People have been trained to believe that the disease-management model of health care is the only path to health. This single belief is the biggest roadblock to our progress toward successful client and practice outcomes.
The “pill for an ill” mindset is deeply entrenched, even in the holistic health community. Neurotransmitters are prescribed to heal the brain, herbs are given as a remedy for balancing hormones, dietary protocols are given to cure diseases. Natural remedies are being substituted for toxic pharmaceuticals to chase symptoms and conditions.
But that’s not how energy healing rolls.
The body has innate intelligence and has the power to heal itself if it has the tools it needs and if there are no blocks to the healing process. Whether it’s a broken toe, a blood sugar issue, or childhood trauma, the body can self-heal when all systems are in homeostatic balance. What is the culprit that knocks the body out of equilibrium?
In fact, stress is a factor in five out of the six leading causes of death — heart disease, cancer, stroke, lower respiratory disease, and accidents. An estimated 75 to 90 percent of all doctor visits are for stress-related issues. There are scores of studies demonstrating the relationship between stress and pain, fatigue, weight management, immune dysfunction and lots more. And there isn’t a pill or protocol in the world to eradicate it.
So long as allopathy dominates our national health care conversation, it’s up to you to teach your clients that there is another, more powerful, way toward wellness. After all, they come to you because they want an alternative to the conventional approach that hasn’t worked. Here’s your invitation to give it to them! Energy healing is about system-wide stress balancing, not treating silos of diseases and symptoms. Besides, not only is this a more fitting way to describe how you will help them, it’s one that you can legally defend if taken to task.
I’ve outlined 3 steps to help you explain this approach to your clients so they are excited to take this path and stay involved throughout their healing journey with you.
- Agree on the end-game.
By the time a client comes to you, she’s likely been through the ringer of doctors, drugs, and disappointment. She wants to “fix” one primary problem, yet might have many more programs running in the background that are chipping away at her health.
Recently, one of our New Human counselors shared that a client of hers felt she wasn’t getting any better from their work together. Yet, in fact, her client did make gains. Using New Human’s technology and botanical solutions, her kidney and liver labs improved significantly. But the client hadn’t lost any weight, so, in her mind, the therapy wasn’t working. She viewed success as weight loss, not confusing lab results.
You can avoid this type of disconnect early in your work with a client by explaining that their issue (in this case, weight management) has multiple possible factors at play: environmental toxins, emotional trauma, hormone imbalances, gut dysbiosis, and more. In your work to correct these imbalances, “invisible” signs of improvement might be the first ones observed, seen only in blood or functional labs. Clients need your help to connect the dots between seemingly unrelated results and their ultimate end-game to demonstrate how your work is right on track and progress is being made.
In your very first consultation, gain client agreement on steps you’ll be taking to achieve her goal. Explain that instead recommending conventional band-aid solutions (diet, drugs, herbs), you’ll work on the deeper issues, helping to clear the stressors one by one, so her body can finally “remember” how to heal itself and kick her metabolism back into gear for lasting success. If you currently utilize a client agreement, spell your approach out on her form and have her sign it as part of her agreement to work with you. That gives you something to review with her later on if she gets frustrated by lack of visible improvement or needs a reminder of the process.
- Determine and communicate the starting place.
SpectraVision owners can test client reactions to the 20,000 or so substances that it is programmed to assess and prioritize. The results from the scan make explaining your starting place with a client super easy. If you use a different approach to determine and prioritize stressors, explain the path you’ll take to identify and clear them. Here’s why it’s important.
A few years ago, my ND reviewed my blood labs with me and identified several items that we wanted to address. Being a Type A person, I wanted to work on everything all at once! She gently (but firmly) explained that until we take care of my adrenals, none of the other lab numbers matter. She brilliantly described the cascade of effects that fixing my adrenals would have on all the other downstream issues. I was relieved to know that there was a logical path to get me to my ultimate end game (see Step 1 above) and this understanding calmed me tremendously.
Shift your client’s focus from viewing your therapy – a botanical solution, laser therapy, or other protocol – as the “cure” for their condition. Explain that it’s about peeling back the layers, one by one, in priority order and clearing the blocks that prevent the body from performing its healing work. Share the steps you’ll be taking so they can align their emotional energies with your direction. It’s called mind-body medicine for a reason; the value of enlisting their internal support in this regard must also be explained.
- Dealing with impatience, costs, and fear
As you attract new clients, you may be faced with these 3 common client objections. I’ve outlined suggested responses below that might help.
Many of your clients have been struggling with their issues a long time, even if they don’t realize it. When you consider the impact of stressors and trauma from childhood on, and their impact on health, conditions that they present with may have been brewing for decades. They don’t always know this; you must tell them.
As a nutritionist, my clinical focus was weight management. Clients came to me wanting to lose weight fast. They were impatient because they’d been working on weight loss forever, and I simply was the latest link in the chain of possible solutions. I explained to them that weight gain didn’t happen overnight; it took years to get to where they are. They ultimately agreed it would probably take time to get back to where they felt good again.
Regardless of the health concern, repairing and restoring someone’s innate healing ability is detective work, and that takes time. Ask if they are willing to invest the time necessary to turn things around. If they aren’t, they lack the mindset necessary to do the “inside work” needed. These clients are typically the most difficult ones to work with and, from my experience, have limited results. I learned, over time, to refer these clients to my competitors.
People are addicted to insurance as much as they are addicted to allopathic health care. Here are my standard responses to, “Wow, this sounds expensive!”
- “Have you compared the range of my services to others in the market? Will others provide you with the same level of attention, services, and time?” Make sure they are comparing apples to apples.
