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The use of visualisation techniques has played a part in treating disease from early times and in therapies from all over the world. The technique has been ‘rediscovered’ in recent times and is often used in conjunction with a number of other therapies to aid the natural healing process as well as to create a positive self-image.
During the 1920s Edmund Jacobson observed that a subject visualising himself running experienced involuntary twitches in the muscles of his legs. The link between mind and body was used by a Texan oncologist, Carl Simonton, and his wife Stephanie, to develop a treatment for cancer patients based on visualisation. Dr Simonton first tried out his treatment on a 61-year-old man with extensive throat cancer who could not eat and had lost an enormous amount of weight. The man agreed to co-operate in his own treatment by relaxing three times a day, mentally picturing his disease and an army of white blood cells attacking and overcoming the cancer cells. He also visualised his radiation therapy and the interaction of his body with the treatment. Within two weeks the man was rapidly gaining weight and his cancer had diminished noticeably. He continued his radiation therapy and was able to go fishing every day while undergoing it. Visualising himself as well, with a bright future, the patient was able to overcome the morbid depression which often characterises advanced cancer patients. He went on to get over arthritis, from which he had suffered for many years, and to become sexually active, after 20 years of impotence. His cancer remained completely in remission.
Visualisation therapy is now a popular alternative treatment which is used alongside more orthodox treatments for cancer. It is also used to treat a variety of other conditions. Resistance to illness in old age is believed to be enhanced by visualisations of a future in which you are healthy, happy, loving and hopeful. Asthma, heart disorders and phobias are also believed to be responsive to visualisation techniques, and some people have found it an effective technique for pain relief. Breathing and relaxation exercises are often enhanced by the use of visualisation.
This technique is taught and used by a range of different practitioners, including psychotherapists, hypnotherapists and sometimes by doctors, but you will have to rely on a personal referral to find a therapist.
Osteoporosis or ‘brittle bone disease’ is caused by calcium leaching from our bones, leaving them weak and prone to fractures. It can occur in both men and women but women are much more vulnerable to it, partly because they tend to have less bone mass in the first place but mostly because the female hormone oestrogen plays in an important role in the body’s ability to use and retain calcium. Loss of calcium from the bones begins around 30 years of age and increases dramatically when the body stops producing oestrogen after menopause.
You are most at risk if you are white, slim and small-boned; if your menopause is early; or if your mother or grandmother suffered from the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid problems and certain asthma drugs are other risk factors, and caffeine, nicotine and alcohol all accelerate loss of bone mass.
Because it replaces the oestrogen in the body after menopause, hormone replacement therapy can protect you against osteoporosis.
But prevention is better than cure. It is important to make sure you include plenty of calcium in your diet throughout life, not just at menopause, along with vitamin D to aid absorption. 700-1000mg of calcium daily is recommended before menopause and 1000-1500mg after.
Recently, it is been proposed that Vitamin K may play a role in preventing osteoporosis, and it may be a good idea to include foods rich in this vitamin in your diet — turnips, greens, broccoli, cabbage, liver and cereals. The trace element boron may also help the body avoid loss of bone mass; it is found in apples, pears, grapes, leafy vegetables, pulses and nuts.
A high intake of protein, particularly animal protein, may make the problem worse, so cutting down on meat after menopause at the same time as eating more vegetables and cereals is probably wise.
Gentle weight-bearing exercise will help strengthen and thicken your bones; you don’t have to run or jog — just walking will do, and T’ai chi is another possibility. Exercising throughout your life is the most effective strategy, but it’s never too late to start. One study of women aged 65 to 69 found that those who exercised for half an hour a day three times a week over three years increased the bone mass of their arms by 4.3%, compared with a 2.5% loss in a control group. Before you start a new exercise regimen, it’s a good idea to consult a health practitioner, especially if you already suffer from osteoporosis or heart problems.
The purity of the physical body frees enormous resources of the mind. If properly directed, such resources could be used to acquire many natural skills considered miraculous or supernatural by normal people.
Creating matter by a pure thought, flying around the galaxy and the Universe in your various astral bodies, being consciously present at several locations at any one time, learning anything at all instantly in complete silence, understanding all languages by direct telepathy, are just a few primitive examples of what is possible. There are no limits to our spiritual development. It is only a question of time and our own free will.
