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.

Wellness Creating Approaches, The Key to Creating a Healthy World

The news is full of life problem stories, people starving here, people shooting each other there, others getting sick and searching for cures.

What all of these stories have in common is that at their roots are the use of non wellness creating approaches. People who starve have used their resources in unsustainable ways or somehow gotten themselves into trouble. People who shoot each other are using non wellness creating approaches in dealing with each other. People experiencing health problems, whether the problem is called autism, cancer, diabetes or scleroderma, have in common that the problems they are experiencing are the direct and logical result of the use of non wellness creating approaches.

What this all adds up to is that if everyone were using wellness creating approaches, none of these things would be happening and we would be living in a well world. So this concept, wellness creating approaches, is a powerful concept and one that would be great to spread around.

A wellness creating approach is one that has positive effects, creates true wellness by resolving underlying issues and has no negative side effects.

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