Posts Tagged ‘optimism’

Dee Dee Ferguson . CEO of Foundation and Timothy Murray, Testicular Cancer Survivorr

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Connecting people with hope  the way a sunflower always stands tall and connects with the sun.

My first guest, Dee Dee Ferguson, founded Connect4Hope after her mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017. To give her mom and entire family hope, DeeDee wanted to find and share stories of others who had successfully healed from cancer, but she didn’t know where to turn. This led her to create Connect4Hope, where she shares stories of people who have successfully conquered terminal illness, in order to provide hope and inspiration to others. Through Connect4Hope, DeeDee is striving to unite people facing common challenges by eradicating fear and replacing it with hope. Her goal is to provide a virtual bridge to connect and support people in common situations worldwide and empower them with positivity, optimism and inspiration so they can survive their current health crises and thrive.

DeeDee grew up in a tight-knit New England community, which provided her with a great appreciation for relationships and the natural way people come together to support one another when challenges occur. Prior to discovering her true calling, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree from Columbia University and worked in Corporate America for 20 years. She is passionate about holistic health and is devoted to reading books on wellness and spirituality. Now she is combining her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for community and well-being to be of service to others and bring much-needed hope to this world.

Timothy Murray-Musician–Testicular Cancer Survivor  is a minimalist electronic composer based out of Los Angeles. He currently performs with his partner Anna Wallace in the experimental duo called Holy Pink.

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Dr Linda Isaacs Continues the Cancer Treatments She Used with Dr Nicholas Gonzalez.

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

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Linda L. Isaacs, M.D., received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky, graduating with High Distinction with a major in biochemistry. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She subsequently received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1985. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at New York University Medical School. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, most recently completing recertification in 2011.

Dr. Isaacs worked with her colleague Nicholas J. Gonzalez, M.D., for more than twenty years, using a nutritional approach for treating patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious degenerative illnesses. After his untimely death in July 2015, she has continued with the work they shared. The treatment involves diet, which varies from patient to patient and can range from almost exclusively vegetarian to one that is heavy in animal protein and fat; individualized nutritional supplement protocols, which include large doses of pancreatic enzymes; and procedures such as coffee enemas that help the body rid itself of metabolic wastes.

In 1999, Dr. Isaacs and Dr. Gonzalez completed a research study in patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer: the results were published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrition and Cancer, showing survival well beyond what is described in the medical literature. They also published a series of case reports in the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and co-authored the book The Trophoblast and the Origins of Cancer. Dr. Isaacs wrote the article “Deciding to Pursue an Alternative Cancer Therapy” to help prospective patients sort through their options; it is available on her website at https://www.drlindai.com/pursuing_alt_ther.html.

Visit her website at DrLindaI.com to learn more about her treatment and review the application process to become a patient.

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Twenty Two Year Stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor, Roslyn Franken

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Roslyn Franken is a passionate inspirational speaker, author and proud cancer survivor who knows about the power of positivism and emotional resilience in the face of adversity. Her mother survived the concentration camps of Nazi Europe and her father survived the Nagasaki atomic bomb as a prisoner of war in Japan. At age 56, her mother was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and with an amazing “Keep Going” attitude lived for 21 years when she was only given two years tops to live. Her father suffered a massive heart attack at age 67 and with his “Never give up” attitude lived till age 94 when he was told he would be lucky if he made it to 82. When diagnosed with cancer at only 29, Roslyn turned to her parents’ positive “Keep going” and  “Never Give Up” attitude as inspiration in her fight to beat cancer and become a long-time survivor.
At 39, ten years after surviving cancer, and at her heaviest weight, Roslyn had enough. She decided that as a cancer survivor she could not allow herself to continue gaining weight and potentially putting herself at risk of cancer and other often diet, lifestyle and weight-related diseases. How she lost the weight and changed her life is outlined in her easy-to-read and easy-to-follow self-help book, The A List: 9 Guiding Principles for Healthy Eating and Positive Living. 
In giving presentations about THE A LIST  book, Roslyn mentioned her parents’ life as well as her cancer journey that both inspired her path to weight loss and improved self-care. People were so inspired by these brief mentions that they wanted to hear more.

And so, Roslyn set to task once again and wrote her second book entitled MEANT TO BE: A TRUE STORY OF MIGHT, MIRACLES AND TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.  In this book, Roslyn reveals the true story of her parents amazing survival, resilience and triumph as unlikely Holocaust and Atomic bomb survivors who find true love against all odds and overcome life-threatening health issues later in life. She also includes the profound lessons she learned from her parents about survival, resilience and positive mental attitude while fighting to survive cancer at the young age of 29.

