Category Archives: Alternative Health

bLU Talks – Business, Life and the Universe Compiled by Corey Poirier

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

More than just an assortment of self-help lectures, BLU Talks Presents: Business Life and the Universe offers a thoughtfully produced collection of unpretentious, coaching soul-help discourses. Compiled by Corey Poirier, this is the first book in the series, which contains an expansive variety of lectures and intimate anecdotes which together culminate into an overall varietal hosting of meaty subjects created to guide, edify and inspire.

Brimming with sparks of cogent knowledge, each “talk” primarily focuses on a different element, situation, or practice in life. The inspiring lessons come across powerfully but are related in such a warm and welcoming style that allows for easy and authentic resonance between the author and reader.

Additionally, the expertise involved is vast, your instructors come from all walks of life, including mothers, authors, business owners, advisors, leaders, spiritualists, Reiki masters, overall intelligent thinkers, and go-getters, with many of them wielding expertise in multiple disciplines. Some narratives are based on life experiences that touch the heart as well as expand the self, such as Alli Mackenzie’s A Day We Will Remember Forever or Carey Lowe’s chapter which presents character flaw identification titled, Self – Improvement. Others sharpen the business acumen from a very different perspective like The Secrets They don’t Teach You at Business School by Dr. Allen Lycka. Similarly, the Universal element emanates from the enlightened perspective in Aurora Light’s Intention, Synchronicity, and Love Co-Creation with the Universe, which is absolutely one of my favorites. Likewise with lectures like Grow by Jennifer Eckel which discusses stopping negative attachments or Caroline Stewart’s Radical Honesty as well as Cultivating Resilience Through Trauma by Gary Benoit.

The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life: Two Survivors Reveal the 13 Golden Pearls They’ve Discovered by Dr. Allen Lycka and Harriet Tinka

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life by Dr. Allen Lycka and Harriet Tinka is a very inspirational and thought-provoking book written by two people who lived through extremely traumatic and trying experiences. The authors learned from those experiences and grew to understand that they did not have to allow what happened to them to influence the rest of their lives negatively. Instead, they both chose to move on and have successful careers and happy lives, and decided to collaborate and write a book to help others also live “fantastic lives.”

The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life is subtitled “Two Survivors Reveal the 13 Golden Pearls They’ve Discovered.” Those “golden pearls,” or life lessons, aided them to get past the traumatic events in their lives and to move on. The self-help book that they wrote, detailing what those 13 golden pearls are, is full of revelations that the authors hope will inspire readers of the book. The negative things that everybody experiences in their lives, to one extent or the other, do not have to define who we are as people.

I really liked it that Dr. Allen Lycka and Harriet Tinka opened up in The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life and revealed the nature of the traumatic experiences they went through. Dr. Lycka was diagnosed as having Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and he was told he only had six months to live. Harriet Tinka was a fashion model and a Woman of Distinction who lived through the terror of being kidnapped by someone she knew, stabbed by the man, and left for dead. Dr. Lycka and Harriet Tinka could have let these things embitter them and alter the course of their lives and careers for the worse. Instead, they moved on, grew, and didn’t let the negative things they went through define them.

What are the 13 golden pearls that the authors discovered and relate to their readers in The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life? Being an author myself, I don’t want to reveal too many “spoilers.” I’d rather that potential readers of the book get the pleasure of checking out what the pearls are on their own, by reading Dr. Lycka and Harriet Tinka’s book. They reveal what the pearls are in a captivating and entertaining manner by both telling stories from their own lives and also by utilizing a myriad of quotes from famous authors like Ralph Waldo Emerson and celebrities like Sir Paul McCartney, Christopher Reeve, and Bruce Lee.

I will mention a couple of the pearls that I loved reading about the most, though, and those are the importance of forgiveness and laughter. I will talk more about a few of the other pearls with Dr. Lycka and Harriet Tinka in an interview that they graciously agreed to do with me, which can be read elsewhere at this same site.

