Responsibility
Healing

Discover a Little Known Secret That You Must know if Want to Heal Yourself Naturally…

Can you really heal yourself? Without using, prescription drugs, surgery or even Chemotherapy.

My answer to that is a resounding big fat YES!

Your body strives to heal itself automatically, every single day.

And the fact is, there are examples everywhere, a cut healing, bruising appearing, healing and disappearing, a cold going after a few days and chicken pox healing. For all these examples the body is naturally doing it’s job.

So why isn’t everyone healing themselves naturally?

Well! The answer, in short, we are not taking 100% responsibility for our own recovery. Nobody else will, even your family, friends and Doctor.

Not because they don’t care but because they have their own life just as complicated as yours.

Only you can care totally for yourself. Don’t look what anyone else can do for you.

Just what you can do for yourself.

Even if that thing is going to the doctor or seeking help, you can always take responsible for your health.

Now! For some of us, that might be just too hard to take! That’s ok.

Or just maybe, we just do not know where to start, and that’s ok too!

Just accept where you are right now.

Start taking 100% responsibility and then move on to better choices.

As a wise monk once shared – The very fact that you are alive means anything is possible!

What you are going learn from this post.

  • Why you need to know what true health really means…
  • Find out why you are already an unstoppable self-healing miracle…
  • How to stop your body from growing diseases and make healthier choices…
  • Why you don’t follow the crowd and take 100% responsibility for your own healing…

 

Let’s do this!

Why You Need to Know What True Health Really Means…

Let me ask you this!

How do you define health?

If you are like most us the definition of health is….

  • By having a blood test and then being told you are within the correct range….
  • Our blood pressure needs to be at a certain level…
  • Cholesterol should be within two given numbers…

These are just numbers! This does not mean we are healthy!

Let’s say you have trouble sleeping, your doctor would give you sleeping tablets that basically make you lose consciousness. This is not sleep, not natural quality sleep!

Yes! Your doctor is right in his diagnosis, but that also does not mean you have to take pills for the rest of your life and cope with side effects that go with it!

Look for other healing options! Take responsibility for your own health!

So what is the definition of health?

Deep down we already know it! Health means quality of life.

What is your quality of life? And what does it mean for you?

  • Walk without pain
  • Positive outlook on life
  • Treating your body with respect
  • Time with the family
  • and so much more

Now! from this moment, try to think what health/quality of life means to you. What do you want to achieve in your life…how do want to feel every day?

When you know what health means for YOU and not from somewhere else.

You will soon realise that there is a choice, and medication is only one option or possibility to help. Instead, you can use the incredible healing power of your own body, like relaxation, meditation, visualisation, gratitude and hypnosis.

Why You are Already an Unstoppable Self-Healing Miracle…

You are simply a miracle!

Your brain is more powerful than any supercomputer on the planet!

Your internal organs are a miracle of nature!

All this is happening by itself! I mean we are not plugged into the wall!

Basically, you are healing force of nature! And the only way we could even stop this power is to interfere with it, like modern Medicine some does.

With that said, this exactly what we do, we choose to take the tablets and pain killers instead of looking for healthier choices.

Medicine is a choice and before, from a point of power, we can ask ourselves if there is a more positive way we can overcome our illness.

Because medicine can get in the way of the healing power you already have.

Let me ask you this!

When was the last time you cut yourself?

Maybe it was a knife or you are like me, always cutting yourself while you were shaving.

More than likely the cut is dripping out with blood; you reach for a tissue or maybe a plaster. And then, of course, the blood stops running and starts to form a scab.

We all just take this process of healing for granted!

Now! Do you think you could stop the blood from clotting and forming a scab?

Of course not! You could not stop it, even if you wanted to! It will just happen anyway.

It is completely automatic, and the amazing fact that this healing takes place without any conscious involvement on your part.

Why don’t we always heal?

This is valid question!

If this is true we would all be healthy and why aren’t we healing everything else?

Again, we are not taking 100% responsibility and creating barriers that stop our own healing power.

Or to put it another way!

We are not making the right choices!

For example…

If we are dehydrated for most of the time, and to be quite honest most of us are without even realising it!

Your body will automatically try to heal itself by trying to reduce the loss of water and this can lead to restricted breathing and other problems.

A western doctor would possibly prescribe you a course of Anti-Histamines, when all you really need is to drink more water.

Personally, if I ever get a headache I try drinking a litre of two water and if that does not work, which 9 times out of 10 does, I rest for a little bit and listen to my body and intuition and that normally fixes it. I have not taken a tablet for a headache in years!

So next time you have a headache take full responsibility and make the right choice for your own healing, listen to your body before jumping straight for the tablets.

Your choice is:

  • Choose to drink more natural water.
  • Take the medication and artificial chemical which may have side effects.

 

Your body is healing itself whether you like it or not, and all you have do is simply get out of your own way and let it happen!

Just take a look at a healthy person. They are not healthy because they eat super foods all day long.

They just choose healthy behaviour, avoiding where ever possible, processed food or tablets. Basically, healthy people make choices that don’t interfere with the body’s own natural healing.

And the simple fact! A healthy person has the same self-healing power as you or me!

The only difference is, a healthy person takes responsibility and just lets his mind and body do what it does best.

Heal itself!

By not getting in its way.

Just look at the difference between people who take responsibility for their health and use health food shops in comparison to those to who are reactive and may look for others to fix their health by going to the doctors. There is big difference in the look of these two groups.

I would like to add and clarify at this point there are most definitely times we need to use doctors and the health service, but in my opinion is it not very often because we can do so much to heal ourselves by letting our body heal itself. This is something we will each know just by listening to our intuition.

Ok! Let us move on!


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How to Stop Your Body From Growing Diseases and Make Healthier Choices…

The medical industry wants you to believe that disease will strike at any time and there is nothing you can do about it!

One day we think we are healthy, then the next day, BOOM! We have Cancer!

The truth is, the Cancer may have been growing for ten years or more. Over this time the Cancer has been growing and we never knew it.

All diseases are created when the body is out of sync with its own healing power. There are many ways to create a disease, which is unique to each person’s lifestyle.

