Posts Tagged ‘breast cancer survivor’

Ten Year Breast Cancer Survivor Used All Natural Interventions.

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

My guest for next week, Jessica Richards (C.hyp MNCH (Acc)  is a Personal Transformation and Leadership Development Specialist who has a practice in Harley Street, London. Her work reaches beyond helping people gain creative insights into their purpose, direction, and meaning of life. She is particularly committed to helping people find their leadership potential and to help leaders go further in their lives and work by “Changing the Grounding Day” process which identifies and resolves self-limiting beliefs that is life changing.

She has been a clinical hypnotherapist since 1985 and specializes in Personal Transformation and Corporate Leadership Development.  She works with corporations and was voted by the Academy of Chiet Executes as one of the top three speakers of the decade. Her book The Topic of Cancer about her cancer journey was followed by a contributed chapter in A Cancer Revolution and publishing other papers and fulfilling speaking engagements.

Jessica was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2007. Her doctors told her she needed chemo, mastectomy, breast reconstruction, six weeks of radiotherapy and five years of hormone blockers, but she decided she wanted to beat breast cancer holistically without traditional medical interventions. Recently she celebrated her tenth year cancer free. More information is available at:

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Twelve Year Stage 3 Breast Cancer Survivor, Susan Gonzalez.

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Susan Gonzalez is a nurse, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, certified in plant-based nutrition, and a 12 year stage III lobular breast cancer survivor. She is an advocate for health and wellness with a focus on cancer prevention and the use of holistic healing for cancer survival.  Her popular book, “100 Perks of Having Cancer plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It”, and her award winning blog, “The Savvy Sister: simple changes for healthy living”, provides valuable tools for those wishing to live a happy and healthy life after cancer.

As a warrior for cancer survivors, she hosts her own website,, where survivors can find information on healing the body, mind and spirit to reduce their risk of cancer recurrence.  Susan is also the creator of MOON Organics: a natural skin care company created for those who want to avoid cancer-causing chemicals. You can see all her products at

Susan lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters. I previously interviewed my colleague, Susan,  5 years ago.

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Kate Shemirani, R.N., Breast Cancer Survivor, Discusses Gerson Therapy Used

Sunday, November 6th, 2016


My guest is Kay Allison Shemirani ( Kate) who was born November 30 1965 in Nottingham England. She was the youngest of 3 daughters. Her father was a local postman and her mother a secretary. She grew up in an average working class environment with state schooling. In 1984 age 18, She began her nurse training in Glasgow Scotland.  Upon qualifying she worked in several clinical areas… Gynaecology, theatres, trauma.  In 1990 she began working as a long haul air stewardess traveling the world and continued to work as a nurse on rest days.

In 1996 she married and had 4 children in quick succession. 3 were with IVF. They are now age 17,15,15,13. With 2 boys, and 2 girls she became a full Time mum from 2001 until 2009. After all 4 children were in school she returned to the University to re-register as a nurse and then obtain trained in Aesthetics and opened her own business.

On February 12th 2012, Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer and followed the Gerson therapy for 2 years. During this time she studied constantly and obtained a diploma in personal nutrition, Cancer, and alternative therapies.

In 2014 she separated from her husband and today lives in East Sussex south England with her 4 children and 7 rescued cats. She loves to go for long walks at the beach and in the Sussex countryside and works as a practitioner advising patients on diet and lifestyle to heal degenerative disease. Her passion is for everyone to make truly informed healthcare choices. She will discuss her cancer journey with us. More information: 

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Can Acupuncture Reduce Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors?