- “What is it costing you to not fix your problems? How is this impacting your quality of life? Your relationships?”
- “What is your happiness worth? What is your health worth?”
- “What might this problem cost you down the road if you don’t take care of it now?”
- If you are a SpectraVision owner, explain that you will help them save money and time. Instead of running around to various specialists on their seemingly unrelated, disparate issues, you are the one-stop shop for them to kick start the healing process, system-wide, regardless of symptom or condition. What is that worth to them?
Other strategies to help them with costs might include bundling multiple visits into a package, (include the costs of their botanicals in the package, too), or offering payment plans. Consider giving them free email access to you between visits or conduct tele-coaching calls in 15-minute increments versus lengthy visits in between more comprehensive in-office sessions.
You are a partner, not a provider, in their healing journey. You’ll devote more personal attention to their issues than their family doctor ever would .
If you do a fantastic job in your initial consultation, earn their trust, gain agreement on the path, get them emotionally involved in the process, and communicate about each step, each therapy, every result along the way, then, trust me. Fear will fade.
About the author:
Miriam Zacharias has been involved in the holistic health industry since 2006, the first several as a Nutritional Therapy Consultant and the last 10 as a practice development consultant and instructor for natural health entities around the globe. She is currently Vice President of Strategy and Culture at New Human, President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and Lead Instructor for the Career Development Course at the Nutritional Therapy Association.
Autumn is upon us, and with the season change comes a host of new threats to our immune system. The stressors of school, work, holidays, and more all seem to conspire this time of year, sending even the strongest of us straight to the tissue box.
A strong immune system not only protects you from a myriad of stressors but also keeps energy levels at their peak. This system is extremely complex and no matter how well you take care of yourself, your body often requires additional support.
The immune system might be thought of as the border patrol for our protective network and is essential to maintaining a balanced body. This does not mean our immune system should be constantly stimulated, of course. Rather, the goal is to ensure that it is fully functional, conserving its resources and ready to do battle when necessary.
Infections from injury and invasion trigger short-term immune responses, which are temporary, and typically handled efficiently in normal, healthy beings. Chronic, long-term immune responses often result from imbalances. The latter can suppress the immune system for a long time. Most of our clients fall into this second category: they struggle with chronic health conditions for years, their immune systems become compromised on many fronts, and without knowing how to bring the body back into balance their health continues to fail.
Multiple body systems must be in balance and operating a full potential to effectively defend the body against the stressors surrounding us and repair from environmental and toxic assaults. These systems include:
Our first line of internal defense comprised of a vast network of drainage ducts and glands designed to remove wastes, toxins and pathogens from the blood via a plasma-like fluid called lymph. The lymphatic network is also critical to supporting the cardiovascular system by returning fluids to the bloodstream.
Sites of concentrated lymph tissue for trapping and destroying bacteria entering the body through ingestion or inhalation.
The primary site for the enzymatic breakdown of toxins and their subsequent removal via the kidneys and intestines.
Provides the best defense against invading harmful bacteria in the gut.
A major lymphoid organ, ideally situated for processing the bacteria of the large intestine.
Our first line of external defense and the largest detoxifying organ of the body, the skin is capable of excreting as many toxins as the kidneys through its oil glands and sweat pores.
Receives immature lymphocytes from the bone marrow and stimulates them to recognize and attack viruses, bacteria and abnormal cell growths.
The site of red blood cell and lymphocyte (white cell) production. The many types of lymphocytes make up the highway patrol of the body, actively seeking out and destroying or engulfing toxins and pathogens, and producing antibodies to fight against specific antigens. In a sense, the bone marrow and thymus together form the police academy.
Our thought processes have direct impacts on the chemicals released by the brain, which in turn stimulate the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system to respond to incoming and perceived stressors.
The most abundant and widespread tissue in the body. Home to the meridian system, it is the primary communication network of the body in terms of the bioenergetic information that serves to maintain homeostasis and health. Its channels link the police force and fire departments of the organism. On the downside, it also becomes a depository for many of the toxins that are not completely metabolized or eliminated through the normal processes of detoxification.
Clearly, there’s much to do to keep people healthy and strong, and as they say, the best defense is a good offense!
We must protect this house
As practitioners, you know the importance of having proven immune boosting strategies on hand. Though some think that this approach is looking at health from the standpoint of the glass being half-full, no matter how well prepared we are heading into winter, there’s always an unanticipated immune issue that no one ever expects to happen. Until it does!
What can we do to strengthen our immune system this winter?
The top three things that can help include:
- Manage Stress: With the holiday season just kicking off, most of us are in the very early stages of stress-building. Add to this getting back into the swing of things with work, kids going back to school, and life in general. Keeping stress in check is the number one factor in keeping our immune system strong. The very first step in managing stress is to become aware of it and its control over you. Something as simple as taking 3 deep breaths the minute a stressor creeps into your consciousness can interrupt the stress pattern and refocus your attention and kick that stressor to the curb.
- Exercise: Keep active and moving, as this is key to keeping our body’s systems – most importantly the lymphatic system – in line. An open lymphatic system keeps toxins out of the body and your immune system strong. It’s not crucial to spend hours each day to keep things moving, either. A couple of 10-minute walks around the block throughout the day, a 20 minute-yoga class on YouTube (Yoga with Adriene might be a good choice), or regular functional body weight exercises like chair seats, step-ups, lunges, and wall push-ups is all you need.
- Intestinal Integrity: Your digestive tract and gut flora are the foundation for immune integrity and nutrient absorption. Stay away from processed foods, refined sugars and flours, and focus on consuming nutrient-dense, organic, and seasonal whole foods to start. Include some gut-enhancing fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut with your meals, and add a high-quality probiotic as part of your daily ritual, too.
