medicine for the St Barnabas Health Care system and Medical Director for the Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine in Livingston, New Jersey where he developed and oversees the Complementary and Alternative Programs. In 2002 he became the Executive Director of the Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he is an Assistant Professor. In 2004 he was named the Endowed Professor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at this University and in 2000 he was recommended by his peer for the Excellence in Caring Award at St Barnabas. He will discuss his model of cancer care that includes a combination of traditional and alternative complementary cancer care.
He has numerous grants and publications including book chapters and 4 current funded grants. More information on his extensive activities can be found at: www.umdnj.edu/icam/about/perlman.htm

Ms Gross is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2003 and is a speaker, facilitator, patient advocate, and author of 2 books titled Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos and Treatable and Beatable: Healing Cancer Without Surgery She was a patient of Dr Rubio during her breast cancer experience. More information is available at www.treatableandbeatable.com

Mind Spirit Body Approach to Cancer Treatment Increases Cancer Survival Rates

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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In his discussion last Saturday of cancer treatment at the Oasis of Hope, Dr Francisco Contreras talked about the Integrative Regulatory Therapy at his hospital that integrates physical-mental-and spiritual aspects of health into the treatment plans and interventions for cancer patients. He also discussed how their success rate for various types of cancer survival were 2 to 15 times more successful than in other hospitals and attributes this success to the holistic focus.

There is ample research to substantiate the value of a holistic approach to health and illness recovery. Hundreds of studies have been completed on meditation and results show improvement in physical health such as reduced blood pressure, decreased need for medical care, decreased chronic pain, depression and anxiety, and increased mobility and activity among others. Another area researched is the influence of positive attitudes on physical health. In one study by Kamen-Siegel he found that optimism influenced the immune system in a positive way using a sample of 300 elderly people and Ranard found similar results in another study and concluded that hopeful people have a more robust immune system. Likewise, Friedman and ValdenBos found that enthusiastic people tended to be more resilient, self-healing people and that enthusiasm is correlated with recovery from illness. In another study Shekelle found that hostility had a negative effect on health.
Benson found that when under stress individuals experience increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rates that strain the body and lower its immunity. On the other hand he also found that repeating a prayer, word, sound, phrase or movement such as in prayer, meditation, tai chi or yoga had a healthy effect.
Matthews and Clark say that in 75% of 325 studies reviewed the finding indicate that involvement in religious activities benefits health and well being.
These are just a few of the many studies that have looked at the effect of mental and spiritual activities on physical health and recovery from illness but support the results found by Dr Contreras in the recovery of cancer patients in his hospital.
In my own life I found this concept of holism to be true and demonstrated when I had lung cancer and was given 6 months to live—-33 years ago. I believe the holistic approach accounted for my recovery and continued good health.

Dr Francisco Contreras, Medical Director of Oasis of Hope, and Dr Arlene Donar, New York City Naturopathic Physician interviewed on Holistic Health Show

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

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On Saturday, Dr Carl O Helvie interviewed Dr Francisco Contreras and Dr Arlene Donar on the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio.
Dr Contreras, M.D. is Director, President and Chairman of the Oasis of Hope and oversees cancer treatment for 400 patients annually. Since the hospital opened over 100,000 patients have been treated. He discusses the holistic complementary treatments offered and the demonstrated higher success rates in his hospital over those experienced in other hospitals. He is the author of 12 books and a free copy of his latest is available by going to his website. More information is available at: www.oasisofhope.com

Dr Arlene Donar is a Naturopathic Physician practicing on 5th Avenue in New York City. Her interesting background was highlighted earlier on this site and can be reviewed at: www.drdonar.com Dr Donar discusses herbs and supplements that can be used to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, and also to prevent and increase the probability of recovery from cancer.

The interview with these interesting physicians is posted below. I hope you will enjoy it.

Tanya Harter Pierce to be Interviewed by Dr Carl O Helvie on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

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My guest on the Holistic Health show on Saturday, August 29 is Tanya Harter Pierce who has a masters degree in clinical psychology and is currently on leave from her counseling practice as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor. Tanya never thought she would write a book about cancer but when a family member was diagnosed with cancer that was considered “incurable” by conventional medicine she suddenly began searching alternative options. Over the years she had cured other chronic conditions with alternative holistic treatments so she had an open mind about these interventions. From her studies she was stunned to find so many successful approaches to treating cancer non-toxically that often had better success rates than current conventional treatments. Because this information was not easily available or understandable she wrote Outsmart Your Cancer: Alternative Non-Toxic Treatments that Work . The second edition of this book has just been published and Tanya will focus on two areas of the book in the interview: Protocel, and the PSA and Hormone Blocking Drugs as they relate to Prostate Cancer.

St Barnabas and Cancer Treatment Center of America as Models of Care on Holistic Health Show

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

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On Saturday, August 15 Dr Carl O Helvie, Host of the Holistic Health Show, interviewed Dr Adam Perlman (top left), Dr Timothy Birdsall (top right) and Mrs Kelly Swobode (lower right). Dr Perlman is Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at the St Barnabas Health Care System and Medical Director of the Carol and Morton Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine in Livingston, New Jersey. The Center provides a comprehensive traditional and integrative treatment program for cancer patients. Further information about Dr Perlman and the center appeared previously and can be found at; www.umdnj.edu/icam/about/perlman.htm

My second guest was Dr Timothy Birdsall, Vice President of the Cancer Treatment Center of America who talked about their model of care that incorporates traditional and integrative care for cancer patients. More information on Dr Birdsall and the program can be found on a previous blog or at: http://www.cancercenter.com/western-hospital/doctors/timothy-birdsall.cfm

My final guest was Mrs Kelly Swobode an 31 year cancer survivor with melanoma who was given 3 months to live and who used laetrile and prayer for recovery.

