Manataka American Indian Council™
How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days
By Mike Adams, Health Ranger, Natural News
Part XIII - Social Healing
Continuing with our 15-day
self-healing article series, today we venture into the realm of what I call
social healing. I wouldn't have believe this even two years ago, but I have
since come to realize that WHO you are living with is just as important (or
perhaps more important) than WHERE you are living.
Living among healthy-minded, high-energy individuals who remain engaged in the pursuits of health and happiness has an extremely powerful rubbing off effect on you. These people can lift your spirits, inspire you to embrace positive changes and serve as shining examples of the health results you wish to achieve.
That all sounds fine, you might say, but what about the people around you who aren't on board with your desire to live a more healthful life? This is the challenging part: What do you do about family and friends who consistently pursue a comparatively unhealthy lifestyle... and who tend to drag you down along with them?
That's the tough part, and the closer the people are to you, the more difficult it can be. The classic situation I see from talking to readers is a middle-aged woman who is genuinely attempting to pursue a more healthful lifestyle but whose husband is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy who wants nothing at all to do with salads, superfoods or nutrition.
So what do you do in these cases? Here's a simple, three-step approach that you may find valuable:
Step 1) Keep your goals private
(at first). Even though you may have a goal of losing a certain number of
pounds, or overcoming a specific disease, or improving your health in some
noticeable way, don't necessarily announce that to the people around you. Why?
Because if they're not aligned with your health goals, they will immediately
dismiss the idea or even attack you for daring to pursue such a thing. By
keeping your goals private (at first), you'll be able to keep them present in
your own consciousness while you experiment with new choices in food and
lifestyle habits to find out what's working for you -- without the pressure of
everybody watching over your shoulder to second guess what you're doing.
Step 2) Pursue your health changes with an attitude of enjoyment. Simply start making the dietary changes you have decided are good for you -- and the exercise changes you might need -- and when you're asked by anyone why you're making these changes, just answer, "Because I enjoy doing this." Or you can say, "I like this!" You don't have to explain more. Simply enjoying it is reason enough.
Step 3) Be the example that others admire. As you pursue these new health habits for yourself, changes will begin to occur over time. You may notice improved skin, a reduction of excess body fat, enhanced energy or stamina, improved mood, a reduction in the symptoms of degenerative disease and so on. As this happens, the people around you will take notice. That's the point where they will begin to get curious about what you're doing that's working so well. And at some point they will ask you questions like, "Hey, you're looking younger and more energetic these days. What's your secret?"
Everybody loves to hear a secret. Especially if it's a secret that makes them look better or feel better. So you can say something like, "Do you really want to know the secret? Because it's so simple, and so easy, and anybody can do it, and it's really working. But are you sure you want to know it?"
At that point, no one can resist the temptation to learn the secret. So they'll lean in and say, "Yes! I want to know the secret!" That's when you whisper in their ear, "Juicing" or "daily walking for one hour" or whatever your secret has been.
At this point, they will tend to greatly value the information you're sharing with them. You see, if you came out and simply told them all this without waiting for them to ask first, they might have discounted the information. But because they noticed something in you that they wanted to experience for themselves, and because they asked you, they will now value the information so much more. So the secret here is to refrain from pushing information onto others. Let them come to you and ask, and then be ready to give them good information about what's working for you so that they can try it out for themselves.
The positive ripple effect
In time, as this phenomenon unfolds
in your life, impacting your circle of family and friends, you will actually
begin to see a ripple effect of positive health changes in the people around
you. This, in turn, will translate into mutual support for your healthy
lifestyle choices, and you may even find some people who you thought could never
be interested in health suddenly turning around and becoming interested.
You may also find that those who might have criticized you at first (if you had shared your plans with them up front) will suddenly come to you when they are in need of a health solution. They may return from the doctor's office one day with a diagnosis of diabetes, for example, or a lump in their breast. And all of a sudden they're really interested in solving their health problem by searching for new answers. So they may turn to you with renewed interest and start asking questions about health and nutrition that never interested them before. That's when it's your time to shine as an example of a healthy, happy person living a healthful lifestyle.
You don't have to preach to others, of course, or condemn their current choices in unhealthful foods. Nobody likes to be called an idiot for eating hot dogs and drinking pasteurized cow's milk. But you can simply invite them to explore the possibility that they may experience improved results by making improved choices. And you can guide them in some directions for exploration as rapidly as they are interested in making those shifts.
This is how you can work over time to uplift the health of those around you (and thereby create a more supportive community of family and friends that will embrace your own health habits, too).
