Category Archive: Hope

Book Launch For Meant-to-Be Moments on Nov. 18, 2014 in St. Paul, MN

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Please join me at the book launch for Meant-to-Be Moments: Discovering  What We are Called to Do and Be, at 7pm, November 18, 2014 at Assumption Church, lower level, 51 W. 7th St. W, St. Paul, MN.

Here’s a story that opens my book, about the first time I experienced a meant-to-be moment in my own life:

“Get out of the car,” a voice inside me whispered one cold Minnesota evening as my boyfriend and I sat talking in his car in front of my parents’ home. Not wanting to explain to Dan (now my husband of more than forty years) that I was hearing voices, I ignored it. But when that voice became an urgent command, “Get out of the car, NOW!” I obeyed. Moments after my perplexed date and I were safely inside the house, a drunk driver smashed into Dan’s car and sent it careening into the neighbor’s yard.

There was an explanation for the accident: the driver drank too much, lost control of his car, and drove headlong into ours. Yet the voice I heard seemed meant to be: it saved our lives. But where had the voice come from? Had it been luck? My overactive imagination? Or was it the “still, small voice” that Scripture says comes from God? (1 Kings 19:12 KJV)

Since that long-ago incident and others like it, I’ve wondered: Are some experiences meant to be? Does God really call us to be a certain way and do certain things? Is there really a Divine master plan? And if so, what is our role in the plan?


My second book, Meant-to-Be Moments:Discovering What We are Called to Do and Be contains fifty-five inspiring and hope-filled stories along a four-part process for finding meaning within your own meant-to-be moments. If you are in or near the Twin Cities, I hope to see you tomorrow night! If not, the book is now available on and  Watch for more news about the Amazon book launch, with prizes, to be held on Dec. 10.  And please continue to email me at, with any meant-to-be stories to be considered for publication in my next book! Thank you!

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Hope, Healing and WellBeing Show– You are Worth It with Louise Griffith

Louise Griffith, MA, LP, is a dynamic and passionate speaker and greatness coach whose message is filled with life-changing concepts and insights.  Drawing on her experience as a licensed psychologist, author and educator, Louise offers thought-provoking direction and guidance.  She is also a certified facilitator for the Og Mandino Success System™ and Managing Your SIX Advisors™. Louise helps individuals find, understand and use their gifts and strengths.

Louise begins our conversation by discussing the title of her book,You Are Worth It: 52 Weeks to Honoring, Loving and Nurturing Your Soul, including how important it is for all of us to feel like we are “worth it” both personally and professionally.  Her beautiful book offers a weekly topics for reflection and include an inspiring quote, questions to ponder, affirmations and next steps.

For example, in Week 3 Louise invites us to “Choose Your Story” and reframe the often-shaming words we hear internally, ones that are often hurtful messages we’ve heard in the past. These messages can cause us to “play small” and are not living-giving. As she says, “If your story isn’t making you feel worth it, then choose a new story so you can live the life you could be living.”  Louise also discusses how “Wisdom is to the soul as health is to the body” so we need to  honor our wisdom!  She encourages us to listen to our inner voice by pausing and heeding our intuition. Fear often disconnects us from our wisdom.

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Hope, Healing and WellBeing Show– The Relationship between Positive Thinking and Hope

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This week’s show is a continuation of a conversation with Dr. Swarj Kaur, this time as a discussion of hope and positive thinking. Dr. Swaraj Kaur, Ph.D., CEO and President of Dr. Kaur’s Wellness Solutions, is a certified holistic practitioner with over 25 years of experience as scientist and entrepreneur. With doctorates in biochemistry and naturopathy, she has published and presented her work in various scientific communities, including national and international symposiums

She begins by defining what “hope” means to her: “Hope is when you are looking from your heart for something, versus expectation.” When we have hope, we look for something better. When someone is sick, his or her mind tends to get analytical and focus on what’s wrong. But hope brings positive energy, enabling us to discover that “everything has a solution,” and be open to new things that are always coming our way. Everything around us has consciousness so when we send out positive vibrations, including hope, then we are sending those vibrations to whole universe, which returns that positive energy back to us and strengthens our thought process.

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CALLING ALL CANCER SURVIVORS AND THEIR LOVED ONES!  If you live near the Twin Cities, MN, please join us to celebrate National Cancer Survivors on June 1 at the Hope in Motion 5K Walk/Run!   This event will also provide funding to support Well Within, a nonprofit holistic center in Woodbury MN. To participate or donate to Well Within, please visit, Hope in MotionPlease check the box to direct your donations to Well Within and/or join our team. If you can’t attend and would like to help cancer survivors and Well Within, we welcome donations via my personal fundraising page:


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Hope, Healing and WellBeing Show – Spirituality, Health and Well-Being with Dr. Swaraj Kaur

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Dr. Swaraj Kaur, Ph.D., CEO and President of Dr. Kaur’s Wellness Solutions, is a certified holistic practitioner with over 25 years of experience as scientist and entrepreneur. With doctorates in biochemistry and naturopathy, she has published and presented her work in various scientific communities, including national and international symposiums.

