Nervous System Switching: Health Damage from Tattoos

Nervous system switching from tattoosNervous System “Switching:” The Stealth Health Disorder

Nervous system switching isn’t taught in most medical schools, so your doctor has never heard of it. However, it’s quite common and can have a devastating but hidden effect on your health.

It’s usually caused by tattoos and scars. And you can probably fix it yourself (with a little help)!

What Symptoms Does Nervous System Switching Cause?

Switching causes the electrical orientation of your nervous system to “switch” back and forth from positive to negative. This can happen once every few minutes to once every few milliseconds.

Some common signs of nervous system switching:

  • Person suddenly gets worse or better from a health problem with no apparent reason and may switch back and forth between recovering and relapsing.
  • A treatment, remedy, supplement or drug that was working to help a person heal suddenly becomes ineffective.
  • Some drugs may have opposite effects (for example, coffee puts a person to sleep).
  • Drugs may work in extremely large or small doses only.
  • Extreme sensitivity to drugs.
  • Person has health conditions and they just can’t get well.

What Causes Nervous System Switching?

Your body runs itself using a special dedicated nervous system called the autonomic nervous system (“ANS”). This is a private network that you have no control over. It handles your heartrate, digestion, immune system, etc.

Most of the nerves in the ANS are right under your skin. In fact, there are so many nerves under your skin that if you took away the rest of your body and just left your ANS, you’d still be recognizable.

If you cut through your skin, you damage nerve cells which must then heal. If the cut doesn’t heal completely, it leaves a scar. Sometimes a damaged nerve cell inside a scar won’t heal and will partially block a nerve path. This blockage can store up electrical energy from the nervous system and then suddenly release it. This sudden charge into your ANS can flip the polarity (positive or negative electrical charge) of the entire nervous system for an instant.

Because nerve cells heal so slowly, this condition can go on for many years. The scars can be from surgeries, accidents, tattoos or other causes. If you have several scars, often only one or two will be causing the problems, so it’s important to test to find out which one(s) are involved.

There are other causes for nervous system switching that are much less common than scars. A person can also switch from overwhelming physical stress caused by infections, toxins and even dead teeth.

How to Test for Nervous System Switching

The most accurate way to test for switching is a lab test called Heart Rate Variability or “HRV” usually used for nervous system research. Your autonomic nervous system controls your heartrate beat to beat, depending on environmental factors both inside and outside of your body. By measuring the variability of your heart, beat to beat to beat, and comparing this measurement between standing and lying down, it’s possible to determine the condition of your ANS. The test takes less than 10 minutes and is extremely accurate.

Once an HRV test has shown that a person has nervous system switching, the cause must be determined. The most accurate way to do this is using another test of the autonomic nervous system called Autonomic Response Evaluation, or “ARE.” This test uses muscle reflexes to find very exact areas of stress in the body. With ARE, it’s possible to narrow down the cause of switching to a specific scar or tattoo or find another reason such as toxins.

Because it’s so quick and inexpensive to test for nervous system switching, it’s easy to work on the problem (see below) and then retest to see if the switching problem has resolved.

How to Help Your Body Stop Switching

Short Term: To temporarily stop switching (usually up to a few days) the scar can be lasered for about 5 to 10 minutes with a “cold” laser. This is a special laser using bio frequencies (600 and 700 nanometers). I use these lasers all the time in the clinic, and they can be purchased for a few hundred dollars.

Long Term: Repeatedly treating the scar with vitamin E (I use wheat germ oil) will eventually break down the scar tissue and assist the damaged nerve cells to heal. I usually tell patients to rub the oil on their scar twice a day for at least 3 months.

Both these techniques are effective on tattoos as well.

When other stresses are causing nervous system switching, more precise and specific treatment techniques need to be used.

Medical Treatment Focuses on Treating Symptoms

Because doctors have no training to test for underlying causes, there are untold numbers of people with ongoing health conditions caused by problems medical doctors don’t know to look for. Nervous system switching is a great example of this.

Find out more

Here is a webpage with a short summary of what I do.

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (very practical information).

Here is a link to a book I wrote about women’s hormones in every stage of their lives (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book I wrote about my treatment technique (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book my office manager wrote on staying healthy long-term (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a free online health survey that you can submit for a phone consultation on your health

Here is a link to request a new patient appointment

If you have a health problem with no solution other than to manage the symptoms, I can recommend that you stop accepting this and start researching a real solution. In many, many cases there will be a way back to health for you.

I wish you the best of luck, and offer you any help or advice I can.

PMS: The Real Reason Medical Science Can’t Cure It

PMS-Flower in the rainHow frustrated are you by your own body? Does it have a stubborn health condition like blood pressure, IBS or PMS? Is it overweight? Is there something about your body that drives you nuts, but you’ve almost given up finding out why or if something could be done about it?

I think I can make it clear why you’re frustrated and at least steer you toward some solution.

In a world where engineers can create working quantum computers and keep a manned space station in orbit for over 18 years, scientists are still incredibly frustrated by bodies. The reason for this is that the wrong scientific model is being used by doctors and researchers.

Scientific model: a representation of an idea, an object, a process or a system that is used to describe and explain phenomena that cannot be experienced directly.

The Medical Model:

The scientific model used in medicine is the body as a biological machine. In this model, the parts of the body work together to create overall function. Parts that get damaged or wear out from old age need to be repaired or replaced. If a body is ill in some way, it means that the machine is broken and needs to be repaired. Repair is accomplished by changing the chemistry with drugs or changing the structure with surgery.

This model is very effective for injury, acute illness, infections and the like. You can easily determine what health problems work well with this model. It’s the list of health problems where medical doctors get good results.

Where the model does NOT work with is “chronic” (continuing or repeating) health problems. This again is obvious, because medical doctors can do nothing with these other than manage the symptoms with drugs (PMS and hormone imbalances, digestive problems, pain, fatigue, depression, weight, diabetes, blood pressure, etc.).

Chronic problems are accurately represented by an entirely different scientific model. This is overlooked by the medical community, probably because only their old model works with pharmaceuticals— which is what their business model is based on.

The Chronic Model:

This could also be called “The accurate model” as it comes closest to how the body really works.

In this model, the body is seen as an organization of over 37 trillion cells, each one independently alive. These cells live an average of about three months, and our bodies replace about two million cells per second. Looking at your face in a mirror? How old is that face? How about three months!

Our environment is very stressful to a body. You don’t realize how many toxins are in the air and water, how much stress we’re all dealing with, how bad the food can be, the effect of drugs, and on and on. You don’t realize this because bodies are designed to hide stress and symptoms as much as possible. Your body is being damaged almost continuously; you just aren’t aware of this.

Your body is at its core really a mechanic. It is constantly repairing and rebuilding itself. If your body can keep up with the repair and rebuild work, you stay healthy. If it can’t, or if some damage to its “mechanicing ability” happens, then you will develop a chronic health condition.

