Headlined Guests

Michael D. Gershon, M.D., Scientist, Biomedical Researcher, Medical Doctor, Pharmacologist, Professor, Father of Neurogastroenterology, ENS Pioneer, Gut Specialist and Author
Guest Occupation: Scientist, Biomedical Researcher, Medical Doctor, Pharmacologist, Professor, Father of Neurogastroenterology, ENS Pioneer, Gut Specialist, Author
Guest Biography:

Michael D. Gershon was born on March 3, 1938 in New York, NY.  Nothing in his early life prepared him for a scientific career.  Dr. Gershon’s father was a lawyer and an accountant, did tax law, and ran the Audit Unit of the New York City Board of Education.  His mother was a high school teacher who specialized in teaching stenography to children with special needs.  After a traumatic experience at a truly awful junior high school, Dr. Gershon was offered an opportunity to join an “honors” class in Biology in high school.  His qualifications appeared to be marginal but they needed one more student to fill the class and, although it seemed to the authorities that Dr. Gershon would be hard pressed to cope with the work, they were willing to let him try if he was willing to accept the challenge.  Dr. Gershon accepted that challenge and it set his career path for life.  The Biology teacher was gifted and the subject addicted Dr. Gershon; however, the promised difficulty of the work never materialized.  He “aced” that course; work is not work when it is fun.  Sinclair Lewis’ “Arrowsmith”, read the same year, convinced Dr. Gershon that biomedical research would be his life’s work and so it has been.

Dr. Gershon received his Bachelor’s degree with distinction from Cornell University in 1958.  He went on to complete his MD degree, also at Cornell, in 1963, having taken an extra year to gain a research experience.  That year set his field as Anatomy and Cell Biology.  It also enabled him the find the right woman, Dr. Anne Gershon, to whom he has been married ever since.  After graduation, Dr. Gershon, now the father of one son, omitted clinical training and went on to do post-doctoral work, first at Cornell, and then from 1965-6, in Pharmacology, at Oxford University.  Dr. Gershon returned from Oxford to the Department of Anatomy at Cornell, where between 1964 and 1975 he rose through the academic ranks to Professor.

In December of 1975, Dr. Gershon made the crosstown move from Cornell to Columbia University where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology until 2006 when he stepped down as Chair, but continued his research and teaching as a Professor.  His old department was fused with the Department of Pathology and is now the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology.  From the time of his graduation to the present, the National Institutes of Health has supported Dr. Gershon, providing funding for his research and for a significant portion of his salary.  

Dr. Gershon has been called “the father of neurogastroenterology” for his explication of the ability of the enteric nervous system (ENS) to function without CNS input, the roles of serotonin in gut physiology, and for his pioneering work on ENS development.  Dr. Gershon’s major discoveries include serotonin’s actions as an ENS neurotransmitter.  Dr. Gershon was also the first to identify intraenteric primary afferent neurons that trigger peristaltic and secretory reflexes and to show that mucosal serotonin activates these neurons.  Dr. Gershon identified and characterized the gastrointestinal functions of many of the enteric receptors that respond to serotonin and he was the first to demonstrate that the serotonin transporter (SERT), which terminates mucosal and ENS serotonergic signaling, is present in enterocytes and serotonergic neurons. Dr. Gershon has also shown that mucosal serotonin is proinflammatory but that ENS serotonin is anti-inflammatory.  These observations have given rise to the concept that serotonin is “the sword and shield of the bowel” driving inflammation to protect the gut from microbial invasion while, at the same time, protecting enteric neurons from inflammatory damage.  Serotonin activates adult stem cells to give rise to new neurons and acts as a growth factor during fetal neurogenesis. Dr. Gershon discovered roles in ENS development of netrins, laminin, and many growth and transcription factors that help explain the pathogenesis of Hirschsprung’s disease and other ENS birth defects.  Drs. Michael and Anne Gershon have demonstrated that varicella zoster virus (VZV), the cause of chickenpox and shingles, infects, becomes latent, and reactivates in enteric neurons, both in an animal model and in the human gut.  These observations raise the possibility that “enteric zoster” occurs and could potentially give rise to a variety of gastrointestinal disorders, the pathogenesis of which is currently unexplained. 

Dr. Gershon has received several prominent honors.  A few of those highlights include serving as president of the Cajal Club in 1994, the Association of Chairs of Departments of Anatomy in 1986, and as president of AAA from 1995-1996.  The American Association for the Advancement of Science elected him as a fellow in 1999.  In 2000, Dr. Gershon was awarded the Henry Gray/Lippincott Williams Wilkins Scientific Achievement Award, AAA’s highest scientific honor.  He was elected as a Fellow of the AAA in 2007 and to membership in the American Clinical and Climatological Association in 2011.  Dr. Gershon’s work has been recognized and honored by the Collège de France, Mayo University, the American Physiological Association, and the American Gastroenterological Association.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Science, Biology & Chemistry
Eric Violette, Actor, Singer, Musician and Mesotherapist
Guest Occupation: Actor, Singer, Musician, Mesotherapist
Guest Biography:

Eric Violette has been embraced by Americans as that cute guy down on his luck in a series of Free Credit Report dot com TV commercials.

In October 2007, the TV commercials featured Eric Violette as a man struggling with difficult life circumstances due to his poor credit score, and his ignorance of it. The commercials feature jingles written using various distinctive forms of popular music. If you watch TV, you've probably seen them all the one with Eric at the Renaissance Fair, as a pirate in a restaurant, living in the basement with his girlfriend, or driving an old beat up compact car.