Dr. Kaur has found that spirituality is not learned but comes from within and is beyond logic.When one is faced with health issues, spiritual questions about finding meaning become even more important. She distinguishes between health, as referring to the condition of the body and wellness which is a “complete presentation when there is alignment between the body and mind.” Thus, it’s possible to be physically healthy but if we are not mentally healthy, then one is still not well.

When the body is not healthy, people often are compelled to seek why something is happening to them. Once they get more connected to themselves, there is more guidance available from within. We get messages from our body but we are often too busy to listen to them until something happens to capture our attention.

As we become more self-aware and connected to ourselves and our Higher Power, helping others is a wonderful way to deal with pain. “What we sow, so we reap”. If we do good for others, it comes back to us. Altruism is healing. Prayer is important especially when it’s open-ended discussion with God, a connection of devotion, love and acceptance of ourselves. Those who feel as if they have contributed to the greater good of the universe have an easier time letting go when our time on earth is up. Dr. Kaur suggests taking one to two minutes every morning to breath deeply and enjoy and be thankful for each breath, and to ask for guidance for the day. In the evening, be thankful for the guidance you are given and for the day itself.
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Using Integrative Interventions with Lung Cancer: An Interview with Dr. Carl Helvie by Francine Silverman

I’m delighted to welcome Francine Silverman as a guest blogger.

Below is her interview with Dr. Carl O. Helvie about his book, You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative /Integrative Interventions

Dr. Carl O. Helvie holds an M.P.H. and Dr. P.H. from John Hopkins University and has 58 years’ experience as a nurse practitioner, educator and researcher. The author of seven books, he is host of the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio. Thirty-eight years ago, he developed lung cancer and was given six months to live by a conventional physician. He is now among the longest living survivors of lung cancer.

His latest book is You Can Beat Lung Cancer: Using Alternative /Integrative Interventions 

Q – How devastating is lung cancer in the United States?

A  – Lung Cancer kills more people in the U.S. than any other type of cancer-more than breast, prostate and colon all together-the success rate for chemo and surgery for lung cancer is very low – around 2% survival for 5 years for stage 4.  So I wanted the public to know about alternative non-tonic ways to deal with it if needed

Q – Why did you write this book You Can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions?  

A – A search of the Internet showed most people surviving with lung cancer were excited with 10 to 12 years. One woman, Anne Gambles, said her grandfather died in 2010 after surviving lung cancer for 40 years, and another who was identified as the longest survivor died in England in 2010 after 38 years. A cancer survivor site asked who was the longest survivor and the longest was 20 years.

Q – Lung cancer has few symptoms before it becomes advanced and difficult to treat. Why did you seek medical attention? 

A – I had a dream that told me to go for a chest x-ray. I have learned to pay attention to my dreams and believe that is one-way God speaks with me—through dreams, intuition, and other people. But can you imagine asking your traditional doctor for a referral for an x-ray when you don’t have symptoms.

My doctor called and said they found a spot on my lungs that had not been there on previous x-rays and they wanted to admit me to the hospital for further testing. After additional x-rays, lab and a biopsy they confirmed that it was lung cancer.

Q  – What happened after you saw the doctor?

A  – My doctor gave me 6 months to live without surgery/chemo and I decided if I only had a short time to live I was going to be comfortable during that period. Alternative natural interventions offered me that opportunity. A friend made herself available at all times as a support and also told me of a physician who had successfully treated others with cancer in the northern part of the state where I live.

Q – How did your family and nursing/medical colleagues react to your decision?

A – The response of my mother who I knew loved me very much was “Why don’t you do what the doctor wants and have surgery and then do the other things.” My colleagues avoided talking about my decision and often avoided me completely.

Q – What was your medical regime?

A -The alternative doctor I visited had worked for the National Cancer Institute until the drug companies closed him down. He had had so much success with laetrile or vitamin B 17 that he continued using it under the table-so I had to sign forms that I would not disclose my treatment. He confirmed that it was lung cancer and in addition to laetrile, I used supplements, vitamins and minerals, enzymes including digestive and pancreatic, a special diet of 75% raw fruit and vegetables with some additional vegetables and fruit, grains, and nuts (except peanuts-a high source of protein. No protein, dairy or simple sugar was allowed.

