Overcoming Depression
Pain, Recovery

How I Healed Myself From Depression and Got My Life Back Without Taking Pills!

According to the World Health Organization as you are reading this right now 300 million people worldwide are suffering with depression!

And the problem is getting worse each year.

It is also a major cause of disease and other major health problems.

I’m sure you agree these statistics are quite shocking.

But the fact is when you are going through the hell that is depression. You just don’t care about the other 299 million.

As I know depression is very personal. You feel that no one really understands how you feel and it can feel quite lonely.

Ok, you may go and see your doctor.

After only, a 15-minute chit chat on how you are feeling your doctor will more than likely give you some medication to help with all those bad feelings.

Some things cannot be fixed with a pill!

I was in the similar situation about 17 years ago. At the time, it was the lowest point in my life!

In fact, I even considered ending my life!

I was given anti-depressants, which I knew deep down were not going to work so chose not to take them.

This led to me going through counselling for 2 years, even though my therapist, Clive, was a huge help at that time.

For quite some time I did not really feel I was getting any better!

I just felt I was going around in circles and talking about the same stuff over and over again.

But then, I had a real breakthrough that changed everything!

And that is exactly what I am going to show you right now.

    • What you are going to learn today
    • How do you know if you have depression?
    • You do have a choice!
    • How to stop procrastinating and change your life.
    • The 9 steps that I personally used to heal myself from depression…

Ok, let’s get to it!

How do you know if you have depression?

You may be saying to yourself I have depression but the fact is unless you have had diagnoses from your doctor (which I highly recommend before you label yourself as depressed)

You really do not know for sure if you have depression or that you are simply feeling sad or a feeling down.

So to point you in the right direction here are the most common symptoms of depression…

Symptoms of Depression

If you think you have any of these symptoms constantly for more than two weeks you may have depression. As stated before making an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out is a good idea.

Like what happened to me your doctor may prescribe you medication or refer you to a therapist to help with a diagnosis. Or it could be both!

If you are diagnosed with depression it could be…..

Bipolar disorder…

Previously named manic depression a server type of depression where the individual may experience server mood swings and major depressed states.

Each episode could last up to weeks or even months in some cases.

Postpartum depression/postnatal depression…

This type of depression occurs when a woman has given birth; it generally develops 6-9 weeks after the birth. In some cases can be up to several months to develop.

There is no link with this type of depression to not loving the child and has nothing to do with your character. In fact, it is a clinical illness.

Seasonal Affective Disorder…

You may know of someone with this type of depression S.A.D for short.

The symptoms are typically the same as depression. However, S.A.D generally only happens when the days get shorter. Which means there is less sunlight?

Experts say that lack of sunlight is a major cause of S.A.D. an ultraviolet light can help relieve the symptoms.

But remember this!

Feeling sad time to time is a part of life. For example, if you are grieving the loss of a loved one or even after losing your job. It is only natural that we feel down from time to time.

The difference is that you feel that even though it is a bad time it will get better.

However, if you have depression you may feel that there is no way out. You keep repeating the same thoughts over and over again.

And if you keep thinking these negative thoughts it could eventually lead to major health problems in the future.

But the good news you can choose to do something about it! Depression can be treated.

Naturally or medically, in fact, it could be a combination of both, if you choose?

That moves us nicely on to the next chapter, it’s almost as if I planned it.


You do have a choice!

You may be thinking right now it can’t be that simple. But the simple fact is you have made the choices that have brought you to this point in your life.

But you can do something about it. You can make a different choice!

So let’s make a choice right now….

Choose to continue what you are doing.


Choose to take responsibly for your own life and start making different choices.

When I was going through depression 17 years ago I asked myself a simple question that changed my life.

Are the choices that I am making right now helping me to recover?

For me, the answer was a big fat NO!

So I made a choice right there and then in that very moment to take responsibility for my own recovery.

I started to meditate, eating healthy and made sure I had enough space and time to be gentle and supportive to myself.

I realised that you can only change in this moment, the past is gone the future is not here yet. Unless you have a time machine, you can’t change the past and you can’t predict the future.

It is only at this very moment that we can make a change!

So from this very moment make a choice to do something about the depression.

It’s time to do things differently!

However, for some of us, it’s not that simple.

Even though we all have good intentions at the start, life starts to get in the way. Part of you wants to move forward and the other half wants things to stay the way they are.

Basically, we are procrastinating, even if we desperately want things to change.

And before you know it you are back to your old habits. Focusing on the negative thoughts and feeling there is no hope.

To help beat procrastination watch this video below:

Let’s make this very clear…

You are the only one who is going to do it!

But just think of what life will be like on the other side, a life where depression does not rule your life.

So let’s not put it off any longer… it’s time to finally do something to change your life, or like in my case, save it!

You may ask…How can you be so sure?

Because I have had depression and came out the other side.

And it all started by making the choice to do something about it.

Now I want you to break free from the shackles of depression and start living the life you truly deserve.

So let me share a video with you about how I beat depression and changed my life.

Before I start, these helpful tips that I am about to show, I believe, can work for anyone; you don’t need special training. I am just a normal person, just like you.

Ok, let’s get started and see if it can change your life!

I am sure you are aware that there may be others reading this post that may have similar challenges to yourself.

So why not put a comment below and let them know what you are going through and any successes you may have had.

In fact, you may be able to help them in some way?

I will also answer any questions you may have regarding your own challenges, I love to help.

Best wishes

NB: Just as a side note, For the last 6 years I have volunteered as a Listener for the Samaritans, a UK charity whose aim is that fewer people die by suicide. I spend 3 hours each week listening and offering emotional support to callers who are in distress and despair. On top of this for the last 4 years, I have been a qualified trainer of both new Samaritans going through their Initial Training as well as offering On-Going-Training to existing and long-serving Samaritans. Of all the things I have done in my life, volunteering for the Samaritans is by far the most rewarding, though as you can imagine, because of the experiences I’ve shared in this post, that is not the reason I do it.

12 totally natural ways to stop and prevent a headache without popping a pill.
Healing, Pain

12 totally natural ways to stop and prevent a headache without popping a pill.

Got a headache eh!

With all the stresses of modern life, it’s really not that surprising we get painful headaches.

Traffic jams, work issues, late nights or even sorting out the children in the mornings to get ready for school.

I’m sure you could add much more to that list!

And then on top of all that we have a painful headache.

And if we are completely honest with ourselves we would go straight for the aspirin or ibuprofen.

In fact, we would do almost anything to make the pain go away.


What if I told you not only can you cure a painful headache without resorting to any medication, but also you can prevent.

Well! That is exactly what I am going show you!

In fact,

let’s get to it!

What you are going to learn…

  • Types of headaches and what the triggers are.
  • 5 totally natural ways to get rid of that headache.
  • 7 natural ways to prevent headaches ruining your life.


Types of headaches and what the triggers are.

You may be thinking to yourself a headache is a headache!

But the fact is there are 150 types of headaches!

Now before you leave and go a check Facebook, we are only going to cover the 4 most common headaches.

Of course, check with your doctor to make sure you have the right diagnosis so that you know there are no other serious underlying problems.

But to point you in the right direction and have some idea what type of headache you are suffering from here is a simple guide to show what signs you should be looking out for…

Tension headaches

This is by far the most common headache we will be talking about today. It affects mainly teenagers and adults.

The pain is not so as intense as, let’s say a migraine.

Neither the less, tension headaches can be very uncomfortable.

The pain is felt across the forehead and can happen at any time, depending on a daily routine.

The Triggers

  • Alcohol
  • Eye strain (staring at a computer screen for too long)
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Smoking
  • Cold conditions
  • Driving for long periods
  • Stress
  • Not drinking enough water


When we have a painful headache we assume it must be a migraine.

That is not always the case.

A migraine is often described as a deep throbbing pain that can last hours and even days in some cases

A migraine suffer describes that they are sensitive to flashing lights, loud noises, blurry vision and even experience the feeling of nausea.

The triggers

  • Processed foods
  • Missing meals
  • Old mature cheese
  • Bright lights
  • Continuous load noise
  • Caffeine
  • Change in weather pressure
  • Too much medication

Cluster headaches

People who suffer from cluster headaches describe them as an intense piercing pain behind one of the eyes that can last up to 15 minutes to as long as 2 hours.

The pain can be so bad that people begin to pace up and down to try and get away from the pain in some way.

Suffers also notice that there is redness around the eye and may even have some tears.

However, it’s also one of the most painful!


  • Cigarette smoke
  • Too much alcohol
  • Flashing lights
  • Lack of sleep
  • Too much intense exercise
  • Dehydrated

Sinus headaches

This type of headache is caused when your sinuses get inflamed (sinus infection)

People experiencing a sinus headache usually have a runny nose with bright green mucus and a feeling of heaviness around the ears.

In some cases, people may have a fever and even a swollen face.


  • Weather starts to cool down
  • Clocks go back
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Home cleaners
  • Mould and damp conditions
  • Inhaling smoke

Ok, you now know the 4 most common headaches and there triggers.

