Category Archives: Mind-Body

The Healing Power of Permission

By Wendie Colter

As healers, our calling is to help our clients and patients find their best paths to health and wellness. Our modalities, methods and tools may vary widely, as may our personal beliefs and perspectives. However, our foremost priority is the same, whether we come from allopathic, complementary/alternative, psychotherapeutic, or energy medicine traditions. We all seek to help our clients and patients find their optimal paths to health.

Over the course of our practice, we may observe some people’s healing process as slow or difficult, while others make faster, sometimes even miraculous, recoveries. We may notice that some people heal quickly while others seem stuck in their process, no matter what they try. We might begin to wonder what could be blocking a person’s ability to fully heal. As a Medical Intuitive, this question is at the very heart of my work.

One of the main tenets of energetic medicine is the principle that every manifestation of imbalance, illness or disease has a traumatic event at its core. This event may be obvious but often it is deeply hidden from conscious awareness, a result of early life experiences. This trauma energy can manifest in acute or chronic health issues later in life. In my work, I look for a direct line of information and connection between present health issues and life traumas, both emotional and physical. Studies in epigenetics show that we may also inherit significant changes in our genetic makeup from traumas our parents and grandparents experienced. All of these aspects create our “energetic permission levels,” which indicate our ability to maintain or improve health. Our energetic permission levels are the amount of conscious, or unconscious, permission we allow ourselves to heal.

In a Medical Intuitive practice, viewing and evaluating energetic permission levels is a key step in assessing a client’s health concerns. Clients with a low permission level may find themselves making choices that are not congruent with their health care provider’s recommendations. They may not be drawn to modalities or information that may truly help. Low permission levels set up energetic resistance in the body and biofield, which impacts physical and mental health. We can understand most medical issues with evidence-based research and testing, but without an awareness of the underlying traumas that directly affect permission levels, a person may never be fully empowered to heal.

Through the use of Medical Intuition, the original traumatic events are brought to conscious awareness. When these traumatic events are examined, people have the opportunity to deal with and resolve the root causes underlying their current conditions. This allows their permission levels to raise, which allows more opportunities for healing. Medical Intuition also gives the practitioner a truly holistic point of view, which can address issues not only affecting the body, but also the essential connections between body, mind and spirit.

Viewing Permission Levels

In a session, I use Medical Intuitive skills to energetically “see” my client’s permission levels in relation to their health concerns. Their physical body systems, their biofield, and their own inherent guidance provide specific details on the origination point of the current imbalance, why it manifested, and how they can shift towards balance. To view this information, I don’t need prior knowledge of life circumstances or events, nor access to medical tests or diagnoses.  Rather, I am able to intuitively see images of their life traumas and use this information to talk to the client about the origins of blockages and imbalances in their body and biofield.

An example of the long-term effects of low permission levels is a client with a history of back pain and depression. Jerry described the pain as having been there as long as he could remember and had no memory of when it began or of an event that could have caused it. Though he’d found help through surgery, yoga and anti-depressant medication, his energetic permission levels for greater relief looked quite low. Jerry’s spine showed me the extent of the physical damage and impact on his skeletal, nervous and muscular systems. It also showed me a good deal of stored emotional confusion, grief and anger.

I view energetic information as if I’m watching “movies” or pictures from my client’s life. I saw that the injury had occurred when Jerry was a toddler and had fallen off an embankment. When he landed, his back hit the edge of a concrete slab and impacted his spine. Unfortunately, his injury was misunderstood by his family and minimized by doctors. It was left untreated until he was ten years old, at which point the pain was severe enough to keep him from participating in sports at school. His energy showed the emotional effects of his childhood attempts to explain his constant pain and discomfort. Powerful feelings of frustration and fear were being energetically held in his back, which appeared to be a major factor in both his physical condition and his depression.

As I explained to Jerry what his energy was showing me, I observed his permission levels beginning to rise. His energetic systems also suggested options to address pain reduction and inflammation, including some he hadn’t considered. Simply put, his own body and energy held all the information he needed to find a deeper level of acceptance of his chronic issue, and greater permission for healing. Until that point, much of Jerry’s daily energy was being used in resistance to physical pain, which further triggered stored emotional pain, creating a debilitating situation.

Compassionate Neutrality

A key skill in the effective use of Medical Intuition is the practice of energetic neutrality. If a practitioner feels drained or exhausted after seeing clients or patients, it’s very possible that neutrality has been compromised. Without a way to neutralize our own energy, we run the risk of “taking on” other’s emotional information and lowering our own permission levels in the process. There are many tools practitioners can use to enhance neutrality. Some well-known techniques are grounding, meditation and visualizing energetic barriers.

I’ve noticed some confusion in the intuitive community over the concept of neutrality as it pertains to empathy. Many practitioners who identify as intuitive or empathic are often describing the state of clairsentience, a French word meaning, “clear feeling.” I define clairsentience as the ability to feel other people’s emotional information in one’s own emotions or physical body. Though feeling other people’s emotions is a wonderful way to experience compassion and heart-based commonality, I find clairsentience to be a highly unreliable way to use intuition.

Medical Intuition is based in clairvoyance, meaning, “clear seeing.” My definition of clairvoyance is the ability to view energetic information without the use of physical sight. Clairvoyance is an extremely neutral intuitive skill, as it uses visual observation rather than emotional entrainment. Staying both neutral and compassionate when working with energy combines the observant state with ethical integrity.  It creates an ideal healing environment, which provides safety and integrity for both the client and the healer.

Medical Intuition gives practitioners a unique and profound opportunity to assist our clients and patients in creating and maintaining optimum health. By using the ability to see clearly, we are able to help those who are suffering work safely with old traumas and increase their permission levels to find their individual paths to health and well-being.

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How to Pick a Hypnotist Who Is Right for You

By John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist

Want to try hypnosis? But don’t know who to go to?

Don’t worry. You are not alone.  Many people never get to try hypnosis because they can’t figure out who to call.  Trust is essential.  You want someone you can trust to not only understand your issues but to have the knowledge, skills and sensitivity to intervene effectively. But how do you find them?

Some physicians refer to hypnotists.  A few traditional therapists refer to hypnotists for particular issues.  Many people choose a hypnotist because a friend has been to him or her and got good results.