A documentary was made about her parents’ story and Roslyn’s book, Meant to Be, is currently being adapted for production as a feature film.

As a professional inspirational speaker, Roslyn  delivers a heartfelt presentation to share highlights from her book, Meant to Be. She speaks for conferences, student events, community events, faith-based / religious events, senior groups, fundraiser / charity events, banquets / galas and other group events.

Roslyn is also co-author of Death Can Wait: Stories from Cancer Survivors, a fundraising book for cancer research and cancer patient programs.

She has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows and featured in newspapers and magazines across North America and abroad.

She has a Masters degree in Human Systems Intervention (the study of how people self-learn and change as individuals and in groups) from Concordia University in Montreal,

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Do Optimistic People Have Healthier Hearts and Other Health Indicators?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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A new study published in Health Behavior and Policy Review concluded that the most optimistic people in a study of 5,000 subjects had twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health than their pessimistic counterparts and was significant even after controlling for sociodemographic characteristics and poor mental health. Indicators used to assess cardiovascular health included blood pressure, body mass index, fasting plasma glucose and serum cholesterol levels, dietary intake, physical activity and tobacco use. These are the same indexes used by the American Heart Association to define heart health. . For each item a score of 0, 1 or 2 points was allocated with   each subject representing poor, intermediate and ideal scores. The scores for the seven indexes were totaled for a score of 0 to 14 where the highest total score indicated better health.

Subjects ranging from 45 to 84 years of age with a racial diversity of 38 percent white, 28 percent African-American,. 22 percent Hispanic/Latino, and 12 percent Chinese also completed surveys that assessed their mental health, level of optimism, and physical health based upon self report medical diagnoses of arthritis, liver and kidney disease. Subjects were followed for 11 years and data was collected every 18 months to 2 years.  Scores on optimism of individuals increase with their total health scores and those who were most optimistic were 50 to 76 percent more likely to have total health scores in the intermediate and ideal range respectively. In addition, when sociodemographi8c characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, income, and education status were factored in the association between optimism and cardiovascular health were more pronounced, Those who were most optimistic were twice as likely to have ideal cardiovascular health, and 55 percent more likely to have a total health score in the intermediate range. In addition, those who were the most optimistic had better blood sugar and total cholesterol levels, were more physically active, had healthier body mass indexes, and were less likely to smoke.

Interviews with Dr Veronique Desaulniers (breast cancer) and Dr Carl O Helvie (lung cancer) now Available.

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

DrVpictureDr Veronique has been in practice since 1979 and has written Heal Breast Cancer Naturally a best selling book on Amazon based upon her experience with breast cancer.  She discusses her 7 essential step coaching program to heal any chronic disease. More information is available earlier on this site or at:  http://www.BreastCancerConqueror.com

 

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Dr Carl O Helvie has been a nurse practitioner, author, researcher and educator for 60 years, has published 8 books and 4 additional book chapters including one best seller book You Can Beat Lung Cancer:Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions, hosts the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio and is Founder and President of the Carl O Helvie Holistic Cancer Foundation. He has been listed in most nation references,  was awarded the Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Assn and is listed in Wikipedia. More information at: Http://www.HolisticHealthShow.com or http://www.BeatLungCancer.net

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Saturday’s Show with Cancer Survivors Kathleen O’Keefe Karnavos, Margaret Bermel, and Claire Petretti

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Guests for the show on Saturday included cancer survivors Kathleen O’Keefe Kanavos (left) , Margaret Bermel (middle), and Claire Petretti (right) .

Kathleen  is an inspirational speaker, phone counselor at R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation and author of Surviving Cancerland: The Psychic Aspects of Healing. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at http://www.Survivingcancerland.com

Margaret has co-authored management articles in scholarly journals, was the co-recipient of the Human Resource Management and Orgamizational Behavior Journal’s Distinguished Paper Award in 1985, and is author of The Cancer Odyssey: Discovering Truth and Inspiration on the Way to Wellness. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at: http://www.thecancerodyssey.com

Claire Petretti studies for law but decided it was not for her and has spent many years working with Yoga and Cancer Recover, completed a DVD on Yoga for Cancer Recovery and finishing a book based upon her self-written cancer journals. More information was presented earlier on this site and can also be found at: http://www.oceansoulyoga.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.