Stressors that are often root causes of common physical and mental symptoms include: excess chemicals, heavy metals, offending foods, electromagnetic fields, scars, and microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, yeast/fungus, and unicellular to large parasites.)
These six stressors have ruined the lives of many people and yet are often overlooked by health care professionals. This article provides more information about the six stressors and what you can do about them. Nutrition-based practitioners can design a personalized supplement regimen for you. You can find a practitioner near you who uses Nutrition Response Testing (www.unsinc.info) and Applied Kinesiology (www.icakusa.com). I’ve also seen impressive results with skilled practitioners who use Systems Strength Analysis and Contact Reflex Analysis.
Chemicals are everywhere—in the food, air, water, body care products, home furnishings, etc. . . . everywhere.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average American comes into contact with over 2000 chemicals a day. The U.S. allows over 14,000 chemicals in the food supply. Newborn babies have been found with hundreds of chemicals in their bloodstream. Until big businesses put health concerns before profit, chemicals will abound. In the 1970s a popular phrase was: “Better living through chemistry.” Forty years later, we’re seeing the negative impacts on our health.
Chemicals are harmful, especially in the amounts present today. The human body can tolerate small amounts of non-naturally occurring chemicals, but not in the excessive forms and amounts now. Chemicals particularly affect the brain and cause common physical and “mental” symptoms. Sherry Rogers, M.D., author of Detox or Die, states that chemicals and heavy metals are often a core cause of neuromuscular diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and other afflictions involving tremors.
Those who work around chemicals are especially vulnerable to developing these types of disorders. “Linda,” a forty-five year old who had worked around chemicals for 20 years, developed tremors of the hands and an autoimmune disorder. She said several coworkers in their mid-thirties also had tremors of the face and/or hands. Her symptoms cleared up nicely when we helped her body remove the over-accumulation of chemicals.
We need to address the issue of chemicals—for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. Otherwise, more and more people will face major illness and mental imbalances. If traditional medical care is sought, the treatment will usually be . . . you guessed it—more chemicals in the form of prescription drugs.
Centuries ago, when making important decisions, Native Americans considered the impact seven generations ahead. Unfortunately, today’s decisions seem to be based more on profit while future health impacts are ignored.
Everyday in my practice, I see heart-wrenching examples of people whose lives are impaired or ruined by excess chemicals in their bodies. We have seen a number of teenagers who suffer with 10, 15 or more serious symptoms: depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, insomnia, morbid fears, nightmares, etc.
Since chemicals are inescapable and harmful, you are wise to do everything you can to minimize your exposure to them and regularly remove them from your body.
Chemical types and common sources: (read labels & internet-search sources)
– Body Care Products: non-natural brands of facial creams, artificial nails, lotions, oils, shampoo and conditioner, soap, powders, breath freshener, makeup, hair gels/ coloring, mouthwash, cologne, shaving cream, toothpaste, baby wipes and diapers
– Home Cleaners: any commercial home cleaners that contain chemicals; purchase natural products that contain baking soda, white vinegar, lemon, borax, castile soap, salt, washing soda, and essential oils for fragrance
– Food Dyes: in processed and packages foods with food coloring added
– Food Preservatives: in packaged and processed foods; in some salad bars so ask
– Formaldehyde: permanent press and other treated fabrics, cosmetics and toiletries, household cleaners, paper products, new building materials, medications, paint and stripping agents, cigarettes, smoke from burning wood, etc.
– Herbicides: foods not raised chemical-free and unfiltered water
– Medications: any prescription drugs
– Acetates: Acetate/Acetones: paint, varnish, nail polish and remover, paint thinners and removers, cosmetics, artificial flavors, adhesives
– Hydrocarbons: exhaust from gas or diesel engines and natural gas sources
– Petrosolvents: paints, varnishes, glues, adhesives, aerosol sprays, ink, permanent markers, solvents such as benzene and carbon tetrachloride
– Pesticides: bug-killers, fungicides, and chemicals used to control bugs and plants
– Plastics: plastic wraps, plastic water bottles, food packaging, burning plastic fumes
In addition to minimizing exposure to the sources above, what else can you do?
* Use naturally based body care products whenever possible. Avoid ones that contain chemical fragrances, colors, and preservatives.