However, when our physical bodies are poisoned, your “house” is on fire. Most of the resources of the mind are simply not available. We are forced to crawl spiritually.
Frequently we add to our misery by engaging our mind in developing fear, anxiety, stress, envy and other totally useless activities, thereby preventing any residual resources of the mind to be brought into a useful action.
Fortunately, from time to time, our higher mind gives us a chance or a hint, on how to improve your situation. Just in case we are ready to learn. The fact that you are reading this book is just one example. (It is a sad fact, that most people just do not listen and do not want to learn. They criticise and doubt everything and everyone, except their own ignorance. They do not see, that they have a lot to learn).
Note, that it is actually your mind, which makes a decision to initiate purification of your body as well as itself. It does it actually for itself. You make it for yourself. During the process of purification of the body, you will feel great. You will find, that your mind is sharp and your intelligence increased. Any creative work or study will be much easier. By maintaining the purity of the body, you will be able to attain new levels of understanding, gain new skills and knowledge with very little effort. You will see your life and its purpose in a wonderful new perspective.
You can greatly assist the purification of the body, by trying to encourage certain states of the mind and avoid others. Purification of your mind (thoughts) can be as important as physical detoxification, since it is your mind at all levels which ultimately controls every function of your body. Again, the subject is quite extensive, so I will give you only the basic information and advice here.
The liver, the largest detoxicating organ in the body, has its place at 37′-40′ in the sixth minor zone of the right iris. The gall-bladder, which is both anatomically and physiologically connected to the liver, has its place at approximately 39′ in the fourth minor zone, and in any case in the right iris only.
1. Liver-disturbances-Inflammatory states of the liver register as white or yellowish clouds or wisps in the specified area. In the inflamed state, the liver is swollen as the result of congestion, which is indicated by the displacement of the iris-wreath towards the pupil, and also by the inwardly depressed nerve rings if these exist. At the same location may be seen the small arteries of the sclera, which when apparent, always indicate the existence of an inflammatory disturbance of the organ in the area to which they run.
Where there are inflammation signs in the liver area, one must very carefully consider whether the white signs (clouds or wisps) are present only in the liver area, or whether they are merely part of the total sign commencing at the iris-wreath and extending over the gall ducts to the liver area. In the first case the disorder concerns the liver only, and is due to a disturbance of the detoxicating function of the liver which becomes charged with blood from the organism. In the second case the disturbance arises from a disorder of the duodenum (usually ulcerated), and because of the extending inflammation, leads to gall stasis and inflammation of the gall ducts and liver. Here, therapeutics must first be directed to the duodenal disorder.
Where there are inflammatory processes affecting the liver, and hence a lighter colour in the liver area, there will also be seen signs in the area for spleen—left iris 20′. xlpharmacy.com With such liver disturbances the patient complains of severe flatulence, and signs for this will be seen in the intestinal zone.
Much more often, the sign of inflammation is seen as a darkening of the liver area, and this indicates diminished liver function, leading to more or less severe metabolic disturbances. With this sign, there is usually found a very dark neurasthenic ring, as an indication of portal congestion.
Small dark spots in the liver area are signs of sclerosis, and enable one to diagnose a commencing hepatic cirrhosis. The greater is the darkening of the liver area, the greater is the disturbance of liver function.
Let us take an example of the involuntary abuse of our body.
Suppose your water supply contains a poison which has no taste in low concentration (eg. fluoride). Your body has a limited capacity to metabolise, neutralise and excrete such a toxic poison. In the first few years it copes very well. But the intake of the poison gradually exceeds the capacity of the body to expel it. So the poison accumulates somewhere in your body, in your bones and joints for example. When the concentration of this poison exceeds a certain limit, perhaps after 10-20 years of drinking such water, you may develop symptoms of arthritis. The actual delay as well as symptoms may vary, depending on your lifestyle, diet etc..
Now imagine, that your diet contains an unknown number of mysterious ingredients.
Your body tries to cope. It never lets you down, if it is at all possible. It tries to metabolise and excrete everything , but unfortunately you take some more toxins in with your next meal. Unable to free itself from all unwanted substances, the body temporarily deposits some of these substances in various forms and in various organs around your body in the hope, that conditions for their disposal may arise later.
