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CONTENTS Foreword xi Acknowledgments Introduction xxiii xiii PART ONE Your Extraordinary Healing System Healing System Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 3 in Action Chapter Chapter Chapter 1 Your Your 2 23 3 The Team Members of Your Healing System 57 Chapter Chapter Chapter Chapter Chapter 4 5 6 7 8 Strengthening and Fortif~iing Your Healing System 113 73 Fueling Your Healing System Aging. The The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System Healing System Stories of 135 183 and Your Healing System at Work: Personal Extraordinary Healing 219 PART TWO ActivatingYour Healing System When You’re Before You Sick Begin A 249 Getting Started: System 263 Conquering Skin Problems Daily Program for Enhancing Your Healing 281 Common Health Conditions 282 Abrasions. Contusions. Long-Lasting Health. and Punctures 282 . Lacerations.

Carbuncles. Furuncles Burns 284 284 Cysts 285 285 285 286 286 287 Folliculitis Impetigo Skin Rashes Allergic Rashes Infectious Rashes Nerve-Related Rashes Eczema Psoriasis 288 288 288 287 Shingles Problems of the Head Dizziness and 289 289 Vertigo 291 Headaches Head 290 Injury Eye Disorders 292 Conjunctivitis Styes 294 Ear Problems 293 293 Corneal Abrasions 294 294 295 295 Loss Impacted Ear Wax Meniere’s Disease Middle-Ear Infections Noise-Induced Hearing 296 Outer-Ear Infections 296 297 Perforated Ear Drum Surfer’s Ear Tinnitus 297 298 Respiratory System Asthma 298 299 Disorders 298 Bronchitis Colds 299 Emphysema Disease) and COPD (Chronic Obstructive 299 Pulmonary .viii Contents Abscesses Acne 283 283 Boils.

Contents ix Pharyngitis Pneumonia 300 300 301 Respiratory Allergies Sinus Infections 302 Strep Throat 303 Tonsillitis 303 303 Tuberculosis Digestive System Disorders 305 305 306 304 Appendicitis Colon Cancer Constipation Gastritis 306 306 Gastroenteritis Hepatitis 307 Inflammatory Bowel Disease 308 309 Stomach Ulcers and Duodenal Ulcers Urinary System Disorders 309 Kidney Stones 310 Urinary-Tract Infections Female 310 Reproductive System 311 Disorders 310 311 Cancer of the Female Reproductive System 312 313 Menopause Premenstrual Male Syndrome (PMS) Reproductive System Menopause 313 313 Disorders Male Prostate Cancer Prostate Enlargement 314 313 Testicular Cancer Lymphatic System Nervous Disorders 314 314 System Disorders Central Nervous System Peripheral Neuropathies Musculoskeletal Disorders Fractures Disorders 316 315 316 316 317 Muscular Injuries Osteoporosis 317 .

Feet. and Plantar Warts Disorders of the Spine 320 Back Pain 320 Circulatory System Heart Disease Disorders 321 321 321 High Blood Pressure 322 Stroke Endocrine Chronic Diabetes System 324 Disorders 323 Fatigue Syndrome 325 323 Thyroid Dysfunction Immune System 326 Disorders 326 Allergies Food Chemical and Drug Allergies 327 327 Allergies Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Anaphylaxis 329 Autoimmune Diseases 328 329 330 Ankylosing Spondylitis Multiple Sclerosis 330 Cancer 331 Additional Relaxation Methods. and Extremities Hand Problems 319 319 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Foot Problems 319 320 Corns.X Contents Joint Disorders Gout 318 318 Osteoarthritis 318 Rheumatoid Arthritis 318 319 Disorders of the Hands. Heel Spurs. Plantar Fasciitis. and Strengthen Your Healing System Guided 341 363 About the Author 369 . Imagery Techniques Resources to Breathing Techniques.

and you’ll experience the full range of your potential to seen . They are all dramatic examples of the incredible power we all have to heal ourselves and the critical impor tance of looking within for permanent solutions to health problems. I have even seen unconscious patients in intensive care units of hospitals heal themselves with a strong will to live that stimulates the healing system to go into high gear. The modern-day approach of quick-fix solutions and an emphasis on “wonder” drugs often disregards the remarkable potential we all have to awaken our own extraordinary healing powers when we’re sick. or even if you’re just not feeling as good as you’d like to feel. Through the years. Try waking it up with the strategies and techniques you’ll find in this book. and to use these healing powers to prevent disease from ever occurring.FOREWORD rarely succeeds in teaching doctors how to get patients actively participate in their own healing. I have patients with diseases and condi tions of all kinds work with their healing systems in a variety of ways to combat sickness and restore their bodies and minds to a healthy state. your healing system may be slumbering. This is one of the major problems with medicine today and with doctors trained to focus on external solutions to their patients’ health problems. but it is just waiting to be called into action—and it is as necessary to your good health as your respiratory system and your digestive system. Pay attention to the stories Dr. Brownstein shares in this book. we must tap into a system of the body that has been virtually ignored until now—the healing system. If you are sick or weak. True and lasting healing can only occur when you work with this strong and seemingly mysterious odern medicine to their power within you. But in order to use these healing powers that we all have.

to Begin with a think and feel in a future reference in times of need. you’ll see extraordinary changes in the way you feel physically. so can you if you learn to acknowledge and work with your own healing powers. You are about to begin quite an unusual and remarkable book. Let Dr.xii Foreword simple first step: “Program” yourself positive way about yourself and others. and it will begin healing and strengthening all of the other systems in your body. Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge Stockholm. one that deserves to be read carefully and then kept close at hand for achieve maximum health. body. such as in intensive care units of hospitals. Brownstein show you how to strengthen and fortify the extraordinary healing system within you.D. Sweden . and your healing system will respond in a myriad of ways to your thoughts and attitudes. and spirit. before long. and you’ll see remarkable changes in the health of your mind. Claes Frostell. Use the power of your mind to affect your body. can rally and recover. M. Just as patients who are in extreme circumstances. and.

D. To them I offer are my sincere apologies. firsthand. Gary David Saldana.. tion for the ideas presented enough to work with him. Hawaii. Ruth Marlin. advanced heart disease. Erminia M. I would like to acknowledge the following people for their con tribution to this work: was Norman . M.. of Kauai. M. M.. the first person in the world to prove that heart disease could be reversed.D. Dr. Dr.N. Lee Lipsenthal. M. R. Scripps Clinic Center for cardiologist and current head of the Integrative Medicine. .D. Ornish for his wisdom and generosity. scientific founda here. During the 10 years that I was personally thank include Melanie Elliot. Jim Billings. Dean Ornish. regularly encour aged me for five years and additionally contributed by seeing my patients each week so I would have the time to write. Dr.. Rob Saper. Werner and Eva Hebenstreit. and the entire Ornish staff.. Bruno Corns. I was able to witness. Many due my thanks for the publication of this simply could not be listed here. Guarneri. Dennis Malone.D. to Hank and Phyllis Ginsberg. medical director of the Ornish Program and originator of the Physician Heal Thyself program.Cousins the original inspiration that led to the writing of this book. Glenn Perelson. Ph. M.~ACKNQWLEDGMENTS any people more book.D... Other staff and participants of the Ornish Program I would like provided a strong. Conrad Knudsen. has been a con fortunate tinuous source of encouragement for this project. the miraculous workings of the healing system in patients with severe. I shall be forever grateful to Dr.D.

xiv Acknowledgments cardiologist. M. a colleague and conventionally trained neurologist who has studied and written about Ayurveda and yoga. M.. M.D. and currently is professor of epidemiology at George Washington University School of Medicine. has contributed greatly to this work through his insights and deep understanding of the healing system. former dean of the Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. and the first person in the prove that meditation can lower blood pressure. M. was the field of James Banta.. His work world has been invaluable to my relaxation and how it can ongoing investigations into benefit our healing systems.. been of great Herbert Benson.H. M.P. M. Over the years she has provided me with many case histories and other important clinical evidence shared in these pages. best-selling author and scientist. Bernie Siegel. has been a mentor and friend. Ph. colleague and medical expert on spiritual ity and prayer.. described in his best-selling clas sic book.D. Edgar Mitchell.. has contributed greatly to the ideas included here. His work with Exceptional Cancer Patients therapy. He has been a major source of inspiration over the years in my investigation into the workings of the healing system... He went on to found the Institute of Noetic Sciences. an expert in of stress-related illnesses. Medicine and Miracles. Joan Borysenko..D. which helps fund scientific research on the cut ting edge of healing and consciousness. colleague and friend.D. is the treatment to a Harvard cardiologist. Ph. has been a mentor and source of great inspiration in my personal and professional life. Love..D. Larry Dossey.D.D. provided lessons in cardiology and how important the heart is to the healing system.D.D. was an Apollo 14 astronaut who made history by walking on the moon. and his many other books have a source inspiration in the writing of this book. and professor . Peace the medical director of the School of Public Health and Corps during the Kennedy administration. David Simon. Andrew Weil. M. and one of the first doc tors to write about the healing system.. M. cardiologist. I thank him for his courage and wisdom in helping me advance the scientific and practical ideas presented. and Andy Meyer. is one of the world’s most authoritative experts in the practical and responsible use of complementary and alternative medicines.

D. I thank him for me to India. pioneering work and and Dr. have made a significant contribution to my career and the birth of this project. I able to observe ancient. Marty Rossman.. M. M. and Dr..D..D. have been sources of great support and inspiration in my career and as I put together this material. He was kind enough to contribute case histories from his patient archives that I have included within. Tom Higginbotham. I thank them all early conceptualization of these ideas. Ph..D.. and David Bressler.D..D. Ph. M. David Elpern. ment to was my advisor in the was depart proposing along with the entire team of researchers in the Norman Cousins Program in psychoneu roimmunology at UCLA. M. M. both long-time advo cates of the body’s natural ability to heal itself. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. and world-class neurosurgeon.. M. Tuck Craven. M. Because of him. dermatologist. an osteo pathic physician with incredibly gifted healing hands. M. effective methods for with the treating diseases that worked healing system.. for their Carmen Clemente..D. where I had the opportunity to study yoga and at was traditional Indian medicine.... colleague and classmate in medical school. and his wife.D.D.D. Larry Payne. Bud Hockley.D. founders of the Academy for Guided Imagery. to M.O. Alma Schwartz.. Dr.D. D. internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and best selling author. M. which included George Solomon.. do with Norman Cousins at of psychoneuroimmunology for the research I UCLA. Betty Craven.D.. were my instructors in the two year clinical training program I completed in guided imagery and healing. Professor Len Eisenman. Frank Marstellar cation and contributed to were all instrumental in my medical edu many of the ideas expressed here. military medicine colleague. and others. Roberto Masferrer. Ph. Bernard Towers. has been a huge support in my work with the body’s healing system and in the writing of this book. contributed the book’s ideas.D.D. Fawzy Fawzy. has been a wise colleague and major sup port for my career over the years. Herbert Weiner.Acknowledgments xv emeritus sending many medical schools around the world. M. natural. Steve Schwartz. M. He. (deceased). . and they taught me what a powerful tool imagery can be in the activation of the healing system. founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Debby Young is the best editor in the whole world. MLD. Swami Digambarji. M. the M.P.. Robert Teichman. J. D. Tiwari.D. over the years. a brilliant yet down-to-earth Ayurvedic physi ciân and naturopathic doctor.D. and his wise and devoted students.A. of Spain.. contributed signifi cantly to the ideas presented in this book. Ron Burkhart..D. Jeff Goodman. M.. chairman of the department of anesthesiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Ira Zunin.D.O. through their work. of Italy.. Kauai.B. M. Over a four year period. Rosario Porrovecchio. all my colleagues at the Wilcox H~spital in Kauai... M~D.D. M. Rob Ivker. M. and my colleagues at.. a as well as Len Wisneski. have both. M.. M... have. author of numerous books and past president taught me how it can strengthen about the invaluable of~ the American Holistic Medical Association.D. Pratap.. Sweden.. encourage.H. and Terry Shintani. mind. M. Ph. M.. have all encouraged and inspired me in my work of inte grating body. have sup ported and Hawaii-based encouraged me physicians project. and Dr. and Pedro de Vicente.P. M.B. president of the Hawaii State Consortium of Integrative Medicine. Ph. Neal Sutherland. M. D.. Ph.D. Donald Traller. Roger Netzer.S. P. where I have studied during the past 20 years. M.xvi Acknowledgments Kuvalayananda. pioneering researcher in yoga and founder of Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in India.. and Family Practice Walk-In Clinic at Wilcox Hospital in Lihue. she was instrumental in helping me to organize. M.D. PA.D. founder of the Hawaiian Diet Program. the University of Hawaii sup ported and encouraged me in the completion of this project. M.D. .D. and support my career and the writing of this book. Kilauea North Shore Clinic.D. Bill Evslin. M.H. Sri 0. has continued to inspire.. Stephen DeNigris.D... Virender Sodhi.D. my colleagues and coworkers. clarify.D.. M.D. Ph. B. all served and as my teachers and caretakers in India therapeutic benefits of yoga and and fortify the healing system. Kapaa Clinic. feedback on the many unconventional methods I have recom mended here. Claes Frostell. Tim Crane.. had an open mind to give me Nicholas Zina. holistic endocrinologist in this and healer.. S. V. and spirit in support of the healing system. and my many patients at the Princeville Medical Clinic.D... Sri Krishna.. The staff.

R. a . and Shantanu.. My mother. my wife. California.Acknowledgments xvii and strip down the a huge volume of material I had gathered for this book into ideas flow cohesive. Being married to a physician is hard enough. rest as well. but to a physician who is also a writer—this is a most cruel and unusual punishment! My father. Nutan. I have become a as my spiritual cheerleader by encouraging I was grasp. Healing Back Pain Naturally. M. I also at want to thank his staff and associates and the and of the folks Harbor Press for being so cooperative. which added up considerably over four years. encouraged me to do my best in all my endeavors while he practiced medicine in a career that spanned 50 years. allowed me to be away from them for so many hours. relentlessly encouraged me to follow in my father’s footsteps as a physician over the course of my childhood and early education. I thank him for believing in me me in this work. while I wrote. Since I have begun work much better writer. the are smoothly and easy ing with her. S. readable manuscript.D. published my first book. Fernlee Brownstein. Debby. She has also served to me to overwhelmed with both clinical duties keep going when and writing. including a professorship at the UCLA School of Medicine and private practice in Beverly Hills. Brownstein. Thank you. clear. enough helpful to publish this work. president of Harbor Press. my son. Because of her. Bert Holtje and Gene Brissie are my agents and I thank them for literary representing Harry Lynn.

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” (460—400 B.C. mobilizing intellectually. a self medicating society easily intimidated by pain and prone to panic.” physician’s ability to reassure the patient activating the body’s own healing system.” “The more “The is a major factor in serious the illness.D. emotionally. and physically.) “The inner intelligence of the body is the ultimate and supreme genius in nature.) “The physician knows that his little black bag can carry him only so far and that the body’s own healing system is the main resource. understand almost nothing about the essential robustness of the human body or its ability to meet the challenge of illness.” “We are important it is for you to resources—spiritually.” —GALEN (129—199 A. the all your fight back. more becoming a nation of sissies and hypochondriacs.” —No~&N CousINs We .“Natural forces within —HIPPOCRATES us are the true healers of disease.” —THE VEDAS “The physician is only nature’s assistant.

If you are in good health. M. BRENDAN O’REGAN AND CARYLE HIRSHBERG “Your body can heal itself.” —ANDREW WElL.D.” “We believe if there is one —DRS. because it is the best hope for recovery. with no known scientific explanation. having recog nized the outer limits of technological medicine. when.body of evidence suggesting that extraordinary heal ing. But healing involves not just killing off disease germs or viruses but the process of reconstruction and repair. it is this: to discover and utilize the properties of another unmapped meta system of the body and mind—the healing system. —DR OMAR FAREED turning point in medical history.” “There is a wide pressing argument for a thoroughgoing. the human body rallies its or h~aling forces and much removes the offender repairs damaged tissue vigor the world’s best-trained medical team. urgent.” about disease—how healing system. and even passionate investigation of remarkable recovery. including regression of normally fatal tumors. “Medical students are not really taught about the to diagnose They are taught but they are not taught how the body goes about treating itself. because it is what keeps you in good health and because you can enhance that condition. takes place. you will know about this system. and how to treat. doctors and lay people are together discovering the vast powers for creating health “We are at a that we each inherit a at birth. They will point to the immune system and let it go at that. you will want to know about this system. It can do so because it has a healing system.” —HAL ZINA BENNET . If you want to or people you love are sick.” victim to “F~ar from being with as passive as disease.

’ Thereafter. only incurable people. they say. YUKTESWAR that is “When you are sick of your sickness you will cease to be sick. “There are no incurable diseases.D.” —S. true.S.” new proposition has been demonstrated not ‘Yes. ‘Yes.” —Lko Tzu “There is no such thing as an incurable disease. only those for which man has not yet found the cure. surely it is important. they say. M. ‘It is probably true. important.’ Finally. radiant with happiness blindly sought in a thousand outer directions. it may be but it is —MICHEL DR MONTAtGNE (1533—1592) . when the truth of the beyond question. but it is no longer new.” —RACHELLE BRESLOW “Whenever say a new discovery not is reported to the scientific world.” —BERNIE SIEGEL. they first.“The land of healing lies within. when sufficient time has elapsed to fully evidence its importance.

the famous author. Hippocrates. As a result. our most modern diagnostic technologies are currently inadequate to accurately map out the full extent of its realm. And within the . so subtle and dynamic. old. and diplomat.INTRODUCTION our body is an incredible creation. and heal itself from a whole host of injuries. your healing system remains the least studied. for short. it is designed to last for about 100 years. considered “the us are father of Western medicine. At this time. doctors in China. Japan. pioneering a new scientific program in psychoneuroimmunology or PNI. despite its supreme importance. in addition to the other healing system. Even if this system were more actively searched for. can a illnesses.” declared that “natural forces within the true healers of disease. teach and other countries in the Far East and Middle East continue to their patients how to ability lofty ranks of our own modern medicine. and yet so obvious that it has been largely taken for granted and overlooked by most of modern science. the least understood. healer. Norman Cousins. and diseases. he was at UCLA. the idea that such a system exists is very body.” Even today. India. For the and it can repair most part. a system so powerful and efficient. traumas. Although the concept of a healing system may seem relatively new to Western medicine. No other machine is like it in the world. and the least well known of all of your body’s systems. in reality. It systems of the do this because. which focused on understanding how the mind and nervous system influence the to activate and cooperate with their bodies’ natural heal themselves in times of illness and injury. every surgeon who has ever wielded a scalpel has relied on the body’s natural ability to heal itself following each and every operation performed. first spoke to me about the healing system more than a decade ago. More than two it has thousand years ago.

during which a part of one of his lungs had to be removed. so I asked whether he had proof. it has the titanic responsibility of monitoring all the other systems in your body and making sure that everything in your body is functioning at its optimum. us possesses. It also reminds me that if we would devote more time to its study. To access his lungs. His research important new era in medicine. there it was. including how body’s healing system works in ways that modern science hasn’t even begun to look at or understand. This is especially challenging when our modern way of life. X-ray. was Although it took his body 25 years to regrow the rib. it had somehow grown back. I had never heard of ribs growing back. which can be fast-paced and stressful. Peter was a patient of mine who had undergone a major opera tion 25 years earlier. For this reason. plored me to investigate and write about the was true.Xxiv Introduction functioning usher in an of the immune system. When findings helped we met. Peter men tioned that even though the entire rib had been removed from his spine to his chest. the surgeon surgically removed a rib from his chest wall. it is important to . I wouldn’t have believed it pos sible. on our bodies. he im healing system. As a physician. we could learn countless other wondrous miracles about this incredible natu to ral healing it to access system that each one of achieve optimum health. As we spoke about the operation. To form a new complete rib where only a blank space existed is akin to salamanders a growing new tails or a person growing a new limb. but it wasn’t until I came across the following extraordinary case that I became aware of the significance of Cousins’ supplications. And although the rib was mottled in appearance and distinctly He said he had a copy of his seen If I hadn’t the thinner than his other ribs. to learn how to cooperate with it. 1 still have copy of Peter’s X-ray in my office to remind me of how truly amazing this healing system within our bodies really is. and to explore and discover ways to strengthen and fortifji it in the process. which verified that what he said X-ray. One solid rib bone had grown in and connected from his sternum in the very front of his chest to the vertebra in the back of his spinal column. his X-ray proof of a healing system that was never discussed in my med ical school training and was more amazing than I had ever known. is inherently very hard Your get to know your healing system. In addition.

attitudes. how your thoughts. exercises. and what practical steps you can take to maximize the benefits of this relationship. Chapter 6 explores the important relationship between your mind and your body. Chapter 5 covers the important area of nutrition and its role in influencing the performance of your healing system. Chapter 1 explains how your body’s are natural state is one of health. time-honored. In this practical strategies. as well as specific strategies and techniques for strengthen ing and fortifying this remarkable system. Chapter 7 reinforces the power of a strong and vibrant healing system as it relates to the aging process. how your body operates on the same principles that work in nature. Chapter 3 briefly describes the other important systems in your body that function synergistically and cooperate with your healing system to help keep you healthy. and emotions influence your physical health and the functioning of your healing system. strengthening ciently do its job of preventing and healing illness and disease. while creating better overall health. Part One describes your extraordinary healing system and how it works. and how your healing system’s primary function is to help you maintain your natural state of health. also provide simple yet effective. In this chapter you’ll find numerous stories of people who have lived very long lives with opti mum health because of their strong healing systems. with case reports and examples that reveal how your body uses specific mechanisms of repair and restoration of health that are adapted to a wide variety of medical scenarios. scientifically valid. beliefs. techniques.Introduction xxv I book. Chapter 4 presents simple yet powerful strategies and tech niques that will teach you how healing system. I share basic information about your healing system. how illness and disease exceptions rather than the rule. and methods to help you take advantage of your natural internal healing resources. These tools will enable you to prevent and overcome a vast array of illnesses while improving the overall quality of your health and life. These stories illustrate the critical point that growing older doesn’t have to be to cooperate with and enhance your and fortifying it so it can most effi . Chapter 2 presents evidence that demonstrates the existence of your healing system.

from very serious illnesses. Part Two is the prescriptive section of the book. This ter important chap shows that the most effective path to a long life with good health keep your healing system fortified and strong. . and to live vibrant. We are not helpless victims of circumstance. you would be able to overcome almost any malady or affliction that life could throw your way. neither does health. Part Two ends with additional relaxation methods. happy lives. I organized this section by the systems of the body to make it easier for you to use. It begins with general strategies to enhance your healing system that take minutes a day. and guided-imagery tech niques to strengthen your healing system. you would dis cover that just as illness does not occur randomly or spontaneously. to less life-threatening is to conditions. healthy. In so doing. and how you could bring out its best. such as cancer. Then you’ll find step-by-step strategies to help you overcome specific medical problems and heal from a wide variety of common ailments. We can do much to heal ourselves from illness. If you knew what your healing system was capable of. such as eczema. The bottom line is that you have many more internal healing resources available to you than you are currently aware. Simple things that you can do to support your healing system can combine to make a huge difference in your health and quality of life. but that will have a powerful cumulative effect on your heal ing system. Chapter 8 includes stories of extraordinary healing that I’ve either witnessed myself or have heard about.xxvi Introduction synonymous with sickness and deterioration. This is a small sampling of the thousands and thousands of people whose healing systems have enabled them to heal from a wide variety of health problems. breathing techniques.

PART ONE Your Extraordinary Healing System .

if you were to conduct a simple experiment by leaving your body to its own devices. and to continue their life cycles for thousands and even millions of years. there exists an abun dantly flowing. as it is often referred to.” Although there may be exceptions. expresses itself as vitality or “aliveness. vibrant energy that creates and sustains all of life. this is the overwhelmingly dominant theme that governs the life of each living creature and species. to multiply. to grow. this energy permeates all living forms and is the underly ing sustaining principle that allows species to be born. you would discover that. as it is pro being. In human beings. it can remain healthy all on grammed its into the DNA of the cells of every human with very little interference or intervention. Without this intrinsic state . Health is programmed into the DNA of every one of your cells. natural state. In fact. this vitality or aliveness expresses itself as a natural state of health. supplying it with just a few basic necessities. including human beings. Health is your body’s fundamental.CHAPTER I Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health hroughout the universe and all of nature. or life force. This energy. to people living the age of 100 or more. Your body’s natural state of health explains why the average cur rent life span for human beings is well over 75 years. with many own. for the most part. to flourish. On earth.

fundamental condition. bacteria. balances. place of the one that has been lost because of stubbed and to create new skin where the old layer has been lost abrasion? How does your body know how to knit tured bone so that it is stronger than before. uncanny resiliency after it has been subjected to tremen to spring back to health even dous forces of deprivation. and disturbances. Your body possesses the breasts in women? How does it know how in the to grow a a new toenail toe. How does the body know how to increase its size as it grows. walk. and to enlarge ance. and torture. and to grow vessels in the heart if there is How does your a during an together a frac new blood blockage in the old ones? state body maintain its natural of health. And yet. and return to a state of normal function ing. If good health not we and continue were not our species’ natural. for example. fevers. to create facial hair in men as they go through puberty. that your body knows how to grow a complete set of new teeth after you lose your baby teeth. following infections from viruses. and parasites. and keeps itself vital and strong over the years. and all the injuries children sustain. most did. or major traumatic injuries and life-threatening illnesses? Think about childhood alone. Your body also displays an inner intelligence or wisdom that supports your natural state of health as you move through the vari ous stages of life. Consider. starvation. climb up and down stairs. even when can injuries occur and various diseases regularly assault it? How it mend and heal itself. and it is difficult to imagine that any learn to and swim. life-threatening illnesses. Because of this internal organizing prin ciple. humans could to exist generation after possibly live this long generation. and the tears they shed throughout the early stages of growing up. right and repair itself from life’s threats. ride a to this the multitude of rashes. . your body knows how to adjust and adapt to external forces and changes It can in the environment while keeping an its order and bal myriad challenges. run. and bicycle. stand.4 Your Extraordinary Healing System of health. Your natural state would have long since of health serves as a fundamental principle around which your body organizes. and high-impact accidents. fungi. as they crawl. Add child could of us ever make it into adulthood in one piece. perished from the face of the earth. infections they must endure.

and the crucial ways in which that system works with your body’s other tissues. and you have a comfortable. you lose your health. feeling of When you become ill. mean illness represents by this? an The word health is related toward wholeness and the word of a sense healing.Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 5 How does your body move forward tumble. It has become a huge distraction for your mind. Your heart rate is increased. unnatural. which is well-being. normal What do I to state. organs. free-flowing. Your body feels healthy. vibrant. past the age of 50. Your appetite is decreased. turbulent times of life and always rough and spring back. You expend great energy performing simple tasks. and systems. and you become afflicted with “dis-ease. Each movement in your body becomes difficult and full of effort. to 75. your body feels sluggish and heavy You feel ill at ease because you are out of balance. This is an unnatural and abnormal state for your body. through the for the part. This condition is . Disease Is Unnatural and Abnormal Because health is your natural. When a move you are you feel whole and well. instead of a natural feeling of lightness or ease. light. away from your Disease represents a movement central. When you have lost your health. easy feeling in your body. heavy burden that keeps you from a more chaotic state. continuing. and your body has become dis oriented. To think about anything uplifting or creative is difficult. This is a your natural state of health. orderly. Your body feels weak and vulnerable. You lose your feel ing of ease. Health Is Natural and Normal. Your body has become a painful. into state of health. a condition associated with ease in the body and in the mind. naturally accompanied by a feeling of discomfort or even pain. disease represents nothing more than a temporary departure from your natural balanced state.” Understood in these terms. abnormal ment state. because your mental energies are completely consumed by your disease and discomfort. Your breathing is usually labored. your everyday movements and activities feel effortless. and even 100 years or more? It accomplishes all this because of its incredible healing most system.

sanitation. In the science of body as a the word homeostasis describes your flexible. fluid form. where the scales of material abundance tipped toward poverty. clothing. too much stress. Disease and illness. and a lack of basic human necessities such as food. just as the tides of the ocean are predictable and occur in conjunction with the lunar phases. enjoying state. with very at few exceptions. when dissected to its essential nature. and so on. scarcity. occur sunrise and and . and these forces large or persistent enough to create significant imbalance in your body. ill ness and disease are only temporary states. too much luxury. Any illness or disease. and for discernable are rea in predictable conjunction with the earth’s rotation on its axis. with dis-ease. If you take a closer look the factors that govern your health. then. Just as occur at predictable sunset times. or illness resulting. Illness and disease ance body. or balance. so it is with illness and disease.6 Your Extraordinary Healing System your life. reflects only this: a breakdown in the orderliness of your imbalance and disorder. the body becomes weak and vulnerable and can fall prey to any of a number of diseases. In this deficient environment. Enough of the basic human necessities simply are not available. normal On the contrary. this situation represents imbalanced conditions. shelter. ronment that is naturally resilient. According to the biological principle of homeostasis. a state of temporary not only are create in your body. Alternatively. water. Nobody gets sick by accident. and edu cation. it is entirely abnormal and unnatural. with an ever-changing internal envi biology. always striving for order and balance. This order and balance that maintain your natural state of health are achieved through homeostasis as your body processes and state adjusts to external forces and stimuli to maintain its natural of health. unnatural imbalances that have been created in the world. or out of the blue. in the developed Western world. you will discover that illness does not strike randomly. order turns to chaos. or ‘When external forces become harmful are toxic. “diseases of excess” prevail. diseases caused by too much: too much food. they also temporary. sons. unnatural imbal the result of temporary. in have been developing countries. too much overindulgence. Again. Disease is not your body’s natural. For many example. “diseases of lack” predominate.

another patient of mine. As is often the with many of my other back-pain patients. he’d take pain killers so he could finish his work. The next morning. finishing his house was a higher priority than listen case of taking care of his body. As with most illness or injuries that are entirely preventable. Jim. You fall into illness or disease usually when you have ignored your body’s basic communications and early warning signs. This pat tern went on for several weeks. early warning system designed to inform you when you are in danger of losing your health. was building a house. highly intelligent. pounding nails. in the evening he’d be extremely sore and stiff. where he underwent emergency spine surgery. After bending over. he ruptured disc in his and ended heavy laminated up on an operating a table. To him. This is far. until one day he went too dered. your body. however. a patient of mine with chronic back prob lems.Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 7 Listening As I’ve to Your Body occur already mentioned. sawing wood. More important. Greg. While he a was bending over spine to lift beam. the pain was so bad he could barely get out of bed. He needed regular ing to and . Greg could easily have solved his back problem without having to go through surgery if he had taken the time to heed the messages from his body. Greg had had plenty warning from his body before his rupture. illness and disease when your body’s internal environment has become imbalanced and disor usually the result of nature’s basic laws of health being knowingly or unknowingly violated. Rather than rest and take it easy. had chronic obstructive lung disease. he just chose not to listen. In fact. which is connected to nature. is constantly trying to remind you of these laws through its intelli gent communications network. a condition very much like asthma. For instance. you are probably intuitively aware of what your body requires to remain healthy and strong. These laws are simple and sys tematic. and lifting heavy lumber all day long. and then progress to shouting and screaming in the form of debilitating pain. These physical messages usually start as gentle incantations in the form of bodily discomfort. updated infor mation relayed directly from a precise. This occurs in spite of your body’s pleading with you to change your unhealthy ways. and it seemed to work. Your body continually provides you with clear.

and spitting up foul-smelling mucous and phlegm. she mentioned to me that this wasn’t the first incident of this after having eaten Over the past several years. Sally is another patient of mine who ignored her body’s mes sages. ventilating assistance. Funny. and his chronic obstructive pul monary disease has vanished. he would end up in the emergency room because he couldn’t breathe. brought on largely by a high-fat diet. of fair complexion. which had lasted for almost one week. he often came down with serious respiratory infections that required potent antibiotics to stop. Her signs and symptoms pointed to an acute gall-bladder attack. At these times. and pizza and ice cream for dinner. was located in the right upper aspect of her abdomen. and strong intravenous med ications. burgers and fries with a milkshake for lunch. Although his breathing problems would flare up when he smoked. he needed oxygen. certain rich foods. cheese sandwiches. she continued to eat toast with butter. Sally was in a lot of pain and had been vomiting yellow. Jim decided to pay attention to his body’s messages and work with its natural ability to maintain his infection in than health and well-being. He finally got the message one day after a near-death episode. or he could easily have died. this condition. he continued to do so. he hasn’t had respiratory more a year. all high-fat foods. and approximately 40 years of age. bilious material for two days before she came to my office in obvi ous distress. packs of cigarettes a day. In most cases. It has now been three years since Jim stopped smoking. Her pain. She was signifi cantly overweight. coughing. after which he ended to the tune of one to two more than 20 years. After I spoke with Sally at length. Almost every day for the week preceding her problem. and chocolate candy bars. . His up in the intensive-care unit for two weeks. Often. which tests later confirmed to be the problem. Sally had eaten sausage and fried eggs for breakfast. a he no longer requires inhalers to breathe. As a complication of his condi tion. which he used daily just to be able to breathe. is completely preventable. She couldn’t understand why she didn’t feel better. she had noticed significant nature. his pattern for body was constantly hacking. Even when her pain increased and the vomiting began.8 Your Extraordinary Healing System prescriptions for inhalers that contained strong medicines.

during which she drank only water and liquids and ate nothing solid. plenty of warnings from his body before this episode. Sam’s body was talking to him.Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 9 bloating. drank. and didn’t think much about it. Sally was wheeled into the operating room. a and was he hadn’t been able drink for more than week. I was passed. and dehydration on several prior occasions. a bad sign that having circulation problems. and told their stories until well after dark and it was go home. I placed Sally on a clear. to eat or and dehydrated. as well. he wasn’t lis tening. by then. story. Sam was a local Hawaiian who drank a case of beer each day abdominal discomfort. however. I referred Sally to a surgeon to have her gall bladder removed. nausea. and his was nauseous painful and swollen. he had resumed his the storms of suffering had buddies. and she told me she hadn’t felt that good in a long. busy drinking habits with his and after very with other patients. too. He suffering meant from acute liver. and. like Sally. liquid diet for 48 hours and also sent her down to the hospital for laboratory tests and an X-ray to con firm my diagnostic suspicions. after many years of these drinking His abdomen was tender. During the 48 hours after she had come to see me. she ignored them and interfered with her body’s natural ability to keep her healthy and strong. her vomiting and pain completely stopped. One came day. He had not only experienced a tender.” Her body had obviously been trying to get her attention to change her diet for a long time. After brief periods. His feet and ankles he was (and chronic) alcoholism that was affecting his were also extremely swollen. After three days. They met at the local beach park after work. long time. the wheels of the system were turning. After the diagnosis was confirmed. swollen belly and liver. However. He activities. Instead. but he had Sam had had also suffered from DTs tried to (delirium tremens) and shakes when he had once quit drinking. and the surgeon’s knife was impatiently waiting. Sally could have main tained her natural state of health by heeding the messages her body had been giving her. He and his buddies had been this on steady regimen time to for many years. where her gall bladder was removed in less than 2 hours. I thought I wouldn’t have much of an hearing Sam’s impact on helping him . Sam liver was in to see me. things that she attributed to mere “indigestion. and belching.

he looked healthy and in good. a man showed up in my office for a chest cold. us are usually the only cause of the illness. he had his quit smoking. which I thought would only to fall on deaf ears. known epidemics. Sam had doing finally hard phys to listened body. or or the sitting next to them on the airplane. He to totally changed person! me Sam told that what I had said a him that day did make an impact. then doctors. He hadn’t had drink in two years. these microorganisms. What. them? Is it changed or that allows us to become infected and affected by them. And it showed! Instead. Who Gets Sick. if germs so spread from person person easily. and Why? blaming another Many people person come into my office family member. these germs. who spend every day around these germs and around the people they who are spread not. should be the sickest people has of all. However. something in us? Recent research points strongly the in favor of the Epidemiology as is the science that studies disease outbreaks in the world. state and ical labor. latter. only for the bronchitis throat infection the they and contracted. and other in organisms immediate envi ronment the air not we breathe. then. which disease. Two years later. I resigned myself to believing he was just another casualty of alcohol. give my perfunctory speech about the need to stop drinking. Other than that. A classic model known as epidemiological is the is the triangle exists in this field. If were they were. viruses.10 Your Extraordinary Healing System change his ways. Because of his was a new beard. bacteria and viruses in environment usually do not bother us in the least. back to well. which or transmits the disease. however. in and of themselves. athletic shape. I did. he had been drinking was lots of water. Also. This attitude is natural. and he his natural of health. I didn’t recognize who it was—Sam. . as exercising. all of to would be sick all the time. and I referred him to an internist who could admit him to the hospital. The epidemiological triangle on illustrates that the existence of disease depends three factors: person who is the organism or potential target of the disease-causing factor that initiates I) the host. because of in our ubiquity of bacteria. 2) the agent. But our Under normal conditions.

They why to person’s susceptibility to illness and disease and reflect one’s natural understand are resiliency. while it works to solve and prevent future epidemics from occurring. feeling carefree and day.Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 11 and 3) the environment. and its most important one. and have an affinity for in the our certain people. in which both the host and agent reside Medical science needs true to or come in to contact weigh and measure all three factors help discover the origins of illness. there is another tem in extremely important and its sys to the body that is responsible for its natural resiliency. why certain people get sick why certain diseases seem to more often than others. developed world. how well our we nurture and honor bodies. down the street. You’re light-hearted. Studying host resistance factors helps some exposed the people get sick and why others don’t. for most to people living in modern. These factors our are dependent on the personal choices on make in every day lives. in addition to the immune system. which ness. even when they same disease-causing agents. on Studies host resistance factors show that. warm summer skipping sudden. Your Healing System Body’s Health The Guardian of Your Imagine yourself outside on a beautiful. much greater us medical research are places emphasis healthy the as on host resistance factors. The body to knows how its heal itself and maintain its natural state of health because of healing system. the state care important factors illness are determining we of health and susceptibility state based our on how well take of ourselves. you instinctively put out your arm to brace . to Studies host resistance factors have also led the realization that. This system is the body’s healing system. ability heal itself and the most keep itself healthy. All of a you trip on an oversized crack in the sidewalk. As you feel yourself going down. research attributed more Whereas previous medical as importance to the virulence of such agents newer bacteria and viruses that caused the diseases. recently discovered system. and how well we respect natural we of health. factors within that keep us and help us resist ill We can think of host resistance factors determine a body’s internal healing us to resources.

As you slowly rise to your feet. it begins to secrete a clear-looking fluid that eventually turns into a brown. and continual adjusting of critical physiological processes that occur deep within your body’s internal environment. “How did my body know how to do that?” of the injury~ Pretty common. raw. oxygen. you immediately feel pain in your arm. and patch of skin bleeding. . you watch your body go through interesting yet predictable changes at the site of the abrasion. but also the supervising. your heal your body resilient by repairing and healing it from These encountered every include not only the rapid single day of your life. without your even knowing it. It is thankful that it’s only a scrape. there’s not even a scar to mark the or and yet. In doctor’s language. Your body knows how most to heal itself because of its healing system. Here just a few ways your healing system works safeguard Your to your health: o healing system can to increase blood flow expand and contract blood vessels specific areas of your body that need healing. when order becomes less or orderly and may chaos. mending of superficial problems such as abrasions and cuts and bruises on the skin.12 Your Extraordinary Healing System your fall. o Your healing system can speed up your heart rate and increase the strength of its contractions to rapidly deliver more blood. For the a ing system keeps myriad of problems events part. monitoring. this process includes cases of life-threatening emergencies. everyday stuff. hard state to to restore illness manifests. your healing system works order and balance to help you reclaim your natural are of health. you notice an area red. Several months later. just course several as a snake layer sight lizard sheds its skin. you notice you have a brand-new of skin. at the same time. when dis-ease. and nutrients to specific sites that need healing. it still hurts like the dickens. When your body sheds the scab after a week or two. As you hit the ground and slide along the pavement. without much fuss. First. crusty covering that thickens and forms into a scab. Although you’re where a has been ripped off. When external forces seek your to create imbalance within even turn to body. when you think about the fact that you have new skin. you have to ask yourself. you have just sustained Over the an abrasion! of the next days.

your natural state of health. Eliminating In many Obstacles you to Your Healing System cases. system can do all of these things and many. your healing system. Even if there have been times in the past when you were quite ill and had to struggle against life’s most serious adversities and set healing system was there for you. underneath the symptoms of illness. By understanding what these obstacles are removing them. you will find your healing system working hard to reestablish balance and order in your body. a Your a Your healing system can increase your breathing rate and lung capacity to bring in more oxygen for your cells and tissues when an illness or injury has occurred. unknowingly place obstacles in the way of your heal an ing and system. Even if your health is currently compromised and not what you would like it to be. a sweating. your healing system healing remains viable and committed to its role~ as the guardian of your body’s health. for as long as you are alive. to remove toxins when an infection Your healing system can modify the function of your kidneys to reduce urine output and help conserve water if you’re dehy drated. creating unfair burden that hinders its work and jeopardizes its effectiveness. in many instances. Your healing system can increase body temperature to cause a Your fever and induce is present. Your more. of knitting your bones together as process of bone it heals fractures. healing system supervises the amazing remodeling. you can work with your healing system to strengthen and fortify it and regain your backs. The fact that you are alive today is indicative of your healing system’s functioning to fulfill your body’s underlying drive to heal and become healthy once again. now . Even if you are battling an illness right now.Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 13 a a healing system stimulates your glands to produce key hor mones to initiate growth and repair processes within the cells of damaged tissues. attempting to pull you out of your suffering. many In fact.

This is the body’s healing system. have at obstacles that have been Remove these placed as burdens upon the healing system. removing the harmful obstacle of the cigarette smoke is all that is required for your body to regain its natural state of health. joint diseases. and managing stress allows the healing system to restore the body to its natural state of health. the carbon monox ide. the tars. can quickly restore normal functioning to your body. and even The time. It is well known that this simple strategy can reverse even unshackled to severe. what exactly missed the case with looking for is right under our noses. to restore system is free Why the Healing System we are Has Been Overlooked Sometimes. routine task for your healing system to restore your body to its natural state of health. natural air. Although it can survive and tolerate cigarette smoke for a certain period of time. including lung diseases. of our major diseases diseases. High cholesterol levels resulting from a lack of exercise.14 Your Extraordinary Healing System complete its task of healing. Until recently. Constant breathing of cigarette smoke is not natural. and healing occurs because now the healing the body to its natural state of health. it is an easy. With the burden of the cigarette smoke removed. and stress can clog the arter ies of the heart and cause a heart attack. major heart metabolic diseases. For example. we’d all have been born with a cigarette in our mouth. the number-one killer in the Western world. and the other toxic substances in the cigarette smoke create a burden on your healing system that causes an imbalance and a breakdown in your health. Another example is evident with heart disease. enabling itto express its natural state of health. In this case. Removing these obstacles by restricting fat intake. autoimmune diseases. their roots cancer. the smoke particles. burdens. after a while. clean. Heart disease is caused by excess choles terol accumulation. Your body was designed to breathe fresh and healthy. too many rich and fatty foods. consider the case of a chronic lung infection in a person who continues to smoke cigarettes. we our something very fundamental and essential about how . advanced heart disease. increasing exercise. If cigarette smoking were natural.

to kill them. such as antibiotics. The body directs heal flow and movement function. not which seeks caused link certain diseases are specific gene defects. whole living systems. has its place in a or injuries. . The primary reason is that conventional medical science focuses. The body’s healing system has been overlooked until now for a number of reasons. sustenance. Not recognizing that energy is the real. inner This research has directed For the awareness away from the body’s how o our part. much like to a fireman directs water from the end of his hose help put out a fire. active. viruses. fundamental principle in our bodies. and the large development resources. part of scientific research has been devoted to the study of external agents of disease. this focus has left us ignorant about bodies work and how they heal themselves. we failed to recognize the significance of the As a most important system in our entire bodies. has rather than on its function. functional. Genetic defects currently being blamed for most as diseases by Although genetics certainly external agents such bacteria. person’s health. and healing. as intelligent. such as bacteria and viruses. of specific most drugs. significant ways: more on how the o Conventional medicine focuses structure and form than on nesses function (how the body works). Instead of one unit working as a whole. anatomical ing A energy to where it is needed. for the most part. A large amount to of research is currently to devoted to genetics. and so diseases and ill viewed as localized problems within specific are areas anatomical of the body. the arately o as many individual parts working sep body and surgery is often seen as the ultimate treatment for is viewed these separate problems. neglected to acknowledge the cen tral role that energy plays in the body’s growth.Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 15 bodies work consequence. development. But the area. on the structure and form of the This view body. or an impact on medicine in these body works. life-promoting. doctors than on Conventional medicine has once again tend The to focus more on structure and form healing system is not confined to one body is a functional system based on the of energies within it.

completely bypasses the importance of discovering how the body’s healing system can help overcome the majority of diseases. and communication among the various specialty fields is often lacking. while important for certain rare diseases. stroke. As a result. and organizing and sorting all of this specialized information into one complete. diabetes. focuses on the study of only one system within unaware The Healing System many Is Not a New Discovery system as a recent Although discovery. podiatry for the feet. whole system. This is a major flaw of the human modern medicine. ancient cultures and healers from other parts of the . all diseases with Specialties reason in Medicine significant that the amount healing system has been over looked is the tremendous so coming many different specialty fields in medicine today. it appears the left hand does n’t know what the right hand is doing. people regard the body’s healing in fact. we now have cardiology as to study and treat the dermatology to study and treat the skin. arthritis. urology for the bladder and related organs. linked to poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles Seeking to cure genetic engineering through the removal of defective genes. endocrinology for the glands. pul monology for the lungs. nose. tend to treat each system of the body as a separate entity. At times. rheumatology for the joints. orthopedics for the bones and muscles. overspecial we ization has caused continue to only fragments of its existence while remain specialty body. Because the healing system is integrated within the struc heart. we physicians have developed a type of tunnel vision that prevents us from seeing the big picture.16 Your Extraordinary Healing System international cause most as public health data show that bad genes do common not diseases in the world. example. such heart disease. otolaryngology for the ears. and throat. cancer. and so on. Each of its total presence and significance. Most diseases. of information from rather than For part of a unified whole. are and high blood pressure. Specialists. like surgeons. neurology for the nerves. nephrology for the kidneys. ture and function of all the other systems of the us to see body. The Growth of Another rather than bad genes.

gentle. the forces of nature that exist within the human body. Let me be expected of any field of scientific explo explain. Once the to culprits have been identified. the Removing to these obstacles and harmful forces allows healing system do its job more effectively. are all possibilities. any physician who under stands the true value of the healing system will try to understand how the body’s natural forces of health became unbalanced in the first place. Healing can occur when we work with. poor sleeping habits. in which before we can accept them fact. Further. they believe that by studying these natural principles. mental and emotional conflict. its influence the first sign of its existence is often glimpsed through observing . Within the healing communities of these societies. poor diet. whose members lived in close respected been challenged. not against. What caused the body to become less orderly and more chaotic. turmoil at home. and supportive modalities that work in harmony with this healing system to help restore and maintain our health.Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 17 world have long known about it. when planet is first discovered. however. natural. and so much of the evidence for its existence is indirect. and so on. This to situation. we can discover and utilize important. that the role of the Even today. and that the body’s healing system works with the same intelligent organizational principles that can be found in nature. a new star or In the field of astronomy. the existence of It is a need as new ideas to oniy in our modern be scientifically proven proximity to nature and healing system has never age of skepticism. problems at work or working too much. lack of regular exercise. most healing system has been questioned. When confronted with a sick patient. we her wisdom. is ration. the road back health becomes clearer. Discovering and investigating of disease? Factors such these factors is critical for harmful a successful treatment outcome. practitioners of the healing arts living abroad operate from the premise that our bodies are linked to nature. erratic social relationships. Western medical science’s discovery of the body’s healing new system is still in its early stages. and a to fall out of its natural balanced state of health and into state as stress.

on Precise mathematical data about the new entity. The and how our healing system’s even tremendous effect we on us bodies function is clear. away from toxic and away from “bad poison the our malignancies. motion abnormalities can help high- powered telescope. which focus more on anatomical structures and less energy and function. until seen. haven’t amassed a great deal of information about it. based mass. weeks. away from chemicals to pharmaceutical weapons produced to quick-fix surgical solutions. more chances of finding Within our bodies also exists we an vast universe of its own: the healing we system. if almost nil. heal diseases. of a Here. and enjoy long and healthy beyond our current expectations. species can maxi potential example. don’t actively something. and butterflies. away from the if more aggressively looking If we can shift the current focus of scientific exploration various bacteria and viruses and the neutralize them. For dogs. and a orbital motions. of the it are and even galaxies. system would still be difficult even to we accurately had been evaluate in all its exquisite detail and sophistication. then our will be much further along learning how cooperate with healing lives systems prevent illness. live to a maximum of only one to two gnats. to to and instead focus more we understanding to bodies know how in heal themselves.18 Your Extraordinary Healing System on the behavior and orbiting characteristics of its closest known often be detected with the neighbor. the new star or plan into clear focus and is actually Many new stars and planets. result in careful cal culations and et comes closer look through the telescope. Because have spent efforts investigating external agents of disease and haven’t been actively looking for this internal system. Given the limitations our current of technologies on and mindset. the healing for it. In the vastness universe. have we been discovered in this look for manner. though don’t have scientific evidence yet of its existence. Centenarians Living Examples In nature. each of Your has Healing System a living species age to a programmed lifespan. of our genes” that we suspect on cause majority how our other problems. the lifespan . most mum which members of that as live. such mosquitoes. For insects. the entire. densit>~ gravitational fields.

the life is certain span ranges from 2. enjoyed good sleep. according to recent demographic surveys. there are more than 64. it is 300 years. and generally enjoyed life. Looking at their lifestyles. how is it possible for so many people to live so long? By and large. the fastest growing segment of the U. Most have eaten moderately.” It’s rare to meet a on group is the centenarians. French woman who lived and to 122 years of age. she had lost her she had eyesight recently at had just quit smoking the age of . centenarians have learned how to cooperate with their healing systems to reap and enjoy their maximum allotment of time on this earth. and not merely their genes. Twenty years ago in the U. Surprisingly. there were 6. centenarian without and a smile his or her face. For certain trees. alone. share a common bond in how they have lived their lives. For humans. Although their diets.S. For great white sharks. Still. People today are more healthconscious than they were 20 years ago. such as desert tortoises.S. although they are all unique indi viduals with their own personal stories.000 centenarians in the U.Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 19 roughly 10 tol2 years.. the maximum potential lifespan is about 100 years. who.000 years. it is 400 years. For reptiles. are people who have lived to and beyond 100 years of age.000 to 3. including the loss of their closest loved ones and family members. An a example great sense of humor of this was the world’s a oldest living Western woman. such as the Giant Sequoias of Northern California. most of these people have exhibited what I would call a “lighthearted atti tude. Today. and the existence of its healing system. If a group of people ever demonstrated the human body’s natural ability to stay healthy. kept active. we can learn a lot about the many ways that we too can cooperate and work with our healing systems.200 reported centenarians. come to Although rely on a wheelchair. stayed involved with friends and family. many have had to endure extreme hardships over the course of their long lives. popu lation is people over the age of 100. rested when necessary. that by definition. This change has enabled more people to live longer. lifestyles. And most did it while staying active and main taining their health until the very end. Most centenarians I have met. and genes have differed. Without the body’s incredible ability to heal itself and return to its natural state of health over and over again. so they are better at cooperat ing with and strengthening their healing systems.S.

sunglasses. “Why?” I asked. We only have one day on your island. and who had a big smile on her face. and I don’t want to keep her waiting. She was also vibrant and smiling. and I promised to go bodysurfing with her!” When I stepped out into the waiting room. three years her elder. and rewarding life. others who are taking yoga in their eighties and are more supple and graceful than people less than half their age. and dressed in a matching red outfit with a straw hat! Many people come into my office and tell me that they are “get ting old and falling apart!” I have had people in their thirties and forties tell me this. Youth and health appear treated to be more connected to our states of mind. and he continued to perform and act in movies until his passing. despite the fact that she had a large gash on her leg. he also never stopped smiling and telling jokes! His positive attitude helped to strengthen his healing system and bring his body back to secrets 121! ‘When interviewed about the of her longevity. I saw a pair of youthful. When she removed her sunglasses. The well-known comedian George Burns lived to be more than 100 years old. I saw her sister. a delightful 95-year-old woman who was dressed in a hot-pink outfit. she that the its natural I once state of health after illness. A positive attitude and a zest for life critical for enhancing and fortifying your healing system. He never stopped smoking cigars. way beyond your present expectations. by Take a . which prompted her visit to me. and a shell necklace. and I’m sitting on it!” This kind of light-hearted attitude typifies those who have reached the age of 100 or beyond. more importantly.20 Your Extraordinary Healing System replied only thing she knew was that “I only have one wrinkle on my entire body. lesson from the centenarians. she asked whether I could speed things up. healthy. I have seen many other patients who are learning how to surf and water ski at the age of 70. and discover the many ways that you too can enjoy a long. “Because my older sister is in your waiting room. After several minutes of chatting as I attended to her wound. and reflect our attitudes are more than pure chronology. blue eyes that easily revealed her carefree. Conversely. She was taking a cruise and had stepped off the ship for a day’s shopping in Hawaii. free from disease and debility. and still others who are dancing and gardening daily well into their nineties. sparkling. optimistic attitude toward life.

and correct imbalances and problems. You are actually programmed for good also health the day you not are conceived. At times. Through your healing system. and respecting and ClosingThoughts onYour Healing System and Your Natural State of Health Health is your normal and natural state. Their exis tence represents a departure from the natural laws that govern normal biological processes on earth. and at times when you have abandoned all hope.Your Healing System and Your Natural State of Health 21 learning to cooperate with your healing honoring your natural state of health. This condition is founded on universal biological principles that apply to all living species. . Health is Because your natural state is health. your body can rise to meet these challenges and difficulties because it has an extraordinary healing system that has been designed to sustain. harmful. but fundamentally unnatural and abnormal. repair. disease may appear overwhelming and all-encompassing. This is the job of your extraordi nary healing system. any deviation from this natural state represents an unnatural condition. humans. to right itself in the midst of life’s most devastating tempests. like a buoy floating in the sea. they are even in the face of death. Even though challenges and difficulties may seem to be an almost daily occurrence. but your healing system can help your body bounce back to reclaim its natural state of health. Health is the reason you are alive today. When you become ill. unhealthy forces have been imposed upon your body that cause it to become temporarily imbal anced and disordered. system. your body possesses an uncanny natural resiliency. which can be thought of as the guardian of your body’s health. it usu ally means that unnatural. not just programmed into the DNA of every cell in your body and is the reason why the human species has been able to flourish and survive from one generation to the next for thousands of years. Restoring order and balance returns your body to its natural state of health. naturally and automatically. are Disease and illness only undesirable conditions. The maximum average potential lifespan for a human being is 100 years or more.

you will get a closer look at your healing including the opportunity to examine the evidence to for its existence. achieve and enjoy optimum health. and it works. and strengthening and fortifying it. You will also discover understand what this system does and how why learning to cooperate with your are healing you to system.22 Your Extraordinary Healing System In the next system in action. essential for . chapter.

and so your body needs a system it can count on to safeguard its health. your healing system is . you need a single system in your body that can supervise and direct all the other systems into a unified. growth. it also is in charge of damage control. and restoration of health and normal functioning of your body’s cells. but whenever you are sick or injured. orchestrated healing response you think about the number of threats and insults your sustains over the course of a lifetime. That single. Like a 911 emergency-response. 7 days a week. efficient. To accomplish this incredible task. system not only maintains your natural state of health. Illness or injury can strike at any time. tissues. In fact. the fact that it can remain for your protection and the preservation of your natural state of health. It cannot even afford the luxury of a catnap. 24 hours a day.CHAPTER 2 Your Healing System in Action when body healthy at all is truly amazing. or whenever your Your healing health is threatened. paramedic rescue crew. ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice. 365 days a year. supervisory system is your healing system. and organs. In this regard. your body’s healing system is a tireless workhorse because it never sleeps or even snoozes. you wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for your body’s remarkable healing system. It moni tors and supervises all processes of repair. It remains alert at all times.

It cannot be surgically removed. regeneration. which your immune system would infection in the respiratory system. as many people do. if you have. you probably are reading about the healing system for the very first time. growth. as your body mounts a healing response. it is confined to any one every organ and tissue in your structure or specific location. as or even visibly other seen on an X-ray. body. or. while your healing system is responsible for repairing tissue damage from injuries or illnesses. evidence of its existence becomes quite apparent. scan. circulatory. Although you may be familiar with the other systems in your body. such as the digestive. or even good it can behavior. or MRI. or even longer.24 Your Extraordinary Healing System on call continuously—no time off for sick leave. you probably have never heard about it before. CAT When you body. and maintaining health. they often confuse it with the immune system. Even though on one level the two systems may be difficult to tell apart because they work together in a coop erative effort. on another level they are two very different systems that serve entirely different purposes. Your healing system focuses more on healing. restoration of function. Your immune system’s focus is largely on attacking and protecting your body from foreign invaders. respiratory. It also has tremendous endurance and stamina. . Although your healing system is arguably the most important system in your body. the information was sparse. however. down with bronchitis. if you were to come For is an example. In fact. nervous. people first hear of the The fundamental difference between the your immune system is concerned with two systems is that defending your body against infections. during times of injury or illness. is the case with most structures in your are Differences Between Your Healing System When and Your Immune System healing system. and immune systems. you may be confusing your healing system with your immune system right now. vacations. healthy. and remain Your operational for up to healing system permeates not 100 years. and restoring your body to its natural state of health. it is difficult to even know that such a system exists.

After a heart attack. Listening Because your to Your Healing System body’s natural state is good health. your body is not shy about giving warning signs to prompt you into taking immediate corrective action. through its commu nications system. However. will . When you understand that most diseases and injuries are not caused by infection. and so healing from it does not involve your immune sys tem. which works closely with your healing system. and the unique role of your healing system becomes much more significant. Similarly. For example. However. if your body has sustained damage from an infection. Your immune system will attack the infection that caused the problem. and remove the infec tious agents to prevent further damage to your body. but rather your healing system. Your immune system would not become involved because typically there is no infection with a broken bone. your physical needs are actually quite simple. Your healing system and immune system work together and cooperate with each other to keep you healthy. when these needs are not being met. and your healing system will actually repair the damage the infection caused to your body. be aware that there are times when the division of labor between your immune system and healing sys tem is not so clear. When situations of urgency arise. your body. your heal ing system repairs the damage to your heart muscle while it restores normal functioning to your heart. if you were injured in a car accident and broke your arm. The mending of the broken bone would be a specific function of your healing system.Your Heating System in Action 25 be expected to attack and eliminate the offending organisms that are causing the infection. or when you are not healthy. your healing system would immediately become activated. All of this having been said. A heart attack is not caused by an infection. the distinction between your healing system and your immune system becomes clearer. if you had a heart attack. your healing system and immune system will work side by side to repair the damage as they fight against. neutralize. your healing system would be called upon to heal your injuries.

surveys. which your healing system monitors and supervises to help restore lie down. urging you to your to drink. When you become chilled in cold will begin to shiver. restore. In its second vital role. forcing you to put on a normal function and maintain your natural state of health. such . your thirst mechanism kicks in.26 Your Extraordinary Healing System let you know immediately. It facilitates communication between your body’s machinery healing system and various systems and their your respective cells and tissues. your meticulously monitors. For your healing system to repair. you’ll feel nauseous and might possibly even regurgitate. and observes each and every part of your body to ensure that all organs and tissues remain healthy and function smoothly. and while he overlooks dispatches workers. helping maintain its natural state of health. where literally millions of powerful chemical reactions occur each day. Two Essential Roles of Your Your tant Healing System healing system role. When your body is low on energy and you need more calo ries. your healing system functions like an emergency-response paramedic crew. or to seek shelter. In this more active phase. jumping into action whenever there is a threat to your health. when your water reserves become low. In its first impor large building site who super vises. your healing system in its protective and nurturing role safeguards the integrity of your entire body. For instance. your sweater or body jacket. your heal ing system is able to perform a wide range of diverse functions. and there is danger of dehydration. construction a project. prompting you to eat. organizes. When you need sleep or rest. All these sensations and responses are part of your body’s intelligence and communications network. you will begin to yawn. much like functions in a two at a foreman critical ways. Just like a mother who cares for and looks after her children. you must learn how to listen healing system when it talks to you. It monitors body’s complex internal environment. If you eat foods that are too rich or too spicy. your hunger drive is activated. urging weather. and sustain your body most effectively. equipment. Your healing system troubleshoots problems anywhere in your body. and your eyes will feel you to heavy. or the wrong combination of foods.

At first. the presence of your healing system is much with specific changes that occur in your body actions. Then. Thinking in terms of energy does not ignore or nullify the existence of certain structures within your dynamic dynamic forces become unbalanced. concerted. the bleeding became profuse. and that he’d get off easy.Your Healing System in Action 27 dispatching nerve messages and impulses. you can easily see how problems that create illnesses and diseases in your body arise. rather than against. How Your Healing System Works Understanding how your healing system functions requires a differ ent way of thinking about how your body works. In its first role. it will all make perfect sense. coordinating the release of powerful chem icals that can raise body temperature. and he slicing imagined veg that maybe it didn’t really happen. Pain. your healing system. structure. The dual more as a noticeable. was Al cut his finger with a kitchen knife while he no etables. In no time. this view deeper look into the forces that govern your health. In the second role. you will be able to more effectively remedy these problems by working with. and effective healing response. increase or decrease blood flow to specific areas. and performing many other vital functions. result of its supervisory and emergency-response roles that your healing system plays in the general functioning of all the sys tems and structures in your body makes it the most powerful and important system in your body. dilate or constrict blood ves sels. if you think of your body in terms of energy and function. When these examine a case that illustrates this point. and form. Armed with this knowledge and insight. he realized the puncture was deep. . rather. you may not even be aware of your body’s heal as system as it goes about the business of its crucial surveillance work silently and without much fanfare. rather than in terms of matter. mobilizing immune and inflammatory cells. Let’s gives you a body. howev ing er. Your healing system directs the activities of the other systems in your body to cooperate with each other in providing a unified. there was blood at all. Although doing so may seem difficult at first. as the first signs of blood began to ooze out of the wound.

which first responds with messages of pain Al an injury has occurred. though Al’s injury is a relatively simple one. it eventually stopped. Al’s injury. and various cells. are o off the wound to deeper tissues. Al’s healing system was busy activating a heal ing response that includes blood from o his and entire hand. and efficiency your healing system requires to perform this specific task. Al’s ered. enzymes. and over the course of the next several days. and numerous chem icals and cells within the circulatory system. The layers of the skin. which protects the deeper. o The formation of a scab. the various systems and components involved in the healing of his wound. he noticed the had slowed. After several weeks. These components naturally sticky and join together to seal protect the body from further blood loss. more sensitive layers of new skin and tissues as the healing process continues. And even though your healing system may appear to be hidden and dif ficult to pinpoint within any given part of your body. you can begin energy and movement . o The complex mechanisms of blood clotting. speed. including illnesses and injuries that are far more complex and serious than Al’s injury. which weave themselves together to form a transitional. if you look the sequence of events. soon fingertip spilling onto the floor. When the scab manufactures new healing system miraculously skin where the old skin had been completely sev sloughs off. intermediate layer of skin and fill in the gap created by the wound. An hour later. Keep in mind that your healing system supervises and coordi nates all healing responses in your body. Al began to pulsate and throb through applied pressure to prevent his The that nervous warn system. and the incredible organization.28 Your Extraordinary Healing System delayed out for several seconds. and the synchronized flow of during the entire healing process. which are a sophis ticated interaction of hormones. bleeding From the very beginning of this incident. After half an hour. at as Even finger looks the way it did before his if nothing had happened at all. you start to develop an appreciation for the degree of complexity and precision.

sitting upright on the ironing board. dynamic and efficient movements. and to viewing the results of its actions. Your Healing System and the Other Systems in Your Body Your special properties and functions of other systems in your body.Your Healing System in Action 29 understand the function and purpose of this amazing system by observing its powerful. is not diversified in its functions and tasks than your immune system. we have learned about our body’s natural defense system than we ever imagined existed. The immune system and the tems. It is also more powerful. they serve different functions. integrating and supervising their activi ties into one organized. In fact. and research being directed from without within the realm of our own bodies. permeating every more organ. tissue. let’s see what happens when you accidentally touch a hot electric iron and burn yourself. The subtle and dynamic aspect of your healing system is one of the reasons it has not been more wide ly recognized. the to one of the body. efficient healing response. and operates thought of as an on microscop ic level of cells and biochemicals. To understand this more clearly. The immune system also poorly understood and much importance in the practice of modern medicine until the of AIDS. your immune system collaborates aspect of the with your healing system and can be healing given system that is concerned with the preventing was and eradicating infections from not body. dynamic. discovery Fortunately. and inadvertently left on for half a healing system utilizes the . swift. Like the limited healing system. and accepted until just recently. the particular area immune system has many branches. acknowledged. more with the shift of funds and to resources. and healing system are both subtle and dynamic sys The tribution although they often work together. and cell in your and more body. healing system is even more subtle and more widespread in its dis throughout the body than the immune system. Imagine an iron that is plugged into an electrical socket.

your healing system coordinates a response that first results in redness or inflam mation as tiny blood vessels are directed to increase blood flow to the area of the scorched skin. When you discover tally touch the very hot As soon as the iron and try bottom. and other essential nutrients. let’s take a closer look at what is happening. which prevents further injury. Step 3 Specialized cells known as macrophages. to put it away. Step 4 the skin secretes Shortly thereafter. you begin to notice blisters form ing on your fingers and hands in the places that came in contact with the iron. In addition to pain. you acciden you touch the hot iron and hear the sizzling sound burning. oxygen. From the vantage point of what is going on inside of your body. injured skin that lies underneath. The fluid inside the blisters also contains nutrients to help nourish and feed the new . the fluid-filled like shock absorbers protect the raw. step by step. white blood cells. in collaboration with the skin. within a matter of minutes. Step 2 the brain Almost immediately. pulling it away to prevent further contact with the hot iron. Your nervous system. The blisters serve several protective and ing functions. fortify. initiates a reflex response in the muscles of your arm to contract the arm. ters at specific sacs act fluids to help form blis heal to the burn sites. working with your healing system. along with red blood cells. as your healing system springs into action: as of your flesh feel pain you immedi the incredible burning Step Your 1 healing as hot iron. and support the body’s repair processes. First. They also act as sealed barriers against the possibility of infection. are pumped into the bloodstream and directed to the injury site to help nourish.30 Your Extraordinary Healing System day. to system is immediately activated when you touch the the pain sensors in your fingers and hand send a signal through your nervous system. you instantaneously ately jerk your hand back.

In addition. Step level 7 Continued to healing mechanisms are activated on the microscopic finish the job. body beneath the sur face of the skin than plicated problems the body needs a single system that can supervise and direct all the other key systems into one orchestrated and efficient healing response for the protection. under the direction of the healing sys ward off any microorganisms that might cause infection. Step 6 Soon. the blisters into the gradually new shrink as the fluid is reabsorbed back take the body. and chemicals are continuously pumped in and out of the burn site over the course of the next several days and weeks. self-preservation. Antibodies and immune cells also have been mobilized These mechanisms also tem. we might confuse the body. not even a scar will be present where the new skin has grown back. is . the body releases other important chemicals to cooperate in the healing response. Way of Thinking AboutYour Health When our healing system occur changes that in our initially activated. Even with a simple injury such as a minor you can see that a lot more is going on in your second-degree burn. to are by the immune system in this fluid.Your Healing System in Action 31 layer of skin that will form underneath. As with the more serious and com that occur within your body. fluids. the pain begins to sub side and the new skin growth accelerates. if all goes well. Step 5 With the healing response well under way. the eye. again it is clear that meets Healing System Responses Symptoms of Disease A New vs. and health of your body. and. new cells. which are normal healing responses. This is the incredible job that your healing system does for you. ously injured old with skin arising to place of the previ skin.

32 Your Extraordinary Healing System with symptoms of a particular disease. our culture has been approach to understanding health and heal ing. and so we have remained largely ignorant of the healing system and how our bodies continually strive to correct imbalances and keep us healthy. and help the body maintain its integrity. and infectious that have . for example. Let me explain what I mean. more delicate structures of the respiratory system. In medical circles. first try to understand how your healing system may be responding appropriately to correct an imbalance that has occurred. Again. flush out irritants. if there is some discomfort or pain. These responses include the following: are o Coughing. mucous. rid the body of disease. a good cough is known as a productive cough in that it success fully brings up phlegm. including doctors. Rather than jumping to the conclusion that something is wrong with your body. In addition to sneezing. microorganisms. or the beginning of an allergy~ In rea1ity~ sneezing is a normal healing-system response to expel foreign debris. In fact. We usually think of sneezing as a symptom of the common cold. most people. confuse many other common healing responses with symptoms of a disease. remove potential pathogens. coughing system to expel unwanted debris and invading microorganisms penetrated deeper into the respiratory system and are threatening to cause damage to your lungs. Also considered is a symptom of a respiratory illness or a definitive response from your healing condition. This is because we fession in disease-oriented in its trying to account for our symptoms. If our bodies begin to reflect imbalance and function abnormally. including doctors and the medical pro general. we automatically assume we are sick. this is the common mistake most people make. our first assumption is most likely that we are becoming sick or that we have an allergy. until very recently. and that something is dreadfully wrong. This is a natural and nor mal interpretation of what is happening with our bodies. Consider sneezing. When things begin to change in our bodies. Sneezing also is a protective mechanism that helps to prevent the further advance of unwanted foreign invaders into the deeper. such as our lungs and sinuses. and is another common way that our healing systems safeguard our health.

blood flow and oxygen to the brain increase. uses to eliminate toxins and contaminated material from your colon and large intestines. Suppressing diarrhea through artificial medica tions can be dangerous.Your Healing System in Action 33 debris. range from but the loss of consciousness is usually due to causes of fainting of a lack of blood flow to the head and brain. • Diarrhea. by seeing diarrhea as a response of your healing system.) a look more Fainting. about the speed of an F4 Phantom fighter aircraft. diarrhea is Usually considered a symptom of an a healing response that your body efficient. and it intestinal disease. especially if no serious underlying diseases or conditions exist. A number of irritating potentially serious intestinal diseases or problems can be elimi nated this way. When the body has fallen and lies flat on the ground in a horizontal position. Fainting serious to when person temporarily can loses con sciousness and falls down. you can often make simple. there are much fluid and electrolyte loss from diarrhea may require medical intervention. which instances of can often restore consciousness. the speed at which for eign particles and debris exit the lungs with a cough has been clocked at approximately 660 mph. adjustments to restore balance and health to your body. Coughing can be powerful. which can be harm ful to your intestines and at closely a these factors in the occurs digestive system. Most fainting are totally benign. where they can invade your or flush liver or bloodstream and times when too cause more serious illness. The benign. and doing so often backfires. (We will chapters that follow. which effectively clears the airways and makes for easier breathing. Falling down while fainting represents a compensatory response from your body’s healing system. there are occa sions when serious underlying disease is present. However. and seeking out ways to natural cooperate with that system. Diarrhea is fast and what is out helps to offending your intestinal tract. Of course. These may include drinking more fluids. avoiding irritating foods and substances. and managing stress. harmful microorganisms have nowhere to go but further inside your body. and you will . However. When you clog up your body’s natural eliminative processes through the suppression of diarrhea.

Nausea also helps to conserve energy and frees blood flow from the to digestive a tract so it can be rerouted other areas of the body that have greater immediate need for 0 healing energy. and solid foods would make these conditions worse. In addition to fluids secreted . With any fever. the correct treatment deal with the not cipitated U the fainting. not just suppress the fever. In the case of a splinter or foreign body in the skin. just underlying causes the fainting itself. if this proves difficult. working with your immune system. fluid intake should be encouraged. Fever. or when you have a stomach virus or an ulcer. Your healing system will attempt to digest and dissolve the splinter or foreign object. Pus commonly occurs with infection. Learning to work with a fever through continuous rehydration (drinking plenty of water). Your healing system does this when your body needs to limit solid food intake. Additionally. fever induces sweating. Pus. separating it from the rest of your body. Nausea. Nausea it is a U occurs in the small intestines and stomach. more thorough healing response. which helps the body eliminate toxins more rapidly. it is prudent to look for the underlying causes of the fever and to treat these. to help eliminate foreign material. an unpleasant. and specific response from your healing system that protects your body from more food entering into it. Nausea occurs when you have a high fever and are in need of lots of fluids. it will try to push the splinter out of the skin. will support your healing system and result in a faster. fever is your healing system’s way of heating your body up to kill offending organisms. Even at times when medical suppression of a fever may be necessary. produces pus. yellowish sub stance. your healing system will form a pus pocket to wall off the splinter. that pre Commonly associated with an infection. smelly. However. Doing this works with your healing sys tem to help restore health and balance to your body. you have lost your appetite for food.34 Your Extraordinary Healing System need to be brought is to to the hospital with and treated. Your body’s healing system. rather than suppressing a fever with artificial medications. both large and small. most of which are extremely temperature sensitive and cannot tolerate excessive heat. When you feel nau seous.

