Peace in the Middle East? Arian the Enabler

If there’s anyone who can help in the journey towards achieving a more peaceful atmosphere in the Middle East, then perhaps it is Arian Lev.

Nicknamed “The Laser,” Arian is able to read a person’s mind and reveal their inner situation. By channeling peoples’ emotions she is able to see both the physical and emotional barriers that inhibit someone from realizing their full potential.

Arian, is well known in the Israeli media and has worked with thou

Arian Lev with Israeli student Gal Oren

sands of people from all over the globe (including clients from Europe, the United States and Canada). She’s delivered messages to Madonna, Britney Spears and more recently to Oprah Winfrey. The crux of her focus, however, has been on the Middle East with Israeli-Arab patients, Palestinian Arabs, Iranians and individuals from Saudi Arabia.

Arian also speaks Hebrew and Arabic fluently. She has already helped with the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories through use of her rare and unique method. She believes each individual person is where change must begin.

Personal testimonies from students who have graduated from her course reveal a wholesome and positive outlook in a place where negativity and hatred once lived.

Arian Lev with recent graduate and Palestinian student Moris

Arian’s ability to open peoples’ hearts has allowed for individuals from both sides of the fence to realize where their negative beliefs and hatred stems from and nurses them through reprogramming this way of thinking to a more positive and peace-loving outlook.

In certain places where the air was once so thick with the poisonous smells of war and fear, the scents of fresh kebabs and childrens’ laughter have taken it’s place, thanks to Arian.

“Every client is a whole world, from my point of view and I will do everything to enable him to live his life to the fullest,” she says. Arian is an enabler of good and although she has her work cut out for her, she’s already left her mark in that region and her span will continue to be extended throughout the Arab world in the hopes that a more peaceful way of life can ensue there.

For a Heart-Lung Transplant Patient, a New Life Beyond Her Wildest Dreams

For a Heart-Lung Transplant Patient, a New Life Beyond Her Wildest Dreams

Friday, April 11, 2008

By Adelle Nazarian


Claire Sylvia and Jane Seymour (photo courtesy of

She’d never liked beer, Snickers, green peppers or chicken nuggets before. It was only after she received her new heart and lungs that Claire Sylvia took on a slew of characteristics that soon would be her own.

Sylvia, 47, was dying from pulmonary hypertension — a disease that increases the body’s blood pressure in the lung vasculature and most often leads to death — in 1988 when she became the first person in New England to have a heart-lung transplant.

It was while recovering in the intensive care unit that she started feeling the presence of another body. When a writer reporting on her surgery asked her, “Now that you’ve had this miracle, what do you want more than anything else?” she was startled by her own answer:

“Actually,” she said, “I’m dying for a beer right now.”

There is no explanation for how Sylvia took on the characteristics and discovered the identity of Timothy Lamirande, the 18-year-old victim of a motorcycle accident whose heart has been beating in her chest for 20 years.

In her book, “A Change of Heart,” she describes how she discovered her unknown donor’s identity through her dreams and sensations.

In the months following her surgery, Sylvia says, she discovered a newfound confidence she’d never experienced. She found herself in better health, she was in better shape and while she “still felt attracted to men, I didn’t feel that same need to have a boyfriend.”

Her teenage daughter described her gait as being very manly. Sylvia also experienced a dramatic change in her level of energy and health. “I used to get sick a lot, and since I’ve gotten Tim’s heart, I rarely get sick,” she said Thursday in a phone interview from her home in Florida, where she moved six years ago from Maine.

But how is it possible for someone to take on the traits of an organ donor? And how is it possible to learn the unknown donor’s name through a dream?

Sylvia says the defining moment came to her a few months after the transplant surgery, when she had a dream about a tall young man with sandy hair whom she associated with the name “Tim L.”

“I woke up knowing that Tim L. was my donor and that some parts of his spirit and personality were now within me.”

Transplant patients are never told the names of their donors, for reasons of privacy. But Sylvia somehow had gotten through to the other side.

After a second dream nine months later, and the question still burning inside her, Sylvia decided she needed to meet her donor’s family.

She contacted the hospital’s transplant coordinator, Gail Eddy, in hopes of getting in touch with them, but to no avail. The transplant program observes a strict code of confidentiality. Even after mentioning Tim L.’s name, Eddy refused to provide the information. “Let it go. You’re opening a can of worms,” she told Sylvia.

But a few months later, and with the help of friend who’d said he’d dreamt of Tim L.’s obituary the night they’d met at a local theater, Sylvia got up the nerve to track her donor’s family down. She and her friend found Tim Lamirande’s obituary, including his name and address, in a Boston newspaper.

She wrote the Lamirandes, and they agreed to meet with her. All her questions were confirmed as the young man’s parents and siblings attested to Tim’s food tastes and personality traits.

Would Sylvia be different today had her donor not been Tim, but a woman?

She thinks so.

“Because every person has their own set of memories imbued in the heart and when they’re transferred, their memories become part of the recipient’s persona,” she told “I definitely would have been different.”

Sylvia says she conducted research for 10 years after the heart and lung transplant and found other organ recipients who experienced the same, if not similar, changes in their personalities.