However, I’m sure you would agree all of the above information is no good to us unless we can actually stop the pain and get rid of a headache.


As stated before the easy option is to go straight for pills.

But the fact is there are natural ways to stop a headache right in its tracks.

Whether that is a tension headache, migraine, cluster headache or even a sinus type headache.

So if you are ready, let’s move on to the next step…

5 totally natural ways to remove that headache.

1. Drinking water

I personally like this one; the reason is I know it works.


Well, I feel Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj from Masaru Emoto’s book ‘The Healing Power of Water’ explains it quite well.

It is chronic water shortage in the body that causes most diseases of the human body.

Dehydration is one of the main causes of headaches, so drinking some water as soon as you feel a headache coming on is going to be a massive help in stopping that headache pain.

This can happen quicker than you think! Depending on how dehydrated you are.

So when you feel a headache coming on…

  1. Start by drinking a glass or two of water.
  2. Continue taking small sips of water to keep the water flowing into your system.
  3. After about half an hour in you still have a headache, repeat until you feel relief from the pain.
  4. Keep drinking water throughout the rest of your day.

A quick tip! Do not drink water that is ice cold; try to drink water at room temperature. I am sure you have experienced brain freeze, not cool!

And seeing as prevention is better than cure here is a quick guide to how much water to drink daily to keep hydrated.

2. Body relaxation

As a certified hypnotherapist, I know this is right up there as a top natural headache buster!

When we experience a painful headache we are more than likely stressed tense and overwhelmed.

So any form of relaxation is going to release all of the stress that is causing your headache.

Here are some of the most effective relaxation techniques for you try

First up is…

Meditation has been used for thousands of years to help relax the mind and body.

If you have never tried it, you are in for a real treat.

Just watch the video and let me guide you through a meditation that will not only relax you but also help you get rid of that headache.


Hope you enjoyed that!

On to the next…

3. Deep breathing

Deep breathing or belly breathing is another relaxation technique that can help to release the tension and stress that may be causing your headache.

You can do it anywhere at any time as long as you are not driving or using machinery that needs your undivided attention.

And the best part, it is very simple to learn,

Just one thing…

Just don’t fall asleep!  Joking aside, here are the steps…

  1. If possible, find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
  2. Start to take notice of your breathing.
  3. Now take in 3 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  4. Try to get into a rhythm… breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds and repeate.
  5. On each out-breath relax deeper and deeper, feel yourself sinking into the chair.
  6. Keep going around 4 minutes or until you feel you are ready to come back to full awareness.

How easy was that!

I have used this many times to release discomfort. And it works for me every time. It is not just me who uses that technique to ease discomfort the Navy Seals and Eastern Mystics do too!

In fact, you can even do this standing up!

Ok, let’s move on to the next…

4. Visualisation

Try the visualisation below and let me know how much it helps your headache disappear.

5. Darkroom Relaxing

This may sound a little strange but it is a fantastic way to relieve headache pain.

When you feel a headache coming on stop whatever you are doing and find a dark quiet room. If you cannot find a dark room wear an eye mask to cover your eyes.

Tell the people around you that you do not want to be disturbed for 20 minutes, especially if you are in a room with people around you.

Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes and simply relax. You may also want to combine one of the above relaxation techniques to deepen your calmness.

You will be pleasantly surprised how effective this works.

Now that you have the natural tools in your locker to remove a headache there, hopefully, will be no need whatsoever to reach for a painkiller ever again.

In fact, I would go as far to say from personal experience that the natural techniques above are much more effective than a headache pill.


I’m sure you would agree, preventing a headache is far better than having a headache.

As the saying goes “Prevention is better than cure!

Of course, there are going to be times when a painful headache will rear its ugly head but the percentage of headaches will be reduced dramatically.

Let’s move on to the next step.

7 natural ways to prevent headaches ruining your life.

1. Regular exercise

In my opinion, exercise is an absolute must if we are serious about preventing headaches.

But, you have to be consistent!

The key to getting into the habit of regular exercise is…


If you enjoy it, it does not feel like exercise!

Here are a few examples that have been proven to lower blood pressure.

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Or even yoga

Do a bit of research, find an exercise you enjoy and keep at it!

You will be absolutely amazed at the results!

2. Healthy diet

There’s much confusion about what the most effective healthy diet is.

But in fact! It’s really simple!

Stop eating:

  • Saturated fatty food
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Processed food/meat
  • Too much alcohol

I think you get the picture! Not very healthy!

So! Instead of eating and drinking that stuff!

Try eating:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Lean meat
  • Whole grains
  • Natural nuts
  • Unprocessed fish

Now, this is real food that will not only help prevent headaches. It will also make you feel healthier.

The late Louise L Hay summed up healthy eating in only a few words…

If it grows eat it!

If it doesn’t grow don’t eat it!

I told you it was simple!

It does not need any explaining

If you want to learn more about how to eat healthily read this article.

3. Cut down on the alcohol

Now I am not saying you have to give up alcohol altogether.

In fact, small amounts of alcohol can actually be good for you!

However, if you are having a drink every day, then you’re probably drinking too much and can actually increase the occurrences of your headaches

To combat this…

Save drinking alcohol for the weekends or on special occasions.

You will also find that you will look forward to it more which also adds to the enjoyment!

Try it, it really does work!

4. If you smoke. Quit smoking

I’m sure you know that smoking is bad for you.

Not only preventing headaches but also for lots of other major health problems.

In fact, people of any age that stop smoking will not only be much healthier in general, they will actually change the day they die!

You may have tried to give up before or you are still struggling to give up smoking?

Try one of these options…

  • Nicotine patches/tablets
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Support group


The fact is anyone who has quit smoking will tell you that not only do they not get so many headaches but they also feel a lot fitter!

So if it works for them then it can work for you!

5. Get a good nights sleep

Adults should be having at the very least 7 to 8 hours of sleep.

If you are having trouble sleeping you may want to look at your bedtime routine.

Try this before you go to bed every night

  • Don’t eat and drink anything 2 hours before you go to bed
  • If you can try to start winding down. Dim the lights or light some candles to create a relaxing atmosphere.
  • When you feel yourself getting tired make your way to your bed. If you have a TV in your room unplug it or remove it completely. Your bed is now only for making love and sleeping!
  • Once you are in bed focus on your breathing until you drop off into a deep sleep. If you still find it difficult to drop off to sleep one of the relaxation methods we spoke about earlier should help.

The key to this method is keeping the same routine 95% of the time.

Give it a go you have nothing to lose!

6. Staying hydrated

We spoke earlier about how to stop a headache when it rears its ugly head with drinking lots of water.

But what I did not mention is that if you have a headache your body is already shouting give me some freaking water right now!

So, the best way to prevent yourself getting dehydrated is to drink plenty of water throughout your day.

This is a good habit to get into!

7. Reduce stress

This is by far the most effective thing you can do right now if want to prevent headaches occurring on a regular basis

Chronic stress is a major contributor in developing frequent headaches and other chronic health problems

With our busy lives, we are always on the go and more than likely do not even know we are even feeling stressed!

But, everybody reacts to stress in different ways, so it can be hard to nail down what you’re actually stressed about!


Our behaviours and action can give us clues…

  • Eating too much
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Out of character mood swings
  • Withdrawn

Also, we need to a step back and look at what our stress triggers are!

Basically, what is worrying you the most?

It may be…

  • Work problems
  • Family issues
  • Money problems
  • Chronic illness

The good news is!

That once you know what the problems are you can manage your stress more effectively!

Here are some ways you can manage stress more effectively…

Don’t expect too much of yourself

Trying to please everyone and control every situation is impossible.

But there are small things that you can do to reduce stress.

For example…

You may be rushing around in the mornings to get ready for work because in the back of your mind if I don’t leave soon I am going to be stuck in traffic for hours!

Why not try getting up a bit earlier or have everything ready the night before. Just through planning and change of routine, your stress could be reduced.

This simple change will give more time in the mornings instead of rushing around and feeling stressed.

Also, throughout the day, if you feel that you don’t have the time to do a task, learn to say no!

We have all been there, we said yes to something and then realised we have little or no time to do it.

So, we try to fit it in or rush it! Mainly because we don’t want to let the person down!

But if you said no! Sorry! I have not got the time I am sure the person would be fine with it! And find someone else or just wait until you do have the time?

There are only 24 hours in the day, not 30. as much as we wish that were the case.

Talk to them

This may also apply to family and friends or even the mortgage company!

If you talk to them about your problems in my experience it can be a massive relief. It’s better than burying our heads in the sand and hoping the problem will just go away.

In fact, just simply talking about our problems can be enough to reduce stress in our lives.

Now, you may have a boss that is always on your case, always putting you down and you are just plain fed up with it!

It just seems to be you!

Why not try talking to him/her face to face.

Ok, it might be a bit scary. At least you will get an answer either way!

The thing is your boss might be having his own problems, and therefore might not even know that you’re feeling this way.

So a simple chat just might make your boss realise how he/she has been treating you!

Of course, you may get a negative reaction?