Few question the importance of hydration for optimal health. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. Water is used by the body to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. It helps transport nutrients that give you energy. A human being can survive weeks without food, but only days without water.
Many consider tap water to be an acceptable option. Suffice it to say, not only is it not acceptable, tap water is to be avoided at all costs! Here’s why.
The primary chemicals in tap water are chlorine and fluoride. Chlorine itself isn’t necessarily toxic. The problem is that chlorine tends to bind with organic materials and that’s where things go wrong. Twigs, sticks, stems, and leaves dissolve in the water supply, and when chlorine binds with these particles it forms what are called disinfectant byproducts, the two most common being trihalomethanes (THMs) and halo acetic acids (HAA5s). These contaminants in our tap water are one thousand times more toxic than chlorine!
When it comes to fluoride, the news is just as bad. In an attempt to reduce cavities, many countries started adding fluoride to their drinking water supplies because “experts” convinced them of its benefits. However, this issue was manipulated by special interest groups to conveniently dispose of industrial byproduct poisons. It didn’t take long for countries to put the pieces together, which is why Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, France, and the Netherlands ban fluoride from their drinking water.
Problems with fluoride are that it:
- Accumulates in your bones, causing them to be brittle and easily fractured
- Inactivates some of your enzyme systems
- Disrupts your immune system, causing it to attack normal working tissues in your body
- Accelerates your aging process
- Causes cellular and genetic damage
- Damages your tooth enamel by hardening the outer surface
Chlorine and fluoride are just two of the common demons lurking in our tap water. But now Chloramine is new on the scene–it is highly toxic (contains ammonia) and unfortunately it is now necessary to ‘kill bugs’ in the drinking water; However, it doesn’t have to be on the actual ‘ingredients list’ from your local water district. If you filter your water, be sure that the filter states that it will remove Chloramine. We wish that was all, but there are others such as copper and lead, arsenic and other heavy metals which can contaminate any of our water supplies, which are being found. New issues for continued contamination abound, The chemtrails are depositing onto the local groundwater, hazardous waste is still not completely regulated.
Pharmaceuticals are a large and growing problem, too. Many of the dosages are so high that the meds pass through into the urine. The average individual takes 13 different drugs a year and when they urinate or excrete them through their stool, or even discard their unused prescriptions down the toilet. These meds end up in our water supply and are in tap water and cannot be completely filtered out. Many of these drugs are in the domestic water supplies even in remote locations.
What about Well Water? Isn’t it safe?
Most of the Eastern states have been under the new fracking agenda by the power companies, and the chemicals they use for fracking is extensive: some of which they don’t have to disclose. The groundwater is being invaded by many of these solvents and toxic chemicals. This is the short list: petroleum distillates such as kerosene and diesel fuel (which contain benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene, naphthalene and other chemicals); polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; methanol; formaldehyde; ethylene glycol; glycol ethers; hydrochloric acid; and sodium hydroxide.
Also, well water is commonly known for containing heavy metals, so be sure to test it before you think that it is clean enough to drink.
What are the alternatives?
The two options people commonly turn to are: bottled spring water and filtered water.
The problem with bottled water is that it is not environmentally friendly. Bottles are manufactured, filled, and shipped around the globe using vast quantities of fossil fuels. Nor are they biodegradable in any meaningful way. In fact, the bottle you finish drinking in a few minutes can stick around for a thousand years.
The other problem is that research now shows us that up to 40% of bottled water is tap water, complete with tap water’s contaminants. And, third, although bottled water companies increasingly use BPA-free plastic, there are other chemicals laced into plastic bottles that can seep out into the water if bottles are exposed to heat or sit around for a long time. Some of these chemicals are possible endocrine disruptors. No one knows for sure what the health outcomes are.
Don’t let the sunshine on your water bottle left in the car for a hot day… it can become toxic! Be sure to buy from a trustworthy, spring water sourced suppliers and purchase it in gallon-sized jugs (or larger) as they are recycled and the most cost-efficient. Glass bottles for daily drinking is best!
A good choice is to filter the water from within your own home. Carbon Block or Coconut Compressed Carbon Block Filters are the most common. These function until they ‘fill up’ with contaminants and need to be replaced. They will ‘slow the flow.’
One of the top filtering methods promoted in the health industry is counter-top distillation (which is not recommended in our opinion) because it changes the water, causing it to pull out minerals, and deplete the body of essential electrolytes. Some people use it because it is ‘pure,’ however, there is a cost to be paid inside the body–since it will pull out necessary minerals from the body, part of that is necessary so that the water can actually become suitable for the cells. So there is a cellular cost to drinking this type of water. It takes minerals out of the body. Distilation will cause long-term dehydration.
Other options include: Reverse osmosis which tends to remove all of the disinfectant byproducts and many other contaminants. The downfall to reverse osmosis is the quality of the membrane and its cost of replacement. A good system will typically cost between $1200 dollars or more, on top of the installation fee to have it put in your home. You have to choose between under the sink, or whole house systems which are more expensive. Also, Ionization is popular and it relies on proper pre-carbon filtration it may need added minerals to be put in before the ionization process. Although it works, you have to have some testing done on the water going into your home to be sure you are getting what is promised to come out at the filter. Some RO or Ionizer filters ‘split’ the water into two parts: one good and one bad. These systems tend to be water inefficient in that every gallon of water you make you tend to waste a near equivalent that you can’t use. Some passive water ionizer filters (you get to use all the water you treat). They use ionizing rocks (often magnesium) in the bottom of the tank where water is exposed to the rock ( which people sware that it is creating strong ionized water), but the water holding tanks can become contaminated over time, so you must regularly clean the tank and always be sure to have a good pre-carbon filter as well. There are small instruments available for testing the water beyond pH and toxic load and even ionization levels. Remember ionization treatment doesn’t last; it needs to be drunk fairly soon. (Like bubble in carbonated drinks). So at least to start, you will want a good carbon based filter.