Don’t have a friend who can recommend a hypnotist and your physician doesn’t know anyone? Don’t give up. It is worth continuing to look. Because Hypnosis may be exactly the answer you have been looking for and it is worth the effort to find the hypnotist who is right for you.

Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Hypnosis is not a licensed profession. Education  and training in hypnosis vary.  Most professional hypnotists are certified by national associations with educational and ethical standards like The National Guild of Hypnotist.  Time in practice is another indication.
  2. Life and Professional experience. Find out if the hypnotist’s background is a good match for your life experience. Often hypnotists are best at helping people handle issues they themselves have overcome.  At the least find out if the hypnotist has worked successfully with people with your issue.
  3. Attitude/Chemistry. If you are gay, don’t go to a hypnotist with repressed homophobia. If religion is important to you, find someone who seems to have a spiritual approach. If you are in 12 step recovery, find someone who understands what is involved whether he or she is in recovery themselves or not.
  4. Gender. Do you prefer a male or female hypnotist? Gender may not be a factor in your case or for an issue like quitting smoking, but if it is for you, listen to your instinct.
  5. Realistic claims. Beware of exaggerated claims. No one can guarantee 100% success from any human intervention. Be cautious of those who claim to do so.
  6. Cost. A hypnotist should be clear about how much hypnosis sessions cost and how many he or she recommends for your issue. Most hypnotists will offer you a free 30 minute consultation in the office of on the phone. Why not take them up on the offer?
  7. Very expensive “Programs” and Very Cheap Groups. Beware of attempts to lock you into “programs” for dozens of sessions in advance and thousands of dollars. Generally this is more marketing hype than sound hypnosis. And don’t expect too much from low priced hypnosis groups. Some people get good results from these groups. Many don’t.

How to Research

The internet makes it very easy to get a sense of a hypnotist before you even call. Visit their webpage. You will get a feel  for them and get answers to many of your questions.  Look at comments from former clients, especially on yelp.com .  Ask your doctor, therapist and friends if they know anyone they can recommend. Then call. Call and ask questions. Take advantage of the offer of a free consultation if you have any doubts. And, if you go to the first session and feel it is not a good match. Don’t be afraid to tell that hypnotist you will not be continuing with them and look for the one that is right for you.

John Koenig is a Board Certified Hypnotist in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Visit his website at  http://possibilities.nu/

Click here for a 2 minute video guide to your first hypnosis office visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-06vyie8ZI

Mental Nutrition: Thinking Big in the Biggest Little State in the Union

by John Koenig

Today, as a full-time hypnotist, I help individuals quit smoking, lose weight, make other important changes and train other hypnotists, but in 1981 I had a very different assignment. My job was to come up with a new slogan for our state.

In 1981, Rhode Islanders were depressed (or so some state funded research suggested). And why not?  Massachusetts was in the middle of its high tech “Mass Miracle”. Connecticut was rich. People in our state felt like “poor little Rhody.”

You might say Rhode Island was lacking self-respect.

Many of us had what you might call a “negative self-image” about our beautiful home. We saw our glass as half-full. Other states even had bigger glasses..

My job as a young copywriter at the state’s advertising agency was to give Rhode Islanders a new way to think about ourselves.

Personally, it always seemed to be that Rhode Island is as BIG as anyplace in the world. And I strongly believed as a hypnotist that the only limitations to our lives are those we place on ourselves.

So, I came up with “Rhode Island: the Biggest Little State in the Union” slogan as a battle cry, what we call in hypnosis a “re-framing”.  The slogan described our state. But also gave us something to shoot for. The rest is history.

And that is what the campaign became: history. That is until the recent Benny’s revival of the song built around my slogan and covered by Steve Smith and the Naked. The original song is attributed to Bill Comeau and Rob Carlson in the commercial. But as Arnold Bromberg, Vice-President of Benny’s kindly said in the Providence Journal recently and also on the Dan Yorke show: “the actual The Biggest Little State in the Union slogan is the brainchild of John Koenig.”

I love the phrase “brainchild” and am pleased by the acknowledgement. But what is more gratifying is the way Rhode Islanders adopted The Biggest Little State in the Union slogan as their own 35 years ago and again today. It is no longer my slogan: it belongs to us all.

How Can You Apply “Biggest Little State in the Union” Thinking to Your Life?

It is a simple trick: what we hypnotists call a “re-framing”.

What I did when I created “the biggest little state in the union” slogan was take something negative (a perceived weakness).  Acknowledge it. Then re-frame the weakness into strength.’

Here is the logic behind the slogan’s creation:

     Fact: Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States.

     Re-frame (New Slogan): There is so much here in history, culture, diversity and   opportunity. We are literally as big as we want to be. We are the smallest but the best. Rhode Island is the biggest little state in the union.

So, why not create a personal slogan to motivate you in your life? You’ve got nothing to lose except some negative self-talk and who knows how much to gain.  I will caution you that it is best doing it with a friend, counselor or hypnotic coach. You want a slogan that is a genuine breakthrough not a re-hashing of old ideas.  At least ask someone you trust to hear your new slogan and see if they agree it will work for you.

And it’s simple. Take a fact in your life that bothers you. A perceived limitation. Write it down. Now look within that fact and find something, anything that can be a positive. A turn-around. A re-frame And make it your personal slogan. You could even print your own T-shirt and bumper stickers. And begin to live as if your new personal slogan were true following the slogan: fake it until you make it.

Rhode Island is  “the biggest little state in the union” because we say so. And that is a lot better than telling ourselves we are “poor little rhody.” So why not stop living a negative life script and start following your own new personal battle-cry.

Your Own Personal Slogan

Keep in mind your new personal slogan doesn’t have to be true. It is something to grow into. You won’t have much evidence to support it at first. And, I promise you, it will feel “weird”, like who is this person acting in this new way? But you begin to act as if it were true and eventually it becomes true. This is a law of nature: thoughts lead to actions. Action leads to destiny. What we tell ourselves about ourselves does matter.

Here are some examples of re-frames (new slogans):

Alcoholic or Drug Addict Entering Early Recovery

Facts: Lost job. Lost family. No money. In rehab. A drunk.  An “addict”.

