August 2014


meditationrelievingpain135x170.jpgIf you’ve been around meditation  for a while you know that it’s helpful with a lot of things. Emotional challenges, physical problems, and spiritual maladies are just some of the things that meditation can help provide both relief and insight into. The bigger question for most, however, is how does this alternative healing practice do it?

To read the full article Why Meditation May Be Effective In Relieving Pain, click here.

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Whether you are avoiding gluten to manage celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you may find your first attempt (or first 20 attempts) at gluten free baking to be a challenge. Not only does gluten free baking often require unusual ingredients, it’s also much more complicated than baking with gluten-containing grains (wheat, rye, & barley).

To read the full article Baking Without Gluten, click here.
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A gene that seems to make females happy, but not males, has been identified by researchers at the University of South Florida, Columbia University, and the New York State Psychiatry Institute.

To read the full article Gene That Makes Women Happy Identified, click here.
overactivebladder107x170.jpgSleep apnea in women has been linked to overactive bladder syndrome in a new study. The research, presented Monday (Sept. 3, 2012) at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna, has provided new evidence suggesting a connection between the two conditions.

To read the full article Overactive Bladder Linked to Sleep Apnea in Women, click here.

For more indormation regarding overactive bladder and how it might affect you, checkl out htis a slide show,  Overactive Bladder Syndrome, click here .

thinkthin170x144.jpgAre you convinced that your normal-weight frame is…well, fat? By thinking so, you could be packing on the pounds.

New research published in the Journal of Obesity found that normal weight women who perceive themselves as fat are more likely to become fat. In the 10-year study of 1,196 normal-weight teenagers, nearly 6 in 10 women who perceived themselves as fat became overweight (measured by body mass index) within the decade, while only 3 in 10 of those with an accurate body image became overweight.

To read the full article Think Yourself Thin, click here.
muffins140x170.jpgTo snack or not to snack? That depends on the snack. Done the right way (calorie-controlled, nutrient-rich), snacking can keep cravings in check and up the nutritional quality of your diet. But all too often some of the most common snacks—even the ones that seem healthy—are filled with salt, sugar, excess calories, and even harmful chemicals

To read the full article The Worst Snacks For Your Body, click here.
er130x170.jpgHow Paul Ryan’s Plan Could Change Medicaid, Medicare and Everyone’s Access to 24/7 Care

The proposed changes to Medicaid and Medicare by Congressman, and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan will undoubtedly change the landscape of 24/7 emergency care. U.S. emergency rooms, with 123.8 million visits per year, are a staple in many communities, especially inner city and rural areas.

To read the full article How Paul Ryan’s Plan Could Change Medicaid, Medicare and Everyone’s Access to 24/7 Care, click here.
bloodsugar130x170.jpgYou may be at risk for shrinkage in areas of your brain that have been linked to dementia even if your blood sugar is just on the high end of the normal range.

To read the full article Even High Normal Blood Sugar Levels May Induce Brain Shrinkage, click here.

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Email Stress Test: Experiment Unplugs Workers for 5 Days. Slave to your email? Wonder what would happen if you had to do without it? UC Irvine informatics professor Gloria Mark was curious — so she recently led a study that separated 13 people from their email for five days and recorded what happened when they unplugged.

To read the full article Email Stress Test: Experiment Unplugs Workers for 5 Days, click here.

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The notion that Ancel Keys was wrong -- profoundly wrong -- when he was among the first to advocate forcefully for low-fat eating to prevent heart disease is evolving into New Age gospel.

To read the full article Living (and Dying) on a Diet of Unintended Consequences, click here.

Brocolli-2-1A170x130.jpgEating more apples is linked to lower risk of distal colon cancer, brassicas like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are linked to lower risk of cancer in both the proximal and the distal colon

To read the full article Different Fruits And Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk In Different Parts Of Bowel, click here.

depressedyoungwoman120x170.jpgDepression tied to stroke risk: What explains link?

Depression significantly increases the risks of having a stroke, and dying from it, according to a new study published in the September 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

To read the full article Depression tied to stroke risk, click here.
vegetbablelifestyle130x170.jpgPlant-Rich Diets Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Women with diets rich in vegetables, fruit and legumes may have a somewhat decreased risk of developing one type of breast cancer, a new study suggests.

To read the full article Plant-Rich Diets Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk, click here.
womanexercisebycycle140x170.jpg15 minutes of fitness a day can add 3 years to your life
Even a little bit of physical activity helps, study confirms and doing just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day may add three years to your life, a large study in Taiwan has found.

To read the full article 15 minutes of fitness a day can add 3 years to your life, click here.
oldpills124-170.jpgOlder pills often safer but many think new is better, 4 in 10 wrongly believe the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves only 'extremely effective' drugs, survey finds. 

Many consumers mistakenly believe new prescription drugs are always safer than those with long track records, and that only extremely effective drugs without major side effects win government approval, according to a new study.

To read the full article Older pills often safer but many think new is better, click here.
asthma-child170x120.jpgLow-Fat Yogurt Consumption Tied to Asthma and Hay Fever Risk in Kids, Says Study

A new study suggests a link between women's eating low-fat yogurt during pregnancy to an increased risk that their children will develop asthma and hay fever.

To read the full article Low-Fat Yogurt Consumption Tied to Asthma and Hay Fever Risk in Kids, Says Study, click here.
heartdxwoman170x134.jpgDr. Esselstyn Jr. didn't become a doctor to change the way America eats. He was a general surgeon. But researching cancer, he stumbled on a fact that changed his career: Certain cultures around the world do not suffer from heart disease, the No. 1 killer in the Western world.

To read the full article The 'heart attack proof' diet?, click here.
supermon114x170.jpgStudy finds that working moms are less depressed than stay-at-home counterparts. Working moms are less likely to show symptoms of depression than stay-at-home moms, a new study finds.

To read the full article Trying to Be 'Supermom' Can Raise Risk for Depression, click here.
ovarianCa134x170.jpgUsing a new approach to developing biomarkers for the very early detection of ovarian cancer, researchers at Rush University Medical Center have identified a molecule in the bloodstream of infertile women that could one day be used to screen for those at high risk for the disease — or even those with early-stage ovarian cancer.

To read the full article Antibody May Detect Ovarian Cancer, click here.
glutenfree170x170.jpgSpeculation on increase in digestive disorder centers on improvements in sanitation and hygiene. Complaints of celiac disease are on the rise in the United States, with more and more people growing ill from exposure to products containing gluten.

To read the full article Celiac Disease on the Rise in U.S., click here.
Yoga125x170.jpgWhat if you made ecstasy part of your daily spiritual practice? How would that change the richness and the quality of your life?

To read the full article Sexual Healing With Yoga, click here.
depressed-woman127x170.jpgAdult females with clinical depression are 29% more likely to suffer a stroke than other women of the same age without depression, according to an article published in the journal Stroke.

To read the full article Depression Raises Female Risk Of Stroke By 29%, click here.
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Women With Sexual Dysfunction Respond Well To Placebo Therapy

Women with sexual dysfunction - low sexual arousal and/or sexual desire - appear to experience clinically significant symptom changes when given a placebo, according to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

To read the full article Women With Sexual Dysfunction Respond Well To Placebo Therapy, click here.


Cellphone130x100.jpgCell Phone Pictures May be the Next Medical Diagnostic Tool
Study Looking at Impact of Cell Phone Pictures on Diagnosis of Wounds


Dr. Neal Sikka, an emergency room physician at George Washington University Medical Center, recalls an eye-opening incident that happened while he was away at a medical conference.

To read the full article Cell Phone Pictures May be the Next Medical Diagnostic Tool, click here.

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Not Just Robotripping: 5 Risky Things Kids Do
Telltale Signs of Deadly Behaviors May Help Parents Keep Their Kids Safe


Parents' worries never stop. But sometimes, Mom and Dad need reminders that seemingly innocuous items -- cough syrup  bottles, cans of computer keyboard cleaners, even incense made from herbs and spices, can provide clues that their children are toying with danger.

To read the full article Not Just Robotripping: 5 Risky Things Kids Do, click here.


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Health reform begins: What changes mean to you
Many features, such as no more lifetime insurance caps, kick in by Sept. 23


By Sept. 23, the six month anniversary of the enactment of the health overhaul, many of the law’s provisions will be in effect.

To read the full article Health reform begins: What changes mean to you, click here.


parenting130x100.jpgHow to Make Parenting with Your Ex Work
Child and Adolescent Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein Shares Three Cardinal Rules for Getting Over Yourself For Your Kids


With almost half of all first marriages ending in divorce, millions of children are impacted each year by their parents' separation.

To read the full article How to Make Parenting with Your Ex Work, click here.

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Omega-Enhanced Margarines a Heart-Saver?
EPA-DHA Pumped Spreads Reconsidered


They taste like butter and offer a boost of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but these omega-enhanced margarines may not actually help your heart, according to new research from the Netherlands.

To read the full article Omega-Enhanced Margarines a Heart-Saver? , click here.


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Marijuana Eases Chronic Pain, Researchers Say
New Study Confirms the Pain-Relieving Effects of Smoking Marijuana


Smoking marijuana modestly reduced pain and other symptoms of chronic neuropathic pain, results of a small trial showed.

To read the full article Marijuana Eases Chronic Pain, Researchers Say, click here.

devilchild130x100.jpgHow to Create a Spoiled Brat: 9 Parenting No-Nos

Kids need to know their parents love them. But some moms and dads think that the way to show love is to accept children's bad behavior.

To read the full article How to Create a Spoiled Brat: 9 Parenting No-Nos, click here.

dry-skin130x100.jpgMenopause and Dry Skin: The Hormone Connection
Dealing with dry, itchy skin at menopause? Find out why -- and get simple tips for smoother skin.


Menopause and Dry Skin: The Hormone Connection
Dealing with dry, itchy skin at menopause? Find out why -- and get simple tips for smoother skin.

To read the full article Menopause and Dry Skin: The Hormone Connection, click here.

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Women's behavior linked to ... ovulation?
Study: Hormone shift affects how females talk, walk and even dress to attract men


When a woman is ovulating, her behavior changes in a startling number of ways from the way she walks, talks and dresses to the men she flirts with, according to new research.

To read the full article Women's behavior linked to ... ovulation?, click here.

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After a Diagnosis, Someone to Help Point the Way

When Kathleen Henry’s uncle was told he had bladder cancer in May, she knew she needed help.

To read the full article After a Diagnosis, Someone to Help Point the Way, click here.

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Oral Hygiene may Prevent Cancer


Brushing and flossing brings more than pearly whites and fresh breath. New research reveals proper oral hygiene may prevent head and neck cancer.

To read the full article Oral Hygiene may Prevent Cancer, click here.

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Study: Shrinking Brain Not a Normal Part of Aging

The belief that healthy older brains are substantially smaller than healthy younger brains may stem from studies that failed to screen out people whose undetected, slowly developing brain disease was killing off cells in key areas, according to new research.

To read the full article Study: Shrinking Brain Not a Normal Part of Aging , click here.

Active ImageGooey nutrition bars fuel energy — and cavities
Athletes and on-the-go snackers hearing bad news from the dentist


“I was devastated,” says the 49-year-old mother of five from Allendale, N.J. “I had three huge cavities and I haven’t had a cavity since I was a kid.”

To read the full article Gooey nutrition bars fuel energy — and cavities, click here.

Active ImageOne Dose, Not Two, May Do for Swine Flu Vaccine
Single Dose Vaccine Would Mean More to Go Around, Researchers Say


Infectious disease experts expressed relief in light of new research released Thursday suggesting that one dose of a new vaccine against the H1N1 swine flu may be enough to grant immunity for most people against the pandemic strain.

To read the full article One Dose, Not Two, May Do for Swine Flu Vaccine, click here.

If you want healthier and stronger muscles, then you need more than a good workout program.

There is an important connection between muscle mass, strength and good health. Robert Wolfe, the Director of  Translational Research in Aging and Longevity Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville says, “As we age, we tend to lose muscle, especially if we are not using it. These losses eventually affect quality of life, our balance, strength and ability to recover from an illness or accident.”

In our society we tend to think  muscles of muscles as things that make us look good if they are big. We rarely thing of the hundreds of ways that our muscles are important to us. In fact they do many things to make our life work for us.  They help us move and they help us digest our food, our heart is also a muscle which not only keeps us alive by pumping blood and oxygen to our body but also pumps nutrients throughout our body. Nancy Rodriguez, a Registered Dietitian and Director of Sports Nutrition Programs at the University of Connecticut in Storrs says,  “Our heart, brain, skin and other organs are in a constant state of remodeling with tissue being built and broken down. Muscles offer a significant supply of amino acids to ensure these vital parts stay strong.” Without blood circulating to our organs our body would start breaking down and become unusable within hours. Healing could not occur, injures could not be repaired and we could not only not move but our heart would stop pumping, and we would stop breathing.

Active and healthy muscles significantly reduce our risk of developing diabetes and osteoporosis, and the more muscle mass we have, the more calories your body can burn.

In order to keep our muscles strong and healthy we need to eat the right kind of foods. We need to eat foods that not only support our muscles in being healthy but also promote them in being healthy. In the next paragraphs we will five groups of foods that are well known for their ability to promote healthier and stronger muscles.