There's another way to uplift your
supporting community of family and friends: Move to a city that's more into
I'm from the Kansas City area, which is more famous for Barbeque than health, and when I visit Kansas City, it's always difficult to find places to buy fresh juice or organic vegetables. I was in North Carolina a year ago and noticed much the same thing there, too. I hear Cleveland isn't exactly a health hub of the country either.
But other cities like Miami, New York, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Houston, San Diego, Toronto and Sante Fe are great places to find lots of health-conscious people who are totally into the same things you're into! If you feel out of place where you currently live, and you want to surround yourself with more health-conscious people, the general advice is to head to either the East or West coast and you'll find more health-conscious communities there.
Moving to a different city may sound a little drastic, but if you've run out of options in the place where you live, and you feel like you would benefit from the support of a community that's more aligned with your goals, then moving can be one of the best decisions of your life!
I've found that surrounding yourself with health-conscious people who are aligned with your own lifestyle priorities is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself on that path, too.
So consider this option. Keep your mind open to this possibility, and check out all the options that can help surround you with a supportive, aligned community of people who demonstrate the kind of health-oriented lifestyle you aspire to make your own. Once you surround yourself with those people, before long you'll find yourself becoming one of them and getting the results they're getting, too! Healthy begins to rub off on you rather quickly once you're in the company of healthy, supportive people.
Social healing works. And you can make a conscious decision to either uplift those around you, or move to a different location where you can find more like-minded people who will support your lifestyle choices. Either way, you come out healthier and happier. Enjoy!
Part XIV - Self-Healing Exercise
In our 15-day self-healing series,
we've so far covered everything from juicing and fasting to how to stop making
disease. But we haven't yet covered one of the elements most commonly associated
with self-healing: Exercise!
But don't groan: This isn't going to be some boring rehash of the same old stuff you've always heard about exercise, such as "you have to exercise an hour a day." Rather, I'd like to invite you to think about exercise in a whole new light... about finding the FUN in exercise!
In my view, exercise shouldn't be something that's a daily grind. If it feels like work, something's not right with it. I'm all about finding ways to exercise that don't even feel like exercise at all -- the kind of things that, when you're finished an hour later, you say to yourself, "Wow, that was exercise, too? Cool!"
Obviously, I'm not talking about a treadmill grind here. Sure, a treadmill can burn off the calories and do wonders for your stamina and muscle tone, but to me it still feels a lot like work. That's why I try to find alternative fun things to do. In fact, I don't even call them WORKouts. I call them FUNouts!
If you think about it, the most fun
ways to exercise are things that give your mind something to focus on rather
than the exercise. In fact, the "fun" versus "work" factor of exercise is all
about your focus. When you mind is focused on the work, every step feels
like a mountain to climb, but when your mind is experiencing something else
(such as the scenery around you), then suddenly your work is no longer the focus
of your attention.
That's why the real secret to effortless, joyful exercise is so incredibly simple that you'll probably find it funny. Here it is, just three little words that contain a whole lot of wisdom and experience about making exercise fun:
Exercise in nature.
That's it: Exercise in nature. And it doesn't even matter what kind of exercise you do, really, as long as it's outside, in nature. You can walk, ride, jump, skip, swim, shuffle, push, pull, roll, lift, surf, sail or do just about anything else that involves moving your bod for an hour or so.
Walk along a city park or a nature trail. Toss a frisbee with a friend. Slap a volleyball over the net or hurl some horseshoes on a piece of lawn. Jump rope on the sidewalk or swing on a tree branch.
Do these things sound silly to you?
One thing I've noticed about adults is that too many adults have forgotten how
to play like children. We all played like children when we were children, right?
But when we grow up, we no longer think it's "mature" to skip along in a game of
hopscotch on the sidewalk or toss a frisbee in the park. But in my opinion, we
need to relearn how to play like children because "playing" is the best way to
get exercise without feeling like it's work.
That's why I've found lots of joy in playing for exercise. I like to ride a trike (a recumbent bicycle with a really comfortable seat) on the sidewalk or do bear crawls in the grass. Neighborhood playgrounds, I've found, are filled with all kinds of useful equipment that even adults can often use, from climbing the ropes to swinging around on the "monkey bars" as we used to call them.
Part of this successful habit of playing, of course, involves you rejecting the mainstream crowd and getting comfortable just doing what's healthy and fun, regardless of what the other limited-thinking people might say about it. Just because they forgot how to play doesn't mean you have to limit YOUR fun to THEIR lack of imagination. In fact, "rejecting the crowd" is the topic of part seven of this 15-day series on self healing:
If you open up your options, there's fun to be found everywhere around you in nature. You can play catch with a baseball, kick around a soccer ball or roll around in the spring grass with your family dog. You can learn to juggle, or spin poi (as I do), or take on a serious hike at an exotic natural destination.