* When you are around new furniture, building materials, car, etc., be sure to thoroughly air the area out, especially sleeping areas.
* Filter the water used for drinking and bathing to avoid common chemicals in tap water. Don’t flush harmful chemicals such as unused prescription drugs and paint down the toilet or sink.
* Eat real food from local organic sources as much as possible to avoid common food preservatives, dyes and chemicals from containers. Avoid foods that have been treated with herbicides and pesticides. Don’t eat meat and eggs that have been raised with antibiotics, chemicals and growth hormones.
* Use natural-based house-cleaning and pesticide products.
* Read labels: it’s not a good sign if a food, body care, or house-cleaning product contains lots of long chemical-sounding words you can’t pronounce. Make an internet search to learn more about common sources of chemicals.
* Contact your legislators and urge their action on bills to protect people, animals and the environment from chemical products and wastes.
* Use the healthy elimination and detox measures described earlier in this chapter.
* Lose weight if you’re overweight since chemicals can store in fat.
* Use a detox program two to four times a year to assist internal cleansing of the bowels, kidneys, lungs, blood, lymphatics and skin. I recommend the Standard Process 21 Day Purification program.
* Use a nutritional-based health program such as Stressor-Nutrient Balancing (SNB) to detect an overabundance of chemicals and determine what approach is best to remove them.
Don’t get discouraged because chemicals are omnipresent. Hiding your head in the sand isn’t going to make this one go away. There are many advantages of living in the 21st century, but we have to face the growing dangers of chemical toxicity and address them now.
Avoid common chemical sources as much as possible, detoxify your body, and keep optimally healthy. For most people, that will do it. Those who are very sensitive to chemicals will definitely need to work with their holistic health care professionals to keep balanced and well.
Toxic or heavy metals, for example, mercury, aluminum, plutonium and lead, have no known benefit for living organisms and can cause serious illnesses. Other heavy metals, such as iron, copper, manganese and zinc, are needed in small amounts but cause damage at excessive levels.
Pollution of air, food and water has increased the amount of certain metals that pose health risks for humans and animals. Other heavy metals are purposely added to products, for example, aluminum in antiperspirant deodorants or mercury in vaccinations, dental fillings, poor quality supplements, and processed foods. These are present in small amounts but, over time, can accumulate to excess amounts and contribute to physical and “mental” symptoms.
Certain individuals are more sensitive to these metals and are like a canary in a coalmine—a first line alert of coming danger to others.
Many doctors and health scientists point to the serious health problems these days and consider heavy metal toxicity to be a core cause. For example, consider the large Alzheimer’s treatment centers in existence these days. When I was young, I was around many older people in our neighborhood and church. None of them had dementia, senility, Alzheimer’s or whatever label is used to describe the alarming incidence of memory loss.
In my health care centers, we have treated a number of people in their thirties and forties who report significant problems with memory and concentration.
Why are so many children suffering with “mental” symptoms such as hyperactivity, depression, anxiety and behavior problems? Same question with adults who have facial and/or hand tremors before middle age. What is going on? Many experts are pointing to the increase in toxic metals and urging people to face this problem now.