How did she know Tim L. was her donor?

“Sometimes you just know,” she says. “It’s just what you believe. Especially if you’re a spiritual person. You can’t see love, you can’t touch it, you can’t smell it. But you know there is love there. It just depends on what you believe.”

Sylvia, who is Jewish, describes Tim’s family as being very spiritual. “They are a very practicing, very devout family,” she says. “So I have a Catholic heart inside this Jewish girl. … I always was spiritual and have always believed in things of the spirit. This just reinforced it.”

But her story doesn’t end there.

Ten years later, in 1998, Sylvia received a kidney transplant from her ballroom dancing partner and ex-boyfriend. She says she experienced a post-surgery phenomenon similar to the first. This time, she gained a fondness for cooking.

“I started baking and making things for him that I hadn’t done before,” Sylvia revealed in a phone interview. “He said, ‘You cook just like my mother used to.’ ” His mother would cook for him often.

Now 68, she accepts that her story is baffling. “Doctors run when they see me. They don’t know how to take it. I’m like a pink elephant and they don’t know what to do with me.”

She lives with Parkinson’s disease, has survived breast cancer, has only half a thyroid and a very bad case of shingles for which she recently had surgery. “I’ve survived a lot of different, different things,” she says.

She remains in touch with Tim L.’s family. She is close to his mother and they exchange Christmas gifts when she goes to Boston, where his family resides. She plans on flying there on May 23, just six days before the 20th anniversary of Tim’s gift of life to her.

As for those characteristics she adopted from Tim? For the first few years, Sylvia felt as though she was going through life with two sets of eyes. Since then, that has tapered off and “they are all a part of me. I inherited them and that happened a long time ago. They are my new being.”

“A Change of Heart” has been published in 12 different languages. In 2002, the film “Heart of a Stranger,” starring Jane Seymour, was released based on the book.

Oinked to Death? A Sattire

porky_pig_350Everyone panic! But don’t forget to remain calm.

Could the swine flu be the pandemic that was predicted to wipe out the human race?

Could we be witnessing the beginning of the end as we know it? (The year 2012 — said to be the apocalyptic end of the world according to the Mayan calendar — is only 2.5 years away. So maybe the swine flu is the disaster that will start it all?)

Or could we possibly, maybe, perhaps, really just be making much ado about…nothing too major?

For starters, here are some swine-a-licious flu facts and stats:

  • According to a World Health Organization (WHO) scientist, 30-40% of the population will become ill in the next six months if the swine flu turns into a pandemic.
  • Both the swine flu found in Mexico and the 1918 Spanish Flu virus are of the H1N1 subtype — the most common cause of influenza in humans. And both viruses appear to have originated in animals — hence the reference to ‘swine’. Get it?.
  • Swine flu CANNOT be spread through consumption of pork products. But a sneeze is all you need to contract it.
  • According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an estimated 36,000 people in America die from the REGULAR FLU alone each year.
  • So far there have been 155 cases of individuals infected with the swine flu in the U.S. and one death — a 23-month-old baby boy. (The very young and elderly are more prone to getting the flu since their immune systems are usually not very strong).
    • # of people confirmed sickened worldwide (according to the CDC, WHO and gov’t officials) — Mexico:343 / Canada: 51 / Spain: 13 /Britain: 10 / Germany: 4 / New Zealand: 4 / Israel: 2/ France: 2 / Switzerland: 1 / Austria: 1 / China: 1 / Denmark: 1 / Netherlands: 1
    • # of deaths worldwide: Mexico: 15 / U.S.: 1

So what are our government officials saying?

Well, when asked by Matt Lauer — co-host of MSNBC’s “Today” show — what advice he’d give his family members if they plan on traveling any time in the near future, Vice President Joe Biden basically said “JUST DON’T DO IT!” He also advised against traveling in “confined spaces” like airplanes or subways where a cough or a sneeze by a person infected with swine flu could spread the illness.

Shortly after, we learned that a member of Obama’s Energy Department has been showing swine flu-like symptoms just days after returning from Mexico. (EVERYONE SHUT DOWN THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER!!!!!). And just in case you’re wondering — don’t worry — he hasn’t been withing 6 feet of President Obama.

One word: Q-U-A-R-A-N-T-I-N-E

Everyone relax.

 In a worst-case scenario — I repeat WORST-CASE SCENARIO –, we can expect to see approximately 1,700 U.S. cases of the swine flu over the next month. SO let’s just say this happens until the end of the year…that leaves us with about 11,900 people infected over the next 7 months. That’s STILL less than the 36,000 people who die each year of the regular flu. Plus, with all the dynamic advancements we’ve had in biotechnology — and word of a new vaccine coming out next month to combat the various new versions of the swine flu — most of those, hypothetically infected, people will not even die. This is nothing like what happened in 1918 or 1968. So it’s probably safe to say, you’re going to be OK. CLICK HERE

Follow these tips:

  • Wash your hands
  • cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. If someone near you DOES happen to cough or sneeze…RUN AWAY
  • Get on your doctor’s good side (I jest)
  • Be grateful you live in the 21st century
  • And most of all…stay calm =)