Fish

In this group we are specifically looking for fish that are rich in omega-3 fats, this group includes salmon, tuna, halibut, rainbow trout, and canned sardines. These specific fish are also lean and contain all of the essential amino acids our body needs to make muscles and provide the building materials for creating and repairing other tissues.

Muscles are built based on the amount of protein (amino acids) we consume. Americans typically get more than enough protein to feed their muscles, yet many older adults may not. It has been estimated that one in every three people over the age of 60 lose a significant amount of muscle, this is partly because they don’t get enough protein to prevent the breakdown of their muscle tissues and partly because they stop using their muscles. These two factors can significantly affect their ability to function, to walk, maintain balance, to bend and lift and hence they stiffen up and become sedimentary often ending up having to use a cane to walk, or end in a wheelchair or bed ridden. According to a number of studies the omega-3 fats found in fish may help slow the breakdown of muscle mass in older people. It’s generally recommended that eating at least 2-3 meals of fish high in omega-3 fats per week will help protect muscle degeneration as well as protect your heart.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a terrific source of potassium and antioxidants both of which are helpful, even essential for building muscle mass.

“Anyone who is exercising and working their muscles will be creating free radicals,” says Tara Gidus, a sports dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “Antioxidants can help disarm free radicals and help repair muscle tissue as it breaks down and rebuilds.”

Potassium-rich foods such as sweet potatoes can also help counteract the effects of eating too many acid-producing foods, such as meats, dairy products, and highly-processed items and this is essential as acid-producing foods can speed up the loss of muscle mass.

There are a number of other foods which are high in potassium and antioxidants and can help prevent loss of  muscle mass, these include most lettuces and peppers, also kiwi, melon and oranges. Ideally, you should eat 5-9 servings of vegetables and produce a day with at least3 servings of potassium-rich foods each day.

Low-fat yogurt

Low-fat yogurt is an excellent source of protein, potassium, calcium and vitamin D. All of these nutrients can work together to keep your muscles functioning properly.

Studies suggest that Vitamin D binds to receptors in muscle which then promote growth and strength. Too little vitamin D is linked with muscle weakness.

It can help to select a yogurt brands that are fortified with vitamin D. These can give you as much as  twenty-five percent of your daily requirement of vitamin D in just one serving. If you eat 6-8 ounces of fortified yogurt as day it will help keep your muscles healthy and working more effectively.

Quinoa

Quinoa (keen-wah) is an ancient grain from South America. It is full of good carbohydrates, your body’s preferred source of energy, as well as high-quality protein, potassium and iron.

Carbs are critical to help you pack on muscle. Too few carbs means the proteins in your body will be used for energy, instead of creating new tissue.

While eating protein-rich foods is important for gaining muscle, don’t load up at the expense of wholesome carbohydrates. Quinoa contain all the essential amino acids your body needs for building muscle proteins and other tissues.

Quinoa is also a good source of potassium and contains several minerals including iron, which, is necessary for helping you stay strong.

By enjoying a half-cup of quinoa for breakfast with dried fruits and nuts stirred in, as a side dish mixed with beans and other vegetables, or by adding the mild, light flavor of quinoa to soups, casseroles or salads, you will be doing your self a great favor. Quinoa may also be found in some ready-to-eat cereals and prepared breads, but avoid processed flour products even if they have some quinoa added as processed flours are generally devoid of nutrients and usually high unnecessary calories.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.

These minerals work together to build muscle and other essential organ tissues. They are often needed as part of enzymes that streamline bodily functions and support communication between cells. They help maximize muscle mass. Magnesium helps build protein for muscle function. It also helps relax muscles after they’ve contracted. Manganese is needed to form protein and is a component of several enzymes that act as antioxidants which help repair damaged muscle tissue. Iron is good for building endurance.

One ounce of pumpkin seeds (a small handful) contains nearly half the manganese you need in a day.

Summary:

The prevention of  muscle degeneration and the ability to build and repair muscles requires the nutrients we have discussed above. But eating all of these foods and nutrients are not enough if you are a couch potato and do not use your muscles. It helps to exercise a minimum of 15 minutes three times a week or more and to use your muscles as often as is possible. Drinking plenty of water also helps. Doing all of these can slow down muscle wasting, and promote strengthening and enlivening of your muscles. This can keep you from requiring a cane for balance and weakness and ending up in a wheelchair or bed ridden.
Active ImageAngioplasty patients twice as likely to need another procedure, study finds

For heart patients with clogged arteries, the choice between bypass surgery or an angioplasty may come down to one question: How many procedures would you like to have?

To read the full article Bypass May Be Better than Stents Long-term, click here.


Active ImageThese common diseases are often overlooked by doctors

Your doctor has given you the lowdown on how to protect yourself against breast, colon, and lung cancer: Get yearly mammograms (check) and regular colonoscopies (check), and don't smoke (double check).

To read the full article Protect Against Dangers of 3 Quiet Cancers, click here.

Active ImageBut FDA says patients should not stop taking the cholesterol-lowering drug

U.S. government drug safety regulators said Thursday they are investigating whether the cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin can increase patients' risk of developing cancer.

To read the full article U.S. Probes Possible Vytorin Link to Cancer, click here.
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New Book Called "Why Men Die First" Explains How Men Can Close The Longevity Gap


Listen up, guys. It may be time to drop the bravado and consider these sobering statistics: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is three times higher among men who are clinically depressed. Male suicides outnumber female suicides in every age group.

To read the full article Why Men Die Sooner , click here.

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Dr. Mallika Marshall On What To Keep Around — Just In Case

What if someone in your family suddenly became ill in the middle of the night, and you can't find an open drugstore?

To read the full article Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves, click here.



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Advances in Incurable Cancer Treatment Make Life Worth Living


Jason Connelly has metastatic melanoma. Ellen Rigby has stage-four breast cancer. And Terry Barter has multiple myeloma. Not long ago each of these noncurable cancers would have meant a death sentence. But advances in treatment are not only keeping each patient alive, they are allowing the three to live full lives.

To read the full article Persons of the Week: Cancer Survivors, click here.


Active ImageExperts Tell Where Cold and Flu Viruses and Other Germs Lurk

Many surfaces and objects you come in contact with every day are covered in germs -- but then again, so are you.

"Ninety percent of you is composed of germ cells," said Philip Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and immunology at NYU and author of "The Secret Life of Germs."

To read the full article 10 Germy Surfaces You Touch Every Day, click here.

Active ImageFDA posts its first online list of drugs under investigation for safety problems

The government on Friday began posting a list of prescription drugs under investigation for potential safety problems in an effort to better inform doctors and patients.

To read the full article FDA Posts List of Potential Problem Drugs, click here.

Active ImageEating Disorder Stems From Too Much of a Good Thing

It's no surprise that a lot of Americans watch what they eat. Counting calories, nutrients and fat grams is practically a national pastime.

But what happens when people go over the line, and the pursuit of healthy eating actually becomes unhealthy?

To read the full article Orthorexia: Obsessing Over Health Food, click here.

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Passive Smoking and Breast Cancer in Never Smokers


Background Active smoking has little or no effect on women's risk of developing breast cancer, but it has been suggested that passive exposure to tobacco smoke may increase this risk among women who have never smoked.

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Red Meat Consumption during Adolescence among Premenopausal Women and Risk of Breast Cancer


Adolescence may be a period of increased susceptibility to breast cancer due to regular division of undifferentiated cells that occurs between puberty and first birth. Red meat consumption during early adult life has been associated with breast cancer, but intake during adolescence has not been examined prospectively. We aimed to assess the relationship between red meat intake during adolescence and premenopausal breast cancer.

Active ImageIncorporating Omega-3 in the Food Chain - Why, Where and How?

It has been recognized for decades that high fat intakes are not conducive to good health and, more recently, that the fatty acid profile of the diet (sometimes referred to as fat quality) is also important. Fat intake as a proportion of total food energy has declined over recent years in line with recommendations. Although there have been changes in the types of fats consumed and a fall in the total intake of saturated fats towards the recommended level, there is still room for improvement. The proportion of energy derived from saturated fats is still too high in most Western diets.
Active ImageUntil she was 11 months old, Aleanie Remy-Marquez could have starred in an advertisement for breast milk. She took to nursing easily, was breast-fed exclusively for six or seven months, and ate little else even after that.

To read the full article Vitamin D Deficiency May Lurk in Babies, click here.
Active ImageVitamin D is important not only for preventing steroid-induced osteoporosis in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but also for reducing RA disease activity and risk of falls.

To read the full article Experts Urge More Attention to Vitamin D in Rheumatoid Arthritis, click here.
Active ImageAlzheimer's disease is a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities. This disorder is becoming an increasing problem in the United States as the population ages.

To read the full article At-Home Test for Alzheimer’s Disease, click here.
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Lateral epicondylitis, commonly referred to as tennis elbow, affects 1% to 3% of the population.1 It is thought to be an overuse injury, originating in the wrist extensor muscles, rather than an inflammatory problem. It is brought on by occupational activities and sports that involve a repetitive wrist motion or a power grip.

To read the full article Tennis elbow no more, click here.
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A Population-based Study of Prevalence of Complementary Methods Use by Cancer Survivors


A report from the American Cancer Society's studies of Complementary Methods in cancer survivors by Ted Gansler, MD, Chiewkwei Kaw, Corinne Crammer, Tenbroeck Smith, for Health Promotions, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgiav

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Active ImageStudy Shows Aerobic Exercise And Weight Training May Improve Blood Sugar Control

Got type 2 diabetes? Your workout may do more than trim your waistline -- it could also improve your blood sugar control.

A new Canadian study shows that people with type 2 diabetes who began exercising developed better blood sugar control, especially if they got aerobic exercise and lifted weights.

Doctors should prescribe exercise to all type 2 diabetes patients who are healthy enough to work out, states an editorial published with the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

To read the full story Exercise Has Type 2 Diabetes Benefits, click here.



Active Image"Natural Orifice" Surgery Called "Next Greatest Surgical Evolution"

French doctors who report removing a woman's gallbladder through her vagina say such "no-scar surgery" may be the wave of the future.

At least two U.S. women -- one at New York Presbyterian Hospital and another at the University of California San Diego Medical Center -- have undergone similar surgeries.

Doctors who advocate the technique call it "natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery" or NOTES. "Natural orifice" here means the vagina, the anus, or the mouth. "Transluminal" means surgeons insert surgical tools (endoscopic tools) through the body's natural openings. And the "surgery" part means doctors still have to cut through to the inside of the body and to operate on diseased organs.

To read the full story Surgery Without Scars?, click here.



Active ImageFiber Finish Reduces Production Of Disease-Causing Toxin, Researchers Say

Researchers have developed a novel tampon that appears to cut the risk of menstrual toxic shock syndrome, or TSS.

The key to its success: a fiber finish called glycerol monolaurate, or GML, that reduces the production of the toxin that causes menstrual TSS, says researcher Pat Schlievert, M.D., a professor of microbiology at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.

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Active ImagePatients, Doctors Don't Always Discuss Birth Defect Potential

Women of childbearing age may unknowingly take drugs that could cause birth defects in fetuses
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Scientists Say Older Men Coupling With Younger Women Increased Human Lifespan

Scientists think they've found one of the reasons why humans defy evolution theory and live well beyond their reproductive life. It's all those old guys latching on to younger women and passing their good genes down to their kids.

No kidding.

For decades now evolutionary biologists have argued over a conundrum. There isn't much reason for members of any species to hang around after they can no longer reproduce, because according to theory they've already fulfilled their role in life. But humans tend to stick around for a long time after their traditional childbearing years are over.

To read the full story Older Men + Younger Women, click here.


Active ImageBeing underweight or obese results in fewer kids in adulthood, study finds

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Active ImageWhen people think they're saving calories, they splurge elsewhere

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People who opt for a meal at a "healthy" restaurant often consume more calories than they would dining at fast food joints that make no health claims, a new study shows.

The researchers found that individuals underestimate the calorie content of foods served at restaurants they see as healthier, to a degree that could easily lead to weight gain.

Active ImageStudy: Only Half Of Men With Low Testosterone Have Symptoms

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Low Testosterone Symptoms Rare, click here. 



As many as 25 percent of U.S. men have low testosterone levels, but only 5.6 percent of men have symptoms linked to it.

That still means some 5 million Americans suffer symptomatic low testosterone - androgen deficiency - suggests a study by Andre B. Araujo, Ph.D., and colleagues at New England Research Institutes Inc. By the year 2025, they calculate, there will be 6.5 million U.S. cases of androgen

deficiency.

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First-Class Health Care -- for a Price, click here. 

Although most of us balk at the idea of paying even higher rates for health care, a growing number of people choose to shell out hundreds more -- and actually like the idea.

Retainer practices, also referred to as "concierge medicine" or "boutique health care," offer patients a wide range of services, including longer appointments, no wait time and 24/7 access to their physician.

While Some Doctors Support 'Boutique' Health Care, Others Fear It Commoditizes Care

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Chronic Fatigue May Have a Viral Link, click here. 

Feeling tired? There's a chance that lethargic feeling may have less to do with a hectic schedule and more to do with a stomach virus.

