Jamie RenoI have had the pleasure of being able to sit down in person with Jamie Reno.  He is a cancer survivor, patient advocate, singer-songwriter, journalist and a wonderfully authentic man.  Jamie recently wrote “Hope Begins in The Dark-50 Lymphoma Survivors Tell Their Exclusive Life Stories”. Jamie decided to compile the stories as a result of his own battle with cancer.

One of the common themes that Jamie related to me was that each of the cancer patients interviewed for his book became their own best advocate and took affirmative action relative to their treatments. It was this action that provided them the strength to survive and make them stronger patients which increased their probability of survival.

One thing I know for certain is that those who get up and do something, and don’t wait for the doctor or others to provide them with solutions are the ones that feel more confident in dealing with their disease.  My son Sean who is a seven (7) year survivor of CML, a form of Leukemia, was also one of the people who decided to take action on his own.  He did research, changed his diet, got involved in meditation and did a 180 degree shift in his lifestyle.  It is these types of actions that assist cancer patients physically, mentally, emotionally and spirituality to not only survive but thrive during treatments.

I know you are going to love Jamie’s  story  about a brave cancer survivor turned advocate and voice for many who have not been able to get their stories told.  Each one of these cancer stories is unique and touching.

I encourage anyone on the path of personal mastery to tap into the stories told by Jamie as an inspiration and encouragement to overcome any of the challenges that you might be faced with.  Nothing is more challenging than facing your own mortality, and I know you can learn from these wonderfully compelling stories of cancer survivors.

If you would like more information about Jamie Reno, his book and music please visit his website by clicking here.

Enjoy this wonderful interview with a survivor, turned heart centered advocate for those without a voice.

Stephen Bizal D.C.I was introduced to Dr. Stephen Bizal thorough a good friend and fellow author Jon Forrest.  I had the pleasure of going up to Irvine, CA to meet with Dr. Bizal, America’s Wellness “Go-To” Guy a few months back.  Dr. Bizal has spent most of his entire life helping people transform their lives through looking at their lives in a more holistic way.  His new book entitled ” The Optimal Life” really does a masterful job of explaining the mind-body-spirit-emotional connection to health.

As Dr. Bizal explains in our interview together, your optimal life is not a mystery.  Living a pain-free, disease-free and medication-free life is possible. Most roadblocks to achieving optional health and healing are due to (1) lack of motivation (2) lack of understanding (3) lack of motivation and lack of understanding.

In Dr. Bizal’s book “The Optimal Life” what is revealed to you is that (1) the body heals itself (2) there are non physical as well at physical forces that influence our health and govern the healing process (3) humans are wholistic (4) we are each 100% responsible and accountable for our experience of life, including our experience of health.

Dr. Bizal utilizes a wonderful Wholistic Health Model to explain how dis-ease emanates.  It is probably the best explanation that I have heard in all my years of reviewing material on wellness, health and nutrition.  He explains that at the center of everything is the heart, or the energy of love. Then on the second ring emanating out from our heart center is our emotional state.  On the third ring emanating out from our heart center is our mind, which is where we hold our beliefs about our self. Then completing the model on the most outward ring is our body, which is the air, H2O, Light, nutrition, physical activity.  This wholistic model really sums it up for me, and that is our health is a direct connection to our spirit, love and how we treat ourselves and others in our life.  Our spiritual practices is so important to a healthy life, and living with vitality.

Dr. Bizal has a great quote in his book from Ramacharaka, from the book Yesudian and Haich, Yoga and Health.  It states ” Nature never wanted man to leave his body before advance old age, and if only everyone would obey the laws of nature form his childhood on, instead of constantly working against them, the death of human beings through disease in their youth or middle age would be as rare as death by violence.”

If you would like to learn about the universal principles that govern health, then I highly recommend that you read and study Dr. Bizal’s book.  You can also learn more about his wellness coaching and training by clicking here to access his website.

I hope you enjoy this brief look into the the mind of a master on wellness coaching.