  • What we eat.
  • How much regular exercise we are doing.
  • Our mental health throughout the day.
  • What we are putting into our bodies (Medication)

Here are a few examples of how your life style may create disease.

A lifestyle to create Cancer

  • Always stressed
  • Eating processed meat
  • Avoid sunlight (vitamin D)
  • Expose yourself to radiation ( X rays, CT Scans)

Continue to Choose this lifestyle long enough and there is a higher chance we are going to create Cancer.

How about diabetes? There is a lifestyle for creating this too!

How to create type 2 diabetes

  • Drink lots of surgery liquids.
  • Regularly eating junk food.
  • Never going out of the house.
  • Avoiding exercise at all costs

Again! Do these things long enough you have a very high chance of getting type 2 diabetes.

There’s a lifestyle for creating all the major disease, such as obesity, liver disease and kidney stone to name but a few.

And the shocking fact is, most of us are creating these diseases right now! Of course, it may take years before you get the diagnosis.

The doctor may say “There is nothing you could have done”

Frankly, that is a complete lie!

You could have stopped making disease and made a choice to create health.

How to start creating Health

We have talked about creating disease, now we are looking how to create Health.

And the very first step, I know I have said this a number of times but I’m going to say again!

Take 100% responsibility and to make better health choices.

So, the next time you visit the doctor, use your new found knowledge and ask yourself will this create disease or health.

Remember! You do have a choice!

Choose to create disease…

  • Taking medication and vaccines that your body and mind just does not need.
  • Eating junk food and drink sugary drinks.
  • No exercise what so ever.

Choose to create health…

  • Nutritious diet that supports your own self-healing
  • Regular fun exercise
  • Spending time in nature

Two simple choices, each one will take you in different directions in your life.

So! Which one is it going to be?

Now, If you have your broken your leg, then of course you would take the doctor’s advice.

But that does not mean you cannot look at other choices to aid your own recovery!

This is from the work of Dr. Thomas Lodi, a brilliant cancer doctor who has a presentation called “Stop Making Cancer.” You can check out his clinic http://www.anoasisofhealing.com or watch his speech for yourself on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKH_…

Ok the next lesson!

Don’t Follow the Crowd and Take 100% Responsibility for Your Own Healing…

Following the crowd, we all do it!

Take this example…

Let’s just say, you are out with your friends every week for a fun night of drinking. You have been doing this nearly every weekend for the last year.

It’s become a routine.

But now you have decided you are going to choose, not to drink alcohol anymore!

So on the next night out, you bravely say….

“I am not drinking tonight; I will just have an orange juice”

Now, your friends might not say a word, but more than likely they will say..

“Have a drink COME ON!”

“Come on Lighten up, Life is too short!”

Do you back down or do you stand your ground?

Follow the crowd or do what is best for you?

Now, this is just an example, but we are all following the crowd in some way or another.

  • Eating same unhealthily food as your partner eats even though you want to lose weight.
  • Taking pills for depression instead of meditating because your doctor said it was the best thing to do.
  • Going for a run on your dinner break even though your work mates want you to go for lunch at McDonald’s

So what do we do?

Simply, we must take 100% responsibility for our own health.

Yes! You will have to be a little brave, but in the end your body and mind will love you for it!

How do you do this even when everyone else is telling not to do it, or just trying to put you off?

Keep your goals to yourself!

You may have a goal to too lose weight or overcome a disease or simply become more confident.

Which is fantastic, but that does not mean you have to tell anyone. Ok yes, you may want to tell if you are living in the same house.

But there is no need to go into detail!

Why you may ask?

Well to put it in the kindest way possible, they are not on the same path as you. Yes! They may support you, but do not count on it!

For example, you might get this!

“Why are you doing that, it’s not going to work!”

This is a good one!

“Yea! I know a friend who tried that, and it did not work for her”

So keeping your goals to yourself eliminates all this negative feedback that just makes it more difficult to achieve your goals.

And then of course, when your friends, family and even your work colleges start seeing the benefits of your new outlook on life.

They will ask and wonder how you did it.

There will be no negative feedback, because they have the proof right in front of them!

Now your friends and family will start to think, if he or she can do it, so can I!

And this creates a ripple effect and before you know it everyone is on-board.

So let’s take quick recap!

  • We have spoken why the quality of life is the true meaning of health.
  • Then we found why you are already an unstoppable self-healing miracle and why we could not stop this healing power even if we wanted to!
  • How to stop your body growing diseases and to grow health instead!
  • And finally, why you don’t follow the crowd and take 100% responsibility for your own healing.

The inspiration for this post comes from an article by How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days By Mike Adams, Health Ranger, Natural News http://www.manataka.org/page2037.html

 

 

Ok, there is!

I guess the only thing to do now is to just get started on your own self-healing journey.

I truly believe in you, you can really do this!

Start today, you will not regret it!

As always, if you need help or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Also, I would love to know what health challenges you have naturally overcome.

Just leave a comment below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Mark Baker

Thich Quang Duc
Case Study, Pain

As The Buddhist Monk Burned He Never Moved A Muscle, Never Uttered A Sound! And why It Can Help You Control Pain!

Yes! you did hear me right, as a protest to the way the government was treating the Buddhist religion!

Thích Quảng Đức sat down in the middle of the road on a cushion that had been placed on the road by two other Monks.

Then! To everyone’s amazement, the two monks poured petrol over Thích Quảng Đức head and set him alight.

Now if that was you or me or anyone else, we’d rolling around in agony and experiencing pain beyond belief!

But! He never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, but in contrast to those around him who were sobbing and crying and in total shock!

I can hear you saying, “Mark have you completely gone completely mad” I have only got a bad back!

Now, of course, I do not expect you to go and sit on your driveway or road and set yourself on fire to prove you can block out pain.

But what I would say, there are a many ways you can learn from Thích Quảng Đức control of massive amount of pain and discomfort.

Below are a few of my personal photos of the location and memorial for Thích Quảng Đức.

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What you are going to learn from this post

  1. How Thích Quảng Đức managed his discomfort whilst on fire.
  2. Discover how you can control your pain and discomfort like Thích Quảng Đức.