Re-frame (New Slogan): I don’t drink or drug today and that changes everything. I can only go up from here. And I will. I am a Recovering Alcoholic (Addict). So I don’t drink or drug today. A Higher Power will do for me what I cannot do for myself.

Over-eater Who Wants to Lose Weight

Facts: I weigh 300 lbs and am 5’6”. Negative self-image. Food is my comfort.

Re-frame (New Slogan): I may be fat today but I will be skinnier tomorrow. Enough is enough and I have had enough. What’s more I am enough: I am worth living a great, healthy life.  Eating healthy feels delicious. I now have an appetite for life.

Worrier with a Pessimistic Attitude

Facts: I spend a lot of time worrying about the future

Re-frame (New Slogan): I pay attention to today: tomorrow takes care of itself.

Cigarette Smoker Who wants to Quit

Facts: I have smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 20 years and tried to quit without success a dozen times.

Re-frame (New Slogan): I am a Non-Smoker: cigarettes have no power over me.

Anyone in a Negative Mindset

Facts: These can include real as well as imagined “facts”: not enough money, stuck in a career or relationship, recent loses, a pattern of “failure”.

Re-frame (New Slogan): Everyday and in every way I am better and better and better.

This last reframe/new slogan was suggested by Emile Coue a French hypnotist from the early 20th century. He wrote about this simple, life changing slogan in a famous book he called My Method that became an international best-seller. And it does change lives. Try it for 30 days for 5 minutes a day and see if you don’t notice a difference in attitude and behavior.

 

A New Empowering Personal Slogan is Just Part of the Solution

I am not a big fan of the slogan “No pain. No gain.” because I don’t believe we have to suffer to end suffering. On the other hand, I value the wisdom in the slogan “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day.”  And though you need more for healthy Mental Nutrition than an empowering personal battle-cry it is certainly a good start

Remember the Chinese slogan: “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.” Well, creating a new slogan to live by is certainly a good first step.

Feel like a failure? Well, try on this slogan for a week and let me know how it feels: ”I am the most successful failure the world has ever seen.”

 You can use a slogan like that to build an empire.

John Koenig is a Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists. He practices at the Warwick Medical Center. He has also been a proud citizen of “The Biggest Little State in the Union” since 1980.

 

Visit his website at http://possibilities.nu

Or a video where he tells how and why he came up with the slogan “The Biggest little State in the Union”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qo0ylyNWxY

Mental Nutrition: How to Pick a Hypnotist Who Is Right for You

By John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist

If you are suffering from an emotional or mental illness, you need to work with someone who is trained and equipped to help you such as a licensed mental health counselor, psychiatrist or psychologist.  But if you are dealing with normal life concerns such as occasional lack of motivation, troubling habits (like smoking or over-eating), relationship or career problems or facing opportunities you want to maximize, then a personal coach, hypnotist or hypnotic coach may be the answer you are seeking.

Certified Hypnotists are not therapists, but represent a distinct, separate profession. Here is the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles description.

079.157.010 | Hypnotherapist
Alternate Title: Master Hypnotist | Alternate Title: Hypnotist

Induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Test subjects to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and an analysis of clients problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.

This is a national definition of the profession. In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we do not use the term hypnotherapist unless we are also licensed mental health counselors.

Certified Hypnotists and Hypnotic Coaches do not diagnose or treat anything. We refer to a licensed therapist if we believe a potential client’s issue is outside our scope of practice.

We are professionals who are trained to help you analyze situations and think through options. We provide motivational support and hold you accountable for change.  Obviously, there are overlaps between what a licensed mental health provider does and the services of a Certified Hypnotist or Hypnotic Coach. And certainly people who would not consider themselves mentally ill go to licensed therapists to work on particular issues.

The National Guild of Hypnotists which has over 10,000 members worldwide puts it this way:

Consulting Hypnotists help ordinary people with ordinary, everyday problems
using individual hypnotism techniques.

A Hypnotic Coach’s work tends to be brief, concentrated and effective. A typical client comes to a Hypnotic Coach because they want to make some important change that has them stuck. A Hypnotic Coach or Certified Hypnotist may work in conjunction with a client’s therapist, particularly when the therapist feels he or she has hit a wall with a client and wants a fresh approach.

In fact, hypnotism and hypnotic coaching are useful anytime a person wants to change the way they think, act or feel.  Uses of hypnosis are therefore limitless, but here is a list of common applications:

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Weight Loss
Smoking Cessation
Stress Management
Pre-surgery Hypnosis
Alcohol/Drug Habit Problems
Complementary Medical Support (Under Medical Supervision)
Pain Management (Under Medical Supervision)
Attention Deficit Disorder Coaching
Confidence
Fears (Flying, Driving, Public Speaking, Performance, Social Fears)

CAREER AND EDUCATION

Sales Skills
Organization/Motivation
Test Taking (K-12, College, Boards, Civil Service Examinations)
Creativity
Memory Improvement

RELATIONSHIPS
Forgiveness
Bad Break-ups/Divorce Recovery
Difficult Relationships (Family, Friends or  Workplace)
Anger Management

SPORTS

Mental Game Improvement (Focus, Concentration, Competition)

Want to try hypnosis and hypnotic coaching
but don’t know where to go to?

Don’t worry. You are not alone.  Many people never get to hypnotism because they can’t figure out who to call.  And that is unfortunate. For many issues a professional hypnotist should be the first professional to look to, rather than the last.

In any healing relationship, trust is essential. But this is especially important when inviting someone to work with you on your own thinking patterns. You want someone you can trust to not only understand your issues but to have the knowledge, skills and sensitivity to intervene effectively. But how do you find them?

Some physicians refer to Certified Hypnotists and Hypnotic Coaches. Most have no idea to whom they can refer.  A few traditional therapists refer to hypnotists for particular issues.  Most people choose a hypnotist because a friend has been to him or her and got good results or based on their internet page.

Don’t have a friend who can recommend a hypnotist and your physician doesn’t know anyone? Don’t give up. It is worth continuing to look. Because Hypnosis may be exactly the answer you have been looking for and it is worth the effort to find the hypnotist who is right for you.