So you may want to start looking at other options! Like getting another job!

The thing is your health is more important!

Make time relax!

For me, as a hypnotherapist, taking the time to relax is one of the most important things you can do to reduce stress.

And one the best ways to relax is through your breathing.

You only need 15 to 20 minutes a day and a place where you will not be disturbed. The best times are either in the morning just as you wake up or just before you go to sleep.

Whatever you choose just make sure you don’t speed through it!

This is your time to relax and to enjoy the experience.

To start to relax, close your eyes and gently breathe in through your nose and slowly out through your mouth.

Try to get into a nice slow rhythm,

If any thoughts come up just let them go.

This may take a bit of getting used too, as your mind is always bringing up thoughts.

Keep going as long as you can, then come back to full awareness!

If you find it difficult to relax, listen to relaxing sounds of nature or our relaxation mp3

Or go back to the videos we looked at earlier.

Now, if you get into the habit of doing this every day you will simply be amazed at the results!

We have covered a lot today but now you have tools in your locker to stop and prevent headaches without even looking for your pills.

Take the responsibility for your own wellbeing and health. The benefits will far outweigh the thought of living with chronic headaches for the rest of your life.

Please comment below if you would like to share any other natural method that has cured or prevented a headache.

Please do ask if you have any questions, I love to help!

Until the next time,


Healing, Pain

4 steps on how to quit smoking for good and never look back!

If you are reading this right now I will assume you want to give up smoking.

Or you‘re seriously thinking about it!

Now at this point I could give you a lecture on how bad smoking is for your health.

But you already know that!

Even when the packet of cigarettes has graphic pictures to try to put you off taking another puff of the chemically enhanced killing stick.

And do they work? NO!

So! I am going take it that you are really serious about kicking your smoking habit right out of your life for good, to give yourself the best chance to longer!

If you are still here I will take that as a YES!

Let’s get to it…

What you are going to learn from this post

  • Why your smoking addiction is more than just a habit.
  • 4 steps to quit smoking for good and never look back!
  • Discover what happens to your lungs when you stop smoking.
  • The number one thing you must do if you have a relapse.


Why your smoking addiction is more than just a habit!

As I mentioned earlier I’m not going to go on about why smoking is bad for you. You just need to know how to quit!

And let’s get real here it is not going to be a walk in the park either!

If you have tried to give up before you know first-hand what a challenge it can be. With the obvious addiction, smoking is also part of your life.

  • You are always taking smoking breaks at work with your workmates…
  • Every time you have a drink you feel that you have a cigarette…
  • Most of your family and friends you socialise with, regularly smoke, which are always sharing cigarettes…
  • When you feel under pressure you go straight for the packet of cigarettes…
  • You simply enjoy smoking…
  • At certain times of the day, you have to have a smoke, maybe first thing in the morning or just before you go into work.


Does it sound familiar to you?

More than likely the answer is yes! In fact you may have more to add to that list.

This is why it is not only tough to stop the addition; you also have to come to terms that your day to day routine is going to have to change.

In fact, I would go as far to say that your addiction to smoking and you daily routine is like a deadly partnership.


This does not mean it is not possible to give up smoking. Thousands of people are giving up this deadly habit every single day.

So there is absolutely no reason why you cannot do the same.

With that in mind let’s show you how to quit smoking and never look back!

4 steps to quit smoking for good and never look back!


Step 1. Give yourself a reason.

If you don’t have a goal to work towards to keep you motivated you will probably full of the wagon very quickly.

So you have got to ask yourself “why do I need to give up?”

Your answer may be something like this…

  • I want to be able to play with my kids without getting out of breath.
  • Want to feel healthier and live longer so that I can be with my family as long as possible.
  • Set a good example to your children.
  • Treat yourself with the money you have saved.


Of course, this is very personal to you.

Now you have your goal, write it down on a small piece of paper in the present tense.

Here is example…

“Now that I have given up smoking I am so happy that I can run around with my kids without getting out of breath”

Or it could even be a picture of your kids?

Whatever you choose, carry this small piece of paper around everywhere you go. You could even put it in the packet of cigarettes.

Also, write on the piece of paper a set date when you will have given up completely.

This will give the motivation to keep on track.

Step 2. Tell everyone that you know.

Be brave! Tell everyone you know that you will have given up smoking by your set date and tell them why you are giving up.

While you are on a roll, also ask them not to smoke around you and don’t offer you cigarettes.

This will give you, even more, motivation to give up smoking, even if it is to avoid them, I told you so speech.

You may find that someone will try to give up smoking as well; they just needed the incentive to do it.


Step 3. Your triggers and routine.

As you start on your journey to kick your smoking habit you are going to notice when you crave a cigarette the most.

As we talked about before, your smoking habit is ingrained in your day to day routine that we do not even notice the patterns until we start to give up smoking.

It’s only then we start to realise when our cravings at their strongest.

For example;

  • When you are at your local bar, you have a drink in your hand and you need to have something to put in your mouth (i.e. a cigarette)
  • Early mornings as you wake up or with cup of coffee in the morning you need to have a craving for a cigarette.
  • Lunch breaks at work or just before work you feel the need to have a smoke.
  • When you feel under pressure, like at work, for example, you reach straight for the packet of cigarettes

Once you know what your triggers and routines you will find it far much easier to control them.

Step 4. Dealing with cravings

Knowing how to deal with a craving when it rears its ugly head is must if you are going to be successful in reaching your goal to give smoking.

So to keep you on track here are some simple ways to beat those cravings.


If you get the urge to put something in your mouth (i.e. cigarette) try to have a healthy snack close to hand.

  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Apple
  • Nuts

Do whatever you think would work for you; try to keep it healthy if you can.


10 minutes of regular exercise a day is a great way to lower the intensity of your cravings. You will also feel much healthier and happier.

In fact, making overall better health and lifestyle choices, alongside regular exercise is not only good to help stop the cravings.

But also combat the weight gain ex-smokers experience once they have given up smoking.

Here are a few suggestions…

  • Healthy balanced diet ( link to food rules post)
  • Breathing exercises.
  • Making sure you are getting enough sleep.
  • Drink plenty of water.



Try to distract yourself when you experience a craving by trying to keep busy

This will take your mind of the thought of having another cigarette. Just make sure you don’t procrastinate, once you start to feel like you want have sneaky smoke do something else to distract yourself as quickly as possible!

  • Cooking
  • If you have a child, play a game with them.
  • Listen to some music
  • Find a hobby or a sport that enjoy
  • Take a shower
  • Go for a run
  • Look at your written goal.


Basically, anything you can think of that will stop you thinking about your craving.

Ok, let’s move on…

You are now well on your way to nicotine freedom.

You may be thinking, is all this work making any difference to my long term health.

When I have given up smoking for good how long will it take to be as healthy as person who has never smoked?

Keep reading and I will show…

Discover what happens to my lungs when I stop smoking?

Conventional medicine has brainwashed us into thinking our bodies are weak and needs all the help it can get to recover from disease and chronic pain.

This is simply not true!

Our bodies and minds are super healing machines, this never stops! No matter what your age!

In fact, you could not stop this healing power it if wanted to!

Do you realise your body is not the same as it was yesterday and it will not be the same tomorrow or the day after that.

That includes your cells, skin, muscles, bones and of course your lungs. In fact, your whole body is rebuilding itself every single minute.

So now that you know this do think that your lungs and overall health can improve. Or even go back to the same as a healthy person who has never smoked in their life.

Well in short, yes!

And this is what happens when you stop smoking.


The number one thing you must do if you relapse

You may be thinking 20 years is a long time,

But the fact is, it will be even longer if do not start right now!

As I have shown you, your body is well on its way to recovery after only 3 days!


This was never going to be a walk in the park and you may have a relapse and have a quick cigarette or two.

If this does happen, don’t be too hard on yourself. Most smokers may have as much as 5 relapses and still manage to quit.

Relapses happen often happen in the first week.

If this does happen to you, don’t give up! Brush yourself down and go again.

My advice is don’t hang about, do it as quick as possible, don’t start thinking all the negative thoughts on that why’s and how’s.

It’s in the past there is nothing you can do about it now!  Don’t procrastinate, move on!

Here is a video I created a little while ago regarding procrastination, it may have a few nuggets to help you get started:

Remember thousands of smokers are giving up every day and there is no reason at all that you cannot give smoking as well.

You also have a great resource in front of you right now to give up smoking and never look back.

Let me know below if this was any help in any way. Maybe you could share this with someone who has struggled to give up in the past.

After all, it’s free!

That’s all for today speak soon,


Healing, Pain

How to naturally heal yourself from Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions that people suffer with.

So if you are struggling to cope with this life sucking chronic disease.

You are not alone!

It’s estimated Fibromyalgia affects 10 million people, just in the US alone…

And to make matters worse.

Your doctor will find it difficult to pin down a diagnosis.

So, how do we know if we might have Fibromyalgia?

And more importantly, how do we treat it naturally?

Let’s find out!

