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Mind Body Medicine

From a very early age I saw evidence that the body reacted to the emotions and our thoughts could dictate our state of health, or disease.  I saw it first hand with my mother who had a mental illness that went misdiagnosed for decades.  I lived in a dysfunctional household where she would be fine and smiling one day, and the next day she would be a terror.  I did NOT want to live in that family with that household, but I knew there was absolutely no way to leave there; I was eight years old.

So when Deepak explains the science that has developed around Mind Body Medicine and how our bodies react to our thoughts and experiences I am in total agreement.  Here is what so called Western Medicine has decided to ignore; that our body reacts in a chemical way to our surroundings.  We understand very little really about what to do with this fact.

Trauma is an extreme example, and one that I would like to address because I think it is an experience that we have all been faced with at one time or another.  I understand how the pain nerve fibers react from an automobile accident even when there are no broken bones, torn skin or loss of limb.  But why do the pain fibers continue to fire when we seem to be fully recovered?  And what about the trauma of someone who angers you or scares you? How does our body process these emotional upsets that in turn signal chemical changes in our bodies?  I want to know how we can deal with all types of trauma, and I want to know in what ways can we get back to normal?

I think touch is the answer.  As a health practitioner and bodyworker I see patients who are in pain from no particular incident other than they “moved the wrong way” and now they are in pain.  I also see patients who went the normal route of medication for pain and muscle tension, a practice that is far too prevalent in the emergency room, and went to physical therapy and were told they would never be their old self again.  I treated that same patient with tender care, evaluating where the tension was affecting their body, the musculoskeletal system, and more importantly their emotions.  How is it that after a year of the “standard of care” they made no recovery, but with my skilled hands and gentle heart, they were able to return to their “pre-accident” state within six weeks?

When we think of Mind Body Medicine, there is another component that is not ever discussed; the healing quality of touch from another.  In the book, Psychology of Yoga, they discuss how simple touch can have many physiological benefits as well as emotional benefits.  A young woman with seizures that are not well controlled with medication saw dramatic results in just a few weeks of gentle massage. I saw a young child who having been born addicted to heroine was finally able to relax spastic muscles after just a few minutes of CranioSacral Still Point.

If we are to speak of Mind Body Medicine, then we should also include in this discussion the idea that energy is also shared between people especially if the intent is to share compassion and love for another human being.  I think there is agreement among providers that trauma victims lose sight of their self.  Being able to reconnect to their true self is difficult, but when we experience the touch of another compassionate soul there can be a shift.  Healing Touch has been taught to nurses and other bodyworkers as a non-invasive modality to help bring energy back to the body, mind and spirit of anyone willing to receive.

Trauma-sensitive yoga therapy is very aware of the disconnection between the body and the mind and uses yoga postures to guide the individual back into the awareness state of the body; to speak to the Inner Physician that Dr. Upledger identifies when working with the body. The dialogue between the tissues and the subconscious mind happens between the individual and their inner self to reconnect their body and their mind in a more healthy relationship.

Being consciously aware of our body is the first step to enlightenment.  How many of us are aware? Our jobs seem to be so much more important than our bodies and we neglect the basic needs like drinking water, exercise or relaxation. That is how our American society is expected to act; do your job and your day is about getting the work done and who cares about what your body needs.  A difficult dance, I admit, but it is a sad state of affair.  I once was fired from a job because the owner caught me reading a book on Grieving that I used to keep me calm after my mother died.  He did not ask me what I was reading or what it was for, just that I was taking time at my desk to read something not work related.  That was really dumb and stupid on his part and I was happy to leave.  I never went back to another “job” after that and have remained self-employed; thank God.

Listen to the video with Deepak Chopra and the scientific search for Body Mind Medicine:

 

My own idea about trauma goes deeper than most.  I have experienced many life-altering traumatic experiences; drowning, automobile crash, loss of loved one, emotional trauma, and even disease which can also be traumatic. I think we have forgotten or may not even be aware of how connected our thoughts are to our body and how powerful they can be if we use them as the vehicle to change the chemical process that our body undergoes; change your thought and change your life. Not really hard to understand for some, but very foreign to many.