And, by the way, don’t worry whether you can be hypnotized or not. Almost everyone can. The only people who typically cannot are those with severe intellectual disabilities or certain types of schizophrenia.

Here are some factors to consider as you look for the hypnotist who is right for you:

Qualifications.  Hypnosis is not a licensed profession. Education and training in hypnotism and coaching vary.  Most professional hypnotists are certified by national associations with educational and ethical standards like The National Guild of Hypnotists. Time in practice is another indication, but not the sole criterion for a hypnotist’s suitability for your issue. You want someone who has been in practice for a while working with issues similar to yours, but that doesn’t mean a newcomer to the field with specific experience may not be the perfect person to help you achieve your goals.

Life and Professional experience.  Find out if the hypnotist’s background is a good match for your life experience and needs. Often hypnotists are best at helping people handle issues they themselves have overcome.  At the least find out if the hypnotist has worked successfully with people with your issue. Most hypnotists and other coaches will invite you to talk on the phone or come in for a complimentary consultation where you can get a sense of their background and suitability for your concerns.

Attitude/Chemistry.  If you are gay, don’t go to a hypnotist with repressed homophobia. If religion is important to you, find someone who seems to have a spiritual approach. If you are in 12 step recovery, find someone who understands what is involved whether he or she is in recovery themselves or not.

Gender. Do you prefer a male or female hypnotist? Gender may not be a factor in your case or for an issue like quitting smoking, but if it is for you, listen to your instinct.

Realistic claims. Beware of exaggerated claims.  No one can guarantee 100% success from any human intervention. Be cautious of those who claim to do so.

Cost. A hypnotist should be clear about how much hypnosis sessions cost and how many he or she recommends for your issue. Most hypnotists will offer you a free 30 minute consultation in the office of on the phone. Why not take them up on the offer?

Very  expensive “Programs” and Very Cheap Groups. Beware of attempts to lock you into “programs” for dozens of sessions in advance and thousands of dollars. Generally this is more marketing hype than sound hypnosis. And don’t expect too much from low priced hypnosis groups. Some people get good results from these groups. Many don’t.

How to Research Hypnotists

The internet makes it very easy to get a sense of a hypnotist before you even call. Here are a few tips. Remember you are the boss and are shopping for someone who may become very important to you. Your choice of a hypnotist is certainly at least as important as the issue you are looking to address. Is it important to stop smoking? Finally lose weight and keep it off? Handle that challenging relationship? Get your drinking, anger, fear problem under control? Then spend a little time to make sure you are working with a professional who can and will genuinely help.

I have worked with many people over the years who started with the wrong person and lost valuable time in addressing their issue, sometimes becoming jaded against the possibility of change at all.

Visit their webpage.  You will get a feel for them and get answers to many of your questions.

Look at comments and reviews from former clients, especially on yelp.com .

Ask your doctor, therapist and friends if they know anyone they can recommend.

Call a prospective hypnotist and ask questions. Get a feel for them over the phone. Are they rushed or interested in what you have to say? Do they seem to have a solution that will work with you? How many sessions do they recommend? Are they forthcoming about costs?

Take advantage of the offer of a free consultation if you have any doubts. Many hypnotists will gladly either spend time with you on the phone or invite you to come into their office for a 15-30 minute free consultation.

And, if you go to the first session and feel it is not a good match. Don’t be afraid to tell that hypnotist you will not be continuing with them and look for the one that is right for you.  Remember hypnotism is about giving you back your own power and you are always the boss.

 

John Koenig is a Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Instructor of  the National Guild of Hypnotists’ Certification Program.   He is the co-author of the book The Hypnotic Coach: Create a life you love combining hypnosis and personal coaching. John practices in Warwick, RI and Seekonk, MA

 

Visit John’s Webpage at http://possibilities.nu

Or video introduction to hypnosis at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSOOGY1apqs

 

 

 

Dissolve Pain with the Power of Your Mind

by Dr. Glenn B. Gero, N.D., D.Sc., M.H., M.E.S., C.L.C.

Introduction

Walking through Central Park in New York City, I passed two men sitting at opposite ends of a table nervously facing each other. With their fists tightly clenched, you could see the steadfast expression in their faces, the desperate look in their eyes, the sweat on their brow and the obvious veins protruding from the musculature in their necks. My curiosity was peaked as I stepped up my pace and cautiously walked by. As I glanced discreetly to my right as I was passing this seemingly scary scene, I realized that these two adversaries were doing nothing more physical than moving little pieces of wood on a board.

Although not physically demanding, the emotional strain of a competitive chess match can be a vigorous experience. Chess masters, during intense tournaments have been known to undergo nearly the same metabolic physiological demands on their bodies as high-level competitors during an athletic event. While not physically demanding, the emotional strain characteristic of a competitive chess match is mirrored in many of our routine personal and occupational tasks. I vividly remember the trepidation of signing my name to a document, which obligated me to a mortgage of over $115,000. It was the contract to purchase my first home. Where was I going to get $1,500 a month to pay for a mortgage and still be able to afford to put food on the table?

Unresolved Stress

Our lives are filled with stressful moments and whether we are confronted with marital strife, health challenges, wedding plans or career instability, they may contribute to unresolved stress disturbing our physiological homeostasis. These events may rival the anticipatory stress response of the world-class sprinter prior to his first heat at the summer Olympic games. The difference is that the sprinter is about to work off that nervous energy with an intense 100-meter dash. When unmitigated stress is allowed to proliferate for months on end twisting in our guts, inciting anxiety, anger and nervous tension, we may increase the probability of a serious illness and exacerbate pain.

While stress cannot be avoided, we possess the ability to control our reaction to it. This chapter is about taking responsibility for our lives and developing an active consciousness in regard to our own ability to modulate pain and discomfort. While using the mind to dissolve pain is just one component of an integrated system of wellness, it may be the most powerful element in managing pain syndromes. Furthermore, a sense of worthiness is an essential component of sustained health management. One must feel an intrinsic justification to be

pain-free. As a naturopathic doctor, sometimes my biggest challenge is inspiring my patients to recognize their entitlement to living a pain-free existence.