If science turned its attention to how to use this model to help bodies restore their own healing ability, we wouldn’t be living in a society where over half the population has a chronic health condition— and maybe you wouldn’t have PMS. If science and government publicized the toxins and foods that cause so much misery, these things would change to everyone’s benefit.

Don’t hold your breath, however.

What you can do:

If you have a chronic health problem, it can be very helpful to recognize some facts:

  1. There is no medical “cure” or solution for your problem available from conventional health care. If it’s advisable to control your symptoms (blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) then you should take advantage of the excellent medical technology for this. Just understand that there is no final solution coming from this area.
  2. The solution to your problem comes from your own body regaining its ability to heal. The only doctor expert enough to make this happen is… your own body. No one else, no matter how well educated, has the slightest idea what needs to be done in your specific case. If you need help, you should look for like-minded practitioners who have expertise in testing the nervous system and using functional labs.
  3. In some cases, reducing overall stress can give your body enough additional resources to recover. Try it! Stop eating sugar, junk food and refined carbs. Eat regularly, don’t skip meals. Stop eating milk and cream. Quit alcohol and/or recreational drugs of all kinds. Get active several times each day. Make yourself get enough sleep. Avoid stressful people as much as possible.
  4. Supplements without testing are so hit and miss that it’s hard to even make recommendations. Stick with basic digestive enzymes and probiotics.
  5. If you have a serious condition, my experience is that DIY has little to no chance of success. You will need to find an expert in helping bodies to heal their own conditions.

Successfully recovering from a chronic health problem such as PMS in our current society isn’t easy or simple. But if you understand what I’ve told you in this post it IS POSSIBLE. You just must start by understanding the bankrupt nature of medicine regarding chronic problems and realize you must look elsewhere for help.

Find out more

Here is a webpage with a short summary of what I do.

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (very practical information).

Here is a link to a book I wrote about women’s hormones in every stage of their lives (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book I wrote about my treatment technique (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book my office manager wrote on staying healthy long-term (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a free online health survey that you can submit for a phone consultation on your health

Here is a link to request a new patient appointment

If you have a health problem with no solution other than to manage the symptoms, I can recommend that you stop accepting this and start researching a real solution. In many, many cases there will be a way back to health for you.

I wish you the best of luck, and offer you any help or advice I can.

 

Could a Functional Medicine Doctor Fix Your Health?

Earth with Syringe

If you have a chronic health problem and are going to a conventional medical doctor, you may be in trouble. Your problem might be blood pressure, diabetes, depression, hormone problems, thyroid, autoimmune, IBS, GERD or other digestive problem, etc.

You may also have no idea you’re in trouble.

Why should you think you’re making a mistake? After all more than half the population is managing chronic health conditions using drugs through the medical system. And, it’s paid for by insurance. Where is the problem, here? Your doctor will put you on drugs to manage your diagnosed condition for the rest of your life.

The problem is that your overall health will deteriorate from the stress of the untreated cause of your chronic condition and the stress of the drug. As additional problems from this stress show up, they will be treated with additional drugs, and your condition will continue to decline.

You probably already know this. First, you likely have friends and family members who have been put on additional medications as their health decreased. Second, if you’re reading this blog you likely are interested in how to effectively avoid this trap and actually get well.

Could Functional Medicine Doctors be Your Solution?

You may have heard about a relative newcomer to health care called “Functional Medicine Doctors.”

Functional medicine doctors are most often medical doctors who themselves are fed up with the standard treatment protocols for chronic illness and want to offer a better solution. They use some medical and some alternative forms of treatment, and use special labs designed to show underlying causes rather than to just prescribe drugs.

A functional medicine doctor will look for causes of stress behind your chronic condition and attempt to treat those causes instead of just treating symptoms.

The only problem with the brave new world of functional medicine doctors is that many of my patients tried functional medicine doctors without result before they found me.

I’ve heard some good reports and I know that the functional medicine doctor approach can be an improvement over conventional medical treatment. But I don’t believe functional medicine doctors are the entire solution that is needed.

What Conventional Medicine Doctors and Functional Medicine Doctors Have in Common:

Both are looking for a solution to a symptom by looking for ways to repair a biochemical machine called a “body.”

The medical doctor uses the scientific approach. This is a pre-packaged course of treatment proven with scientific studies. The doctor makes a careful diagnosis, then follows the scientifically proven treatment protocol. For many illnesses, injuries, infections and other accidents of life, this approach produces fantastic results and saves lives.

However, for most chronic illness, the treatment may stave off death or disability but without hope of restored health.

The functional medicine doctor looks for underlying toxicity, diet problems, oxidative stress… things that could be causing the stress leading to the body failing to heal. Special functional lab testing and good clue-sleuthing are used to find these causes. The functional medicine doctor treats these causes in an attempt to reduce the stress, build the health of the body and eventually reduce or eliminate the symptom.

A Third Solution to Recovering Health from Chronic Illness

Your body is made of about 37 trillion cells, each one is independently alive. This collection of living cells is organized into something you can walk around in by an “onboard intelligence” that runs your body, so you don’t have to. Otherwise you’d have no attention left for anything else.

This intelligence is in charge of maintenance and healing for your body.

A chronic health condition is caused by a stress that your body can’t handle. This stress causes your body to fail to keep up with its own maintenance. This leads to increasing damage, until finally you develop a symptom.

Two important things to remember about this:

  1. Your body intelligence knows what is wrong, what needs to happen and in what sequence to fix it.
  2. Your body never stops doing everything it can in an attempt to heal, even if it’s failing.

So, here’s a new, third solution to chronic health problems: don’t just treat the symptom (medical doctor), and don’t just treat random underlying stresses (functional medicine doctor).

This third approach is to let your body be the doctor, so that the health care professional becomes a knowledgeable assistant. By testing your nervous system directly it’s possible to get key information on what your body considers to be a priority and to test possible solutions. Combined with the functional medicine doctor approach of functional labs and excellent sleuthing, this is a new and effective method of allowing your body to overcome chronic health problems.

In this model, the solution to chronic health conditions is to allow your body to run its own treatment program, helping it to move past “stuck points” until it has regained its ability to heal without assistance.

This approach is called EvecticsSM. (“Evectics” is a 19th century word that meant “the method of obtaining health.”)

Find out more

Here is a webpage with a short summary of what I do.

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (very practical information).

Here is a link to a book I wrote about women’s hormones in every stage of their lives (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book I wrote about my treatment technique (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book my office manager wrote on staying healthy long-term (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a free online health survey that you can submit for a phone consultation on your health

Here is a link to request a new patient appointment

If you have a health problem with no solution other than to manage the symptoms, I can recommend that you stop accepting this and start researching a real solution. In many, many cases there will be a way back to health for you.

