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We need to be more tolerant of ambiguity and mystery in our lives. Living today is very safe, if you adjust to the pressures of life. Mystery irritates us. We demand answers.. When we are sick, we seek outside help to become well immediately.
Yet feeling bad has its benefits. We can withdraw and have solitude that is seldom found in our busy world. We forget that we can have pain without suffering. Friends want to always give us advice. They demand you do something, anything! But they rarely tell you what to do.
You can be healthy and ill at the same time. You will survive every moment except the last one. Be grateful for sickness occasionally for you only experience health when there is an element of illness.
Illness is a natural part of life. How do you beat illness, say cancer? Usually you aggressively look for action. Doing nothing is not acceptable. Any therapy will work some of the time.
SPONTANEOUS REGRESSION always remains alive with illness along for the ride. No matter what happens, God's will is done. Don't bargain with God and fight it. Just be grateful. An attitude of acceptance often precedes the spontaneous regression or cure. You can't sudenly become spiritual to be well but must be true to yourself.
You didn't get your illness because of imperfections in your way of living. You often think you must change your ways of eating and living. Gee, you think, "I'm still sick because I didn't try hard enough." We all seek immortality yet are bored on a rainy Sunday. How did I get cured? Why did I get cured? Now that I am well, what should I do with the rest of my life?
MEDICINE BECAME SCIENTIFIC around the Civil War. Physcians see the body as a clock that works in a particular way. Anything that effects body functions, including prayer, belongs to the watchmaker, the doctor.
Yet some people often take total personal control and abandon medical treatments. They deny what is happening and wonder how they then can be responsible for what is happening in their lives. We bring apprehension into our total awareness, not trusting the unconscious. Let go! Let the unknown come to your aid. Trust and make friends with your unconscious.
You don't create the world. You are the world, 100%. When you stop trying to make things happen, you can connect with your higher power. It's hard to be passive and inactive. But great ideas come in silence and stillnes..
If you were to say: "Illness, I look at you as my best teacher. I love you and respect you. You are safe with me. I can live with you in me for a long time. I want what is best for me, even if its death."
To surrender is a powerful tool. By giving up you refuse to act. Don't fight all your bad thoughts. You will not be pushed around or controlled by these thoughts. Our society needs noise. Yet talking and listening block our deeper connection with our Higher Power.
What is the most powerful drug that can defeat your illness? LOVE. Loving others is good for everyone's health. If you are connected with others by love, you develop an emotional bond with them. Love and caring results in healing. Anything can happen in the course of a disease. As long as your fate is unkown you have a chance. Unobserved events can alter the course of any illness.
Today's five minute office visit with everything tested can make you think you are sick. Your cholesterol is borderline, your blood pressure is up 5 points, your prostate seems enlarged, you are overweight, your breast has some thinckness in one area, you have early signs of a cataract, and osteoporosis is beginning to appear.
"Oh dear! I came in just for my annual physical feeling fine, and I now thing I am sich." Because of legal reasons the doctor will often prescribe medicine. The doctor has several drugs that can prevent all these things from becoming problems. Some of them now make you sick from their side effects. folks, people in other countries without disease prevention live longer.
Your doctor's attitude has a great role in your healing. He can talk up a medicine and he himself believes it will work and cure you. No matter what the drug is, 40% of the time you will get well (the placebo effect). No treatment is free of side effects. Ask of any treatment its downside, side effects, and harmful possibilities.
If some drug appeals to you, you will make sense out of it. It's easy for the doctor to deny some of your symptoms because if they are valid thay challenge him and this takes time, and your visit is only for five minutes. Doctors have an emotional need to believe they are right and make you, the patient believe it. Today the pressures on the doctor make them remote, aloof, non-involved, and emotionally detached.
Ask yourself, "Does my doctor make me feel better or worse when I am around him? Do you cancel appointments because yo fell workse after you visit your doctor?"
But what can you do? A wise doctor uses what works, drugs, prayer, herbs, and sound advice. Never accept a treatment that you don't believe in. Don't be pessimistic. If you believe prayer works, use it. If you believe drugs work, use them. If you believe some herb will help try it. If you feel acupuncture might help, go for it. Above all find a flexible and tolerant doctor that honors your point of view.
