Archive for December, 2012

Cancer Survivors Susan Gonzales (breast cancer) and Sam Corti (cervical cancer) to be Guests.

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

My guests for Saturday are Susan Gonzalez (left)  and Sam (Samantha) Corti.

Susan Gonzalez, RN, BSN has been educating people on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle since graduating with honors from Molloy College in New York in 1986.  She is a Registered Nurse in the states of New York and Georgia and received additional training in Cardiac Rehabilitation, nutrition, stress management, and smoking cessation, and also became registered as a Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer in 1999.

Since her partnership with one of the top preventative cardiologists in the country in 2000, she has personally counselled hundreds of patients on creating and meeting their own healthy lifestyle goals.

As a warrior against cancer causing ingredients in personal care products, Susan launched her own all-natural organic skincare line, MOON Organics Inc in 2010.  As developer and CEO she continues to expand the line, catering to the needs of those going through treatment for cancer.  She was featured as one of The Story Exchange’s “inspirational women” in 2012.

Susan’s mission is to take what she’s learned and pass that knowledge to others. Having been a cancer patient as well as a caregiver, gives Susan a unique perspective on health issues and this motivates her to produce accurate blog articles with well cited research.  She advocates natural healing and is a strong believer that we must take full responsibility for our own health and wellness in all areas of life: diet, exercise, spirituality, as well as self worth and social health.

She hopes to continue her mission to educate in her first book “100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It” due to be released in the US and Canada in spring 2013

Sam Corti, my second guest,  was written up in articles in England for shrinking her deadly tumor with an anti-cancer diet. Her story follows:

When I was 23 years of age I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in situ which was treated with a cone biopsy and a Letz biopsy.  After the hospital was satisfied that they had removed the cancerous cells, I received colcoscopy every three months for a year, then every six months, then a smear every six months.  Finally after three years I was back to having yearly smear tests which I never forgot to have or postponed, as I was fully aware that having smear tests was the most important way to catch abnormal cells if they were to re-appear.

Thirteen years later at the age of 36, I was blessed with the first of two children, now aged eight and seven.  Since the children were born my monthly cycle became heavier and heavier, I put it down to hormones.  About four and a half years ago, after experiencing slight spotting I went straight to the doctors for a smear.  The smear was clear but my doctor recommended colcoscopy just to be on the safe side.  Colcoscopy showed nothing abnormal.  Life went on and I struggled through my monthly cycle which was getting increasingly heavier with worsening pains.

Six months on, whilst chatting to girlfriends in the garden amidst a children’s tea party I decided to make an appointment to go to the doctor and discuss my heavy periods. The locum doctor told me to take Neurofen.  Not happy with this I decided to make another appointment and see a different doctor.  This time the doctor said that the cause was probably fibroids, however because of my history she recommended an ultrasound.  The ultrasound was done, within 24 hours I was called back to the surgery and fast tracked to the hospital where a biopsy was performed, along with a MRI scan, a CT scan, a chest x-ray and blood tests.  One week later I was sitting with my husband in an appointment with a consultant and told that I had cancer of the cervix, and my case was being handed over to Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge.

After investigative surgery at Addenbrookes, in the recovery room I was told that I had severe cancer of the cervix, graded at 4a (it only goes up to 4b), it had wrapped itself around my bladder, bowel and spread into my lymph nodes.  The one positive was that the tumour was mobile so the oncologist was going to recommend surgery followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  Unfortunately this would mean an 11 hour operation involving very intricate bowel surgery and resulting in a colostomy bag.  He gave me a 50% chance of survival and beating it.

It is difficult to describe the following 48 hours, life continued as normal – with young kids it’s impossible not to carry on.  I saw friends and family and discussed my situation; everyone was distressed, concerned, and supportive.  The feeling of not being in control and putting my life in the hands of others was huge, as was the worry that if I carried on as normal and didn’t see this as an opportunity for change then I may not get through it .  This is when I decided to take control of my own destiny, health, life and beat the cancer.