Learning to Quit: How to stop Smoking and Live Nicotine Free by Suzanne Harris and Paul Brunetta

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Often easier said than done, quitting smoking can be one of the more daunting experiences that someone can face in life and while there is an abundance of guides on the market, it may seem like when you have read one, you read them all. However, within the text of Learning to Quit: How to stop Smoking and Live Nicotine Free, readers/potential quitters become empowered by virtue of its expert authors, encouraging tone, motivational success stories, a bevy of resources and easy to manage exercises. Co-authored by Suzanne Harris R.N. and Paul Brunetta MD, this book is more than just another guide to quitting smoking; it is more like the bible for quitting smoking.

Overall, the book presents a full-spectrum view of the multilayered and quietly intimate process of taking back your life from smoking. Both well-written and thoroughly organized, the book text is divided into two halves; the first half of which explores and delves deeply into an intriguing series of questions concerning smoking which also are the same questions that smokers looking to quit should challenge themselves with answering; for example, Chapter 1 queries “What Moves You to be a Non-Smoker? ” followed by an overview of the issue and original documented experiences told from the experiences of several past patients. The connection to their struggles comes easily as their stories ring as relatable, candid, and insightful with the ultimate outcome of their eventual successes bearing a gift of motivation.

Also, there are included pictures of the patients which adds an additional dimension of realism to their included testimonies. Each chapter ends with a reiteration of key points, action steps and also includes a space for personal notes. Additionally, within this half of the book, Chapters 9 and 10, amply provide a blueprint to be implemented for embarking on your personal smoking cessation sojourn.

Consequently, as a whole Learning to Quit: How to Stop Smoking and Live Nicotine Free brims with inspiration and powerfully important information presented in an attention-grabbing multi -perspective view of a life-threatening habit that to some (myself included) seems almost impossible to overcome. Entirely, this was not only an intriguing read but a necessary read for any smoker period. As you move through the content, your mindset becomes altered as you stop and take pause while wallowing in the fact that when you smoke, you have lost authority over yourself, your life and your health. Anytime is a good time to start taking it back, as a matter of fact, the sooner the better as proven by the many success stories within the book, including the authors. One aspect of the book that I found particularly interesting was the poignant look at the difference between fear-based and desire-based motivation. Also, the authors offer access to a multitude of helpful resources through their website Ultimately, this book is a must-have for anyone thinking about or determined to quit. It is an eye-opening and mind-altering call to take back your power.

The Five Paths to Happiness: The Keys to Living a Happy Life According to Your Personality by Javier Ramon Brito

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

The Five Paths to HappinessThe search for happiness is a central theme in our life paths; it seems to be the goal of mankind. Although many view it as a destination some, like Javier Ramon Brito, are here to remind us that it is in fact all about the road. In his book, The Five Paths to Happiness, he describes several means of materializing such an elusive concept.

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Unlike other self-help books which usually put forward a single universal solution, this one presents five ways, adding a layer of complexity to the approach. The author combines different disciplines and thought systems based on a common denominator (the number five) to outline his personal system. From psychology he takes the character structures, the five elements that govern everything (ether, air, fire, water, earth) from Eastern philosophy, also studying the interaction of these elements with the human body from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine.

The Cure & Cause of Cancer: An Alternative Holistic Approach to Heal Cancer by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

The Cure & Cause of CancerReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Cancer is a scary word. I’ve had relatives who have died from various types of cancer, and it is a diagnosis that often strikes fear into the hearts and souls of those who receive it. Yet, of course, not everyone who is diagnosed with cancer dies from it, and it’s often treatable in its early stages. Also, many people have had success treating their cancers in a holistic manner, using alternative medical practices. Some of these alternative practices are gone into at some length in Ricardo Serrano’s latest book, The Cure & Cause of Cancer.

I am not saying that if you have cancer, you should turn your back on Western medical practices and ignore what your doctor tells you, and I don’t think that the author is saying that, either, with his book. But, as many people have had varying degrees of success following the holistic approach to combating cancer that the author lays out, I think if anything, it wouldn’t hurt to give this approach a chance, along with following whatever advice your doctor gives you.

Serrano has noted, among other things, that chemotherapy destroys healthy cells as well as cancer cells. This can leave a person more susceptible to getting diseases, and pneumonia, that can be life-threatening. Instead of resorting to the use of chemotherapy, Serrano states: “Effective cancer control may lie, rather, with therapy of the ‘shift’ to glycolysis, than with tumor therapy, potentially obviating such developments as drug resistance and major drug toxicity.”

