Our guest is Senia Tuominen, owner of Healing InSight acupuncture, herbs, food therapy in St. Paul, Minnesota. She specializes in treating digestive health issues and using Chinese Medicine food therapy for a wide range of conditions.. Senia first discusses how she developed an interest in Chinese Medicine as a result of a plethora of her own health issues. Eventually, she left her career as a mechanical engineer to become a Chinese medicine practitioner. Learn about the difference between western, allopathic medicine and Chinese medicine, especially concerning digestive issues and weight loss. She discusses the philosophy of Chinese medicine, which looks for patterns of imbalance in someone’s body. She also describes how it is used to diagnosis various health condition, like the quality of “digestive energy”, which includes the entire process from swallowing to the elimination of food. Benefits of using acupuncture and Chinese herbs include boosting a person’s overall energy, reducing cravings and losing weight. She discusses some aspects of a good food plan, including the importance of consuming good fats and why it’s essential to eat ‘real’ food vs. ‘dead food.’ For more information please visit is healinginsightonline.com
Dr. Ken Druck tragically lost his daughter Jenna in an accident in India when she was just 21 years old. He now uses his experiences to help others who are grieving, including in his work at the Jenna Druck Center, and with his newest book, The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your Own. Dr. Ken discusses various aspects of grieving, including ‘living losses’, those non-death losses we all have in our lives. We discuss some of his 23 “Real Rules” that help us turn adversity into opportunity. One of the most important things we can do to help others is to be a good listener, because “listening is love.” He gives suggestions for becoming a better listener, including reflecting back to the other person what they are saying and trying to be “more of a facilitator than a fixer.” We discuss how people deal with the end of their lives, a time when he advocates being open to the mysteries of both life and death. Dr. Ken stresses how important it is to stay connected to those we have loved and lost, as they still exist in the “spirit space” of our hearts. We live in the “middle of miracles and suffering, with gifts and blessings in front of us.” He recommends reaching out with compassion to anyone who has lost a loved one. Dr. Ken shares one of his favorite exercises from the many ones in his book: how to apologize to someone who we believe we have hurt. There is tremendous power in asking for forgiveness, but it’s also helpful to offer a ‘make up’ action, like taking someone out to lunch. Apologies can re-open relationships and helps both parties heal. To learn more about Dr. Ken Druck and his book, please visit www.kendruck.com
Dr. Karen Lawson and Becky Gorman, PA-C are co-directors of the Health Coaching Program at the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Our guests define integrative health coaching as helping a person looking at all aspects of health and well being, in mind, body and spirit. Aspects of integrative health coaching include allopathic and complementary therapies for overall health. When we obtain medical advice, from both allopathic and holistic providers, it often is content specific, but we often need help with how to implement this guidance. Integrative health coaches help us change our behaviors around our own health and well being. Host Mary Treacy O’Keefe asked our guests for examples of how to help someone with cardiac disease who has been told that there is nothing more medically that can be done. They explained how a health coach can help people learn about how to augment diet, dealing with emotional issues, including how to deal with grief and loss, the impact of illness upon relationships, spirituality, and other aspects of their lives.
For general well being, a health coach can help someone take their health to the next level, learn ways to reduce stress, pain and relax more. Becky Gorman describes what a typical first appointment might be like, enabling her to create an assessment, then work together with the person to create a plan to meet his or her specific need. Health coaching is an umbrella over other aspects of coaching, as it encompasses all aspects of overall heath. Becky and Karen also describe how to find the right health coach with proper credentials. For more information, please visit www.csh.umn.edu
Dr. Kelly Wilson, a recovering addict, psychologist and author of The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance and Committment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse. The title of his book comes from the words of the Serenity Prayer, used by millions of people who have gone through a 12-step program for overcoming addiction. Dr. Wilson first shares aspects of his own experience with addiction. Now, his perspective comes from a unique treatment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Research shows that ACT is a powerful treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, and other issues, and it can be used alone or in combination with any 12-step program. He has used ACT for the past 20 years to treat addiction with compassion, kindness and understanding.
Accepting “what is”, rather than using substances that cause us to say “no” to what we feel and think, is a key part of his program. ACT encourages acceptance, mindfulness and stillness in the midst of the storm. The ACT model for substance abuse is based on basic behavioral science methods that help people recover from addiction. Other topics discussed in this interview include the whether one needs to practice total abstinence, how to avoid relapse and the need for practicing various self-care techniques to conquer addiction. Dr Wilson provides hope that anyone can recover from addiction. For more information please visit www.onelifellc.com and www.actforaddiction.com.