Toxic or heavy metals and their common sources include:
Aluminum: cookware, packaged foods, antacids, antiperspirants, baking soda, aluminum cans, kitchen utensils, paints, dental composites, sand paper, toothpaste
Antimony: flame-retardant clothing and furniture, medicines and pigments
Arsenic: poisons, pigments, dyes, wood preservative, insecticide, wine, well water, coal burning, shellfish), treated lumber
Barium: diagnostic tests, drinking water, bleaches, dyes, fireworks, ceramics, glass
Beryllium: exposure at nuclear and aerospace industries, refining and melting of beryllium-containing alloys, manufacturing of electronic devices
Bromine: agriculture chemicals, flame-retardants, swimming pools, contaminated water and food sources
Cadmium: fertilizers, cigarettes, water from galvanized pipes, shellfish, industrial fumes, paint, air pollution, auto exhaust
Calcium: poor quality inorganic sources of calcium, excess intake of dairy products
Chlorine: chlorinated drinking/bathing water, pools, spas; bleach, cleaning products
Chromium: cheap chromium-coated stainless steel kitchen utensils corroded by acidic foods, dyes, pigments, air pollution, dental crowns
Copper: poor quality mineral supplements, copper plumbing and cookware, dental materials, pesticides, jewelry, IUDs, birth control pills
Fluorine: fluoride containing toothpaste and mouthwash, fluoridated water
Gold/Silver: cheap jewelry, dental fillings, injections for arthritis
Iodine: excess supplements and iodized salt, excess topical iodine solution
Iron: paints, dyes, poor quality mineral supplements, enriched wheat flour, pollution, occupational exposure, tobacco
Lead: paint, car exhaust, occupational exposure, plumbing, canned food, hair dye
Magnesium: poor quality mineral supplements, antacids, laxatives
Manganese: well water, ceramics, antiseptics, dyes, medicines, job exposure
Mercury: processed foods, dental fillings, seafood, vaccinations, polluted water
Nickel: auto exhaust, cigarettes, dental crowns, occupational exposure
Radioactive Metals: contaminated food, air and water; proximity to nuclear plants
Tin: canned foods, paints, pesticides, contaminated water, occupational exposure
Titanium: paints, medications, orthopedic and dental implants, job exposure
Zinc: poor quality mineral supplements, exposure to smelters, metal cans
What action steps can you take so toxic metals don’t hurt you and your loved ones?
1. prevention of further heavy metals.
2. treatment, that is, removal of toxic metals already in the body.
Prevention involves avoiding further exposure to the sources listed above as much as possible. Suggestions for doing this include:
* avoid processed foods—especially those containing high fructose corn syrup—as much as possible since they have small amounts of mercury as a preservative
* use deodorants with natural ingredients, not aluminum
* don’t use canned foods to prevent intake of lead, aluminum, tin and other metals
* avoid medical drugs as much as possible since they may contain heavy metals; this is especially critical for vaccinations that contain mercury in the form of thimerosal
* use a mercury-free dentist for your dental fillings
* filter your drinking water with a dual carbon filter and bathing water with a whole-house filter
* avoid over-the-counter medications such as antacids that contain toxic metals
* use naturally-based skin care products that do not contain heavy metals
You get the idea. Just look at the list of common sources and eliminate them as much as possible. It’s a transition; you don’t have to change everything overnight.
Be sure to tell your family and friends about the dangers of heavy metals so they can avoid them, too.
Also, be sure to contact your legislators and urge their action on bills to protect people, animals and the environment from toxic metals products and wastes.
* Lose weight if you’re overweight since heavy metals can store in fat.
* Use a detox program two to four times a year to assist internal cleansing of the bowels, kidneys, lungs, blood, lymphatics and skin. I recommend the Standard Process 21 Day Purification program.
* Use a nutritional-based health program such as Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) to detect an overabundance of heavy metals and determine what approach is best to remove them.
As I know very well from personal experience, offending foods can cause many serious physical and mental symptoms. I was nearly fifty years old before figuring out that I am allergic to wheat, dairy, corn, soy and sugar. Do you know how many meals and processed foods those five are in?
I suffered with many symptoms—clues from my body that it couldn’t tolerate those foods. Those symptoms hurt the quality of my life as a family member, friend, doctor and teacher. I did a good job . . . but not always the outstanding level that is possible.
Now I eat the real food diet 95 percent of the time and can tolerate occasionally eating a little bit of those foods. Addressing my food allergies has been a huge part of feeling happy, healthy and energetic almost all of the time.
That’s one reason I’m so passionate about getting this basic wellness information out to as many people as possible. Children shouldn’t have to suffer because of food allergies nor should adults have to search high and low for solutions to their health problems. It’s hard to know and show your fullest potentials when you feel tired, depressed and out of balance.
Food allergies can cause many serious physical and mental symptoms. Allergies create inflammatory changes that, in turn, contribute to symptoms of the bowel (diarrhea, constipation, bloating, excess gas), musculo-skeletal system (joint and muscle soreness and stiffness), “mental problems” (depression, brain fog, anxiety, panic, fatigue), cardiovascular system and other areas.
Marshall Mandell, M.D., author of Allergy, the Unrecognized Cause of Physical, Mental, and Psycho-somatic Illness, says that processed foods containing sugar and white flour are common triggers of food allergies. Canned foods offend more often than fresh sources.