However, you do not know and do not care about creating such conditions. Temporary deposits become permanent and continue to grow. If the deposits are not toxic enough to actually kill you immediately, depending on a number of conditions :
you can become overweight and/or
your body enters a state of “healing crisis” – simply
speaking you develop a disease and/or
your body begins to age quickly – the rate of damage is accelerated
Note, that the conclusion we reached by examining the natural functions of our body is that the development of diseases in the body is a direct consequence of diet, the fact that Medical science started admitting only recently.
We also found how we can tell that we are eating the wrong diet. Our body from time to time enters into an uncomfortable state of “healing crisis” (commonly known as “disease”) trying to communicate to our conscious mind that it cannot cope any more and we should change our ways.
We have also determined how to tell if we are eating too much. We simply become overweight.
Note, that in each case analysed above there was a significant delay between our actions and their consequences to our health.
People have been curing themselves in various ways for many thousands of years. Over this time, some techniques have proved to be quite effective and popular. Almost every civilisation in the past had its own selection of best medical practices. We are very fortunate today, that some of this information is still available and we can take advantage of the accumulated wisdom of many generations of talented and enlightened people.
Please let me point out, that the original principles of orthodox medicine essentially support the view, that the patients should be able to seek another opinion.
A growing number of people, especially when confronted with a diagnosis of a disease considered “incurable” by orthodox medicine (such as advanced cancer for example) turn to alternative forms of treatments, which were proven through centuries. To the surprise of orthodox doctors, many of such patients succeed in greatly improving their state of health and surviving for many years, against all predictions and expectations based upon medical statistics.
The alternative techniques include, among others :
• Herbal therapies
• Nutrition and diet
• Fasting (an extreme form of diet)
• Ayurvedic (ancient Indian) therapies
• Spiritual healers
• Oxygen and ozone therapies
• Meditation and relaxation therapies
• Radionics and electro-magnetic therapies
• Going to famous mineral springs in the mountains (Lourdes in France for example), drinking the water and bathing in it.
• removing some blood from the body
• going to bed and inducing sweating
• taking sauna
This list is probably not complete, but nevertheless, just by taking a look at it, it is hard not to notice the extreme diversity of healing techniques. They range from purely physical methods concentrating on the physical body (herbs, diet, oxygen, massage, physiotherapy etc.) to purely spiritual methods, totally ignoring the physical body (spiritual healing, meditation etc.). Several techniques (Acupuncture, Ayurveda) combine the extraordinary accurate and detailed knowledge of both the mind and the body.
To me, the most striking is the absence of surgery. I think, there is a reason for it. The design of our body is actually perfect. The mind-body system as a whole has been designed to function perfectly, to defend itself against disease, and to rebuild any damaged parts for as long as we wish. Our wise ancestors did not try to improve the design by removing or changing parts.
Previous chapters in this book provided quite some criticism of the practices of conventional medicine.
The indisputable progress in many areas of medical and other related sciences was yet to be mentioned. This would include among others: the life saving emergency treatments, technology and instrumentation for chemical and biological analysis and the breathtaking progress on the frontiers of “mind-body” medicine.
Deepak Chopra, MD, a pioneer of modern mind-body medicine, is the author of numerous inspiring and mind-bending books, which are listed in the References. In his books,* he illustrates the process of mind and body interaction drawing up on many clinical examples as well as research results from medical science and modern quantum physics. He has met and continues to meet with the considerable opposition from his colleagues – conservative medical scientists, who insist that they should see everything under their microscopes to believe it. Deepak Chopra points out, that medical sciences simply ignore monumental advances made in other sciences, mainly in the Quantum Physics.
Not only do microscopes have limited resolution, and the visible bandwidth of light is extremely narrow (0.4-0.7 micrometers), but even if we could separately look at each molecule, atom or an elementary particle – there is exactly nothing to look at ! Physicists have found quite a long time ago, that any elementary particle or atom is just a form of energy, oscillating in some state of equilibrium, and therefore it is essentially 99.999 % empty space. We can see, detect or sense the matter composed from such atoms, only because their energy interacts with us as observers, ie. for example reflects light that is visible to us. On that level of understanding, even physicists agree, that there is essentially no difference between thought and matter. Thought can become matter and matter can become a thought. Deepak Chopra gives some stunning examples of such transformations not from the mysterious ancient past, but from within contemporary India.
