August 2014

How Does LDT Work?

How Does LDT Work?

 

LDT works much differntly than traditional Western medicine. LDT is neither drug nor medication based. It takes into account the roles of our mind-body-spirit in both creating illness and healing it. It goes way beyond simply treating symptoms. LDT's purpose is not the relief of the symptoms illness, nor decreasing the problems associated with an illness, but rather getting at the root causes (those conflicts) that underlie the symptoms and the origninal creation of the illnesses. Its ultimate goal is to find and eliminate all (if possible) unresolved conflicts that are causing or could potentially cause illness in the present or the future. Finally, LDT has one additional goal, to help the client look for, search out, find, eliminate and relearn how to be physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy, in other words, how to become your highest and best self.


There are a number of other differences which make a significant difference in assuring, maintaining and providing full health and wellness.


The process of traditional Western, science-based, medicine generally works in the following way:

  • You have to be sick first before Western medicine becomes really involved. While it is true that many medical doctors perform annual, so-
        called preventive health examinations, traditional Western medicine is generally NOT a preventive system. True, pap smears and breast
        examinations, and some self-help examinations are taught, and children are given immunizations. Yet most of the time, these examinations are
        perfunctory and directed at looking for physical symptoms and/or already existing physical findings. They rarely take into consideration the
        mental, emotional or spiritual aspects of the person. Nor do they look for causes, other than through the physical examination and the most
        obvious physical symptoms, blood tests or x-rays, signs or indications of potential illness.
  • Very often symptoms are reviewed and ignored if they do not immediately suggest a syndrome or recognizable disease pattern. Subtle
        symptoms, symptoms of stress-related disorders, emotional or spiritual conflict and childhood traumas are often ignored, hence these provide
        little interest or value to the physician in indicating past, present or future non-medical syndrome or illness.
  • The "patient" must first have something wrong and "feel a need" to see a doctor. The doctor rarely if ever works with his or her patient to help
        them grow or evolve emotionally, mentally or spiritually. The medical doctor is rarely interested in unresolved conflicts unless the symptoms
        are causing severe problems, major acting out, the most extreme state of being, or trouble with the establishment or with the law. Finally,
        medical doctors (as a profession) have little professional interest or time to help their patients search for, find or evolve toward their highest
        and best self.
  • Once you have medically recognized symptoms, which often means that the illness process is relatively advanced, or once you are actually sick,
        which means the illness process is very advanced, the medical doctor may for the first time take an interest in you and your situation. However,
        even in doing this he is rarely interested in signs and/or symptoms that are not related to your physical illness, nor is he interested in symptoms
        or signs that comes from your mental, emotional or spiritual aspects.
  • Often even when so-called preventive examinations are performed, it has been between 1 and 3 years or more since the last physical
        examination. If any disease process has been present, but possibly too early to diagnose at the last examination, it may now be considerably
        more advanced and require more intensive diagnostic testing and more dangerous treatment (surgery or even chemotherapy, etc.) than it would,
        had it been found in its earliest stages.
  • Today, the basis of traditional Western medicine is dollars and cents, mostly dollars. Just about every part of traditional Western medicine is
        now based on "cost effectiveness." Medications are profit making centers, doctors are underpaid and pushed to perform 15 minute visits, often
        undertrained, frequently depressed, bored or doing things they hate because the system is controlled by power brokers who make the rules
        and enforce them, whether you or your doctors like it or not. Insurance companies, hospitals, IPA's, HMO's, IPPO's, Specialty Boards,
        Governmental Agencies, landlords, utilities, unions and public images of doctors all stand between you and your doctor. These forces have
        shortened the time spent with your doctor, they have taken the practice of medicine out of their hands and in many cases they have forced
        doctors to have lie, cheat and even perform unnecessary procedures so that they can stay in the business to taking care of you. Not a very
        pretty picture.
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    We realize that none of the entities we have named above would agree with what we have said. Every one of them would tell you that in fact they exist to make sure that you get the best possible care. The fact is, medicine today is overburdened with paperwork. Doctors are forced to have volume practices to make a living. They spend more time doing paperwork than with their patients. I do not need to make excuses for the doctors, they had adequate opportunities along the way to take charge of the practice of medicine and did not. They gave away their power and put it in the hands of bureaucrats who now practice medicine under the guise of being administrators, quality assurance departments, law makers, insurance companies and so on. However, the truth is still the same. It is the general public who suffers and the quality of medical care has deteriorated and will continue to decrease no matter what any of these bureaucrats or doctors say.