There is an enormous difference in the quality of the carbon, or charcoal, that is used in filters. There are four points to consider here:
- Select a material that is aluminum-free, as most of these charcoals are contaminated with aluminum (up to 75% of the typical filters used on the market). One of the best sources found to date is coconut shells. Manufacturers generally grind them down and convert them to charcoal and it is generally aluminum-free.
- Ensure that the manufacture of acid washes the charcoal as it has been shown to eliminate the aluminum (rarely advertised).
- Many of the charcoal filters on the market today can become contaminated with mold and bacteria over time which is something you’ll want to address. You will be able to tell this by the taste of the water. If “off,” it likely means you have contaminated water.
- Try to find Compressed Coconut Carbon. It won’t have the challenges of Aluminum and it has a deeper duty cycle and you will need to replace these as often as every 3 to 6 months when the water flow reduces.
The bottom line
It’s difficult to change the environment we live in. But we can improve our outcomes by installing filtration systems for ensuring pure, clean water and drinking the amount that’s right for you, based on your specific needs. Be sure to not transfer the drinking water to common plastic bottles. These release BPA phenols into the water which mimic estrogen causing xenoestrogen effects; the bottles also increase landfill issues by creating biohazards. Education is required for us all, and the better we are at making a few changes at a time, the healtheir we’ll all be, and so will the planet.
We all know that stress is killing us. In fact, many people may say that very thing over a cup of coffee with a co-worker in the break room while working overtime. Stress is difficult to appraise, and also everyone deals with stress differently. Some people get insomnia, others headaches or high blood pressure. But many other symptoms are unique to the type of stress people experience. We have just learned to live with it, but it is costly. The stress effects build up over time and weaken our ‘immunity.’ But that’s not all of it. Its effects are subtle and not immediately relatable due to the nature of the human mind. So they go into the category of ‘I’ll get to it later.’ Studying stress means that we may have to slow down and look at our lives-because as hectic as they are-we are paying the price.
Research has proven that all illness is linked to the mind’s interpretation of events. Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe(MD’s) reviewed 5,000 medical cases of stress levels in families. The events were graded on a scale numerically, and the extremes like divorce or death of a family member rated at one hundred points, and lesser points assigned on other events such as jail time, or loss of a job, getting a ticket, buying a house, etc..
Tracked over a two year period, if the total reached 200 or higher the person’s risk of becoming sick increased immensely. Their test has now been validated for years and re-qualified as ‘change units’—the quantification of changes in a person’s life. It has become a type of illness predictor.
Barbara B Brown a renowned scientist is known for writing, Between Health and Illness, Stress and the Art of Biofeedback, New Mind/New Body, and Infinite Wellbeing. She originated the term biofeedback. In her forty years of research using brain mapping and psychophysiological equipment, she discovered that all illness is generated from the ‘intellect’ within our minds. She studied hundreds of Veterans and discovered deep truths, laying the foundations of stress management and mind/body awareness, biofeedback, and its influential interface for wellness. Her research not only developed an emerging science, but its’ deepest value is in providing a new kind of ‘living’ science interacting with the mind, consciousness and the subconscious (psyche) all in one. She was able to prove that the body’s access to the subconscious (which is ultimately directing all processes of the body. It is a fundamental underpinning of our biology, working in a beautifully orchestrated process controlled by psyche, mind, emotions, our perceptions, stress levels, and its effect on the brain and the nervous system.
She states that both wellbeing and illness are constructed within the mind(our intellect)—and she states that as we access core level responses internally, (through proper use of the mind), we can change our wellness levels.How we manage our stress-load and our stress-nature in dealing with life’s, choices support the key factors in the ability to become well, stay well, and find an inner state of well-being. As we manage our stress responses we can keep our immunity high—hence Infinite Wellbeing.
The study of stress isn’t top shelf because we all suffer from plausible deniability—the fact that even when there is a hard-cold-fact such as death, we plausibly deny that it is possible for us to die-yes, we know we all will die—but not just yet. No one is interested in stress until they ‘go to the well once too often.’ We can’t fathom how stress can kill—(at least not us anyway). The facts—even though they face us directly and head on—very few are willing to accept that there is a measurable ‘physical loss’ to our bodies when we are under stress. In prolonged cases, the path to recovery requires the body/brain to shut down almost completely and ‘depress’ so that there can be a full recovery. We all suffer from the American challenge of ‘doing more,’ and we are paying for it. But how does it happen?
How we perceive things is stress; (what we think about it) becomes as important as how we handle and cope with its’ negative effects. Chinese Doctors call it the ‘Changes in the Wind’ or ‘Suffering from Cold.’ At the change in seasons, illness rises. It like when we are shifting seasons from summer to fall, we experience changes. Stress includes the perception of change. If we have been so stressed, and then we have to move to a new environment, increase our mortgage, miss our payment for the house, have increased fuel bills, these things all add on the extra dollop of weight that forces us to go into overwhelm, toppling the apple cart. If we can stop for a moment and discover how we cope with change, we may gain a better perspective.