What you are going to learn

  • What is Fibromyalgia?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • How to live with Fibromyalgia.
  • How to heal yourself from Fibromyalgia.

What is Fibromyalgia?

If we want to treat this life sucking chronic disease. We have to know what we are dealing with.

We need to know what Fibromyalgia is…

Only then can we move forward and take back control of our lives.

Ok, let’s get to it.

Fibromyalgia or Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a condition where the constant pain is felt throughout the body.

Women are 10 times more likely to manifest the disease than men.

People suffering from Fibromyalgia also experience tender points at various points on the body

This could include muscle cramps and joint pain to name but a few.

Another side effect is feeling tired or fatigued, which can lead to anxiety and depression.

Now I’m sure you would like me to say there is one test that gives an accurate diagnosis.

I am sorry to say there is not!

The fact is your GP or even a specialist will have their work cut out just to nail down a concrete diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. It gets worse, (I know I’m laying it on thick but it will get better I promise!)

And when your GP finally sits you down and says “I’m sorry you have Fibromyalgia”

You will find out that conventional medicine has no cure for Fibromyalgia.

Amazing isn’t it! All the research and Billions of $$$$$$$$ and yet conventional medicine have no cure!

Except giving you painkillers and the advice that you are going to have to live with it! I am sure you agree that is not what you want to hear.


There are things we can do ourselves that have dramatic results on how we cope with this life sucking disease on daily basis.

As I will show you later, even though conventional medicine has no cure for Fibromyalgia this does not mean Fibromyalgia cannot be cured.

There are many proven cases of ordinary people just like you and me that are now living a life without the stranglehold of pain all over the body and all the other symptoms that come with Fibromyalgia.

Before I show you how you can cope of even heal from Fibromyalgia we need to know what the symptoms are.

Of course, you will need to check with your local GP to confirm if you have the disease.

So here are the main symptoms of Fibromyalgia to look for…

What are the most common symptoms?

I spoke about some of the symptoms briefly at the start of this post, so now we are going to look at the most common symptoms.

  1. Pain
  2. People suffering from FMS experience pain all over the body. The pain can be unique to each individual person.

    Here are some examples…

    • A deep sharp pain.
    • Dull and throbbing pain,
    • Aching pain in the muscles and tendons (especially around the joints)
    • Joints are tender to the touch.
  1. Tiredness and Fatigue
  2. We all feel tired from time to time but this is a walk in the park compared to what FMS sufferers experience on day to day basis.

    Just think of the last time you had the flu or you had been travelling for many hours and even how simple tasks seemed impossible to carry out because you were so tired.

    Well, this is what an average Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience most of the day and night.

    I am sure you would agree this will dramatically affect our lives in general, such as work, shopping and even socialising.

  1. Restless sleep
  2. It goes with saying that if you are in constantly in pain then getting a refreshing night’s sleep is going to be, let’s say a little difficult!

    If you turn over in the night you are going to be disturbed with a shot of pain on a joint that is tender to the touch.

    And even if an FMS sufferer does manage to sleep, they generally still feel tired and fatigued when they get up in the morning.

    This also leads to lack of concentration or as many FMS describe it ‘mental fog’, you may have heard the nickname “fibro fog”

  1. Headaches
  2. Another common side effect is a throbbing headache that is usually around the temples or above the eyes.

    The pain can move down the neck and even as far as the shoulders.

    Sufferers of Fibromyalgia claim that the pain is far worse than a normal headache, such as a migraine for example.

    Also, one of the main differences is that bright lights or even a loud noise will trigger a headache and could last for as much as two days.

  1. Depression
  2. With all the daily challenges while living with Fibromyalgia it really is not surprise sufferers develop depression.

    They have to deal with the lack of sleep, headaches and not to mention the constant pain. Also, we may have to give up activities that we enjoyed that made us happy.

    The fact is depression affects each person differently and cannot just be linked to Fibromyalgia.

    You need to find out what your own stress triggers are and get support if needed.

As stated before Fibromyalgia is a complicated disease. So my advice is if you feel that you have FMS, take a visit to your GP.

And if you do get the news that you have Fibromyalgia at least you can start to do something about it. Or at the very least make it easier to cope with.

In fact, let’s do that right now!


How to live with Fibromyalgia.

Ok, let’s say, for argument sake, that you have been given the news that you have Fibromyalgia.

Your GP may give medication to cope with the symptoms such as:

  • Tramadol (strong pain killer)
  • Antidepressants (improve function and pain relief)
  • Medication used to Parkinson Disease patients

These may be affective, but in the long term they are not getting to the real cause of the problem.

This is where Complementary Therapies can help…

  1. Acupuncture
  2. I am sure you have heard of acupuncture before. But what you may not know is that the Chinese have used acupuncture to treat chronic pain for 4000 years.

    It works by inserting needles into certain points on the body called acupoints. These points are located along what is known as meridians.

    This releases blocked energy in the body and allowing the natural flow of healing energy called Qi.

    So if you have, let’s say a headache! An acupuncture practitioner would locate the point on your body where the energy is blocked; it may be a combination of many points that is causing the blocked energy.

    He or she would insert the needles and twist them to releases the energy/pain. In this case your headache.

    Acupuncture is used by 3.1 Million Americans each year to cope with chronic pain like Fibromyalgia.

    I am no expert in this field so if you would like to learn more here is a link.

  1. Exercise
  2. Really! Mark, are you serious!

    I thought I had to rest and reduce my activity not start going for runs around the block!

    Yes ok, it used to be advised by doctors that any exercise would increase the development of Fibromyalgia.

    But now scientific research has proved that light daily exercise is beneficial to control the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

    Here are some that you may want to try…

    • Swimming
    • Light stretching
    • Yoga
    • Tai chi
    • Pilates

    Further research studies have also shown that regular exercise boosts natural endorphins in the body. This not only helps reduce pain but also helps to reduce stress and anxiety and not to mention depression.

    Start off slow at the beginning and then increase the intensity as you feel more confident.

    If you do, I am sure you will be amazed by the results.

  1. Chiropractic treatment
  2. Chiropractic treatment is a popular complementary treatment for chronic pain associated with Fibromyalgia.

    The idea around Chiropractic treatment is that the body is a self-healing machine. The goal of the Chiropractor is to reduce pain and discomfort by using precise movements around the spinal vertebrae.

    This allows restricted or even slightly out of alignment bones to be released and put back into the natural position.

    And in turn, you would feel less pain and discomfort.

    Here are some of the most common problems that are treated by a Chiropractor…

    • Fibromyalgia (pressure points)
    • Joint pain
    • Headaches
    • Back pain
    • Muscle cramps

    If you are interested and want to find out more here are some links for more in-depth information…



  1. Massage therapy
  2. There are many types of massage you could try that will help you with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

    • Reflexology
    • Swedish massage
    • Trigger point therapy
    • Hot stone massage

The only thing I would say is that you make sure they are experienced in dealing with Fibromyalgia patients.

Whichever one you choose studies has shown that it helps with a wide variety of Fibromyalgia symptoms…

  • Improved sleep
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Fatigue

Do a bit of research and choose one that you feel is right for you. I am sure you will see the changes in your life.

How to heal yourself from Fibromyalgia

Ok now we have shown you how you can cope with Fibromyalgia. Whether you use the conventional medicine route or maybe even complimentary treatments.

Of course, it could be a combination of both!

The problem is that they are not a cure for Fibromyalgia, even though they are very effective at treating the symptoms.


Fibromyalgia is curable!

There are hundreds of testimonials from people like you and me who have healed themselves completely from Fibromyalgia.

Just type “examples of people healing themselves from Fibromyalgia” into Google and take a look for yourself.

But your doctor will tell you that there is no cure! Even though there is evidence proves otherwise.


Today’s multi-billion dollar medical systems and doctors only look at the symptoms…

If we are in pain we are given medication.

If we are feeling depressed we are given anti-depressants.

And if we are still in pain we are most likely given stronger medication.

Ok, it might help with the pain and discomfort for a short period of time but when the effects of the medication wear off, we are back to feeling the pain and discomfort.

And to make matters worse you cannot take another pill because you are only allowed to take a certain amount of the medication in 24 hours.

The only way to stop this vicious cycle is to take personal responsibility and look to treat the underlying cause of the disease, in this case, Fibromyalgia.

When it comes to sufferers of chronic pain such as Fibromyalgia, back pain, joint pain and even cancer in some cases, there is a common underlying cause.

Repressed anger!

What is going on in your life that is making you angry?

  • Fed up with your boss nagging at you every day
  • Living with abusive partner
  • Angry that you always have to put your life on hold to please others.
  • Angry at that the doctors just do not believe you are in so much pain, just because they can find it on an X-ray.

It could be something that happened in the past that still makes you angry!

  • Still angry that your partner left you with nothing.
  • Angry you have not seen your children because your ex will not let you see them.
  • You were abused in some way when you were little.
  • Your mum or dad did not show you any love when you were a child.

Now this anger is like blowing up a balloon. The balloon can only take so much air (anger!) before it cannot take any more and the balloon goes bang.