While Serrano mentions other holistic practices that can aid in fighting against cancer, like the qigong style or practice known as Pan Gu Shen Gong, he recommends that people diagnosed with cancer should “use hydrazine sulfate as soon as possible.” Doing this prevents the cancer cells from using the glucose present in your cells to grow.

The use of hydrazine sulfate and the reasons why it is a potentially beneficial alternative to chemotherapy is gone into in great detail in Serrano’s book. Other treatments he mentions to aid in preventing you from getting cancer and which are useful in assisting those who have cancer in their recovery include: “alkaline ionized water, Cessiac Yuccalive herbal formulas, Reishi mushrooms, and the Budwig diet.” Serrano has gone into the Budwig diet in one of his previous books, but in this book, he relates it directly to how being on the diet can help one prevent cancer.

1931 was an important year in cancer research. As the author writes, “Otto Warburg received the Nobel Prize for his demonstration that cancer cells utilize a process known as glycolysis as their chief means of energy production.” Glycolysis, Warburg discovered, “acted in a two-fold manner in cancer: as a source of energy production for the tumor,” and “as a pacemaker for cancer cachexia–the weight loss and bodily debilitation causally associated with more than two-thirds of cancer deaths.”

All of this medical jargon might seem odd to some people who associate the idea of using “holistic healing practices,” with New Age mysticism and mumbo-jumbo. Personally, I feel that much of what Ricardo Serrano has written about in his previous books, which I’ve reviewed here, is very beneficial. The knowledge of the ancients and of cultures around the world, ranging from qigong practices to yoga to meditation, acupuncture, etc., etc., has stood the test of time. They are all very important and can aid in one’s well-being and in the healing of various disorders.

In The Cure & Cause of Cancer, Serrano has shown that he has done his research into not only the holistic practices and wisdom of the ancients in dealing with cancer, but also at Western approaches. I saw what effect chemotherapy had on my own father, first-hand. Who knows if this book had been around at the time he came down with lung cancer, whether it might have helped to prolong his life–as it is, I’ll never know. But, the theory behind starving cancer cells of the glucose they need to grow and reproduce by the use of hydrazine sulfate is, I believe, one that has definite merit to it. If readers combine that with the other treatments Serrano mentions, they just might find the results are more than they could hope to achieve by chemotherapy. If you are interested in reading a highly intriguing book about the causes and cures for cancer, I highly recommend that you check out The Cure & Cause of Cancer by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

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Oneness with Shiva: Meditate on the Self as the Self by Acharya Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

Oneness with Shiva by Ricardo B. SerranoReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Reinforce and reinvigorate your Inner Guru, and become spiritually and physically healthier and wiser! But, how can I do this, you might well ask; how can I obtain the wisdom of the ages, of many diverse cultures and religions throughout history in one convenient place? I’m glad you asked that–the answer, Young Grasshoppers, is really quite simple. You have two choices–you can spend years, nay, decades, reading ancient and modern tomes on these subjects, and spend years/decades training to achieve your desired goal; or, read and practice the lessons and advice given in Acharya (just Ricardo on the covers of some of his books) B. Serrano’s informative series of books on these subjects, like his latest, Oneness with Shiva! What could be simpler than that, and also more beneficial to your health and well-being?

Oneness with Shiva is a supplementary book to Return to Oneness with Shiva, though one doesn’t need to have read the latter book to get a lot of value from reading the former. However, I’d recommend reading both, and the entire series, if you really want to get the most benefits and knowledge about how to promote your own well-being, both spiritually and physically.

Do you want to know more information about holistic healing, and a greater awareness of your place in the Universe? If you follow the wise advice offered in these volumes, these things and more will be yours. The author combines the wisdom of the religions and philosophical beliefs of countries like India and China with those of Judaism and Christianity, in an incomparable blend that incorporates the wisdom of both the East and the West.

What, exactly, are some of the topics Ricardo Serrano covers in Oneness with Shiva? The topics include what the Siddha Path is, what Kundalini or Shakti Awakening is, the Wei Qi Field and how it relates to Qigong, and what Sheng Zhen is, and how each influences us on a daily basis, whether or not we know what they are.

