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Cardinal Points is where we help to take back our personal power and fulfill our life's purpose. Every person on earth has the right to vibrant and dynamic health, deep meaningful relationships, and abundant wealth. Our vision is to bring our listeners the knowledge that will initiate this change. We will shake the foundation of conventional thinking and you will learn how to use your own mind to create the life you dream about. Remember your truth is within you. Now it’s up to you to seek it and live it.

During this critical and challenging time in our planet’s evolution we are ripe for change. It is time to take 100% responsibility and control of our lives. We must strip away our armor and face the dark, fearful places in ourselves that dampens our light. It is crucial that we shed our old layers and wake up. This will allow us to powerfully transform our lives and reach our full potential. This new paradigm shift into a higher level of consciousness will empower us to reclaim our true destiny. One of love not fear, from the heart and soul not the ego.

Ed Cardinal, Holistic healer, has spent many years exploring his inner realms allowing him to know himself on an intimate level. Ed, as well as his many guests, will share their personal life experiences and expertise that will give you the practical tools needed to guide you on your journey to wholeness. The time is right, the time is now. Take action and fulfill your dreams along with Cardinal Points as we help you discover your inner sustainability.

From Rolfing to Lomilomi

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Cardinal Points welcomes Simone Lukas-Jogl and Karen Reifinger to our show. Simone is a Rolfer and Karen a Lomilomi practitioner. Simone's lifelong connection to dancing and the injuries she experienced as a result eventually led her to the healing bodywork of Rolfing. It was her boyfriend at the time, who is now her husband, that recommended Rolfing. Simone found after a Rolfing series that her body had "balance, that real quick speed when you  turn" available to her while dancing. She also credits the combination of Rolfing and Homeopathy for curing her asthma she had since the age of 5 years old. Simone then informs us about the founder of Rolfing, Ida Rolf. Her approach was well before it's time. Ida addressed the connective tissue of the body, namely fascia. She also had a holistic approach to working with the body. Simone explains that Rolfing, sometimes referred to as Structural Integration, helps bring the body back into balance and proper alignment. "My goal as a Rolfer is to use my hands to work with the soft tissue of the body in such a way that you can stand up straight without making the extra effort." Simone's assessment of her clients begins with a conversation to gather information and then leads to observation of their body in standing and during various movements. "I look at how the body moves in a very detailed way." She also gathers valuable information regarding her clients bodies while using her touch. Simone then describes fascia and it's significance. "The fascia is really literally everywhere and it gives your body the shape, the form." Simone states that when receiving a Rolfing session it should not hurt and "people of all ages can benefit." Emotional patterns can get stuck in   in our body's and be released through receiving Rolfing.

We now shift gears as Karen educates us about the ancient healing art of Hawaiian Lomilomi. It was her own powerful experience when receiving Lomilomi in 1998 that led her in the direction of learning this healing art. Reverence and intention are major aspects of Lomilomi. It has been referenced as "praying work." "Looking at the body as sacred, as divine. The body is the temple." Originally Lomilomi was used as a rite of passage to womanhood and manhood. Each family and Hawaiian Island had different styles of Lomilomi that they practiced. Lomilomi works with the kinetic energy of the body. "We look at the body as more than muscles and bones. We're more than a physical body. We're mind, body and soul." Temple style Lomilomi is what Karen practices which includes the use of her forearms in long flowing motions like a ocean wave continually around the body. "It becomes a dance, a constant movement around the body." This movement allows the recipient to sink into a meditative state. Lomilomi is an experience. The goal being to bring the person into balance. Karen explains that as a Lomi practitioner it is important that she takes care of her own body through good nutrition, movement and exercise. Prayer and meditation are also essential.

Guests Bios:

A Rolfer since 1998, Simone Lukas-Jogl provides Rolfing Structural Integration, movement education, visceral manipulation and alternative physical therapy for chronic pain relief. Simone was born in Austria. She got involved in dance at 3 1/2  years old. She attended the Rolf Institute and became a certified Rolfer in 1998. Simone first opened a practice in Austria and then moved to New York city with her husband. In 2004 she had a baby daughter named Anneken and a half a year later her and her husband moved to Providence where her husband got a position at Brown University. Three years later, her second daughter Skye was born. At this point, Simone is homeschooling them both, and pursuing her Rolfing practice mostly during weekends and evenings.

Karen is a practitioner and educator in the field of Hawaiian healing, spiritual and personal development. After personally experiencing the transformational effects of Lomilomi (Hawaiian bodywork) around 1998, she pursued the sacred healing practices of Hawaii to understand the profound nature of healing and ways to share the essence of true healing with others.

As founder and director of Hunamua Wellness in eastern Pennsylvania, Karen offers individual sessions, consultations and workshops to restore integrity and harmony to mind, body, soul and spirit. She holds training programs and retreats in the United States.


Holistic Eye Care

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Cardinal Points welcomes holistic Optometrist Dr. Brian Mann to our show.

The eyes are the window to our health, "Let me be the gatekeeper to your personal journey of health." His exams are holistic and very comprehensive. "The eyes are our most dominant sense." In his clinical assessment of his patients he always looks at the eye health, eye tracking, eye alignment, the processing ability of the eyes, divergence, convergence, coordination, and acuity.

Dr. Mann then educates us about the anatomy of the eye. He informs us that when looking at his patient's eyes he can tell if they have good or poor nutritional habits. We then learn that iridology is the study of the iris and that the lens of the eye represents the metabolism of the whole body. Dr. Mann has learned that the combination of sugar and carbohydrates also polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids in a person's diet has a detrimental effect on the eye lens that translates to the body.

Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants are good for the eye sight. Dr. Mann has learned a lot from Ray Peat when it comes to nutrition for the eyes. "He likes root vegetables more than above ground vegetables." 

Stress can also be reflected in the physiology of the eyes. Dr. Mann states that most children with learning difficulties, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia and Autism have visual challenges. He uses corrective lenses, vision therapy and movement therapist to help these children. Dr. Mann prescribes Yoga for the eyes which strengthens the  ciliary muscle of the eyes improving vision and preventing vision loss. He recommends "flipper" exercises to help strengthen the ciliary muscle a prevent presbyopia, diminished ability to focus on near objects. Dr. Mann also suggests we experiment with the Bates Method to relax the eyes and improve our vision and the health of our eyes.

Another resource he recommends is Vision Gym by Z-Health. We learn that the basic vision skills are: eye movements, convergence, accommodation, fixation and coordination. Dr. Mann then educates us about glaucoma and how there is a connection to this disease and liver toxicity or sluggishness. Dr. Mann's interest in a holistic approach to life and eye care actually began with his exposure to composting. "We have to be a full circle of life." "I love what  I do. I've become a master of what I do."

Guests Bios:

Dr Brian Mann is a committed life-long learner, pursuing knowledge in vision care, health, nutrition, fitness and world affairs. He was born and educated in South Africa, and practiced Optometry in his home country until moving to the United States in 1987. He graduated from the New England College of Optometry in Boston and has practiced in Connecticut since 1989. In addition to his general clinical training in evaluating overall eye health, refraction and fitting contact lenses, Dr. Mann has had extensive training in Preventative vision care, the diagnosis and treatment of learning related vision problems, and neuro-optometric conditions. Dr. Mann enjoys providing vision care to the full age range of pediatric to geriatric patients, and is experienced in assessing and treating patients with conditions including but not limited to: routine eye care, blurred or uncomfortable vision, headaches, reading issues, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, strabismus, amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, TBI, post stroke, Sensory processing disorders, and Sports Vision skill training requirements.

His holistic philosophy to vision care, includes the influence of nutrition, exercise and environmental factors.


Believe in Your Dreams

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The Biology of Belief

The real challenge for the individual is to practice evolution, to learn the lessons of the old stories so we not longer need to repeat them, and to remind ourselves that the critical mass of humanity involved with this evolution will change the world from the inside out. We are living in a positive future, practicing Heaven, and designing a bridge across which the whole of humanity will walk. This is our love story-a universal love story: you, me, everyone, and every living organism too.

Cardinal Points welcomes artist Rob Surette, who describes himself as "Just a creative guy who wants to make a difference in the world." He has a really good imagination, "it's like a well trained muscle," and a good intention from his heart. "Basically my heart and soul are in the right place."  When Rob performs his school assemblies he gives the children "a show with amazing content that can reach their hearts." With caring humility his intention is to give them something that can really make a difference in their lives. "My intent is to fill up the emptiness that kids have inside." "It's believing in yourself, it's loving yourself, it's accepting yourself, it's forgiving yourself, it's finding power in yourself." Rob believes we need to align with the God energy within us. He will ask God for help frequently and encourages us all to do the same. Rob shares how he used his imagination to create and orchestrate how his meeting with the actor who plays Big Bird on Sesame Street would transpire. This encounter occurred exactly how he imagined it would. Rob recommends that we "squeeze" as much joy and love out of all that we do throughout our day. This will allow "the energy around you to change." We then discuss how our thoughts and feelings can impact our physical health. A quote from the book The Biology of Belief  supports this notion. "Thoughts, the minds energy, directly influences how the physical brain controls the body's physiology." Rob's own health challenge has enabled him to gain insights about himself. He is now inspired to create his own healing center.

Guests Bios:

Rob is a self taught artist who began drawing at the age of 3. The mission of Rob’s amazing hero art is to inspire people to live lives greater than they ever thought possible. He has performed his Amazing Hero Art at over 3,500 venues over the past 19 years.

Rob’s biggest live audience: 20,000

Biggest TV audience 15,000,000

He has been invited to over 30 different countries

Rob has worked with numerous charities where his paintings have been successfully auctioned for tens of thousands of dollars.

His artwork serves as the backdrop of the Bravo TV show “Watch What Happens Live” and his artwork is on display in 5 museums.

Rob is a Guinness World Record Holder

He has appeared on the Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and the Opray Winfrey Show.

Rob is the official Master Fine Artist for the Muppets, Pixar, Star Wars, and Disney.


The First Lady of Transformation

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Cardinal Points is privileged to welcome the First Lady of Transformation, Diana Nightingale. Diana shares how before she met Earl Nightingale she was resistant to listening to his audio programs. When she did, she "Felt like I had a kindred spirit." She ended up meeting Earl 11 years later. During that first meeting, Earl jokingly asked Diana to marry him, which did actually occur within 5 months. Diana felt like Earl recognized her as the one who would continue his work. She feels that Earl's message remains popular today because "It is sound, it isn't a gimmick." "Earl lived what he talked about." Some of the things that Diana learned from Earl are that in order to be successful, you have to be flexible, but you also need to find a center, a truth. A good attitude is also crucial. "He woke up in the morning with a joyful expectation that it was going to be a great day." Our discussion then leads to Earl's early years and his inspiration for the recording The Strangest Secret, we become what we think about. That secret is right in front of us all of the time. That recording became so popular without any advertising that Earl found it a challenge to keep up with the demand. It was then that he met Lloyd Conant who had a small mail order business and a partnership developed. They became the leaders of positive cassette programs in the world. Diana suggested to Earl that this information be available to all people not just successful business men. Diana wants to continue to share this message with the aging population. She would like to change the collective mindset about aging. "I want people to be enthusiastic about life forever." She believes when we serve others it brings us an incredible amount of joy. Diana shares that one thing that will guarantee success is "staying with it." Understanding that things that we want will not come to us instantaneously, "things take time." Life is a journey. It is important to be spontaneous and spend time in reflection. An important tool for our success is using our imaginations and also "think about the things that you have achieved." Earl believed it was important not to scatter your energy. Focus on what you want but also know what you want and be specific. Diana states that you will have an impact on people when you're willing to share your humanness. "I feel like I'm cultivating the gifts I've been given. I feel very blessed." Look for Diana's radio program Holiday on Earth....Your Journey into Meaning which can be heard on Providence Rhode Island Station 1320 AM, and from the internet at

Guests Bios:

While recognized as, The First Lady of Transformation, and has dedicated most of her adult life in the service of helping others, many still think of Diana, first, as the wife and widow of, Earl Nightingale a legendary giant in the personal achievement world. Make no mistake, Diana Nightingale does not stand in the shadow of her late husband, but shines brightly on her own. With her own personal, powerful message Diana has been speaking to audiences for more than 30-years, was an advocate for teen-pregnancy programs, and was a local board member of the Lee County Mental Health Association. Diana is an author, seminar/retreat leader, an international speaker addressing audiences across the USA and overseas. She offers grief counseling, life coaching, has a Doctorate Degree in Religious Studies and is a Stephen Minister. Diana, brings new life to the time-tested Nightingale messages and shows how to make them work in today's ever-changing world. Even during the bleakest of times, she is quick to enforce the age-old truth that "we become what we think about". In her latest book, “The Spiritual Flight of The Nightingale”, Diana tells how she finds inspiration from the world around her and from the lessons she has learned from life. In her book, “Learning To Fly As A Nightingale” Diana tells of her life before meeting Earl; Earl's life before meeting Diana; Their time together and then how she found her wings and was able to fly again after Earl's passing. The experiences, pain and joy she shares gives insight to what others experience in their lives. Diana's passion for radio started as she engineered her husband's radio shows and later as she became more and more in demand as a radio and TV guest, she longed to be on the other side of the microphone. During the radio days spent with Greg Norman of Universal 7 radio network, Diana once again realized the power of the spoken word and the importance of positive programming in a negative driven society. Now, Diana has found her radio home and is broadcasting her series called, “Holiday On Earth™…Journey Into Meaning™”. Diana is the mother of three adult children, Kim, Dayne and Jill, and is the proud grandmother (Mimi) to four adult grandchildren, Dan, Sabra, Jordan and Juliette.


Believe In Forever

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Cardinal Points welcomes Mary Catherine Volk, spiritual medium, intuitive soul coach and author. Mary begins our show by sharing how a near death experience at the age of 6 years old changed her life and allowed her access to experiencing other realms. "This gave me this knowing that there is something and there is another world beyond this physical world we exist in." Mary has the ability to sense loved ones who have died. She then shares that we sometimes will receive signs from our loved ones. "They're there, they're watching over us and they can bring us great comfort when we're able to connect with them." Our call in guest Jude Monteserrato then shares her experiences with signs she received from her first husband John who died on September 11, 2001 and how she would occasionally ask for signs from him. According to Mary there are seven basic ways to recognize the signs when your loved one is near.

1) They may come in dreams,

2) various scents that were unique to your loved one,

3) the dimming or blinking of lights,

4) your smoke detector going off usually around 3 AM when there is no fire, hearing his/her favorite song consistently in various locations,

5) the repetition of a number that was special to them,

6) a gust of wind or chill in the air for no apparent reason when you were just thinking or talking about them,

7) Orbs appearing in family photographs.

"Orbs are white opaque circles that show up in photographs in strategic locations."  "The veil between the worlds is thinning and the signs are getting stronger." Mary believes that we are currently moving into a time when our natural intuitive senses are awakening. "We're waking up."

Guest's Bio:

Mary Catherine Volk is a professional medium, intuitive life coach and author. She serves as an ambassador between the worlds. Trained as a shaman and medium, she relays messages of healing and love from those in spirit to their loved ones here on earth. Mary has bridged the gap between the world of the living and the spirit world her whole life. Since a NDE (Near Death Experience) at age six where she lost consciousness and slipped into a coma, she suddenly felt very safe and at home, surrounded by the spirits of departed loved ones who loved her and who she knew. Mary was given the gift of knowing that life exists beyond this physical form. Since then she has been able to feel, hear and receive messages from her loved ones in spirit. Her personal loss of many family members at a young age led her on a spiritual journey to better understand the messages and signs she was receiving.

She has studied with international known shamans, healers and spiritual mediums and has a private practice, conducts workshops and speaking engagements. Mary has a unique style and her medium ship sessions are consistently filed with healing, comfort and proof of spirit communication. She is currently writing a book sharing her personal recollections, client and professional interviews and digital photography. This book reveals without a doubt to Believe in Forever and teaches the readers to trust in their hearts what they feel; to send love to departed loved ones; and to receive their love in return. Mary’s goal is to bring the intuitive into the practical. Her new book, BELIEVE IN FOREVER ~ How to Recognize the Signs When Your Loved Ones Are Near! Will be available in October 2014.


Hawaiian Huna

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"A person who can see with his heart and eyes can also reach out and touch the spirit of another human being and reveal the good that lies within them."