In What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, Daniel Chamovitz talks about the chemical messengers in plants that help it thrive and survive.  Even messengers that are spread from plant to plant through space, they emit chemicals that warn other plants of predators making them less appealing.  We all know how wonderful a green salad can be, but did you also know that the anti-oxidant properties are enhanced when you tear the lettuce?  This is the plant’s automatic healing process; to emit chemicals to begin the wound repair and thanks to them we can eat the anti-oxidants they produce to help our own bodies heal.

When I first got into Mind Body Medicine as a massage therapist and nutritionist, I used hair analysis.  I could not work with a lab back then, and the hair is really accurate in showing how our bodies are using the food we eat or reacting to the drugs we take.  Hair has become a gold standard in determining if someone is a drug user; it is registered and stored in the hair shaft and stays there until you cut it off.  We used the first inch from the scalp as a sample for the lab to test.  The lab I worked with would send me back a report on the metabolic markers so that I could then determine what imbalances in their diet needed to be corrected.  It was the only lab that would also tell me their metabolic type: slow, mixed, or fast.  I think this is similar to the Dosha type in Ayurvedic Medicine: Vata, Pita, or Kapha.  Our goal in either case is always to locate the cause of the imbalance, treat it temporarily to reduce symptoms, but inevitably to find the missing link, remove the underlying cause, and regain our health.

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Pharmaceutical Myth

Confessions of a former RX Rep 

In a video by Gwen Olsen, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, the truth comes out that Big Pharma is not in the business to get people well.  In truth, their role is to simply put “disease maintenance and symptoms management.”  In other words, they are controlling your symptoms with drugs in order to maintain your health in a perpetual state of disease, in order to insure their prosperity.

I had suspicions that this was true for many years, and appreciate Ms. Olsen coming out and stating these facts for us.  I had also heard, though cannot quote my source, that Big Pharma has a goal of getting every person, at least in the United States, addicted to 3 drugs per person.  This is evident with many people who are prescribed one drug, then having side-effects due to taking one drug are prescribed another drug and so forth.  Doctors are being trained to administer these drugs to the masses in this manner.

The main populous is being duped into believing that the doctor has their health and healing interest in mind, but that is not true either.  Doctors really are not chemists and do not understand what is happening inside your body when you take this drug and another, nor their combined side-effects.  But I am sure you hear about this in published ads on the television that the drug may help your Crohn’s disease, but may also give you some forms of cancer or heart disease.

I am sorry to say that insurance will even help the pharmaceutical companies stay in business by defraying the cost of drugs that are prescribed to maintain your illness, and will not help in any way to pay for vitamins or supplements that may help you actually heal from disease.

Never fear, there are ways that you can be proactive in your health, and it does not matter about Big Pharma, and may even help put them out of business.  First, talk to a natural health professional, such as myself, a licensed Doctor of Naprapathy or a Naturopath.  I know there have been changes in the laws recently, but there are several good nutritionists and resources to help you regain your health without your medical doctor’s approval.

Second, change doctors.  There are a few doctors who are more educated about natural resources including supplements and diets that help heal nearly a dozen diseases without the use of drugs or surgery.

Third, do your own research.  You will not have the same resources that a doctor may have, but some resources are open to the public.  For instance, you are welcome to go to the nearest medical school library and peruse the many medical journals and stacks that contain current and past research and information.  You may not be able to check out any of the books or journals, but you can read them at your leisure, make copies of necessary information, and arm yourself with good information.  Never rely on hearsay, and never just take the word of your doctor.

Finally, change your lifestyle.  This is the one key to a healthy body, mind and spirit.  Food is medicine.  Exercise is medicine. Together they will help you regain your life, and yes you can avoid taking any drugs or undergoing unnecessary surgeries.

I am very disappointed in Obama Care.  I had thought that there would be a provision to include paying for necessary supplements, vitamins and protein powders at least, and to include those that every individual is free to purchase at a local health food store, as well as those recommended to them by either a doctor or natural health practitioner.  That is unfortunately not the case.  We are being forced to purchase insurance, and Big Pharma will continue to thrive, while the citizens in the United States are subject to being guinea pigs to all sorts of research.