The first book I read was titled Anti Cancer – A New Way of Life, written by David Servan-Schreiber, a fantastic book that kick started a complete change in the way I eat.  I went on to read numerous other books stating with scientific proof that food and nutrition is key to avoiding, beating and surviving cancer.  Convinced I had nothing to lose I embraced the anti-cancer diet wholeheartedly, totally focused myself on positive thinking and prepared myself for battle.

The operation was a huge success.  In the recovery ward I asked which side my colostomy bag was on – left would have been temporary and right would have been permanent.  I was told there was no bag.  Over the following few days several consultants visited me and expressed their amazement at their findings during surgery.  The tumour had, it seemed, shrunk.  They had not been able to locate it around my bowels and indeed had called further surgeons into theatre for 2nd, 3rd and 4th opinions.  They removed 9 lymph nodes, of which only 1 was cancerous and I was in theatre for only 4 hours while a radical hysterectomy was performed.

Two months later, in January 2009, I underwent a five week course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy to back up the surgery.

Now I am fit and well, have had a clear MRi scan and appointments with the oncologist are down to every six months. My skin is clear, I feel radiant, I rarely get sick and I have lost weight.  There is no question that the expertise of the medical team at Addenbrookes, the love of my husband and children and the support of family and friends have all played their part in my recovery.

But, I am absolutely confident that the anti-cancer diet I follow resulted in the miraculous shrinking of the tumour.

My diet consists of drinking several cups of green tea daily, eating several portions of vegetables especially cruciferous vegetables, incorporating herbs and spices (especially garlic and turmeric) into cooking, eating wholegrain, Soya and fruit, especially berries and trying to avoid sugar, processed food, dairy and meat.

I heard a lot of great things about green tea being a truly wonderful source of anti-oxidants, polyphenols and catechins as well as having other health benefits. I discovered a favorite and also learnt it was one of the best sources of all these health boosting elements. This tea was Japanese Sencha.

I sourced some fresh Sencha and started drinking it in huge quantities. That’s how was born. Tea4life is my own online company selling green tea directly to customers around the world.


Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

For the Holistic Health Show I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with the best life has to offer. I thank you for your continuing support throughout the past year. .

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

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:

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:

Can Breath Tests Detect Colon Cancer?

Friday, December 21st, 2012

A new research study published in the British Journal of Surgery concluded that a screening test similar to the one used to determine when a driver has had too much to drink shows promise as a screening tool for cancer. In a new study carried out in Italy researchers were able to detect patients with colorectal cancer over 75% of the time by using samples of their breath.Thirty seven people with colorectal cancer and 41 controls were tested and researchers identified a chemical present in colorectal cancer patients that was not present in the controls. By identifying this chemical in the breath they were able to distinguish between cancer and non-cancer patients 76% of the time. According to the researcher, “The technique of breath sampling is very easy and noninvasive, although the method is still in the early phase of development.

Other researchers are testing out breath samples to detect lung, breast, prostate and other cancers. It has long been known that certain illnesses can affect how the breath smells because of chemicals present. Examples include the fishy smell of people’s breath with kidney or liver failure, and the overproduction of ketones in diabetes causing a fruity smell. A lung cancer device being developed is called an electronic nose sensor and changes color based upon chemicals in the breath.  Researchers say a breath test for lung cancer may be a reality within five years. Research is ongoing.

Can Red Wine Reduce the Risk of Cancer?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A recent study presented at the Resveratrol 2012 Conference concluded that a chemical found in red wine, resveratrol, could reduce the risk of cancer.  This followed a long history of the chemical being linked to cancer prevention dating back to 1997 when researchers reported that mice were given a known carcinogen resisted developing skin cancer after topical applications of resveratrol.  Several other animal studies have shown similar results with gastrointestinal and mammary tumors.