How Thích Quảng Đức managed his discomfort whilst on fire.

The first thing to say here is that a lot of people feel they know how this monk managed the pain.

I will share the pain management techniques they believe Thích Quảng Đức used.

In my opinion, all the techniques are possible but one is much more likely than any of the others because of the sources closeness to Thích Quảng Đức.

The first suggestion is from a question answered on Reddit:

There are schools of meditation that teach that there is a difference between pain and suffering. Pain is what you feel, but suffering is in your reaction to the pain. If instead of having a strong, negative reaction to the pain, you simply accept it, you can experience pain without suffering. “Simply accepting” in general is easier said than done.
Source: Corysama Reddit User

Now… I feel Corysama has some really good points here. Pain and suffering are very different as Haruki Murakami explains in his famous quote “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

This is extended upon by Shinzen Young in his book ‘Break Through Pain’ who shares his philosophy of suffering and pain with an equation.

So… What is The Pain Equation and how can it help with pain?

Simply put it states that suffering is equal to Pain times Resistance ( S=PxR ).

To suffer we need to 2 things; Pain and Resistance.

So let’s say Thích Quảng Đức didn’t resist the pain and just accept the discomfort, meaning the resistance is low or even at zero.

What would his amount of suffering have?

According to The Pain Equation zero as well. Even if his pain was 100 the suffering will be zero, leaving him with just the sensation of discomfort to deal with.

The next answer was from a Quora user
This act is obviously not beyond the range of human endurance as he, a human being, could do it. How was he able to accomplish this feat? Three words: motivation, detachment and dhyana.
Source: Flavio Costa Quora User

Motivation
Dictionary.com describes Motivation as providing a reason to act in a certain way.

Thích Quảng Đức motivation was religious freedom from persecution and oppression from the Catholic Vietnamese president Diem is clearly documented in a letter he left before this act of self-immolation(killing oneself as a sacrifice):

Before closing my eyes and moving towards the vision of the Buddha, I respectfully plead to President Ngo Dinh Diem to take a mind of compassion towards the people of the nation and implement religious equality to maintain the strength of the homeland eternally. I call the venerables, reverends, members of the sangha and the lay Buddhists to organize in solidarity to make sacrifices to protect Buddhism.

Detachment
A little like the non-resistance we discussed earlier, detachment required Thích Quảng Đức to observe and let any feelings and sensations fulfil their purpose of being felt.

The Monk, I expect, did this by having a deep understanding of impermanence(nothing lasts), much like the saying ‘this too shall pass’ that states everything will end so there is no need to be attached.

Thích Quảng Đức, unlike the people watching, had overcome The six root unwholesome factors (mūlakleśa) of:

  1. Raga – attachment
  2. Pratigha – anger
  3. Avidya – ignorance
  4. Māna – pride, conceit
  5. Vicikitsa – doubt
  6. Dṛiṣṭi – wrong view

 

Dhyana
Dhyana is a deep understanding and practise of meditation where the practitioner attains, when at a high level, a perfect equanimity(calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation) and awareness, presumably like Thích Quảng Đức.

Originally the practice of dhyana itself may have constituted the core liberating practice of early Buddhism, since in this state all “pleasure and pain” had waned.
Source: Quora

The Fourth Jhāna (Dhyana) states — “The other half of bliss (happiness) disappears, leading to a state with neither pleasure nor pain, which the Buddha said is actually a subtle form of happiness (more sublime than pīti and sukha). The breath is said to cease temporarily in this state. The remaining qualities are: “a feeling of equanimity, neither pleasure nor pain; an unconcern due to serenity of awareness; unification of mind, contact, feeling, perception, intention, consciousness, desire, decision, persistence, mindfulness, equanimity & attention”
Source: wikipedia.org

The Final View come from one of Thích Quảng Đức’s friends
Thich Nhat Hanh is now one of the world’s most well-known Zen Buddhists and interestingly, lived with Thích Quảng Đức at Long-Vinh Pagoda for around 12 months.


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Hanh described Đức to be ‘A very kind and lucid person, and that he was calm and in full possession of his mental faculties when he burned himself.’

In a very interesting letter to Matin Luther King, Thich Nhat Hanh helps us understand how Thích Quảng Đức managed the discomfort of burning alive.

Here is the letter for you to read, it is very moving to me and help me understand the mental and mind required to withstand so much pain.

The self-burning of Vietnamese Buddhist monks in 1963 is somehow difficult for the Western Christian conscience to understand. The Press spoke then of suicide, but in the essence, it is not. It is not even a protest. What the monks said in the letters they left before burning themselves aimed only at alarming, at moving the hearts of the oppressors and at calling the attention of the world to the suffering endured then by the Vietnamese. To burn oneself by fire is to prove that what one is saying is of the utmost importance. There is nothing more painful than burning oneself. To say something while experiencing this kind of pain is to say it with the utmost of courage, frankness, determination and sincerity. During the ceremony of ordination, as practiced in the Mahayana tradition, the monk-candidate is required to burn one, or more, small spots on his body in taking the vow to observe the 250 rules of a bhikshu, to live the life of a monk, to attain enlightenment and to devote his life to the salvation of all beings. One can, of course, say these things while sitting in a comfortable armchair; but when the words are uttered while kneeling before the community of sangha and experiencing this kind of pain, they will express all the seriousness of one’s heart and mind, and carry much greater weight.

The Vietnamese monk, by burning himself, say with all his strength and determination that he can endure the greatest of sufferings to protect his people. But why does he have to burn himself to death? The difference between burning oneself and burning oneself to death is only a difference in degree, not in nature. A man who burns himself too much must die. The importance is not to take one’s life, but to burn. What he really aims at is the expression of his will and determination, not death. In the Buddhist belief, life is not confined to a period of 60 or 80 or 100 years: life is eternal. Life is not confined to this body: life is universal. To express will by burning oneself, therefore, is not to commit an act of destruction but to perform an act of construction, i.e., to suffer and to die for the sake of one’s people.
Source: Sid Kemp – Quora User

The main points I take from this letter (see full copy here) are:

  • Thích Quảng Đức saw the situation in a different perspective, not as suicide but as way to reduce suffering for others.
  • He had not only practiced with the mind he had also prepared with the burning and discomfort
  • Determination and will were key to managing the pain.
  • Acceptance and being in the moment was very important. The purpose was to burn, not die.

