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Source: How And When To Be Your Own Doctor
I see a lot of spiritually-induced physical illness in my practice.
Maybe more than my share. Maybe its karmic; it tends to find me
because I understand it. And it comes up my driveway because people
who have it often become doctor shoppers, and seek out a naturopath
as a last resort after exhausting everything that modern medical
science has to offer. I have had large numbers of undiagnosable
people that suffer greatly but who medical doctors can find nothing
wrong with and label psychosomatic. I have also repaired people
given specific medical diagnoses that standard physical remedies
cannot make better.
In most of these cases, the physical illness is secondary to, is an
overlay of a more fundamental spiritual cause. On this type of case
there are inevitably severe problems connected with close friends,
relatives and business associates. The sick person inevitably blames
the friends, relatives and business associates and takes no
responsibility. The problems seem unresolvable. When I probe deeply
enough into these problems, I begin to discover the real infection
below. The sick person, so fond of complaining about all the
terrible things done to them by the people they have or have had
problems with, or sometimes, so proud of not complaining about all
the terrible things done to them. Actually, almost inevitably this
person has committed a huge mass of secret crimes, viciousness and
betrayals, rarely indictable felonious acts, but crimes none the
less, disreputable deeds that must be kept secret.
These deeds are always completely justified; the sick person always
claims to have been right for having done them and it is next to
impossible for me as a therapist to get them to take responsibility
for their sins. But at the deep, center of almost all people is an
honest, decent soul that knows what it has really done and feels
guilty and judges itself. That is why it says in the Bible, 'judge
not, lest you be judged'. It is not the judgment of the Deity we
have so much to fear; we are own worst judge, jury, and executioner,
and eventually extract from ourselves full payment with compound
interest for all harmful acts.
People frequently punish themselves with severe, incapacitating
illness or even death. A spiritual illness will not respond very
well to physical treatment until the spiritual malaise's is
resolved. This case has to find enough courage to become honest with
themselves, to admit their deeds in all their disgusting detail and
then to make amends, or if amends are not possible, to at least
cease and desist. They have to take personal responsibly for what
they really are being and what they have really done and most
importantly, accept that they are responsible for creating their own
illness. It is not a virus, a cancer cell or something that just
fell out of the universe and struck them, innocent victims that they
are. They have made their illness and only they can uncreate it.
Unfortunately, few people who have spent a lifetime indulging
themselves in this degree of irresponsibility have the integrity to
change. This is a tough case. Especially so because they think they
are physically ill, they did not come to me to be defined as a
"mental" case and tend to reject such approaches.
There is no shortage of additional degenerative conditions that I
could describe. There are eating disorders, shingles, skin problems,
kidney disease, Alzheimer's, senility, mental illness, addictions,
chronic fatigue syndrome, aids. There's macular degeneration, carpal
tunnel syndrome, chronic ear infections (especially in children),
tonsillitis, bronchitis, pancreatitis, cystitis, urethritis,
prostatitis, colitis, sinusitis, osteomyelitis and a dozen other
itises, including appendicitis. There's algias (itises of the
nerves): neuralgia, fibromyalgia. There's ism's (really itises of
the muscles). There are 'onias like pneumonia; omas like carcinoma,
melanoma and lymphoma.
I could (but won't) write a page or two on every one of these
conditions and turn this book into an encyclopedia. After twenty
five years of practice, there is little I have not seen. Or helped a
body repair. Generally, everyone of those following pages I'm not
going to bother to write would repeat the same message. That the
medical profession has little understanding of the real causes or
cures of disease; that the world is full of unnecessary suffering;
that there are simple, painless, effective, harmless approaches to
eliminating most of the ailments of mankind except the ultimate
ailment, old age, the thing that takes us all eventually; that
essentially all the diseases resolve from the same approach.
But I have already explained the theoretical basis of natural
hygiene, the key role of toxemia, enervation, constipation, the
essentials of good diet, fasting and colon cleansing, the importance
of regular exercise, and the rational for vitamin supplementation. I
have revealed a lot of the secrets in my bag of tricks, like my
favorite herbs, poultices and wheat grass.
What concerns me most about medicine today is that there seems to be
ever fewer hygienists practicing. The young holistic practitioner is
overwhelmed with confusing data and approaches and is increasingly
less able to discern what is really important and what is
distraction, and is increasingly intimidated by the AMA, made
fearful of accepting people with serious conditions. Too many young
practitioners become ideologues, clinging to the rightness of a
single rigid discipline, missing the truths that exist in other
approaches and worse, missing the limitations that exist in their
own personal healing methods.
The current concern about the cost of medical care and resorting to
government-run insurance programs and regulations will do little or
nothing to reverse the trend to more and more sickness that costs
more and more to treat. The root causes of our current crisis are
two fold. One, our food, just as it comes off the farm, is getting
ever worse. This is not even recognized as a problem. After we
process it for an industrial food distribution system, much
nutrition is lost too. This is barely recognized as a problem. Until
we are better nourished, we will be ever sicker and each generation
will become a degeneration. Secondly, our society is suffering from
all the evils of monopoly medicine. This is barely recognized. The
AMA has a stranglehold on the sick. There is no effective
competition for its methods. Alternatives are suppressed. In my
version of a better world, if anyone that wanted to could hang out a
shingle and offer to diagnose, treat and cure disease, a few quacks
would really hurt a few people. But many genuine therapies would
appear and the public would be exposed to workable alternatives. If
anyone that wanted to market it could put a label on a bottle of
pills, power or tincture that said its contents would heal or cure
disease, yes, a few people would be poisoned. And a few would die
needlessly by failing to get the right treatment. But on the
positive side, all this liberty would result in countless new
therapies being rediscovered and many new uses for existing
substances would appear.
Fundamentally, this is the issue of liberty. I believe it is better
to allow choice and options, to permit the dangers that go with
liberty to exist. And to allow unfortunate outcomes to occur without
intervention into individual lack of intelligence and
irresponsibilities. The opposite is our current path--an attempt to
regulate and control away all dangers. But this overcontrol results
in institutionalized violence and cruelty, inefficiency that is not
checked or exposed by the bright light of a better way. As Churchill
said, 'democracy is the worst form of government there is--except for
all the others.' What he meant is that we must accept that this is
an imperfect world. The best this planet can be is when it is at its
freest, when restrictions are minimized and when people are allowed
to make their own choices, be responsible for their own outcomes and
experience the consequences of their own stupidities.
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