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology concluded that acupunctuure may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes as a result of estrogen-targeted therapies to treat breast cancer. Hot flashes in breast cancer survivors may be severe and frequent but the FDA-approved remedies such as hormone replacement therapies are not appropriate for breast cancer survivors because they include estrogen. The researchers say that “though most people associate hot flashes with menopause, the episodes also affect many breast cancer survivors who have low estrogen levels and often undergo premature menopause, following treatment with chemotherapy or surgery. ”

In the study the researchers included 120 breast cancer survivors who reported experiencing multiple hot flashes daily. These were randomly placed into four different intervention groups in order to analyze the effectiveness of an acupuncture technique  (electroacupuncture) in  which embedded needles deliver weak electric current and comparing results of this group with a group receiving an epilepsy drug gabapentin to determine effectiveness in reducing hot flashes.  . Gabapentin was previously shown to be effective in reducing hot flashes for these patients. The study continued eight weeks and subjects received either gabapentin 900 mg daily, or gabapentin placebo daily, or electroacupuncture twice weekly for 2 weeks and then one time a week, or a sham electroacupuncture in which there was no actual needle penetration or electric current.

After the eight weeks treatments, subjects in the electroacupuncture group demonstrated the greatest improvement in a standard measure (hot flash composite score) of hot flash  frequency and severity. It actually was 25% more effective than the next group on the standardized test. The next most effective group was the sham electroacupuncture followed by the gabapentin medication group and the placebo pill group was last. In addition, the electroacupuincture groups reported less side effects than either pill group. At sixteen weeks follow up the subjects who were in the two electroacupuncture groups reported a sustained and slightly deficit of hot flashes. In addition, the placebo group reported a slight improvement in hot flashes but the gabapentin pill group reported worsening hot flashes. The researchers said “Acupuncture is an exotic therapy, elicits the patient’s active participation, and involves a greater patient-provider interaction, compared with taking a pill.” Importantly, the results of this trial show that even sham acupuncture–which is effectively a placebo–is more effective than medication. The placebo effect is often dismissed as noise, but these results suggest we should be taking a closer look at how we can best harness it.”

Can Television Watching Time Influence Death Among Breast Cancer Survivors.

Friday, February 8th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA study published in Springer ‘s Journal of Cancer Survivorship concluded that spending a lot of time watching television after a breast cancer diagnosis is not linked to death in breast cancer survivors. After accounting for physical activity levels, this sedentary practice was not an independent risk factor for death.  Past research has shown that physical activity after a breast cancer diagnosis may reduce the risk of death and sedentary time may have a negative effect on this population but this was one of the first to look at sedentary life and death.

In the study 687 women with breast cancer who had been diagnosed 2 1/2 years earlier were asked about the amount of time they spent sitting and watching television  and the type, duration, and frequency of activities they performed in the past year. The group was followed for 7 years during which time 89 died.  overall, women who watched most television were older, more overweight and less active than those who watched the least. More deaths were observed in those who watched the most television but once seal-reported physical activity levels were accounted for along with other important risk factors, the relationship between watching more television and death no longer  significant.

Researchers said “It is possible that there is no true independent relationship between post-diagnosis television time and death. HEAL survivors who reported the most television time also reported the equivalent of  140 minutes per week of moderate -to-vigorous intensity physical activity–which is the amount recommended to all adults for general health.  Perhaps with this amount of recreational activity, television time may not have an independent effect on survival.”

Christine Clifford (Breast Cancer Survivor, Humor) and Christopher Wark (Colon Cancer Survivor) Next Guests

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

My guests for Saturday are Christine Clifford and Christopher Wark.

All of us have heard stories about people who turn lemons into lemonade.  It isn’t often  that we get the privilege of meeting such a person.

My first guest, Christine Clifford has definitely cracked “the glass ceiling”. At the age of 40, she was Senior Executive Vice President for SPAR Marketing Services, an international merchandising and information services firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the top salesperson in the multi-billion dollar retail services industry for over eight years, Christine was responsible for accounts with Kmart, Toys ‘R’ Us, Walmart, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon, among others. Taking her company from a million dollar per year loss to over $54 million in sales, Christine signed the largest contract in the history of her industry with Procter & Gamble, doubling the size of her company overnight.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in December of ’94, Christine wrote eight award-winning portrayal of her story in her books entitled Not Now…I’m Having a No Hair Day; and her newest book, Laugh Til It Heals: Notes from the World’s Funniest Cancer Mailbox.