The most common allergy producing foods are dairy products, wheat, yeast, eggs, sugar, corn and soy. Nonfat and low-fat varieties of cow’s milk are especially troublesome because there’s less fat to buffer casein, the allergy-producing protein in milk. Allergies to gluten—found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, kamut, spelt and triticale—are also very common.
Nutritional experts are also increasingly questioning the benefits of soy because it’s a very common allergy-provoking food, is difficult to digest, and often comes from genetically modified sources. In moderation, fermented, organic, non-GMO soy products—miso, natto, tempeh and tofu—are better tolerated than non-fermented soy products. Serving sizes are an issue as well. Asian cultures tend to use small amounts while westerners overdo it.
People are more familiar with IgE allergies that cause immediate onset reactions, such as those experienced with allergies to peanuts. The symptoms are obvious and directly follow ingestion of the offending food. As such, they are relatively easy to identify and avoid.
Much more common, however, are IgG or delayed onset food allergies. Symptoms from this type of food allergy typically take about 48 hours to show up and may not always trigger a reaction. Thus, it’s difficult to determine what foods caused what symptoms. Paradoxically, people are sometimes most allergic to foods that they like and eat the most.
However, as discussed in Hidden Food Allergies by James Braly, M.D., and Patrick Holford, identifying IgG food allergies is easier with current testing methods. They recommend a quantitative IgG ELISA food allergy test.
Another method of identifying foods that trigger allergies is to use food rotation and elimination techniques as described in How to Control Your Allergies by Robert Forman, Ph.D.; The McDougall Plan by John McDougall, M.D.; or Is This Your Child? by Doris Rapp, M.D.
After 30 days of eliminating a food, re-introduce it to your diet and see if there are immediate inflammatory responses such as rash, itching, burning eyes or sinus drainage. Next, wait two days to see if any bowel, mental or musculo-skeletal symptoms arrive. If that food seems OK, add it to your diet but no more than three times per week. Then test another food until you’ve gone through the list of suspected food allergies.
In my opinion, a nutritional-based healthcare program is the best way to test for offending foods. At our office, we use Nutrition Response Testing or NRT, one of the most powerful healing approaches I’ve seen during my thirty-two years as a chiropractic physician.
NRT uses subtle muscle testing to detect stressors such as food allergies. Treatment includes avoiding offending foods for 90 days and perhaps taking digestive enzymes and/or betaine hydrochloride to facilitate elimination of food residues in the body.
Food allergies can also be nature’s way of saying it doesn’t like the quality of that food. For example, were the tomatoes you ate chemical-free or not? Was the beef grass-fed and pastured raised? Pasteurized milk from pen-raised cows receiving hormones and antibiotics is understandably more likely to cause health problems than certified raw dairy products from pasture raised cows.
Likewise, people are often allergic to “commercial eggs”—those from chickens raised in unhealthy conditions. In this case, the words “organic” and “free range” can’t be trusted due to business lobbyists affecting food-labeling laws. “Organic” chicken eggs can only mean that the hens were fed organic feed—even though they were raised in cramped cages. Similarly, “free range” eggs can mean that the chickens had access to a small concrete pen during half of their short lives.
Allergies to farm fresh or pastured hen eggs are rare and the eggs are more nutritious and healthy. Likewise, some people with wheat or other grain allergies can handle products from Europe that have not been subjected to genetic modification, herbicides and pesticides. Read books and articles by journalist Michael Pollan to learn more about this topic that is so important for the health of you and your family throughout the generations.
The health status of a person also affects what foods he or she is “allergic” to. For example, foods containing yeast (wine, beer, aged cheeses, bread, pretzels, cider) may be especially problematic for those with an overgrowth of yeast in their body.
Also, if a person’s filtration organs (colon, liver, kidneys) are overwhelmed, a person may be “allergic” to more foods than if those systems were functioning normally.
By the way, some environmental allergies (pet hair, dust, mold, pollen, grass and other unavoidable particles) are actually secondary allergies because of primary food allergies. Many clinicians have found that “environmental allergies” decrease or disappear when food allergies are addressed
In short, becoming truly healthy and eating moderate amounts of healthfully raised foods may be the solution versus avoiding supposedly allergenic foods the rest of your life. Work with your health care practitioners to see how this applies to you.