In addition, I added prayer, church prayer lists, meditation, affirmations, visualization, continuing my service to others, walking and exercise and continued working as a University Professor. I also quit smoking, checked my house for radon and did other appropriate interventions. Eventually I added political action to my interventions because I believe holism requires attention to physical, mental, spiritual, relationships, the environment, and politics.

Q – Were there side effects that interfered with your daily life?

A – No, unlike chemo where there is nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, loss of appetite, hair loss and other side effects, I had no effects and continued all of my usual daily activities with no problems.

Q -What was the outcome of your interventions?

A  – There were two outcomes of my interventions 1) was the actual resolution of the lung cancer. I continued my interventions and saw my primary physician every three months but did not tell him I was doing anything. He thought we were in a wait and see mode. The alternative physician did not ask me to return and I did not. After 2 years my primary doctor told me the spot was gone and he thought he had made a wrong diagnoses. At that time, a physician friend who had taught at a large well known medical school in another state and who now was medical director of Blue Cross/Blue Shield in that state wanted to see the biopsy, x-rays and all other reports and confirmed that it had been lung cancer.

The second outcome of my interventions was good health for the next 36 years to age 80 as a result of continuing many of the same interventions, as appropriate, and adding to them as knowledge evolved. Although the average for a 75 year old is 3 chronic illnesses and 5 prescribed medications I am now 81 with no chronic illnesses and no prescribed medications

Q – What are some outcomes of alternative interventions by medical contributors in your book?

A – Dr James Forsythe has researched Paw Paw and then Poly MVA with stage 4 cancer patients. He had 28% 3 year survival for the first group and 30% 6 year survival for the second group. Then he developed the Forsythe formula adding some homeopathic plant based substances and has had 46% 5 year survival for all cancers and 39%  5 year survival for lung cancer patients. This is compared to 2% to 5% survival for stage 4 cancer patients using contemporary cancer treatment. Dr Forsythe discusses his treatments in my book.

Dr Francisco Contreras used High Dose IV vitamin C (breaks down into H2O2 when interacting with liquid around cancer cells but now around normal cells. Also Ozone Therapy.  Selenium, Silymarin, Green Tea Extract, Melatonin, and others.  Uses Stage 4 patients. Dr Contreras survival percentages vs contemporary survival at 1 year:82% vs 20%; 2 years  50% vs 6$;  3 years 27% vs 3%l 4 years 23% vs 2%, and 4 years 9% vs 1.9%.

Q – If alternative/integrative interventions are so successful, why are they not used by mainstream conventional medicine?

A – Cancer treatment is a multimillion dollar industry in which drug companies make lots of money, hospitals have wings donated, the American Cancer Society stays in existence, there is lots of research money available, doctors make money and on and on. So there is not much incentive to disturb the status quo and find a cure.  Alternative doctors have offered successful treatments for over 80 years but when one practitioner gets too successful the anti quack law is pulled out and there are attempts to put them out of business. Many such cases are documented.

Q – You say more people are moving toward alternative/integrative treatments for cancer. Why is that?

A – Contemporary medicine has gotten too expensive, people are finding it is not very effective, many do not have access to health care, there are more naturopathic and homeopathic doctors than previously, more people are surviving using alternative treatments, more books and other educational resources about alternatives to contemporary cancer care are available, more research on natural alternative treatments is available, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the federal government carries out research and offers legitimacy to the movement.

Q – You are 80 years old and have no chronic illnesses or prescribed medications. What have you done to prevent a recurrence of cancer and to maintain your good health?

A – I have continued much of my holistic approach used when I had cancer. I continue all of the mental and spiritual activities of prayer, meditation, affirmations, visualization, strengthening faith, patience and other spiritual activities, service to others, replacing all negative thoughts and feeling with positive ones and other similar activities. . I continue to walk and exercise daily, to eat primarily fruit and vegetables with a raw salad one meal a day. I have added chicken or seafood one meal daily and a protein drink or beans or cheese the others. I now mainly eat organic, or locally grown when I know the practices of the farmer.  I never eat beef and rarely eat pork. I drink filtered water and I take a variety of supplements that research shows keeps one healthy.

I avoid drugs prescribed by medicine and find natural ways to deal with minor problems that arise. I use all the resources that God provides including medical Intuitives and Psychics to maintain my health. I also talk with angels and others in other realms that offer guidance on staying well.

I also keep busy helping others.  My activities include working on my radio show on holistic health, marketing my latest book on lung cancer on television, radio, or magazine, acting as a resource to cancer patients who contact me, working on my Foundation for Holistic Cancer, writing a monthly newsletter, .and reviewing the latest research on natural interventions weekly. I am thankful to God for the opportunity to learn and serve my fellow man.

Dr. Helvie was interviewed by Francine Silverman, editor of Book Promotion Newsletter, an on-line publicist, compiler of 16 ebooks of talk radio shows and host of a weekly
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