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N.B.  FREE OFFER  FOR CANCER AND/OR RADIO LISTENER: Cherie offered the following scholarship and a partial scholarship for another listener for her next retreat. She said: I’m so very impressed with your story. I applaud you and your life of service. What I can do for your followers is to offer a scholarship to someone who really needs to cleanse their body at our juice & raw foods retreat. Many people have been healed when they have...

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Our Founder

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Carl O Helvie, R.N., Dr.P.H. is a registered nurse with a doctorate in Public Health (Johns Hopkins) and over sixty years’ experience as a nurse practitioner, educator, author and researcher. He has published eight books and chapters in four additional ones, and published 40 articles, presented over 55 research papers internationally and 60 papers for lay groups. Some of his books resulted from his development and over 35 years refinement of...

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Faith, Prayer and Cancer Research

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In 1987, Soderstrom and Martison studied the coping strategies of cancer patients and found the most common coping strategy was praying alone or with others, and having others pray for them. In a related study in 1994, Cayse studied stressors and coping strategies of fathers of cancer patients and found that of 29 separate potential strategies, prayer was both the most common and most helpful for men. In 1998, Ferrell et al, studied a random...

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Optimism and Cancer Research

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In 1993, Carver et al studied how coping mediates the effect of optimism on distress. Fifty nine breast cancer patients were studied and reported on their overall optimism about life and recent coping responses and distress levels at the following times; at diagnosis, 1 day presurgery, 10 days postsurgery, and at 3-, 6-, and 12-mo follow-ups.  Results showed that optimism related inversely to distress at each point, even controlling for prior...

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Meditation and Cancer Research

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In the 1970’s Ainslie Meares published a series of studies about cancer patients being treated with meditation with evidence of regression of tumors in some patients while not having had any orthodox treatment that could have affected the outcome. These included a woman with breast cancer (1976), a man with ontogenetic sarcoma (1978), two patients with Hodgkin’s disease (1978, and a patient with carcinoma of the rectum (1979). Additional...

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Visualization Guided Imagery and Cancer Research

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In 1999, Walker et al studied the influence of visualization and relaxation on cancer patients receiving chemotherapy to see if they would improve the quality of life and the treatment responses. Ninety-six women with newly diagnosed advanced breast cancer took part in a prospective, randomized controlled trial where they were randomly placed in a control group (standard care) or experimental group (standard care plus relaxation training and...

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Music Therapy (Sound) and Cancer Research

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In 2015 the American Cancer Association on their website stated there is some evidence that, when used with conventional treatment, music therapy can help reduce pain and relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. It may also relieve stress, improve coping and mood, and provide an overall sense of well-being. In addition, some studies have found that music therapy can lower heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing...

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Are people who feel gratitude more satisfied in life?

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A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences concluded that people who are materialistic tend to be depressed and unsatisfied, in part because they find it harder to feel gratitude for what they have. They say materialism tends to be “me-centered” and focuses upon what one does not have and impairs the ability to be grateful for what one does have. On the other hand, gratitude is a positive mood and about helping...

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Research on Spirituality, Religion and Health

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A new study published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality concluded that religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health. The researchers are trying to understand religion, spirituality and health and developed a theoretical model to define spirituality and religion. They say religiousness included formal religious affiliation and service attendance and is associated with better health habits, such as lower...

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Can a Sense of Meaning and Purpose Extend Life and Overcome Illness?

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A new study published in Lancet of 9,050 people with an average age of 65 found that the people with the greatest well-being were 30% less likely to die during the eight and a half year follow-up period than those with less well being. Questionnaires were used to measure a type of well being called “eudemonic well being” which relates to a sense of control, feeling that what you do is worthwhile, and a sense of purpose. People were placed into...

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Can a Sense of Purpose Increase your Life Span?

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A new study published in Psychological Science concluded if you feel you have a sense of purpose in life it helps you to live longer, no matter what age you are. The researchers said “Our findings point to the fact that finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what you want to achieve can help you actually live longer, regardless of when you find your purpose.” Although previous studies have suggested that finding a...

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Can You Preserve Muscle Strength with Thoughts through Mind Body Connection?

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Loss of strength can be a part of any illness but especially cancer. A new study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology concluded that regular imagery exercises help preserve arm strength during 4 weeks of immobilization such as happens when a patient is in a cast. In the study researchers measured wrist flexor strength in 3 groups of healthy adults. Twenty-nine people wore a rigid cast extending from just below the elbow past the fingers...

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