In a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, researchers in California suggest that chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to the presence of enteroviruses -- viral microorganisms that reside in the digestive tract.

Microorganisms May Cause Condition Affecting 1 Million Americans

Active ImageMany women who believe they are suffering from a common vaginal infection may actually be misdiagnosing themselves. A recent study reveals nearly three of every four women who think they have this infection are wrong.

Susan Hoffstetter, Ph.D., a women's health researcher from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, cautions against assuming the unpleasant symptoms associated with yeast infections are always caused by a yeast infection.

To read the full article Yeast Infections Often Misdiagnosed, click here.

 

Editorial:

See information on the other types of vaginal infections. Learn the difference in the symptoms presented and how they are diagnosed so that you do not have to suffer needlessly. For more information on:

Yeast Vaginal Infection, click here.

Trichomonas Vaginal Infection, click here.

Non-Specific Vaginal Infection (Gardenerella/Bacterial Vaginosis), click here.

Active ImageOlder Americans Faring Better Than Past Generations -- but Will the Boomers Do the Same?

America's population isn't just getting older -- it's aging more healthfully than in the past, CDC researchers report.

But the U.S. still faces some challenges to healthy aging, report Ellen Kramarow, PhD, and colleagues in the journal Health Affairs.

Kramarow's team works at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. They rounded up data on the health of people aged 65 and older in the U.S.

On the bright side, the researchers found improvements on "nearly all major indicators: longevity, self-reported health, and functioning" in routine daily tasks.

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Healthy Aging Becoming More Common, click here. 

Active ImageCertain Genes May Be More or Less Active in Lonely People, Raising Health Risks

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Loneliness May Affect Genes, click here.

Scientists say they've found a genetic "fingerprint" of loneliness that may partly explain why persistent loneliness is unhealthy.

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Gout

Gout is a medical condition caused by a congenital disorder of the metabolism involving a chemical called uric acid. In gout uric acid crystals are deposited in the joints, on tendons and within the tissues surrounding certain joints. This deposition of uric acid crystals is caused by an elevated concentrations of uric acid in the blood stream. The depositing of the uric acid crystals provokes an inflammatory reaction of these tissues. Over time and with recurring episodes of gout the amount of crystals deposited can increase until it deforms the joint. In its early stages the only symptoms may be pain but over time there is also swelling, and enlargement of the joint as more and more crystals are laid down and the joint or tissues are destroyed. Sometimes even during the early stages an x-ray of the affected area can show damage to the joints which is characteristic of gout.

When gout exists the individual may have reoccurring attacks of joint inflammation, commonly involving the big toe. Gout may however, also involve the foot, ankle, knee, elbow, hand, arm, or shoulder. It affects adults of both sexes but is more common in men than women, until after menopause.


The Signs and Symptoms of Gout

The classic picture of gout is an individual with a sudden onset of excruciating, unexpected burning pain, with swelling, redness, warmness and stiffness in one or more joints. The individual may also have a low-grade fever, but not always. Pain usually occurs for two reasons, 1) the crystals inside the joint cause intense pain whenever the affected area is moved and 2) the inflammation of the tissues around the joint may also causes the skin to become swollen, tender and sore, even if only lightly touched. In some cases even a blanket or the lightest sheet draping over the affected area can cause extreme pain.

Gout usually attacks the big toe about 75% of the time during the first few attacks, however it can affect other joints such as the ankle, heel, instep, knee, wrist, elbow, fingers, and spine. In some cases the condition may appear in the joints of the small toes which have become immobile due to impact injury earlier in life. Any injury that causes reduced blood circulation can leads to gout.

Individuals with longstanding elevated uric acid in their blood stream (usually referred to as hyperuricemia) can have uric acid crystal deposits called tophi (singular - tophus) in other tissues for example in the whorl part of the ear. Elevated uric acid can also lead to the formation of kidney stone in some people.

The goal for treatment of gout is to reduce the level of uric acid in the blood stream. There are two ways to do this. 1) take medications that lowers uric acid in the blood stream and 2) reduce the intake of purines, the amino acids that are broken down into uric acid. We will not discuss the medical treatment of gout only the dietary changes needed to prevent high uric acid levels.


Review of Signs and Symptoms

Sudden onset of severe pain (usually at night) in the inflamed joint.
This often involves one or the other big toe.
The involved joints may be hot, swollen, and very tender.
The skin over the joint is often red and shiny.
The individual may experience fever, chills, or fatigue (sometimes)


The Causes

A high level of uric acid in the blood. This may be due to increased production of uric acid or decreased elimination of uric acid by the kidneys.


Who Is At Highest Risk?

  • Generally men over 60
  • Individuals with a family history of gout
  • People who are over weight or obesity
  • People who use  alcohol to excess
  • People with thyroid disorders
  • After the use of certain drugs, such as diuretic drugs (water pills), high blood pressure drugs, aspirin, drugs that treat gout, and others
  • People with High blood pressure
  • People with who are starving themselves such as with strict weight loss diets or dehydration
  • People who eat large amounts foods that contain purines. These include anchovies, sardines, sweetbreads, kidney, liver, tongue, and large amounts of red meat, shellfish, peas, lentils, and beans. See below.



Preventive Measures

Avoid risk factors such as high purine foods, trauma and exhaustion, where possible.


Expected Outcomes

Generally the first attack lasts a few days and may require treatment to control symptoms pain, swelling and loss or range or motion. Recurrent attacks are common unless the uric acid level in the blood is reduced and brought under control. Symptoms are generally relieved with treatment.


Possible Complications

  • The long term problems with gout are crippling deformities of the affected joints
  • Uncontrolled uric acid can lead to kidney stones and pain from them
  • Continued gout attacks (if untreated)


Diagnosis & Treatment

Gout is handled in three ways prevention, acute treatment and diet (which is part of prevention for recurrent episodes).


General Measures

  • Your physician should perform a complete medical examination and take a full medical history. He or she should also exam all involved joints. Medical tests such as blood and urine levels of uric acid and studies of fluid removed from the joint may be performed to manage and control your gout. An X-ray or a bone scan is often done to determine level of damage and to obtain a baseline to determine where in the disease process you are.
  • The primary goals of treatment are to control the symptoms, prevent recurrence, and to lower uric acid levels. Treatment usually involves drugs, lifestyle changes, and rarely, surgery.
  • Lifestyle changes include diet changes, weight loss (if overweight), decrease level of fatigue, reduce joint trauma and determine what factors other than the above lead to triggering attacks.
  • Surgery, while rare, may be required if the disorder has been untreated or treated to late to cause serious joint injury and malformation.
  • At home you an use warm or cold compresses on painful joints. Keep the weight of bedclothing off any painful joint by making a frame that raises sheets off the feet.


Medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medications (such as indomethacin, ibuprofen, naproxen and others) to control inflammation and pain are usually prescribed.
Specific medications to lower uric acid such as colchicine, allopurinal drugs for an attack of gout may be prescribed.
Lifelong treatment with drugs to decrease uric acid production or to increase the kidneys' excretion of uric acid may be needed. These drugs have side effects and adverse reactions. Obtain as much information as possible regarding their use.


Activity

  • During an attack, rest and elevate the foot. Take care to avoid joint injury. Wear shoes that fit properly.
  • Exercise daily, or when ever possible, to improve circulation.


Diet

  • Limit foods that contain purines (see Risk Factors and see Low Purine Diet). Avoid all protein foods which contain purines.
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids daily. Fluids keep the urine diluted, which helps prevent kidney stones.
  • Don't drink alcoholic beverages, especially beer or red wine. They can worsen or trigger an attack.
  • If you are overweight, begin a medically approved weight-loss diet. Do not go on a crash diet, as rapid weight loss may bring on a gout attack.


See Your Doctor, If:

  • You or a family member has symptoms of gout
  • You are having joint pain with any of the above symptoms or signs
  • Your pain gets worse, if you have associated fever or chills
  • If you have any new or unexplained symptoms develop. They may indicate an adverse reaction of drugs, or interactions between drugs.



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Integrative Medicine

There are many ways to create healing. One could work with a standard Western medical system approach or one could use alternative techniques. Today many people are opting for an integrated approach. Many years ago we recognized the benefits from using a standard Western Interventive approach, that is you get sick and we, the medical profession will do our best to fix you, type of medicine." They are particularly valuable once you are already sick and if you have a major injury, an illness which requires surgery or your life is immediately threatened, but this approach is not the best approach for all illnesses and not in all cases. In some situations a more integrated approach must is needed, Western medicine for all of its beneficial values and integrative medicine for all of its values.

What Is Integrative Medicine?

It is said that there is really three different types of medicine practice in the world. 1) Standard Western "Interventive" Medicine, 2) Preventive Medicine, and 3) Integrated Medicine. Within these three categories is practiced all of the many branches and subdivisions of what we think of as medicine or the healing arts.

The current standard Western medical profession operates as an Interventive medical system, that is it is a "you get sick and we will fix you" form of medicine. Within the Interventive system are all standard allopathic medical systems, chiropractic, osteopathy, naturopathy, herbal medicine, and any from of standard western or alternative medical care that requires that the "patient" must first get sick before requesting or getting help to be treated. This definition offers no criticism of this practice only described how it works.

A Preventive Medical System operates on the basis of providing treatment, care or information to prevent illness from occurring, hence all treatment or work is done prior to the "patient" getting sick. Many alternative systems such as chiropractic, naturopathic, herbal physicians operate to prevent rather than wait to treat after sickness has already occurred.

The Integrative Medical System

Clearly different practitioners define the term Integrative differently. For some it is thought of as alternative medicine, but this is short sighted. In a sense an Integrative practitioner practices both Interventive and Preventive Medicine at the same time. No one, no brother, no sister, no mother, father nor child should have become sick or be exclude before one of these form of help is available. Our definition of integrative medicine is simple, it is doing whatever is needed, whatever will work and whatever will create positive results to heal and help anyone who needs healing or help, before they get sick and certainly after they get sick. Unlike the Western Interventive system where the patient has to be sick, any help given does not have to stop with acute treatment. With any form of treatment four issues should always part of the process of helping and healing. 1) preventing illness, 2) treating when it occurs, 3) making sure that it never comes back, and 4) making sure that no new illness are likely to occur. Therefore Integrative medicine is a combination of Interventive and Preventive Medicine. It included Western Interventive Medicine, alternative Medicine, use of allopathic drugs, homeopathy, chiropractic, intuitive healers, body, mind, emotion and spiritual healers and any other modality that in the end contributes to the reestablishment of health and well being. It goes two steps further it based on the concept that illness can be prevented and the occurrence of illness means not only that the current illness must be reversed, but also that prevention of future illnesses is essential.

Western medicine is used when it is needed, for what it is needed for and as with Western Medicine all other healing and helping disciplines are used according to what they can contribute to the healing of the person suffering an illness. No one discipline need have a greater say nor more power over another. Equal partners, integrated, for two meaningful purposes first to heal those who are sick, and secondly to prevent future illness.

The Integrative practitioner is always testing his or her skill and he challenges other healers to give to their community, to give of themselves and to reach for and find their highest and best selves.

Were all practitioner of the healing arts integrative practitioner then the leader of the journey to heal any particular person wold be the healer that the patient/client felt was the very best person to lead his personal team of healers. This is not substantially different from the way medicine works today. The family practitioner or primary care doctor leads the team, he or she picks the specialist, makes the decision as to which form of treatment is to be used, communicates directly with the patient and his or her family. He may relinquish leadership temporarily, for example as the General Practitioner relinquishes control of his patient to the surgeon to perform surgery, but once the surgery is completed he reassume leadership and moves forward to the next step of his patients care.

In integrative medicine the same is true except the patient should have the right to decide who, medical doctor, alternative practitioner, spiritual counselor, attorney or shaman should be in control and who will work most directly with him or her. Each member of the team should believe that there are two and only two goals: 1) to heal the patient of their illnesses and 2) to provide their highest and best level of skill and show themself to be highly professional and a true healer. Ego and divisiveness are put aside, the patient comes first and the healers art comes next in the service of the patients needs.

Once back to full and complete health the Integrative practitioner now works with the patient to solve problems, adjust nutrition, create a healthy lifestyle and generally support the individual into a place of becoming their healthiest, highest and best self.

True this may be more idyllic than the world is ready for, but it is the ideal to strive for.

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Intuitive Healing

In the days before modern Western medicine a great physician was one who demonstrated great skill in diagnosing illness and understanding why a specific illness has occurred.