Cardinal points welcomes Phil Young, international facilitator, author and energy healer. Phil shares how in 1984, after a past life regression, he formed a connection to a ancient Hawaiian Kahuna, Kiri, from 600 AD. "It was as if I became somebody else." This intense experience continued for about six months. During this time, Phil came to know that the soul of his clients could be reached through touch. This story can be read in a book written by Phil's partner Morag called The Promise Kept. Phil then describes the Hawaiian culture. He translates the meaning of the spirit of Aloha, "The life breath in me greets the life breath in you." It's important in the Hawaiian culture to take time to be with people, particularly family. They had a ease and freedom of being in their bodies. Phil then explains the many meanings of Huna, “It can mean meditation and also something that is secret or hidden, very small, something difficult to grasp.” In the last 80 years, it has come to mean something about the Hawaiian nature of the perception of reality. “The nature of the body, the soul, the spirit, energy, healing, life, relationships.” “Huna is what you learn at your grandmothers knee or at the feet of a master teacher, being an apprentice.” Huna is a way of life, it’s a way of being, it’s a way of understanding the world. Phil discusses that when visiting the Hawaiian Islands that you enter almost a meditative state, where the mind is much quieter. He then educates us about the Hawaiians view of the body, mind and soul. They were not dominated by the mind like we are in our culture. "The mind is not the master." They have a much easier time being in their bodies and thus an easier connection to their souls. "I am my body." Phil then describes the concept of soul body gateways,"they're like the veils between two worlds." In his international travels Phil is noticing that people are beginning to realize they need more balance and harmony in their lives. "The Hawaiians would say;  health comes from balance." A balance between the mind, body and soul. " Phil then  states that "love is the essence of the soul or soul consciousness."

Love brings light to the darkest recesses of your being and without light there is no possibility of perceiving the oneness of all things.

Guest's Bio:

Phil Young is an International facilitator and author who currently lives and works in Southern Ireland. For 30 years he has run a healing practice and trained many people in the art of energy healing drawing on sources from the Western mystery schools, Indian and Chinese philosophies of healing and ancient Hawaiian sources. Through a series of profound spontaneous spiritual events that altered the course of his life, he has experienced firsthand the power of the connection to soul consciousness and has developed a way of establishing this connection through touch.


Life is Terrific

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"Life is for laughing, loving and living, it's not for whining, worrying and working."

Cardinal Points welcomes the beloved Ed Foreman to our show. He begins the program in true Ed Foreman fashion, with a comical story. Ed states, "When you help others you're really helping yourself." He credits his loving mother and disciplined father for positively influencing his life. "My Mother taught me to be kind to people and to love others and my Daddy taught me to work hard." Ed lives by example and lives life to the fullest. He can be seen traveling around the country with his partner Earlene Vining on their three wheeled motorcycles. At 80 years old Ed "goes to bed with more energy than a lot of people get up with." Ed then states that a happy, positive attitude creates a happy, positive life. "What you send out is what you get back." "Life is an echo. What you think about is attracted to you." We can improve our thinking by using this simple formula:

1)  Get up early,

2) Read or listen to something positive or uplifting,

3)  Exercise and walk,

4)  Think and pray.

Ed then reports that "If we put a spring in our step and a smile on our face you automatically improve the energy that goes into your mind." "If you look like a winner, dress like a winner and act like a winner, you'll feel like a winner and you'll be treated like a winner." Positive self talk is also crucial. Ed then shares the second most important lesson he ever learned, "Worry is nothing more or less than the misuse of your imagination. Worry is thinking about what you don't want to happen in the future or dwelling on an undesirable past event." Ed emphasizes that "thoughts are the single most important thing that there is." They effect our cells, physiology and ultimately our health. He then gives us some great ideas how to greet people in a positive way. "You have to become a leader in positivity." Ed then explains Mind Control Relaxation (MCR) and its benefits. It's important when trying to achieve your goals to first identify what you want, write your them down, read them three times a day, then think about them as much as possible. "You have to be careful about who you share your goals with." Share them with people who are going to support you and who have been where you. As Ed says, “The tragedy of life is not that it ends too soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” So go out and create the life you dream about. You can do it!

Guest's Bio:

ED FOREMAN…from a farm boy to a self-made millionaire by the age of 26 and a former United States Congressman from two different states, Texas and New Mexico.

Ed is not a “reporter”… he lives his message of health, wealth and happiness that is helping people all around the world get more meaningful living out of life, reduce their levels of stress and anxiety, turn worry into success and have more fun! A dynamic business entrepreneur and active civic leader, Ed has developed numerous programs and products and persuasively “sells” the success formula he lives by.

Ed Foreman holds the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE), the highest honor bestowed by the National Speakers Association, held by fewer than 100 people worldwide and is one of only eight people to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award of the Institute For Management Studies. He received a standing ovation in 2008 as he was honored with a “Legends of the Speaking Profession” Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ed has been featured in hundreds of magazines and newspaper articles, including “Portrait of Ed Foreman” in Dallas Magazine, and, more recently, “Isn’t Life Terrific?” in the July 2009 issue of Success Magazine.

Born on a farm in New Mexico, he is a civil engineering graduate of New Mexico State University, a motorcycle, sports car, and hot air balloon enthusiast, an outdoor adventurer, and an international traveler. Named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men In America by the U. S. Jaycees in 1964, Ed Foreman has been a leader in executive development programs since 1960. He is a board member, officer, or major stockholder of a dozen successful corporations. He is co-founder, with Earlene Vining, and President of Executive Development Systems of Dallas, Texas.

Ed Foreman travels 200,000 miles a year with partner Earlene Vining, sharing his renowned message of “Successful Daily Living” with corporate executives around the world. Few speakers, if any, are better qualified to motivate, inspire and educate by their own example than Ed Foreman!


Traditional Eastern Medicine

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This week's guest to Cardinal Points, Sanford Lee, Acupuncturist, begins our show by explaining the Yi Jing(I Ching) an ancient Chinese classic text, compiled some 3,000 years ago. "Basically the concept behind it is that everything changes. "

"The universe is in a constant state of flux." The Yi Ching tries to teach people how to live their lives in alignment with the universe. "It is a guide to help people live their lives as fully as possible." Sanford tells us how he was introduced to acupuncture through martial arts. "The more I looked into it the more it resonated with my core."  This is when he learned about the concept of chi, the invisible energy that flows within us. Sanford educates us about some of the benefits of Acupuncture. It can block pain and decrease the effects of stress on the body. "On a deeper level it changes the energy circulation in the body." The goal is to allow the energy to flow as optimally as possible. Sanford interjects the point that stagnation of the energy in our bodies often reflects the stagnation of energy in certain aspects of our lives, our bodies are a microcosm of the universal macrocosm. In order for us to fulfill our life's purpose our chi, life energy, must flow freely. Sanford then draws a comparison between Yoga and Chinese philosophy.

We all have an internal compass that guides us to reach our maximum potential if we choose to follow it. Sanford states we will sometimes experience challenges in our lives. "We cannot learn and grow without going through hardship." Acupuncture was invented in China and then migrated to Japan. The Japanese use a thinner needle that is less painful and offers a more subtle stimulation. The subtlety of their techniques is what attracted Sanford to this style of acupuncture. He describes his acupuncture style today as a "amalgam of different traditions." "Each practitioner has to find a way that resonates with him or herself." You have to make it your own.  We cannot be satisfied with what we know right now.

We need to be constantly teachable. "I am constantly stretching." "I am so grateful for where I am. I feel like I am doing work that is true to myself." We all have to embrace change. Sanford believes that in order to transcend some of our personal and world challenges we need to see it as an opportunity for change; don't get despondent. Painting and drawing brings Sanford great solace. In closing Sanford reminds us to have fun; listen to music and dance.

Guest's Bio:

Sanford Lee, founder and owner of Traditional Eastern Medicine, Inc., is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

He received his initial training in traditional acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet therapy, and Tuina (Chinese massage therapy) at the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Massachusetts. He went on to study extensively in Japan.

Sanford has also studied an martial art form called the Way of the Dragon and is a certified medical Qigong instructor. In addition to acupuncture and traditional eastern medicine he is a student of the "Yi Jing" (I Ching, or "The Book of Changes”). Sanford is also a professional artist..


Buddhism and the Sacred Art of Thai Massage

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"Where then did I get my longing to see the world, that burning desire to travel, to go to the ends of the earth?

Why, when I arrived in Asia, did I feel so much at home that I stayed there?

It came from another source, that brought with it a baggage of old yearnings and homesickness for latitudes known to me in some life before this one."

Tiziano Terzani, A Fortune Teller Told Me

Cardinal Points welcomes Pierce Salguero, interdisciplinary humanities scholar, researcher and historian. Pierce shares with us his areas of interest Buddhism and Thai massage. He has been interested in many of the religions of the East "for as long as I can remember." South East Asia pulled Pierce to it just out of college where he spent many years traveling and studying . He spent much of his time between the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai learning about traditional Thai medicine and a meditation retreat center outside of Bangkok learning about Buddhism. It is then he realized how much Buddhism and traditional medicine are "intertwined."

There are many different views and ideas about who the Buddha was and what he represented. Pierce then tells us the story of who the Buddha was from a scholar and historian's perspective. "It's a story that captures the coming of age; the transition and crisis that is available for all humans." It's a good message that there are alternative paths available to all of us that is not necessarily the main stream. "The Buddha is an ideal whose story is meant to inspire us." There are many different Buddhist traditions throughout Asia who have varying understandings about what Buddhism is. Buddhism was born in Northeast India but "spread far and wide' in it's growth. From Iran, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, Japan, parts of Siberia, China and now to the West. Each local tradition added their own local flavor to Buddhism. "Buddhism has a philosophical connection with healing." Meditation, chanting, rituals, and prayer can assist in healing.

Pierce then effectively describes the healing art of Thai massage as Dim Sum; a variety of foods that are mixed and matched according to the culinary desires of the individual. Dim Sum can be steamed, fried, boiled, baked, or broiled, and this wide range of options makes for a lively and varied meal. There is no pure form of Thai massage; the ingredients a blend of  influences from Yoga, Chinese medicine and Shiatsu." Thai massage in Thailand is always deeply informed by indigenous Thai culture and the Thai way of seeing things." It is diversity that characterizes Thai massage. It is an art form that is an expression of ourselves and creativity as practitioners. I recommend that you all experience this healing practice. It will be a bodywork like no other you've ever experienced. Like Dim Sum it will keep you coming back for more.

Guest's Bio:

Pierce Salguero is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar interested in the role of Buddhism in the cross cultural exchange of medical ideas. He has a Ph.D. in History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University, and teaches Asian history, religion, and culture at Penn State University’s Abington College, located near Philadelphia. The major theme of his teachings are the interplay between the global transmission and local reception of Buddhist knowledge about health, disease, and the body. He is fascinated by the study of the intersection of religion and medicine in cross cultural perspective. His research integrates methodologies from history, religious studies, translation studies, literary studies, and anthropology, among other fields, and he is continually seeking opportunities to cross disciplinary lines in publishing and presenting his work. It also is important to him to present his research in ways that are accessible for non-scholarly audiences, particularly for practitioners of Buddhism and healthcare professionals.


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This week's guest Lisa Benson, Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, shares how the lessons she learned while struggling with Bulimia guided her to her life's work. "I realized the power of good nutrition and exercise were in my control. I could really physically change who I was." One thing she needed to change was the way she thought about herself. "You will be transformed by the renewing of your mind." The combination of faith in a higher power, exercise, and good nutrition was the treatment prescription that worked best for Lisa. "Putting all those three pieces together, that's when things changed, really. Neither one alone is adequate to transform your life for the long term." These building blocks are what led her to become a Nutritionist and Personal Trainer. Lisa advises that we use discernment when deciding who we listen to and what products to use. She then educates us about Bulimia. "Bulimia is basically a binge and purge pattern." Lisa got to a point where she thought, "I'd rather die skinny than live fat." During her recovery she began to reprogram her thoughts with positive affirmations about herself. She states that it's also important to surround yourself with positive and supportive friend's and family.

When it comes to nutrition, Lisa initially always asks her clients to keep track of their eating habits with a food diary. "It's important that we eat more fruits and vegetables." Lisa informs us that we should not be eating any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) food products and invites us to visit to learn more about GMOs.  The biggest GMO foods are corn and soy products. "Please eat local and seasonal." Make friends with your local farmers. It's also imperative that we read food labels and take 100% resposibility of our health choices by educating ourselves. Lisa recommends that we supplement our diets with a multivitamin and calcium (that has a blend of vitamin D and magnesium which helps with the absorption of calcium). She also suggests eating kale which is a good source of vitamin K, this will also improve the absorption of calcium. Lisa suggests that we eat our antioxidants in the form of berries. Vitamin C is also a good antioxidant and in addition improves wound healing and fighting the common cold. To eat our vitamin B7 she recommends we eat sweet potatoes, "Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin B7." Lisa prescribes that her clients "eat the rainbow," fruits and vegetables of a variety of colors. We learned that Quinoa is a seed not a grain and is a complete protein. According to Lisa we should be drinking eight ounces of water eight times a day. "Don't discount the liquid you get in the foods that you are eating."  She is and advocate of freeze dried foods ( Lisa's intention in life is to help others. "My ultimate goal has always been to share my passion." We're so glad that she did.

Guest's Bio:

Lisa Benson spent much of her life battling with weight problems and self-esteem issues. She had an eating disorder for over 5 years (bulimia).  This condition slowly debilitated her entire life, which greatly affected her confidence. Thankfully by merging balanced eating, therapeutic support, exercise, a renewed faith and behavior modification techniques she finally found recovery and a new lease on life.”A new zeal and sense of purpose fueled her desire to accomplish goals such as:

  • Running in 5K and 10K races
  • Competing in a body building show and receiving the Most Symmetrical Award

  • Rock climbing at Joshua Tree National Park

  • White water rafting

  • Graduating with a Masters in Human Nutrition

Most importantly she found her true passion which was to help people empower themselves through exercise and good nutrition. It has been over 10 years now and in that time Lisa has helped hundreds of people in Fairfield County, CT reach their goals

Although the needs of her clients vary, her level of professionalism, empathy, encouragement and sound judgment does not change.

Lisa is happily married and has a beautiful child. Both, her husband and child give her the added incentive she needs to help others achieve personal success through healthy living.

Today she offers her clients an opportunity to B-TRANSFORMED so that they too can attain their goals that will last a lifetime!

"Herbalism and the Gift of Medicinal Plants"
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I met Herbalist Kim Falcone in 2005 when I was able to utilize her expertise to treat my Lyme disease. Kim reports that more physicians are now seeing the benefits of medicinal plants for treatment of many diseases and illnesses. Kim's passion for herbalism runs deep. In fact,  it's part of her DNA. She is a descendent of Ann Hutchinson, herbalist and outspoken religious leader of the early 1600s. Kim's personal journey with medicinal plants began in her 40s when she explored their use to treat her own allergies. She began her own healing with the use of essential oils whose aroma is inhaled creating an immediate response in the brain. The use of medicinal plants is an ancient practice. Kim educates us about the different facets of herbalism; "Some herbalists are wonderful gardeners and farmers," others are teachers, while some are practitioners or product makers. Then there are the organizers; one being Rosemary Gladstar the "Godmother of American Herbalism."

Kim then informs us about "plant spirit medicine." It's about having a relationship with a plant, a connection to the plant. Plants have served as our healers and teachers for thousands of years, we need to respect them. Kim then shares with us where she obtains her herbs besides growing her own. We learn that "a tincture is a alcohol based herbal product, while an extract is just a more concentrated tincture." A tincture and extract are created by collecting the leaves or roots of plants, chopping them up and submersing them in alcohol and water in a sealed container. You then shake it up and store for 6 weeks. The leaves of plants are harvested in the Spring and early Summer while the roots of plants are harvested in the Fall. This is where and when the energy of the plant is at its highest concentration. Kim prefers using multiple herbs to take advantage of the synergistic effect.

Our discussion then turns to our need to protect and save our medicinal plants. "As an herbalist I believe part of my responsibility is to impart the preservation of our planet." "We are going to have to rely again on medicinal plants more than we ever have in the last 200 years." There are many medicinal plants that are endangered. United Plant Savers is a watch dog organization that is trying to preserve and protect our medicinal  plants. Kim asks us to do our part to helping to conserve our resources and cut down on our trash; be conscious of your water use when washing our dishes, use cloth napkins and regular plates instead of paper. She also recommends that we  stop using household chemicals present in many cleaning products, shampoos and soaps. Instead use natural cleaning and personal hygiene products. Kim produces her own line of natural cleaning products which are essential oil based.

If you are ever in the vicinity of Wakefield, RI, I recommend that you give Kim a call and make sure to visit her magical Lily's Garden Herbal Cottage. Kim reminds us that we have the power to heal ourselves and that medicinal plants can support us on this journey to wellness.

Guest's Bio:

Kim Falcone

Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Development from the University of Rhode Island in 1977, Kim began her herbal journey in 1996. Since then she has completed several herbal apprenticeships, including Therapeutic Herbalism with the late Gail Ulrich, at Blazing Star Herbal School; Foundations of Herbal Medicine with Tieraona Lowdog, MD; The Art and Science of Aromatherapy, Level 1, with Linda Patterson, and The Essence of Herbalism with Michael Ford, MS, MA. She has earned community trust as an herbal resource through the years and offers herbal therapy and holistic health support at Lily's Garden Herbals, in Wakefield, RI, which she founded in 1999.  Kim formulates a line of non-toxic and herbal-based household and first aid products available to retailers, institutions and the public. She is also the in-house herbalist at the Alternative Food Cooperative in Wakefield, RI. In addition to being a Northeast Herbal Association council member, Kim is a general member of the American Herbalists Guild, United Plant Savers, and the Ocean State Herbal Association (O-SHA).  She and her husband, Rob are the parents of two grown daughters and live in Wakefield, RI.

