Sickness Addiction, Maybe the Worst Addiction of All

A few years ago, at the beginning of a summer, I started working with someone who had been diagnosed with als and was using a motorized wheelchair to get around for the most part. We put some serious energy into getting her healthier, and toward the end of the summer she told me she had good news for me. She had gotten up from that wheelchair and walked around for, get this, an hour straight. Oh how much better she felt.

That was pretty much the last I heard from her.

Huh? Wasn’t she pleased? You would think she would be excited to keep going and get even healthier.

While I was surprised at the time, I am no longer perplexed by things like this. I know the deal. Sickness addiction put her right back in that chair and is keeping her there.

What do I mean?

Check this out. It turns out that right about that time, a group of people in her community had come together to give her, yep give her, a house, renovated to accommodate a wheelchair. Wow. What if she no longer needed the wheelchair? How would that have all worked out?

She also has projects going on, some of which are closely related to her being sick. What if she were no longer sick? What would happen to her bucket list of things to do before she died? What would happen with all the other things that to some degree revolve around her being sick.

So she was stuck sick, and still is, as far as I am aware.

I have seen this type of thing countless times and it is a huge theme in healing and has been a huge surprise for me.

When I got into helping people heal, I figured some people would be skeptical and others, such as people with medical degrees, would feel threatened by it. I was not ready for how stuck people are being sick. That’s maybe the biggest obstacle to healing of all. Sickness is so deeply integrated into people’s lifestyles, into their images of themselves, into everything they have going on, that getting healthy is the last thing they are ready to do.

Being sick can catalyze improvement in people’s lives, such as improving relationships with family members or changing for the better what they find worth focusing on. People who are ill get involved in causes and do other things they never did when they were healthier. People who are sick even get called heroes, just because they stay positive in the face of it all. For these and other reasons, being sick can have a very powerful allure.

Yes they march for cures, and speak before congress, and donate to research, and volunteer for clinical trials, and travel far to get treatment not available locally. Yes, they and their families are truly devastated by the consequences of illness.

Still, when you get right down to it, what’s really keeping people sick, when in reality their are plenty of ways available for them to get healthy, is their own addiction to sickness and all that comes with it. Sure, using drugs can harm your body. Sure, smoking has its damaging effects. Sure, gambling can be horrible on your finances and blood pressure. Still, the addiction that does the most to make and keep people sick is addiction to sickness itself.

The ALS “False Hope” Thing – One Spouse’s Strong Opinion

Soon after I started working with people to help them solve als, I did a presentation to the care team at a nearby ALS Association Chapter.

I told them about what I have going on and how it is all positive and has essentially no negative side effects and costs little to implement. So really, giving it a shot would be a no brainer.

While some of them were interested, the consensus was that they were rather reluctant to say anything about it to people experiencing als because, among other things, they were concerned about giving people “false hope”.

Since then I have heard this false hope thing repeated over and over.

What is this thing with false hope? I mean it seems something along the lines of disrespectful to withhold information from people, as if they are so weak and pathetic that they cannot handle ideas or make decisions for themselves. Beyond that, the message people are given, the story about als being somehow so called “100% fatal” is not even correct.

I suspect this same false hope thing goes on with problems other than als and, while maybe people feel that they are helping somehow, it can go too far and often tends to be just wrong.

The following are excerpts from an email message I received from someone whose spouse has been diagnosed with als and who has experienced the no “false hope” approach. Her frank response to it hammers the point home rather well.

I keep hearing people defending the doctors and it amazes me.
I hear over and over the doctors don’t want to give us FALSE hopes.
In our situation ANY hope is welcome.
To tell us there is NO hope is irresponsible!!

IT’s proven that positive thinking improves health, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Spontaneous remissions happen.  They don’t tell us that.
To purposely repeatedly plunge us into despair is torture and torture is illegal.

Massage is proven to help with discomfort, increases circulation and promotes healing but they don’t provide anything but a PT to show you how to stretch.

There are people alive! that have had ALS for years that say they have improved their health through holistic means.

What say you and I go kick some Doctor booty – (in a healing loving fashion) and sue their pants off?

By not at least presenting the information the holistic world offers they are promoting a death sentence.  They are lying to us!!!  There by causing emotional distress and possibly unnecessary horrible death.

They should be held responsible for that.

The way the doctors present the diagnosis is horrific!!  It took months for me to get my head back into living instead of dreading dying and I am in the HEALING World.”