Certified health and life coach and “sugar liberation expert”, Connie Bennett discusses her new book, Beyond Sugar Shock:The Six Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction and get Slimmer, Sexier and Sweeter. Connie begins by discussing her own battle with sugar addiction. Years of heavy consumption of it contributed to 44 different physical and emotional ailments. She was miserable in mind, body, emotions and spirit. After being told she likely would die young, she was motivated eliminate sugar totally from her diet.
Connie explains the initial difficulty of confronting her addiction, yet reassures us that once we get through the first 21 days, cravings are much less than originally felt. She convincingly describes the overall benefits of getting off sugar Her book is about preparing for taking the big step of getting rid of sugary foods, then she offers a holistic plan for healthier eating. She describes the “five stages of sugar bondage” that indicate the levels of sugar addiction people experience. Then she goes on to give specific tips for coping with a sugar-free lifestyle. She also offers a companion course that shares tips and techniques for reducing and hopefully eliminating sugar from their diet.
People who purchase copies of Connie’s book during her book launch week beginning June 4, will receive many free gifts, including ones from host Mary Treacy O’Keefe. For more about Connie and her book, please visit www.beyondsugarshock.com.
This week’s guest, Nell Stephenson, is author of “Paleoista: Gain Energy, Get Lean and Feel Fabulous with the Diet You Were Born to Eat”. As a nutritionist, Nell is committed to teaching people how to eat real foods for good health and weight loss. The Paleo diet is increasing in popularity as a healthy way to eat, more than just a diet. The Paleo diet recommends that we eat the food the ‘cavemen’ ate, including fresh vegetables, wild fish, grass-fed beef and healthy fats. Nell discusses how fruits and vegetables have more fiber than wheat products, which are not recommended on this diet. This is a sustainable food plan that is how are “genetically meant to be eating.” Eating this way leads to optimal health, being fit, and healthy skin.
A “paleoista” eats no refined foods, plans her meals in advance, and only consumes “real food,” which is healthier than supplements. In addition, she recommends taking a fish oil supplement. Protein, vegetables and fruit are recommended at every meal. She ends the interview with sharing tips for keeping kitchens healthy and clean. For more information please visit http://paleoista.com/
Dr. Michael Broder’s new book, Stage Climbing: The Shortest Path to Your Highest Potential, identifies seven distinct stages from which we view our lives. Once you recognize the stage at which you are currently operating in an aspect of life, you can then choose a target stage consistent with the goal you are aspiring to. Dr. Broder discusses his system for getting people to their highest potential in their professional, personal, spiritual and all other aspects of life. In any given moment, we are living in one of seven stages. The seven stages are: Stage One: Infancy and when people are profoundly dependent upon others, Stage Two: Toddlers and living without internalized limits, resulting in undisciplined behaviors. Stage Three: Usual stage for late childhood and adults who are rigid rule abiders. Stage Four is adolescence and when someone has many neurotic and approval-seeking behaviors. Stage Five is the typical for adults, where you are a role juggler and function fairly well. Stages Six and Seven are the target stages that most people aspire to by enabling them to live at their highest potential. Stage Six is the mature adult who operates according to his or her unique internally generated values and passions. Stage Seven is the highest stage attainable when we find fulfillment as the result of our benevolence and unique contribution to others.
Dr.Broder describes how to identify and get rid of the various ‘hooks’ that can cause people to get stuck in the lower stages. Once we get rid of the blocks that prevent us from achieving our highest potential, we can better discover our passions, which often helps us discover our purpose in life. Our passion, fueled by gratitude, helps us attain fulfillment when we reach out in altruistic compassion and love for others. For more information, including how to obtain free gifts (including from host Mary Treacy O’Keefe) when you order Stage Climbing, please visit www.stageclimbing.com or www.drmichaelbroder.com
In her book, The Reluctant Donor, author Suzanne Ruff shares the story of growing up under the shadow of a PKD, Polycystic Kidney Disease, which claimed numerous members of her immediate and extended family. PKD continues to affects 19 members of their family. In this show, Suzanne and her sister Joanne discuss how their family dealt with the threat of a terminal illness that could affect any of them. PKD is the most common life-threatening disease in the country. The disease causes kidneys to fail quickly and there are only two options for treatment: dialysis and kidney transplant. When Joanne collapsed from PKD herself, she was put on dialysis until a donor could be found. Suzanne was the best match for her sister’s kidney transplant, yet she was very resistant to donating her kidney to Joanne. The journey towards eventually agreeing to donate her kidney was filled with life-altering lessons and a deeper realization about the love she has for her sister.