Violette was born June 12, 1981 in Montreal and attended the National Theatre School of Canada in 2002. The commercials prepared by David Muhlenfeld at the The Martin Agency began appearing in October 2007. Due to Violette's Canadian French accent, his voice has been dubbed in the United States. He earlier did a Sirius Satellite Radio commercial in French.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Music, TV & Film
Nigel Kerner, Author, Freelance Journalist, Writer and Ufo Researcher
Guest Occupation: Author, Freelance Journalist, Writer, Ufo Researcher
Guest Biography:

Nigel Kerner is an author and freelance journalist. He was born in Sri Lanka, his mother from a British planting family and his father an officer in the British Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. This international family base provided the background for an obsessive and serious interest in international human affairs and how these interface with science, religion and philosophy.

He has felt driven, from his young years, to expose the humbug and hypocrisy in modern scientific and religious and social thinking. His formal graduate education is in biomedical science and human behavioural psychology.

His fascination with the puzzling and enigmatic phenomenon of UFOs resulted in his first book The Song of the Greys published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1997. This serious work on the subject is now noted world-wide for its radical view on the phenomenon. His latest book, Grey Aliens and the Harvesting of Souls published by Inner Traditions/Bear & Company is the second in a trilogy about the UFO phenomenon and its social repercussions on humanity. His books and numerous articles have established his unique thesis as part of the canon of serious literature on the subject.

Nigel Kerner lives with his wife and family on his estate in middle England. He has a passionate interest in projects on behalf of the deprived and disadvantaged of developing nations. He is at present working with his family and a team of European friends and volunteers on a medical and agro-development project done on behalf of the rural poor in a country in the Far East. This takes up much of his spare time.

His hobbies include reading science literature and journals, wild-life videography, wildlife conservation activities, singing and song writing. His sporting passions are Cricket and Rugby Union.

Guest Category: Paranormal
Craig Farraway, Home Beer Brewer, Singer and Songwriter
Guest Occupation: Home Beer Brewer, Singer, Songwriter
Guest Biography:

Craig Farraway, Home Beer Brewer, started out at a young age playing the drums, singing, and writing songs. At age 21, he wrote and performed the title track for an album dedicated to the Calgary 1988 Olympics. The song Dream on the Horizon was featured in a CBC documentary and received regular airplay on FM stations across Canada. Craig saw an opportunity to go further with his music, but instead chose to stick close to family and the comforts of home. Amongst his many hobbies, which include video production, audio engineering, and of course music, Craig would carry on the family tradition of home brewing beer.

Motivated by the high prices of commercial beer, and his love for the beverage, Craig, age 21 at the time, started experimenting with beer kits from his local home brew shop. Well, over 20 years later, he is still at it. He now has a popular YouTube Channel, which he appropriately named...... CraigTube. He has attracted literally thousands of followers, many of which claim that they would have never started home brewing if it weren't for Craig's videos. Craig also does a variety of other things on his YouTube channel, including cooking shows, music performances, and philosophical talks, with topics ranging from the paranormal, to the nature of the universe, but the main theme of the channel is BEER.

Visit Craig's website:https://sites.google.com/site/farraway/ and his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CraigTube?feature=chclk

Guest Category: Games & Hobbies, Music, Travel & Leisure
Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, Preventive Medicine Specialist, Clinical Nutritionist, Biochemist, Medical Editor, Lecturer, Author and Natural Alternatives Methodologist
Guest Occupation: Preventive Medicine Specialist, Clinical Nutritionist, Biochemist, Medical Editor, Lecturer, Author, Natural Alternatives Methodologist
Guest Biography:

I specialize in preventive medicine and natural therapies which are complementary (not an alternative to) your family medical doctor. Unless you are very well read on the subject of natural medicine, it is recommended you read my book, Return to The Joy of Health.

Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Masters Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1984). He is past president of The Canadian Holistic Medical Association (1987-88). He is the author of three Canadian bestsellers, The Joy of Health (1991), Return to the Joy of Health (1995) and Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection (1997). He is co-author with Jeanne Marie Martin of The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook (1996) and is the medical editor of the Benjamin Franklin Award winning Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (1998). He has had a private medical practice in Toronto for the past 32 years, has appeared on radio and TV as well as lectured extensively in Canada and the U.S. Latest Published Books (Healthy Living Guides Series, Alive Books, 2000): Natural Alternatives to Vaccination, Osteoarthritis Naturally, Rhematoid Arthritis Naturally, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Boosting Male Libido Naturally, Body Building Supplements, Menopause Naturally. Dr. Rona has just published his new book, "Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin". All of Dr. Rona's books are available from your local health food store, major book stores or from Amazon.com.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Medicine
Michael J. Murphy, Filmmaker, Political Activist, Journalist and Chemtrails Researcher
Guest Occupation: Filmmaker, Political Activist, Journalist, Chemtrails Researcher
Guest Biography:

Michael J. Murphy is a filmmaker, political activist and President of The Coalition Against Geoengineering. His work focuses on issues that go beyond the interest of the Corporate mainstream media and includes originating and Co-Producing the groundbreaking documentary “What in the World are They Spraying?” and several other short films that address chemtrails/geoengineering and other controversial political issues. Michael has also appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows around the world.

