Have you ever wondered how your immune system works? At the very basis of it, your immune system, when working properly, is designed to be able to recognize what is you and what is not you. It knows what bacteria, etc are part of your normal flora and what is not. Once it decides that something is not a part of you, it destroys it and the body then gets rid of it.
When your immune system isn’t functioning properly, the invaders can take over and you get sick. In autoimmune conditions, the body has its signals mixed up and attacks its own cells in the body.
Most often, when we think of things that can hijack the immune system, we think of environmental pollutants, heavy metals, chemicals found in our food, etc. However, stress, thoughts and emotions also affect the immune system.
Do you remember when you were in school and had to write exams? You would get stressed out, study hard, write your exam, study again, pull all nighters, etc. Finally, when you exams were finished, you’d get sick. This is because the stress decreased your immunity.
When researchers studied people with anger disorders, they found that anger and violent behaviour were linked with inflammation in their body.
The immune system’s role is to identify self and non-self. If negative emotions are regularly part of who you are, it will lead to inflammation, a compromised immune system and eventually, illness.
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In our current healthcare system, the idea is to restore ourselves to the way we were before an event happened to us. For example, if you had shoulder pain, back pain, cancer, diabetes, etc you seek help from a professional to get rid of our pain or condition and return you back to the way you were.
The current healthcare system works well in cases where your life is in jeopardy and in cases where you need help in reducing pain and suffering. When you need something removed immediately, this is the way to go.
There is also another way to look at healing.
The challenge with this current system is that you lose the ability to find meaning from your pain. You have difficulty growing through the the symptom of pain.
Re-organizational healing (ROH) is more than treating just the symptom or pain. ROH assumes that pain and diseases are not mistakes. Instead, pain and disease are here to alert us that something in our current life needs to change.
Pain tells you about your body and your life. It tells you to stop, pay attention and do something different. Stop something that you are doing physically, emotionally or mentally. Pay attention to yourself and your life and then make a change.
For example, let’s say someone has Lyme Disease. Restorative therapies could include antibiotics, herbal remedies and supplements. ROH looks at the person’s life. The body is part of their life and so are their emotions, thoughts, perceptions, behaviours, relationships, family, culture that they are in, stories about their experiences and also spiritual qualities.
In ROH, the assumption is that we are not looking back into the past. We don’t want to go back. We want to look forward and create a new version or upgrade in order to adapt to the times. We need to move to another level.
When we are fearful, or scared that we are going to lose something, we want safety and comfort and will most often choose restorative therapies.
When we want to grow, feel more connected in our lives, give our gifts and contribute, we chose ROH.
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As most of you know, I attended a conference for Chronic Illness in San Francisco in April. There, I learned some of the latest treatment protocols and strategies for helping patients with chronic illness. One of the topics that were covered by several presenters was EMF’s (electromagnetic fields) and their effects on the body.
There seems to be a general consensus that EMF’s negatively affect the behaviour of microbes (our body is made up of lots and lots of microbes) and ultimately influence recovery from chronic illness. It is proposed that EMF’s causes microbes in the body to feel as if they are under attack and they respond by creating more biotoxins. This, in turns, leads to patients feeling more symptoms.
Below were some recommendations for reducing EMFs in the home and work environment. While it may not be possible for you to work without computer or the internet, there are ways to reduce your exposure.
For more information, you can hear Dr. Klinghardt (MD, PhD) talk about EMF’s and their effects on health here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwNYgmk--w0
What do symptoms tell us? Symptoms tell us that something in our body or our life isn’t functioning the way it’s supposed to. Certain patterns in our life, physical, emotional or mental are causing our bodies to be unable to correct themselves.
When we cut our finger or bruise our knee, our body heals over time. So why is it not healing right now? We’re stuck in a pattern.
Physically, patterns that lead to symptoms could be sitting at your desk too long, lack of exercise and movement, poor food choices,etc.
Emotional and mental patterns can include not speaking up when you wanted to, staying in a relationship longer than you wanted to, feeling trapped at work, not doing something that you are passionate about, finances, etc.
Whatever the case, a symptom is a sign that something isn’t working properly. What do we usually do when we have a symptom? Some of us take medication to make it go away. This may work for a period of time, however, if you continue to do the same patterns, then pain will continue to persist or come back again. Other people, may seek a health professional to massage the pain, do acupuncture on it, etc. This is helpful as well. However, if you continue to do the same patterns physically, emotionally or mentally, the symptoms can come back.