* Swelling and redness. leaky blood vessels. to bring important cells and powerful chemicals to the injured area to help remove tox ins. trauma. Although attempting to suppress these healing responses with nasal decongestants and other drugs gives temporary relief. mucous. they work against the natural processes of your body’s healing system to eliminate harmful substances. and congestion are your healing system’s way of attempting to flush out any offending organisms or foreign particles that may have invaded the entrance to your respiratory system. swelling is the result of increased fluids from the lymphatic system. pus contains white blood cells and digestive digest foreign part of the body. repair damaged tissues. or an infec tion. in Tearing a is a runny nose. are allergies. Redness. and speed healing. a contusion. when infection or irritation is extreme. ‘Whether caused by a bruise. it can prolong an illness and even make things worse. tem. swelling and redness. a sprain. accompanied by pain and represents increased blood flow to the area. and other soft tissues. The increased secretions. The first visible signs at the site of any injury. are specific responses of your healing system. case s enzymes that break down and of a bacterial infection in any off and Runny of the tion nose and nasal congestion. The fluid helps immobilize the site and ther serves as a shock absorber as to prevent fur is often injury to the area. the eyes will remain glued shut because the tears and secretions have dried up. the pus produced will attempt to kill digest the bacteria while it flushes out the infection. Keeping the eyelids glued shut is a . Inflammation is a complex response from your healing sys working with your immune system. Sometimes. or infection in the body. Because the pharmaceutical agents tend to dry up the secretions to eliminate symptoms. * Tearing of the to what occurs or eyes. Usually considered a symptoms common body’s healing sys phlegm.Your Healing System in Action 35 to flush out microorganisms material. actually specific responses or cold runny nose and nasal conges from your tem. specific healing response similar Tearing helps to flush foreign of the delicate and sensitive sur material microorganisms out faces of the eyes.•known inflammation. a fracture. In the and foreign debris. doing so often backfires. too.

It is a functional. energetic. Vomiting system uses to has somehow entered into your stomach and small intestines. As you read the rest of this book. and your thoughts of an illness or allergy. Vomiting is a fast. Keep in mind that the healing system is not a separate anatomical system. your bodily sensations. such as coughing and the respiratory system. After you have eaten occur mechanism that your healing eliminate contaminated or noxious material that is a protective contaminated food. efficient. or vomiting and the gastrointestinal system. your discomfort. remember that it is the healing system’s presence within and its supervisory role over these systems that actually causes these responses. and powerful way for your body to rid itself of toxins or other harmful substances. o to protect the eyes from Vomiting. to as in food poisoning. vomiting will and toxins. If you can focus . eaten foods that are too rich. expel infectious organisms as well as unwanted food People usually report feeling much better after they have vomited in these instances. Although initially you may think these responses are associated only with the individual systems within the body. and any changes that are occurring in your body as well-measured responses produced by your body’s healing system. rather than as symptoms of disease. think about your body. Shift your awareness away from your symp toms. learning to do even if these are real this will make a significant difference in your health. problems for you. Think of them and help responses that are intended to correct imbalances you maintain your natural state of health.36 Your Extraordinary Healing System further attempt of the healing system additional injury or damage. on act as intestinal irritants and toxins when will occur to they’re taken in vomiting clean out and reduce the burden the digestive system and body. however. Instead. or drunk too much coffee or alcohol. trust that your heal ing system is making necessary physiological adjustments to correct imbalances and restore your body to its natural state of health. If you have overeaten. intelligent system that permeates every single system in your body. which excess. I realize this perspective may be a radical departure from how you currently view your body and your health.

the hidden treasure chest of healing resources that lies within your very own body. thinking that can Shifts your focus away from fear-based your health and be harmful to well-being. and own helps you understand the connection between your your diet and actions and thoughts. If you learn You will gain a great deal system by recognizing the responses of your healing system. own ~ Directs your energies and efforts within your discomfort can or body and away from blaming your disease on external causes and forces beyond your control. Note: As you are learning this new way of thinking about your body do not neglect to see your doctor if any physical discomfort or pain increases or does not go away on its own. lifest~’le. and on your health. if you can turn your on attention away from the fear of external of disease that lie dence to causes of disease and agents and instead look with confi beyond your control. your dependence on drugs and doctors will be lessened. ~ Lessens your ment. your confidence in your body’s ability to remain healthy and ~ Helps might in planning the treatment and healing of any health problem you face. can you will be able to to reap the benefits of superior recognize the many ways your healing system responds to challenges. and external agents of treat ~ Improves heal itself.Your doctor can be a valuable aid and support for your healing system. positive impact on your health and your life. less body. drugs.Your Healing System in Action 37 less on disease and more on more on health. to ~ Empowers including you take greater responsibility for your life. and the quality of your life will be vastly improved. dependence doctors. and what is functioning what is wrong with your properly. which ~ be disempowering. Your ~ healing you Empowers resources to discover and make own use of the vast supply of healing that lie within your body. health. that the benefits of You can see recognizing the power of your remarkable a healing system and working with it will have huge. .

relying instead solely on crutches. He underwent numerous painful scrapings and bone grafts in an attempt to clean the surfaces of the bones from infection while the doctors were trying to join the bones together. he wore a cast almost continuously and was never able to walk on his own. placed on numerous antibi otics. Sam was taken by airplane back to the Regional Medical Center in the Philippines. healing would not occur. and we’ve seen several different examples of the healing system at work to help heal superficial injuries. and operated on 11 times over a two-and-one-half-year period. mak ing it a compound fracture. Sam got caught up in a tree as he was landing and broke his ankle in several places.38 Your Extraordinary Healing System Clinical Evidence of Your We’ve Healing System at Work healing responses in general. without it. it looked as if his military career was over. where I was required to follow his case to see whether he would ever be able to resume his career duties again. in Sam’s was removed. and he told he could participate light .000 feet at nighttime over remote jun gle terrain. In each of the situations that follow. During this period. During these operations. numerous plates and screws were Air Force. For all intents and purposes. This type of injury has a high rate of infection and is notoriously difficult to treat. Infection that sets into the bones is known as osteomyelitis. when it looked was as if the fracture might heal. Now let’s move deeper inside the body as we continue to examine the evidence that clearly demonstrates that your body has a healing system that keeps you alive and healthy. also attached At cast one to his bones. Sam was hospitalized repeatedly. already looked at Your Sam Healing System 34-year-old During a and Fractures: Sam’s Story was a as a veteran senior staff sergeant with 15 years’ experience paratrooper and combat controller in the United States routine training mission. in attempts to knit his bones together. he was required to jump from an altitude of 10. The bone pierced through the skin. remember that the healing system is the essential element in the healing process and that. point. a serious condition that is diffi cult to eradicate and that complicates the healing system’s ability to knit the bones together to heal a fracture.

it was back to the operating room for him. and more crutches. After two and one-half years. Robert Becker had invented brilliant surgeon named electrical bone stimulator to aid the orthopedic healing system in cases of stubborn-healing fractures. He chose the new device. would be impossible to heal. Sam’s ankle snapped and broke in two pieces as his foot bent out at a 90-degree angle.S. who began fitting him for a prosthetic (arti ficial) foot in anticipation of the upcoming operation. Becker knew that. so that when the healing has finished. given half a chance. Several months later. in most cases. your healing system can knit the bones together and realign them perfectly. because of your healing system. and bones are totally displaced and out of alignment. After this. under normal circumstances takes only six weeks to completely heal. there is little fractures are or no evidence that a fracture ever occurred. Sam was not only in jeopardy of losing his job and being medically discharged from the Air Force. Galen (129—199 AD). Even if a fracture is displaced and the broken bones are not perfectly lined up. a an Back home in the U. your femur. the body’s healing system could take over and finish the job. . still in the experimental stages. he was also being considered for a foot amputation. while he fielding a young man.Your Healing System in Action 39 grounder during a friendly squadron softball game. As the famous physician of ancient times. electronic device. even the largest bone in your body. This was a frightening proposition for such an active and previously healthy was sports. His bones had mended together with the help of a device that worked with the healing system. fractures. with more scraping. Dr. He consulted with the prosthetic specialist. more metal plates and screws. Without your healing system. Even when complicated. or having this tiny.. and metal plates and screws are required to hold the bones together.” A fractured bone is not a laughing matter. A week later. Sam faced the prospect of either having his foot amputated. “The physician is only nature’s assistant. jumping out of airplanes. and it can be extremely painful and disabling. However. Sam was back with a clean bill of health. your healing system can fuse them into one solid form. another cast. once said. hoping against hope that it would work. temporarily implanted next to the fracture site in his ankle.

known as osteoblasts. But these methods were only temporarily successful. which increased when he walked up stairs or whenever he became angry or upset. after a by your fracture has occurred. it is healed is so Your Healing System was and the Heart: Verne’s Story Verne’s heart disease in the emergency a discovered when he had his first heart attack the age of 69. He had another attack about room at year later. even severe heart . at best. to rest fractured bone is allowed initiated and remain immobile. begins immediately remodeling. No mod ern technological invention. Dean Ornish’s group heart disease could be reversed without Dr. Verne was not too keen on having his chest cracked open. It was quite scary. his heart disease had progressed to desperate were recommending bypass surgery as the proportions. he was placed on numerous medications while he underwent several procedures. Tiny cells in the bone microscope. while other cells. unclog his arteries and slow the progression of his disease. These deposits facili tate the process of knitting the bone back together again. because of his advanced condition. Verne’s heart disease grew worse. bone healing system. and the bypass operation would only buy him a couple of extra years. Over time.40 Your Extraordinary Healing System ‘Whether if a or not a cast or splint is placed around the fracture site. He was plagued with known as angioplasties. he was able research to to enroll in Dr. When I met Verne. The natural healing of a fractured bone after effective that the fracture site is often stronger than the surrounding normal bone tissue. they said his prognosis did not look good. Even then. act like civil engineers erecting a new suspension bridge and use the blood-calcium stores to deposit new bone at the fracture site. Over the course of the next several years. or synthetic drug can replace your healing system as it performs the important work of repairing a fracture. only way to keep him from dying. surgical procedure. matrix. Bone the bloodstream. to constant chest pain. digest the bone and release calcium into remodeling. and by sheer per and his doctors sistence and determination. and work with your healing system. when seen under the is one of life’s true miracles. Ornish’s program is based on first experimental study investigate or whether or not if you can remove the obstacles to surgery~ the now-proven premise that your body’s natural healing drugs processes. known as osteoclasts.

teaching yoga and lecturing to the merits of the Ornish program and the body’s heal itself. His stress and anger diminished. advanced As a cases of heart disease. Verne discovered the tremendous healing resources within his own body. As is possible for you.Your Healing System in Action 41 disease include can be healed. and within several away as his breathing became easier. we now know that by learning to listen to the body and working with its healing system. This process is collaterization. The a new neovascularization the old to or arteries can effectively bypass rupted flow of blood blockage. by correcting the unhealthy underlying factors that are causing blockages in the coronary arteries. All of his medical tests—positron emission tomography (PET) scans and coronary angiogra ms—have documented complete reversal of his condition. these ideas and meth port. can know that the healing system heart when its known as stimulate the current blood growth of new blood vessels to the supply is threatened. by adopting a healthier lifestyle. exercise. He hikes in alpine altitudes and travels the world exten sively with his wife. one by one. Gradually. every other day. uninter can the heart’s muscles. Ornish’s work. Verne is totally free of heart disease. as Verne did. Ornish’s program is plicated. at the time of his first study. He at began to have more energy and the same time felt more relaxed. and group sup Of course. The process prevent . Ornish. ods were considered radical by conventional medical standards. Dr. and. Even to this day. the age of 87. Thanks to the groundbreaking work of Dr. the program went weeks his chest pain enthusiastically. the 13 dif ferent heart medicines he was taking were reduced until he was down to one-half of a at baby aspirin. and it consists of simple and uncom comprehensive lifestyle changes that a healthy diet. digest for those thought of reversing heart disease is difficult to steeped in the “old school” ways of thinking about the treatment medicine and the Verne took to of disease. ensuring continuous. people can reverse even the most Western world. Today. we now direct result of Dr. stress management. senior citizens on natural ability to Although heart disease is still the number-one killer in the entire even this deadly condition can be reversed and healed when you learn to cooperate with your healing system. he became a partner in his own healing process.

he lost 25 pounds over six months by eating a lowfat diet and running every day for 30 minutes. and loved his with However. However. in the Air Force. he was in danger of losing his diagnosed job and possibly being kicked out of the Air Force. To prevent this happening. they can mirac healing to ulously come back life. He then consented to learning and practicing the simple. during which I explained the mechanisms of how prolonged stress can cause high blood pressure. I asked Mike whether he a under stress of any kind. He had flown in Vietnam. without having to go through an operation. stress was contributing to his continued high blood pressure. He quickly responded with confident and adamant “No!” This response let me know immedi ately that I might be in for a difficult case because I had yet to meet someone in the military who wasn’t under a certain Additionally. and restoring blood flow to these heart muscle cells within a reasonable period of time. Healing System Mike’s Story was a and High Blood Pressure: Mike flight engineer job. and he came to me seeking help. Mike was finally able to own up to the stress in his life. which were causing even more stress. wherein heart tissue that is circulation is life when presumed re-established. To complicate things further. I was an Air Force flight surgeon at the time. having some troubles . his blood pressure still did not come down. I later found out that Mike was with his marriage. because of his flying status. After several meetings and long discussions. The medical term for this new discovery. Even if you have suffered a heart attack. from After I reviewed his records and his efforts pressure to lower his blood by losing weight through was diet and exercise. married with three chil dren.42 Your Extraordinary Healing System heart attacks. because he had been recently high blood pressure. he wasn’t able to take medications of any kind. basic degree of stress. is hibernating myocardium—like the dead can come back to sleeping bear who Your reappears when winter is over. and it is how you can literally grow your own coronary artery bypass. new evidence has demonstrated that through your miraculous system. where he had served for was 20 years. In spite of his finest efforts to lower his blood pressure through diet and exer cise. and the heart’s muscle cells seem to have died.

removing the harmful causes of the disease allows the healing system to restore the body to its natu to more as blood pressure. Of course. Although many medica tions are currently available for managing high blood pressure. has conducted numerous studies on the benefits of stress management in lowering high blood pressure. There is no mystery to this malady. and many people will be on two or three of them just to manage their high blood pressure. they often have side effects. Benson (see Chapter 6). can lead hypertension. Mike’s blood pressure returned to normal and remained there for the rest of his career. natural methods as diet. . By practicing simple yet powerful stress-management techniques similar to those taught by Dr. After only six weeks. new evidence is proving that the heal ing system can reverse and heal high blood pressure once the under lying causes of the disease are addressed and such simple. Herbert Benson. By removing the unhealthy factors that were responsible for creating the high blood pressure. the mechanisms for healing high blood pressure are not complex or difficult to understand. you can help your healing system restore your blood pressure to or normal levels. Just as with heart disease. healing system and lower his blood pressure. As you can see. and 30 minutes of exercise and 15 minutes of stress management each day. High killer” because it conditions such deadly. getting off them is difficult. As with other diseases. and stress management are properly implemented. ral state of health. Mike’s healing system could easily and effortlessly restore his body to its natural state of health. exercise. is known as “the silent serious. including a low-fat diet. particularly the extreme stress in his life.Your Healing System in Action 43 stress-management techniques (see which I thought would activate his Chapter 6) 1 recommended. and sometimes heart disease and stroke. and. none of them can cure the problem. associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital. which can create significant imbalance in the body’s internal environment. one of the most significant underlying factors in high blood pressure is stress. unfortunately. Once patients begin taking these medications. Dr. he still continues his healthy lifestyle.

He was erratic in monitoring his blood pressure. sleep-deprived. He even tually many returned active medical best-selling a books about his adopt healthier mony with his lifestyle and body’s healing practice. Working more than 100 hours each week. eating high-fat junk food. he man came across a man who stroke. He was in the hospital for many weeks. But this had completely recovered and to revamping manage his stress through simple yet effective stress-management methods. and unable to prac tice his trade. vegetables. and he began practicing stress manage to greater health than ever before his diet and lifestyle. thousands of dollars of outstanding student loans and a family to support. During this also had had gone on a low period of Dean’s life. Dean decided to give these methods a try~ He immediately shifted his diet to one that was low fat and con sisted mostly of fruits. and other whole foods. At the young age of 32 years. he also began to pray regularly to help relax and calm his mind. He started exercising regularly. Even though he didn’t consider him religious person. Dean suffered a massive stroke that left him paralyzed in his right leg and arm. His blood pressure slowly normalized. Dean was able to completely . getting no exercise.44 Your Extraordinary Healing System Your Dean was Healing System was a and Stroke: Dean’s a Story his heart. high blood pressure. on disability. he to began to feel better than ever before. and constantly fighting with his wife from the stress ended up costing heavy on young doctor with load he but he was Dean his health. He was extremely depressed during the therapy and felt as if he had nothing left to live for. having no fun. and he didn’t want his colleagues to know about his Dean was suffering from chronic condition. and went on to write experiences. Not burdened only by financially physically overweight. and he was gradually able get off all his medications. Because he learned to incorporate methods that were in har system. As his health steadily improved over next two to the years. for which he was treating himself with the drug samples that the pharmaceu tical representatives gave him. With his back up against the wall. grains. and he underwent extensive physical ther apy and rehabilitation to learn how to move his arm and walk again. and learning how enjoy by completely ment self a along with gentle yoga.

caused more active. As word got about Eric’s . His blood sugar remained normal. it can cause paralysis of the chronic extremities. He was also advised to monitor his own blood sugars six times a day with a self-administered kit. again. eyesight. he halved his insulin again. he was advised that. he would need to cut his insulin dose in half. When it’s less severe.Your Healing System in Action 45 reverse the effects of his stroke and live a far healthier. the body’s healing system can facilitate the transfer of information from the damaged side to the healthy side of the brain to restore normal function to once-paralyzed limbs and muscles. hearing. Your Eric Healing System and £iabetes: Eric’s Story 65-year-old. to make sure that he didn’t end up in a daily coma from too-low blood sugar. For the past 20 years. he cut his insulin dosage to 22 units. Although stroke can be prevented by addressing its underlying causes. If he didn’t use this amount. because of the changes in diet and exercise. most often on one side of the paralysis and the of the facial muscles. and more fulfilling a life than before. out and he still had normal blood sugar. not a small amount. and so Eric reported to me daily. as instructed. His usual daily dose of insulin was 45 units. I was his personal physician during this period. to 11 units. Stroke is serious condition usually by either a hemor rhage or a blood clot in the brain. his blood sugar would skyrocket to dangerous levels. On day two. It also can occur as a result of high blood pressure or other circulatory disturbances. ‘When Eric attended a one-week retreat for heart patients (many was a of whom also had diabetes). the healing system can often miraculous ly restore the body to its natural state of health. to make sure they stayed at the proper level. and his blood sugar On day three. Numerous studies have documented that when one side of the brain is damaged. Stroke can be fatal. ability to swallow. and the stress-management program that would be part of the retreat. he injected himself with insulin daily to control his high blood sugar. On day one. active man with advanced heart disease com plicated by longstanding diabetes. he cut his insulin in half again remained normal. if the individual receives proper training and makes a sincere effort. and body. even after it occurs. but it can also cause affect speech.

once of living with such system can reverse chronic. the healing that your body and heal such conditions. Her mother. had developed was a severe form of osteoarthritis in her right the miles knee. and I have seen the successful rehabilitation of patients. while his blood sugar continues to stay normal. natural methods that cooperate with it. and she had looked forward several doctors. your natural state of health.46 Your Extraordinary Healing System dramatic fall in insulin told Eric he was requirements. and that they continued stay normal. He responded By day only following completely to the dosages for what he monitored his blood to sugar Eric was to be. . He reports his health Because he learned to cooperate with his was too be better than body’s healing before it late. After would be was only treatment knee-replacement surgery~ Her daughter Helen understood that sometimes I took a different approach to medicine. she had unsettling to her because until always walked at least one to two to previous six a day. tice six years He has stuck stress later. I have relied on this technique in my told the that would consulting with help her practice. However. the technique improved the flow of synovial fluid inside of the knee and helped to restore mobility to the knee joint. body can restore its Your The Healing System Story of Helen’s and Arthritis: Mother Helen worked in my medical office and always wore a smile. on the staff became so nervous and that not to cut down his insulin fast. and that by instituting simple. Over the years. and the X-rays. Eric was able to demonstrate what most system med ical experts previously thought to be impossible—he was able to get off insulin (while keeping his blood sugar values normal). seven. management. This situation very months. to his diet and exercise and he has continued prac ever. I had to agree that things did not look good for her. something that he had Eric’s depended a on daily for more case demonstrates that. now in her late seventies and the mother of eight children. When you recognize has a healing system. to off insulin. deadly than 20 years. and she insisted that her mother see me. she this exercise time. I did prescribe a simple technique that worked with the healing system. He has remained off insulin to this day. When I saw her mother’s reports. even after many years disease as diabetes. again.

with member of an wife and two kids. He loved baseball and amateur league. if you could look inside of his intes tines. She agreed. she began pain walking again. and praising me to the day. After six months. as in Helen’s mother’s case. I made her promise me that she would practice it faithfully. she was pain-free and walking three two ment Within of and to four miles a moon. After one month. this technique can restore joint function and promote healing in the knee. and psoriatic arthritis. she has not missed her daily remained pain-free. Bob patient in the hospital worked. you would know that he severe case in pain was and suffering was a from a of Crohn’s disease. Helen’s mother noticed significant diminish improved function. dancing like a teenager. including osteoarthritis. with increased pain and debility~ Conventional medicine with powerful suppressive medications (many unsatisfactory side effects). ‘When I was satisfied that she understood how the technique worked and why it was important not to look for results right away. and he in the scheduled for surgery schedule. No knee replacement was ever many forms required. which have as their common denominator the destruction of the joint sur faces. regularly. To this walks and has day. and the possibility of a jointreplacement operation. ‘When I in which I was an met him. but new evidence reveals that by under standing and addressing the underlying factors that determine joint health. was Bob seemed completely healthy. I took pains to explain to Helen’s mother the underlying principles of the practice to help guarantee her adherence to it. weeks. He as soon as there opening operating-room . There are of arthritis. Because the technique is so simple. Your Bob Healing System a and Intestinal Diseases: Bob’s Story early was a was pleasant. gouty arthritis. good-looking a construction worker in his twenties. rheumatoid arthritis. and carefully for six to eight months. and because it requires active patient participation over an extended period. however. your healing system can heal and treats reverse these diseases with arthritis. If patients practice diligently and patiently over several months. By all outer appearances.Your Healing System in Action 47 even those with advanced cases of arthritis improve significantly. seven years later.

I suggested clear liquids. He confirmed my suspicions worse after he ate. Bob’s ral state healing system was able to restore his body to its natu of health. ulcerative on colitis. when I was was making served rounds at mealtime. juices. gentle soup broths. or suggested relaxation or stress management. he reported remarkable improvement. which would calm the I asked Bob whether he would be diet that I believed would nerves in his intestines. He couldn’t believe that something so simple as his diet and learning how to relax could take away the incredible pain and suffering he had been going through for the past Every day. He replied. I then asked whether his doctor had ever talked to him about his diet or suggested special foods for his condition. and nothing solid. “No. including cancer. and they may be serious enough to cause death or serve as precursors to other complications.” willing to go on a special diet for a few days. are treated with strong medications or surgical pro cedures. He agreed. and diverticulitis wreak havoc these conditions millions of people. After just three days. such esophageal reflux. He also told was by telling me me they were definitely his condition worsened when he upset or under stress. including water. weakness. I checked on Bob to see how he was seven years with this chronic intestinal condition. I also showed him some simple stress-management practices. which can be . Many of peptic ulcer disease. and gelatin. This food just didn’t rough in seem right for someone with his condition. After removal of the harmful factors that created imbalance and disorder in his intes tines. doing. Crohn’s disease. I noticed that to the food Bob texture. This information did not surprise me. I pain and related symptoms increased after he ate. herbal teas. being to was rather hard chew. a improve his condition. he was completely symptom free. weight to loss. and nausea. Each day. explain ing the mechanisms of digestion in relation to his disease. I told him why. and difficult digest. and because I couldn’t discount the possible asked whether his role that his poor diet might be playing in that condition. gastritis. including gentle relaxation breathing to do. which included abdominal pain. as Numerous intestinal diseases.48 Your Extraordinary Healing System was taking high doses of Prednisone and other strong medications control his symptoms. diarrhea. irritable bowel syndrome. One day. fatigue.

his teachers complained that he didn’t respond to their ver bal commands. Alternatively. experience. Andrew Weil. and his ear infections were now chronic. ‘When Jesse’s father went for his regular chiropractic adjustment the next day. Jesse’s parents brought him to the chiropractor for treatment. even though doing this may take longer. Healing System Jesse’s Story Jesse to was Your and Middle-Ear Infections: 4 years old when his parents took him to an ear specialist consult about the possibility of having tubes surgically implanted ears. He gently pressed on Jesse’s spine. using strong medications to attack these dis eases as were foreign entities accomplishes temporary results at best and does nothing to address the underlying factors contribut ing to these diseases. which included permanent hearing loss. were now also recommending this treatment. can In my often heal even serious. in his was He had been on antibiotics almost continuously since he 15 months old. The chiropractor told him that by adjusting the spine and remov from the diets of affected children. learning to work with the heal ing system. stress management. as Bob did. long-standing intestinal diseases. he and many of his col ing dairy leagues had reported significant successes in children with conditions similar to Jesse’s. They also began him on the new diet that promised to decrease the amount of mucous and phlegm in the respiratory system and eustachian tubes of the ears. and he educated Jesse’s parents about good posture and simple breathing techniques.Your Healing System in Action 49 deadly. along with other modalities that support and if they cooperate with your healing system. Colon cancer alone is one of the most common deadly killers in the West. After reading about the . In pre school. After postponing the conventional tube surgery. Jesse’s parents went home thinking surgery was their only option. Many medical doctors. including the well-known author Dr. he happened to mention Jesse’s situation to his chiroprac tor. Working with your healing system by natural methods such as proper nutrition and implementing simple. loss. and they were concerned about permanent hearing possible effects of not having the oper ation. The chiroprac tic adjustments continued once a month for nine months. also creates longer-lasting results.

She was given a wheelchair and told get used to it.50 Your Extraordinary Healing System Two years later. hundreds of other MS . the spinal adjustments help to improve posture and breathing. I have seen enough positive results to know that these treatments often work. and they possibly improve the lymphatic drainage of the middle ear. She had been with a severe. over the years. to ‘When Rachelle inside and saw opened the door to the specialty clinic. painful scream for antibiotics. ‘When I first heard about chiropractic adjustments for middle- problems. She was placed on strong. Middle-ear infections are extremely common in young children can and be a nightmare for ing. suppressive medications and referred to a specialty clinic for patients with multiple sclerosis. such as the unusual treatment just described for middle-ear problems. Sleepless nights. all in wheelchairs. rapidly progressive form of multiple sclero (MS) after experiencing symptoms of loss of coordination. with the eventual placement of tubes that puncture the eardrum and middle-ear chamber. his hearing was perfect. can result in the healing of con ear ditions that appear to have no cure other than surgery. However. multiple prescriptions a parent. are not uncommon. There is no miracle in the restoration of health and healing from any disease once you understand that your body has a healing system—and that healing Your is its normal. His parents told me with his ears since they saw the ear special came years earlier. Jesse a he hadn’t had ist two problem into my office. Because your healing system integrates the function of all the systems in your body. Furthermore. Any healing modality or treatment that supports and cooperates with the healing system by addressing and removing the underlying factors of a disease. I was skeptical. she peered patients. because soon this would be what she would be spending the rest of her life in. and Healing System Rachelle’s Story was a Multiple Sclerosis: Rachelle diagnosed sis young housewife with three children. everyday job. Jesse’s case is just one example. to understand and work with it requires an expanded view of how the various parts of your body are inter connected. along with the possibility of permanent hearing loss. and visual disturbances. As remote as the connection might seem. problems with balance. ordinary.

was reconnaissance Department while he One over the day. where I was flight surgeon at the USAF Regional Medical of Aerospace Medicine. After 11 grueling years. Rachelle finally overcame her affliction alternative and researching. Who Said So?: A Woman’s Fascinating Journey of Self Discovery compelling stories and critical and Triumph over IVIultzple the most Sclerosis. and learning to discard unhealthy habits and thought patterns that served as obstacles to its performance. James began to feel a terrible pain in . Air Force and senior C-130 pilot with the 1st SOS squadron based also stationed Center in the as (Special Operations Squadron) of the Philippines at Clark Air Base. not only with her food. was see improvement. Celestial Arts. At that moment. She To decided to become and an active participant in her treatment a by reading. doctors and healers from wide range of and traditions.Your Healing System in Action 51 and all with she had a a look of resignation that this on their faces. (Rachelle Breslow. She saw that loving thoughts nourished her body.S. Against acupuncture her doctor’s advice. visiting complementary disciplines practicing gentle yoga and took a keen interest in her thoughts and attitudes while studying the effect they had on her body. Her classic book. Rachelle was able to completely by reverse and heal from a disease still considered “incurable” most so-called health experts! Stones: Your Healing System was a and Kidney James’ Story a James captain out a in the U. She learned that her mind and her attitude played a key role in the health of her body. Rachelle underwent treatments a would series of in which she experienced temporary her symptoms go away. She began to take better care of her nourishment. She began and was declared disease free. she fled the scene immediately. 1991) is one of healing ing system that I have ever come across. That moment marked the beginning of her healing journey. jungles flying a low-altitude mission on a hot day of Thailand. Refusing to give up hope of overcoming her affliction. pieces of evidence for the By discovering her heal system. only strengthen her dis premonition place ease. all the hope she needed to continue to fight to regain her health. whereas thoughts borne of low self-esteem and self-hatred were harmful to her body. even if only briefly. but also with her thoughts.

At this point. In the hos pital. was essentially over.” This meant that his flying career. while James was still in the hospital. blood tests. and which alarmed his specialists. After his copiiot landed the plane. James was indefinitely “grounded. and despite James’ insistence that he felt fine and was ready to return to flying. James’ urine tests showed elevated urinary calcium. they would not allow him back in the cockpit. Several days later. and I felt strongly that once the obstacles to its performance . James was told he had a kidney stone. pain and groin that seemed to to come As the radiated from his back his groin and go in area. They suspected an underlying metabolic problem. after he had received voluminous amounts of intravenous fluids and pain medications. and urine tests. while he was an outpa tient. He was then immediately evacuated by air ambulance and transferred to the USAF Regional Medical Center in the Philippines.S. he was given intravenous pain medications. which could lead to another kidney stone. Air Force. He was uneventfully discharged from the hospital after a few days. where I worked. becom ing stronger and more intense with each wave. and numerous examinations. They contended that he was a threat to his and others’ flying safety. Surgery for kidney stones is not uncommon because they can be life threatening. waves. however. espe cially if they are large enough. Kidney stones occur as blockages in the kidneys or ureters. now per spiring profusely. On follow-up examinations. solitary kidney stone. and they can be one of the most painful conditions ever to experience. I believed in the intelligence and power of James’ healing sys tem. he passed a single. it crescendoed to a steady 10 out of 10 on the Richter scale of pain and soon became unbearable. everything looked good. After several hours in the emergency department of our large hospital. and in the language of the U. including X-rays. according to strict flight-safety policies. within both the military and civilian worlds. The pain became so excruciating that James. which per sisted for days and weeks. His copilot requested clearance for an emergency landing. right flank.52 Your Extraordinary Healing System his back. In the aerospace industry. James was met by an ambu lance that took him to the nearest hospital in Bangkok. was forced to turn over all the controls of his air craft to the copilot while he scrambled to lie down in the back.

to day of flying due as illness drink can Your Healing System wears and Cancer:Tony’s Story Tony his shaven head reminder of his successful nant cancer proudly. his urine calcium returned to normal. and he had become severely dehydrated at the time he was flying. He surfs. James had had diarrhea.Your Healing System in Action 53 healing system could correct the situation. He likes water. about six months from the day of his kidney-stone episode. which had him down and for several years. more James has been flying as a senior pilot for Delta Airlines now for than 15 years. as a battlefield trophy and victory over Hodgkin’s disease. He is in great shape. and avoiding and managing his stress. he prefers the look of a monk-warrior. and he was permanently restored to flying status without were removed. While flying. he also became severely overheated in his bulky flight suit and stuffy cockpit. running four to five miles each day. has three beautiful children. This conviction was based on the information I received while I was performing a detailed medical history of the events leading up to his kidney-stone incident. All of these factors predisposed him to a kidney stone. his any medications and without any waiver. to flush out the residual sand that I felt was responsible for his elevated urine calcium. a condition made worse by Thailand’s heat.” which consisted of ultra-fine particles left over from the stone that had recently passed. I encouraged James to drink as much water as he could. abstaining from alcohol and caf feine. Tony looks good with his shaved head and mustache. Thanks to James’ healing system. Just days before the incident. simple water was all his healing system needed to reverse the dangerously high levels of calcium in his body. and working full time in the automotive department of a major. Even though he could grow his hair back if he wanted to. and his ability to cooperate with it by drinking lots of fluids. imagine. national-chain department store. As it turned out. Although he has an air . I was convinced that his high urinary calcium was the result of the resid ual calcium oxalate “sand. a malig out of the lymph system. and to date has never had an you inkling of the kidney stone problems that almost ended his career. He had also been under significant stress for six months related to an illness in the family. and hasn’t a missed to during this entire period.

it gave me an excuse to be a little selfish again and focus on the needs of my body. The entire process of getting ill and then being healed was completely logical to me. magnetic and doesn’t little twinkle in his eyes.54 Your Extraordinary Healing System of determination about him. “I was under a lot of stress just prior to my diagnosis.” When people start to realize the amazing power of their own healing systems. Here’s a man who knows the a always in a glowing. dealing rallying your healing system When you with any to major. I had a lot of anger that I couldn’t release. thinking. in spite of all he’s been through.” Tony continued. “When I received my diagnosis. exer cise. me out mess ues to I who got of that be one of the most feared diseases of modern times. and I knew it. I felt that it was a wake-up call. you will discover many to restore more support and cooperate with it are your health. I started taking the time to eat right. “When I shifted gears. and to what he attributed his healing. and I was way too serious. and take care of myself because I realized it was up to me. “In a way. he’s almost cheerful mood. and everything seemed to get to me. I wasn’t taking good care of myself. I and it was really feel it was I who brought my by becoming a little more aware of how my attitude. a at the same time. I never rested. and start taking responsibility for their own health. and behaviors were affecting my body. as Tony did. life-threatening illness and come to your support. He is person. “Doc. even can stand up to the miraculous powers of your healing system learn how to remove the obstacles that interfere with its once you functioning. Although cancer has been and contin own cancer. with vibrant. the answers were simple and straightforward. I was not the least bit shocked over on my complete reversal of cancer. I was working too hard and worrying too much. I changed my atti waste a tude and my ways and decided that I would turn all my troubles over to a higher power. “While my doctors were surprised. When I asked Tony where he thought his cancer came from. As you become more aware of the many ways your heal cer cannot ing system strives ways to to keep your body healthy. they often become empowered to take the necessary steps to help their bodies heal. I felt all bottled up inside. gift of life single second feeling sorry for himself or enter taining negative thinking. it’s amazing how my body responded. understanding . I wasn’t having fun. My diet was bad.” he said.” Tony added.

and lack of exercise. As we will exerts explore a little later a powerful influence do to in the on book. and how they all work together and respond to each other in incredible ways. and what ClosingThoughts onYour Healing System in Action Your body knows how to heal itself because it has a remarkably efficient intelligent healing system. poor diet. others are more subtle. As long as you are alive. It is important to remember that. infinitely greater. I could have presented many more cases here. by far. You can think of your amazing healing system as the field marshal who commands the forces of healing with in your body. and . but it is clear from the evidence presented so far that you have a healing system that is capable of healing your body from a multitude of afflictions. In the next chapter. such as system is habitual and behavior is habitual and unconscious.Thur Healing System in Action 55 the obstacles that are interfering with the performance and function imperative. you have healing power. even though the variety of dis eases and the number of afflictions you may potentially suffer from on this earth appear vast and staggering. you will see your an you can make the mind body’s healing ally in your healing. you’ll learn about the critical relationship between your extraordinary heal ing system and the other systems in your body. you must first become aware of these unhealthy patterns before you can change them. Because much unhealthy thinking of your healing obvious. directing the various elements to maintain your natural state of health. such as unhealthy thinking and holding onto anger. the many ways that your healing system can heal you and keep your body healthy are. how your mind system. learning about the other systems in your body with which it is allied is important. and what you can do to work with it. Your healing system utilizes these other systems and relies on their cooperation to initiate powerful and sophisticated healing responses whenever illness or injury threatens your natural state of health. even when these afflictions have become advanced and things appear pretty hopeless. Some of these obstacles are ingestion of toxic substances. To understand more thoroughly how your healing system works. stress.

It is integrated within the structures and cells of our healing these different systems so much so that when your body is in its nat ural state of health. appearing in a variety of colors and obvious features that define your continuous organ. are almost flawless. they function To fully understand the connections between the healing system and the other systems of the body. and the ways in which together. Your Skin Your skin is the most exterior and Consisting of several layers and exposed system in your body. you first need to understand how each system functions individually and performs specialized tasks.CHAPTER 3 The Team Members of Your Healing System system is intimately connected to all of your body’s other 12 systems. your skin is one of the most body’s individuality. much like outer shades. The health of each individual system is essential to your overall health and to each system’s ability to work efficiently and effectively with your healing system. and. Your skin is one a teddy bear or other stuffed animal’s lining that holds its stuff- . the cooperation between the healing system and the other systems of the body.

When sustains a severe a Dehydra someone burn to more as a body. as demonstrated o sunlight. Your skin exhibits the fol ing in. and even death. and so the skin’s ability to absorb sunlight is a sophisticated mechanism that benefits and supports your heal Skin can absorb ing o system. infection more can enter into the body cause and penetrate into significant disease. illness and death can ensue. which improves calcium absorp tion and helps maintain bone density. including viruses helps and bacteria. lowing qualities o that aid your healing system in many important ways: capaci during pregnancy and extreme cases of obesity~ This characteristic helps your skin resist tearing and other injuries. Sunlight also pro motes wound healing. and stimulates the immune system. Intact skin is a nat ural barrier to most forms of microorganisms. of the o death is real threat the than 50 percent of his or her result of the leakage of fluid out skin. body through damaged Skin protect your body from infection. the vulnerable tissues and . which reduces the burden on your healing system.58 Your Extraordinary Healing System your skin can be looked upon as the outer covering of the body that holds in all of your internal structures. maintenance of falls below a optimum functioning tent fluids. thus allowing for greater amounts of vitamin D to be absorbed and produced. Tanning increases tolerance to sun exposure. Skin holds in your cent body’s fluid. Your skin is fairly tough and supports your healing system by keeping your body free from infection and invading organisms. Like a chameleon. Because your body is 70 per proper fluid levels is necessary for of your healing system. damage. Gradual increases in sun exposure result in the accumulation and depo sition of a pigment known as melanin. It stretch and expand to tremendous ties. depending on its exposure to the sun. which results in tanning. Your skin prevents your body from becoming dehydrated. deeper. prevents infection. tion also commonly occurs in burn victims. Sunlight contains vitamin D. When your an abrasion or laceration creates a break in skin. When water con certain level. can Skin is flexible. your skin can change color.

The Team Members of Your Healing System 59 ~ Skin to helps regulate body temperature. Medical scientists are now making use of the skin’s absorption capabilities by creating medicines that are applied to the skin in the form of patches. including those that work with your healing system. Any sudden or sustained reduc tion in this normal body temperature disrupts the health and integrity of your body. when a fever is present. products. At 98. Sweating supports your healing system by preventing your body from overheating during periods of extreme physical activity or exceptionally hot weather. people with high fevers. One important example of the skin’s ability to rid the body of toxins is its response when the body has a fever. it can maintain this temperature most of the time. Much like a frog. Studies done with touching show that the cultures that advocate more touching have less heart disease and mental illness than cultures in which people don’t touch very often. Touch is a vital ingredi physical and emotional health. Until modern medicine began encouraging the use of medications to suppress fever. your skin can absorb water and literally drink from the environment. were encouraged to drink lots of fluids and bundle up in heavy blankets to sweat out waste * Skin eliminates toxins and the toxins until the fever broke. sweating occurs. With a fever. The pores in your skin also regulate body temperature by opening wider and sweating when body temper ature rises too high. and by closing to retain heat when body temperature goes too low.6 degrees Fahrenheit. all the enzyme systems in your body’s optimally. Human beings require regular. These medicines include nitroglycerin for heart patients. Babies who are not held for .6 degrees. * internal environment function or when you have stress. * Skin ent plays an important role in touch. compassionate touching to thrive and survive. which helps the body eliminate the toxins caused by the infection. estrogen for postmenopausal women. nicotine for people attempting to quit smoking. and because of your skin. includ ing those fevers caused by pneumonia. and scopolamine to help prevent motion sickness. Your skin is capable of absorbing moisture and other substances. Your body is programmed keep its internal temperature close to 98.

tightly curled hair. including the circulatory. Your Hair. This type of hair helps to conserve fluids and regulate body temperature. Because injuries the skin may involve the loss along with concomitant the injuries to deeper and structures within the timely sophisticated healing requires body systems. Each type of hair shape. abra sion. and Your Hair Healing System helps your healing system in several ways. Your healing system supervises and directs this body. The movement of hair will inform you to duck your head quickly to avoid serious injury~ Toenails and fingernails are also specialized parts of your skin. and many the nervous systems. Mediterranean body hair. your hair will meet the object first. and from wind and sand. and they help toes your and healing fingers. and although hair is usually thought of as separate from skin. the endocrine. the immune. burn. protects the body from drying out. Touching and fortify your healing system.Your Nails. If your head Hair also acts as a sense begins to brush up against an overhanging object that you might not have seen. Kinky hair acts like an intricately coiled refrigerator system to help trap and cool water vapors (moisture that has evapo rated in the form of steam) off the top of the head. where temperatures can become extremely hot. organ for touch.60 Your Extraordinary Healing System and touched often develop can a condition known as Failure to Thrive is essential syndrome. For exam ple. and distribution on the body found throughout the world has been designed to aid our healing sys tems and keep our bodies healthy in a multitude of ways. wound remarkable collaboration. to strengthen which have fatal consequences. arid climates. serves to keep the head and body cool. your hair is a part of your skin. often referred to as “kinky” hair. in Africa. your system by protecting the delicate tips of Wound Healing of the Sk~in ability to Your skin possesses an uncanny heal itself after to a laceration. which is more common in warm. color. collaboration of . of blood or other injury.

Bones serve as the . keeps your body healthy and free from disease (see the next section. are stacked one on top of each other to form the spinal column. Intact bones that on archeological sites. the master organ in the body. The bones in the spine. in addition to being involved in the function of respiration. known singularly as vertebra.The Team Members of Your Heaiing System 61 Your Skeletal System The skeletal system establishes the rigid framework of your body and is made up primarily of bones. For example. breathing. The vertebrae support the weight of your head. along responsible for movement. which is the main electrical. which are the densest structures in your found body. and fingers are responsible for movement of the upper extremities. The bones in your face participate in facial expression. they also protect the delicate sense organs in the region. while the bones in the arms. intercommu nicating highway between your brain and body. for example. The ribs. hands. and collectively as vertebrae. which In addition are their protective role. climbing. and nose. ears. and jumping. and other vitally important functions that aid your healing system in keeping your body healthy. nerve transmission. encasing and protecting the delicate spinal cord. * and body’s largest pool of calcium. Calcium is required for healthy muscle contractions. ways: are thousands of years old can be Your skeletal system works with your healing system in many important * Bones absorb internal significant stress loads and protect the body’s deeper organs and tissues. bones. * In conjunction uncanny ability the case to with your healing system. the bones of the legs are responsible for walking. they also act like flexible conduits. running. with muscles. such as your eyes. bones have an mend and knit themselves back together in of fracture. chewing. This to continue * protect the to capability ensures that your bones will deeper organs and tissues of the body. “Your Muscular System”). heart activity. also serve to protect the heart and lungs and other vital structures in the chest cavity~ The skull protects and houses the brain.

versatile. Muscles also and exercise of the muscles o participate in system in o Smooth muscles. and relaxed create healthy joints and ensure strength and maximum movement. Body builders who continually lift weights over a long period of time can add up to 100 pounds or more of solid muscle tissue to their frames. yogis in India.62 Your Extraordinary Healing System Your Muscular System The system that is primarily responsible for movement in your body is the muscular system. the arteries. located inside various vital organs. They are dynamic. Muscles make up approximately 40 percent of your total body weight. which This process supports your healing system at optimum temperatures. and they alone are the heaviest and most dominant system in your body. flexible. they generate heat. causing move ment of the diaphragm and the rib cage. are criti functioning of these organs and the healing system. change. your healing muscles of respiration participate in breathing. which is essential for the healing system to function most efficiently. by keeping your body functioning o contract. important internal processes that aid keeping your body healthy. which allows air and oxygen to flow in and out of your lungs. Alternatively. The muscles in your body key allies to your healing system in the following ways: ‘When muscles serve as o move and keeps your body warm. o improves circu Regular movement lation by strengthening the heart. and in the process. For example. can mold their bodies into pretzels—they have earned the label of “rubber men” for the incredible flexibility in their joints. becoming powerful and strong in the process. A strong heart aids the healing system by improving the delivery of oxygen and vital nutrients throughout your body. and heal. Muscles have a tremendous capacity to grow. such as the intestines. and highly plastic. through many years of stretching the muscles in their bodies. help to direct the movement of vital cal to the . Muscles that are strong. and the bronchioles in the lungs. They can contract and expand the diameters of these important tubular structures.

knows what is of your Your nervous system consists of two main limbs: 1. jumping. and effective heal ing response with great accuracy and speed to any area of your body. peristalsis allows the food to pass along the length of the intestines. contract. is caused by the alternating expansion of the intestinal muscles. your healing region system can dispatch a concentrated. The same is true in the lungs. running. walking. direct. body temperature. help to regulate the flow of air in and out of your body. such as breath. your healing system going on in even the tiniest cell in the most remote body. In digestive helps digestive to circulate blood system. Because of your nervous system. processes. more When the muscles in the arteries narrower. the many spinal cord. The voluntary nervous as system. which regulates the movements of such activities swimming. sitting. where the muscles that line the breath ing tubes. nervous which adaptation to light. can consciously system. your system processes information and sends and receives messages with astonishing speed and precision throughout all parts of your body. Consisting peripheral nerves (like a tree with of your brain. the as quickly through your of food down the movement tract. heartbeat. The and all other activities that you standing. With the help of your nervous system. and nervous branches). also known as the autonomic automatically controls vital body involuntary nervous system. and many others. known peristalsis. orchestrated. 2. known as the bronchi and bronchioles. .The Team Members of Your Healing System 63 tions within your * body fluids and important gases such as oxygen body. muscles to specific destina The following examples emphasize how indispensable the smooth are to the health and performance of your healing system. visual muscular reflexes. the arteries become this the body. contraction and Your Nervous The nervous System arm system is the master communication and electrical of your the healing system.

64 Your Extraordinary Healing System system is exquisitely interconnected to the func tioning of your entire nervous system. organs. also known nal is as epinephrine. exerting a powerful influence on your healing system. ears. upon which it depends for specialized roles in communication. and that to your brain through to these various sense more avoid danger. to interact with life in all its fullness. make up the endocrine system and play major roles in the chemistry of your body’s internal environ ment while they support your healing system through numerous The mechanisms: the adre o Adrenaline. physiological processes. and regulation following hormones and their respective endocrine organs. produced by glands. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that work with your healing system to influ ence important physiological processes and vital body functions. is one of the best known of all hormones. there are highly specialized tissues and structures in your body known as sense organs. Adrenaline and in response to fear. Information alter your coming in through the senses can also directly body’s physiology. and maintenance of your body’s natural state of health. . rapidly secreted during emergencies. Sense Organs and Your Healing System In association with your nervous system. is fed tongue. tion. and the direction of key mechanisms for the growth. Sense organs not only allow you importantly. influences your perception enables you to safely move about in this world. and skin. which include the eyes. these organ-glands are responsible for the production. the regulation of vital. secre of all your hormones. Your healing life-sustaining. nose. Information that and aids your healing system. Your Endocrine System (Glands) The endocrine system consists of the major organ-glands in your body. repair. but. commonly referred to as giands.

regulate the produc FSH tion of ova. Estrogen and progesterone.The Team Members of Your Healing System 65 stress. mone a that produced by the adrenal glands. regulates the production of cortisol from the adrenal gland. where estrogen is These hormones also are involved in the process of menstruation. it activates the causes flight” response. plays a key role in the immune system. is a powerful hor regulates the amount of sodium and fluid levels in the a body. natural anti-inflammatory agent. controls growth and overall growth in your body. cholesterol metabolism. or ACTH. a eggs. and regulates bone produced by your pituitary gland. or other states of excitement. . it also controls blood pressure. which are central to the health of your healing system. and aids the healing system by acting as a powerful. produced by your pituitary gland. produced by the ovaries in women. nancy. in the pancreas and is one a Insulin is produced of the most important hormones in your body. a (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hor mone). and to every cell and tissue in your body. such as bone for mation. in the ovaries of women. play important roles in menstruation and pregnancy. Insulin regulates glucose metabolism and blood sugar. and the health of the skin. or produced. they also have other wide-reaching effects in the body. Aldosterone. secreted from the pituitary gland. Cortisol regulates glucose metabolism. which body’s physiology: • the “fight-or following changes in your increases heart rate • increases blood pressure increases 4 respiratory rate • increases oxygen consumption • dilates pupils • affects many other functions that help the body direct resources to effectively deal with any emergency~ a Adrenocorticotropic hormone. and they play an important role during preg Growth hormone.

regulates lactation following childbirth in women. Calcium also is required for the functioning of the heart. the development of facial and body hair. Vasopressin. from the testes or ICSH. heart rate. or ADH (antidiuretic hormone). and mood. metabolism. o of labor Oxytocin. and the production of melanin. menstruation. produced by your pitu itary gland. secreted from the pituitary and the release of breast milk gland. produced by the pituitary gland. o Prolactin. is required for tes development. the pigment that helps regulate the amount of sunlight that enters into your body. which is one of the most important glands in your body. Oxytocin also aids in milk production and secretion during breast-feeding. Thyroid stimulating hormone. which is strongly influenced by sunlight and plays a major role in the regulation of moods. body temperature. skin and hair growth. or TSH. produced by the parathyroid glands. Parathyroid hormone also affects calcium absorption in your intestines and calcium resorption in your kidneys. Melatonin controls natural sleep and wake cycles. ticular produced in the testes in men.66 Your Extraordinary Healing System o Interstitial release of cell-stimulating hormone. o Testosterone. o Melatonin. depth of voice. Parathyroid hormone. acts on the kidneys to conserve water by inhibit ing urination and also plays a role in blood-pressure regulation. muscu lar development. helps to regulate growth and development. produced by the pituitary gland. as well as other important muscles and nerves in your body. sexual maturity. o o . controls and regulates the function of the thyroid gland. is a powerful hormone produced by the pineal gland. the production of sperm. produced by the thyroid gland. o Thyroid hormone. stimulates the testosterone in males. con trols bone metabolism and regulates calcium levels in your blood. regulates the process by stimulating uterine contractions during childbirth. and male libido.

The Team Members of Your Healing System 67 Your Your to Digestive System are digestive system consists of various organs that connected a your small and large intestines. Your Your Respiratory System respiratory system consists of the nose. sinuses. teeth. Your res . and assimilating vital nutrients into your body from the foods you eat. helping it grow. and through the delivery of essential nutrients. throat. Because of their role in breathing. These nutrients provide the fuel for your healing system and for your entire body. Your digestive system. Following digestion. nose. absorbing. trachea. The respiratory system is responsible for delivering oxygen to your blood. bronchioles. tonsils. which combine structure to form contin uous. your entire body. liver. stomach. maintains close ties with your healing system. your digestive system plays a key role in delivering necessary nutrients for the purposes of rebuilding and providing new growth to damaged tissues. and anus. the ribs and diaphragm are consid ered ancillary structures of the respiratory system. your cells and tissues cannot live. small intestines. Your respiratory system directs the flow of air in and out of your body through these various structures. twisted. salivary glands. and maintain its natural state of health. large intestines. larynx. esophagus. throat. what your body doesn’t need or cannot use is eliminated through the large intestines in the form of solid wastes. Elimination aids your healing system by ridding your body of unwanted toxins and waste products. and lungs. tube-like that extends more than 30 feet from your mouth to your rectum. tongue. alveoli. The health of each of these structures affects the health of your entire respiratory system and. hollow. As your body heals from any malady. middle ear. Without oxygen. digestive system also includes the appendix. mouth. rectum. ultimately. which is then pumped to every cell and tissue in your body. The following components make up the digestive system: your mouth. repair itself. bronchi. Your digestive system is responsible for breaking down. The gall bladder. pancreas.

Blood clotting is unique function of the circulatory a . minerals. has sustained trauma. neurotransmitters. It is responsi arteries are heart. your nervous. ments o These nutrients and substances include hormones. If these arteries become clogged. This is just one example of a critical cooperative effort between your respirato ry system and your healing system. has fever. o accomplishes this task. including tems. circulatory. In your special bring the blood supply back to the heart itself. to every cell and tissue in your Pumping and distributing blood. respiratory system is connected has or to many other systems. o Carrying sues oxygen from the lungs in your body. upon whose health your healing system and entire body depend. or when stress is significant.68 Your Extraordinary Healing System piratory dioxide. the blood. are essential for blood clotting. a heart attack can occur. an and as digestive a sys When the body a oxygen deficit. and all the various constituents in your blood. the various organs and tis very important molecule in red blood cells. enzymes. White blood cells. lymphatic. illness. body. including circulatory your red blood cells. vitamins. antibod trace ies. The system is also responsible for ridding your body of carbon a toxic waste product of normal cellular metabolism. Your The Circulatory System system consists of your heart and blood vessels. which are crucial for the functioning of the immune system. and that are ele vital to the Removing toxic metabolic functioning byproducts. carbon dioxide and lactic acid. injury. rates of breathing tend to auto matically increase to bring more oxygen into the body. Clotting of the blood. the coronary arteries that ble for o which contains oxygen and other vital nutrients and substances. Hemoglobin. such a severe when person or is in shock. to a of your such as healing system. Their health is critical to the health of your heart. The circulatory system has many vital functions.

and important chemicals of the immune system. immune. and support your healing system through a number of functions. These functions include the following: they important a Your urinary system helps to conserve and regulate fluid levels in your a body. this fluid contains white blood cells. assuring that body has proper amounts of sodium. potassium. Lymph fluid circulates freely throughout system. and other a Your urinary system monitors to blood.The Team Members of Your Healing System 69 system. Your lymphatic system works closely with your circulatory. The major your organs of your urinary system include your kidneys and bladder. purifies the entire blood circula Your urinary system filters and tion within your body. and healing the lymph systems to as it circulates and removes toxins and impurities from your body keep your tissues and blood free from disease caused teria. The lymphatic system consists of a series of lymphatic ves sels and lymph nodes that are strategically located throughout spe cific parts of your body. viruses. which is critical your protein concentration healing system. in the . Blood the during times of injury to prevent excessive clotting represents one of the true miracles of healing system. key minerals and trace elements that support vital physiological processes that are essential for your healing system. calcium. antibodies. by bac Your Your Urinary System urinary system is primarily responsible for acting as a filter for blood to remove wastes and toxins from your body. and other invaders. Your You can Lymphatic System system as think of your lymphatic the blood-purification system. a Your your urinary system regulates electrolyte levels. and it occurs blood loss.

uterus. in addition. In addition to having receptors for hormones produced by other organs. the breasts serve both an endocrine. are also included in this system. on influence the heart. the testes. is reproduction and prolifer ation of the species. estrogen in females and testosterone in males. and the main function of your reproductive system.70 Your Extraordinary Healing System Your In women. urethra. These include the nervous. For instance. cervix. the Reproductive System is located in the lower abdomen reproductive system pelvic area. More than any other system in the body. and the endocrine system. and they can most notably influence emotional and mental a states. These differences are responsible for the strongly magnetic sexes. secretory function and a reproductive one. circulatory. and as tissues of arousal that help promote sexual and reproduc and tive activities. Your Immune Your immune system consists of organs that can a System complex network of cells and produce extremely powerful chemicals known as . estrogen exerts protective Many other systems in the body also are connected to the health and proper functioning of the reproductive system. The reproductive system maintains an intimate connection with ovaries. reproductive system is responsible for helping to differentiate the physical charac teristics of men and women. they act as attractive forces to the opposite sex. located in the chest. the reproductive system produces it own hormones. and penis the make up the reproductive system. In men. lactating glands that deliver milk immediately following childbirth. The breasts. serving as nutritive. In this way. and vagina. endocrine. and it consists of the ovaries. prostate. and lymphatic systems. The breasts are actually dual-purpose organs. Although women can live without a uterus or men can live without testes and a prostate. the repro ductive system is essential for the survival of the human race. seminal vesicles. forces that help foster the sexual attraction between the The natural result of this attraction. These hormones contribute to overall health.

which threats and can are produced to out be likened to in direct response to specific molecular cruise missiles. history of the world Antibodies. white blood cells have been discovered to possess receptors for neu rotransmitters produced by the brain. parasites. are released destroy unwanted intruders with remarkable speed. produced in large quantities upon demand. accuracy. your immune system works of health. and precise as to make any other army or military force in the appear primitive and impotent in comparison. respiratory system. They also are in the body’s mucous membranes. subtle. with highly specialized roles and functions. can You think of white blood cells to as infantrymen who are pro grammed destroy any invading enemy in the form of or bacteria. indicating that your endocrine system communicates directly with your immune system. and other body tissues and into the bloodstream seek and cavities that connect to the outside environment. as well. As we discussed earlier. For example. once thought to be a completely inde pendent system. is now known to be directly linked to your brain system. Little recently. urethra. Other white blood cells have been found to have specific hormone receptors. fungi. sophisticated. whose chief function is tion and other intruders. which demonstrates a direct and nervous chemical link with your brain and nervous system. to defend your body against infec ly The cellular components of your immune system consist large of white blood cells. Antibodies are pres ent in the blood. . viruses. other harmful pathogenic organisms. intestines. Your immune system. known about your immune system until quite Research is still discovering new facts about this amazing was system. mouth. in many instances they work together to restore your body to its natural state communicate directly with your endocrine system. and precision. and to other systems. Even more certain white blood cells can astonishing is recent evidence produce and secrete hormones that that closely with your healing system. and although the two systems are clearly dis tinct.The Team Members of Your Healing System 71 antibodies. such as the nose. The division of labor among the many types of white blood cells of your immune system is so detailed.

we will look at the many ways you can cooperate with your healing system by strengthening and fortifying it so that it can work for you most efficiently and effectively. which orchestrates the processes that keep you healthy. I hope you now have a greater sense of appreciation for how the various systems in your body function individually and together in support of your extraordinary healing system. In the next chapter. .72 Your Extraordinary HeaHng System Team Even Closing Thoughts on the Members of Your Healing System though an entire book could be written on each individual system presented in this chapter.

the choices you make in your everyday life can have a serious impact upon its performance and its activities. You can impede your healing system’s ability to perform its pro grammed mission. Such following: ignoring the basic needs of your body. entertaining thoughts of fear. and living a lifestyle that is stressful and unhealthy. obstructions include the harmful substances into your Additional factors that can be detrimental to the intrinsic strength of your healing system include such unhealthy mental habits as chronic worrying. not getting enough sleep and rest. home and work environment. by ered participating in activities that are harmful to your health. in addition to a mul titude of other factors that are within your control. putting poor foods. Your diet and lifestyle. completely enters installed. can dramatically alter the behavior and efficiency of your healing system. anger. thoughts and attitudes. and rage. maintaining a pessimistic and . not drinking enough water.CHAPTER 4 Strengthening and Fortif~ring Your Healing System our body’s healing system comes even prepackaged. your before the first breath lungs when you are born. mistrusting. moods and emotions. Although the healing system is deliv to you in perfect condition. subjecting your body to a toxic envi ronment. and overburden and exhaust its resources. eating nutrientbody. holding onto resentment. breathing harmful air. and fully functional.

As we discussed earlier. you can make your healing system your most powerful ally in your quest for greater health and wellness. life-threatening illness or chronic debilitating disease taking hold of your body. fresh air. by learning to listen to your body’s valuable communications. which is naturally programmed for health and vitality~ can remain free of illness until your final days. vibrant. energetic. rich. interfere with your healing system’s ability to do its job properly. emotions. and increase the likelihood of a serious. to keep it in optimum condition. strong. but rather when you are healthy. Prevention The From Key to a Strong Healing System viewpoint. and rewarding life. you inwardly possess much more power than you may be aware. and understand the intimate rela tionship between your body. water. Alternatively. All these selfdestructive tendencies exhaust your body’s precious resources. vibrant. If you want to be happy. you can strengthen. your body. mind. and giving up on life altogether. These negative factors can rob you of your natural state of health and sabotage an otherwise wholesome. nourish. apathy. the best time to a strategic and tactical strengthen. which might be well over 100 years. you need to honor and take proper care of your body. and active. But if you hope to come near this goal. and even enhance its performance. So that your healing system will stand poised and ready to leap into action at the first signs of . and cooperate with your healing system. If you do. and spirit. In this respect. and learn to strengthen and fortif~’ it. you must cooperate with your healing system. This will help you fulfill your basic physical needs of wholesome food.74 Your Extraordinary Healing System cynical attitude. understanding what is required to maintain your natural state of health. plenty of sleep and rest. and appropriate exercise. while paying attention to your body’s early warning signs when danger or illness may be approaching. healthy. fortify. depression. focusing on problems and negative circumstances. and cooperate with your healing system is not when you are sick. Your healing system responds to your deepest intentions and most heartfelt desires.

If they should into a problem. deteriorating health con speaking about healthy. To emerge victorious from a health challenge. he can then step into that ring with confidence and poise. but before it leaves the port. consider the plight of a boxer vying to for the onship is not of the world. I am not out speaking ditions. it is better for it to be well prepared case in advance of any anticipated calamity~ on As the famous to of the ill-fated Titanic are demonstrates. This kind of training. In fact.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 75 distress. and mindset is required to win. your very life depends on it. inferior opponent. I meet many people who choose not to visit doctors regularly. So condition or formidable disease that life may throw your way. actively calling upon his polished boxing skills to defeat his less-prepared. The time learn how to heavyweight champi box for such a fight when he steps into the ring against a formidable opponent. refuse am doctors for their mature. To further illustrate this point. if you are now ill. Learning how tive inertia to the absence of illness strengthen and fortify your healing system in or disease gives you the momentum and posi integrity defeat any illness. taking the time now to learn how to work with your healing system will give you the edge you need to defeat any ing for the fight. should it attempt to violate the and sanctity of your body. independent people run who have chal developed a confidence lenges that face us all in in their bodies’ abilities to meet the physical this life. to mean knowledge. The same is true with your healing system. the time check whether there enough lifeboats deck for all the passengers is not when the ship is sinking. but rather during the many hours of preparation when he is in train prepared. These requirements are exactly the same for your healing system. you need to work more focus this important to than ever. of fear and denial. I about irresponsible people to see who neglect their health and then. on that if you are now ill you will not benefit from On the contrary. Learning how when your This doesn’t this strengthen and fortify your healing system is easier body is not already under siege from an illness or disease. preparation. instead .

your body comes equipped healing system that is constantly attempting to communicate with you. which body creates a strong urge to drink fluids. these and people to know how to activate their heal ing systems by nurturing time and listening rely their bodies. when your bladder becomes full and requires emptying. you will develop a deep-seated inner confidence principles that your body has the capacity to stay healthy and to heal itself when its learning to to listen your body and apply some health is will challenged. Learning to to help you prevent illness and strengthen and activate your healing system heal yourself from any health challenge you can may have face in your life. The Healing System As we Rx #1: Learn to Listen to Your Body with a discussed in Chapter 2. whether you’re focusing on prevention or on healing from an existing health problem. When your body is tired and to requires sleep. your stomach will soon begin to rumble and growl if you don’t put something in your belly. By simple yet powerful and techniques. When your needs . 24 hours a day. yawn.76 Your Extraordinary Healing System of rushing off to the doctor. By paying attention to each of these factors and incorporating them into your life. you feel thirsty. Through the language your healing system speaks. and you feel hunger pangs in your stomach. you feel the urge to urinate. Prescriptions for Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System following key ingredients constitute essential components of a healthy program aimed at strengthening and fortifying your body’s healing system. example. You learn to be your own best doctor. There is can definitely a place how to ask for help from doctors. Similarly. when your body is hungry. but you more on minimize these occasions when you learn to your own healing system. your eyes will feel heavy and you will begin water. seven days a week. it sends you valuable information to help you know what its needs For are. you will be able to most effectively tap into your body’s natural ability to heal itself and significantly improve the quality of your life.

How The to to Listen to Your Body access following exercise is a simple yet powerful method to gain vitally important messages from your body’s healing system: . or under stress. suffering. body constantly sending you other more subtle information. Ignoring the or two. we strengthen. which occurs when there is a lack of adequate oxygen and blood flow to the heart. the sensations might increase. it is critical that you first become more aware of your body’s needs and learn to listen to its early warning messages. such as an ulcer. it could lead to increased pain known as angina. You may also notice your heart skipping a are beat ignore these sensations.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 77 In addition your to these more obvious forms of communication. which makes your breath tight or heavy ing slightly difficult. This pain is the body’s ultimate communication strategy to try to get us to wake up to the fact that we are ignoring one or more of its vital needs. a You may feel queasy are or nervous. These symptoms could be danger signals of an impending heart attack. a When you tense. and so you will not need to experience pain. upset. afraid. illness. not or knot in your stomach when you confronted with an unpleasant situation. If notice a linger. and cooperate with your healing system. For is instance. your body will not need to shout or scream at you to get your attention. you may notice a sensation in your chest. as many people do. When you become a good listener. need to become better listeners. you may or may not be receiving and processing these other important messages. which could be early warn ing signs of an impending intestinal problem. the situation is resolved and is allowed to Even many of though us some of us listen to our are bodies some of the time. You may tl-y to messages could have disastrous consequences. Depending on what kind of listener you are. Our scream at us by causing intense pain. but if this is an early warning from your heart. To avoid pain and to remain To healthy. fortify. at us don’t listen until cooperate with they actually screaming tend to and refusing bodies to us until we their needs. or disease. in all their myriad forms. or become persistent. misery.

As you become movement more relaxed. and moving toward the top of your head. quiet mood. Make sure your body is comfortable before you proceed. You may also want to put on some soft. automatic as of your breath it flows in and systematically scan your body. feel all the muscles your body releasing tension. responsibilities. and obligations for at least 20 to 30 minutes. try using earplugs. starting from the tips out . just let your mind be a passive observer as you watch and observe this gentle. As you close your eyes and relax your to in your body. and take the phone off the hook you won’t be disturbed. Focus your awareness in o within. Feel the hands Every time the breath leaves your body.neck. You can even place your help you become more aware rhythmical. close the door. and genitals. Notice that when the breath flows out of your body. area to o top of the of this movement. If you cannot find a quiet place. automatic movement of your breath as it flows in and out of your body. including your heart and chest area. your back and spine. Notice the gentle move on ment in that region. preferably lying down on your back. rather. Notice that when the breath flows into your body. Try not to control the rate or depth of this movement. position. your shoulders and. You may place pillows under your knees. Make sure everyone in your home understands that you are not to be disturbed until you are finished. Excuse yourself from your family duties. Find a comfortable o Gently close your eyes and relax all the muscles if it is melting into the surface beneath you. as o body. your stomach and abdomen gently contract and fall. observing the gentle. Visit all parts in between. or use blankets or pillows anywhere else to help support your body so that you are comfort able. and becoming more relaxed. bring your awareness the area of your stomach and abdomen. automatic rhythm. becoming as aware of how your body feels from the “inside” o you continue to breathe. slowly of your toes and of your body. buttocks. relax ing music o in the background to help set a peaceful. and your stomach and abdominal area.78 Your Extraordinary Healing System o Aliow yourself quiet alone time. Go into a safe and so quiet room. your groin. your stomach and abdomen gently expand and rise.

listen to a this process may appear to be relaxation exercise. and open to your eyes. easiest. and bathing. The awareness you gain from this exercise will spill over into your daily life. when your body is relaxed. and concentrated. becomes calmer and more focused. or insults to your system in Healing System R. which you may not have been aware of before. • After your allotted time. and years of an entire . the food you eat. nothing more than more is going on. weeks. and feelings of vitality and health. in these areas. You will notice a heightened sensitivity to your body’s are inner sensations. Remember your body this way regularly. Also notice any areas of relaxation. add up over the days. You will become much of the valuable infor mation your body is communicating to you. gently stretch your muscles. Resume your normal activities. These simple routine habits. and you will be better able to use this information to respond to your body’s needs.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 79 ~ Notice any areas of discomfort. system. your mind also becomes First. months. and yet most power ful ways to strengthen and fortif~’ your healing system. In reality. you will be better able to assist your healing correcting these imbalances as it restores your body to its natural state of health. By opening the door to better communication and cooperation.x #2: Pay Attention to Your Personal Hygiene Your personal hygiene consists of the simple acts you perform daily to help support and care for your body. the air state. These actions include such common activities as brushing your teeth. you will dis important messages from it that you were unable to hear or more aware feel before. breathe. comfort. Because your mind and body intimately connected. learning to listen to your body can become one of the simplest. your nervous quieter. however. your mental powers for internal listening are also increased. and you to its responses to your environment. and your mental and emotional When you cover regularly practice listening to your body. which may seem insignificant at first. In this state. when your body is relaxed. more alert. pain. or tension. Should imbalances body occur. which is the main communications link between your mind and body. much At first glance. moving your bowels.

Bodies that of your are regularly are more prone to skin infec Microorganisms. and they can strengthen and fortify your healing system. interfere with proper nutri tion. lifetime and. including staph and strep bacteria. you prevent the possibility of plaque build-up. If you want to live a long and happy. and it removes bacteria and germs that can accumulate on the surface of your skin. and you are interested in preventing problems before they develop. The elements of personal hygiene in the the health of your Dental Hygiene and Your Healing System depends on proper digestion. Good health Bathing which is and Your Healing System integrity of your skin. your per sonal hygiene can have a much greater impact on your ability to stay healthy and resist diseases than your genes. and in your ability to stay well and resist disease. all of which can impair digestion. healthy life. exert a powerful influence on the performance and efficiency of your healing system. They can make a huge difference in the quality of your life. pay careful attention to the following elements of hygiene. cavity formation. or if you are currently struggling to regain your health. Regular bathing leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean. For this reason. Digestion begins in your mouth with the chewing of food. When you brush regularly. In fact. and adversely affect your healing system. toxic wastes are produced and accumulate in your . source. Regular bathing can aid your healing system by eliminating these infections at their not washed or bathed tions. which depends on the health of your teeth. following sections con tribute significantly to body. and gum disease. in the or your doctor. the medicine you take. regularly brushing your teeth and observ ing good dental hygiene is important. Bathing helps preserve the function and one body’s primary defense organs. Elimination and Your Bowel and Bladder Healing System: Hygiene large amounts of body during each Because of normal internal metabolic processes. can invade your body after first appearing on your skin.80 Your Extraordinary Healing System long run.

which lack fiber and o Avoid cause alcohol. Ensuring the health of these organs is essential for your healing system to operate with maximum efficiency~ Tips for Healthy Elimination ~ Drink plenty of fluids. a large cup of hot water or a warm remove beverage o will usually bring fast results. which improves intestines. The best of fiber include whole Increase grains. can cause prepackaged meats constipation. the more efficiently your healing system can eliminate and toxins from it. Alcohol can constipation along an with dehydrate your body. such and processed starches. thus reducing the risk of colon sources and other intestinal diseases. and the more fluids you bring into your body. If your bowels are sluggish and need a little coaxing in the morning. to physical activity. life-threatening diseases. including water. Your body is approxi mately 70 percent fluid. you will literally drown or suffocate in your own waste. Without regular elimination. seeds and nuts. which irritants. Irregular elimination can contribute to the onset of a number of serious. while liquids are elim inated primarily through the kidneys and bladder. Limit coffee. Caffeine stim to ulates the parietal cells in your stomach excess. which can cause your healing system to bog down and become seri ously impaired. unwanted. as blood flow the o Avoid low-residue foods. which helps elimination. Failure to eliminate waste products and toxins promptly and efficiently contributes to the steady build-up of these materials. and caffeinated sodas. because these can serve as usually contain tannic acids. use can Alcohol is contribute o intestinal and bladder irritant. in the urine. can acid. and can bowel or bladder problems. Solid.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 81 day. Increase your fiber intake throughout the day and at night. if produced in produce hydrochloric damage the lining of your . which. toxic-waste products are eliminated through the large intestines in your bowel movements. cheeses. and chronic to problems tea. Adequate products from cancer fiber intake ensures more effective elimination of waste your intestines. with these organs. excess and other foods. and fruits and vegetables.

and legumes. Here are a few basic but critical guidelines: repair other and restoration well-rounded. sources excellent daily lack of fiber. Some flexibil ity and leniency is necessary are avoid becoming stressed when stress your food choices limited unavailable. Packaged and processed Minimize foods generally lack the vitality. and potential for higher concentration of heavy metals and environmental toxins. and intestinal cJ potentially lead to an ulcer or other problems. Additionally. Healing System Eat a Rx #3: Well-Balanced Diet Consisting of Natural Foods sustenance Food supplies the basic building blocks for the of every cell and tissue in your body. may have harmful side effects. ~ eating packaged or processed foods. providing life-supporting energy for metabolic activities. and trace elements. which contain abundance of all of your body’s basic nutri tional requirements.82 Your Extraordinary Healing System stomach and intestines. Just as any high-powered. which often con tain preservatives and additives that. over flesh foods. and the processes of governed by your healing system. while they increase shelf life. Favor fresh fruits and vegetables. minerals. fats and oils. your healing system requires pure and wholesome food to ensure optimum performance and functioning. mechanisms of defense. and nutrient quality that fresh and whole foods contain. fiber. These foods delicate also irritate and damage the lining of your urinary and digestive systems. you should minimize them in your diet because of their tendency toward a higher fat content. performance-oriented machine requires the best fuel. essential quate vitamins. make sure Eat a amounts you D are consuming adequate an amounts of fluids and fiber. carbohydrates. The of being . Although flesh foods are of protein. are Eliminate foods that highly processed can or contain artificial chemical additives. ~ Do not be fanatical in following a to or restrictive diet. whole grains. high-performance diet that includes ade of protein.