The current researchers suggest that a daily dose of resveratrol, equivalent to two glasses of red wine, can decrease the risk of bowel cancer by 50% based upon laboratory models. The conference brings together  the world experts in resveratrol and research is ongoing to evaluate  the  impact of resveratrol on cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurological disease, and life extension. Over 65 lectures, presentations and poster by different researchers were presented at the conference.  The researcher said “With all of the exciting new studies that are being done—especially the clinical trials—I hope we’ll have a clearer picture in the next few years.”

Cancer Survivors on this Week’s Show Include Kathleen O’Keefe Kanavos (breast), Margaret Bermel (ovarian), and Claire Petretti (breast).

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

My guests on this weeks Holistic Health Show are: Kathleen O’Keefe Kavanos (left), Margaret Bermel (center) and Claire Petretti (right).

My first guest Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos was born to a military family, raised in Europe, graduated from Munich International High School in Germany, has a degree in Special Education from Keene Teacher’s College in Keene, NH, taught Special Education for 10 years and Psychology at the University of South Florida.

Kathleen is a two time breast cancer survivor and her first book is in press– SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Psychic Aspects of Healing. She is currently working on her second book, SURVIVING RECURRENCE in CANCERLAND: The Dream World and Healing.

Kathy is an inspirational speaker, phone counselor for R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation, and mentor for WE CAN- a self-help group. She contributes to Cape Women Online Magazine, Twitter’s C4Women, Colette Baron-Reid’s Intuition Now, and Nationally to TheGuidedPath,, Writer’s Digest Community, Scribblerati, guest contributor to author Carolyn Howard Johnson’s SHRING WITH WRITERS BLOG SPOT, NCCS, blogs, National Wellness Community Online Support blog and discussion groups, and Cancer Advocacy Now blog site.

She is a member of the International REIKI Association’s blog and website, ACOR (Association of Cancer Online Resources) blogger and web chat, NBCC (National Breast Cancer Coalition) journal and blogger, USA TODAY Community Blog, LinkedIn and is a volunteer for many cancer organizations and online groups.

Kathy is Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Executive Professional of the Year 2009-2010. More information is available at http;//

My second guest, Margaret Bermel, lives on Long Island with her husband and cats.  She graduated from Marywood University cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in music. She is an MBA with Distinction from Hofstra University, a 1st Degree Black Belt, and an avid golfer. She previously co-authored management articles published in scholarly journals, and was the co-recipient of the Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior Journal “Distinguished Paper” award in 1985.  She is the chief financial officer of a large county government department. She is an ordinary person who was called upon to do the extraordinary: overcome cancer and live to tell the story., Her story can be found in her book The Cancer Odyssey: Discovering Truth and Inspiration on the Way to Wellness.” More information can be found at:

Clair Petretti, my third guest completed Law School and  after practicing law determining it wasn’t her cup of tea, She began practicing and teaching yoga in 1999. She wrote about yoga  for and also set to film workouts for Exercise TV.  At the same time, Claire was unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer.  Finally feeling like she had found her path, it was now all being torn away and she couldn’t film the TV spots due to treatments and surgery.

A yoga teacher and friend in Colorado inspired Claire to investigate Yoga For Cancer and she enroll in Prana Yoga Center teacher training in La Jolla to add the Yoga For Cancer Recovery credential. Upon completion of her classes, Claire partnered with Lululemon Carlsbad to launch a series of Yoga for Cancer Recovery classes that are now offered weekly at Haute Yoga Carlsbad.

In the summer of 2010, Claire was approached about partnering with the nonprofit organization, City of Hope to bring the inaugural Yoga for Hope event to San Diego

The Yoga For Hope event had already proved itself a huge success in San Francisco and Seattle so Claire signed on as San Diego’s event chair. She then worked with local development people to organize the event, bring together the instructors and rally the local yoga community to come together for this great cause. And they sure did! Yoga for Hope, San Diego sold out with a total of 500 participants that joined forces to synchronize downward dogs and sun salutations to raise funds for others with life-threatening diseases. Working with other local yoga gurus (Stacy McCarthy, Tim Miller, Michael Fukumura and Bonnie Saldivar-Jones) Claire and the Yoga For Hope team and participants raised over $80,000, when they were hoping for a mere $25,000.

