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Good News For A Change!

Fewer Teens Smoking and New Cancer Research!

I check the health news each week and I have to say that sometimes it's quite depressing. More young people dying from opioid overdoses, another mosquito borne illness detected, cancer spreading and spreading...

BUT, this week, there were two good news stories that I want to share with you!

The first is that according to the CDC, fewer teens and adolescents smoked either real cigarettes or "vapes" in 2016. In fact, this is the first time that number has dropped since they’ve been keeping records! “The decline in use of tobacco products was primarily driven by a drop in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students from 3 million in 2015 to just under 2.2 million in 2016,” the CDC report says. After so many years of increased teen smoking, this is indeed good news. And how did it happen, you may ask? Well, the theory of both the CDC and anti-smoking groups is that a combination of tobacco restrictions, advertising and taxes has helped reduce smoking rates. Personally, I don’t care what methods they use, as long as it keeps working! Wouldn’t it be great to see cigarette use stop completely in our lifetimes?

The second, “good news,” report is regarding cancer metastasis. Most of the time, people don’t die from that tumor in their breast, or spot on their back, but from the spread of those cancer cells to other parts of the body. Metastasis is that spread, and 90% of cancer deaths are caused when cancer metastasizes.

Hasini Jayatilaka was a student at Johns Hopkins a few years ago who discovered that when the cancer cells she was studying became too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading. She, along with a team of scientists from Johns Hopkins, have spent seven years studying this process, with a three dimensional model that mimics human tissue, rather than cells in a petri dish. Very cutting edge technology! Now, they have discovered the biochemical mechanism that tells the cancer cells to break off from the primary tumor and spread throughout the body (metastasis).

Even better news is that the team found two existing, FDA-approved drugs that slow metastasis significantly. That means a quicker approval for use with humans! So far, the results with mice have been marvelous.

Anything that can change the high numbers of our family members and friends who are dying from all types of cancer is not just good news, it’s GREAT news! Way to go Hasini!

Best of Health,



Can Your Mind Really Heal Your Body?

I'm sure you've heard things said before like, "mind over body" or, "your mind can heal anything," but do you ever think to yourself, "that's easier said than done!" After all, if you're like most people, you don't have time to sit around like a Buddist Monk, meditating for hours a day, focusing on healing your body. So how exactly do you apply it to your life?

Well, I want to share a video with you today that will reveal some startling research on just how powerful the mind is over the body. This video will also introduce a grounded, everyday technique that you can use to help your mind keep your body healthy.

It's a video of Dr. Lissa Rankin, M.D., a traditionally trained medical doctor who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection, and Nick Ortner, producer of the upcoming 9th annual Tapping World Summit, to discuss her findings in her book, “Mind Over Medicine,” and the implications they have for all of us, both the "seemingly" healthy, and those with health challenges. If you’ve been receiving my newsletter for a while, you may remember Dr. Lissa from my telesummit on healing chronic pain a few years back. This video is being released in the lead up to the 9th Annual Tapping World Summit. They have some very interesting dialogue where Dr. Lissa shares her latest research, and her perspective on what is happening in the mind and body when people are doing EFT Tapping. I’ve talked about EFT before, in my newsletter, and you know that I highly recommend using it on a regular basis.

Tapping, most commonly known as EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a type of energy psychology that combines eastern medicine and modern psychology. It is extremely effective with both physical issues (back pain, headaches, etc.) and emotional issues.

Here’s what you’ll get from today’s video with Lissa and Nick:

- You'll hear about what Dr. Lissa has learned from studying over 3,500 cases of "spontaneous remission" and what the research both tells us, and isn't telling us, about why people get sick or healthy.

- You'll discover the nine common characteristics that people with "spontaneous remission" have, and why they're critical to know for both sick people and healthy people.

- You'll learn about the only two modes that our nervous system can be in, and how in one of them, our bodies’ self-repair mechanism literally shuts down! And the scary part is that most people tend to get stuck in this shut down mode (she'll explain why and how you can get out of it).

- You'll hear about why some of her supposedly "healthiest" clients (exercising, eating well, meditating, etc) were getting sick and the big "aha" moment she had about what was causing it all.

- Near the end Dr. Lissa will blow your mind by redefining what "placebo" actually is and how most scientific studies are not digging deep enough into what is going on with the mind and body.

Watch this video HERE, I know you'll love it!

Best of Health,


World Tapping Summit PreviewVideo

Goals, Resolutions or Intentions?