In your life time, you have been storing all this anger and it has got to come out!

And more than likely the anger will manifest as pain in the body.

You may have heard of a man called Dr Sarno, if you have never heard of him here is a video where he talks about emotions like anger and how releasing it cures people from lower back pain.

However, as you will see the same applies to other chronic diseases that doctors cannot find a cure for.

Take look…

Ok we know that it is more than likely that anger is causing our pain and discomfort

But how do we release this anger?

How anger manifests as pain in the body and how you can deal with it.

While we are bottling up our emotions our nervous system activates our fight, flight or freeze response without us being consciously aware of it.

As this is going on, oxygen in our blood is directed to all the major organs ready to deal with any threat.

And this means the smaller parts of the body such as our muscles, nerves, joints and tendons receive very little oxygen.

This all creates tension and physical pain in the body. It’s really that simple!

This all comes from when we were cavemen/women dealing with the very real threat of a sabre tooth tiger attacking us from anywhere, anytime!

Of course, we do not have to deal with all this sort of nonsense nowadays. We have other problems!

  • Striving for perfection
  • Always working hard
  • Worrying about everything
  • Very competitive
  • Critical of themselves
  • Low self-esteem

But the fight, flight response is still within us. Still protecting us!

So, how do you control this natural response?

In short, through your breathing!

Now, I am talking about slow deep breathing.

There are some techniques that help you control your breathing, Such as, Hypnosis, meditation or even visualisation.

But if you want quick results,

There is a great technique called belly breathing!

Here is a free mp3 that I have personally created for you.

Download the Belly Breathing mp3

So whenever you are in pain or feel stressed find a quiet place and listen to the mp3.

You will be absolutely blown away with the results.

We have now come to the end of our little chat and now it is time to take action.

Go back to the start and really give it a go, what is the best that can happen?

I believe in you; you can do this!

But, as always if you have any questions, and I mean any!

Feel free to contact me and share this post with anyone who is suffering from fibromyalgia or any other chronic disease, it could change their life!

Also, please leave a comment below to let me know how fibromyalgia affects your life and if this post has helped in any way.

Look forward to hearing from you!


Got my life back

Discover how I overcame pain and got my life back

Are you in pain, right now?

Does the pain just seem to take over your whole life!

Whether it is a sore back, a sports injury, joint pain or that twinge when you move in a certain way!

Basically, you are fed up with it!

Ok, you may be taking medication to control the pain or mental distress.

But, really deep down you know this is not the answer!

So what is the answer?

Well, we have to take responsibility and change the way we react to pain and discomfort.

There are thousands of real-life examples of people controlling pain with just their minds and a number of proven techniques.

So, put your doubt on the top shelve and let me show you how to control your pain and get your life back!

A life that where pain no longer rules your life!

What you are going to learn

  • Why you need to do this
  • Discover why controlling your pain without pills or surgery is possible
  • 3 proven techniques to naturally control pain
  • Stop procrastinating and get your life back.


Why you need to do this!

How long have you been suffering from pain or mental distress?

Weeks, months or maybe it’s been years.

Like most of us, to control your pain you may be taking medication or even had to undergo painful surgery.

Now I want you to totally honest with yourself!

Are you still in pain, even though you have tried everything the doctor suggested?

  • You have taken Medication where the doses keep getting higher and higher
  • The painful surgery may have had little or no effect
  • The counselling did not work

Now, let me ask you this…

If things haven’t changed, then why would the next day, weeks, months or even years be any different if you are doing the same things that are not worked in the past?

“The definition of insanity is doing the same things over again and expecting different results” TWEET THIS

I was in the similar situation about 17 years ago.

At the time, it was the worse point in my life!

In fact, it was I so bad I considered ending my life!

This led me into counselling for 2 years, even though my therapist Clive was a huge help at that time.

I did not really feel I was getting any better!

I just felt I was going around in circles and talking about the same stuff over and over again.

But then, I had a real breakthrough that changed everything!

I realised I was the only one who had made the choices that brought me to that point in my life. I accepted where I was at that very moment and took responsibility to do something about it!

To put a long story short.

I accepted where I was, which gave me the foundation to build from.

I started to make better choices for myself instead of relying on medication and counselling.

I did recover and now I’m a qualified Hypnotherapist and have travelled the world discovering how the mind affects the body.

And the amazing thing is it all started with acceptance of where I was. I really believe I would not be talking to you right now if I did not take personal responsibility and took control of my life.


This does not mean that you accept you are never going to change!

But instead, in a calm and relaxed way accept where you are now and from there start making choices that will lead you to your recovery.

Ok, you may be suffering from pain and discomfort.

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And I feel for you, I really do!

As you may know, my pain was in the mind but the thing is treating physical pain is no different, whether that is back pain, joint pain or a simple headache.

And as I have also discovered the mind and body are connected, even medicals doctors are slowly coming around to this fact.

Look I get it!

The pain you are a feeling seems to takes over everything that you do on a day to day basis. Whether that is physical or psychological.

Basically, just like I felt, you feel there is nothing but the pain and suffering.

Trust me! This simply is not true!

  • You may have a family and friend that supports you.
  • You most likely have a roof over your head
  • You most likely have your eyesight

I am sure you could come up with more.

Just focus on the positive things in your life, not the negative! I.e. pain and discomfort.

That may sound like a flippant thing to say but it is not, it basically says look around for the things in your life that you are grateful for. Oprah Winfrey puts it like this:

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” TWEET THIS

The fact is, by focusing on just the pain and how terrible things are, you are resisting change. When you resist it manifests as pain in the body.

“What you resist will persist” Buddha TWEET THIS

So! Do you want your life back?

Do you want to ease the pain and suffering?

Well, the only way that is going to happen is to accept where you are right now at this very moment.

Let me explain!

You are in pain right now! That is what you are thinking about in this moment.

So accepting where you are now is simply taking a step back from the pain you are feeling.

And from that moment make a better choice that will help you recover.

  • Distract yourself and do something you enjoy.
  • Meditate
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Focus on the parts of your body that are healthy and not in pain


The fact is, you can only change in this moment, the past is gone the future is not here yet.

Unless you have a time machine, you can’t change the past and you can’t predict the future.

It is only at this very moment that we can change!


Maybe you are still not convinced, you still have that nagging doubt or even fearful that it will not work for you.

You would rather use medication as your only form of pain control, even though you are suffering from the side effects.

So with that in mind, I would like to share some real-world examples where individuals are controlling pain with their minds in the most extreme circumstances.

Not only to prove that you have the ability to control pain without the need for medication.

But also to inspire you to live a life that is on your terms and not ruled by pain that is sucking the life away from you.

Discover why controlling your pain without pills or surgery is possible.

Let us start with a man I met in London last year, his name is Tim Cridland.

I can’t think of a better example of how the power of the mind can control pain and discomfort.

Remarkably Tim Cridland can insert long sharp objects through his body with no suffering, and as you will see there is no blood or bruising after he removed the sharp object from his body, again controlled by his mind.

You may find it hard to watch, so proceed with one eye shut!

I will give you a few minutes to catch your breath.

Ok! Ready, let’s move on to the next example.

You may have heard of this remarkable video in the news.

Even if you have seen it, I think it is so powerful I had to show it to you.

I so moved that whilst in Vietnam I had to visit the spot of this truly remarkable event.

If you have ever burnt yourself, you will know without a doubt that it is very painful.

So try and put yourself in Thích Quảng Đức shoes for the moment. The Buddhist monk sat down on a cushion in the middle of a crowded street, and then drenched in petrol and was set on fire by fellow monks.

This, by the way, was a protest on the way the government were treating the Buddhist religion.

Now the amazing thing is!  While he burned he never moved a muscle or uttered a single sound, let alone a scream of agony.

Take look below…

I am sure you agree it’s a very power full video.

If you would like to learn how I believe Thích Quảng Đức was able to control the pain please check our post here.

Ok onto the next!

In this example I am going to show you how Navy Seals control their minds even when the pain was so unbearable, most of us would just give up.

It showed me that we are capable of so much more than we ever thought possible.

In this particular video, the navy seal was running a 100-mile race!  He had broken all the small bones in his feet and had liver damage at 76 miles.

But amazingly he finished the race 24 miles (2miles short of a marathon) later.

To find out more by watching, be prepared to be amazed and inspired!


So now you may be thinking to yourself. Yes, I am inspired but how did they do it?

What did they do to withstand so much pain?

Well, I am going to show you right now!

3 proven techniques to naturally control pain

Even though Morris Goodman, Thích Quảng Đức and the Navy seal appear to have superhuman ability’s to control and even heal pain.

The fact is they are no different to you or me!

They are human after all.

If they can control pain then we also have ability within us to do the same.

I am living proof of that!

So whatever you are going through, whether that is…

  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Stress
  • headaches

It could be anything!!

Here are some techniques that Morris Goodman, Thich Quary Duc, the navy seal runner and myself have used to control pain under extreme circumstances.

The key to success with any of the techniques is to practice every day. Set yourself some time so it becomes a routine.