The Mind Body Connection

Adherence to a sound nutritional program, a consistent exercise schedule, consumption of vital nutrients and therapeutic botanicals are essential components to optimum physical and psychological health. A positive self- esteem, however, is the adhesive that encourages sustenance and a positive expectancy. It is also an important prognosticator toward enabling one to mediate uncontrolled stress. As we will discover, self-esteem is not a product of status, wealth or level of education, but a state of being. An attitude of gratitude is an important step in establishing personal fulfillment.

Most traditional medical systems acknowledge and make use of the extraordinary interconnectedness of the mind and the body and the power of each to affect the other. In contrast, conventional Western medicine has regarded these connections as of secondary importance, thus treating the body and the mind as separate and distinct entities.

This narrow focus, however, has also tended to obscure the importance of the interactions between mind and body and to overshadow the possible importance of the mind in producing and alleviating disease. The focus of medical research has been on the biology of the body and of the brain that is part of the body. Concern with the mind has been left to non-biologically-oriented psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, philosophers and theologians. Psychosomatic medicine, the discipline that has addressed mind/body connections, is a subspecialty within the specialty of psychiatry.

During the past 30 years, there has been a powerful scientific movement to explore the mind’s capacity to affect the body and to rediscover the ways in which it permeates and is affected by all of the body’s functions. This movement has received its impetus from several sources. The rise in incidence of chronic pain and illnesses appear to be related to environmental and emotional stresses. The prevalence, destructiveness, and cost of these illnesses have set the stage for the exploration of therapies that can help individuals appreciate the sources of their stress and reduce that stress by quieting the mind and using it to mobilize the body to heal.

During the same time, medical researchers have discovered other cultures had utilized healing systems, such as meditation, yoga and tai chi, which are grounded in an understanding of the power of mind and body to affect one another. Other developed techniques such as botanical therapies, nutritional interventions, biofeedback, hypnosis, sound therapy and visual imagery have demonstrated the ability of facilitating specific links between the body and mental

processes, stimulating immune, endocrine and nervous system functioning. The growth of a new discipline was born called psychoneuroimmunology.

The Classifications of Stress in Your Life

Stress management can be complicated and confusing because we experience acute, chain acute, and chronic stress — each with its own characteristics, symptoms, duration, and treatment approaches. Let’s look at each one.

Acute Stress

Acute stress is the most common form of stress. It comes from demands and pressures of the recent past and anticipated demands and pressures of the near future. Acute stress may be thrilling and exciting in small doses, but too much is more likely to be exhausting. A ride on a roller coaster or a run down a challenging ski slope, for example, can be exhilarating. That same activities taken to extremes could be taxing and wearing. By the same token, overdoing any short-term stress can lead to psychological distress, tension headaches, upset stomach, and other symptoms.

On the flip side, acute stresses may be attributable to a laundry list of what has gone awry in your life: an auto accident, losing a job, the loss of an important contract, a deadline they’re rushing to meet, your child’s occasional problems at school, and so on.

Acute stresses, generally, are short-term and may not generate the sustained harm associated with long-term stress. The most common symptoms are:

  • emotional distress–some combination of anger or irritability, anxiety, and depression, the three stress emotions;
  • muscular problems including tension headache, back pain, jaw pain, and the muscular tensions that lead to pulled muscles and tendon and ligament problems;
  • stomach, gut and bowel problems such as heartburn, acid stomach, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome;
  • transient over arousal leads to elevation in blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, heart palpitations, dizziness, migraine headaches, cold hands or feet, shortness of breath, and chest pain.

Acute stress can crop up in anyone’s life, and it is highly treatable and manageable.

Chain-acute Stress (Castastrophizing)

Many people create a never-ending chain of stresses, thereby going from one acute episode to the next without resolving any of the previous stressors, hence creating an overwhelming snowball effect. They become so encumbered by their inability to find resolution that they feel imprisoned with no hope for escape.

They are so disordered that they’ve created a sense of chaos, anxiety, panic, depression and crisis. They are trapped in their own mind. They are often the ones that are always in a rush, but always late. If something can go wrong, it will. They take on too much, have too many irons in the fire, and can’t organize the slew of self-inflicted demands and pressures clamoring for their attention. They seem perpetually in the clutches of going from one acute stress to another.

It is common for those with chain-acute stress reactions to be over aroused, short-tempered, irritable, anxious, and tense. Often, they describe themselves as having “a lot of nervous energy.” Always in a hurry, they tend to be abrupt, and sometimes their irritability comes across as hostility. Interpersonal relationships deteriorate rapidly when others respond with real hostility. The work becomes a very stressful place for them.

Another form of chain- acute stress comes from ceaseless worry. They are often catastrophizers, predicting disaster around every corner and pessimistically forecasting an ominous outcome in every situation. The symptoms of chain- acute stress may include: persistent tension headaches, migraines, hypertension, chest pain, and heart disease. Treating chain-acute stress may require a multi-interventional approach, which may take many months to correct.

Usually these lifestyle and personality issues are so ingrained and habitual with these individuals that they neglect to see anything wrong with the way they conduct their lives. They are more likely to blame their problems on family, friends, co-workers, bosses and external events beyond their control. Those sufferers can be fiercely resistant to change. Only the imminent promise of relief from pain and discomfort may sustain their treatment and recovery program.

In an office setting, chronic pain patients who catastrophize “display more pain behavior such as holding, rubbing as well as vocalizations such as moans and sighs,” was stated at a meeting, sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Research has shown that catastrophizers are going to have more difficulty in pain situations and are less likely to respond to appropriate remediation compared with noncatastrophizers.  Catastrophizers are at greater risk of chronic pain

Chronic Stress

Chronic stress is exhausting. It is the type of stress that progressively creates deterioration, pain, depression, anxiety and apathy. It can destroy our body, our mind and ultimately our life. It wreaks havoc through long-term attrition. It could be the stress of poverty, of being a member of a dysfunctional family, the feeling of being trapped in an unhappy marriage, an unfulfilling job or career or the fear of being unemployed. It’s the stress of seemingly is a never-ending dilemma with no resolution in sight.

Chronic stress comes when a one believes that they are unable escape from a dire situation. It’s the stress of unrelenting demands and pressures for seemingly interminable periods of time. With no hope, many individuals give up searching for solutions.