If you need more explanation from the modern Quantum Physics point of view, and do not feel an expert in physics, please read an excellent book “Superforce”, by Paul Davies, listed in the References. Paul Davies is a respected professor of physics, and he does a wonderful job of explaining achievements of modern physics to non-experts. It is really worth the effort to read his book.
5. The Mouth-Hand line. If a line is now drawn midway between the nose and throat lines in the upper medial quadrant, continuing to the outer iris margin between the neck and diaphragm lines in the lower lateral quadrant, we produce a connection between the mouth area in the upper medial quadrant, and the hand area in the lower lateral quadrant. This line is called the
Mouth-Hand line, also Nutrition line. Registrations in this location signify that the patient suffers nutritional defects. These patients will not change their eating habits. If this line shows in the right iris, it suggests that the ancestors suffered from diseases of the stomach. If in the left iris, then the patient has always eaten that which he is unable to digest.
6. The Forehead-Ovary line. If commencing with the forehead boundary in the upper medial quadrant, which lies midway between the Vertex and Nose lines, a line is projected to the margin of the lower lateral quadrant between the Foot and Diaphragm lines, we have the
Forehead-Ovary line. Registration of the line indicates disturbance of sex life with effects upon the brain, in this case the emotional nature. Women with ovary signs and short stubby finger nails have much head pain, and also usually have many children.
7. The Cerebellum-Uterus line Cerebellum-Rectum line. A line drawn in the right iris from the margin between the Vertex and Ear lines, through the upper lateral quadrant, commences with the Cerebellum. In the lower medial quadrant the line runs midway between the Foot and Bladder lines to the area for uterus. If there are registrations of this line in the right iris, then the patients are noisy and incline to hysteria. Vertex headaches are then predominant.
In the left iris we have the Cerebellum-Rectum line, which as the name implies, does not run to the uterus area but to that for the rectum and anus. Registration of this line suggests conditions terminating in hypochondria. Such patients are quiet, and have little to say.
8. The Axilla-Loin line. This line is drawn midway between the Ear and Neck lines through the upper lateral quadrant. Here we have the area for axilla and clavicle. In the lower medial quadrant the line is drawn midway between the Bladder and Throat lines, and so demarcates the area for Loins. This line is the Axilla-Loin line, or Endurance line. Patients showing this line are very sensitive. One must not demand too much of such patients. They can neither bear nor endure much.
Also known as ‘change of life’, menopause is the ending of the menstrual or reproductive cycle in women. It most commonly takes place in women between the ages of 45 and 55. Some stop menstruating suddenly, others experience irregular periods for several years before menstruation ceases altogether.
While menopause is a natural stage of life, there are many problems commonly associated with it, mostly the result of diminishing levels of the female hormone, oestrogen. Some women are troubled by hot flushes, excessive bleeding, vaginal dryness, nervous disorders and depression during the transitional period.
Because the adrenal glands take over some of the functions of the ovaries at this time and produce oestrogen, the proper function of these glands is important for keeping the uncomfortable symptoms to a mimimum. Vitamins B5, C and E, as well as zinc, all boost adrenal activity. The group of compounds known as bioflavonoids may also help during this time to ease both physical and emotional discomfort. Related to Vitamin C, they assist with its absorption and proper functioning in the body. One good source is the pith of citrus fruits but they are also found in vegetables, particularly onions, and in ordinary tea.
All women should exercise regularly and eat a high proportion of raw foods. For hot flushing, take the herb dong quai which possesses the ability to balance hormone levels. This herb is being used by Western women as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
Recent research indicates that dong quai, a rich source of both Vitamins E and B12 may also be helpful in the treatment of anaemia and in controlling cholesterol buildup in blood vessels. A naturopath can advise you on the correct dose for your needs.
Avoid the common trap of resorting to tranquillisers to combat depression. Instead try lifestyle changes to lift your mood or learn relaxation techniques to ease anxiety. Active women appear to suffer much less from depression around this time of life. The inclusion of oats in the diet can also help alleviate mild depression.
One of the greatest risks associated with menopause is the gradual loss of bone mass. This condition is known as osteoporosis and can result in fragile bones which fracture easily. Throughout adult life, women should take care to keep their calcium intake high and calcium supplements taken during and after menopause may help.