It is as simple choosing a new behaviour.

If you do this you will be absolutely astonished by the results.

That brings us nicely to the next step.

Stop procrastinating and get your life back.

To start this section, if you wish, you can watch this video I created regarding overcoming procrastination:

And then I would like to remind you of this quote…

“The definition of insanity is doing the same things over again and expecting different results”


“If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got.”

I felt that anti-depressions were not right for me because I needed to know what I fighting.

Do you have that feeling? The feeling that something isn’t working!

  • You are still in pain.
  • You are still feeling distressed and overwhelmed.
  • The pain is still taking over your life.

Well then my friend, it is time for a change!

In fact, if this feels right for you now you have already made the first step.

And that is all you need to do.

Take one step then the next, and the next until you have reached your goal.

To live a fulfilling pain-free life!

However, for some of us, it’s not that simple.

Even though we all have good intentions at the start, life starts to get in the way.

Part of you wants to move forward and the other half wants things to stay the way they are.

We’d rather watch TV like we do every day after a hard day at work, rather than meditate or practice any of the above exercises.

And we start going backwards!

Basically, we are procrastinating, even if we desperately want things to change.

And before you know it you are back to your old habits. Focusing on the pain and discomfort and feeling there is no hope.

There is hope!

But you are the only one who is going to do it!

Just think of what life will be like on the other side

A life where pain does not rule your life.

And I am not going to let you go until I know you are going to take action.

You can thank me later!

So to get you in the habit here is a step by step guide to beat procrastination

  1. Pick one of the pain relief exercises above.
  2. Now I want you to pick a time each day to carry out the exercise. Here are some options that work well for most people…
    • In the morning just as you wake up.
      This is a good time as you are already relaxed, even if you did not get much sleep from the pain and discomfort. You are still more relaxed at this point in the day.

      Also, it is done and you can get on with the rest of your day!

    • Just before you go to sleep.

      As you are getting ready for the night you are most likely feeling relaxed despite the pain you may be feeling.

      Try to keep to bedtime routine, this teaches your body and mind that this is the time for relaxing and sleep.

    • An hour after lunch.
      We all have had the Sunday nap after the roast dinner where we fall asleep in front of the TV!

      No! Oh, it’s just me then!

      Joking aside, this is a good time to relax and carry out your pain relief exercise.

      Granted it is not as good as the first 2 as we are not always home at this time of day.


      However, you can always mix it up!

      • Morning and early afternoon
      • Morning and night
      • Early afternoon and night

      I am sure you get the idea! Just pick a time that is right for you where you feel you can set aside some time everyday.

  1. Now you have set time, you need to find motivation. Write down on a piece card or paper why I need to do this! Here are few examples…
    • I want to Live a pain-free life.
    • I am going on that holiday you have always dreamed of.
    • Go on those Walks nature that I used to love
    • Play your favourite sport that I had to give up.

    You will know yourself what your own motivation is.

    Now everytime you feel like avoiding your pain relief exercise take a glance at the piece of paper and remind yourself why you are doing it.

    This really does help stop procrastination right in its tracks.

  1. Start off small and increase when you feel ready to do more. Starting with small steps gives you the confidence that you are taking action however small it is.
    Then that leads to bigger steps and before you know it you are in a routine and not even thinking about procrastinating.
  1. Have someone you trust to keep you motivated when you start to go off track. We all think we can do it alone, and some of us can.
    However, some of us need that friend or family member to tell us…

    “Come on you need to do this, you are doing really well. Don’t give up now!”

    This makes you think that you don’t want to let them down, so you keep going! Also, you feel that you are getting help and support when the going gets tough.

You now have some tools in your locker to get your life back.

I am sure you are aware that there may be others reading this post that has similar challenges to yourself.

So why not put a comment below and let them know what you are going through and any successes you have had with pain relief.

In fact, you may be able to help them in some way?

I will also ask any questions you may have regarding your own challenges, I love to help.

Until the next time then,


Judge natural or conventional health
Healing, Pain, Recovery

Why Natural Healing is Far better For You!

With the title of this blog Natural Healing Resources, I think you know which side I lean too!

But how do you choose?

Look! I get it!

We are constantly told by the media and the government that we should take this pill for this and have treatment for that!

The fact is, there are so many forms of healing, conventional and natural,

We just don’t know which way to turn!

Also, you must know that there is no one single method that covers all of our health needs.

It just does not exist!


There is one that completely dominates the whole health industry.

And that is western medicine!

In our modern world conventional medicine is everywhere.

So even if we want to go down natural healing path. We are told by our doctors that it is not advisable.

As it has not been proven in a lab and it is all just hocus pocus nonsense!

So, we are never really told that we already have incredible healing power.

In fact, in most cases we don’t need any medication or treatment to heal ourselves.

So how do decide which method is best for you!

How can you cut through the confusion and the hype!

I can’t think of any better than to put both cases in front of a Judge and a jury of the Peoples Health Court!

Entirely fictional of course! 🙂

Before we start….

What you are going to learn from the court case.

  • Why doctors think modern medicine is the only way to treat and heal the human body!
  • Why natural healing is better than conventional western medicine ( backed up by overwhelming evidence)


Ok let’s get to it!

On one side of the court, I will put my case forward to the jury via video link!

Why natural healing is better than conventional western medicine!

And on the other side of the room, a medical doctor of conventional medicine presents his evidence.

Why modern medicine is the only way to treat and heal the human body!

And of course!  To win the case we also both have to convince the judge.

Let’s say, is your grandmother!

Well! Your grandmother has seen it all in her lifetime. She will make a great judge!

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And last but not least, we have to convince the jury!

That is YOU!

The judge has set a date, which is to today!

Right now in fact!

It should have been yesterday but your grandmother had bingo!

She is the judge! 🙂


First up is the medical doctor!

Why modern medicine is the only way to treat and heal the human body!

“Ok, I would like to start by speaking for all the medical doctors out there!

By saying that the human body just needs help.

And I will prove it!

Let’s take this as an example…

For argument sake, you left here and on your way home you had a car accident. You broke your leg! And you are losing blood!

Where would you like to taken too?

The emergency room or the herbalist, may be an acupuncturist or even a chiropractor?

Of course, you would use the emergency room!

In fact! With Trauma and serious accidents which need immediate surgery.

I’m sure the jury would agree there is absolutely no other option than to use conventional medicine!

Even some infections require emergency care and medication.

And I am sure you know if you go to any medical doctor with any problem, there is a medication or treatment to combat any disease!

For example…

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Joint pain/back pain


Even if you are feeling stressed, we have a pill to fix it!

And if that does not have any effect, we can give you stronger pills!

Basically, any symptoms you have, we can fix it with medication, surgery or even chemotherapy which has all been proven in lab tests.

In fact, unless it has been proven by science then, in my opinion, it is hocus pocus and has no place in conventional medicine.

That is why most of us trust our doctors because we are the only ones that have the responsibility for your health!

Members of the jury!

I am sure you can see that conventional medicine is the only way to treat the human body!

Thank you, I rest my case!

Thank you, doctor!

Before Mark starts he has asked the jury to consider the following exhibits:

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Ok, Mark, you are up.

“Thank you doctor”


“Thank you Mark”


The jury has a great responsibility today, in choosing the between conventional medicine and natural healing path.

On one side you have conventional medicine that has tried to prove that medication or treatment can almost treat everything. And especially effective if the body needs fixing.

The doctor said, “The human body cannot heal by itself, it just needs help.”

Conventional medicine in brief:

  • Cares about repairing the body.
  • See us a machine
  • fixes everything with drugs and surgery
  • Only interested in repairing us when we are sick.


Then there is Marks case.

After reading the shocking statistics, taking responsibility for your own health by making better choices, in Marks opinion is the best way forward.

Natural healing also relies on prevention rather than going straight for the pills or painful treatment.

Which, in some cases, the side effects are worse than the problem you are trying to heal.

Especially Chronic disease!

Conventional treatments for Heart Disease, Cancer, High blood pressure, joint pain

Simply do not work!

In fact, chemotherapy is so devastating that even doctors said they would refuse it if they became ill!

In brief…

Natural healing which focuses on:

  • The whole person Body Mind and Spirit
  • See the human as part of a bigger picture
  • Looks at putting everything back in harmony
  • Encourages that will enable our body to heal naturally.
  • Put the individual in control, not the doctor.
  • Its purpose is to always keep us healthy.


Ok, jury, it’s down to you to make the right choice!

Not for anyone else, just YOU!

Please leave a comment below to let me know your views.

And which you think is best for you?

If you have any questions regarding this post please let me know.

Speak soon


Bad Back Pain
Healing, Pain

Discover the 4 Simple Proven Steps to Naturally Heal Your Back Pain, Even if Everything Has Failed In the Past!

Are you fed up with your back pain? Do you want to know how to help heal it naturally in 4 simple steps?

You have tried everything, but nothing seems to work!

Basically, you have had enough and you just want your life back.

Well, you are not alone!