So, what is the solution? Instead of looking for someone to fix the symptom, focus on finding someone to help you to figure out the problem. Do you want to work on the symptom or do you want to work on WHY you have the symptom?
If you had a garden full of weeds and you mowed your lawn to get rid of the weeds, what would happen in a few weeks? The weeds would come back. How do you get rid of the weeds? Pull them out by the root. If you don’t get to the root pattern or cause of your symptom, working on the symptom alone can cause it to come back again.
“If you step on a dog’s tail, the bark comes out of it’s mouth. Working on the bark never takes the foot off the tail.”- Dr. Donny Epstein
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Have you ever pretended to be someone that you weren't for love, to be accepted or to fit in? You are not alone. We all have at some point or another.
There is a deep need in our nervous system to be accepted by others. This was especially useful in the caveman days where people would hunt for food in groups, where it took a village to raise a family and where there was safety in numbers. Back in those times, if you were isolated from the group, you would not survive for long. The need to belong to a tribe or a community was paramount for basic survival.
These days, we will not be getting attacked by lions or saber tooth tigers but the need to belong is still there. It is so ingrained that a lot of us would change who we are in order to fit in or be accepted. The danger in this is that we all become alike. We lose our uniqueness and the special gifts and talents that made us who were are.
So, how do we reclaim our authentic self without guilt, blame or shame?
The first step is to be aware of when you are pretending or acting like someone you are not. Notice when you agree with others even if you don’t have the same opinion as they do. Observe when you hold back your voice and don’t say what’s on your mind. Where does the tension show up in your body?
Acknowledge and catch yourself when you aren’t being you. Look at some of the common patterns of past events in your life. When you were in that bad relationship for too long, when you didn’t look after your finances, when you let your health slide. Notice when you have bartered different parts of yourself away for love, power, and acceptance. Acknowledge when you have sold your authentic voice and your truth.
The common pattern in all your past experiences...is you. Once you know and accept this, then you can create change.
Accept that until now, you’ve been pretending to be someone else, even if you aren’t conscious about it. Commit to being more than who you’ve been. Once acceptance has occurred, take action.
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Through the years, I’ve come across some awesome books that can help you heal your body and change the way you think and feel about your health. If you have any other suggestions, please add them in the comments section below.
Here they are in no particular order.
1. 12 Stages of Healing by Dr. Donald Epstein
Dr. Epstein is one of my mentors and his work plays a large role in my practice. During my advanced workshops, we often use exercises from this book to move our breath, energy, body and change our state.
2. Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown
She is a researcher who studies shame, courage, worthiness and vulnerability. I first heard of Dr. Brene Brown through her Ted talk, the Power of Vulnerability, which is one of the most watched talks ever. Here it is: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en
3. Molecules of Emotion by Dr. Candace Pert
Dr. Candance Pert discovered in her research that the brain and the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems work together as a unit and system in which every part communicates with every other part. In other words, your mind and your body are dependent on each other and work together. She states that “emotions, are the nexus between mind and matter, going back and forth between the two and influencing both.” In summary, your mind and body work together and are influenced by your emotions!
4. Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton
In the Biology of Belief, Dr. Lipton talks about the discoveries of the biochemical effects of the brain’s function on your cells. He goes on to show that all the cells of your body are affected by your thoughts and he describes the molecular pathways through which this occurs.
5. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
In this book, medical doctor, Christine Northrup speaks of the medicine of empowerment. She states that “it is abundantly clear to us all that a woman’s state of health is highly influenced by the culture in which she lives, her position within it, her experiences, and her day-to-day thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours.”
Mindset plays a huge role in healing yourself. There has to be a belief that healing is possible, a want to heal the body and a willingness to do what it takes.
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Normally, you body’s immune system protects you when you get sick. However, if you have an autoimmune disease, you body starts to attack your body’s healthy cells. In my practice I see a lot of people who have an autoimmune disease and here are some emotional and mental thought patterns that I’ve observed in them.
Working with people who have autoimmune diseases holds a deeper meaning for me as I understand first hand what it’s like… I spent the majority of my childhood and early adulthood being extremely shy. Throughout my schooling, I had never once raised my hand in class to answer a question. I hardly ever spoke up, contributed my voice to conversations or even defended myself and was terrified of public speaking. Later on, I developed Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid (located in the throat area). This was a wake up call, and I looked at it as an opportunity to change my life.
Emotional and mental patterns often observed in people with autoimmune diseases:
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.