The Benefits of Meditation

April 25, 2017
Hosted by Leaha Mattinson and Dr. Howard Rankin

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In our demanding, hectic and stressful world the ability to slow down and experience rather than analyze or process, is critical for effective life mastery. Not only is it necessary to re-energize but critical if you want to be a human being who experiences life rather than a human doing who lives to cross items of a to do list. To achieve that goal you need to consciously practice, and meditation is arguably the best tool for developing these critical life skills. Research on meditation has shown that it can bring great benefits. It can improve focus and attention, decrease anxiety and depression, and increase compassion. Experienced meditators have even changed brain structures allowing them better control over emotions and the ability to be dispassionate and more objective about their thinking. Learn more on this edition of Master Your Life with Leaha Mattinson and Dr. Howard Rankin.

Master Your Life

Tuesday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

Renowned life coach Leaha Mattinson teams up with writer and presenter Dr. Howard Rankin to provide inspiration, insight and intelligence that will help you Master Your Life. Everyone has challenges on their journey and Leaha and Howard are no exception. However, they combine their personal experiences with expertise and knowledge to provide powerful tools to help listeners regain control of their lives. They also bring a vast array of inspirational and insightful guests who add wisdom and practical advice. If you need direction in any area of your life, this entertaining and empowering show is for you.

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Leaha Mattinson and Dr. Howard Rankin

Leaha Mattinson is a change management specialist, life coach, speaker, and author who “walks her talk” in a truly extraordinary way. In 2008 she learned she would someday inherit Huntington’s disease, a genetic, neurological, terminal illness that affects the brain and progressively shuts down the mind and body. It was a devastating diagnosis—yet Leaha realized that to be true to the message she shares with clients she must live her life consciously with enthusiasm, grace and gratitude.

She developed her own wellness protocol to halt the onset of the disease by focusing on nutrition, exercise, restorative sleep, mindfulness and a pervasive sense of reverence for life. But the most crucial attribute of Leaha’s success is her mindset: she embraces passion, happiness, and possibility, and turns all negativity into positive life experiences. She attributes her work ethic and values to the example set by her beloved parents and a childhood growing up on a farm where she was immersed in the rhythms of nature.

Her mission is to share these valuable insights with others. As a life and executive coach, she guides her clients toward self-improvement by helping them resolve underlying fears, interrupt bad habits, and break through barriers in order to achieve their goals. She is also a speaker, addressing topics such as stress management, finding courage, discovering purpose, living in uncertainty, and facing terminal illness.

Leaha shares her own life story in her upcoming book "Silver Linings: How to Be Unstoppable in the Face of a Terminal Illness." Master Your Life is aimed at people who are passionate about wellness, personal growth and self-improvement—those who are eager to bring real change to the way they live and find meaning in a world that’s often brutally stressful and disconnected.

Leaha lives on a ranch west of Red Deer, Alberta with her partner Dwayne, their blended family, a pack of happy dogs, and a herd of horses.

Dr. Howard Rankin is a former psychologist now coach, speaker and writer with a reputation for taking scientific ideas and turning them into entertaining and engaging content that any reader can understand and use. He has run addiction and eating disorders units as well as his own center that integrated neuroscience into a psychotherapy practice. He is an expert in the latest cognitive neuroscience research which shows how humans really think. Howard has written 10 self-development books in his own name and has co- or ghostwritten more than 20 others on neuroscience, business, spirituality and sports as well as writing memoirs. Howard has appeared on all the major TV networks including CNN, ABC's 20/20 and The View as well as being featured in leading newspapers and magazines, You can find out more about his cognitive neuroscience expertise at and about his writing at

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Episode Directory

April 2017

  • 4/25/2017: The Benefits of Meditation Listen Now
  • 4/18/2017: Trigger Self-Healing, Vitality, Energy and Longevity -- In Just 7 Minutes A Day! Listen Now
  • 4/11/2017: Master Your Life Listen Now
  • 4/4/2017: Supporting Loved Ones Through to the End Listen Now

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Joni Aldrich

After her husband, Gordon was diagnosed, she discovered fighting cancer comes with a steep learning curve. Despite her background as a research analyst she didn't discover how to effectively fight the disease until it was too late for Gordon. But Joni wants you to benefit from her learning curve. That’s why she authored three books that chronicle her experiences with the disease. Joni knows what patients and caregivers need to hear and she knows how they need to hear it. She explains cancer care without using medical jargon.
She is dedicated to cancer care research and she is well connected in the cancer community. Joni has worked to build key relationships with cancer care organizations across America. She recently attended the Cancer Survivorship for Clinicians: Helping Survivors Live Well Beyond Cancer seminar at Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is a member of CDC North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Program, CDC South Carolina Cancer Alliance, and CDC Florida. View Guest page