Interviews include; G. Edward Griffin, Chelene Nightingale (California Governor candidate), Jim King (California lieutenant Governor candidate), Mark Reed (California congressional candidate), Bill Hunt (Orange County Sheriff candidate), Jenny Worman (California congressional candidate), Stewart Rhodes (Oath Keepers, Founder), Actress Mariel Hemingwayand Ed Asner (Actor "Mary Tyler Moore", "Lou Grant" and "UP").

Guest Category: Earth & Space, Politics & Government, Technology, Theory & Conspiracy, TV & Film
Dr. Semir Sam Osmanagich, Author, Researcher, Businessman, Archaeologist, Teacher, Anthropologist, Sociologist, Ancient Civilization Expert, Professor, TV Editor, Producer and Lecturer
Guest Occupation: Author, Researcher, Businessman, Archaeologist, Teacher, Anthropologist, Sociologist, Ancient Civilization Expert, Professor, TV Editor, Producer, Lecturer
Guest Biography:

Semir Sam Osmanagich is Bosnian-born Houston (USA) resident author, researcher and businessman.

He has discovered ancient pyramidal complex in Visoko (Bosnia-Herzegovina) which consists of five colossal stone structures in the shape of the pyramid with extensive pre-historical underground tunnel network.

He has established non-profit and non-government „Archaeological Park: Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun“ Foundation to pursue the excavation and geo-archaeological work.

He teaches at the American University in Bosnia-Herzegovina as Anthropology professor, in particular Bosnian megalithic sites.

First International Scientific Conference about Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids was held in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) in August 25-30, 2008 (www.icbp.ba) with 55 leading experts from Egypt, Russia, China, Poland, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Croatia, Austria, Montenegro and Bosnia giving full support Osmanagich's efforts and recommending establishment of the Center for Pyramid Studies in Bosnia. (Conclusions)

Osmanagich is an owner and president of the manufacturing company Met Company, Inc. and holding company Met Holding Group, LLP.  in Houston (USA).

Sam Osmanagich authored and narrated 12-epizode documentary „Search for Lost Civilization“ for the state Bosnian television FTVBiH (2007) which was based on his book: „Civilizations Before the Official History“ (2005) and filmed in Peru, Bolivia, Easter Island, Costa Rica, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Malta, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. (Video clips)

Osmanagich lectures extensively and promote Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids Project and archaeological tourism in Bosnia-Herzegovina from Egypt and Jordan, to Malaysia, Canada, USA, China, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Denmark and other countries.

Osmanagich is a member of the Archaeological Society of Alexandria (est. 1895). Osmanagich has become a first “honorary citizen” of the Town of Visoko in 2006.

Daily newspaper San from Sarajevo awarded Osmanagich title Man of the Year 2007 in Bosnia-Herzegovina” for his research project Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids and affirmative promotion of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the world.
Osmanagich has been admitted as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences from Moscow, one of the most respected scientific institutions in the world.

Osmanagich holds his doctorate in Sociology of History. His PhD thesis about the Mayan civilization has been accepted at the University of Sarajevo.

Guest Category: Earth & Space, History, Science, Technology, TV & Film
Stephen Lewis, Co Author, Energetic Balancing Researcher, Acupuncturist, Energetic Healer and AIM Inventor
Guest Occupation: Co Author, Energetic Balancing Researcher, Acupuncturist, Energetic Healer, AIM Inventor
Guest Biography:

Stephen Lewis, Developer of The AIM Program, Co-founder of EMC², and Co-Author of the novel Sanctuary: The Path to Consciousness has been exploring energetic balancing for more than 25 years. His path began with an interest in oriental philosophy combined with German psychiatry, specifically the work of W. Reich who believed energetic imbalance was the cause of all pathology.

Eventually Lewis was led to the healing arts. His degrees include acupuncture and homeopathy, both of which are forms of energetic healing. Lewis' extensive studies and research led him directly to the insights upon which EMC² 's spiritual energetic balancing technology is based. Lewis' energetic balancing technology, called AIM, has been used by thousands of individuals worldwide and has earned the endorsements of Dr. Wayne Dyer, Rev. Michael Beckwith, author Kevin Trudeau and many others.

EMC² 's purpose is to find imbalances in consciousness and offer energetic balancing as a way to assist living beings in the clearing and release of those imbalances in order to increase their well-being. Lewis has always made an explicit distinction between the healing that is the natural result of a shift in consciousness as compared to the medical trio of diagnosing, treating and, hopefully, curing. That medical trio is the work of medical professionals and is done TO you. Healing, on the other hand, is definitively in the realm of spirituality and must be done BY you. Lewis points out that true healers don't actually heal you, but rather teach or inspire you to find the healing power that you naturally possess. All healing is a result of your consciousness directing your Life Force. And, in that realm, because everything is energy, anything is possible! The character of Max in the novel Sanctuary: The Path to Consciousness by Stephen Lewis and EMC² co-Founder Evan Slawson is based on the life and work of Stephen Lewis.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Alternative Health, Energy Healing, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual
Brenda Davis, Dietitian, Nutritionalist, Speaker, Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Consultant, Academic Instructor, Researcher, Vegetarian Hall of Fame and Author
Guest Occupation: Dietitian, Nutritionalist, Speaker, Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Consultant, Academic Instructor, Researcher, Vegetarian Hall of Fame, Author
Guest Biography:

Brenda Davis, registered dietitian and nutritionist, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker.  She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor.  She is currently on a diabetes intervention research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands.  Brenda spent 8 months in Majuro in 2006 and returns for 4-6 week periods once or twice a year.

Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In July 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

A co-author of seven books - best-sellers, Becoming Vegan, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian and Defeating Diabetes, Dairy-free and Delicious and the newly released, Becoming Raw and Raw-food Revolution Diet.

Brenda lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with her husband Paul. She has two grown children, Leena and Cory.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Alternative Health, Nutrition, Medicine
Dr. Pieter J. DeWet, M.D., M.D.(H), FAAFP, ABIHM, Medical Director, Family Physician, Diplomat, Associate Professor, Radio Show Host and Holistic Medicne Practicioner
Guest Occupation: Medical Director, Family Physician, Diplomat, Associate Professor, Radio Show Host, Holistic Medicne Practicioner
Guest Biography:

Pieter J. DeWet, M.D., M.D.(H), FAAFP, ABHIM
Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Homeopathy,  Family Practice, Chronic Disease Management

Dr. Pieter J. DeWet has been in private practice, practicing Wellness medicine since 1997 and is the owner and medical director of Quantum Healing Institute in Tyler, TX.  Dr. de Wet graduated medical school in 1985 and has been a family physician since 1991 when he obtained his Board Certification in Family Medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine.  He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice since 1994 and completed a fellowship in Faculty Development in 1994.  He has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine (not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties) since the year 2000.  In 2007 he also received his Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative medicine license. 

Dr. DeWet completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler in 1991. He pursued a career in academic medicine at UT Health Center starting immediately after his residency until he left UT Health Center in 1997 to go into private practice. Dr. DeWet was associate professor of family medicine and associate program director of the family practice residency program. He was intimately involved in the development of numerous chronic disease management programs at the University of Texas Health Center. He was also the founder and director of the Center for Nutrition Preventive Medicine there from 1995-1997.

Dr. DeWet has been co-host of a nationally syndicated radio program called Healthy, Wealthy & Wise since 2004. He and his wife Cindi are where hosting their own XM radio program called "The Quantum Healing Hour" on SIRUS XM 131, weekdays from 4 to 5PM CST (5 to 6 PM. EST). Now Dr. DeWet can be found on Toginet Internet Radio, Live from 2-3PM CST (3-4PM EST). Dr. DeWet has spent his entire career in medicine starting from the time he entered medical school to search for the most effective, least harmful and the most cost effective methods to treat patients with complex health challenges, and currently treats patients from all around the country and worldwide for diseases and health conditions ranging from the most simple to some of the most complex. Dr. DeWet approaches all patients holistically, which means he focuses on body, mind and soul and routinely addresses and assists in the treatment of patient’s physical, emotional, social, mental, environmental and spiritual issues as it relates to their overall health situation. He is determined to find and treat the root causes of illness in each patient that he sees which is one reason why Dr. DeWet is credited for getting very good results with the majority of his patients, especially those that are willing to make the commitment to heal all aspects of their health challenges.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Medicine
Jacques F. Vallee, Astronomer, Computer Science Doctorate, Venture Capitalist, Information Technology Specialist, Writer, Advisor and Author
Guest Occupation: Astronomer, Computer Science Doctorate, Venture Capitalist, Information Technology Specialist, Writer, Advisor, Author
Guest Biography:

Jacques F. Vallee serves as a General Partner of Euro-America Ventures, a Silicon Valley group that invests in North America and Europe, primarily in high-technology. He was born in France, where he received a B.S. in mathematics at the Sorbonne and an M.S. in astrophysics at Lille University. Coming to the U.S. as an astronomer at the University of Texas, where he co-developed the first computer-based map of Mars for NASA, Jacques later moved to Northwestern University where he received his Ph.D. in computer science. He went on to work at SRI International and the Institute for the Future, where he directed the project to build the world's first network-based groupware system as a Principal Investigator on Arpanet, the prototype for the Internet.

A venture capitalist with Euro-America since 1987, Jacques Vallee has spearheaded early-stage investments in over 60 high technology start-ups. One third of these companies reached the public markets. They include, SangStat Medical, a biotechnology firm based in Menlo Park, California and Nantes, France; Accuray, a medical device company specialized in robotic surgery; Ixys, a power semiconductor firm; and Ubique, Inc., a web teleconferencing company (acquired by AOL).

Other investments that he led for the fund include Com-21, P-Com, Harmonic Lightwaves, Regeneration Technologies and Mercury Interactive, all of which made successful IPOs on the Nasdaq market. He has also served as a director of Class Data Systems, a networking company (acquired by Cisco), and recently Alter-G, a medical device company. In Jan 2010, HandyLab was acquired by Becton-Dickinson.

Jacques is a member of the science board for the French Genopole, based in Every Genopole.com specializing in life sciences and was elected as a Trustee of the Institute for the Future http://www.iftf.org/home/. He has contributed a "Letter from California" column for Le Figaro.

Apart from his work with information technology and finance, Jacques has had a long-term private interest in astronomy, in writing fiction and in the frontiers of research, notably unidentified aerial phenomena. He also serves on the scientific advisory board of Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada http://bigelowaerospace.com/. He was awarded the Jules Verne Prize in Paris for a science fiction novel in French.

Jacques and his family settled in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969.