Millions of Americans are suffering from back pain every day and the problem seems to be getting worse!

We try the special pillows, chairs, beds; we take pills and even have surgery to heal our back pain.

But, sometimes none of this works.

Then, we get frustrated and wonder if there is any way we will be free from back pain.

Well this exactly Jennet Barbra was going through.

For 3 years Jennet was in so much pain with her back she had resorted to using a wheelchair, and to make matters worse, the pain had moved down into her ankles.

And of course, Jennet had tried all the doctors, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Anti-inflammatory and even heat pads.

Basically, Jennet had tried in all!

But none of them worked.

And there is Keith Levis, a successful lawyer.

His back was so painful he had to use a pillow while sitting in his chair and could not sit still or had to keep changing chairs; He had to walk around all the time to keep his back moving, just to control the pain.

Then, Keith tried physical therapy where his back and legs were stretched and massaged.

He tried a joint disease expert, Nero surgeon, took steroids, pain killers and to make matters worse he even had to give up work.

Keith’s life was evolved around his back pain.

Now, after trying everything under the sun, they both happened to meet Dr John Sarno, A professor of rehabilitated medicine at New York university hospital.

And after simply having a quick check over and having to attend a 3 hour lecture.

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He doesn’t prescribe any medication, or mentioned any stretching excesses or even considered surgery.

Well, quite frankly the results were astounding after 3 months both Jennet and Keith were free of pain.

Jennet even goes for a run!

Not that was a surprise to Dr Sarno, he has a 90% success rate.

So how does he do it or more importantly, how can it help you!

What you are going to learn from Dr Sarno

  • Why You Need To Know That Your Back Pain Is More Than Just Physical.
  • How Healing your back starts with awareness of your emotions.
  • How Your Beliefs And Conditioning Affect The Way You Feel Pain.
  • How Anger Manifests As Pain In The Body And How To Deal With It.

Let’s get to it…

Your back pain is more than just physical

What if I told you there is no such thing as a slipped disk.

Yes, you may have seen a model on the doctor’s desk, with a disk lying next to the model of the spinal cord.

Also, you may not be aware, this is physically impossible, there is absolutely no way your disk could slip out.

Your doctor may also have an x-ray in front of him showing small cracks or small bulges on the disc.

Then, with confidence, diagnosed that the cracks in your spine is the ONLY reason you are in so much pain.


Dr Sarno states, after ruling out any major problems in the spine, such as a major fracture or a disease.

He says “We all have these abnormalities on our spines; even people who have absolutely no problems with their backs have cracks and bulges on the spine”

In fact, there is no medical data to suggest that a small crack and normal abnormalities produce the crippling pain we are all going through. Tweet this!

So, you well may ask,

Why am I in so much pain?

There must be something else going on.

Yes, you are right but most of us are completely unaware of it!

Your unconscious mind!

Dr Sarno explains…

It is an interesting fact that the overwhelming majority of emotional and mental activity occurs below the level of consciousness. The human mind is something like an iceberg. The part that we are aware of, the conscious mind represents a very small part of the total. It is in the subconscious mind that all of the complicated processing goes on…

Let me explain further…

The pain you are feeling is very real, you can feel it!

But! The cause is in your own mind!

Most of us who suffer from back pain have a tendency to repress our emotions deep down into our unconscious mind.

Such as….

  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Guilt

However, all this bottled up emotion has to come out, and most likely will manifest as pain in the body.

Now, you may not be aware of how your emotions affect the mind and body.

That’s ok; I have got your back (sorry for the pun)

With that said, let’s move on!

Healing your back pain starts with awareness of your emotions

But for some of us, simply knowing the fact that we have tremendous healing power is enough for the pain to disappear completely.

Dr Sarno comments, around 95% of his patients that went through his programme or read his book Healing Back Pain healed themselves completely without the need for any physiotherapy.

So the first step is to start looking at your back pain in a different way.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. I have found this to be true so often on my own healing journey”
Dr Wayne Dyer

Let’s take our friend Jennet.

After listening to Dr Sarno, Jennet realised the cause of her pain was in her head (unconscious)

And also knew that she had repressed emotions that were causing all sorts of problems in her body.

But the simple fact is that Jennet had no idea what emotions were causing her back problems.

And if we are quite honest, most of do not know either!

So, Dr Sarno had a little chat with Jennet, he found that Jennet’s perfectionism was the cause for her back pain.

He explained that her constant push for everything to be perfect is making her angry inside.

And let’s not forget Keith,

Keith has a tendency to hold everything in and not let anyone know what he is feeling, even when he is in pain, he just keeps smiling.

Also, Keith is always trying to keep everyone happy and put his personal feeling to the side.

Again Dr Sarno explained, Keith is just holding back all that anger, and unconsciously is absolutely furious about it.

So! All Dr Sarno was doing is to look at Jennet’s and Keith’s personalities, and from there finding out the emotion behind the pain, in their case the emotion was anger.

So what is your personality telling you?

Here is the list of what Dr Sarno feels are the most common causes for back pain:

  • Striving for perfection
  • Always working hard
  • Worrying about everything
  • Very competitive
  • Low self-esteem
  • Critical of themselves

This could also affect the way you live your life on day to day basis, and most likely you do not even know it is happening!

Also, what you believe is possible has an important part to play in how you feel and cope with pain on a daily basis.

How Your Beliefs And Conditioning Affect The Way You Feel Pain.

Do you trust your doctor?

More than likely the answer is yes!

You make an appointment to see your doctor because you have been suffering from back pain.

You have tried everything else, but nothing has worked!

You have had enough!

So he gives you a full assessment and maybe had an X-ray or MRI done to see if he can see any major problems in your back.

But more often than not there is nothing more than small cracks or bulges, which Dr Sarno states as normal anomalies.

Then after ruling out every possibility and knowing that you have tried nearly everything without any success.

The doctor may say something like…

“Your back is not going to get any better; I will give you some pain killers to help the pain”

“There is nothing more I can do for you, you have tried it all”

Now, how would you feel after basically being told, you are just going to have to live with it?


Or just angry, that nothing can be done.

But you believe what has been said, as fact!

He is a doctor after all!

If you did not know any better, you would believe there is no hope.

“Accept the doctor diagnosis but not the prognosis”

Now after reading this post you know that it’s absolutely possible to that you can heal your back pain without the need for pills and surgery.

Like Dr Sarno, who has 90% success rate with patients that went through his program or read his book healing back pain.

In fact, there are thousands of examples of people healing themselves of catastrophic broken backs.

I can’t think of a better example than Morris Goodman!

Morris Goodman was completely paralysed, and 1st and 2nd vertebrae were broken.

Doctors said he would never walk, talk or breathe again on his own.

Well, he achieved all of the above, he walked unaided, straight out of the hospital doors.

So if Morris can heal 2 broken vertebrae’s

Do you think you can heal your back?

It has to be a yes! I mean you have the proof it can be done!

So, you may now believe that, if he can do it, so can I!

And frankly, that is all it takes to change your belief from…

“There is no way I can cure my chronic back pain”


“If he can do it so can I, we are all human after all!”

Now of course, if your doctor had told you…

“There is nothing really wrong with your back that is out of the ordinary and you are just repressing anger which is manifesting as pain in your back.”

You would come away from the doctors with the belief that your back is absolutely fine and there is a way to stop the pain in your back.

Instead of feeling fearful of your own back.

As Dr Sarno suggests,

When we are fearful of our own backs, we start to change the way we go about our daily lives.

We start to create unconscious habits or beliefs around our back pain.

For example…

We go to sit down, we get a twinge. So then, we start to create an unconscious belief.

That is, every time I sit down I will get a painful twinge in the back!

So, now we start avoiding soft chairs, constantly moving around in different positions or try to avoid sitting all together!

In fact, every time you experience pain while doing a certain activity. You will start to unconsciously create habits that try to avoid the feeling of pain.

But the good news is!

If you are aware of what is happening you can stop the habits before they start controlling the way you live your life.

To put it simply,

If you have pain in your body, and the doctor has ruled out any major problems.

Then it is more than likely you are repressing anger deep in your unconscious.

That’s all well and good Mark!

How do we deal with all this anger?

How Anger Manifests As Pain In The Body And How To Deal With It

While we are bottling up our emotions our nervous system activates our fight, flight or freeze response without us being consciously aware of it.

As this is going on, oxygen in our blood is directed to all the major organs ready to deal with any threat.

And this means the smaller parts of the body such as our muscles, nerves, joints and tendons receive very little oxygen.

This all creates tension and physical pain in the body. It’s really that simple!

This all comes from when we were cave men/women dealing with the very real threat of a sabre tooth tiger attacking us from anywhere, anytime!

Of course, we do not have to deal with all this sort of nonsense nowadays. We have other problems!

  • Striving for perfection
  • Always working hard
  • Worrying about everything
  • Very competitive
  • Low self-esteem
  • Critical of themselves


But the fight, flight response is still within us. Still protecting us!

So, how do you control this natural response?

In short, through your breathing!

Now, I am talking about slow deep breathing.