When you take your meals in a peaceful atmosphere.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 83 rigid in your diet might be providing. is an important key to a strong and are healthy healing maintenance of system. Your healing system’s ability to remain strong and active is influenced not only by the chemical constituents of the foods you eat. but by your meal patterns and the timing of your meals. resist illness. and they vital for your circulation and the health of your cardiovascular system. along with exercise. in addition to many other factors surrounding food. For example. Your daily activity level is an integral part of your body’s ability to stay healthy. and maintain an active and vibrant healing The Benefits of Exercise for Your Healing System The benefits of exercise for your healing system are numerous. which improves clarity of in your o Improves Improves overall muscle strength body o cardiac health . Movement and exercise essential for the are healthy joints and muscles. exercise o Energizes and Clears activates your healing system o depression circulation to o Improves thinking your brain. properly chewing food and the circumstances under which food is eaten also play a role in the digestion and absorption of nutri ents. system. any exercise you do regularly will significantly benefit your healing system.x #4: Get Adequate Exercise Movement is a and Physical Activity fundamental it and. Because your healing system is connected to all of the other organ systems in your body. (In the next chapter. too o detracts from whatever benefits your diet surroundings are pleasant and enjoyable when you eat. diges tion and assimilation are enhanced. Among its many benefits. principle of all matter in the universe.) sure Make your Healing System R. I’ll offer more specific information on nutrition for your healing system.

before the advent of the automobile and motor is one of the simplest and most transportation.84 Your Extraordinary Healing System ~ Improves blood flow to stomach and intestines. in addition no their of domesticated animals. Try to walk three specific days of the week that work to five days a week if this is your only exercise. A few of the exercise each day will bring you all of these more common one following listed to strengthen sections. and make your find creative ways to increase the amount of time walking a part of your daily routine and lifestyle. and follow the guidelines system. and more. benefit from an healing system will automatically thoroughly enjoyable activity. extra Consequently. Choose types of exercise are listed in the or more. and reduces immune function constipation Improves Improves o bone and joint health D Imp roves to the healing time of fractures and joint injuries blood flow Improves complexion skin o and skin health by increasing improves Improves blood flow to genitals. which sexual function Just 30 minutes of benefits. . which improves digestion o and elimination. people there was used their to own two use legs as their primary means of transport. and If you people in these cultures generally fit than those of our modern societies. socialize with use friends. In traditional cultures. and fortify your healing Walking Walking ized natural ways to exercise. If you you walk. I have this time often held medical while meetings with several close colleagues and friends we were walking through scenic nature trails in Hawaii. Ti~ps for Walking o otherwise Choose a time of day and best for you. where can I live. walking listen is a good way to exercise and to to music or educational tapes. to need to set aside were time in the more day exercise. or even conduct business meetings. brainstorm ideas. are extremely busy.

This exercise helps to build up the largest muscles in your body. • near cold. If all goes well. sure • Make your height for your bicycle legs. This a place • could be outside in indoors in large mall. • You do not need to force or strain or be uncomfortable in any way.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 85 * Wear comfortable clothing. and the noise a because exhaust fumes and distraction of the may interfere with your concentration and relaxation. supportive the beach. I Walk with friend you or family to member to so you have company. Avoid are cars heavily trafficked areas if possible unhealthy to breathe. Recent research indi that it is more important to walk regularly than to walk briskly. quite even surface. T:ps for Bicycling • Avoid Start at a heavily trafficked areas that have exhaust fumes. Bicycling enjoyable way to exercise while you get out and Bicycling is often considered easier on the joints than running or other exercises. • can use this time music as be alone. to • at a comfortable pace and try ride for 15 to 30 minutes time. and it is not too shoes. improves your cardiovascular health. while it also Bicycling can see an be the world. hopefully with interesting nature or even scenery. start with and haven’t done any exercise in 10 tol5 minutes a day on a flat. add 5 minutes per week so that you can eventually build up to 30 to 60 minutes each day. a You may want to listen portable If you a tape or CD player educational tapes with you walk. If you live going barefoot. consider Find a safe place to walk. after one to two weeks. or are out of shape just while. and seat are adjusted to the proper . especially comfortable. your legs and lower torso. Alternatively. * Walk cates at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

Tips for Swimming o Start out slowly and to at increase your laps gradually. If that you will continue to you make it swim enjoyable. as you It is better to swim slower and longer than faster and shorter. and that you a forcing or breathing straining. a ~ To protect your head from Use fall. It can also relieve mental and emotional tension. swimming can be a wonderful form of exercise that provides all of the cardiac and circulation benefits of walking. or ocean. a Alternate strokes give different muscles in your body a more thorough o workout. lake. o Build up least 20 to to 30 minutes of each day. pond. you have back exercise that is Swimming is especially beneficial if or knee problems because it is a non-weight-bearing gentle on the joints. adding swimming one lap each time you swim. wear a helmet. you are Make sure comfortable with your are not swim. protective glasses or eyewear for your eyes. o Maintain proper posture are not you ride that your back and knees strained. Tzps for Weight L~fèing a and Start with light weights and move through the full range of motion of the exercise you’re doing to ensure proper movement of the muscles being exercised. weight lifting has become increasingly popular. and effectively strengthen and fortify your healing system.86 Your Extraordinary Healing System a Unless you are an expert. the likelihood regularly is much greater. . avoid as strapping your feet into so the pedals. Swimming If you have access to a pooi. Weight Lifting Thanks the many colorful characters in the world of professional bodybuilding. Pump to ing iron your overall weight training can increase muscle strength and improve physical health.

Focus more on are not working all the same o the lower because these muscles cles in your o body. . as if you were to blowing o Be smart self o on a new and accept the help of a personal trainer machine or while you are learning are sore orient your a new routine. hiking. are largest and most important mus they usually are the ones most neglected. running. o is completely gone before you work these muscles Remember that muscles need It is rest to grow and become stronger. o if you do not allow Never force point most gyms encourage the saying medical perspective. wait until the same pain again. calisthenics. If your muscles the day after a workout. move a Breathe rect to properly as you work out. possible to overtrain and injure muscles ing adequate rest between workouts. physiologically more cor a weight. You can achieve these results in numerous ways and settings.” from a in your body can result in an Aerobic Exercise Aerobic exercise describes any sustained exercise that increases your breathing and heart rate and has the ability to make you break a requires increased air delivery to your body. exhale as you lift or air into the weight. swimming. Aerobic exercise may also include the exercise you get while working on your job if you perform manual labor or are regularly involved in activi and exercises. Aerobic exercise sports.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 87 o Balance your workout so you muscle groups at one time. which results in greater oxygenation of your tissues. and body. from brisk walking. aerobic dancing sweat. Although “No pain. and other fun exercises. biking. no gain. games. to ties that require the steady movement of your arms or legs over a continuous period of time. ignoring pain injury or strain to the that you feel pain. including your legs and back. the Stretch in-between and after stiff muscles and weight-lifting It is exercises to avoid joints.

stretching feels good. sports medicine. Make sure only o you are not and that you are not forcing or straining your muscles or joints. time. When dogs or cats awaken from thing a nap. Stretching is also making its way into the medical establishment and is gradually becoming accepted as a first-line intervention in the fields of rehabilitation. They do this as part of the natural process of developing the coordination that is such a vital part of their normal growth and development. some to rest to and allow next down time before you make transition your activity-. post-surgical rehabilitation. distances. and physical therapy for the treatment and prevention of neuromus cular disorders and injuries. Even giant Sumo wrestlers in Japan stretch as part of their pre-match warm-ups and rituals. and topsy-turvy positions as they play and explore the different muscle groups in their bodies. length a build up speed. Stretching is becoming increasingly popular in the United States and Europe with the acceptance and introduction of traditional ori ental disciplines such as yoga and tai chi into Western cultures. including back pain. the first thing they do is stretch. Stretching Stretching can provide tremendous support for your healing system. Children also naturally stretch and assume all kinds of twisting. Doing injuries and problems can develop. and many forms of arthritis and other joint diseases. Trying to through the pain does not help. If the pain persists even with less exercise. ease off your exercising pace and intensity-. properly. start slowly and do about 10 tol5 minutes at a time for the first week. that most When done animals do . and until you can do 30 to 60 minutes at Slowly o of time exercising. Stretching is some naturally. gasping for air while you are breathing. If you experience pain that persists in any part of your body.88 Your Extraordinary Healing System Tzps for Aerobic Exercise o Take 5 tolO minutes to stretch and warm up before and after exercising. o If you haven’t exercised in a while. consider the ignore o pain or force this is how serious Remember a stopping altogether. flexible.

Gradually build up to 30 to 60 minutes a day. * Whenever possible.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 89 aging. Canada. Remember not to force or strain. your muscles. This process sets the stage for a whole host of joint diseases to set in. Stiffness also increases the likelihood of injuries because of the rigidity within the joints. and your muscles are stiff. and your muscles. as your schedule permits. and gently. Stretching can help reverse a As result of the effects of stress. personally benefited from the stretching that comes from yoga. doing so this Breathe enter and gently when you stretch. Japan. or jerk Again. the grandfather of all stretching systems. are that oxygen can into the muscle cells that you stretching. including arthritis. you might damage * However. to these harmful tendencies. and increasingly seden develop severe stiffness and tary lifestyles. . As an introduction to proper stretching. and Europe. This is a great way to start the day. many people begin pain and are unable to move their joints adequately as they age. make sure you call this to start a the attention of the teacher. if you stretch and tear far. your muscles will too If you don’t become flexible and healthy. Do not bounce could * damage slowly when you stretch. stretched before. you will feel pain. yoga classes are now available in almost every city in the United States. If you have particular health needs. morning and evening. particularly in the begin ning. Because of yoga’s increasing popularity. Before you I have yoga class. either at one time or in divided periods. not stretch far enough. make sure the teacher has proper credentials and the class is not too rigorous for you. stretch in the morning. Tips for Stretching * Set aside 10 tol5 minutes a day when you can be alone to do your stretching. there is no substitute for attending a gentle yoga class once or twice a week for several months or longer. you can * If you have start out never slowly far as * Stretch as without feeling pain. even though your muscles will most likely be stiffer then.

chronic fatigue syndrome. Sleep deprivation alters the proper functioning of your healing and immune systems and predisposes you to heart disease. any machine down its batteries and stop working. Many illnesses are less symptomatic in the morning. your body has a chance to recharge its batteries. your healing system is most active when you are sleeping and rest ing. it is important to experience what I call “alone time” for a brief period each day. Just seas as every ship must come in from the open to dock and resupply. many illnesses can be traced to the toy will Your body is or eventually no wear different. thanks to the refreshing and regenerative properties of sleep. In neglect of this simple. to your from its incessant activities regenerate.90 Your Extraordinary Healing System Healing System Sleep is one Rx #5: Get Enough Sleep and Rest body’s most basic physiological functions and one important activities to strengthen and fortify your heal ing system. as our we we give need to our families. yet important. and restore our friends. Incorporating a 60-minute power nap into your schedule. life take time out to be alone and precious energies. As part of your regular routine. or who do not get enough sleep or rest throughout their day. When you are getting adequate sleep each night. can be a great asset to your healing system. When you sleep. ourselves to over Throughout work. and other serious health problems. and renew our allow your body must take time off healing system to recharge. nerv of the of the most ous-system imbalances. its so. and many studies are now beginning to show that naps can be beneficial. endocrine and metabolic disorders. weekends. you should wake up feeling rested and refreshed. . stress-related conditions. daily 30- to at least on Alone Time: An for Your If it runs Important Healing System Form of Rest continuously. busy lives. fact. people who suffer from insomnia. since other physiological processes are held at a minimum and cannot interfere with its work during these periods. Alternatively. too. Taking a nap in the afternoon is also socially acceptable in many cultures. principle. In fact. our energies. are at risk of becom ing sick.

debilitating diseases often complain that they have no time for themselves. Even if your alone time is only 20 minutes day. Healing System Rx #6: Manage and Minimize the In the field of Stress in Your Life engineering. as a of continually amazed at how many people expect their keep going without recharging their batteries. with no phones to answer. They doctor. it is commonly reported that people who suffer from major. to be responsible only to yourself and your body. most are shocked to learn why they became sick in the first place. stress is defined as the amount of strain experienced by a system as the result of an applied external force or . Learning to say “No” to excessive demands on your life energies is mandatory if you want your healing system to remain strong and healthy. When these same people become sick and end up in the doctor’s office because of frayed nerves. In fact. sleep deprivation. Insisting on alone time is one way to stand up for the needs of your body. the connection between their illnesses and their run-down tune or They think their illness is caused by some misfor ill luck. no scheduled as Think of alone time appointments. no duties to perform. and your healing system can work more effectively to restore health. When you are quiet. chronic. relaxed. no burdens. Taking the time to be alone is one of the most powerful things you can do to strengthen and fortify your body’s healing system. state no commitments. alone. and it allows your mind time to themselves. Being alone allows your body time to conserve energy. a no hur ries. to quiet down your engines. and peaceful.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 91 mandatory solitary confinement—not in a punitive way. settle down and focus within so you can listen and cooperate with your healing system. bodies I am to are unable to see state. your healing system functions best. 15 or no worries. The sad fact is that many of these folks have not yet discovered the life-sustaining practice of spending time alone with They have not learned how to tell their families or their bosses that they need time alone to recharge their batteries. but rather as a time for you to rest and heal. that they are just following scripts that other people are constantly imposing on their lives. in this quiet solitude your batteries can recharge. While this need for rejuvenation is only common sense. and physical exhaustion.

Your immune system can also become dam stress. your mind and your body can suffer from a breakdown in health. stress can as obviously most external forces such these sources natural by major disruptive disasters. If the system is not flexible. mental. and cancer. wasting and depleting your precious physical. be caused are. if not handled normal healthy tissues. in addition to managing whatever stress may be currently afflicting you. for far less common. repair. but it is important to be able to effectively and to minimize its impact. enabling you to more effectively resist and eliminate illness and disease. and cancer. you can easily apply them to neutralize and handle the stress more effectively. plish However. stroke. Learning to prevent and reduce stress in your life. at Stress is unavoidable manage it times. You can accom through a variety of proven methods and techniques. diabetes. less pro dangerous than the stress caused by our own fast-paced. when you do experience stress. Stress interferes with your body’s natural ability to grow. thought and less processes and our Stress. Stress management has been shown to be a vital factor in the successful reversal of major chronic diseases such as heart disease. it can break under the strain. properly. Again. Stress has been linked number of serious including heart disease. This description is sim when you experience stress.92 Your Extraordinary Healing System load. political turmoil. hypertension. ilar to what can happen Although war. And effectively managing stress will liberate tremendous amounts of energy in your body that your healing system can use. ulcer. and emotional energy while it causes fatigue and exhaus tion. been high blood pressure. which renders you susceptible to illness and disease. can do considerable harm to your healing system. you need to practice and be familiar with these techniques and methods well in advance. all this is nothing more than sound preven this tive medicine. or if it is unable to adapt to the force or load. hectic lifestyles. so that. will allow you to feel much more calm and relaxed. and it has implicated as a significant contributing factor in many others. aged and inefficient with to a significant major and prolonged illnesses. and even of us. Fatigue will vanish. and restore longed. . and your healing system will perform much more efficiently. If stress is prolonged or too great.

but other problems may present themselves. Many people who develop chronic illnesses report feelings of long-term animosity or ambivalence for their work. report that their work is like play. Many people don’t like their jobs. Pilots and many other people who enjoy their jobs and the com pany of the people they work with. which require a substantial investment of your life energies. and this dissatisfaction can have polls and surveys damaging effect on the healing resentment system. your work and your work environment may be having a more significant effect on your physical and mental health than work at anything else. They feel they are part of tell . they felt like they should be paying the Air Force for the opportunity to fly. I a discovered this I was positive perspective to be the case with pilots while working as a flight surgeon in the Air Force. commuting to and from work. and other issues. which frees up energy for heal ing. such the inability to the intrusion of work into the home space. you might spend most of your time at work. bosses. you may have to contend with coworker tensions. Many people home. company policies. For example. In Chapter 6. consistently demonstrate superior health. deadlines.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 93 stress-management techniques are currently their common goal your ability to effectively calm and relax your mind and body. as numerous a reveal. and your attitudes toward your work influence the functioning and performance of your healing system. often feeling hopelessly trapped in dull and boring routine. your work ethics. They would often me that they couldn’t believe they were being paid to fly. with less energy spent interacting with coworkers and bosses and fic back and forth to an commuting through dangerous traf office. and of the people they serve. Rx #7: Heating System Your Enjoy Your Work daily work routine. Toxic emotions that have built up in the form of can exhaust the immune system and deplete internal healing resources. In this respect. In this setting. Many other fortunate souls. as and techniques. you will be introduced to some of these methods Many popular All have taught. having made peace with their vocation and having found their niche in the world. and turn off the work mode when they are interacting as with their families.

and positive emotions that stimulate your healing system and improve your vitality. wherein however humble. however. These positive feelings work to fortify and strengthen the integrity of their healing a team. play and have fun. A child who does not know how to play also is considered unhealthy and abnormal. Many cultures consider work to be a form of worship. and service to their systems. play is an integral part of the daily routine nursery and curriculum for all children. and elementary schools throughout the world. or. life-promoting. it is imperative to generate change your attitude toward your work so that it can become more meaningful to you. Whether you work with others part of a big company. learning to enjoy your work and focusing on its positive aspects will be health-enhancing. beyond because of their senses of humor. to find work that is more rewarding and enjoyable. If you are currently unhappy with your work. On the contrary. are an your work and the services you provide. schools. or you work alone. In fact. This perspective can enhance your self-worth. dance. kindergartens. and great benefit to your healing system. creative. most regard play or having fun of humanity’s greatest . This standard should apply Many adults to adults. important opportunity for you to give back to the world. This means taking the time to cultivate a sense of humor.94 Your Extraordinary Healing System they are uplifted by the sense of performing a valuable community and fellow human beings. as a either Healing System through play. and their ability to light-hearted attitudes. uplift your spirits. and involved in such fun activities as sports. Play Rx #8: to EnjoyYour Play reduce tension and a One of the best ways represents carefree state in your life is of mind that is vital to stress your overall health. or pursuing your favorite hobbies. I have met many people who did everything wrong from a health keen standpoint. become workaholics who as a waste of time. they lived well In their life expectancy. and to be spontaneous. if this is impossible. the arts. music. many studies are now revealing that retirees who regularly volunteer their time in local community serv ice enjoy much greater health and live much longer than their peers who do not participate in such activities.

when you are playing. you are not worrying about the future or feeling sorrowful. Derek now makes sure to take regular time out of his schedule to go surfing. are cultural lessons to upcoming generations. Derek. he totally forgot about his pain and predicament. Rather. Many successful businessmen professional people understand that. to be truly happy and healthy. was looking for a quick fix so he could get back to work as soon as possible. At these times. in a often in the forms of traditional songs. and other powerful chemi cals that strengthen and support the activities of your healing system. Nearly every use of this aspect of play to pass on important or moral. In fact. poetry. In his joy and enthusiasm for being in the ocean and doing something that he loved. you are usually or stories.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 95 ideas and inventions have and use come from people who knew how to play their powers of imagination. ‘When you play. or guilty about the past. The following story demonstrates the healing power of play. your healing system gets recharged. and were they were involved in fun and frolic simply enjoying themselves. Play is an effective way to strengthen your healing system because it helps you forget about time. he couldn’t find a surgeon who would operate on him promptly. being entertained. detached from your worries and problems. a physician and personal friend who had been suffering from severe back pain with sciatica. you are completely absorbed and and focused in the here and now. Play culture has made also encompasses the field of entertainment. neurotransmitters. a light-hearted spirit prevails that. Derek was surprised to discover that his pain was gone! He became completely healed. deep emotions can often be stirred up and released. Freed from the mental and emotional forces that drain your energies and interfere with your body’s inter nal processes of repair and regeneration. causing laughter . In this state of timelessness. most inventors claim their greatest ideas came to them not when they were actively pur but rather when suing them. so in a moment of exasperation he decided to go surfing. it is important to know how to play. grievous. dances. spiritual. While you more relaxed frame of mind. However. When he came out of the water. influences brain biochemistry and causes the release of beneficial hormones. and although his condition has not returned to this day.

Play can strengthen your basic natural energy in creative projects that were and activate that are an important internal mechanisms of repair and recovery essential part of your healing system. This sense of community can help combat the feelings of isolation and loneliness that often plague people who are struggling with health issues. Meaningful work lets you provide to family your to to and your personal needs. and provides a you with an opportunity give back and the world. Maintaining a proper balance between work and play . connected your heart. these deep emotional responses serve as trigger the release of powerful stimulants for your healing system. live energy that occurs when people are gathered together to focus on a common goal or activity. meaningful. From a health perspective. mind. and focused in the present. Play relaxes your body. or participating in any one of a number of other activities involving the beneficial hormones and chemicals that of your hands and your more artistic side can also be a way of strengthening and forti~ing your healing system. play needs to be an integral part of your daily life. and fun for them. Cultivating the creative aspect of your spirit and remembering to develop a light-hearted attitude that fosters a spirit of play is important. Again. music. singing. balancing these important for your activities in your life is essential. nervous system. lending further support to the work of the healing system. In fact. Balancing Your Work Both work and and Play but play are equally important. Pursuing hobbies. dancing. or sport ing events carry an added benefit of creating intimacy and a feeling of belonging to a larger community as you share a collective. painting. having your creativity stifled is now considered a major risk factor for contracting a chronic disease. plays. Play keeps you in carefree. helps define sense of purpose. loving frame of mind.96 Your Extraordinary Healing System or tears. including the arts. It also lifts your self-esteem. writing. Many people have overcome life-threatening health conditions by becoming involved use deeply personal. Creativity is another important aspect of play. Live events such as concerts.

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enables you
and

to

experience

all these aspects of life, which

helps

to

strengthen

fortify
to

your

need

be

healing weighed and

system. Both work and

play

are

important, and both

balanced with each other.

Healing System
Since

Rx #9:

Develop

Effective Social Skills

and

antiquity, people have lived together in families, clans, tribes, communities to organize themselves, and to nurture and care
ants,

for each other. Like bees and
We

humans
our

are

also social

creatures.

depend

on

each other

to

make

Studies show that

good

social skills

systems, and that living a harmful to those systems. Many people with serious illnesses have

healing

meaningful. strengthen and fortify our lonely and isolated life can be

lives

reported significant they improve their socializing improvement skills. These activities have included visiting with friends, or partic ipating in some kind of volunteer community-support work, either at a day-care center, a senior center, a hospital, or some other chari table organization. Well-known doctor and author Dr. Bernie Siegel tells a story to help illustrate this point. He tells of a special pass he got from God
in their health when
to

visit both Heaven and Hell. In

Hell, he

saw

many bowls of

hot,

long-necked spoons. This soup steaming soup being didn’t look too bad until he realized that the hungry people in Hell
were

served with

unable

to

were too

long,

feed themselves because the necks of their spoons and they kept missing their mouths with the spoon
to

fuls of soup. When he got
same

bowls of soup and the upon closer observation, he learned to place the spoons in each others’ mouths,
got fed.

surprised to see the same long-necked spoons. However, saw that the people in Heaven had
was so

Heaven, he

that everyone

Fostering a spirit of cooperation and sharing by building and developing strong social ties has been scientifically proven to improve survival. Because of the powerful biochemical effect that emotions exert on your healing system, many studies are now show ing that people with inadequate social support who are lonely and socially isolated are at risk for developing serious, life-threatening

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physical

diseases.

According

to

the research of heart
a

specialist

Dr.

Dean Ornish, social isolation and

lack of intimacy

are

considered

top risk factors for the development of heart disease, the numberone killer in the Western world.

Good social skills
childhood. However,

begin

with

family
rate

and

are

usually
to soar,

learned in

as

the divorce

continues

and many

families

are broken apart, it is clear that many people will have to reach out beyond their families to their friends, colleagues, coworkers,

get the support they need to remain healthy. Doing so can strengthen their healing systems and can help to prevent physical illnesses associated with a lack of social support and intimacy~ and others
to

Animals

are

also

capable

of

love and,
to

as pets, can serve as those who may otherwise Senior citizens living alone who have pets have been shown to be at much lower risk for developing heart disease and other serious ill nesses

giving and receiving unconditional an important form of social support be isolated from family or friends.

than those who do

not

have pets and

are

living

with similar

health conditions.

Developing
and connected

to

effective social skills allows you to feel supported others. Knowing that your life counts, that you are
you make
create
a

important
a

to

others, that
here

difference, and that

you have

purpose for emotions that

uplifting, inspiring, life-affirming being help to strengthen and nourish your healing system.

Healing System Rx #10: Utilize Natural Elements That SupportYour Healing System
Your

body is’ linked

to

the world of nature and is

dependent on

certain

key

natural elements,

including air,

sun, water,

and the various miner

als and nutrients of the earth, for its very survival. Ancient physicians and healers understood this basic principle of health and healing. Of
course,
now

that
a

our

medical science has advanced

considerably,

we

great deal more about these natural elements and the in which we interact with them. And contrary to what complex ways we might expect, with all of the technological advances of modern have learned

medicine, the importance of
ments to our

health and

relationship with healing has only increased.
our

these natural ele

Natural elements that
can

are

critical

also

serve as

powerful therapeutic

the survival of your body agents and medicines that aid
to

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and support your healing system when you are ill. And used preven tively, these natural elements can help to keep, you healthy for many
years
to come.

Understanding
from
nature

and

common resources

making intelligent use can significantly strengthen

of these

and for

tify your healing
Air

system.

As you probably know, the air you breathe contains the vital element of oxygen, which nourishes and energizes every cell and tissue in

body and is an essential ingredient to your healing system and overall state of health. Oxygen is so important that it is the first your medical agent administered to a critically ill or Injured person,
your

whether the condition is other serious for this

a gunshot wound, or any life-threatening emergency. Oxygen is routinely stored purpose in ambulances and in all hospital emergency rooms, a

heart attack,

operating

rooms,

and intensive-care units.
in
on

Good, clean, fresh air, characteristically found places in the world, can have life-enhancing effects

a

particular person’s

health. This fact is reflected in better health statistics for those

places. Generally, you can findbetter quality air where there is less industry and less pollution, and where steady breezes, ample water, vegetation, and mountains or hilly terrain help to purify, filter, and increase the quality of the, air you breathe. Heavily forested areas usually have excellent air quality because of the vblurninous oxygen so many trees produce. Your body and your healing system deserve the best air you can find. If you find yourself indoors or in any environment with com promised air quality, walk outside or go to another place where there is good air. If you are currently battling an qlness or are seeking to improve the quality of your health, pay close attention to the qual ity of the air you regularly breathe~ Fresh, outdoor air is almost always preferable to indoor air,
which become stale and stagnant, and which tends to attract mold, dust, and dust mites. Indoor air can also play host to toxic
can

fumes,

vapors, and other chemical aerosol irritants which, if ventila tion is poor, can accumulate and concentrate. Fortunately, many

indoor filters,

improve

the

purifiers, and humidifiers are now quality of the indoor air you breathe.

available

to

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applications

of heat and the mechanisms

by

which heat

provides

natural support for your
n

body’s healing

system:

Heating padc relax muscles and improve blood flow, improve oxygenation of tissues, and help reduce swelling. Heating pads are effective in the treatment of back pain, muscle strains and spasms, joint injuries, arthritis, and many other conditions.
Hot
water

c

bottles work

as

heating pads
warm

do and

are

used in similar

conditions, including abdominal pain, gas, and constipation.
o

Hot foot baths

keep

the feet

and

improve

blood flow

to

the

neck and chest
treatment
o

of

They also are respiratory diseases.
area.

effective and

helpful

in the

swelling and help draw toxins out of areas. They help improve blood flow to the area being compressed, and they can be very effective in the treatment of
Hot compresses reduce

affected

abscesses, boils, and other skin infections and health conditions.
cJ

Hot water, teas, and broths relieve

congestion

of

mucous mem

branes. These

liquids

are

often effective in the

treatment

of throat
res

infections, sinus and nasal congestion, bronchitis, and other
infections. also

They can help to relax and soothe your piratory colon and intestines, which aids digestion and elimination.
o

Hot showers open and clean pores of the skin, helping to elimi nate toxins while removing bacteria from skin surfaces.

o

Hot baths relax and

improve

blood flow

to sore or

cles.

They

are

and neuromuscular
o

helpful for back pain, injuries.
to

muscle

injured mus pain, painful joints,

Saunas utilize heat the

induce

sweating and

eliminate toxins from

body. phlegm and mucous in the respiratory congestion and help to eliminate toxins
to

o

Steam baths break up tract. They also relieve

from the
o

body.
a

Jacuzzis provide
cles.

hot-water massage

aching joints

and

mus

o

Infrared

heat relieves

pain

of muscle

injuries, strains, sprains,

bruises, and tendonitis.

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Note: In

using heat

of any kind, it is

important

to

remember

not to

overdo it and burn your

body.

Water
Water is the
most

commonly
important
to

found substance in all

biosystems

and
so

arguably

the

most

of all natural elements. Water is

essential and

integral
or

life that scientists
water

will first look for

signs

of

before
on

that life exists
the

may have existed

exploring other planets they declare the possibility that planet. You can further

appreciate importance of water when you consider that it is the dominant element in your body, constituting about 70 percent by

weight and volume—not surprisingly,
water

about the

same

percentage of

the surface of the earth contains.
can

We

only therapeutic agent and medicine. In addition to keeping our bodies healthy, water is almost always required in abundant amounts as a support for our healing systems when illness or disease sets in. Maintaining adequate water intake is one of the simplest and most powerful ways to ensure good health and rapid recovery from illness or injury. Inadequate water intake can hamper the perform ance of your healing system and lead to dehydration, congestion, stagnation, obstruction, infection, and disease. You can determine whether you are getting enough water by monitoring the color of your urine. Dark yellow urine, which occurs when your body is trying to conserve water, invariably means that your body is low on fluids. Clear urine, like tap water, or very light yellow urine, usually indicates adequate water intake. If you are taking certain vitamins, such as the B and C vitamins, your urine can be artificially discol ored; in this situation, monitoring whether or not you are getting enough water may be difficult. Also, because your urine tends to be more concentrated when you sleep, it is usually darker first thing in the morning. When you are ill, increasing your water intake is important, to help improve the flow of fluids in and out of your body. These extra fluids assist your body’s healing system to eliminate toxins, which are increased during periods of illness. Many illnesses respond dra matically if you drink only water for 48 hours or more. I have
as an as a

look upon water, known as the universal solvent, essential nutrient for our healing systems, but also

not

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personally seen cases of many diseases, including respiratory condi tions, gastroenteritis, gall bladder disease, gout, Crohn’s disease, and many others dramatically improve by following this method. The importance of drinking plenty of water daily cannot be overstated. In addition to drinking water, you can also employ water in many other ways as a natural and valuable support for your healing
system. In fact, in Chinese medicine and the ancient medical sys tems of India, unique and specific internal cleansing techniques

employ the use of water to help remove blockages and restore health to particular areas. In the West, water has also been used effectively
in nasal

douches,

enemas,

nebulizers, hot compresses, fomentations,

Sitz baths, and

simple soaking.
Healing System
derived from the earth and

Minerals of the Earth and Your

The science of nutrition examines food their biochemical

sources

impact

on

the health of the human
trace

body. Proteins,
not

carbo

hydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and
natural elements around
coveries
are now

elements

are

all derivatives of the live. Scientific dis

you,without which
that

you could

revealing

nearly

every
to

single

mineral element found in

the earth’s

crust

and core, from arsenic

molybdenum, has
These minerals

been discovered
are not

within the human

body

in minute

quantities.

inciden

tal contaminants; rather, controlled studies have determined that

they

are

essential

to

the

body’s

health.

Many body’s
known
as

of these vital mineral elements

play

critical roles within your

internal environment,

functioning

as

electrically charged

chemicals

eIectro~’tes.

Some of the

more

well known of these elements

include sodium,

potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous.
roles in

Electrolytes play important they participate
lation of the
mission of
nerve

supporting your healing system, and
as

in such diverse functions

the

beating

of your heart, regu
trans

body’s

fluid levels,

kidney function, brain

function and the
more.

impulses,

bone formation, and many

Any

disturbance

in the intricate balance of these minerals

disrupts
in your

the flow of

electricity

and

the transmission of electrical
serious
tant

impulses

body,

which often
are so

causes

illness, and possibly death. These mineral electrolytes

impor

that
in

they

are

routinely

measured and monitored in the blood 24 hours

patients

admitted

to

the intensive-care unfts of all

m~or hospitals.

Strengthening

and

Fortifying

Your

Healing System

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Salt
Salt is abundant in
are

sea water

and found

many different types of salts of various combinations of minerals. However,

throughout nature. There throughout the world that consist
common

table salt,

which consists of sodium and chloride and is used in
a

cooking and as

widely distributed, and biologically most important salt. Salt consisting of sodium and chlo ride is an essential natural ingredient in all living systems. In addition to the necessity for a certain amount of dietary salt intake, salt is also a valuable natural support for your healing system. Sodium and chloride are arguably the most important electrolytes in your body, and they play a key role in the functioning of your heal ing system. Salt also has important therapeutic applications in both the prevention and treatment of various conditions and illnesses. Because of its ability to absorb water and draw fluid out, its preser vative effect, and its ability to kill bacteria and other harmful microorganisms, humans have relied on salt for centuries as a valu able aid in curing and preventing infections. Learning to work with salt is a safe and effective, simple yet powerful way to assist the work of your healing system. The following list is a small example of how salt can assist your healing system:
seasoning,
most

is the

well-known,

most

~

Salt packs, salt soaks, and salt fomentations
to

are

applied externally
out

intact skin with

warm

water

to

help

draw

unwanted

fluids, swelling, and toxins from various skin and soft-tissue infections, including carbuncles, furuncles, cysts, and abscesses.
~

Salt

water

also

can

be taken
to

internally as

an

aid in various forms

of intestinal

cleansing, prevent and assist in the treatment of food poisoning, diarrhea, and nausea and vomiting. (Note:
medical

‘When taken

internally, supervision.) gargles
nose can

salt

water must

be used under

qualified

~

Salt-water
sore

throats,

be very effective in and tonsillitis.

treating pharyngitis,
can

*

Salt-water

drops,

or

the

use

of salt-water nasal douches,

be

extremely

effective in the

treatment

of nasal

allergies, hay

fever, rhinitis, colds, congestion, and sinus infections.

it can be used alone or in combi nation with other substances. or ginger compresses. it has been employed like this in is be taken European health and folk medicine for centuries as a way to improve colon regulate bowel function. Japan. was a of medical schools. recent natural medicines have proven track records in including China. man has relied on the healing properties of various plants and herbs. help strengthen and fortif~r your healing system. clay works well as a natural drawing agent. even in difficult cases. Even until own times in our Western medicine. when used with intelligence and discretion.108 Your Extraordrnary Healing System o Nebulized saline is another form of salt water employed as an effective aerosol spray used in the treatment of asthma and other respiratory conditions. Clay applications can speed the healing of insect bites. is readily available at most drug or health food stores. can plants. Clay The clay as a natural support for the healing system among traditional indigenous cultures is well documented. and India. In have their origins in the . Pharmaceutical-grade clay. clay works with your healing system by supplying valuable trace elements and minerals that are absorbed into the body in minute but significant quantities. Herbs and Many of these other countries. In addition to its ability to draw off toxins and reduce swelling from infections. many modern drugs and medicines natural world of plants. Applied to the skin as a paste. study plants. Plants and Herbs and Your Healing System Throughout the ages. internally as an intestinal purifier to help from the intestines. the use of plants and herbs has experi enced a dramatic comeback in Western societies in recent years. a naturally occurring substance some times referred to as bentonite. And although most doctors in modern countries have come to rely on medicines derived from synthetic pharmaceutical compounds. salt soaks. safe. and effective. abscesses. such as aloe. boils. Clay Clay also can absorb toxins gentle. which is the most required course in fact. therapeutic use of and many other skin conditions. botany.

Ashwaganda can be taken long term to r~ increase one’s stamina and is an strength. and intestines. and injuries exposed.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 109 Here are a few of the most common plants and herbs that are effective in supporting your healing system: a r~ Aloe grows like a succulent cactus. Dong Quai support the health of the female reproductive system. stomach. It is safe and gentle. as venous insufficiency and varicose veins. not cuts. Bilbérry may also be effective in treating certain types of macular degen aids in wound the healing and is eration and other eye diseases. although the roots are not recommended for internal ~ use. r~ Echinacea is a popular herb commonly used in the early stages . It is often used to help alleviate menstrual is a Chinese medicine used to cramps and balance estrogen metabolism. the of fractures. raw skin infections. t~ Ashwaganda is a traditional herbal been used for thousands of years as a tonic and to enhance nat ural host resistance factors. ~ as well Comfrey is known as “knit bone” in American and European folk medicine for its ability to expedite healing Comfrey also aids in healing wounds of the skin. Its leaves contain liquid gel that has healing and antiseptic qualities. mucous mem branes. and it internally in limited quantities to help heal remedy from India that has ulcers in the mouth. medicine from China. t~ be especially effective for respi Bilberry especially effective in healing system repair damage done to small. particularly those of the eyes and kidneys. Aloe clear be can applied topically other to burns. and intestines. It can be applied externally as a poultice or taken internally. It is used to to Astragalus ancient plant bolster defenses and appears ratory illnesses. Aloe helps also to can even in which the surfaces of skin have been aid the actual be taken oniy to fight and prevent infection but healing process. scrapes. and it has become increasingly popular in the West. trace blood in the urine. respiratory system. The leaves or roots of this plant can be used. fragile assisting blood vessels.

Some studies suggest that ginseng may improve the health of the the elderly. It has been used for centuries to help reduce guggal is a to be effective in weight. Ginger can also be applied to the skin in the form of a poultice. increase energy in the body. muscle relaxant and for mild root of insomnia and anxiety. Used treatment claim to in soups. As a tea. as a it may also be helpful in wound healing o Garlic is used blood have lowered their blood purifier. and improve sexual stamina. as well increasing the tone and nervous as cardiac function in contractility of heart muscles. migraine headaches. and other conditions.110 Your Extraordinary Healing System of mild respiratory infections. o Gingko is derived earth. It can often curtail the spread of strep throat if the illness is caught in its earlier stages. and as a possible agent in stroke prevention. Ginger helps to create heat in the body. ginger is very effective in cases of pharyngitis and tonsillitis. increasing memory and mental alertness. It may also prove helpful in cases of This herb is also used in the Alzheimer’s disease. Kava also can be useful for back induce drowsi pain caused by muscle spasms. by system. It is offered on sea voyages as stan dard fare to soothe the stomach and help prevent motion sickness. Polynesia have also o Kava root traditional medicine from It is used as a that helps cases relax the nerves. It can also be used in the form of a tea. it is often effective for the of a cold or respiratory infection. o Ginger is a root that can be grated and used fresh. Many people pressure with garlic. o Guggal comes shown from a tree resin that grows in India. vertigo. and treat eyesight. ment of tinnitus. Because it can . Studies lowering cholesterol. or dried or powdered. o Ginseng is a tonic herb traditionally valued in the Orient for its ability to prolong life. Gingko has and even from one of the oldest living plants on the been used in Oriental medicine for centuries. can Western scientific research has verified that it to improve blood flow even the brain. it helps to draw out toxins in cases of skin and soft-tissue infections.

Valerian is also sometimes recommended gentle Many natural medicines they do not currently taking. The mechanisms by which milk thistle supports and heals the liver is still unknown. be careful that potent. so it is important to conflict with any other medicine you are are quite . discontinue its use and seek the advice of a qualified health professional for further recom mendations. St. yet a ventionally trained liver specialists are some ~ growing number of con now recommending it to tree of their comes patients. As with any new substance you take into your body. quite effective in mild cases of these condi tions. it helps to improve the health of the liver and eyes. Neem is used in Ayurvedic medicine from India St. from the ginger family. Turmeric gives curry powder its characteristic yellow color. Many with elevated liver enzymes resulting from chronic hep patients atitis and other liver conditions have reported significant improvement in their symptoms and laboratory readings of their liver enzymes after they have taken milk thistle for several months.Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System 111 ness. The dried. Thrmeric * Valerian has been used in folk medicine as an aid to anxiety as a and insomnia. powdered root is the part of the plant most often used. as an John’s You wort is widely prescribed need to Europe antidepres to con sant. By itself. Milk thistle helps to support the health of the liver. in Neem from the leaves of the Neem eaten as a India. and it is muscle relaxant. might take this herb for several weeks not notice its effects. John’s wort is generally quite * safe and often effective. Turmeric applied to the skin as a paste is often effective in a variety of skin disorders. Kava root should not be used when you are driving or operating ~ mechanical equipment. if you experience untoward effects. Taken internally. and you should take it with any other ventional psychiatric comes medication. It also is now being used as an adjunct in the treatment and prevention of certain cancers and liver disease. powerful blood in purifier. which is the traditional food by camels.

doing regular exercise. but you’ll also gain the maximum benefits from your extraordinary healing system. falling raindrops carve . balancing work and play. getting adequate sunshine. These factors include listening to your body. which may seem insignificant and unworthy of our attention when considered alone. developing good social skills. Added to other grains of sand. maintaining a healthy diet. In time. In combination. individual health factors. and stress management. breathing fresh air. In the next chapter. stretching. we will look more closely at the critical role diet and nutrition play in strengthening and fortifying your healing system. a tiny grain of sand can make a large beach or vast desert. these factors also can substantially improve your overall health and the quality of your life. such as drinking plenty of water. and incorporating healthy natural elements into your daily routine. and using natural herbs and minerals when appropriate. Similarly. form the very foundation for strengthening. By following a few simple dietary and nutritional guidelines.112 Your Extraordinary Healing System Closing Thoughts on Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System deep canyons and valleys out of mountains. forti fying. you will not only greatly improve your overall health. and activating your healing system when they are added together. paying attention to your personal hygiene.

all require specialized fuels to make them go. and life situations. ticated. your body is the greatest of all high-performance machines on this earth. sophis engineering masterpiece intelligent than anything ever crafted by man. Your body is adaptable to a variety of climates. As you already know. and expertise that it system. In fact. To accomplish these tasks. and highly intelligent. durable. Your complex. capable of moving in an infinite number of ways. selfhealing extraordinary monitoring. your body has been comes skill. injuries. and of enduring and surviving conditions of extreme hardship and dep is an body of nature. Your body is no different. and rivation. This designed with equipped with its such own self-contained. and recovery from a huge assortment of illnesses. No other machine on this earth can boast of such a . It also maintains a bal system is anced and sick or highly ordered natural state 0f health when you are not injured.CHAPTER 5 Fueling Your Healing System igh-performance machines. environments. and is capable of supervising and initiating mechanisms of repair. from racing cars to rocket ships. your healing system mobilizes specialized cells and stim ulates powerful biochemical reactions that can rapidly mend damaged tissues when you are ill or injured. precision. created to last up to 100 years more or more. restoration. and insults.

vegetables. chimpanzees. trace amounts of proteins. fruits. eat O and monkeys. and other vital nutrients such phytochemicals (special health-promoting and vegetables). vitamins. source for the metabolic demands of your healing sys O Are lower on the food chain and contain far fewer toxins and environ than most mental pollutants foods that are derived from the flesh of other animals. your healing system performs best when it receives special. and are generally safe enough to be consumed . legumes. O Take less time raw. miner as elements. foods almost exclusively to from these categories. orangutans. than most Are generally easier digest flesh foods. and seeds in your In addition. And with any other high-performance machine. grains. again. These nutrients include adequate als. what you do. including gorillas. baboons. fats. fiber. requirements. to cook. fluids. and these foods are essential for strengthen ing and fortifying this most important system nuts. high-perform ance fuel. Our primate cousins. just as nutritious food. including also larger muscle mass than humans. carbohydrates. Such a diet consists of a wellrounded blend of all essential nutrients. 0 Constitute the nutritional foundation for those with much most other mammals. legumes. The fuel your healing system requires is wholesome. and seeds Fruits. simple. represent the purest energy tem. Your daily requirements vary molecules found in fruits of these substances will meta bolic according to where you live. natural diet. wholesome.114 Your Extraordinary Healing System system. the purest energy for your healing system. vegetables. grains. source provide body. and your basic The Best Fuel for Your Healing System nuts. A Wholesome Diet for The best way to a Strong Healing System keep your healing system strong is to eat a balanced. and.

including carrots. spinach. apricots. Depending more where you live and what is available. black- eyed I peas. and don’t require the extensive and contin uous refrigeration for transport and storage that flesh foods need. rye. trace elements. broccoli. I Are usually less expensive. squash. and pinto beans. okra. potatoes. including lettuce. and phytochemicals—and how they affect your healing system. peaches. legumes. and * Fruits.Fuehng Your Healing System 115 * Have less chance of spoiling and putrefying than animal products do. hazelnuts. cashews. wide the best chance of complete list as a following guide to on the foods that serve as the best fuel for your healing system. As a result. sweet peas. bananas. including rice. you may have many food choices within these categories of fruits. cabbage. including bell peppers. veg etables. and cabbage onions I Roots and stems. chili peppers. fats and oils. the possibility of contamination and food poisoning from these foods is much less. grains. cherries. and barley * Leafy greens. and mushrooms Essential Nutrients for Your Before we Healing System briefly the essential nutri ents we earlier—protein. carbohydrates. go on. it is important to discuss that mentioned . tomatoes. vitamins. I legumes. Doing so will give you a greater understanding of the rationale behind the practical ways to fuel your healing system. grapes. and a natural foods are a are the keys to the health of healing system. Beans and turnips. All nutrients ultimately variety derived from the soil and of these foods will ensure atmosphere Use the eating diet. pineapples. These your simple. lentils. wheat. including chickpeas. mung beans. and watermelon I Other vegetables. oats. oranges. of the earth. minerals. soy beans. including walnuts. nuts. corn. and seeds. including apples. cauliflower. I Whole grains. pecans. wholesome. and peanuts almonds Seeds and nuts. berries.

such as potatoes and certain grain flours that make bread. are the largest and most dynamic. which we sometimes attribute to the heavier. which creates an unnecessary burden on the healing system. your Learning to incorporate protein from non-meat sources in daily diet is a much healthier and safer approach for your heal ing system. marathon runners and triathietes typically “carbohydrate load” before a major race by eating lots of pasta and breads. if it is not taken in required amounts. Protein is also the primary nutrient build ing block for your muscles which.116 Your Extraordinary Healing System Protein and Your Protein Healing System provides the structural elements for growth and repair of your bodily tissues. Carbohydrates and Your Healing System Carbohydrates are derived from plants. energy-dependent struc tures in your body. Many people in Western countries have come to depend on and animal products as convenient sources of protein. and it is one of the most important nutrients for your healing system. But because the daily requirement for protein is only about an ounce a day. a lack of protein today in Western coun tries is rare.” but today we know differently. a lingering fear of not getting enough protein drives much of the unhealthy dietary prac tices currently in vogue in Western countries. it can result in muscle-wasting disorders in children. common name for carbohydrates was starch. . denser carbohydrates. In addition to its predominance in muscle tissue. meats Unfortunately. these foods contain highly saturated animal fats with no fiber. The old. includ ing your blood. Adequate dietary protein intake is required for growth in children. This fear results in overeating. unfortunately. In spite of this. protein is found in nearly all cells and tissues of your body. Starch was erroneously thought to contain “empty calories. high-performance fuel for their dynamic bodies. at 40 percent of normal body weight. They know from experience that this is the best long term. Because carbohy drates provide the greatest overall return of energy of all foods. Carbohydrates constitute the major fuel source for your healing system. which can lead to obesity and can be very harmful to your healing system.

and so are extremely beneficial to the health of your colon and heart. essential for the There are. barley. your heal ing system depends on an efficient and accurate communications system. omega-3 fatty acids. help the healing system with blood clotting and can be absorbed only with fats and oils. To strengthen forti& your healing system and keep it running smoothly and efficiently. and traditional sources of carbohydrate nutrient energy for the majority of the world’s population for many years. the number-one killer in the Western . in addi potatoes. the oats. and they contribute to the structural integrity of cell membranes in your body. Because fats are lighter than water and are high-energy nutrients. As you know. they promote healthy skin and nails.Fueling Your Healing System 117 Grains such tion to as rice. But because fats and oils repre the densest and most concentrated forms of food energy. other beneficial nutrients in certain fats and oils that have sent yet been discovered. which aids your healing system in preventing infection. some fat-soluble vita mins and other nutrients can be absorbed only with fats and oils. which improves the health of your body’s communications. and most efficient of all fuel sources for your healing system. these have served are as largest staple food crops in the world. no doubt. they are also a convenient way to store fuel that your heal ing system can use when food intake is inadequate or scarce. found in flaxseed oil and certain fish oils. For example. Fats and Oils and Your Fats and oils are Healing System performance of your healing system. and other nutrients and phytochemicals. Additionally. Additionally. contribute to obesity and other health prob including heart disease. their not can over-consumption lems. Specifically. which contain “complex” carbohydrates. Fats and oils also help to protect and coat nerve sheaths. they usually contain lots of fiber. These foods. and such as trace elements. and millet. For these reasons. Fats and oils also pad and cushion internal organs in your body. a small amount of fats and oils in your daily diet is necessary for your health. slowest burning. your diet should consist of about 60 percent complex carbohydrates. Foods with complex carbohydrates also are valuable sources of essential vitamins. are the longest lasting. wheat. corn. protecting them from injury while they insulate and keep your body warm. minerals.

Athletic training and recovery from illness and injuries may increase the body’s requirements for one or more vitamins. wholesome diet with plenty of . flow to your heart. it is certain that more vitamins than we currently know about will be discovered in the future and recognized as essential to our healing systems. The best way to ensure adequate vitamin intake for your heal ing system is to eat a well-rounded. and carbo that doesn’t include them at all can impair the as of your healing requirements system and result in illness. subtle. depending on your activity For example. and regeneration of healthy as well as damaged tissues. however. They work with your body’s various enzyme systems and are critical to the performance of important. Ornish. they vary increase slightly for males and females. cent Fat intake should be restricted to 10 percent to 25 per daily calories. the to excess cholesterol can form Reducing total clog fat intake. fats and oils. open up clogged arteries. Cholesterol is the health important type of structural fat and integrity of your healing system and. a functioning Vitamin diet proteins. can manufacture its than is needed. In addition your to the cholesterol it obtains from own cholesterol from other your body fats and oils. Dr. and they during pregnancy and lac tation. found that a 10-percent daily fat intake works best to aid your healing system in reversing heart disease. repair. such hydrates. your cell membranes. often change over time. current of your total health level and status. Because the body’s biochemical pathways and metabolic processes are com plex. and. will create more cholesterol in your body diet. or restricting total calories. Vitamins and Your Vitamins are Healing System naturally occurring compounds that are essential to the healthy functioning of your healing system. life-sustaining processes involved in the growth.118 Your Extraordinary Healing System hemisphere. and still remain largely unexplored. at the University of California in San Francisco. Although vitamins are usually required in much smaller quantities than other basic nutritional elements. an that supports in particular. while increasing daily activity levels can help lower cholesterol levels and aid your healing system to dissolve blockages. and improve blood blockages that arteries and lead heart disease. if this occurs. A diet that exceeds your body’s basic daily caloric requirements.

Recent research sug Vitamin A aids your gests that vitamin A also helps prevent certain vitamin A are cancers. athletic training. (thiamin) healing system in maintaining the health of beriberi and other of vitamin nervous system. to support the work of your healing system grains. allowance of vitamin and milk The to recom dietary B1 is 1. A lack of vitamin B2 has been . as well as skin problems. seeds. A lack of vitamin nervous B1 can cause disorders of the include whole mended system and brain. fruits and vegetables such as mango. When a problem occurs in a specific area of your body. and lactation. you may need to supplement normal dietary sources with a specific vitamin. The RDAs for 14 years of age and older. nuts.1 milligrams (mg) 1. The recommended (RDAs) listed are per-day people estimates. legumes. and The recommended dietary allowance of vitamin A is 800 micro grams ~ (mcg) to 1. vegetables. in that area. The list that follows describes the various vitamins that health of your vitamins are are essential to the new healing system. ~ Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) supports nervous your healing system by protecting the health of your skin and system. A lack of vitamin A can cause poor night vision and blindness.Fueling Your Healing System 119 whole vegetables. National Research Council. papaya. fruits. and many dietary allowances on more are be dis covered. This list is a guide and is not all-inclusive. specific vitamins require fat for absorption). fruits. and P~ healing system in protecting the health of your eyes. Good most sources of foods that contain beta carotene. or concentrate on eating foods that contain higher quanti ties of a specific vitamin. based the findings of the Food and Nutrition Board. and a certain limited amount of fats and oils (again.000 micrograms (mcg). including orange and car yellow rots. Good sources B1 grains. National are Academy of Sciences.5 mil ligrams (mg). it also promotes healthy skin growth. with requirements changing during pregnancy recovery from illness and injuries. aids your Vitamin your B. still to currently being researched. yams. They vary slightly for males and females. squash.

cereals. anemia. • hemoglobin. Good soybeans . These include energy metab olism. and bladder B6 has been linked Good sources to stones. The recommended dietary o allowance is 15mg 19mg. the recommended dietary o allowance is very small. most vegetables. sources system disorders. in Biotin aids your healing system maintaining healthy skin and nerves. A lack of vitamin sources B3. role in Vitamin B3 (niacin) supports your and healing system’s maintaining healthy skin. and urinary system. O Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) nervous is used by your healing system to protect the health of your system.3mg to 1. The recommended dietary 0 allowance is I 8Omcg 200mcg. Good of vitamin B3 grains. cholesterol. A lack of biotin has been implicated in skin and nervous-system sources are problems and and may affect cholesterol metabolism. sometimes anemia and nervous during pregnancy and alcoholism. dark green vegetables. nuts. serious disease. The recommended dietary allowance is 4mg 7mg. Good of folic acid include grains.120 Your Extraordinary Healing System linked to dermatological include most and neurological problems. and most to vegetables. o The recommended dietary allowance is 1.6mg in 2mg. or can cause pellagra. most animal products. and 2 is one fermented soy products. blood. and production of antibodies. the Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamine) nervous aids your healing system supporting health of your central cells. niacin. The recommend ed O dietary allowance of vitamin B2 is 1. to Because vitamin of the a most potent substances known mankind. to and fruits. and in the production of red blood B12 causes anemia and nervous-system disorders. gastrointestinal a health. cereals. blood-sugar regulation. Good sources of vitamin B2 vegetables. only 2mcg. vitamin nerves Folic acid works in conjunction with B12 to support your healing lead to system’s role in maintaining healthy seen and red blood cells. and to hormones. A lack of can folic acid. include nerves. to and legumes. and because your liver has to tremendous capacity to store this vitamin for up at five years. cereals. and grains. in a Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) participates healing variety of physiological processes that support your system. A lack of vitamin nervous-system disorders. of vitamin B6 include whole grains.7mg. Good sources include milk and dairy products. A lack of vitamin system. nuts.

scurvy. where the vitamin is absorbed. Vitamin D added to milk. vegetable oils. Vitamin K is naturally produced by a that live within your own intestines. Vitamin C deficiency characterized best natural by fragile blood vessels and most impaired wound healing. When applied topically. and that you get least the minimum daily requirements for each .are also good sources of vitamin C. and butter. vitamin E aids in scar helps keep sources formation and it also acts skin healthy and strong. The recommended dietary allowance of I K biotin is 3Omcg to O0mcg. dietary healing allowance is 60mg. a prevention. diet. healing system as an Vitamin K supports your essential component of your body’s blood-clotting specific strain of bacteria spinach. 8omcg. and are Naturally occurring substances in the skin absorb sunlight is now converted into the active form of vitamin D. cabbage. The recommended dietary allowance is K 8mg to 10mg. When taken internally. including citrus. Good nuts. Certain vegetables. your you include vitamins in daily one. cheese. Good • dietary to sources of vitamin K include green tea. important in the prevention of heart disease of vitamin E include the oil of many seeds and wheat and cancer. source of vitamin C is fruits. a Vitamin 0 aids your system by playing key role in calcium metab rickets and can con olism and bone formation~ A lack of vitamin D tribute source causes to osteoporosis and other disorders.Fueling Your Healing System 121 grains. collagen formation. as an antioxidant. and grains. immune defense. The recommended dietary allowance is K 5mcg. Vitamin E key role (d-alpha-tocopherol) supports your healing system by playing a in wound healing. (ascorbic acid) aids your Vitamin C healing system by playing can cause an important disease The role in wound and cancer healing. inflammation. mechanisms. including The recommended K red chili peppers. and other dietary You allowance is 65mcg leafy green vegetables. The recommended can see from these descriptions at how important vitamins Be sure are to the optimum functioning of your healing system. Natural sunlight is the best of vitamin D.

including the muscles of your heart. T~~Th Minerals and Trace Elements That Support Following and Your Healing System most are the important minerals and trace elements for the health functioning of your healing system.122 Your Extraordinary Healing System Minerals. however. and Your Healing System powerful essential nutri ents that aid and support your healing system. almost every mineral element that exists in the core of the earth has been found to exist in minute body. leafy green vegetables. and they have unique properties. conduction. that system. and regeneration of tissues. within the body. to keep your body healthy and free from disease. and even death. such as hemoglobin. and their functions are a little better understood. As noted earlier. So although they are required in very small amounts. to the human is required usually related minerals and classified in the trace nutritional category~ The difference between elements and minerals is that minerals are required in slightly greater amounts than trace elements. and from a some fruits. but we don’t know exactly how much of exactly deficiency of trace elements in your body results in a failure to thrive. Osteoporosis result lack of calcium and increased parathyroid hormone secretion. trace elements are absolutely critical to the optimum functioning of your healing one is needed and a what each does. and muscle contraction. minerals are also the structure and function of important enzymes. They are integral to In addition to vitamins. increased susceptibility to disease. hormones. Minerals are derived directly from the earth’s core. same considered to quantities in be a poison. Trace elements are chemically Even arsenic. They are required for growth. can broccoli. Important Key o Minerals Calcium plays a key role in nerve helping your healing system with bone forma tion. blood clotting. Sources of calcium include dairy products. in generally trace amounts by your body. repair. The .Trace Elements. and they transport molecules. We do know. We know that trace elements are required for good each nutrition and one health.

including raisins. dates. Sources include mineral water. to Magnesium green important for your healing system magnesium regulate 280mg to energy metabolism and blood pressure. In addition to red meats. * Phosphorous whole important for helping your healing system support bone sources metabolism. For premenopausal women women. The RDA for iron is 10mg. Good of phosphorus to include fruits. 1500mg/day. the RDA 1000mg/day. is and for postmenopausal and elderly men it is E Copper grains. including the regulation of body an temperature. collagen formation. raspberries. of iron in your is absorption * body. important for your healing system to regulate cell metabolism. dried fruits. also helps your healing system by facilitat ing water movement in and out of your cells. vegetables. and grains. sea Good of iodine include sea water. The RDA for fluoride has * yet been established. water Potassium. The RDA is I S0mcg. beans. and figs. molecule and functions in oxygen to Iron is a central part of the hemoglobin transport. Good sources of potassium are most fruits and . Iodine deficiency a results in the well-known condition in the neck that is the result of of goiter. and * foods. The RDA for leafy 350mg.Fueling Your Hearing System 123 RDA for is most men is 800mg/day. and by directing flow in and out of your body. sources of iron all red fruits and vegetables. The RDA has yet been established. supply and fruits. hormones and Iodine is your a key element of thyroid plays a critical role for healing system in energy metabolism. nuts. which produces large swelling sources enlarged thyroid gland. algae. to * Potassium is important for your healing system support the of your heart while helping to conduct nerve impulses in your functioning body. Sources of magnesium include is vegetables is and fruits. and certain leafy vegetables. along with sodium. and and tissue repair. watermelon. and you plants. Sources not of copper include fruits. sea salt. including beets. The RDA is 800mg 1200mg. seeds. including spinach. Many dentists pediatricians are recommend an area supplementing water with fluoride for children if may not living in where the not be fluoridated. Vitamin C enhances the cherries. which is essential for your healing system repair and restore are the health of organ tissues. * fluoride supports your healing system and is important in tooth and bone formation. strawberries.

aid and support the in Sulfur is important Good not for helping your healing system formation and structural your integrity of proteins and other compounds body.124 Your Extraordinary Healing System vegetables. the foods that you eat. tellurium. boron. manganese. but are essential to the health in minute body and your healing system. including for LI green leaves as well as roots and tubers. organic soil. bromine. molybdenum. healing system. they are required These minerals include: arsenic. Elements trace Important Key Trace Other of your amounts. For this reason. For instance. and of elements include rich and varied most to and quite possibly many others. are This is because vitamins. which can problem if you have congestive heart failure. iron is better absorbed in your intestines in the presence of vitamin C. important minerals. cadmium. silicon. miner als. cobalt. chromium. and kid ney disorders. not hypertension. which is the minerals on this earth. of all trace plant fertile life grown in source natural. zinc. Sodium is important a electrical ion in your role in nerve body that aids your healing the system by playing of key conduction while regulating movement water across cell membranes and tissues. silver. The RDA has yet been established. sources of sulfur include both plant and animal proteins. has been linked Keep in mind that too much sodium for certain be a people to excess water retention. vanadium. The RDA potassium an has not been established. The RDA for sodium has LI yet been established. volcanic-derived. trace elements are present determining exactly how much you body need every Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Research shows that you are better off getting your vitamins. I generally don’t recommend . called elements. lithium. in general. including Good sources gold. Even though they are critical the health of your in the body day and in such small amounts that is difficult. The most com mon source of sodium is table salt. and trace elements in their most natural form. miner als. and elements better absorbed when they are bound to other natural nutritional elements digested and assimilated by your body. rather than from trace supplements. selenium.

it is of paramount importance that you take time to listen to and work with your body. and tissue regeneration. found in tomatoes. and other chronic Many health experts feel that Italians have such low rates of heart disease and cancer because of their steady diet of tomatoes. conditions. repair. do so with discretion and care. They also help prevent certain chronic. nourishing foods for your healing system. heart dis ease. and even macular degeneration. Phytochemicals facilitate the processes of growth. Among the better-known phytochemicals are the carotenoids. Because these important phytochemicals come from a . Phytochemicals: Phytochemicals your Nature’s Medicines are naturally occurring chemicals in plants that have health-enhancing healing system in many ways. Carotenoids prevent heart disease and are beneficial in the preven tion of certain cancers.Fueling Your Healing System 125 supplementation unless you are suffering from a specific deficiency or a health condition that could be significantly improved through vitamin therapy. wholesome diet. are also helpful in the both nutritional and effects.and orange-colored fruits and vegetables. Supplemental vitamins and minerals are concentrated and not in their natural state. including beta carotene. ‘When it comes to selecting healthy. When you are just starting out. found in yellow. I frequently encounter people who do not focus enough time and thought on their diets but instead rely on their supplemental vitamins and minerals to make up for any deficit in their diets. particularly the prevention and healing of certain cancers. a parent compound to vitamin A. they can cause serious health problems. the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. If you choose to supplement your diet. and they support prevention of certain cancers. or your diet is incomplete in one way or another. Vitamins and other supplements should never replace a good. heart disease. Lycopenes. and if you take them in excess. it is also a good idea to work with your doctor and preferably a reliable nutritionist to help you deter vitamin or mineral vitamin mine the best nutritional program for your individual health needs. degenerative diseases. phytochemicals play a significant role in supporting your healing system and can help overcome a wide variety of diseases. including cancer and heart disease. which contain Other lycopenes.

commonly called acidophilus. they also occur in nature. therefore. reduces childhood and diarrhea. that ingesting lacto bacillus bacteria. Probiotics appear naturally in many traditionally fermented foods. More than 500 different strains of bacteria have been discovered to live in your intestines. you need to follow a few simple nutritional guidelines. restoring health. Probiotics often can successfully combat infections. wine. decreases the likelihood of intestinal side-effects while people are taking antibiotics. however. cheese. which your healing system utilizes as an essential ingredient in blood clotting. for example. or modify our activities or environment. and soy sauce.126 Your Extraordinary Healing System wide variety of plant sources. espe cially those of the intestinal tract. that help strengthen and . Probiotics and Your Healing System compounds important in the Pro biotics represent another class of nutrition and health of your healing system. These strains of bacteria can aid your healing system in combating illness. Twelve Essential Fueling Your To Tips for Healing System fortify your healing system with the right fuel. They may also reduce the required dosages and possible toxicity of childhood immunizations. and maintaining proper biochemical balance in your body. Scientists have discovered. help ing to break down ingested foods while producing valuable metabolic byproducts that are then absorbed and carried to the various cells and tissues in your body. yogurt. it is to important make sure to eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables your. and possibly those of the respiratory system. It is important. Probiotics are produced by certain strains of bacteria that naturally live in your intestinal tract. such as vinegar. and prevents yeast infections in women. Keep in mind. tempeh. age. which occurs naturally in yogurt and is now available in supplemented commer cial milk preparations and other products. One of these products is vitamin K. healing system is getting enough of these natural chemicals. that we all are unique individuals with different nutritional needs that can change and evolve as we grow.

grains and legumes. nuts. Seeds. In these countries. The trend toward a healthier diet• consisting of simpler. trust in its inherent wisdom and natural rule. natural foods and fewer flesh foods is supported by the health data from the countries with the largest populations in the world. they clearly unsaturated fats and oils. When you consume meats or animal products. seeds. as Japanese the early hunting-gathering societies did. Grains. and other valuable nutrients than flesh. a excellent source healing system. occasions. and. We also obtain valuable fats and oils from these foods. beans. and respond intelligently to its ever-changing nutri tional needs and demands. and try to eat these foods only as condiments or flavor ings. Fiber has been shown to prevent colon cancer as well as heart disease. more wholesome. minerals. such as holidays or birthdays. try to eat less. and fewer toxins and less derived they also contain pesticide proteins. trace elements.Fueling Your Healing System 127 you not cling blindly to any one set of stringent nutritional or formulas that may not be appropriate for you. And if you feel so inclined. Tip #1: Whole Fruits. As a general listen to your body.and meat-based foods. legumes. which is essential for optimal intestinal health. Plantbased foods also contain more more beneficial complex carbohydrates. and Legumes a Eat Simple Diet Rich in high_performance nutrition. there as form of celebration. which are plentiful in beans. eat a as the Chinese and them duringspecial do. most experts are now recommending a simple diet predominantly based on foods obtained from fruits. dietary state of health. Numerous studies have established a link between etables and greater health and these are the best fuels for your an greater intake of fruits and veg longevity. Under most conditions. vegetables. Beans. and seeds. vegetables. . including China and India. Plant-based foods contain less saturated fat. are also excellent sources of protein. and grains. whole grains. Nuts. nuts.Vegetables. Plant- and animal flesh. These foods are more For the sake of balanced and contain a much higher concentration of vitamins. in addition to other countries where people derive the majority of their nutritional requirements from fruits. are generally more beneficial than protein from meats residues than other foods. contrary to popular opinion. These foods are also of fiber. legumes.

natural foods. most which studies helps now growth and health of muscles. Dairy products. many restaurants now offer these products on their menus. butter. and diets trace elements. minerals. and yogurt. and it can be prepared in many ways.128 Your Extraordinary Healing System is far less heart disease. but reveal that these diets have greater disadvantages than advantages. ‘Whenever there is seeds with . as do most supermarkets and grocery stores. Tofu is also an excellent complete pro tein. An even simpler example would be a peanut-butter sandwich on whole-wheat bread. protein. An example (legumes) by combining would be eating beans and tortillas. as we commonly do when we eat Mexican food. daily beans or ounce. diabetes. cancer. which are stored and concentrated in animal tissues. including milk. In the more progressive cities in America and Europe. met 40 grams. and other vegetable-protein sources. ‘When we compare them to other simple. of their arthritis. Although many people erroneously assume that plant-based are lacking in protein. are also excellent sources of protein. such as vita mins. clog the arteries in your heart and brain. such saturated fats that and environmental toxins. as Most meat-based diets contain harmful can substances. legumes. cheese. Studies have proven that it is easy to get abundant protein from a diet that combines grains and legumes with other fruits and vegetables. wholesome. Many excellent nutrition plans and cookbooks for healthy eating based on a diet that incorporates more fruits and vegetables are available. their fear of not getting enough protein from plant sources is not scientifically valid. including heavy metals and pesticide residues. which is a little more than an question of adequate protein intake. The average daily protein requirement for most adults is less than a protein requirements can be grains. now evidence of heart disease and excellent meat Many substitutes are available that are derived from soy. wholesome. natural foods show cancer. meats also lack sufficient fiber and other essential nutrients. and other chronic nutritional degenerative diseases—the so-called more “diseases of civilization”—than in countries that derive requirements maintain the from flesh foods and animal are Meat and flesh-based foods convenient sources of products. Other studies have shown that traditional cultures around the world that have vived for centuries little to no on sur these simple. hypertension and stroke.

they usually don’t get enough fiber in their diets. and because cancer and and toxins from your intestines. including refined flours. Eat less artificial and . which are devoid of fiber and often contain Consume food that is harmful additives and to eat preservatives. legumes. This food often has lost its vitality and nourishment. and it also may be harmful to your body. whole beans and and seeds. and the more rapidly your body can elimi nate toxins. This lack of fiber causes problems with elimination. For this reason. Tip #4: Eat Food That Is Prepared Fresh prepared fresh each day. heart. If you eat breads and pasta. Because your body is 70 percent fluid. system. including sources of fiber puts an the stage fruits. and Water Your healing system requires adequate fluid intake to function opti mally. it is important to drink lots of water throughout the day. Herbal Teas. try those made with whole-grain flours. has been sitting on shelves for a long time. The best grains. which results in the steady buildup of toxic on waste in the body. all metabolic processes in your body occur predominantly in a liquid internal environment. and other nuts predominantly plant-derived vegetables. Fluids also aid in the healing of infections and many other congestive and degenerative conditions. Don’t eat food that is stored in freezers for long periods of time.Fueling Your Healing System 129 Tip #2: Consume More Fluids. the more effectively fluids can circulate in your body. Also avoid refined foods. Because meat most Americans eat more meat than any other food. healing Adequate waste fiber intake ensures your ability to eliminate unwanted can help prevent doesn’t have fiber. many of which are more than 95 percent water. Juices. Including Soups. Waste buildup can set extra burden and strain the healing are system and for illness. Fresh fruits and vegetables. Many illnesses can be traced to chronic dehydration resulting from a lack of fluid or water intake. Tip #3: Fiber is and Consume More Fiber in Your Diet an essential fuel additive for the health of your colon. are excellent sources of fluid. and it degenerative diseases. or was prepared months to years in advance and then prepackaged. The more liquids you consume.

while they provide elements. and then overeating for dinner. however. proper nutrition takes planning and preparation. is a common habit that can contribute to digestive problems. when you and natural sweeteners. overburdening your body and making your healing system sluggish. and natural sugars for your healing system. Going all day without eating. Eat more toward the earlier part of the day and less in the evenings. Raw fruits and vegetables are loaded with vita mins. This food could be in the form of salad with fresh sprouts. make sure not to spoil your appetite for your meals. If you wait until you are hungry to decide what you are going to eat. at Tip #6: Your Eat Regular Meals. and and fluid content. including fresh vegeta a bles and fruits.130 Your Extraordinary Healing System refined sugars. Processed. Like anything that’s worthwhile. content. honey and fruit-derived including juices foods lack the vitality. such as carrot sticks or fresh apple pieces. not starving it all day long and then overloading. you will most likely grab the nearest . such as crave sweets. eat more fresh fruits sweets. A steady flow of nutrients works best for your healing system. and they contain a Make sure. However. Tip #7: Take the Time to Plan and CookYour Meals Proper nutrition is essential for your health. Regular Times body’s digestive system is set up to handle regular meals. Instead. trace body. freshness. or fresh fruits and vegetables. and dried fruits. Graze on healthy snacks if you get hungry. Although preparing healthy. elements. minerals. with their high fluid and fiber efficient circulation and elimination in the essential vitamins. just remember that your healing system deserves and requires the best fuel you can give it. or if your blood sugar gets low. Raw fruits and assure vegetables. and they may cause it time by creating unhealthy conditions in your body. wholesome food might take a little extra thought and time. minerals. and packaged healing system to work over Tip #5: Eat at Include Raw Foods in Your one Daily Diet least portion raw a day of raw foods. and fiber that your requires to function optimally. refined. that you chew trace high raw fiber foods well because they can be difficult to digest if they’re not chewed ade quately.

which could be fast food the time to or convenient junk food. Avoid arguing or getting upset for any reason while you eat. In the past. wholesome foods. Cultivate a for the food that you consume. quiet envi improves eating. fresh. including quality plates. wholesome food requires thorough more on before you swallow it. If you are upset. which can interfere with proper digestion and the assim ilation of vital nutrients. composition of the food. more important than.Fueling Your Healing System 131 food available. So chewing your food slowly and thoroughly is important. Tip #8: ronment. ‘While radio blasting. Many cultures on digestion around the world consider the ambiance how it is if not and how it is surrounding food. use pleasant settings. Proper chewing which is why dental hygiene is also an depends important part of your overall physical health and personal hygiene. aided by digestive enzymes secreted by your salivary glands. Tip #10: Eat a Wide Variety of Foods Do your best to satisfy your body’s nutritional requirements by eating a wide variety of foods. in taste a calm. Most healthy. Light a candle or use soft lights at the table. and your health. Avoid watching TV while you eat. populations that were confined to limited choices in their diets often came down with severe nutritional deficiencies. to be equally important to. or eating with the stereo or enhances the smell and of the food and digestion. . such as received. it is best to wait until you are calm to eat because emotional upheaval can adversely affect body chemistry and have a negative impact spirit of gratitude prepared. chewing good teeth. Doing this makes digestion easier and efficient for your stomach and intestines. Not chewing your food slowly and thoroughly because you are eating when you are in a hurry or upset can cause indigestion and rob your healing system of necessary vital nutrients. and serving utensils. This variety will ensure the opportunity for a greater selection and utilization of nature’s essential nutrients. silverware. Take shop for and cook a healthy. the biochemical Tip #9: ChewYour Food Slowly and Thoroughly The process of digestion begins in your mouth. Create Pleasant Ambiance When You Eat Eating your food under pleasant circumstances.