Guest Category: Literature, Business, Investing and Finance, UFOs, Science, Technology, TV & Film
Irvin Rosenfeld, Medical Marijuana Patient, Stockbroker, Bone Tumor Survivor and Author
Guest Occupation: Medical Marijuana Patient, Stockbroker, Bone Tumor Survivor, Author
Guest Biography:

Mr. Rosenfeld's story in his testimony before the State of Michigan Committee on Government Operations on Tuesday November 28th, 2006: "I appreciate coming to the great state of Michigan. My name is Irvin Rosenfeld and I am the longest surviving Federal Medical Marijuana patient in the United States. There are five patients currently in the country and there will only be five because the Bush Administration shut down the program in 1992.

I have severe a bone disorder. This caused bone tumors to grow all throughout my body, growing into the muscles and the veins. As a teenager, I had many operations. I was using all kinds of drugs and I was an advocate against marijuana in the late 1960's. Why would a healthy person use an illegal drug when I would hold up my baggie (of pills) and say look at what I have to take, be thankful you're healthy.

I went to college in Miami in 1971 and there, against peer pressure, I tried marijuana and it did nothing to me. I didn't get high, it did nothing to me. People around me were getting high, I thought they were self inducing it. About the tenth time I did it, I sat and played a game of chess for 30 minutes and I hate chess. I used to have trouble sitting and I sat for 30 minutes. That was the first time in 5 years I did that. I had morphine, I had Quaalude, these were all prescription. It dawned on me that I hadn't taken a pill for about 6 hours. This was the first time I had done that in 5 years."

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Politics & Government
Jeff Berlin, Electric Bass Player, Music Teacher, Columnist, Recording Artist and Top Electric Jazz Bassist
Guest Occupation: Electric Bass Player, Music Teacher, Columnist, Recording Artist, Top Electric Jazz Bassist
Guest Biography:

Music has been the reason that I get up every morning (that, and my kids kneeing me in the stomach at 7am). I'm an electric bass player and I've won awards, toured the world many times over, and played a million concerts world-wide. I've played with nearly every great drummer, guitarist, pianist and horn player that are out there today. Many people regard me as the best electric jazz bassist in the world (does this include all the dimensions times infinity?)

One dark cloud was the cancer that overtook my son. When he became sick, I retired from playing and stayed home with my boy to take care of him. In order to make a living, I started The Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida. This way I could stay in Clearwater and put a little attention on music through the explanation and demonstration of it to my students.

Two good things happened; my son was cured of his cancer, and The Players School has become one of the finest schools to learn how to play bass, piano, drums or guitar. I'm touring a lot, which, after all, is the name of the game. Nothing replaces the experience of reaching for new music every night in front of an appreciative audience. Keep an eye out for us. I tour with Danny Gottlieb on drums (Danny played drums with Pat Metheny for years), Othello Molineaux (the steel drum player who played in Jaco Pastorius' band) and Richard Drexler on piano and upright bass (Richard came out of the Woody Herman Orchestra). It is maybe the smokingest jazz ensemble I ever played in.

I am a practicing fool because I have this really deep need not to imitate as a bassist. I grant you that it is hard to find totally new bass concepts. But, if you don't look for them, then how can you find SOMETHING that is yours alone? I don't have the technique that many young players have today. And so I rely on my imagination to find new ideas that might be impactful to the people who listen to me. I recently found a totally new way to play the bass guitar, a method of playing that has opened many harmonic doors for me. I will showcase this method on a future recording of mine.

Jazz is my passion when I wear the leader's hat. I have found a lot of new ways to approach the electric bass that I am quite proud of. But, as a sideman, I can play funk like a swamp rat sitting on a hotplate, and I can rock like a rotweiller chained up in front of a piece of ribeye. I've been working hard to find a producer with some forward vision of giving the 4 or 8 bar solo on a pop tune to me instead of the guitar or the synth player. But, so far, the concept seems laughable to most producers. "A BASS PLAYER? PLAYING A SOLO? ON A BEYONCE RECORD?" I didn't realize that my instrument, for all the visibility it has achieved over the years, still is not regarded that highy in the music industry. I am out to change this, if I can.

Regarding the fans that I have, I have noticed over the years that fans of rock music often had a broader appreciation of music in other styles than some jazz fans have had. Rock fans have been incredibly supportive of my music and therefore I would like to say Thank You for all you have done and said about my bass playing. This does not go unnoticed.

I will keep you posted about gigs and new projects that I am involved in. To those people who have supported me and my playing, I send you my love and thanks.

Best to all, Jeff

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Education, Courses & Training, Music
Ashok K. Gangadean, Ph.D., Author, Lecturer, Professor, Philospher, Founder and Director of the Global Dialogue Institute
Guest Occupation: Author, Lecturer, Professor, Philospher, Founder, Director of the Global Dialogue Institute
Guest Biography:

Ashok Gangadean, Ph.D., is truly an international connection. An accomplished author, lecturer and philosopher, Dr. Gangadean has worked with numerous organizations such as UNICEF and the United Nations. He has written several books on global reason, philosophy and dialect and is Founder/Director of the Global Dialogue Institute, which specializes in cultivating common ground and deeper global awareness among diverse worlds in our emerging global communities. He was the first Director of the Margaret Gest Center for Cross-Cultural Study of Religion at Haverford College and has participated in numerous professional conferences on inter-religious dialogue and East-West comparative philosophy. Dr. Gangadean has appeared on NBC News and CNN Headline News, in addition to being a guest on the national series Thinking Allowed

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Ashok Gangadean, Professor of Philosophy

Biographical Note
Ashok Gangadean is Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College (Haverford, PA) where he has taught for the past thirty nine years. He was the first Director of the Margaret Gest Center for Cross-Cultural Study of Religion at Haverford, and has participated in numerous professional conferences on inter-religious dialogue and East-West comparative philosophy. . .