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Greg Anderson

Greg did not follow a conventional path into his career. After trying his hand at several different jobs early in his adult life, he decided that the technology space was for him. He rapidly built a very successful software company and became known nationally as "the architect." Having launched a successful tech company, Greg used that experience -- and a lot of the income it generated -- to develop ways to help others find success in their lives. A renowned coach, mentor and author, Greg wrote the best selling book The Selfish Divorce and has been featured extensively in the media. View Guest page

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Andries Botha

Andries Botha was born in South Africa but his mother died when he was 2, his surrogate mother died when he was 6 and his father died when he was 17. Despite these setbacks, or maybe because of them, Andries never gave up on his dreams, even in the face of many, many setbacks. He eventually became a doctor and surgeon and then moved to northern Canada, finally settling in Alberta and becoming a valued servant to the local community, using his athletic endurance and prowess to raise funds for community causes. Dr Botha is a sought after speaker on life fulfillment and helps people -- from kids to seniors -- redefine their limits and follow their dreams. On his website you can find video of his climb of Everest and many other inspirational features. View Guest page

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Therese Crutcher-Marin

No one could have written Watching Their Dance but Therese Crutcher-Marin. Therese multitasked for years: working fulltime, raising two children, coping with her husband’s at-risk status for Huntington’s disease, and eventually managing the care of two sisters-in-law and observing the decline of the third. Therese earned her college degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and went on to work in management in Sacramento California. Later, knowing that at least some in her husband’s family would develop Huntington’s, she chose to pursue a master’s of science in healthcare administration, and later worked as head of support services of the Auburn Faith Community Hospital hospice program. Her goal: to empower people with the knowledge and resources to maintain dignity, quality, and control in their lives until their final breath. View Guest page

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Drs Ayesha and Dean Sherzai

Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are well-renowned and respected neurologists and brain researchers who are at the cutting edge of the latest developments in neuroscience. They are leaders of the Alzheimer's program at the prestigious Cedar's Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, as well as prominent academics and researchers at Loma Linda University where their pioneering work has identified the relationship between lifestyle factors and brain health. Follow the Drs. on twitter at @teamsherzai and on the website at View Guest page

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John Gray

Dr. John Gray is best known as the author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus which has been called one of the most influential books of the last quarter century. John Gray’s books are translated into approximately 45 languages in more than 100 countries. While known mostly for his relationships books, John has written extensively about brain performance and specifically Staying Focused in a Hyper World in which he explores the impact of overstimulation and toxicity on brain performance and how it impacts conditions like ADHD, memory disorders and dementia. John has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, etc. He has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today, TV Guide, and People. He was also the subject of a three-hour special hosted by Barbara Walters. View Guest page

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Tammy Harrison

Tammy is a long-time educator and coach. Having completed a BSE at Arkansas State University and receiving a MSE from University of Louisiana Monroe. She is the current owner of the rights to the All American Red Heads women’s professional basketball team. Tammy is the co-author of the new book Breaking The Press: The Incredible Story of The All American Red Heads. View Guest page

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Beverly Heim-Myers

Beverly Heim-Myers joined the Huntington Society of Canada in 2010 as Chief Executive Officer. Currently Bev is the Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness, sits on the Governing Council of the Health Charities Coalition Canada and is an active member of both the Neurological Health Charities of Canada (NHCC) and the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (NPHSNC). Bev is also on the Board of the International Huntington Association.
Bev Heim-Myers is the 2016 recipients of the American Society of Human Genetics annual Advocacy Award. Senator Cowan and Bev Heim-Myers, Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness and CEO of the Huntington Society of Canada were honoured by the ASHG on Friday October 21, 2016. View Guest page

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Lee Holden

Lee Holden first discovered the healing power of QiGong and tai chi after experiencing injuries that nearly sidelined his Varsity Soccer career at the University of California, Berkeley. Impressed at how these ancient practices healed his body and allowed him to return to playing, he made their study a priority. Today, he is an internationally known instructor in meditation, tai chi, and Qi Gong, as well as a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and author (7 Minutes of Magic, Penguin 2007). His popular library of QiGong DVDs have made him a regular fixture on American Public Television and over 105 PBS stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Lee's unique QiGong programs have been seen in over 50 million households. Lee’s expertise and down-to-earth teaching style have made him a popular speaker and workshop facilitator. He’s worked with world-famous healer Deepak Chopra as well as Mantak Chia, a widely revered QiGong expert. View Guest page