"Don't Be Bulldozed, Take Back Your Health"
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"If you want things in your life to change, you have to change things in you life."
- Brian Tracy

Wendy Love Edge, founder of Bulldozer Health Inc, shares how she was told she was going to die on three separate occasions. Initially she followed "Doctor's orders" and was eventually taking 16 medications. "I really wasn't living, I was just existing." She became a victim of the medical system and gave away her personal power. How did this happen, "I believed what they told me." The first thing Wendy needed to change on her road to recovery was her thinking. "I had to stop being a victim and take my power back. I had to take my health into my own hands." After Wendy began changing her mind, she began educating herself about the medications she was taking and alternative health methods. "I really felt that not only was I doing this for me, but I knew that I wanted to reach out to as many people as possible and help them realize that our system is so broken and that there are other things available." One of those alternatives that Wendy utilizes is medical marijuana. She came up with four remedies to improve her health and wellness:

1) Change your mind, get your mind right.

2) Look at the pharmaceuticals that you are taking, "It's important that the benefit outweighs the risk." Part of the mission of Bulldozer for Health is to get pharmaceutical commercials off the television.

3) Nutrition-food and what you're eating are the building blocks to your health, "Eat fresh local vegetables that are in season." Avoid high fructose corn syrup and too much sugar.

4) Exercise and Rest, "Exercise has really changed my life. It has helped me to continue to lose weight and made me stronger and more able to handle my day to day life." Exercise also decreases anxiety and improves depression. Wendy exercises about 4 to 5 times a week performing 40 minutes of cardiovascular training. Getting adequate sleep to allow the body to restore and rejuvenate is essential. "I get around 8 hours of sleep a night." Wendy reminds us, "It's time to take back our health."

Guest's Bio:

Wendy Love Edge

Wendy Love Edge is the founder and creator of Bulldozer Health Inc., a healthcare reform initiative that seeks to empower, educate, support and inform people about their health choices.  Wendy was working for 25 years in a health care field when she became very sick herself and was told she was going to die on three separate occasions.  Believing the doctors, she did everything they said.   She soon found herself bulldozed on 16  medications.  When she changed her mind and started using alternative health, minimal pharmaceutical intervention, exercise and good nutrition, her health improved  Now she is asking us all to take back our health!


"Clearing Life Energy"
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"The truth is that within each of us lies the power to cast all misery aside and to know complete peace and oneness to be that beautiful creation of perfect harmony to truly know (help) myself," Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Master.

Bob Baxter, Jin Shin Jyutsu and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner, shares how he left the corporate world to join the holistic healing profession. Jin Shin Jyutsu, a physio-philosophy, is an ancient Japanese art of harmonizing the life energy in the body, "placing my hands in certain sequences of points opens energy and helps it to flow."  Holding negative emotions in the body can block the flow of energy creating disharmony or disease. According to the Jin Shin theory there are 5 attitudes that block the energy flow in the body: worry, fear, anger, grief/sadness, and hate/impatience (trying too hard). Bob explains that stress is about fear, "fight or flight." We need to transform these negative emotions into their counterpart (example, worry becomes trust, fear to gentleness, anger to kindness, grief/sadness to courage, hate/impatience to love and joy). Bob then states that Yoga and stretching also liberate the energy in the body. Our conversation then shifts to the subconscious mind and how it is in charge of all of the programs in the body. Bob explains that childhood trauma can get locked in the cells of the body, "Emotions buried alive never die." EFT, through tapping on the seven specified points on the body, can release these emotional charges. "All emotions are a cascade of neuropeptides that create a chemical, so when we get angry it's a certain chemical that's fed into the body." In our final segment Bob takes our producer Mike through an EFT session to help him release some aggravation and frustration. Bob recommends the following websites to learn more about EFT.

Guest's Bio:

Robert Baxter

Robert Baxter started his search into alternative therapies 26 years ago. It was his avocation for many years while he worked in the corporate world. Since he had polio when he was 5 and fully recovered through yoga and movement. He later discovered that healing the body/mind was more about nutrition, movement and clearing the mind of unwanted mental programs. Along the path, Robert studied with several master teachers and found many exciting proven techniques and strategy’s to heal the body/mind of most disharmonies, and then to further maintain a sense of peace and freedom in this chaotic world. Jin Shin and EFT is his base for helping himself and all others around him. He teaches “self’help” workshops in both techniques.

Robert has been a certified practitioner & instructor of Jin Shin for 26 years; EFT for 14 years; for 5 years. He teaches at American Massage Therapy Assoc. conferences, and has taught at Kripalu, All That Mattters, Yellow Ribbon/ Veterans events for PTSD and other various venues across North America. Robert is the founder & creator of products at www. - therapeutic, topical solutions for pain, itch and skin conditions.


"Real Men Do Cry, Men's Issues "
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Ron Arsenault, Clinical Social Worker, views his work as a privilege and an honor. Ron fosters healing for his clients by creating a atmosphere that is safe and non-judgemental. "I'm making sure I'm hearing people right, hearing the feeling behind their words." Becoming a father was one of the most significant moments in Ron's life, "It changed my identity." He feels that his life challenges have made him more whole as a person. Ron discusses the benefits of psychotherapy for his own inner growth, "You need to practice what you preach." Self care is also an important part of physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth. Our discussion then turns to men's issues, beginning with how boys are socialized with ideas like "don't rely on anyone else." Research shows that male infants are held and cuddled less. Boys are encouraged to suppress their vulnerable emotions, "big boys don't cry," yet anger and aggression are acceptable. Homophobia and fear of closeness with other men is also learned in childhood, which translates into men having fear about having close friendships with other men. Some of the negative effects of this socialization of boys when they become men are increased rates of alcoholism, violence, mental health issues, depression, health challenges and relationship difficulties. We then agreed that there are some glaring differences between men and women. Women might say "if it works, how can I make it better"while men may respond "if it works why change it." Women like to discuss the stressors in their lives while men want to do something about it, take action or ignore it. Ron then educates us about the differences in brain function between men and women that contribute to our differences in communication and behavioral styles.   There is hope for men, particularly with fathering. Fathers are beginning to take a more active role in their children's lives.

Ron ends our show with tips for Dads, The Dos and Don'ts.

Guest's Bio:

Ron  Arsenault, MSW

Ron Arsenault is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice fro 32 years in Warwick, RI, providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy, with a specialty in working with men's issues. Ron received his B.A. from Rhode Island College and his Master of Social Work degree from Boston University. He began his career as a social work caseworker and supervisor with the RI Department for Children, Youth & Families from 1971-1980. He worked one year as a school social worker before becoming a program director at Child & Family Services of Newport County. In that position, Ron directed the Comprehensive Emergency Services Program and an Adolescent Shelter Program. He went into full-time private practice in 1986. Ron spent several years facilitating therapeutic men's groups as well as participating in a weekly men't group himself. In addition he has done consultation and training on various topics including: men's issues, anger management, domestic violence, and fathering.

Ron is married to Sally Simpson Arsenault, a recently retired special educator and administrator. He has two daughters, two step-sons, and three grandchildren-all of whom fill his life with joy! He enjoys exercise, outdoors, and travel. He and Sally are avid swing dancers.

"Food for the  Whole You "
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Katherine Conte shares how she experienced a "mid twenty" crisis that led  her to Yoga, "Yoga opens you up in ways that you really don't imagine for yourself." We discuss how our unhappiness is a reflection of our disconnect from our spirit or soul. Katherine follows and recommends a plant based diet. She states that at the center of all traditional diets is whole grains (rices, millet, quinoa, barley, buckwheat). Katherine reports some of the guiding principles of eating a traditional way:  


1) Eat whole, natural foods the way that nature intended,  


2) eat food that is grown or lives locally as much as possible (within a 500 mile radius).  


She then explains the different characteristics and qualities of food such as its "strength," texture, nutritional value, and if it is "contractive" or "expansive" in its nature. Sugar would be the most expansive substance and salt would be contracting. We want to eat foods that are more balancing such as grains, vegetables, and beans.  Katherine explains how food influences the quality of our blood and "blood is at the foundation of  our health, every cell is born out of the quality of blood. Good quality blood sustains a good quality of life." Our bodies will achieve optimal health if we keep our blood more alkaline. She then states that, "not only  is what you eat important, but the way you eat, our attitudes about the act of eating" are important. Katherine reminds us to make ample time to eat and, for the most effective assimilation of our food, eat while seated, "food deserves respect and reverence." 

Guest's Bio:

Katherine Conte, ERYT, MA

Katherine’s inventive teaching style is shaped by over 20 years of practice and study in yoga, the therapeutic arts, religious studies, Five Element Theory, and macrobiotics. Well known for her ability to weave these disciplines into the yoga environment, Katherine aims at engaging students at a purposeful, authentic level. Her classes are a truly unique experience.

Katherine’s formal education includes a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Art Therapy, she completed the Macrobiotics America Counseling Program, and the Advanced Dream Tending Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Currently, she studies world healing modalities under the guidance of master teacher Tom Monte and continually explores and experiments with the energetics of food for healing and great health.

Katherine is the founder of focus yoga, the creator of the focus yoga teacher training program, and the Whole You! lifestyle and health programs. She is available for private consultations, teacher trainings and workshops.

Professional Image and  Etiquette
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Juanita Ecker shares how she lost her job at 40 years old and reinvented her career. She became a professional image and etiquette expert with the hope of helping people feel better about themselves. She discusses, interestingly enough, how George Washington established 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, but it was Emily Post who was the major pioneer in the etiquette industry. Juanita educates us on  the importance of a first impression and gives us practical image and etiquette tips for dressing and grooming. She then gives us some dos and don'ts regarding email and social media. Juanita shares some great cocktail reception and dining etiquette tips followed by tipping guidelines for various services.


  • It takes 5 seconds to make an impression.
  • It takes 21 days to start a pattern.
  • It takes 100 days to create an automatic behavior.
  • It takes 30 days for a message to be forgotten.
  • It takes just 24 hours for 66% of a message to be forgotten.


  • It takes 8 days of constant reminding to retain 90% of a message for 30 days.

About Juanita Ecker:

Juanita Ecker is a recognized expert in the field of professional image and business etiquette. She is an inspirational and motivational trainer. Her participants find her programs fun, informative and impactful. She has been a speaker at meetings and training conferences throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She gave a seminar in China on how to do business with Americans. Her column, “Image Matters” was a regular feature in the Business Review.  She has published articles in local and national publications, she has been featured on radio and television interviews, and is the author of the book, Image Management: Image & Etiquette Tips for the Business Professional.

Please visit Juanita's Facebook page for her etiquette tips for the day

Click here to visit Juanita Ecker's website

"Organic, Whole Foods, Good for the Gut"
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Rebecca shares with us her transition from daily Allie's donuts and coffee to eating organic, whole, natural foods as a young adult. She educates us about Candida overgrowth (biofilm) and how herbicides and pesticides in our food and water are major contributing factors. Eliminating sugar and wheat products while eating organic foods can help eliminate toxins in the body. Rebecca invites us to explore the research of Dr. Stephanie Seneff regarding glyphosates (herbicides used to kill weeds) in GMO foods. She then explains our body's physiological response to our exposure to these herbicides and the damaging results. Rebecca discusses how juice cleansing and elimination diets can assist in bringing our bodies back to balance. "All sorts of people are cleansing now, not just the health freaks." "Juice cleansing allows the digestive system to take a break so it can rest." "There are many ways to put good flora back into the gut, and one of the ways is fermented foods." Rebecca recommends the book Clean Gut by Dr. Junger as a great resource for elimination diets and ways to improve your intestinal health. Medicinal herbs, many of which grow in our own back yards, are another tool we can use to prevent and treat many illnesses. Shifting gears, Rebecca, a long time Yoga practitioner and teacher, shares the many benefits of Yoga, but ultimately it's about "coming into yourself, just loving yourself, listening to yourself, knowing yourself." She then explains the sacred art of Thai massage, affectionately called "lazy man's Yoga." Thai massage is performed on a floor mat, where the receiver is supported by the earth, fully clothed. People "Walk away like they just came from a Yoga class."  Everyone should experience this healing bodywork.

About Casey Conrad

Rebecca Briggs is an Interdisciplinary Vinyasa Yoga Teacher; Traditional Thai Massage Therapist and an Herbal Medicine & Organic, Whole Foods Educator.

Rebecca began eating organically back in the mid 1980s, when it was considered fanatical or hippyish to eat "natural foods," but as the daughter of Allie, of RI's legendary Allie's Donuts, Rebecca had for years eaten a donut and coffee a day, and by 18 was experiencing digestive distress and mental and physical health problems.

Rebecca has had an established multi-disciplinary yoga and meditation practice since 1992, and became a full time Registered Yoga Teacher in 2001, at age 40, when as a new, single mother, she recognized that in order to sustain her mental, emotional, and physical health she better make yoga and natural foods her livelihood.

Now "Fit over 50," as RIFIT magazine's recent issue declared in a feature profile, Rebecca's mission is to educate and coach others with their own transformation into natural wellness, through 'Organic, Whole Foods' and 'Green Juicing' classes, workshops and private sessions.

Click here to visit Rebecca Briggs website

Women's Healthy Inspirations and Essential Oils
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Casey Conrad inspires us to not let any challenges hold us back, "You create an intention and then you put the work into it and accomplish it. Don't take no as an answer and you can have, be, and do anything you want." She tells us about her introduction to Tony Robbins and her personal development track, "It changed my life." Casey shares her expertise about women's obesity (68% of Americans are now over weight or clinically obese) and tips for losing weight, "Exercise alone will not lose weight,"  healthy eating and dealing with the emotional component of over eating is crucial. "Women are emotionally attached to food that comes from a young age." Casey states that most overweight women are controlled by food but emphasizes that they can take back control of their lives. Her advice to women, "You need to surround yourselves with people who will support you."  Casey then informs us about our body's frequency and vibration and its impact on our health. Using "pure" essential oils is one way  to increase your vibration, thus improve your health. The process of creating essential oils extracts all of the living mechanisms of a plant; hormones, enzymes, nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants which is why they are so potent. It is important to remember "our bodies are designed to regenerate." We just need to give them the opportunity.  Make sure to take advantage of Casey's offer for a complimentary Kindle download or pdf version of her book Vibrant Health Now.

About Casey Conrad

Casey Conrad is President of Communication Consultants, WBS, Inc., a company dedicated to providing high quality seminars for professionals in the health and fitness industry worldwide.  She has been in the health and fitness industry for 28 years, has been a featured presenter in 21 countries and is a frequent columnist for a variety of magazines in several countries. 
 In 1999 Casey founded Healthy Inspirations, a women’s weight loss program that incorporated grocery store foods, regular exercise, relaxation treatments and optional beauty treatments under one roof.  She grew that company to 121 locations before selling in 2008. 
 Casey is also the author of Winning the Struggle to Be Thin and the creator of a licensed weight loss program Called Take It Off, which can be found in many health clubs throughout North America.   
In 2009, due to a personal back injury, Casey was introduced to essential oils.  Since that day she has not used a single OTC or prescription drug, opting to use alternative, natural remedies instead.  Her passion for the subject fueled her to co-write and publish Vibrant Health Now, a guide for removing toxins from one’s life and using essential oils and other natural therapies

Casey earned her BA at The American University and her JD at Roger Williams University School of Law.  In addition, she is certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Neuro-Associative Conditioning.

Click here to visit Casey Contad's website

Helping People Shift their Consciousness
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Please join us as we learn great lessons from Joann Lysiak, founder of Nourish Your Mind and Body. She shares how her childhood impacted the many choices she has made as an adult. Joann's Polish grandmother was particularly influential, "She lived a natural, healthy lifestyle." Joann began her professional career in corporate America but she learned that the stress from this career path was detrimental to her health. She has learned to listen to her intuition regarding her health and all aspects of her life. Her intuition led her to designing and creating high vibration jewelry, and Joann  transitioned into guiding others to live healthier, happier lives. Joann experienced some personal health issues and chose non traditional practices to heal herself. She shares the various toxins we're all exposed to every day and the methods in which we can detoxify your bodies. Joann then discusses some healthy diet tips like eating organic whole natural foods, whole food supplementation, drinking plenty of pure clean water and keeping the body in an alkaline state. Let's not forget how our thoughts and emotions can impact our health, "Thoughts are things." According to Joann, "The emotions get locked in and plays havoc on our bodies" and the "subconscious runs the show." She then reminds us that we all need to take 100% responsibility for our own health.