Discover how you can control your pain and discomfort like Thích Quảng Đức.

For me the 5 key messages to take are:

  1. Accepting the discomfort
  2. Non-Resistance
  3. Be in the moment with no expectations
  4. Feel the discomfort and pain
  5. Determination to become more comfortable

By accepting and not resisting, just like the monk, we can let the feelings and sensations of discomfort flow.

With acceptance, we will not attempt to change how the moment is causing stress and tension stopping the feeling and sensation moving through us.

Be in the moment with complete acceptance and non-resistance as you truly are.

But Mark, you may say, I don’t know who I truly am yet.

Let me share a meditation and visualisation I discovered which have helped me understand a little bit more about how Thích Quảng Đức may have managed his discomfort and most importantly a technique you can use to help you manage your pain too.

It starts with developing and finding our observer to become aware. This first part of this Psychosynthesis Exercise will help us discover our awareness.

So here goes:

Stage 1

  1. Sit quietly and comfortably. Look around you and become aware of all that you see.
    See it in all its detail, as clearly and as vividly as possible. Take a few moments to do
    this…. Now close your eyes, and breathe in slowly. As you inhale, take in this vivid,
    visual awareness. Then exhale and, as you do so, ask yourself “WHO IS
    AWARE?”
  2. With your eyes closed, imagine that you are drawing a white circle with chalk on a
    blackboard. Look at the circle…be aware of it…(pause)…Then take a deep breath,
    and as you exhale, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  3. Still with your eyes closed, imagine that you are drawing a white circle with chalk on
    A blackboard. Look at the circle…be aware of it…(pause)…Then take a deep breath,
    and as you exhale, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  4. Now let the circle fade away and, breathing rhythmically in and out as you have been doing, stay with the awareness of yourself as the one who is aware…. (pause)…
    Really experience being yourself…Try to get as clear a sense as possible of this
    Experience. Take all the time you need to do this.

Source: synthesiscenter.org

So we now know how to find our awareness and observe the next stage and part will help discover who we truly are:

Stage 2

  1. Again sit quietly and comfortably. Look around you and become aware of what
    you see in all its detail, as clearly and as vividly as possible. Now close your
    eyes, and breathe in slowly. As you inhale, take in the awareness. Then exhale
    and, as you do so, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  2. With your eyes closed, become aware of what you hear. Listen to the sounds, or
    to the silence around you…(pause)… Now, take a deep breath, and as you exhale
    slowly, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  3. Still with your eyes closed, imagine that once again you are drawing a white
    circle with chalk on a blackboard. Look at the circle…be aware of it…(pause)…
    Then take a deep breath, and as you exhale, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  4. Let the circle fade away and, breathing rhythmically in and out, stay with the
    awareness of yourself as the one who is aware. Really experience being yourself. Take some time to do this.
  5. Now try to get as clear a sense as possible for what it is like to be yourself…Try
    To become aware of the stability of the self, its permanency. Try to experience it
    as the stable state of consciousness that is always reliably there. You will find
    that while all else changes, it remains. It is available always, as a source of
    stability and of clear perception in the midst of change.
  6. With the awareness of being your unchanging self, turn your attention to your
    body…(pause)… Your body changes. The sensations of your body are different
    now than they were a few moments ago…and they will be different again a few
    moments from now. Your body itself is different now than it was when you were
    a child, and it keeps changing as you grow older. But yourself does not change.
  7. Now, focus once again on the awareness of being yourself, the one who is aware.
    And as that unchanging self, become aware of your feelings…(pause)… Your
    feelings also are changing all the time…even the depth with which you feel
    changes. But yourself does not change.
  8. Focus once again on being yourself, the one who is aware. And as that
    unchanging self, become aware of your mind…Your thoughts change with great
    rapidity. They jump from one idea to another…and, as you grow, you use
    different ways of thinking. But yourself, your true nature, does not change.
  9. Focus once again on being yourself. Then become aware of your body, your
    feelings, and your mind. Be aware that you have these three aspects…they are
    yours…they are your valuable means of expression in the world, and you have the
    capacity to direct and regulate them at will. But they are not you. You are yourself, the one who is aware…

Source: synthesiscenter.org

What this exercise teaches us is how we can observe and watch the ever changing sensations of our discomfort moving through our body.

I imagine this is how Thích Quảng Đức on a much higher level managed any discomfort, by observing the subtle changes in the sensations.

What we must do is commit and become determined to develop our skills in observing and we too will be able to have more control over any discomfort that comes into our life.

What we have learned in this post:

    • Thích Quảng Đức practised to learn how to manage the discomfort.
    • He had the perspective of that he can learn from the pain and help others.
    • We can learn to observe and not to attach to the sensation of discomfort.
    • Resistance causes suffering. If we accept the situation and let it flow we are left only with the sensation of discomfort which we can observe and change with mental techniques.
    • We can manage our pain by choosing the right behaviours but we must have the motivation and really want to do it.

I hope you found this post helpful and if you have any comments or would like to extend upon what point raised please do comment below or get in touch.

Healing, Pain

Power of Hope and Prayer In Improving Toothache Pain

The power of hope and prayer in improving toothache pain perhaps is more powerful than we first thought.

In an earlier post we discussed that the difference between hope and wishing and concluded that hope is where we take action in some way.

In Kathmandu, Nepal there is a very interesting way that some people use to hope their toothache pain away. It is called the Toothache Tree.

Nailing a coin to this holy stump is just another way to ask the gods for relief from dental pain.
Source: atlasobscura.com

The action of nailing a coin is a form of action that leads to an expectation of pain relief and as we discovered in an earlier post


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This expectancy has some interesting results as these Trip Advisor comments state:

“It works!”
Touch the coins nailed into the tree and your toothache will disappear.
Source: tripadvisor.co.uk

“Strange belief ”
Vaisha Dev (toothache tree) is a small lump of a tree with lots of coins fixed on it. There is a strange belief that if you have any pain in the tooth. You go fix a coin your pain will go. It is no doubt very strange but people do it. I saw so many people came and touched it and prayed for some time and then left.
Source: tripadvisor.co.uk

Belief is very powerful and if linked to Expectancy and Desire as shared by the Silva Method our mind can really achieve feats.