As early as the mid 20th century physicians aspired to become great diagnosticians, to have the power to understand disease and the complexity of illness. The understood the need to use their intuition to make the right diagnosis. Without making the right diagnosis, without an understanding of human nature and why people became sick there was no sure way to heal them. Making the right diagnosis required a capacity referred to as intuition, or as it was often referred to by those physicians and lay people who understood the concept, a "high index of suspicion." Without this "high index of suspicion," which clearly came from inner knowing, experience, and practice a physician was merely a technician who might fall on the exact right treatment only through trial and error while treating symptoms but who would never really understood why the medications or treatments he prescribed worked or did not work.For many physicians this was entirely okay. Cure, healing or elimination of illness was not their goal, symptoms relief, temporary stay of pain, discomfort or progression was all that could be expected and in the end all that was ever sought.Today the ancient code of medicine is less practiced then ever before. With the rise of technology, laboratory and diagnostic techniques, x-ray, Ct Scans, MRI's, DNA investigation all that is needed is laboratory evidence for making a diagnosis. Cause mental, emotional or spiritual causes are less than important often even unimportant, if a physical cause can be found. With these diagnostic technologies, the physician soon believes that he now knows the cause of the disease, with this he either simply cuts it out or drowns it in medications. Disease for the Modern Western practitioner has become is now caused by bacteria, tumors or imbalances of hormones, for many Western physicians disease is simply a deficiency of one or another medication. Issues such as lifestyle, diet, willingness to live or die have simply become interesting side notes to which hold only the interest of family members and fringe practitioners. Science is where it is at, even when this science comes at the price of being heartless, sterile and devoid of the humanity that once occupied the now sick individual.

What I have said above is not meant to belittle the technology we are now developing nor the people who rely upon it or depend on its findings. Rather to demonstrate that the person who is sick is not a test tube, not a number, not a bug nor a specimen, but a living breathing human with feelings, fears, guilt, shame and pride. He or she is sick not just because a bacteria jumped into his or her lungs or involved organ, not just because a deficiency of some medication, or just because of bad genetics or corrupt tissues, but because of factors and causes the greatest majority of Western medical doctors are totally unaware of. Factors such as faulty belief systems, destructive or harmful lifestyle, poor diet, inadequate nutrition, lack of knowledge, unresolved physical, mental, emotional and spiritual conflicts that will need to be resolved before healing can finally take place.The ancient knew this, the venerable diagnosticians and intuitive diagnosticians knew this, but over time their voices have been quited and displaced by the rush to technology and the movement toward treating symptoms rather than causes.

Today millions of men, women and children, suffer from illnesses that are not being helped by Western medical techniques. Many die for lack of finding the true cause of their illness. Many more suffer endless pain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual because they do not know what to do or where to go, when their well meaning doctor cannot find a treatment that works or a cure that saves them.

Unfortunately, the current philosophy in medicine is to disbelieve and see as an enemy anything that does not exactly believe the way they do. I am right, everyone with a divergent opinion or belief systems, are wrong. Yet, these two systems were always meant to work together, not as enemies, not in opposition, but as brother/sister healing systems, as father and mother, brother and sister, as partners in the healing of those men, women and children who have taken ill and who need healing.While the benefits from the current Interventive medical system, the "you get sick and we will fix you medicine," are great, it not for all illnesses and not beneficial in all cases. In some situations a more integrated approach must is needed, Western medicine for all of its beneficial values and integrative medicine for all of its values, often need to work together to get people well.

About The Intuitive HealerThe skill of Intuitive Healing is an old one. It was a common method used by healers for thousands of years. In the current Western medical model this process, "high index of suspicion," is often referred to as Clinical or Diagnostic Acumen, and has been attributed to many of the great healers of our time and throughout history. Since the rules Western medicine is based on, require that results are reproducible, that there is proof through scientific experimentation, and since they for the most part eliminate including the role of mind, and spirit in determining what is best for the individual, physicians are not generally encouraged to develop skills as Medical Intuitives. This is a skill that has neither been taught nor encouraged in medical schools.

Medical intuitive ability, however, has over the years been used in many different ways. Some medical intuitives can diagnose illness, even actually see tumors, cancers or diseases processes within the body even before they have been officially diagnosed using medical testing procedures. Other medical intuitives can see the cause and long term effects of illness and how they can be cured or reversed. Still others can do both.

Some medical intuitives have very broad abilities, while others have more narrowed or focused abilities. Some can only see certain types of illnesses or diseases while others can see everything.

The great majority of medical intuitives such as Edgar Cayce, Carolyn Myss and others have not been physicians, nor have they had medical backgrounds. This unfortunately limits their ultimate ability to help patients and doctors create healing, if for no other reason because they themselves and the information they bring are rarely accepted by the medical profession.

As a physician, I have spent the past twenty years working with people to help them determine the causes of their illnesses and how they can be healed. The process I use is a combination of medical history taking, mental, emotional and psychic impressions to "see" the illness process, how it is effecting the individual, his or her family and their life in general. Historically intuitives where often referred to as "seers," as they could "see" things that were not always obvious to others. My area of seeing comes in what I refer to as "process." That is, I can sense or visualize the events and the "process" which have caused the individuals illness, where it is going, how it is effecting their family, friends and work and ultimately how this illness process can be cured.

I am especially oriented to illness caused by stress (70% to 80% of all of the illnesses seen in medical practice) and nutritional excess and deficiencies. By working with and listening to my patients I am often able to form a "picture" of the process by which the illness has occurred, the stresses and factors that have caused it, how they have undermined the individuals immune, defensive and repair systems, why this is happening, and what can be done about it.

I do not believe that this is any way magical or that it is a unique talent. I believe that everyone has some ability to "see." I believe that it is in fact, built into all of us. While still a child, at the tender age of 11, I made the decision to become a medical doctor. I believed intuitiveness was something that all medical doctors had. In the early years of my medical practice I recognized that medical school had not only trained me not to use this capacity, but that the rigorous, scientific training and emphasis on proof actually caused me to lose some of this skill. For years I felt something was missing and then when I myself developed a series of illnesses which shook my belief in medicine, I found that when I acted to heal myself that I also rekindled my interest in healing my patients and my ability to "see" what was causing their illnesses.

Soon I recognized the wisdom of the illnesses I myself had suffered and how they were redirecting my life, causing me to have to learn more about stress, nutrition and healing than I had been taught in medical school. I began to recognize that true healing occurred from understanding the interaction and integration of mind, body and spirit and I set out on a "hero

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A Broad Look At Illness



To Heal Illness,
The Real Cause of the Illness Must Be Identified and Dealt With Effectively

Illness never exists in a vacuum. Something causes illness to begin with and it has some effect on our life and on the people around us. Many people only focus on the pain, suffering, financial loss, or loss of dignity and independence illness creates. Often the cause and the factors leading up to the illness are either forgotten or ignored in the shadow of the problems and symptoms of the illness itself. Most people do not want to bring more pain or conflict in discussing how the illness occurred or how it affects all involved. Few of us choose to be ill, yet many of those who do become ill are not fully able to look att the causes, deal with the consequences or heal the illnesses.

Once ill most people seek treatment to eliminate their discomfort and stop their illness. Few of these people realize that by doing this they often ultimately maintains the existence of their illness instead of healing it and eliminating it completely. Western medicine is at best designed to control and eliminate symptoms and to make the existence of an illness more tolerable. To be fair, both the great majority of people who present themselves for medical treatment and the majority of the medical profession believe that medical treatment is about healing illness, however in most cases this is not at all what happens. The problem is that for the majority of people who seek medical attention their illness continues, sometimes controlled and sometimes not, without being healed. An example is this the diabatic who seeks help and is placed on anti-diabetes medications and remains a diabetic for the rest of his or her life. To find examples all we have to do is pull out the very long list of acute and chronic diseases which can only be controlled and never cured.

Why Is Illness Often So Difficult to Heal?

The main reason why so many illnesses are never healed is that as we have repeated suggested, the current medical system is not designed to "heal" illness, instead it is designed to "treat" the symptoms of the illness and to keep sick person comfortable. In many cases surgery is performed only because the physicians cannot heal the original problem and it has progressed to a point where there are no other alternatives. This situation is not caused by the doctors for many of them really believe that they are doing their best, and as long as they operate within the "rules" and "codes" of the medical profession, they are. The problem is caused by the way that the field of medicine developed and because of a series of beliefs that the profession propagates telling us that illness is created outside of us (by germs, bacteria, viruses). Our science-based medical profession believes that our mind is unimportant and that our spirit should be dealt with as part of our religious beliefs, and that neither should be considered in choosing medical treatment programs or when trying to help the sick person. In recent years we have added to this construct that many of our medical problems are genetic in origin and hence, there is nothing that "we" (the patient or the doctor) can do about it. This creates a mind set where the medical doctor is working literally with both hands tied behind his back. We are treating illness with medications and surgery, while the negative effects on the body, created by our mind and spirit

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An Integrated Approach to Healing and Wellness

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Healing Comes from Within

Healing is not something outside of us. While there are many ways to heal, there are many disciplines and many types of treatments which facilitate healing. In this paper we will be primarily interested in only one mechanism of healing, that is healing that comes from within. We do not suggest that using medications, surgery, radiation, or any medical, non-traditional or alternative form of healing is wrong nor that it should not be used, rather the point we want to make is that these are simply vehicles to use and get you where you want to go, they are not the power that will get you there. The power to heal comes from with us, from our mind, from our life force energy, from our beliefs and what we do and do not do. The individual who looks to be healed must first of all look within and find the power to heal no matter which system is used no matter how powerful that system is.


The Power of Your Mind

It should be said that minor healing, partial healing, or even full and complete healing is a normal processes of our body. The individual who finds his or herself sick may instantly wish to eliminate this illness but then think to themself that healing is hard, or difficult or even impossible. If we look around us, we are likely to see that there are many sick people, and we then may think to our self that if healing were easy then why aren

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The Nature of Illness and the Body

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Healing Is a Normal and Natural Function of Your Body

Contrary to what many people have heard or believe, healing does not come from outside of us. I is not something done to us, rather it is a normal and natural part of our body

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Stress a Major Cause of Illness

Stress is the Number One health problem in the United States. The problem is that stress not only causes illness, but is also the result of most illnesses. Studies suggest that between 70% and 80% of all illnesses seen in medical practices are caused by stress. Since most physicians are neither trained to recognize stress nor treat it, most of the people with stress-related illnesses stay sick for years. Most gradually get worse and end up with one or another chronic disease and dying before their relative life expectance would suggest they would die. Since few physicians and nor the medical profession are willing to accept that stress causes illness, these stress-related illnesses are rarely considered as a cause or contributing factor for the illness the individual presents with in his doctors office. Because of this most Stress-Related Illnesses go undetected and unresolved.

A Stress-Related Illness should always be suspected in any individual with a recurrent illness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, dietary problems, obesity, drug use, smoking or alcohol use, allergies, autoimmune disease, ulcers, headaches, intestinal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, most nervous system disorders, cardiovascular or reproductive system problems, anxiety, panic, nervousness or depression, or when any symptom or problem does not respond to routine medical treatment and in fact when any illness exists that does not seem to operate as it is supposed to. Just about any illness or health problem, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, can have its cause in stress, can be worsened by stress, or can add stress to your life. Stress, and the illnesses caused by it, are intelligent communications from our body telling us that we have one or more unresolved conflicts which need resolution. Stress can be our teacher, if we chose to learn from it.

People who are sick expect to find physical reasons for their illness. Therefore, stress as a cause is over looked. We tend to think of stress occurring only when there has been some major trauma, but this too is a myth. Often the smallest things of life can cause the most stress. A simple definition is stress is the difference between the way we want our world to be and the way it actually is. The greater the difference between what we desire and what we are getting the greater the stress. The stress mechanism and the immune-defensive-healing systems of the body are one and the same. A problem in one means a problem in the other. Hence, illness and stress are intimately related and often the same, one causing the other. Whether the cause or the effect stress must be dealt with and understanding what it is and how to deal with it is essential for full and complete healing.

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More information about Stress-Related Disorders, Illness An Intelligent Act of the Body can be found at http://www.srdbook.com.

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The Challenge of Illness

As with everything in life, illness has both a good side and bad side to it. While we often concentrate more on the negative or bad aspects, the physical challenges, pain, suffering, side affects and direct results of the illness, it is important for us to at least acknowledge if not understand that often some good comes out of illness.

While we are all quite familiar with the negative aspects of illness: its negative effects on body, mind, emotions, and spirit; its negative effect on the sick persons financial status; on the family, friends, job and coworker; on the individuals self image; their willingness to live life fully; their feelings of helplessness or hopelessness; the creation of death wishes, fear, anguish, hostility, fear of losing, fear of pain, pain, fear of death and the reality of death. To this list we can also add a host of other personal or individual negative emotions, fears, feelings and experiences. Illness is often embarrassing, humiliating and frequently dehumanizing.

While all of this and more is true about the negative aspects of illness, especially life-threatening illness, it is also true that for some people who find themselves sick, whether during the days, weeks and months of their illness, or at the moment of recognition of their illness, or in the seconds before death, illness, especially life-threatening illness, can have a very positive side.

You may be thinking or asking yourself right now, "What possibly good could come out of being sick?" "There is absolutely nothing positive about having cancer, or having a heart attack, or any major injury or other illness." You may however, be wrong. So now, you start asking yourself "How can this jerk, even think this way? How can he possibly be trying to tell us that anything good could come out of being sick or having ones life threatened to the point of death and possibly extinction?"

The fact is that illness can and often does have a positive side and not just for the doctors or the medical industry, but for the sick person, his family, his friends for everyone. This has often been the theme of great literature and movies, yet, it is often missed by the average person. Illness changes lives and can create a situation where life wishes, the survival instinct, the need to win, and the rediscover of the "will to survive", can not only take over, but even flourish and guide the sick person from the edge of death to the heights of life.