About Joann Lysiak

Joann Lysiak, Healthy Lifestyle Coach, and founder of Nourish Your Mind and Body, takes a holistic approach to living a healthy, happy, and empowered lifestyle by combining nutrition, energy healing, applied kinesiology and coaching. Her career path started in Corporate America as a trainer and speaker. She then shifted gears and became a jewelry designer and ultimately is now a healthy lifestyle coach. She states "I am living my life passion in helping others live an amazing life. I love teaching people how to nourish their mind and body, how to listen and talk to their body and how they can take 100% responsibility for their wellness and well being." Joann is a certified nutritionist, Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA) Practitioner trained by Dr. Bob Marshal, Master Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique Practitioner, certified master Lifestyle Coach and designer of high vibration jewelry.

Click here to visit Joann Lysiak website

The Healing Power of Yoga
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Join Ed and his wife Jude as she shares how the sacred ancient art of Yoga supported her healing after the tragic loss of her first husband on September 11, 2001. Yoga tenderly and sometimes firmly nourished her broken heart and lifted her from the ashes of Ground Zero. Jude discusses how trauma and emotions can be locked in the body and how the practice of Yoga can help release them. Now with the guidance of teachers, internationally recognized Yoga Master Aadil Palkhivala and his wife and meditation teacher Savitri Jude shares the Purna Yoga system with her students so that they may heal. Jude states for true healing to occur, "We must learn to love ourselves first." She then guides us through a meditation snack which she learned from Savitri, reminding us to stay present and connect with our hearts.

About Jude Monteserrato:

Jude Monteserrato is a 2,000 hour certified Purna Yoga Instructor. She is also a chef and loves to cook whole, natural, simple, delicious food.

Click here for Jude's Website

Helping People Shift their Consciousness
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Certified Professional Coach Stephanie Marisca shares how her children's involvement with the Waldorf Educational system created a "curiosity around different perspectives and philosophies" that guided her to her current professional path. She started as a jewelry designer, then switched to the food industry, but it was her work in holistic education that exposed her to a myriad of healing practices and teachers. One of them being Alan Seales, who inspired her to explore what her soul mission is- to help others shift and raise their level of consciousness. One way she does this is as a Professional Coach. Stephanie educates us about coaching: what is professional coaching, how can you determine if coaching is right for you, how is coaching distinct from other service professions, and what does the coaching process look like?  She identifies that her clients' thoughts and words that they use are key to their success. Another vehicle that Stephanie utilizes to help others is Sound Healing. "Sound Healing allows people to move away from their stories by releasing their thoughts and accessing emotions." Lastly, she discusses how she uses Shamanic techniques to assist her clients "Access the deepest parts of themselves."

About Stephanie Marisca

Stephanie Marisca is a certified professional coach, mentor, trainer and workshop facilitator. She has trained and mentored hundreds of coaches and is sought after by clients and organizations as a coach, trainer and speaker.

Stephanie is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and received her coach certification through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching(iPEC).

She is a master trainer and mentor coach for New England Coaching and the iPEC Coaching Certification. She is also a certified Transformational Presence Coach through Alan Seale’s, Center for Transformational Presence.

Stephanie was voted 2011-2012 International Coach Federation New England Life Coach of the Year, and the recipient of the 2012-2013 International Coach Federation New England Director’s Award.

In addition, Stephanie brings more than 15 years of experience in alternative approaches to self-transformation into her work. She has earned certifications in a variety of holistic and metaphysical disciplines that highly inform her coaching style. She is a certified hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, a shamanic practitioner through the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, an angelic intuitive and sound healing artist. She is the founder and intuitive director for IN DIVINE HARMONY- a sacred gong tone ensemble for inner peace and well-being, offering Gong Bath Meditations and Sacred Sound events in New England. Working with individuals or facilitating groups Stephanie offers her clients the tools for transformation to occur.

Click here to visit  Stephanie Marisca website

From Storytelling, Racism to Shamanism
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Professional storyteller Valerie Tutson shares her personal story Ed Cardinal and Val Tutsonof how growing up in a biracial family in a mostly white community shaped who she is today and led her to the art of storytelling. It was a way to connect to her African roots. We hear about her first encounter with racism at the age of ten years old. Valerie discusses the mentors that came before her to guide her in the craft of storytelling. She then spins us a story, taking us on a journey into our imaginations. A tale about the animals of Africa that cleverly teach us an important life lesson. “Remember you look good no matter what skin you’re in.”

We again travel to Africa with Valerie as she searches for a healer and leaps into the realms of Shamanic healing. A show not to be missed.

About Valerie Tutson:

Valerie graduated from Brown University with a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts and a degree in a self-designed major-Storytelling as a Communications Art.  Valerie has been telling stories in schools, churches, libraries, festivals and conferences since 1991.

She draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions.  Her repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, and stories from African American history.

Click here to visit Valerie Tutson's website

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Maintain Health with Yoga &
Simple Lifestyle Changes
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Aadil shares how, with the help of yoga and his world renowned teacher BKS Iyengar, his parents were able to conceive him. He began yoga at the age of 7 years old, and at the age of 19, his teacher organized for him a world wide teaching tour. He discusses the state of yoga in our culture and how it has lost the essence of true Yoga. “Yoga is spread so wide, it is deep no more.” Aadil states that “Yoga in its essence is the connection between you and your own spirit.”

He then explains that asana, or the physical practice of Yoga, can help us to become more flexible, releasing the tension and effects of stress. Aadil and his wife Savitri are the co-founders of Purna Yoga, which means "complete." “It’s also about your thoughts, feelings, the environment in which you live, what are your relationships like, what is your relationship with yourself, do you love yourself.” Aadil then elaborates on the three fundamental questions that we should all ask ourselves on a regular basis: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Why am I here is defined as Dharma. Aadil explains that when we are not living your Dharma we will experience unhappiness and pain, but “Our lives are meant to be continuously joyous so long as we are constantly in the state of growth and progress.”

Aadil translates the Vedic principle Artha as means. It is imperative that we have the means to do what you want in the world. “It is a very powerful concept has been hidden from the people for a long time because when people are wealthy we are not controllable.” “People should be free and independent.”

Aadil claims that illness comes to us when we move away from our inner happiness, our inner bliss, our inner smile. Besides practicing Purna Yoga Aadil suggests that we take care of what goes into our bodies and what comes out in order to maintain optimal health. Eat organic food and Sun rider supplements, a concentrated healthy food, treat others with respect, have good positive thoughts. What to avoid: GMOs, anything artificial, TV, news, dark clothes, foul language, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and sugar.

Aadil Palkhivala:

Aadil’s experience of holistic healing was originally prenatal, as his mother practiced yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar throughout her pregnancy. Aadil began observing Iyengar’s classes at the age of three, commenced formal study at the age of seven, and was awarded his Advanced Yoga Teacher’s Certificate at the age of twenty-two. Nearly thirty years later, Aadil is recognized as one of the world’s top yoga teachers. He is regarded as a “teacher of teachers,” and many of the world’s top yoga instructors have studied with him. He has a unique teaching style, mixing melodious instructions with recitations of poetry, philosophical insights, and in-the-moment humor.

Aadil and his wife, Savitri, are the founders of Purna Yoga™, a holistic synthesis of yogic traditions based on the work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Aadil and Savitri also founded Alive and Shine Center™ in Bellevue, Washington, and The College of Purna Yoga, a 200-hour, 500-hour and Certificate-Level teacher training program licensed by the State of Washington and Yoga Alliance Certified. Aadil teaches seminars, classes, teacher trainings, and workshops at the Alive and Shine Center and throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, India, and other parts of Asia.

Aadil is the author of Fire of Love: For Students of Life and Teachers of Yoga, a book that seeks to restore the essence of yoga. He has also written three manuals used in his beginning, intermediate, and therapeutic teacher trainings. In addition, Aadil has written extensively for Yoga Journal, having been the Asana Columnist in 2003 and author of the Teacher’s Column for the website, as well as the “Asana Expert” for both the magazine and the website. He is frequently a keynote speaker at national events.


Phone: (425)-746-7476

Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Dale
Show Description:

Dr. Dale shares how her mother's negative experiences with Western allopathic medicine guided her to choose alternative, complimentary treatment for her own cancer as a young adult. This eventually led her to become a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Clinical Nutritionist. Dr. Dale explains that our intuition will assist us in our healing. "We are responsible for our own healing, no one else." She then educates us on the role of hormones and how they play a role in our vitality, energy and overall health. Dr. Dale has designed a safe homeopathic alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapies. She defines Psycho NeuroImmunology (PNI), the emotional connection to illness. Dr. Dale states "Our belief system (identities) and thoughts affect our health. Perceptions are fueled by identities. Perceptions create your stress and negative experiences and disease are fueled by identities." In 1986, Dr. Dale was exposed to nuclear radiation from the Chernobyl disaster in Russia and became seriously ill. She cured herself completely using homeopathic medicine. She now passes on her knowledge about healing our bodies from the daily radiation exposure we experience. Dr. Dale informs us about how the overgrowth of Candida in our bodies is prevalent our culture. This is due to our growth hormone and antibiotic laden food, our over use of prescribed antibiotics and women's intake of birth control pills, among other things.  Read More and Listen

About Dr. Theresa Dale

Dr. Theresa Dale, PhD, CCN, NP, practicing for nearly 3 decades, is the pioneer of safe natural medicine including homeopathic hormone rejuvenation with 20,000 case studies proving efficacy.

Dr. Dale has authored two books: Transform Your Emotional DNA, and her latest book Revitalize Your Hormones Dr. Dales 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier and Sexier You. Dr. Dale has invented 150 products including a medically-proven homeopathic alternative to dangerous hormone replacement therapies and the only Five Element Saliva Test in the world.

Dean, California College of Natural Medicine, Ventura, CA.’®President & CEO, The Wellness Center for Research & Education, Inc, Ventura, CA.’®Inventor of Non-Toxic Remedies and NeuroPhysical Reprogramming (Emotional Release Technique for Professionals).

Dr. Dale has degrees as a Naturopathic Doctor, and a PhD in Health Sciences and is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with the International Association of Applied Clinical Nutritionists.


Phone: 800-219-1261

Show Description:

 Cardinal Points would like to welcome Linda Broadhead, Master Body Practitioner to our show. She shares how her desire to spend more time with her son led her from a career as a paralegal to a massage therapist. Her intuition guided her in the direction of natural healing. She sought out the help of a Naturopathic Physician who made some recommendations to lower her high blood pressure. It worked. Although Linda chose massage therapy as her new path, it was energy work that interested her the most. Massage therapy gave her "the license to touch" and allowed her the vehicle to incorporate energy work. After Linda finished her massage therapy education she attended a Healing School, Dr. Jaffe's School of Energy Mastery. This honed her awareness of her own and other people's energy and eventually steered her in the direction of esoteric healing. We both agree it is important to protect your own energy field from picking up unwanted energy from others particularly if you are in a profession where you put your hands on people. This can be done with intention, symbols, crystals, sound and ritual to name a few. Surrounding yourself "and emanate love" is the strongest way to apply protection. "When you're in a place of your heart there is not a whole lot of protection you need to do." Linda then informs us how she uses manual muscle testing in her healing practice. She uses it to gain unconscious information from her clients or to test the strength of specific muscles or muscle groups. Linda then educates our listeners about a pendulum technique they can utilize by asking themselves questions to get truthful answers. "This is a practice of allowing. You're going to allow your body to move." Linda uses the information she gathers from the muscle testing to incorporate into her favorite modalities: Total Body Modification, Natural Healing and Bio-Dynamic Resonance Technique. "These modalities are more based in functional physiology." "How does the body talk to itself to properly perform it's functions." When she identifies areas of imbalance she can then correct and stimulate the body's response to bring it into balance. These corrections can be done by using frequency infuse vials of water that is either held by the client or placed against their body by the practitioner. Tapping on the spine to integrate the treatment into the nervous system and the body's energy field is then performed. "I honor the inherent knowing of the body." Linda states that we have a physical body, emotional body, mental body and lastly a spiritual body. A blockage in anyone of those fields will affect the others. Linda usually looks for the emotional challenges first. She describes a few examples how healing work can be done at a distance without the recipient in her exact location. Linda uses three structural healing modalities the most: MyoSkeletal Alignment Technique, Touch for Health and Active Isolated Stretching. "I'm looking for what's not in balance" structurally and then make a correction by applying a stretch and then test to see if the correction worked. If it did she then teaches her clients the correction to do on there own. Linda confirms that it is imperative that we all take 100% responsibility for our own health. Linda also believes our nutrition and what we eat impacts our well being as well as a consistent exercise program. We learned that the substances that create the most inflammation in our bodies are: sugar, genetically modified foods, bad carbohydrates, alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. An alkaline body environment is healthier than acidic. Ultimately you want to listen to your own body's innate intuition regarding what's good for it. Linda then closes the show by describing a very important connective tissue called fascia. "It's one continuous sheet", a web, that envelops and is invested in all tissue and structures throughout the body.

Today's Cardinal Point:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things you didn't do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover."

~Mark Twain

Guests Bios:

Linda Broadhead began her working career as a paralegal. She wanted to spend more time with her son who was 10 years old at the time so she chose a different path. Her intuition led her to holistic approaches to healing and she got trained as a massage therapist. She has since, and that's been 22 years, gained knowledge expertise and experience with a plethora of healing modalities.


Show Description:

 Cardinal Points would like to welcome Leah Franklin, Qigong Instructor, to our show. Leah shares how her intuition led her to Arkansas, where she eventually met 17th Generation Shaolin Mei Hua Qigong Grand Master, John Tsai. He became her teacher. When she began getting internal messages about making a move, "I turned inward because that's where the answers are." "I needed to believe and trust in that guidance, so when you open yourself up to it and it comes to you, if you don't listen I think there's a price to pay." "You enter the world of grace when you listen." Leah then tells us a bit about her teacher Grand Master Tsai. He was born premature and was frail as a child. Luckily his Great Uncle was a well known Shaolin Kung Fu teacher. Grandmaster Tsai began to train with him. "Kung Fu and Qigong, the internal and the external are one." Our discussion then shifts into the concept of Qi or energy, a life force energy. According to Grandmaster Tsai, "There are philosophers of Qi and there are farmers of Qi. The philosophers read about it, write about it. They understand the theory. They talk very well about it. They can tell you all the history. But the farmers are actually cultivating it and they're doing it. According to Leah, "Qigong means energy cultivation." It's the practice of becoming aware of ones energy field, cultivating it and refining it. You can practice Qigong to help move any stagnate energy in the body. This will assist in balancing the body and prevent illness and disease. There are many different elements of Qigong. There's medical Qigong, spiritual Qigong, martial art Qigong. Leah then explains the concept of Qi body. Qi body is when you are so full of Qi that is surrounds your body so you're enveloped in a field of Qi. Leah describes the space where our body's Qi and vitality begin- lower dantean. This space is about three finger widths below the navel and two finger widths deep. Proper breathing begins by bringing your minds awareness and breath into lower dantean. "It's really the life force energy that we're drawing into lower dantean." Leah claims she feels more spry and younger since beginning her practice of Qigong. If you continue to cultivate Qi, you won't age as quickly.  When get in touch with your eternal source and you're feeling great, it gives you incentive to live longer. In this sometimes hectic pace of life we experience in the northeast, it's important that we slow down, go in and take care of ourselves. "Be in the world, not of it." Leah finds that her meditation and Qigong practice helps her with this. "Be connected to those things that are most important." Leah educates us about the two great sources of energy that she works with in Qigong. The first being the Universal forces which is the cosmos, the outer atmosphere, the sun, the stars, the space. Secondly is the Earth energy. "It's important that we balance ourselves between these two energies." Qigong also makes use of polarity, yin and yang, the dynamic of opposites.

Today's Cardinal Point: The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. ~Albert Einstein

Guests Bios:

Leah Franklin is an international teacher, spreading the ancient knowledge of internal alchemy to a world ready to wake up to personal connection, power and harmony with the universe. She has been involved with the cultivation of Qi from an early age through Tai Chi, healthy eating, herbal remedies and holistic energy healing practices.

Her Nei Qi cultivation knowledge and skill is a martial art Qigong transmitted to her by 17th Generation Shaolin Mei Hua Qigong Grand Master John Tsai. “It has been a great honor and privilege to study intensively under the guidance of Grand Master John Tsai”, she says.
She left a career as a massage therapist of 26 years and a practitioner of cranio-sacral therapy for 8 years to become Chief Instructor for Grand Master Tsai at his school in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Leah took over ownership and direction of the school under the name Lotus Jewel Qi Energy Center after 4 years. “Studying the healing techniques of Shaolin Mei Hua Qigong is an incredible journey within to the source of our body’s energy system. She has been witness to amazing experiences of rehabilitation and rejuvenation from students and clients of all ages.”
“It is my joy to share this precious knowledge of how we cleanse, build and balance Qi energy in the body and ultimately rejuvenate at a cellular level. The Qigong prepares our bodies to connect and harmonize with infinite Universal Energies. The body is an energy field and when that field is full of positive Qi, we become vibrant human beings.”


