In 1979, the journalist Norman Cousins wrote, "Not every illness can be overcome. But many people allow illness to disfigure their lives more than it should. They cave in needlessly. They ignore and weaken whatever powers they have for standing erect." This statement came from Anatomy of an Illness.
While we humans rely on our intelligent and proven systems of dealing with chronic and acute disease systems in the body, we must also not discount the partnership and obligation we have with ourselves to be our own champions of health. We must look at the whole human being, rather than just the illness site(s). In my own life experience, when my right knee was deteriorating badly, the first surgeon suggested that I wear a custom knee brace daily and supplement with 2 maximum strength ibuprofen followed by 2 maximum strength acetaminophen 4 hours later, around the clock. I did this for 8 months, then I had a regular checkup with my general physician. Through the regular testing, the doctor found my kidneys not working well. The doctor was very concerned, and asked me to list every supplement I was taking. When I shared the knee pain regimen, it was revealed that the specialist focused on relieving the bone on bone pain, and not on the body as a whole. What can help one area of the body can greatly harm another area, or harm the whole body. I was told to immediately stop taking all over the counter pain relievers. Luckily for me, after 5 months, my kidney function returned to normal. We were looking at dialysis as the alternative.
While our combined efforts and investigation helped my situation greatly, there were other things else at play in my life. My emotions, my free will, my choices, my positive attitude, my belief systems, my yoga, my meditation, my hiking, my positive affirmations stated out loud and written down daily, my connections with others, and my connection with the Great Other, whom some of you call God, Universal One, or Love Energy Force. If our psyche contains extra-physical capacities, beyond the intelligence and automatic internal motor commands, then we cannot discount miracles. Some of these miracles have been seen by the scientific and medical communities since the 1960s. Some of you have witnessed these experiences in your own close circles of influence.
In the New York Academy of Medicine library, there are reported about 20 cases globally of spontaneous remissions occurring yearly, and these were from terminal cancers. Clinicians aren't meeting one consensus of how this turnaround came about. The medical community does not throw out the possibility of mental therapeutics. Psychology is the only area in which the physiological is not the only mechanism at play. Other factors which have been observed as extremely helpful were the use of intensive meditation, natural supplements, and changing one's movement and eating lifestyle. If we no longer expect to find a single cause for a disease, then we should no longer expect to find a single-faceted solution to the problem. Taking a multi-faceted approach to our own healing may be the miracle itself.
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