“The anti depressants he started on made him so tired he couldn’t move.

They tell you eat all the carbs you want…again making any healthy person sick.

People keep telling me I don’t have time to fight this battle but I hate to think of all the other people who don’t have the mind set or support or education we have.

Enough said.

ALS and the Military – The Higher Incidence Explained

While many are aware that there is a significantly higher incidence of als in people who have served in the military, few are aware of why. The reasons for the higher incidence are not all that complicated though, and by understanding the underpinnings of als and seeing how military service fits into the picture, one can readily grasp how the higher incidence comes about.

Als is a created situation, one where a person consciously and unconsciously makes choices based upon beliefs colored by life experiences and progresses toward a point where the intentions and consequences of those choices come together to create a cascading neurodegeneration. The way the military fits into this is that joining the military can be one of those als creating choices. Joining the military fits into the type of belief system common among people who develop als, it involves a person’s experiencing things which can reinforce the type of conception of reality that typically underlies the creation of als, it involves experiences which themselves can directly contribute to neurodegeneration and it has other psychological effects which can underlie the creation of als in multiple ways.

So, the first thing that comes to bear here is also maybe the most important factor, and it’s not even really about anything that happens in the military. It’s all the about the matchup between the military and what could be called the typical als profile.

Being a problem with psychological, emotional and spiritual underpinnings, als is connected with certain types of personal traits. People who experience als often have experienced some significant emotional trauma during childhood. They often see the world as a place with good guys and bad guys. They tend to be stressed out people seeking to do things they perceive as right while overworking themselves in order to prove themselves, and they tend to deal with life problems by disconnecting or escaping. So what do traumatized, stressed out people who want to do the right thing, prove themselves and escape do? They often join the military as an escape to a venue that seems to involve opportunities to prove themselves by dealing with bad guys and where they can continue to live the type of stressful lives to which they are accustomed. It’s a pretty natural fit.

So that’s a big part of why there is a higher incidence of als in people who have been involved in the military. The lives of people who are on the road to als have a higher than average tendency to include military service.

But that’s not the whole story. Once these people who already were somewhat set up to create als join the military, more happens to make it even more likely that they will experience als.

One of the things that happens is that the experience of military service can reinforce the belief system that already had them headed to als. Believe in a world full of good guys and bad guys? So do many in the military. So your conception will be confirmed by others around you. Been traumatized to the point where you tend to disconnect to deal with things? In the military one can experience even more trauma and so feel even more compelled to disconnect to survive. Have the idea that the world is a stressful place where it is important to prove one’s self? The experience of military service is one that can confirm that conception of things.

So through military service, people who already had a conception of things that would underlie making the types of choices that lead to als can become even more convinced that that conception is accurate. So during and after serving in the military, they will have even more reason to make the types of choices that underlie the creation of als.

Beyond the indirect effect of reinforcing an als creating belief system, military service tends to involve things which can directly contribute to the creation of als.

For one thing, part of what causes als is physical trauma to the system and military service can involve lots of that. People who are in the military get multiple vaccinations, are exposed to all kinds of substances which tend to create harm to their bodies and they experience various kinds other kinds of physical trauma. Even after leaving the military, this physical trauma can continue if some of the substances remain in the person’s system and continue to be involved in the creation of physical problems.

Beyond the physical trauma, people in the military often experience extreme emotional trauma which, if left unhealed, adds to internal stress in some cumulative way.

So here we have these stressed out people who were already traumatized before joining the military and then their choices, including their following their desires to escape, lead them to more trauma and more stress.

Then there is something else.

As I mentioned, part of the reason they join the military is to have opportunities to somehow prove themselves, and on some level maybe some of them accomplish that. At the same time, however, these people who see the world as full of good guys and bad guys have signed up to be part of something that causes death and destruction and on some level, maybe unconsciously, they can become very conflicted. They wonder if they who have been handling weapons and causing destruction are themselves actually bad guys and they can consciously or unconsciously hate themselves for what they have done while in the military. This self hatred can manifest as and contribute to the creation of disease.

A typical thing that happens in people who have served in the military, or on police forces, is that the als degeneration starts in their hands, the hands that held and operated weapons. What has happened is that their inner conflicts, their self hatred, their desires to protect the world from themselves, manifest as illness in a form that renders them incapable of doing these things any more.

Some people start to experience the als neurodegeneration during or soon after military service. In these cases the direct effects of military service, effects such as physical trauma, are probably more significant in the creation of the problem.