All Things Are Connected

Show Description:

Cardinal Points would like to welcome Peter Arpin, Entrepreneur, radio talk show host and voice of sustainability, to our show. As a fourth generation Arpin family member continuing his great grandparents legacy brings with it, some responsibility. It is a company that adapts, changes and is resilient. "Everything we do is based on trying to deliver value to our customers anywhere in the world." As a company they are always trying to stay current with the global trends and incorporate sustainability into their company's model. "I've always been an ardent environmentalist." Trying to blend his passion for saving our planet and managing many successful companies is crucial for Peter. "We can do a better job of balancing the economy with the environment." According to Peter to simplify sustainability it comes down to how much energy we use and how much waste do we create. Peter tries to bring sustainability into all aspects of his businesses. This philosophy impacts his employees, the community, the state, the country and lastly the planet. Peter believes without the support of his brother and the amazing team at Arpin none of their successes would be possible. He has learned many valuable lessons from the generations before him about adaptation, being willing to change, expansion to meet customers needs and migration. "One thing they imbued in us and certainly my Dad reinforced heavily was this investment back to the community."

Peter reports he has had a passion for radio since early on. His vision for his media network is "to be the Bloomberg of business sustainability." "Our goal is simple go out and find the experts, tell their story and motivate others." Peter encourages us all to explore the use of renewable clean energy. Besides the potential cost savings it's better for the environment and planet. It's also important to support our local farmers. "They are responsible for a lot of the open space that we have. Open space is very very very important to our quality of life." Education about sustainability is key particularly with children. "This migration from a fossil fuel economy to a clean energy is the next great industrial revolution and we're living it right now. We could live it a lot faster, a lot better if we changed our educational standards." Peter invites us to check out which was founded by two children after the latest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sustainability in not just about energy it's a total lifestyle, it's a philosophy. Peter recommends that we remain very active, be in nature, and have some solitude to help reduce our stress levels. Also be keenly aware about the food we eat. "I always feel like there is a divine purpose in this. We should be obligated to respect the environment around us, and to restore it, and to pass it on, and to protect it, and to love it, and to appreciate it." "Sustainability is  ever single aspect of how we touch life." Everything and everywhere on our planet is connected. It's going to take total global collaboration to make the changes necessary to improve our personal health and that of our planet.

Today's Cardinal Point: This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites on family. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. ~Chief Seattle

Guests Bios:

Seeing Green for Peter Arpin has nothing at all to do with money, but rather, it's just the opposite, it has all to do with sustainability. And if Peter Arpin were an evangelist, he wouldn't be preaching from the Good Book, but rather The GREEN book, and helping to convert everyone over to the good life of sustainability. 

But what Peter would also tell you is that there is an incredible business case when it comes to embracing sustainability and moving towards a greener future. As Peter says, "The world is at a crossroads, between climate change, natural resources being de-pleated, and an ever increasing need for energy by a growing population, there are challenges that need solutions. And with these challenges come great opportunities to learn from our mistakes and devise solutions for a better tomorrow. And this time around, rather than working against nature, we can work with nature. And if you treat her right, mother earth will take care of us, and provide for all of our needs."

Peter Arpin is the fourth generation of Arpin family members to run Arpin Group, which was first established in 1900 by his Great Grandparents. He assumed his current responsibilities as Partner of Arpin International Group in 1989, and also runs its Alaskan and Canadian divisions.

During his tenure at Arpin, the company has grown from a single company with annual sales of $5 million, to a group of eight companies with revenues excessing $300 million. Following a strategic acquisition, Arpin acquired offices on mainland China. Peter also serves as a member of the company's Executive Committee and Board of Directors.


Health from the Inside Out

Show Description:

Cardinal Points would like to welcome Moira Daniells, Healthy Nutrition and Lifestyle Educator, to our show. Moira shares how she left corporate America because the philosophy in that world was not in alignment with her's. It was about competition and not collaboration.

     Moira grew up in a large Italian family and was raised on a Mediterranean diet, which is mostly plant based. She found herself veering away from that diet until her brother Kevin died from a massive cerebral aneurysm. This was a catalyst to return to her roots and a healthier way of eating.  "I took white flour, white bread, white pasta, white sugar out of my house." "I now know that my dinner is my destiny, not my DNA. My DNA is not my destiny." Moira now jokingly gives us her family nutrition oath. "I do solemnly swear to not beat myself up or feel like a bad person over the information I'm going to hear today. I promise not to freak out my family or cause a mutiny in my household by dumping everything out in my cabinets one day into the garbage. What I will do instead is educate myself about good nutrition and make incremental changes for me and my family." Moira then relays a encouraging story when she had an opportunity to educate at risk teenage girls about nutrition. She believes the time she spent with these young girls changed their lives. "We talked about the power of food." Moira then educates us about phytonutrients. Phyto means from the plant. "Weeds and seeds and greens and beans and fruits and roots." Moira claims we should be eating between 30-50 grams of fiber a day. The average American eats about 5 grams. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and beans are the best source of fiber. "We want to eat raw food as much as possible because they contain important enzymes." Fiber helps us with eliminating toxins and wastes through our digestive system.

Moira informs us about the benefits of Omega 3 fats "for our heart health standpoint, for our mental health standpoint." Moira discovered hemp seeds about 5-7 years ago that are high in protein and Omega 3 fat and is plant based. Our discussion then turns to unsaturated fats, mono and poly unsaturated fats. Your diet should include both and "they are nuts and seeds." "We absolutely have to have fats in our diets." Moira highly suggests that we stay away from hydrogenated oils. "1 gram of hydrogenated oil a day increases your risk of heart disease by 20%." Moira then shares a disturbing fact that if our children continue their eating trends, "this generation of children will be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents." She then states that teenagers in the US consume approximately 5 pounds of white sugar a day. Some alternatives to sugar are: stevia (liquid is a better choice), coconut sugar, Xylitol (from birch), raw honey and real maple syrup. Moira highly recommends that we stay away from synthetic sweeteners.

We then shift gears and discuss how positive thoughts, having gratitude and appreciation, supports good health. "Our cells are always eaves dropping on our thoughts."  Moira says "I thank my body all of the time for working at its highest level." "I like being mission driven. Being part of a bigger purpose." People are "the architect of their lives." It's important to have goals but even more extraordinary is "enjoying the journey and appreciating everything you have." Moira is a big believer in using dream boards to help create the life that you desire. "I want to be a dream catcher. I want to be an ambassador of hope." The entrepreneurial vehicle Moira has chosen to help others achieve better health and more wealth is the Juice Plus company.

Today's Cardinal Point: Whatever the mind of man can conceive and you bring yourself to believe you can achieve

~Napoleon Hill

Guests Bios:

Mission Statement: My mission is to help transform people’s lives, from a health and a financial abundance standpoint. It is my purpose to help people, from all over the world, understand the importance of self-care through good nutrition, healthy lifestyles and living their life on purpose by their design. Positive mindset, intentions and philosophies are the cornerstone to living a purpose filled life. Every time we pray, every time we teach, every time we help someone and have a servant’s heart, we heal and grow. And thus we send out positive energy. This positive energy is part of our contribution to having a positive presences and our legacy.

Bio: Moira Daniells left the corporate world almost 30 years ago to devote more time to her family, her painting, volunteering and educating others about healthy nutrition. She has chosen Juice Plus+ products and business as the vehicle to do so.

Moira lives in Essex, Connecticut, with her husband Danny. They have three children: Kaitlin, who lives in London with husband Duncan and son Maddox; Kitchel, who lives in Seattle with his wife Caroline; and Jaime, who lives in New York City.


Glycoscience & Network Marketing

Show Description:

John Tarrat's intention for being a guest on Cardinal Points. "To open the minds of people to nutrition so they may take control of their health and wellness."

Cardinal Points would like to welcome John Tarrats, a health and wellness business consultant, social entrepreneur and professional network marketer to our show. John has always been interested in the human body and how it works. He also noticed how food made a difference in peoples health. "What people eat matters." John has had his eyes opened to the connection between science, nutrition and health & wellness. "There are studies to validate that nutrition has an impact on health." John observed good benefits when he improved his nutritional habits. He then educates us about ambrotose. It is a vital sugar derived from plants that when you digest them supports cellular health. According to John, this process is called glycobiology and is cutting edge science that can have great positive impacts on the health of humanity globally. John has witnessed significant health improvements with his sister and brother in-law using this form of nutritional support. He then informs us about the vitamin and supplement industry. "It's only about a hundred years old." They were discovered in 1912 by Casimir Funk. "Then there was a turn in history, a turn in fate." That's when they began using synthetic sources in vitamins and supplements. John states this source is not the same as natural food sources. Cold tar, petroleum based derivatives, are also used in some vitamins and supplements. John then informs us about the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) Law that established standards and practices for the dietary supplement industry in 1994. People are beginning to educate themselves and take responsibility for their health. They're realizing that "Food is health. It's what we're made of." "Food is a mirror." Examples of this are: walnuts that resemble the brain and contain Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that support the nervous system, tomatoes have four chambers and are the color of the heart, avocados support women's reproductive health, celery has 23% sodium content just like our bones, a cross section of a carrot looks like the iris of the eye and carrots have been found to improve our vision. We return to the discussion about glycoscience. We learn that glycans play roles in almost every biological process and are involved in every major disease. "Every living cell interact with glyconutrients and that's a fact. Glyconutrients are the gatekeepers to the cells communication network."

We now shifts gears and discuss wealth and network marketing. I believe wealth is intimately connected to our health and well being. John would agree. "It's actually a biblical principle to be healthy and wealthy." Network marketing is on the rise and even the wealthiest people on this planet, including Warren Buffet, believe in it. Network marketing is not a "get rich quick scheme." More companies around the world are seeing the benefit of this type of marketing. "Professionals today are looking at this industry and saying it's a powerful vehicle to help transform their lives." Some of the benefits of the industry is the power of part time and low start up cost with potential for high yield. Network marketing is also about personal development. As John said, "It's not so much where I end up but the journey that counts." "I'm becoming a better human being." Helping others is also important. "Serving others is part of our DNA." John discusses the concept of social entrepreneurship which is using money in a way that affects society positively. "It's capitalism with a heart."

Today's Cardinal Point: A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history~Ghandi

Guests Bios:

John Tarrat's professional career began as a Xray technician. He then found his way into the hospitality and food industry. John founded a non profit in 2007 to help nourish Rhode Islanders who don't have enough to eat. He now considers himself a health and Wellness Business Consultant, Social Entrepreneur and Professional Network Marketer with Mannatech. 


The Bowel Is King

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Cardinal Points would like to welcome Roy Bingham, business consultant, entrepreneur and health & wellness advocate, to our show. Roy shares why he made a shift from traditional finance business to business oriented around healthier living. He decided that he wanted to choose a niche and noticed that people were dissatisfied with mainstream health care, conventional grocery and nutrition. The trend was now people buying products in health food stores. "There's an alternative way of thinking about the food supply, about our health and about therapies for our health." Roy was influenced by the healthcare system in the UK where "alternative" was more widely accepted. His wife Amanda's family is also more holistic health oriented, which had an impact on him. Roy's first business as an entrepreneur in the "healthy nutrition space" was developing a good quality fish oil product. He chose fish oil because of its benefits for cardiovascular health. Roy's family has a history of heart disease.  Roy found that 70% of most fish oil products contained fats that are not so good for us. He developed a fish oil capsule that was 93% DHA and EPA and contained no saturated fats. We learned that most fish oil comes from mackerel, sardines and anchovies. The molecular distillation process removes the toxins such as mercury and other heavy metals from the fish oil capsules he produced. According to Roy there are now very stringent standards established in the US regarding the quality of fish oil that is available to consumers. The Mayo Clinic gives fish oil a grade of A for the following: the prevention of coronary heart disease, reducing high blood pressure, lowering triglycerides, reducing the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, and reducing secondary cardiovascular disease.

Roy then shares about his health crisis when he was diagnosed with C-Difficile, which occurred after his appendectomy. C-Diff is a harmful bacteria that takes over the environment of the colon. C-Diff is resistant to most antibiotics and because of this it is a trial and error process to find the antibiotic that will kill the C-Diff. Last year in the US, there were 99,500 cases of C-Diff documented. Approximately 7-15% of people diagnosed with C-Diff die of complications related to C-Diff. Ironically, at the time Roy was struggling to rid himself of C-Diff, he met Brenda Watson who was the founder of a digestive care company he was going to work for. When Roy informed her of his diagnosis it turned out she was very knowledgable about C-Diff. She recommended taking probiotics to support his digestive and immune system. Roy began taking high doses of probiotics and began to notice improvement. After 10 days of high doses of Probiotics, his symptoms went away. "Some combination of the original antibiotics therapy, combined with the probiotic therapy, combined with my diet and my own immune system had overcome the C-Diff problem that I had." Roy then educates us about our digestive systems and the importance of bacteria in our bodies. "We have 100 trillion living bacteria in our bodies." "We're like a tree, we're really a host." "From a DNA point of view we have more bacterial DNA in our body than we have human DNA in our body." We have 3 to 4 pounds of bacteria that lives in our digestive system, "living, working and cooperating." We need to establish a diversity of bacteria (micro biome) to maintain good health. Researchers have identified a 1,000 different species of bacteria in our bodies. Antibiotic use kills some of the good bacteria and upsets the balance of bacteria which can lead to illness. A good diet and supplementation with probiotics can restore, support and nurture a healthy, balanced digestive system. According to Roy, researchers are finding that improving the bacterial composition of your digestive system can assist in weight loss. Roy states that 70% of our immune system lies within our digestive system. "We have more information traveling from our gut to our brain than from our brain to our gut. It's like a super highway." He recommends that our healthy lifestyle regime is very individual because we are all unique. Roy suggests that exercise and stress management should be a part of ones health plan. A good diet is also imperative. "I've become convinced that a more plant based diet is beneficial for me but I can't guarantee that's the case for somebody else."

Today's Cardinal Point: The Bowel is King and if you take care of the King he will take care of his kingdom, our body~Dr. Bernard Jensen

Guests Bios:

Roy grew up in the suburbs of London where everyone was expected to become a commuter and work in financial services. After college he tried that for nine years and swore he would never commute again!

He became known as a “whizz kid” in business before it was common for people in their twenties to have much influence and became a Board Member of a public company at the tender age of 29.

During that period he also co-founded a charity and supported others in their work in the third world

Coming to the USA

In 1993, Roy moved to the USA to attend Harvard Business School
While at HBS, he met Amanda – an artist and Boston native. They married the following year and until they started a family, they enjoyed adventurous travel and exercise challenges – running marathons and competing in triathlons. As a gifted athlete Amanda always finished first with Roy grinding hard behind.
They made Boston their home and Roy joined McKinsey – a large and powerful business consulting firm where he consulted to Fortune 500 companies

Fascination with business opportunities in better Healthcare and Food
In 1997 Roy co-founded Health Business Partners – a consulting firm with a focus on the changing landscape of healthcare and food in the USA. A particular focus was healthy nutrition and consumer healthcare products
During this period Oliver and Jasper were born (now 11 and 13)

Roy’s work led him to become very knowledgeable both about the business of dietary supplements but also the scientific support for nutritional therapy. In particular he became very interested in the science of fish oil and its benefits in reducing cardiovascular disease in particular – his family had a history of such issues. Eventually, in 2006 he joined a client in creating a business that focused on creating and marketing very high quality Omega-3 capsules directly to consumers through the internet

Personal Health Crisis and business interests converge

Then in 2008 Roy was approached to join ReNewLife - the US’ largest natural digestive care company and an extraordinary and scary “coincidence” led him to jump into the digestive care world with both feet………..

After a couple of weeks of grumbling about abdominal pain, one of Roy’s colleagues literally sent him to the Doctor. An hour later he was in the ER and his impacted appendix was removed. Recovery seemed good and the next day he was home and the day after that back at work. But on the 3rd day he knew something was very wrong and he was quickly diagnosed with “C-Difficile” – a nasty bacterial infection that had “taken over” after Roy had received intravenous antibiotics to which C-Diff was resistant. About 10% of people with C-Diff die and although infection rates are now declining it is still a major problem in the global healthcare system.