. heart disease.132 Your Extraordinary Healing System Because many vitamins. heavy foods. Alcohol. and sometimes even longer. many wide a variety of fruits and approach represents the safest and most reliable way to ensure highest-octane fuel for your high-performance healing system. gall bladder disease. Consider its use eliminating it alto special. in coffee. can make your healing system sluggish and incompetent. The process of diges Rich. If you are healing. trace elements. Avoid or minimize heavy Tip #12: Minimize Minimize the Use of Alcohol and Stimulants or reduce alcohol intake. Tip #1 and I: Eat Fewer Rich. often taking at least four or five hours. gether is or saving for addition. which a nervous-system depressant and also has negative effects on the liver. circulatory systems. represent the most difficult of all foods to digest. For all practical and scientific purposes. and caffeinated sodas. which contain a lot of fat. lymphatic. which inter feres with the performance of your healing system. including gout. including every color in the rainbow in your weekly. heavy foods taken in excess can tion can healing redirect blood flow and energy away from the work your system is doing. draining your body of healing energy. oil. and protein. rich and important foods. system and can Stress constricts your blood vessels and promotes the fight-or-flight response. and many others. minimize or eliminate the including caffeine. minerals. Such foods have been linked to a number of diseases. to keep your diet light. Rich. which is commonly found In use of stimulants. and you are not under it is nourished. festive occasions. diverticulitis. tea. The time and energy required to break down and digest these foods will interfere with the performance of your healing system. this the pigments and dyes that vegetables. including cancer. and other nutri tional substances contribute to are associated with natural the specific colors of certain fruits and nutritional experts recommend vegetables diet at as least eating as possible. Caffeine stimulates the increase mental nervous agitation and cause stress. Heavy Foods clog your digestive.

Above all. herbal teas. water. keep an open mind about trying and learning new things.Fueling Your Healing System 133 Closing Thoughts on Fueling Your Healing System body is a high-performance extraordinary healing system that requires the highest-performance fuels available from the purest sources. weight. and don’t be too rigid or fanatical about following a stringent dietary reg imen that has worked for others but may not be right for you. respect your individuality. etables. Eat natural foods that represent every color in the rainbow at least once in a week’s time to get enough sure Make fats. Remember to eat foods that are wholesome and nutritious. and chew your food well. remember . These foods include nuts. fresh of vitamins. in your diet. Take time to prepare your meals thoughtfully. and listen to your body as you focus on fulfilling its ever-changing nutritional needs. eat regularly. minerals. most trace and balanced. soups. or eliminate it Avoid rich and heavy foods unless you need to put on amount be careful with alcohol and caffeine intake. and oils phytochemicals. When it comes fueling your healing system. If you are attempting to heal yourself from a chronic illness or condi tion. stay informed. fluids. fruits and veg seeds. with an you on consume in the form of food will have system and your overall a tremendous influence of health and well your healing state being. whole grains. and you are getting adequate protein. carbohydrates. many excellent resources are for nutrition. juices. Repair and restoration of damaged tissues require energy. Also There to to of flesh food in your diet. and that contain plenty elements. and fiber. reduce the altogether. and the energy It is important to remember that your machine. avoid unhealthy snacking.

when your mind is in a negative state. happiness. Through these mechanisms. ben eficial chemicals known as neurotransmitters or neuropeptides that are secreted by your brain can actually infuse your body with positive energy. physician and author Dr. with thoughts of pessimism. blame. immersed in thoughts of love and affection. Working through your brain and nervous system.” All mental activity. whether conscious unconscious. has enhance a powerful on your healing system and can or performance.CHAPTER 6 The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System mind is your healing system’s most powerful ally. fear. and despair. dramatically influence the performance of your healing system. enthusiasm. hatred. self-criticism. anger. cynicism. when your mind is in a positive state. health. jealousy. and peace. revenge. Your mind second remains in intimate contact with your body’s ever-changing internal environment while it works side In the words of well-known by side with your healing system. guilt. Andrew Weil. caring and compassion. joy. activities of the mind travel. Alternatively. can or “Wherever nerves are. strengthening your healing system and improving your health. you are influence interfere with its . a sophisticated communication feedback system sends precise. your mind can send pow our erful messages to your body that can. shame. splitinformation from your body back to your brain. For example.

Outside forces can certainly play a role in disease processes. In the words of Robert Eliot. and so it is imperative or that you understand this force in this world. or lack of good health. before the actual causes movement. and your ability to optimize the incredible power of your mind to aid your healing system. How Your Mind Affects Your Healing System nervous Your mind works through your brain and into system. in much the same electricity example.” messages to your When you understand the power of your mind. moment by moment. own More than any other power can serve as mind your healing system’s qualified and capable partner. or other people for your illnesses. maci microoes. ~ includ ~ci I II poiiute environment. each day of your life.136 Your Extraordinary Healing System sending negative body via equally powerful chemicals that can weaken your healing system and interfere with its ability to do its job effectively. “The brain writes prescriptions for the body. electrical impulses through For travel through the many nerves are distributed way as the various moves organs and tissues of your wires. is more the involuntary in its dis autonomic nervous wide-reaching your tribution and more powerful in its influence over body’s internal environment. however. to stimulate specific that will in events direct the muscles in movement arm to contract. You are the one who is ultimately respon sible for your health. This sequence of nervous results in in your The part of your system that is nervous responsible conscious for this type of movement movement is known as the voluntary by system because the is voluntarily brought system. and its enor mous ability to work either for you or against you.. M. The autonomic nervous system regulates such critical biologi . into action your own thinking. as Another part of your nervous or nervous system.. a the final analysis. generating These to thoughts that are converted electrical that impulses. in ing genes. time ~ or •I energy I blaming outside forces. you will no longer waste valuable ~ . thought generated nerves in your mind that turn electrical impulses your arm.D. diseases. your most principle. a when you is first want to move your arm. known system. evii rate. body. but. your health is based more on the personal choices you make for yourself.

and it can be initiated by thoughts of fear. your breathing. The ened or are fight-or-flight occurs can feeling experiencing stress. in of influ encing and modifying can the physiological a processes on your internal environment in ways that have direct effect your to Because your brain process an approximately 600 800 healing system. repair. These physiological emergency. and anger. nervous system include those of relaxation. oxygen consumption. The system are sympathetic activity and parasym movement sympathetic branch increases and body.The Power of Your Mind and Your Hea’ing System 137 cal functions as your heart beat. Your mind and your thoughts can cause real physiological . Mind You you can use as Healer. an worry. nervous Within the autonomic branches. your elimination of waste the and many others. It be measured by increase in heart rate. your digestive products. Thoughts that activate the parasympathetic serenit>c harmony. and blood flow to the large but muscles of locomotion in your are legs and arms. your blood pressure. love. but. In these ways. because it when the fight-or-flight it can response is elicited repeat edly. gen changes they beneficial serve to to help you “fight or flee” during a crisis or also inhibit the activities of your healing system. prove harmful and damaging system. breathing. or it in a way that turns against you to the detriment of your health. your perspiration. relaxation. this branch is responsible response for the well-kn6wn when you are fight-or-flight threat response. and tranquility. blood pressure. which erally requires to a more quiet and relaxed internal environment within which operate. thoughts every mental minute. peace. Mind as Killer can use your mind for your body’s ultimate health and healing. panic.far importantly. your mind movement plays a pivotal role not more just in directing the of certain muscles in your body. counter your The creates too much work for your healing parasympathetic sympathetic calming effect a branch of the autonomic nervous nervous system balances the system and the fight-or-flight response by producing on your body. regeneration. This branch is associated with states of rest. and healing. pathetic in your processes. you can see on what enormous impact your thinking and activity can have the health of your body. anxiety. your vision. or Additionally. to prolonged body over a lengthy period.

it can be your healing system’s most powerful ally. Jerry told going to happen “Doc. can weaken and damage your body’s health. hormones. The following story about Jerrj~ one of my patients. dis ease. and electrical nerve stim ulation. me just made up my mind that again! I simply refused to have I another heart attack!” . “I refuse to another heart attack have another heart attack!” His mind to was so absolutely a committed avoiding the dreaded experience of having heart attack again never away. He has that his symptoms subsided. to day. and his pain went had another problem with his heart since that me. At that moment. If you do not use them properly. he told himself he would take it easy and not disobey his doctor’s orders. as the placebo Jerry was a tire salesman from a small town in Texas. a loyal servant and friend. because of the increased altitude in the mountains where Jerry was staying. He was in early sixties and had already suffered from one near-fatal heart attack just a year earlier. interfere with your healing system.138 Your Extraordinary Healing System effect demonstrates. Jerry made a conscious decision to use the power of his mind to avert a possible heart attack. your mind can become a definite liability. If you learn to use your mind to cooperate with your body’s healing system. prove to be your worst enemy. If it is not properly trained and used. your mind and thoughts. Jerry could not resist the offer of spending the weekend with his buddies in a small hunting cabin in the mountains of Colorado. He was lucky to be alive. As he returning began to feel his cabin the familiar evening after an uphill stroll. Of that it wasn’t day. demonstrates the crucial principle that learning how to use your mind for the benefit of your body’s health and well-being can lit erally mean the difference between life and death. However. changes in your body. and cause premature physical deterioration. and even your ultimate demise. His cardiologist had placed him on restricted activities until further notice. Even though he had decided to go on the trip without letting his doctor know. used was to—something to the oxygen was a little thinner than he was he had forgotten to take into account. He would not push himself or do anything stren uous that might injure his heart. He simply told himself. an4 even kill you. through the release of powerful neuropeptides. he chest pain and pressure that signaled one coming on. his However.

All this can put you at risk for heart disease. researchers are discovering more ways body ship between your mind and your body affects your health in many ways. get enough sleep and rest. For example. You may not bathe as regularly as you should. For example. and other nutrient deficiencies. if you become depressed. The intimate relation . The Merry-Go-Round are and the Sorry-Go-Round that your mind and Every day. Depression can create stress and anxiety. when constructively applied. and your attitude and outlook on life will be inspired and enthusiastic. as well. mineral. and participate in other life_promoting activities that will con tribute to your body’s overall health. and other dis eases. getting adequate sleep and rest. your mind powerful ally of your body’s healing system. which can weaken your cardiovascular system and possibly cause you to gain weight as a result of inactivity. You may not feel like exercising reg ularly. and feeling relaxed. you will most likely want to take better care of your body. eating good food. eat whole some. diabetes. When you are in a good mood and feeling good about yourself. certain connected and influence each other. leaving you weak and dehydrated. take time to exercise. All of these factors have a negative influence on your healing system.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 139 Stories like Jerry’s are not uncommon. Alternatively. emotionally balanced. exercising regularly. Conversely. which can lead to excessive weight loss and vitamin. when you are feeling physically fit. your mental faculties will be sharper and clearer. which can have a fur ther negative impact on your health. which can lead to skin infections. high blood pressure. vulnerable to disease. and socially well-adjusted enjoy better health and are sick less often. and can they be a demonstrate that. people who are happy. Or you may not eat healthily or drink enough fluids. nourishing food. In the same way that your body is powerfully influenced by your mind. your mind is also influenced by your body. and the possibility of other infections. or if your spirits are low. you will not have the energy to take very good care of yourself. Your healing system is programmed to listen to your mind. so it is important to be conscious of the thoughts and messages you may be sending.

thyroid dysfunction. you can become aware of this harmful cycle when it afflicts you. you can easily become frightened and anxious. into worsen ing physical and mental health. The point is not which came first—the physical or mental problem. beneficial changes on both physical and mental levels in a two-pronged approach (both physical and mental) that will lead you to what I call the “Merry-Go-Round. Through the power of your mind. once you are aware of it. mental health is adversely affected. a cycle that can be difficult to break. That chronic pain can lead to mental depression is also well-known. and so on. in which your mind and body are cooperating with each other in a positive deficiencies. lethargy. But this cycle also can first begin with your mental health affecting your physical health. Hallucinations and mental psychosis can occur with electrolyte imbalance caused by extreme dehydration. prolonged suffering.” The Merry-Go-Round describes the opposite state. and even death to accompany such illnesses. and your low ered mood and depressed mental health adversely affecting your body. anxiety and altered mood states. Additionally. down in a continuing spiral of increased suffering on both mental and physical levels. you can successfully break it by implementing positive. or kidney dysfunction. to nutritional are cause fatigue. The Sorry-GoRound is a term I like to use to describe the downward spiraling cycle that occurs when poor physical health affects your mental health. or poor mental health that creates poor physical health. Whether you begin with poor physical health that creates poor mental health. and it is not uncommon for thoughts of impending doom. you can get caught in a harmful cycle without even realizing what is happening. With the poor health of your body pulling your mind down. and.140 Your Extraordinary Healing System physical ailments such as anemia. especially if the illnesses are more severe or prolonged. which affects your physical health. cough. when you feel bad physically. you can tumble down. or flu can make you feel low and affect your attitude. and insomnia known mental . It is that they feed off each other and create a harmful downward-spiraling cycle that is difficult to break. This cycle is known as the Sorry-Go-Round. down. which affects your mental health. heat stroke. Even a cold. Under conditions of impaired physical health.

if you have fallen off. anxious. This are * chapter this describes several healing is Merry-Go practical strategies that the and based on important principle. Contrary which spiraling effect of degenerating physical health occurs. If you or a loved one suffers from depression.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 141 way for your optimum health. in continued negative mental to the attitudes and system thrives on. This is just one example to demonstrate that the improvement in physical health often results in the improve Exercise can be an the ment * of mental health. can help you avoid the knee-jerk tendency to become fearful. ‘When your body feels healthy. your body is also likely to feel healthier. which you will be reading about shortly. positive. a both mental and physical works best. or. in the MerryGo-Round. Positively programming your mind for health another important method to help you get on Round. an upward spiraling effect of positive mental and enhanced physical health perpetuates itself. studies have shown that exercise can help overcome this problem. When you feel good physically. . opti mistic thoughts that will have beneficial effects on your body’s physiology~ This kind of positive interaction is what your healing a downward Sorry-Go-Round. A few suggested here to get two-pronged approach that implements strategies ~ Remember. important strategy to help you get back on Merry-Go-Round if your mental health and spirits are cur rently low and slumping. and they are another powerful way to stay on the Merry-Go-Round. You can that you ride on the Merry-Goyou started. Round. The Merry-Go-Round strengthens and nourishes your healing system so that it can perform at maximum capacity This is one of the most obvious reasons you want to ride on the Merry-Go-Round. this uplifts your mood and contributes to a positive mental state. Stress-management techniques. and scatterbrained in the face of daily prob lems. A positive mental state helps to inspire life-affirming. measures are to take definite to ensure get back on as soon as you can. your mind feels good. When your mind feels good.

it further believed that the immune system. discovery provides evidence that the immune system and . as you know. One whatsoever that what goes on absolutely nothing was do with what goes in the body. Psychoneuroimmunology Psychoneuroimmunology. that and they also have certain similarities. immune system. Your depends on the are health of your immune system You may recall that your best. One similarity is they both are affected by your thoughts. But. emotions. is important new field of medical science that studies the interaction between your mind and your findings in this field have a direct bearing on under standing healing how your healing your system works because. unequivocal proof new that your mind talks is based on directly to your immune system.142 Your Extraordinary Healing System The health of your healing system depends on your ability and determination to get off the Sorry-Go-Round and get on the Merry- chapter. you’ll learn various ways to do this. are now known to exist on specific white blood cells. To support this was notion. and the activities of your mind. and to enhance and strengthen your healing system so it can do its job effectively and efficiently. thanks important discoveries working in the field of psy choneuroimmunolog~ these There is now outdated beliefs have finally been proven wrong. Tiny This nerves o have been discovered that concrete are connected to the lymph nodes. This understanding the following findings: o Specialized receptor sites for neumtransmitters. functioned several completely independent by researchers of the brain. which manages the body’s to defenses. Rigorous ogy is and innovative scientific us to us. which taught to young doctors in med erroneous ical schools for several hundred years. attitudes. healing system and your immune system decidedly different. erroneous myth to myths was about how our on bodies function in relation in the mind has to our minds. your immune system is linked to healing system to in the defense of your system collaborates with your immune system and function at its body. New Go-Round. In this and Your Healing System an known as PNI for short. investigation in psychoneuroimmunol healing resources helping understand It also is more about the wonderful us to that exist within helping lay to rest several key. which are chemicals pro duced by the brain.

but for the flight crew of the in the world. their sound physical and mental health is of the utmost importance. This means that the immune in one’s system talks emotional the endocrine system and directly participates experience. are directly connected to system and the brain. . responsibility-laden people are in their jobs hands. even small ones. Airplanes move fast. Practical to Strategies for Using Your Mind Strengthen Your Healing System most to Your mind is your healing system’s and so it is important to learn how valuable and powerful ally. you maximize your mind’s incred ible power. Because the lives of many and passengers. Pilots do not have the luxury of entertaining thoughts that will contribute to a negative outcome during the flying mission. When pilots are trained. both the psychological and physical exams for pilots are among the most meticulous and closely scruti nized of any occupation in the world. as well. Positive Mental Pilots have one Programming most dangerous. Pilots must focus their thought processes on creating strategic. The focus and direct your mind following techniques and strategies can help to strengthen your healing system.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 143 lymph nodes. they that includes programming go through a form of mental training their minds into a specific. These advances in to what us psychoneuroimmunology lend further scientific evidence Hippocrates and other ancient physicians and healers have been for thousands of years: that to a telling can positive mental and emotional state improve the body’s ability heal itself. in the blink of an eye those mistakes can be fatal. action-oriented behav iors that will result in a positive outcome and nothing else. As a consequence. If pilots make mistakes. have Powerful secreted hormones been discovered that are produced and by specific to white blood cells. not only for the pilots. the * nervous which contain white blood cells. success-oriented mode. difficult.

and If you come down with a respiratory infection or any other illness. Landing a plane is one of the most challenging and difficult aspects of flying any aircraft. In the world of health and healing. a all its systems running smoothly. to n Mentally repeat that you will get better. your healing system will become “distracted” from its critical role in it will not be able to maintaining your function properly. A kind of self-fulfilling prophecy would most likely Entertaining negative thoughts would prevent the pilots from focusing on the constructive thoughts that are necessary to execute the precise skillful movements required for successful landings. the key role that your mind plays in determining a positive. as in flying. If pilots were to entertain such foolish thoughts. and then act on that belief. the sheer weight of their distractive powers would most likely result in a crash. believe that outcome is possible for you. focus your mind on being healthy again by implementing the following mental strategies: For example. successful outcome cannot be overstated. Pilots cannot entertain any unproductive thoughts that could possibly result in a negative outcome.144 Your Extraordinary Healing System training for pilots more apparent than during landing. do so . refusing to allow any unhealthy thoughts of disease and suffering to distract you from your goal. Without the nourishment and fuel of positive thinking. pilots set their sights for the runway while they are communicating with the control tower. thoughts during this period must be focused on the positive outcome of a safe and successful landing. Just as they will line up their airplanes along a certain approach to the runway. and you want to get better. course. and continue until the belief is firmly ingrained in your mind. you simply do not have the luxury of entertaining negative thoughts or negative outcomes. health and well-being. ~ Set your sights firmly on the goal of being healthy again. they have already focused their minds on a specific train of thoughts that entertain only a preselected sequence of decisions and actions importance Nowhere is the of this mental landing. Some flexibility is required. Just like a pilot. Your healing system needs this positive thinking to function at its best and keep your body and a that will produce but all successful of ensue. When it comes to your health. Upon descent and before landing. you need to set your sights on positive outcome.

or bandage. seek immediate If the wound needs professional attention. Contact your doctor. to cotton ball. to Place your hand above your heart reduce blood pressure and bleeding. Keep warm. only the checklist would your differ somewhat: Find a clean cloth. set your * If you mental cut finger and are bleeding profusely. fatty foods. Many people have used . contact family members or friends inform them of your injury. Adapt your positive mental programming to fit the needs of your particular situation and condition. professional. health medical If you care. healing Mentally of your wound and repeat this goal as often as you can. a your checklist may look something like this: Call in sick for work. Drink fluids.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing Syslem 145 * Make mental checklist of things you can do to get better soon. Get plenty of rest. the same programming would apply. mentally repeating this goal as often as you can. Once bleeding to has stabilized. Continue to set your sights on the the restoration of your health. Avoid rich. are seen by a concerning wound care. Take medicines Continue to as needed. sights on your goal of being healthy. For instance. and apply direct pressure the wound. if you have a respiratory infection with a fever. follow his/her orders cleansing and bathing of the wound. as Restrict activities needed assist the process of wound heal ing. to and medical follow-up.

After several months. She was committed herself While to programming her mind in Jan was deciding to concentrate on positive way. too. She has long outlived the doctors who first pro nounced her death sentence. she plunged headfirst into researching how she could possibly turn her health around. She had read about other people over coming insurmountable odds to defeat their diseases. vitality. She assisting other women with breast not to give in to hopelessness and despair. encouraging volunteers her time in them healing power of her own mind. Jan has cancer. and stamina coming into her body. Rather than giving up all hope and becoming another cancer statistic. stop worrying. and she began to actually believe she might be able to follow in the footsteps of others who had similarly overcome spite of the mastectomy she had and the weighing heavily against her. Practicing several mental techniques that helped her relax. Jan decided to enlist the help of her mind to rid her body of this dreaded condition. positive mental Jan’s Story Jan diagnosed with breast cancer. Jan is totally cancer free and radiates a spirit of calm reassurance and optimism that is obvious to anyone who meets her. Through her difficult journey.146 Your Extraordinary Healing System programming successfully to overcome even serious health conditions. and radiation. she began to feel more energy. and HIV. multiple sclerosis. and she thought that. she might be able to do it. she was given only six months to live. and even though she went through the grueling treatments of a radical mastectomy. her atti tude improved. Jan began to focus more on a positive outcome. heart disease. even though at that time the idea of a healing system was virtually unknown. She did all this in were odds that come to realize the tremendous selflessly cancer. . including cancer. slow down. and develop a better sense of humor. 30 years later. nutrition and natural a supplements that could build up her strength and resistance. Today. she also began reading books on how her thoughts and attitudes could stimulate healing mechanisms deep within her body. Because her life was on the line. The following story is a good example of the powerful effects of positive mental programming. if it was possible for them. With these obvious physical signs of improvement. chemo therapy.

far better survival statistics. Beliefs can be passed down from one generation to the next. Beliefs can signifi cantly influence the performance of your body’s healing system through the powerful messages they send to every organ. to use the Infusing Your Healing System Beliefs are with Positive Beliefs we powerful thoughts that hold onto and invest with they were true. to strengthen and fortify their healing systems through the cultivation of life-affirming. covering centuries. healthy. and life sustain ing. even when they are wrong. reli gious preferences. If your beliefs are positive. Of course. and even mil lennia. the books you read. Beliefs often gain strength over time. gender. common belief. powerful thoughts. and often they are backed by the collective support of many people. but for hundreds of years. you would fall off the this belief was edge by of the world. the belief was that the world was great energy as if true. and age. in medieval Europe. constructive thoughts and positive mental attitudes. in a well-known study that looked at Harvard University graduates over a 25-year period. including your education. they can work to your advantage. letting go of them and changing them is difficult. before Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage in 1492. and cell in your body. and reported enjoying much better health at the end of the 25-year study period than those who reported their health as only fair or poor. community. and your own personal thoughts and unique life experiences. but. role in Beliefs constructed of . ‘When beliefs become heavily invested with a lot of time and energy. For example. tissue. Your beliefs flat. peers. and that if you sailed too far out to sea. The more people who share in a similar. and as such they can play a major determining your health. many peoples’ lives were affected are this limited view. rather.The Power of Your Mind and Your Heahng System 147 body’s greatest ally in healing. For example. the media. the mind. the more powerful that belief becomes. even though they might not be help to shape the way you think and view the world. your colleagues. including family and friends. those who believed their health was good or excellent at the beginning of the study had significantly fewer illnesses and diseases. we now know that not true. Your beliefs are also reinforced and influenced by many factors. They can extend far back in time.

which are based on fear and pessimistic projec concerning your health.” Choose Refuse to o entertain beliefs that oppose your positive belief about your health. For example. unsupportive doctor. and reinforce your positive belief about your health. receiving Read books. o Seek out and surround who reinforce your o yourself with positive. you may be contributing to the physiological processes that will create a toxic internal cellular envi ronment that can actually cause cells to mutate and manifest in cancer. whenever you can. can actually interfere with the performance of your body’s healing system and can result in harm to your body. Such activities might include eating healthy food. get ting adequate sleep and rest. “The brain writes prescriptions for the body. Again. find one be more optimistic o encouraging. and so on. If you think long and hard about getting a heart attack. if you think long and hard about getting cancer. first saying it out it.148 Your Extraordinary Healing System The following approaches positive a will help you infuse your healing system with beliefs: o positive belief that supports your goals of improved health. o Write down your positive belief and then loud to yourself. and whispering as repeat it. your thoughts and beliefs can create the internal chemistry within your body that constricts the coronary arteries in your heart and shuts tions . and massages once a week. as You may choose many positive health beliefs as you desire.” this is only common sense.” or “I am becoming strong and healthy. optimistic people positive belief about your health. recalling Dr. If you have who can a Avoid people who and oppose your pes simistic. If you sustain such beliefs over a sufficient time period. watch movies. Negative beliefs. Eliot’s famous words. support. positive belief. Examples might be “I believe I can be healed. they can even become self-fulfilling prophecies. and then mentally repeat you can. ing o it over over again often as participate in activities that nur ture. going for regular exercise.

The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 149 down the blood to an supply to your heart muscles. Not others. life-threaten afflictions did so by discovering that the roots of their physical ing suffering were anchored in the muck of unhealthy. and there are many of the virus and the disease. The good news is that many new studies are now show ing that you can transform and overcome these negative influences by focusing more on positive. scientific research in these a which can contribute actual heart attack. this result was due largely to the fear and dread these individuals associated with the mysterious elements people are better informed and not so only has HIV lost its diag nostic shock value. negative beliefs they had harbored about themselves and their bodies since child hood. Some of the more commonly reported of these negative . life-enhancing beliefs and incórporat ing an optimistic view of the world into your beliefs. but rather through people becoming empowered to fight back and reclaim their health through a change in their beliefs about HIV. just the diagnosis of being HIV positive was enough to kill a person. More than the actual virulence of the virus. fearful about HIV and AIDS. large number of studies mind-body interactions already in the med mental ical literature confirm the reality of these destructive processes. many people who have overcome serious. especially if you were raised in a family or environ may ment that taught and encouraged negative beliefs. Even is still though relatively new. this change has come about not so much through breakthroughs in miraculous medications. An example of the power of positive beliefs is evident in the story of AIDS. Transforming Negative Beliefs into Positive Beliefs Entertaining not and holding onto beliefs that will enhance your health be easy. However. For the most part. Now. Basketball superstar Magic Johnson is one such example. you can succeed by following the strategies described in this chapter. When AIDS was first discovered. In fact. but the long-term survival rates and quality of life also have improved dramatically among people who are HIV positive.

Josh took a leave of absence from school to concentrate on his deeper healing. For many love is if you get ill.” “You do not deserve love.” who have overcome serious illnesses. The physical cures were merely side benefits they enjoyed along the route of the deeper healing that occurred. a CT brain scan showed that his tumor had indeed grown . His type of tumor carried a poor prognosis. and spiritually into more vibrant. The following story is a dramatic example of the power of the mind and how one person healed himself by transforming and overcoming his negative beliefs. malignant brain tumor. but. Josh was diagnosed with a rare. and taking unnecessary risks that lead to acci dents and injuries.” happy. Fewer than 12 people in the entire world had had this type of tumor. staying in abusive relationships. and no one had lived longer than a year after the diagnosis was made. overeating. something buy into his death sentence. to even In his with the best treatment that conventional medicine had offer.150 Your Extraordinary Healing System beliefs are these: “You deserve are a “You do not to be to your sins. negative beliefs that led to a lifetime pattern of unhealthy. After just 4 Although Josh was in his mind refused to months. or from the Josh’s Story sophomore year of college. Of those who have successfully healed themselves. and taking the time to listen to his intuition. healthier individuals. He believed in his heart that his body could heal itself. As he set about changing his diet and lifestyle. Josh vowed to defy the statistics.” “You need to be punished for suffer and have pain. initially devastated by the news. self-destructive thoughts and related behaviors such as smoking. stronger. drinking. secretly inside. emotionally. having unsafe sex. These negative beliefs and behaviors are not unlike those that would cause people to end their lives by putting a bullet in their brains or jumping off of a bridge. They needed to let go of the deeply ingrained. He did not say much to others. many have been able to look back on their diseases as gifts that helped them transform mentally.” or “The only way bad receive attention people healing physical aspects of their diseases meant expunging the dis ease at its psychological roots. reducing his stress.” “You deserve you can person. drug abuse.

himself. Belief #2: I deserve be happy. (Note: You may want to substitute your here. Josh counsels his patients on their attitudes while he edu cates them about their mind and the power of their beliefs to improve the quality of their health. rather than what is suggested beginning. on the CT was Josh Three years later. Josh is not against conventional medical when a treatment to increase the odds of a a successful outcome patient is faced with difficult the transformation of negative beliefs into that imperative.The Power of Your Mmd and Your HeaI~ng System 151 a little smaller. prayers. healthy. keep it simple by using no more own than them four. to to as but he believes that healing mechanisms and overcome Because your body is programmed mands. like driving a railroad spike solidly into the ground with a sledge hammer. embrace beliefs. in turn. inspirational TV programs. it is imperative to begin now obey your mental com positive. the had shrunk less than one-third of its original size. His doctors was were amazed and told him tumor to keep doing to whatever he doing. they will attract other positive your mind and. uplifting quotes and sayings. however. Belief #1: I am lovable to just as I am. 6 months was no after he should have been dead. mantras. After 18 months. gently but firmly shift your focus to four core beliefs. Once these beliefs beliefs to are solidly embedded. In the positive beliefs. including self-improvement books and tapes. and fulfilled in my life. internal He is living proof diagnosis. infuse your healing system with the positive energy it needs to function at its best. and supportive doctors have done. program your mind to Josh and many others and healers. life-affirming Many methods and techniques are available to help you do this. but he wasn’t surprised. genuinely helpful friends and supportive peer groups. healthy ones is optimistic beliefs can activate incurable diseases. motivational videos. Josh’s tumor longer detectable recurred. positive. Now a doctor scan.) You need to reinforce these four basic beliefs and drive deep into your subconscious mind and body. . After 9 months. the tumor still had not elated. compassionate and wise counselors. Four Basic Positive Beliefs ‘Whenever you find yourself falling prey to negative beliefs.

Our internal dialogues. Self-talk generates thoughts that create . your healing system will awaken. fearful. Examples of self-talk include the times when you mentally pat yourself on the back and say. n or in any place Record the beliefs Memorize the a on a tape recorder or on a message machine. where you’ll see them several times a day. and it knows how to wants to healthy. The only difference is that when we talk to ourselves. “Good job! well done!” or when you criticize yourself and say. These private dialogues are known collectively as self-talk. or if your so mind strays from your goal of improved physical system. Upon seeing them. every day of our lives.152 Your Extraordinary Healing System Belief #3: heal itself. in your car. you bring it back on a constructive track that will strengthen and nourish your healing If you follow this strategy faithfully. Through these positive. loud. you will see how vibrant and alive your body will feel as it responds to your new mental com mands.” are gener ally kept strictly personal and private. Keep them on your bathroom mirror. Belief #4: My body has My body a healing be system. Write the beliefs down on to yourself. first out n Begin repeating these beliefs silently throughout the day. talking out loud to themselves. or negative mode. high gear to perform Stimulate Your You Healing System with Positive Self-Talk probably have seen and heard homeless people in the streets of our cities. we usually do so quietly. doubting. arise. and shift into smoothly and efficiently for you. and then c~i a small card. unlike those of “crazy street people. at your office. D beliefs. life-affirming beliefs. can that whenever you catch your mind in pessimistic. the first thought that probably pops into your head is that they are crazy! The irony is that you and I also talk to ourselves. and mental health. “You jerk! You messed up again!” Your self-talk can have a huge impact on the health of your body and your healing system. in the silent chambers of our own minds.

health. own your you healing are your cheerleader. it tears down your body’s health. is usually based on the fol lowing themes: anger. can create and maintain a strong. it can create both physical and mental problems. negative self-talk sends self-destructive messages to your body that interfere with your healing system. beauty. which focuses on negative thoughts and what is wrong with your life. centers on as hope. creativity. Negative self-talk creates tension and a feeling of heaviness in your body. hatred. life-affirming thoughts. Most impor tantly. resilient such themes healing system and robust good health. you can stimulate your healing system and improve the quality of your health and life by carefully censor ing negative. compassion. cynicism. inspiration. pessimism. resentment. your own corner man in the heavyweight boxing championship fight for your life. hopelessness. Negative self-talk. By sending unhealthy messages to your body. chronic. negative self-talk can sabotage and weaken your body’s defenses from the inside as it creates toxic chemical imbalances that can lead to degenerative diseases. blame. self-criticism. low self-esteem. love. on the other hand. Numerous techniques. optimism. unhealthy thoughts while reinforcing positive. and healing. More dangerous than most external agents of disease. and activities are available to help you program your mind into the language of positive self-talk. . when it becomes habitual or continuous. negative self-talk interferes with the performance of your healing system. which is based on an optimistic mental attitude that sees problems as challenges and fosters a more nerve internal positive outlook on life. grief. revenge. and suffering. generosity. ill ness. on the one hand. While you are engaging in positive self-talk. sadness. enthusiasm. You are in control of your thoughts and the master of your own internal dialogues. jealousy. Alternatively. sorrow. Negative self-talk contributes to poor personal hygiene. can be very destructive. and it exerts a positive. Negative self-talk.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 153 impulses that alter and modif~r the physiological workings and chemistry of your body. uplifting. appre ciation. Positive self-talk. healthy. strategies. sarcasm. guilt. shame. life-enhancing influence on system. futility. fear. and unhealthy diets and lifestyles. worry. positive self-talk. Therefore.

Art and literature: o Being and around great works of art. but simpler and more focused in their purpose. but they can be comforting and reassuring in the short run. An example of a rather well-known affirmation is “Every day. With continuous repeti tion and practice. life-affirming statements that you can verbally or mentally repeat continuously until they become deeply ingrained in your subconscious. and with those you you. There are many wonderful uplifting and inspiring chants from nearly every culture. and Buddhist. Muslim. writings. including out of the paintings. Chants for health and healing can help you shift out of unhealthy nega tive self-talk into the beneficial realm of positive self-talk. Participating in the arts can help bring you one step further into the positive realm. uplifting and inspiring affirmations or prayers that are rhythmical and melodic in form. as well. in an environment where you feel warmth. Chanting: are Sufi. sculpture. affirmations eventually become automatic and easily accessible to you when you need them.154 Your Extraordinary Healing System Here are a few of the more well-known techniques that have worked for many of my o patients: Affirmations: These are positive. Jewish. Hindu. I am getting better and better!” Affirmations are not only life affirming and health enhancing when practiced over time. and acceptance. African. in every way. Christian. . Aboriginal. are You can listen to affirmations are in tape form while you at o home. o Friends and family: and trusted elders also can be very around people with whom you feel safe. until they Chants are driving in your car or while you deeply ingrained in your psyche. suffering. family. and wise people in whom you can confide helpful to inspire positive self-talk. get you rut of negative self-talk and make you realize that there is more to life than pain. can help o Audiotapes: authors to can Books be tape and recordings from inspirational powerful tools to help you reprogram your mind on focus more on positive self-talk. and sorrow. can can Spending quality time with friends. including Native American. They are similar to songs. knowing they care for and inspire your self-talk to be more positive. affection. Being uplift look up to and admire.

and melodic. a tech nique that shows you how to tap into the hidden powers of your not own safe and does subconscious mind so that your mind can align itself with your ~ body and work with your can healing system. most therapists teach self-hypnosis. help they will allow your mind to be absorbed you forget in constructive thought and positive self-talk. but. negative self-talk into an internal dialogue that is much more positive and helpful. Many people have found hypnosis to be one of the safest and most effective methods available for quit ting smoking. to tion of their activate certain meaning. through repetition. You can use mantras for specific occasions and circumstances. come either silently or out loud. are Mantras: We liken mantras to prayers and chants that repeated continuously. including Oprah and Winfrey. hypnosis is allow another person to take over or control your mind. enjoyable activities will Hobbies and entertainment: These about time. An excellent resource for mantras Ashley-Farrand. Most mantras from the East Indian tradition. Effective mantras for healing should be short. Some mantras are known to be very powerful because they not only help infuse your mind with positive energy through contempla rhythmical. and to reroute your thoughts feelings away from what is not working in your life to what is working. Contrary to popular fears and myths. you are engaged in a creative Hypnosis: Hypnosis is another tool that many people have suc cessfully applied to aid their mental reprogramming of habitual. It is difficult to talk negatively to activity ~ that you yourself when truly enjoy. Many successful people. Rather. but you can adapt any phrase or expression that has meaning for you from your own native language. their sounds can life-enhancing vibratory energies in your brain and nervous system. by Thomas . keep ~ a gratitude journal.The Power of Your N1~r~d a~d Your Heahng System 155 ~ down all your thoughts and feelings about the things in your life you are grateful for can be an effective way to help you shift your focus from seeing a glass that Gratitude journal: Writing is half empty to one that is half full. facilitate easy repetition. specialized mantras that can be very effective also exist for health and is Healing Mantras healing.

or people who are wheelchair bound. listening to and playing music. physically demanding world of Visualization and imagery: These mental . manage your stress. and often be o activity restrictions of mind and can overcome with the help of positive self-talk. Healing Words and Prayer is Good Medicine. limita are more a state tion. prayer is universally recognized for its ability to lift people out of the mundane quagmire of hopeless ness and despair. remove your fears and worries. Even people with serious handicaps such as amputations of both legs. are techniques with sci entifically proven benefits not only for health and healing. Reading: Reading uplifting. Dr. Larry Dossey Prayer: Positive cites numerous Peale. In every tradition of the world. By providing a “senior partner” or “higher authority” to consult with. Self-improvement books can also be of great help. Nature: o Immersing yourself and your senses in the beauty and mystery of nature can have a dramatically positive effect on your Norman Vincent self-talk. In his two books. are now competing on an international level to o demonstrate that disease. and dancing— especially when it accompanies chanting and singing uplifting songs and sacred music—can help uplift your mind while they improve your self-talk. futility and depression.156 Your Extraordinary Healing System o Music: Singing. and shift your self-talk into o a more positive mode. can help you focus your self-talk more on the positive aspects of your life. including auto biographies of great people who struggled against adversity and overcame major obstacles. Engaging in negative self-talk is difficult when your mind is occupied in positive musical activities. illness. as well as on our health. in his classic book The Power scientific studies that document the health- enhancing benefits and effectiveness of prayer. Sports and games: These can help you develop confidence in your body’s ability to move and perform like an athlete. prayer can serve as a vehicle to take the pressure off your life. but also in the high-performance. inspirational books. even in the face of devastating terminal illness and major life-threatening events. o of Thinking. describes the positive impact that prayer has on our thoughts and minds.

you can help produce a significant positive shift in your internal dia logues. and study pill both groups believe their of this type. powerful hormones are released into well . while a the other half. that the mind has the power make these changes Emotions and Your Emotions are Healing System packets of mental and physical energy that move through and attempt to move out of your body. pituitary. possible explain the to placebo effect other happen by acknowledging in the body. will receive placebo. your endocrine system. they way to just a figment of the imagination. a pill contains the new drug. These changes than can be measured and There is are real. the without the drug. will as receive pill that contains a drug. potentially a new a useful drugs. stimulate your healing system. to which is pill that contains no drug at all. The word emotion comes from the a root emote. which means to move out. as During emotional thyroid. The placebo effect is unique phenomenon When a during clinical trials for new. will report physical changes new are consistent with those expected no from the drug being not tested. adrenal glands. and promote measurable improvement in your physical health. new the experimental group. much like a river whose water steadily moves toward its greater destiny of the ocean. Both groups are told what expect from the new drug. and as your pancreas and reproductive organs. experiences. Your emotions are connected which includes your pineal. By using the visual and imaginative powers of your mind. known the control group. In nearly every large percentage of those receiving the placebo. The ful placebo effect is a scientific principle on that demonstrates just how power a an influence your mind has observed your body. role in the functioning of your healing to system. Your emotions have and they play an integral profound impact on your physical health. half of study known is launched to test the usefulness of as drug. the the patients.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 157 professional sports and international athletic competition. parathyroid.

including heart disease. increase blood pressure. autoimmune diseases. When you are in touch with how you feel. you usually feel energized and alive. and affect lung and kidney function. These are just a few of the more commonly known hormones associated with your emotions. and other chronic conditions. either feel ing exuberant joy or intense fear. hypertension. and these hormones have far-reaching effects on your body and your healing system. and love. All of these functions critical your healing system. dia betes. you tend to feel separated from life. your adrenal glands release epinephrine (adrenaline). is also produced in response to certain emotions. Because they release powerful hor . contentment.158 Your Extraordinary Healing System your bloodstream from these various organs. if sustained. Rather than suppressing your feelings and emotions. Insulin. serenity. acceler ate heart rate. Feelings of loneliness and isolation create stress. peace. most medical experts are now recommending that. when you are in a highly excitable state. to is these times. angry. For example. but you can see what a profound effect they can have on your heal ing system. Repressing emotions goes against the natural laws of the universe that require the natural energy of emotions to move out of your body conscious expression. it is important to get in touch with your feelings. Being in touch with your feelings. Other studies have shown that people who are able to access their feelings and express themselves enjoy better health and greater longevity. Numerous studies have shown that who to seek people continuously suppress their emotions are more likely to fall prey to serious illnesses. understanding what they are and what they mean. When you are out of touch with your emotions. can have harmful repercussions on Clear evidence now your healing system. cancer. which. exists that suppressing emotions can be damaging to your health and your body’s healing system. which regulates sugar metabolism. satisfaction. which also released at can suppress your immune are function. happiness. Some healthy feelings are joy. and then learn to express them in healthy ways. or under stress. Healthy feelings create sensations of comfort and ease in your body. is important for the health of your healing system. isolated and lonely. which can constrict blood vessels. especially when you are feeling frightened. Cortisol. whatever they are. to prevent illness.

we hold and contain pression often suppress them. such as old resentment and anger. pain. if not released from your body. unhealthy emotions that are not released from your body can create toxic chemistry in your body’s internal environment that interferes with your healing system’s performance. Releasing your emotional baggage by learning to let go of stored up negative feelings. and they cannot be judged on any level by anyone. Healing or occurs when the roots of these exposed and then released from your unhealthy body. causing great harm to yourself or others. the most powerful feelings are located in our bodies. can be appropriate and beneficial. emotions are Getting up and Rid of Emotional emotions that Baggage Unhealthy a cause a big mess. and rage. Of course. but rather. and vibrant and strong for healthy feeling of allis love. released from your body can pile Like lugging around too much baggage. and sadness. generally considered to be “negative” emotions. anger can cause damage to your body’s internal environment. sup of so-called negative emotions can be harmful. particularly your blood vessels and cardiovascular system. Many people have experi or strokes because of their intense anger. espe cially when we acknowledge and release them from our bodies in a timely and sensible manner. Even anger. jealousy. or are not having garbage that begins to smell and fester. Seemingly insignificant events can backflow of enced fatal heart attacks that has often trigger this stored-up anger. Many of the horrendous crimes . if it is suppressed and allowed to build up over time.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 159 mones. Anger leads to resentment. The problem occurs when we do not release these emotions. Feelings just are. hatred. though this probably sounds like a contradiction. Under these circumstances. there are really no negative feelings or emotions. these feelings are body’s internal environment. will help to lighten the burden that may be dragging down your body and making it sick. Anger is the most notorious aspect of emotional baggage that. can be detrimental to your health. hostility. onto as we discussed before. Because extremely beneficial to the health of your they can keep your healing system many years. for years and not been appropriately released piled up Anger can also erupt explosively and violently at the drop of a hat.

continuous anger disturbs the mind. whether a Allow yourself to feel’ the full extent of your feelings. To further you release anger and emotional try the following activities: help baggage.” in severe forms of depression and mental illness. shame. implicated Anger wastes energy and may cause actual damage to your body. on such as sadness (“I feel angry”).”) cannot a heal what you cannot Speak aloud or write down the name of this sensation or feeling. you might a want to Write down all you ence want about your until you feel you have out negative emotional experi expressed all you need to say. by coincidence that insane people buried and still referred to as “madmen. creating emotional volatility as are of anger. See whether there might be other feelings underneath this one that may be encouraging the expression of this feeling. a Shout your loud negative car at the top of your lungs everything related to emotional experience while you are driving in your with the windows rolled up (so nobody can hear you). ‘When you not angry. resentment. deep anger. sadness. guilt. (There is a saying among behavioral scientists: “You jealousy. or anger.” Anger that is never to come out. they are sorrow. creating a double burden to your healing system. anger a name a that relates to a so feeling. well as mental instability. If you can release your anger. love. Try to understand what caused it. feel. you were. most notably. Here are a few tips for releasing unhealthy emotional baggage: and allowed so-called “frozen has been a Close your eyes and notice any sensation of discomfort in your chest. and it is are. on.160 Your Extraordinary Healing System and wars in the world can be traced back to this inappropriate expression Prolonged. This is why it is imperative to release anger appropriately and prevent its unhealthy buildup. feel the pain. Do your best to put (“I feel sad”). other emotions are often discovered. are mad. Once anger is expressed and released appropriately. stomach and abdomen. . pain. you can dis cover the most important emotion of all. and this sensation. and move through the pain. or in any other part of your body.

Love can be awakened by outside forces. there is healing. Love:The Most Powerful Emotion of All important emotion in the world.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 161 * Take pillow as often and as hard as you like. while repeating out loud an angry. This process Remember that the word emotion unhealthy which can be cathartic and healing. even if that love is coming oniy from their pet dog or cat. your body can often help to move out anger and other emotional baggage or of your body and be released. while you focus on releasing anger and other emotions. ‘Where there is love. poets. is connected it to the creative forces of the universe. It source strength. Love Love is the most powerful and is the greatest of nourishment. exist tribulations. “Love is the most powerful known stimulant of the human immune system. the can your release of pain while you cry be extremely beneficial for your healing system. but its true origins emanate from the mysterious depths of your own heart. including lifting weights or aerobics. wise beginning to acknowledge the accuracy of this view. or punch or kick a punching bag.” In the . Moving from the word emote. emotionally charged phrase that is appropriate to your anger. scientists and doctors are now Since the dawn of civilization. and vice versa. men and sages. even in the face of devastating disease and life’s most horrendous trials. and for this reason can beyond the borders of your mind and body. Studies now show that people who report having more love in their lives. mystics and philosophers. artists. Under these circumstances. In the words of Dr. comes means to move out. and energy for your healing system. you may notice flowing automatically from your eyes as you feel and release pain. (I suggest you do this in a room or a plastic baseball bat and strike a area * where no one can disturb you. * Seek professional counseling therapy. and healers have all declared that love is the most powerful healing force in the world. live longer and suffer from fewer diseases. Thanks to new medical research. Bernie Siegel. * If you’ve gone tears beyond the anger to feel your pain.) Perform any other physical activity. and extend to every human heart. and suffering.

immedi ately shift your attention to loving thoughts. or spirit. If you can’t find anything. He eventually went on to com pletely heal himself. nineties. and beyond. Whenever fears and doubts get the better of you. discovered that after just 15 minutes of solid belly laughter while he watched comedy movies. remember this. It will heal Laughter and Humor Are the Best Medicine When you are laughing. as it has always been: ever comforting. it’s time to get out your emotional shovel and start digging through the layers of garbage your thoughts of love for yourself. Laughter can relax the proven to have tremendous an like elixir on . They smoked. timeless. Humor and laughter also activate the body’s natural pain-control mechanisms that release endorphins and enkephalins. that which you love. and Continue to focus on you. What they did right. love all fears and doubts. mind. powerful opiate like neurochemicals produced by the brain. well-known author of Anatomy of an Illness. he got two hours of pain-free sleep. This positive mental and emotional state has been clinically and scientifically health-enhancing effects on your body. did everything wrong. I’ve met people well into their eighties. they overate. was learn how to laugh and not take life or them selves too seriously. to whoever and whatever is near and dear that may be covering There you will find love up your heart. Love is the essential nature of your soul. who. try love. family and friends.162 Your Extraordinary Healing System words of The American Holistic Medical Association’s charter dec laration. working your healing system. either in body. they drank. Start entertaining your pets. In fact. however. incurable condition. from a health standpoint. who. When you are in pain and feeling bad. This was the case with Norman Cousins. If healing. powerful. Keep digging until you reach it. and eternal. and they didn’t exercise. ever generous. you have tried everything else you! and nothing has helped you so far. you feel happy and joyful. “Love is the most powerful medicine in the world!” overcomes Love is stronger than fear. while suffering from a painful. eradicating all traces of illness from his body by following this prescription of laughter.

mind and body and not A Humorous Rx To increase your laughter and fun. Patch Adams and Bernie Siegel advocate the health-enhancing benefits of laughing reg ularly and cultivating a sense of humor in your life. Stress and Your Stress interferes Healing System performance of your significantly with the body’s healing nervous system. but energize and activate your healing system. I highly recommend it. or on Watch standup comedians. your healing system tends to bog down and function poorly. and humor. * your Play with children to as often as possible. as well. This is why well-known physicians such as Drs. and energy. Blood flow. grandchildren. If you haven’t the movie Patch Adams. adrenaline is excitation and increased activity in your body. and energy are shunted away from your body’s internal organs and dispatched to the large muscles of move ment in your arms and legs so you can fight or flee.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 163 only neutralize the effects of the fight-orflight response. try the following prescription: to strengthen your sense of ~ Watch times a comedy movies or comedy seen television shows one to two week. nutrients. comedy books and magazines. * Watch cartoon or rent friends. which response is activated. or either in person TV * Read the comic section and “funnies” regularly in the newspaper. * Remember let out the child within you. Go to Disneyland or Disney World. shows with your children. local amusement or theme park as often as possible. nutrients. and with diminished blood flow. which initiates the fight-or-flight response. Under these conditions. or a Disney animated movie to watch by yourself if or to you live alone. healing and repair mechanisms are put on hold. Recall that when the fight-or-flight causes released. Stress stimulates and activates your sympathetic system. Repeated stress can . star ring * Robin Williams.

and creating inflammatory lesions in the stomach and intestines. and too much information compli on taking and confuses this process. Even in the middle of a sprawling metropolis such as New York City.” Because man is inherently a social creature. family. We can perhaps better stress by examining the popular saying “No man is an island. Prisons apply this principle when they subject troublesome prisoners to solitary confine ment as the ultimate form of discipline and punishment. Although there has always been stress associated with the human condition. One definition of stress is information overload—too much information coming into our lives too quickly. a sense Another definition of stress is of isolation: isolation from friends. resulting the pace of life increases around in hurried and frenzied activity. The increased speed increase as and pace of our modern lifestyles contributes to more tension and stress around us as we rush to meet more deadlines for an increasing number of responsibilities and activities. the world. This isolation may have nothing to do with physical location. and of isolation understand the that can reverse the effects of chronic. at a rate much faster Your life often depends based cates more on correct prompt and responsible action information. learning how to rest. relax. stress-related diseases. or your higher Self. Stress creates more work for your healing system and can overtax your body’s heal ing resources. your self. people lonely.164 Your Extraordinary Healing System damaging effects on your body such as elevating blood pressure to dangerous levels. Stress-management techniques activate the “relaxation response. restricting blood flow to the heart. Information overload is stress for more people than ever before. Stress and management techniques strategies can help your body regain .” which completely neu tralizes and disarms the fight-or-flight response. today far more information is coming at us from more have directions. These techniques work with your healing system to help activate repair mechanisms can feel isolated. which can over whelm us. disconnected. Because of the potentially damaging effects and negative influence of stress on your healing system. community. to remain alone or isolated for long periods is stressful. and manage stress effectively is critical to your health. It is dif decide which information is important and which is not. seems to creating Stress also us. and to ficult than in the past.

I recommended several lifestyle changes to Conrad. including a change in his diet. he had always been tense and couldn’t relax. for as long as he could remember. He told me that. Upon graduation from college. a position in which he received an excellent salary with many benefits. Conrad was placed in a progressive telecommunications company as a junior executive. in addition to his physical symptoms. and I also taught him a simple tech nique to help him relax and manage his stress. One year later. Conrad reported marked improvement in his condition. By the time Conrad came to see me on his twenty-eighth birthday. When I saw Conrad. but rather a necessity for his continued good health. However. These medications initially seemed to help. Conrad had experienced increas ingly disturbing digestive-system symptoms of gas and diarrhea. Conrad’s Conrad Story a ambitious young man who had always done well in school. These symptoms intensified after he graduated from college. Four years later. Having made the connection between his mind and his body and how stress can con tribute to his inflammatory bowel disease. He worked long hours at his new job because he liked the work and wanted to make a good impression on his bosses. and gastrointestinal antispasmodics. since high school. After just six weeks of relaxation training and practice. I noticed that he appeared very agitated and restless. three specialists had already diagnosed him with inflammatory bowel disease. Conrad knows that relaxation and stress management are not an option. He was class valedictorian in high school and earned was highly grades in college. he was off all medications and had only an occasional flare-up. except when life becomes particularly tense at home or at work. but now they were losing their effectiveness and made him feel drugged and out-of-sorts. Sometimes he had abdominal pain that woke him from his sleep. He had been placed on a regimen of corticosteroids.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 165 and maintain its natural state of health and vigor. pain medications. excellent . These symptoms inter fered with his job performance and his personal life. Conrad is essentially symptom free. The following story demonstrates the effectiveness of stress management in stimu lating the healing system.

your problems head on to reduce Being assertive requires think trust ing positively. particularly to when you practice them simple.166 Your Extraordinary Healing System Acceptance One and Assertiveness to Reduce Stress key to reducing stress in your life can be summed up in the famous use: serenity ity to prayer that many 12-step programs “God grant to me the seren accept the to things I cannot change. or empower you better your life in myriad Rather than running various away from problems. and effective. Living by this phi can losophy take to a tremendous weight off your shoulders. or unhealthy help distractions such alcohol. Because none of us were ever taught this skill. Instead. other self-destructive and irresponsible behavior. bodies. such as drugs or alcohol. have side effects. to They encourage you to creative. most of us have learned to resort to artificial means of relaxing. very few of us know how to do it. difficulties. your life by enabling view problems chal educational opportunities. to gain temporary relief One of the powerful neutralize the effects of stress from the tensions and pressures around us. and wisdom know the difference:’ This wish involves both the acceptance to of certain limitations and realities in your life. These substances create dependence. and necessary growth experiences for higher good. solution-oriented and difficulties as approach lenges. Deep Relaxation most Reduce Your Stress ways to fortify your healing system is to by learning how to relax your mind and body. Stress-Management The Methods and Techniques are following proven stress-management methods erful. and it ways. courage change the things I can. using to your resources. and the determination improve those aspects of your life that can can be changed. or escaping through sex. food. be assertive and face stress. drugs. however. reduce the Assertiveness and acceptance stress are powerful a more ways for you to your life. and ulti mately can be harmful to our . as conflicts. and heeding the advice of those you effectively in discover and implement the best solutions for your problems. pow regularly.

Relaxation neutralizes and reverses the effects of stress and allows your mind. While Secure you a 15- to 20-minute time slot for yourself during which can be quiet and alone. if not the most. are not Note: Before you you will find it helpful to get a small tape recorder and record your voice as you read the remaining instructions proceed. important first steps on the road to healing. no stove or where you can oven to turn off. Here’s a deep relaxation technique that is easy and effective: other. slowly and calmly. (You headphones if it is noisy.to 20-minute responsibilities to attend to—no no diapers to change. all it takes is a little practice. After you have recorded this exercise. lower blood pressure. Relaxation helps to initiate healing mechanisms that operate deep within the organ tissues of your body. and so it is impor tant to beyond Monday-night there are learn this invaluable. Relaxation is the foundation of other powerful mind-body tech niques that can support and nurture your body’s healing system. ~ Make sure you won’t be disturbed no period. . relax that naturally calm and more powerful ways soothe both your mind and your body. you own will have your own relaxation tape. phone or and that you have pager to answer. improve immune functioning. You may need to place blari under your knees. and back. You can lie down and let your words guide you through deep relaxation any time you wish. during this 15. including the ability to reduce stress. and calm and stabilize nervous-system activity.d and Your Hea~ng System 167 Relaxation is one of the most. your nervous system. making sure you in a comfortable kets or position your back. Learning how to relax is as easy as learning how to drive a car. Relaxation has many proven benefits. In the beginning. essential skill.The Power of Your M~r.) on a might need earplugs are ~ Lie down bed or on on the floor. out loud. Find a room close the door and to wear or be free from all distractions. head. Relaxation goes far sitting back with a six-pack of Budweiser and watching a doing that might be enjoyable. to ~ football game. Make sure you pillows cold. and all the systems in your body to cooperate with your healing system.

knees. and all the muscles around your eyes. Every time the breath leaves your body. Using your breath and the natural relaxation phase that occurs during each exhalation. jaws. Relax your forehead. and those on the top of your head. Without trying to control the depth of this allow your mind to be a passive observer of the rhythmical flow of your breath as it moves in and out of your body. abdomen. stomach and abdomen o gently fall.168 Your Extraordinary Healing System o Keep your hands or facing inside o up. you can feel this relaxation phase quite distinctly. lower hips. Relax all the muscles in your ears. (Note: A natural relaxation phase occurs in your body during each exhalation of the breath. with your palms fold your hands on top of your stomach and along Gently close of your body. body. o Relax all the muscles in your shoulders. legs. When you pay close attention to your body and its breathing processes. o Relax all the muscles in your stomach. gently rate or contract. as well as the muscles in your middle and upper back. feel all the muscles in your body releasing tension and becoming more relaxed. your movement. o Relax all the muscles in the back of your neck and head. o and o body. the side of your body. flows into your body. o Relax all the muscles in your ankles. abdomen. your stomach and abdomen gently expand. causing your stomach and abdomen o to rise and fall. arms. forearms. fingers. and fingertips. thighs. pelvic area. area your eyes and bring your awareness Notice in the of your stomach and abdomen the that occurs slight up- and-down breath as movement with the movement of your body. buttocks. and chest. When the breath flows out of your out it flows in and of your When the breath gently rise. hands. and lower spine.) o Now bring your awareness down to your feet and toes. gently relax all the muscles in your feet and toes. and all the muscles in your face. including the area between your shoulder blades. . wrists.

calm environment. Because the healing system functions best in a quiet. throughout each day. • Without control the rate or depth or the movement. brings the most effective benefits. gently open your eyes and stretch your entire body. After you complete this exercise. separate from you. Observe the breath As you continue to if it • observe your breathing for at least 5 tolO minutes. your healing system can perform more efficiently and effectively. deep relaxation is one of the most powerful techniques for strengthening your healing system. Focus on remaining in this calm and relaxed natural state throughout the day. until the next time you are able to do this exercise. With these obstacles removed. You will learn how stress more avoid unneces and how to manage effectively by remem bering your natural relaxed state. . where breath is flowing in and out of your body through your nos trying to trils. and you will feel even during difficult and stressful aware situations.The Power of Your Mind and Your Heaflng System 169 * Now the slowly bring your awareness to the tip of your nose. Practicing this exercise regularly Deep Relaxation Strengthens and Recharges Your Healing System How Deep relaxation processes in the quiets down the nervous system and slows metabolic body so that the healing system can do its work unim peded. as notice the in and a gentle flowing out of your body at as movement of your breath it comes this were point. Make sure not to rush to your next activ ity~ Take the experienced. let your mind and body relax completely. time to savor the calm and relaxed not an state or you have just Know that this is artificial contrived state. • You will become much more of stressful situations and to their effects sary stress on your body. but rather your natural state of being. Other benefits of deep relaxation include the following: a You will feel more more relaxed peaceful from within.

phobias. Your existence depends on the continuous flow of oxygen that comes becomes slower and rapid. you couldn’t live. or improvement in these depression. without your breath. Relaxation eliminates tension and decreases pain. your body from the air you breathe. creating more efficient breathing. you are relaxed. Releasing tension amounts o and becoming more relaxed frees up tremendous of natural energy in your body. system and activates deep and relaxation will benefit you in many ways. working with your breath is one of the most powerful stress-man agement modalities known. Stress wastes energy and causes fatigue in your body. we go about our activities without any awareness of our breathing.170 Your Extraordinary Heahng System o You will become much more aware of the harmful consequences of such emotions be able to move fear and anger in your body. and you will through and release fear and anger much more as effectively and swiftly through o your ability to relax. As you can see. you will experience o less pain through the practice of regular relaxation. the less fatigue you will experience in your life. you will areas in a relatively short even Deep relaxation stimulates your healing deep internal processes of healing. or under stress of any kind. Improvement in your health occurs when you into your can breathe in a more relaxed and easy way. When deeper. Efficient. When you are mentally agitated. Deep breathing increases lung capacity and builds up the strength of your respiratory system. You will have more energy throughout your day. relaxed . anxious. emotionally. If you have a chronic medical problem that causes persistent pain. The more relaxed you are. which will result from practicing the simple yet powerful breathing techniques in this section. mentally. physically. your breathing is disturbed and becomes more shallow and breathing Normally. most o anxiety. If you suffer from likely see period of time. However. Breathing to Reduce Your Stress Because your breath is the link between your mind and your body.

Every time your blood the breath flows into your body. Make comfortable position. (You obviously will need to keep your eyes open to read the instructions for this exercise. more on 2.expand and rise. and relaxed. keep your eyes closed after you have read and familiarized your self with this technique. In a relieve Breathing Exercise ~ #1: Breath Awareness Find a quiet place sure where you can be alone for 10 tol 5 minutes. With improved breathing comes increased oxygenation of the blood. or you sure can sit in are chair in a or on any comfortable. Notice that when the breath flows out body. observe this automatic movement out in your stomach and abdomen * your breath flows in and of your body. Increased oxygenation of the blood means greater oxygen delivery to every cell. Make you are absolutely free of all obligations and respon sibilities * during this time slot. organ. body. on You can a lie down your back as in deep relaxation. Notice the gentle movement in your stomach and abdomen. As your breath becomes efficient. which reduces overall mental and physical tension. there is a calming effect powerful way.) * Notice that when the breath flows into your ach and abdomen gently . your stom * of your your stom ach and abdomen * gently contract and fall. firm surface. improving the functioning and performance of your healing system. your brain and nervous system. . For maximum benefits. you * Close your eyes and bring your awareness inside of your body. and tissue in your body.The Power of Your Mind and Your HeaNng System 171 breathing brings these two in more energy for healing and regeneration for critical reasons: 1. feel the oxygen from entering into the cells and tissues of your body. both of these factors work synergistically to fatigue and create more energy in your body. however. smooth. Without continue trying to as to control the rate or depth of this movement.

any firm surface. o and strengthening your healing system and entire Every time the breath leaves your body. anxious. Make you in a comfortable position. and alive with each breath o After breathing like this for 10 to 15 minutes. focus o seeing the breath separate from you. healthy. Again. tranquility in your mind becoming more calm. fatigued at you should you begin to feel any time. Sound Breathing Exercise o #2: Breathing with where you can Find a quiet place sure be alone for 10 tol5 minutes. Make you are absolutely your free of all obligations and respon sibilities o during on this time. vibrant. feel your entire body and and peaceful. Know that your stressed. Feel the power of this natural state of calm your entire body. Notice its calming influence on your mind and its breath is energizing effect always available to or on your body. the floor. ness body. (You obviously will need to keep your eyes open read . your Every time the breath leaves becoming more relaxed. Keep this awareness of breath with you as often as possible. without trying to control the on rate or depth as of the movement of your breath. more when it is usually quiet. or you sure can sit in are chair. slowly open your eyes. Before you resume your normal activities.172 Your Extraordinary Healing System energizing body. or on as in deep relaxation. your body becoming more relaxed. into every cell more 0 Feel the and tissue of your healing energy from your breath flowing body. and serene. permits. The do this exercise is in the mornings or evenings. Have as your goal to prac tice this breathing exercise every day for at least 5 tolO minutes. on You can a lie down back. of your to o Gently close your eyes and bring your awareness inside body. If your schedule best time to build up to 30 minutes per day. appreciate the power of your breath. feel all the muscles in o Now direct your awareness to the tip of your nose. Watch the breath as it flows in and out of your body. as your body becomes your take.

allow the breath to flow in and out of your nose. • Make your breath smooth and flowing as you make this soft. a gently lengthen and slow your breathing as much as you can. making it softer a Next. and whisper gentler. peaceful. Continue to gently lengthen your breathing. a doing this technique correctly. close your mouth while you continue to make this same gentle. how keep your eyes closed after yourself with this technique. Every time you breathe out. whispering sound. Make this sound is coming • Next. next to that some sitting you wouldn’t be able to hear it. but make you are comfortable with your breathing. Make sure you are comfortable with your breathing. and • Gently lengthen sure deepen the flow of your breath. you will begin to feel more relaxed. are . making sure your breath is smooth and flowing as you make this soft. yet continue your throat area to focus on the sound coming from and vocal cords. Make this sound on both inhalation and exhala tion.) ever. make this sound barely audible. this same sound as you breathe. a Keeping If you your eyes closed. You can place one hand on the front of your neck in the throat area to check whether your vocal chords are vibrating. and focused in your mind and more energetic in your body. For maximum benefits.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 173 the instructions for this exercise. gentle sound. make the sound “aahh. sure throat. gentle. a you have read and familiarized Open your mouth and breathe in and out slowly. grating sound. and that you are not experi encing any sensations whatsoever of forcing or straining or dis Continue to comfort. which should feel like a gentle grating sensation in your throat. one as you continue to breathe in this so In fact.” which is the sound that the doctor asks you to make when he or she examines your from your throat. a Make this sound softer manner. continue to “breathe with sound” in this fashion.

Children like to play a lot. Meditation is not mystical or mag Meditation is ordinary. This focused state is very much like meditation. They may be hungry~ but they will completely forget about food because of their total absorption in their play.174 Your Extraordinary Healing System o technique and these sensations for like. and when done correctly. By relaxing your mind and helping focus your awareness in the present moment. Meditation can help bring back the energy and enjoyment of life that you experienced as a young child. therapeutic benefits of medi tation and its ability to help heal many other serious conditions. it can have a tremendous effect on your physical and mental well being. ical. Meditation occurs when you are not thinking about the past or the future. As children. releasing pent-up energies and precious internal resources that are now available for your healing system to use. and AIDS. It calm your mind and rejuvenate your body. they are so intent on their playing that they are often not aware of anything else. Dr. Since then. We have all experienced a meditative state at one time or another. when they play. This is a Meditation to Reduce Your Stress a simple yet powerful way to manage your stress. and you are just aware of what is happening in the here and now. numerous other studies have demonstrated the wide-reaching. In the early 1970s. we experi ence this state of mind much more frequently. including heart disease. even if only for a few brief moments. The technique not only combats stress by helping to keep the mind calm and focused. cancer. Herbert Benson at Harvard University documented the beneficial therapeutic effects of meditation and its ability to lower blood pressure. but it also improves lung capacity and respiratory function as it brings more energy into your body. It is natural and . powerful yogic breathing technique from ancient India known as Ujjayi Breathing. and. and in so doing help can strengthen your healing system. gradually increasing to a maximum of 15 to Stay with this a as long as you at 30 minutes time. medita tion lightens the burdens of your past and future. Ujjayi Breathing purifies the nervous system and enhances the performance capabilities of your healing system.

important a find and needs. imagine on room with very high windows either side.) ever. let it disturb your peaceful. movement as of your described with the previous breathing ~ exercises. For meditation to work for you. ~ the instructions for this exercise. (You obviously will need to keep your eyes open keep your eyes closed after yourself with this technique. For maximum benefits. fluffy cloud state of drifting by. will result in tremendous improvement in your health.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 175 There are many techniques to tastes for meditation. the floor. let any thought go on mind. Make you in a comfortable position. Continue cloud. rather. * As you breathe and continue to relax. relaxed its way like a soft. relax and observe your As you continue that you are in a to breathing. it is own style or technique that suits following meditation is personal your offered as a sample of what is available to you. of your to read Gently close your eyes and bring your awareness inside body. Make you are absolutely your free of all obligations and respon sibilities ~ during on this time. how you have read and familiarized Observe your breathing and the gentle breath as it flows in and out of your body. it will be inevitable that certain thoughts may come into your mind. letting any that comes into your mind be like a soft and fluffy in and out of the windows in your room. . Rather than hold ing out * onto these thoughts are or these thoughts to soft and reacting to them. any firm surface. just imagine that fluffy clouds gently passing in and of the windows in the room. on You can a lie down back. * thought gently drifting Do not relax and observe your breathing. The Dr~fring Thought-Clouds Meditation This is ~ a simple a meditation technique can that takes only a few minutes: Find quiet place sure where you be alone for 10 tol5 minutes. or you sure can sit in are chair. Meditating regularly for just 10 to 15 minutes a day. or more if your schedule permits. or on as in deep relaxation.

For example. as a result. 0. in his book Healing Yourself also shares stories of numerous patients of his who healed themselves through the use of these specific techniques. do this Visualization/Guided Imagery to Manage Your From the Stress and Help Strengthen Your Healing System to Wright Brothers Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas an Edison. and demonstrate reversal of their diseases by using their minds to imagine their white blood cells removing the tumor cells in their bodies. thoughts generated in your brain and directed to certain’areas of your body can exert a powerful effect on the physiology of that part of your body. Carl Simonton showed that many of his patients were able to successfully increase their immune system activity. By recognizing the tremendous imaginative power of your mind. Guided imagery and visualization are powerful techniques that have helped many people overcome such serious life-threatening ill nesses as cancer and heart disease by making use of the connection between their minds and bodies. pioneer cancer specialist and radiation oncologist Dr.r and boost the effectiveness of your body’s healing system. and using the power of their imag inations for healing purposes. Your brain is a powerful. Bernie Siegel shares the stories of many of his cancer patients who also over came their diseases through the successful application and use of visualization and imagery techniques. stimulate repair and regeneration of damaged tis sues.176 Your Extraordinary Healing System You do this meditation whenever you feel yourself becoming anxious or tense. and it can play a huge role in formance of your healing system while it its natural state of health. all great inventors in the history of the world began with seeds of imaginative reality. Dr. you can learn to harness this power and focus the energy it generates to fortif. . Dr. Your mind is a Imagination sows influencing the per helps your body maintain the powerful force. This is especially true for thoughts about your health. When you become proficient at it. you can with your eyes open. metaboli cally active transformer of pure electrical energy. In his classic book Love. and whatever imaginative thoughts you dwell on can become a reality in your life. Marty Rossman. or when you are experiencing disturbing thoughts can even of any kind. Medicine and Miracles. in the midst of other activities. idea that came from their minds.