This is partially the reason for this web site, To find and share stories of success in conquering illness and the demons of despair, disability and death. While it may not be ones first thought, illness can take an individual down to the bottom of his or her life pit, to the place where they either give up or turn and fight. Illness can, and often is, the catalyst for life change. As we will most likely see, illness is often deceptively created because the individual is living the wrong life, because he or she is lying to themself, because they are robbing their immune and healing system of positive energy or because their conscious or unconscious selves have given up and would rather hide or die than fight for what they know they really must have in their life. This theme plays itself out over and over, and over again in the stories persons who have spontaneously healed themselves tell. In mythology, in literature, in movies and in the stories people who have healed themselves tell. We shall see if this is true as men and women tell their stories and search for how to heal themselves. It is important to know that one may see the good that comes out of illness but still close their hearts and mind to it and allow in only the bad. To see the good involved in illness, requires that you open your heart, your mind and your eyes and allow it to enter into you where you can see and experience it. Only then will you see who, what, when, where and why it exists.

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Why medications often do not work!

Currently Western medical profession, whether they wish to accept it or not, acts as if illness is a deficiency or one or another medication. Medical doctors too often treat people with medications rather than considering that their patients illnesses may have other causes than medication deficiencies.

On one hand, the average physician expects that the medication he or she prescribes will work in every situation, on the other hand they know that is not true. No medication works in every patient all of the time. The physician writes the prescriptions and must advise the patient that they may have to return to "adjust" the dosage or if it does not work, change to another medication. The patient often asks if what he is being given is the "strongest" medication available. What he is really asking is if the medication will work, work fast and require more of him then simply taking the medication. He does not want to return and he wants to spend as little dollars, time and effort as is possible to get better.

There is a sense a type of collusion between the patient and the doctor, the physician knows the medication may not work, but hopes it will. The patient also knows this is true, but doesn

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Healing and the Scientific Method

For the past five hundred years Western Scientific community has operated on the basis of what is called the Scientific Method. Western medicine subscribed not only to the Scientific Method but it also adopted the Germ Theory as the basis of its approach to disease. The Scientific Method required that for any medical approach to be accepted it must first pass rigorous scientific experiments, it must be proven and it must be reproducible. It must also fit within the existing body knowledge of what is accepted and acceptable.

While this is an extremely sound way to approach physics, mathematics and the other physical sciences, it does however, present some significant problems in the field of medicine and healing. While the physical sciences seemed initially to operate by fairly fixed scientific law the field of medicine does not. While the physical sciences could be proved or disproved by mathematics, when something was unable to be proved by a medical scientist it was simply labeled insolvable and left unapproved for trial or use by the medical community.

Fortunately this approach while "strictly" adhered to by the academic physicians, physicians in private practice constantly were leaving the scientific method to expand the horizons of medicine into areas where scientific theory would not work. Intuition was often required to solve medical problems and procedures were performed to investigate what was otherwise unexplainable.

The fields of nutrition, psychology, preventative health, and healing are still without complete recognition because they do not lend well to proof by scientific methods. Often the intuition of the physician has given birth to beliefs and treatments which worked long before the science was advanced far enough to prove them right. The use of herbs was wide spread long before scientific method could prove their value and long after modern drugs replaced herbs. Scientific techniques allowed us to realize the value of herbs and to synthesize their active ingredients into what we now purchase at the pharmacy at much greater expense.

One area where scientific research is still lacking is in the knowing what causes illness. For the most part the medical profession operates around the Germ Theory which suggests that all disease is caused by "germs" (bacteria, viruses). By current scientific methods one can prove that just about every infectious disease is associated with a specific germ. There are, however, major problems with this approach especially in the areas of when a "germ" cannot be found, why germs that we usually live with and who don't affect us suddenly attack us. It breaks down even further when we consider illnesses and diseases of the immune system, accidents, injuries, mental and emotional disorders and why these problems occur.

The medical community tends to want to say, "We have no answers now, were working on it," to these problems. The reason is that the medical profession is much more interested in the drug and surgical treatments and not so nearly as much in the cause and the ultimate long term affects.

The relationship between mind, emotions and belief systems and any condition that there is not clear and objective proof for, in the individuals who become sick is either not important nor meaningful for these types of conditions lend poorly to the scientific method.

The Scientific Method does not account for many aspects which may cause, potentiate or maintain illness and disease. No where in the Scientific Method can one find the spirit or spirituality, it cannot be tested for, proved or reproduced. No where in the scientific method can we account for will power, desire to survive, intention to solve problem, love, empathy or even fear. No where in the Scientific Method can we find or account for miracles, instantaneous healing, beating all of the odds or simply not dying when this is the expected outcome of a fatal disease.

The Scientific Method has great value in science and possibly one day we will better understand the laws that apply to healing, wellness and medicine, we do not have this knowledge today and to refuse to see this and to attempt to so rigidly refuse to accept what we cannot immediately see, is the antithesis of science. There was a time when an apple fell from a tree and there were no scientific answers to why this happened. There was a time when we looked out at the night sky and had many more questions than answers. Today, this is true of medicine, healing, wellness and life itself. As a scientist we can understand wanting to cling to the safety of the Scientific Method, as a human beings we may need to suspend science and try to understand what we cannot see until our eyes are opened and we finally begin to see the truth, human beings are special and they have special powers. They can heal themselves, they can heal their families, they can heal, their communities, they can most likely heal their world.

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Prevention of Illness

Contrary to what the medical profession would like us to believe "modern" medicine is not truly interested or directed at prevention of illness. Over the past centuries it has not been the medical profession that has been concerned about illness and prevention of illness rather it has been a small group of men and women (some of whom have been physicians) who have often taken their lives and personal reputations in hand and researched, developed and then stood up for what they believed.

Take for example Johann Schimmelweiz, an obscure Austrian Physician and Obstetrician. Schimmelweiz made the following observation, if a physician would merely wash his hands between deliveries and examinations, the risk of childbed fever, one of the leading causes of death in the world at that time (the 19th Century), the incidence of this complication could be significantly reduced. Tens of thousands even millions of lives could be saved. When Schimmelweiz made his observations known to his physician colleagues, they laughed at him. The more he pursued trying to get his fellow physicians to wash their hands the greater the reaction against him. Eventually, he was thrown out of medicine, and put into a mental institution for his beliefs.

Today, no physician, surgeon or obstetrician would perform surgery, examine a patient or deliver a baby without scrubbing their hands and wearing latex gloves to protect their patient and themselves from infection. Yet, most have little or no understanding of the real cause of disease and that most illnesses treated in medical practice could be prevented.

Most discoveries of prevention are made by single physicians or people like you and me, who see something that is dangerous and want to change it. Compared to many other industries the medical profession lags way behind the rest of our society. In recent years attention to injury has brought prevention into focus in the auto manufacturing industry with seat belts, crash bags, safety glass, crush zones. The airline industry is another area where prevention has become important.

To the average physician, prevention relates to immunization. Immunization has been one area of medicine where there has been a clear intention to find viral and bacterial diseases and create vaccines to give the body immunity to them. In the past 100 years we have literally eliminated yellow fever, dengue, polio, small pox, diphtheria, pertussis from the raging killers they once were.

To do this, hundreds maybe even thousands of men and women, some medical doctors, other scientists and still others just interested parties banded together to recognize these problems and find solutions. Their efforts ranged from simple tasks such as washing ones hands to complex tasks such as redesigning sewer systems and sanitation systems for whole cities. New ways of looking at what we eat and what problems our diet may cause (such as feeding British sailors limes to keep them from getting scurvy), improving roads, decreasing pollution in the air, changing environmental factors, and even going to the moon and outer space has added to our knowledge of what cause

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Genetics and Illness

Right now in medicine the age of genetic description is in high gear. With the Human Genome project researchers are looking for rapidly finding genetic markers for many diseases. The tendency in medicine and in the general population is to conclude that most if not all illnesses have a genetic cause or at least a genetic component. Since we are all a product of our genes, this may to some degree be true, but the problem is we still do not really understand or know the relationship between our genetics and the illnesses we suffer. Obviously a complex problem the answer or answers to this question may not be really known or understood for many years to come. Here are some of our thoughts on this matter.

1. Our genetics does control many aspects of our life, the following are a group of
    questions which may likely have to be answered before we really can understand
    the relationship between illness and genetics:

a) They appear to control the production of certain chemicals, mediators, enzymes, inhibitors, and cellular stimulators along with the ability for certain types of cells to created and function normally. Within this complex of idea is the question that if the genetics cause a breakdown or inappropriate chemical situation where in a specific disease producing or inhibiting chemical is made or not made correctly, will this always lead to a genetic disease or disease that has its basis in this error? We do not know. In many cases it does but not always.

b) When the body system is created correctly (the genetics were initially correct) and then later on in life certain genetic elements mutate or activate and cause illness such as with cancer, is this is a genetic mediated condition? That is, if it is not directly caused by a flaw in the healthy genetics, but rather by a mutation or corruption of genetic material later on in life, was their a "genetic" reason this happened? Can we consider this individuals genetic weak or at risk? How can we protect them and others from this happening to them?

c) When an individual is basically healthy and his genes are functioning normally, and illness occurs, can this illness occur because the individual does not have a specific gene or a correct gene to inhibit, protect, stop or protect against this condition or against the external insult or injuries that cause this illness? Can illness occur because there is an absence of a protective gene?

d) Finally, when an individual is basically healthy and his genes are functioning normally and illness occurs, can this be because external elements overwhelmed the genetics and or the defensive systems of the body? In this case could it be that the illness has no relationship to the genetic aspect of the individual?
 

2. Is it all about the genes or are they just where our attention is focused rightly or wrongly today?

a) In the situations such as described in 1a. above we can consider that many people have "known" genes for diabetes. We know that certain genes and combination of genes are needed to ensure an appropriate production of insulin. Yet, we also know that the individual

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Affects of Illness

Illness affects not only the person involved, and who is sick, but often his or her entire family, their friends, co-workers, neighbors and a host of others the ill person may not even know or think about. It is easy to see that illness is an industry which is world wide. The medical profession, hospitals, drug companies, pharmacies, medical supply companies, disability departments, clerks, statisticians in government and insurance companies are all involved in one way or another with helping, serving, supporting or keeping tract of people who are ill or find themselves with disabling or life-threatening illnesses.

While the ill person is at the center of this circle his or her life, and the lives of those people who are intimately involved with them, often suffer or are affected. Unfortunately, they may even suffer more than the person who is actually sick. The husband who has a heart attack may no longer be able to be the breadwinner for the family. His injury or disability may leave him unable to work, his death might in some ways appear more merciful as he no longer needs to followed by doctors, take medication, require surgery or be left somewhat helpless unable to function as he once did. The woman with breast cancer will also personally be in hell for a long while. She will likely require a biopsy, possible mastectomy, removal of one or both breasts, node dissection, and disfigurement. She may lose time from her job and her illness is likely to upset her entire family, throw it out of rhythm and create fear in her daughters, sisters and the many women in her life.

Besides the personal pain, anguish, fear and threat, the illness is likely to affect others in similar ways. They will wonder if this could happen to them, if they have a cancer growing somewhere in their body, if they could develop a similar illness. The will hurt for their friend and fear for themselves.

Children will worry, unknowing of what is going on with their mother or father but recognizing something is different and it is not good. Often the sick parent cannot talk about what is happening to them and the other "well" parent may "not know what or how to tell the children." The children know something is wrong, but they often feel left out. If the parent does talk to them, if they are too young, illness may become too scary and unreal to understand. If the children are older their fears for their parent and "what will happen to them (the children)" may overwhelm them or get in their way of living an normal healthy life.

Family vacations may well have to be cancelled, trips to doctors offices, hospitals, surgery or chemotherapy replacing them. Finances may become strained, tension may build to a breaking point and fear may be the pervading emotion where laughter and love once flourished.

Life changes and often no one knows how to put the genie back in the bottle. Things are not as the used to be, nor how they were planned to be, nor even how they could have been. Life is different for everyone.

While at first glance this may all sound quite negative, it does not have to be. If not looked at in a positive way, it may end up not only being negative but destructive. How many of us have friends who tell stories of growing up without a mother or father because some serious illness took their life. How many of these people are either scarred or bruised by the series of events that started with finding the illness and never ended even after the death of their loved one. The crying, the tears, the anger, hostility, the fear, the depression, the emptiness and the rage that still inhabits them even years or generations after their loved one was taken from them.

Yet, there are other stories. Stories with much happier endings. Stories where the dream was not a nightmare but rather a journey into learning, exploration and conquest. In this web site finding these stories and the process, formula or path to creating them is our goal. Join with us in exploring spontaneous healing and how it occurs.

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Structure of Healing

In order to start a healing process, one should first have a clear concept of 1) the process of illness in general, and 2) the specific illness or disease which needs to be healed. The ill person can be feeling poorly, off center, out of balance, full of symptoms and not actually be sick. On the other hand when can feel perfectly well and yet have a disease, even a chronic disease. Illness, to be real to the individual must enter into the individuals consciousness from his or her unconsciousness, so that it can be recognized and hence known. The passage from recognition to acceptance is the next stage. "I am sick - Oh! My God! "What am I going to do about it?"

