It’s true that we take good health for granted when we have it. When we don’t have good health, we usually turn to the medical profession for a cure. Most times that helps. Some times it doesn’t. Then we either despair and give up, or turn in desperation to an alternative we might have previously disdained.
What if there’s another way? Let’s look at a couple of known facts.
Fact #1 – The Placebo Effect
There has never been a drug test where the placebo effect was zero.
A placebo (e.g. a sugar pill) is something containing no medication given to someone to enhance their expectation of getting well. Placebos are used as controls in tests to determine the effectiveness of a medicinal drug. If the drug can’t do better than the placebo, then it can’t be claimed as effective.
The placebo effect drives the researchers nuts. BUT – it’s existence is so pervasive that no study would be considered valid without incorporating a placebo group in the test.
We learn from this that –
What we think affects our health.
Fact #2 – Spontaneous Remission
There have been recorded cases of spontaneous remission for every disease known – no matter how “terminal” the condition.
Speaking, for example of cancer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering President Lewis Thomas, MD, said: “The rare but spectacular phenomenon of spontaneous remission … persists in the annals of medicine, totally inexplicable but real, a hypothetical straw to clutch in the search for a cure.”
We learn from this that –
We have inherent abilities within us that can bring about “miraculous” healing under certain circumstances.
Next, let’s consider where we are with modern health care.
Despite huge advances being made in knowing how our bodies work, and progress is starting to be seen, historically and pervasively the way medicine has worked is clear:
We’ve used the “black box” approach, and
We’ve focused on sypmtoms rather than real causes.
If you have a black box and you don’t know what happens inside of it, then the best you can do is to try putting different things into it and watch what happens. Then you can form some theories about what’s going on. This is the way the drug companies work.
Living in the USA, if you watch television, it’s easy to see where the money’s being spent. Andrew Weil (the guru of “integrative medicine”) desribes it as an unfortunately narrow focus.
The recent USA changes in Medicare drug payments have highlighted the number of people on heavy daily drug regimens. Some drugs, being poisons themselves, need other drugs to counter the “side-effects”. And so it builds. You don’t have to extraopolate the current trends very far to see that we simply cannot afford to continue down the path we’re on. There has to be a better way.
Don’t get me wrong – if I have a headache, I take an aspirin. It’s a matter of finding the path of least resistance to wellness. But at the same time I’m working on what I’m attracting so that headaches for me become a thing of the past.
The Law Of Attraction says – we attract into our experience that, and only that, which we think about – whether wanted or unwanted. Could it be that this includes health? Well it seems the answer is yes.
There’s been a number of things over the years that have moved me in this direction – like the remarkable story of Lester Levenson – a man with all sorts of illnesses who was sent home to die, and then found the secret to living. It’s a fascinating example of spontansous remission – and much more. Or, If you’d like to see how science at the leading edge is also moving in this direction, see Bruce Lipton and Epigenetics.
It turns out that our work is to get ourselves into alignment with who we want to be and where we want to go. You might like to check out the Law Of Attraction and the BE->DO->HAVE approach to better health.
Also, for some of the resources that helped me, see the section on Self-Help.
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