Roy was put on vancomycin – a powerful antibiotic and gradually the symptoms abated, but on the day he completed the course all the symptoms came back and he arrived for a meeting at ReNewLife having lost 15lbs in three weeks and looking and feeling fragile

Brenda Watson – president of ReNewLife turned out to be an expert on C-Diff (and many other ailments). She gave Roy their Ultimate Flora probiotic. Roy also harnessed the internet to study the latest science on C-Diff and when his Doctors then prescribed another antibiotic – flagyll that is known to have side effects and is often ineffective against C-diff, Roy declined and said he would try probiotic therapy and call them if he deteriorated

For a week there was little improvement so Roy progressively increased his probiotic doses, eventually taking a whole bottle of 30 capsules per day and he progressively improved and after 3 weeks tests showed he had no more C-Diff. (C-diff causes chronic diarrhea so its obvious if in gradual remission)

Although Roy’s immune system and the antibiotics and diet played a role, Roy considered the major factor in his recovery was probably the probiotics
Naturally he was then excited to accept ReNewLife’s offer and learn more about the power of not just probiotics but also fibers and enzymes. Over the next 6 years, while not a scientist or a Doctor, Roy has become a lay-expert in probiotics and the microbiome

While at ReNewLife, Roy created their eCommerce business and also ran their professional division providing the Advanced Naturals brand of digestive supplements to healthcare practitioners. He was also instrumental in developing the leading probiotic brand (Ultimate Flora) and in increasing the media profile of Brenda Watson - the leading digestive care expert

Now and the Future

Roy has now returned to business consulting with his new firm: BCA Business Consulting, which of course continues to work with companies that are helping their customers to improve their health and prevent chronic disease through better diet, nutritional therapy, access to information, diagnostics and lifestyle improvements

Roy still exercises but is not running marathons any more. He enjoys snowboarding, skateboarding, cycling and golf and loves tinkering with “inventions” like go-karts, sleds and most recently a home made rope tow.


The Philosophy of Divine Nutrition

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Cardinal Points would like to welcome Donald "Spiderman" Thomas, author, public speaker and 3 time Guinness Book of World Records holder to our show. Donald relays a story that occurred when he was 4 years old that made him realize, with the explanation from his Mother, the reality of the world he was living in as an African American. "I would have to be three times as good to walk through some of the same doors." His Mother taught him to have "gumption." "She taught me the ability to go forward, to not be discouraged or be dissuaded of things of society, but use those things as an impetus, the motivation to go forward and not to stop." Donald's Mother also taught him about the importance of education and literacy. Donald acquired the nickname "Spiderman" in childhood because he loved to run and jump and he was the collector of Spiderman comic books. Like Spiderman, Donald helps people. "If you have the power to do something to help people, you should do it."

When it comes to helping people, these lessons were imparted on him by his Mother. "At an early age I had someone who was fostering an altruistic mentality in me. If you have something that can help someone and you have an abundance, why not share it with someone else. When you improve the world, you improve your world because you're living in that same world." Donald has used the three books that he has authored as the source for his 3 Guinness Book of World Records for public speaking. Donald, through these books, "pushes health and nutrition." His first book,  The Philosophy of Divine Nutrition Program, is his total philosophy of health and martial art. "Every religious philosophy has a diet. I took a comparative approach to health, nutrition and longevity and applied modern day science to that." Donald states that herbs are mentioned in most religious texts. More of a disciplined lifestyle is also encouraged among religions. In regards to herbs, Donald considers one of his mentors Dr. John Moore, who is an herbalist. Our discussion then turns toward the mind/body connection. "If you think little of yourself, you're less likely to do things to take care of yourself." Studies have shown that exercise is good for people with depression and cancer. Donald then educates us about sports nutrition and  incorporating a vegetarian diet. He shares that he became a vegetarian at 19 and noticed many physical benefits as a result. Donald encourages the use of honey for its medicinal properties. His dietary recommendation includes approximately 55-65% complex carbohydrates,  15% protein (beans, legumes, green vegetables: broccoli, spinach, kale), and 10-20% fats (cold pressed macadamia oil, hemp seed oil, extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, avocado). He also recommends the use of pre and probiotics to improve and maintain the health of the gastrointestinal system and immune function. Donald claims that clinical research has shown that people who consume soy products within normal ranges (25g) that are consumed in Asian countries have not had any negative effects but many positive results. According to Donald, small amounts of caffeine can be beneficial to athletic performance. "The energy drink industry is primarily caffeine driven." Healthy alternatives to caffeine laden energy drinks would be herbs. As far as aging is concerned, you want to "maximize your health span within your life span." Good nutrition and exercise can increase our longevity.

Guests Bios:

Donald Spiderman Thomas is a native of Brooklyn, New York, where he was a former Choir & Altar Boy for the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Thomas is an ordained minister (non denominational, non sectarian) who has devoted his life to the advancement of the disenfranchised, people with disabilities, as well as at-risk youth.

He is a graduate of Antioch University West, with a BA in Liberal Arts and Science with a concentration in holistic health.

Donald is also the author of 3 books on the subjects of motivation, fitness and vegetarianism that he has used to break Guinness World Records in public speaking.
As a three times Guinness Book World Record holder in Public Speaking, he is one of the longest talkers in recorded human history

He is the originator of the New Jump Swing jump rope fitness program and The Philosophy of Divine Nutrition (PDN) Program. The premise of his philosophy is that every religious text has instructions on health, longevity and nutrition and that an analysis and synthesis of this advise is the basis for his concept of Divine Nutrition.

The total PDN program is an internal martial art or mind/body fitness program based upon the concepts of Jeet Kune Do, developed by the late Bruce Lee.

Donald and his wife Pamela live on the Big Island of Hawaii with their four dogs.


In Heaven

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Cardinal Points welcomes Ashok Rajamani, internationally published author, poet, artist, essayist, radio host, voice actor, and activist to our show. Ashok begins the show sharing the story of his near-fatal, massive cerebral hemorrhagic stroke on the day of his brother's wedding in 2000 when he was 25 years old, "My brain exploded, basically." Ashok explains that he had a Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), "A tangle of arteries and veins inside your brain." Some of the challenges that he has to contend with as a result of his brain injury are epilepsy, distorted hearing (tinnitus) and vision, erratic amnesia, and blindness in half of both of his eyes. Ashok's seizures didn't begin to occur until 2 years after his brain bleed. The visual distortions that he is challenged by are called The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS). Ashok stated that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is personal. "It's an injury that one can't detect visually. A lot of people who suffer from it look "normal." I'm like a Christmas present that's nicely wrapped but is like a broken toy inside." Ashok's partial loss of his sight has presented some interesting challenges; like entering the women's room because the "wo" was omitted from his sight. Shaving also became a challenge when he initially was shaving only half of his face and cutting himself unknowingly. "I became a living Picasso painting where half of my face was mangled." He felt less intelligent than he used to be and wondered if he would ever be normal again. Ashok also experienced anger and bitterness towards his brother and people his own age because this didn't happen to them, "How come they didn't get it." There was also loneliness, "I felt no one else could understand it." Ashok had a near death experience on that day in 2000 "That was very interesting.  I saw a blue ocean and I became fish-like and I was swimming against this thick liquid and there was a white hole I was swimming into." Ashok learned that in life "There is something bigger than us." This experience brought him closer to God/Goddess. "We are far more than we think we are. We are far more than this physical world." Ashok feels that because of his brain injury, he has "Been given two lives for the price of one", "A second life.  Ashok 1 died on that day and this is Ashok 2." Ashok believes that he is now wiser because of his experience. "I realized all of the things you collect, all of the physical collectibles that you have that you obsess over, none of it matters." On one level, Ashok feels ancient because of what he's been through, and on another level, he feels like a new born looking through different eyes. What has motivated him through his recovery process was his desire "To live again.  We as humans are a lot stronger than we think we are." Ashok doesn't know if he'd be here today if it weren't for the support of his family, particularly his mother.

Our discussion then turns to the topic of racism. Ashok is of Indian descent and has experienced racism as a result of it. When men of color are successful, they're called arrogant, but when white men succeed, they're called "go getters." Ashok is a figurative artist. Before his brain injury, his portraits were symmetrical, but now because of his visual loss, his portraits lack symmetry, but have more "emotion." Ashok is a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, "What you think about and thank about you bring about." Having a positive mindset matters. Ashok finds that the practice of Yoga and meditation centers him. Regarding meditation, he states, "If you can get ten minutes a day, it centers your being for the remainder of the day and hopefully for your life." Ashok then educates us about "Ayurvedic Medicine, which is an old form of therapy that was developed in South India.  Ayurveda and herbs have been more beneficial for me." Ashok has also used humor to help with his healing. "You can either laugh about your pain or cry about your pain and I've chosen to laugh about it." He's been having some fun with laughter Yoga. "Laughter is a wonderful healer for your body." Ashok created a audiobook to make his written book more "Accessible to blinded, visually handicapped people.  I wanted my life story to be told through my voice." Ashok said "Crisis brings us to our calling." He feels his calling or dharma is to tell his own truth...and to help others teach their truth or speak their truth.

Today's Cardinal Point: The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.~Mark Twain

Guests Bios:

Ashok Rajamani is an internationally published author, poet, artist, essayist, radio host, voice actor, and activist in New York City. Heralded by Barnes & Noble as one of the "Great New Writers of 2013,” Ashok Rajamani is an internationally published author, poet, artist, essayist, radio host, voice actor, and activist in New York City. He is also a nationwide speaker, having conducted multiple reading engagements in events and venues such as the United Nations International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy; “Masala in Words: A Night of South Asian American Writers,” New York City (headliner); Barnes & Noble, New York City; Barnes & Noble, Princeton NJ; Barnes & Noble, Holmdel NJ; Words Bookstore, Maplewood NJ; Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta GA; “Explosion of the Explosion” Brain Injury Book Launch, New York City; “Ashok Rajamani: Brain Injury as Confession,” New York City; “Brain Injury Warriors,” New York City (headliner); and Brain Injury Association of New York State. In 2000, at the age of 25, Ashok suffered a sudden, near-fatal, massive cerebral hemorrhagic stroke due to an undetected birth defect. Though surviving, he was left with lifelong bisected blindness, epilepsy, distorted hearing, erratic transient amnesia, metal staples in his brain, and ultimately, a carved skull courtesy of open brain surgery. The final consequence of his body's very own 9-11: an irreverent and decidedly unconventional memoir about a day that exploded not only his brain, but the world around him, entitled THE DAY MY BRAIN EXPLODED: A TRUE STORY. The memoir received worldwide acclaim, hailed by multiple global media outlets, including Publisher's Weekly, Harper's Magazine, The Times of India, Washington Post, Booklist, The Atlantic Monthly, BBC, and more. After the hemorrhage, he emerged as a proud brain injury rights advocate, and became a board member of the International Brain Injury Survivors Network, as well as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Brain Injury Association of America. In addition to his memoir, Ashok’s prose and poetry have appeared in publications such as Danse Macabre, Scholars & Rogues, South Asian Review, Three Line Poetry, Mantram, Catamaran, 50 Haikus, Monsters of the Rue Macabre, Armageddon Buffet, Pulp Metal Literary Magazine, and dozens more. He has been host for Brain Injury Radio worldwide, and belongs to the Authors Guild, New York Writers Coalition, Asian American Writers Workshop, and South Asian Journalists Association. Ashok is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University, where he received his Journalism degree with Kappa Tau Alpha honors. He attended Columbia University for advanced cultural studies.


In Heaven

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Cardinal Points welcomes Pastor Dean Braxton to our show. Dean discusses how during a routine procedure to remove a kidney stone on May 4, 2006, his body became septic (blood infection) and his organs began to gradually shut down. He  was clinically dead for 1 hour and 45 minutes. During that time, he made a journey to heaven. "I thought I was going to be afraid and fearful," yet, "I had this joy and peace that came over me and I had this assurance that where I was getting ready to go was greater than I can even imagine." Dean remembers leaving his body extremely fast. "There was this one area that was totally dark except for the light." He describes it as a window he was heading for. Dean witnessed lights passing him that he described as looking like shooting stars. He realized these were prayers for him and others. "I felt like I was in my own river of prayers."

When Dean finally passed through the window of light, "Everything was right, there was nothing wrong." Dean states that it's sometimes hard to describe his experience because he's trying to describe "Eternity in a temporal time frame, and there's no time there." "The light there was was so pure," and the colors so vivid. "Every living creature there was glad I was there.  The most communication there was was thought to thought, telepathically."

When Dean met Jesus in heaven, "The first look he gave me was this one, he looked at me like I had never, ever, ever, ever sinned or disobeyed him.  He was more beautiful than you can ever imagine and I was right with him." Dean claims that there is no sense of time in heaven and that nothing is getting old or deteriorating. Our discussion then turns to the importance of family. Dean's family members were in heaven waiting to welcome him there. Family members he knew and even those he had never met from past generations. In heaven, "We get to experience family in the purest of how we were created to experience them.  Family is important to God." Dean reminds us of the power of prayer, which was instrumental in his physical healing. Dean believes one of his purposes on this earth is to share his experience about heaven. "It gives people hope and comfort."

Guests Bios:

For 35 years Dean has worked in churches as a senior and assistant Pastor. He has delivered teachings and sermons to as many as 3,000 people and has been on Christian TV and Radio shows sharing Christian principles and how they apply to everyday life.

Dean has also worked in the Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Systems including the Chemical Dependency profession. Dean is retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve after 20 years of services.

On Thursday, May 4th, 2006 Dean Braxton went to the Hospital for a routine kidney stone procedure. This procedure sent major infection throughout Dean’s body. In rapid order his major organs began to shut down and stopped working. Doctors rushed to give him CPR, got him on a breathing machine, and took measures to try to get him back to life. For an hour and 45 minutes, Dean’s body totally shut down. During this time Dean describes going to heaven and meeting Jesus. Dean came back to life and after 13 days in the hospital returned home. After several months Dean regained his health, but with spiritual changes that would last forever.


A Very Wise Young Man

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Cardinal Points welcomes Sam Foer, a high school senior, gymnast and seeker of self knowledge to our show. Sam first discusses his choice to attend alternative schools his entire life. His parents enrolled him in the Compass School as a kindergartener. Sam describes alternative education as project based learning and eco friendly. "Learning a lot about our ecosystem, learned a lot about our planet, a lot about Mother Earth." "I thrived there." Sam believes there is different styles of education for every kid.

 As a current high school student at the Met School in Providence, Sam is able "To create my whole curriculum based on my interests and my passions." He is able to establish internships to explore his interests and passions. Sam edifies his parents for all the good things they did in raising him. "It's unbelievable the love they've given me, the freedom that they've given me." This is why he feels he is "ahead of my time." "When you give kids the freedom to explore the world and to find out what they want to do and how they want to do it they become mature." Sam's interest in Yoga, meditation, and Hawaiian Shamanism was sparked by his parents involvement in these practices. When he was uptight and anxious Sam's father would ask him to "Look at your feelings, what are you feeling, don't judge your feelings, why do you think you're uptight?" When I began to meditate, "I began to look at my thoughts from the inside." Sam plans on traveling the world next year before he begins college. "This will help me to assess my life." 

"You get a better sense of what the world really is when you travel." One of Sam's scheduled stops is Hawaiian to study with Serge Kahili King the author of The Urban Shaman. Another potential stop would be Ecuador to study a course offered by the University of Metaphysics on South American Shamanism. Sam then shares his life long involvement with gymnastics. He began when his parents enrolled him in a toddler class. He currently continues to train regularly,  This is his 7th year of competing. "It's very very intense workouts."

Being a gymnast is a microcosm of the world. "You can make the most of your time as an individual but at the same time you need to get along with other people, your teammates." "Everyone is your teammate in this world." "Gymnastics has taught me self confidence and pushing myself to the limit." Sam began exploring various meditation practices daily for the past year. "It's not only the voice in my mind that I'm listening to but the voice in my heart." It takes practice and calming the chatter of the mind to be able to hear the voice of the heart. Sam states that in our society, we are so focused on what the mind has to say and if we listen to the mind that we get a false sense of self. Sam then shares his experience with Yoga as a vehicle for self inquiry. "Yoga is a way of life." He believes that releasing the tension in his body through Yoga helps him to release the tension in his mind.

Sam has chosen to facilitate a self realization workshop for his Senior thesis project. "It's basically an introduction to conscious awareness and meditation." The theme of the workshop is; "What is your true self." Through his own practice of Yoga and meditation Sam has learned that he is not who he thought he was. "I am not Sam Foer, in fact, I am far greater than that." "I am the universe and the universe is me." Sam believes that if we all work towards self realization and becoming our "true self" that the lyrics of John Lennon's song Imagine will ring true. Sam informs us that Quantum Physicists have discovered that everything is energy. "Down to the subatomic level everything is the exact same. This means we are all one. There is no separation."

This week's Cardinal Point: Embark on a epic journey of evolution and growth. This is the most noble journey a person can undertake. The journey of one's Spirit.

Guests Bios:

Sam Foer is a senior at The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence. He travels two hours a day to school and back. Sam chose to go to The MET for it’s alternative curriculum and structure, which has allowed him to explore and pursue different interests through internships two days per week. Sam was just accepted to Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, continuing his life of alternative education in the college setting. He plans to study psychology and neuropsychology. Before college starts, he plans to take a gap year next year to travel, work, and continue learning about his different passions.