When we suffer from a stress event, even daily work, etc., there isn’t any downtime. We cover it up with extra wine, drugs, or more alcohol. There is mounting evidence that meditation is a ‘cure’ for depression and may other body ills. Meditation offers the body the extra support for the needed ‘down’ time—and it is simple, just twenty minutes a day—isn’t it worth it? We all know what continually pressing the ‘ON’ button does—in time it keeps the nervous system from turning off. A new metabolic science has appeared due to the stress effects on cells. Known as Cell Danger Response, the cells themselves undergo significant changes depending on the type of stress a person experiences and the constant ‘on’ state. The stress effect cascade is complicated and costly even to the cellular health. We must learn to deal effectively with stress; this is known as Active Stress Management. ASM
ASM systems aid in the regular dual rhythm of the nervous system – fight/fright/act is part of a stress response. The downtime of rest/digest/sleep is the other side of the coin which is meditation and mindfulness. But, when we always push the ‘on,’ then soon the nervous system never gets to turn ‘off.’ There is a time when, as Dr. Gabor Mate wrote in his book: When the Body Just Says No. He explains first the hidden, and then the final exposure of the costs of stress in a persons’ life is illness and disease:
Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a connection between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”?Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection is providing answers about the effect of the mind-body link between illness and health and the role that stress and one’s emotional makeup as they play in an array of common diseases.
Our awareness of body symptoms needs to be examined. When you experience a headache or a cold, think back to what was happening earlier. Was it a ‘stressful’ time that you just went through? Did you argue with someone? There are now many known emotionally charged causes for the common maladies, and they map out to various kinds of ‘illnesses.’ Ulcers for worry, anger for kidney stones, loss of direction and purpose for depression; even wrist pain for not feeling we’re good enough and needing to control outcomes. High blood pressure is from feeling stuck in a situation of which there seems to be no resolution. The body is a map of our emotions-every symptom means something. Rather than reacting to our ‘sickness’ maybe we can respond to our body’s messages to us.
Everyone will suffer from a symptom at some time. Under stress, we become more vulnerable because we are interfering with the basics of health and wellbeing—the day-night cycle. Dr. Hans Selye, the master stress researcher, found the same things about prolonged stress—after a while under extreme stress—we just get sick.
The key to well-being is our capacity to adapt to change. When we spend all night on our tablets viewing posts and avoiding sleep, numbing out, etc. we may be using up some deep inner resources that in time we won’t be able to recover. The vital resources of life are unknowingly being used up. It is a lifestyle change and necessary for our overall wellbeing. The saying goes: Change is fundamental to life, but growth is optional.If we don’t grow through change, it may cost us our very lives.
Many of the chronic effects of stress directly correlate to not only how well we are, but also how long we live. When octogenarians were interviewed as to the reason they live so long, and why they are well, they often put it simply as this: I just try to be happy. George Burns, the actor who lived to be 100 and smoked a cigar almost every day, he put it this way: “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”
Stress is known to cause many illnesses and diseases in the body. In her book, Five Weeks to Healing Stress, Valerie O’Hara, Ph.D., states: “Research has shown that prolonged emotional stress and anxiety produce actual tissue changes and organ dysfunction.” Dr. O’Hara indicates that many studies show that stress is the leading cause of the following conditions:
- Susceptibility to colds and flu
- Heart attacks
- Anxiety attacks
- Sleep disorders
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Inhibited immune resistance
- Psychosomatic illness Weight Gain (Belly Fat)
- Sugar Cravings Hair Loss
- Adrenal Fatigue
It is estimated that over 65% of all doctors’ visits have an underlying somatic response caused by some underlying emotional or psychological distress. Successfully managing stress can have a significant positive effect on one’s overall health and well-being. An important but often underrated tool in this management process is biofeedback.
By definition, Bionetic Testing is a non-invasive modality providing real-time responses from the body to determine conditions of stress and to isolate specific stresses to the organism, in order to influence conditions in a favorable way that will increase vitality and facilitate adaptation within the organism. Bionetic testing is closely related to “psychophysiology”.
Psychophysiology has become one of the most important sciences of our age. It measures brainwaves and skin resistance, and aids a person’s ability to change physiology with the mind. Psychophysiology provides information regarding the methodologies and processes that can be best used to aid the body in its capacity to adapt to its environment. The methods used to enhance adaptation include not only mind and muscle training, but also include the use of herbs, homeopathy, music, nutrition and nutritional supplements, relaxation, lifestyle changes, restructuring belief and thought patterns, identifying environmental stressors, and potentially removing them from the immediate environment.
Psychophysiology provides a holistic approach to recovering balance and harmony within the body. It focuses on understanding the current stress status of the individual and the proper selection of the best modes of therapy for the elimination of stressors. Stress reduction through training, lifestyle changes and nutritive therapies focuses on the body’s stress priorities to increase the effectiveness of its efforts to maintain harmony. The practitioner has the assurance that when testing, these therapies combine synergistically to promote balance throughout the organism. These therapies provide the best holistic solution for the client’s benefit using biofeedback as a method to determine where stress is most focused in the body. Guesswork is thus eliminated.
Victor Maslow once stated: “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will always be looking for a nail.” Biofeedback is a multi-dimensional tool that can bring the multi-dimensional results required for true healing to take place. Using biofeedback responses, the practitioner can determine if there are herbs, vitamins, lifestyle changes etc., which will help people adapt to their individual circumstances, reducing the need to “nail” everyone with a single common solution.
Practitioners using psychophysiology instrumentation stand at an open doorway to the biodynamic science known as Bionetic stress testing. Through your own research and continued experience you will undoubtedly find yourself on a path of continued learning and awe regarding the miracle that our spirit inhabits.