YogavilleThis is the time of year when we look at our goals from last year, see how we did, make new ones for the new year, and then formulate a plan for making it all happen. I'm very glad to have this process, especially this year. Last week I thought I hadn't done very well on my goals for 2015 and I was feeling a bit down in the mouth about it (yes, I am not always Pollyanna). But when I pulled them out and compared, I had met or exceeded most of those goals and only failed meet two of them! That brought the smile back to my face. I usually set business goals as well as health, relationship, and personal goals each year; a few in each category, to keep learning and evolving. 

I have an accountability partner and we go over our goals with each other at the beginning of the year and check in again at the end of each quarter. In 2015, we did something a bit different. We set intentions and then made our goals encompass these intentions. This was something suggested by Deepak Chopra. His four suggested mantras for those intentions were:

  • I have a joyful, energetic body.
  • I have a loving, compassionate heart.
  • I have a restful, alert mind.
  • I have lightness of being. 

These worked out pretty well, because a joyful energetic body is one that gets enough exercise, proper nutrition and sleep. A loving compassionate heart takes care of self and others. An alert mind is active and constantly learning, and all of these make for a lightness of being.

So, perhaps instead of making resolutions this year, you can set these four intentions for yourself. Write them down on a 3x5 card and keep them where you'll see them each day, to remind yourself. Then let me know at the end of 2016 how much better you feel! 

Best of Health,


What is an Accountability Partner?

One of the things I recommend in my coaching programs is having an accountability partner. So far, no one I have mentioned this to has any idea what this is, but everyone who has tried this system, loves it!

An accountability partner is a friend, coworker, or relative (not a spouse) who also wants to work on a specific goal or goals. For instance, your cousin Sharon may want to lose ten pounds and you have been desperately trying to get a book written.

The two of you decide that you want to help each other along these paths, so you set your goals and share them with each other. Then you agree to talk regularly (in person, telephone, SKYPE), holding each other accountable for meeting deadlines and completing the steps necessary to make progress toward accomplishing your goals.

You agree to call each other every day, or every other day, to make sure you are each following through on your planned action steps. Each day you plan at least three steps to take toward meeting your goals, share those with each other, and report on those you set the day before. Set a time limit for the call - about five minutes each is typical. Knowing that you'll be reporting the results to someone provides a tremendous amount of incentive to complete your stated tasks. You'll be amazed at what you'll do to avoid having to tell your partner that you did not take action!

It's important to decide ahead of time HOW you want to be held accountable. For example, my own accountability partner will ask me why I think it was that I avoided taking the action I'd set as a goal the day before. Then we have a short discussion on the fears or interruptions that prevented me from moving forward, and how to best avoid them in the future. I do the same for her.

An accountability partner can make suggestions, share ideas, contacts, information, books they may have read on the subject, etc.

Accountability partners can also provide enthusiasm when your own is waning due to set backs or unforeseen obstacles. The key to a successful accountability partnership is finding someone who is as excited about reaching their goals as you are and is committed to helping you reach them.

Heal Yourself With EFT!

Do you believe you have the ability to improve your life?Do you actually think things can be better for you, or are you just hoping they will be? Does your wellness toolbox include EFT? Would you like it to?

I have talked about EFT (tapping) before, especially about how it is helping thousands of returning vets reduce their PTSD. I use tapping both personally and in my coaching, and I know it works. It works whether you are skeptical or not.

The good news is that it’s almost time for the annual World Tapping Summit! It’s a no cost event where you can learn how EFT has helped others and how you can use it for your own health and well being.

Last year for my telesummit on Natural Options for Healing Chronic Pain, I interviewed Dr. Lissa Rankin, author of “Mind Over Medicine”. She is great at explaining how EFT works physiologically, and Nick Ortner, producer of the World Tapping Summit, has just released a video interview with Lissa that is wonderful. Check it out HERE and let me know what you think!

Best of Health,


Do You Have Emotional Freedom?

What does the phrase "Emotional Freedom" mean to you? Have you ever thought about it? Just for a moment, close your eyes and see yesterday's routine. See yourself waking in the morning, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast, dressing, going off to work, etc. As you walk through your day, notice when your emotions took control of a situation. Did you get angry when that driver cut you off during rush hour traffic? Did your boss or coworkers do anything to irritate you? How about customers if you are in sales or own your own business? The customer is not always right...

Odds are there are times in any given day when you are not the calm, cheerful self you would like to be. Sometimes it's just a minor irritation, and others are full blown tirades or crying jags. You are not alone. As humans, we are emotional beings. This does not mean we have to let our emotions spoil a good day or cause us more stress, however. There is a tool that can help you reduce a strong emotion, from a 10, down to a mere 2, or even all the way down to zero. And - BONUS - this tool is easy to learn and can be done anywhere!

It's called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or "Tapping," and I can teach you how to use this simple tool to curb food cravings, stop smoking and much more.

STOP living the life you don't want. Click here to finally live the life you really want right now! 

Best of Health,