Reflection on the Evolution of my Research, Scholarship and Teaching: Setting the Context for my Work
Four decades ago my early focus began in the areas of Logic, Ontology and the Philosophy of Language. My primary concern over the years has been to seek to advance the perennial search for the fundamental grammars of thought (logic of consciousness), the grammars of reality (formal ontology) and the deep structures of language and discourse (logic of natural reason). .

Research and Teaching Interests: philosophy of logic and language; global ontology; global and comparative philosophy; global ethics; global wisdom; Hindu, Buddhist, and Zen tradition in global contexts

Guest Category: Education, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Gordon James Gianninoto, Attorney, Contractor, Author, Photographer, Artist, Extraterrestrial Contactee, Psychologist, Pole Shift Researcher, Planet X Investigator and Beekeeper
Guest Occupation: Attorney, Contractor, Author, Photographer, Artist, Extraterrestrial Contactee, Psychologist, Pole Shift Researcher, Planet X Investigator, Beekeeper
Guest Biography:

BIO BELOW FROM: http://poleshift.ning.com/profile/GordonJamesGianninoto

Gordon James Gianninoto - Attorney, Contractor, Author, Photographer, Artist, and Extraterrestrial Contactee

He had many childhood UFO and ET encounters. He saw his first UFO in 1964, a one mile diameter mothership launching 3 saucers over San Juan PR harbor. Selected as a future astronaut at age 15 he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study astronomy, astrophysics, and space science at the Hayden Planetarium in NYC. He attended the University of Virginia School of Aerospace Engineering, but later got a degree in psychology at the University of New Haven, Connecticut. While going to law school in New Hampshire, at Franklin Pierce Law Center, now UNH Law, he worked as an intern at the United Nations Center on Transnational Corporations on a Code of Moral Conduct for Transnational Corporations. Upon graduation he worked as a hearing officer for the Environmental Board of the State of Vermont before opening up a trial law practice in Connecticut. After having worked his way through High School, college and law school as a contractor, he decided to prepare for poleshift by moving to Maine in 1985 where he has worked as a commercial fisherman and contractor since.

In a lifetime of many many psychic, telepathic, and ET experience, he had his first vision of pole shift 1973 in a long and detailed dream and had a waking vision of same thing 1988. He long realized a pole shift would bring open contact with ETs. Together with his wife of 22 years, Janet, they have seen dozens of ET ships and have had all manner of voluntary, positive contact experiences. Their favorite UFO activity was spending 3 days with Dr. John Mack, Dr. Rudolf Schild, and Dr. Edgar Mitchell in Rangeley, Maine in 2003.

Living on a mountain top blueberry farm on the Maine coast, Gordon is also a licensed shortwave radio operator and a beekeeper. His wife is a psychic and a shaman, with many ET contacts herself. Looking around to see who was saying what they were saying, they discovered Zetatalk in 2006 and have become strong supporters. For more than 20 years they have lectured widely, and in many radio interviews on the approach of Planet X, Poleshift, and the aftertime involving open contact with unselfish ETs and frequency or dimensional change for the entire earth within 100 years after poleshift. Many of his interviews are available for free on Youtube, and his writings are regularly published in UFO DIGEST, on line.

Gordon James Gianninoto will bring a lifetime of ET contact, telepathy, psychic experiences and visions as he describes how we are about to experience Pole Shift - the crust of the planet separating from the core and reattaching. The event will bring unimagined challenges to our lives.

Gordon has been on over 700 broadcast, satellite, shortwave, and internet radio stations. It is safe to say that between 20 and 50 million people have listened to his inspiring descriptions of our future and what we can do about it, for it and with it. Gordon has been interviewed many times by George Noory, Kevin Smith, Daniel Ott, Robert Pepino, Michael Vara, Robert Schmalzbach, Christopher Rudy, and many others. A frequent comment of those attending his presentations is that 'There are things I hoped, things I felt, things I thought about, but were never able to express. You put these things into words, touching me deeply, and changing me forever. Thank you."

Guest Category: Earth & Space, Paranormal, Theory & Conspiracy
Christine Page, M.D., Mystical Physician, Homeopathic Doctor, Intuitive, Alchemist, Mystic, Writer, Speaker and Author
Guest Occupation: Mystical Physician, Homeopathic Doctor, Intuitive, Alchemist, Mystic, Writer, Speaker, Author
Guest Biography:

About Christine Page, M.D.

Known as a mystical physician, Dr. Christine Page was immersed in spiritual mysteries from an early age, raised amongst healers and psychics and always connected intuitively to other realms of consciousness.   In a search for true healing, she has over 30 years of experience in the caring professions as doctor and homeopath, receiving her medical degree from London University.

Now, focusing on education, she is a gifted intuitive, mystic and alchemist, sharing her insights and knowledge through teaching, soul readings and writing. As an international speaker, she sees herself as a messenger and bridge builder between different worlds whether this includes modalities of health care or levels of consciousness. Author of 6 books, the best known being Frontiers of Health, her latest, 2012 and the Galactic Center; the Return of the Great Mother was published in October 2008.