There are some techniques that help you control your breathing, Such as, Hypnosis, meditation or even visualisation.

But if you want quick results,

There is a great technique called belly breathing!

Here is a free mp3 that I have personally created for you.

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So whenever you are in pain or feel stressed find a quiet place and listen to the mp3.

You will be absolutely blown away with the results.

We have now come to the end of our little chat and now it is time to take action.

Go back to the start and really give it a go,

I believe in you, you can do this!

But, as always if you have any questions, and I mean any!

Feel free to contact me and share this post with anyone who is suffering from back pain, it could change their life!

Also, please leave a comment below to let me how your back pain affects your life and if this post has helped in any way.

Look forward to hearing from you!


Further Reading

Healing, Pain

[COPY THIS!] Discover The Proven Simple Step by Step Visualisation Method That Naturally Healed Admiral Shattock’s Joint Pain…

How is joint pain affecting your life?

Simply walking can be so painful; you may have to stop every hundred yards, just because of the joint pain in your hips are so bad.

You cannot sleep because whatever position you try to lay, the pain is just always there.

Now! What if I told you could stop all this pain without taking a single pill or having any painful surgery.

In fact, you would not even need to use your hands!

All you would need is little faith and a bit of practice.

Sounds too good to be true?

Well, this exactly what Admiral E.H.Shattock was going through!

He could hardly walk because his hip joints were painful, he never got a full night’s sleep with all the pain he was in.

And to top it all off, he also had an enlarged prostate cancer to contend with!

But remarkably, the retired Admiral healed himself completely of both conditions.

Just by using, a simple visualising technique to access the astonishing healing power of his own subconscious mind.

No pills, no surgery!

Now! The simple fact is, you have access to this healing power, and all you need to do is learn how to use it!

What you are going to learn…

  1. Why we need to know how the mind effects the body
  2. How to relax and gain access to the subconscious Mind
  3. How to get into the details of what you are going to visualise
  4. The SIMPLE step by step by proven method that E.H.Shattock used to heal himself.

Why We Need To Know How The Mind Affects The Body…

First of all,

I would like you to sit or lie down and relax, maybe take a few deep breaths.

I want you to imagine that you consciously have to make your own heartbeat and to keep its rhythm so that it can move the blood around your body.

This is your responsibility! Or your heart will stop!

But then something distracts you! You find out that your liver is not cleaning your blood properly.

So now you have to deal with that!

But your heart has lost its rhythm! So now you go back to getting your heart back into rhythm.

Then, you find that you are not producing enough blood cells.


I am sure you agree there is no way you could keep this up.

So what is controlling our hearts, lungs, liver and the thousands of other miracles that are occurring on a day to day basis?

In short, you’re subconscious Mind!

And this is where our healing power lies!

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In fact, our subconscious mind is controlling 95% of what we do on daily basis.  So we are only using 5% of our true potential. TWEET THIS

Here are some examples of just how powerful we can be…

1 – Heart and the Canoe
A patient with blocked arteries, after every other option was tried, was told by his doctor to visualise. For 20 minutes each day the patient imagined he was paddling through his arteries scraping and clearing any blockages. After a couple of months the x-rays showed his arteries were much clearer, and he did no longer need his wheelchair.
“Visualisation is good enough to improve performance in Olympians, so why not for us and our health?”

2 – Visualisation & Physiotherapy
A 2007 study by the University of Cincinnati looked at the power of visualisation. It found that, out of the 32 patients involved, the 16 in the group that received visualisation alongside their physiotherapy had more movement that the other group of 16 that only received physiotherapy.
“Visualisation can enable us to focus on our goal and the best possible outcome.”

3 – Imagine That!

A 2003 study by the Karolinsha Institute in Stockholm proved that when we imagine moving our fingers, toes or tongue, it activates the same part of the brain as when we actually move that body part.

“This study reminds me of the scene from the Quentin Tarantino film ‘Kill Bill’ when the main character successfully encourages herself to wiggle her toe.”

Now! This is only a small number of examples; there are literally thousands of occurrences each day of people healing themselves with their subconscious mind.

Remember, your mind and body are always healing itself, we could not stop even if we wanted to. TWEET THIS

If you cut yourself, it heals all by itself! You don’t have to think about it,

It just happens! Your subconscious is doing all the work.

I want you to read a remark from Dr Lamb from S.H.Shattocks book Mind Your Body:

In talking about arthritis, He says,

‘It is common to say that these joints become worn out. The theory of wear and tear, however, is in conflict with the general concept that protoplasm is able to replace itself.’ And later he says ‘if this is the case, learning to control the mechanism for turning on the instructions for regeneration and replacement should readily solve the problem of osteoarthritis and other degenerative problems of this nature in the body, making the wear and tear concept obsolete’

But there is elephant in the room!

Why aren’t we healing ourselves all the time?

I mean if this subconscious is so powerful, why are there diseases at all?

Without going into too much detail, all diseases are created when the body is out of sync with its own healing power. TWEET THIS

So Basically! All we have to do is get out of our own way!

And let your subconscious do its job,


So how do you get access to the healing power of our subconscious mind?

Well just like our friend E.H.Shattock, is through breathing and visualisation.

In fact, let’s try now!

How To Relax And Gain Access To The Subconscious Mind Through Visualisation…

For visualisation to be effective your mind and body need to be in a totally relaxed state.

As a certified hypnotherapist, total relaxation is the foundation for any hypnotherapy or visualisation session and is absolutely crucial in gaining access to the subconscious mind.

Ok! Let’s get started.

The relaxing technique I am about to share with you is a breathing method from E.H.Shattocks book

Mind Your Body, after that, we will then move on to a simple visualisation!

And is the very technique that Admiral E.H.Shattock used, that ultimately led to his full recovery of his joint pain in both hips.

Shattock’s Breathing Technique…

Firstly, you need to make sure your phone is off and the door is locked, basically, just make sure you will not be disturbed for at least 10-20 minutes…

Now, sit down on a reclining chair or couch, or the easiest position in which to relax…

Loosen any clothing, belt, tie etc. you could also remove your shoes?…

Once you are comfortable take 3 deep breaths, just to settle you down ready for the main exercise…

On your next inhale, count to 6…

Hold your breath for 3 seconds…

Then, while exhaling count to 6…

Repeat this sequence; try to keep the breath as deep as possible…

While also keeping a smooth rhythm.. breath into 6…pause for 3…breath out 6…

If you find that the 6 seconds is too long lower it to 4 seconds.

When you are in smooth natural breathing rhythm, start to consciously relax every muscle in your body…starting at the toes and slowly move all the way to the top of your scalp.

Stop and just feel how relaxed you are for a moment.

Now to make you feel even more relaxed, starting at your scalp relax every muscle all the way back down to your toes.

By now you should feel heavy and totally relaxed, feels good doesn’t it!

Only now do you start to visualise.

In fact, let’s try a visualisation right now.

The best way to experience visualisation is to visualise something that is familiar to you on a daily basis.

With that in mind, let’s visualise our own house!

It might go like this…

You walk though you own front door.

What can you see, hear, smell and touch?

Get into as much detail as possible

Take as long as you want, it’s your house!!

Then, only when you feel you are ready, gently come back to full awareness and maybe have a little stretch.

Now, try to set a time to visualise every day, the best time is when you are just waking up or just before you go to bed,  just do what feels right for you.

Now, each time you practice the deeper you will go, and sharper the images will get.

Visualising your familiar surroundings not only gives you practice, which is essential to get results with visualisation!

It also helps you get into the details, which is going to help you in the next step.

How To Know What You Are Going To Visualise To Heal Your Joint Pain….

Now, this might sound really obvious!

But without a goal or knowing what you are going to visualise it’s going to hard to keep your attention on what you are actually visualising.

As stated before, when you visualise you need to get into as much detail as possible.

Let’s take our friend E.H.Shattock.

He went into so much detail on visualising his hip joints that he studied medical documents to find out exactly how a hip joint moved, how it looked and what nutrients are needed. Etc.

Now, of course, this is very extreme! And personally, think that you can get the same results without going into this much detail.

Having said that, you need to know the basics of what the problem looks like, simply do a Google search.

Let’s say a knee joint that is healthy, and another joint full of arthritis.

A healthy Knee and an Unhealthy Knee

Take a good look at the difference between them both, where is arthritis?

Maybe read about how the knee joint works?

Basically, you want to get a clear picture in your own mind on how the knee joint works so that it will be easier to visualise later.

Let’s take a quick recap.

  1. You have learned how your mind affects your body and proved to yourself that you can heal yourself without drugs or painful surgery.
  2. Then we talked about how to access the subconscious mind with a relaxation technique from E.H.Shattocks book, Mind Your Body.
  3. From that we moved onto how to know what you are going to visualise and why it’s important to get into the details.

Now we are going to put all this together and move on to the last step…

The SIMPLE Step By Step By Proven Method That E.H.Shattock Used To Heal Himself From Arthritis In Both Hips.

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

So let’s break these three words down further:

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.

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 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.


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
  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

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