When you feel your mind becoming calm and your body relaxed. Please do not feel limited or restricted in any way by of suggested techniques listed here. This is how your mind thinks and makes plans.” Because your mind thinks in terms of pictures or images. Many wonderful styles imagery and visualization techniques are available from trained the few . chronic worrying can inhibits the flow of vital bodily fluids. Worry is the negative application of your imagination. learn to numerous studies have also shown that when their health will people harness the constructive forces of their minds and overcome the harmful habit of persistent worrying. invariably your improve. This process causes imagining worst-case anxiety~ which Stress results in the constriction of blood vessels and result in conges tion and accumulation of toxins in various parts of your body. However. Make sure you comfortable position and your breathing is slow and relaxed. and the breathing techniques are in a that you just read about in this section. Begin as you would with the deep relaxation methods. Visualizing or imaging can be an impor tant ally specific How to areas for your healing system of your body. which has been shown ous to contribute to the formation of ulcers and numer other illnesses and diseases. Consider. For this reason. this influence can work for you against you. and by this same process you can influence the You’ve no doubt heard the saying “A state or of your own health. introduce the specific imagery and visualization techniques that best suit your needs. Your body is influenced by your mental activities. the case of worrying. projecting your mind into scenarios of increases stress. fearfully the future and visually events to come. it continually processes information by visualizing and imagining anticipated scenarios as you project yourself into the future.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 177 picture is worth a thousand words. In addition to high blood pressure and heart disease. it is vital that you learn how to use mind and the power of your imagination to improve your health and the quality of your life. and it is one of the most natural and powerful things you do. as it directs healing energies to Begin Guided-Imagery and Visualization Techniques best Guided-imagery and visualization techniques are performed with your eyes closed and when you are in a relaxed state. Conversely. for example.

twice life-threatening conditions. to from the books listed in the ref your own section of this book. as you monitor and make various internal organ systems. For illnesses that are not life are less severe. You might want to a personal name and whether you could and ask use this o name in future communications with it. heal from any affliction in your are currently trying body. form that appears. See See o yourself as very a small.178 Your Extraordinary Healing System teachers and erence professional therapists. to aside least 15 30 minutes. Make sure you listen carefully to responses to your it whether it has questions and dialogue. Spend time carrying on a See conversation with it. yourself speaking to your healing system. a day. and tell it anything you wish. until If you you set are completely at healed. For serious. body’s o yourself with clipboard and pencil hand. for the practice of imagery threatening and day for 15 to 30 Positive o and visualization techniques. After system your or dialoguing on a more becoming personal level. practicing these techniques once a minutes will be helpful. standing in the interior of your in body. to make sure your body is function ing optimally and harmoniously. o of your Allow an image of your healing system to or Without o judging. just as you would with any other person. to healing system about which you any area healing yourself gently directing of your body that needs healing see familiar with your are concerned. you will realize the best results by practicing imagery and visu alization techniques regularly over an extended period of time. Your Imaging for Activating Healing System keep your eyes ‘While you are in a relaxed and serene state. notice the first shape form in your mind. o yourself calmly and persistently speaking words of encour agement to your healing system and the other systems in your body under its supervision. Ask your healing system any question. and notes a hard hat on your head. closed and your awareness focused within. and from creative imagination. Try to get to know it. Hear its gentle and confident voice answer back to you. See .

~ Open your eyes when you are done. and most effective methods of stress reduction. However. ~ Breathe life into these plete have ~ this exercise. and method with which you choose to pray. a Relax and take deep you finish this exercise. so that it can ~ Thank your behalf. you have to be comfortable with the type of prayer you use. You can modify and apply this sampling technique to suit any health condition that you would like to improve. prayer offers you to a a way to hand a over your problems and stress and worries higher is power. visualization/guided-imagery technique is only a small to you. Pray the to Reduce Your Stress Prayer serves as a Prayer can open communication for you to dialogue with the wise and infinite powers of our sacred universe that exist outside as well as within most to man. Further information about visualization and guided imagery is given in the resource section in mation about the state the back of this book. body as you com maintaining positive feelings about what you breath as feelings and into your just visualized. Make a healing system for the work it is doing on your ~ point to meet again in the near future. one relieving lot of tension in the process. The beauty of visualization and guided imagery is that they can enable you to gain incredible insights and access key infor This of what is available of your health. for prayer to work for you. In this capacity. style. See yourself making ~ Ask your healing system what it needs from you continue to do its job most efficiently. . most universal. as well as the context. perhaps one of channel of you. about your ~ Write down any insights or thoughts experience. Prayer of the oldest. a powerful powerful known stress-management tool.The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 179 ~ notes of your healing system’s progress as continue to encourage it to perform its tasks of repair and you restoration where they are needed in your body.

and the healing force of love that exists in your heart. worries. or the great unknown mystery of the universe that remains open and receptive to creative ideas. to or even if you open your heart power that created you and sustains your very life. it is never too late to attempt to contact this divine source through honest and sincere prayer. intelligent force and a to a higher power. make sure that you take a few moments to wait for wise counsel in response can your prayers when you have finished.180 Your Extraordinary Healing System Many strate scientific studies have now been conducted that demon clinical therapeutic efficacy improvement in people and didn’t know it. Those are in themselves miracles! ‘Whether or not you have iation. Peace of Mind and Your Your Healing System of health in body does not operate in a vacuum. this fascinat ing study and others are discussed in great detail. its state registers and reflects what is going on in your life. breathing. One study even showed who were prayed for from a distance when you do. In Dr. Many of these people didn’t even believe in God. No matter how embittered or cynical you might have become during your life’s journey. You may do the same with a trusted wise counsel. and dis appointments. and fears to the ocean. insights. Larry Dossey’s best-selling book Healing Words. problems. . to However. or all three of these in sequence before you initiate the act of prayer. Miracles can occur the of prayer. first calm your mind by practicing relaxation. which turn is a product of your mental habits and thoughts. you might find it helpful to release your pain. tensions. loved one. the sky~ the stars. fears. meditation. Alternatively. so enhance your ability to receive a response to your prayers. to higher powers are known to speak very softly and quietly. force. You often obtain tremendous insights and wisdom in this process. you can still learn and contact the loving. When you do take the time to unburden your troubles particular religious or spiritual affil are an agnostic or an atheist. In fact. consider how you got on this earth and the fact that you are alive right now. a moun tain. sorrow. or you. sharing all your pain. A crazy. or some other special entity. or place in nature that comforts and reassures friend. To a large degree.

The Power of Your Mind and Your Healing System 181 chaotic. time-proven methods to help you achieve and maintain this most for your valuable of all possessions. When your peace. repeatedly triggers the fight-or-flight response. it can create violent mood swings that can upset your body’s internal balance. sooth ing nerve impulses that bathe and nourish your healing system in a flood of loving. creates a stress ful life. happiness. contributes your to a more early grave. troublesome life. so too a peaceful and tranquil mind contentment. Your healing system under these conditions. life-giving energy. like coaster or a an out-of-control roller furious tempest. If you want to effectively promote the work of your healing system. one of the most important things you can do is to actively recruit your mind in this process by keeping it peaceful and calm. along with the chapter’s other prescriptive elements. smoother. depletes the body’s energies. born of a disturbed mind. A disturbed mind opens the door for a plethora of diseases to enter your body. healthy body and harmonious internal environment in which healing at mind is system can work smoothly and efficiently. Keeping your mind calm and relaxed may take some training if you have forgotten what it is like to be peaceful. Just as your body’s natural state is one of health. When your mind is disturbed. and interferes with the performance of your healing system while it renders the body susceptible to illnesses and diseases depresses from both internal and external agents. so. Just as a calm sea makes for smoother travel for any ship. more harmonious internal environ body’s healing system. arise. creating opportunities for a smorgasbord of potentially dangerous disorders that you to an can make your life miserable and efficiently A peaceful mind. . These mood swings cause the release of potent hormones and strong chemical modulators that can wreak havoc on your body’s internal organs and tissues. but it will be well worth the effort. creates a quite possibly take cannot possibly operate relaxed. These makes for ment a calmer. The stress-management techniques described in this chapter. feelings of love. provide the most powerful. and gratitude naturally and spontaneously feelings produce powerful hormones and gentle. your mind’s natural state is one of peace. creates chronic physical tension. too. the immune system. conversely. and you are relaxed and tranquil. A peaceful mind is essential for a healthy body.

the energy and power of your extraordinary to healing system. it is a in this necessity. just like brushing your teeth is. If you or a loved one is currently battling a major. and enthusiastic is vital to maximize the incredible ability of your mind to cooperate with. just reading them is not enough. Set aside time as suggested to practice one or more of these extremely helpful techniques. you can. techniques.182 Your Extraordinary Healing System Closing Thoughts on the Power of Your Mind and Your You have seen Healing System chapter the powerful influence your mind has over your healing system. changes that affect the processes of healing and repair. and strengthen your healing system. nourish. Staying calm and relaxed. but to reap their benefits. and exercises prescribed in this chapter are based on proven clinical experience. doing this is not an option. positive. You’ll and how. too. so they will become a part of your daily routine and lifestyle. The practical strategies. Every thought that is registered in your mind has the potential to create powerful chemical changes in your body. life-threatening illness. . sup port. by harnessing reach the age of 100 or more. The next stress chapter as will reinforce the importance of minimizing in your life we explore how to system has enabled many people learn how these people were able a strong and healthy healing achieve great longevity. optimistic.

An elderly woman was suffering from a painful knee condition that had been troubling her for some time.CHAPTER 7 Aging. and to participate fully in life. But you must also be prepared for certain challenges you might have to face as you age. remaining enthusias tic and active to the very end of your days. She age. Your part. for the comes systematic. but it was severe enough to make walking difficult. but to enjoy a higher quality of life as you age. The following story illustrates my point. Doing this requires you to be healthy. Long-Lasting Health. how ever. lifestyles. self-determined process. 100 years. If you carefully study the lives of people who have enjoyed longlasting health. Of course the choices you make in your . you will discover primarily personal health habits. as well. is not just to extend your life. Understanding and applying these ideas and methods will help you enjoy long lasting health. and attitudes that are consistent with the ideas and methods that work with their bodies’ healing systems and that have been presented in this book. diets. The pain was only in her right knee. equipped with its own healing system and can last. but is. The point of living longer. and Your Healing System our ability most to live a longer is not a matter of mere chance. The process of achieving a long life while remaining healthy is what I call long-lasting health. on body aver everyday life can shorten or lengthen this time.

she accept this explanation. yet common tendency in our society. he shrugged his shoulders and replied. incorporating all the methods. you will need on and erroneous ideas about what illness. focus on the task at healing system to help working achieve long-lasting health. an When this ined her knees woman went to the doctor’s office. Then he thoroughly. and to stop worrying about it. pain interfered with the quality of her life. to attribute most forms of chron ic illness to advancing age. ma’am. because the refused to the result of old age. The doctor also must be another reason. Thank you and have a good day!” This story illustrates two very simple.” The woman. first with both feet on the floor. and then and down. and it is Understanding them now will help you to better grasp the chal lenges of working with your healing system as you age. “I’m sorry. then with hop up right just the thoroughly examined the other parts of her body. “I’m sorry to disagree with you doctor. First. if you exam the facts and pay careful attention to the underlying causes of . it is all too Second. by now completely fed up with this type of expla nation. the doctor exam the other. She was stand on one leg at a time. replied. I can find nothing seri ously wrong with your knee. and then with the left. if you want to or easy to blame these symptoms remain to to educate yourself and learn hand: healthy as ignore negative. At the conclusion of his exam. and she appointment with her doctor to find out what eventually was going made on. fearful. there is an unhealthy. yet important points that I want to clarify and emphasize here at the outset of this chapter. As you age and develop symptoms of one kind another. pessimistic. but there leg. Her friends all told her it was However. and techniques that you have learned so far.184 Your Extraordinary Healing System couldn’t figure out what was causing the pain. and among our medical professionals. I’m afraid it’s just due to old age. Instead. because my other knee is the exact same age perfectly fine. you strategies. important with your Advancing Age Even ine Does Not Cause Illness though advancing age and illness are often linked. you age. causes old age. banged them with a asked to He first bent her knees one way and then rubber hammer to check their reflexes.

and almost nisms cancer. including dia betes. arthritis. and their cumulative effects become among others.Aging. it is a simple fact that. arthritis. blood pressure. factors and mechanisms that are much more related to unhealthy diets. causes the majority of these illnesses. are more commonly seen with advanc ing years. but that are rare in places such as high Africa and Asia. for this reason. and personal health habits. referred to by the late Dr. in time. lifestyles. These diseases. developing countries. If you continually harm your body and fail to respect or cooperate with your healing system. The abuse factor. remember the impor tance of adopting an attitude similar to the lady in the story with the painful knee. Make use of the power of your mind and your own . Eventually.” have been shown our own be directly diet. a person who continually smokes two packs of cig— arettes a day for 25 years or more is likely to develop emphysema or lung cancer when he or she reaches 60 or 70 years of age. you will invariably discover similar underlying factors and mecha at play. These diseases include heart disease (the as we world’s number-one killer). emphy sema. you’ll see that the majority of the diseases that afflict us age in the Western industrialized societies are virtually absent in poor. As you work with your healing system. and Your Healing System 185 most diseases. as our factors under control. cancer. you will most likely become ill. The grow older me are caused majority of the diseases that afflict by factors that have nothing to do with age. Albert to Schweitzer linked to as “diseases of civilization. you will discover that old age and illness have nothing us as to we do with each other. and personal health habits than to old age. and many other conditions that are rampant in North America and Europe. lifestyle. heart disease. but they are not caused by age. For example. So I will repeat myself by stating that old age and illness have nothing to do with each other. If you look around the world and peruse the international public health data. It means that these conditions are more likely to occur in people whose bodies have been abused over a long period of time and. If you carefully examine other major illnesses. These factors accumulate over a lifetime. diabetes. Let explain. such increasingly harmful as we age. rather than the age factor. Does this mean that emphysema and lung cancer are diseases of old age? Absolutely not. Long-Lasting Health. they just take their to11.

are strongly linked. makes clear that. drugs. whether you are 30 years old or 103 years old. which reflect scientific studies. As a consequence of these findings. health choices to concentrate How Your Mind Affects Your Healing System “You are as As You Age saying in many According to our old as you think you are” is a common cultures and folk traditions around the world. Michael Roizen. wherein neurochemicals and electrical brain-body con impulses produced powerful physical changes in every organ and tissue in your body. and it will literally add years to your life.186 Your Extraordinary Healing System personal and directly influence your healing system. your Your mental attitude. and 2) your directly influence your physical health through by your brain can cause mental attitude the can nection. Roizen discovered that how old you are in biological years can be very different from how old you are in chronological years. M. Dr.D. disease-free body and a longer life span. your healing system has the capacity to heal your illnesses and improve your health. or . As long as you are alive. For example. Your attitude about your health and your life has a understanding. Both factors directly benefit your healing system. Many studies have demonstrated that a healthy mental attitude not only creates healthier biochemistry in the brain and body. but also is more likely to support a healthy.. modern scientific this dictum appears to contain much truth. producing a healthier. RealAge. and expectations about your health healing-system functioning. direct effect on your healing system. your energies on creating positive health for your self. active lifestyle. your mental attitude can affect your physical health and your body’s healing system in two ways: 1) Your mental attitude determines how well you treat your body through your daily personal health habits. These factors have a direct impact on the vitality of your healing system and how you age. people in their twenties and thirties who abuse their bodies with tobacco. A positive attitude will strengthen your healing system. no matter how compromised your health might currently be. In his book. based on and health outcomes.

. and she commented that she was afraid she could no longer keep up with the younger students. had regularly practiced yoga for several years. day. especially in her hands and fingers. having become old before their time. She said she was she said that she had been feeling disabled. nineties. other people in their seventies. and exhaust the resources of their healing systems often wear their bodies out by the time they are 40 or 50 years of age. He diagnosed her as having arthritis of her hands and fingers. do not exercise. they pay with their lives. reflect unhealthy mental attitudes. she hasn’t missed a class. Elizabeth thanked me for insisting that return. Not only has her mental attitude improved and her she Since that depression lifted. but her physical flexibility has improved as well. they are much older. When I asked her why. She felt embarrassed by how stiff she had become in the interim. and. These people often become sick and disabled. and in the end (which usually comes much sooner than need be). in biological terms. and even hundreds are bio logically much younger than their birth dates indicate. These people have not learned how to honor and work with their healing systems. Conversely. She did fine.Aging. and old. more than three years ago. She sheepishly appeared the following morning. handicapped. is a good example of how your attitude about your age significantly affects your healing system. dying prematurely from unnatural causes. have poor diets. live Story The story of Elizabeth. one of my patients. eighties. these people appear much older than their actual age. practice unsafe sex. They exhibit not only bodies that are far more youthful than their chronological age. After the class. traveling for an extended period and had neglected to stretch and move her body. At any point in time. They have mastered the art of learning how to cooperate with their healing systems. I urged Elizabeth to return to class. and they are perfect examples of how. Elizabeth’s alcohol. I told her to take it easy and not push herself. Long-Lasting Health. but she had not come to class for about six months. the rewards of superior and long-lasting health have become theirs. Elizabeth. Because of the pain. but mental attitudes and thinking that are similarly youthful. and Your Healing System 187 high-stress lives. she decided to see another doctor while she was traveling. 83 years of age. which had become quite painful. by doing so. This diagnosis further discouraged her and sent her into a mild depression.

By changing her mental outlook about her age and learning to work with her healing system. Ornish’s research supported this observation about the relationship between their atti tude and their success in overcoming heart disease.188 Your Extraordinary Healing System especially in her hands and fingers. and practicing yoga every day. it would continue person got older. it turned out that an optimistic mental attitude was critical to strengthening and fortifying their healing systems in their quests to successfully reverse their heart dis ease. Ornish’s research. “Old age is something that happens to someone who is at least 15 years older than me!” This is the kind of attitude that improves the performance of your healing system and contributes to long-lasting health. in spite of their histories of severe. Bill importance of cultivating a healthy mental attitude about his age while he successfully overcame and reversed his heart dis ease. demonstrated the Before Dr. one of the world’s most dangerous and deadly of all diseases. Bill replied. that heart disease was numerous studies had concluded an irreversible and incurable disease. which he obviously demonstrated by regularly traveling around the world. To this question. and there’s appears and behaves much younger than no sign of “old age” setting in any time soon. based on these beliefs. life-threatening disease. Elizabeth now her 83 years. Dean Ornish. hiking in alpine altitudes. after he had succeeded in winning back his health. I had the opportunity work with many other wonderful patients. Bill was interviewed by a reporter who inquired about his secret to a healthy. In the early stages of Dr. this is exactly our society’s current views about aging and disease. These once a studies had repeatedly demonstrated that to person developed heart disease. Like Bill. these folks to demonstrated remarkably optimistic mental attitudes about their lives and their ages. Today. In my 10 years of work with Dr. eventually killing what would be predicted based on progress and get worse as the him or her. Ornish. vibrant life. An interesting finding that surfaced early on in Dr. Ornish’s groundbreak ing research. which uncovered new evidence about how the heart could heal itself. there is no evidence of any arthritis in her hands. the general expectation. Bill’s Bill Story: One I Among Many met was a patient through my work with Dr. advanced. In fact. Again. she was able to regain her health. At the age of 85. was .

Everyone. much more so than their younger. including surgery. who have similar stories. . enjoy greater health as you age. however. and die sooner. you learn easily. They also recognized the need to enlist a positive mental attitude in their quest to overcome their ill nesses. you are much more likely to and to live longer. regardless of their advanced age. you impede the function of your healing system and are more likely to age faster. Because their lives were on the line. Long-Lasting Health. as well. further began to make The oldest advanced heart disease had tried all the latest high-tech interventions. including the results Dr.Aging. inspection. your ready to heal you when you start to work with it. When you harbor a negative mental attitude about your life and fail to take good care of yourself. what was predicted. and cancer. arthritis. The evidence seems clear. stumped. these people demonstrated the greatest adherence to all the elements of Dr. with out success. when positively align your mental attitude and personal health habits with your healing system. and beliefs about your age and health pow performance of your healing system. this story illustrates that regard is less of your age or the severity of your illness. How Your Beliefs Affect and Your Your attitudes. Conversely. Aging Healing System erfully influence the thoughts. Ornish out of desperation. Once again. less-ill peers. they turned to Dr. patients with the most Upon sense. the opposite turned be the case: est improvement was showed the great in the shortest time. and Your Healing System 189 that if reversal of heart disease was possible. Because of their motivation and attitude. Ornish. Ornish’s program. succumb to illness more to . These . these people were highly motivated to improve their health. I know of many healing system people with other diseases. it would be seen in those patients Contrary out to who were to younger and had less severe disease. These results ran completely The oldest and sickest patients counter to what the experts had predicted. however. diabetes. including hyperten sion. and they showed the great est reversal of disease and the most improvement in health in the shortest period of time. Having exhausted their options.

) create expectations concern ing what kind of fate awaits you as you get older. any ache will reinforce this the work of your As I discussed earlier. people in the West often try to avoid and deny the aging process altogether. and so the aging view old age as a curse and a punishment. friends. one or more of these illnesses. and old age is considered an illness. For example. receiving hormone injections. When you start feeling older. tortuous. older people are looked upon as a burden to society. as you become older. If people around you also start telling you that you look old. pain or feeling of discomfort in your body unhealthy belief. (As we shall later. Elderly people are often sequestered and farmed out to nursing homes to live out their lives. These factors conspire to create a tremendous amount of underlying anxiety about growing old that can interfere with the function of the healing system and accelerate an elderly person’s demise. To escape the terrible curse of growing older. also considered to be the most see painful. and loved ones. which in turn will undermine healing system and accelerate the aging process. Because of these negative beliefs and fears about old age. cut off from family. this scenario need case. if the society in which you live says that old age begins when you reach your fortieth or fiftieth birthday. using drugs. and terrifying experience n’t be the of all. this will reinforce your inner belief that indeed you are getting old. Further. particularly in America. chin lifts. and that. in the West. people will desperately try to turn back the clock and reclaim their youthful appearance with superficial cover-ups. it is generally believed that there you are diseases specific to are destined to contract old age. For example. you will probably start to feel old when you approach this age. and tummy tucks. No one wants to spend his or her final days lonely and isolated.190 Your Extraordinary Healing System beliefs are strongly shaped by your culture and the society in which you live. which is death. surrounded by four walls. using hairpieces or surgically transplanted hair to com pensate for hair loss. or to wrongly believe that as you grow older your health will continue to deteriorate with each passing day is also common in Western cultures. Coloring their hair when it begins to show gray. Attached to these beliefs is the fear that old age is a natural progression of illnesses and maladies in preparation for the final act of human life. overdoing vitamins and supple- These beliefs and attitudes fearful . undergoing face lifts.

who dwell in the mountains of Central Asia and consistently live beyond the age of 100 aging benefit healing years. a fear that causes mental and physical tensions that interfere with the you will not functioning gracefully or be able to quality of your life. long-lasting health for many years to come. and healing system. the cultural mindset and expectations of the Hunza exert a positive influence on their heal ing systems. will be helpful. in spite of your advancing age. . greater overall health. but feel younger. a and few terrified about growing older on the inside only feeds into the dehu manizing illusion that your body is all you are and all you have. contributing to less illness. For example. To help you relax and accept yourself as you are. stay healthy. and Your Healing System 191 taking prescription medications to revive sexual vigor are examples that. and will allow you to enjoy nat ural. out Expectations great longevity~ tudes about and Longevity who By studying people consistently a remain healthy while enjoying we can can learn lot about howcultural beliefs and atti our systems and contribute to long-lasting health. Attempting to look younger on the outside while being ments. as well. and live longer because they have a much healthier outlook on life at all stages. Long-Lasting Health. while they initially might appear to be good just ideas. among the Hunza. there is considerable lack of disease. age of your healing system. The Hunza are able to age gracefully. you will have a much greater likelihood of remaining disease free and performing these activities at that age. improves To resolve this internal strife. often represent attempts to run away from the deeper fears of growing old. as the Hunza typically do. As long as you fear growing old. and productive until well beyond this age. a youngster. Doing this will set in motion the processes of cooperation between your mind. and increased longevity If you expect to be working in the fields and riding your horse when you are 100 years old. active. including old age. learning how to relax and accept yourself as you are. begin regularly practicing the relaxation and stress-management techniques that are recommended in this book. body. extend your lifespan in a way that the overall These methods work from the inside able aids to help you not only and will prove to be invalu look younger.Aging. Because of the powerful impact the mind has on the body. His peers consider a 70year-old Hunza man to be. and they expect him to remain healthy.

create better cooperation and support of our healing systems. fewer diseases. diabetes. and others. such as heart disease. unhealthy diets. snow skiing. working as a doctor or a mailman. and they are due to causes that are anything but natural. especially those dis eases that are associated with genetics and aging. what once was considered old age clearly no longer applies to today’s standards. now that The Myth of Age-Related Diseases and Your When Healing System one comparing disease trends around the world. and still-greater longevity across the board. These longevity statistics create changes in expectations about our health and our capacity for aging as a nation. These changes will. centenarians. because of these increasing longevity statistics (the average American male now lives to 74 years.S. including running a farm. lifestyles. currently make up the fastest growing segment of the U. playing tennis. Considerjng this statistic. driving a tractor. there is no medical reason why a 70-year-old person cannot fully participate in an active life. the U. then we should be seeing widespread prevalence of these diseases in the elderly on a global scale. If these diseases age” truly due to genetics. In fact. in turn. arthritis. As I’ve previously mentioned. which will contribute to healthier people. people who live to 100 years or more. is struck by are the remarkable absence in non-Western countries of diseases that looked upon as naturally endemic to the West. water skiing. These diseases are internal environment are the root causes of these diseases. “old and specific to Western societies and cul tures. the American female to 79 years). owning a business. population. As we discussed earlier. Even in the West. before they begin collecting retirement benefits.192 Your Extraordinary Healing System people are living longer. and mental-emotional fac tors that cause stress and create chemical imbalances in the body’s but we are not.S. were cancer. emphysema. federal government’s Social Security program is presently encouraging senior citizens to continue working past the age of 65. until age 70. One of the better-known studies that demonstrates this fact compared rates of diabetes in older Japanese men who lived in Japan . or even hang-gliding or bungee-jumping. surfing.

where diabetes is quite rare. are not caused by age-related factors at all.) Alzheimer’s disease is prevalent in the elderly and is associated with Contrary to popular belief. (For specific recommendations for learning to work with your healing system to prevent and overcome these ill nesses. where the men had adopted Western diets and lifestyles. not age or genetics. and atti neglect. were responsible for the increasing rates of dia betes observed in these Japanese men. lifestyle. received or ongoing. when the . adequate intellectual stimulation. This study pro vided strong evidence that diet. advancing age. I share this information so that you will not be fooled by the conventional myths about aging and illness that abound in our soci immigrated to the U. Long-Lasting Health. In the third group that had immigrated to the U. refer to Part Two and to earlier chapters. Alzheimer’s is and have not common in senior citizens who have been neglected or. and with those who had in study observed very low rates men living Japan. and Your Healing System 193 with those who had moved to Hawaii. and personal health habits. are within your control. the often associated with memory loss and progressive dementia. lifestyle.Aging. which are the ultimate forces in determining whether you will remain healthy or become ill. Rates of diabetes were twice as high in the group that had moved to Hawaii. the rates of diabetes were so high that they were identical to those of other Americans of the same age group. When these factors are aligned in support of your healing system. have withdrawn from social interaction. mainland. The of diabetes in the older ety~ I don’t want you to fall prey to the illusion that there are diseases “out there” that are more powerful than you are. you will be simple diet. tudes that and work able to conquer and defeat almost every illness and disease that life may throw your way. Instead. or loss of intellectual function. These factors. Other studies have shown similar increases of other common diseases in immigrant populations who left their native countries to settle in North America and Europe. even as you age. for one reason another. ignore. Atzheimer’s appears to be more of a functional neurological problem than related to a specific anatomical defect. For instance.S. mainland. you can feel confident in knowing that. against your healing system.S. I want you to understand that the factors such as underlying causes of most major diseases are personal health habits. following major categories of ill nesses.

Even in advanced stages. knees. closely icantly lower cancer risk. or have been overused. that. Of course. In working with your healing system. Alzheimer’s disease. treating it is easier if it is caught early. are recent 13-year study concluded that social factors to are the most signif icant contributing causes social contact. cancer can be successfully defeated if you enlist the help of your healing system and cooperate with it on every level. may also be helpful. however. The most common joints affected include the hands and fingers. it is better to incorporate early preventive measures that include a healthy diet and lifestyle. emotional upheaval. and paying closer attention to all of the factors that improve the health of the healing system. preventing cancer is easier than treating it. these conditions usually become worse during times of stress. many different forms of arthritis and curable. and although other certain cancers may occur more frequently in the eld can signif erly. swelling. often joints. toes. and spine. If cancer occurs. if avoided. are reversible this evidence is not surprising when you understand that your body has a healing system. Arthritis is a general category of common joint diseases. symptoms genetic link or determine another underlying factor to its cause. and pain in one or more although more common in old age. have not been used because of previous injury or lack of movement. and many cases have been arrested and cured in the early stages. hips. symptoms of Alzheimer’s relax while encompasses several different illnesses that have as their common progressive stiffness. along with natural remedies. Proper diet. or from other causes. But often more than just physical factors contribute to arthritis. Arthritis how to In many cases.194 Your Extraordrnary Healing System brain becomes overloaded with information. or dietary imbalances. . including gingko. Cancer can affect all age groups. can improve through learning calming down the adequate nervous system. The good news is new evidence denominator These illnesses. show up in joint areas of the body that have been neglected. which improves blood flow to the brain. For this reason. and are a stress and tension Although experts trying to discover present. There are many case reports of people who have more associated risk factors. practicing regular stress management. like heart disease. Cancer is often erroneously attributed to the aging process by health experts who cite diminished immune function in the elderly as a primary contributing factor. a worsen.

volun teering in meaningful activities. being around children. Practicing self-forgiveness and learning to release anger and hostility are also often helpful. In working with the healing system. calm the mind. damaging the healing system and shortening your life span. but it a who have can elderly for whom a lack of meaning or pur life has become pronounced. the same strategies apply. and loved ones. regardless of your age. a natural herbal medication commonly prescribed in Germany. learning how to relax. even Bernie Siegel and 0. and cancer. Even though depression is traditionally classified as a mental illness. In most cases. circumstances are ripe for pose in depression to set in. combined with St. ‘Whether you are 22 or 82. animals. Exercise and simply moving the body can be effective in lifting mild and moderate depression. A great book that deals with this subject is Dan strike at any age. remembering to have fun and not take life too seriously. Doctors are two cancer doctors who have and courageous stories in their books. developing a sense of gratitude. you can avoid or reverse depression by staying involved and connected to family.Aging. Long-Lasting Health. and nature. The more you learn. conquer it. Learning to let go of unwanted mental and emotional baggage can lighten loads and lift spirits considerably. but people of all ages strong and effective healing system. Depression is more commonly seen in the elderly. In the . Depression is more common in more intelligent people who. Depression has been linked to such stress-related dis orders as heart disease. The danger of depression is that in its more advanced stages it can lead to premature death through suicide. a combined mind-body approach is usually the best strategy for reversing and overcoming depression. physical factors often can contribute to this problem. Because depression also acts as a stressor. Carl Simonton shared many of these inspirational in its advanced stages. A wholesome diet. and focusing more on the spiritual aspects of life. John’s wort. may also be helpful. the clearer it becomes that advancing age does not cause cancer. For these people. friends. and you will gain the same benefits. it can cause harmful phys iological effects as well. with their superior intel lectual skills. and get involved in activities that uplift the spirits is impor tant. tend to become prisoners of their own repeated negative thinking. and Your Healing System 195 successfully overcome cancer. and not only the young. diabetes.

More than 30 years ago. and releasing hostility and tension. lack of to repression of emotions have been shown play a much greater role in the origin of this disorder. along with a lack of exercise and the unhealthy suppression of such emo tions as anger and resentment. The medical stress causes time that harmful. Dr. a Heart disease thought to be natural condition that accompanied ing the more common aging process. Ornish’s methods have proven. in conjunction with ciated with the . no matter High blood pressure.196 Your Extraordinary Healing System Miliman’s The an Way of the Peacefi~. as Dr. Director of the Hyperten sion Section at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. and emotional have upheaval. is not an age-related illness. The most common type of diabetes has been linked to a lack of exercise. By working can not with to manage stress. poor diet. Diabetes is another disease commonly associated with the aging athlete who in the story of gold medal Remember that process. you only was prevent but once this illness. ‘While it is true that heart disease is in the elderly. the cumulative effects of stress and poor diets. is a disease commonly asso elderly and is erroneously attributed to the aging Even though high blood pressure is markedly absent in process. lack of exercise. in addition quite community blood-sugar fluctuations that can be your healing system in learning to incorporating healthy eating and exer reverse has known for cise. stress. can both prevent generally and reverse heart disease. stress. but recent research has shown that the causes of this disease nothing to do with age. Ornish’s studies. Herbert Benson. younger people. Factors such love and intimacy. tributor some Recent research has suggested that stress is a major con to diabetes.l Warrior. Methods for reversing this condition center on diet and lifestyle factors. hypertension. the oldest patients with the most severe heart disease showed the greatest reversal of disease and improvement in their heart health. Learning to work with your heal ing system. As noted ear lier. cause the gradual narrowing and thickening of the arteries. or how old you are. overcame based on the true depression and went on to win a depression. in Dr. includ ing learning how to relax. like the vast majority of Olympics. and poor diet. which leads to this disease. we have learned through the pioneer research of such other factors in the noteworthy scientists as Dr. diseases. Dean Ornish that genesis of heart disease are far more important as than age.

bringing life back to previously paralyzed limbs. exercises regu larly. and participates in the healthy release and expression of emotions will most certainly be successful in avoiding this condition. In fact. such as Michael J. could proved that relaxation and meditation substantially high blood pressure. or have abused drugs. However. but can occur by proper diet. Parkinson’s disease is another neurological condition associated with the elderly and believed to be caused by a specific biochemical deficiency in the brain. Stroke can be a crippling and disabling condition that affects the alone is cause to overlook the elderly. known as arrhythmias.Aging. Working with the healing system. Support ing your healing system by practicing stress management and incor porating other healthy dietary and lifestyle measures can help reverse lower and prevent and reverse this condition. Parkinson’s may be prevented and managed help improve blood flow to the brain. to key risk factors and underlying conditions that most cases are associate stroke with the commonly aging process diet. is entirely preventable. which in related to stress. manages stress. a person with normal blood pressure who watches his or her weight. stroke is an uncommon condition in most develop ing countries. and it can be treated with the same methods. Again. Stroke is also com monly caused by constant irregular heartbeats. Parkinson’s also flares up during periods of stress and emotional upheaval. However. Many young Parkinson patients are have suffered trauma to the brain. under stress. If caught early. which to create to blood-flow disturbances that can cause small blood clots regardless underlying causes. Although several different mechanisms can result in stroke. lifestyle. successful rehabilitation is often possible thanks to the heal ing system. this disease is not reserved for the elderly. drinks fluids. and stroke. Fox. stress management. in anyone at natural modalities that any age. uncontrolled high blood pressure. which is able to work with the nervous system to help transfer information from the damaged side of the brain to the other side. Long-Lastrng Health. and Your Healing System 197 Harvard Medical School. not old age. whose challenges with this disease from are well known. Stroke. pass the brain. of its . the most common is an underlying condition of persistent. And even with strokes that already have occurred. and other mind-body methods aimed at restoring balance to the nervous system and strengthening the healing system. Parkinson’s symptoms may occur in younger people.

was asked the secret to longevity. and it certainly applies the health of our as People and so tend to slow down and become to move more sedentary into they they tend less. He gave an answer that surprised everyone: “Get a chronic disease. and life expectancy diminishes. you would instinctively stretch every time you got up from sleep. it can better endure adverse forces of stress and trauma as you age. leading to immobility and disability. Like a coconut tree in a hurricane. to in the universe. Chronic Disease A One Blessing in Disguise being interviewed. All mammals and vertebrates instinctively stretch. much like what happens when rust sets unused. which in turn discourages further movement. your heal ing system weakens. not just of the joints and limbs. A vicious cycle perpetuates itself. When you stop moving. stretching is one of the most important things you can do to support your healing system and promote long-lasting health. To avoid these consequences. Stretching keeps your joints mobile and ensures that your body will remain flexible as you age. Nothing else is as natural and beneficial for your healing system and body as stretching. If you were a dog or a cat. What up with this extend your life span sounds like a total on Sir William Osler’s mind when he came enigmatic statement? . This lack of movement can an lead stiffness. neglected machine. Sir William Osler. The stiffness can lead to pain. and learn to take good care of it!” How could the secret of long-lasting health and longevity ever be found in having a chronic disease? To have a chronic disease and day was while he at the same time be able was to contradiction. but also of the internal organs. age. one of the most famous physicians of the twentieth century.198 Your Extraordinary Healing System Remaining Stretching The axiom “Move it to Flexible As You Age Support Your Healing System seems to or lose it” be to a fundamental principle bodies. For this reason. if your body is flexible. gently but persistently stretching the various muscles in your body is important.

Doing this requires that you learn to nurture. you have the opportunity to learn how to avoid these factors and lessen the intensity or frequency of the flareups. self-destructive habits and tendencies. so to speak. you have the opportunity to learn how to undo the damage. Osler went on to clarify what he meant. functional. and demanding. In so doing. This response only reinforces the disease process and is a sure recipe for an early demise. your sensitive. and this makes you a better “listener. your healing system can help you remain healthy. Long-Lasting Health. as well as by unhealthy thoughts and attitudes. went on to explain body becomes more that when you have a chronic disease. In contrast to this approach. and be kind and gentle to. Dr. whether toxins ing substances. reverse the disease process. you benefit all of your further your parts He body.” You become more aware of your body. He explained that having a chronic disease is really a bless ing in disguise because it forces you to pay closer attention to body than you would normally do. With chronic disease. your body. and Your Healing System 199 In his greater wisdom and glory. and the tests . This is the hidden meaning behind Sir William Osler’s statement that the key to longevity is to get a chronic disease and learn to take good care of it. A man I knew was suspected of having prostate cancer. You also have the opportunity to discover how imbalances were created in your body to cause the disease in the first place. exploring ways to fulfill its needs and treat it better. Even well-meaning doctors often unknowingly support this pessimistic attitude. your own full-time doctor.Aging. doctor ordered tests to confirm that he had cancer. These imbalances may have been caused by unconscious. as soon as they are diagnosed with chronic disease. negative thinking. His emotional disease. and cooperate with your heal ing system to restore your body to its natural state of health. vulnerable. or other offensive factors. Having a chronic disease can teach you how to become your own best caregiver. And as you learn to cooperate with your healing system in your mission of returning to a natural state of health and wellness. irritat or upheaval. and so your overall health actually can be improved. stress in the environment. In the process. and symptom free for the rest of your life. and you can more effectively identify what causes flare-ups of your unhealthy foods. many people give in to fear. The following story illustrates the point. and a despair.

his doctor replied. If you watch your diet. crucial. Face the facts. a chronic disease can direct and guide you toward a much healthier lifestyle that supports your healing system and improves your overall health. Osler’s wisdom.” In my own experience. “Don’t deny the diagnosis. he left the office and immediately plunged into a deep depression. the It is man died. “You don’t miss your water until your well runs dry. To his astonishment. I have seen that many people do not honor or value their health unless they are at immediate risk of losing it. life-threatening disease can serve as a much-needed wake-up call. the disease can enable you to enjoy long-lasting health. practice stress manage ment. even when the odds appear to be stacked against you. time. There is a saying. Seen from this perspective. and you don’t give in to pes simism and despair. Even though the doctor didn’t say it in exactly these words. remaining optimistic. Osler’s wisdom and experience. at the same more important not to become passive or depressed. this man asked his doctor whether he should quit smok ing. it is possible for you to live to be 120 years old. I have seen this happen quite frequently. be able If you are cur to reduce your rently taking medications.” Six weeks later. what he heard was “It is too late to do anything at this stage. but defy the verdict!” Because of the connection between your mind and your healing system. As the late Norman Cousins used to say. you may gradually dependence on them and quite possibly get off them altogether. On his first doctor’s visit after the die. or heart disease. “At this point. In this regard. is According to Dr.200 Your Extraordinary Healing System diagnosis was established. what’s the use?” With his doctor’s negative attitude. it is give to in important not to deny the reality of an illness. I’d like to make an additional point in support of Dr. contracting a chronic. even if you diagnosed with diabetes. If you are sufficiently motivated. regularly exercise. or any other chronic condition. a chronic disease can actually be a blessing in disguise. You are going to came back positive. and use other methods and strategies that cooperate with your healing system. you can learn to positively influence your body’s have been internal environment and improve your overall health. When you realize your life is on . or to to the popular pessimistic notions about what will happen you become more you as ill. In my own practice. In so doing.

never without which their lives would have the better. it is often easier in your diet. and unique opportunity. happier. Most people who age and have a trouble with their memories suffer from simple case of information overload. stored up other trivial just too many pieces of informa are over a lifetime. more information than they as as people age. your overall health improves.Aging. wholesome activities that support your healing system. Osler’s time. many other studies showing similar possibilities for diabetes. multiple sclerosis. life-threatening ill declared that their illnesses were gifts. health Memory Loss and Your Healing System As You Age A simple fact of living is that. you begin to realize the critical of importance of your health and your responsibility to take care yourself. Long-Lasting Health. otherwise known “brain clutter. and the prospects for greater longevity increase significantly. Dr. your illness more can serve your ticket many to a longer and fact. memories. in addition studies that are now chronic disease you are to Dr. arthritis. and all these details slow . lifestyle. As you learn as to take better care of yourself. the sooner you adopt an active role in cooperating with your healing system. Dean Ornish’s proved heart disease can be reversed. When you live your life fully.” There or useless facts. tion in their heads. privilege. people who have nesses have looked back and productive life. asthma. nisms that and many other diseases. cancer. ing. the faster you be back on the road to long-lasting health. incidents. it’s the improve amazing how quickly you can quality of your health and life. been transformed for And who is to say that once you have a stuck with it? Since. and Your Healing System 201 the line and you are become motivated not to here forever. In overcome chronic. If you are currently plagued by supporting can a and heal and problem. make sweep and personal habits to With this clarity and sense of urgency. that constructive changes strengthen and enhance the work of your healing system. their brains accumulate need. The same mecha cause disease processes to occur in the first place can be reversed and eliminate the disease from your body. with the awareness that being alive is truly a blessing. ‘When you participate in healthful.

pieces of information. and restoring your very important mental health and well-being is essential. includ Clear your mind of unnecessary . which lead can to stress iety. maintaining.202 Your Extraordinary Healing System quality of their brain’s ability to process information and function efficiently. If chronic physical disease is also already present. while not all-inclusive. stressed. You can take definite actions to coop erate with your healing system in improving your memory and brain function as you age. and their brain function deteriorates further. Many people who develop memory problems as they age con tribute to their own difficulties by hanging on to memories and pieces of outdated information that no longer serve their best inter ests. it can further jeopardize your health by interfering with the work of your healing system. and anxious. in my overwhelming majority of memory-loss and brainor that and they anx disorientation and confusion. your survival depends on it. As their memory continues to fail them. remaining stuck in the past and living their lives as if the best times were behind them. The following key steps. Tips for Improving Memory and Brain Function Taking an active role in preserving. can serve as a starting point in this process: D investigated the possibility of underlying organic causes. Doing this may necessitate a visit to your family o doctor for a checkup. Although occasionally real organic or physical causes exist for memory loss or brain dysfunction. For one reason or another. In fact. they are afraid to move forward with their lives. The dangers of memory loss and brain dysfunction are can cause the chemical imbalances in the blood. such as impaired blood flow to down the the brain experience. which burden the we healing system through the mind-body a interactions that have discussed earlier in this book. dysfunction experiences are not the result of organic causes. they become more and more frightened. This combination can become terribly unsettling and disorienting to their mental health and well-being. including chemical imbalances in the blood or your body’s internal environment that may be interfering with sure Make you have your brain function. People who do this are closing the door to future experiences that may be wonderfully uplifting and enlightening.

and whenever you begin to doubt your intrin sic worth. and that you excess caffeine. acupuncture. If you cannot recall a piece of strain. figures. important. facts. yoga. tense. o Practice stress-management nervous mind is o more system calm and alert and can techniques to keep your brain and relaxed. If the information is really important. breathe. these herbs can improve memory and brain function. Avoid medications or medications that may interfere with your memory. non-inva Advantages of Aging and Long-Lasting Health As you advance in years. and Your Healing System 203 ing phone numbers. Your memory functions best when your mind is calm and relaxed. Avoid and wholesome. resentment. Avoid emotional which upheaval. complementary therapies. including cranial-sacral other gentle. and sive. including anger and compromises clarity and clouds thinking. o Make shown sure you are getting enough blood flow to exercise. calm your mind. o or anxious.Aging. sure o conflict with other medications you Consider trying other natural methods. Long-Lasting Health. it will eventually come back to you. your diet is Make are sure healthy that other o drinking enough unhealthy substances excess fluids. memories. with natural o Experiment supplements such as gingko biloba and gotu cola. Relax. go to your local liquor store and ask to see its selection . don’t struggle. do o or experiences that not serve your best interests. Make they will not already may be taking. A naturally calm and relaxed concentrate better. and negatively affect your brain. alcohol. or information that you feel is fight. therapy. which improves brain function and memory. which have been shown to improve blood flow to the brain. and let go. Exercise has been to improve the brain. tai chi. not when you are upset.

and matters. and more wisdom about your health. how it tolerates temperature changes. Old age is a time to look forward to. throughout the world. to be more thoughtful so and delib When you older. most and For example. how to exercise it. and rest it requires. and long-lasting health will ensure that you can enjoy it more fully. from walking and climbing stairs to driving. They have been over the road that all of us must travel and know where it is rough and difficult and where it is level and easy~” As you age. weaknesses. getting older also confers many advantages. “It gives me great pleasure to converse with the aged. including those of a domestic. you tend not to are beso foolish. the elder system is still intact. You learn to be more careful and safe in all activities.000 years old. Aging includes a number of advantages. You are more familiar with your body’s strengths. As the are looked upon as In many other cultures surprising as it may sound. The culture relies upon their wisdom and experience to guide the abo rigines through difficult times. and their people afford them the greatest respect. more knowledge. you are ruled not much by your . you have more experience. For exam health ple. in the aboriginal culture of Australia. over the years that you have aged. For example. You will notice that the older wines are the expensive. your net worth and value also increase as you age. elder Buddhists highest-ranking members of the society. to be available for consultation in all or important nature. you possess a greater ability to avoid illness and injury. more than 40. In the words of Plato. how much water. You become better at physical and mental energy conservation for your health and well-being. proudly and nobly embrace them. punished. Additionally. Like a bottle of fine vintage wine. you may have thought that you were if you were a superman or superwoman. and you have probably discovered the virtues of modera tion. spiritual In the Buddhist tradition. erate. as they often are in the West. People are hon ored and valued for their advancing years. As a conse quence. the elder members are regarded as the wisest and most powerful of all souls. you may have made some costly mistakes. and limitations. political. older. to preside over disputes and to help settle differences.204 Your Extraordinary Healing System price list of fine wines. When you are invincible. and what kind of clothes it requires to keep warm for each season. you have learned how to feed and nourish your body. when you are older. sleep. and shamed. not banished. when you as were young.

tennis. drank alcohol or smoked excessively. This is apparent in the Olympic games in which. the top athletes may be as much as 20 years older than athletes who compete in other events such as the sprints. if not the most important. swimming. and skiing. regardless of their ages.Aging. in the endurance events such as the marathon race. tempered discipline. and Your Healing System 205 hormones or passions as by your common sense. However. increasing your bodily awareness. and enjoy long-lasting health by remaining active. who defied the principles of what most experts would consider a healthy life. and your ability to listen to your body and act benevolently on its behalf. sometimes reaching 100 years or more. When you are older. surfing. and improving your ability to listen to and cooperate with your healing system. but. many octogenarian marathon runners are active in the world today. water skiing. As you age. we should look upon old age as a time of maximum health and enjoyment. we have talked about all of the factors that can improve the performance of your healing system. I say this with good reason. Long-Lasting Health. By understanding all of the factors that positively influence the performance of our healing systems. and many senior athletes are still competing on the master’s level in other sports such as golf. we can successfully enjoy a superior state of health and a vibrant. you also tend to become more patient and tolerant of pain and physical discomfort. and. did not exercise regularly. In fact. These elder athletes demonstrate that. I have met many people who have lived well into old age and beyond. you tend not to become so swept away or preoccupied with the affairs of the world. This process directs your mental energies inward. One of the most important of these factors. snow The Power of In Laughter and a Sense of Humor previous chapters. they can keep their healing systems vibrant and youthful. to become more self-entertaining and self-contained. active life for the rest of our days. appears to be a sense of humor. stay competitive. strictly from a health standpoint. and then putting these factors into practice. rather. Many of these people had poor diets. were overweight. With all of these advantages to aging. which increases your endurance. . did just about everything else wrong.

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the persons among this group were rare who didn’t also possess a keen sense of humor, an extraordinary ability to allow most difficul

ties,

negative

comments,

and adverse situations

to

roll

right off their
most out

backs. Most of these

people

understood that,

to

get the

of

life, they had

to

have fun.
miss the boat in this

Many good people
health and their life

regard. They

take their

too seriously. One famous health expert even went so far as to say, “Seriousness is a disease more dangerous than cancer!” Being serious all the time creates tension in the body, which
can

drain the life force

out

of your

healing

the

saying,
make

“All work and

no

play

makes

system. We’ve all heard Jack a dull boy.” What we
no

haven’t heard, and what is also
can

true, is

that “All work and

play

Jack

a

sick

puppy.” Many
to
a

people
at

who

cannot

take the time

research studies suggest that relax, have fun, and laugh are

serious risk for
cancer

developing

major

illness. Dr. Bernie

Siegel,

a

famous
A

man

surgeon, tells a story that helps illustrate this point. ran six miles every day for 25 years. He never went to

parties,
and

never went to

bed after 10:00
One

PM,

never

drank

or

smoked,

was a

vegetarian.
turn

by
he

this sudden

of

events

went straight up to tion for this apparent injustice.

upset that when he got to the Pearly Gates God and demanded an immediate explana
was so

day,

he

suddenly

died. He

“What the hell

are

you

doing,

God?” the

man

asked. “I’ve

run

every day for the past 25 years, never touched alcohol or tobacco, gone to bed early, and eaten only vegetables. I’ve worked hard my

whole life

just to remain healthy and live long, and you had to spoil everything by bringing me here. What’s your point in doing this?”
the
man

asked.
is that you

“My point
to
were

basically

blew it!” God said. “You

forgot

have fun and

enjoy your life, which were the reasons why you created!” He exclaimed. “And since you failed to learn your

lessons this time, I’m

sending

you back

to

Hell for

an

attitude

adjustment!”
“For

cried God.

“What will I do there?”
starters,

queried

the

man.

you’ll have to run six miles every day, go to bed before 10:00 PM each night, and eat only vegetables,” God declared. He continued, “Next time, try to enjoy your life, and come back
when your attitude is
a

little better!”

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Dr.

Siegel

goes

on

to

make the

point

that it is
out

important
was

to

do
to

things

not out

of the fear of

dying,

but rather

of the desire

improve

the overall

quality

of your life.

Certainly

there

nothing

wrong with what the man was doing to improve his health, but his attitude and reason for doing these things were wrong. Again, the

goal

of

life in the process. If you are not having fun and enjoying your life, you are missing the boat. Just remember the French woman introduced earlier in the book, who lived to the
age of 122 and

the overall

long-lasting health quality of your

is

not

just

to

live

longer,

but

to

improve

who, when interviewed about the
that the

secrets

of her

longevity; replied
one

only thing

she knew

was

that “I

only have
as

my entire body, and I’m sitting on it!” Almost nothing in the world can keep your healing system strong, vibrant, and healthy as cultivating and refining the ability
on

wrinkle

to

laugh often, vigorously, and—what is even more power ful—to frequently share raucous belly laughter with your friends or family. Bob Hope passed away at the age of 100 years. I believe he was trying to beat George Burns’ age when he died. It is not an acci dent that these two famous comedians, who earned their living with a sense of humor and making other people laugh, lived so long. When you are laughing, having fun, and enjoying life, you are releasing tension and creating positive physiology within your body that strengthens and fortifies your healing system. Laughter kills pain by triggering the release of powerful neurochemicals from the brain, such as endorphins and enkephalins, which, as we noted ear lier, are naturally occurring opiates much stronger than morphine. Laughter simultaneously stimulates the release of other powerful sub stances that boost the performance of your healing system. Some scientists have defined laughter as tantamount to “internal jogging,” in that all the health benefits of jogging, such as improving the strength of your heart and circulatory system, can also be found in laughter.
. . .

laugh

to

Doing WhatYou Love Contributes to a Long and Healthy
Upon
his retirement
at

Life

the age of 89 years,
Studios
was

an

innovative artist and

animator for Walt

Disney

recently recognized

for his

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outstanding contribution to the field for more than 65 years. When asked how he managed to keep going all those years, and what moti vated him, he replied, “You gotta love your work!” When you love what you do, every day is a day of play and enjoyment. When you work at a job that you love, it doesn’t feel like
work.

Loving your work is the healthiest tonic in the world for your body’s healing system as it is injected with a continuous supply of dynamic, positive, mental and emotional energy every single day of your life. By the time you reach old age, this positive energy pays off in dividends. The following stories help illustrate this point. Pop Proctor was a well-known surfer from California who fell in love with the sport when he picked it up at the rather late age of 50.
He surfed for
more

than 40 years and retired from

surfing at the age

at the age of 99, and it was rumored that he died so young because he retired from surfing too soon. Albert Schweitzer once told his hospital staff that “I have no

of 97. He died

intention of

dying,
to

so so

long

as

I

can

have

no

need

die,

I will live

things. And if I do things, I a long, long time.” Dr. Schweitzer,

do

who received the Nobel Prize in 1952, remained active until his final

days;

he lived until the age of 90.
was a

Mrs. Minami

Japanese-Hawaiian
a

woman

who

was

101

years of age when I meal and enjoyed

met

her. She drank

cup of hot

water

after each

which she
me

perfect regularity absolutely adored, every day,
going strong. Lieberman was an

She worked in her
rain
or

garden,
she
was

shine. When she left

for another doctor because her insurance had

changed,

103 and still

Harry
alone in

elderly, 78-year-old

man

who had been

a nursing home since the age of 75, silently awaiting his death. To help pass the time, every day at noon he would meet his partner for a game of chess. One day, unbeknownst to him, his part

showed up at the usual time the next day for his chess match, his partner didn’t show. The staff who was informed of his partner’s passing and concerned about the effects on Harry
ner

died. When

Harry

didn’t

want to

break the

news to

him

so

suddenly. They told Harry his

partner had become ill and had to go to the hospital. They asked Harry if he would like to attend an art class instead, just for the day.

Harry was shuttled off to
was

the

nursing
a

home’s

art

class, where he
some

seated

at a

table and handed

blank

piece of paper,

col

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ored

paints,

and

a

brush. He had

never

held

a

brush before in his

life, and he felt totally awkward. The teacher announced that the

paint anything the participants wanted. While he was holding onto the brush, Harry’s mind drifted back to the days when he was a boy growing up in a village in his coun try of birth, Poland. Slowly, he began to paint what his mind saw. At the end of class, the teacher looked at this painting, thanked him for his attendance, and encouraged him to return the following day. The following day, however, Harry didn’t want to paint another picture. Instead, he looked forward to resuming his chess game with his partner. At the appointed hour, however, when Harry sat down assignment
was to

class

at

the chess board and waited for his

friend,

one

unteers came

and informed

Harry

that his friend

of the young vol was still in the

hospital. She encouraged him to please attend the art class one more time. Harry reluctantly agreed. Now, for the second time in as many days, Harry found himself
sitting down with a brush, a blank piece of paper, and some paints. Today’s assignment: “Paint anything you want.” Again, Harry drifted off to his childhood days and slowly began painting. At the close of the class, the teacher again came by Harry’s table, saw his painting, and made an encouraging comment. He told Harry he wanted him to attend the evening art class at the local junior college. The teacher told Harry that at the very least this
would be
a

chance

to

get

out

and

meet some new

people, especially

young, attractive college girls. Hesitant at first, Harry finally agreed. In the evening of the next day, a van picked Harry up and took

was

him several miles away to the art class at the junior college, where he ushered inside with more than 40 students, most of them young from the dull, sedate, and somber

setting was much different atmosphere of his nursing home. For the third time in as many days, Harry found himself seated at a desk with a brush, a blank piece of paper, and paints. The assignment: “Paint anything you want.” Once again, Harry’s mind drifted off to his past as he dipped his brush into the paints and began applying strokes to the paper.

enough

to

be his

grandchildren.

This

At the close of the

class, the teacher walked around the
he
came
a

room to

critique each student’s work. When he paused for a moment. Then he

made

Harry’s painting, surprising comment.
to

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“Would you be asked Harry.

so

kind

as

to

autograph “Why?”

this

painting

for me?” he

Harry was
to

dumbfounded.

he asked.
a

The teacher

replied,
a

“Because I have

feeling

that

someday
next

you’re going Harry thought
ident of America!”
For the
next

be

famous artist.”

to

himself, “Right, but first I’ll be the

pres

25 years,

Harry

Lieberman of the

eventually

established himself as
scenes

one

painted every day and preeminent artists in the

world, painting village

from his childhood life in Poland,

along with stories from the Old Testament. To this day, his works are displayed prominently in books, museums, and galleries all over the world. Doing what he loved to do, Harry Lieberman lived past the
age of 103. Do what you love, and love what you do. This is the essence of allowing the creative spirit within you to flourish and express itself,

producing long-lasting
ucts.

health and

a sense

of well-being

as

byprod

If you suppress or deny this spirit, it will wither up and die, and your health will surely follow. Suppressing or denying your what you love, or not loving what you do, will drain your life force and render your healing system powerless. When this happens, you will become sick.
not

inherent creative instincts,

doing

Many people are allowed to pursue their dreams and are encour aged to follow their hearts from an early age. These are the lucky ones. Others, like Harry Lieberman, discover their true joy and pas sion when they are at an advanced age. However, regardless of your age, the health-enhancing benefits of putting your heart into what you are doing are undeniable. Organizing your life around doing
what you love is one of the wisest and strengthen and fortify your healing system,
most

effective ways

to

allowing you

the oppor

tunity

to

enjoy long-lasting

health.

Celebrate Your Years and Enhan ceYourHeaUngSystem~

Old age is

a

time for celebration and

enjoying the fruits of your labors. It
a

is the time of
to
see

your”second childhood?’
in

chance
and

to
a

regain your innocence,

beauty

simple, everyday things,

time to

play

and

enjoy

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yourself.

Old age is

a

time to

love, be loved, and

to

know that love is the

fundamental

underlying reality

in all of life. With all of this to look forward
as

to, it is critical that you

keep

your health years.

you age

so

you

can

maximize

the

enjoyment of
as

your

golden

Strengthening

and

fortifying
to

your you

healing system realize this goal. long time, and
pain
them
we or

you age is the best insurance

policy

I know

help

Many people suffering. they

live

healthy, pain-free, disease-free,
leave this world

active lives for

a

long,

then

they

peacefully
to

and

gently

without any

These

people
and

have found ways have learned

to

cooperate with their
and

body’s healing systems,
as

they

strengthen denying
to

fortify

have advanced in years. While I’m

not

that

someday

all

must

depart

this earth, there is

no

reason

buy

into the false

notion that you have to become sick and disabled before it is your time to

leave. When you work with your

healing system, days.
experience,
to

you

can

enjoy long-last

ing

health, and stay
From my
own

healthy,

until your final

research and

I have found the

following

practical tips
system
as

to

be

particularly helpful

strengthen

and

fortify

the

healing

you age:

~

Practice the

principles, exercises, and techniques
of fluids.

described in this book.

~

Drink
Eat

plenty

~

plenty

of fruits and

vegetables.

~

Get

adequate good

fiber in your diet.

~

Practice Practice Relax

bowel

hygiene.

~

stress

management.

~

regularly.
exercises.
are

~

Do

breathing

~

Think young. Remember that you

only

as

old

as

you think you

are.

~

Take the time Learn
to

to

plan

for

a

bright

future.

~

be spontaneous.
a

~

Develop

flexible mindset. Avoid
to

being

too set in

your ways.

~

Do what you love

do.

~

Stay

active.

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O

Maintain

a

viable social support system.

O

Stay
Be
a

involved with hobbies and creative activities. nonconformist.
new

o

o

Be adventuresome and try

things.

O

Spend

time in nature.
to

o

If you get bored, learn

play

a

musical instrument

or

paint.

o

Sing.
Dance Avoid

o

regularly
getting

and often,

even

if you

are

alone.

o

angry.

o

Cultivate and nourish Don’t foster If you
are

loving relationships

with your

family

and friends.

0

resentment.

o

single, date,

or

be active in social clubs.

o

Spend

time outdoors.

o

Surround

yourself

with

beauty.
to

o

Have fun, and remember

smile and

laugh genuinely
attitude.

from your heart.

o

Enjoy comedy
Don’t take life Don’t take

and
too

keep

a

light-hearted

o

seriously.
too

o

yourself

seriously.
who
are

o

Spend

time with

people

busy

and involved in

doing something

meaningful
o

with their lives.

Choose your friends and company
Don’t
waste

wisely.

o

your time. you don’t
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In many cultures around the world. and unfortunately. and enjoy your life. be the difficult. rather.214 Your Extraordinary Healing System = 0 Live from your heart. some day you will experience the process of leaving your body as you depart this world. we have to leave to make or room for the next person. and enjoy your life! Living I Life to the Fullest Until Your Final Days hope I haven’t given you the impression that you will live forever. painful. the anniversary of the day a person dies is usu ally remembered and celebrated even more than the person’s birthday. . stay healthy. Further. in these cultures. your healing system works best when you relaxed state. Although I do expect you to live long. The acceptance creates a natural state of relaxation. death is seen as a release and a blessing. Death can be a loving. and so overcoming your fear of death naturally greatly improves in a your vitality and contributes to initi certainly not an or glorif~. known as death. In these cultures. a pro foundly healing experience for all those who’ve come to witness the sacred departure of a uniquely created soul. death creates. it would be irresponsible of me to try to deceive you into believ ing that you can remain on this planet indefinitely. As are you know.’ before its time. ate Death is long-lasting health. but. nonetheless.120. Even if you reach the age of beyond. A good death can act as a powerful affirmation and a special blessing to those left behind. The benefit of accepting that you will not live on this earth for ever is that you no longer have to live with the tension the fear of 100. it need not prematurely. death is seen to be not merely an end. experience we should welcome. miserable experience it is commonly held to be in our society. As a result. a new beginning. the final chapter of a person’s earth bound life in a story that would otherwise be incomplete. special occasion. no less important than birth. is regarded as a natural and sacred event. Land is a limited commodity. when it is our time to go. this process. system that can keep healthy through on multitude of life’s j~ Celebrate and honor your years this earth. Remember that your body you possesses an efficient and a intelligent healing challenges.

contribute to overall healing by reinforcing the peacefulness. as death. In an ill-pre pared-for death. requires preparation. which can be likened to childbirth. healthy. How successful you are at doing this is strongly influenced by your ability to work with your healing system and remain healthy throughout your life. beauty. nineties. india. The more you can organize your life around depart In doing what you love to do. respected members of their communities. and creating unnecessary and negative outcomes in the process. and serenity of this natural life experience. A vicious generally fearful if each moment counts. The probability can of realizing this dream is increased saddle up and ride off across the plains day with his trusty steed. For example. pain. and Your Healing System 215 producing tension and prolonging the myth that death is a painful. Realize that your time on earth is limited. The same is true for you and any number of activities. Further. with each cowboy’s dream is what you love to do. Ironically. and who enjoy their lives. I have met many people in their eighties. far more complications. a Focus to on example. Long-Lasting Health. A good death. which dates back .Aging. the best way worry to prepare for a good death is to have a good life. where I have traveled frequently. and trauma often occur than is necessary. horrible ordeal. totally free from the fear of death and unconcerned about their advancing age. and trauma than those who are well prepared. and they often suffer far more complications. and older who are active. It is possible to enjoy your final days on this earth and have a positive experience of death. the better the chance that you’ll this world in an uplifted state. and then live your life as if it were a privilege. The same is true in death. rather than a horrible event and creates fear in those who witness cycle perpetuates itself. without any sorrows or regrets. the Sanskrit literature. pain. it is well known that mothers who have not attended prenatal classes are usually poorly prepared for labor. Such an attitude collectively strengthens and fortifies the healing systems of the individuals within the culture and society. hobbies. which is largely deter mined by the choices you make every day. Such an experience reinforces the notion that death is such a Such deaths. and vocations that you love to do and that are that he is near and dear to your heart. and contributes to long-lasting health in those individuals. For die with his boots on and be buried doing with his horse. influencing society’s perception of death.

when it is your time. grace and style. Samurai warrior. negative attitudes. and you are motivated to The boundaries for what is considered to be old age being expanded. Similarly. when the time comes. it is not surprising to see that. peacefully. This relaxed attitude nourishes and supports systems and helps them achieve long-lasting health. But if you are inspired to make the most of your life and your extraordinary healing system. and beyond if you work at supporting and nourishing your healing system. Because Japanese in Japan live the Samurai creed permeates almost every aspect of society. they can live without fear and remain more their bodies their healing relaxed. courage and conviction. Like the cowboy. If you develop poor health habits based on pes simistic. Closing Thoughts on Aging. acknowledging that today could be their last day on this earth.216 Your Extraordinary Healing System several thousand years. and Your Healing System are continually 70-year-old man. exit this world with peace and serenity. Your attitude about aging plays an important role in your longevity and influences physiological mechanisms that can either accelerate or slow down the aging process. “Today is a good day to die!” Although this statement might initially appear to be fatalistic. When you learn to work or with your healing system. over Understanding that you have tremendous control your life circumstances and your health is the best way to prepare for a good death. by today’s standards. you can enjoy long-lasting health. A . It is also the best way to enjoy your life. on average. Long-Lasting Health. people much longer than people in the West. you can enjoy long-lasting health. You can prolong and maintain youthful vigor and health well into your eighties. and. By facing their mortality this way. experience a peaceful and pain-free death. is full of historical accounts of accomplished souls who could accurately predict the time of their death and leave willfully. the philosophy actually enriches the warriors’ lives and improves their health. is now viewed as still young. and with courage. in Japan. you stand a greater chance of becoming ill and dying earlier. nineties. Samurai warriors have traditionally greeted each new day with the thought. and then. yogi.

Cultivate relaxed and your atti health. tude will facilitate your goal of achieving long-lasting fear of death. Maintain a pos itive mental attitude and develop sound personal health habits. Accept your mortality a and and understand that you the earth for limited time. and a you’ll easily overcome a attitude. . and Your Healing System 217 stay healthy. you can enjoy a long and fulfilling life.Aging. and you will exude a spirit of youthfulness until your final are on of remaining healthy more improve your prospects days. Your healing system will benefit significantly. Long-Lasting Health.

and illness this distorted lens and and disease are exceptions to the rule. in fact. When you or a loved one is afflicted with an illness or injury. negative. the real question is not “Will healing occur?” but rather “When will to healing occur?” The answer is “When you decide cooperate and work with your healing . Going beyond probing deeper into the miraculous workings of our bodies. Because of this. And although these cases may seem extraordinary. fearful when it comes to our bodies. we will discover a heal ing system that can overcome nearly every affliction known to man. suffering. regardless of how overwhelm ingly the odds may be stacked against you. and octors deal with lives. and so we have learned to be pessimistic. you should expect healing. and illness every day of their they tend to view life through a distorted lens that sees disease as normal and health as abnormal. Many people with advanced. We will discover that health and well-being are the rule. they are in reality disease experts. however. they are quite ordinary~ When you understand that you have a healing better when system.CHAPTER 8 The Healing System at Work Personal Stories of Extraordinary Healing pain. In this capacity. Serving as soci ety’s appointed health experts. serious medical conditions get they learn how to cooperate with their healing systems. doctors exert a profound influence on our way of thinking.

Ronald inflammatory condition of the small and was placed on a strict protocol of strong . He to the bathroom once. and a colonoscopy. however. Except for routine physical exams and immu nizations. intestinal scans. Projectile diarrhea ensued. however. He was a strapping picture of health. on a full athletic and academic scholar ship. you will get better and heal. All your to healing it. It is ready to work for you “24/7. antibiotics. system a its existence. camp his life would change. and it all good. the faster you will heal!” I offer the sooner you do this. He thought he might so a case but have contracted of food poisoning. an exam in which a flexi The doctor diagnosed Ronald with ble tube is inserted up the entire length of the large intestines. listen not it. so his doctor referred him to a specialist. After much deliberation and discussion. X-rays. the doctors made the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. After one week. Because your healing system is within you. and make concerted effort cooperate and work with. gastroenteritis and treated him with rest. Soon. After two weeks. was a While he counselor one at a youth during summer break. He drank liquids and rested. against. the following stories to help you get to know your heal better. Ronald sought the help of a doctor. it can ing system be activated free of charge. and anti-inflammatory medicines. Ronald had was never seen a Ronald’s Ronald doctor was or been hospitalized.” and it is your most asks is that powerful ally on you acknowledge to life’s journey. The specialist ordered blood tests. and he had never missed a day of school due to illness since he was in kindergarten. his symptoms continued without any letup in intensity. fluids. a severe large intestines. He in the prime of his life. thinking he would get better on his own. Ronald awoke ran night with intense abdominal pain. to relieve himself. however. He began to feel feverish. not just night on many times that Ronald had to spend half the the toilet. there was still no improvement.220 Your Extraordinary Healing System system. For the first time in his life. Story of Extraordinary Healing Jenkins was 19 years of age and away at college.

The cor ners of his mouth began to crack and bleed. Day by day. and a highly restricted diet. If his life were to be spared. His pain as and diarrhea continued. blister-type rash appeared on his face. weight had fallen to an all-time low of 104 pounds. intravenous catheter inserted into a vein near his neck. Because he was malnourished. In a desperate attempt to save Ronald’s life. his vital life energy ebbing. His friends remarked that he looked like a concentration-camp victim. and even thought of suicide. his doctor sent him to the nation’s top specialists in gastrointestinal diseases. He was forced soon other symptoms. including anti-inflammatories. Fortunately. one of his father’s friends suggested something simple but radical. This catheter. He based this idea on recent research that suggested that. His willing to do anything death’s help After six months. to take a leave of absence from school and were move back in with his to parents. Ronald appeared to be on doorstep. such as developed stiff and painful swollen joints. Ronald returned home to contemplate his fate. His diarrhea had increased to the point that he couldn’t sleep for more than 45 minutes at a time before he would have to get out of bed and run to the toilet was to relieve himself. which could easily become infected. in addition to the 500 good bacterial As Ronald . He had no appetite. he felt himself growing weaker. they Ronald regain his health.Your Hearing System at Work 221 medications. and he well. they all agreed Ronald’s was one of the worst cases of Crohn’s disease they had ever seen. He became extremely depressed. down from his normal weight of 180 pounds. he had a good chance of restoring his health. After reviewing his records and examining him. He suggested that if Ronald could regain the balance of natural flora in his intestines. he had to be fed through a large. A strange. Ronald didn’t do so well on this regimen. became Ronald’s lifeline. the consensus was that surgical removal of his colon and a lifetime of immunosuppressive medications was Ronald’s only option. and his abdomen bloated and full of gas. He was constantly nauseous and light-headed. but he could n’t keep his food in—everything that came in the front door was immediately expelled through the back door. antimicrobial agents and corticosteroids. lay in bed wasting away. He forced himself to eat to stay alive.