I wish you the best of luck, and offer you help or advice if you need it.

 

Take a Drug and “Hope for the Best”

We live in a society of drugs. The MaDiceyo Clinic reports that 70% of the US population takes at least one prescription medication. Over the counter drugs? We make about 3 billion trips to the store each year to buy them.

In my practice, we only use only non-pharmacological treatment, so I got curious one day and started asking our patients, “Do you know how drugs work?” No one had a single answer.

So, since there’s a 70% chance that you are taking drugs, it might be useful for you to know a bit about how they work.

A drug gets in between the intelligence that operates your body for you and your physical body and forces certain things to occur:

BODY INTELLIGENCE –> DRUG –> BODY FUNCTIONS

This can work well, or it can be a disaster. Drugs are a lot like auto-correct on your phone:

The AutoCorrect Textsauto-correct is IN BETWEEN you (the intelligence) and the final text. You lose control of what you intended to say. But unlike auto-correct, your body doesn’t have the luxury of being able to catch the error and fix it. It must live with the mistake.

The main problem with drugs is that they take the control away from the intelligence that is responsible for the operation and maintenance of your body. Drugs grab the wheel away from your body, and you may or may not stay on the road. In my non-pharmacological practice, I let the body be the doctor and follow its instructions.

When I was 15, I got a summer job as a “worker” at a camp in the Missouri Ozarks. It sounded fun, until I found out that the “workers” were tasked with installing a 100-yard long water pipe out to a new bathhouse. We were given shovels, picks and it was recommended that we drink plenty of water. A good idea as the temperature was in the high 90’s under a broiling sun. Halfway through my second day, the boss hailed us and asked, “Anyone know how to fix a tractor?” Everyone looked at each other, wishing oh-so-much that tractor mechanic was on their resume to get them out of the sun. I considered myself to be mechanically minded (though cocky would be closer to the truth) and raised my hand.

TractorIt was an old, red farm tractor and it wouldn’t start. I proceeded to remove the starter motor from the engine and disassemble it (in a nice and shady workshop, by the way). I don’t recall the exact problem, but it must have been simple as I was able to repair the starter and fix the tractor. This got me a whole string of fix-it jobs and kept me off the ditch-digging project for the remainder of the week.

Let me take you back to that moment when I first put a wrench on the bolts holding the starter motor to the tractor: I was one worried kid. Honestly, I’d never even been close to a farm tractor. I wasn’t experienced as a car mechanic; I’d barely worked on bicycles. I knew that once I started taking parts off that tractor that I wasn’t certain what would happen, and I just hoped for the best.

This experience of “hope for the best” is familiar to medical doctors. Let’s explore why this is true.

Despite all the hype, bluster and news stories of scientific marvels, no one remotely understands how a human body works. I think we are fooled by the tremendous advances of knowledge we’ve had into imagining we know much more than we do, because in reality we haven’t scratched the surface.

A body, like any other organism, is a physical structure controlled by a living intelligence. Right there, we’re in deep trouble. What’s an intelligence? Where did it come from? How does it work? How does it decide what to do in the operation and repair of the organism? Almost all the current answers to these questions are in the area of philosophy, not science. If you look back at the history of any science, there was a time before it became a science when it was a philosophy (astronomy, for example). This tells you we are in the stone age of understanding regarding intelligence.

So, with no understanding of intelligence but with the technology of drugs, we’re able to take control away from the body and force actions and changes to occur, but we don’t really know what we’re doing. Thus, the same drug that creates a near miracle in one patient can kill the next one.

We are missing an entire area of the technology we need to make drugs safe and effective: The ability to work WITH the intelligence running the body rather than bypassing it. Therefore, doctors “hope for the best” and put you on one drug after another, rolling the dice with every prescription. I’ve avoided the dice-rolling with a non-pharmacological practice for the past 25 years.

There is a good comparison between my tractor repair and your doctor’s prescriptions: we both were hoping for the best.

I think good advice would be:

  1. Only take drugs as a last resort and get off them as quickly as possible.
  2. Take responsibility for your own health and thoroughly research any drug before you start it.
  3. (Should be #1) Work to have a healthy body that doesn’t need drugs to start with.

Here’s hoping for the best!

Find out more

Here is a webpage with a short summary of what I do.

Here is a free booklet with the story of how I developed my techniques and how those techniques work (very practical information).

Here is a link to a book I wrote about women’s hormones in every stage of their lives (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book I wrote about my treatment technique (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a book my office manager wrote on staying healthy long-term (on Amazon)

Here is a link to a free online health survey that you can submit for a phone consultation on your health

Here is a link to request a new patient appointment

If you have a health problem with no solution other than to manage the symptoms, I can recommend that you stop accepting this and start researching a real solution. In many, many cases there will be a way back to health for you.

I wish you the best of luck, and any help or advice I can offer.

To Create Life, Press ‘Pause’

View from the mountainA lot of times we can feel lost. I know I do sometimes. It isn’t that we don’t know what to do because for most of us that is all too clear. It is just that we may not have ever stopped to really examine why we do the things we do.

I know we do the things we do because we are supposed to and we have to pay the bills or people are waiting on us to finish the project, but really why do we do the things we do every day? Do you have a purpose in your actions, or do you feel lost, pushed off from the shore and floating or moving too quickly in the current we call life?

I know I can feel lost sometimes. It isn’t that I don’t know what to do, because for most of us that is all too clear. It is just that we may not have ever stopped to really examine why we do the things we do.

There’s the “have tos” such as paying bills and going to work. There’s the “supposed tos” that our family and friends expect from us, and those things we do just because we’re used to doing them. There’s the “must do’s” where we succumb to impulses and compulsions, like eating sugar, junk foods or making a snide remark.

And then, finally, there’s our own actions and decisions and creativity and the things that uniquely make us ourselves.

When I find I’m adrift or pushed away from being and doing those things I want and spending my life doing the “have-tos, supposed-tos and must dos,” I see it is a sign that I need to take a pause and reflect. I have learned that a pause can mean everything and can allow me the space to examine, to really see. You can take a pause.

When I am in the pause, I step back a good way— maybe a mile, maybe more— till my life looks like someone else’s life. Sometimes if I can move far enough out from it, my life will look like characters in a movie. It helps me see. I push the pause button and I can see the players, the plot, the action and where it is headed.

Doing this helps me remember that life is a game. A game that I have made my part in, and a game that I can change if it’s not what I want. It puts things in perspective for me and that is usually what I need to decide where the pieces go next. My pause makes my moves more conscious and more aware. Hopefully less reactive.

I like to view my life as a game, very similar to an amusement ride, that you can get off anytime, you can keep riding, or you can change the ride or rides altogether. I have the power.