    Finally, the medical system as a whole, tolerates little or no one, who is not operating under the shell of a medical license (with the exception of the groups we discussed above). Many medical doctors are vehemently against alternative sources of healing, hence outwardly denying any possible benefit from these sources to their patients. They are often so closed down and shut off as to not even want to talk about alternative practitioners or treatments. Frequently, they are even unwilling to learn anything about these alternative methods, and what potential value they could offer to their patients.

    This narrow mindedness is sanctioned by the medical system, which even attacks practitioners within this very same system, who have read, do understand and are either recommending or using alternative methods. For example, I have met medical doctors who think that certain medical (not alternative medical, but purely traditional Western medical) specialties are "hocus pocus." And they would never refer a patient for certain kinds of help given by such specialties, as physical therapy, medical nutrition, psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitation or occupational medicine or addiction services. These are often disregarded or ignored, even when they could be of significant value to their patients.

    No one practitioner, whether medical doctor or alliterative healer, knows everything. As the song goes, "No man is an island." The process of healing requires helping the person who needs help with the exact right type of help they need. No treatment, except those that could be harmful, should be eliminated before its value is considered. The consequences of any treatment program should be weighed by what is the patient's best interest and not what is in either the doctor's or the medical professions best interest. Almost any good tradesman or woman in our society knows this possibly with the exception of the medical profession. No good mechanic would try to fix something not in his level of expertise. He would refer you out to the exact right person who knows how to fix what needs to be fixed. Yet, many medical doctors will treat medical problems that they themselves are not expert in, and will withhold consultation, advice and necessary help which would be in their patients best welfare for many years. This is especially true if it require sending their patient out of the medical system to an alternative healer, even when this healer could help or even solve their patient's problem.

    Many of these same physicians are unwilling to recognize that the treatments they provide just do not work. I have seen doctors "treat" diabetics in their practice when the diabetic has been out of control or in extremely poor control for 5, 10, 15 even 20 years. This instead of sending the patient to another doctor, a nutritionist or for psychological counseling to deal with their eating habits or disorders.

     


    Why is LDT Different?

    The goal of Life Dynamic Training is to teach the individual how to prevent, recognize and heal their own illnesses. The Life Dynamic Trainer/practioner works with their client as the physicians in ancient China, and as healers in most primitive societies have done for thousands of years, to prevent illness before it starts.

    LDT practitioners works with the traditional Western medical doctor so that the client has the best of medical skills and diagnostic testing available to benefit their client. Unlike traditional Western medicine, the LDT practitioner starts to work even before an illness strikes. The LDT practitioner looks for all underlying conflict, teaches healthy diet, helps his or her client cleanup unhealthy lifestyles, deals with pain, fear, anger, guilt, rage and hatred as early as possible. The LDT practitioner takes all of these factors and more as they know that these factors are frequently at the root of illness and human suffering.

    The LDT practitioner helps his or her client solve problems and whenever possible without providing the solutions, yet allowing the client to find his or her own solutions. The goal of the LDT practitioner is to teach problem solving techniques, to strengthen the client's natural healing skills and to help the client take charge of their life and live it fully and completely. If the LDT practitioner has any motto it would more than likely be, "find your own personal highest and best self, and make it yours."

    The goal of traditional Western medicine, as we stated above, is to treat symptoms and cut out disease. LDT recognizes illness and disease as intelligent communications from the body-mind-spirit to you, trying to tell you that you have conflicts that you have not resolved and conflicts that they require resolution. With traditional Western medicine these conflicts are most likely never approached, rarely explored and generally ignored. Only when the individual them self has the rare sudden insight regarding the meaning of their illness, are these conflicts ever recognized. These conflicts they may not necessarily be dealt with until such insight ultimately occurs.

    Let me give you an example, one that I learned from a client several years ago. This client had been treated several years earlier for invasive breast cancer. She told me the following story.

  • "I was devastated when my doctor told me that I had breast cancer. The doctors wanted to remove my breast, and give me radiation therapy 
        and chemotherapy. What could I do? I really felt that I had no other choices. My doctor told me that I must make a decision soon and that my
        life depended upon it. I couldn't think. I couldn't make any decisions and my doctor, as I look back on it now, didn't give me any help in
        making this terrible decision. True he gave me statistics and he explained the surgery, its risks and how I would feel afterward, but it was all so
        clinical!"

  • "I was so scared, so alone and so in turmoil. What could I do? So I went through the surgery, I had the radiation treatments and I hoped. I
        could not look at my body for several years, my husband tried to be helpful, but I couldn't make love with him. I couldn't feel anything toward
        him. It was as if I was no longer me. I was some deformed breastless scarred beast."