Well, be your own laboratory, and find out what makes your body healthy.  Noone can stop you from experimenting on yourself.  This has been my motto since I began my journey into herbalism, aromatherapy, and nutrition, some 33 years ago.  I will try something on myself, before I try it on others.  I do not practice medicine on others; I use empirical data that has been practiced by natural health professionals long before the Western allopathic physician came on the scene.

I have a few examples of success stories where patients were able to reduce and eventually remove their dependency on drugs that were prescribed by their primary care physician.  I personally view each of us as our own primary care physician and encourage everyone to begin listening to their own body, and quite putting doctors on fragile pedestals. One such story involved a woman in her 70s who was a patient of mine during my internship.  She was stooped over, on several medications for heart pressure, including potassium pills and anti-hallucinogenics due to the side effects of the heart medication.  One day she called me to say she was having pain on her right side.  She had called her PCP and was told she would need to have her gall bladder removed in one week, and to discontinue taking all medication.

I was shocked at this.  He had not given her any tests; no blood tests or ultrasounds were performed.  He had blatantly decided to use her as a guinea pig, remove her gall bladder, and who gives a damn about the woman’s health after that.  I could only imagine he was thinking of the money he would make by cutting into her.  I appreciated that he gave her the proper command to stop taking the pharmaceutical drugs, making my job a lot easier.  I asked her to come in and let me examine her.  Her symptoms were simply a pain on her right side, which does indeed indicate a problem with the gall bladder, but her doctors blatant disregard of scientific protocol was paramount to malpractice.

I suggested that she begin a three-day gallbladder flush.  It is a simple procedure and could not hurt.  I instructed her to purchase apples, and apple juice, as well as olive oil.  The Gall Bladder Flush involves eating apples throughout the day, along with water, and to avoid caffeine or other foods.  Then in the evening take 1/4 cup of olive oil in 1/4 cup of apple juice before bed.  The body enjoys the apples and they dissolve any stones that may have formed.  The olive oil lubricates the valves to allow passage of the smaller stones and works in about three days.  She began her flush right away, but thinking she would be undergoing surgery had started making meals for herself that she would freeze and have for later.  However, by the third day she felt a small pang as if a gas pain in her right side, and noticed that she was feeling very much better.

To my surprise, she called her doctor and canceled the surgery, then called her son and scheduled a plane trip to go visit him.  Well, that was more than I could have asked for.  She felt great.  Not only did she avoid surgery, but she had her doctor’s permission to get off the medications.  When she returned from her visit she scheduled a follow up visit with her PCP and he found that her blood pressure was normal, and she did not resume taking any medications.  The Naprapathic treatments that she was undergoing were beginning to remove the tension in her spine, and thus the unusual pressure on the baro-receptors in her neck, helping to regain the normal heart health.  She was standing taller than ever, and was a great deal more alert now.

I saw her for regular visits for a few more weeks and she continued to improve.

Drugs are toxins.  If you are taking prescribed medications, you need to be asking yourself what harm are they doing?  Is there an alternative that will help your body heal from the condition, or are the drugs just maintaining your diseased state?  How do you feel when you are taking the drugs, and is it possible you would feel better if you were taking a more natural substance?

Toxins need to be flushed out of our systems on a regular basis.  How often is your PCP telling you to employ a detoxification regimen?  I doubt that they even understand the process.  We should detoxify our bodies regularly.  Not because we take drugs, but because waste happens every day.  Our cells excrete waste daily and bacteria feed upon waste.  Waste causes an acidic environment within our body tissues, and causes illness and disease. Our bodies must remain alkaline so that we can fight off disease, and taking drugs contributes to the acid environment.  The least you can do for yourself is to detox your body whenever possible if you are not strong enough to stop taking the drugs.

If you need help, please let me know.  I can guide you through a program that is not difficult, and will help you live longer and live a healthier life.  I promise.

Warm regards, in health,

Dr. Rev. Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, DN