If you don’t know what your game is, it’s easier to choose a goal or a purpose (a game!) from a distance rather than in the heat of living it. If you are afraid to even choose a game, that is where you need to start, because you must have a game in order to be out on the field. You can start any game and then change it; the key is to start. You do have the power to be exactly where you want to be and the power to decide to change where you want to be. If you want to change it, change it. You can even have the game of having no game, as long as you have decided that’s what you want.

You can find that your game has become someone else’s. Life is hard sometimes and goes fast and before you know it you have a game that has many players. It can seem like it’s someone else’s life; someone else’s game. But it is still your game; you’ve just stopped making the decisions and moving the pieces and become a player only. You just need to take that pause and sort it out for a minute. You are the master of the game.  Some of the moves are easy and can be done quickly and without too much fuss. Others may need multiple steps and some alternative planning and may take some time. The important part is that you make the plan and that you create your own game.

Time will pass anyway; that’s part of the game. You will be several steps ahead if you start now to create your own game and keep it up. If you are not the person you planned to be or are not where you planned to be now, fix it if you want to. If you are happy that is good. If you want to make some changes, make some changes. Where do you see yourself in five years, in ten years? Have you lost your way or are you on track? Do you need or want a new purpose; one that makes you get out of bed in the morning with energy and joy?

The world is big. You can see this from your vantage point a mile or two above your own story. There are so many people playing so many games and going so many places! When you are down in it, you can seem so small and sometimes your role may feel irrelevant. It isn’t of course, but it sure is hard to see the forest for the trees.

That is why it’s good to take that pause and distance yourself a little or a lot. Things can look very different from this new perspective. You’ll be able to see the stuck places, and where to push and in which direction that loosens up the area. You can see how to change; because after all when you change the whole story changes.

Write your story and make the ending you want. Do you want to travel or start a new business or be an artist? Do you want to lose weight or make a new friend or get married? Do you want to buy an island in Alaska or move to the mountains? Do you want to start a llama farm or write a book? What do you want? Whatever it is, if you can see it and you really want it, make a plan. Just start with that.

I can hear you all falling right back down to earth, smooshed into the impossibilities, the lack of money or education in an area or all the reasons why it can’t happen.

You know, it isn’t the reasons why it’s so impossible that are keeping you from your island or your farm or your book tour. It’s because you are listening to them and believe them! There are so many reasons why something cannot be done, but all it takes to overcome this is the one real intention to do it that you created up there during your pause. At the end of the day, that is all that matters. Back out again from your life, pause, put the purpose back up there and start to plan how it can be done. Don’t listen to the voices in your head or those around you that tell you it can’t be done, unless you wrote them into the plot and you just wanted to give yourself some more hurdles to overcome.

Find those that support you and put wind in your sails. Move those other pieces off the board. You know the ones— the negative people, the ones who invalidate your goals and you. The vampire people who don’t want you to play, let alone win. You don’t have to have them in your game. Gently move them aside. Find the ones who love you for you, who help you be a better you. Find those you trust and who trust you, who are here to do good in the world and leave it a better place for having been on the playing field.

We have a finite time here and we cannot know how much we have left. It can be gone in an instant, our game, this life. Live it hard and live it well. Change it when you want and make it yours. It always was. If you forgot, remember; maybe for the first time. Love yourself.

And the next time you pause a couple miles out, you will look down and discover you are being exactly what you want to be.

Love for the journey.

Gratitude is Such a Happy Word

Gratitude is such a happy word.

To be thankful. To love and appreciate the good around us. The people and the things that make our lives better and worth living. The big things and the little things. I am so grateful for so many things.

I also am guilty of not really being that grateful a lot of the time.

I look at the bad. I will be honest. I get afraid a lot of the time that only looking at the good will make me less safe; will make me unrealistic and a “Pollyanna.” I must see the bad too. What’s wrong, what isn’t going right so that I can fix it and make it right. Do you ever feel like that? The problem with this perspective is that it can create fear, and fear does not beget gratitude. Fear begets more fear and as a consequence, more bad things are likely to happen as darkness very rarely brings light.

Sometimes the darkness can feel safer. From darkness we can keep finding all the wrong places, from there, all you can see are the wrong places. And there are more and more wrong places and after a time you have a hard time finding the right places. All you have been looking for is the wrong. What we put attention on grows, and when you find all the wrongs, you’ve been watering the wrongs for too long.

As a doctor, I often know when someone will get well and when they won’t. It starts with all the wrongs. If someone can only see what is wrong and cannot see anything that is right or that it could ever be right, it will always be more wrong than right. Sickness and health are that way. Sometimes we are afraid to let go of the wrongs because if we do, it just seems impossible. It seems we may have to be someone else; it seems we may have to do different things than we’re comfortable with. So, we hold on to the wrongs— and they have a way of spiraling down and down into the abyss of more wrongs.

How to recover? How to change this mindset? How to replace this fear with something better— with love? I have found that I can change the way I see things, I can start to see the rights in my world, by being grateful. Just as with acts of kindness, being grateful is never wrong. These last two weeks have been stressful in both our personal and work families. My husband’s dad who is 93 almost died from a heart arrhythmia and it took ten people in the ER to bring him back. With the technology we have today, he is back home with an unblocked heart and a pacemaker to guide things. He gets better every day.

I am grateful for the technology we have that saves lives in our emergency rooms. I am grateful this technology gave us more days with this wonderful, kind man who is the light of his family and who is such an example of love to so many. I am grateful he is in my life and the lives of my two boys and that I have had the last 23 years to claim him as my family too.

I am also grateful today that one of my valued staff members who had to have an emergency surgery last week is at home recovering. I am grateful that we have surgeons who can create modern day miracles and save people’s lives and give us back our family members and friends so we can love them some more. I am grateful for life.

I am grateful for my boys who are my life. I am grateful that they teach me every day to be a better person. I am thankful for my husband who does such a better job than I do at seeing the rights and putting more attention on them than the wrongs. It has balanced the days when I could only see from the darkness.

I am grateful for my pets. My beautiful, special pets who bring so much joy and silliness to our lives. I am grateful for so many things. Do you see the light gratitude brings? It is spilling over in my heart and drowning out the darkness and the wrongs, so much so that I want to tell you about so many more things that I am grateful for; the light on the trees, the flowers in the yard, a beautiful song, a lovely talk with a friend, a friend.

I am grateful for the beach, that I have known unconditional love, that my son got well when he was so sick. That I had another son and that I have two boys who are big and strong and who love me. I am grateful for good food and good times and love. The light grows and the darkness recedes. The wrongs may still be there, but they are not as big not as scary. I challenge you to try it.

Pretty soon, the wrongs will start to fix themselves or you will see what to do because you are the light, the joy the gratitude and darkness cannot live there. Just start. Get a gratitude journal or share one thing you are grateful for every day with a friend or family member. You may run out of notebook, because what I have found is that even when the wrongs hit, I find some gratitude in them. It may be between tears, and it may take a minute, but even in the “wrongs” there can be gratitude.