Denial of illness is a block to creating a healing program to eliminate it. Acceptance does not require acquiescence or submission. You cannot solve a problem until you admit the problem exists and admitting that it exists does not mean believing that it is insoluble nor that it will take years and great effort to solve it. Fear of pain, illness, chronic disease, dying, all block healing and hence must be dealt with immediately through accepting their possibility and agreeing that you can over come them and allow healing and believing that you WILL return to normal functioning, and be fully healthy and vital again.

Decision Versus Indecision

Indecision leaves us unable to act and do what is necessary to heal. To facilitate healing one must make tough decision, not just think about getting well, but actually take appropriate actions that lead to concrete healing. The first step in this process is to eliminate ALL negative thoughts, fears and limitations. One must go beyond mere thoughts or desire to stop pain, seeing and believing that underlying injury, imbalances, disharmony, conflict and damage can and will be healed. Fearing death can act as s negative desire and undermine healing so it is important to accept the possibility that you can and possibly even will die from your illness. This does not give death power, quite the opposite, it says to it, "I no longer fear you, so I can do whatever is necessary to turn you away."

When true positive desire and intentions are created you will no longer be motivated by the negative aspects of your illness, by pain, fear of disability or fear of death. Now all motivations will be positive fueled by a positive even burning desire to get well and throw off your illness.

 Many Ways to Create Healing

In our paper on types of healing we suggest and outline many different ways one can create healing. In each and every case, no matter the vehicle healing begins when you start "taking action:" whether this be when you see your medical doctor, chiropractor, change your diet, begin reading on the subject of your illness or how to heal it, taking classes, joining a support group, through self healing, group healing, or working with a healer or some combination of all or many of these.

It is unimportant as to whether you use approved of or unapproved of techniques such as astrology, Tarot, body work, herbal medications, or standard Western medicines. The primary trigger for healing is taking action to get well and not just for the relief of symptoms, fear or to impress others.

 Positive Affirmation Versus Negative Affirmations

Even if what you do is not considered a "healing process" or is felt to be less than healing, while taking medications prescribed by your physician, or during massage, when performing a healing rituals you must make sure that your mind is clear, open and creating healing or positive affirmations versus holding negative, illness supporting, conflict creating affirmations. Too often people enter into treatment or Healing programs thinking about how it is going to fail, what they will do when the disease becomes debilitating, they think about losing, they think about what bad might happen, they think about what will happen when their treatment program fails. This is not just dangerous and destructive, it is counter productive as it acts to turn off the healing mechanism and creates potentially overwhelming blocks to success. This should not be allowed and must be guarded and protected against.

 Western Medical Versus Alternative Healing Programs

Millions of people are healed using standard Western medical treatment programs. Whether this be surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or shock therapy, or taking medications, physical therapy or other routine or special medical treatments. Millions of people are healed using Oriental, or alternative treatment programs. Since no one that we are aware of has studied which is more successful we cannot take sides. Instead we will suggest that it makes no difference at all. The treatment program, we believe is less important than the belief and power the person gives to the treatment program. Some people believe that one should chose the treatment program based on how dangerous, costly, time consuming it is or is not. If one believes that the treatment program is too costly, or dangerous then they are creating a negative affirmation and reducing the value of the treatment and increasing the risk of complications. Treatment program, no matter which you chose Western medical or alternative, religious or spiritual will generally work better and be more affective if they are thought of as positive affirmations for getting well. "This surgery WILL cure me!" "This medication ritual will help me heal myself!" As versed to "this surgery is dangerous and I could possibly die!" or "Mediation is boring and tedious and probably a waste of my time!"

 The Primary Decision of Healing

What I do will help me and facilitate my healing! I will survive. I will no longer have pain! I am healed! Thinking positively is vital, but thinking and clearly seeing positive end results is even more vital. Believing and seeing your body free of cancer, free of illness, free of disease is primary. It is also incredibly difficult to do because we rarely think of our healthy body before we have gotten sick and once sick this negative picture is what then infiltrates our consciousness and floods our mind. Stop now and think back to what your body, your organs and tissue were like BEFORE you got sick. See it working for you. Giving you life and working optimally to insure your health, keep this picture in your mind instead of the picture of disease and illness.

 Secondary Decisions of Healing

Healing is not in a vacuum and often begins as soon as the individual starts to make his or her life work for them. It often requires cleaning up affairs once illness is discovered or before death. However, for those people who recognize that this is important early enough, healing will start even earlier. It may even start when the individual begins to honestly evaluate his or her life, when they recognize and look for the many lies that have undermined their life, their health, and their well being.

 When Does Healing Occur?

Healing begins with and moves forward on resolution. When we resolve or clear up the lies and unresolved conflicts of our life. When we change in a positive way our life style, diet, level of exercise, honesty with our working situation. When we eliminate our problems and move away from the problem people who make our life a hell for us. When we get best possible or right job for us to do. When we do the right work and do it well. When we finally realize that we must work toward and become our highest and best self, and reach our highest level of personal "perfection."

It can continue and even progress if we do not stop before revert back to our old "unhealthy self" or change path to a new negative direction (may take years and create a new illness). To prevent falling back to our unhealthy ways we must learn to accept and love our new positive self, we must give our self positive strokes and reward our self for our positive "healthy" changes. We must acknowledge not just that we are doing better, but why we had the problems we had, why we made the unhealthy decisions we mad, so that we never go that way again. We must learn a new way of living and how to make our new life work for us. This new us will positively activate our immune system, it will give us positive healthy reasons to be living and be alive, it will remove negative temptations and protect us from falling back in to our old unhealthy lief styles.Maintaining Our New Healthy Self

To maintain our new healthy self we must reestablish positive goals and motivations, healthy and positive belief systems, we must recognize that WE have done all that was necessary to reverse our illness or disease and to create our new wellness. We must thank our self for the good works we have done. We must give thinks to those that supported and helped us. We must give thanks to our deity for helping, supporting and giving us strength and will power.

 

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Types of Healing and Their Definitions

Healing is not one-dimensional, that is there is not just one way of healing or one thing we can think of, believe in, or give power too, that leads to or creates healing. Healing while omnipresent, is multidimensional, that is, there are many ways to create healing, types of healing, many pathways to healing and many results that can be called healing. In this section we will look at just a few of the many types of healing which are known to exist. We cannot say that this list is all inclusive and represents every type of healing which is possible or available. Our goal here is to educate and inform and to help the reader recognize that there are many ways to get to the same place, that there are many ways to look for and find, and be healed.


Spontaneous/Instant Healing

When healing appears to occur suddenly with or without cause, with or without preparation, work, reason, logic, planning or a specific healing program.

Often this is an illusion as the individual has usually been consciously or unconsciously thinking about or taking action toward solving unresolved conflicts or problems for some period of time prior to the "healing." In many cases, while the healing may seems to occur "right now," the ground work and work needed for it to occur has been in process for weeks, months or even years.


Self-Healing

Any healing accomplished by the individual with or without help. All healing requires the consent or the permission and intention of the person who is being healed. This consent may be given before the process of healing by allowing the healing process or openly seeking it out, or it may be given after the healing has occurred. When consent is not given healing is generally blocked. When healed spontaneously and consent is not allowed after the healing process has taken place, what often happens next may be refer to as "relapse," the condition returns.

Whether or not an individuals used the help of another, a specific healing program, sacred healing objects, chants, potions is less important than the fact that they allowed the healing process, desired the healing, and that they did whatever was necessary to facilitate it.


Medical Healing

This implies that the individual sought help of a medical physician and hence consulted, consented and allowed medical treatment, including but not limited to the laying on of hands, medical, anatomical, physiologic information, medications, surgery, physical therapy, or any other treatments considered to be "medical" in nature or usually associated with a medical treatment program. The individual allows and accepted the above treatment with the express intention to "get better," "return to wellness," to heal" or "to be healed."


Alternative Medical Healing

The individual seeks out, consents, allows, encourages and participates in a one or many forms of alternative medical treatment programs, that is in a discipline other than in a standard Western allopathic medical setting. This could include disciplines such as osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, acupuncture or acupressure, massage, use of herbs, Oriental medicine, etc.

In the above situation the individual allows and accepts treatments with the clear intention of "getting better," "returning to wellness," or "being healed."


Alternative Healing

The individual seeks out some form of healing which he or she has confidence in or some intention that it will cause healing or help them to "get better," "return to wellness," "heal" or "be healed."

This could include self counseling, defense programs, use of jewelry, gemstones, colors, horoscopes, divinations or self created programs not related to a specific organized healing discipline.


Integrative (Combined) Healing

A combination of strategies, disciplines and teachings and techniques which embody elements, in whole or in part, of all other forms of healing including Western allopathic medicine, alternative medical healing and alternative healing systems. The individual on his or her own, or with the help of a healer, or as part of a medical treatment program creates a healing program combining and utilizing multiple healing disciplines and system for promote healing. The individual allows and accepts healing. Generally speaking the way this term is currently used there is generally some role that western allopathic medicine plays in the final healing program.


Healer Moderated/Facilitated Healing

When the individual contracts with, hires or accepts the help, support or design of another person who advertises, claims or considers him or herself to be a healer or offers a healing program, this is a healing moderator or facilitator. We often use the word "healer" to describe this person.

1. The moderator may completely and totally design the healing program, then instruct and facilitate the use of the program.

2. The moderator may work with the individual to co-design the healing program with approximately equal input on the end program created by both parties.

3. The "patient" or "client," the individual with the illness, may entirely design the program and use the moderator to facilitate or help with issues of design, implementation, or support for the healing program and its process.

4. The individual and moderator may workout any relationship wherein both are comfortable. If one is not comfortable this will usually mean that the relationship is not working and the final ability to create healing will likely come into question.


Group Healing

An individual joins a group and a large part of the work toward healing is based on the dynamics of the group. The group can be simple such as a support group or complex such as an organized process with specific assignments and rules. A cult could qualify as a group. Alcohol Anonymous could qualify as a group. Groups designed for support such as cancer support groups, group therapy or group counseling could also qualify as healing groups. In the Hawaiian tradition the Ho’oponopono process, is a group process.


Prayer Healing

Any healing program based on prayer, either local, immediate or centralized, such as a church, at home, or in a group, or at a distance (decentralized) such as a loosely organized prayer group praying for a sick friend or parishioner would be consider to be a prayer healing process. Prayer healing could be an individual process where the "patient" prays on their own, a small group process such as friends and family, or a large group process such as a church or religious organization effort. Huna prayer is a non religious form of prayer frequently used for healing.


Religious Prayer Healing

When prayer is based around the beliefs, organization or auspices of a defined religious group, that is one based on the tenets of a formalized or organized religion, whether God based or humanistic.


Non-Religious Prayer Healing

When based on or around a non-organized non-religious form of prayer, such as Huna prayer, poetry, meditative reading, communing with nature, calling upon earth or nature spirits.


Spiritual Prayer Healing

When based around a self-defined, religious or non-religious construct of a higher power, higher universal intelligence, nature spirits or parental-family spirits. A spiritual based prayer system can be, but does not have to be, based on any organized religious principles.


Educational/Intellectual Healing

Creating a healing system based on knowledge and wisdom, intellect and seeking information, rather than a specific medical or religious doctrine or set of beliefs. The individual uses information and knowledge to create healing. Sometimes may be called a "scientific approach." Healing through insight based on educational pursuits such as problem solving or learning how to communicate with others in a more appropriate and healthy way. Correcting misinformation and hence making better healthier decisions. One could include in this construct use of the information in the Bible, Koran or other works of literature as a healing tools, rather than for their religious doctrine.


Problem Solving Healing

The recognition that certain problems or unresolved conflicts are causing and or potentiating illness, stress or emotional, mental or spiritual turmoil hence leading to illness and that the resolution of these problems using problems solving techniques or simply solving the problems which have caused the illness, can lead to healing.


Shamanistic Healing

Healing through auspices of an individual or group designated as shamanistic, relating to an individual or group which acts as an intermediary or medium, a shaman, between the "real" or "visible" world and the "spirit" or unseen world of the spirits. Often thought of as magic, sorcery or divination. This might include African, Haitian, Siberian or Native American medicine and healing strategies and programs.


Dietary, Food Based, Healing

When healing is based principally around use of specific diet, foods, vitamin-mineral supplements or other nutrients which are used either in normal amounts or extreme dosages such as mega-vitamin therapy. This might include macrobiotics diets, use of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients, all green, red, or white foods only, vegetarian diet, fruit only diet, Pritikin diet, South Beach diet, elimination of certain foods or the manipulation of types and amounts of food eaten such as in a low salt diet or diabetic diet. When food is used as the main thrust of the healing program.


Healing At A Distance

When healing is not a direct action or choice is taken from or not made by the person to be healed. When action is taken by others, an individual or a group, through prayer, meditation or using "treatments" either known or unknown to the person being healed. When healing is accomplished over time and over a distance from the person who is being healed. When healing is not through direct contact with the person who is being healed.


Touch Healing

When healing is directly associated with some form of touching, direct manipulation or handling of the "sick" person. This can be through random touch, organized rituals, massage, psychic touching (mentally with no actual physical contact) such as sending out psychic "hands," energy waves or mental contact.