For others the neurodegeneration starts long after they have left the military. In these cases, military service is more just one of a cumulative set of  experiences and choices that add up to the creation of als.

So that’s how it works. People who were already set up with ideas and ways that would likely lead to them experience als take themselves further in that direction by joining the military and further traumatizing themselves, affirming the als creating world view and adding to the accumulation of factors and patterns that eventually add up to als.

Getting Beyond the Genes and Disease Myth to Attain Wellness

(This piece is a version of one originally written as part of a post called “Inviting Controversy” on the blog, Making Connections.)

It’s going on all the time, talk about genes and the problems that they supposedly cause and how once a certain gene is discovered and somehow changed, a problem involving a disease may be solved.

The ethics and value of genetic testing are debated and people who carry certain genes live concerned that one day they will experience a particular disease. People who do actually experience disease often feel that they are at the mercy of something they can’t do much about beyond waiting and hoping for development of medical methods that will somehow stop their genes’ hurting them.

There’s just one thing.

Genes do not really cause disease.

Now I can just hear people saying something along the lines of, “Hey. I thought research shows that genes cause disease.”

Actually if you look carefully, you will find that that is not exactly the case.

What people researching genes and disease have found is that some people who carry certain genes sometimes experience certain forms of disease.

More significantly, while genes can be seen to be involved in the creation of problems, genes are not really the underlying cause of the problems. That difference, between being involved and being the cause, is a huge one.

To wrap your mind around this better, it may help you to consider that many different types of cells in a person’s body carry essentially the same genes. Liver cells carry the same genes as brain cells. Blood cells have the same DNA as skin cells. All these cells are different even though they carry the same genetic code. So, while genes are involved in the creation of all these various types of cells, clearly the presence of certain genes is not enough to determine what goes on.

You might point to this to demonstrate that genes cause disease. “Many of my relatives experienced the same form of disease through generation after generation.” Wait though. Do many of your relatives speak the same language? Have many of them in successive generations eaten with a fork? Are these things genetic too? The fact that something runs in a family does not have to mean that genes cause it.

So what does cause disease?

What underlies the creation of disease is the way people operate. Operate one way and you experience one form of disease. Operate another way and you experience another form. Operate another way and you experience better health, and this, ways of operating and living, is the key disease creating thing that gets passed down through generations, or not.

Yes, the upshot of all this is that, by, instead of continuing a family pattern of operating in ways that create disease, operating in ways that create health, anyone can experience wellness.

I’ll use myself as an example. On both sides of my family, people have experienced problems diagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. Am I worried that I may experience that type of thing as well? Not really. I don’t operate as those people did. Another thing that runs in my family is hair loss. Am I losing my hair? Not any more. I changed the way I was operating and my hairline is now moving forward rather than backward. Allergies, solved. Prostate cancer, doubt it. Als, no chance. All these things that others in my family have experienced or are experiencing are not things I am experiencing or likely will.

There is plenty of information available on how disease is created and how to create wellness instead, including my work, the work of Gabor Mate, and the work of people involved in the field of functional medicine such as Dean Ornish. Also, by looking carefully and analytically, you can find the logic to these things yourself. So if you really want to experience wellness, rather than continue a family tradition of disease, my suggestion is that you get to work, learn how this all works and see just how healthy a life you can create.

Let’s Face It. Western Medicine is Way Off Track.

A while ago, a person working with me told me that a doctor had recommended knee replacement surgery. Her knees were not working so well and new knees would be just the ticket. Just one thing. She was way overweight, so overweight that she was worried about him succeeding in dealing with all the fat when performing the surgery. Uh, do ya think maybe before she had her living knees replaced with prosthetics that it might be a good idea to see if the living ones worked better once she lost some weight? Seems rather obvious that that would be a good question and yet somehow it was totally ignored.

Another crazy case I saw involved a person who had gotten his weight up so high that he had not gotten out of bed for years. A doctor recommended surgically altering his digestive tract to help him lose weight. Let me get this straight, a guy who cannot even get out of bed needs surgery to lose weight? Uh, how about if his parents were to just stop supplying him with so much food. There must be some serious psychological issues in that household and using surgery to lose weight just perpetuates the whole thing by changing one factor without dealing with those issues.

This type of slashing at one thing while ignoring huge parts of the picture madness pervades the medical system and the people who use it and the whole system is way off track.