For example, I lost a valuable staff member at a really bad time, how can I find gratitude? I could blame her, I could blame myself, I could say it is all lost and now I’ll never find anyone good. Because darkness never gave birth to light remember? Or I could say, “I will find someone who is an even better fit, who will stay and bring their gifts to the business and help it grow even more than the person who left.” I could also be grateful that I could learn from the choice I made and see how I could improve the next time.

I lost my grandmother last fall. She was a very special person to me for all of my life. We were very close and the loss for me was very hard; it still is. If you have ever lost someone you love, you understand and it is very hard to find gratitude sometimes, and easier to find pain. The pain was so deep though, that I knew my grandma would have wanted me to frame it differently, because she never would want me to hurt like that. She was always so positive and so grateful even in hard times, especially in hard times and she taught me by her actions.

So, I was tasked with finding gratitude in the loss of my Grammy who I could not hug or go visit ever again. I couldn’t call her or ask her help or advice again. I couldn’t hear that beautiful voice again or know she was always just a phone call away. How to find gratitude in that? But you know what? There it was right there; in all that. The fact that my grandma was always there for me to share a hug or an accomplishment, to give me encouragment and love any time day or night it didn’t matter to her.

I used to spend weeks in the summer with my grandma and grandpa camping and playing in the woods as a child, visiting and making rhubarb pies with her. She was always there for me when I came home from college with a special meal just for me and hours to talk. She supported me through many hard times and always, always loved me no matter what.

I found my gratitude.

I had known unconditional love from this woman for almost 50 years. I know what it is! She modeled this for me, for my whole family. I know what it looks like, what it feels like and I am so very grateful for this gift that she gave me! Not everyone has this type of love, let alone for this long. The ache doesn’t leave from her loss, but it is now tinged with joy, with the light that she always had emanating from her heart.

Gratitude is magic. It fills the empty dark spaces, it makes light. Can you see it? Can you try it? Don’t be afraid. And if the darkness and the fear come back in, “gratitude it back out.” Replace it with love, with gratitude. Keep listing all the things. There are so many. We have so much, so very much to be grateful for. Gratitude will soften your heart it will bring you joy, and it will light the way in a world that tempts us to only see the wrongs.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this simple thing cannot change the world. This simple thing can change the world because it can change you; and you and I together can change the world.

It is a simple and gentle thing. Do it and keep doing it every day. If you do, eventually you will start to see more good than bad, more rights than wrongs. You will wake up one day with love in your heart and magic in your soul and you too will make your own miracles happen for yourself and for all of us. To a better world, with more light and more gratitude!

 

Love for the journey.

Opening the Door to Compassion

RoseCompassion is generally seen as necessary for any successful society, and many religions espouse compassion as a vital ingredient in human interaction.

But what is it compassion really? And how do we have compassion for others and then ultimately, for ourselves? I wrote a blog post last week about grace, about forgiving yourself and others. I think that grace is a part of compassion. Caring, and giving quarter where perhaps none is deserved, is where compassion is needed the most. Maybe it’s most needed because it isn’t deserved. Having compassion is necessary in so many parts of our lives.

Compassion isn’t needed when all is good, the folks are doing what they are supposed to and we’re all happy. Compassion isn’t called for, necessarily for the “good” in our lives and in the lighter parts, but it is called for mostly in the dark parts. The parts where we are hurt the most and where we cannot see the light. This is where I find it the hardest to find compassion.

I believe it would be a mistake to think of having compassion as weak. It doesn’t take strength to strike someone down when they are at their weakest or when they have made the biggest mess of a situation. It takes strength to not retaliate or condemn. It doesn’t take much strength to hate, it does take a lot of strength sometimes to love.

I had a person once, that I was considering hiring, who had gone behind my back to someone close to me to question my integrity and say some pretty nasty things about me. The person was also seeing me professionally to help her with her health. The friend she had spoken to called and told me what happened. The next time I saw this person I knew about her negative words and the venom she had spat in my direction; but she was unaware that I knew. I had the choice to treat her kindly and maintain a compassionate attitude, or I could confront her and address it angrily. I chose the former and didn’t bring it up or change the way I treated her.

I had always treated this person with respect. For her to behave this way towards me meant that she was truly defensive and frightened of life and of ME! So, I chose to love her. I did not pretend. Had she addressed me about her criticisms I would have kindly told her what I thought but she did not. I treated her kindly and professionally and asked how I could continue to support her in her health goals. She answered and we had a nice visit. Someone close to the situation and who knew what was happening, saw our exchange and wondered about it out loud to me later after the woman left.

She said, “How did you treat her so calmly and so professionally, so kindly? She is so negative and clearly does not mean you well! How can you look at her and not be angry?” I answered that she was my patient foremost and when that is the case I always come from a place of love. Yes, I was hurt that she had acted the way she did, but I just decided to treat her as I always had honoring that place of grace in her that I always saw and I chose to ignore the negativity she was creating. It was a conscious decision. It didn’t hurt me and shortly after, this person decided to seek help for her health in a different direction. This is a small example of compassion. One that was fairly easy at the time and did not hurt me too much to implement.

I can tell of a time I did not show compassion. It was extremely hard for me to even see that compassion was needed in the situation, so stuck was I on my own rightness. It seemed to me at the time that it would hurt me tremendously to have compassion in this situation. I regret greatly that I didn’t see more clearly and behave differently.  Regret in life sometimes can be a tough thing; especially if you cannot go back and do it differently. A very close friend had something tragic happen in her life that made her choose a different direction than I would have chosen for her. We argued about it and I tried to convince her to make a different choice. I was younger then and I did not understand how big a part compassion plays in our day to day interactions with others. I chose to be judgmental and headstrong and hold her decision against her and stand “strong” in my own personal belief that she made the wrong ethical and moral choice and that I was right, and she was wrong.

How condescending and stupid that sounds to me now in the rear-view mirror of 20 something years. I can hear myself asking “Well, how did that work out for you?” Not well. I lost the opportunity to win for both of us. I lost something that day that I never got back. We stayed friends but it was never the same. I always held the judgmental “holier than thou” space in the relationship and she died before I had a chance to get older and wiser. It breaks my heart to think of that; and how I can’t go back. What if I had had a softer heart for her and what she was experiencing. What if I tried harder and had put myself in her shoes? Really put myself in her shoes and walked in them for a time.

Most of us are not evil. The press, the politicians “the dividers” separate us into race and sex and religion and political party. We are, the polls say more polarized than ever on so many topics. But we are all just human beings. We are all people. I know that the answers to the questions we fight over and struggle with in our world today are not easy ones. Some of us feel very strongly about a lot of things— and I think we should. Developing compassion is an ongoing journey and so very needed right now in our world.