Suzanne and Joanne share a few of the many “God-wink” incidents that seemed meant to be. Suzanne interpreted some of them as being ‘thin place’ signs from her mother and a beloved aunt who both have died. These events were very faith-affirming and helped Suzanne and Joanne cope with the fear and anxiety of living with a life-threatening illness. Suzanne now says “count every day is a blessing and cherish the ones you love.” Both women discuss the impact of their faith as the greatest gift their mother gave them and how their faith was strengthened after what both women went through during the transplant process. Suzanne helps us understand the miracle of organ donation, both from living and deceased organ donors. She tells how she prepared for the surgery by getting into excellent physical shape and this also helped her heal more quickly. She also prayed and elicited the support of friends around the country. Be inspired by this conversation between two loving sisters who shared a transformation experience of kidney donation. For more information, please visit www.thereluctantdonor.com
Paul Batz is seasoned coach, facilitator, business consultant and author of What Really Works: Blending the Seven F’s for a Life That Matters. The 7 Fs for a meaningful life are Family, Family, Friends and Fun Finances, Fitness and Future. Along with his co-author, Tim Schmidt, Paul doesn’t believe in concept of “work-life balance” which so many people struggle with. Rather, the team advocates ‘blending’ various important aspects of our lives, creating an interplay of the 7 Fs. After surveying thousands of individuals about their lives, Paul concludes that “our lives that are most satisfying are when we blend together many of the 7 Fs” in specific activities. He recommends having ‘articulate goals’ for doing this. His research shows that eople are most satisfied with family life and least satisfied with their fitness and finances. A sense of wellbeing is enhanced by gratefulness and when you are grateful for a good financial situation, satisfaction is highest. He shares some of the stories of people who have high satisfaction in the area of the 7 Fs to demonstrate techniques that help people One important tip is “What get scheduled, gets done.” He discusses the role of faith and grace on people’s ability to cope with life’s challenges. Paul also gives advice for fostering meaningful friendships and discusses the difference between male and female friendships. For more information, please visit www.paulbatz.com and www.whatreallyworks.com.
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This week’s guest is Edith Namm, a inspiring 86 year-old counselor, handwriting analyst, author and survivor of thyroid, breast, colon and liver cancer. We discuss the latest of her eight books, Change to a Positive Mindset and Extend Your Lifeline: A Journey to Miles of Smiles, Positive Energy Power, Hope, Health and Happiness. An increasing body of evidence supports the concept that we think affects what we believe, what we believe affects our attitudes, our attitudes affect how we act and how we act influences our relationships with others. Our words have the power to generate both positive and negative energy concerning our beliefs, attitudes, and actions. Edith discusses some of the 11 ways to increase our “Positive Energy Power” (PEP) by focusing on positive thoughts and actions.
Host Mary Treacy O’Keefe was inspired and motivated by Edith’s amazing attitude towards life, which enabled her to discover many positive aspects of surviving her various cancer diagnoses. Despite healthy living, Edith overcame the genetics within her family, many of whom died from cancer. Using her expertise in handwriting analysis, Edith discovered how our handwriting can reveal many things about ourselves. Handwriting is ‘brain-writing’ whereby our brain retrieves information and express our emotions through every message we write in longhand. Thus, it can become a way to get in touch with inner feelings like anger, sadness, depression. By expressing both positive and negative feeling through handwriting, people can improve how they feel when they write about happy, healthy thoughts. For example, when you eliminate ‘No, Not, and Never” from messages and replace them with “yes, yes, yes!” you switch from negative to positive energy. It’s helpful to write a letter expressing why you are upset, to get those feelings “out of your system” then tear it up. It’s also important to express our appreciation for others and ourselves in written notes.
She also discusses the power of the foods we eat and to become aware of when negative emotions manifest themselves in poor food choices. Edith’s mission to help people become aware of the impact of their choices and the consequences of emotional stress.
At the end of the interview, Edith shares a ‘meant to be’ story about how her initial cancer diagnosis resulted in her retirement from counseling and propelled her interest in graphology. She is grateful for what’s she has learned about how writing positive messages can enable us to live longer and more fully. For more information, please visit www.share-a-smile-ambassadors.com and www.enamm.com.
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