  • "Three years after the surgery at a follow up examination, my doctor told me that I now had a tumor in my other breast and there were some
        indications that the cancer may have spread to my lung and to my liver. He told me that I needed to have my other breast removed and that
        he
     was sending me to a medical oncologist to discuss chemotherapy. My life was at an end. I had invasive, metastatic breast cancer. He told
        me that without treatment I might have six months, possibly a year, but only if I did everything that was prescribed for me."

  • "I went home that night and prayed as I had done countless times since I was a child. But this time I really opened myself up. I asked why was
        this all happening to me? What was I missing? How could I make this cancer go away?"

  • That night I had a dream. Christ came to me and asked me, 'Why are you eating yourself up alive? What is it that you need to do to heal
        yourself?' In the dream I realized, as I had known for many years that I hated myself, that I hated my life and that I was letting my husband bully
        me and I hated him for doing that. I had been a professional woman when I met my husband. He wanted to have children immediately and he
        wanted me to stay home to care for them. I gave up my career and had two children in two years. When the youngest entered school, I wanted
        to go back to work and my husband told me that he didn't want me to work ever again. I was, by his command, to stay home and make the
        home a habitable place. I was to wait for the children to return from school and then dedicate my time and energy to him and to his children.
        I did this for many years, feeling empty and alone."

  • "The first breast cancer was diagnosed the year after the youngest of my two boys left home to go to college. Since then I have sat at
        home
     wanting to go back to work, but I was much too afraid to bring this up to my husband, who repeatedly told me a woman's place is in
        the home taking care of her husband and family."

  • "After the dream, I know what I had to do. I divorced my husband, went back to school, became an acupuncturist. Here I am today, seven
        years after I was told that I would die within six months to one year. I never had the second surgery. I never saw the medical oncologist. I
        never had chemotherapy. I just solved the problem that had caused my cancer."
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    We talked for a while and I asked her what she learned from her experience. She told me the following:

  • "I learned that I had known all along what my problem was, and yet that I wasn't willing to deal with it. For years my marriage was killing me.
        Since then I have talked with hundreds of people who have illnesses of all types. I see much the same thing happening to them. The problems
        are different, the illnesses are different, but in just about every sick person I see, there are unresolved conflicts. More often than not, they are
        not able to deal with these conflicts because they don't know what to do. Sometimes, because they have no one to emotionally support
        them,
     because they are afraid and because they are not sure. But mostly because they have no one who can help them solve their problems."
  • "I knew, yet I was unable to face making my 'terrible decision," I had to get metastatic invasive breast cancer to finally end up getting the
        courage to just do what I needed to do. I denied what I knew. I pushed it down. I drowned it in self pity, anger and rage at myself and at my
        life. I denied that he was the problem, yet I knew that I needed to work. Finally, after the dream I understood that he was really never the
        problem, it was always me. I could not act for my self. I blamed him, my children, my life, my circumstances, but always the real problem was
        that I could not stand up for myself. Always the real problem was that I allowed him to bully me. He was always being himself, that was who
        he was. It was only me who was not being myself. I was not protecting myself. I allowed myself to be bullied. I can see now that there were a
        hundred reasons why I allowed this to happen. I realize now that had I been capable of understanding this earlier I might never have had to get
        breast cancer. However, I wasn't ready back then and the breast cancer was my wake up call."

  • "It is possible that without having had the breast cancer, I would never have learned this lesson, I would have lived my life being his shadow,
        empty, bored and lonely. Yet, as I think back, I now realize that I had to go through this whole experience because I had no one, no resource
        to help me deal with and sort out who I was or want I really wanted."
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    In a sense this was one of those days that gave birth to Life Dynamic Training. My patient went on helping the people she worked with. Because of this experience, I had an incredible insight. I too needed to heal myself. My place in life was healing people and not just treating them. I realized that I had always known what she had told me. I had been working with patients helping them as best as I could, but I was also aware that Western medicine was not set up (with its 15 minute appointments, insurance billing and patients who come for more traditional services) to be able to spend the time really needed to help my patients with their inner conflicts.

    LDT is different from traditional medicine and while the two are complimentary, their goals and the way they each need to be practiced are very different. To practice LDT one needs clients who are ready to make a difference in their own life. The LDT practitioner needs to work with relatively enlightened individuals, people who want to solve problems. People who know that they have unresolved conflicts or at least are willing to look and see if they do, even if they are not exactly sure what these conflicts are yet.

    While a large number of my clients already have an illness of some sort, every day I am finding enlightened people who realize that they can prevent themselves from being ill by dealing promptly with their issues. True prevention.