Have you ever tried to fully, completely understand a position so opposite from yours that it makes you feel crazy to even listen to it? It sounds so dumb or so ignorant or so something? Think of a view so opposite from yours that you could never in a million years think of understanding it let alone taking it on as your own. Yes, that’s the one! If I had really decided to take my friend’s perspective back then, and really understand her and why she made the decision she made, even if I totally disagreed, I could still have had compassion for her. And maybe, just maybe, we could have found some agreement.

Compassion is an attitude and a gift. It isn’t a condescending view that we are better somehow than the person in front of us. Doing that very thing, taking on and listening closely to another viewpoint completely opposed to my own, has enabled me to change my mind about many subjects I thought I could never change. It is a gift we can consciously choose to give each other.

I have changed some of my strong and long-held beliefs by listening and questioning with friends who were kind and had compassion for me and for my “crazy to them” ideas. It works both ways, you see. They were willing to listen to my strongly-held viewpoints and I was willing to listen to theirs; without judgement. And you know what? Sometimes both of us changed a little in each other’s direction. Sometimes after a time of introspection one of us came to understand the other’s reason for believing or acting as they did. Interesting. I think in these times with my friends, we had compassion for each other even when the other became passionate or even upset about a topic.

Do unto others as we would have them do unto us comes to mind. I know this isn’t easy or even natural. We have to overcome some very basic programming to just make this so, but I encourage you to try it. Examine your red lines. The line that you would never cross to show someone compassion and try it anyway. The fact you are even thinking about it is progress. We can’t all do it all the time and all at once, but we can start. Radical compassion. It doesn’t mean someone doesn’t take or shouldn’t take responsibility for a wrong. It doesn’t even mean it wasn’t wrong. It means your compassion opens a passage way in the universe for a possible redemption for them and for you; especially for you, if the wrong was done to you.

Radical compassion. Crazy sounding, right? Two very opposite words.

Opening the door to being compassionate allows the light to shine in and more possible solutions to surface. It opens a space in the universe where none existed previously. You can bring light to those situations around you that seem impossible. Try it. Let it happen.

I send you love and best wishes for finding and living with more compassion in your life every day. I wish you strength for the journey.  

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  Aesop

Give Yourself Grace

I’ve been thinking about grace lately: How little grace we offer to ourselves and to others. Maybe it stems from perfectionist attitudes about life and love or maybe we feel we just don’t deserve it.

Do you ever remember a time you just cut yourself a break and thought joyously that you didn’t have to feel guilty about that thing whatever it was?

 

Sometimes I think our guilt voices come from things we’ve been told or learned from watching others model such behaviors. Other times it seems they were just made up in the moment to torture ourselves or “teach ourselves a lesson.” We can be kinder sometimes to a stranger than we are to ourselves.

Did you miss your workout last week or not take your daily supplements? Did you splurge on an extra glass of wine or eat a huge piece of cake? Most importantly— are you still feeling bad about it? What about relationships? Is there that one person you love that you just can’t seem to communicate to without it ending in a fight or a disagreement? Do you get angry or raise your voice at someone you love and then regret it? As a parent do you feel like you don’t do enough for the kids and you work too much or haven’t given them the life you planned? Is your life not what you envisioned so long ago when visions were all we had, and reality was a long way off? Do you wake up some mornings profoundly disappointed with yourself and what you’ve accomplished at this stage in your life? Do you feel you should be in a different place, or making more money or making more of a difference?

It seems all the social media pages are blaring out perfect lives with amazing vacations and sexy significant others in perfect homes with amazing children graduating

from Ivy League schools with multiple majors. You may be struggling to decide what you next career path will be or if you should take the risk and leave your current job for another one that may or may not be better. You might wonder how everyone’s got the money to go on all those trips and probably something must be very wrong with you!

When you see that ground-up house renovation or the 25-year wedding anniversary with the “Barbie perfect” family it can make you question your worth or make you wonder why all isn’t wine and roses in your neck of the woods. Wonder what they do for a living? Wow, how does she stay that skinny? I never look like that in a swimsuit! I wish my kid would just go to school— any school!  Then the voices start about yourself.

All my friends are in graduate school and here I am at home still. I must be a loser! They have such a lovely relationship; my husband and I just fight all the time. What is wrong with this picture? I don’t even have a boyfriend! I should leave my job. If I made more money, I could save more money and afford trips like the Jones’ do! I never traveled the world and now it’s too late. They don’t seem to work all that hard and have tons of money! What’s wrong with me?

The problem is no one sees the pain on the other side of those perfect pictures. The husband who spends all his time playing video games and won’t work enough to support his family but will stand still in his Sunday best for a beautiful family photo. The daughter who was forced into a major by her parents who told her she couldn’t make a living in art so she better study something in a “good school” so she could support herself. That first day of college photo is lovely but no one feels the pain of broken dreams or sees the tears. You don’t see the debt that renovation put that family in; the $120,000 renovation is now a second mortgage. That beautiful island trip that cost $20,000 plus for that family of 4 is now on someone’s credit card and another stress to worry about. No one sees the spouse that cheated on the other one three times, but they will both stand at the family reunion and play the game of “all is fine” over here.

You don’t know what lies behind the pictures. People don’t often reach out or share what lies behind the façade. We all come from different backgrounds and different cultures. To share or not to share? Did your family share or did they hide what was really going on and play the game of make it all look normal and ignore the pain and sometimes the abuse and shame that families are good at hiding?

And here is where the grace comes in: We all have pain. We smile over it and keep on going. We screw up and keep on moving. Why don’t we stop more often and realize we are all human and what that means is that for the most part, most of us mean well. We want to do good, to help those around us to be good parents and good spouses and good employees and good bosses. Life is crazy. When you see someone else it is impossible to tell what story they have to share, where they have come from and what they have to offer. Chances are they may be in a worse situation than you are and may need some grace.

Give it to them. Hold your tongue when you want to scream. Let them in when they need to get over when you are driving. Overlook the lateness if you can. That person in front of you probably woke up with the intention of doing his job and really didn’t mean to make you mad. That waiter didn’t mean to take so long to bring you that drink. All those FB posts are probably not 100% what they appear, and you don’t have to spend as much, be as thin or go as many places as all your friends do to still be a good enough person and valuable to society.

Your kids probably will still love you even though they didn’t go to the expensive school or the expensive camp this summer. Your husband may irritate the living daylights out of you, but he’d never cheat. And probably if you saved your pennies you could go somewhere nice and enjoy yourself and not go into debt. And more than likely if you haven’t found a graduate program that you are really passionate about, the one you will love will be there next year.