Eating often views When we pounds.000 strains. and. After one week. skin. After several days. three times a day). he was reading. The following morning. consequently. He asked Ronald to try several vated for human capsules a day consumption. and he was completely well. he realized that what was being proposed was a return to the dietary habits of his ancestors. there may be many more types of beneficial bacteria. hours of tichambered stomachs help digest filled with many beneficial bacteria that their food. In those days. replenishing their natural intestinal flora. however. his diarrhea slowed in frequency and intensity. they are our work with often work best. natural solutions using beneficial organisms that are normally found in healthy. After long desperate. but. . hygienic soil was the secret ingredient that ultimately cured his disease. this idea is not so radical. people often ate vegetables right out of the fields. this was of a special hygienic dirt culti dirt contained many strains of these beneficial bacteria. such as vitamin K. At first. Ronald’s continued sores.222 Your Extraordinary Heahng System strains that reside in the human intestines. he didn’t awaken with a fever. well. Ronald took six in almost a year. his weight was back up to 180 school. and discussions with his father and his father’s friend. after his first sound night’s sleep in a long time. as he continued sules of beneficial dirt. perhaps up to 10. healing systems. before pesticides and artificial fertilizers. and attitude all improved. Ronald was taken aback to try anything. Beneficial bacteria help in diges tion. After six he was months. research. several weeks. His appetite joint health. Ronald felt his abdominal pain lessen in intensity. ingesting small amounts of beneficial soil organisms with each bite. and how their mul because he by ready the idea of eating dirt. to improve and normalize. When we think of cows’ digestive systems. in the process. thus restoring balance to the intestines. and they produce many valuable substances. his stools began to firm up. For the first time since his illness began. as to swallow the cap and bowel movements mouth energy level. back in dirt flies in~ the face of conventional medicine. For Ronald. are capsules of hygienic dirt (two at a time. Throughout the course of the next several days. which nature as the enemy and the cause of most diseases. his appetite began to return and he had his first normal bowel Over the next movement The first day.

and her kidneys were shutting down. and enlarged were she hadn’t uri I nated in several days. ‘Whenever she cold. She had not eaten for days. I returned to India one was year find Rani in very precipitous condition. She was told that noth ing could be done for her. for patients with serious. breathed dusty air. I also hoped the lasix might flush her kidneys and restore their function. I discovered shallow respirations. her liver was failing. strongest bronchodilator and corticos teroid inhalers to open up her airways in an attempt to treat her .Your Healing System at Work 223 one of the most important ways to cooperate with your body’s nat ural healing system. At these time. Having to been away for a a long time. fluid in her liver. One of these was lanoxin.S. and abdomen. Not only her flaring up. a feeble. under caught heavy stress. used for congestive heart failure. In addition. Rani was discharged from the hospital with little hope of living more than a week or two. ankles. asthma ‘When I examined Rani. her asthma would flare up. and she would have to go to the hospital. she could not get out of bed without help. irregular heart rate an and abnormal heart sounds. She told all ominous me lungs be and belly. Her family pre pared for her imminent death. suggested she hospitalized. I brought the latest. In the hospital. I attempted to administer sev eral very strong medicines I had brought with me from my hospital back home in the U. but her feet. Rani’s Rani was an Story of Extraordinary Healing lived in a elderly woman who community I regularly vis was a ited in India. even though her family couldn’t afford it. regularly or was to control it. and she appeared to be on death’s doorstep. where intravenous medica tions and special breathing treatments were administered. after many examinations and investigations. As a last-ditch effort to help Rani. the doctors found that Rani was in congestive heart failure. feet. Another was lasix. These signs. She had suffered from asthma since she and she took medicines a little child. a derivative of digitalis. a strong diuretic (water pill) used to remove fluid from the lungs. sometimes even her medicines would fail her. life-threatening con ditions. and abdomen were swollen.

it showed me how instituting the right treat ment. she was walking around the grounds outside of her home. asthma. and I was extremely skeptical that anything good would come of it. One morning. He restricted her diet to three glasses a day of pure goat’s milk. the swelling in her feet and abdomen were gone. Rani began sitting up in bed under her own power and eating full meals. However. her breathing became normal. More importantly. Vinod did something that I had never seen before. humility for me. If I hadn’t seen her recov worsen. and Afghanistan before he reached India. and she regained almost all of her previous strength. The son of a royal French family.physician supposedly possessed the latest. plucked a leaf from a particular tree. He stopped all her medicines. can work with the healing system to help restore the body’s natural state of health and vigor. Rani’s family had called Dr. Pierre had hitchhiked through Greece. India’s ancient folk med icine. and even in the face of an apparently hopeless situation. even a ridiculously simple one. adventurous Frenchman I .224 Your Extraordinary Healing System days on these medications only saw her condition going downhill fast. Dr. Iran. and which went completely against my medical training. a U.S. This treatment seemed primitive to me. went out back behind Rani’s home. Iraq. I saw an Indian gentleman sitting down and talking with Rani as I approached her home. Ayurveda uses primarily natural medicines to help restore health to the body. Turkey. But several She was ery with my own eyes. Within three weeks. he had rebelled and run away from his homeland. and. Vinod to see whether there was anything he could do to help her. when I was doing my usual rounds. Her breathing slowly returned to normal. The family told me he was Dr. within several days. a renowned doctor who practiced Ayurveda. case was more a Rani’s than lesson in trained who Pierre’s Pierre was an Story of Extraordinary Healing met during my earlier trav els in India. I wouldn’t have believed it. most up-to-date education and high-tech medicines. and placed it on her abdomen. within a week. Vinod. Every day a fresh leaf was applied.

or yoga poses. while he was looking in a mirror in a public restroom. learning about the Indian culture. he was prescribed regular breathing prac tices. He also was instructed to drink lots of water and juices. hoping for a cure. breathe. an excellent . split mung beans (dal) and basmati rice. He was told that there was no cure for his form of hepatitis. prescribed things that made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. Out of desperation. I was told kichari was gentle and soothing. a traditional yogic food made up of cooked. he was directed hospital and yoga research institute where I was studying and conducting research. almost tea-colored. stay down—he frequently threw up. specific intestinal water cleanses that flushed his intestines and were supposed to cleanse and purif~r his liver. Because he had an even hard time keeping fluids down. His daily activities consisted of fishing. along with other gentle abdominal exercises to help massage his internal organs and Pierre was promote blood flow to the liver. far while his stools were from home and without money. He was also pre scribed kri)ias. For example. ate. He was jaundiced. He had a fever. but when you are in a poor. and settled into carefree life of an expatri international beach bum. that were supposed to calm his nervous system and improve oxygenation of the blood. a along the central western coast of India. just beneath his rib cage. he built a hut on the beach in Goa. He noticed his urine was It was difficult for him to dark brown. taking siestas. Pierre went from hospital to hospital. known as pranayama. In this hos pital. all-natural treatments from the world of yoga are prescribed and administered to patients with diseases for which modern medi the cine has not been able to find a cure. harder time a weaker and lost to keeping food down. Food and water would not appetite. easy to digest. Pierre was also prescribed certain asanas. One day Pierre awoke with a sharp pain on the right side of his abdomen.Your Healing System at Work 225 Eventually. about 400 miles northwest of Goa. Being sick in your own country is scary enough. Pierre saw that his skin and the whites of his eyes had turned yellow. he grew weaker and lot of weight. no and was extremely nauseous. and he was fed kichari. and pan handling for food. Several days later. That’s when he knew he had hepatitis. and that noth a ing and could be done. light yellow colored. it can be even scarier. But the fun was soon to end. developing country.

Other foods. but he dismissed these pains as only a muscle strain. A thallium test. Pierre regained his health and in several months completely cured his hepatitis.226 Your Extraordinary Healing System source of protein. stitched The tiny veins to his coronary arteries. not the liver. along with natural medicines that helped nourish were strengthen prescribed. all attempts at restora tion of health are designed to work with your healing system. Ned had only one coronary-artery bypass surgery. miner als. to if he didn’t have this he would be dead within several Ned not accept surgery as his only alternative. confirmed immediate heart. Because of the locations of the option: months. a test that measures the blood flow in the arter ies that feed the heart. He nosed with heart disease. The main artery two 100 percent blocked and others were 80 percent to cent blocked. which severe measures blood flow 85 per to the heart muscle. significant potential complications . For this reason. he was referred to a cardiologist. Before his 59 years of age when he was first diag diagnosis. who ordered a stress test and an angiogram. was cardiologist told him that the stress test showed heart dis Results of his angiogram were also not good. ‘When he finally visited his doctor. healing can occur when treatment is aimed at cooperat ing with your body’s healing system. and that it contained trace numerous vitamins. In yoga. His case demonstrates that even in the absence of modern medicines. Ned had been suffering from vague chest pain for several months. and such and as elements that help also restore liver health. Ned’s Ned Peterson Story a of Extraordinary Healing emeritus in was professor was psychology at the University of Hawaii. papaya. yoga remains one of the most promising your heal of investigation if you’re interested in to ing system achieve optimal health and working with well-being. He was fond of the idea of having his chest cracked open and his heart was reluctant stopped while the surgeon bypassing the blockages. He was told that operation. Following treatment with these unconventional methods. blockages to important areas of the blockages. against areas it. Ned’s ease.

and daily gentle yoga Ornish’s stretching. relaxation. After one month. The cardiologist stared at them in disbelief. and he began a low-fat. In one year. He has written a best-selling book about caring for the heart. Dean Program for Reversing Heart Disease. and the 80 percent to 85 per cent blockages were reduced to 20 percent to 25 percent. In three months. Ned told him about the work of Dr. Ned showed the doctor his angiogram and his thallium test results.Your Heahng System at Work 227 associated with solution. Ned stumbled upon the work of Dr. open-heart surgery caused him to seek another cardiologist thanks. his healing system was able to repair the damages . Dean Ornish. it had vanished completely. he would try His cardiologist told him he was a fool and would probably By be dead within the year. but no thanks. Ned felt like a new man. plant-based diet. The repeat thallium test showed 300 percent improvement of blood flow to the heart muscles. he went to another doctor who ordered a new angiogram and thallium test. The 100 percent-blocked vessel was now only 40 percent blocked. and with laboratory proof to confirm his reversal of heart disease. luck. he could bike 12 miles while barely breaking a sweat. Ned told his another way. Ned runs volunteer groups for newly diagnosed heart patients. and he receives regular referrals from the same cardiologist who originally told him he was a fool not to undergo open-heart surgery. Ornish. Because he was able to understand what contributed to the blockages in his heart. the first person in the world to prove reversal of heart disease without drugs or surgery. and he took corrective action that addressed the underlying causes of his problem. and meditation. Ned read Dr. how he had reversed his heart dis ease. He asked Ned how he had done it. Ned was completely out of the danger zone. his pain diminished significantly. He also embarked on an exercise regimen of walk ing and bike riding three to six days a week. Ornish’s best-selling book. And he learned how to get in touch with his feelings and express them. Ned’s repeat angiogram showed the blockages had dissolved significantly. Ornish’s program for two weeks. chest After Ned had followed Dr. and he is completely free from heart disease. Today. he went back to the first cardiologist who had told him he’d be dead within a year if he didn’t undergo open-heart surgery. Dr.

he also helped negotiate the release of important political and religious prisoners throughout the world. was A remarkable writer and international peacemaker. he of all of the vertebrae of the were a spine. It was a very stressful time for Cousins. which was a spe cific blood test that marked the severity of this disease. Already high. Ned enjoys radiant health because he has learned listen to and cooperate with his healing system. the rate continued a to rise each team would stick needle in his day. his was a hopelessly terminal case. Several days later. Cousins to Hiroshima each year for 40 years to help heal people’s wounds caused by the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan in traveled World War II. One day. In addition to his fever and exhaustion. having an advanced case of ankylosing spondylitis. His own case is one of the most dramatic and vivid examples of the healing system in action. the blood-drawing arm to biochemically confirm his . physically.228 Your Extraordinary Healing System and reverse his disease. Norman Cousins’ of Norman Cousins Story Extraordinary Healing the first person to tell me about the body’s heal ing system. and summoned and consulted the best specialists of the day. a mysterious fever spine began to surfaced. to Today. mentally. Every day. talks between President Cousins John during Kennedy the the famous SALT treaty and Nikita Krushchev. a severe form of spinal arthritis that causes a progressive stiffening and fusion tests. The expert medical opinions were unanimous: Nothing could be done. Cousins’ After many stiffen and become nosed as was diag extremely painful. The doctors monitored his sedimentation rate. Union returned home from Soviet exhausted. He was completely extremely upset that the talks had not gone well and that the Soviets were defi antly moving forward on the buildup of nuclear weapons. For many years. after serving as a mediator F. Cardiac involvement and death possibility~ family doctor checked him into one of the country’s finest hospitals. Cousins was given Cousins’ to distinct six months live. and emotionally.

which. Funt supplied Cousins with films of the show’s most memorable episodes. as noted earlier. he could get out of bed and walk without a cane or crutches. Cousins went on to spearhead pioneer ing research in a new field of medicine known as psychoneuroim munology. As Cousins continued symptoms improving. because he had only six months to live. In his state of despair and hope lessness. Cousins jokingly referred to them as “the vampire squad.” During this time. he accidentally stumbled onto the secret healing power of humor and laughter as antidotes to pain and misery. he might as well enjoy his final days. he began to notice his pain lessening. and he also was declared “cured. insisted that he take vitamin C every day. Cousins also watched other funny movies. Many AIDS and cancer patients have benefited from these studies. A strong healing system mally—as is necessary for the immune system to function opti it did in Norman Cousins’ case. Within a year. After writing his best-selling book Anatomy of an Illness. including Marx brothers’ films. As with all the systems in the body. Linus Pauling. the immune system depends on the healing system to do its best work. presidents to Hollywood movie stars. he was completely pain free. After 10 years of work in . who case hopeless. he discov ered that for every 15 minutes of solid belly laughter. lost in the gaiety and laughter of the movies. Nobel Laureate chemist and a close friend of Cousins. because the blood-drawing team wasn’t really helping him. In his rare lighter moments. his sedimentation rate was back to normal. Cousins realized that. Specifically.” not by the top specialists of the day. As he lay in his hospital room. from U. he slowly noticed his The “vampire squad” also reported that his on to chemistry was changing for drop. but had previously declared his system can affect the immune system and influence the course of ill ness and health. which describes the details of his miraculous healing journey and triumph over ankylosing spondylitis. sedimentation rate started this program. At the same time. deteriorating condition. Within several months. the producer of the hit TV comedy series Candid Camera. studies how the mind and nervous only by his doctor. he could get two hours of pain-free sleep. indicating that his internal bio the good.S. One of these friends was Allen Funt. Cousins was a friend to many celebrities.Your Heahr~g System at Work 229 progressive.

Then it hit him: If you you’d be dead in six months. Arthur was a patient of Dr. Dr. you probably don’t remember what me. like Arthur. and he was astonished. One Siegel day five not expect hear from him again. and wondered He see thought again him. and that it important for me to make it the best six months of my life. He told Arthur that he was supposed to be dead—what was he doing still alive? Arthur you told was replied. but you said I had only six months to live. which was something I had always went on. including the immensely inspirational. I felt not good.” Dr. “I I decided I didn’t have die. and after six months you felt better why they hadn’t come back to were a patient. he had his medical-office staff call the fami lies of hundreds of his patients who were assumed dead. con Siegel’s who dition was had been diagnosed as with an advanced was cancer. After six months. Cousins’ Head First: appropriately titled The Biology ofHope and the Healing Power of the Human next best-selling book was Spirit. To his cases surprise. One of the earlier cases that helped inspire him involved a man named Arthur. timeless classic. Siegel into Arthur in the local grocery store. I’ve wonder how many more of my still alive. internationally acclaimed speaker. Dr. Siegel stood there scratching his head and thought. Medicine. and Miracles. Siegel. and he to see or given ran six months to live. years later. wanted to which was some so thing else I’d always do. “Dr. however. I went on a cruise. He thought he’d seen a ghost. Bernie Story of Extraordinary Healing Siegel is a well-known cancer surgeon. Love. wanted to do. your doctor said . which I never liked.” The next patients who I sent home to die are morning.230 Your Extraordinary Healing System this field. been sick in the past five years. were still he discovered that about 20 percent of these terminal living and were completely healthy. I quit my job. His described did terminal. and I began taking piano lessons. to and I have never felt better in my whole life. and best-selling author of numerous books.” Arthur really “I took your advice. Arthur’s Dr.

of life’s afflictions. and that. the disease can no longer be called incurable. these patients. It is Dr. described in Love. she had the connection and discovered . they can overcome even the most beauty severe The of Dr. Over the were of the next cancer. and they served to things they minal cases did activate their are his teachers. and Miracles. Louise Louise At a Hay’s Story young of Extraordinary Healing who Hay was a woman barely finished high school. that she young age. Their stories. She also how her mind-body explored emotions. as a consequence. and the many healing systems while overcoming ter of cancer. Siegel’s Exceptional Cancer Patients provide strong evidence that our heal ing systems can be accessed and activated through a variety of means and ways. Siegel’s work is that it has given hope to mil lions afflicted with terminal. She researched on the impact of nutritious foods her health. by definition. who group. ences on her physical health. life-threatening illnesses. she if she didn’t would die. the last doctor’s office. and she changed her diet. and that. Louise developed cervical cancer. met as a 12 years. Medicine. Siegel called them as all survivors of Cancer Exceptional Patients. Dr. once activated. place you’d go is your them if course Siegel they’d then be personally called all of these patients and asked willing to attend weekly group meetings.” He backs up these words by pointing to the scientific liter ature. pursue alternative methods of healing. which contains case reports of people from all walks of life beating every so-called incurable illness known to man. Dr. and she was told undergo immediate surgery and chemotherapy. Instead. In his words: “There are no such things as incurable illnesses. reluctant to was have an chemicals with she decided to potentially toxic side effects into her operation and put strange body. During this journey of self-exploration. and attitudes could be powerful influ thoughts. Dr.Your Healing System at Work 231 than you ever had in your whole life. Siegel’s opinion that if one person can beat an incurable disease. Louise discovered that she had been sexually abused. only incurable people.

perhaps most famous. This encourages us to eat right. This interaction has a and on our health. she learned how to care quite logical that cancer lifestyle. example. Blood was everywhere. we and fortify are our healing at health. and is You Can Heal Your based on her own Steve’s Steve was a Story of Extraordinary Healing day. Louise discovered that. and she has become nary teacher and healer. For our powerful influence on our healing systems. She also has produced many self-healing journey. again to return.232 Your Extraordinary Healing System harbored shame and cancer resentment eventually developed. rest. an and and action. other wonderful books and tapes to help others who are interested in healing. for the part of her body where the After she had discovered certain inner was truths about herself. which has grown rapidly since its inception. how we treat our bodies is a reflection of how we treat ourselves. She even started her own successful publishing company. never and attitudes more for herself in improved. Her first. word. and to exer cise. These behaviors make work for our healing system and ultimately contribute to illness. her gone on to cancer went away. He looked down and . When we angry systems and ensure our good life and resentful of ourselves and are tend our to participate can in self-destructive activities that extra harmful to bodies. as Louise’s diet. among other things. we tend to treat them with love and kindness. when we think kind and loving our thoughts about selves and bodies. accidentally hit the switch that turned the The powerful saw cut a clean track saw that completely severing his hand and wrist were no longer attached to his body. Louise went on to write several international best-selling clas L~. he and fell. and sleep well. she realized that it would show up there. These behaviors help strengthen others. it. through his arm. and his coworkers came running. In her healing work. He screamed for help. Slowly. slipped carpenter doing framing work on a custom home. One while he was climbing a ladder and carrying his electric saw. In the commotion. somehow he saw on. Hay House. She has since extraordi enjoy radiant health. sics. thought. in many instances.

he didn’t need any blood By drinking lots he was of fluids and assist his eating vegetables. iron-rich fruits and of blood from the accident (he surprisingly. His nerves regenerated and registered fully intact sensation. he made sure the safety switch was on. Within one year. My shift started at 7:00 AM and ended at 3:30 PM. He was immediately rushed to the operating room. The severed muscles and tendons were rejoined. able to healing system in making more blood for his body. during which he learned exercises to help stretch and strengthen his arm and hand. His severed bones knitted back together and stronger than ever. Another person grabbed his severed wrist and hand and put it in a bag. This almost time. Steve was able to gain full use of his arm. whenever he moved around with it.Thanks to Steve’s healing system. where two teams of surgeons and nurses were already waiting to work on him. even though Steve had lost an enormous amount had almost gone into shock). however. Steve’s arm was put in an immobilizing splint. circulation to his hand and fingers were was restored. mended. when these to operations were not so common. muscles. ten dons. including his wrist. the splint was removed. the oper ation was still going on. and he began physical therapy. When I came back the next morning at 7:00 AM. Because of Steve’s healing system. Within one year. One team worked on the hand. preparing kinds of the severed end for reattachment. healthy and strong. Steve’s hand to They were going to connect his arm. hand. After the operation. the healing process was well under way by the time he reached phys ical therapy. most of the sensation had returned to his fingertips. bones. Within six months. transfusions after the operation. and it continued for several more hours. After two months. and they took Steve and his severed hand to the UCLA Medical Center. . and fingers. and nerves. This was try in 1975. while the other team worked on his arm. Steve was back on the job. . and someone had the presence of mind to apply a tourniquet to Steve’s arm to help stop the bleeding. and cutting wood with his favorite saw. and healed.Your HeaUng System at Work 233 They called the ambulance. dissecting the blood vessels. I was employed at the UCLA Medical Center as an operatingroom assistant at the time. The paramedics arrived on the scene within 20 minutes. Additionally.

Dr. Each time.234 Your Extraordinary Healing System Rose’s Rose was an Story of Extraordinary Healing elderly woman who had been suffering from a rash on her arms and legs for several months. and he had Rose come back several times for checkups. Elpern decided to stop her medications and probe deeper into the possible causes of Rose’s rash. Elpern two weeks later. including insulin dependent diabetes. her rash was completely gone. Elpern had tried var ious remedies. Sam’s Sam was an Story of Extraordinary Healing man obese Hawaiian who led as a sedentary meats to life and ate high-fat obesity. Elpern. Dr. brought him to Dr. Dr. In addition his . Sam also suffered from several other chronic diseases. Shintani. been successful making Elpern discovered that her rash had first onset appeared about the time of the of her husband’s illness. Elpern on her next visit. In a week’s time. Dr. Elpern asked to see Rose’s husband. On Rose’s next visit with Dr. well. typical modern-day Hawaiian foods such as foods such canned and pork lau lau. She to treat the source of Rose’s rash. there was no improvement in her skin condition. which was poorly controlled. and he was wise enough Dr. and treated him accordingly. Rose’s husband was feeling much better. Oddly enough. Elpern knew that stress can affect a person’s healing system. Becoming a little frustrated. Elpern that her husband had recently become very sick and that she was worried about his health. He asked if she had been facing any unusual difficulties at home or had been under any kind of stress. Dr. she regained hers. Elpern hadn’t done anything other than treat her husband for an unrelated condition. Sam’s doctor wanted to send him to Dr. made a presumptive diagnosis. examined him. as Once he regained his health. Rose’s rash also began to improve. He questioned her husband thoroughly. who specializes in dermatology~ Dr. She had not went on to at tell him that her husband’s doctors her husband better. Rose told Dr. She went to see my good friend Dr. which was her husband’s health. a progressive young doctor who had a strong background in nutrition and preventive medicine.

and fast foods. This diet was in stark contrast to such high-fat foods as fried chicken. seeds. blood pressure. vegetables. as diseases wholesome. which the formulated from combination of modern science historical accounts. whole grains. But these two related fields of study. The original Hawaiians ate mainly simple. able and one-half years on the Hawaiian Diet. provide some of the most practical and important strategies to summon the support of the body’s healing system in the healing and prevention of even the most dev astating modern-day illnesses. roasted pig. taking was his medical history a conducting on a physical Dr. athletic.Your HeaHng System at Work 235 Shintani had just launched a as new preventive and nutritional program for Hawaiians known the Hawaiian Diet. and they are vir tually absent from the curriculum of most medical schools in the West. This emphasis has been the main thrust of pioneering physicians such as Dr. popular among presentday Hawaiians such as Sam. Shintani recommended that Sam go the Hawaiian Diet. healthy foods such such as fruits. complex carbohydrates. According to original Hawaiian people (before the arrival of the European explorers and missionaries) were quite healthy. Shintani. diabetes. According to Dr. and lean. After one pounds. When he first met Dr. The areas of nutrition and preventive medicine are sadly lacking in the practice of conventional modern medicine. Shintani. Sam’s story provides a clear example of how cooperating with your body’s natu ral healing system by applying these ideas about nutrition and prevention can reverse a deadly disease such as diabetes and effect true and permanent healing. and traditional Hawaiian wisdom. it is because of their modern. nuts. Shintani’s research. Many common among Western cultures were nonexistent Hawaiian peoples when Captain James Cook first discovered among them in the 1600s. heart dis ease. to completely get off his insulin. perverted diet and unnatural lifestyles that Hawaiians suffer from high rates of obesity. He maintains normal was blood sugar levels to this day by staying on the Hawaiian Diet. sweet potatoes and taro. and . which most physicians rarely discuss with their patients. After exam. Sam had His blood-sugar levels had dropped to normal. and stroke. and fish. Sam high was more than 150 pounds overweight lost 150 he and required 100 units of insulin each day to control his diabetes.

in addition to being painful and irritating. Pagano’s recommendations. and who had written an award-winning book entitled Healing causes it. This approach is often referred to as palliation. Each time his psoriasis erupted. except when he became incapacitated with flare-ups of his psoriasis. Corticosteroid and immune-suppressing creams are usually administered daily to reduce the severity of the symptoms. Jim came across the work of Dr. which give temporary relief. the elbows. at best. suppressive medications. Strong pills are often prescribed for more severe cases. This book contains many case descriptions after) and full-color who have plates of psoriasis patients (before and successfully cured their psoriasis by following Dr. These treatments are applied more frequently during flareups. He led an active life. or just about any other place you can imagine. becoming a debilitat Psoriasis can occur in ing form of arthritis. to cancel important scheduled such as family outings or fishing trips with his buddies. patches on the skin. a con dition he had been suffering with for 30 years. a chiro practor who had worked with many psoriasis patients over the years. there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the flare-ups or why his disease was spread ing. Jim had a drawer full of creams and pills that he had collected over the years during his many visits to doctors. the knees. in severe cases psoriasis can also involve the joints. and. new patches of inflamed skin were surfacing in areas that were previously normal. Although it is considered a skin disease. . the feet and anldes. It caused him events. Jim’s psoriasis would flare up at the most inconvenient times. behind the ears.” By luck. the scalp. as much as he used his medications religiously. His condition was worsening. his flare-ups were becoming more frequent and more severe. Modern medicine does Unable not understand what it mainly with to cure psoriasis. John Pagano. his old patches grew larger and more angry.236 Your Extraordinary Healing System Jim’s Story Jim was a of Extraordinary Healing plumber in his early fifties. Additionally. His psoriasis was starting to drive him crazy. staying inflamed for longer periods. It was then that he began to understand the phrase “the heartbreak of psoriasis. doctors treat Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative. or the process of easing dis comfort without curing. However.

espe cially when He asked Dr.Your Healing System at Work 237 Pagano’s approach to healing psoriasis is based on a broader understanding of the human body. which he never used to psoriasis patches. change for the first six weeks. His patches looked less red and were more itchy than painful. and to incorporate more fruits. Pagano met Jim. is greatly improved or even completely eliminated. Dr. was cured. he Once five years. how all the other systems are interconnected. the went because of the embarrassment of his into action when . After three months. he questioned him at length about his diet. After two years. Pagano’s approach takes into consideration the unique relation on ship such between the skin and the intestines. instead of a drawer full of creams and med now has a drawer full of shorts. vegetables. and. psoriasis When Dr. and how once balance is restored among these systems. which to fade and look one more like the color of his normal surrounding skin. during frequency ity usually made his psoriasis worse. that soon he’d start to see improvement. Jim didn’t think that all these sacrifices were his condition didn’t seem to the years. Dr. and fiber into his diet. and how the eliminative as properties constipation can lead to a buildup contribute to psoriasis. Jim began to notice a reduction in the and flare-ups. which was initially quite difficult for him to do. and Jim has not had a recurrence. He also told him to give up sodas and other junk foods that he had become habituated to over At first. could heal his Pagano psoriasis. not a lesion could be found. Jim took healing system again. and his psoriasis. water. his patches started even of his times of stress. which had been a major problem for years. After by year. He then told Jim he had to give up his coffee habit. his patches had receded and could only be discovered persistent and deliberate probing. The “heartbreak of psoriasis” is now a distant memory. Five years have passed. really thought that the changes in his diet Pagano reaffirmed that Jim needed to stick sever with the program. His work focuses of the skin. measures to strengthen it through diet. His research has intestinal health and digestive disturbances of toxins in the skin that demonstrated that once hygiene are restored through proper diet. the reality of a healing system. something that no other doctor had done before. In particular. After six months. healing can occur. worth it. if he Dr. and his psoriasis was gone. Jim hasn’t missed a fishing trip or family outing in wear ications.

on the thumb on his throwing arm. After several years. Hal underwent series of allergy hope avail. When his flared up. as well. He had remarked to himself that someday. After six months. who positive for a more than 20 allergens. which seemed to irritate his hands. eczema Hal’s began when he was working as an orderly in a busy medical-center emergency room. and pills. he routinely used industrial-strength germicidal soaps. He informed the teacher that his goal was . such to as stress. all these tests. Hal had passed a pottery studio that offered beginning classes in making pottery. Hal couldn’t even hold a football because of the cracking and bleeding on his hands. had suffered eczema chronic both of his hands for six years. Other factors. He beginning his internship. and he on improvement. So Hal just did his scrubbing and cleaning to without them. He was awaiting the results of the national match program. on his way to medical school in Philadelphia. Doctor after doctor no saw Hal’s hands and He took a prescribed to an treatments. The skin Based to no on truckload of various referred tests did some skin tests indicated allergist. use to clean the doctor’s labs. Every day for four years. was eventually Hal. he gave up all injections.238 Your Extraordinary Healing System Hal’s Hal. and were more of a hin drance than a help. This condition was especially debilitating and humil iating because Hal had been a star quarterback on his college football team. Six years to the day after he began. in particular. Now was Hal walked into the pottery studio and signed up for a beginning class that lasted six weeks. usually the most difficult year in a young doctor’s training. had a few weeks off before when he had a little extra time. could have contributed Hal’s eczema. to take one of those beginning classes. Hal had just finished the aca demic and clinical work for his senior year in medical school. to find out which hospital he would be assigned to for his postgraduate residency training. that his condition would ever be healed. a Story of Extraordinary Healing now a former athlete and eczema on medical student. The gloves he was supposed to protect his hands ripped and tore. his hands became extremely itchy. and. he would like his chance. During this period. but there creams was and they started to crack and bleed.

before the six-week class was finished. Perhaps working with the clay itself had a healing effect on Hal’s hands. was exactly how Hal cured. and how to roll and knead it. which he removed with joy from the kiln and proudly displayed in front of the other students in the class. 20 years later. He how to told how too to care for the to clay. who was 106 of Alzheimer’s . Hal again reminded of his goal to create a complete dinner setting for six. including plates. The teacher thought this was a bit too much. soup bowls. Hal had completed his dinnerware set for six. He followed the teacher’s instructions earnestly and sincerely. just like bread dough. We don’t Perhaps doing something relaxing enough to stimulate his healing system into action. that he loved was Sister Esther’s Sister Esther was Story nun of Extraordinary Healing convent senior at the Good Counsel Hill in Minnesota. we’ll never really know. and they had no signs of eczema. Hal thoroughly immersed his hands in the clay. at the end of the last class.Your Healing System at Work 239 to make a complete dinnerware setting for six. Hal absolutely loved the potter’s wheel. its work. What we do know for sure is that Hal’s healing system was ready to do. The at the appear groundbreaking 15-year study study was conducted by Dr. add more moisture when it became dry. a researcher University of Minnesota. the teacher Six weeks later. David Snowden. first day and was given a lump was of wet clay dry mold and form between his hands. and on came during his free time after class. not realizing that she was dealing with Hal to a typical type came to class the A-personality medical student. working long hours with clay. After he did this. how it if it became too wet. Perhaps the cure involved a combination of the two. and coffee mugs. though he was only a beginner. and all it needed was the right cat alyst for it to spring into action. were After several classes. he happened to glance down at his hands. That first day. he which pots are “thrown” or spun into shape by the skill ful hands of the potter. the site of a disease. and it was important enough to on the cover of Time magazine. Sister Esther. They were no longer cracked or bleeding. the know eczema has never returned. the students introduced to the potter’s wheel. in the Even Now.

involved with other to and with the affairs of her In example and Dr. The older exercise their brains in other activities continued free of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. environment. Snowden’s research remind us of how important it is to keep using our brains. Snowden’s research revealed and social and emotional factors. as those of her sister interested in Esther’s life story. A well rounded. Because of the length and thoroughness of his study. brain to a muscle. and applying the familiar nuns “Use it lose it. as who were free from Alzheimer’s dis Because Esther fully whip despite her advanced and try to discover other the riddle might explain mentally sharp as a age. who were in their and nineties. Snowden’s findings are not only credible. Age didn’t seem to be a who continued while to critical factor. and many of her fellow nuns. while younger nuns who were socially withdrawn and not mentally stimulated developed symptoms of the disease. Dr. which annually a functional and affects about 4 million Americans. Snowden’s scientific opin ion. candy sharp contrast what Dr. all of which and can affect the anatomy axiom men physiology Likening the or of the brain. This fact was in conventional science would have predicted. Snowden decided to look deeper causes than merely age or genetics that of Alzheimer’s disease. . Alzheimer’s disease is strongly linked to lifestyle.” Dr. healthy lifestyle that involves mental challenges as well as and vice versa. and find ways to keep ourselves stimulated and actively involved in life. In Dr. remain socially connected with our friends and family. Dr. by thoughtful writing meaningful work and and speaking remaining engaged Sister Esther enjoys working on various craft projects. attempts Sister Esther’s understand how the mind affects the body. Snowden found that the who kept tally and stimulated and were socially able to avoid the disease nuns connected showed the fewest symptoms altogether. Dr. Snowden was particularly nuns was well ease. eighties despite signifi to advanced ages. She stays con actively vent.240 Your Extraordinary Healing System years of age. showed no signs of Alzheimer’s disease. completely different scenario for Alzheimer’s disease than is currently theorized by most researchers. but they also offer tremen dous hope and insights about how the healing system works and how we can stay healthy as we age. and she rides a stationary our exercise bike for 10 minutes every nuns day.

I don’t need my cane anymore. She seemed relieved that I wasn’t so against them. he never approved of her doing this. and perhaps my reaction helped her a visit to a get up the courage to visit one. Gerry’s Story Gerry was ing while an of Extraordinary Healing elderly patient of a doctor whose practice I was cover he was away. a new way of thinking. day while I was examining her. What’s up with you? “I asked. on her next visit with the exam room me. Two weeks later. pain diabetes. Gerry had a long-standing history of and she had suffered from hip pain for many years. which is known cause nerve problems that can result in pain in the legs and lower One extremities. “Doctor. All I did was give her permission to go to the chiropractor. I learned something important from her. which can keep us healthy. who. She added. Gerry asked me if I thought chiropractor might help her hip pain. . Sometimes. She had never seen a chiropractor before. you forgot your cane. after one simple adjustment. Her medical chart was thicker her to phone book. Gerry walked into smiling. and every time she came in to complain about hip pain. that caused her than a to walk with a cane. Because her regular doctor was adamantly opposed to chiropractors. “Last night.” she replied. Even though Gerry’s is a rather straightforward case. and a simple adjustment are all that are necessary to assist your healing system in restoring health to your body. “Gerry. an open mind. was able to relieve 30 years of pain and misery. even when we reach ages approaching Sister Esther’s. I went dancing for the first time in 30 years! My hip pain is completely gone!” She then burst into tears and thanked me for healing her hip pain. and she was somewhat apprehensive. but not wanting to build up false hopes either. I saw that she didn’t have her cane.Your Healing System at Work 241 strong emotional and social connections helps support our healing systems. she was told it was from her diabetes. Not wanting to dis courage her. I told her it might be worth a try and probably wouldn’t hurt her.

She was tests. Trying career. and performing other simple movements. her time for active considerable discomfort. and a genuine will to improve. she experienced pain when she was getting in and out of her car. Merry began to notice pains in her hips. I had had some previous clin ical successes with yoga and gentle physical therapy for my patients with various types of arthritis and joint deformities. I noticed her limp. Soon. Merry eventually had to could ignore the problem investigations made the They placed Merry on strong anti-inflam progressive matory medications. including corticosteroids. however. walking up stairs. no osteoarthritis. many of these patients were able to avoid surgery and improve the health of their joints. and even that caused her professional less. Then. . she began to exhibit a noticeable limp. It was then that I found out about her diagnosis of osteoarthritis. Over a several-year period. By having an open mind. I asked her why she was limping. and although she was not yet 30 years old. instead of dancing she took to a program of regular exercise. self-discipline. Merry had to cur tail all exercises other than slow walking. including jogging. however. I spoke of this work with Merry and suggested several specific yoga stretches and other gentle therapeutic activities that might help open up the joint spaces in her hips and reverse her arthritis. I had only a professional relationship with her and was not familiar with her medical history. even though there weren’t a lot of scientific studies to support my work. As Merry began to attend to her patients and concentrate more on her dancing became less and to maintain an lifestyle. and she X-rays and blood diagnosis of severe. how ever.242 Your Extraordinary Healing System Merry’s Story of Extraordinary Healing Merry was a young nurse I worked with who used to be a dancer. Because I was working with Merry. When I went for a walk with her one day after work. She shared her pain with me. but they told her that eventually she would need a double hip replacement. and told me that she was not looking forward to having her hips replaced at such a young age. As an alternative to surgery. At first the pain occurred only when she tried to exercise. The doctors did longer. go to see and after extensive several doctors. the hip pain became worse and worse.

decided to stick with it. and. One day. Merry’s healing system was willing and able to go into action. and it shot down his even right leg bolt of lightening. my military duty and clinical training took me far away from paths crossed walked as we Merry’s world. to and the admitted the . Soon. noninvasive techniques. The like pain a in his back was excruciating. Clyde M~ the next lower lumbar orthopedic surgeon hospital and underwent an day. Luckily. It wasn’t until nine years later that our again. The MRI showed a severely herniated disc in the spine and a synovial cyst in the joint space between spine was was X-rayed. relax his muscles. and it felt wonderful. Clyde was given strong narcotic injec tions to relieve his pain. while he was lifting luggage from the trunk of his car. and help break the intense muscle spasms. not with his wife’s help. was Merry told me that her hips were now disease free. however. It was me then that I to noticed that her limp was gone. By working with her healing system using natural. She has stuck with it to this day and continues to enjoy excellent health in both her hips. Clyde’s Story Clyde was a of Extraordinary Healing had suffered from back physics professor who pain for many years. In the emergency room. but it needed her cooperation. which reminded ask her about the arthritis in her hips. She dancing again. She told me that she had lowed my fol regimen faithfully during the first several months. which also might not long-term solution. He couldn’t she had their cell arrived move.Your Hea’ing System at Work 243 looking for a more permanent solution to her problem and wanted avoid surgery. when we met at a medical conference. The ambu shortly after. We talked. Merry was able to reverse her arthritis and live her life to a to the fullest once again with out resorting have been the extreme solution of surgery. His was called in. his back locked up on him and dropped him to his knees. She applied the stretching and other activities diligently and persistently. and so she was very open to this more conservative to approach. catching up on old times. after feeling great improvement. lance crew phone and called 911.

meditation. almost killed him.S. and the After three months of diligently Clyde’s back pain and the His herniated disc had applying this doctor’s program. and it was determined that spine surgery disc and remove the cyst would be necessary. however. Fortunately for Clyde. doctor’s He researched the Internet and found a book about a cure an pain journey through nutrition. he decided to find out whether there options that didn’t involve surgery to correct his spine on problem. and there was no evi down his dence of his synovial cyst. including the to repair the undergo spine surgery. Clyde was hesitating to Clyde. month trial.244 Your Extraordinary Healing System the adjacent vertebrae. Other neurosurgeon. such as relaxation. people undergo back surgery each year in people will undergo a second operation. and he the surgery. Nor is he ever likely to be. The people you have just met are only a handful of the thou sands I’ve either known myself or heard about who have learned to cooperate with their healing systems to eliminate a variety of health More than 300. including and stress-management techniques. leg were completely gone. He contacted the doctor who wrote doctor concurred that this might be a wise approach. Clyde thought he would give this alternative approach a threeown back and ultimate that involved holistic methods. When other Clyde went home. of these .000 the U. he would then consent to the surgery. the book. Clyde was able to heal his back pain naturally and restore health to his spine through the regular practice of simple. Because he learned to work with his healing system. and guided imagery. exercise. pain shrunk significantly. and that had kept him hospitalized for than six of his friends had had months after his surgery. and if it didn’t work. specialists were called in. effective methods that work with his healing system. the surgery could be scheduled within the next couple were of weeks. stretching. asked if there because one was was not ready to any urgency a poor outcome with a recent His friend had ended up with an infection that spine operation. and many of these people end up with chronic pain. he is not one of these people. Clyde was told that if he wanted to go home and rest. It Many is not uncommon to meet people who have had 20 or more opera tions.

and the other people in this section did. and. From serious. . problems. You have the power to strengthen and fortif~r your healing system. while not necessarily life-threatening. with extraordinary healing.Your HeaHng System at Work 245 life-threatening illnesses such as cancer or heart disease to more benign conditions that. significantly compromise the quality of your life. your healing system can perform remarkable feats if you just learn how to work with it. just as Rani. overcome any health challenges you face. Steve. Rose.

PART TWO Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick .

but a complete are and spirit. when you are in a weakened physical and emotional state. to machine. As you recall. become over emotionally. there are seven key points to keep in mind while you are working with your healing system: 1. as well. Before you begin. it is difficult for your health to improve. but mentally. Remember that you are not a machine. You can become depressed and give up any hope that you will ever live a normal life again. your mind is connected to your healing system and exerts . however. and that all interconnected. At times like these. and spiritually. mind. you can apply this ow knowledge to the treatment of specific health problems. not just physically. it is easy whelmed. This is particularly take all three aspects into consider disease is to be truly eradicated from your true for chronic problems. a human Keep in mind that you are not being with a body. Because your mind is connected to your body.Before You Begin that you understand how your body’s healing system works and how you can strengthen and fortify it. the task of getting better may seem daunting. when you are in this hopeless state of mind. to ‘When serious illness strikes. You need ation if any physical body.

The most common illness strikes is that strategic mistake most people make when they invest more time. fix . so you can avoid getting sick again in the future. When you do this. effective. and a time of transformation. Practice prevention.250 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick a tremendous influence over your internal mechanisms of repair and recovery. When you do this.” Anything. illness can be a blessing in disguise. you waste precious energy that could be used for healing. what is wrong with their healing they focusing on the healing process. more not on Be careful not to pay attention your disease and the external agents that may be causing it than to your own healing system and the steps you need to take to bring it up to speed. do their natural internal This If you ness as are motivated to an opportunity to not get better. mobilize the forces of healing that exist within you. and fear into or what has invaded their bodies. Focus your healing system. When emphasis sabotages your are sick. refer to the strategies. 2. In this respect. including your body. energy. This powerful healing partnership can maximize the flow of your healing energies. saying “An ounce We all remember the a of prevention is worth is easier to pound of cure. and produce a more rapid. you can even use your ill to learn more about the factors that contributed can your loss of health in the first place. Focus your attention on your healing system and not on your disease. To enlist the services of your mind while you are working with your healing system. but how 3. and discomfort. and thorough healing response. your mind will join forces with your body to more effectively over come your illness. bodies. you can easily lose sight of your body’s intrinsic state of health and instead erroneously succumb to the belief that the illness is more powerful. than resources. show you tion. pain. and techniques given specifically for on this purpose in your illness. a valuable learn ing experience. and healing. renewal. methods. to Chapter 6. Your illness only the way to remedy your current situa to stay healthy and remain balanced in all areas of your life.

are commonly attributed to the actual disease process when. If you can’t prevent a health problem. opiates. many symptoms of illness. Pay attention your body. It is important to sense lighter. as discussed in Chapter 2. any illness or dis has far more difficulty invading your body. and more at ease. easily treated than those that have been allowed spread. use as more common here. energetic. in fact. More time. provide Although there can valuable information are a body whether you’re sick or well concerning your few exceptions. clearer. or makes you feel worse. Investing in your health by supporting your healing system effective. To help you access invaluable support for your healing during times of illness. and to avoid artificial substances. short-term relief. the ease are well. and establish themselves in your body. at least intervene early to nip it in the bud. interferes with sleep or other vital functions. when you have when you momentum of good health on your side. such as coughing. stimulants. increases your symptoms. but that in the long run often prove harmful. review and regularly practice the exercise for listening to your body described in Chapter 4. energy. Additionally. and expense is required to repair the damage when you wait to address a prob lem than if you can prevent it from happening in the first place. to 4. sneez ing. they more accurately reflect activation of Remember that . With a few avoid any activity or treatment exceptions. to Remember to listen your because it health. is more cost in both time and money. For example. Institute corrective measures as soon as pos sible.Before You Begin 251 when wait until the problems first begin and damage is minor. or fever. Illnesses and diseases that are caught in their early stages are much more to progress. such anabolic steroids. distinguishing between a symptom of dis ease and a healthy physiological response from your healing system is vitally important. do your best to that drains your energy~ makes you irritable. continue and pursue any activity or treatment that makes your mind and body feel stronger. or other drugs that may provide temporary. than it is if you problem has escalated to the point at which exten sive damage has occurred. so that you can avoid illness.

emergencies. treatments 6. You need to go by ambulance with the help of trained paramedics to the finest hospital emer particularly in There. In addition. they don’t interact with conventional medicine you may be currently taking. serve invaluable aids in . skilled surgeons and critical-care nurses will give you the treatment you need. to use conventional such as modern phar maceutical agents and surgical procedures. gency room. And even though many natural medicines and treat ments are safe. they cal contribution and benefits of a support your variety of treatments that can healing system. learn to cooperate and work with them. when used effective when treatments. Use conventional medicines and There are when necessary. their use doesn’t cause you to delay conven tional treatment that may be more effective. These treatments can often be life saving. and don’t panic when they occur. meditate. treatments 5. ‘When you are in a car accident and have sustained critical injuries is not the time to eat brown rice. particularly treatments situations. or for an illness that is chronic.252 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick your body’s healing system. it is important that someone knowledgeable administers them. usually should be attempted conventional medicine used appropriately has much to first. Recognize these symptoms for what they really are. and they don’t cause any untoward reaction in your body. highly effective. Natural medicine or treatment is best administered by a trained health professional who also has worked and trained in conventional medicine and is open-minded enough to understand the practi be used responsibly. in acute times when it is appropriate. Use natural medicines and Natural medicines and can are responsibly. conventional diagnostic methods. even those that may be extremely invasive. such as laboratory and imaging techniques. can provide key as detailed information about your illness and While the least invasive methods monitoring your healing progress. and do acupuncture. offer for supporting your healing system and facilitating the healing process. They are particularly early on in the course of an illness.

‘When pain ignored or suppressed. Pain is not negative or punitive. of the most potent messages your healing system Pain gets your attention and is an urgent wake-up you. Doing this is often very . try to understand it. rather. there is life. such as the pain of is out childbirth. instructive. Your your body’s tissues are alive and well and to communicate with you.Before You Begin 253 7. and learn how to work with it. through the widespread use of pain suppressing medications. Pain is a consummate teacher. Pain conveys a sense of urgency. A smoke alarm is installed for your protection. not your enemy. and you should consider it your friend.) Don’t be frightened or intimidated by your pain. and if you were to snip its wires because you didn’t like the irritating sound it made every time it was activated. always temporary and needs to be understood. (There are exceptions to this. things could get worse. ‘When this lack of feeling or sensation sets in. Pain tells you that. When you suppress pain through artifi cial means. if you don’t respond. and. it evolves into numbness. Unfortunately. Snipping the wires to Pain is your internal alarm system is what you do when you suppress your pain. its intensity increases. Always remember that where there is to pain you tells you that your are nerves and pain. Numbness is an ominous sign: It is diffi escalates but is cult heal that which you cannot feel. there is always the opportunity for healing. your house might burn down. but rather a positive. Pain is a valuable message from your healing system and in the long run is intended for your benefit. ‘Where there is pain. It is telling take corrective action to restore normal function to your trying to body. The purpose of pain is to help you direct your healing ener gies to a particular area of your body where the normal flow of energy has become blocked. people in our society are learning how to successfully ignore their bodies. call from your healing system’s communication center that sends something of balance and wrong with your body. not ignored or suppressed. it is accompanied by a loss of function. you are turning a deaf ear to valuable information your body is trying to share with you. Understand your Pain is to one pain. if you don’t take immediate action. helpful message from your body’s healing system.

which means that there is a definite physical cause for the pain. but if serious life-threatening take the been with you: o cause has been found. ing taking to these medications while you listen to are practic the exercise of to learning and see your body. Your healing . no matter long it has Listen to your body. worse when the underly but Sometimes. Through the guided-imagery and visualization tech in Part niques presented your One. which means that nothing structural can be found as the source. Dialogue with your pain. for a need practice pain this exercise ses up to four times minimum of 30 to 45 minutes for each sion. you can learn to have a conversation with pain and can gain valuable much insights about its specific purpose and func tion. Allow several months for improvement time if your if your has lasted for six months to a year. If your and longstanding. and your to pain still persists. as opposed to organic. You must address func tional pain just as seriously as you do organic pain. and you must listen to these important messages from your body to acti vate your healing system and begin the healing process.254 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick harmful because most ing causes have not conditions get been addressed. You gain healing information in this way. This emotional pain seeks bodily expression. you initially might day. Regularly practice to the “How to Listen to Your Body” pain is exercise severe according a the instructions given in Chapter to 4. practicing defer this exercise and maximum gaining full benefits may be difficult. This type of pain is often described as functional. chronic pain doesn’t have has its roots a physical cause deeper emotional pain. As the will pain eventually come to begins lessen in intensity and your body heals. To reduce or gain full benefits and for healing. in Learning Pain is a to Work with Your Pain potent message from your causes healing system to that something no is out of or can order. Allow more pain has been present longer. which can come in the form of unbear able physical pain. how you following steps work with your pain. If you are taking strong pain suppressants. Underlying always need be addressed. you that it was appre ciate this o discipline well worth the effort.

When body.) muscles in your of Stretch with your pain. pain automatically diminish throughout one your muscles relax. keep these in mind: I. the master system in your Your nerves body. Breathing easy to is of the most powerful to modalities Breath more help on diminish pain and strengthen your healing system. but you also help relax your system. movement 2. over you can increase your energy and tremendouscontrol your pain. and always to available (For information breathing. consult the “Resources” ~ book. So when your nerves are calm and relaxed because of your your muscles relax. improves and creates lymphatic of your circulation more (which aids immune function). Follow the not to guidelines too for stretching described earlier. practice. decom helps vital movement important structures and fluids. breath and energy nearly equivalent. for gentle. (For information about these valuable tech section in the back of this are niques. By gain to working with your breathing. It is critical. tension and your entire known to breathing. stretching. however. (For guide to . Remember never to force or strain while stretching. power modality tips eliminating pain. ing is simple. when When you are done gently is rectly. a 3. presses nerves. can access means. control all of your muscle tissues. please refer the breathing exercises in the stress-management section in ~ Chapter 6. that you make mitment to implement into your life whatever more insights you gain from these techniques. which contain the largest number of pain receptors in your body. and remember stretch to far. you. In yoga. not only bring more oxygen and heal nervous into your body. Remember avoid any that increases your pain. deep breathing. by practicing these techniques healing you information that may This information can completely unavailable through ‘other efforts and guide and direct your help you decide what other a com treatments may be of benefit. can cor space within which areas blood flow and healing energy and a enter problem body. When you learn do you slowly and gen tly lengthen ing energy your breathing.Before You Begrn 255 system is intelligent and knows and be more about your illness than you do. Stretching. ful basic and when combined with slow.) Breathe with your pain. Stretching lengthens to restore body.

and us toughens our spirit and and moral fiber. pain forces our take a deeper look ourselves. the pain will be released from your body and you will be free from its tyranny. have normal own buttons that you can push to resume us. been helps take us to become people. so too the hell fires of more your soul and make you better.teaches patience teaches better sheer and endurance. you’ll a never anything granted again. us also be great teacher and blessing our in disguise. Other books listed in the “Resources” section the back of this Q book. particularly of sages than a chronic nature. No how matter long it has lasted. In the words of well-known cancer surgeon and author Dr. Pain and understanding. expands compassion After minds.) Most machines. and us to thoughts create at much of our pain and disease. caring person. Without pain. pain can As gold purified by superheating. reevaluate lives. there is another way to understand always been with patients alike. an excel and at lent book with is Dummies by Drs. functioning. a Although pain be a living hell. Larry Payne Feurstein. . when reset Grow from your pain. Pain opens our up. makes us more tolerant.256 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick specific Georg stretches that may to start apply directly Yoga for are to your condition. pain is always temporary. attitudes. Bernie Siegel. enlarges us perspectives.”Pain is nature’s reset button:’ Pain. and change. But and they what the word incurable really means. often carries with it that deeper mes merely indicating can something it can is wrong in your a body. broadens our horizons. stronger. personal Pain serves a similar function for Because poor health habits. brutality purify you’ve is through pain and you’ve survived the in life for of its force and power. Once you have learned its deeper lesson. There’s No Such Diseases that are are Thing to treat as an Incurable Disease us. difficult have have challenging a powerful healing for both doctors and because you system. they exceed their capacities their our and shut down. we cannot grow.

” behind this statement The reasoning is that. we and defeat these afflictions. entirely preventable. if only one person has found a way to cure himself or herself of a supposedly incurable disease. and it is now a routine experience. Heart disease. the disease is no longer incurable. and if some can it. Bernie Siegel spoke the following words that forever changed the way I viewed the word incurabk “There are no such things as incurable diseases. cures and preven tions has grown considerably. can now easily cured in less than 72 Smallpox. he or she be cured in fewer than 10 be days with modern antibiotics. can The more we understand how our bodies work. healing systems. once thought to be incurable. Leprosy. Syphilis. the incurable diseases of today will most likely be declared curable tomorrow. Scurvy Gangrene occur. Siegel’s opinion. you will find individual cases of people who have beaten every single supposedly incurable disease in the world. In Dr. and quite rare. the more we acknowledge more we the incredible service our The able know about healing systems perform. is now easily treated with penicillin. The list of illnesses for which have proven is now easily treated and out one millions in the Middle contracts quite rare. the historical scourge of all societies and once thought to be incurable. and rickets almost unheard of. comparable to HIV and AIDS. by definition. The deadly plague that wiped Ages is now extremely rare. Ptomaine poi soning and botulism almost never Tuberculosis is also disappearing rapidly on a global level. it is important to think optimisti cally. Just as human flight was once considered impossible in the days before the Wright Brothers. then. defuse. has been eradicated. One by one. are once a deadly killer. if you search the medical literature. the better we will be our to understand the factors that contribute can to disease. only incurable people.Before You Begin 257 A number of years ago. has been shown by Dr. Dean Ornish and others to not only be reversible even . Cholera hours. as the Wright Brothers did when they ventured into previously uncharted territory on only a wing and a prayer. and it continues to grow. in which sorrow and suffering are our greatest enemies. In the fields of health and healing. Dr. with no prior stud ies documenting that human flight was possible! New cures are being discovered every day. and the more effectively we demystifj. is rare. diseases we previously thought of as incurable are being contained and over come.

and give up in the face of such a difficult challenge. asthma. optimistic ideas are not increasing number of studies in . The same is proving true for arthritis. Many forms of cancer are also being defeated. It is even from HIV and AIDS. because we assume that noth state of shock. abandon all hope. Many people. Cases also are now being reported in which people who had HIV-positive blood tests are now being tested as HI V-negative. there was hysteria. alone has reached more than 8 million. HIV. ditioned beliefs and a subsequent shift in their precon improvement in the physiology of a body’s healing system more their internal environment occurred. But studies have shown that this response only accelerates our early demise. A clear example of this is evident with HIV and AIDS. A positive quickly HIV test was tantamount to a death sentence. the sooner this condition also will become many other afflictions that we currently fear. which activated their and reversed the tide of disease and debility~ This a process allowed the pendulum to swing back in the direction of positive fear and state of health.258 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick forms. however. and the number of in its severe cancer survivors in the U. and learn to work with their healing systems. or some have a tendency to go into a followed by depression. after the original diagno sis. diabetes. our The more we are able to focus on preventive efforts and healing as systems. of us With this commitment and resolute attitude. however. ing can be done for us. most of these individuals reported a to give up and an unwillingness to give in to a spirit of hopelessness. but completely preventable. When HIV and AIDS first mass went public.S. will When brain we go to a doctor and are told we have an inoperable multiple sclerosis. rare. have healed themselves of afflictions labeled as terminal conditions by their doctors. discover the body’s ability to heal and recover its natural health. important to understand that these An based on theoretical conjecture. gave up. most other horrible affliction. people with HIV are living 15 years. Those who take the time to tune into when the wisdom and energy of their bodies. Most of us have an unhealthy tendency to give all our power over to our fears. People lost all hope. tumor. Even though doing so refusal may not have been easy. and succumbed a doctor rendered the diagnosis official. some longer. and other chronic conditions. Now. and many of them are symptom free. terminal heart disease.

he really (and more accurately) is saying that the medical community has not yet found a cure. “I learned that there is no such thing as incurable. Do all you can to cooperate with your it can do its job properly for you. can large measure to your health. and she came to similar conclusions as Dr. I Upon further questioning. I often find that these given these methods sufficient time to work. As I continue to repeat.” When you are confronted with the challenge of a serious disease. and they still are people this have reason. and that. In her courageous book Who Said So? A Woman’s Fascinating Journey ofSelfDiscovery and Triumph over Multiple Sclerosis. Saying that a disease is incurable and saying that a cure has not been found are two entirely different statements. strengthen your defenses. Remember that. you have a healing system with ity to restore your body to its natural state of health. not tell me ceivable form of treatment and method for not they have tried every con healing. they serious. don’t focus on the dynamics of the disease process and give your power over to the fear that is generated and reinforced by the dis ease. once help activate internal healing forces and reverse life-threatening situations. Who can accurately predict anything? The facts are never in.” In Ms. that when a doctor says something is incurable. Breslow’s words. Siegel regarding the label of “incurable disease. your natural state was healing system so as long as you are alive. and hope and the “will to live” have been recognized to produce biological consequences that can improve your state of health. and stimu late your body’s intrinsic healing mechanisms. Rachelle Breslow documented her successful 12-year struggle and epic victory over multiple sclerosis. health. Try to understand the circumstances that might have led to the affliction in the first place. before the affliction. your mind and body are connected. Try to recall that. For strongly recommend that you give each healing . the capabil Obstacles to Healing Healing System that Factors That Interfere with Your I frequently meet people who getting better.Before You Begin 259 the medical literature have demonstrated that beliefs contribute in positive attitudes and mobilized.

Some of the potential mental more significant are obstacles to your healing. and a willingness to acknowledge that.260 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick method you select to at least a six- to eight-week minimum trial period improvement important of healing can be important. physical intimacy. and toxic waste unhealthy. a Not including stretching a A lack of space. There are warmth) many well. persistence. fear. Some of the physical obsta cles to healing are cult a An physical environment. It is also notice before you dismiss it as ineffective for you. overcrowded surroundings. to remember that although external agents your greatest resource for healing is the activation and stimulation of your body’s own healing system. including irritating noise. consider the physical. mental. together with your body. privacy. courage. such as chemical pollution. unwholesome a A poor diet Not Poor a enough enough water in your diet a hygiene exercise and movement. you also have a powerful mind and a spirit. poor water. or solitude a Inadequate Poor Not relaxation or rest a breathing enough or a contact with nature a An absence of touching in a loving way (no hugging. Lack of focus anxiety. microwave ovens. This is an internal job that requires commitment. patience. emotional. and pollution. If you are currently afflicted with a disease or illness. and spiritual obstacles that could be keeping you from achieving your goal. Solutions to diffi physical problems usually require that you utilize all aspects of who you are for healing. as a Chronic mental tension. and you have been trying hard but still are not getting better. X-rays. poor air. or worry a .

or resentment ° of humor to o Excess attachment Too much focus people or things enough focus on o on goals and not the process of getting there o Worrying about the future.Before You Begin 261 o No time spent in reflection. including family. having a grudge (“chip on pessimistic outlook Unresolved anger. and prayer Lack of o meaning spirit and fulfillment in life o A broken You can see or your healing that many elements in life can either contribute to interfere with your healing. confidants. friends. guilt. potential emotional They include and spiritual obstacles to your healing o Self-punishment. No sense hostility. . com munity o No sense of purpose o Lack of spirituality. use this knowledge and the condition-specific guidelines that follow in this section of the book as an opportunity to activate your healing system and regain your treatment natural state of health. The first step in overcoming any obstacle is recognizing it. lamenting the past. & not being in the present The are numerous. being cynical. or meditation o Lack of gratitude for one’s life and small good fortune. including harboring and the o shoulder”). contemplation. Self-destructive No love No or shame o thoughts in your life o joy o sense of freedom in your life ~ No support system. If you recognize any of these obstacles as ones that might be standing in your way. universal wisdom. a whether big or o Poor mental attitude. in addition to the spe cific you’re undergoing. self-blame.

Do not feel bound to inherit your parents’ or families’ disease-oriented. and on psychological coping mechanisms that express themselves in poor personal health habits and self-destructive tendencies. realize the full poten tial of your body’s natural state of health and the incredible healing system that you have to help you. maladaptive legacies. many such prenatal education. it is important not to lump all diseases that turn up again and again in families into genetic categories. Familial Diseases. However. Identifying genetic disorders can help prevent the possibility of their occurrence. Family members and subsequent generations can avoid and overcome these conditions. This label causes people unnecessary helplessness and hopelessness. maladaptive behaviors. And can of these difficult conditions can though the manage often be trying. and Congenital Many diseases and therefore a and conditions appear over and over again in families are thought to be genetic in origin. Many diseases that run in families are not the result of genetic factors but rather are based on deep-seated. care. problems and be preparation with proper for childbirth. rather. and emotions. Although defective genes and inherited disorders do exist. prevented . attitudes. Congenital conditions. often can be traced back to these unfortunate events or trauma even sustained at birth or while ment a child was still in the womb. such as cerebral palsy. but to over-generalize and label all serious diseases that run in families as genetic is dangerous. there is difference between familial and genetic conditions.262 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick A Word About Hereditary Problems Conditions. Genetic Disorders.

A word before you start: Because your healing system is vast and complex. you will want to use the methods. techniques. they can make a huge difference in your health. however. In the same way. with breathing.Getting A Started for Daily Program Enhancing Your Healing System Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. you will notice a marked improvement in your health. After just 10 days of following this program. In short. they can create extraordinary heal ing. t is said that following daily program to strengthen and fortify your healing system provides a starting point on your journey toward improved the health. When bined and continued over seem com time. Be flexible and practical when you use this program. when they are added together. arrange the order of daily activities. and the types of activi fit into your daily schedule. the first step and each subsequent step along the way though may seem small and insignificant. you should not consider this program all-inclusive. For example. As you the activities in this program to the rhythms of your own life. the activities that make up this program may quite ordinary and not very significant or life-changing. . they eventually take you to your final destination. and information described in earlier chapters to suit your own particular health apply needs. At first. and you should experience a much greater sense of well-being. You need to to ties.

when you do that. I honor the ancient axiom. Over a lifetime. sections in the earlier Strengthening and Fortifying Your Healing System in I 0 Days In the Morning Hygiene for Your Personal Personal Healing System daily cleansing that hygiene consists of the strengthens and fortifies your healing system. They describe in more detail how each activity benefits your healing system. or prayer. beneficial for you to do these activities when ever you have the time to do them for at least 30 minutes. your personal hygiene accumulates to wield a powerful influence on your health. But you can gradually build up to at least 30 min utes. experience has shown me most illness. When it comes to diet and nutrition. keeping your skin healthy and tion to . do that you ignore common sense. I don’t advocate only one type of diet for all people. For this reason. you might then have to do these activities in the evening. strictly some a For instance. In terms of the dietary suggestions. If you suffer specific digestive disorder. If you are suffering from a serious out relaxation. follow the dietary guidelines in the chapters that describe in more detail what and how you should be eating. Bathing supports your healing system by cleansing and protecting your body. once or twice a day. If you have a question about any activity in the daily program. In addi brushing your teeth and other related activities.264 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick guided imagery. if you have abstain from from a fever. you might be with 5 tol5 minutes a day that you can do in the morn starting ing before work. that voice is close ly connected to your healing system. lis ten to the voice of your body’s inner intelligence. you need to drink lots of fluids and eating solid foods until the fever passes. “One man’s son. meditation. it will be that each person has his or her own specific nutritional needs. take a bath or shower each morning. refer to the earlier chapters in the book.” meat is another man’s poi not Although to I do make so adhere them general dietary suggestions.

Doing this prevents unwanted waste and toxins from building up and helps keep your internal environment clean and healthy. eaten either at lunch vegetables to help ensure healthy morning. Soups teas. it is important to move your bowels each morning. which narrows the opening of the bowels. . Although it is sometimes one dinner. and so they are usually not as effective in aiding the processes of elimi them to flush the fecal material nation. which you can find in fruits. decaffeinated coffee) to help your bowels. okra is and most gentlest effective of all natural food fibers in the world. Warm beverages are better than cold because heat relaxes the smooth muscles in your intestines. Elimination In addition to microorgan (Moving Your Bowels) for Your Heating System urinating. Regular daily bowel movements reduce the burden on your healing system and make it easier for it to perform its duties of repair. and whole grains and legumes. Lightly steamed or cooked. is of the of the best elimination in the one unpopular. are at lunch or in the evening. move enabling expand and dilate. tea. vegetables. and you need more than several cups of warm liquids each morning to move your bowels. constrict the muscles in the intestines. Cold liquids. along * or with herbal also ideal for this purpose. Here are a few tips to aid the process of elimination: * Drink a cup of warm liquid (water. into a heaping glass * of warm water and drink it each night before you retire. reconstruction. any other gentle teaspoons of psyllium natural fiber supplement. and other potentially harmful isms. in contrast. As the warm fluids help through the more relaxed and expanded bowels. stir or one or two seed husks. unwanted waste products can be eliminated faster and more easily. and regeneration more efficiently for you. If you want to prevent constipation. * If you are frequently constipated or suffer from irregularity. okra. You may need to drink several cups until you get a result. germs. eat a healthy diet with lots of fluids and fiber. and aiding in the elimination of toxins.Getting Started 265 free from dirt.

0 Stretch for 5 lines to 15 minutes each on morning. If you’ve never done yoga before. or Imagery~ Prayer relax your body. make sure you tell the instructor so he or she or can problems stiff. young. All of these activities Guided Meditation.) accommodate your needs. When your muscles are lengthened and their flexibility is increased. the guide on an provided or in the section to stretching after in this book. space for the passage of nerves increas es. By increasing flexibility in your joints and limbs. Relaxation. relax your Begin by watching . try my comprehensive yet gentle stretching routine the Back to Life Stretching Program. You may also find it beneficial empty J stretch in the not Stretch light stomach. Stretching can keep your body lithe. They can also help you discover a higher power that help to organizes and directs the flow of energy in the universe and in your body. which you will find previous book. Attuning your awareness to this force can be extremely empowering for your healing system. and close your eyes. Quiet Reflection. Healing Back Pain Naturally. eating. and free from disease. (If you have back are called in my Breathing. and to improve circulation. and it is one of the best methods I know for strengthening and fortifying your healing system. regular.266 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick Gentle Stretching for Your Healing System Stretching helps to loosen up and tone your muscles and joints. or you may want to sign up for a beginner’s yoga class. when your body and mind are already in a naturally relaxed condition. or you have specific can start with the for health issues. following evenings. quiet place. relieve stress. stretching right You help of a yoga book or video beginners. and strengthen and fortify your heal ing system. o Take 5 tol5 minutes each shoulders and entire day to sit in a body. stretching can also improve lymphatic drainage in your body and stimulate your glands. Gentle. calm your mind and nervous system. A great time to do these activ ities is right after stretching. systematic stretching often relieves pinched nerves.

swimming. if you are new to exercise. use your common sense and eat more. Allow your awareness to body. Each However. If you have a sedentary job. try one of the guided imagery! visualization techniques described in this book. and improving mental health. you should be comfortable with your breathing. go into the interior of your on mental internal structures. Here are other suggestions for breakfast: . bringing them into harmony with your healing system. or any other exercise. eat a lighter breakfast. it is better to start out gradually. or lately. healthy breakfast each day. three to six days a week. you haven’t exercised Do not to force or strain when you exercise. of the These ~ Once you feel calm and relaxed. mind and nervous system. jogging. As you focus your energies imagine your your body’s healing system springing into action to help repair any damaged tissues as it restores your health and vitality. Breakfast for Your Eat a Healing System light. gradually build up to 30 to 60 minutes a day. If your job requires a lot of physical activity and greater caloric intake. do so. helps your ~ day. When you exercise.Getting Started 267 your breath flow in and or more out of your nose. or are used to doing more. slow and steady wins the race. Observe your breathing to see whether you are overdoing it. you may want to skip breakfast and just drink water or juices. try to find a way to fit morning exercise into your schedule. Remember. If you feel like doing more. calisthenics. For maximum benefit to your healing system. Morning exercise is a great way to start the day. You can practice one breathing techniques described in the section on techniques will help to calm and focus your breathing. bicy cling. strengthen ing circulation. Exercise for Your Exercise Healing System healing system by toning the heart. do 15 minutes of simple walking. aerobics. If you are not already doing so. If you are overweight or normally eat a larger lunch. such as a computer oper ator or office worker.

figs. naturally sweetened jams and jellies in limited quantities.) Remainder of Morning and Afternoon If your work takes you away from home. also are available that can satisfy your sweeteners. Natural such as stevia. try dried fruits. almond. oily breakfast items such donuts or pas o Taking a natural supplement or daily vitamins may be appropri ate. or These foods will provide long-lasting fuel throughout the day without drastic increases in blood sugar. other protein sources peanut. for You can also eat ant or o tage cheese. which can the day. especially if you’re not getting all the nutrients you need from your regular diet. If you’re allowed to have natural sugars in your diet. eat more diabetic. o and You can also add small quantities of nut butters. and reduce sugar cravings later in vide key caloric energy and contain help and carbohydrate-restricted diet. you can still find simple. sweet. such as yogurt and low-fat cot quantities if you are not lactose intoler have other dietary restrictions. easy ways to strengthen and fortify your healing system. dates. minerals. decaffeinated beverages. and avoid could include cheese. such as nut butters. (Review the section on vitamins and nat ural supplements earlier in this book for more information. These foods also pro a host of vitamins. organic cereals. do not If you are in limited dairy products. eat lean protein and vegetables. You sweets of all kinds. and drink warm fluids such as herbal teas. a protein and whole fast. and soups. whole grains. such or as cashew. o or sesame tahini. including raisins. breakfast. as Avoid tries. as well as essential fiber and fluids aid your healing system. and apri organic. to trace elements. bagel.268 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick o carbohydrate or starch-restricted diet. sweet crav ings o while not increasing your blood-sugar levels. starchy. are If you on a o If you eat are not a diabetic or not on a fresh fruits. Breakfast grains for break proteins and grains whole-wheat also eat can rice crackers with cottage other proteins. These foods can be nourishing and healthful. even . cots.

and relaxed inter nal environment. momentarily excuse yourself and retreat to a safe. or when you feel yourself becoming losing your composure (especially in the presence of person). or angry thoughts . The more you practice these methods. try to incorporate the following activities into your morning routine. When you to your mental agitation. meditation. In the beginning. learn one or more of the other find out techniques. Guided Imagery. and collected. After you have calmed down. relaxation. After you have that works for you. because of your mind’s influence on your heal ing system. calming techniques. until you have noted its positive benefits. relaxation. fearful. and prayer are ideal methods for helping to keep your mind tranquil.Getting Started 269 though your schedule may be hectic. you will be in with your situation. 30-second hour to • to one-minute breaks at least once an calm your mind by practicing are one or more of the meth ods for breathing. practice one or more of these peaceful. Meditation. Once you are out of harm’s way. Breathing. cool. I usually recommend are giving each technique one-week trial. quiet or reflection. the easier it will be for you to retain your composure and keep your healing sys tem strong and vibrant. Even if you stay at home. quiet. quiet reflection. One of the tricks to a much better position to deal when you are lose your composure. it is important to keep your mind calm. guided imagery. Take short. Quiet Reflection. you will most likely experience one or more of the following symp toms: • Rapid. which operates best in a calm. guided imagery. a least comfortable with it and During upset another or stressful times. meditation. options found to one you may need to experiment with several of these what works best for you. at as well. in addition this strategy is learning how to recognize first beginning to lose your composure. peaceful place. Relaxation. Breathing. prayer that described in this book. or Prayer Throughout the day.