Healing Touch

Healing touch is a controversial healing technique. It is considered to be an "energy therapy," which embraces a group of non-invasive techniques that utilize the hands to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields. While these "energy fields" have never been proven to exist by Western medicine they stand as the basis of oriental medicine. With some similarities to Reiki, Healing Touch offers more techniques for physical, emotional and spiritual balancing. "Healers" claim the various "Healing Touch" techniques re-pattern and align the body’s energy field hence allowing our innate healing process to be triggered or work more effectively.


Ritual Healing

A ritual is any series of actions that are interpreted by the patient and the healer as having meaning and facilitating healing. These actions may be religious or non religious in nature. During the ritual one of two things happen: 1) the patients/client (the sick person), transfers power to the healer to facilitate or allow healing, 2) the patient/client takes power from the healer and the ritual to activate intrinsic healing mechanisms. Hence a "healing ritual" is any process Western medicine, alternative medicine, Oriental, or shamanistic healers uses as part of their healing or treatment program. While ritual are often thought of as being part of alternative, shamanistic healing processes they clearly exist as part of the main basis of Western allopathic medicine. Here the rituals have been cloaked in "science."

In Western medicine, the patient must call and make an appointment with the doctor, fill out forms, wait in the waiting room until called, get his or her weight, blood pressure, pulse and respirations taken, take off clothing, sit on examination table and then the physician cloaked in the robes of his healing profession, the white coat or smock, he places a stethoscope on the heart and lungs, looks in the throat, feels various parts of the body and then makes a diagnosis. All of this is a type of ritual which is expected by the patient. If this ritual is not done, it may leave the patient feeling as if something has not been done, as if the visit (ritual) is incomplete, and healing this may block the healing process.

There are many other types of healing processes. If you use or know of ones other than what we have already listed please forward it on to us to add to the above list.

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Healing Yourself


All healing starts with intention and knowledge. First one must want to heal and then we must have sufficient information about their illness, to understand what it is about, what it is trying to tell them, what conflicts have triggered it and how to activate healing. The articles in this series are about  understanding the basics of illness and of creating healing. Historically we can look at four models of healing systems: 1) Western Interventive Medicine, 2) Shamanism, 3) Huna, and 4)  Integrated Medicine. We can understand these system and what they have to offer us much better if we first look at illness as an Intelligent act of the body trying to communicate with us that there is a conflict and that this conflict requires solution. Using what we learn from this we can develop a methodology on how to prevent future illness and how to heal existing illness.

In this article we will simply outline what is and has been available to us for prevention and healing.


1.    How we define Illness can make a very big difference

Through the definitions we use we see the world around us. If we use accurate definitions of prevention, illness, disease and healing we can create more accurate results. If we use faulty definitions then we are looking at the causes and affects of illness inaccurately, through faulty logic and vision, and hence our end result, prevention and healing, may well be wrong, inaccurate or faulty.

The four systems discussed above each operate differently. Hence they see the causes and effects of illness differently. This means that to reach the same end point, healing, cure, complete elimination of any and all illness, they must be used understanding their approach and methodologies.



SystemHealing-Treatment System, Definition
Western Medical ViewpointGerm Theory and Immune System Model
Shaman ViewpointSpirit Model
Huna Viewpoint 
Three Selves Model
Integrated MedicineA combination of all above

 

The Western Medical Model Prospective

The of the Western Medical Model is based on two main constructs which are unique to it. 1) that there are many different types of illnesses, each having its own specific cause and effects (signs, symptoms, pathology and syndromes), and 2) an organized immune system.

Generally and simplistically one can break down types of illnesses into a number of categories. Each category has its own definition, signs, symptoms, pathology and syndromes patterns. Each can overlap so that a specific illness can have roots in one or more categories for example diabetes can be considered a genetic illness, a metabolic illness, nutritional illness, environmental illness, an emotional illness, and even an iatrogenic illness under some circumstances.


Category* 
Definition
Genetic IllnessA genetic illness or disorder is a disease caused by abnormalities in genes or chromosomes of the individual. While some diseases, such as cancer, are due to genetic abnormalities acquired in a few cells during life, the term "genetic disease" most commonly refers to diseases present in all cells of the body and present since conception. Some genetic disorders are caused during the production of germ cells by the parent, while others occur because of chromosomal abnormalities due to errors in cellular division. Defective genes may be inherited intact from the parents, the are known as a hereditary diseases. This can happen when a defective gene is dominant nut it can also happen unexpectedly when two healthy carriers of a defective recessive gene reproduce. Currently around 4,000 genetic disorders are known, with more being discovered. Most genetic disorders are quite rare.
Congenital Illness
A congenital illness or disorder is any medical condition that is present at birth. The term congenital does not imply or exclude a genetic cause. A congenital disorder can be recognized before birth (prenatally), at birth, or many years later. Congenital disorders can be a result of genetic abnormalities, the intrauterine environment, a mixture of both, or unknown factors.
     Congenital conditions can be referred to as diseases, defects, disorders, anomalies, or simply genetic differences. The usage overlaps, but also involves a value judgment as to the harmfulness of the condition. A congenital disorder can have trivial or grave consequences. The most severe abnormalities are incompatible with life. Congenital physical anomalies (birth defects) are a leading cause of death in early infancy, accounting for the deaths of nearly 2 out every 1000 infants in the United States.
Birth Trauma and Intrauterine DisordersBirth Trauma is any injury, defect or problem that occurs as consequence of the birth process. This differs from Intrauterine Disorders which occur during the infants time in the uterus but are not caused by the trauma of the birth process.
Acquired IllnessAcquired Illness or Medical Conditions are any condition that is not a genetic condition that is acquired from after birth on. This illness or medical condition can occur because of injury, nutritional deficiencies, environmental causes. Acquired medical conditions may have genetic predisposition or not.
  • Nutrition Illness -  Nutrition Illness are any medical problem, acquired condition, related to poor or inadequate nutrition of the individual or of the mother while in uterus. These include vitamin-mineral deficiencies, protein, carbohydrate deficiencies, starvation.
  • Environmental Illness  -  Environmental illnesses are any illness created by exposure to the environment. This can include but is not limited to injuries, exposure to toxic chemicals, radiation, war, weather, earthquake, fire, flood, etc.
Metabolic IllnessesMetabolic illnesses or inborn error of metabolism are inherited conditions where an enzyme is lacking or absent. This means that certain biochemical pathways are not fully functional therefore lead to disease. There are hundreds or even thousands of types of metabolic errors. Some of the most well known metabolic errors are diabetes, cystic fibrosis and phenylketonuria. There are many causes of metabolic errors and the diseases that they cause vary greatly. The most severe types of metabolic errors are detected in very young babies who fail to thrive and become acutely ill. Older children, adolescents, and adults can also become affected by a metabolic error, although their disease is not often acute but more chronic. Metabolic illnesses can become progressive and lead to life threatening illness if not identified and treated.
Injury
Injury can be caused intrauterine, during the birth process, after birth, during an accident, war, work or play, attempted suicide, gun shot, knife, due to weather, flood, earthquake.
Iatrogenic IllnessIatrogenic Illness or Iatrogenic Injury is illness or injury created by medical care, use of prescription medication, surgery or other treatments.
Psychiatric  Illness
A mental illness or mental disorder refers to conditions characterized by mental or emotional distress, impaired cognitive functioning, atypical behavior, emotional dysregulation, and/or maladaptive behavior.  Categories of diagnoses include mood or affective disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, developmental disorders, personality disorders, and many other categories.
  • Mental Illness     
  • Emotional Illness   
     Symptoms of mental illness greatly vary dependent upon the specific disorder, but may include mild to chronic forms of depression, anxiety, emotional problems, difficulties with attention, loss of cognitive abilities, or the presence of hallucinations or delusions. Causes of mental illness also vary, but may result from genetics, trauma, biological factors such as infections or toxins, or neuroplasticity resulting from psychological or anthropological factors. Specific diagnose is based on the specific symptoms, psychological testing magnetic resonance imaging or positron emission tomography scanning, or other neurophysiologic measurements such as electroencephalography to rule out organic brain disease. A physical examination to check for ill health or the effects of medications or other drugs may be conducted. Mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social work) may treat mental disorders differently using one or a combination of psychotherapy, psychiatric medication, case management, or other practices.

    * The above category list is not meant to be all inclusive, rather to be used to demonstrate the concept of the fragmentation of types of illnesses.
   
  
The Immune System

The Immune System works on the basis that there are cellular and biochemical systems dedicated to protecting the human organism. These systems are well organized and work below the level of conscious awareness to protect us. The human immune system is made up of many layers and system to defend, protect, repair, warn and heal us. These layers of systems transcend organs involving cells, tissues, bodily areas and organ systems.

At its most highest level we may think of it as the Survival Mandate, Survival Mechanism or the Fight or Flight Mechanism, three names used interchangeably to describe the outer, more visible and best recognized aspect of the immune system.

In the Western Medical System many illnesses are believed to be created by the breakdown of the immune system, some or all of its many component parts. Conditions often attributed to these breakdown include, but are not limited to allergies, infections, autoimmune diseases, and most cancers, to name a few of the more commonly understood types of illnesses.

In our book When Your Body Talk. Listen! we go into greater detail regarding categories of illness, types of illnesses and the levels and value of understanding the immune system. The key question we ask is,

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Healing and Being Healed
 

One of the oldest professions on earth is that of the healer. Yet, there is presently a good deal of confusion over what healing is and who is a healer. This is one of those times when a word or action may means so many different things to so many different people that it can ultimately have little meaning.

Had we lived 200 years ago, the concept of who and What the healer was might be considerably simpler. In ancient times there were two types of healers, those that lived in and were part of a community and those who traveled. It was often clear to the local residents of a community what a specific healer did. This healer, man or woman, lived and worked in the community. They tended the ill, sat on the tribal counsel, did surgery, delivered babies, and tended to the work injuries and war injuries of the members of the tribe. They were known entities. As people they stood out, they often had places of great respect and everyone knew and trusted them. As practitioners they had their secrets, they rarely divulged there secret medication, the combinations of medications as this was their trade and few knew more about what they did nor could really even understand what they did. In our studies of Hawaiian medicine this was incredibly clear as the healing discipline was known as Hunã, which translated into English as the "secret." The knowledge of the Huna master, the kahuna or "keeper of the secret" was so powerful that it had to be guarded as it could be booth used for good, to heal and evil to kill.

Today, healing is still secret, not because it is for the good and welfare of the community but for two main reasons 1) medical practitioners often believe the community is not smart enough to understand and 2) because most physician understand medicine and know little or nothing about healing. How can you talk about or teach that what you do not understand or know?


What Then is Healing?

Today the most common way we think of healing is when an action or ritual is used that causes an individual, who is sick, to become well again. We generally think of healing in relationship to the medical profession, here it is confined to when an individual who is sick goes to their doctor and they are given medicine or surgical treatment and returned to a state of "wellness." As we shall see this is often very misleading for as we suggested in our definition of healing section, the end result depends on what your definition of healing is, Whether it is narrow or broad.

In ancient times the healer was often a shaman or medicine man or woman. In order to heal, the also used drugs, herbs, surgery and even physical therapy. But they went a step or two further as they might also enter into a trance and then go into the spirit world to obtain information regarding the nature of their client/patient’s illness. The shaman would then return to this realm and prescribe herbs, potions, use of amulets or other treatments that would expel a foreign spirit or cure the illness. A healer might also work with symptoms or signs as provided by the patient/client or through some other source such as bones, chicken entrails, tea leaves, Tarot cards, astrology or bumps on the face, head or body of the individual. While today the medical profession and many people in our society see this as hocus pocus, magic or just plain chicanery, trickery or dishonesty. Yet, was it really? Could it have been that it added another dimension to healing that we today have lost? We will return to this topic in a later article.


Healing versus Treating

To many people in our current society the concept of shamanism sounds not only primitive, but possibly even absurd. We think that healing should be a scientific process, one performed by trained, responsible physicians, under sterile conditions and with modern techniques and instruments. The fact is, modern medicine, is not really about healing nor even about curing. Rather it is designed to treat and control symptoms so that the "patient" is comfortable and out of risk of danger to their life and well-being. While curing some illness does occur, and is often the stated goal, the fact is it is not very common.

Cure most commonly occurs when the illnesses is minor and will respond to medical treatment. These illnesses in most cases are conditions that usually are self-limiting and heal them selves. What medical treatment accomplishes was only to shorten the period of the illness and allow the sick person to be more comfortable while waiting for the body to heal itself.

There are however, many other conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, autoimmune diseases, cancer and arthritis where medical treatment at best only helps to slow down the disease process, make the individual more comfortable and prolong life, while the disease process itself either continues or progresses more slowly than its normal pattern would be. In many situations all medicine does is to make sure that the symptoms of the illness are controlled while the illness process still persists. In situations such as these, the individual cannot be said to be either cured nor healed, merely static or improved.

The illness persists but is contained. In most cases, this leaves the door open for the symptoms to relapse or even return in a form worse  than the original condition. It often requires that the individual use potent drugs, which actually act as cellular poisons. In the process they alter cellular chemistry and present a risk of significant side effects, even risk of death and secondary chronic diseases. In some cases the consequences of these medications are worse than the original disease process itself.