Give yourself a little grace. Forgive yourself at least one of your faults and frailties. You don’t have to be strong every single time. It’s OK to cry and it’s OK if you don’t really know what to do next. Probably if you aren’t where you think you should be at this time in your life, you made decisions along the way that got you here. Think of what you want to do next and make a road map to your next destination. Be brave. Think big. At the end of the day it is your life and you get to do what you want with it. Post your beautiful self on that social media and share a little truth with the world. Give yourself grace today and every day. It will spread and you will be kinder and make a kinder world for yourself and all of us. It is OK to be human and to err. What’s not OK is to guilt yourself for trying to achieve unrealistic expectations and even worse someone else’s expectations. As Mark Twain said, “Comparison is the death of joy.” Don’t compare yourself with anyone.

And create some joy!

Life is Crazy Out Here! What’s a Woman to Do?

Hey everyone!  I wanted to take a few minutes and acknowledge that life is super hard sometimes. In fact it can downright stink. Many times, in the age of digital togetherness we exist in a vacuum of loneliness. I see patients every day, so I see your pain in so many ways. The loss of a loved one, the pain of a bad marriage and the stress of a horrible work situation that you can’t seem to change or step away from. Sometimes the hardest things are the things you feel you cannot change.

The stress that this creates is incredible. Anxiety, sleepless nights, anger, irritability, apathy and lack of ambition for life or anything is a common result. Do you ever feel like you are burning up on the inside and can’t even control your emotions when you need to? Do you blame others or lash out and later feel like a total mean girl? It is super stressful in life and you have to have ways to cope… but not just cope, you have to thrive!

One of my patients recently lost a job. A really good job. One of my ladies left a good job to create a business of her own. Both situations are extremely stressful, for different reasons. Sick babies, stressed and difficult husbands and wives, not enough money, house closings, finals, difficult relatives, terminal illnesses, caring for a sick loved one and impossible life situations are some of the things that keep us up at night and burn out our lights and our health. Add all this to extreme fatigue, insomnia changing hormones and you can have quite a fire burning out of control!

I help people with their health, but frequently my job entails being a good listener and even more a helper in soothing and helping direct someone to take a look at possible solutions to the stress that is there. Most of the time they are the only ones who could possibly know what to do next, but being a good listener helps. And that is my point: Our problems are our own, but we need people to listen to us, people to talk to, to help us find our own solutions. Then we aren’t so alone. We really are all together in this life. Your problem may someday be mine and in listening, we can find our solutions and possibly help someone else.

Here are some things I have found successful when I am in an impossible situation that seems to be a damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don’t scenario. (We all have them at some point in our lives):

  • The first thing to do is to stop and put your situation on pause. For a minute or an hour or a day or for a month, however long you need to see more clearly. Imagine you, freeze framed, while the world bangs on uninterrupted and hurried as it always is, and you are just still. It can really help. You see the world still moves without you, but you can be still, and you can take a minute and you can push the other things away for as much time as you need to decide what you need to do or what direction you need to head in.
  • A daily walk, a workout, tea time, a massage, a coffee with a friend or just going to bed early with a good book can give you a little space.
  • Taking your recommended supplements, eating well, staying hydrated and sleeping 7-8 hours per night are things you can do to be kind to yourself and buffer yourself against the stress we all have. When we are so stressed, we burn up our B vitamins and use much more calcium and magnesium to shield the nervous system. Our body is amazing at adapting, but after a while we use all our resources and have to stop at the well again to replenish. If you give and give, make sure you fill back up.

There aren’t always “right” and “wrong” answers to life’s questions. There are just the answers that will bring your life a little more sanity and a little more peace. When you are physically better, you can see these answers more clearly. I was asked this week by a younger woman what advice I would have given to myself when I was 22.  I told her this:

“Life is long. Choose your partners and your friends well. It is not as important as it seems, and mistakes help you grow and learn. Go easier on yourself and love yourself. You will make it the way you want it and you will make it OK because you can.”

I spoke to someone recently who shared with me about her childhood in a family where the father abandoned them first and then the mom left when this woman was fifteen, leaving her to feed and protect two younger children. She was abused and did things she was not proud of to make sure those kids ate and that they all survived. She is grown now and wonders why she has anxiety. She thinks it started last January. But you know what?  She has a beautiful family and a wonderful husband, and she is afraid she will become her mother. I can tell you definitively that this woman will not. She escaped, but she still has scars.

We carry the scars of what made us. They aren’t things we should be embarrassed of though we often are. We carry the shame of things we could not control and the pain of betrayal from those who hurt us when they should have loved and protected us. But we go on and we live and for many of us we create homes where those we love will never be touched by these evil things. We ended the cycle. The scars we carry are badges. And as a wise woman told me recently, they are part of us, but they do not have to define us.

So, take a minute and pause. Realize who you are. A strong woman who can create your own life even out of the pain and the ashes of lost dreams and lost hope. You are the creator of dreams and the creator of hope. You don’t have to have to let anyone slow you down or stop you from blooming. Those things or people that seek to dim your energy and your life are not things you have to let exist in your life. No, really. It is true. You can change even the most impossible situation.

Sometimes, being healthy and having energy again can help you make better decisions. Sometimes those things and those people that stress you most, most need to change because that is why you are sick and tired and stressed in the first place. I start with helping people recover their health. I help the body recover and heal. Once you have your health, you can see more clearly where to go. There is a plethora of ills in the world but only one you. Let’s get you as bright and happy and as beautiful and energetic as possible. Then watch out world! There is nothing too impossible for you to do or achieve!

Let me help you. I love you and wish you all the joy!

Dr. Melodie Billiot

Using Supplements Correctly to Regain Health

Supplements in hand

 

 

 

If you’ve used supplements in the hope of feeling better or achieving better health but haven’t had good results, this article will show you:

  • Why you’ve had trouble
  • How you can be ultimately successful in regaining your health, even from long-term health problems that you may be using drugs to control.

There is some very important information to know about supplements. If you select and take them correctly, they are effective for long-term health improvement. If you don’t, they can be a waste of your time and money.

Supplements have the potential to facilitate real healing and health improvement, but only if used correctly long-term and not just as a symptom reliever.

People bought $35 billion worth of supplements in the US last year, but only a tiny fraction of those received a long-term health benefit.

What’s the secret to using supplements properly to recover your health instead of just temporary symptom relief? Read on!

Stress Reduction

Stress in the body is different from mental or emotional stress, although mental stress can certainly cause body stress. Body stress is literally “pressure, tension or strain” on physical parts of the body. This can be from physical, structural or chemical causes. For example, when you have an illness (like the flu), your body is under stress from a viral attack. Stress that your body finds overwhelming is the main cause of symptoms and can slow or prevent healing from taking place. Just as you need to reduce the stress on your body by going to bed when you have the flu, your body often can’t heal long-term health problems due to ongoing stress that can’t be reduced or resolved.