We also know that the power of belief and placebo can create healing and pain reduction as the many examples in my book Your Body, Only Better share.

But as mentioned before, hypnosis is probably the best mind-body technique for dental pain control which is why many dental practitioners still use it as a form of anaesthesia as this video below demonstrates:

Thank you for reading and if you have any comments about this post or topics you would like me to discuss in future posts please do get in touch.

Take care
Mark

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Pain

Another Great Mind Power Technique for Reducing Pain

In the last post I promised to share another great mind power technique for reducing pain and here it is.

It is called Noesitherapy.

Dr Angel Escudero has performed many operations without any anaesthesia other than his self-developed Noesitherapy.

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to learn more about this technique and try it out for myself. We started by watching a similar video to this:

The video, from a BBC documentary, shows a lady having an operation with only Noesitherapy as pain control, it is truly amazing, Dr Escudero also shares how simple it is to use his method. You also see Dr Escudero demonstrating Noesitherapy to a businessman who is truly shocked at how easy this technique is to use.

I have had the opportunity to practice Noesitherapy on quite a few people now, the one that always stays in my mind is when a friend of mine who was blown away at how successful this technique was after just a couple of minutes tuition.

So how is it done? It is surprisingly simple and with a little practice, you can be good at it too. (Watch the video for more information)

The Noesitherapy Technique

  1. Fill your mouth with Saliva
  2. Clearly state “My (Name Body Part) is completely psychologically anesthetized” and repeat this three times

You can see this in the video if you want to check it out further.

Following on from Noesitherapy, Hypnoesitherapy has been developed which is similar but involves relaxation and an interaction and discussion with the therapist too. When I tested this technique again today it produced equally astounding results.


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I for one am a convert, even though it sounded and still does sounds to be too good to be true, don’t knock this until you have tried it!

To learn more you can read a freely available book by Dr Escudero – Healing by Thinking by Dr Escudero

What is the best mind power technique to reduce pain?
Pain

What is the best mind power technique to reduce pain?

So here is the question. What is the best mind power technique to reduce pain and discomfort? This is a slightly loaded question because it implies there are others to compare the winner against but that will be for another day.

According to this National Geographic Channel video below hypnosis is the most amazing technique at managing pain. They even show it being used as the only form of anaesthesia and pain management for dental work.

Hypnosis is also used for full operations and has the added bonus of not having side effects and the patient recovering faster than with chemical anaesthesia. It is even used to help with childbirth, known as HypnoBirthing.

Here are some quotes about hypnosis and pain relief to get us thinking:

There is solid science behind what sounds like mysticism and we need to get that message across to the bodies that influence this area. Hypnosis has no negative side-effects. It makes operations quicker, as the patient is able to talk to the surgeon as the operation proceeds, and it is cheaper than conventional pain relief. Since it does not interfere with the workings of the body, the patient recovers faster, too.
Source: theguardian.com

There are many cases where, for one reason or another, traditional chemical anesthesia is contraindicated. In these instances, Hypnotic Anesthesia may well be the answer.

Some of the benefits include lower patient preoperative anxiety, fewer post-surgical complications, less bleeding during surgery and faster recovery time.
Lisa Machenberg, Certified Hypnotherapist (Source: hypnosis.edu)

The midwife offered me some gas and air but it made me feel dizzy and unable to focus, so I stopped. I really felt the HypnoBirthing techniques were all I needed. By controlling my breathing I was able to concentrate on what my body was telling me to do. It felt very natural.
Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk


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When her son Leo was born 14 months ago, following a relatively pain and stress-free labour, Emma is convinced hypnobirthing is most certainly ‘the other way’.
Source: dailymail.co.uk

It is time for hypnosis to work its way into the mainstream of British medicine,” Spiegel will say at the joint conference of the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis and the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis.
Source: theguardian.com

The pain of such an operation is intolerable if you are fully awake. Only hypnosis enables you to stand it,” he was reported as saying by to French publication Le Figaro.
“She went into a trance listening to the words of the hypnotist. She went a long way away, to Africa. And she began to sing – it was amazing,”
Source: sciencebasedmedicine.org

Felicity Lamb, 27, is mum to Bernie, nine months. She practised HypnoBirthing techniques throughout her pregnancy and successfully used them to manage her pain in labour.
Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk

The best summary of what hypnosis for pain relief can be like is written by Dr Lang in her book Patient Sedation Without Medication.

You might say, “Would you like to go on a journey? You know your body has to be here, but you don’t. Is there a place you always wanted to go? You even don’t need to pack. If you want, we can go there right now.”
Source: Patient Sedation Without Medication

My favourite line from the quote above is ‘but you don’t’ that states although our body has to be in the room our mind can be elsewhere. This technique uses Distraction and Dissociation from Eimer and Freemans (1988) six D’s of pain management to take our awareness of body sensations, like pain, away.

I hope, like me, you see how powerful hypnosis is at reducing pain and discomfort. In the next post, I will share another, much rarer, but very powerful way to control pain and discomfort that is also used for operations.

Until next week take care.
Mark

Further Reading:

Morris Goodman
Case Study, Healing, Recovery

The Miracle Man… Doctors said “You Will Never Breath on Your Own, Speak or Walk Again” Well He Did!!! Part 2 of 2

In the first part of this post about Morris Goodman, The Miracle Man we looked at:

  • Why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  • Why we need to take total responsibility for our own recovery

In this second part we will discuss:

  1. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  2. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

This will continue to help us discover how Morris walked again after many doubted he would even be able to breathe on his own, let alone walk.

So let’s get started…

How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…

The first thing I want you to do is to get a pen and paper and find some quiet time. (Non-negotiable)

there are massive benefits to getting your thoughts out your head and onto paper, it makes it official!

“If you don’t have a dream or a goal how is it supposed to come true?” Morris Goodman Click to Tweet

Now, write at the top…. What do I want?