Overview of Bionetics
Scientific developments in recent years, especially in the field of quantum physics, support the idea that there is a way to tap into or “eavesdrop” on the body’s communication system, and to analyze the complex systems of the body. Years of clinical experience confirm that there are data pathways within the body that correlate significantly with the ancient Chinese acupuncture meridians. The modern science and technology of bionetics confirm that there is a secondary information network within the body that runs throughout the mesenchymal tissue. This network is similar to, yet distinctly different from, the nervous system. Instead of chains of nerve cells and neurons moving information “on demand”, the mesenchymal tissue, found just below the skin, is bathed in cellular fluid, which forms a continuous and constant communication system throughout the body. It is believed that not only do all cells of the body communicate, but that specific meridian flows within the mesenchymal tissue correlate with juncture points on the skin’s surface known as acupuncture or acupuncture stress acupoints. These acupoints provide us with access to the mesenchymal information without the need to penetrate the skin.
The concept of bionetics is to access and measure the flow of energy and information that is carried by this secondary circuit. In so doing, a biofeedback “loop” is created—a simple electrical circuit between the human and the machine, where the energy and information sent out by the device is processed with other energy and information being sent back by the body. It is by noting any changes in the pattern of the returning energy that we are able to “eavesdrop” on this conversation. If we then alter the input signal by bringing various substances into the loop, the differences in the output signals may provide us with clues as to what things might be needed to balance the flow of energy circulating through the body. In theory, a balanced flow of energy will allow for the most efficient use of the body’s available resources; thus, a balanced body has the greatest chance of restoring and maintaining health.complex bioelectrical life science involving all life sciences; it integrates advanced computer technology with holistic medicine, biology, anatomy, physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, psychology, dentistry, nutrition and stress management. Testing the psychophysiological responses of the body and recording it with the computer can measure thousands of responses to the various digitized signals. Practitioners with a good working knowledge of these multidisciplinary relationships, and the means and skills for measuring the biodynamic responses within the body, will be able to provide their clients with a solid foundation for a holistic approach to optimal wellness.
Deepak Chopra believes that healing is like the awakening to our potential of infinite possibilities, having the awareness that we are infinite beings. A holistic approach to wellness must include body, mind and spirit. It must make the individual aware and enhance their capacity for optimal health. Bioenergetics provides a foundation of principles that teach responsibility for one’s own health. We need to know what to put into our bodies and be willing to accept responsibility for the outcome. Everything we encounter in life—from the environment we live in to the foods we ingest to the thought patterns we hold dear—will have some impact on our total overall wellness.
Our goal is to provide practitioners with a good working knowledge of measuring the biodynamic responses within the body, which will provide the foundation of a holistic approach to optimal wellness. The responses to the digitized signals representing common substances (foods, chemicals, toxins, herbs, homeopathics, etc.) help the practitioner to see exactly how well the body is adapting to its environment. The equipment is sensitive enough to isolate the body’s response to each ‘stressor’ and prioritize the focus of stress—the causal factor, or causal chain—that might be disrupting homeostasis. The testing is a way of isolating the “squeaky wheel” in a complex set of gears, that is slowing or even shutting the whole system down.
Because the body is a complex organism, the stress responses can also help identify the potential solution to restoring homeostasis, and the most effective means of supporting it on a continuing basis. Bionetics is not a science of reaction as much as it is a science of interrelations. It is a science designed to bring back meaning, balance and harmony into our lives.
Lee G. Woolley MBnP, BPA SpectraVision Developer
A Flower Essence consists of distilled water infused with a vibrational healing pattern of a specific flower. Just as each cell in the body contains the pattern or blueprint of the whole, the same is true of plant cells, minerals, and elementals.
Together with the light of the sun or the moon, the vibrational healing pattern is released or transferred, and infused or imprinted into the essence water. This is referred to as a Mother Essence. The Mother Essence is then proportionately preserved in alcohol (generally brandy) or vinegar, and placed in dropper bottles for easy access and individual use. Essences born in sunlight relate to the masculine or logical, daytime consciousness, while the moonlit essences correspond to the feminine or emotional night time consciousness.
Each plant has a specific task within the ecosystem and will follow its pattern to completion. Dandelion, for example, is a cleanser. It draws in from the soil surrounding its roots, taking in impurities that are not life promoting and transforming them into energies that enhance and support the ecosystem. As they thrive and mature, these plants carry their healing action to deeper and deeper levels, cleansing the soil. By using Dandelion Flower Essence in our own healing, we are accessing and re-activating this same pattern within our own system on a vibrational level.
Whatever we accept into our system or consciousness becomes part of our being. Everything that enters our aura is immediately channeled through our electrical or nervous system. When we receive a thought our neurological center sends that impulse of information from the brain throughout the system giving our system the patterns of how to react or respond. If the ingrained patterns or core beliefs present within ourselves are imbalanced, we are most likely to express the conditioned first response rather than a new response, thus further reinforcing the old pattern. When we use an essence, the molecules within the essence begin to interact with our molecules. Healing information is sent through as electrical impulses to hormones and natural chemicals, stimulating the corresponding areas, inviting our system to follow this new pattern.
This simple exercise will illustrate how flower essences work:
Drop a pebble into a puddle of water. Notice how the vibration goes outward from the pebble in concentric rings. When the last ring touches the outer perimeter, or container of the water,the action reverses and the rings all come back to the center – like waves reaching a shoreline. The vibrational flow of the water has been changed because a new vibration has been added.
Water is the foundation of all life forms here on Earth. When water is diffused or shaken, its molecules vibrate rapidly. The basic molecular structure of water allows it to take on any properties that it comes in contact with. It accepts and encloses any element it touches, accommodating without judgment or discrimination. It is from this ability to accept all that is, that all life emerges. Every stone has its own vibration or rhythm that flows outward from itself and back in, as do the plants and all of Earth’s children. When any vibrational energy or healing pattern, such as that of a stone or a flower petal, causes a vibration in water, the water takes in and accommodates this new vibration – it is transferred into the water, thereby changing the vibration of the water.