It figures that Barack Obama, a person who only recently quit smoking, somehow jammed the support of this insanity down all of our throats. He is clueless about what it takes to be healthy and now laws have been passed to get everyone else to participate in the same nonsensical system he has bought into.

Lately I have been working with people experiencing the neurodegenerative problem called als. Western medicine has been typically clueless here too. Anyone with two eyes can see that the reason these people are sick is that they have been living in ways that end up killing them. The only thing that is really going to change this for them is their changing the ways they are living. What’s western medicine’s answer to als? They are looking for a medical cure, by doing things like torturing mice by the thousands. Holy moly. Are you serious? The western medicine concept of als is that it is kind of random, that for some reason things in a person’s body sort of spontaneously go haywire. Gimme a break folks. Als is not random and you will never ever solve it as long as you cling to that illusion.

This spontaneous development conception of disease seems to be the common theme with western medicine, one that involves the premise that people have little control over what goes on in their bodies, even in their minds, and that things go wrong on their own and can only be solved by somehow adding ingredients to the mix, pills, surgery, and lately bits of chopped up babies even. None of this is correct and none of it will ever really work. Why? Because none of these things really are random and out of people’s control. People whose bodies fall apart on them are living in ways to make that happen. People whose minds are split, who have difficulty functioning socially or who have other mentally focused issues have created those problems as well. What this means is that basically you can throw all the medication, surgery or bits of babies you want at these problems and they are going to persist as long as the people keep doing what they are doing and living the way they are living.

Kids will keep having learning problems, digestive problems and immune system problems as long as they are stressed out, eat junky food and have parents and teachers that use little common sense in working with them. Drugs are not going to help and using western medicine style medicine is just making things worse for them.

People will keep developing health issues as long as they keep living in basically unhealthy ways. Whether they have been diagnosed with anorexia, autism, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease or dementia, their genes and biology are not the problems. Their ideas and lifestyles are the problems, and western medicine’s coming up with all kinds of nutty genetic and biological theories as to why they are sick is not helping at all.

Until people in medicine see the basic errors they have made, that the foundation of all they do is unsound, they will continue to miss huge parts of the picture and to look for cures for things that neither require cures nor can be cured medically, and as a group in all fields they will continue to be way off track and perpetuate misery. That’s just the way it is.

Like Michael J. Fox, Stuck In A Box

A couple of years ago I contacted the Michael J. Fox Foundation to discuss helping him get healthy. Clearly the so called Parkinson’s disease he is experiencing could be solved using a holistic approach. So far nothing much has come of my contacting them, beyond my seeing advertising for the foundation and marveling at how this guy is surrounded by people who are working hard at doing things that for the most part will never get him healthy.

The story goes on though. The other day, in connection with what I am doing regarding so called als, I talked with someone involved in the als scene who himself has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. After talking with him, just for a kick I did an internet search to see what resources might be out there that would be useful in solving Parkinson’s.

Wow. Within maybe ten minutes, I had found not one, but three websites that have all kinds of information on solving Parkinson’s disease, methods that sound credible to me, a person who knows how these things work, and even ways to contact and get mentoring from people who have solved or are in the process of solving Parkinson’s disease.

So let me get this straight. Michael J. Fox with all his resources and a whole organization, not to mention the guy I had just talked with, are running around looking for a cure for something that plenty of people have already figured out how to solve.

Hmm. Now that sounds familiar.

For one thing, it sounds a whole lot like the als scene, where there is one group going around saying nobody survives and that we need to find a cure, and there is a whole other group of people who are solving the problem for themselves and getting healthier.

I also ran into the same thing in the diabetes scene, where, while on a message board a guy was bashing someone because that person had suggested that diabetes is solvable through lifestyle changes, elsewhere there are people talking about how they have solved their diabetes problems, both type one and type two.

Alzheimer’s, Hungtington’s, similar situations.

Which makes me wonder, maybe for every type of illness there are those lamenting the lack of a so called cure and looking high and low for a magic bullet, and at the same time there are plenty of others who are solving the problem.

So if you are having health problems, ask yourself which group you are going to choose to be in. Are you going to stay in a box, or are you going to take responsibility for your health, get creative about solving problems and attain wellness?

Unnaming the Named to Show Disease for What It Is

When a person has health problems, people often engage in an age old strategy of giving the problems a name, such as autism, or asthma, or diabetes. While it may make sense to give something a name, problems can arise if the name takes on a life of its own in people’s minds. When that happens, when the name given to a problem starts being perceived as somehow the problem itself, then a whole misconception is created and people, acting on the misconception, may start saying and doing all kinds of nutty things.