Do not over think it! Just get it down on paper!

Quick tip, make sure you write your goal in the present tense….

If you are really struggling, try to think of what your life would be like if you did not have any fear, pain or any other challenges you are going through right now.

Once you have written down your goal, leave it and come back to it the next day. You may see that something does not fit or you may want to add some more.

Repeat each day until you are completely happy with your goal.

Breaking down your goals…

Now that you have your written goal, we are going is to break it down into easy manageable steps.

And the best question to ask, what is the first step?

Just imagine, Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth! Walking up to the track and is no starting line.

Now, I am sure you would agree, even Usain Bolt could not cross the finish line (the goal) if he did not know where to start (the First Step)

Starting with today, what can I do today that will move towards my goal? Again, write it out in the present tense.

Then continue to write out your goals for the end of the week, then onto week 2, week 3, week 4, then onto the next month.

Keep on going until you have reached your end goal, as I have mentioned before, go at your own pace. There is no time limit.

However, what I would say, if you are in the zone, keep going!

You now have a plan! A goal to work towards!

It has been shown time and time again, that, you are more likely to reach your goals if you have a plan.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” Antoine de Saint Exupery


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Now that you have a plan, take action! It is just words on a piece of paper if do not take action!

Now you have the goal, it is time to bring out the big guns, your own mind!

How To Use the Astonishing Healing Power of Your Own Mind to Achieve Your Goals…

Let’s us start off with our friend, Morris Goodman,

I cannot think of a better example, of the astonishing healing power of the human mind.

Study after study has shown the mind cannot tell the difference between what is imagined and what is real.

Morris supports this when he states that…

“All I had to work with in the hospital was my mind and once you have your mind you can put things back together again.”

Morris also states that he could not let anything come in to his mind that would distract him from his goal and vision.

To me this is a very telling thing to say because it demonstrates his focus and desire to achieve his target. He had one thing on his mind and that was to walk out of the hospital by Christmas.

Now, let me ask you this! If power of the mind can heal a man, that had broken his back in two places, could not breathe without a machine and could not speak.

Just think what it could do for you?

You already have had proof on how your mind affects your body!

  • I am sure you have shed a tear or two in your lifetime, the emotion sets of reaction in the body, which produce tears when we cry!
  • Also, we blush when we are embarrassed.
  • We have that gut feeling that something is not quite right.

 

Now that you know you have the power, how can you use it to aid your own recovery?

Well, in 2 words…

Creative visualisation!

Morris Goodman used Creative visualisation, to visualise his goal with himself walking out of the hospital by Christmas.

He felt the feelings of what it would be like to achieve that goal as it was happening in this very moment!

The feeling of fresh air as he walked out the door and the pride as he knew at that very moment he had achieved his goal.

You now have a goal too, and just like Morris… you are going smash it! You are going to live life on your terms. It is time to start living!!

How to visualise your goal…

Ok! Take your written goal and just try to think of what it would be like if you achieved your goal.

What would it feel like? Write it down! Get into the details and Use all of your senses

  • What are you feeling? (emotions)
  • What can you see?
  • What can you hear?
  • What can you smell?
  • What are you touching?

To get the best possible results with creative visualisation we need to get into a relaxed state.

To enter in the relaxed state use the body scan meditation in chapter 2

Once you are totally relaxed, open your eyes and take a look at your goal and your list above. (This will not affect your relaxation)

Now start visualising your goal, try to use all of the senses!

  • Try and make the vision as clear as possible.
  • Feel the emotions!!!
  • What can you smell?
  • Make the sounds clear!
  • What are you touching? Is hard! Soft! Smooth!

 

If you’re like me!

You are struggling to nail down the emotions, I find a smile while you are visualising the goal really helps.

Try it right now! Close your eyes and relax, then simply smile.

It feels different, doesn’t it?

Of course, you may find it difficult to relax the first time you try visualising.

But the more you practice the better results you will have.

Like Morris Goodman and the thousands before you.

you will be absolutely astonished by the results!

You have seen proof on how Morris Goodman used the power of his own mind.

Now it’s your turn and really prove to yourself that you too, can live a life that is free from suffering and discomfort.

Let us take a little recap.

  • At the beginning we talked about accepting where you are right now and how to overcome resistance.
  • Then moving on with a better choice that helps your recovery.
  • Then we talked about taking full responsibility for your own recovery and the choices you make.
  • Even if you choose to take your doctor’s advice, you can still take responsibility for your own recovery.
  • How to set a goal and break it down into manageable action steps
  • Then, finally we went through how you can use the power of your own mind to reach your goals

 

I really hope these posts made you realise you do have a choice.

  • You can read it and do nothing!
  • Or read it and take action that changes you life!

 

Also, I would love to hear what’s going on in your life and if this post has helped you in any way.

Just put a comment below and I will answer a quick as I can!

Further Reading:

Morris Goodman
Case Study, Healing, Recovery

The Miracle Man… Doctors said “You Will Never Breath on Your Own, Speak or Walk Again” Well He Did!!! Part 1 of 2

Yes that’s right! Morris Goodman walked unaided, straight out the main entrance of the hospital.

Even though Morris was completely paralysed and his 1st and 2nd vertebrae were broken, he had no doubt about his recovery even when Doctors told him that he would not breath on his own, speak or walk again.
He states that it does not matter what they thought of me, the only thing that mattered is what I thought.

Morris realised that he controlled his destiny and would live with the consequences of the choices he made, and not the doctors, so he chose the most positive behaviour to aid his recovery.
He set his own goals and knew each individual targeted goal he would require to achieve his ultimate aim of walking out of the hospital by Christmas.

What are Your Goals?

How do you want to live Your Life?

“If you don’t have a dream or a goal how is it supposed to come true?” Morris Goodman Click to Tweet

I would argue that Morris naturally had the correct mindset to recover but that does not mean YOU cannot learn and develop a similar mindset to aid your own recovery.

This remarkable video demonstrates the tremendous mindset of The Miracle Man – Morris Goodman.