Sam is a competitive gymnast and has been state champion four times and regional silver medalist twice. He is currently a level 10 gymnast, the highest level in his age group and practices three to four days per week for 3.5 hours each. For the past year, Sam has found deep interest and passion for spirituality, alternative healing, metaphysics and the science of our reality. He explores astronomy, metaphysics, quantum physics, philosophy, yoga and shamanism. Sam has formed his own practices of yoga and meditation, which he uses each day. He wishes to inform and teach the world about the importance of conscious awareness, which he believes, is our species’ next evolutionary breakthrough.


What it Means to Be a Man?

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Cardinal Points welcomes radio personality Greg Norman to our show. We will discuss the question, "What does it mean to be a man?" We discussed how being a man does not mean living like the old images and messages we received growing up, like: men don't cry, don't express your emotions, repress any sensitivity, be silent and independent. Instead, men today need to step into their power and truth by speaking their feelings, expressing their sensitivity, balancing their masculine and feminine, and opening their hearts. Greg states, "It is very important for me to express what I'm feeling." "I have a strong feeling if we don't really become the men inside ourselves, the spiritual man, I don't know if we're going to make it." Greg feels we have to look at ourselves first. "It takes courage." One question Greg recommends we ask ourselves is; "Do you have peace?" Challenging times in Greg's life enabled him to ask himself the question, "Who am I." He has healed some of his father's wounds so he can now look at the valuable lessons and what his father did provide. I was able to identify with Greg's process in my own life. Our fathers did the best that they could. They did not learn how to be sensitive, loving, emotional men from their fathers, so how could we expect them to be this way?

Greg discusses how he had a "hole in his soul" that he tried to fill with his relationships with women. What he realized was "There was no woman that could fill it." For Greg, bodybuilding gave him the opportunity to get attention. "It gave me a sense of power." He instead has learned that "being vulnerable is not a sign of weakness." "We have the strength, the courage and the commitment" to express our feelings. We as men need to connect with our hearts and souls to fully be who we are meant to be- to be whole. We need to love ourselves first before we can love others. We're either growing or dying. "Growing will sometimes take us outside of our comfort zone." Greg reminds us to acknowledge ourselves when we've done something good, providing positive reinforcement. Greg believes taking positive action is also imperative in order to achieve our desires. We as men are at a critical period in our evolution. Many men are in a crisis which is creating an opportunity for change, a time to know their hearts more intimately. "Humility, to me, is a very, very important role that we have to at least investigate." We need to learn to open up our hearts. "I know in my soul it's the only way to experience what true power is."

This Week's Cardinal Point: The essential purpose of our presence on earth is to appreciate the gift of life and to celebrate it.

Guests Bios:

Greg Norman and has been in the radio industry for numerous years and is now the President of The One Source Network, dedicated to positive media throughout the country. He is also the cohost of the radio show, The Man Behind the Mask, and has produced many personal development audios.


Looking Beyond the Obvious

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     Cardinal Points would like to welcome Troy McClain, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, to our show. Troy begins the show by sharing how a country boy from Idaho was able to create so much  success in his life. Troy shares how his story is much different from many who were groomed for success. "My Mother groomed me for survival." "My Mother was a little rough around the edges." She was a bouncer in a bar and a truck driver. She always painted the picture of the glass half full and not half empty. "She wanted me to see the gold and greatness within." Troy's adopted "kid sister" is profoundly deaf and developmentally delayed. Troy credits his Mom for teaching him to "look beyond the obvious." In regards to Troy's sister, his Mom stated, "Who says you have to listen with your ears when you can hear with your heart." Troy has said on many occasions, "The best way to get ahead is to give back."
     He never forgets where he came from. He remembers receiving hand me down clothes when he was young. "What a blessing to give just to give," and take part in somebody else's success. Troy asks the poignant question, "How do you give when you got nothing." "You can give a smile." "You can treat a human being like a human being and that's the gift of giving." When we're willing to give, it comes back to us tenfold. Troy then discusses the Buddy Cruise, a 501c3 non-profit that promotes awareness, inclusion and education to the special needs community and their families. 86% of families with a member who has special needs never take a vacation. The Buddy Cruise, an annual cruise 5 to 7 days in duration, started with 6 families at its inception and grew to 228 last year. It is a vacation of a life time with trained and certified educators and facilitators addressing a wide range of disability related topics. "We're really trying to promote and teach acceptance of differences of all kinds." It also sounds like a great opportunity for participants to rest, relax and have fun. Troy reminds us to look at life's occurrences as opportunities not obstacles (ONO). Some of the keys to turning obstacles into opportunities are: 1) Retrain your brain, change your paradigm, 2) From As A Man Thinketh by James Allen: You have to believe that your brain is a garden so whatever you plant in the form of thoughts will grow.

Watch your Thoughts, for they become Words 

Watch your Words, for they become Actions 

Watch your Actions, for they become Habits 

Watch your Habits, for they become Character 

Watch your Character, for it becomes your Destiny 

Troy shares a magical incident that occurred in June 2013 at a Global Information Network (GIN) event in Washington DC. GIN members in a "wave of giving" donated money to support the Buddy Cruise. GIN was established by visionary Mr. Kevin Trudeau in 2009. This club provides premier training courses, a curriculum for creating success and the ability to surround yourself with a social network of like-minded people from all over the world. Its main intention is the betterment of our planet. "Our ultimate goal is to educate, inspire, uplift and serve everyone around us." Troy has recently taken over as the CEO of this life changing club. It's about collaboration, not competition. Troy reminds us to believe in our dreams and dream bigger, dream extreme. As Troy's Mom has said, "You have to aim for the sky." Troy states "If you don't set goals, if you don't have big dreams, nothing will change in your life." He recently attended Ed Foreman and Earlene Vining's 3 day Successful Life Course. The golden nugget he received from that course was that he had to put the success principles he learned there into practice. "Practice what you preach, practice what you're being taught." Troy believes "To be thankful, grateful and appreciative is everything." When asked the question what is the most important thing in your life, Troy replies, "My faith, beliefs and principles." "The next thing is my family." It's all about love. "You have to love yourself." "It boils down to LOVE."

Etymologically Philanthropy means "love of humanity" in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing "what it is to be human." Troy McClain lives this definition and it was a gift to have him as my guest.

Guests Bios:

Who would have thought a country boy from Idaho could go on national television, be seen by 28 million Americans every week and still appreciate the simple things like fly fishing on a backcountry stream? That is Troy McClain.

Troy’s rise to prominence happened as he climbed Donald Trump’s ladder on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” advancing all the way to the finals.
His awards and accolades include being featured in numerous publications, such as Fast Company and USA Today. Troy has made appearances on multiple national television programs, including Today, Dateline, Larry King Live, Live with Regis & Kelly, HGTV Renovation Countdown, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


For The Love of Running

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Cardinal Points welcomes Jeff Caron, sub elite runner and Territory Sales Manager for ElliptiGo. Jeff first got involved in competitive running in high school with great success. He learned a valuable life lesson at that time, "The harder I worked, the better I got." Jeff enjoyed the camaraderie among his teammates and his competitors. "There was a mutual respect." He believes there is a special connection between runners where ever you go.  Jeff lists discipline and dedication as valuable qualities that he learned as a runner that translate into his daily life. "I had to pay attention to nutrition, to sleep, to stretching and to the little things." His coaches on the high school, college and professional level all had a positive impact on Jeff's life for various reasons. His high school coach encouraged him to bring passion to the sport. Jeff's college coach taught him about maximizing his potential, while his coach at the professional level encouraged him to have balance in his life. Jeff has dedicated himself and makes a contribution to the sport of running in the form of sharing his experience and passion for the sport.

"Running is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories and get your heart rate up." It is a full body workout and improves overall fitness. It can also release stress. Jeff states that when beginning a running program or even if you are a seasoned veteran, "the most important thing is to listen to your body." Although running is highly beneficial, it also has a high risk for injury. "Keep a level head and level mindset." Jeff claims running shoes are "designed to improve the running experience and allow you to do more of it by providing comfort, by providing protection." There are many good resources available for runners. Jeff suggests starting with your local running store. Stretching is also an important aspect of running "to make those muscles more pliable and prepare them for the next activity." "You never want to stretch cold muscles."

Jeff then describes the ElliptiGO, an outdoor elliptical bicycle. It's similar to an elliptical machine in the gym. The ElliptiGO simulates running without the impact and allows you to work 33% harder than a normal bicycle. "You can get a better workout in a shorter time." The ElliptiGo is a great means to compliment a  runners training regime and also an alternative for injured runners. It's not just for runners but for all fitness enthusiasts.

Jeff reminds us when we work hard doing what we love it won't feel like work. It is also important to help others. "I love finding people and discovering what  their passion is and helping them to pursue it even more." "Inspiration is the most valuable tool for running, for anything." "Lead by example."

Guests Bios:

Jeff Caron grew up in Auburn, ME.  In high school he developed a love for running both as a successful individual hobby and a personal pursuit. While at Edward Little High School, he was a member of 4 State Champion Teams, he received individual All State Honors 9 times and competed at the New England Championships 7 times.

Jeff went to college at the University of Maine where he studied Civil Engineering and continued competing in Cross Country and Track. One of his highest honors was when he won the 2006 America East Conference Title in the 5K.

Upon graduation in 2006, Jeff moved to Boston where he began working in a Engineering Consulting Firm. He also became a member of the New Balance Boston elite training program for 4 years. In those 4 years, he further developed his passion for the sport and dedication to become the best athlete and person he could be.

In 2011, Jeff brought his commitment to the running industry to a new level when he joined the Saucony Team as the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Rep. This role further established Jeff’s reputation as an industry professional who is devoted to helping grow the sport of running and all of its community members. In March of this year Jeff made a career transitioned to ElliptiGO Jeff’s passion to inspire people to improve their lives through exercise has reached an even higher level with ElliptiGO.



Show Description:

Cardinal Points would like to welcome Sandi Gold- Artist, Author and Expressive Arts Specialist- to our show. Sandi starts out the show by sharing her experience on December 4, 1986, when she was informed that she had a fast growing inoperable brain tumor. She was told over the phone at her doctor's receptionist desk, which was only separated from the waiting area by a sliding glass. "I was feeling a little exposed because I was standing at the time behind glass." The tumor was benign, but because it was fast growing and located in the Pons region of her brain, it was life threatening. "Five doctors told me I was going to die within 6 months to a year." Fortunately, Sandi learned about a unique treatment located at Mass General Hospital called Cyclotron Proton therapy, and she was willing to give it a try. This method created scar tissue around the tumor, thus cutting off its food supply and destroying it.

It was a success for Sandi, but not without some side effects. She sustained some radiation damage, causing loss of balance, double vision, some cramping in her left hand and excruciating migraine headaches. Sandi utilized the expertise of Dr. Lori Leyden for holistic stress management counseling. "She gave me many many tools as well as reflected back at me what she saw in me in ways that I just had never seen before." Dr. Lillian Posten, who performs the Touch for Health technique, was also a great support for Sandi during her health crisis. Sandi explains how during the year after her diagnosis, her art reflected her inner challenges around her possible demise. Seven years later and after medical tests indicated that she no longer had a brain tumor, Sandi decided to paint a mural named, "The Temple of the Soul."  According to Sandi, the intention of this mural was to portray the need "to appreciate the life we have." She chose to symbolize the impermanence of life by erasing the mural at a specified date in time. Over 10,000 people came to view this mural.

Sandi is currently working with a Hospice organization to improve the quality of patients' lives through the arts. "It's just sharing love." We both agree that it is important that we take care of ourselves first in order to have more to give to others. One of the ways Sandi chooses to nourish herself is by being outdoors in nature. "It's a way of feeding my soul." She also has been taking turmeric mixed with almond or coconut milk in a concoction called Golden Milk. According to some tumeric has shown promise in treating cancer and is anti-inflammatory.

In 2009, Sandi was diagnosed with breast cancer and chose to have two lumpectomies. Two years later, her cancer had spread and it was recommended that she have a mastectomy, which she declined. Sandi instead chose to follow Bill Henderson's protocol from the book "Cancer Free" and became a vegan. She reminds us that when choosing complimentary modalities that support your health, what's important is the intention of the practitioner. Some practitioners and methods may be a good fit for one person but not necessarily another. The answers are within ourselves about what's right for us. As one of Sandi's friends once said, "Sandi, you know the answers."

Some of the complimentary practices that Sandi utilizes are: massage, The Feldenkrais Method, and non conventional Physical Therapy. Her Physical Therapist "works with her body's intelligence." The diversity of Sandi's friends' and families' reactions to her illness was, as she put it, a "study of human nature." Some supportive and loving, while others "ran from her life." When it comes to the mind- body connection, the one thing that Sandi works on improving is her "stinking thinking." Thoughts do matter when it comes to our health.

Guests Bios:

Sandi Gold is a classically trained artist who has a degree in Fine Arts from Boston University. She is also an Expressive Arts Specialist and the Author of the soon to be released book, "The Art of Living." On December 4, 1986 Sandi was told she had and inoperable brain tumor and that she had six months to a year to live. She was then diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.


Chiropractic Care with Dr. Chris Black

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Cardinal Points welcomes Chiropractor Dr. Chris Black to our show. Chris first got exposed to chiropractic care at the age of 16. "At that moment I knew that's what I wanted to do." "It changed my health." It alleviated Chris's chronic bronchitis. I liked the aspect of helping people and chiropractic theory is a "different way of thinking." Chris states that Chiropractors are treating about 8% of the population. "Chiropractic care is really an art, science and a philosophy." "There is an innate intelligence within the body that actually heals the body."

The art is the manual interpretation of the body, the correction. The science is understanding the underlying principles of chiropractic, the brain and nervous system. Chiropractic began in Iowa in the late 1800's by DD Palmer, a magnetic healer. He is know as the "Father of Chiropractic." Chiropractic care seeks to restore the flow of electrical impulses, energy, from the brain and nervous system to rest of the body. A subluxation or misplacement of the vertebra can disrupt this energy flow.  Chris reports that he read recently that the brain acquires 90% of it's energy from movement of the axial skeleton, the body and limbs. "If we're not moving we're not even feeding our brain." Chris has treated patients from infants to his oldest patient being 95. We then discuss developing human connections, building relationships, and how this contributes to the healing process. In our technologically centered society we're unfortunately loosing that human contact and the healing power of touch.

We are one of the wealthiest countries on this planet yet we spend the most on medical care. Chris attributes this to the influence of media regarding pharmaceuticals, poor diets and our detrimental thoughts. According to Chris the farther away our food is from it's source and the more processed "it's not the best thing for you." He tries to instill the fundamentals of good health in his children. A good diet, plenty of sleep, exercise and positive thoughts. As a health care provider Chris is hesitant to use labels when he consults with his patients. He finds that people have a tendency to become that label they've been given and they get attached to it. It becomes who they are.

Chris is a fourth generation bow tie wearer, "I think differently be it what I wear or how I raise my family. I think there is a little shock value to it. That against the grain in me." Chris believes we are loosing the ability to think for ourselves and ask the right questions. He also acknowledges as a society "we are under constant stress." What inspires Chris is his family. He envisions a world where we support and look out for each other. "I want people to actually think for themselves. Ask questions about there own health and take some accountability."

Guests Bios:

Dr. Chris Black received his Doctor of Chiropractic from the University of Bridgeport in 1996. He has been the owner and Practitioner of Narragansett Family Chiropractic since 2000. Chris has received leadership and achievement awards from the International Chiropractors Association. He is very involved with the Boy Scouts of America and has been recognized by them on many occasions for his outstanding service. Dr Black is happily married and is the proud father of 3 children.


The Mystical Farmer

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Cardinal Points is privileged to welcome Michael Giroux, organic farmer, food cooperative owner and visionary. He shares with us how he got involved in farming at a young age and that when he began to eat local organic produce, he immediately noticed a difference in his body. He experienced more energy and required less sleep. "It was like being superman." He then explains the meaning of CSA; Community Supported Agriculture. This is a way for farmers to effectively distribute their produce. A farmer will sell shares up front, usually in the winter, and this will allow them to buy seed and what ever they may need for the following growing season. The share holder will then get a share of the harvest throughout the growing season. Michael apprenticed on two different farms in Oregon. "This deepened my knowledge on the type of practices that will be beneficial both for the land and for our own bodies." Michael stated that the average apple that you buy at most large grocery stores has been picked 1 year prior to showing up at the store, which is unfortunate, because produce loses 50% of its nutrition within the first couple of days after they are picked. Michael educates us on how the commercial farming practices using genetically modified organisms, pesticides, and over used soil have drastically depleted the soil's nutrients. The land is basically "lifeless." Michael's passion for farming and food is evident, "I love eating. I love food, the cooking and the being together." "The common sharing of a bounty."