I do many of these things on a frequent basis, from juggling and playing catch to walking, hiking and biking. My exercise is always fun... and it never feels like work to me. While indoor gyms can be great places to go (especially during the winters), they are not my first choice for FUNouts. That's why I encourage everyone to follow these three simple steps for finding the joy in your exercise:
Step 1) Get outside. Let nature be your playground.
Step 2) Learn how to play, and play outside the box!
Step 3) Play regularly and with lots of variety.
And, of course, don't listen to non-fun people who judge you for playing. Don't be that snooty, stodgy grown-up who has forgotten the simple joys of outdoor playtime.
Life can be recess, folks! And you can have recess every single day. Just get outside, have fun, re-learn how to play and turn your WORKouts into FUNouts!
Part XV - Listening to your body's informative symptoms
Now we will shift focus inward.
This chapter on self-healing is about learning how to listen to your body
and understand what it's really trying to tell you.
In medicine, the word "symptoms" is thrown around as if it were something bad. Doctors talk about the "symptoms of disease" and then they prescribe chemicals to suppress those symptoms. If you have pain, they prescribe painkillers. If you have high blood pressure, they prescribe chemicals to artificially lower blood pressure.
This practice of detecting and then suppressing symptoms is called "mainstream medicine."
But what if that entire approach were wrong? What if symptoms were gifts rather than curses? What if the messages they were sending actually contained important information about your health?
That's exactly what you're about to learn here (if you don't already know this, that is): Symptoms are messengers... cries for help from your body. And learning how to listen to those messages rather than suppressing them may be the key to unlocking your greatest health potential.
Conventional medical doctors have
been trained that symptoms are things to be suppressed, negated or destroyed.
These doctors don't consider symptoms to be a holistic part of your healing
experience, but that's in fact exactly what they are.
If you sprain your ankle playing frisbee, for example, your body sends you a pain message. This message contains important information: "This tissue is injured. Do not use it until it is repaired." If you heed the message, you will allow your ankle time to heal. Once it's healed and safe to use again, the pain will disappear. It is now safe to put weight on your ankle again.
In this context, pain is an intelligent regulator of your activities. It can direct you to avoid further injury. But pain killers dull the pain and artificially block the pain messages. They allow you to keep playing on an injured ankle to the point where you are likely to cause further injury, resulting in even more suffering and perhaps permanent damage that cannot be healed.
That's why pain is something to be listened to, not ignored. But pain isn't the only messenger you'll want to pay attention to...
Your skin is also a messenger.
What's happening with your skin is a reflection of what's happening with your
internal organs. If you have acne on your face, for example, you have much the
same thing happening in your digestive tract. Facial acne is a sign to clean up
your diet, eliminate all animal products for a while (dairy, meat, etc.) and
detox with a plant-based diet.
If your skin is dry, itchy or flaky, it's a sure sign that you're deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and possibly some other key vitamins or nutrients. Increase your intake of omega-3s through fish oils, marine oils or plant-based sources like chia seeds, and add superfoods to your diet to cover any vitamin deficiencies you may have.
Your fingernails can tell a lot about your health, too: Misshapen or discolored fingernails point to chronic nutritional deficiencies in minerals and certain vitamins. If your fingernails have ridges, cracking, discoloration or any other symptoms, get yourself to a naturopathic physician right away. Fingernails, you see, indicate what's going on with the rest of your body because your nails are, of course, grown out of your body. If you have nutritional deficiencies or chronic organ problems, they will be revealed in your nails.
Your tongue can tell a wealth about your health, too. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners use tongue diagnosis (and pulse diagnosis) to assess symptoms and clues about what's happening with your internal organ health. Tongue diagnosis is remarkably accurate: A tongue that's discolored, has a layer of mucous, has deep ridges on the sides or other non-healthy characteristics directly indicates problems with your liver, kidneys, heart, lungs or digestive tract.
If you're curious about this, seek out a TCM practitioner for a tongue and pulse diagnosis. Sadly, American TCM practitioners have a watered-down approach where they are afraid to offer any medical diagnosis for fear of being arrested by state medical authorities, but in China, an experienced TCM practitioner can tell you more about your health from a simple diagnosis than you would typically learn from an MRI.
To pay even closer attention to
your body's symptoms, observe what's coming out of your body:
• Do you have body odor? If so, your diet is unclean. Too much milk, butter and meat.
• Does your breath smell bad? Same problem: Unclean diet or poor digestive health.
• Are your stools too hard, too soft or not healthy looking? Check with a naturopath -- the health of your stools indicates the health of your digestion.