For instance, a person could be having nerve health problems or memory problems, all of which are just consequences of strategies used and choices made by the person and others around the person. After the problems are named, rather than seeing them as just nerve or memory problems, people often see them as something in a way caused by an entity, a thing that comes with a name, maybe Parkinson’s disease, or Alzheimer’s disease, or als.

Now the whole thing with a name thing can take off and people even talk of being attacked by the thing with the name, as in “als attacks the nervous system” which is not really right at all, as there isn’t really anything attacking the person. Things are just deteriorating as a result of choices being made.

So, to counter any of this going on in your own mind, look at what happens when we replace disease names with a simple back to reality phase like “the consequences of choices made by them and others around them.” Doing this quickly clears things up in a pretty interesting way.

For instance, instead of saying “For fifteen years, she fought lupus”, we would have “For fifteen years, she fought the consequences of choices made by her and others around her.” Has a whole new ring to it.

Instead of saying someone “endured the ravages of als” it could be much clearer to say “he endured the ravages of the consequences of choices made by him and others around him.”

Some strategies for handling problems don’t sound as good after a problem has be unnnamed.

For instance, while maybe it somehow sounds ok if someone is “taking morphine to deal with the pain of cancer”, “taking morphine to deal with the pain of the consequences of choices” sounds rather problematic.

Some ideas start to sound kind of funny.

“They are doing research to find a cure for autism,” becomes “They are doing research to find a cure for the consequences of people’s choices.”

“Scientists wonder if they can develop a vaccine to prevent people’s experiencing als,” becomes “Scientists wonder if they can develop a vaccine to prevent people’s experiencing the consequences of their choices.” Hmm. While vaccines may have some benefits, this sounds as if it would be quite an achievement.

Will genetic or stem cell research really turn out to be the path to finally “creating a world free of the consequences of choices”?

So whenever you hear one of these names, just remember it’s just a name and what is really going on is that somehow choices being made and strategies being used are adding up to what is being experienced. Then what’s going on and what needs to be done to change what’s going on remain clear.

The Fool’s Game, How Using Medication Can Be Just Another Step In Creating Disease

When people experience physical illness one course they often take is using medication to change what is going on. If there is no medication available for dealing with a certain problem, they may work endlessly in search of a medical method to solve the problems they are experiencing.

There’s just one thing.

While medication may have valid uses in facilitating a healing process or in helping a person get some temporary relief, the truth is that one cannot really attain wellness through medical intervention.

This fact can be understood through simple logic.

Disease is always created by people’s living in disease creating ways. Whether the problem is damagingly high blood pressure, inability to process sugar, often called diabetes, raging cellular growth, often called cancer, or some other problem, the reason it is happening is that people are living in such a way as to create the problems they are experiencing.

What this means is that even if they can somehow change the symptoms they are experiencing by using medication, the ways that underlie the creation of the problems can be and likely will still be there, and so the people will continue to create and experience problems.

Another way to put it is this. Do you really believe that one can continue to live in stressed out, disease creating ways and somehow medicate one’s self to health? Clearly that makes little sense.

For instance, over the past few years I have been working with people experiencing the problem often called als. People who experience als do so because they, along with others around them, have been living in such a way as to create this condition. Among other things, people who experience als tend to repress their emotions to an extreme degree, overwhelm themselves by taking on all kinds of things in order to prove themselves and deal with life issues in ways that create building stress. In addition many of their bodies contain high levels of substances commonly involved in the creation of health problems. Even if their physical symptoms could somehow be stabilized by using medication, their ways of handling life could basically remain the same. One cannot live in the ways these people do and be healthy, and you can be sure that even with medication anyone living this way will continue to experience disease in some form.

This brings up an additional issue with using medication.

People who start using medication to handle one problem often find that what happens next is that they experience an even worse problem. In other words, they experience one problem and successfully use medication to block the symptoms of that problem and enable themselves to continue to live in disease creating ways. Then, continuing on the same path, they create something worse.

For instance, a common pattern I have seen is that before experiencing als, some people were experiencing another, less problematic, stress related problem such as high blood pressure and they used medication to keep that issue in check. Then, still stressed and living in non wellness creating ways, they went on to experience als.