There are a lot of supplement products that would fall into the “Stress Reduction” category. I’ve always thought of these as “supplies and tools” supplements, in that they give the body functional help to lessen stress (“tools” such as probiotics, enzymes, etc.) or to supply missing substances that the body needs to function (“supplies” such as vitamins and minerals).

Because reducing body stress can often result in a reduction of symptoms, these are very popular supplements. However, most people I ask have had the experience of feeling better for a while after taking supplements and then… they stop working, or don’t work nearly as well.

This can be because the functional problems (hormone, digestive, immune, etc.) that caused the damage and symptoms in the first place are not addressed by stress reduction supplements. Your body isn’t healing, you’re just covering up the symptoms using natural methods instead of drugs.

Body stress must be reduced or controlled as a first step in healing, but just reducing stress may not be all that’s needed to allow healing to occur.

Cellular Healing

Bodies have health problems because some areas have too many damaged or unhealthy cells. This is a simple but important concept. If you have a liver with poor function that’s causing stress, that liver has too many damaged or unhealthy cells making up its structure.

If your body was to successfully heal the liver, it would do so by “remodeling” it on a cellular level. It would replace the unhealthy cells with healthier versions of those cells until the overall functional balance of the liver tipped into the healthy range. You’ve observed this remodeling when you’ve scraped your arm— all that new, pink skin. The same basic actions occur inside your body as well.

If you have a health problem that isn’t improving or is getting worse, this means your body is trying to remodel the damaged areas but is running into barriers to doing this successfully. Your body may need assistance to help it overcome these barriers. In the clinic, we consider ourselves to be assistants, and we consider the body be the doctor (after all, who knows more about how to heal your body, your body or the best doctor in the world? I’d go with your body every time!).

As an assistant, our job is to supply the materials that your body lacks that are needed to successfully remodel the damaged cells.

Failing to understand that all healing takes place on a cellular level and that symptom reduction does not correlate to cellular healing is responsible for tremendous wasted time and money.

Support Supplements

Helping the body to remodel specific areas requires an entirely different classification of supplements. I like to call these “replacement part” supplements, as they are often literally the building blocks for cells that the body has been unable to obtain in sufficient quantity or quality to remodel an area successfully.

These products are designed to help with organ support and rebuilding, not stress relief. As such, they aren’t likely to do much short term to relieve symptoms and so aren’t popular at the local health food store.  In fact, these supplements usually aren’t sold at the health food store because they don’t help with specific symptoms and because using them effectively requires a high degree of knowledge.

Putting it Together

Support supplements to rebuild (remodel) an area of your body can’t work if that area is under constant stress (remember the go to bed with the flu example). So, you’d need to use stress reduction supplements along with the replacement part or support supplements to get the long-term healing your body needs.

If you take the correct stress reduction and support supplement combination, it works. Your body begins to remodel a long-damaged area and health improves.

But then… it all changes!

At this point, your body takes its attention off the now-healing and no-longer-stuck area and refocuses on the next area that needs to be addressed. This requires a change in supplements, without which the healing process will come to a stop.

For a supplement program to do more than minimal, short-term symptom relief, the program must be changed and updated continually as the body changes.

The Long-Term Assistance Program

Healing from a significant health problem isn’t a quick process. Generally, your body has been stressed by a problem for years before you ever noticed a symptom. The damage that needs to be repaired can take many years to complete, often because it was many more years in the making.

Symptoms are caused by stress that the body can’t control or compensate for. There are many effective ways of helping your body compensate for stress better and thus reduce symptoms. These are called “functional treatments” and include drugs, surgery, stress-reduction supplements, and many other treatments. Though effective for symptom relief, often these do nothing for the underlying damage.

If the cellular structure of your body is compromised, these functional treatments may work to reduce symptoms but you’ll have to keep doing them. If the cellular structure worsens, you’ll have to do more or stronger treatments. At some point, the functional treatments may stop working entirely due to the increasing cellular damage.

Here’s a more optimistic scenario:

If you maintain your body’s healing on a cellular level, you’ll need less and less functional treatments until you may not need these at all. This is the basis of getting off all drugs. Further, if your body is structurally more stable and healthy, you are much less likely to have health problems in the future.

How to Use Supplements to Recover Health

1 It’s essential to use accurate testing and very knowledgeable professionals to recommend the correct supplements. The trial-and-error system is hopeless on a problem of this complexity.

2. The basic formula is to use stress-reduction supplements in combination with support (replacement part) supplements to take stress off an area and help it to rebuild (remodel).

3. Bodies heal in layers or sequences, because the body compensated repeatedly over the years for the stress it couldn’t heal. This means an effective supplement program needs to be adjusted on a regular basis to keep it relevant and working.

4. In almost every case, some diet and lifestyle changes will be required to reduce stress enough to allow healing to occur. These are very specific stress-reducing changes, not overall “eat healthier” attempts.

5. Often, functional stress from hormones, allergies or nervous system blocks can slow or stop cellular healing despite a correct supplement program. There are specific effective solutions to these problems, but once again it requires accurate testing and evaluation to find and isolate the stress and determine a solution.

6. Treatment programs must be continued long enough to achieve stable health. The length of a program depends on the problem, the intensity and effectiveness of the treatment program and to a large degree the ability of the patient’s body to heal. Given that a cellular healing cycle is three months and that most health problems will require many of these cycles to become stable and healthy, this is not a short process.

Some Make it, Some Don’t

After 23 years of helping patients recover from long-term health conditions that had previously frustrated them for years (often for decades), I have some observations that you may find useful:

1 Overall, I’ve observed that almost everyone with a health problem vastly underestimates the effort and time needed to see it completely resolved. That’s not a wonder, given the pure symptom-relief that passes for most healthcare.

2. I’ve had a lot of conversations with patients who did a part of a program, felt a bit better and quit. Then, five years later they came back with more problems. Often the “new” symptoms were somewhat different from the first ones, but testing proved the source was the same. The patient almost always expressed regret at not completing their original program. Their new attitude would sum up to:
Living in a body with health problems reduces your happiness, productivity, accomplishments and usefulness. If there’s a way to avoid this, it is worth almost any amount of effort.

3. My experience has been that it may take a short time or it may take a long time, but if you persist in doing effective therapy and are willing to adjust your lifestyle you will eventually recover your health.

4. We have amassed thousands and thousands of success stories from patients who discovered that it was possible to assist their bodies to successfully heal. This is not an unproven or risky way to get well, it just takes a lot of personal responsibility and determination.

Starting the Journey

No question, the most difficult part of getting your health back is getting started!

The way to start is to call the Clinic at 770-612-1100 and make an appointment for an Evaluation Visit. This will take an hour, and we’ll find what is stressing your body, what’s the main cause of this stress and what could be done to start the healing process. You’ll then come back for a second consultation visit to go over all this information, work out the particulars of your program and get started.

Im looking forward to your success and recovery.