A growing body of research indicates serious health dangers of excess electro-magnetic fields (EMF.) Scientists have known about these dangers for decades after initially investigating sick and dying cattle that lived under high-energy power lines.
Since then, reputable research and epidemiological studies have been done and the verdict is clear. However, as with cigarettes, most doctors and the public are slow to realize the negative impact. Meanwhile, people are suffering and dying needlessly and prematurely from the harmful effects of EMF.
Here’s a statistic that might get your attention. Currently, the average person is exposed to 100 million times the EMF that our grandparents were. And the amount is increasing yearly!
Many of the body’s physiological processes are influenced by bioelectrical signals. As such, many functions—from your sleep cycles to immune strength to DNA genetic expression—can be affected by excessive EMF.
Natural EMF is produced by the earth and every cell of the human body. This low intensity EMF is natural and conducive to good health.
The problem arises with—you guessed it—artificial EMF. Whenever we tamper with Mother Nature too much, we pay for it. Every electronic device, from hairdryers to cell phones to cell towers, produce high intensity electromagnetic energy that interferes with the body’s natural energy field.
The electrical field portion emanates from the device even when it is turned off, but is easy to block with metal. However, the magnetic field is only released when the device is turned on, but is impossible to block—even with metal or concrete.
Both types of fields are completely silent and invisible. How do you know if there is excess EMF around you? If your area receives cell phone service or electric power, it is.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, after a review of over 2000 scientific studies on EMF, concluded that it should be regarded as possibly carcinogenic. These studies show that excessive EMF weakens the body’s resistance to microorganisms and increases the risk of cancer.
The list of conditions associated with excess EMF is long and includes: memory loss, birth defects, cancer, impaired immunity, mood swings, depression, violent behavior, chronic stress and suicide.
Ready to learn more about how to minimize your exposure to EMF? ‘Minimize’ is the key word because, in most civilized areas, escaping it completely is not possible.
What can you do about it? Live away from cellular towers and large electrical transmitting and power stations if possible. Avoid using microwaves and electric blankets. Don’t keep your cell phone on your body or on your bedside table. During longer cell phone conversations, use light headphones or ear buds with a long cord with the cell phone distant from your body.
Especially avoid being near the sources of “dirty electricity” that you don’t really need: dimmer switches, power saving fluorescent light bulbs, halogen lamps, and older fluorescent lighting systems.
Wireless routers, computers, copy machines, television sets, fax machines and cell phone chargers are used by most people. One solution is to keep them unplugged except when in use and stay away from them when they are.
Again, it’s impossible for those in civilized areas to totally escape excess EMF. That’s why I wear a simple EMF protective device around my neck and use protection devices in my office and home. I recommend these for my patients who test positive for EMF with Stressor-Nutrient Balancing.
For more information about this important topic, read Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization by Samuel Milham, M.D., M.P.H.; Electromagnetic Fields: A Consumer’s Guide to the Issues and How to Protect Ourselves by B. Blake Levitt; and Cross Currents by Robert O. Becker, M.D.
Visit www.mercola.com by Joseph Mercola, D.O. to learn more the dangers of EMF and what you can do about it. The site www.safespaceprotection.com is another good source of information and inexpensive, effective products to protect you and your loved ones from the dangers of EMF.
I know it’s a hassle to have to deal with all of this, but it’s your only option if you want to look, feel and be your very best. Living in the 21st century provides many benefits. However, we must recognize significant health hazards and deal with them effectively to get well and stay well.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “She was scarred for life”? Usually, it refers to emotional scars and the lasting impact those can have on a person. Physical scars, however, can also negatively affect the quality and maybe quantity of your life.
Scars are the result of trauma that breaks the surface of the skin: surgery, cuts, injuries, animal or insect bites, injections, IV sites/ports, burns, stretch marks, body piercings and tattoos. Areas with old or active acne, boils, rashes or open sores can also act as scars. Again, skin trauma can be devastating to ones health and are sometimes the most important key in solving chronic severe health problems.
“Mary” had been perfectly healthy until age thirty-five and the birth of her third child. Then it was all downhill, big time. At age fifty-five, despite the best of conventional and natural health care, she was a cardiac invalid, completely bed-ridden and looked seventy-five.