While it may be difficult to imagine something worse than als, or scleroderma or other degenerative problems, logic dictates that if a person actually were to use medication to somehow enable himself to keep living in the ways underlying the creation of these problems, the person could or even likely would make things even worse. A person who keeps an aggressively degenerative disease in check with medication could very well experience a new problem, maybe one we have not really seen much before. I have heard of at least one health problem that sounds even worse than any of the ones I mentioned and I suspect there are others. Or things could manifest in another way. For one thing the planet itself is not looking too healthy these days. Maybe the next thing to come after medically blocking the symptoms of something like als or Huntington’s is famine, or nuclear catastrophe, or complete ecosystem breakdown and failure.

If that sounds extreme to you, consider that significant health problems arise out of people making choices that add up to extreme stress. So it is only logical that continuing to make these types of choices is going to add up to even more stress and disease somehow or other, and one way that could happen is through aggravation of the planet wide problems we are already experiencing.

Could there be some valid uses of medication to facilitate a healing process? Maybe. For one thing, maybe it makes sense to use medication to relieve symptoms while people make changes to create lasting improvement. Medication may also help people to handle acute situations like allergic reactions until they learn to handle these problems in other ways.

Still, the key thing to understand is that in general medication and medical and surgical intervention are not really ways to health. To really make things better, one needs to understand and apply healing, issue resolving approaches that create true, sustainable wellness.

Micro Behavior, One Simple Concept That Changes So Much

One of the disease types I have worked on a fair amount is autoimmune disease, especially multiple sclerosis. In situations characterized by autoimmune disease, where a body is attacking itself, a few questions arise. One of them is the question of why this is happening at all. Another is why a treatment works for a while and then becomes less effective over time.

A mechanistic view of things tends to leave both of these questions unanswered. For instance it is very difficult to explain how genes or biology would cause the immune system to attack the nervous system, as occurs in cases of multiple sclerosis. Further the mechanistic view does little to address the reason that the immune system would adapt so that treatments that are working cease to work.

There is a concept that answers both of these questions, fits the data, makes intuitive sense and indicates a clear path to solving disease problems. That concept is micro behavior.

Micro behavior is behavior that goes on at a level smaller than the entire body level. People are generally seen as using their bodies when they choose to behave. They can choose to walk, or run, or stand still. They can scream or talk quietly. These are all forms of behavior. There is at the same time a whole other area of behavior, behavior within the body at the micro level. For instance, cells communicate and interact with each other. When a person communicates and interacts within the body at the cellular level, that is micro behavior. Much of the time micro behavior is chosen unconsciously. Still, it is chosen behavior.

So getting back to the example of multiple sclerosis, rather than seeing the attacking of the nervous system mechanistically, as caused by genes, or some physical factor, a more accurate view is that actually the attacks are a chosen form of micro behavior. In other words, the cells are not being somehow coerced by biology to do what they are doing. They are choosing to do what they are doing.

So the creation of disease involving cellular problems can be seen as chosen behavior happening at the cellular level and generally speaking physical illness can be more readily explained by seeing what goes on at the micro levels as behavior.

I have not fully considered the question of whether it would be better to see the cells themselves as choosing the behavior or the person to be choosing the behavior of the cells. Either way, what is going on is behavior.

Now that we have seen why things are happening, look how well this also explains why medical treatment becomes ineffective. Medical treatment stops working because the cells want to continue the chosen form of behavior and so in order to do so, they learn to overcome the medical intervention. Just as a person would adapt and change to deal with obstacles in the outer world, the person or the cells of the person adapt and change to deal with obstacles in the micro world.

Beyond doing a great job of explaining what is going on and why things are happening, the concept of micro behavior also can be used to figure out what to do about what is going on. No medical or surgical intervention is needed to change what is going on. The way to change what is going on is to convince the cells to change their choices.

For instance, in cases of autoimmune disease, to get the immune system to change what it is doing so that it is no longer causing damage, one would convince the immune system to change its behavior.

If this sounds challenging to you, the truth is that it is not all that difficult. Cellular behavior can be changed in a variety of ways including through visualization, and through meditation and related methods that involve changing the ways and ideas of a person so that the cellular behavior changes. I often help people change micro behavior through simple conversation, telling them for instance to stop beating themselves up. It’s simple, it makes sense and of all things it actually works.