Some chronic stresses stem from traumatic, early childhood experiences that become internalized and remain forever painful and present. Some experiences profoundly affect personality. A view of the world, or a belief system, is created that causes unending stress for the individual (e.g., the world is a threatening place, people will find out you are a pretender, you must be perfect at all times). When personality or deep-seated convictions and beliefs must be reformulated, recovery requires active self- examination, often with professional help.

The worst aspect of chronic stress is that people get used to it. They forget it’s there. People are immediately aware of acute stress because it is new; they ignore chronic stress because it is old, familiar, and sometimes, almost comfortable.

Chronic stress kills through suicide, violence, heart attack, stroke, and, perhaps, even cancer. People wear down to a final, fatal breakdown. Because physical and mental resources are depleted through long-term attrition, the symptoms of chronic stress are difficult to treat and may require extended medical as well as behavioral treatment and stress management.

Adapted with permission from The Stress Solution by Lyle H. Miller, Ph.D., and Alma Dell Smith, Ph.D.

Fibromyalgia and Stress

Fibromyalgia is the second most common diagnosis made in rheumatology clinics, yet its cause is quite controversial. It has been suggested that those afflicted with fibromyalgia have sustained a significant physical or psychological event, which precipitated the initial onset of symptoms. In support of this theory, there is definite evidence from population-based studies that psychological distress, particularly early-life trauma such as death of a close family member, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, serious illness, or traumatic injury, may be able to predict the future development of chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia. However, there are still uncertainties of the mechanism of how psychological stressors are attributable to chronic physical pain.

Regardless of the pathway, however, the links between fibromyalgia and unresolved chronic stress have now been well established. While the exact relationship is not fully understood, the research has made clear that chronic stress influences, exacerbates and/or aggravates the development or progression of fibromyalgia.

We could perceive our resilience to stress in the same terms as our checking account. Nutrients, exercise, joy, laughter, vitality and personal fulfillment would be our deposits and unresolved stress, anxiety, unhappiness, obsessive behavior, selflessness, worry, illnesses, malnutrition and environmental toxins would be our withdrawals. Those individuals who have exhausted their assets in lieu of overwhelming deficits (withdrawals) are more apt to suffer symptoms of fatigue, pain, sleeplessness, weakness and cognitive decline. All of which are commensurate with fibromyalgia.

Habitual Stress Patterns and Fibromyalgia Susceptibility

Many researchers believe that the inability to manage stress is a major factor in the susceptibility to fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia patients frequently possess habitual patterns of anxiety, feelings of powerlessness, repressed anger and poor stress management. This is often due to the inability to say “no,” overloading their schedules and taking on too much responsibility for other people such as family, friends and co-workers and neglecting their personal health and self-interests.

Event Triggered Stress and the Onset of Fibromyalgia

There is some evidence that the onset of fibromyalgia may be triggered by an extremely stressful experience. While this stress may be associated with physical trauma, such as an auto accident, illness or surgical procedure, it also may be associated with psychological stress, such as emotional or physical abuse. Most scientists believe that stress is probably not the primary cause of fibromyalgia, however, there is evidence to suggest that both chronic stress and post-traumatic stress disorders may be instrumental catalysts in the onset of fibromyalgia.

How Stress Can Aggravate Fibromyalgia

For fibromyalgia patients, chronic stress can also make the condition worse and can trigger particular physical symptoms. People who suffer from fibromyalgia

often have trouble knowing their personal limitations, which can make it hard for them to know when they are in danger of overexerting themselves. When fibromyalgia patients physically overexert themselves, this can often lead to increased stress, which results in increased pain.

A vicious cycle can easily develop, because the pain can lead to more stress, which, in turn, can lead to more pain. For this reason, learning to manage stress may have a profound effect on eliminating or reducing the pattern of pain.

The Story of Two Wolfs

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil – It possesses anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, deception, false pride, self- righteousness and egotism.

“The other is Benevolent – It is joyful, peaceful, loving, hopeful, humble, kind, benevolent, serenity, empathetic, generous, truthful, compassionate and faithful.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Managing Your Pain Through Mind Control

A fibromyalgia patient’s level of stress can directly influence their ability to deal with pain and other symptoms of the condition. In general, the more you are able to control your thoughts, emotions and feelings, the better you will be able to deal with the physical discomfort of fibromyalgia. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, here are a few ways that you can ameliorate your fibromyalgia symptoms:

  1. Physical Exercise – Regular aerobic exercise can make an enormous impact on managing your pain and controlling your stress level. Start an aerobics class, play tennis, do yoga, or just go for a nice, long, relaxing walk. You’ll find that it can elevate your mood, relax your muscles, and even give you a feeling of being in more control over your symptoms.
  2. Correct Sleep Disorders – Fibromyalgia and sleep disorders can go hand in hand. Resolving sleep problems can directly lead to a lessening of fibromyalgia symptoms.
  3. Practice Rational Selfishness – Do not over-commit yourself to work, family, and friends. Finding balance in your life is key to overcoming fibromyalgia, and one of the best ways to do that is to make sure you take enough time for yourself.
  4. Tap the Mental Healer Within

o Breathing and Pain
o Biofeedback
o Guided Imagery
o Mindfulness Meditation
o Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
o Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

Physical Exercise and Fibromyalgia

While beyond the scope of this chapter, performing exercise can have profound benefits in helping to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The problem is, if you are encumbered with deep muscle pain and chronic fatigue, exercise is probably not at the forefront of your mind. Yet exercise may be just what the doctor ordered? Whether it’s daily walks, stretching, swimming, rowing , yoga, tai chi or Pilates, low-impact exercise programs can keep you fit in spite of your fibromyalgia and may help reduce pain as well.

Exercise Benefits

Exercise helps by:

Ø Strengthening muscles
Ø Enhancing flexibility
Ø Increasing range of motion
Ø Controlling weight
Ø Increasing endurance
Ø Maintaining physical function
Ø Promoting an affirmative emotional state
Ø Reducing stress
Ø Stimulating circulation
Ø Inhibiting fatigue
Ø Balancing gastrointestinal function
Ø Optimizing metabolism
Ø Encouraging present-mindedness

Formerly medical doctors had believed that physical exercise might have a deleterious effect on fibromyalgia symptoms or hasten the progression of the disease. Current scientific studies have determined that those beliefs were unfounded and discovered for most patients receive tremendous benefit by strength and aerobic conditioning exercises.