Real Healing

Clearly, there is now a large body of impressive evidence showing that many people who have suffered from severe, even life threatening diseases, have spontaneously healed. In such situations the individual suffered from one or another well-documented illness one day and then on the next day (often really over months possibly years) they were "suddenly" completely free from this illness. In many cases, damage which had been done to important organs was also spontaneously healed. Cases of cancers suddenly disappearing, arthritis clearing up leaving normal joints and tissues, non cancerous tumors disappearing and leaving no traces are now plentiful in medical literature.

Often unenlightened medical doctors may deny that healing took place, they may dispute their own diagnosis or that of a valued colleague, suggesting that somewhere, some how a mistake had been made and the person was either never really sick or tests had been misleading. More enlightened physicians might tell us that a "miracle" had taken place even if they had no explanation for it.

The most enlightened physicians would tell us that this was not really a miracle nor certainly not a mistaken diagnosis but rather an internal power that all of us have to heal ourselves of any and all illness. The very most enlightened physician would go even further and tell us that the power for each of us to heal ourselves exists all the time and all that is necessary to make it happen is the willingness to find this power and use it.

In such cases the reasons and methods of healing are many but in all cases it is the individual who heals him or herself. The healer simply acts as a facilitator to instruct and teach them how to find the power to heal themselves and in some cases awaken within them these healing powers.

Whenever spontaneous healing occurs there are generally one or more processes operating. These include a will to live and the capacity to heal. A willingness to accept the illness and recognize the teacher it has been and lesson it is teaching. The willingness to change beliefs, eliminate faulty beliefs, change from destructive to healthy lifestyle, take more positive and healing actions, create positive intentions and finally, doing what needs to be done to bring healing about. These same principals, interestingly enough, operate when healing is accomplished using modern medical treatment, shamanism, religious healing or spiritual healing.


Finding A Healer

Most people are never given this information, do not find it on their own, nor if they are willing are they taught how to use it. If the individual knows this instinctively, their chance of developing a major life-threatening illness or chronic disease is likely to be very low. If we lived in a society where this information was taught, few if any people would be sick to begin with.

This then brings up the question of whether the sick person should give up on the medical profession and head to their nearest healer. The answer to this question is complex. Most simply, the sick person should find the very best and most enlightened physician, and the very best and most enlightened healer. They should then put them both to work to teach, instruct and support their healing process.

There are many people who call themselves healers or physicians  (allopathic-Western medicine or alternative) who are fully capable of facilitating healing or helping to control simple or self-limited conditions but do not have the skill to heal the more severe conditions, chronic diseases or life-threatening diseases. If you are really sick, you should not be going to any individual who is not a skilled healer. If your physician or alternative practitioner is not a skilled healer, then you should also be working with a more sophisticated and enlightened healer who can help you reverse your illness, (that is, find the real underlying conflict that has triggered and maintains your illness and its effect on you) and who can help you completely heal yourself and be free you from all illness.


 

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What is Healing?


Heal: to mend, to provide cure for, to make sound, to get or make healthy again, to put right, to make whole, to get better, to rejuvenate, to ameliorate, improve, become better, to cure

Healing can therefore be said to be: 1) To make sound or whole, to heal a wound, to restore to health; 2) (a) to cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome; to mend, (b) to patch up, as in to patch up a breach or division; (c) to heal a breach between friends, 3) to restore to original purity or integrity, such as to be healed of sin; to return to a sound state.


Healing Is A Process

One of the most prevailing definitions in medical texts is the following:

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What is Wellness?



The word wellness has its root in the word well. Well has many meanings in relation to our topic. As an adverb it has some or all of the following meanings: In a good or satisfactory way; in a condition of prosperity or comfort; in a favorable or approving manner; in a thorough manner; to a great extent or degree; very probably; in all likelihood; with good reason.  
 
As an adjective some or all of the additional meanings: In good health; free or recovered from illness; in a satisfactory state or position; sensible

It further has Additional Usage: With equal reason or an equally good result; sensible, appropriate, or desirable; substantive

When paired as well-being as a noun it means: the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.


Wellness A State of Well-Being

The concept of being well implies being not only being healthy but also happy, to be good, to have prosperity, to be free of illness, sensible and in an overall satisfactory state.

Wellness, by virtue of its ness..ending denotes a state of being such as being well or well-being. We can therefore consider wellness as a state of complete physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being, a state of happiness, healthy freedom from illness, prosperity and sensibility, an overall satisfactory state. Therefore it is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (as defined by WHO in 1946) but much more. When these conditions, the basis of being well, are not fulfilled, then one can be considered to have an illness or to be ill. Certain illnesses can be called a disease, and there are many kind of diseases like cancer, AIDS, etc. Some illnesses are curable, but some are not. Medication and the science of pharmacology must be used to treat, or reduce symptoms and in some cases cure, an illness or medical condition, but always to restore harmony balance and well-being.


Hence wellness can be said to be:

  • The state of the individual when he or she can perform vital functions normally or properly
  • The state of the individual when he or she is in a state of being sound in body or mind
  • The state of the individual when he or she is free from physical, mental, emotional or spiritual disease and pain
  • The state of the individual when he or she functions optimally without evidence of disease or abnormality.
  • A state of dynamic balance in which an individual's or a group's capacity to cope with all the circumstances of living is at an optimal level.
  • A state characterized by anatomic, physiologic, and psychological integrity, ability to perform personally valued family, work, and community roles; ability to deal with physical, biologic, psychological, and social stress; a feeling of well-being, and freedom from the risk of disease and untimely death. 

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What is a Syndrome?


A syndrome is a complex or composite of occurrences or things.

A syndrome can refer to a symptoms or pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease

A syndrome is also a collection of physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual signs or symptoms, with or without physical findings on examination, positive or negative laboratory testing, diagnostic testing or radiologic findings that occur together, often in a specific pattern, and hence define a specific disease process.

A syndrome may also be a characteristic combination of opinions, emotions, or behaviors.

Many medical conditions of unknown etiology are commonly referred to as "diseases" because they have specific identifiable patterns of normal and abnormal findings and diagnostic testing.

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What Are The Causes of Illness?


The cause or causes of an illness are those factors, alone or in combination which encourage, prepare, undermine, or predispose to the injury or malfunction of all or part of normal bodily functions, hence creating what we have defined as illness or disease.

In our current Western medical culture there is a significant tendency to think of illnesses or diseases as having a singular or specific cause. For example when an infection occurs the tendency is to blame the bacteria or virus as being the cause. When diabetes occurs it is often suggested that the cause is the individuals

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What is Treatment?


●   Treatment is the act of management of someone or something.  
●   A form of therapy, making corrections, cure, curative, remedy or making restoration.
●   Medical care for an injury or illness.
●   The use of substance or process to preserve or give particular properties to
      something.

●   Treatment is the device of treating injury or disease.


Treatment is considered the act of taking care of someone, by providing and/or prescribing medication, physical therapy, mental, emotional or spiritual therapy. It often implies management of the medical condition that is following the train of signs and symptoms, physical examination, laboratory and other diagnostic testing to evaluate improvement or failure, managing dosage of medication, and/or prescription of other treatments programs that are deemed necessary by the manager and the person being managed to

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What is a Syndrome?


A syndrome is a complex or composite of occurrences or things.

A syndrome can refer to a symptoms or pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease

A syndrome is also a collection of physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual signs or symptoms, with or without physical findings on examination, positive or negative laboratory testing, diagnostic testing or radiologic findings that occur together, often in a specific pattern, and hence define a specific disease process.

A syndrome may also be a characteristic combination of opinions, emotions, or behaviors.

Many medical conditions of unknown etiology are commonly referred to as "diseases" because they have specific identifiable patterns of normal and abnormal findings and diagnostic testing.

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Definition of Disease


Disease is any condition or conditions, sickness or illness which has a characteristic and defined grouping of symptoms and causes, and which affect all or part of the body.

A disease is often thought of as an abnormal condition of an organism (human or otherwise) that impairs bodily functions. In human beings, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes discomfort, dysfunction, distress, social problems, and/or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections, isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories. As human beings we often think of  diseases as one of man's

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What is Illness?


Illness (also referred to as ill-health, being sick or sickness) is as

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Physical Manifestations Caused By or
Associated with Stress



The following are lists of common and unusual medical conditions and illnesses which are either caused by stress, associated with stress or made worse by stress. We have artifically divided these conditions into three groupings. This has been done to better outline the affects stress has on the various systems of the human body. There is a great overlap in how stress affects various parts of the body and the variuos bodily systems. In our books Stress-Related Disorders: Illness An Intelligent Act of the Body  and When your Body Talks, Listen! we look at how and why the various systems of the body are affected and the reasons and causes for this.


Common Medical Conditions
 

General
Rashes (acne) and/or hives
Frequent bouts with flu-like symptoms (possibly related to lowered immune system and body resistance) / more colds than normal
Cold, clammy hands and/or feet
Increased sweating
Increased appetite and obesity
Inability to work / sudden bursts of uncontrollable energy
Faintness / dizziness / numbness / paralysis

Immunologic
Allergy
Reduced resistance to infection
Tumor promotion
Auto-Immune Phenomena


Extremities Muscular-Skeletal Systems
Muscle aches (especially neck, shoulders, back or legs) cramping / tightness
Unexplained fatigue / muscle weakness / lethargy
Arthritic-like joint pains
Neck pain / backache / sharp momentary shooting pains
Numbness /paralysis of extremities


Head Eyes Ears Nose Throat
Headaches / migraines / tension / sinus headaches
Frowning or frequent wrinkling of the forehead
Dry mouth / bad breath / difficulty swallowing
Jaw clenching / jaw pain / bruxism / tenomandibular joint syndrome
Teeth gnashing / grinding
Facial tics and twitching
Eye "strain" / Changes in visual acuity
Ringing in the ears


Respiratory Cardiovascular Systems
Cackling, hacking cough
Rapid heartbeat / irregular heartbeat / arrhythmia
Chest pains / shortness of breath / angina-like symptoms
Hyperventilation


Gastrointestinal System
Nausea / vomiting / diarrhea / constipation
Stomach or abdominal pain / acid indigestion / reflux of acid into esophagus
Bloating / biliousness


Urinary and Reproductive Systems
Frequent urination / difficulty starting and stopping urination
Discomfort on urination / impotence
Irregular Menstruation / menstrual cramps / skipped menstrual periods / absent menstrual periods
Premenstrual Syndrome
Menopausal Symptoms


Common Behavioral and Other Manifestations Caused by or Associated with Stress

General
Insomnia / nightmares / frequent day dreaming
Increased or decreased appetite
Increased or chain smoking
Frigidity / loss of sex drive / obsessive sex drive
Addictions to alchol, drugs, prescription drugs
Constantly thinking / rehashing / rehearsing / worrying

Emotional
Flutters of fear / anxiety at odd moments / feeling on edge / feeling jumpy / feeling out of control / feeling tense / nervousness / anxiety or panic episodes
Feelings of frustration / inability to define reason for frustration / an awareness that while organized and working hard, you are not producing or accomplishing much.
Waves of anger / feelings of hurt and disappointment / depression /irritability / bad temper
Crying episodes / laughing episodes for no apparent reason.
Altered moods / feeling like you are living in a fog or that there is a cloud or curtain separating you from your life / nagging
Feeling you must always have something to do, you can't sit still and enjoy life

 

Physical
Unconscious foot or finger- tapping / nail biting / scratching picking at body / pacing / restlessness / unnecessary hand waving / wild gestures
Persistent ache "in the center of you"
Stuttering


Digestive
Eating problems / obesity / anorexia /abdominal pain / diarrhea

Memory and Thought Process
Memory slips / loss or inability to remember familiar names and faces / reduced instant recall / reverie / reliving past experience instead of dealing with the present.
Difficulty concentrating / must continually re-read material both personal and work-related / inattentiveness / shortening of memory or attention span
Foggy thinking / racing thoughts / impaired judgement
Indecisiveness / feeling confused / fear of making decision
The knowledge that "the little problems" you've been experiencing disappear completely when you are absorbed in a movie or something very pleasurable but return immediately when the activity is over.
Confusion
Attention Deficit


Stress-Related Disorders

General Metabolic Systems
Hypoglycemia, hyperthyroidism, worsening or triggering of diabetes
Acne, hives, rashes, neurodermatitis
Asthma, bronchitis
Obesity
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Psychiatric
Post-traumatic stress syndrome
Neurosis
Transient situational disturbances
Depression
Anxiety and Panic attacks
A general loss of sense of well-being


Musculoskeletal System
Tension headache, Migraine headache
Low, Mid and Upper Back pain, Neck pain
Injuries, accidents and strains

Cardiovascular System
Coronary artery disease
Heart attack
Stroke
Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Gastrointestinal System
Peptic ulcer disease, gastritis
Ulcerative colitis
Irritable bowel syndrome
Constipation, diarrhea

Immunologic System
Reduced resistance to infection (Colds, flu, viral, parasitic illnesses and other minor illnesses of all sort)
Allergies (All types)
Tumor promotion, benign and malignant

Urinary and Reproductive Systems
Failure to menstruate, excessive menstruation
Infertility
Fibroid tumors
Impotence
Premature ejaculation
Incontinence
Bladder and prostate infections

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