Finally, someone told her about nutritional-based healing approaches and she was evaluated. Her doctor found that a scar—from an episiotomy and perineal tear during childbirth—was negatively affecting the energy flows to her cardio-vascular system. After treating the scar at home for several weeks, she began improving. After one year, she was totally healthy and looked and acted much younger than her age.
To explain how skin trauma can cause problems, I must describe a bit about how your nervous system works. Don’t worry, I’ll be brief and you won’t be tested.
One part of your nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), regulates more active functions. The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), on the other hand, controls functions that require relaxation: sleep, optimal digestion and sexual arousal. The SNS and PSNS are supposed to predominate when needed so all functions of the body work normally.
The sympathetic nervous system fibers terminate or end on the surface of the skin. These fibers are so vast in number that—if everything else about you but your SNS were dissolved—your outlined form would still be recognizable.
Normally, the SNS fibers relay information in the form of nerve impulses—tiny energy currents—to and from the brain. However, scars can disrupt normal communication and cause problems. Instead of flowing smoothly, the energy can build up at the scar site and discharge in an unbalanced manner. Over time, organ dysfunction and associated symptoms can result.
We’ve seen scar treatment help numerous people who were suffering from chronic symptoms. They had tried everything else and, as a last resort, were motivated to try something new. Treating their scars allowed a breakthrough in their health.
“Debra” developed childhood diabetes within months of a serious electrical shock that left a large scar on her hand. “Dustin” had heart symptoms that responded wonderfully when his scars and other stressors were treated. “Terry” had depression and anxiety when her scars short-circuited her normal brain function. I could go on and on about patients who have written testimonials after coming alive again through natural methods like scar treatment.
Just recently, two tough cases involving scars have sought care. “Joanne,” an active and healthy seventy-year old, was totally normal until she had an angiogram through a blood vessel in her wrist. Soon afterward, she developed painful symptoms down her right arm and was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome. Sixty-five year old “Dan” developed a painful shingles-like condition soon after a hernia repair on the same side as his symptoms.
Scars on the midline of the body—from a hysterectomy, episiotomy, C-section, circumcision, vasectomy or open-heart surgery, for example—are especially problematic. These scars cross major meridian or energy pathways that are recognized by acupuncturists and doctors of oriental medicine. When the energy flow is disrupted, associated organs can suffer.
What can you do to prevent scars from affecting your health and energy? First, avoid creating new scars as much as possible. Avoid tattoos since they act as scars and inject heavy metals into the body. If you must pierce your body with jewelry, limit it to one per ear in the usual spot and with only small earrings.
Unless it’s an emergency or crisis situation, have surgical procedures only as a last resort and after trying natural methods of healing. Be careful to prevent animal and insect bites and cuts as much as possible. Not all scars cause problems, but it’s wise to minimize them. Active scars—those that are stressing your body—can be identified with a technique such as Stressor-Nutrient Balancing (SNB.)
If you already have scars, firmly rub fresh wheat germ or sesame seed oil (muscle testing can indicate which is better for you) into the scars for three minutes daily for 60 days. This helps about 50 percent of active scars. Light therapy (low intensity laser light) usually handles the other 50 percent.
Use this information so you and your loved ones aren’t “scarred for life.
Bacteria, viruses, yeast/fungus, and parasites are inside and all around us. Collectively, they are called microorganisms.
In a healthy person, good microorganisms—primarily bacteria and yeast—called normal flora are in a state of balance with ‘bad’ or more pathogenic strains. With viruses, the key is to keep their numbers in check and maintain a strong immune system. Parasites range in size from one cell (can only be seen with a microscope) to large tapeworms. The number of parasites can be controlled or eliminated.
Three factors determine whether your body becomes overwhelmed by immune challenges:
1. the number of microorganisms
2. the virulence or strength of the germs
3. your body’s resistance
Microorganisms vary in their virulence or infection-causing potentials. For example, lactobacillus is a useful strain while streptococcus is quite infectious. However, even pathogenic microorganisms are helpful in limited populations.
These “bad guys” play a role in digesting dead matter—old cells, mucous, and other microorganisms. Bacteria, viruses, fungus/yeast, parasites, maggots, flies, buzzards, and possums are all in the same category: scavengers—nature’s way of disposing of dead or decaying material. They are opportunists meaning they can only thrive when there is an opportunity.
