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Avoiding Surgery for Big Tonsils, Gallstones or Fibroids

A New Feature Things you may not know Anthroposophic Treatments are good for: Avoiding Surgery for Big Tonsils, Gallstones or Fibroids   We get sick in stages: there is a waterfall relationship between the immediate impressions of a situation; to what with time becomes a more chronic, physiologic imbalance; to what eventually becomes a true pathological (illness causing) change.  An example: if I have an sudden shock or scare, then heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tone will naturally all go up, but they should all gradually relax and return to normal over the course of a few hours.  That would likely change if a shock or scare began to happen every day, then soon the body's steady state changes, it gets reset--perhaps to a place where there are persistent challenges with falling asleep, or painful tight muscles that become the norm.   And if my "reset" physiology stays imbalanced long enough we meet irreversibly illness, like a heart ...

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Something Spiritual--What to do when Nothing seems to be Happening

Some new year's thoughts: one of the best, and also the hardest parts of life is that things are continually shifting.  If we are too busy we wish for some down time.  If we are bored or under-utilized we wish for something more to happen.  Amazingly, there are even times when we wish for things to slow down (usually in one arena of life) and speed up at the same time (in another area).  Wow, being a self-conscious human being is complicated, because not only do we get to feel this way but we also get to observe ourselves feeling this way and then be unsettled by it.  There are also times when we don't feel like anything is happening, even if we are overly busy and our time is fully occupied.  Or, we get so used to things going fast all of the time--because there is a pervasive expectation that we need to be productive all the time, especially if you have things like family, and work, and social groups, and even things that you do for fun outside of those other ...

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Plastic Surgery for Food? The GMO Question. Living an Authentic Life, part 4

Is there such a thing as living food?  If so, does that mean that there is dead food?  Why should it make a difference, if the most important thing about nutrition is the calories, fats, protein and vitamin content of a food?  Let's explore this a little: certainly fresh food tastes better, and fruit that has ripened on the tree or vine has a whole different quality than fruit that was picked green and shipped around the world.  It also seems increasingly clear, from all kinds of different perspectives, that highly processed food is not good for us.  Processed food is not the same.  Like formula for babies, which even if it chemically is as close as we can possibly make it to breast milk, it is not an equivalent.  That is at least in part due to the fact that the nutritive substance in breast milk has already been enlivened by the mother's body.  It can easily be digested and taken up into the body.  The substance of the milk is living--it loses some of that when i ...

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The Etheric Body: Foundation of a Dynamic Clinical Lens

            There is a great modern hope to find the kernel of good health in a check-list.  As medical costs are ballooning and rates of chronic illness climb, one oft-espoused solution is to get more precise about what we as healthcare providers are doing, creating broad practice guidelines and working to universally apply them.  There is the hope that if we define the basic parameters of physical health and work towards them, we will all be healthier.  Body-mass index, cholesterol, blood pressure, cancer screening, vaccinations and smoking cessation become our measures of good health, and if those are within their proper parameters we can all feel good that we are keeping people healthy.  For anyone who has recently gone through an academic medical training this kind of reductionist medicine is all too familiar.  The parameters may shift—dependent on the specific patient population and organ focus of a particular dis ...

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How do I find more Peace?--through the Life Sense. Living and Authentic Life, part 3.

            "How are you?"  That's a common greeting, which is usually answered more out of politeness than honesty.  Most of the time we answer casually, so that when someone does answer in a truthful way it is a little bit shocking--either because it is so negative ("Lousy!" which we probably would rather not know) or surprisingly good ("Fantastic!" which can seem a little Pollyanna, because nobody could really be walking around doing that well...).  But it is a good question to ask, especially of ourselves: "How am I?"  Maybe we don't routinely ask it because we already know that we are over-extended, or simply because there are so many things demanding our time and attention outside of ourselves so that there is little energy left for self-contemplation.  We get very good at training ourselves to ignore--actually override--any sense of how we are doing inwardly.  Instead, we use a little caffeine to rev us up when we are ...

