Modern medicine was really started by the wealthy Rockefeller family. They began to fund the first medical schools; they began to fund our early health care centers; and they began to fund the first medical research. However, there was a catch with their funding of medical research. That research had to be focused on those conditions that needed pharmaceutical-based treatment. The Rockefeller family wanted to improve the country’s health, but they also wanted a return on their financial investment because they were investing money in several pharmaceutical companies.
I am recounting this history because it has led to our current health care system, which is largely pharmaceutically driven. Our medical health care system has sold the public on the belief that drugs cure illnesses – and that drugs should be the primary treatment for medical conditions. Unfortunately, there is a hidden truth. The health care systems around the world are not creating better health. Instead, they are financially draining many countries, including our own. We have a sick care system that is ineffective and extremely expensive. Our country will not have a successful health care system until we establish a focus on a self-care system.
With this blog, I want to emphasize that there are many pathways to healing yourself that do not involve another trip to the physician or adding another pill to your stack of multiple pharmaceutical medications. I also want to highlight that you need to consider the possibility of other nontraditional options. Statistics show that the average American, at age 50, is worth around $167,000; and statistics show that the average American can expect to spend over $300,000 on health care from age 50 to death. Worse, studies show that over 50% of baby boomers go bankrupt because of medical illnesses and subsequent health care costs, which cannot be met, draining them of their remaining finances.
At the same time, let me highlight that 80% of our current illnesses are related to lifestyle choices. So, we have more control – than most of us realize – on both preventing our most common physical illnesses and also healing those illnesses without costly drugs. In previous blogs I have emphasized the role of a healthy eating style in creating health and enhancing healing, but let me move beyond that focus to other issues. Too often we are so stressed by life that we do not allow our bodies to self-heal. Studies show that our emotional state plays a significant role in the body’s ability to self-heal. Studies also show that our spiritual state plays an equal crucial role in our body’s ability to self-heal.
There are additional studies that show our body heals 50% faster when we have positive belief systems. Studies also show that our body heals much faster when we connect with God on a regular basis. For some people that means attending church or synagogue or temple. For other people that just means a walk in nature with a feeling of connecting with God. For many people, healing improves with acts of giving and sharing. (Listen to my teleseminar course through the connection in the Friday Finds section or through the connection in the teleseminar section of this web site). Acts of giving, acts of sharing, and acts of friendships dramatically change the physiology within your body, activating your immune system, heightening the body’s ability to self-heal. People with friends heal quicker and live longer than individuals who are disconnected. So, your emotional state, spiritual state, and level of connectedness are all valuable in the self-healing process.
Healing does not always need to go through the traditional, costly medical channels. Significant healing can occur through the services like chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy, and even massage therapy. Acupuncture, for example, has been around for 2000 years, slowly refining its practices by assessing what works and what does not work. In 100 years, I suspect that acupuncture will still be following many of the exact same principles. But I cannot make the same predictions about our current medications. In 100 years, I suspect most of them will have been replaced. Many medications are not successful or cost effective; and many of these medications have hidden side effects, yet to be discovered.
I am asking you to go against the early teachings of the French scientist, Rene Descartes, who preached the separation of the body and the mind. That artificial separation led to the development of psychiatry; and psychiatry has morphed into another fraction of the pharmaceutical industry. I want you to believe in the synergy between the body – mind – spirit. If you can activate all three components in a positive manner, spending equal energy to maintain their positive healing power, you have the chance to create unexpected healing. Ask any physician. They can all relate examples of miraculous healing. From my perspective, those miracles happen when patients who have fused body – mind – spirit into one positive force.
My positive is simple: healing and miracles occur from the inside out – with you at the control. Better yet, I think self-healing can occur even with the serious illnesses like cancer or heart disease or diabetes or arthritis. As the starting point to this two-part discussion, here’s what I suggest. Pay attention to which foods improve your sense of well-being. Pay equal attention to which physical activities improve your sense of well-being. Combine that awareness with positive thoughts, positive beliefs, positive emotions, and prayer (or your own special connection with God through any pathway of your choice). At the same time try to decrease your stress with more meditation or more periods of “pause” (where you step back from life’s demands). Give yourself time to connect the body – mind – spirit continuum. Give yourself time to visualize improved health. Then give those forces a chance to work toward improved health.
How do we accomplish that goal? Stay tuned for Part II.