Christine lives with her husband Leland, in Northern California.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Spiritual, Medium & Channeling, Mystic & Seer, Psychic & Intuitive
Sean M. Fisher, Independent Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, Writer, Producer, Director and Spiritual Evolver
Guest Occupation: Independent Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, Writer, Producer, Director, Spiritual Evolver
Guest Biography:

Sean M. Fisher is an independent filmmaker and entrepreneur based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He wrote, produced and directed the award winning documentary film Metaphysia 2012. Originally intent on becoming a professional writer, he studied English literature at the University of Cambridge in England and worked briefly as an interning writer for "America’s Most Wanted." Fisher also holds a business degree from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics and was the winner of the esteemed J. Holloway Entrepreneurship Scholarship. Fisher began the production company Marin Studios to pursue his passion for storytelling while dedicating his life to spiritual truth and understanding. His experience in making Metaphysia 2012led him to begin creating Vision 2013, which is intended to become a new community platform that can carry the film’s inspirational vision for living together forward beyond 2012.

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METAPHYSIA 2012 is an Award-Winning, feature-length documentary film that explores the mysteries behind the prophetic Maya end-date of 2012, as no other film has before.

Being described as a Cinematic Vision Quest, Metaphysia is a fascinating adventure story into the very heart of our modern-day predicament, revealing a stunning new vision for the future to a growing global audience “Being Shifted” by the film’s inspirational message.

Metaphysia documents the cross-country journey of American writer and producer, Sean M. Fisher, as he searches for deeper meaning amidst the rapid-fire changes of the New Century. Beginning with very practical questions in mind, Fisher soon finds himself facing an unexpected series of mysterious events:  including sudden synchronistic meetings, multi-dimensional communications, and remarkable animal encounters in Nature - all drawing him deep into the consideration of a fascinating new world of metaphysical thought.

Unfolding like a metaphysical Odyssey, including inspired meetings with Native American Visionaries, Shamans, Metaphysical Scientists, Artists, Healers, Trance Channels and some of today's most accomplished Metaphysical Teachers and Authors, Metaphysia 2012 reveals a breathtaking scope of new information about Consciousness, Healing, Evolution, Metaphysics, Global Warming, Water, 2012, Prophecy, Astrology, Buddhism, Indigenous Wisdom and more.

Being hailed as "one of the most original and thought-provoking Documentary journeys in years" and "culminating in one of the most emotional and climactic Native American scenes in Documentary," METAPHYSIA 2012 is quickly becoming the definitive independent film of its genre and quite possibly the last 2012 Documentary you will ever need to see.

Guest Category: Earth & Space, Health & Lifestyle, Philosophy, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Science, Spiritual, Technology, TV & Film
Marianne Weidlein, Facilitator, Mentor, Author, Peak Performance Coach, Human Potential Developer and Entrepreneur
Guest Occupation: Facilitator, Mentor, Author, Peak Performance Coach, Human Potential Developer, Entrepreneur
Guest Biography:

I am a facilitator, mentor, and author, with expertise in self-mastery, peak performance, relationship, intentional manifestation, and self-employment. I bring 40+ years of experience in business, human potential development, and awakening spiritual awareness to help people achieve peace, success, and freedom on all levels. I hold a BSBA; yet my most relevant education and training are from life experience, my work, and my connection with Source.

My life has served a gamut of untold awakenings, pain and loss learning the hard way, and peak experiences. Through this I developed skill with discipline and perseverance, transmuting self-limiting patterns to their positive equivalents, raising vibrational frequency, and retraining the brain to focus on positive intention. This richly endowed me with an ardent reverence for integrity, and the ability to gracefully navigate the mystery of life.

Since 1985, likewise impassioned to catalyze others, I have developed a varied repertoire of techniques and curricula, facilitated innumerable individual, partner, and group programs of widely varying topics, formats, sizes, and lengths, and published several books.

I discovered that while people gain information, heightened awareness, and a good time participating in groups, many lack the ability to apply what they learn to their everyday experiences. Through this I learned that making lasting change requires regular facilitation and support, so in 1995, I began providing one-on-one telephone support.

Initially, I helped clients to remove self-limiting patterns while they developed or upgraded their businesses. As I discovered what causes people to succeed and fail, I developed facilitation skill with self-mastery, peak performance, relationship, leadership, and intentional manifestation.

I have worked with people of all ages in many countries, who are dedicated to developing their highest potential and freeing self-limitation. Now, my bliss, skill, and leading honor are in facilitating committed, gifted women to cultivate their magnificence!

My books and manuals are: Empowering Vision For Dreamers, Visionaries & Other Entrepreneurs (1991) and now on my website; warm liquid life (1993); It's All Up to Me and other courses on my website; and The Passage to Freedom manuscript.

In 1991, I was a Colorado Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee. I am a mother and grandmother, and deeply grateful for Source and the spectrum of life that moves through me.