So there you have it, one concept that changes so much. Infection? Cellular conflict. Solve it by resolving conflict. Cancer? Cellular freaking out. Solve it by learning to handle things better. Als? Cellular communication breakdown. Solve it by learning to maintain communication. All these things and more can be explained and solved by seeing what is going on as micro behavior and using consciousness changing approaches to cause different behavior to manifest.

Yes, ALS Is Completely Preventable. Here’s How to Prevent ALS.

Many people would like to know how to prevent ALS, especially people who have seen multiple members of their families experience the health problem, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron disease. Fortunately ALS is preventable, and that’s true, by the way, regardless of whether one carries certain gene mutations that are said to be somehow involved in the creation of ALS.

The basis of ALS prevention is the following. Contrary to the commonly held idea that ALS occurs randomly, ALS is not random at all. ALS occurs when factors and patterns in a person’s life come together in such a way as to create the problem. What this means is that if factors and patterns in a person’s life do not come together in an ALS creating way, the person will not experience ALS.

So to prevent ALS, what you have to do is make sure that you don’t live in an ALS creating way. Instead, you use wellness creating approaches to handling things and live in a wellness creating way.

Here are some of the basics of doing that.

The Basics of Preventing ALS

A key idea underlying ALS prevention is that what is called ALS is really just poor nerve health characterized by progressive degeneration of the nervous system. It’s only natural that one’s nervous system would begin to break down if it’s not healthy. So, much of what you are considering in preventing ALS is how choices you make would affect your health, especially the health of your nerves.

Another thing to realize is that, when genes are involved in the creation of health problems, there are reasons why the genes are doing what they are doing. Genes can express or not express, basically be turned on or off. So ALS prevention involves living in healthy ways to create a health creating gene expression situation.

Finally, key to preventing ALS is understanding that the development and progression of what’s called ALS involves trigger-response cycles. In other words, when someone is experiencing ALS, what’s going on is that something has triggered a response, and the response is a type of response that results in ALS type nerve health issues. So, in general, preventing ALS involves (1) reducing triggers and (2) optimizing responses.

Preventing ALS by Reducing Stress

For instance, one way we can reduce triggers and optimize responses is by seeking to reduce stress. Stress is a factor that commonly contributes to the creation of ALS, and it’s easy to understand that being stressed out all the time is not going to be good for the health of one’s nerves. So, if you want to stay healthy, one thing you can do is to seek to reduce stress.

Part of  reducing stress involves realizing that stress has internal as well as external aspects. For instance, you could be relaxing at home and still be stressed by worries, fears, or other internal issues. So, much of reducing stress involves responding internally to issues in ways that don’t stress you out.

The stress underlying the creation of ALS can develop partly as a result of people’s ways of relating and handling their emotions. For instance, by repressing themselves, internalizing issues or acting like so called heroes all the time, people set themselves up for bad health. By consciously or unconsciously choosing to use these approaches, one creates stress and system imbalances that end up wrecking one’s nervous system. This partly explains why seemingly healthy people suddenly and seemingly randomly experience the neuro degeneration called ALS. They repress and repress and put on a brave face until things get to a tipping point and their systems break down.

So the answer here is to prevent ALS by relating in positive, assertive ways. Rather than repressing, internalizing and acting as if everything is OK all the time, which would be an ALS creating approach, express yourself, deal with issues as they come up and work things out. That would be a wellness creating approach.

In general, the strategies one uses in life underlie the creation of what one experiences. One can use either wellness creating strategies or strategies that, while they may seem to solve things, don’t really.

Disconnection and Escape Strategies and ALS

With that in mind, possibly the most important or signature pattern in the creation of ALS is the use of disconnection and escape strategies. These strategies involve doing things like refusing to communicate and avoiding people or issues rather than dealing with them. While one may feel that one is relieving stress by disconnecting or by avoiding dealing with things, often one is just putting off the inevitable or allowing problems to get even worse.

In addition to disconnection and avoidance not being effective life strategies, there is another aspect of their involvement in the creation of ALS that make them key ALS creation strategies. Here’s how it works. ALS involves communication breakdown at the cellular level. Just as people who experience ALS tend to use strategies that create communication breakdown, their neurons avoid and disconnect too, an example of something I call micro matches macro, meaning that people’s cells tend to do as the people do. So if you want your neurons to be healthy, communicate, and work well with each other and with other cells, you need to harness the power of micro matches macro by doing those types of things yourself. For instance, if you have an issue with someone, rather than avoiding the issue or the person, communicate, work things out, and create wellness.