Here is what you are going learn from the miracle man…

  1. Find out why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  2. Why you need to take total responsibility for your own recovery
  3. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  4. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

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Why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…

Ok, let me ask you this, and really be completely honest with yourself! How are you feeling Right Now in this very moment?

  • How are you resisting?
  • Are You Feeling angry?
  • Frustrated or are you tense?
  • What is your body telling you?

Are you tense in the shoulders?…neck or stomach…are you clenching your fists?…Is you breathing shallow? Or maybe you have a headache!
What are you thinking right Now?

  • “Why me?”
  • “I wish it would just go way!”
  • “This is not how life should be”
  • Or just simply “ I am pissed off with it all”

Now you have a choice….You can accept it or resist it?

“What you resist will persist.” Buddhist Quote Click to Tweet

Let me explain,

The aim with the feeling of pain or discomfort is to observe it and not resist it.

Read that last sentence again. I know it sounds counter-intuitive but it is so important you understand and really take it in!

So what does that mean?

To put it simply, you just need to take a step back and take a real good look at your life.
Remember the pain and discomfort is only a part of your life. It may be a big part, but it’s only a part!

Now, take a deep breath and calmly say to yourself “I choose to accept whatever is happening to me right now”

Now ask yourself… “What is a better choice for me right now?”

Examples of better choices and resistance coping skills…

Laughter…

Laugh as much as you can, Ok you are not feeling your best but that doesn’t mean you cannot laugh. Watch a funny film, a comedian you know is funny or look up some funny Youtube videos.
The animal and children videos are my favourites; I can’t stop laughing at some of them, you know what I mean, that gut wrenching laughter where you just can’t stop.

Family and Friends…

Spend time with loved ones and friends that understand and support you on your path. Just being around the people you love is amazing, especially children, they make you laugh and are always doing something to keep your attention.

Acts of kindness…

At least once a day do an act of kindness to either someone you know or a complete stranger. It may just be a simple comment about someone’s appearance. Just do was feels right for you.
Gratitude…

Each day write down a list of things you are most grateful in your life. You could start with being grateful for your family and friends, a roof over your head or your pet that gives you so much pleasure. Once you start you will find it hard to stop.

Just think of the examples above as choices, nothing more nothing less. You do have choice!

  • Choose to resist it and focus on the pain with all the negative thoughts.
  • Choose to accept the pain and move on to more positive thoughts.

Ok, let’s move on.

Taking total responsibility for your own recovery…

Firstly, let’s take a look at Morris Goodman, he realised that he controlled his destiny and would live with the consequences of the choices he made

He took total responsibility; He did not let anyone stand in his way, not even the doctors.

The only person that can take responsibility for your recovery and your own life is YOU!

Take these examples…

  • In the west we would go to our doctor and ask how can YOU help me with my condition?
  • Now, in the east we would go the doctor and then ask how can I help myself to ease the pain and discomfort.

Can you see the difference? With the eastern example, we are taking responsibility for our own recovery.

Now, I am not saying that you ignore your doctor’s advice! But what I would say, you can still take full responsibility for your own recovery and help avoid other health issues in the future.

issues in the future.

Examples of taking full responsibility for your own recovery…

Eating well…

Having a healthy diet is one of most important things you can do to help you recover from pain and discomfort, and also helps prevents further problems in the future.

As you know there is so much advice out there on dieting and which are the right foods to eat. But my favourite is just so simple. It is from Louise L Hay,

“If it grows eat it …if it doesn’t grow don’t eat it”

How simple is that! If you just follow this simple advice from Louise L Hay to help your recovery, you will find that your energy levels will rise and you will look and feel healthier.

Exercise and fitness…

Keeping fit and healthy is another major part at taking full responsibility for your own recovery.

Of course we all have our own personal limits and challenges. But that does not mean we all cannot keep active. Even, if that is just 10 to 30 minutes.

Here are few examples…

Walking…

Start off at your own pace for about 10 minutes a day. When you find it getting too easy, increase to 15 minutes… then to 20 minutes… maybe 30 minutes. Do whatever feels right for you!  You will be simply amazed by the benefits.

Yoga, Pilates and T’ai Chi

Whatever challenges you’re going through in your life right now. Yoga, Pilates or T’ai Chi will have massive benefits, not just on your body, but also your mind.

You may have to do little research which one is best for you. As a guide, try to focus on the one that looks at Meditation, breathing and posture.

Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises

These can be as simple as turning your head to look over your shoulder or stretching your arm towards the ceiling. My advice is to have a chat with a physiotherapist to find which exercises suit your personal needs.

Your only responsibility is to stick with exercise plan. The physiotherapist can give you plan and give his advice, but you are the only one that can execute it.

Swimming…

I think this is a great choice! Whatever you may be going through, swimming is great for fitness and pain management. You can get amazing benefits at any fitness level or ability.

Just being in the water itself is enough to start with, as your body has to work harder to move around in the water.

Here are a few more.

  • hydrotherapy
  • Gentle aqua aerobics
  • Water polo
  • Walking or running in water

If you are not sure, take a visit to your doctor or your local swimming pool and take a look at what they have to offer.

Meditation…

Meditation is great way to relax and let go of the negative self-talk and reduce pain and discomfort.

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular, and has been shown in clinical trials to reduce chronic pain by 57 per cent.

That’s huge!!

Even some hospital pain clinics are now using mindfulness meditation to help their patients cope with a wide range of conditions and diseases.

Such as, Cancer.. heart disease… and Arthritis. It is also used for back problems, migraines and fibromyalgia.

Basically, whatever you may be going through, Meditation can help you far more than you could have ever imagined.

Now that you know what mindfulness meditation can do, let’s show you how it can help YOU!

The Body Scan Meditation…

If you have never experienced a body scan meditation before you are in for a real treat!

You do not have to expert meditator to feel the benefits. And you can start seeing results quickly.

Ok, let’s start,

Find a quiet place to lie down or sit, just do whatever feels right you. Turn of your phone and make sure you will not be disturbed for 20 minutes.

When you are comfortable, take 3 deep breaths in through nose and out through mouth. Then start to focus on your breathing, feel your chest going up and down.

If it feels natural try to take the breath right down into your belly.