• Does your urine smell strange? It will after eating asparagus, of course, but normally your urine should not have an offensive odor. If it does, go visit a naturopathic physician for some advice.
• Are you hyperventilating at times? It may be a sign of consuming a diet that's too acidic. Or could also mean pre-diabetes. Check with a naturopath.
What comes out of your body, you see, is a very accurate indication of what's going on inside your body. Did you know that physicians actually used to taste the urine of patients? They could diagnose disease just from tasting the urine.
Of course, these days mainstream doctors don't taste your urine anymore. Instead, they give you expensive urine by pumping you full of HRT drugs, psych meds and other expensive pharmaceuticals that you pee down the drain while you're literally flushing your money away.
Your body will also tell you what
it wants through cravings. These are little subconscious messengers that
direct you to eat something your body needs. Most people, however,
misinterpret those cravings and end up eating something bad for their health
instead of what the body actually craves.
For example, if your body craves salt -- real salt, not the processed sodium found in junk foods -- you may feel an urge to eat a salty snack food. But that urge is often just a craving for full-spectrum salt. Try eating some fresh nuts dusted with full-spectrum sea salt and see if that takes care of your craving.
Cravings for chocolate may often be just your body crying out for magnesium. Your body sends you the message, "Eat more magnesium!" but your conscious mind mistakenly thinks you just need more chocolate. The problem is that most of the processed, store-bought chocolate on the market today is overly processed and has little or no magnesium left in it. Buy real chocolate if you want it to contain the minerals it's supposed to.
Dehydration can cause all sorts of
symptoms that are often misdiagnosed as other diseases. Chronic dehydration can
appear as all the following symptoms or diseases: Asthma, high blood pressure,
hunger, kidney disorders, heart problems and constipation.
Drinking more water on a regular basis (and avoiding dehydrating beverages such as sodas) can solve these underlying problems, and you may actually see many of those symptoms vanish within a few days, weeks or months.
If you do go see a regular
mainstream doctor, you may in fact receive a quite useful diagnosis of specific
symptoms. Western doctors are quite good at determining what's wrong with
you on a superficial level even if they have no idea about underlying causes.
So if you receive a diagnosis from a western doctor, you can often take that diagnosis home and do something useful with it. For example, if your doctor says you have high blood pressure and recommends you start taking toxic blood pressure drugs, the best thing you can do for your health is tear up the prescription, go seek a naturopathic physician and ask what you can do to resolve the underlying causes of high blood pressure rather than trying to artificially medicate yourself with chemicals.
Chances are, you have various nutritional deficiencies (lack of omega-3s, often), combined with dehydration and poor dietary choices. Correcting those three things will often resolve blood pressure symptoms. Of course, your specific case may be different, so be sure to check with your naturopathic physician about what's best for you.
Never be tricked into taking a
medication that masks the symptom. Use the symptom as a clue to look for
root causes that can be corrected through more holistic, natural means. This is
how you can listen to your body and interpret its messages in useful ways that
lead you in the direction of health.
It takes no intelligence whatsoever to mask symptoms with medications. Any fool can accomplish that by popping pills, much to the delight of pharmacies and drug companies. But an intelligent, mature person will listen to their body's many messages (symptoms) and learn from them to discover what's really going on with their health.
Masking symptoms, in other words, is a childish, adolescent approach to medicine. But listening and learning from symptoms in order to take a more holistic approach to health is characteristic of an intelligent adult. Which approach will you decide to take?
How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 1 to 3
Part I - Unleash healing potential
Part II - Blood
Part III - Absorbing Your Food and Vitamins
How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 4 to 6
Part IV - What's In Your Blood
Part V - Cleansing Digestive Tract
Part VI - Fasting - not eating for 24 hours
How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 7 to 9
Part VII - Get Off The Cliff
Part VIII - Stop Making Disease
Part IX - Nature Deficiency
How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 10 to 12
Part X - Cleaning Up Skin Exposures
Part XI - Heal Yourself in 15 Days by eating MORE (not less)
Part XII - Express Gratitude
How to Heal Yourself in 15 Days - Part 13 - 15
Part XIII - Social Healing
Part XIV - Self-Healing Exercise
Part XV - Listening to your body's informative symptoms
About the author: Mike Adams is a consumer health advocate with a passion for teaching people how to improve their health He is a prolific writer and has published thousands of articles, interviews, reports and consumer guides, impacting the lives of millions of readers around the world who are experiencing phenomenal health benefits from reading his articles. Adams is an honest, independent journalist and accepts no money or commissions on the third-party products he writes about or the companies he promotes.
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