We learned from Michael that a "hefty" portion of the land in Rhode Island is being preserved and conserved as farm land. Rhode Island recently had the largest number of newly registered farms in the country. "People are looking for a livelihood that is satisfying, that heals the planet." Ironically, even with the increased number of farms in Rhode Island today, currently less than 1% the food that we eat as a state is grown here in Rhode Island. Michael envisions a way to link the products from the farms that is efficient and financially fair for the farmer; way to connect the local farmer to the consumer. He established Fertile Underground Food Cooperative in Providence 3 years ago to assist in this connection. Michael reports that nationally, the average amount a household spends on food each year is around $20,000. He asks, why not shift some of that money to buying locally, supporting our local economy and farmers, and creating jobs. What's satisfying to Michael when farming is "the feeling of having everything I require in a given moment." Michael believes we've become domesticated as a people. We rely on others for our own food. "We've lost the ability to feed ourselves." He reminds us that we live in a universe of love and abundance. Michael has a vision of creating "The Rogers Williams Trading Post," a "Buyers Club" using the internet to connect farmers, fishermen, artisans, bakeries and natural care products to consumers here in Rhode Island. This would include home delivery or to be picked up at distribution centers.

Guests Bios:

Michael Giroux is a natural farmer, son of Canadian immigrants, and a father of two. He has been involved with Fertile Underground for five years, which has developed two communal gardens and a worker cooperative natural grocery store in Providence.


Breast Cancer and The Wisdom of Illness

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The art of being sick is not the same as the art of getting well. Some cancer patients recover, some don't. But the ordeal of facing your mortality and feeling your frailty sharpens your perspective about life. You appreciate little things more ferociously. You grasp the gravitational pull of faith. And you realize you have received a unique gift-a field of vision others don't have about the power of hope and the limits of fear, a firm set of convictions about what really matters and what does not. You also feel obliged to share these insights-the most important of which is this: there are things far worse than illness-do instance, soullessness.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Cardinal Points welcomes Marcie Brensilver and Jude Monteserrato to our show. In 1991 during a routine self breast exam, Marcie found a lump which turned out to be cancer. She had a unilateral mastectomy and received chemotherapy as part of her treatment. At a later date, Marcie chose to have her second breast removed. Jude was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease in 1988 when she was 28 years old received radiation treatment. Three years later, she found a melanoma on her hand. In 1998 during a routine mammogram and subsequent biopsy, they found pre cancer in her breast. She learned that women who had Hodgkins in their 20s and were treated with radiation were at higher risk of breast cancer. After much deliberation, Jude decided to have a bilateral mastectomy. When Marcie first found out she had cancer, she was a bit surprised because she led a pretty healthy lifestyle. Marcie, who is from Southeastern Connecticut, states that for some reason there is a high incidence of breast cancer in women in that region. She recommends that women be vigilant in their self breast exams and have regular mammograms. When Jude was first diagnosed with Hodgkins, she had a great doctor who told her, "It's your attitude that's going to get you through this. Think positive and that will help you tremendously." Jude's illness caused her to make some lifestyle changes. She shares that when it comes to health, we need to listen to our own intuition and take 100% responsibility for it and our medical treatment. "Be your own advocate." Marcie firmly believes that you should always get a second opinion. Both Marcie and Jude agree that their illnesses taught them to appreciate life, each day, each moment. "Today is important because it only comes once and you must be making the most of each day." "Don't sweat the small stuff." Marcie and Jude find themselves sharing their wisdom regarding their experiences with breast cancer to help other women. Marcie  reports that she recently heard a study mentioned on the radio that claimed that people who help others have stronger immune systems and other health benefits. Integrative care and therapies are becoming more available and encouraged for those in treatment for cancer. Practices such as: acupuncture, massage, mind body techniques, reflexology, Ayurvedic medicine, and Yoga therapy to name a few.

Nutritional recommendations:

Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight

Avoid sugary drinks and processed foods

Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes

Limit your consumption of red meats

Breast Cancer Statistics:

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among American women along with skin cancer

About 1 in 8 (12%) of women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime

The American Cancer Society estimates in the US for 2014 there will be approximately 233,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women

After increasing for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in the year 2000, possibly due to the decline in use of hormone therapy after menopause

Guests Bios:

Thank you Marcie Brensilver a retired Health/Sexuality Educator and Jude Monteserrato a Certified Purna Yoga Instructor at the 2,000 hour level for your courage and candidness in sharing your stories of recovery from breast cancer.


Celebrating Yoga Month

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Cardinal Points is privileged to welcome Tom Gillette and Jude Monteserrato, Yoga Instructors, to honor Yoga Month. Tom shares how Yoga affects you on all levels. "Your body, your feelings, your emotions, and your mind and move you towards a more flexible way of relating to life." Yoga puts you in touch with what is really real, sensations and breath.  Our thoughts are distractions so Yoga allows us to "get in touch with what is going on inside your skin." Yoga teaches us to manage our "crazy" minds. Tom recommends that Yoga should be done consistently and over time to experience lasting change. Jude tells how she has used Yoga to know and love herself more. "Yoga is not just a physical practice. It's taking care of the whole being." "To work towards the connection of the heart and to live from that place." Tom teaches us that one of the goals of Yoga is to bring the heart and mind together. In our culture we are so disconnected from our bodies. Yoga can help us all to reconnect to our bodies and have fun. Tom explains that Yoga enables us to have an inner sanctuary so when big things happen in our lives we are better equipped to handle them. "It's a way to work out our issues psychosomatically." Our conversation then turns to the mind body connection. Jude states that Yoga teaches us to "live fully as one and not have the separation." Tom adds " the thing with Yoga is you verify things through your own experience."

One of the first principles of Yoga in non violence. "Yoga is a way of purging yourself from these deep seated conflicts." We then discuss the difference anatomically and emotionally between men and women participating in Yoga. Women's hips are naturally more open than men and their poses should not be expected to look the same. Tom then explains that our emotions affect our physical body. Developing the "witness consciousness" is a huge part of the Yoga tradition. "You step back from the dialogues in your head and you come to the realization that you are not the dialogues."

We as a western culture are attracted to the physical practice of Yoga which is not necessarily a bad thing. This can eventually lead to learning more about all aspects of ourselves. According to Tom "self care" is important especially in our over worked and stressed out society.

Genuine yoga will change your life, your habits, your body, your health, your mind, your breathing patterns, your attitudes, your outlook. Yoga is about learning from direct experience. You will develop wisdom of how your body works most efficiently. You will learn how your conscious and unconscious mind can either support or harm you, and then later, a deeper wisdom naturally gets revealed.

Guests Bios:

Tom Gillette, the owner of Eyes of the World yoga studio in Providence, RI, isn’t the average yoga teacher, nor is he a teacher seeking guru fame in the yoga world. Instead, he teaches because he must.

Tom’s yoga journey started in his 20s when he began following and serving Guru Amrit Desai, a Kundalini Shaktipat teacher in India, setting himself on a course that would radically change his life. At 31 he moved into the ashram and devoted his days to living in love, service, and practice awakening him to knowledge of his dharma—his calling and soul’s work—which is to teach yoga and to train yoga teachers. His vision for Eyes of the World was born in the ashram many years ago.

For over 25 years, Tom has studied and achieved certification with master gurus such as Swami Prabhakar, Bikram Choudry, and Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois while continually teaching yoga and training hundreds of yoga teachers. In that time, yoga has asked him to continually evolve and change himself in a very organic way. He admits that teaching keeps him a perpetual student; with every question and every questing student, he learns there is always so much more to learn and so many ways to release ego and open and connect with Spirit. Tom is devoted to offering what he’s learned, his teaching, and his studio as an opportunity for others to experience deep healing in the course of practicing yoga asana, which is essentially a very effective, reliable, mechanical method for feeling what’s going on in one’s body and mind.

He brings to the RI community yoga with roots in Kripalu, Bikram, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa traditions and freely admits his yoga now doesn’t fit into an easy label, but instead allows for each student to experience an authentic, heart-centered yoga that acknowledges and honors how different one physical body is from the next. He ensures that Eyes of the World offers a variety of asana practices so each student can get what they need, be it a vigorous practice or a slow, nurturing class. And all classes expose students to more than just asana; at Eyes of the World, students will practice pranayama, chanting, learn mantras, and meditation all in support of offering a path to cultivate contentment, happiness, and health. Quite simply, Tom wants to help the world one person at a time.

Jude Monteserrato is a Certified Purna Yoga Instructor at the 2,000 hour level. She received this certificate from the College of Purna Yoga in Washington State studying with world-renowned yoga masters, Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri. Jude continued to deepen her knowledge by attending a 6-day organic body and an 8-day Musculoskeletal Therapeutic Teacher Trainings with them.

Jude’s love and passion for yoga come through in the safe, fun and lively atmosphere, she establishes in her classes. Students are encouraged to pause, feel and observe their bodies and mind with compassion while developing strength, balance and flexibility. Her teaching style emphasizes alignment-based asana (postures) and the use of props to deepen the student’s experience of the asana while also cultivating awareness within the Heart. In addition to studying, practicing and teaching yoga, Jude loves to cook whole, natural simple delicious food. Jude’s desire to help all humanity inspired her to embark on the Cambodia Seva Challenge in 2008 with Seane Corn, raising $21,000 by uniting with community, friends and family.


Can Meditation help you face your fears easier?
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Julianna Ricci, Energy Coach and Healer, shares how her career began as a Marine Scientist and evolved into what it is today. In a nut shell, she says, "It is my gift, and my bliss, to guide people, as they become the best of themselves." She also explains her practice of the ancient Japanese healing energy technique Reiki. We discuss the effects of stress on our bodies. Julianna then talks us through a guided meditation, a practice that allows us to enter into a state of relaxation and inner stillness and a way to manage stress. Our discussion turns to the concept of fear and two books that discuss it: Smile at Fear, Awakening the True Heart of Bravery by Chogyam Trungpa and Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. Fears can be passed down through physical and social (belief) heredity. You shouldn’t try to cast fear out. Instead, use it as kindling to build a big fire of fearlessness. We agree, if you are not experiencing fear you are not growing. The key is to jump into the fear and do it anyway. Even though it is scary, you’ll be glad you did.

About Julianna Ricc:

Julianna Ricci is an Energy Coach and Healer who works with avant-garde leaders, musicians, entrepreneurs, and other passionate, driven people who are changing the world. Julianna began her career quite far from where she is now. She earned her Masters of Science in Australia, studying marine science on the Great Barrier Reef. She then worked for the Federal Government in Washington DC and Rhode Island for many years. Now as an Energy Coach, she combines coaching and guided meditation. In a nut shell, she says‚ "It is my gift, and my bliss to guide people, as they become the best of themselves."


Phone: 401-447-8499

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." Jim Rohn
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The husband and wife team of Ryan and Danielle Bate, owners of South County Boot Camp for Women, teach us that yes, indeed, fitness can be fun! Their holistic approach to wellness helps their campers heal on more than just the physical level, "This is more than a workout, it's a lifestyle." Ryan states, "We're trying to build these people up." Danielle adds, "We see some women come in with extremely low self esteem and leave ecstatic about what she just completed over the past 4 weeks." This group fitness experience not only builds confidence, but camaraderie and a sense of community. Research has revealed that when we stay connected to friends and family, it increases our longevity and decreases loneliness and the rate of heart disease.

We discuss the top 5 health concerns for women and steps they can take to prevent and diminish the impact of these illnesses. "Physical activity and nutrition go hand in hand when it comes to making changes." Even though Ryan and Danielle are practicing vegans and can identify a plethora of personal benefits of a plant based diet, "We do not push the lifestyle on anybody." Ryan educates us about the most effective ways for anyone to lose and maintain a healthy weight, "If you focus on putting your time into the nutrition aspect and physical activity, everything else is going to come together." Our thoughts and attitude are crucial to our well being. Ryan states, "If you tell yourself you can't do something, I guarantee you won't ever do it. Negativity needs to change." Ryan and Danielle lead by example and always try to be positive and remain present in the moment.
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Ryan and Danielle Bate:

Ryan Bate is the owner of South County Adventure Boot Camp for Women. An avid fitness enthusiast from an early age, Ryan has been involved in competitive sports and physical activity throughout his life. He has been successful in the Fitness Industry for the past 10 years and has experience helping individuals of all ages and physical fitness levels.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education from Rhode Island College. He is also a National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) certified Adventure Boot Camp instructor, and a Certified Personal trainer from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Danielle Bate is the Co-Owner of South County Adventure Boot Camp for Women. She has been involved in the health and fitness field for 4 years; she is known for her program design creativity, she is a phenomenal cook and shares many of her recipes with her clients weekly. Danielle has a Wellness Coach Certification from the Spencer Institute. Danielle also has a passion for Hula Hooping and is a certified Hoop Dance and Hoop Fit instructor levels 1 and 2.

Danielle Holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (major) and Psychology (minor) from the University of Rhode Island. Danielle has a Certification in Personal training from National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) and the International Sports and Fitness Trainers Association (ISFTA)

Phone: (401) 864-8058

Dressing for Success
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Terris Wallace is an impeccably dressed, wise 24 year old young man who lost his father at the young age of 13 years old. Before his dad died, he was able to instill in his son the concepts of respect, dedication, hard work, and love. "When I push myself I learn more about myself." His father and older brother also taught him about dressing for success. "When you purchase a success uniform you are investing in yourself.  Not only do you look good, but you feel good,and others treat you with respect." Terris gives us the following dress tips: "Always make sure your suits fit well, are clean and always, always, always press your clothes. The tip of your tie should fall just below or to the middle of your belt buckle. Your socks should be conservative, nothing too flashy. Personal hygiene is also important. Always remember to avoid wearing too much cologne or perfume, make sure your hair is clean and well groomed, your nails manicured, and your breath fresh. Believe in yourself." How do you raise your level of belief?

Dress like you believe in yourself.

About Terris Wallace

Terris Wallace grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and enjoys boxing, basketball, running track and writing. He has a flair for fashion and works in the Men's clothing industry.

Mary Miller,  Helping To Find Balance
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Mary Miller’s true intention is to help people reach their full potential and live the life they were destined to live. This is evident in her actions. The dynamics of her family of origin created an opportunity for her to take on a rescuer role in life. Mary shares how in 2006, her Gentle Wind Project, a non-profit research group that developed complimentary health technology, was destroyed and closed by an unethical Attorney General. After this experience, she states, “I now don’t care what people think about me.” Mary explains the concept and theory of her balancing instruments and that they assist the body's energy system to flow more freely. In her international travels to teach, Mary has noticed that people are now more open to alternative methods to attain wellness compared to 20 to 30 years ago. In her opinion, “Our educational system is out of balance." She gives some constructive ideas to improve it. In closing, Mary states, “We’re in some difficult times right now and it is more important than ever that we find balance in our lives.”


MARY MILLER is an internationally known speaker and educator. She was born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Mary received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1971 from Boston State College and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) in 1973 from the University of Connecticut. Although now retired from clinical social work, she has many years of experience as a psychotherapist in community mental health centers and in private practice. Mary began her social work career in 1968 as a counselor and youth worker in a cutting edge youth rehabilitation program called Adolescent Counseling in Development. As a counselor, she obtained over a thousand hours of training in Gestalt therapy. She also studied Transactional Analysis, Rebirthing, Bioenergetics, Re-evaluation Counseling and Psychodrama.

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One Mans Inner Journey
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To know ourselves we need to go within. With honesty and openness Greg Norman shares the story of his inner journey. A recent challenging time created the opportunity for him to connect with his soul. Through this process Greg chose to surrender his armor and became vulnerable. It was only then that he was able to nurture himself back the life he was destined to live. Greg discusses his past experiences with radio and how his notoriety fed his ego. As a wiser man he is now able to discern if he is coming from his ego or his heart. When making life decisions, taking action or choosing the words he uses, Greg now does so with humility. Join Greg and Ed in their crucial conversation so we all can learn great lessons from his life lessons.

About Greg Norman

Greg Norman and has been in the radio industry for numerous years and is now the President of The One Source Network, dedicated to positive media throughout the country.

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About Ed Cardinal

Ed Cardinal’s intuition led him to Eastern healing modalities over two decades ago beginning with his introduction to Yoga. His career began with assisting others heal emotionally which evolved into a more holistic approach to health. It was then that he founded SOL Integrative Wellness. A healing practice that assists others to awaken their body, mind and souls and achieve their full potential. Ed completed his 200 hour Yoga teacher training in 2001. He is also a licensed Physical Therapist and a skilled Integrative Therapeutic bodyworker(ITB). ITB harmoniously blends the practices of Thai massage, Yoga, Physical Therapy, Osteopathic techniques (manual manipulative therapy of the joints), Reflexology (treatment of the feet), and ancient Hawaiian energy techniques. He also conducts anatomy, cadaver anatomy, and Thai Yoga bodywork workshops for personal trainers, bodyworkers, and Yoga teachers.

Ed and his wife Jude, a certified Purna Yoga Instructor at the 2,000 hour level, live in Wakefield, Rhode Island where they share the vision of helping heal the planet.