Get into a rhythm…In and Out…In and Out…In and Out, as you start to relax.

You may start thinking negative thoughts or start to feel pain and discomfort, just smile and move your focus back to your breathing.

Now you are relaxed and still focusing on your breathing, you are going to focus on relaxing individual parts of your body….

  • Starting from your scalp then moving down to your forehead
  • Around your eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Continue working your way down your body to your toes.

By now you are totally relaxed, now with each out breath try to relax even more and just enjoy the feeling of being relaxed and in the moment.

When you are ready start to come back to full awareness, do this at your own in your own time. Just wait until you are fully back to awareness before carry on with your day.

And of course, Practice…Practice…Practice

The more you practice the deeper you will relax each time you do it.

The best time to practice is in the morning just before you get up as you are already relaxed from a night sleep.

I really hope you enjoyed the body scan meditation.

Now, as I mentioned before, taking total responsibility for your life and your recovery is a choice, nothing more nothing less!

If we take a look at Morris Goodman, he had accepted where was at that moment and took total responsibility for his goal, to walk out of the hospital unaided by Christmas.

Even though the doctors said he would not be able to breathe, talk, let alone walk out the front door of the hospital.

That brings us nicely to the end of this first part in which we have looked and discussed:

  • Find out why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  • Why you need to take total responsibility for your own recovery

In the second part of this post, which can be read here, we investigate:

  1. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  2. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

Until then take care.

Further Reading:

I Will Get Better
Healing, Pain, Recovery

I will get better!

Stating your intention that ‘I will get better!” is a strong affirmation of recovery from a disease, pain or illness.

As Ayn Rand said:

“It isn’t who is going to let me it is who is going to stop me”

Having the intention to recover and overcome gives us purpose.

Auto-suggestion, a form of self Hypnosis, suggests we say to ourselves as often as we can:

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better”

This saying will fully focus our subconscious mind on helping our body better.


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Being 100% responsible for our recovery, in my opinion, is one of the best ways to help ourselves because it enables us to orchestrate the best behaviours for the best possible chance of recovery.

We all know we are going to pass somewhen. But whilst we are alive we can always hope for the best outcome from whatever current situation we find ourselves in. As Thich Nhat Hanh said:

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

Choose life
Healing, Recovery

Can our minds delay extend our life?

This is an interesting question because if it means we have so much power within us, even if we don’t yet know it. So can our minds extend our life?

Some may feel this is a sombre subject to bring up. I would just say that no live person has ever reached the age of 200. So it is, pretty much, certain that we are all going to pass away at some point. So let’s accept it and use it as a tool to fully appreciate life. This allows us not to be shocked when our time does come, although we all want that to be as far away from now as possible.

I would like to share with you a few stories that I feel demonstrate the minds potential to delay death.

For the first time in a New York hospices history, not a single person died in a calendar month, that month was December 1999. After the first week of January, when the number were high, all the figures went back to the expected rates. Why do I feel this is? The patients wanted to see in the New Millennium so much that even death would not get in the way.


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I accept that had there been a severe failure of a major organ for one of the hospice’s residence there is nothing that could be done, but it does suggest to me that we can subconsciously (or even consciously) give up on life, due to lack or purpose.

Think of married couples who have been together for 40+ years and one passes away, the other half then can pass very shortly after or the time you hear or a grandparent who makes it to the wedding they have so wanted to go to before passing not long after.

And of course, there is the example of Tom who I discussed in our last post.

I would say that by listening to our intuition (Mind, Heart and Gut) we can discover what our purpose is for being alive and here? This will focus our mind on being alive.

Tom
Healing, Pain

How your mind can help you recover.

Here is a quick story to show you how your mind can help you recover.

For several weeks Tom had been having uncomfortable sensations in his chest resulting in a persistent cough and a difficulty in getting his breath. His doctor was concerned and prescribed him the usual drugs for this condition, however, none of them helped reduce the symptoms. Tom could still work, with a little help, but felt annoyed and tired.

After some time the GP referred him to the relevant specialist who admitted Tom to the hospital for a variety of different tests and procedures. After a few days he was discharged and went back to his day to day life with the symptoms unchanged, whilst awaiting the results.

After several days Tom was diagnosed with a fast-growing Cancer which the Consultant predicted would result in Tom having around a month or two to live.

Within a couple of days, Tom took a turn for the worse. He was now bed bound and work became impossible for him. He lost weight and needed constant nursing. The consultants prediction looked about right and Tom would indeed pass in the suggested timescale.

A second phone call from the hospital was about to change everything for Tom and his family. The very apologetic voice explained how the hospital had made a mistake. There had been a mix-up. Tom did not have cancer, he had an infection which could be treated with special drugs. Within a day Tom was up and about living his life, back at work, eating and walking. Interestingly he still had the chest symptoms but was now not dying.

This story was shared by Dr Vernon Coleman in his book Mind Over Body.

To me, this story clearly demonstrates the power of the mind and belief in aiding recovery and healing. It suggests that on occasions we behave the way think we should behave, rather than basing our behaviour on how we actually are feeling. Another point raised here is one that I feel very strongly about and that is doctors not stating how long they think a patient has to live. The Doctor knows a vast amount about the physical human body, but in my opinion not enough about an individual’s mind, beliefs, will and behaviours to accurately guess how long a patient has to live. Added to this the influence a professionals words has over an individual, especially one most likely in shock, their suggestion can become a lot like the self-fulfilling prophecy of a witch doctor. Dr Coleman puts it like this:

We think it is bizarre that there are people living in Africa or the West Indies who can be so terrified by a threat from a witch-doctor that they will go home and quietly die. Yet the only difference is that our witch-doctors wear white coats and stethoscopes instead of grass skirts and hideous masks. The Plain truth is that there is nothing in the world which has such a far-reaching effect on your health as your mind. The way you respond to stress, pressure and worry will determine the condition of you heart, circulatory system, stomach, respiratory system and every other organ and tissue in your body. It is your state of mind which determines what diseases you will develop and how long you will live.

It just goes to show how our beliefs can affect our body. We as humans are truly amazing beings and have much more control over our health than we ever thought possible.

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