Meanwhile, Claire joined with others and completed “Yoga For Cancer Recovery”, the DVD..Although very humble, Claire has become a bit of a local celebrity! On her website you can check out her recent media coverage and stay tuned for her near future book, which will be a compilation of her self-written cancer journal blog.  Claire is sheer proof that anything worthwhile isn’t easy and that persistence truly does make dreams come true. Go to:

Can Obesity and Overweight Together During Menopause Promote Breast Cancer Growth and Progression?

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Recent research published in Cancer Research concluded that obese women might be able to eliminate their increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by preventing weight gain during perimenopause and therapeutically controlling the metabolic effects of their obesity. They said “Obese postmenopause women have increased risk for breast cancer and poorer clinical outcomes compared with postmenopausal women who are lean.” “Unfortunately you cannot do the studies needed to address this issue in humans. So, we merged rat models of obesity, breast cancer, and menopause to best mimic the events that link premenopausal obesity to an increase rate of postmenopausal  breast cancer.”

Building on previous research they confirmed that obesity and overfeeding after surgical ovariectomy together drove agressive tumor growth and progression. They also discuss the reasons for the difference seen in lean and obese rats and tumor development. They concluded “If our findings in rats translate to humans, it means that the perimenopausal  period is a critical window of time for determining breast cancer risk later in life.”” This, in turn, means that an obese woman’s risk for postmenopausal breast cancer and poor clinical outcome could be reduced by perimenopausal lifestyle modification, such as restricting food consumption and increasing execise, and/or perimenopausal use of drugs, such as metformin, to improve metabolic control.”  Research is ongoing.

Will Higher Carotenoid Levels Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that women with higher circulating carotenoid levels are at a reduced risk of breast cancer.  Carotenoids are micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables and have previously been found to have anticarcinogenic properties because they inhibit the tumor progression and reduce proliferation of estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) and estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) breast cancers. However, in these studies the specific carotenoid differed across multiple studies.

To evaluate the association between specific carotenoids and breast cancer the researchers conducted a pooled analysis of eight cohort studies that gathered over 80% of the worlds published prospective data on plasma or serum carotenoids and breast cancer. In the pooled data there were 3,055 subjects and 3,956 matched controls. The carotenoid levels of participants were re-calibrated to a common standard to explain laboratory differences as well as to examine the differences across populations.

Researchers found that in over 3,000 subjects, there were statistically significant inverse associations between circulating levels of individual and total carotrenoids and breast cancer risk, with a stronger finding in ER- breast cancers. The researchers said  ” The inverse associations we observed among ER- tumors highlight carotenoids as one of the first modifiable risk factors for this poor prognosis tumor type.” Further they say “A diet high in carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables offers many health benefits, including a possible reduced risk of breast cancer. “

Interview with Cancer Survivors Christine Clifford (breast, humorist) and Chris Wark (colon) Now Available.

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

yesterday, Dr Carl O Helvie, host, interviewed Christine Clifford (left) and Chris Wark. Christine is a 19 year breast cancer survivor who is President and CEO of the Cancer Club, author of multiple books, and has raised over $1,000,000 for breast cancer research. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at:

Chris Wark is a real estate investor and musician who overcome colon cancer and has a website

Enjoy the interview below:


New Trailer on My Experience with Lung Cancer

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

I was diagnoses with lung cancer and given 6 months to live so I choose to use all natural interventions—that was 38 years ago so natural interventions do work. I now have a new book You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions that discusses this experience and what I have done to prevent a recurrence. This is supplemented by chapters on alternative/integrative interventions by leading alternative physicians and health professionals. The following trailer gives more information on this book. Please watch my trailer on You Tube.