A link for the streaming of the show follows. If interested in receiving future shows free sign up on another page on this site and they will be mailed to you.

Dr Robert Eslinger Talks with Dr Carl O Helvie about the Integrative Treatment Approach with Cancer Patients at the Reno Integrative Medical Center

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

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My first guest on the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio (www.bbsradio.com) Station 3 last night was Dr Robert Eslinger of the Reno Integrative Medical Center. He has been in clinical practice for 27 years and combines traditional and complementary treatments for cancer patients. Treatments discussed included Nutritional Guidance, German New Medicine, Vitamin-Mineral Infusions, Immune Enhancement, Chelation Therapy, Oxidation Therapy and Homeopathy among others. Laetrile is part of the Vitamin Therapy used. More information is available at: http:www.renointegrative.com
On this show I also discussed my alternative treatments for lung cancer when I was given 6 months to live—33 years ago. Some of the interventions discussed were laetrile, a special diet, supplements, exercise, prayer, meditation, visualization, affirmations, emotional support, and faith. I am a registered nurse with two masters in public health nursing (U of California) and public health (Johns Hopkins U), and a doctorate in public health (Johns Hopkins U). I have continued a holistic approach to life and now at age 77 I am free of chronic illnesses and prescribed medications (average for age 75 is 3 chronic illnesses and 5 prescribed medications). My goal for this show is that you have the information so that you can achieve results similar to my own so that you can enjoy life without the pain, expenses, and inconveniences that often go along with chronic illnesses and prescribed medications. . More information about me can be found on this website.

A download button for the show follows. You can also find the show on itunes.

Dr Carl O Helvie Interviews 5 Cancer Survivors

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

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On Saturday, July 18, I interviewed 5 cancer survivors pictured from left to right–Aurea McGarry, Linda Wilson, Regina Leeds, Les Thiele, and Lori Kuban .

Aurea is a 9 year Non Hodskins Lymphoma survivor who won the Mrs. U.S. Beauty of Georgia Contest in 2003 and the title of Most Inspirational Contestant. She is the creator, producer and host of the television show Live Your Legacy with Aurea McGarry. Earlier she worked on the soap opera Edge of Night. She discusses her experiences with cancer in her book I Won’t Survive, I’ll Thrive. More information is available at: www.liveyourlegacytv.com

Linda had a tumor of the kidney and used alternative interventions. She and her husband have owned a rare and used book business for 25 years. She has degrees in English Literature, and Respiratory Therapy, and a Masters in Theology. She is an ordained Episcopal Minister but currently works with the Catholic Apolistic Church. She writes when she has time and has a novel placed with an agent currently. She can be reached at: littlegidding@hughes.net

Regina is a 7 year survivor of third stage uterine cancer who used traditional and alternative interventions. She is a professional organizer and authored six books including the New York Times best seller One Year to an Organized Life. More information is available at www.reginaleeds.com

Les is a 3 time ovarian cancer survivor who used complementary interventions. She talks with cancer patients several times a week and is in the process of putting up a web site. She can be reached at: (617) 834-1597.

Lori is a brain tumor survivor who used traditional and alternative interventions. She has a baccalaureate and masters degree and is a research librarian. She is also a cancer and health care advocate who speaks and provides workshops for cancer survivors and professionals including being a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. She also gives radio and television interviews. More information is available at www.cancerologist.com

The interviews for this show follow.

Dr Bernie Siegel says “Attitude is Everything”

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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In his book 101 Exercises for the Soul Dr Bernie Siegel who was on the Holistic Health Show this week says “Maintaining a positive attitude, no matter what your circumstances, increases the likelihood of your finding future happiness and fufillment. Why is this true? Well, if your attitude is negative and your mind is filled with worry and fear, it takes its toll on your body, mind and spirit. In fact, by spending all of your time creating a vision of an unhappy future, you help create that future. Remember, your thoughts guide your decisions, and negative thoughts lead to negative decisions.” Bernie provides exercises that will help you overcome these negative thoughts that influence your actions and future so that you may have the best future possible. In other chapters he provides exercises for improving your body, mind and spirit. These are important exercises whether you are in good health or overcoming cancer.

Best Selling Author, Dr Bernie Siegel to be Interviewed by Dr Carl O. Helvie on the Holistic Health Show

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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Dr Bernie Siegel will be interviewed on the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio Station 3 at 7 p.m. PST or 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 4 as part of the cancer series. For many he needs no introduction and has touched many lives all over the planet. In 1978 he started talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. His first book, Love, Medicine, and Miracles was published in 1978 and redirected his life. In 1978 he also originated Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patient drawings, dreams, images and feelings. Many books followed including Peace, Love and Healing, How to Live Between Office Visits, Prescriptions for Living, Help Me to Heal, 365 Prescriptions for the Soul, Smudge Bunny, 101 Exercises for the Soul, Love, Magic and Mud Pies, Buddy�s Candle, and just published Faith, Hope and Healing. Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our society grapples with today. He continues to assist in the breaking of new ground in the field of healing and personally struggling to live the message of kindness and love. His website is www.BernieSiegelMD.com