How Does Exercise Reduce Pain and Stress?

Regular exercise slows down the heart-racing adrenaline associated with stress, but it also boosts levels of natural endorphins – the feel good, pain-fighting molecules that may be responsible for the well-known “runner’s high.” Endorphins help to reduce pain, inhibit stress, anxiety and depression.

It is further purported that exercise raises the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that scientists have found to be deficient in most of those afflicted with fibromyalgia. Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that send specific messages from one brain cell to another. This neurotransmitter is believed to play a vital role in mediating moods.

Additionally, research has revealed that pain and depression share the same neural pathways, the same circuitry. Serotonin and the endorphins that modulate healthy brain functioning are the same ones that modulate depression and chronic pain. If exercise can increase serotonin production, it has the ability to modulate pain as well.

 

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Aging is Inevitable; Losing Your Mind Isn’t

by Dr. Glenn B. Gero, N.D., D.Sc., M.H., M.E.S., C.L.C.

Your brain doesn’t know how old you are – and doesn’t care.

Of all of the uncontrollable factors in our life, the process of aging may be the most daunting. Synonymous with aging is the concept that cognitive decline is universally unavoidable. What may be encouraging is that while some memory loss may be a natural part of aging, researchers are discovering that older people can maintain more of their cognitive function well into later years. Neurobiologists Dr. Elizabeth Gould and Dr. Charles Gross at Princeton University have validated that thousands of freshly born neurons arrive each day in the cerebral cortex, the outer rind of the brain where higher intellectual functions are centered.

The process of neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells, is controlled by our DNA. Fortunately, many of the factors that influence our DNA are under our direct control. A variety of factors including physical exercise, critical thinking, social interaction, caloric restriction, curcumin and the omega-3 fat DHA have demonstrated to profoundly inhibit the process of brain deterioration.

This is a powerful message and these factors are all within our grasp.

Physical Exercise

In a report featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), titled “Effect of Physical Activity in Cognitive Function in Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease,” researchers found that elderly individuals engaged in regular physical exercise for a 24-week period had an improvement of an astounding 1,800 percent on measures of memory, language ability, attention and other important cognitive functions compared to an age-matched group not involved in the exercise program. Merely by engaging in regular physical exercise, the door is open to the possibility of actively taking control of your mental destiny.

Caloric Restriction

In January, 2009, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reported that those elderly individuals who reduced their caloric consumption by 30 percent profoundly increased memory function, while those of similar age group were instructed to eat whatever they wanted experienced a small, but clearly defined decline in memory function. The authors concluded, “The present findings may help to develop new prevention and treatment strategies for maintaining cognitive health into old age.” What a concept — preventive medicine for the brain.

Curcumin

Curcumin, the main active ingredient in the spice turmeric, has attracted the interest of neuroscientists around the world. Interestingly, in evaluating villages in India where turmeric is used in abundance in curried recipes, epidemiological studies have found that Alzheimer’s disease is only about 25 percent as common as in the U.S. As curcumin is a proven anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, there is little doubt of its positive effects on enhanced production of brain neurons, which is why it is theorized that those consuming curcumin are so resistant to this brain disorder.

DHA

Like curcumin, DHA enhances gene expression for the production of new neurons. In a trial involving 485 healthy older individuals with mild memory problems, those given a supplement containing DHA for six months had almost double the reduction in errors on a test that measures learning and memory performance versus those who took a placebo. The benefit is roughly equivalent to having the learning and memory skills of someone three years younger.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

An analysis of 400 British men suggest that those working in occupations requiring critical thinking and social interaction later in life have shown the ability to ward off cognitive decline.

Harnessing the expression of our DNA is empowering, and the tools to better brain health are available to us all — right now!

Dr. Glenn Gero is the director of the Holistic Naturopathic Center in Clifton. He is a licensed and board-certified naturopathic doctor, a board-certified biofeedback therapist, a registered nutritionist, a medical exercise specialist, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) and has earned nearly 20 certifications in holistic health and therapeutic exercise. He has completed advanced clinical training at Harvard Medical School where he is a member of the post-graduate association.

 

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The Truth about Antidepressants

By Dr. Jimmy Steger

Seems like most Americans these days have bought into the lie that taking some form of pill can solve any and all emotional or mental issues. If only it were that easy! And every time I try to give people a good dose of the truth, they point to one pharmaceutical study or another that tries to prove me wrong.  Well at least some of them, well check this out.

According to new research from Stephen Wisniewski, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, antidepressants are only effective in a small percentage of patients with a narrow range of psychological disorders. Patients with multiple issues — which can be as many as 60 percent of the psychiatric patients in the U.S. — may not be getting any benefit at all from antidepressants.

How’s that for depressing news? It gets worse. This new study showed how big pharmaceutical companies may pump up the efficacy results of the drug trials for their antidepressants.

Wisniewski’s team examined data compiled in a massive, government-funded review of more than 40 psychiatric facilities. This study, known as the “Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression” (“STAR*D” for short), is a picture of nearly the entire population of depression patients in the U.S.

Researchers compared STAR*D patients to a group of subjects for a standard antidepressant drug trial conducted by a pharmaceutical manufacturer (the trials that the FDA commonly reviews as part of the approval process for new medications).

As it turns out, the parameters for joining a typical antidepressant drug trial were so narrow that just 22 percent of the patients in the STAR*D survey would qualify to be part of the trial.

This means that the pharmaceutical companies tests its antidepressants using patients who fall within a very small range of depressive symptoms… and then markets these same drugs to EVERY depression patient in the country.

Wisniewski said that “current efficacy trials suggest a more optimistic outcome than is likely in practice.” Let’s cut to the chase here. What he’s really saying is that Big Pharma is gaming the system to get new SSRIs approved by the FDA.

Of course he’s too afraid to come right out and say that. Instead, he said that he doesn’t intend his new study to be a smoking gun that proves the pharmaceutical industry is intentionally taking problematic patients out of the testing mix to get better efficacy results. He might not have “intended” it, but that’s exactly what he did. And it’s about time.