I’ll briefly go into a couple of these topics, as the words used like “Siddha Path” and “Kundalini” might be previously unheard of by some readers of this review. The Siddha Path, if I understand it correctly, presents “a practical psychology of liberation.” It’s based on the Sutras or teachings and knowledge of Shiva, handed down through generations of Siddhas and Gurus. Knowledge of the Sutras helps to lead to self-awareness, and that God is everywhere, even in ourselves.

Kundalini can be thought of as the secret of life, in a way. It is Shakti, or supreme energy, “whom the sages of India worship as the mother of the universe.” In a religious sense, Shakti was the consort of Shiva, and she “is the active aspect of the formless, attributeless Absolute.” The nature of Shakti is that she “is the supreme creative power of the Absolute Being.” There is much, much more to the topic and the definition of what Kundalini Awakening is than what I’ve described, but I will leave it to you to read more about it, when you purchase this book.

Oneness with Shiva is an exceptional teaching tool that will help lead you to a greater self-awareness. It will also assist you in meditating on the self as the self, as the subtitle of the book states. If you are a fan of New Age literature, or desire to learn more about the religious and philosophical beliefs of India and the rest of the world, you owe it to yourselves to check out Oneness with Shiva by Acharya Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac. It is an excellent addition to the series, and it offers one much sage advice and wisdom in and of itself.

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Return to Oneness with Spirit through Pan Gu Shen Gong: Heaven, Earth, Sun and Moon Qigong with the Classical Chinese Medicine based EFT Qi-Healer’s Method for Personal Transformation and Healing
by Ricardo B. Serrano, R. Ac.

Return to Oneness with Spirit through Pan Gu Shen Gong Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

If you’re a practitioner of holistic healing, or you are interested in learning more about it, the series of three books by Ricardo B. Serrano, R. Ac., on the Qi and Qigong types and techniques that culminates with Return to Oneness with Spirit through Pan Gu Shen Gong are ones you will want to check out. Each one is fascinating and informative, going into ancient belief systems and healing techniques like herbology, meditation, the Tao, yoga, acupuncture, and Qi-healing and other Qi Gong practices. I really enjoyed reading the previous two books in the series, Return to Oneness with the Tao and Meditation and Qigong Mastery, but I think this third book is even better than the first two.

In each of the books, the author has used his extensive knowledge of numerous holistic healing practices to analyze what others have previously said about the subjects he discusses. He has taken the combined knowledge of these numerous and varied sources and healing practices and he has collected his findings with his own commentary and analysis into these books, making them invaluable resources.

Specifically, in this third book, Serrano focuses primarily on the Pan Gu Shen Gong, and through his descriptions and the black-and-white photos of himself performing certain techniques, anyone can learn to use Pan Gu Shen Gong to improve your overall health and level of happiness. Also, Serrano elaborates on topics like EFT Qi-healer’s Method to effectively clear and release the emotional debris held in the body, cultivate the Three Treasures of Jing, Qi, and Shen, and strengthen one’s self-awareness through the combination of Toltec wisdom, Qigong, Qi-healing, emotional freedom technique therapy, ear acupuncture, and Chinese tonic herbs.

What is Pan Gu Shen Gong, you ask? According to the book, Pan Gu is “the creator of the universe.” Pan Gu Shen Gong is “also called the Heaven, Earth, Sun and Moon Qigong,” and it “was created by Master Ou Wen Wei.” Another way to put what it is would be to say it’s “a simple but effective Qigong to learn for healing their chronic diseases.” “Jing Shen” refers in Chinese to man’s spirit. The word “Shen” by itself “refers to man’s thinking ability, which is unrestricted and limitless.”

Return to Oneness with the Tao: Commentaries, Meditation and Qigong for Healing and Spiritual Awakening by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

Return to Oneness with the Tao: Commentaries, Meditation and Qigong for Healing and Spiritual Awakening Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Interested in reading New Age books about holistic healing, the Tao, Qigong, and other related topics? Then, the second book in the series by Ricardo B. Serrano, R. Ac., Return to Oneness with the Tao, is just the book for you! In it, the talented and always informative author covers many topics that, when combined, will aid YOU in healing yourselves emotionally and physically, and in your personal spiritual awakening. The insightful commentaries and quotes from the Tao are worth the price of the book in themselves, but you will also learn Taoist meditation and Qigong inner alchemy techniques like lower dantien breathing, Microcosmic Orbit Qigong, primordial Wu Ji Qigong, meditation on twin hearts, and Tibetan Shamanic Qigong (relax; it’s all explained in the book).