In general the idea of working things out and resolving conflict is key in attaining and maintaining wellness. Whether issues are internal or external, you will not attain or maintain wellness by doing non healing things like punishing, ignoring, disconnecting,  lying, leaving or avenging. You will only attain and maintain wellness by resolving.

Another thing that often figures into the creation of ALS is workaholism. It’s one thing to work hard at things. It’s another to work because work is your drug, or worse, because work is a way to escape issues in your life. If you have issues at home, don’t run to work, have three cups of coffee and stay at the office until late. Go home and work things out. Your life and your health will be way better for it.

Preventing ALS and Staying Healthy by Taking Care of Your Body Holistically

Related to this is heavy caffeine use. People who experience ALS often were not sleeping, were running themselves to death, and were using caffeine to help them do it. One guy told me about ALS starting after a period of time during which he was drinking sixty ounces of Mountain Dew a day. Others were drinking massive amounts of cola. Put it this way, if you are too tired to work or drive or whatever, rather than drink an energy drink or having another cup of coffee, consider that what you are feeling means your body needs some healing or recharging, not to be pushed past the breaking point.

In a similar way, medication use is also connected to the creation of ALS. Let’s say you have a health issue such as high blood pressure or chronic pain. The fact that you have such a health issue tends to indicate that something is going on that is not optimal. Something is wrong in your life.

If you take a pill to cope with the health issue, you may get some short term relief. At the same time, something is still wrong in your life and has just been masked by the medication. For instance, if you are experiencing high blood pressure because you are stressed out all the time or are eating junk food constantly, taking blood pressure medication doesn’t really solve the problem. The stress or junk food, or whatever other factor is causing health issues, is still having effects. Sure, your blood pressure is “under control,” but your situation has not truly become healthier.

So, when we take medication, we may experience symptom relief , but we don’t really solve the underlying issues, and wellness has not been attained. Thus, what can happen is that the underlying issues will crop up in another way now, possibly as the type of poor nerve health known as ALS.

So, if you have health problems, while it may make sense to use medication to treat them in the short term, in the long term, look to really solve them holistically by addressing root causes and improving the way you live. That would be the wellness creating approach.

Preventing ALS and Staying Healthy by Watching What You Eat

What you eat can also make a huge difference, and there are two ways in which you can improve your health by improving your diet. One way is by reducing intake of things that hurt you. The other way is by taking in things that support health.

To reduce intake of things that will hurt you, you have to realize that not everything that is legal or sold in a food store is good for you. In fact, many things that people commonly eat are quite damaging to your body.

If you eat highly processed food, meat full of hormones, chicken that was raised in torturous conditions, produce full of pesticides, or products with questionable ingredients such as nitrites or artificial flavors and colors, these foods will damage your nerves and other parts of your body. If you drink large quantities of soda or other things which are full of chemicals that can be hard on your system, you won’t be as healthy as you would be if you didn’t consume these things.

All of these foods contain substances that can have effects that result in disease. The substances can throw of the balance of your system or make it difficult for your system to function properly. The substances can directly cause damage to your nerves or other parts of your body. Finally, the substances can serve as triggers in trigger-response cycles that manifest as progressive breakdown of your nervous system or other parts of your body. Of course, we don’t want any of these things going on in our bodies. So, we have to be careful about what we put into our bodies.

On the other hand, we can foster health by eating foods that do not contain these damaging substances and that do contain things that support health. Of course, eating foods that contain plenty of basic nutrients such as minerals, key fats, and vitamins is going to help our nerves to remain stable and healthy. Other foods go beyond containing key nutrients to containing substances such as antioxidants or anti-inflammatory substances that support health by reducing damage.

So, to prevent ALS, set yourself up for health by working in both directions: reducing intake of damaging foods and being sure to eat foods that support health. Drink water or something healthy, and eat high quality food, such as organically grown fruit.

Our Health Is in Our Hands.

Beyond these things, there is much more you can do to prevent ALS. Other things that contribute to the creation of ALS include depression, anger and negative ways of responding, fear, pride, constant freaking out, ongoing issues related to childhood trauma, and poor self image. You can find some more ALS creation factors and patterns on the “ALS Creation” page at http://www.creatingparadise.net/als_creation.html. To prevent ALS, rather than choosing these ALS creating ways, choose wellness creating ways of handling life.

Our health is in our hands. The better job we do, the healthier we are. By choosing to live in a wellness creating way, we can create a well world where ALS is just a memory.

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