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Dr. Wayne Johnson

A graduate of University of Connecticut Medical School, Dr. Wayne Johnson completed a residency in Family Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1997. After completion, Dr. Johnson set up shop, starting his own medical practice on Hilton Head Island, SC, where he, his wife of 28 years, Michelene, and his 14-year-old daughter, Chloe continue to reside joyfully. He has a passion for mental health, believing that anxiety is contributing or is becoming the biggest health problem our country faces. He is Board Eligible, after completing a fellowship in Age Management and Functional Medicine from the American Academy of Age Management Medicine. Dr. Johnson's practice has evolved into an atypical wellness model, addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of health and wellness for every one of his patients. View Guest page

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Dr David Katz

Dr. Katz has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both Preventive Medicine, and nutrition. Recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, he has a social media following of well over half a million. In 2015, Dr. Katz established the True Health Initiative to help convert what we know about lifestyle as medicine into what we do about it, in the service of adding years to lives and life to years around the globe View Guest page

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Dr. Laurie Mastrogianis

Dr. Laurie Mastrogianis is a Dr. of psychology and educator with over 30 years experience in mind/body wellness, disease prevention and mental health. She is the founder and director of the S.T.A.R.S. of Wellness Counseling Center in Sterling Heights Michigan. Her program specializes in helping people recovery from anxiety, grief, loss, depression and other traumatic life events. Dr. Laurie developed the S.T.A.R.S. model out of self-necessity when challenged by a series of adversities in her life. Her S.T.A.R.S. model of self-care has been instrumental in helping her heal after each adversity and it has helped many of her patients achieve optimum mental health and wellness as well. View Guest page

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Dr. Donna McArthur

Donna has been fortunate to enjoy a waiting list chiropractic wellness practice for the past 20 years. She feels even more blessed to be a wife and a mother of two busy teenagers. Donna is passionate about teaching people the coolest new research on happiness, vibrant aging and how our habits affect both. She is a self-confessed nerd about brain physiology and ties the fascinating workings of our brain in everything she teaches (sounds boring but it’s not!). Donna provides easy, exceptional tools for you to make immediate change in your life by providing well researched, insightful and often amusing information. View Guest page

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Barb Morello

Barb Morello was a leading rendering artist working around the world with leading architects. Then she was struck down with the deadly H1N1 virus and her life changed completely. Emerging from her coma with a healed heart and new vision, Barb refashioned her identity and changed from a material focus to a spiritual one. Barbara now offers physical and spiritual recovery for women in addiction through her equine therapy and her non-profit See Horse Miami. View Guest page

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Caroline Myss

Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition. Caroline established her own educational institute in 2003, CMED (Caroline Myss Education), which offers a diverse array of programs devoted to personal development and draws students from all over the world.
In 1996, Caroline released ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT, a New York Times bestseller that has been published in 28 languages and has sold over 1.5 million copies. Through the investigation of the underlying reasons why people sabotage their healing processes. Her third book, WHY PEOPLE DON’T HEAL AND HOW THEY CAN, became another New York Times bestseller. Other books include SACRED CONTRACTS, INVISIBLE ACTS OF POWER, ENTERING THE CASTLE and her latest book DEFY GRAVITY. View Guest page

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Dr. Ron Neer

Dr. Ron Neer is a world-renowned health expert and coach. He is the founder of the Oxygen Energy System and Gold Standard Organic Sulfur Crystals.
Dr. Ron Neer was struck down by mercury poisoning at the age of 38, at the height of his career as a dentist. He suffered immediate neurological damage as well as premature heart disease. He survived two heart attacks and had 11 stents inserted before he took matters of health into my own hands. That was 15 years ago and ever since Dr. Ron has been on a mission researching organic sulfur and discovering its amazing healing properties. He's been taking organic sulfur crystals ever since, and most of his mercury poisoning symptoms have been reversed. Now restored to health, it is now Dr. Ron's mission to share what he has learned with the world. View Guest page