Why are these topics important to learn about? Knowing these things will help you to cultivate the Three Treasures Jing, Qi, and Shen, which Serrano also discusses and defines in the first book of the series (reviewed elsewhere here), Meditation & Qigong Mastery. Among other factors for personal transformation and healing, the book mentions that two most powerful factors are “awareness and intention.”

Many of our emotional and physical problems are caused, the book asserts, by a blocking of our life force, or Qi. We must learn what the emotional root cause of the blockage is before we then intentionaly release it through meditation and Qigong. It’s vital to do this, in order to effect a “process of change for personal transformation and healing.”

Meditation & Qigong Mastery (A Guide for Healing, Inner Happiness and Spiritual Awakening by Activating and Developing Your Lightbody) by
Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

Meditation & Qigong MasteryReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

If you read Ricardo B. Serrano’s informative and enlightening book, Meditation & Qigong Mastery, you will learn many meditation and healing practices that you can put into use in your daily lives. You will definitely learn new things and techniques to improve your health, make you a happier person, and awaken you spiritually, as the subtitle suggests. This is not just another “New Age,” book; it is a very well-written and researched book that gathers together the collected wisdom of several ancient cultures, philosophies, and religions, and synthesizes it into an understandable form that is designed to benefit anybody who buys and reads the book.

What are some of the topics the book covers? What the heck are “lightbodies”? By “lightbodies,” the author is referring to EMFs (elctromagnetic fields) or Wei Qi or merkaba. Among other topics, the book goes over various techniques like types of meditation and Qigong principles that you can learn to use to activate and develop your lightbodies/EMFs. Also, Omkabah heart lightbody activation and Maitreya (Shiva) Shen Gong are introduced. Useful mantras are included, with tip about what to picture in your minds as you recite them, and what they mean.

Okay, I admit I wrote in the first paragraph that the author puts all of this information into an “understandable form,” and maybe I used some unfamiliar jargon–most of it was new to me, too, before I read this book. However, the concepts and jargon are explained as you read along, and are worth your while to read about, learn, and put into practice.

One of the many interesting things I read in the book is the Oriental concept of the “Three Treasures.” The goal of all Oriental healing is, according to the book, to cultivate, balance, and expand the Three Treasures. They are: Jing, Qi, and Shen. Jing has been called, it states in the book, the “superior ultimate” treasure. Without Jing energy, we cannot live. It exists in small quantities in our bodies, enters into our tissues, and becomes the root of our body.

Keys to Healing and Self-Mastery according to the Hathors
by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

The wisdom and healing techniques of many ancient civilizations are as pertinent today as they ever were in the past. In the fascinating and informative Keys to Healing and Self-Mastery according to the Hathors, the fourth book in a series by Ricardo B. Serrano, he has gathered and compiled many healing techniques that can be put into practice by anyone. The practices, diet regimen, and philosophies detailed in the book can help improve one’s health, and are useful at managing the daily stress everyone experiences in their lives.

Who were/are the Hathors? There was a goddess of Egypt called Hathor, but the Hathors mentioned in the chapter “Who the Hathors are & Why They Have Come” are aliens from the Sirius galaxy: “We originally came from another universe by way of Sirius which is a portal to your Universe, and from Sirius we eventually proceeded to your solar system and the etheric realms of Venus.” Whether or not you might believe in the existence of aliens, or think that the Hathors were/are aliens, the information detailed in Serrano’s book can have definite benefits to your health and healing if they are put into practice.

What are the topics discussed within the book? Opening up the chakras, holographic sound healing, the Qigong and how it relates to the holographic sound healing, a chapter on the “Budwig Diet for Cancer and Chronic Diseases,” and one about the importance of flaxseed oil as the richest source of omega-3 EFA, among others.

I was unfamiliar with much of the topics and information described in the book before I read it, but I found it all very interesting and thought-provoking. One does not necessarily have to put into place every practice mentioned within the book to see an improvement in one’s health, but reading about each and its potential benefits was fascinating.