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Why email can't possibly meet our full humanity (and yes, I'm sending you an email): Living an Authentic Life, part 2

VISION--WARMTH--HEARING--WORD--THOUGHT--"I"   One part of leading an authentic life is about being conscientious with our body, and trying not to repetitively deceive our own physiology (see last month's post about artificial sweeteners, as well as a little update at the bottom*).  But that is not the only place where we are being numbed into disconnection.  A lot of our human authenticity is threatened by the way we connect to the outside world around us, especially the people we know and love.  How do you communicate with them?  How often do you feel that you have made a real connection?  It's easy these days to do a lot of communicating, but not very much connecting.  There is an important distinction between them--we can speak, write, or text a lot, but that doesn't mean that a real connection is being built.  Other times--miraculously--we may not need to say very much, but feel that there is really good understanding and that a deeper connection develops.  T ...

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Artificial Sweeteners and What They Do to Our Humanity: Living an Authentic Life, Part 1

Are you living a life of deprivation?  Might seem like a strange question, as most people today are living in a world of such tremendous material abundance that it has no real historical precedent.  People have never lived such complicated lives with so much stuff.  There are, of course, scary times and hard situations when people do not have enough to eat or do not have a safe place to live, and unfortunately there are many places in the world right now where people are experiencing just this kind of desperation and loss.  If you think about their lives very much, it is overwhelming.  And sadly (but perhaps not so shockingly), it is very possible for most of us to go about daily life without giving it too much thought or too much worry.  It becomes something we are aware of as a factual aspect of the news – one additional piece of information.  It all becomes kind of abstract.  How does that happen, that we can be connected to so much of the world and disconnecte ...

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Biographical Rhythm and Crisis: Getting Unstuck part 4

Change catches us off guard all the time, but it doesn't always sneak up on us from the outside. Some of the biggest impulses for change surprise us by coming from the inside. That can be hard to make sense of because we are so used to constantly needing to respond to the events, expectations and relationships of our lives--but it is true! External events, outer changes make sense in a certain way because they adhere to the laws of cause and effect. If we suffer a loss or are experiencing a lot of anxiety related to an upcoming event we could place our feelings into that context and gain some consolation. In other words we learn to say: I feel this way because that happened. We know that significant loss brings grief and disorientation. We also know that the anxiety of anticipation can easily exhaust us as we try to make sure that everything has been properly considered and prepared. Those are painful experiences but they can be rationally understood. What happens when a life change starts inside of us and th ...

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Does our body influence how we think? Getting unstuck, part 3

There is another aspect to getting unstuck, which relates directly to the connection between our physical/physiologic life and our emotional/spiritual life. It is actually a connection that goes both ways, meaning that our emotional and spiritual life impact how our body feels and how our body works, and vice versa. We all experience this. When we are stressed it affects our sleep, our energy, even our digestion, whereas when we are relaxed and contented many of the little aches and pains fall away. Going the other way (the functioning of our body up to emotional and spiritual well-being), imbalances in the body's physiology (like electrolyte levels, blood sugar and organ function) influence the way we feel and even lend an "imprint" into our thought life. Bodily function lends a continuous coloring to our experiences and perceptions, though this is usually fleeting and remains mostly unconscious. A bigger injury or imbalance--like falling and breaking your arm exaggerates that influence. The acute pain of th ...

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Inflammation as Transformation: How to Get Unstuck? Part 2

One of the truest definitions of health that continues to prove itself over and over again is that when we get sick, our immune system can work thoroughly and efficiently so that the illness comes to a full resolution. In other words, being healthy does not mean that we never get sick (which would assume that at baseline we have some kind of perfection of physiology, and illness is always a deviation from it). That makes for a clean model, but is a very static view. We are more dynamic beings than that. At important times an illness process can actually open the door for us to transform and rebalance. Small children are particularly good at this. When they get stressed or worn down, they quickly show the world that they don't feel well (adults are not quite so honest, and we can hold out a lot longer with supports like caffeine, deadlines, duty, and yes, the fear of finally letting down...). But sick children do what their bodies need: they slow down, they lose their appetite, get a fever, whine and cling, an ...

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