After years of suffering from a debilitating disease, not to mention multiple surgeries and countless doctor’s appointments, author Danea Horn made a commitment to herself: “You will heal yourself with your mind.” Unfortunately things didn’t work out as planned, as she found herself consumed with such an overwhelming sense of guilt for not seeing any improvement that she ended up changing course and relying on a more conventional if still inspired approach.
Put simply, the standard prescribed way of treating disease needs to reviewed and reworked. This was the message that Petrea King and other health practitioners conveyed at the AIMA 19th Integrative Medicine Conference held at the Gold Coast late last year.
¿Qué clase de adicción te domina? (What kind of addiction dominates you?)
By Elizabeth Santángelo de Gastaldi
Es posible que al pensar en adicciones nos inclinemos a definir solo aquellas que tienen relación con el juego, las drogas, el alcohol, el cigarrillo, hasta los calmantes y la tendencia a la automedicación excesiva.
Pero ¿qué decir de la adicción que se presenta como la dependencia obsesiva en una relación? Creer que la felicidad depende de una persona, hace que uno se aferre a una clase de amor que lo vuelve posesivo, celoso y dominante. Esto no es nada sano.
My family and I recently watched the fourth installment of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean series, On Stranger Tides. The story focuses on finding the legendary "Fountain of Youth," which supposedly restores youth to anyone who drinks from its waters. The quirky Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, spits at death at each turn and waltzes through the scenes with as much youthful enthusiasm and joie de vivre as could ever be found in the famed waters.
There is a difference between a cure and a healing, and this underlies the difference between medicine and spirituality. Without a doubt, the very noble goal of medicine is to bring succor, relief and a cure to the myriad ailments which seem to plague humankind, yet, by their own admission, the majority of the medical faculty in Nigeria, ascribe healing to a power beyond them — God. Many hospitals unashamedly and publicly post at their entrance gates the slogan ‘We care, but God heals’, and many Nigerian patients have found tremendous comfort in these words.
Yet Russia boasts not only landscapes of beguiling poetry, it has also produced some of the world’s deepest spiritual thinkers – writers such as Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn and filmmakers such as Andrei Tarkovsky.
If so, perhaps, you know what I mean when I say that at times, the twin thing can get ridiculous. For example: A woman once asked if my identical twin and I were brothers. We told her, “We’re twins.” Then she inquired, “How long have you been twins?”
Despite the weirdness that surrounds twins at times, researchers believe that there are important answers to health questions being learned from the genetic study of twins.
The disappointment on the woman’s face was unmistakable.
After explaining in some detail how her efforts to abide by a strictly raw food diet had failed to have any real impact on her health, the response she received from the evening’s keynote speaker was anything but encouraging.
“I’m sorry to say this,” replied renowned health expert, Dr. Andrew Weil, to a packed auditorium at San Francisco’s Hyatt Regency hotel, “but a raw food diet is not something I would recommend as a way to improve your health.”
With my Indiana home frozen and snowed in lately, I've been watching some old movies. What struck me about one movie, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, was that the Chinese believe each person must find what the sixth happiness is in his own heart.