An Essence for Everything?
Often clients ask “Is there an essence for everything?” “Do you have an essence for my husband’s procrastination?” “My sister-in-law is so overbearing – what do you have to make her change?” “Which essence works for insomnia?” “My son is teething. Is there an essence for his discomfort?” A generic answer is, “Yes, there is an essence for everything.” Implicit in our desire to be well and whole is the remedy itself. True seeking leads to sought-after answers.
Enter Flower Essence
Although Corn addresses procrastination and Grape is wonderful for bossiness, the real issue at hand may not be other people, but us. Our strength lies in our ability to work on our issues and confront our own tailor-made tests. In truth, we are powerless over others except to the extent that we project a positive magnetism, inspiring them by our example. And what victory when the shortcomings of others no longer negatively affect us! Considerable self-honesty is necessary in order to realize that the flaws we see in others may be the same as those we ourselves possess. If we find bossiness in someone else, it would be worthwhile to introspect on whether we, too, harbor that tendency.
As for the second set of questions above: Lettuce assists with the emotional states behind insomnia, and Orange is helpful for teething pain. Flower essences work with the energy that triggers these physical issues, and not directly on the actual physiological states. When peace of mind is restored, any latent seeds of illness may remain unnourished and thus unable to sprout. Sometimes, however, illness is necessary; we needn’t look at illness, or even death, as failure.
Essences do not remove our tests: they help clarify them
To simplify, all flower essences do the same thing for every living thing: they restore us to a state of balance in which our internal, intelligent life force is activated. Life force is the real healer; the energy of flower essences merely encourages and focuses it. And since the uplifting qualifies embodied in the essences are our truest nature, to resonate with those qualities is only natural.
What Flower Essences do not do
Essences do not affect us biochemically, as does traditional allopathic medicine. Sedatives, for example, can knock you out for the night. This is not the case with flower essence. In other words, they allow us to change; they do not make us change. A point to remember: Flower essences will only support the change into our truest selves. Thus, we never need worry about misusing them to manipulate our own, or other’s behavior. It is simply not possible. There’s a joke about the man who, upon having his arm set in a cast, asked the doctor if he would be able to play the piano when it healed. “Of course,” replied the doctor. “Good,” said the man, “I couldn’t before.” Not so with flower essences. They allow us to refine who we already are without altering our essential nature.
Emotional Factors – Flower Essences
From the homeopathic perspective, going back to Hahnemann, there is an emotional element to every disease and disease process. Pent-up emotional stress, acting directly on the endocrine glands, creates a physiological imbalance that, if left uncorrected, raises the potential for cellular-level changes to create an environment supportive of disease processes. Emotions manifest physically (whether outwardly or not), and have the potential under the right conditions, to manifest pathologically. They also have the potential to manifest health. In recent years the relatively young science of psychoneuroimmunology has supported Hahnemann’s hypotheses. At the same time, flower essences have been playing an increasingly greater role in the western healing process.
Flower essences are not true Homeopathy, although there are many similarities between them. They are used primarily as a way to restore harmony to the mind; not by altering it, but by opening it to the level of spirit that harbors the essential identity or blueprint of the individual – the unadulterated Higher Self that connects to the lower physical self through character and consciousness. How we define ourselves defines our relationship with Higher Self, and it is this relationship that is the focus of flower essences.
Although there has been much conjecture about the possible physiological associations with flower essences, from the Bionetic perspective they work best with the emotional aspects of disease and disease processes. Clinical experience has shown that the connection between emotions and illness is of vital importance; it must be addressed for total balance to take place, and for total health to occur. Interestingly, clinical evidence also shows that flower essences seem to have a transcendent quality that communicates directly with the Higher Self; bypassing mental barriers to meet the needs of the whole organism. Flower essences can very well be considered the first therapy of choice, and should be incorporated concurrently with other therapies as an essential part of any BioBalancing Protocol. Very often the body will select a flower or flowers that match the emotional elements with the organs of involvement in accordance with the Chinese model, whether or not the client agrees with the choice. They can be used singly or in combination, but most sources recommend that no more than six be used at any one time. Flower essences are tested most effectively at a 3X potency on the emotional point (NE-SMP) using the “yes-no” response method. 3X is the closest representation to the actual essence if you are not working with stock bottles, and therefore the closest potency to the current wrinkles in your mental/emotional “blueprint”. It may be possible, however, to find historical significance in higher potencies.
In particular, you might want to look at this possibility if: a) the top three flower essences more or less agree with each other, and b) the client disagrees with them in that they seem to have no bearing on life at present.
The top listed flower essence may be sufficient therapy for the client, but very often you may find the top three or more signals forming an emotional “cluster” – not duplicating information necessarily, but adding texture to the individual’s portrait. In this case especially, it would be appropriate to present them with a “full bouquet.”
The excerpt above was taken from The Essential Flower Essence Handbook, Remedies for Inner Well-Being by Lila Devi.