“If the population in a [clinical] trial were more representative, it would come at a cost,” Wisniewski says. “That’s why trials to determine efficacy are done on a relatively homogeneous population.”

Well, he’s right about one thing — experimenting with drugs does come at a cost. Either it’ll cost the deep-pocketed drug companies a few bucks, or it’ll cost you your health.

So which one would you choose? How about God’s Medicine, which is all natural and will not harm you, that is the one for me.

Until next time,  Stay Healthy!

Dr. Jimmy Steger

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What Types of Chronic Pain Disorders Respond to a Mind-Body Approach?

By Michael Amendolara, MD

A mind-body approach works great for many forms of chronic pain. In fact, it works much better than any other traditional or non-traditional methods to get rid of chronic musculoskeletal (physical pain). This is because most types of chronic physical pain are caused not by physical/structural abnormalities like herniated or bulging discs. Rather, they are usually caused by stress, tension and repressed emotions. A mind-body therapy approach helps the patient reverse the process of emotions leading to physical pain using simple but powerful mental and emotional techniques.

So what does this work for? The disorders most commonly treated with a mind body approach include chronic neck and back pain (upper & lower back). This includes cases where people have things like bulging discs, herniated discs, facet disorders, spinal stenosis and arthritis of the spine.

Mind-body approaches also work great for Fibromyalgia even though the common belief in the medical community is that fibromyalgia is not curable. The great thing about a mind-body approach for any form of chronic pain including fibromyalgia is that the symptoms almost always are eliminated completely and permanently.

Chronic tendonitis also responds great to this approach. This includes rotator cuff tendonitis, achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow and others.

Other pain disorders that respond well include TMJ pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, chronic whiplash and chronic headaches like migraine and tension headaches.

There are too many others to mention here but for more information go to: www.FreedomNowMD.com

Is the Herniated Disc Really the Cause of My Pain?

By Michael Amendolara, MD

Herniated discs are very common these days. It seems like everyone has had one! So many of my friends, acquaintances and patients have pain that has been attributed to herniated discs. People have neck pain or back pain. Some have pain going down their arms or legs (like sciatica). They often have numbness, tingling or weakness of the arm/hand or leg/foot. For some people, the pain goes away pretty quickly but for many the pain can last for years or even decades.

People try all sorts of therapies for pain attributed to herniated discs with varying levels of success. But the common theme in most cases is that the pain doesn’t go away completely. It’s pretty rare for the pain and other symptoms to go away completely or permanently with most types of treatment.

The reason for this is that, most of the time, the pain is not really being caused by the herniated disc! This is why so many types of treatment fail to solve the problem. Medications, pain injections, chiropractic, even surgery often fall short. This is because they don’t treat the real underlying cause of the pain. Usually the herniated disc is not the cause of the pain. The disc herniation is really there…discs really do herniated – we can see this clearly on MRI studies. But that doesn’t mean that the herniation is what’s really causing the pain. In most cases, it’s just an incidental finding that occurs as a normal part of aging but it’s rare for a herniated disc to cause chronic pain. In fact, herniated discs only cause chronic pain about 3% of the time! That means if your doctor has told you that a herniated disc is causing your chronic pain there is a 97% chance that that is incorrect.

There have been quite a few good medical studies that show that if you take a bunch of people with no history of back pain and do MRI’s of their backs about 66% (two thirds) have bulging and/or herniated discs….but no pain! So, if all these people are walking around with disc herniations and no pain then they certainly can’t usually be the cause of the pain. And they’re not. The real cause of the pain has to do with stress, tension and repressed emotions – the true cause of many forms of chronic pain including neck and back pain.

So, if you have back or neck pain and have been diagnosed with a herniated disc there’s about a 97% chance that you can heal your pain completely without having to do anything to fix the disc herniation. People do this all the time using mind-body techniques. They quickly and permanently get rid of back and neck pain using simple but powerful mental/emotional techniques without needing any treatment for the herniated disc that they thought was causing their pain.

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Is Fibromyalgia Really Incurable?

By: Michael Amendolara, MD

I know a lot of people who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It’s a horrible disorder. People with fibromyalgia are in a lot of pain and have very difficult lives in a lot of ways. They usually suffer from severe chronic fatigue in addition to the pain and have something called fibrofog – difficulty concentrating and thinking. The pain itself is usually all over their bodies – it can be in the neck, back, hips, knees, shoulders, legs – typically many areas at the same time. It’s very difficult to live with that much pain and the pain and fatigue makes it very difficult to function. Every patient or friend I’ve met so far with fibromyalgia has eventually ended up on permanent disability because their pain and fatigue makes it impossible for them to function well enough to work. It’s sad.

Ask almost any doctor right now what causes fibromyalgia and if it’s curable and the answers will be – “we don’t know the cause yet” and “as of right now, there is no cure”. This is what we medical professionals have been taught and the results of the most up to date mainstream medical research. But I have great news for anyone with fibromyalgia…mainstream medical science is WRONG! We DO know what causes fibromyalgia and we CAN cure it!

So, why do I totally disagree with mainstream medical science about the cause and curability of fibromyalgia? Because mainstream science only looks at disease in terms of physical abnormalities or chemical or biochemical abnormalities. They don’t consider the patient’s mind and emotions when looking for the cause of a disease or disorder. Those of us who believe in and understand mind-body medicine know that many many disorders and especially chronic pain syndromes stem from the mind-body connection. This is something that mainstream medicine and doctors are very reluctant to look at. But it has the answers for something like fibromyalgia.

Many chronic pain disorders like fibromyalgia, low back pain, neck pain, tendonitis and chronic headaches all have something in common… the root cause of the pain starts in the mind with stress, tension and repressed emotions. These lead to physical changes in the body that lead to pain. So, address the root cause of the pain (the stress, tension and repressed emotions) and you can eliminate the pain completely and very quickly. And this works amazingly well for fibromyalgia. So far, at least hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people with fibromyalgia have learned how to reverse this psychophysical syndrome of emotions leading to pain, and every single one of them has permanently and completely eliminated their fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms.

This is great news for anyone with fibromyalgia! Despite what mainstream medicine says, you can be completely and permanently healed of fibromyalgia quickly and easily using a mind-body approach.

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