Regarding host resistance, French physiologist Claude Bernard said illnesses constantly hover above, but do not set in unless the terrain is ready to receive them. The body hosts many indwelling microorganisms; if you are healthy and strong, you rarely become ill. An internally clean body won’t support large numbers of harmful germs. In football language, “the best defense is a strong offense.”
Healthy people rarely get sick. Unhealthy ones with low immunity often “catch” illnesses. If the number of virulent microorganisms were the most important factor, health care providers would be ill all the time since they’re often exposed to patients who have lots of germs. The crucial factors in avoiding infections, then, are:
- increase your resistance and stay vibrantly healthy2. assist your body in controlling the numbers of immune challenges
Regarding #1, my book Radiant Wellness outlines seven keys to getting and staying optimally well
Regarding #2, nutritional-based healing methods help boost your body’s immune system and control overgrowth of bacteria, viruses, yeast/fungus and parasites. I recommend Nutrition Response Testing, System Strength Analysis, Contact Reflex Analysis, Applied Kinesiology, or the BioMeridian techniques.
Whenever possible, assist Mother Nature’s attempts to heal and cleanse:
– Minimize use of antibiotics because they kill normal flora and upset the balance of “good” and “bad” microorganisms.
– If you must use antibiotics, also take whole food supplements to reestablish populations of good bacteria and yeast.
– Eat the “real food” diet. Strictly limit your intake of sugar, junk food and excess carbs. Microorganisms feed and over-populate with a high sugar diet.
– Ensure normal elimination of wastes by regular bowel movements, urination, deep breathing and sweating.
– Remember the healing power of extra rest and sleep.
– Moderate sneezing and coughing eliminate wastes from the sinuses and lungs so don’t suppress these cleansing routes. However, if severe coughing is stopping you from resting, use natural preparations such as B & T brand homeopathic products to dry the sinuses and suppress coughing.
– Likewise, diarrhea and vomiting clear out the gastrointestinal tract and stomach. Within reason, let these processes run their course. Ditto for skin rashes, boils, pimples and other secondary eliminative routes to remove wastes.
– Whenever possible, don’t suppress a fever by using tepid baths or drugs. For children, a fever up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit orally is good because it kills pathogenic microorganisms. However, always consult your doctor since managing a fever depends on the patient’s age, health status, and whether the symptoms are significant or extended.
– Use common sense in avoiding exposure to those with an active infection.
– Avoid flu and other vaccinations that directly inject live or weakened bacteria or viruses into your body and past the normal immune defenses.
– Avoid over-the-counter and prescription drugs that decrease the acid levels in your stomach. Sufficient gastric juice acidity is needed for a variety of reasons including killing off pathogenic bacteria that enter via the stomach.
Exciting new scientific technology is emerging to allow communicating with our loved ones who have changed worlds. The expectation is that we also will be able to communicate with “deceased” luminaries – scientists, educators, great religious/ spiritual teachers, healers, and others who want to help us heal ourselves and our world. Do you think they might have something more to say about how to get and stay well? Various SoulPhone® devices are now being researched and developed in the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health (LACH) at the University of Arizona.
Gary Schwartz, PhD, the lead researcher, estimates there is a 90 – 95% chance that the SoulSwitch, a binary indicator allowing “yes” or “no” answers to questions, will be ready in about one year. The SoulText has the same estimate of being available in approximately two years. After that, the next anticipated device is SoulVoice (like a phone), then SoulVideo (video and audio capabilities like Skype and Zoom)
Please share this great potential news with others and have hope. To learn more, visit www.SoulPhone.org. Dr. Schwartz and I are writing a book entitled Greater Reality Living that will serve as a workbook and guide for groups online and around the world. To learn more, visit Greater Reality Living.
Disclaimer: This information is not designed to replace medical or psychological care. Dr. Pitstick’s recommendations are based on forty-five years of training and experience in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic chiropractic practice. Some of his statements are supported by clinical and scientific data while others are based on empirical evidence and his best current understandings.
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, clinical psychologist, chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop facilitator. He is the director of The SoulPhone Foundation, vice-president of Eternea, and board member of Helping Parents Heal.
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