Synthetic fluoride has not been proven to aid the teeth or any other part of our bodies. Yet, many continue to believe that it is designed to aid the building of strong bones and teeth. The following is short list of articles that highlight the dangers of fluoride:
- Fluoride is a waste by-product of the fertilizer and aluminum industry and it’s also a Part II Poison under the UK Poisons Act 1972. Source: http://nstarzone.com/FLUORIDE Recommended Site.html
- Fluoride is one of the basic ingredients in both PROZAC (FLUoxetene Hydrochloride) and Sarin nerve gas (Isopropyl-Methyl-Phosphoryl FLUoride). Source: http://www.greaterthings.com/Lexicon/F/Fluoride.htm
- USAF Major George R. Jordan testified before Un-American Activity committees of Congress in the 1950’s that in his post as U.S. Soviet liaison officer, the Soviets openly admitted to “Using the fluoride in the water supplies in their concentration camps, to make the prisoners stupid, docile, and subservient.” Source: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2008/011508_fluoride_horror.htm
- Some of the first occurrence of fluoridated drinking water was found in Germany’s Nazi prison camps. The Gestapo had little concern about fluoride’s supposed effect on children’s teeth; their alleged reason for mass-medicating water with sodium fluoride was to sterilize humans and force the people in their concentration camps into calm submission. ( Ref. book: “The Crime and Punishment of I.G. Farben” by Joseph Borkin .)
- 97% of western Europe has rejected fluoridated water due to the known health risks, however 10% of Britons drink it and the UK government is trying to fast track the fluoridation of the entire country’s water supply. Source: http://www.infowars.com/government-agency-recommends-mass-fluoridation-of-englands-water-supply/
- In Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg fluoridation of water was rejected because it was classified as compulsive medication against the subject’s will and therefore violated fundamental human rights. Source: http://medicine-of-sickness.blogspot.com/2014/03/mass-fluoridation-agenda-danger.html
- In November of 2006, the American Dental Association (ADA) advised that parents should avoid giving babies fluoridated water. Source: http://fluoridealert.org/articles/fluoride_facts/Sources of fluoride include: many dental products, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, processed foods made with fluoridated water, and many teas.
Fluoridated toothpastes contain sodium monofluorophosphate, which is a cousin to some potent nerve agents once considered for chemical warfare. Fluorosilicic acid, which is used to treat 90% of municipal water supplies, is a leftover from fertilizer plants. In 1991, the FDA added a warning to toothpaste: “Do Not Swallow. Use only a pea-sized amount for children under six.” Should a child swallow even a small amount of toothpaste, parents are instructed to “contact your local Poison Control Center.” A pea-sized portion can contain up to 1,000 ppm of fluoride.
This excerpt by Pao Chang is revealing:
“When it comes to debating about the toxicity of fluoride, there are a lot of controversial issues that prevent people from understanding how toxic fluoride is. What most of us do not understand about fluoride is that there are two main forms of it; the natural version of fluoride is known as calcium fluoride which is naturally found in soil which is not that harmful to us. The synthetic industrial version is called sodium fluoride. This industrial version is a synthetic toxic waste known to cause cancer. Manufacturers of sodium fluoride manipulated their data to create the illusion that sodium fluoride is not toxic. They then used this data to convince political leaders to allow them to add sodium fluoride into consumer products, pesticides and drinking water.
The term “fluoride” is a cover-up name for many of the toxic chemicals that make up fluoride, including lead, arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, fluorosilicic acid and even radioactive materials. The pure form of sodium fluoride is so toxic that by just consuming a small volume of it could kill you. This is why fluoridated toothpastes have warning labels on them and fluoride-free toothpastes do not. Sodium fluoride is even more toxic than certain forms of rat poison. Would you put rat poison in your drinking water or toothpaste? If you eat a lot of conventional food, you are poisoning your body with sodium fluoride due to the fact that it is one of the main chemicals in pesticide, insecticide and fungicide.
The fluoride added to 90% of drinking water is hydrofluoric acid which is a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides, and toothpaste.”
What will it take for us to be more aware of the processes that are at play?
We must take control of our health and the products that we use in our bodies.
Say no to fluoride and feel confident that you are doing right by your families and those you love.
Emotionally traumatic times, situations, or interactions can become a source of physical disease if not addressed and understood. E-motion, or “energy in motion,” has a great effect on every system of the body, and can cause organs to function less optimally. The body is designed to move electrons through the tissues in order to make the muscles work; or to use electrons from food in order to make digestion work. But if there is emotional distress, it can create imbalance in a related organ. According to Chinese Medicine, organs carry, control, or are related to specific emotions. Liver relates to anger; lungs relate to grief; kidneys relate to fear; the heart relates to sadness, etc. If we live in a near-constant state of anger for example, eventually the function of the liver will become debilitated.
Stuck emotions, or emotions that are held as memory in the body, can replay over and over again, eventually affecting the health of the related organ and thus the whole system. For example, long-term fear can affect the kidneys, especially if there some separation from a family member or a feeling of abandonment, eventually even increasing blood pressure. Because every physiological state is related to an emotion, many of our practitioners relate emotions to symptoms that are creating concern for the client.
At New Human, we see physical symptoms of illness as a key to psycho-emotional imbalance and disease. For example, if you’re driving your car and start to run out of gas, your gauge would indicate such. If you did not pull over and get gas, and cut the wires to the gas gauge, you could remove the feedback from the gas tank to the gauge, so you wouldn’t have to look at the needle reaching “E”. Eventually the tank will run dry and your car will come to a stop, regardless of what the gauge says. In the same way, if you choose to block a symptom, eventually your body will cease to function healthily. Choosing instead to address the root of any symptom- like filling an empty tank- restores the body to a state of ease and balance.
Because symptoms are messages from the body about imbalance within, it’s not uncommon for an emotionally rooted imbalance to manifest through a specific organ. By referencing symptoms we can learn to read messages from the body, and engage whatever emotions need to be expressed or examined, with self-awareness- and an understanding of the value of emotional expression.
Although seemingly far-fetched at first, many documented cases of concurrent emotional traumas and specific illnesses continue to support this view of health and wellness. Our software, protocols, and company philosophy are all built on this understanding, and the success of our practitioners further supports this thinking.