Health and the Mind/Body Connection

Show Summary - October 26, 2009


Sharon welcomed the listeners and talked about the importance of water in life and life in water. She said that it is imperative for everyone to realize the importance of water, to drink plenty of water and to carry water with them if they are unsure of a water source. Dehydration, or lack of water, is out of control in our world and causes or contributes to ailments from allergies to obesity.

Guest: Kathy Gruver, MS

Kathy Gruver, MS (Santa Barbara, CA), author. “Linking the Mind, the Body and Personal Health”

Kathy Gruver is a writer from Santa Barbara, CA, with an MS in natural health. A longtime massage therapist as well as a part-time actor and water advocate, Ms. Gruver is currently working on her PhD.

Ms. Gruver views health in terms of “the magic of the Earth.” To be healthy, she says, we must pay attention to natural cycles and interactions, and the things that the Earth can naturally provide for us. She believes that everyone has inner power to control their lives and health, and that if all the people are healthy, the Earth will be healthy. As a starting point on the road to good health, Kathy drinks 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.

Kathy’s primary interest is the mind-body connection to health. She believes that most health issues have an emotional or spiritual component. For example, of your neck hurts, you must ask yourself what is the “pain-in-the-neck” in your life. This is especially true because 80% of our thoughts tend to be negative and this negativity affects our personal ecosystem and therefore the Earth’s ecosystem. Understanding body language is critical to this.

It is especially important to “eat for the season” and to know where produce you purchase is grown.

Some tips:

Eliminate “chemical calories” from your diet, especially carbonated drinks. Refined sugar is OK in moderation, as is a very small amount of aspartame (Equal). Kathy recommends the natural sugars found in fruits, and for dieters, Stevia.

As far as vegetables, Kathy recommends dark green vegetables but notes that farm soils are often depleted of minerals and she therefore recommends mineral supplements. Packaged and pre-cut vegetables are fine (if expensive).

Ms. Gruver is not a fruit fanatic but likes berries for their natural sugar, vitamin C and anti-oxidant benefits.

Carbohydrates are fine but an all-carb diet is very unhealthy. Kathy thinks eggs have been unfairly targeted and are an excellent food (boiled or poached is better than fried).

Final words: Be aware of the mind-body connection and keep your thoughts and attitudes positive.


The second guest cancelled at the last minute and instead, Sharon talked about the show and its objectives. She discussed the importance of self-education in maintaining health, personal choice and quality of life. She is pleased at the diversity of viewpoints and new information that her myriad and diverse guests have been able to provide.

Obviously, much of the Sharon Kleyne Hour focuses on water. Sharon noted that the Baltimore public schools recently eliminated vending machines and is even starting to grow some if its own foods, which fits well with Kathy Gruver’s “eat seasonally and locally” message. Also, says Sharon, the world’s primary water need is for more drinkable fresh water. She noted that irrigation, in addition to feeding crops, also replenishes the aquifer or water table beneath the farmland.

Finally, Sharon reminded listeners that all past shows may be heard at any time by going to the World Talk Radio/Sharon Kleyne Hour website. Also, for a complete listing of past and upcoming shows, and a downloadable summary of past shows, listeners can go to

Categories: Alternative medication and therapies; diet and nutrition; health and wellness; 2009