Christine is President and Chief Executive officer of THR CANCER CLUB®, a company designed to market humorous and helpful products internationally for people who have cancer.

Christine is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Survivor’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, and is featured in the books The Courage to Laugh and The Triumph of the Human Spirit: Real Cancer Survivors, Real Battles, Real Victories.

She has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal., Better Homes & Gardens, MORE magazine,SELF American Health, Golf Digest,Today’s Christian Woman, as well as The Singapore Women’s Weekly and the Hindu in India. She was a 1998 “Hero Award” finalist for Coping magazine, and appeared on CNN Live as “one of the world’s leading authorities on the use of therapeutic humor”. She has also appeared on Lifetime Television Network’s New Attitudes show, and the Leeza Show.

Host of The Christine Clifford Celebrity Golf Invitational, a benefit for breast cancer research, Christine’s inaugural event raised over $100,000, making it the most successful first-year event in the history of the American Cancer Society. She has raised over $1,000,000 for breast cancer research and has received the Council of Excellence Award for income development from the American Cancer Society.

Christine received the “CSP” (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association.. Less 300 people hold the CSP, putting Christine in the top 7% of professional speakers worldwide.

Christine has two grown sons, Tim and Brooks,  her Syberian Husky, Skylar, and lives in Minneapolis, MN.More information is available at:

My second guest,  Chris Wark, is a Real estate investor and musician who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer in 2003, at 26 years old. He had surgery and instead of chemo, used nutrition and natural therapies to heal himself. He is the author of a popular health blog with a worldwide audience. More information is available at:

Guests for Saturday on the Holistic Health Show are Carmelina Vargas and Tamara St John (both breast cancer survivors).

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

My guests for Saturday are Carmelina Vargas (left) and Tamara St John.  Both are breast cancer survivors.

My first guest, Carmelina Vargas is a singer/songwriter, warrior against cancer and aspiring author. The daughter of a merengue musician and born in Barahona, Dominican Republic, she now lives and works in New York City.

Carmelina first appeared on the national music scene in the summer of 2008 with the release of her first single Mueve Las Caderas,” a rhythmic modern Pop/R&B track infused with a tropical style. ASCAP Latino highlighted Carmelina’s debut album titled “Morena” (Morena Records, June 9, 2009) as one of the most anticipated albums of the coming year.

As things were heating up for Carmelina, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. After undergoing surgery and treatments, and being true to the fighter and positive spirit that she is, Carmelina returns to her music and her fans as a survivor. Using her music as a platform, Carmelina actively promotes breast cancer awareness through performances at numerous events for the American Cancer Society and her endeavors received national recognition from Congressman Charles B Rangel of New York’s 15th District.

Carmelina’s survivor story, professional accomplishments and musical talent have been featured on  New York Socialite Examiner, Corrientelantina,.com,, and artist of the week on Reverbnation, as well as in the pages of DTN Magazine, El Especial Newspaper and Metro International.  At the end of her interview we will hear her latest song “Alegria” or joy released July of this year.

My second guest, Tamara St. John holds a Masters in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Accounting and Finance.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Accounting and Financial Management at two universities in Southern California.  After finding Breast Cancer in 2009 and healing it using only alternative methods;   Tamara started her business “Alternative Health Solutions” with a website address at and a facebook page at

She has been featured on various radio shows; such as, The Robert Scott Bell Show, Homegrown Health with Joni Cox, and Dr. Judy Seeger’s radio show, amongst others.  Tamara is also a published writer, having written for Nutricula magazine online.  She also currently conducts consultations with those who want motivational support with the alternative Cancer plan she created; “Defeat Cancer Now.”  Tamara is currently writing a book about her cancer battle, the alternative methods she used, and her structured plan to defeating Cancer now.  Her motto is; “You Can Achieve Optimum Health through God’s Pharmacy.”