Guest Category: Business, Health & Lifestyle, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, Meditation
Nick Pope, Author, Journalist, TV Personality, U.K. Government Ministry of Defense Employee, UFO Researcher, Media Commentator, Writer, Broadcaster, Lecturer and Novelist
Guest Occupation: Author, Journalist, TV Personality, U.K. Government Ministry of Defense Employee, UFO Researcher, Media Commentator, Writer, Broadcaster, Lecturer, Novelist
Guest Biography:

BIO BELOW FROM: http://www.nickpope.net/biography-extended.htm

Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope worked for the British government for 21 years, at the Ministry of Defence.  In the course of his career, he served in a number of different posts, but is best known for work that he did between 1991 and 1994, when he was posted to a division where his duties included investigating reports of Unidentified Flying Objects.  The purpose of these investigations was to see whether anything reported might pose any threat to the defence of the United Kingdom, or suggest the existence of anything that might be of more general defence interest.  Most sightings turned out to be misidentifications of ordinary objects or phenomena, but a small percentage remained unexplained.  Contrary to popular belief, there was no definitive evidence that any of these sightings were extraterrestrial in origin.  However, the Ministry of Defence remained open-minded about the possibilities and took no position on the existence of extraterrestrial life. 

Nick Pope was initially sceptical about UFOs, but his official research and investigation convinced him that whatever the nature of the sightings that remained unexplained, the UFO phenomenon raised important defence, national security and air safety issues.  He was particularly interested in cases where the witnesses were pilots, or where UFOs were tracked on radar. 

More recently, Nick Pope has been involved in the programme to declassify and release the MoD’s UFO files and send them to the National Archives.  This involved selecting some cases that would be of interest to the media, making a film to promote the release and giving newspaper, TV and radio interviews to publicise the story.

Nick Pope left the Ministry of Defence in 2006.  He now works as a freelance journalist and media commentator, writing and broadcasting on a wide range of subjects, including UFOs, the unexplained, conspiracy theories, fringe science, defence, intelligence, space and science fiction. 

Nick Pope works with a wide range of film companies, TV networks and production companies, helping develop ideas for new films, TV shows and documentaries.  He contributes regularly to various news programmes, chat shows and documentaries. 

Nick Pope works with various PR, marketing and advertising agencies, promoting sci-fi films and advertising campaigns themed around the unexplained.  He has worked for clients that include Microsoft, 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures and has been involved in promoting The X-Files: I Want To Believe and the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still

Nick Pope lectures all around the world and this has included addressing the Oxford Union and the Cambridge Union Society, as well as speaking at the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and Global Competitiveness Forum 2011. 

Nick Pope has written four books, all of which have been published by Simon & Schuster.  His non-fiction books are Open Skies Closed Minds, about UFOs, and The Uninvited, about the alien abduction mystery.  Both books made the Top Ten in the Sunday Times list of hardback non-fiction books, with Open Skies Closed Minds reaching number three and staying in the Top Ten for ten weeks.  These books have been translated into various foreign languages.  Nick Pope has also written two science fiction novels about an alien invasion, Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike.  There have been discussions about producing a film or a TV miniseries based on these books.

Nick Pope lives in California.

Guest Category: Earth & Space, Paranormal, UFOs, Politics & Government, Technology, TV & Film
Roger Nygard, Film Director, Producer, Editor and Writer
Guest Occupation: Film Director, Producer, Editor, Writer
Guest Biography:

Roger Nygard was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up along the shores of Lake Minnetonka. His father, Roger Nygard, Sr., was an executive at General Mills in charge of buying the trainloads of grain used to make Wheaties and Cheerios. Nygard graduated from Orono High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Communications from the University of Minnesota in 1984.

Nygard has extensive credits in film and television as a director, writer, producer and editor. He made his foray into the movie world in 1991 when he directed the low budget indie, High Strung, starring comedian/actor Steve Oedekerk, Fred Willard, Denise Crosby, and a very young Kirsten Dunst. The tagline reads: “The story of a guy with a few too many hang ups.” The movie has achieved cult status.

Lots of television and film directing and editing credits followed like Back to Back, which may be best known for having blown Bobcat Goldthwait to bits. It was during this time he that he was developing a reputation for working on quirky and unique projects. He realized he could combine what intrigued him with his “day job” and so Nygard the documentarian emerged as part of the overall package.

Trekkies was the first project to allow Nygard to explore his interest in human nature; people dressing up as fictional characters and extraterrestrials fascinated him. His partner in the project, Denise Crosby, first pitched Nygard the idea. He said, “I couldn’t believe nobody had done it yet, it seemed so obvious.” Trekkies has been described as “affectionate, nonjudgmental” (Hollywood Reporter & Daily Variety), or “terrifying, unsettling” (National Post), depending on who you ask.

He also produced and edited a compelling and offbeat look at UFO enthusiasts (which included writer Whitley Streiber, and nuclear-physicist & ufologist Stanton T. Friedman) called Six Days In Roswell. The film was called “…pants-peeing funny!” by Film Threat Magazine. The car salesman subculture also fascinated Nygard, and he co-wrote (with Joe Yannetty) and directed the outrageous cult favorite, Suckers. The movie stars Louis Mandylor, Lori Loughlin, and Daniel Benzali as one scary sales manager from hell. Suckers is often used as a training film at car dealerships. The Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “…Roger Nygard’s exhilaratingly cynical car salesman film Suckers has the macho punch of a David Mamet drama.”

While tackling feature interests like Trekkies 2, and sometimes lending support to a colleague’s project as an editor or producer, Nygard has directed or edited for an array of television series like: The Mind of the Married Man, The Bernie Mac Show, The Office,  The League, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Zoey 101, Zeke and Luther, etc., as well as directing commercials for such companies as Kia, Boost Mobile, DisneyXD, CBS, TBS, and others. For Nygard it comes down to whether a project is intriguing, funny, or challenging. In the case of his latest film, The Nature of Existence it’s all the above.

Guest Category: Spiritual, TV & Film

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