Since 1600 the medical profession has had a destiny to conquir and rule natue. What we investigate we give respect and reverence.
If acupuncture were only a placebo effect, what would it matter? The cure is no less real or less appreciated by the patient. Can we accept what we can not understand? Many scientific studies involve too few patients.
There is no assessment of one group being sicker than another. Did they have really the same illness? Did they have the same criteria for improvement and did the treatments vary. Did the group vary as to age and sex?
Modern medical science was invented and did not come down from heaven. There is now a near total reliance on drugs, surgery, and radiation. Western modern medicine cannot believe that non-material forms of healing exsist. There is a great resistance to change. The doctor's views of the world are believed by him to be true.
After all doctors were taught what to believe in medical school and the inner circle of experts at Harvard have set the program. Healing is rejected without attention to evidence. There is conflict with wht is perceived and what is believed.
They fear getting lost in mysticism and equate anything unknown to emptiness, annihilation, and even death. They also fear the powers of others, thinking strange and different people possess it. No average person could have such gifts of healing.
Since alternative methods of healing cannot be repoduced predictabley it cannot work. Its raining now and the weatherman did not predict it. Does it mean its not raining?
Careers, research grants, professorships and health products are at stake. The health industry takes 15% of our national income. It's big business.
Medical scientists wage their careers on particular narrow approaches. They get from the National Institute of Health (NIH) large amounts of research money to test their thories.
They are committed to one approach and cannot see the "YOU FAILED" sign on the wall. (Our approach to cancer with irradiation and chemotherapy has not changed in 50 years and has been a failure.)
Instead of groups acting as checks on each other, the drug companies, researchers, NIH, and AMA all play the same song. Equally biased information frequently mislead all the good conscientious physicians you see day to day.
Energy and money are spent with little effect. They target only relief of symptoms with drugs. There is no attempt to seek solutions to prevent illness.
Over the last 40 years life expectancy has improved. Living today is very safe. A 45-year-old woman will live to be 88 and man to 82. In 1987 the average was 74. If you smoke one pack daily, your mortality doubles. If you are 35 and a smoker you will die 7 years earlier.
If you are 70 and smoking you will die 3 years earlier. Half of smokers age 25 will not make 70 while only 15% of non smokers will not make 70. Women today are tougher and more resilient than men and live 7 years longer than men.
People around the world on different diets all live to be 75-77 years old today. The japanese eat low saturated fat diest and have had modern medicine for only 45 years.
The Swiss eat a high amount of animal fat and have 1/2 the strokes and 1/5 of the cancers of the stomach that we do. The Greeks live on olive oil and have had modern medicen only for the last 10 years. Despite all the differences they all die at 75-77 years.
Our hospitals have power over our length of life. Bugs love them and multiply in them. The bacteria have learned to adept and flourish. Unrelated patients are packed together and stay only a short time. We develop isolation lists and put people with spreadable diseases in them. Yet wihin 2 hours of the presence of disease the hospital air space exposes all the other patients.
Well how can I live longer?
Those who adjust to the pressures and demands of life live the longest. There is higher longevity in being married (50% of Americans are divorced), being a college graduate, white-collar worker and being religious.
The break up of marriage by death or divorce is the most stressful event in life. Women do better than men. Begetarians have fewer coronaries heart disease but more strokes and stomach cancers. Longevity studies show mice live longer by cutting theri calories down by 30%. How many 80-year-olds do you know that are obese?
Is there a master clock that governs the four stages of our lives: gestation, development, maturity, and decline. Can it be reset? Common factors in diseases must be identified. What is the similarity in cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, kidney disease and osteoporosis?
If we eliminated all cancers, our life expectancy would only rise by 2 years. Yet we spend two billion dollars annually on cancer and heart disease and only 100 million dollars on aging. We must have a basic understanding of the aging process.
We treat symptoms of diseases that exist and do not basic biologic research. Thank you drug companies.