Posts Tagged ‘depression’

Shorter Head and Neck Cancer Patient's Survival Associated with Stress and Depression

Friday, May 6th, 2011


In a study presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine last month, researchers found an association between survival in early stage cancer patients and psychosocial function. Following upon research that shows that stress can affect the immune system and weaken the cancer patient’s defenses and also affect the tumors ability to grow and spread the researchers found that poor psychological functioning was associated with greater vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression. This signaling protein stimulates tumor growth and is associated with shorter disease-free survival in head and neck cancer patients.

In their study, 37 newly diagnosed, pre-surgical head and neck cancer patients were evaluated to see if psychological functioning (perceived stress, social support and depression) was associated with VEGF. Subjects were mostly male (70.3%). average of 57 years of age, and with a primary tumor site in the oral cavity (65.9%), larynx (19.9%). and oropharynx (13.5%), and early-stage disease (over 40%).
Subjects were given a psychological questionaire prior to treatment that measured psychological functioning. In addition, VEGF expression in tumor tissue was obtained during surgery and evaluated using a process that helps detect the presence of specific proteins. Results showed that higher levels of perceived stress and depression symptoms were associated with greater VEGF expression in the tumor tissue of these patients and the association between psychological functioning and VEGF were stronger among early-stage subjects. Researchers concluded that “In patients with advanced cancers, psychosocial interventions may have less of an impact since these cancers are inherently more aggressive.”
More research is planned.

Three Individuals Interviewed Who Used Faith in Healing

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

carolyn jones


cheryl petersen

On Saturday Dr Carl O Helvie, host, Holistic Health Show, interviewed three guests who used faith in their healing. They are Carolyn Jones, right, Richard Schooping, and Cheryl Petersen.

Carolyn is a registered nurse and author of Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing. More information about her was presented earlier on this site and can be found at

Richard writes about his AIDS experience in his first book From suffering to Soaring. He is also a singer and songwriter. More information is available earlier on this site and at

Cheryl recovered from an auto accident and updated Science and Health with Keys to the Scriptures. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at:

Three Individuals Who Used Faith In Healing Interviewed on Holistic Health Show

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

carolyn jones


cheryl petersen

This Saturday Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show continues the series on faith, spirituality and healing on BBS Radio at 12 noon PST ( with three individuals who share their stories about how they have been healed as a result of their faith.

My first guest is Carolyn Jones (left). Lured to the San Francisco bay area by dreams of ocean sailing, Carolyn lived aboard a sailboat in the late 90

Want to Avoid Knee Replacements and Harsh Chemicals for Your Arthritis. Dr Ross Hauser and Dr Thomas Lobe May Have Solutions For You

Sunday, January 17th, 2010


Dr Carl O Helvie will interview Dr Ross Hauser (left) and Dr Thomas Lobe on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday. Dr Hauser received his M.D. from the University of Illinois, Chicago, completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Loyola-Hines VA-Marianjoy Hospitals, and received his baccalaureate degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaigne. He is currently the Medical Director, CEO, and Co-founder of the physician run, comprehensive natural medicine clinic, Caring Medicine and Rehabilitation Services in Oak Park, Illinois.
Dr Hauser is most well know for his expertise in the technique of Prolotherapy, a medical procedure that stimulates the body to repair painful, injured areas. He trained under Dr Gustav Hemwall who is the grandfather of this procedure. As a result of his expertise and books on Prolotherapy Dr Hauser sees patients from all over the USA and abroad.
Dr Hauser is a consultant for Beulah Land Nutritionals, a comprehensive nutriceuticals store and with his wife developed some of the products for optimal health.
Dr Hauser and his wife co-authored the national best seller Proto Your Pain Away! Curing Chronic Pain with Prolotherapy. along with a four-book topical mini series of Prolotherapy books. They also wrote the Anthology of Prolotherapy- Prolo Your Sports Injuries Away! Curing Sports Injuries and Enhancing Athletic Performance with Prolotherapy a 900 page sports book that discusses the use of Prolotherapy for sports injuries and other topics including nutrition, surgery, x-rays, cortisone shots, MRI’s, and other aspects of sports medicine.
They also coauthored Treating Cancer with Insulin Potentiation Therapy and more recently Prolotherapy: An Alternative to Knee surgery.
In additional to national lectures he is a preceptor for Bastyr University’s naturopathic medical students and also Midwestern University’s Physician Assistant Program. More information is available at:

Dr Thomas Lobe, M.D., FAC’s, FAAP, is Founder and Medical Director of Beneveda Medical Group in Beverly Hills, California. He obtained his baccalaureate degree at George Washington U, and during his medical education studied with leading physicians at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. He also studied with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D. and graduated from medical school cum laude and with honors in pediatrics. After medical school he trained at Ohio State University Hospital in general surgery and the Children’s Hospital in pediatric surgery.
He became Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston following his residency and made national news as being the first to successfully separate a particularly difficult variety of Siamese twins and lead the nation in complex reconstruction of the airway.
He was recruited to the University of Tennessee in Memphis and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center to start the first pediatric surgery training program in the south. There he lead the world in the development of laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery in children. He also wrote the first textbook on the subject and pioneered many novel techniques. In addition, he established the first medical journal devoted to advanced surgical techniques in children and currently remains the editor. While in Tennessee he began his television career and remains the host and moderator of What’s Up Doc? a medical talk show on GHS-TV in Germantown, Tennessee.
Dr Lobe continued an interest in alternative and complementary Medicine throughout his career and convinced the Dean of the Medical School in Tennessee to begin a program of instruction for medical students. He remained in charge of that program for over a decade before leaving the area for a new challenge at
Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. There he was recruited to pioneer advances in minimally invasive surgery and with his associates he was the first to develop an advanced technique to perform major head and neck surgery such as thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy. Through a small incision in the armpit, the procedure leaves the patient with no visible, unsightly scar and no pain.
To strengthen his interest in alternative and complementary medicine Dr Lobe obtained an additional degree in naturopathic medicine and passed his boards in both medical hypnosis and medical acupuncture. He has traveled extensively and studies with leaders in this field of practice.
Dr Lobe has written more than 200 books, book chapters, and peer reviewed articles and has lectured world-wide on nearly every continent. He also found time to study law and completed an additional degree-Physician’s Executive Masters in Business Administration at the University of Tennessee.
He is a board member and founding advisor to Neatstitch, LLC, a laparoscopic instrument company based in Israel and now in the United States, and also co-founder for Visual Medical Solutions, LLC, the producers of BodyViz, a new medical imaging tool for surgical planning and medical education that makes use of virtual reality engineering to improve patient care.
Most recently, Dr Lobe followed his dream of putting together the most advanced medical practice in existence, focusing on the new medical specialty called energy medicine. Beneveda Medical Group ( offers the best integration of Western and Eastern Medicine and is the first practice in the United States to specialize in Energy Revitalization and manage problems many consider resistant to conventional approaches such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, insomnia, weight loss, osteoporosis, and others. More information is available at

Depression Among Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009


A study published in the February, 2009 issue of Arthritis Care & Research looked at the incidence of depression among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The study involved 200 arthritis patients from 4 rheumatology clinics with 8 doctors participating. The patient visits were audio-taped and there was a second interview after the visit to assess symptoms of depression.
The researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that about 11% of the patients had moderately severe to severe depression symptoms. Only 20% of these patients discussed their depression with their rheumatologist and when they did it was most often initiated by the patient and not the doctor and the discussion was short. Based upon these preliminary findings the researchers recommended that rheumatologist screen arthritis patients for symptoms of depression.