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Corey Poirier

Corey Poirier is an award winning Keynote speaker (having presented to over 150,000 attendees and shared the bill with Deepak Chopra, Stephen MR Covey, and General Rick Hillier) and host of the top rated Conversations With PASSION Radio Show which features the likes of Jack Canfield, John Gray, Rick Hansen, Olympic Gold Medalist Silken Laumann, Turbo Jam Creator Chalene Johnson and hundreds more.
Corey is also an International Best-Selling Author who has appeared on television specials on Eastlink and Tellie TV, and been seen on CBC, CTV, and Global, has presented TEDx and MoMonday’s Talks, he is the Founder of a Business Publication, a 9 time acclaimed 'and International best-selling' author, and the CEO of a Seminar Company and Media Company who has interviewed more than 3400 Super-Achievers. He is also a seasoned Stand-up Comedian and a Rock Recording of the Year Nominee.
His websites are and View Guest page

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Jimmy Pollard

Jimmy Pollard is a special education teacher and healthcare administrator who has worked with families touched by dementia and cognitive decline for 30 years. He is the author of “A Caregiver’s Handbook for Advanced Stage Huntington’s Disease” which has been published by HSC as well as societies in six other countries; and “Hurry Up & Wait! A Cognitive Care Companion for Huntington’s Disease,” which has been translated into eight languages by national and provincial HD associations around the world. He works as a consultant for the CHDI Foundation and speaks on a wide range of topics related to HD and dementia at support groups and conferences across Canada and the United States. View Guest page

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Howard Rankin

Dr. Howard Rankin is a former psychologist now coach, speaker and writer with a reputation for taking scientific ideas and turning them into entertaining and engaging content that any reader can understand and use. He has run addiction and eating disorders units as well as his own center that integrated neuroscience into a psychotherapy practice. He is an expert in the latest cognitive neuroscience research which shows how humans really think. Howard has written 10 self-development books in his own name and has co- or ghostwritten more than 20 others on neuroscience, business, spirituality and sports as well as writing memoirs. Howard has appeared on all the major TV networks including CNN, ABC's 20/20 and The View as well as being featured in leading newspapers and magazines, You can find out more about his cognitive neuroscience expertise at and about his writing at View Guest page

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Dave Siever

Dave Siever graduated in 1978 as an engineering technologist. He later worked in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta designing TMJ Dysfunction related diagnostic equipment and research facilities. He organized research projects, taught basic physiology and the advanced TMJ diagnostics course.
In 1984, Dave designed his first audio-visual entrainment (AVE) device. Since then, Dave has been researching and refining AVE technology, specifically for use in relaxation, boosting academic performance and treating anxiety, depression, PMS, ADD, FMS, SAD, pain, cognitive decline and insomnia.
Dave also designs Cranio-Electro Stimulation (CES) products and Mind Alive Inc now owns three neurotechnology patents. Dave continues to conduct research, perform a quantitative EEG service and designs new products pertaining to enhanced performance and wellness. Dave engages in kayaking, diving, caving, biking, sailing, songwriting, anything to keep his Mind Alive. View Guest page

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Pete Swales

Pete Swales is a healthy, vibrant and loving man. Pete's purpose in being, doing and having is to create experiences that consciously influence his life by assisting and promoting wellness in the mind, body and soul. Known as a Personal Motivator within his field and community, he strives to support all in being the best they can be. Pete made a conscious choice to integrate insights from his life where he was able to move from a career and lifestyle full of disease, discomfort and resistance in self-care to an amazing personal journey full of passions once considered not only out of reach, but even unimagined. Pete's is the owner of one of Central Alberta's largest therapeutic and wholistic Massage clinics, currently sits as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors for Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. View Guest page

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Scott Walker

Scott brought in the new millenium by being diagnosed with bipolar disorder on January 1, 2000 after his first manic episode. During his sixteen year bipolar disorder journey he has met with a wide variety of medical professionals and alternative practitioners, taken many courses and done a lot of research. Scott has been in the psychiatric hospital four times as a direct result of manic episodes. He is medication-free with the support of his doctor, is consistently mentally stable and overall very healthy. Scott’s primary focus is assisting people recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder in getting out of overwhelm and taking back control of their thinking and their life. View Guest page

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Lyndon Wissart

Lyndon has been a London-based chef for more than thirty years working in many different establishments. Working around food, Lyndon developed a taste for desserts and in 2015, after talking with a cousin who had diabetes, he realized he had the condition, too. After extensive research, Lyndon created his own diet and managed to cure himself of the condition in just 105 days. In January he released his new book ‘The Inspired Diabetic’, published by Filament Publishing. Lyndon is now a support and inspiration for those suffering from diabetes and offers them a way out of their condition, thorough eating naturally and healthfully. View Guest page

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