I easily retaliate with fear and anger of my own.270 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick Shallow. rapid breathing Rapid ~ heartbeat Increased perspiration (“butterflies in your Queasy stomach stomach”) ~‘ Weak knees From your earlier reading. Drinking water and fluids is one of the best ways to strengthen and fortif~. which. the faster it can distribute nutrients and eliminate toxins. a maximum of five minutes is all that I need. especially if they are sustained over a long period of time. Usually. There. I sometimes meet new patients who have a lot of anger and are quite upset at “the medical system” in general and doctors in particular. to see Afterward. this reaction from a patient will cause a of fear and anger to well up inside of me. imagery.’ your healing system. too. if allowed to continue or escalate. I am a prime target for their anger. . when am more I go back the patient who has to comfortable. of which I may not be aware. you might recognize these symp fight-or-flight response. wave slightest thing I say can trigger a huge explosion of Naturally. I close my eyes and do one or more of the following: breathing. and I am able to regain my composure. can interfere with your healing system and cause harm to your body. toms as part of the In my work as a doctor. and because water constantly circu throughout every cell. the more water you introduce into your system. Sometimes. and my mind becoming agitated. In these situations. tissue. I excuse myself and quickly retreat to the safety of another room. these strategies are particularly helpful. relaxation. or prayer. They may be upset for other reasons. I relaxed and Healing System lates body is 70 percent water. me. I do this until I feel my breathing and heart rate slow down. For example. the angry emotions. too. and better able Water for Your Your provoked help the patient. When I notice my heart rate speeding up. meditation. but I try to stay composed. In this state. my breathing could getting shallower and rapid. and organ in your body.

as well to as heavy * and often difficult cup or processed digest. can sprouts. And just as proper food is essential fuel for your healing system. carrots. such as juices over or teas. if you have prone to blood-sugar swings. often be a healthful sandwich with fresh lettuce.Getting Started 271 Throughout herbal * the day. or an herbal tea or beverage if you feel you need to eat some thing before lunch. which are Try Try a bowl of soup. complete as or on from whole * grains. sip water or other fluids. any other lean pro meal in itself. important. tempeh. but avoid rich. If you are diabetic sugar-restricted diet. lunch is the main meal of the day. of water. or the equivalent. snack foods. the A Mid-Morning might to Snack for Your Healing System snack if your work requires a fast metabolism and are You you need a a light. Skipping lunch is generally not recommended. a fruit . The following suggestions should be helpful: * Avoid fats and oils. eating a healthful. eating that food in a way that optimizes its digestion is equally important. and a oats. * can fresh fruits. rye. It is important to listen to your body when it comes to getting the nutrition you need to function at your best. Lunch for Your For most Heating System wholesome lunch is people. eat oily dressings or or toppings. mid-morning or take late lunch. Eat breads made tomatoes. To ensure a steady flow of nutrients and optimum fuel for your healing system. cheese. In many cultures around the world. take the time out of your busy schedule each day to eat lunch. tofu. other wholesome crackers. barley. * If you tein carbohydrates. to Drink six course of each eight glasses day. not such wheat. a * a hearty salad. Here’s some advice about mid morning snacks: * Don’t You eat if you’re eat not hungry.

take a light nap after lunch. TV. or siesta. fluids. or radio. take a break and focus solely on eating and digesting your food. are at If you the o When you are eating. Your emotional eating affects your digestion. Your healing system performs most efficiently when you are sleeping or resting. It has also been linked to accident-prone behaviors. When your mind is in more than one place at a time. It should be a time of concentrate on the rest and relaxation. The mood and atmosphere should be uplifting. or friends. family. or work on the computer while you your are eating. Most cultures around the world eat their largest meal at lunch time. tion has been linked to numerous Studies show that Americans chronic diseases. lunch can be a pleasant social occasion. it is hard to fully taste your food. with or You can take liquid immediately fol lowing Here your meal. and you should devote all your attention to the process of eating. or talk of business or finances. If you continue to talk on the phone. your body needs to process of digestion. water or trace elements. It also is easy to overeat and experience indiges tion under these circumstances. you won’t be able are to feel body’s response to the food you consuming. . o If you eat with coworkers. Avoid arguments. including o vitamins. minerals. followed by a nap.272 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick dessert will provide an adequate another balance of essential nutrients. If you can. This is a time-tested method to help optimize digestion. Turn off your com puter. conflicts. are a few more tips for eating lunch: o workplace or at home. and fiber. drive. and an afternoon nap can be an effective way to help strengthen and fortify it. and make sure you aren’t talking on the phone or reading a magazine or newspaper when you eat. pleasant Consider an and state at the time of your Afternoon most Nap for Your Healing System are sleep deprived. Sleep depriva including heart disease.

Humor and a light-hearted attitude can add years to your life. a sense of humor. Keeping your spirits light throughout the day is important. or engross yourself in a favorite per sonal hobby. • musical production. • favorite book. you don’t have can to be serious all the time. which and lead not drain vital to disease. hard hours or are having an extremely difficult time a self of in your ates life. Seriousness cre energies away from your healing sys to pain. a play. or a sporting event. • Here are some suggestions: at. Not and Hobbies for Your can Healing System health-promoting effects of a play ful attitude. and the ability to have fun. well-known doctor and author Norman Cousins cured him painful. • Play or listen to to uplifting music. Here are a few tips for keeping your spirits high: tem tension. Fun. such as painting. and they are powerful stimulants for your healing system. a to laugh Share a joke with your o Watch comedy movie. but also ~ Do at least one fun activity each day. each lived for 100 years by cultivating light-hearted attitudes. both famous comedians. Keeping your spir only its light will have a powerful strengthening and fortifying effect on your healing system. a movie. preferably longer. And as we discussed enough be said about the earlier. a • Write in journal. Bob Hope and George Burns. life-threatening disease with laughter and a little vitamin C. jewelry~ or model-airplane building. • Participate Read a in your favorite sport. Find something funny family or coworkers. . quilting. for at least 30 minutes. • Play with Go to a children. sewing. If you are working long.Gethng Started 273 In the Afternoon Play. They pursued lives of fun and laughter while they tried to make others laugh. • Dance your favorite music.

national. or one of hundreds of other charitable and You could also lend your organizations. social isolation stress. which the Social support is healing system. so you are really The same principle family members. school. social to creature. to Give hugs your o If you have the time. even though they will like it. family more saying only telling yourself that you love yourself. Make one or more commitment to take the time to get involved in of these types of activities. To further illustrate hardened criminals. . most consider that. Your healing system will benefit from these activities. and coworkers. Love starts with you. one or a Tell a loved so doing the at member that you love them. and for this it is important creates to stay connected which can other to people. even if first feels awkward or phony. is one of dreaded of all forms of punishment. to special any of a number of state. The more you do it. the number-one killer in the Western world. even point. Studies have shown that heart worse or patients this who live alone fare much than heart patients who have connections with family. applies to any other loving act of kindness.274 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Social Activities for Your Man is a Healing System reason. heart disease. Try one or more of to n a special effort to call or write a close. so do them first for yourself. you can volunteer at least once a week at a senior citizens’ center. friends. Nothing heals like love. library. is confinement. disease. and a community energies international organiza talents and tions. but for yours. important to help strengthen and fortify your spend time each day in an activity that sup feelings of being connected to others. solitary among more than social isolation. Don’t do it for their benefit. Conversely. 0 real it will feel. local day-care center. hospital. For example. has been linked to lead feelings of social isolation. trusted friend or family o member. friends. know ing also that others will later benefit from your generosity. and nothing stimulates your healing system more powerfully than love. and you will soon become comfortable it. What you give comes back to you. Plan ports your the following: Make nothing pets. both mental and physical.

Keep the family dinnertime conversa tions light and harmonious. which your healing system requires to maintain its strength and vigor. doing this is a basic necessity of life. do absolutely nothing. I also feel it is important to learn how to socially withdraw. If you don’t insist on the right to be alone to rest and rejuvenate. Make arrangements to have trusted family or friends perform your duties and take on your responsibilities during this period. uplifting place. either outdoors in nature. In the Evening Healing System Dinner for Your Try not to eat too heavy. causing you to wake up tired and low on energy in the morning. Eating heavy or late will cause indigestion and disturb sleep. paint. In addition. and strengthen and fortify your healing system. Many people spend practically every waking moment tak ing care of others. and physically drained. recharge your batteries. without the TV or stereo blaring. This pat fatigue. breathe. or in a 15 minutes to day. and without discussing business or other potentially stressful topics. mentally. which will improve digestion while it strengthens and fortifies your healing system. it is imperative to learn how to say “No” to others and carve out a chunk of daily time for yourself. eat peacefully. pray. If you are one of these people. to You may wish this time meditate. To rejuvenate your health. Here are a few suggestions for dinnertime meals: . Find a safe. Honoring your special time alone.Getting Started 275 Rest and Alone Time for Your In Healing System sharp contrast to what I recommend for social connectedness. listen o to music.” and even serious ill ness. quiet. be alone. or too late. to rest and be alone. “burnout. tern can result in chronic Here are a few tips: take 10 to o Each shutting yourself onslaught of others. or they are involved in too many activities that leave them emotionally. off from the world and the constant room o in your house to use or or apartment. your healing system will have difficulty functioning optimally. is important.

or another lean protein. artichoke hearts. o You may also have a light dessert such as yogurt. If they are suppressed and allowed to remain in your body longer than is necessary. (If you are diabetic. is one of the most pow erful ways to strengthen and fortify your healing system. such as fluffy brown rice or separately or mixed together with a veg A vegetable casserole or mixed-vegetable stir fry can be tasty and nourishing. Here are some suggestions for expressing your emotions in a beneficial way: most felt in the sensations of energy to be released and o To learn to express your emotions in a helpful ties. To know how you are feeling at any given moment. or. expressed in your life. a a pea. and one or more vegetables. healthy living. and soothing. sherbet. spinach.276 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Try can n vegetable soup. it is often participate in group activi a Join a group that meets at least once a week. a touch of light cheese. including tomatoes. can dinner salad. you can have a light dessert with a sugar substitute. emotions can severely hinder the work of your healing system and can contribute to illness. or dragged around as energy-draining emotional baggage. or garbanzo beans (chick peas). grains.) either before or o Drink water after dessert. or fresh fruit. Emotional As we Well-Being For for Your Healing System powerful emotions need discussed earlier. Minimize the use of heavy oils and butter when you cook these dishes. which Try leafy greens such as lettuce. a group that you feel will not sit in judgment . etable LI or or organic pasta. You can add tofu. more often. or carrot. such as squash. emotions are body. protein side dish. It should be a group that you feel comfort able and safe with. and then have the courage to share these feelings with others. to join group and learn to healthy way. The group could be a support group or a therapeutic group. mushrooms. olives. cucumbers. split be hearty. nourishing. if you have the time. with u You eat cooked whole barley.

or health and well being. Try yourself.S. creative has put you on this planet. professional through your house of worship. Writing in a journal. Thinking that everything in the world and your life depends solely on your constant mental vigilance and surveil some the fact that . are an If you atheist. speak from your heart and share your deepest feelings. can often be an effective way to release your emotions. Doing this will take a huge bur energy den of stress off your shoulders and allow your healing system to work more effectively. you can still enjoy spiritual purpose. offered Get a group. or other community organizations. write a letter to someone with whom you wish to share your deepest feelings. As noted earlier. Many non-alcoholics join AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). you can become depressed. just for the sake of being time in a group and out learning one. If you are not comfortable doing this. and start writing about your feel ings. feelings. which has groups in nearly every major U. when your spirits are continually down. diabetes. Find out about counselors in your area. and deepest feelings. a Take the commit to find about groups in your in and make ment to * participate If you are not comfortable in your area. even if you write for only 5 to 10 minutes each day. force other than intelligent. to share their area. or loved ones. which is a form of mental disease. in a conversation with your family. or you cannot find one in counseling is available and might be a * small notebook and pen. your thoughts. Many physical diseases have their origins in the spiritual realm. city. is also a valuable way to express your feelings. friends. and make a determined effort to participate in this activity. expressing all that is inside of you and are feeling. Ponder to connect to a higher cause. powerful. One-on-one counseling. cancer.Getting Started 277 of you should you choose to air your “dirty laundry” in public. and many other serious ailments. local YMCA or YWCA. For example. especially with an effective counselor. all that you * day. Each Spiritual Well-Being for Your Healing System Your healing system functions best when you are spiritually healthy. depression has been shown to contribute to heart disease.

o still This week. humans generally require between 8 and 10 hours of sleep each day. your plight is not much creates lance tension and stress. Some animals hibernate and go into a cave to sleep for months at a time to restore their bodies’ health and energies. is also increasing. Sleep is a required physiolog ical activity in all living species. for Your Before Sleep Sleep Healing System to living things and is an intrinsic part of rhythms cycles of life. take 5 to 10 minutes each night to read scriptures or other related books that can uplift your spirits. When sleep is disrupted. and so it is necessary to continually renew your faith many times throughout each day. are If you comfortable doing so. healing system If you believe in God or a higher power. intelligent energy at work in the universe and your life. and autoimmune disorders.278 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick energies. a basic biological principle of life. the number of chronic. and ill health can develop. conspire against your and can eventually lead to physical illness. Regular. and think about your life and its significance. and ponder the mean ing and purpose of your existence. your healing system does its best work when your body is resting. Think about a power. Do this for at least 5 to 10 minutes a higher each o day. As you may recall. high blood pressure. take brief respite from your work and hectic sched ule. a divine. restful sleep is one the most potent things you can do to strengthen and fortif~y your healing system. drains vital and These factors different from that of the atheist. Doubts about God and the Divine might bombard you when you encounter rough waters or come up against a brick wall. the natural is fundamental all and . cancer. stress-related diseases. Your body requires regular sleep to restore vital energies and to heal. creative. It is not surprising that as sleep depriva tion and insomnia increase in epidemic proportions in America. including heart disease. pray for 5 to 10 minutes each day. healing system function is compromised. o going to bed. and can be emo tionally physically exhausting.

where traffic ear or brings about a If you live in consider a noisy place. mind. try the following: Get up early each morning. fresh breeze can do to wonders • improve the quality of your sleep. and ready to greet the new day with enthusiasm. dusty. foul-smelling.) * Avoid late-night members. thanks to the earplugs. large. I use a simple by pair of earplugs while I sleep. This pattern will perpetuate can be harmful to your healing system. with abundant energy~ * unnatural go that to bed late. and I’m constant noise of the city at night. place where you sleep is clean. and low on energy. renewed. congested. to A clean. to ‘Whenever I travel the disturbed • Make sure Avoid the air you breathe when you sleep is fresh and clean. chaotic mental stimuli and allows the brain. Having a long. good night’s sleep will allow you to awaken early each day feeling refreshed and renewed. bustling cities. stale air. A full stom digestive system will put pressure on the . comfortable other noise is using plugs to ensure a likely. sure arguments conflicts with your partner or family * Make Make neat. A restful. Sleeping will cause late disturbs the natural to rhythms of your body and an you cycle Getting up early improves your chances of having an active. (Such disturbing activities before include watching the news or or or you go violent movies. All quality of sleep. irritable. and nervous system relax more much • deeper. A good. foggy-headed. orderly environment reduces con this fused. Don’t eat a late dinner laden ach and heavily just before you go to sleep. Instead of waking up fatigued. I can wake up feeling refreshed. good night’s sleep. your bedroom or • sure the and peaceful. your bed is comfortable. Don’t engage in to agitating activities sleep. more restful effectively. grumpy. full day.Getting Started 279 To ~ ensure proper sleep. full day will improve your chances of going to sleep at night at a decent hour.

but. nervous prayer can help are performed and soothing way o calm and relax the mind and system. and helping nerves. imagery. Just five minutes a day of meditation. gentle breathing. an uplift ing phone conversation with a friend. they will an enormous difference in your life and the functioning of your healing system. or Relaxation. Doing this can be relaxing and restful. restful sleep. to soft. o be particularly comforting. I am told. Some people I know read the Yellow Pages or Webster’s Dictionary to help them get to sleep. Listen o inspirational novel. meditation. and a pleasant way to wind down and relax before sleep. When they before bedtime. and emotional health. because these books are so boring! an some Before bed. This method works. natural breath ing. Many people with sleep disturbances and other illnesses are overweight and have poor. book. and a ing system and your good night’s sleep can have a great impact on your heal physical. soothing music. or scripture. when taken together. such as chamomile or peppermint. This activity can be comforting and reassuring. D Try can a warm be beverage before you go to sleep. read other The seem suggestions included in this “Getting Started” section may simple and insignificant.280 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick diaphragm and lungs and interfere with normal. effective sleep. mental. late-night eating habits that cause indigestion and interfere with the quality of their sleep. or uplifting material. to settle down the can Herbal teas. . a cup of delicious soup for make lunch. A warm beverage soothing and relaxing. these methods can be a gentle to induce deep. improving digestion. and can help induce gentle.

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you’ll find strategies and approaches for tapping into, enhancing, strengthening your healing system to heal a variety of specific health problems. Keep in mind, however, that these recommendations are only guidelines and are not intended to replace responsible, intelligent, personalized professional healthcare. Additionally, because every person is a unique individual, not every
n

this section,

and

of these recommendations may be effective for you. I have pur posely avoided prescribing exact amounts, dosages, or schedules for
one

working with your healing system, no simple formulas or recipes will work equally well for everybody. In the art and science of medicine and healing, every treatment and therapy needs to be adjusted to meet the unique needs of each person. However, by following the recommendations that follow and incorporating those presented in previous chapters, your chances for success will be greatly increased. Remember that with each malady
treatments,

because, when

you

are

listed, what
additional

is recommended is

not

intended

to

be all-inclusive;

options might be available for your problem. For your convenience, the following list of health problems is
in the

organized

simplest

way I

know—according

to

the various

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systems and anatomical regions in the body. This list, while not all-inclusive, represents the most common maladies presented to me
as a

primary-care physician.

If I have omitted
or are

a

health

you may be currently suffering with the general recommendations given

interested in,

problem that just follow
see

throughout

the book, and

the “Resources” section

healing
success

system

to

the end. If you learn to work with your overcome your health problems, you will achieve
at

in your quest for greater health.

Skin Problems
Your skin is
are a

generally
a

reflection of your general state of health. healthy exhibit healthy skin tone and color. weakened
states,

People who Conversely,
mottled and

in diseased

or

the skin is often

pale

or

sheen. ‘When you have liver disease, for example, skin becomes jaundiced and takes on a yellowish appearance. your Skin rashes are also often signs of deeper problems. For this reason,

lacks

healthy

doctors have
to

deeper

internal

traditionally relied problems.

upon the skin for

diagnostic

clues

Abrasions, Contusions, Lacerations, and Punctures
These four types of injuries are among the most common that the skin sustains, and they are usually present whenever physical trauma of any kind
occurs. occur

scraped, revealing the raw under-surfaces of the skin. Abrasions most commonly occur from falls on pavement or asphalt, and, although painful, they usually heal up uneventfully if they are kept clean and dry. Topical aloe vera, turmeric, and other herbal and natural plant and mineral salves may also be helpful to prevent infection and speed the work of your heal ing system with abrasions.
Contusions
are

Abrasions

where the skin is

bruises that appear in the form of “black and blue”

marks

on

the skin, which reflect broken blood vessels underneath the

surface. Contusions may be they usually do not result in
to

accompanied by swelling
a

and

pain,

but

break of the skin. Unless there is dam

underlying tissues, your healing system can repair the damages age caused by contusions in a relatively short time. Ice applied for the first

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swelling, followed by warm salt-water soaks or compresses, can assist your healing system in this work. Lacerations are full, linear-shaped breaks in the skin where bleeding occurs. Stitches may be required if a laceration is extensive and the bleeding is profuse. Once the edges of the wound are brought together, your healing system takes over and heals the wound, in many cases with barely a scar. Even large lacerations that are not stitched will still heal with the help of your healing system, but they will generally take longer and may cause a scar. Puncture wounds are stab-type wounds that pierce the skin. If they are not too deep, and with proper care, your healing system can usually mend puncture wounds quite easily.
to

24 hours

minimize

Abscesses
Abscesses infection.
drain
an are

swellings

in the skin,

most

often caused

by

a

bacterial

Many

abscess with

surgeons will lance an abscess with a scalpel, or a needle. But if you begin treatment in the ear

lier stages and work with your healing system by applying warm salt soaks and pharmaceutical-grade clay (bentonite) packs, many abscesses will

disappear

on

their
a

own.

Natural diet

sunlight,
also be

aloe

vera,
to

salt-water compresses, and
assist your

healing

system in

can non-oily healing abscesses.

helpful

Acne
Acne
onset
occurs

in both males and

females,

most

commonly during

the

of puberty but it may linger for many years. Acne is caused by minute infections that occur in the oily buildup of the hair follicles. If scratched
or

picked,

acne can

have

disfiguring. Acne occurs tragic consequences
The for
acne. same

most

permanent scarring and be commonly on the face, which can
cause

if scarring and

disfigurement
can

result.

natural

treatments

for abscesses

also be effective

helpful. Oily, Drying agents, including fatty, rich diets, along with stress, can make acne worse. People with naturally oily skin need to pay particular attention to their diets. A macrobiotic diet (a very low-fat, plant-based diet that originated in Japan) can often clear up stubborn cases of acne in a short time. In
can

alcohol,

also be

many cases, conventional medicines may also be necessary. These

medicines include

topical drying

agents, such

as

those that contain

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benzoyl peroxide,
vitamin-A

preparations, such as accutane, derivative, which, when prescribed under the care of
or can

internal

a a

knowledgeable dermatologist,

be

highly

effective.

Boils, Carbuncles, Furuncles
These

swellings in the skin similar to abscesses. Many start with just a simple ingrown hair, but they may become irritat ed, painful, and often quite large, especially if they are squeezed or picked. They can also become unsightly, especially if they are on the
are

infectious

face

or

shoulder.
treatments
or

Natural include

tions,
hol

soaking applying clay packs, exposing to sunlight, treating with alco and other drying agents, and keeping all dirt, oil, and bacteria

that work best with your healing system compressing in warm, concentrated salt solu

away from the affected area. If boils, carbuncles, or furuncles are severe and are allowed to progress, antibiotics and/or lancing may be necessary
to

help

your

healing

system

repair

these conditions.

Burns

relatively common, but if they are severe and extensive enough, they can cause much harm, even death. Firstdegree burns cause redness, pain, and swelling, but no blistering. ‘When blistering occurs, second-degree burns have been sustained. Third-degree burns, the most serious type of burn, result when nerve endings are burned and the sensation of pain is lost. If you sustain a burn and it hurts, consider yourself lucky because it means that you don’t have a third-degree burn. Burns can be extremely painful, but, if they are not extensive, your healing system can handle them with little intervention. Burns should be kept clean, dry, and free from excessive moisture and dirt. Topical agents that are cooling, including ice in the initial stages, generally reduce swelling and pain. Antibiotic cremes, such as Silvadene cream, or a natural agent such as zinc oxide, can keep the skin from drying out and cracking and prevent infection. Aloe, vine gar, honey, and bee propolis may also be effective. If the burn is extensive, covering it with light gauze dressings and nonstick bandages, and then leaving it undisturbed for at least 24 to 48 hours, possibly longer, might be necessary. Any dressing
Burns
to
are

the skin

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that gets suffocate

wet,

however, needs
tissues and

to
can

be

changed

because

wet

dressings

healing

tions may also be

appropriate

promote infection. Pain medica for one to two days or more. For

second-degree burns with blisters, it is best not to pop the blisters because they serve as a natural protective barrier that your healing system employs to protect the new skin that is forming underneath. In the later stages of healing burns, you can assist your healing system with natural topical applications such as aloe vera, comfrey root poultices, vitamin E cream, calendula, and turmeric cream.

Cysts
Cysts
ment

look very similar
a

to

abscesses, but they

are

often

more

chron
treat

ic and have

tendency
and

toward

periodic swelling.

Conservative

is similar

to treatment

for abscesses and boils,

including

soak

using drying agents. Cysts may need to be lanced ing, sunlight, and drained if they become excessively large or intrusive. Once they
have been lanced
or

drained, your

healing

system

can

take

over

and

complete

the

healing process.

Follicuiftis
This
common condition represents inflammation and infection of the hair follicles, hence the name, folliculitis. Folliculitis looks like

acne,

such

as

but it may show up in areas of the skin away from the face, in the groin area or under the armpits. It can be very painful

itchy and is best treated with salt soaks, clay packs, and natural sunlight. If folliculitis is severe and is allowed to progress, antibiotics may also be required.
and

Impetigo
Impetigo, spreading
bacteria and poor skin hygiene, is a rapidly infection with a brownish-colored, crusty rash. Impetigo is common in children and may be spread at day-care centers. caused

by

good hygiene help to eliminate the organisms that cause impetigo has been contracted, antibiotics may be necessary to eliminate it. Salt soaks, clay packs, aloe vera, and sun baths can also be effective if it is caught early on. You can easily prevent impetigo by observing good skin hygiene.

Bathing

and

this infection. Once

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Skin Rashes
characteristic rashes appear on the make their way out of the body’s deeper structures. We as toxins commonly see these rashes in childhood illnesses such as measles,
In certain

generalized infections,

skin

chicken pox. rubella (German measles), and other viral diseases. If contracted at an early age, these conditions, although uncomfort

able,

are

usually self-limiting

and do little harm in Western

popula
as

tions. Certain food

allergies,

and

immune-system

disorders such
a

may also show up on the skin in the form of nutritional deficiencies, such as pellagra, can show up the skin.

lupus,

rash. Even rash
on

as a

While you are treating any skin rash, it is important to work with your healing system by addressing the underlying causes of the

Drinking plenty of fluids will support your healing system in eliminating toxins if an underlying disease is present. There are many other methods to work with your healing system in these cases, such as getting plenty of rest, eating lightly, and taking certain herbs and plant remedies. Natural salves, ointments, and clay plas ters applied topically to the skin may also be helpful. However, it is important to remember that a rash may have deeper origins than just the skin. Because of its rich nerve supply, your skin is highly sensitive to pain and itching. When a rash itches, you will invariably scratch it, which will only make matters worse. An important part of the treatment of any rash is to stop the itch so the problem doesn’t escalate while you are working to discover and treat the underlying causes. In addition to soothing topical creams, such as those that
contain
creams

rash.

aloe, calendula, chamomile,
and ointments that contain

or

turmeric, conventional
and other
or over-

hydrocortisone,
as

the-counter conventional medicines, such

anti histamines

anal

gesics,
from

can

also

effectively

eliminate

itching

and prevent the rash

escalating.
Rashes

Allergic
Rashes

appear in response to skin irritants and chemicals, such as those found in various sunscreen agents, soaps, and solvents. Rashes can even appear in response to naturally occurring sub
can

stances

found in

plants,

such

as

in mangoes,

poison ivy,

and

poison

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oak. Skin

allergies
bee

including
Once

complications from stings, spider bites, and jellyfish stings.
can

also result

as

insect bites,

again, while you are treating these rashes and controlling the itch and spread of the rash, the key to eliminating them perma nently is to identify the offending agent and avoid all further con tact with this agent. Many remedies, both conventional and natural,

helpful in these cases. If you remove the offending agent, and control the itching and scratching, your heating system can usually
can

be

heal the rash and

restore

your skin

to

its natural

state

of health.

Infectious Rashes

Many

rashes

are

the result of skin infections,

most

commonly,

fun-

as gal parasites (including

infections such

athlete’s foot and ringworm. Bacterial infections, scabies), and viruses such as herpes simplex
can cause

(which

causes

cold sores) also
to

rashes. In each

case,

preven

avoiding infection in the first place. For example, and most bacteria prefer wet, warm, dark places to breed and fungi flourish. The feet, groin, buttocks, abdomen, and underarms are common sites of infection from these organisms. Environmental factors also play a role. For example, infectious rashes from fungi and bacteria are more common in the tropics, or during summer,
tion is the

key

when the weather is often
Once
a

more

humid.

skin infection is

including

tea-tree

accurately diagnosed, natural remedies, oil, clay, and other drying agents, in addition to a

wide range of medicated creams and ointments, are readily available to treat it. Of course, in difficult cases, additional conventional med
icines may be

required.

This is

particularly
excess

true

for scabies.

Keeping

the skin clean and free from

allowing it to breathe and be exposed to fresh air and adequate sunlight are the best approaches for working with your healing system to prevent
and eliminate skin infections.

moisture, and

Nerve-Related Rashes
nervous system, chronic rashes that don’t easily go away have their origins in many such conditions as chronic anxiety, stress, tension, or other emotion

Because the skin is

intimately

connected

to

the

al and nervous-system disorders. These are often classified related rashes, and they include the following:

as nerve

Addressing the underlying causes through such methods as diet and stress-manage ment training. Foods that stimulate the nerv scalp. Sunlight is often prescribed for psoriasis. creams and vari eczema can help drying out and loss of natural body oils that Because this skin condition flares up during also stress-management be very effective in controlling it. taking pain using herbs or medicines that calm the nerv ous system. Shingles caused by the H. medications if needed. using herbs or medicines that calm the nervous system. while gently relieving the symptoms of itching and scratching. during ous times of anxiety and back. To aid your healing system. can often reverse even long-standing cases of psoriasis. and eliminating a chronic skin condition characterized rash that times and be caffeine and nicotine from your system. as are suppres sive medications and various corticosteroid creams. To aid your healing system. and practic drinking ing stress-management techniques. you can best treat Shingles is this condition by applying topical soothing creams. lots of fluids to flush toxins from your body. can also aggravate this condition. feet. such as caffeine and nicotine. Eating a wholesome diet and drinking lots of fluids can also be helpful with this condition. Emollient ous oily preparations applied continuously to the prevent the occur with times of constant eczema. Zoster virus. you can best treat this condition by applying topical soothing creams.288 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick Eczema Eczema is by intense itching a scaly. elbows. Psoriasis flares up and tension. stress and anxiety. spreading at can disfiguring. system. eliminating caffeine and nicotine from your system. . taking pain medications if needed. techniques can Psoriasis Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is common in the areas around the knees. which stays in your body in dormant stage but can flare up during times of stress and/or a immune dysfunction.

may have simple causes or may represent more serious conditions. Acupuncture and other natural treatments effective when no serious underlying problem exists. and headaches may occur. muscle tension in the face. not enough red blood cells and oxygen reach the brain. if you have anemia. motion problems (including a persistent viral sickness. dehydration. including excess caffeine or nicotine. Because the head contains the brain. prob lems with sugar metabolism. may also occur. Proper treatment of problems in the head requires understand the underlying causes and working with your healing system to ing correct these problems. Treatment should be directed toward the underlying causes. impending stroke. try working week away from your hectic wholesome diet with plenty of enough sleep. neck. less caffeine. like headaches. you might be unable to think clearly. They may also signal a metabol ic problem. stress. with anemia. The most common underlying causes of dizziness and vertigo include dietary imbalance.Conquering Common Health Conditions 289 Problems of the Head Disorders and symptoms in the head are very common. such as brain tumors. For problems may reflect imbalances example.and inner-ear infection). and make sure you get by taking healthy. neck. Dizziness and Dizziness Vertigo vertigo are and two common symptoms that. plenty of water. such as low blood sugar. especially when you are standing up or making sudden movements with your head. ‘When symptoms are severe. these in other parts of the body. Weakness. along with dizziness and fainting. and face. heart problems. anemia. lack of sleep. In addition. and upper back. as in diabetes. can also be . a a nothing serious. If a proper medical evaluation determines with your healing system schedule and focusing on In addition. and sage of the upper back. receive a mas fiber. which is sensitive to subtle changes in your body’s internal environment. middle. and dehydration. nausea and vomiting can result. or infection.

and they often respond well to dietary modera tion. and loss of bal . Cluster headaches appear predominantly in males and are similar to migraines in their cause and treatment. along with acupuncture. particularly of the upper back. you should not ignore headaches. Migraines were by swelling in the blood vessels of shown they are similar in origin to prolonged and severe. Migraine the head. migraines. result of head the brain. More serious of headaches include Headaches can meningitis. Cluster headaches com monly appear around the eye on one side of the face. including decreased caffeine and nicotine. caused Your and brain that tumor. and facial muscles. though can a easily more corrected and have headaches be caused by serious illnesses and simple prob lems. The head is sensitive barometer for physiological imbalances that may be occurring in other parts of your body. having over or done certain foods a substances such as alcohol and caffeine. Diet and and lifestyle. only disabling. may also be con tributing factors. and Headaches also as result of other conditions. They are also influenced by stress and dietary imbalances. it is time to go and see your doctor to be properly evaluated. or interferes with your ability to work or function. or merely suppress them with pain medication. and increased fluids. vomiting. but tension headaches to can be severe previously thought be caused recent research has more headaches. Massage. dehydration. In their worst presentation. also be the encephalitis. keeps you awake at night. persistent. indigestion. in addition to hormonal fluctuations. For this reason. anemia. with their symptoms of nausea. if a headache is severe. might occur as the result of fatigue. ear infections. healing system can heal most headaches once the underlying problems are corrected. chiropractic treatment. occur monly including stress. visual disturbances. during regular monthly cycles causes com of ovulation and menstruation. stroke. And causes. neck. However. sinus infections.290 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Headaches Headaches are one even of the most common reasons most are people go to see a doctor. particularly if they Headaches are persistent. and gentle yoga stretching can often help your healing system eliminate cluster headaches. and they come and go in waves of pain. trauma causes increased pressure and swelling in by fluid.

and gentle yoga stretching. Head Injury so Because the brain is important. Conventional medicines may temporar ily help relieve a tension headache. With a severe head injury. Tension headaches are caused by stress and tension. the possibility of damage internal structures are always required. If no nausea. but most just suppress the pain. par ticularly of the upper back. including excesses of caffeine or nicotine. When a con cussion occurs as a result of head trauma. and migraine treatment methods that support your eating a wholesome diet. and by topically applied heat balms. You might temporarily require strong pain medica tions. and facial muscles. chiropractic treatment. can also be effective. chiropractic treatment. in addition to acupuncture. particularly of the upper back. might at a days force you to be incapacitated for hours and sometimes time. Anyone who has suf fered a concussion. Tension headaches are often relieved by soothing herbs such as feverfew and chamomile. Migraine headaches can often be relieved by getting rid of negative “emotional baggage. practicing daily stress-management techniques. drinking plenty of practicing stress-management techniques. If no loss of consciousness occurred during head trauma. Natural healing system include fluids. lethargy. Massage.Conquering Common Health Conditions 291 ance. or other neurological symptoms develop during a 24. head injuries can have serious consequences. and there is associated loss to of consciousness. neck. and applying topical heat balms. loss of memory. with reported loss of consciousness. and facial muscles. then there is a high degree of probability that nothing serious has occurred internally. they also can be related to dietary imbalances. Implementing diet and lifestyle changes that reduce tension and stress. prompt and responsible action can mean the difference between life and death. and increas ing fluids to eliminate toxins can all assist your healing system in relieving tension headaches.” taking soothing herbs that calm the nerves and relax the muscles. acupuncture. Massage. undue sleepiness. and gentle yoga stretching are also often effective. it is also highly unlikely that something serious has occurred. neck.to 48-hour period following a head injury. and immediate evaluation and medical attention . and other factors. vomiting. which calm the nerves and relax the muscles. should go exists.

292 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick immediately to the nearest emergency room to rule out the possibil ity of brain hemorrhage or other serious injury. your healing system works best when you cooperate with it by getting plenty of rest and making sure you are drinking enough fluids and eating wholesome. in spite of the potentially serious consequences. when I was a flight surgeon in the U. it was common knowledge that even among young. those who smoked had poorer night vision. can eyes high blood erode and rupture the fragile blood vessels in the retina. and taking chem herbal . Many of these disorders often reflect poor overall health. can similarly be detected from a simple eye exam. problems our in are other parts of the body often affect them. so these conditions are often preventable. however. exists just to tend to their needs. causes Diabetes. They were considered a combat risk when they were flying night missions because the increased carbon monoxide and decreased oxygen in their blood as a result of smoking nega tively affected their vision. comes from beta carotene and is found in most yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. Eye Our eyes are Disorders the most dominant and our important are so sense organs in our bodies. pressure a condition that a doctor can diagnose with a simple eye exam. the majority of head injuries are not serious and respond favorably to your healing system’s internal repair and restoration mechanisms. Eating a diet rich in beta carotene. a reflection of our overall general health. because eyes sensitive. nutritious food. Air Force. participates in the istry of vision. Additionally. changes in the appearance of the blood vessels in the back of the eye. As with any other injury. known as ophthalmology. a specialty in medicine. healthy fighter pilots. For example. In this regard. Many chronic eye conditions are related to underlying problems elsewhere in the body. which Good nutrition is very important to the health of your eyes.S. and so working with your healing system to improve your overall health can often improve such eye conditions. For instance. Because our eyes are so important. which also Vitamin A. Amazingly.

If you have a cornea1 abrasion. and antibiotic drops. conjunctivitis is a common condition in children can sweep through schools in epidemic fashion. Salt-water eye drops and natural sunlight A own can in three to five gentle herbal eyewash such as hyssop or helpful. response healing system usually repair them within 24 to 48 hours. This wearers can occur be very helpful. Warm compresses can be help ful to free the glued eyelids. your body’s healing system can often eradicate this condition on its days. because your eyes can rapid. and specific eye exercises also work with your healing system to promote eye health. including mild. antihistamines. However. which improves blood flow and oxygenation of the eyes. but about 40 percent of the time it Known as that can occur in both eyes. Conjunctivitis appears as a reddish or pinkish color in the whites of the eyes. Corneal Abrasions Corneal abrasions scratched. over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines. Conjunctivitis can be itchy and sometimes even painful. your injuries and . as most contact-lens are so know. medicines such eyes. It can also be associated with respiratory infections. Usually only one eye is affected. analgesics. can be helpful to prevent complications and control the itch as your healing system does its job.Conquering Common Health Conditions 293 bilberry extract. and to prevent it from becoming infected while your healing system does its important repair work. the crusted secretions that have hardened during the night may cause the eyes to be glued shut. Conventional treatments with anti-itch oral medications. chamomile may also be be a when the surface of the eye has been very painful condition. In as Conjunctivitis pink eye. regular exercise. If you can avoid itching and scratching. an eye patch and antibiotic drops are customarily admin istered to rest and protect your eye. and it can occur when air quality is poor or adverse environmental conditions are present. initiate a to these important. In the morning. Conjunctivitis is often caused by viruses or bacterial agents. help promote the health of your addition.

com common when dust. and wax serves a a prevent sound waves from beneficial function as both to reaching your ear a lubricant the ear- canal and natural antibiotic. Occasionally. near the eye. discom outer-ear infections because the can blocks the ear canal. styes are more inconvenient than danger ous. Even though they are close to the eyes and can be unsettling. oil. after a hot shower. dusty. eyewashes may also be Ear Problems Your ear middle cial set consists of three distinct parts: your external ear. and can Ear Wax is a common cause ear wax of hearing wax problems. Ear ear water. ear you help your canal with warm water elbows. to trap drum. are treated Impacted Impacted fort. using a macy. Most of us have been told never to stick anything in our ears smaller than our wax buildup. They may also occur when you inadvertently and repeatedly wipe your oily. or dirty hands in your eyes. and your inner ear. if the need pres . They are common with carpenters and construction laborers who are inclined to work around dusty construction sites. Warm salt-water compresses and natural sunlight usually cure styes in one to three days. Natural helpful. top ical antibiotic drops or ointments may be required. Each part carries with it its ear. but I must confess that. can prevent excessive healing system by gently flushing and hydrogen peroxide in a 6:1 your bulb syringe readily available from your nearest phar ratio. inflamed swellings that occur as minute infections in the follicles of the hairs that line the edges as your eyelashes. Ear candling is also becoming popular for this purpose. because those ear differently. own your spe of problems and. thanks to your healing system. in more difficult cases. This flushing should take a maximum of 30 minutes. they usually heal on their own without any further complications. we will consider each part problems separately. and.294 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Styes Styes are small. Styes are monly or foreign particles clog the pores of the skin known of your eyelids. However.

under extreme conditions. For example. or key the to treatment of middle-ear infections involves under ear standing on relationship between the middle and the respiratory system. by reducing intake of fats and oils and drinking plenty of fluids. . Good posture. In children. sinus infection. Meniere’s disease often occurs only once. and they can be accompanied by loss of hearing. vertigo. approaches to inner-ear problems that support the work of your healing system include acupuncture. acupuncture. and vomiting. Because the passage that leads to the middle ear. chiropractic care. Herbal remedies. The nose. loss of balance. gentle chiropractic adjustments. nutritional support. runny chest congestion. and congestion in the respiratory system. and deep breathing also appear to improve lymphatic drainage of the middle ear and can help prevent ear infections. They often cause fever and pain. remove excess wax that may have formed in my Meniere’s Disease Also known as labyrinthitis. which helps the body to eliminate toxins more readily. I will occasionally any use a cotton-tipped swab to gently and ear carefully canal. and by treating respiratory infections in their early stages to preclude the possibility that they may spread to the middle ear. cranial-sacral therapy. and they can be serious. Natural Middle-Ear Infections early child hood. You must cooperate with your healing system by focusing prevention. the eustachian tube. which may follow on the heels of a respiratory infection. sore throat. this condition is marked structures. yoga. is thought be caused by a virus. nausea. phlegm. middle-ear infections occur as extensions of respiratory infections are Middle-ear infections quite common in infancy and that may start as a cold. you can help thin out the mucous.Conquering Common Health Conditions 295 ents itself. and physical therapy. is directly connected to the back of the nose. by inflamma tion of the delicate inner-ear Meniere’s disease. a middle-ear infection runs the risk of spreading to the brain and causing meningitis. which to affects balance and hearing. but it may recur from time to time. Diet also can play a role in preventing middle-ear infections. the use of specific herbs such as gingko biloba.

‘When middle-ear infections are may in their full-blown stages. Delicate surgical techniques involving the implantation of electronic sound-amplifi cation devices are usually reserved for severe cases. chiropractic care. These people are now ear for years with screeching guitars and loud music. antibiotic drops and keeping your ear dry to discourage bacterial growth allow your healing system to restore health to your ear. and it have blasted their worked around is now heavy equipment and loud showing up in ex-rock musicians. Because your ability to hear is a precious gift. Outer-Ear Infections Often known as swimmer’s ear infections. where outer-ear infections can be extremely painful in the water or are common people spend a humidity is high. and physical therapy. If you develop an outer-ear infection. antibiotics are usually required. Hearing aids are common in the elderly and can be effective to help people compensate for inner-ear hearing loss. Natural approaches to inner-ear problems that support the work of your healing system include acupuncture. the use of specific herbs such as gingko biloba. prevention of noise-induced hearing loss is critical. particularly if they are initiated in the early stages of these disorders. Such loss is in people who have machinery. Other meth ods may also prove helpful in certain cases of inner-ear problems. are also available and can be effective . But avoid the continuous use of antibiotics to treat this common problem. and these conditions are often difficult to treat. Several natural eardrops. nutritional support. usually in less than seven days. such as and lot of time where gentian violet and mullein au. Loss Noise-Induced Hearing by Hearing inner ear loss caused noise damages to the sensitive hair cells in the common that conduct sound the brain. especially to prevent the pos sibility of meningitis. who amplified in people who work around airplanes and man the flight lines at air required by law to wear protection ports. and wasabe (Japanese horseradish) also be helpful. acupuncture. yoga. cranial-sacral therapy. Noise-induced hearing loss is particularly common ears to prevent this unnecessary condition.296 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick such as echinacea. astragalus.

which might cause a serious infection. you You can help your healing system prevent outer-ear or infections a ing alcohol and vinegar ear drops. Thanks to your body’s healing system. but. This condition can lead to chronic outer-ear infections. surgical grafting of a new eardrum may be required. ears dry. your can ears prevent or heal outer-ear infections by keeping clean and dry. If the rupture is very large. farmers. hunters. but also in skiers. Ear plugs or other ear protection keeps the ears warm and helps your healing system to prevent this condition from developing. a Surfer’s Ear Known as exostosis. Perforated ear drum is common in divers. and other outdoor-oriented people An who live in cold climates. hearing loss. operation tionally offered. During this healing period. if the tear is not too ruptured eardrum will usually heal on its own in one month’s time. occurs as a which causes result of increased pressure in the middle the eardrum to rupture. surfer’s ear occurs when the bones in the ear canal grow together. and people who hit on the side of the head and the ear is traumatized. thanks to your healing system. if you return to the cold environment after to surgery without sufficient ear protection. Symptoms may include pain. it is important to sup port the work of your healing system by not getting water into your ears. the bone growth will also return. large. If you spend a lot of time in the water. tective mechanism of your sensitive and delicate drum . which inhibits bacte outer-ear growth and minimizes the possibility of an Perforated Ear Drum This condition ear. These can help keep your rial using blow by apply dryer after infection. people who fly when they have respiratory infec are tions. Surfer’s ear is common not only in surfers who frequent cold waters. doing this is not common because your ear usually can heal on its own. obstructing the ear canal and causing water to be trapped. swimming. The recurring bone growth is actually a compensatory pro healing system in its attempt to keep the warm enough to efficiently conduct ear sound waves so that hearing is not impaired. and vertigo. scrape away the extra bone growth is conven however.Conquering Common Health Conditions 297 treatments. a bloody ear canal.

cranial-sacral Respiratory System Asthma This chronic Disorders by congestion. yoga. and stress and emotional upheaval. even life-saving. therapy. and these conditions are often difficult to treat. pre vention is very important. respiratory allergens. aerosol pollutants (including the inhala tion of toxic fumes or vapors). particularly if they are initiated in the early stages of these disorders. poor diets. a fact that many experts attribute to increasing urbanization and air pollution. hearing loss.298 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Tin nitus Also known as ringing in the ears. Because your ability to hear is a precious gift. coughing. nutritional support. Through the world. irritating aerosol chemicals. clean. and may or may not accompany condition not often responsive to conventional medical Natural problem of the inner ear. Although many of these medications are invalu able. During flare-ups. acupuncture. Treatment of asthma includes drinking plenty of fluids to help lubricate the lungs and decrease mucous and phlegm. You can also aid your healing system by breathing good. Other methods may also prove helpful in certain cases of inner-ear problems. and constricted airways. Other respiratory condition is characterized out possible causes and triggers for asthma include respiratory infec tions. Conven tional Western medicine has developed many effective medications for airway management to lessen the strain of breathing for persons who have asthma. climatic changes. approaches to inner-ear problems such as tinnitus that support the work of your healing system include acupuncture. most do not address the underlying causes of asthma. these symptoms can be severe and even life-threatening. avoiding dust. and physical therapy. dehydration. stay away from fats . and keeping warm to avoid catching a cold. chiropractic care. asthma appears to be on the rise. Tinnitus is a troubling tinnitus is a treatment. among others. wheezing. and other triggers. wholesome air. the use of specific herbs such as gingko biloba. Also. particularly in urgent and emergency situa tions.

(See the section on pneumonia for additional suggestions. and practice breathing exer cises. Bronchitis is characterized by inflammation and infection in the breathing passages in the lungs. if this is not possible. Emphysema and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) These term respiratory-system disorders cigarette smoking. Nasal and inflammation can often be relieved by working with in contact breathing good avoiding dust.Conquering Common Health Conditions 299 and oils during flare-ups. practice stress-management and relaxation methods. is most often caused by viruses bacteria that have slipped past the body’s primary defenses and entered into the airways. Conventional doctors usually prescribe antibiotics and cough medicines for this condition. Bronchitis Bronchitis. including horseradish. In addition to the medications your doctor may prescribe. and other natural remedies. eating lightly (focusing on soups and hot teas). Steam inhalation. saline nose drops. your goal should be to system in several ways. and drinking plenty of fluids. with your body through the nose. keeping warm. When you catch a cold. These include initiate treatment in the earliest stages. usually the nose is the first organ affected because the thousands of bacteria. viruses. Coughing and congestion are persistent. or polluted environments. smoke. alternative medicines and treatments that work with your healing system also can successfully treat asthma. can also be effective to help keep your nose and respiratory system healthy. one of the most common respiratory or infections of the lungs. Again. and wasabe (Japanese horseradish).) are bronchi and bronchial tubes. All of these steps can be extremely effective in treating asthma. Chinese mustard. natural. release unhealthy emotions. prevention is the key to avoiding the common cold. which the Colds Common colds are invariably associated with runny noses. but they may two are usually related to also be linked long repeated to . and fever may also be present. and other microorganisms in the air first come congestion your healing air.

then add lemon and honey before you drink the tea. recesses as a and of the lungs. prevention is much more effective and easier than attempting to cure either of these conditions once the disease has established itself.and mineral-based medicines. keeping warm. The best way to assist your healing system in the treatment of these conditions includes breathing good air. herbs that stimulate repair of damaged tissues. put it in boiling water. such unhealthy diet and lifestyle. managing stress. of fluids. an Pharyngitis is inflammation of the Pneumonia Pneumonia is an extension of bronchitis and sacs an invasion of the infection into the air night all sweats are often deeper present with pneumonia. especially period. Fever and and because oxygen over is unable to enter the bloodstream common. and drinking substantial time plenty aloe. it is . grate fresh ginger root. you will need a prescription for an antibiotic. and the use of other natural remedies. such as plant. result of the infection. Certain natural remedies. In addition whatever medica tions you might require. even people with long-term smoking habits can improve their breathing and the health of their lungs if they quit smoking before irreparable damage has occurred. Pharyngitis often begins when the body is chilled. As with all a res reflection of decreased the the result of certain stresses on to body. and bacteria have entered past your body’s primary defenses. pneumonia is usually immune function as an as of death. Because of the body’s healing system. including antibiotics. and steep for 5 tolO minutes. To make ginger-root tea. drinking plenty of fluids. Again. Ginger-root tea can also be very effective in treating pharyngitis. such including vitamin C and as comfrey and may also be helpful. doing breathing exercises. weakness is Before the advent of antibiotics. however. more natural methods that support your healing system to overcome pharyngitis include eating fewer fats and oils. Often. and getting adequate sleep and rest.300 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick exposure to asbestos over or a other chemicals that are harmful to the lungs. Other. Pharyngitis pharynx that frequently results in a sore throat. pneumonia was one of the leading causes piratory infections.

2. hay fever. It is difficult to get better and heal if you are not getting adequate rest because your are does most of its best work when you resting healing system or sleeping. and avoiding air conditioning. fans. your immune system and healing system bog down and you become more susceptible to illness. Keep warm. people who breathe exclusively through their mouths have higher rates of respiratory allergies. When become chilled. A few of the and more common varieties include Many people report the allergic source of their allergy to be specific plant materials. Additionally. and other potentially allergic material in the ventila tion systems at work or in the home may be responsible for most allergies. mold. grasses. but many others tend to have worse symp toms while they are indoors.6 degrees. Drink to assist your healing system by following these recom mendations: plenty of fluids. For example. such as pollens. 70 percent fluid.Conquering Common Health Conditions 301 important 1. or exposure to cold weather. Additionally. This is probably because the air they are breathing does not have the opportunity for the nose to filter and clean it. Rest. your immune system is impaired as a result you of the stress of your body attempting to restore proper temper Your keep warm by wearing a sweater or windbreaker. the faster your body can eliminate the toxins from the infection. or fungal spores. around 98. sinusitis. dust mites. ature. rhinitis. and so Your body is the more fluid you bring into your system. You can 3. Respiratory Aflergies Respiratory allergies the nose come in various forms and commonly afflict and sinuses. which increase congestion and clog your airways. drinking plenty of warm liquids such as soups and herbal teas. the way people breathe can affect their sus ceptibility to a respiratory allergy. This suggests that chemicals. When you are sleep deprived or chronically fatigued. it is important to avoid fats and oils until you are better because they tend to create more phlegm and mucous. dust. . body likes to stay warm.

and astra galus may also be helpful. mines. ginger. Learn switch or nasal breathing. sprays. and breathing good air. spread to the sinuses. applying salt-water cleanses. 3. Eliminate heavy. Natural plant remedies wasabe. balance. Try sunbaths. such as echinacea. astragalus. and cranial-sacral bodywork may also be helpful to your healing system. (An excellent book about sinus infections is Sinus Survival. cavernous air pockets that play an important role in defense. wasabe.302 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Following eliminate 1. and buoyancy of the head. 2. for urgent situations only. acupuncture. doctor’s which begin in the nose and throat area. Sinus infections occur when respiratory infections. Antibiotics are often prescribed and effective in acute cases of sinus infection. and decongestants. Rob Ivker. Sinus Infections respiratory people visit the office. and other natural methods that work with your healing system and that can play a supporting role in managing and overcoming respiratory allergies. In addition.) . which tend minimize fats and oils in your diet. or irrigation. natural 5. past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and former chronic sinusitis sufferer. suppressive medications. including steroids. rely on them for long-term treatment. are some Sinus infections of the most most common of all infections and one of the common reasons reducing such as fats and oils in your diet can help. and stinging nettles. The sinuses are small. yoga. acupuncture. Chinese mustard. horseradish. exercise. horseradish. a simple tips respiratory allergy: are six for helping your healing system Pay attention to to the to quality of the air you breathe. breathing steam. fried foods. Try plant medicines. by Dr. rich. but chronic conditions respond better to more nat ural methods that support your healing system. chiropractic care. in the respiratory system. gentle massage. including to increase mucous and phlegm 4. Natural sun baths. Reserve antihista and don’t 6. These methods include drinking more fluids. echinacea. yoga. Chinese mustard.

This illness more lack of sunlight. To make ginger-root tea. in addi tion to other herbs. poor sanitation. and salt-water gargles. Although antibiotics may be required to effectively treat tonsil litis. however. it with antibiotic Tonsillitis recently. fats. and oils. however. place it in boiling water. and getting sufficient rest. avoiding stress. drinking plenty of fluids. Tuberculosis Tuberculosis (TB) is such as common where adverse environmental conditions poor air exist in quality. lies in prevention. can also be helpful. and adequate exercise. You can also assist your healing system by keep ing your body warm. We used to consider strep throat highly contagious. conjunction with inadequate immunity. Under most conditions. and inadequate ventilation nutrition. sleep. getting plenty of sleep and rest. that the tonsils perform an important immune function and. the tonsils were routinely removed if they were con tinually swollen. and compromised host-resistance factors. Ginger. such as alcoholics and people who are chronically malnourished. grate fresh ginger root. The key to treating this condition. strep throat does not affect other organs and systems of the body. and managing stress all appear to be helpful in aiding your healing system in the treatment and prevention of ton sillitis. We now know. and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. which lowers immune function. then add lemon and honey before Until you drink the tea. helps thin the mucous and aids your healing system in eliminating toxins. are better left in. doctors routinely treat therapy. stress. because of the rare complicating factors that can affect the kidneys and heart. again. if possible. . and drinking plenty of fluids. Ginger-root tea can also be very effective in treating tonsillitis. but recent evidence points more toward changes in weather.Conquering Common Health Conditions 303 Strep Throat Strep the throat is caused more common by various types of streptococcal bacteria and is when the weather turns colder. often coinciding with beginning of flu season. dietary management involving decreased dairy. Keeping warm. and lowered commonly occurs in developing countries or in populations that are destitute and despairing.

and the rich nerve supply that connects these structures to the brain and nervous system. acid problems indiges— to more tion.304 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Treatments exist are to cure this illness. drinking more water. avoiding too many fried foods. Natural remedies such as peppermint and chamomile tea. Increasing water intake. slippery elm. and oils. avoiding or minimizing acidic foods. minor upset stomach. emphasize the impor tance of daily sunbathing and proper diets. TB sanitariums. These range from such common conditions as heartburn. and aloe vera. once you cooperate with your healing system by addressing the underlying causes. and going long periods without any food or liquid intake whatsoever are a few of the specific ways that you can work with your healing system to overcome most digestive system problems. techniques. but if the not addressed. such as vinegar. can also be helpful. Maintaining adequate fluid and fiber intake is important to ensure timely elimination of toxins and waste products while preserving the health of your intestinal tract. practicing stress-management avoiding irritating or harmful substances such as coffee and alcohol. serious conditions. and . factors that support the body’s healing system. esophageal reflux. and gastritis. Digestive System Problems in the result of can Disorders common digestive system are and are often the a faulty diet. The problem may come right back after treatment has been com pleted because re-infection is likely. decreasing irritating and toxic sub stances such as coffee and alcohol. deglycyrrhizinated licorice. The digestive system is very susceptible to stress because of the sensitive lining of the intestines. in combination with stress. Conversely. which still exist in many parts of the world. curative medications may last underlying causes only temporarily. orange juice. symptoms of TB will often improve on their own. fats. This means paying closer attention to the foods you eat. You can often prevent and treat these conditions by working with your healing system. and citrus juices.

. Prevention. Similarly. it is often successfully treated with fluids and certain herbs. constipation. including the regular ingestion of adequate fiber and fluids. rather. reported that there African cancer villages where people subsisted largely on vegetarian diets. practicing stress management. Low-residue foods and foods that are highly processed. along with excess fat in the diet. who are known vegetarians. population. colon cancer is remarkably and refined Dennis in absent in most developing are countries where little meat food products consumed. leading cause of death in the U. can be contributing fac tors to appendicitis. there is still a tendency to regard surgery as the only solution to the condition. Because little research has been done on the dietary influences on appendicitis. even if it has a high rate of occurrence in your family. as it is here. chronic and emotional factors. M. is not routinely operated on in China. a surgeon will often remove the appendix as a preventative measure at no extra charge.S. and instituting measures aimed at good bowel hygiene will aid your healing system and prevent colon cancer from occurring. In fact. stress. will help your healing system maintain the health of your appendix. many cases of appendicitis will respond well to clear-liquid diets. Even in this country. strangely enough. colon-cancer rates are very low compared to the mainstream U.. in Seventh Day Adventists. Appendicitis. Learning how to relax. In addition to diet. The now-famous were no cases study by of colon Burkitt. if caught early. Diets high in fiber and low in fat can often help prevent this problem. however. following the dietary suggestions given earlier. if the inflammation is caught in its earlier stages.D. during abdominal surgery for other reasons..S.Conquering Common Health Conditions 305 Appendicitis appendicitis has traditionally been regarded as a sur gical emergency because people who fail to receive timely treatment can rupture their appendix and suffer serious and sometimes fatal consequences. apparent contributors to colon cancer are dehydration. Co’on Cancer A In this country.

or excessive fried or certain toxic substances such fatty substances. Removing these factors while tion in the stomach. but most last no more than a few days.306 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Constipation large by poor diet. deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Some of these among be severe. and is most often caused system. acidic foods. are usu ally quite helpful to your healing system in preventing constipation. which can contribute to other disease processes. which includes the small and large intestines. and slippery-elm teas can also be quite helpful. Fever may or may not be present. and a sedentary lifestyle. peppermint. relaxation and stress to increased exercise. Eating more bland and soothing foods. stress and anxiety. You can also occasionally use gentle conventional and natural laxa tives for acute episodes of constipation. and diarrhea. and certain carbonated sodas. chamomile. Mild cases of food poi soning represent the ingestion of contaminated foods and are the more common causes of gastroenteritis. eating diet in a as strong coffee and hurry ingesting alcohol. Gastritis Gastritis results most and stress. managing stress. and the colon. constipation can result in bowel obstruction. which irritates the Gastroenteritis Gastroenteritis is a mation of the entire stomach and the general term that refers to irritation and inflam gastrointestinal tract. soothing liquids will aid your healing system in eliminating this condition. cases can Symptoms often include nausea and vomiting. abdominal pain cramping. intestines. and using natural soothing com pounds such as aloe vera juice. especially during flare-ups. Increased fluid and fiber. which is a surgical emergency. not enough fluids. Causes commonly from a combination of faulty include improper food combinations. The prob lem with constipation is that it causes toxins to back up in your most common or Constipation is the condition of the colon. which increases blood flow management. with . drinking plenty of water and nonacidic. lack of fiber. If it is allowed to progress. These substances serve to increase acid produc lining.

and many more. par ticularly if you are traveling overseas or are in an exotic tropical locale where your body may not be used to the local flora and con taminants in that part of the world. Viral hepatitis now appears in multiple forms. C. Hepatitis A is usually contracted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Consuming plenty of fiber and fluids is also important. Cases of hepatitis can be acute and isolated. Conventional Western medicine has little medications to Inflammation of the liver is called to improve the health of the liver. contaminated needles. Nutritional elements that help support the health of your liver include foods high in beta carotene. nonB. It is important not to introduce solid food that can feed the offending organisms and slow down your body’s healing processes. including liver cancer. Traditional medicines from India and China also . non-A. abnormal growth. and they may be even more damaging to the liver than the agents themselves. Most other forms of hepatitis. and there are many causes for the different types of hepatitis. and others. which can supporting the body’s healing flush out the intestinal contaminants with the vomiting and diarrhea. as in chemotherapy for cancer. including hepatitis A. or blood transfusions. If fever is present. such as B. Alcoholic hepatitis is due to the chronic irritation and consumption of alcohol and can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. and other complications. or through sharing contami nated eating utensils. B. including turmeric and all yellow and orange vegetables and fruit.Conquering Common Health Conditions 307 Treatment is directed toward system. Hepatitis hepatitis. Most offer in the way of treatments for hepatitis. are most commonly contracted through unsafe sexual practices. can be helpful for certain liver conditions. extremely important in supporting your healing system when you have hepatitis. especially if no solid foods are eaten. Viral hepatitis is con tracted through various infectious sources. silymarin. antibiotics may be necessary for a few days. Take clear liquids in abundance for the first 48 hours. C. without any solid foods. The herb milk thistle and its extracted alkaloid. which causes scarring. or chronic and debilitating. High-fat diets and low Diet is residue foods seem to aggravate liver conditions. are aimed at attacking the supposed agents of disease.

and emotional release of anger can also be very helpful for liver conditions. Addressing problems related tions to these disorders contribute to can early on is important problems elsewhere because these condi in the problems related to include anemia. For these reasons. Because the liver is so important and so difficult to treat. Chinese occurrence delicate intestinal herbal medicines. if can worsen. irritable bowel large category of intestinal syndrome. and soothing. aloe vera. Conventional treatments. and are common cramping during flare-ups tory bowel disorders. Diarrhea. abdominal pain. those conditions . Stress management. slippery elm and chamomile teas. a com bination of stress-management techniques. visualization and guided imagery. and yoga. Other natural substances that can assist your healing system in help ing to soothe and heal inflamed intestinal surfaces are water. in the intestines become During times of stress. and ulcerative colitis. and special dietary practices are most helpful to the healing system in managing these conditions. including drugs and surgery. in disease. body. Those syndromes not brought under control. including guided imagery and visualization. Okra is ideal for people with inflammatory bowel problems because it contains adequate fiber and is also gentle and soothing. these conditions patients with inflamma similarly to autoimmune are influenced nerves by dietary factors and can stress. can also assist your heal ing system to help reverse these conditions. Alternative approaches. including Ayurvedic medicine. and deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Inflammatory Inflammatory Crohn c Bowel Disease a bowel disease includes as conditions such colitis. and that consists of adequate fiber. and poor absorption of essential nutrients. and those with perfectionist tendencies. these conditions have in people who are under long-term stress. which behave diseases. a rare dietary combination. spastic colon. An effective diet for these disorders is one that is bland. vitamin deficiencies. acupuncture. Like other chronic intestinal diseases. hyperstimulated and irritate the the a lining.308 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick promising. those higher who are high achievers. practicing preventive medicine is essential to avoid appear to be these liver conditions. gentle.

sometimes. if treated early or prevented. less manage stress and system. the ulcers can bleed. such as peppermint and chamomile tea. a bacterium known as H.and long-term management of ulcers. Stress-management extremely helpful for the treatment and prevention of ulcers. prevent ulcers from developing in the first techniques and learning how to relax are Urinary System The Disorders kidneys are the main filters and organs of your body that elim inate liquid waste products. conditions that.Conquering Common Health Conditions 309 Stomach Ulcers and Duodenal Ulcers Commonly ulcers referred to as peptic ulcers. and. Your kidneys require adequate fluid intake and regular flushing. nicotine. soothing. and alcohol from your diet if you have ulcers. stomach ulcers and duodenal are areas of the stomach that become deteriorated by stomach acid. less acidic. more changing your eating Drinking more water and neutral. and long-standing high blood pressure and diabetes. Other factors that can be harmful to your kidneys include the regular ingestion of certain toxic substances. deglycyrrhiz mated licorice. gentle. in addition to the more traditional antacids and acid-blocking drugs. Eliminate caffeine. Acting early to institute these measures will help place. Indigestion and abdominal pain in the upper abdomen and lower chest often accompany stomach ulcers. soothing natural supplements. slippery elm. A more long-term approach how to support your healing eating blander. pylon has been implicated in the cause of certain ulcers. In the acute bowel disease. will most often not harm your kidneys. . but the includes habits bleeding learning to a stages of an ulcer. Stomach ulcers often have similar causes to inflammatory they represent a more persistent digestive system. treatment depends on stopping if it has already begun. but stress also is known to be a big factor in these and chronic imbalance in the conditions. In recent years. Many gentle. are often effective to help your healing system in the short. flesh-oriented diet that consists of non-irritating foods are most helpful. and they can become unhealthy if you don’t drink enough fluids.

Stress. they can block the ureters and may require surgical removal. Female The female Reproductive System Disorders reproductive system is extremely sensitive and complex. Stress management. responding to nerve transmissions from the brain and hormonal messages from the pituitary gland. antibiotic therapy is mandatory to prevent further spread and damage to the kidneys. Another more prudent pre ventive measure is to take a bath or shower in the morning after you have moved your bowels. such as uva ursi. In adult women. Some stones can be blasted out by sound waves. faulty diet. dehydration. Doing this will eliminate the bacteria that are associated with these infections. and excess caffeine and nicotine can all contribute to the formation of kidney stones. certain herbs. Kidney stones are made of stone-like material that forms in the kid neys and then attempts to bladder. hormonal imbalance. and urinary tract. and most women instinctively know to urinate after sex to prevent this from happening.310 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Kidney Stones Kidney stones are another fairly common and very painful problem. the most common activity associated with urinary-tract infections is sexual intercourse. a technique known as lithotri~sy. juniper berries. Kidney stones they almost always cause a small amount kidney stones are large. extremely painful. It operates on a cycle. Along with lots of fluids. in serious infec tions. If be and Urinary-Tract Urinary-tract common Infections infections include bladder than in and infections. of blood in the urine. and from the bladder can pass down from the ureters into the through the urethra. and other natural substances such as cranberry. Once you have contracted a uri nary-tract infection. At the same . drinking plenty of fluids. and avoiding alcohol and caffeine all help to support your healing system to prevent and eliminate kidney stones. can help your healing system maintain the health of your kidneys. bladder. lead which are more to women men can kidney Urinary-tract infections can easily be prevented if good bladder and bowel hygiene are maintained. however.

and it intimately interacts with other systems in your body. An originate lems often flare up in other parts of the body. male or female. and such excellent resource on how you can improve the health of your repro ductive system is Dr. resulting in diminishing levels of estrogen in blood. There two reasons for this. An unhealthy diet. the use of natural. active. Cervical cancer. Women’s Wisdom. it is producing imbalances that prob during times of mental and emotional stress. prevent Because of this risk. Sexually transmitted diseases can also damage the reproductive system. the female reproductive system is extremely sensitive and vulnerable. to on this entire earth. First. and volatile cell populations of any tissue in the body. including excess caffeine. and breast cancer are the predominant types of cancer. the cells of this system are some of the most rapidly dividing. Second. Christiane Women’s Bodies. progesterone Problems in the reproductive system may reflect hormonal time. nicotine. Although estrogen replacement may be appropriate in certain cases. it also has an associated risk of increased reproductive-system cancer. and alcohol. The question of estrogen (hormonal) replacement ther to osteoporosis and heart disease that can occur following menopause is an ongoing area of debate among experts. and how deal with it in detail later in this Menopause It is ation the apy during this time in a woman’s life that ovulation and menstru gradually end. healthy diet. Cancer of the Female The female cancer to Reproductive System is one reproductive system are of the most common sites for appear. and eat a wholesome. try appropriate natural herbs. and other harmful lifestyle factors may also contribute to problems of the female reproductive system. follow the recom mendations for overall health given in previous chapters. uterine cancer. To help your healing system maintain the health of your reproductive system. substances that work with the plant-derived estrogens and healing system are becoming more .Conquering Common Health Conditions 311 its own hormones in the form of estrogen and that feed back to these other organs. ovarian cancer. Northrup’s best-selling book. I address the more subject of cancer chapter.

and often just as conventional forms of estrogen. and rest to stress-management and visualization support your healing system at these times. is a common. always the go. Some of these methods are proper diet.312 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick popular. was able to reverse this condition as well by resuming weight-bearing exercises. Acupuncture. it is impor to back little normal activities and listen their bodies of during menstruation. can help alleviate PMS symptoms. if caught early. certainly. In generations past. Stress. who are dehydration. ‘While the lack of estrogen conditions. with little evidence that it caused increased risk of heart disease role in these also need to osteoporosis. which. such cramp bark. and dong quai. gentle yoga stretching. emotional upheaval. a quadriplegic. poor diet. new evidence with NASA astronauts who experienced osteoporosis while they as more prolonged zero-gravity conditions showed that their osteo porosis could be reversed by their resuming normal weight-bearing activities once they were back on earth. and fibrocystic breast disease often reflect hormonal imbalances. Clearly. symptoms tant to ease and excessive caffeine and alcohol For a women on lack of exercise. painful disorder around the time of menstruation and involves cramping of the uterine muscles. Also. tension. effective These options are generally safer. ovarian cysts. . can successfully respond to meth ods that work with your healing system. can make PMS on worse. Christopher Reeve. increased fluid intake. decrease caffeine practice as and alcohol intake. Drink plenty of fluids. It may also include headaches and other asso ciated symptoms. PMS. techniques. there is more to osteoporosis than merely menopause and estrogen. Premenstrual Premenstrual that occurs Syndrome (PMS) or syndrome. raspberry tea. other more important or may play a risk factors be considered. stress Natural herbs. menopause was accepted as a natural con were in dition of life. who also developed osteoporosis due to inac tivity. uterine Jibroids. and natural medications and treatments. such as endometriosis. and massage may also be helpful. Other disorders of the female reproductive system. breathing. management. The late actor. gentler. sometimes so severe that they can be disabling. a time of blood loss and sloughing reproductive tissues.

treatments successful for Prostate Enlargement as Also known benign prostatic hypertrophy. saw . Dr. a man may have to wake urinate because with BPH. A low-fat diet. San Francisco. the palmetto. Dean Ornish. is showing that diet and emotional factors. their testosterone levels become diminished. may go Recent research shows that Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer cancer men. Ruth Marlin. many case reports and books are beginning to demonstrate cancer overcoming prostate cancer using methods that naturally work with your body’s healing system. this condition compresses and encroaches upon the urethra.Conquerrng Common Heafth Conditions 313 Male Reproductive System Disorders Male Menopause men through a male equivalent to female menopause. and reducing overall body to In addition conventional medicines. Standardized doses of testos terone are currently available to supplement low testosterone levels. which is the tube lead ing from the bladder through the penis. a lawyer who had prostate cancer and successfully overcame it with methods that work with the body’s healing system. and they can suffer from mood swings and depression. when. around the ages of approximately 45 to 65. a natural herb that works with your healing system by shrinking and reduc ing swelling in the prostate. including stress. play a significant role in prostate being at conducted on prostate health and prostate cancer. can often be very helpful for BPH. In advanced to cases. increased fluids and fiber. or BPH. and natural sources of testosterone that work more harmoniously with your healing system are also currently being researched. Prostate enlargement makes passing urine difficult. up 6 tolO times or more a night bladder never fully empties. Dr. Prostate Health in 90 Days is an excellent book by Larry Clapp. has now become one of the most common types of in New research by University of California. In addition to these stud ies. and others the and other disorders of the prostate. and at Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in New York.

