Do you ever wonder what starts an illness? Have you ever experienced an ache, pain, rash or other symptom and wondered 'why me? why now?'
Have you ever noticed a relationship between an illness and what's going on in other areas of your life?
Every year, the NHS in the UK is reported to spend over £11 billion on pharmaceutical drugs. New procedures, medication and testing equipment are being developed at an incredible rate in an attempt to combat chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. And, despite all of this, one fundamental qurestion is consistently overlooked:
According to the medical dictionaries, over 95% dis-eases are idiopathic i.e. Â?have an unknown causeÂ?. Medical doctors diagnose symptoms, then seek a way of suppressing them. Illness is seen as something thatÂ?s Â?gone wrongÂ? in the body. It is usually attributed to risk factors such as genetics, poor diet, lifestyle, smoking or toxicity. Yet, in the case of breast cancer, for example, the known risk factors are absent in approximately 70% of patients!
Alternative and complementary medical fields have other theories about why we get ill. For example, Chinese acupuncture may identify energy system blockages, while nutritional diagnosis evaluates the biochemical environment. Yet within any approach, if we look deep enough, there is a missing link: a definitive and proven answer to why people get specific illnesses at specific times.
Why, for example, does a lump suddenly appear in a particular place on the body? Why does someone develop asthma, eczema or a heart condition? Why do several people who appear to have the same cold virus experience different symptoms? One gets a sore throat, while another has a chesty cough, and a third person has a fever or blocked nose.
If we did know the cause, how much better would we be able to resolve our own aches, pains and unwanted symptoms? And as health professionals or therapists, how would this understanding help us to apply our therapeutic interventions for more consistent results?
In the 1980s, a brilliant medical doctor in Germany made an amazing discovery. A shock in his own life led him to study exactly why we get ill. Through his subsequent 40,000 case studies, he identified how illnesses begin with a traumatic life event and discovered how specific emotions lead to specific illnesses.
When someone experiences a traumatic life event (which can range from a life-threatening situation to a minor unexpected social conflict), the body begins an emergency process. Why? To enable us to deal with the situation.
Example 1: If a person in danger experiences a fear of death, the bodyÂ?s reaction is to take in more air in order to survive. The lung alveoli immediately increase to get more oxygen into the body.
Example 2: If a child experiences a sudden, unexpected physical separation from her mother, the childÂ?s skin will react and de-sensitise - so that the child is less affected by the separation.
The emotions experienced in the moment of shock determine how the body will react. If dis-ease is a biological programme triggered by a significant emotional shock, then it is not a mistake or something that happens randomly. Every illness can be understood as a biologically meaningful process with the ultimate goal of survival.
Have you ever had a period of stress, for example, at work, then gone on holiday, and experienced symptoms such as a cold, Â?flu or stomach bug? Could there be a connection between the stress and subsequent illness?
Every illness has two phases. A symptom that is commonly considered to be a dis-ease, such as a cancer growth, osteoporosis, ache or virus, is actually only one part of an entire process.
Phase 1: After a traumatic event, we go into the 1st phase. We often donÂ?t feel ill at this point, but may experience coldness (particularly in the hands and feet), stress, tension, sleeplessness, compulsive thinking and little appetite.
Phase 2: Once we resolve the emotion, we go into the 2nd phase. In the above examples, resolution could occur when the person escapes from the dangerous situation, the child is reunited with her mother, or you forget about workplace stress! In the second phase, we often feel warmer, sleepy, and later hungry, and the compulsive thinking stops. It is in this phase that we often experience typical dis-ease symptoms.
There is a critical point (healing crisis) in the second phase that corresponds with when heart attacks, epileptic fits and asthma attacks happen. Interestingly, microbes or Â?bugsÂ?, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi only appear in the 2nd phase. Is it possible that rather than being our enemy, they may actually be assisting the body to heal?
This new, advanced approach to understanding health and illness, META-Medicine, is based on the latest research into ontogenesis, epigenetics, systems and neuro-biology. Furthermore, it uses the evidence from brain CT scans to prove the organ-brain connection.
META-Medicine seems to answer many questions that have eluded scientists and doctors for years, explaining the root cause of any illness, where somebody is within the dis-ease process, and how health issues become chronic.
Just suppose you knew what the cause of a personÂ?s illness was, and where they were within the dis-ease process. You could work back from their symptom to the shock, and, by clearing out the emotion from the shock, assist them to return to full health.
META-Medicine is not another new therapy. It transcends all modern, complementary and alternative approaches by providing a specific biopsychosocial understanding of the cause and process of any dis-ease. As such it provides an integrative framework which can benefit therapists and health professionals from all disciplines.
META-Medicine is the only approach that gives us a scientific understanding of the root cause of an illness and explains the relationship between how we think and feel and our physical symptoms.
It also explains how depression, anxiety and other similar issues occur, from an integrated bio-psycho-social perspective.
META-Medicine diagnosis comes before any therapy. Only once we understand the root cause and process of an illness are we in a position to decide which therapies will be most beneficial.
META-Medicine Health Coaches and clients work together to create a META-Therapy plan for healing at all levels: body, mind, emotions, spirit, and the social environment.
To sum up, far from being flawed Â?machinesÂ?, our bodies are highly intelligent organisms. This awareness empowers us all to have more control over our health, gives us informed choice in how we navigate our own healing, and accelerates our personal growth.
About the author:
META-Medicine is an advanced, integrative approach to health understanding. Authors Joanne Ross and Robert Waghmare are META-Medicine Health Coaches and Master Trainers. They offer one-to-one consultations and health coaching, and train coaches, therapists and health professionals in META-Medicine. To find out more, visit www.metamedicineuk.com to: * Sign up for free newsletter * Find out about events, talks and courses * Read more articles * Register for a free 15-minute discussion of your health issue Contact authors Joanne Ross and Robert Waghmare on: Phone: 0845 838 6787 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.metamedicineuk.com
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