314 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick tension system in not by learning how to relax can also support your healing preventing and minimizing symptoms of BPH. The subject of cancer is discussed more thoroughly later in this chapter. increasing fluid intake. eating a healthy. Lymph-node enlargement. A famous is Lance lymphatic champion story of a person who overcame Armstrong. wholesome diet. which shares an important relationship with your body’s immune and healing systems. but it is also important to use system. Nervous Disorders of the System These Disorders more nerves are some of the of all conditions to treat. it is often curable. circu late in the lymph fluid. If testicular caught early stages and given appropriate medical treatment. accompanied by lifestyle changes that help support the body’s healing system. cancer these conditions of the success lymphatic system are eradicate. occurs in response to infections. which help fight infection and keep your blood clean. such as stress natural methods that work with your healing management. The white blood cells of your immune system. and lymph nodes make up your lymph system. weakened conditions of the body. cancer is in its Lymphatic System Your Disorders lymphatic vessels. legendary Tour de France and author of It’s Not About the Bike. If easier to caught early. channels. complex and difficult challenges are because of the . which represent gen eralized. Testicular Cancer This form of cancer frequently afflicts younger males. BPH is to related prostate cancer. which represents white-blood-cell proliferation and activation. Serious disorders of the lymphatic system include Hodgkin’s disease. and other lymphatic cancers. and using other natural medicines and herbs. lymphoma. Conventional treatments such as radiation can often be helpful for these conditions.

the to Gingko biloba. may be helpful in selected cases of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. a shuffling walk. lack of coordination. ~ Parkinson’s disease. supported by good nutri system treating them once they working with your healing system disorders are established. seizures. music therapy.Conquering Common Health Conditions 315 intricate interactions between your brain. Gentle yoga techniques can also sup port the healing system by improving balance and coordination. and your emotions. have a natural calming effect on the mind and brain. and speech and visual disturbances. cause Epilepsy. nervous system. n condition related cerebral ~ Cerebral palsy. characterized and by tremors. thought to be an autoimmune disease. which includes wide range of conditions that Multiple sclerosis. Stress management. and they help manage these conditions by stabilizing the electrical activity of the nervous system. Conventional medicines may be necessary to help manage these problems once they are established. Acupuncture. rigidity. palsy results in speech a and movement disturbances. . which appears early in life and is a debilitating to birth trauma or other congenital problems. system disorders often involve the brain and They include such conditions as the following: Alzheimer’s disease. which has been shown to increase blood flow to the brain. characterized by a loss of short-term memory. your mind. including relaxation training and breathing techniques. loss of balance. with symptoms including progressive weakness. and massage can also be helpful. Spinal-cord disorders. Stress-man agement techniques are also effective in relieving pain and tension resulting from these conditions. Because of the seriousness of central nervous and the difficulties in focus should be on prevent them. which are usually trauma related and result in life-altering paralysis of one degree or another. tion and natural medicines. your Central Nervous Central nervous System Disorders are usually ~ serious.

Because of healing system’s amazing ability to mend and remodel bone. Because these conditions are often associated with other health problems that are both correctable and preventable. These disorders include diabetic Musculoskeletal Disorders Problems in the muscles and bones bruises and contusions Fractures Fractures heal best with to and range from fractures and other conditions. The largest bone in the body. proper nutrition. fractures heal uneventfully once the bones are held in place by either a cast or splint. are nerve Peripheral neuropathies disorders that extremities. takes just six weeks to heal from a simple fracture.” and nutritional neuropathies.316 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick The most important thing you can underlying causes of these conditions and do is pay attention to the start treatment in the ear liest stages when symptoms are less severe. and natural medicines that support your your healing system. are common adequate calcium and vitamin D. Paying attention to good nutrition and incorporating stress management and other natural methods that work with your healing system can go a long way toward improving these conditions. rest. (beriberi). Exciting new research in the field of nerve regeneration is investigating procedures that sup port the healing system’s ability to mend damaged nerves and create new pathways for victims of spinal cord injury and other diseases of the central nervous system. Some complex fractures might require assistance with methods such as bone setting and open surgical reduction using plates. such as those caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. (pernicious anemia). most screws. rods. addressing those underlying factors is the key to working with your healing system to improve and reverse the nerve disorders. sciatica and “pinched nerves. the femur. and pins. plenty of fluids. as well as electrical bone stimulation. but most . or thiamin defi ciency. natural sunlight. immobilization. Peripheral Neuropathies usually involve the neuropathy.

flexible. Common in influences calcium metabolism. Osteoporosis post-menopausal women. however. Osteoporosis can be prevented and often reversed by regular weight-bearing cium. stretch. yet they showed that the fractures they treated even using only sticks healed in the a same amount of time as those treated with modern methods in large hospital in America. adequate vitamin D and cal and a healthy. Many experts believe this condition is caused by a lack of estrogen. osteoporosis represents a loss density and strength. may also contribute to the condition. in addition to exercising. Muscular Injuries Injuries of the muscles are common. Dietary factors and other lifestyle and personal health habits also A play a major role in these conditions.Conquering Common Health Conditions 317 fractures may not well-known study to medical require casting. of bone There is evidence that stress. mental tension and stress con also cause muscular tension and stiffness. and they are often contributing factors to many muscular and neuromuscular disorders. Additionally. and relax the muscles while building tone and strength. are important. systematic approach to ensuring proper health of your muscles through exer cises that lengthen. . healthy muscle is one that is strong. and which affects the endocrine system and high-protein diets. This was demonstrated in a involving Nigerian bone doctors. who never went school. but not flexible or relaxed. These conditions tribute to muscle pain. newer research on astronauts shows that a lack of weight-bearing exercise may play a larger role. wholesome diet that supports healing system. If muscles are strong and overdeveloped. and relaxed. your stress exercise and management. because your muscles can are connected to your nerves. the likelihood of injuries increases because of their stiffness and rigidity. which can leech calcium from bone. stretching. so regularly stretching and relaxing all the muscles in your body. Yoga is a gentle. Anyone with a muscular condition would do well to investigate the possibility of adding yoga to his or her overall heal ing program. including back pain and fibromyalgia.

acupuncture. and visualization and guided imagery can also be very helpful for this condition. George Freeman Solomon. and swimming. Ironically. who is one of the world’s foremost authorities on rheumatoid arthritis. Certain foods and natural supplements such as glucosamine may also be helpful. such repressed anger.” gout is caused production. that can alter the . and seafood.318 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick Joint Because you are Disorders constantly moving. these conditions are relatively rare in most developing countries where activities and lifestyles are less sedentary. Movement therapies such as yoga. This condition can be prevented and reversed by following methods that work with your healing system. and and Gout the “rich man’s disease. often the result of rich foods such Known as by as excess uric acid meat and flesh products. Gout is virtually absent among poor populations. the endocrine system. and it responds well to reducing or abstaining from all meats. your joints are subject to wear tear. Dr. tai chi. has identified several as psychological factors. Rheumatoid Arthritis Now considered an Most doctors believe that osteoarthritis is caused autoimmune problem. increasing fluid coffee and alcohol can intake and avoiding prevent flare-ups of this condition. and your brain. Gout is entirely cur able and preventable. In addition. at UCLA. Emotional upheaval often precedes painful flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis by the steady wear and tear of joints. including fruit and vegetable juices. and increased consumption of fluids. Joint diseases are particularly common in the Western developed world. they are a common site for painful problems and dis turbances. rheumatoid arthritis is caused by dysfunction in the lines of communication among the immune system. which subsist predominantly on vegetables and grains. fowl. These include gentle stretching of the muscles that surround the affected joints.

swelling. Other factors may also be present in this condition. and of arthritis. Working with your healing system by addressing the underlying causes of these problems.Conquering Common Health Conditions 319 of your internal environment and trigger destructive autoimmune responses that affect joint surfaces. weight of your body. this condition responds well to methods that work with your healing system. such as physical therapy and gentle. stretch ing. and stress-management practices. which eventually causes the muscles to fix the joints in a particular subsequently leads to irritation. However. and Extremities Hand Problems The hands are subject to overuse and abuse. Foot Problems Your feet bear the entire properly care for them. along with regular gentle extension of the muscles and tendons that control the movement of the fingers. diet. chemistry responds well to physical therapy. inflamma tion. This arthritis is often due to chronic tension in the fingers. can help reverse and prevent this problem. all strategies that help support your healing system. Feet. persistent stretching like that found in yoga therapy. If caught in its early stages. position. Surgery is often performed in more severe cases. the effectiveness of yoga therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome was docu mented in a study that appeared in the Journal of the American to overuse of the wrist Medical Association. and joint pain. In fact. are a common site for the occurrence consequently they particularly in later years. which Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic condition of the wrists related joints. rheumatoid arthritis often Disorders of the Hands. and if you do not they can cause endless misery—so much so. Arthritis of the hands is easier to manage or cure if you catch it early and if you incorporate meth ods that work with your healing system into your daily life. including breathing and imagery. .

it can be very effective for problems involv ing the nerves and muscles of the feet. Reflexology is a type of mas sage that involves nerve meridians that connect areas of the feet to other parts of the body. stress. Plantar Fasciitis. and applying gentle. ankylosis spondylitis. heel spurs. herniated and ruptured discs. toes. known as podiatry. Long-standing histories of poor posture. and Plantar Warts plantar fasciitis. going barefoot when ever possible. Disorders of the Spine Spine culoskeletal and each cared for. Back pain comes in various forms and severity and is associated with common diagnostic names such as spinal arthritis.320 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick that an entire specialty. jogging. they can usually be reversed quite readily once the underlying causes are addressed. degenerative disc disease. spinal stenosis. Back is the . Heel Spurs. Corns. physical pain United States. spondylolisthesis. taking warm foot baths. Stretching the muscles of the feet. and legs. comfort able shoes and getting regular foot massages can often help your healing system correct these problems. exists just to tend to the feet alone. There are 24 joints in the human spine. standing. spondylosis. or imbalances created by improper movement while walking. They are often caused by improperly fitted shoes. Corns. and plantar warts are all common conditions of the feet. soothing natural creams such as turmeric or calendula that soften the skin and support healing processes all serve as valuable aids to your healing system as it works to alleviate these conditions. one is subject to a potential problem if it is not properly Back Pain single most common cause of work disability in the Approximately 100 billion dollars is spent annually on this problem. Although these conditions are so painful at times that they can be incapacitating. and sciatica. or participating in sports and other strenuous activities. disorders represent a special and more complex aspect of mus joint diseases. scoliosis. Additionally. wearing roomy.

Dean Ornish’s in a be supportive your healing group environment. Even to long-standing. and ways to prevent this common. even the worst and most dangerous disease in the world can be healed naturally. natural methods that work with your healing system. you address the Circulatory System Heart Disease Disorders Heart disease is the number-one killer in the Western comes world. repression a inhibition of emotions. high blood pressure is referred to a serious circulatory disease that. High-fat diets. and it in several forms. debilitating group of maladies in a simple. Healing Back Pain Naturally.Conquering Common Health Conditions 321 abuse. yet powerful. and to lack of of anger and intimacy all significant contributing factors to heart dis groundbreaking work on the reversal of heart disease without drugs or surgery is based on a program that incorporates simple. or clog of the arteries of the heart. Coronary artery disease can lead to ging sudden death from heart attack and claims more lives than all other diseases combined. The most common type of heart disease. lack of exercise. gentle stretching. wholesome diet. accidents. organized manner that will allow you to work with your healing system to overcome these problems. I address the underly ing causes. or infections. and learning how to express emotions and share feelings Dr. diabetes. These include eating a low-fat diet. performing moderate but regular exercise. repetitive injuries. such as developing proper spine mechanics. including cancer.” It is hypertension. is caused by atherosclerosis. When you learn to work with system. practicing stress management and relaxation. eating a healthy. if not as “the treated . stubborn cases of back pain can be reversed if underlying causes and use methods that work with your healing system. and inadequate diet often contribute these conditions. social isolation. treatment. and managing stress. have been shown ease. In my previous book. stress. known as coronary artery disease. High Blood Pressure as Also known silent killer.

or worried. become lodged usually generated in the brain’s circulatory paths and clog the blood vessels that nour ish the brain. which can commonly arm results in severely incapacitating and even fatal. increased pressure in the blood vessels that go to the brain eventually causes the vessels to burst. In addition to cutting out caffeine and nicotine. A Stroke is a well-known second mechanism that from causes stroke occurs when small blood clots. rupture. in turn. Stroke. under can occur This Medicines are available to artificially control high blood pres sure. The effect is similar to what happens when you place your thumb or finger over the end of a garden hose to spray the water out further and faster. controlled by nerves that are connected to your brain. can become elevated when you are when you are upset. Lowering your blood pressure this way will lower your risk of stroke and heart disease and reduce your depend ence on medications. most paralysis of one side of the body. when you are calm and relaxed. as has exercise. Speech and swallowing . and cheeks. which increases the pressure of the blood flow inside them. but many of them have side effects that can interfere with the quality of your life. and bleed. Stroke circulatory disorder most often caused by underlying complications of long-standing high blood pressure. your blood pressure tends to automatically become lower. which are both known to elevate blood pressure. mouth. typically an be structures on and as a leg. it is critical for you to work with your healing system by learning how to relax and manage your stress to help bring your blood pressure down. lips. your blood pressure stress. some natural medicines lation and can keeping aid your healing system by supporting circu your blood vessels calm and relaxed. Whether or not you are currently taking med ications. This common disease is caused by constriction and narrowing of the arteries and smaller blood vessels. an irregularly beating heart. frightened. Other such the tongue. can cause heart disease and stroke. Because the smooth muscles that control the diameter of your blood vessels are. The prolonged. Conversely. the face may also be affected. excited.322 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick properly. Losing weight has also been shown to reduce blood pressure.

the endocrine system may become imbalanced and dysfunctional as the result of underlying problems elsewhere in the body. paralyzed limbs and back to muscles miraculously system. nutri tional and metabolic vice is a problems or can affect the endocrine system. many people have been able a normal lives once they have suffered stroke. seemingly dead. in which the pressures that surround them are enormous and they and also is somewhat . Memory can loss and loss of other mental faculties keep their spirits up during the hard work of the stroke rehabilitation phase. fast-paced lives. The body can do this by accessing duplicate information on the undamaged side of the brain and transferring it to the affected side. Because of its extensive connections. Many patients with this syndrome report extreme fatigue after living hectic. The most common endocrine disorder is diabetes. Prolonged stress and a lack of rest appear to be major factors in chronic fatigue syndrome. also occur. Because of the body’s again healing after under circumstances where all to resume hope appears lost. although this process might take months or even years. glucose metabolism. even can come life. usually by Chronic Chronic common Fatigue Syndrome fatigue syndrome in women is a relatively who new disorder that is more ventional medical baffling to treat by con specialize in the treatment practices. Endocrine System Disorders The endocrine system consists of important organs and glands that produce powerful hormones that are involved in a wide range of functions. and connecting new nerve pathways to compensate for the damaged portion that previously For those who controlled these functions. the body’s healing system can often restore the body to practically normal functioning.Conquering Common Health Conditions 323 are can often affected. and caused versa. For example. Experts of the disorder believe exhaustion of the adrenal glands may be an important factor. which insulin derangement of sugar deficiency. Once the brain learns essary new to make the nec connections.

Psychological factors might include the fear of getting well and becoming overwhelmed again by the demands of work and other responsibilities. significantly influence the of this Although some researchers have tried link this form of . and contribute to other problems. or adult diabetes. linked to to maturity onset. It also or appears be related to stress. such as nerve damage. practice stress management. such as yeast infections and fibromyalgia. and a lack of exercise. To prevent this from happening. and chronic skin ulcers on the feet and ankles. The danger of high blood sugar. focus on a healthy. course and unresolved grief. is that it can damage blood vessels in the eyes.324 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick haven’t rested considerable relaxed for many years. there may other concomitant a problems. Insulin dependent refers to the need to inject insulin from a syringe body to help bring your blood sugar under control. The two main types of diabetes have traditionally been broken down into Type I. but may become insulin dependent over time. depression. maturity onset. as well. emotional upheaval. and to work with your healing system to restore natural health and energy~ it is imperative to incor porate adequate sleep and rest into your lifestyle. and participate in a regular physical exercise and movement program. fatigue syndrome. which is the common denom inator of all types of diabetes. It can also damage the kidneys. which in disease. Type II diabetes has been traditionally obesity~ a diet high in sugar. There also is a strong associated risk of heart disease in people who into your insulin suffer from diabetes. causing kidney failure. juvenile onset. in addition to accompanying depression and other psychological factors that fur ther deplete physical energy and prevent the condition from healing sooner. wholesome diet. Diabetes There diabetes and the stages of this ill ness. which often starts out as non- dependent. These factors may serve as impediments to the healing system’s ability to do its job in a timely and efficient manner. insulin-dependent diabetes and Type are several ways to classify II. conditions that influence turn personal to health habits and diet. Adult. drink plenty of fluids. causing blindness. When the body is under stress and lacks quality sleep and rest. it is only natural or that it will suffer from With chronic lack of energy and eventually become fatigued.

focus on incorporating preventive strategies before the illness has a chance to surface in your body. getting adequate exercise. or during gestation. most com monly hypothyroidism. . Insulin may be required until these other methods are well established. occurs at a much younger in age and can often be severe. and addressing the deeper emotional.Conquering Common Health Conditions 325 diabetes to lifestyle factors. The juvenile form of diabetes. Type I. but a large number of patients have successfully weaned themselves from insulin dependence in a rela tively short period of time. This changed perspective is due in part to the discovery that insulin communicates directly with the brain and is now classi fied as a neuropeptide or neurotransmitter. practicing stress-manage ment techniques. During my tenure as a medical student more than 20 years ago. or low production of the thyroid hormone. taking natural medications. These strategies are obviously more effective if they are instituted in the early stages of the illness. drinking plenty of water. and spir itual factors that may be driving this unhealthy condition. the evidence clearly points more toward including stress and diet. These treatments include eating a proper diet. Newer treatments for diabetes that address the causes. involve methods that work with your healing system. underlying merely manage the symptoms. mental. rather than as a pure hormone. and it occurs fairly frequently. but on the rise in Western countries. is rare genetic causes. The vation that current interactions that view is further based can on the scientific obser time in the brain more insulin be found at any one than in any other organ or structure in the body. If diabetes happens to run in your family. but newer research points occur toward stress and during periods of deranged mind-body intense emotional upheaval in the individual or family. many experts believed that autoimmune illness triggered by a virus or another infection. getting patients off insulin was considered an impossibility. since this type of diabetes The developing countries. juvenile diabetes was an In the past. good news is that this type of diabetes can be reversed when you catch it early and apply methods that work with your healing system. It occurs in several forms. rather than Thyroid Dysfunction Thyroid dysfunction is more common in women than in men.

These sensitivities. which need to be addressed if one is to get to the root of the problem. such as stress. because the thyroid gland is under the domain of the pituitary gland. Allergies system at a often system specific. lack of exercise. which is under the domain of the hypothalamus and the brain. These are desirable qualities for an overweight person who may suffer from fatigue and depression. thyroid dysfunction usually indicates problems higher up the chain of command.326 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick usually requires supplementation. but. Implementing the methods that strengthen and fortify your healing system. can be most helpful. dietary imbalances. but the long-term effects of supplementing with thyroid hormone when it may not be absolutely necessary are unknown. develop into an allergy~ The most common the skin and respiratory are system. you can support your healing system by address ing the underlying factors that may be responsible for thyroid dysfunction. greater energy. We still have a long way to go. In many cases. When iow thyroid func thyroid hormone replacement. there is an increase in metabolism. For . Western medi cine usually ignores these underlying causes in the treatment of thyroid conditions. because of AIDS and the HIV virus. This means that only one time may be sensitive to a particular substance. Allergies person is created as have specific sensitivities Every a unique individual and or as a to certain substances result may environmental can conditions. and types of allergies affect have already discussed those under these separate headings. tion is corrected with which Immune-System Very little was Disorders and known about the powerful sophisticated intrica cies of the immune system before the onset of the devastating AIDS epidemic. today we know much more than ever before. Unfortunately. if prolonged we or pronounced. and an unhealthy lifestyle. and loss of weight. Additionally. as shared in previous chapters. improved mood.

dust an the lungs. life-threatening situ ation. or they may even result in a serious.Conquering Common Health Conditions 327 example. take precautions to any erate avoid further exposure or contact with it. Chemical and Chemical and medical any reaction at all. such as iodine. To overcome allergies in general. You can do this by carefully observ ing how your body interacts with each and every suspected allergen in your environment. one of the most common of all suspected food allergies. the dust may cause but if it is placed on the may not cause allergic rash may not placed on the skin. but instead to work with your healing system to overcome the allergy. swallowed. if you coop with your healing system in this manner. wheezing. Even though discovering the true source of allergy may require a bit of tedious detective work. and a runny skin. chewed. which is a simple sugar found in dairy products. nose. the body lacks a specific enzyme and is simply unable to digest foods that contain lactose. A substance that causes cause any reaction whatsoever when it is Drug Allergies drug allergies are common with medications and in settings. and eliminate its unhealthy Food Food influence on your body. if dust is breathed into coughing. These allergies may show up in the form of a skin rash. acute currently available to symptoms of allergy from what are For long-term treatment. such as lactose intolerance. however. it is better not to suppress your symptoms. This enzyme is lacking in the majority of people from the Orient and . Employ the methods discussed in previous chapters that strengthen and for tify your healing system as it relates to the affected system. Effective conventional medications help ever manage and suppress the cause. Food allergies include conditions that may not be true allergies. focus on building up the health of the specific system that is affected by the allergy. Allergies allergies are less common than those of the skin and respira tory system. sooner or later you will be able to identify the offending agent. With lactose intolerance. These include allergies to medicines such as peni cillin and other antibiotics. and eaten. and other drugs or chemicals. mineral dyes.

allergy but other Acquired AIDS is Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) example of what can happen to your body when the immune system is impaired. pollutants. AIDS is entirely preventable by practicing safe sex. or poor personal health habits. repeated intravenous drug use. avoid foods with chemical additives whenever possible. Many Many synthetic chemicals used in industry are harmful and irritating to the human body. it is important to know exactly what you are introducing into your body when you eat. but to avoid food allergies. lactose intolerance is not a merely a normal variant found in certain ethnic suspected allergies have similar stories. but it is clear that those whose immune systems are already impaired and worn down are at higher risk. groups.328 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick many other parts of the world. it is not surprising to find that food-related allergies are becoming more common. and additives. drinking plenty of fluids. The additional good news is that many people currently afflicted with HIV are learning to work with their healing systems to improve their health. exercising. abstaining from illegal intravenous drug use. would not occur. Variety is the spice of life. You can also work with your healing system to keep your digestive system free from irritating and toxic substances by consuming plenty of fluids and fiber. In true fact. your body can become afflicted by organisms that cause an infections and disorders that. and avoiding blood transfusions from unknown sources. When the immune system is compro mised. and practicing good intestinal hygiene. This virus can be found among people with multiple sexual partners. practicing stress management. This approach includes concentrating on healthy diets. under normal circumstances. Because new synthetic chemicals are continuously being introduced into our food supply. and relying on natural medicines and modalities that support the rebuilding and restoration of the immune system. Cooperate with your healing system by eating foods from organic and natural sources that are free from chemical pesticides. To minimize the risk of exposure to such allergens. ‘Where the HIV virus initially came from is still controversial. including visualization/imagery techniques. Many .

To prevent anaphylaxis. and to open up to the loving support that is available from their families. lupus. wasp. it is highly likely that this disease will one day be declared completely curable. Anaphylaxis also can occur as other substances. Sjogren’s syndrome. jelly other venomous animals. ankylosing spondylitis. a and bites reaction by to with bee. but. as explained in an earlier chapter. scieroderma. but those with this condition who able to dealing with this difficult problem. be careful with new foods. and communities. early ana phylactic reactions. As infected individuals learn to strengthen. Illnesses in the autoimmune disease category include rheumatoid arthritis. Anaphylaxis Anaphylaxis reaction that is a less common but more serious form of an allergic can occur fish stings. fortif~r. in selected cases. Some researchers feel that viruses and certain bacteria can trigger the immune system to attack normal research suggests that these conditions represent body tissues. friends. as ical factors such Remaining stress. as has happened with other greatest success in dreadful diseases from the past. Keeping your mind calm and relaxed is critical in the stages of severe allergic reactions that might possibly become including pharmaceuticals. Stress management and breathing techniques can be helpful for anaphylaxis. seem to have the are tion. and. and exercise caution when you introduce new drugs or substances into your body. it is techniques before any medical emergency occurs. In the beginning much shame was associated with HIV infec love and accept themselves. especially when you are traveling.Conquering Common Health Conditions 329 people with HIV are now symptom free. and other insect stings. calm is essential because psycholog and tension can increase the symptoms. and multiple sclerosis. anxiety. a complete conversion from HIV positive back to HIV negative has been reported. and cooperate with their bodies’ healing systems. best to learn these Autoimmune Diseases This rapidly growing category of illnesses describes conditions that occur as a result of a derangement in the immune system that causes it to attack normal body tissues. among many others. but new complex mind-body .

prolonged. this perspective is not an unreasonable explanation for the origin of many difficult-to-treat autoimmune illnesses. Robert Eliot It is so said. Con ventional and it is healing and a is largely focused on suppressing the symptoms. such as stress management. to inadvertently attack the body. she was eventually able to overcome this so-called incurable disease. acting under orders from the brain. Working with methods that support your not very system. to work with her healing system.” becoming increasingly clearer current time that this is indeed true. incorporating stress-management strategies and positive mental programming. be Multiple In her Sclerosis groundbreaking book Who Said So? A Woman’s Fascinating Journey ofSelfDiscovery and Triumph over Multiple Sclerosis. As the eminent Dr. He attributed his success to learning to use the powers of his mind and body while he incorpo rated other. natural diet. These scientists believe that self-destructive that thoughts. Ankylosing Spondylitis Ankylosing spondylitis Stress and emotional is a severe form of arthritis of the to worsen spine.330 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick interactions because stress. effective. simple. and initiating other beneficial lifestyle changes. natural methods. gentle yoga stretching. In his best-selling book Anatomy of An Illness. Rachelle Breslow documented the mind-body factors that contributed to her own case of multiple sclerosis. treatment can extremely helpful for this condition. . trauma appear this condition. they almost always worsen during times of Behavioral scientists also believe that autoimmune a dysfunc or tion may be resentment reflection of causes deep-seated hostility. including large doses of vita min C and laughter. whole By learning some diet. “The brain writes over prescriptions cardiologist body. but she proved them wrong. wholesome. self-hatred. which activated his healing system to overcome this autoimmune disorder. She was told by her conventional doc tors that her condition was incurable. eating a healthy. Norman Cousins described his journey of complete recovery from an advanced case of ankylosing spondylitis. can lead to physical self-destruction persistent and through powerful for the if neurochemicals released from the brain. elements of the immune system.

reports and labora tory data collected from various research programs around the country. including Stress-management techniques A wholesome. . cancer. that immune function. are Autoimmune Disorders and Your Healing System In addition to the experiences of Rachelle Breslow and Norman Cousins. there definite causes. attitudes. beliefs. visualization and guided imagery ~J ~ healthy diet ~ Release of Exercise unhealthy emotional baggage ~ ~ Group support ffa Strengthened Love social intimacy ~ By incorporating these strategies ing system disorders. It also is are caused by the demons of fate. you may be able to activate your healing system and any one of a number of diseases with suspected autoimmune origins. As with any illness.Conquering Common Health Conditions 331 These strategies gram based system. events. a overcome and By learning to harness these forces in constructive way. operating under the direction of the brain and nervous emo system. from both clinical case there is now growing evidence. does not not come out of the blue to people randomly. Strategies following: ~ that may be effective for autoimmune disorders include the Mind-body strategies. to into your life. strongly influenced by your thoughts. cancer I need to address myths attack cancer. is tions. and entirely consistent with a comprehensive pro on the principles of working with the body’s healing they demonstrate what is also possible for you. you can work with your heal autoimmune significantly increase your chances of overcoming Cancer Before I discuss the four common strategies about for healing First.

two nocturnal animals that become more active at night. natural stimuli in predictable ways. or disease. these factors may not one elusive. This scenario represents a distinct departure in forefathers simpler. This abnormal response to an unnatural stimulus is hazardous to the . in many cases particularly if it is prevented. They do this because the headlights are artificial stimuli not part of their normal nighttime environment. stressful. In developing nations. To understand the origins of cancer a little better. significantly lower than those in modern industrialized nations. caught early. will generate a specific response in return. by all measurements. cancer rates are. When the sex hormones emitted by females of most species are released in the air. Problems in nature develop when artificial or unnatural stimuli are superimposed on systems that have been programmed to react to specific. more wholesome ways of life that and ancestors enjoyed. and perhaps most important. is cancer is an unnatural illness and disease that overcome. each with its own specific contributing causes. deer and frogs. it will be help ful to remember the following important universal scientific principle that operates in nature and the world of living organisms: “Any stimulus or force. industrialized nations of the where synthetic. a plant or flower will grow toward the direction of the sunlight. it causes the tree to bend. healthier lifestyles are still somewhat more preserved today. when cancer was almost nonexistent. when the wind blows against a tree. As such. they create a powerful stimulus that attracts male animals to our from the their source. Fourth. even though cancer may congregate in families. can be and Cancer appears more commonly where nature’s laws of health have been violated. cancer rates abundance.332 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick and circumstances that aliow cancer to take root in the body. become mesmerized and freeze in their tracks in response to auto mobile headlights. and unhealthy. obscure. when applied to a system. it is not surprising to see the highest among the more modern. Second. but rather an entire category of ill just nesses. where these simpler. For example. and where lifestyles are becoming increasingly hectic. even though cancer seem hidden. artificial chemicals and substances are used world. ‘When the sun shines. Third. the overwhelming major ity of cancer cases do not have a genetic basis. and definitions. not surprisingly.” For example. standards.

how grow. and how for you to they evolve. absorb sunlight. A cell in your skin is pro grammed to help grow hair. is ectoderm tissue. The story they begins here. primitive germ-cell lines. in reality. This stage is From the moment completed after just three weeks of gestation. in this particular example. it is important This information will so you will they help explain how your body naturally works. supervised journey of further multiplication. segregation. frogs. which. accord ing to precise division-of-labor requirements. which brighter intensity. and migration. To the unsuspecting propensity to fly straight into a bright light or flame appears to be nothing short of a suicide mission. a neuron in the brain is programmed to conduct electrical impulses and discharge information to nerve tracts located throughout your body. for it is here. As different as they . and regulate sweating and body temperature. grow. and endoderm. and moths when of cancer first confronted with unnatural stimuli. that cancer grow. until a many years later when it may first be discovered underneath the skin. Although these cells look completely differ ent and participate in completely different tasks. starlight and moonlight. divide. your cells embark upon an orderly. are but not for artificial lights or flames. ‘What these cells occurs in the cells of normal tissues in humans and how is not turn cancerous are unlike the plight of deer. primitive germ-cell tissues known as ectoderm. the movement is caused by an unnatural response to an artificial. about normal cells. They are eventually assigned to a particular organ or tissue. understand the underlying causes of cancer more clearly. they have come from the same identical. For example. Before know more we blip on an X-ray or a lump can continue our story. Normal Cellular Evolution of conception. and it often causes them to be hit and Moths get into similar trouble because by passing their nighttime navigational systems are naturally programmed for cars. on the cellular level. From this stage. and evolve into three distinct.Conquering Common Health Conditions 333 health of both deer and run over frogs. a ural stimulus. unnat nearer and of much moth’s observer. differentia tion. where they are programmed to carry out a specific function. undetected and as starts to invisible. mesoderm. In reality. your body’s original two cells mul tiply.

These new. In this regressed state. a cancer cell no longer functions in its previous. and take on more primitive roles. through the same organizing intel ligence that created them. In contrast to the high degree of differentiation all normal cells exhibited. natural state of health that exists within the cells of all living systems. These abnormal cells multiply and reproduce at an accelerated speed to improve their chances of survival.334 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick appear and behave when they have reached full maturity. orderly form and function they exhibited previously. ‘When any repeated irritation and disturbance from an unnatural stimulus. where. In so doing. these cells continue to communicate with each other and remain functionally connected throughout your life. represent a reversion to a more primitive state. a Evolution of Cancer Cell Cancer represents a departure from the highly ordered. As cancer cells regress from their highly differentiated structure and function. At the cellular level. in the lungs. cancer cells. irrespective of the organ or tissue from which they may have origi nated. persistent. they relinquish their connection to the natural. cancer is nothing more than a maladaptive response to an abnormal. It is as if these cells rebel against the cooperative organi zation and orderliness of the body that characterizes its natural state of health and instead break away to form their own aberrant colony. but slowly. the cell begins to respond to this stim ulus by defending itself against further irritation and injury. cancer has been clearly linked to repeated exposure to cigarette smoke. These changes do not occur overnight. and they become their own independent. irritating. sometimes over many years. highly devel oped capacity. . more primitive cells now react directly with the stimulus that caused them to change and adapt. injurious stimulus. which is unnatural and unhealthy. self-assertive. it changes its appearance and function. introduces harsh particles and noxious chemical compounds into the lungs. abnormal mass of cells. unnatural. where they cause irritation and injury to the cells of the lungs. or cell tissue is subjected to o Cigarette smoke. Let’s look at a common example of how the evolution of cancer might come about from smoking.

healthy tissues. disruptive. healing system to repair and regenerate new. characteristic of a cancerous tumor. At the same time. replacing the mutating cells with normal. Over the days. the cells also attempt to defend themselves from further damage as more smoke continues to enter into the lungs. In many cases. Once the injurious stimulus is removed. * The continuous and persistent damage from the smoke causes are in the lungs to react in a defensive. On top of this. A mushrooming growth. called cancer This cell that we nothing repeated the region all . Mutation is an adaptation response of the cell to changes in the external environment. * if smoking ceases and continuous cells of the lungs stops. Cessation of the damage to the lungs can unhealthy stimulus allows the healthy healthy. In this case. * As the cells work without any rest to try to repair the damage to the lungs and to prevent further damage. This process is called mutation. eventually appears after many years in response to the repeated unnatural. weeks. and years that a person contin ues to smoke. lung From this tissues. pro are now Because the cells to in “survival mode. example. the delicate cells that tective manner. the continued input of smoke * disrupts normal mechanisms of healing and repair. and injury. cells. damage to the cells in the lungs is never allowed to heal. mutation is a way that the lung cells can the face of the continuous irritation from the * adapt and survive in cigarette smoke. healing processes in the resume and continue undisturbed. injurious stimulus of the smoke. Cancer that an irritating.Conquering Common Health Conditions 335 * The cells in the lungs attempt to mend the damage from the irritation and injury the smoke has caused. it is more than a good cell turned abuse. into the monster obvious that bad in an a cancer cell is effort to heal from eventually turns so dreadfully fear.” the smoke begins change their basic characteristics. months. irritation. more damage is created as more smoke enters into the lungs. can occur anywhere in your body unnatural stimulus is repeatedly applied to the cells of otherwise normal.

cause skin cancer. chemical messengers. which can evolve into cancer. and abnormal stimuli to the cells of specific organs. alcohol cause can cause as irritating substances. cancer is a gradual process. Excess hydrochloric acid can cause irrita Additionally. During times of increased stress and mental agitation. the be natural substance tion. hormones Neurotransmitters. This constant stimulation results in the disruption of normal tissue structure and function. Intestinal can cers can often occur with the repeated ingestion of certain foods. and can eventually lead to cancer. causes cancers of the skin. however. they can become powerfully unhealthy. as witnessed at both Hiroshima Chernobyl. but in excess. where high bomb and rates of stomach cancer have been linked to excessive amounts of smoked fish. and ulcers in your stomach. Cancer is also linked to toxic drugs or chemicals. secreted in normal amounts by your stomach during digestion. and other internal organs. immune system. which contain toxic. which caused thyroid cancer in the children of mothers who took this medication.336 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick however. An example of this might be hydrochloric acid. and intestines. Certain medicines and drugs can also cancer. The largest number of cancers now occur ring fall into this category. irritating stimulus that precipitates cancer may a produced by your own body. This commonly occurs in Japan. your healing ages and restore tissue in your body. however. requiring many years of repeated unnatural irritation and injury to tissues at the cellular level. In most cases. irritating. occurred with the drug DES. For can system always has the ability to repair dam normal health and functioning to any organ or cause cancer can come in many forms. substances. powerful produced by your brain and endocrine system can also exert an irritating. When stress or unhealthy moods or emotions repeatedly generate excessive amounts of these chemicals over an extended period of time. excessive exposure to the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays example. inflammation. or chemicals that continually irritate the lining of the stomach or intestines. Too much liver cancer. injurious effect on specific organ tissues. Excessive radiation exposure from atomic- Unnatural stimuli that or nuclear-energy leakage. hydrochloric acid can be produced in excess. and other .

drugs. people today than come ever before have gone into complete remission and have over cancer. and . 8 million Americans who have gone into treatments are now cancer remission after their medical free. Carl Simonton and Dr. in many cases. but. Bernie Siegel. We future if we can be hopeful about the possibility a begin to learn from these cancer-free societies. 0. Learning to express emotions in a healthy way and reaching out for loving support are also highly effective in helping the healing system overcome cancer. it is still far better to prevent it before it has a chance to take hold in the body. by the time the cancer is detected. have been extremely effective in helping motivated people overcome their can cers. Many such of these as cures have come about using conventional treatments. surgery. health habits. Guided-imagery and visu alization techniques successfully employed by cancer specialists Dr. and insti tute changes in our own lives that support and strengthen our healing systems. while others represent a combina tion of conventional and alternative therapies. of cancer-free medicines. and chemotherapy may be necessary to shrink use of natural medicines. exercise. Although cancer is certainly easier to treat if it’s caught in its early stages. as well as others. Studies conducted in places around the world where cancer is noticeably absent can provide important clues to the direction we need to take with cancer research and prevention. Currently. Working with Your Healing System As our to Heal Cancer more knowledge and understanding increase. foods. Some of the crit ical factors to consider include lifestyles.Conquering Common Health Conditions 337 Cancer Prevention The promise of finding a cure for cancer lies in understanding its origins and focusing more on prevention than on treatment. and continue cancer research and our quest for a cure. beliefs. and radiation. diet and changes. And although there are times when sur gery. it may already be well established and difficult to eradicate. incorporate ideas and methods from those cultures that place a strong emphasis on prevention. These methods include the lifestyle specific mind-body techniques that work to activate and stimulate the body’s healing system. and mental attitudes of the populations being studied. radiation. Many experts advocate early screening measures to detect cancer.

and natural fiber.338 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick lesions from your body to aid the work of your healing system. this unhealthy stimulus has broken the connection these cells have to the rest of your body. to Here cancer: are a number of effective you can take heal o Remove all toxic. you will be well on your way to healing. and desire to cooperate with your healing system to deep inside your body. but rather. o Exercise regularly your but not strenuously for at least 30 minutes each o day. . Additionally. If you can dis cover the unhealthy stimulus in your life and remove it. and purpose. In addition. o Remember that your thoughts and attitudes affect your physiol ogy. thoughts of worthlessness and self-condemnation. Release all tension. Eat a wholesome diet. as a disease primarily of origins and causes. o such as cigarette stimuli and substances from your smoke. from your mind and body. and grudges o Release all self-destructive thoughts. you will be in a much better posi your internal tion to overcome your illness and reclaim your natural measures state of health. on Focus healing system and internal resources for healing. design. vegetables. and you should not ignore or neglect them. if you can bring your mental energies. and all negative beliefs about yourself. o Drink plenty of fluids. anger. as well as all toxic environmental stimuli. and junk food. offending body. External agents of healing may be help ful. hostility all resentment. with lots of fresh fruits. it is important to remember that ulti mately you must not view cancer as something that has invaded tumors remove cancerous and body from the outside. Remember that cancer represents a regression of form and func tion by a specific group of your body’s cells as the result of an unhealthy stimulus that has caused them to lose their unique identity. but your internal resources for healing are far more vast and powerful. alcohol. Use the power of your mind to create healthier internal chemistry o for your body. awareness.

Practice forgiveness of yourself and others. and that. Make them deeply personal and detailed. based the * Use discretion and common sense in choosing your treatments. remind the precise division of labor for which they were originally created. organs. In your internal on cells that. and grow in your body was a grad ual process. you value and appreciate their role. including all conventional but be Consider all available means at your dis and natural methods that have proven track records. Continue to focus all your energies and intentions on reversing the disease process until your natural state of health has been restored. according to your own specific needs. * gradual process. Just as Rome was not built in one day. tissue. and you must allow at least an equal amount of time for the cancer to disappear back into the matrix of your body’s naturally healthy cells. in the spirit of cooperation for the greater health of your body. relaxed reversing cancer a Understand that may be internal and external environment. . Never act out of a sense of desperation or hurry. To boost your confi dence in healing. so. guided-imagery and visualization techniques that are appro priate for your condition. Remember that your healing system works best in a quiet. evolve. Talk to your healing system. you sincerely request their assistance in healing. point Practice can stress access that you your natural * state of peace and inner tranquility regularly. posal. restoration of health may take time. Enlist its cancer help. and tissues. Remember Make that your natural state is health. Remember that by bringing your awareness deep inside of your body. focus on the elements of your body that are healthy and functioning well. open-minded.Conquering Common Health Conditions 339 * relax your body and mind management and meditation to the Learn to completely. calm. you have the power to activate your healing system and positively influ ence the health of every single organ. imaging dialogue. too. For the cancer to develop. because true healing cannot take place under these circumstances. and cell. Use these tech niques to dialogue with your body and establish a line of Use communication with your cancer cells. * healing your number-one priority in life.

you set necessary system. Patience and perse verance are required to support the work of your healing system so it can restore your body to its natural state of health in the shortest time As period. to stimulate the In this respect. and overcome illness by keeping have a healing ing your natural state of health. there isn’t a system. Even as you age. the longer you have had a the longer the period of time required for healing.340 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick Closing Thoughts on Conquering Health Conditions Your healing system has been designed and built to keep you healthy through every conceivable challenge life could possibly throw your to way. Even illnesses believed be incurable events can be overcome when you set into motion the chain of activity of your healing particular disease. Naturally. it is important to cultivate the fine art of patience as about the diligent work of incorporating all of the ideas and methods outlined in this and previous chapters. . there your are ways to stay Because you system in if your commitment and resolve are sufficient. disease on the face of this earth that can stand in the way of reclaim healing healthy tip-top shape. you have healing power. long as you are alive.

renewed. When you are relaxed. methods for system. and invigorated to begin the new day. peaceful. uplifting environment to concentrate and perform his or her best work.Additional Relaxation Methods. tapping into you’ll learn additional techniques and the extraordinary power of your healing Relaxation Methods and Fortify Your Strengthen Healing System to Like any artist who requires a quiet. When you are sleeping. down. your internal environment physio quiets healing system can work optimally to restore your health. your healing system does its best work when you are relaxed. and your body’s internal your your environment provide the ideal backdrop in which your healing mind. After a good night’s sleep. has created the natural because the relaxation you get from sleep is essential health and well-being. many doctors will tell them. When responding to their patients’ health problems.. you should feel refreshed. sleep your to Nature. Breathing Techniques. in her infinite wisdom. system. and Guided-Imagery Techniques to Strengthen Your Healing System n this section of the book. your body’s cycle logical processes your are minimized. and . nervous system your can optimally perform its reparation and restorative work for body.

Relaxation used to be a natural aspect built into our lifestyles. among other things. when tension becomes chronic and long lasting. In fact. This response results in the release of adrenaline. but today our lifestyles have become so fastpaced that we don’t have time to relax. restorative powers of sleep. one of the major causes of insomnia is the inability to relax during waking hours. When we have trouble getting to sleep. For these reasons. it is important to learn doing. we wouldn’t know how we are not to do it. to wind down from their busy days and help relieve their tensions. healing. During our waking hours. even if we had the “Take two aspirins and call me in the time. The fight-or-flight response is definitely help ful when our life is actually being threatened. are When relaxed. weakens host-resistance factors. when the response is elicited frequently and sustained over time. thanks to the magi cal. tense. lowers bodies’ defens healing systems. When I inquire.” They know that most problems are not as serious the next day. I am continually amazed at how many people don’t know never learned how to relax. the fight-or-flight from our response can become activated. and restorative powers of sleep. however. it is also important to be relaxed. or a combination of these. such as TV. however. long-standing tension is one of the key underlying factors in the development and progression of many chronic degenerative diseases. es. it is easy for illness to step in and invade our bodies. our our it drains vital energies. Further. and when we fail to take advantage of the natural.342 Activating Your Healing System When Youre Sick morning. the fight-or-flight response occurs whenever we are frightened. Health suffers and illness can easily take hold when we don’t get enough sleep. but instead tense or excited. insomnia can set in. which causes the speeding up of our heartbeat and breathing. In fact. a mind-altering substance such as alcohol . As you may recall earlier discussions (see Chapter 6). and interferes with the work of To neutralize the harmful effects of tension and reverse the dam aging how effects of the to relax. These methods and some that need kind of external prop or activity. most people report me to they reading or watching or a tranquilizer. In so fight-or-flight response. you will be strengthening and fortif~ring or your healing system in a most fundamental way. or feeling threat ened in any way.

In our high-speed modern lifestyles. and cancer. and the body’s health (most common ly the liver’s) are sacrificed. In preparation for practicing the relaxation techniques. either. natural health. True relaxation improves your overall health by calming and soothing your body’s internal environ ment so your healing system can function and perform at its best. built into to relax. it is imperative that we relearn what once was a more organic lifestyles: how natural process. I might add that beyond the immediate benefits of the actual relaxation practices and techniques. it is important to secure a 20. never to return again— including the heavy hitters previously mentioned. diabetes. but. at the cost of achieving mental relaxation. con sciousness. our simpler. rather. a lost art.to 30-minute time slot for yourself during which you can be quiet and alone. learning how to relax is. much like a high-interest-bearing account grows larger and stronger over time. Or. high blood pressure. among these diseases are heart disease (the world’s numberone killer). they usually have harmful side effects that neutralize whatever ben efits they might contribute. Make sure you won’t be disturbed during this period. research has determined that hitters in the annals some of the heavi they of international public health. and one reason why many stress. proper judgment. which is an essential ingredient for lifelong.Additional Methods and Techniques 343 activities often feel relaxing. a spillover effect occurs in the rest of your waking hours. quieting down and calming to a point at which a feeling of deep peace and comfort permeates every part of your body. practice. These benefits accrue over time to produce greater health. no stove or of your mind True relaxation involves the natural . no diapers to change. At best. As mentioned include earlier. asthma. Additionally. in most instances. the mind is still actively engaged. many ill nesses and diseases can be totally eradicated. Many scientific studies can attest to the power and efficacy of relaxation. unfortunately. To overcome these diseases and improve our health. and that you have no responsibilities to attend to—no phone or pager to answer. As we learn. and experience regular relaxation. recent est These diseases are not leagues.and ten sion-related disorders are on the increase in North America and in the minor Europe. these methods and devices are only temporary and achieve only a small fraction of the relaxation that the healing system requires to function optimally.

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oven to

turn

off, and

so on.

Find

a room

where you

can

close the

door and be free from all distractions. (You may need to wear earplugs or headphones if it is noisy.) Make sure you are not cold. Whatever your position, you may need to place blankets or pillows under your knees, head, or back to ensure your comfort. Normally, when you are performing relaxation techniques or

breathing

exercises, it is

preferable

Before you proceed with any of the find it helpful to get a small tape recorder and record your voice as you read the instructions out loud, slowly and calmly. After you have recorded your words, you will have your own voice recorded, you any time you wish. Or, if you wish, you can just read
each
to

through your nose. following techniques, you might
to

breathe

guide through

technique

once or

twice before you attempt

to

practice

it.

Progressive
This is
a

Relaxation for Your

Healing System

technique for people who are chron especially useful for people who ically “high strung.” have never experienced what it feels like to be relaxed. For people who have trouble with the Deep Relaxation technique described ear lier in Chapter 6, Progressive Relaxation offers another simple yet powerful way to learn how to relax.
wonderful relaxation
tense or

It is

The
n

Technique
a

Lie down in

comfortable

position

with your feet about shoul

der width apart. Keep your hands along the side of your body, with your palms facing up. Adjust any part of your body to make sure you are comfortable before you proceed.

Gently body.
D

close your eyes, and

bring your
to

awareness

inside of your

Now, shift your

awareness

deep
and

breath
toes.

as

you

tighten
as

and

your feet and toes. Take a long, tense all the muscles in your feet

hard as you can, and hold all the muscles in your feet and toes in a tight, contracted state. Count to eight in your mind as you squeeze the muscles tight. Do not force or

Squeeze

strain, but hold your breath
D

as

you

are

squeezing.

After
you

a

good, long,

slowly

strong squeeze, let go of your squeezing as let your breath out. Allow these muscles to let go of

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their tension and relax

gently,

without

muscles, and
leave your

your breathing, forcing or straining. Continue to relax your gently slow your breathing. With each exhalation
as to

you siow and

deepen

of your breath, allow whatever tension exists in these muscles

body.

bring your awareness to your ankles, lower legs, knees, and thighs. Take a long, deep breath as you tighten and tense all the muscles in your ankles, lower legs, knees, and thighs. Squeeze as hard as you can, and hold these muscles in a tight, contracted state while you slowly count to eight in your mind. Hold your breath as you are squeezing. After a good, long, strong squeeze, let go of your squeezing and at the same time slowly let your breath out, allowing these muscles to relax on their own. Allow these muscles to relax as you slow and deepen your breathing, gently, without forcing or straining. Continue
Next,
let go of all muscular efforts of squeezing these muscles. Continue to relax your muscles while you gently slow your
to

breathing.
a

With each exhalation of your breath, allow whatever
to

tension exists in these muscles

leave your

body.
area,

Now,

bring

your

awareness to

your

hips, pelvic
breath
as

buttocks,
and

and lower

spine.

Take

a

long, deep

you

tighten

tense all the muscles in your hips, pelvic area, buttocks, and lower spine. Squeeze as hard as you can, and hold these muscles

in

a

tight,

contracted

state

while you

slowly

count to

your mind. Hold your breath as you long, strong squeeze, let go of your

are

squeezing.

After

squeezing

while

eight in a good, you slowly

let your breath out, allowing these muscles to relax on their own. Allow these muscles to relax as you gently slow and deepen your

breathing,
efforts
to

without

forcing

or

straining.

Continue
to

squeeze these muscles. Continue

let go of all relax your muscles
to

and your breathing. With each exhalation of your breath, allow whatever tension exists in these muscles to leave your body.
a

Next,

bring
a

your

awareness

to

your stomach,
as

abdomen, and

chest. Take

long, slow, deep

breath

you

tighten and tense all

the muscles in your stomach, abdomen, and chest. Squeeze these muscles as hard as you can, and hold them in a tight, con tracted
state

while you

slowly count

to

eight

in your mind. Hold

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your breath

as

you

are

squeeze, let go of your

squeezing. After a good, long, strong squeezing, and at the same time let your
to

breath

out,

allowing
to

these muscles
as

relax

on

their

own.

Allow

these muscles

relax

breathing,
breathing.
0

without

you gently slow and deepen your forcing or straining. Let go of all efforts to
to

squeeze these muscles. Continue

relax your muscles and your With each exhalation of your breath, allow whatever
to

tension exists in these muscles

leave your

body.

Now,

bring

your

awareness

to

the muscles in your middle and

upper back, including the a long, slow, deep breath

area
as

between your shoulder blades. Take you squeeze these muscles as hard as

you can, drawing your shoulders back slightly while you gently arch your spine. Hold these muscles in a tight, contracted state

slowly count to eight in your mind. Hold your breath as you are squeezing. After a good, long, strong squeeze, let go of and at the same time let your breath out, allowing your squeezing,
these muscles
as

while you

to

relax

on

their

own.

Allow these muscles

to

relax

you slow and deepen your breathing, without forcing or strain ing. Let go of all efforts to squeeze these muscles. Continue to

relax your muscles and your breathing. With each exhalation, allow whatever tension exists in these muscles to leave your body.
o

Next,

bring

your

awareness

wrists, hands, and

fingers.

your shoulders, arms, forearms, As you draw in a long, deep breath,
to

squeeze the muscles in your shoulders, arms, forearms, and wrists as hard as you can, and hold them in a tight, contracted state. Make

clenched fists with both of your hands while you slowly count to eight in your mind. Hold your breath as you are squeez ing. After a good, long, strong squeeze, let go of your squeezing,

tight,

and

at

the

same

relax

on

their

time let your breath out, allowing these muscles to own. Let go of all efforts to squeeze these muscles.
to

Allow these muscles

relax

as

you slow and

deepen

your breath

ing,

without

forcing

and your breathing. whatever tension that exists in these muscles
o

or straining. to relax your muscles With each exhalation of your breath, allow

Continue

to

leave your

body.

a similar manner, systematically tense, squeeze, and then relax all the muscles in the back of your neck and head, as well as those on the top of your head.

In

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~

similar way, systematically tense, squeeze, and then relax your forehead, and all the muscles around your eyes, ears, and jaws, and all the muscles on your face.
In
a

~

In

a

similar

manner,

relax all the muscles

systematically tense, in your body, until all
body
as

squeeze, and then your muscles have

been tensed and relaxed in this fashion.
*

Next, allow your entire

to

only

movement

being

the automatic,

your stomach and abdomen

limp and relaxed, with the involuntary movement of they rise and fall rhythmically, in

lie

conjunction
and
out

with the

movement

of your

feel all the muscles in your ing more relaxed.
Now
your

body. Every body releasing
awareness to

of your breath as it flows in time the breath leaves your body,
tension and becom

slowly bring your breath is flowing

in and

out

tip of your nose, where of your body through your
the

nostrils.
*

Notice the
in and
out

the
*

rate or

gentle, flowing movement of your breath as it comes of your body at this point, without trying to control depth of the movement.
as

Observe your breath self.
As you continue
to

if it

were

something different

from your

*

observe your

breathing

for

at

least 5

to

10

minutes,

or

longer

if you desire, let your mind and

body

relax

completely. complete this exercise, gently open your eyes and stretch your entire body. Don’t rush to your next activity. Take the time to savor the calm and relaxed state you have just experienced. Know that
this is
not an

After you

artificial

or

contrived

state,

on remaining state being. throughout the day, until the next time you are able to do this exercise. Regularly practicing Progressive Relaxation helps to strengthen and fortify your healing system in a powerful way. If you are current ly battling a health disorder, practice twice a day for a minimum of six weeks, and you should see significant gains in your health. If you are currently healthy, practice Progressive Relaxation once a day for 20 to 30 minutes to prevent illness from invading your body.

of

Focus

in this calm and

but rather your natural relaxed, natural

state

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Blue

Sky Floating

on

Your Back Relaxation
like the

This relaxation

Deep Relaxation technique (see Chapter 6), but this method also incorporates the soothing nat ural imagery of water and sky. If you have an affinity for these ele ments, this technique can be extremely effective and powerful.

technique begins

The
n

Technique
sure

Make

you

are

in

a

comfortable

position

on

your back.

s

Keep

your hands

facing
inside
~

up,

or

the side of your body, with your palms fold your hands on top of your stomach and

along

abdomen.

Gently close of your body.
area

your eyes, and

bring

your

awareness

Notice in the

of your stomach and abdomen the that
as

slight

up

and down
ment
o

movement

occurs

in

of your breath

it flows in

conjunction with the and out of your body.

move

Notice that when the breath flows into your ach and abdomen gently rise, gently expand. Notice that when the breath flows
out

body,

your

stom

o

of your

body,

your

stom

ach and abdomen
o

gently fall, gently
control the

contract.

Without

trying

to

rate or

depth

of this

movement,

allow your mind to be a passive observer to the rhythmical flow of your breath as it moves in and out of your body, causing your

stomach and abdomen
o

to

rise and fall.

body, feel all the muscles in your body releasing tension and becoming more relaxed. (Note: There is a natural relaxation phase in your body that occurs during each exhalation of the breath. When you pay close atten tion to your body and its breathing processes, you can feel this relaxation phase quite distinctly.)
Every
Now,

time the breath leaves your

o

bring your awareness
to

down

to

your feet and

toes.

Use your

breath and the natural relaxation
exhalation
o

phase

that

occurs

during

each

gently

relax all the muscles in your feet and

toes.

Relax all the muscles in your ankles, lower hips, pelvic area, buttocks, and lower spine.

legs, knees, thighs,

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well the

Relax all the muscles in your stomach, abdomen, and chest, as as the muscles in your middle and upper back, including
area

between your shoulder blades.
arms,

Relax all the muscles in your shoulders, hands, fingers, and fingertips.

forearms, wrists,

Relax all the muscles in the back of your neck and head, and the top of your head.
Relax your forehead, and all the muscles around your eyes, and jaws, and on your face.
ears,

Relax all the muscles in your
Continue
to

body.
the

observe your

down feel

movement

up and in your stomach and abdomen. Continue to

breathing, noticing

gentle

more

relaxed with each exhalation.
your eyes

Now,

keeping

closed, imagine that
are not

you

are

the surface of a

quiet,

serene

lake, and there is blue
comfortable
on a

floating on sky above and
in the
secure

all around you. (If you
water, you
can

being directly
strong and

imagine yourself floating
water.
secure

rubber inner tube in the

Above all else, it is

important to

feel

completely

safe and

with this

imagery

and this

technique.)

As you continue to breathe in and out in a gentle and relaxed manner, notice how the water beneath you is soothing and

refreshing to your body. Notice how the vast blue sky above you is peaceful and refreshing to gaze upon, as if your entire being is embracing infinity and merging into the heavens.

and peace in your mind that extends into every part of your body as you continue to float on the surface of the water, gazing up into the blue sky. Allow your
Notice
a

feeling

of

lightness

self

to

feel this

peaceful
to

sensation of
to

from the top of your head

the

lightness and tips fingers
of your
water,

relaxation and
toes. at

As you continue

float

on

the surface of the

look up

the blue

melting

sky above you, and allow yourself to feel as if you are into the expansiveness of the sky and all of creation.
to

Continue

breathe and relax,

drinking in

the peace and

seren

ity

of this

experience.

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Your

Healing System

When Youre Sick

After you complete this exercise, gently open your eyes, and stretch your entire body. Make sure you don’t rush to your next

activity. Take the just experienced.

time

to savor

the calm and relaxed
not
an

state
or

you have

Know that this is

artificial

contrived

state, but rather your natural state of being. Focus on remaining in this calm and relaxed natural state throughout the day, until the next

time you

are

able

to

do this exercise.

Practicing

this exercise

regular

ly brings

the

most

effective benefits.

Breathing Techniques That Strengthen and Fortify Your Healing System
Breathing is an activity that you probably take for granted because your body can breathe on its own, automatically. It usually does so 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without your even being aware of it. But breathing is a powerful physiological activity that can be
modified, either
der the
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we

to

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healing system. Chapter 6, breathing works on many differ ent levels to influence your body’s health and the performance of your healing system. And although there is no right or wrong way to breathe, many people have developed habits of breathing that do not optimize the performance of their healing systems. On a mechanical level, breathing affects your posture. Because
discussed in
move your rib cage and chest, which con the vertebrae in your spine, every breath you take influences nect to the alignment of your spinal column. For example, people with

functioning

of your

the muscles of respiration

breathing problems are typically shallow develop restrictive, hunched-forward positions in their spine, known as kyphosis. Kyphosis further restricts deep breathing and deprives the body of adequate oxygenation. An in the Hunchback of extreme example of kyphosis could be
breathers, and they tend
to
seen

asthma and other chronic

Notre Dame.

a

Breath is also the link between your body and mind, and it exerts powerful influence on your nervous system. For example, when you
or upset, your breathing becomes shallow and rapid. when you are relaxed and peaceful, your breathing

agitated Conversely,
are

other relaxajion when you . breathing is one of the most powerful of all. but you’re lying down. depending on your schedule. Breathing techniques can are also do them while head. up to 30 to 60 minutes. you can assume a similar position to that of the Deep Relaxation (see Chapter 6) or Progressive Relaxation (see the section in this chapter on relaxation methods) techniques. However. will enable you to notice a tremendous improvement in your overall state of health. which are based on ancient yoga techniques from India. Of all the Breathing Techniques traditionally done in a sitting position. The processes are interrelated. as with techniques. into your body. By learning ‘to practice these simple. uncon scious activity. In fact. is such a natural. and strengthen and fortif~r’ your healing system. If you are doing these while you are lying down. while you. The beauty of breathing exercises is that you can do them at numerous intervals throughout the day. or energy. easy breathing techniques. Because breathing. from one minute’s duration. I can assure ‘you that taking a closer look at your breathing. ‘Whatever your position. breathing through your nose whenever possible is preferable. you can calm and relax your mind and nervous system. for the most part. and commit ting yourself to’just one or two of the following simple ‘breathing techniques. deep breathing. you can bring more prana. performing breathing exercises. If you are doing breathing techniques while you are sitting. you may need to place blankets or pillows under your knees.Additional Methods and Techniques 351 becomes slower and deeper. keep your spine straight and your shoulders relaxed. many people have a strong aversion to learning how to breathe in a way that may initially-feel different or unnatural. the Normally. by practicing slow.improve the oxygenation of your body’s tissues. Obviously. and on new scientific studies of breathing. The important thing you is to make sure’you are in a comfortable position. Make are sure you are not cold. and back to ensure your comfort. based on my 25 years of experience as a doctor who has studied breathing. physical activities you can do to improve your health and influence your healing system. relaxed.

Feel your breath spreading throughout your entire body with each inhalation that you take. follow the cooler air entering into your body and notice the place at which it comes in contact with your nose. See whether you can begin to feel the slightly cooler air coming into your body from able to just barely this same point. Notice this temperature differ ence between the air moving into your nose and the air moving out of your awareness. as see you breathe far you o out. keep moving to breathe. and then continue to follow this air as it moves into your throat and lungs. nose to In the beginning. on as your next exhalation. can follow the breath feel it it leaves your and how moving you can away from your body. place a hand in front of your help your you feel the movement As you continue your hand. o you continue to breathe with this increased Continue to breathe this way for one or two minutes. nose as or After one two minutes. your hand further and further away until you no longer feel your breath striking (After you get good at this. As your breath strikes your hand further away from your nose. . as Continue to focus at the cooler air o it begins to enter into your point body. watching it cause your stom ach and abdomen to rise and expand. Continue to hold your awareness at this point. start to focus your awareness on the incoming breath. hand. keep moving can of your breath. of origin of the As you breathe in. Follow your breath further into your body as it causes your stomach and abdomen to rise and expand. see whether you can do it without using Continue your hand.354 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick sensation is easier for you to feel.) are At the furthest away from your body at which you still detect your outgoing breath. o With each breath you take. to hold your awareness at the point at which you can just barely feel your breath. Feel the cooler air gently striking your~nose as it enters into your body. only now.) Now bring your hand back slightly until you can still just barely feel your breath. o (Adjusting your point awareness may take a few moments. nose. you will no longer need to use your hand. As you continue to breathe this aware way. be o of how far your breath flows out of your body. continue to follow your incoming breath as it flows into your body.

stretch your and release yourself from your seated body. your stom ach and abdomen gently rise. and feels tiveness in good. at gently shift your back point is fur which you could detect the movement of your breath. The the easier it gets. * your stomach and abdomen gently fall. effec The * Technique it is Although fortable preferable for this awareness to position your sit. you may also lie down in a com breathing technique. distant Now. or * After 5 to slowly open your eyes. more you do it. Notice in the of your stomach and abdomen the that as occurs slight up movement in conjunction out with the move of your breath it flows in and of your body. out of your body. area Bring your and down ment attention area to the of your stomach and abdomen. * Notice that when the breath flows into your body. Even though it is simple so and easy. the Simultaneously feel both of these points: 1) point that thest away from your body at which you can detect your breath. don’t underestimate its power and strengthening and fortifying your healing system. into your bringing * body. Close your eyes. When you perform this it is extremely pleasurable. and 2) the most interior point within your body at which you can still feel the presence of your breath.Additional Niethods and Techniques 355 t Continue to as observe the gentle movement of your stomach and abdomen * your breath flows in and awareness out to of your the most body. and when it flows out of your body. * Hold your awareness between these two extreme points as you continue’ to observe the automatic. of this movement. and the more do anytime. flowing movement of your breath as it flows in and 10 minutes. natural it feels. Relax your shoulders and all the muscles in your body. while you are sitting or lying down. lying-down position. “The Pause That Refreshes” This is a Breathing Exercise can simple and easy breathing exercise that you anywhere. Without trying to control the rate or depth just allow yourself to be a passive observer to the natural flow of . exercise correctly.

Do this in a gentle and soothing way. that it is extremely important to do this gradually. when you have temporarily suspended movement in your normal breathing rhythms. and right before it begins to flow out again. ci yourself becoming relaxed. as you would during your normal breathing cycle. body. notice inspiration and expiration. If you do it right. you may want to gently press your tongue against the back of your teeth or the top of your palate to make sure no air escapes during this period. the time of the breathing. so that the time of your inhalation and exhalation are slightly prolonged. until you begin to feel relaxation sweeping over your entire body. Notice that there are a total of two pauses built into your body’s natural breathing cycle. out these two during the next pause after inspiration. as you notice straining. and right expiration. especially when you exhale. gently release the pause and let your breath out slowly and smoothly. ci slight breath pause of one or two seconds. however. respec tively. Note. your ci Above all else. make sure you are comfortable with breathing. once again gently natural pause or break prolong and lengthen this out nat pause for one or two seconds before you let your breath urally. after a brief and ci When you before in your are ready. as gently lengthen. Now. a Breathe like sensation of this for several minutes. gently slow and deepen your breathing. As you hold this pause. you should feel a slightly pleasurable sensation. These phases are known as inspiration and expiration. Now. you continue to notice that ci As you continue to breathe in and distinct pauses between ci slowly. gently lengthen the time of the natural pause before you commence exhaling. at after the next full next inspiration. there is a slight pause between these separate phases of your breathing. as you would during normal breathing. deepen. with out forcing or straining.356 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick your breath as it moves in and out of your body. Now. right before you exhale. without forcing or Next. . and slow your right before your breath flows into your breathing.

discomfort. and and not more than four times day. Incorporate these exer cises into your daily routine. and take a brief inventory of your body and mind during this pause. and even during the pause. Additionally. over time. at a do this breathing exercise for no more a than 3 to 5 minutes how time. all times while you to are • Make sure you comfortable at per forming this powerful breathing exercise. does its best work when your body’s inter nal environment is quiet and calm. Even though it is this technique is also extremely powerful and overdo it. In the beginning. and that you are comfortable with your are breathing.Addittonat Methods and Techniques 357 • Continue to breathe this way. build up to 30 minutes time. . If you try prolong or the pause longer than you can handle. you will breath deprivation. which. no matter pleasurable gentle and soothing. the rhythm of your breathing will not be smooth and flowing. and you should feel comfortable and pleasurable sensations. take a brief inventory of how you feel in your body and mind. pause that occurs with each tory and expiratory phases. As you breathe out. and then again as you breathe in. accompanying slowing mental activities This down of Breathing exercises calm the mind and body. and a sensation of experience forcing straining. but rather jerky and interrupted. and before long you’ll begin to see their remarkable effects. Also. 20 to especially in at a the beginning. Make sure you are not forcing or straining. your breath should be smooth and flowing. subtle. and it is extremely beneficial to your healing system. an Remember to physiological processes and occurs. During the pause. • gently prolonging the natural cycle of breathing between inspira During this pause. slowing down can be calming and peaceful. In time. gently prolong the pause between each inspiration and expiration for up to one minute. which is a time of complete cessation of respiration. or even longer. and you you • can can relaxing you may find it. you can focus your awareness within. and they are extremely beneficial to your healing system. as you’ll recall.

sigh body. as you breathe out. and fortify your healing system. including cancer and heart disease. take a ing o breath. see Chapter 6. sighing breath. Because of this deep connection between your brain and your body. deep. strengthen. Then you will be to close your eyes and listen through the imagery. and allow serene. on your as you allow your mind and body to As you begin to feel yourself becoming relaxed. through the Sky Floating directions completely Blue on once or twice before you attempt to practice it. the techniques of visualization or guided imagery can be a powerful way to activate.358 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick Guided and Imagery to Strengthen Fortify Your Healing System images to Your brain translates mental into electrical and chemical body. Take second. Read relaxation Relaxation. It is important not to hurry or rush through this step. You may also your own voice as you read want to through get a tape recorder and record this exercise. keep your eyes closed. lying on your back Make sure you in comfortable with your eyes closed. Make sure you feel completely relaxed before you proceed further with this exercise. allow your mind and body to be completely relaxed. Many studies have shown the health-enhancing benefits of guided imagery and visual ization techniques in helping motivated patients overcome serious illnesses. Progressive Your Back Relaxation. and. uplifting .) signals that are transmitted your “Meeting Your Healing System” Guided-Visualization Technique Begin this technique or as you would the as described earlier in the book. let all the tension leave your a deep. o After you an are somewhat relaxed. image to form in your mind of any quiet. o Focus relax o breathing completely. able to your own voice guide you Follow these o simple are steps a to do this technique: position. (For more information on guided imagery and visualization. As you breathe out. such techniques Deep Relaxation.

and you have a fairly clear idea of where you are. special place. fresh image begins to not judge * that you have never seen before.Additional Methods and Techniques 359 place. totally image As you continue to breathe and relax. • Once your special place begins to come into focus. a Your image could be a beautiful outdoor a setting or inside you have or a in favorite. * Find a place sit down (or. image. be patient with the imagery. continue to breathe deeply and relax. Once you awareness and comfortable in your special imagination to go inside your place. position. of a house. in your mind:• • Notice all the senses. allow your • yourself examining the inner workings gently survey the landscape. ‘Whatever appear. if you feel more comfortable. body. Allow it to keep forming in your mind until you have a fairly clear picture of the place. these questions • What smells? are the sights? ‘What are the sounds? ‘What are the • ‘What kind of day is it? What does the is the sun? sky look like? ‘Where • What does the look like? countryside are or surrounding on environment • What sensations you feeling your skin? warm? Is there humid • ‘What is the air quality? Is it cool or ity. It could be a place actu place you saw in a picture. make • or even sure stand) are in your a you are in comfortable quiet. See of your body as you . been ally to cozy room in real life. do not force or strain with the imagery~ and do it in any way. • Allow the image to become clearer and and answer more well defined. • or is it are dry? Are there any breezes? What you wearing? as • Breathe deeply to and relax you allow your mind to absorb the images. In your to lie down.

so there is no need to judge anything about the image. yourself your healing system. Wait for the first come See with anticipation. If an image forms that is totally unexpected. Or you may feel as if you are meeting an old friend after a long time. to reject imag ination presents o you. Allow the image of your healing system to come into clearer tex focus. Breathe within deeply. ture. and whether it is moving or still. to begin get the first which is often the or welcome it. color. o As you glimpses of your healing system. inter o Find quiet place. Or it may be are more comfortable stepping back and the distance that feels best for you. o system may even appear in the form of a person. and allow yourself relax in this quiet place to meet o yourself waiting your healing system. dimensions. imagine yourself going a journey of discovery. your body. and you are reintroducing yourself. o Your healing or animal. form as as you prepare 0 image to your healing system begins to into view. Let your intuition 0 guide you. It might even have a face or a When you have a fairly clear picture of your healing system in your mind. Do your best not to be afraid of the image of your healing system that your case. deep once within the recesses nal environment. allow yourself to come close enough to itso you can have a conversation with it. where you feel of your Stop and relax you’ve found a place to com fortable. Find adjust your position to so Just as you would upon to meeting a new friend for the first time. name. where you feel safe and o body’s protected. o powerful that you creating distance. and the image so that you are comfortable. allow whatever image is developing to form on its own. Notice all you can about its shape. some other creature.360 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick o As you your move around within the various on a structures and tissues of body. There is no right or wrong here. introduce .

• illness. • Remember to listen attentively to the answers that will be forth coming.Additional Methods and Techniques 361 ~ You may want to tell your healing system how you feel. Ask how you can improve your lifestyle and your daily personal health habits in support of its work. “Goodbye” to your healing system. take rience After you have completed this guided imagery/visualization a few moments to reflect on the experience. or be in a hurry. to • Ask your healing system how you can get what it needs to be healthy and strong. so don’t rush the responses. Or you may feel more more com system know it first. What much information about the expe new insights did you gain? Make . exercise. say When you finished. Ask whether there is something you are neglecting to do to keep your healing system strong and vibrant. or you may be angry with it because you think it’s not been doing such a good job of protecting fortable to • your health. Because your available to you. you may want to share this. If you are sick or have to ask it how to heal and get better. are but healing system is punctual and always definitely show up at whatever time and you must be specific. • When you are done. Take a pen as and notebook and write down as you can remember. Continue to know it better. want Ask your healing system whether you might be doing something that is interfering with its work. you may ask your healing an system how it you may heal your pain. Tell it this. next • Schedule appointment for the time you will meet. and • ask as many questions as you like. remember to say “Thank you” to your healing • system. are asking your healing in questions and getting can If you pain. it will date you • specify. There may be a slight delay in receiving the informa tion. when you an can meet Find out again. If you are in pain. Doing this is very important to help you stay accountable for your role in this ongoing internal dialogue with your healing system. before you tell it how you feel.

your healing system. what are you waiting for? Do it today! If you stay in touch with So.362 Activating Your Healing System When You’re Sick healing imagery dialogue. an action plan based on new ideas or information that your system has shared with you in your . Now it is up to you to implement these ideas in your daily life. you’ll see that it will function better and work harder to keep you healthy and strong.

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without the use of drugs or surgery inspired his first. Healing Back Pain Naturally. M. Brownstein has worked with Dr. Dean Ornish in Dr. . and speaker he has witnessed thousand of cases of extraordinary healing achieved by patients who were able to tap into their own healing powers. Hawaii. Brownstein lives with his wife and son heavily on in Hawaii.About the Author ART BROWNSTEIN. has been talking with his body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself for a doctor. His own remarkable recovery from debilitating back pain.D. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Ornish’s very successful program for reversing heart disease. Brownstein is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pre ventive Medicine and a Founding Diplomate of the American Board he’s been the patients about almost as long as of Holistic Medicine. In his long and distinguished career as an awardwinning physician. educator. highly successful book. Dr. Dr. and for many years he was Director of the Princeville Medical Clinic in Princeville. which relies the body’s ability to heal itself.

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