Wednesday
May202015

Helping To Heal newsletter Vol. 15, #14 (May 19, 2015)

 IN THIS Helping To Heal Clinic POST (Vol. 15, #14, 5.19.2015):   

* The Five Love Languages: Which ones do YOU speak?

* How Steve Jobs Changed The World-- worth your read...

* Another method of preventing prostate cancer

* More BodyTalk experience

* Does Chemotherapy help breast cancer survival? (not much)

* So, are you coming May 22?

* Are you coming June 29th?

 

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES

I first heard about this fascinating book from one of the other participants at the BodyTalk Fundamentals Class in Sioux Falls in early April.  I found a used copy, and have been devouring it ever since.  If you are engaged, have already taken the marital step, and now sometimes wish that you hadn’t because things aren’t going as smoothly as they were in the Walt Disney version of Cinderella, this book is for you.  As someone who has a fair amount of experience with the marital process, I value the information contained therein, and wish that I’d been able to read it before my very FIRST marriage. 

We’re all familiar with the different ways of LEARNING:  Some of us learn kinesthetically (by hands on), some of us learn visually, some by ear (auditory).  So, simplistically, if you tell your spouse you LOVE him/her by SPEAKING THOSE WORDS, that may work if s/he has the same learning style as you do.  But if s/he needs to SEE some evidence of your love and all you have are some words, it ain’t gonna cut the mustard.  Flowers might work, helping around the home might help.

 

Gary Chapman’s book, THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES,  takes this process a bit further, separating the languages of “love communication” to FIVE:  

WORDS OF AFFIRMATION  (Thank you for doing that!)

SPENDING QUALITY TIME   (Let’s go for a walk...)

RECEIVING GIFTS   (Happy Birthday, Honey, here’s something for you...)

ACTS OF SERVICE  (Faithfully doing his/her job, day after day...)

PHYSICAL TOUCH   (Sometimes “touch” is what matters most...)

 

 

Following are a few pages:

Chapter One: “What Happens to Love After the Wedding?”

At 30,000 feet... he put his magazine in his seat pocket, turned in my direction and asked, “what kind of work do you do?”

“I do marriage counseling and lead marriage enrichment seminars,” I said matter-of-factly.

“I’ve been wanting to ask someone this for a long time,” he said. “What happens to the love after you get married?”

“What do you mean?”

“Well,” he said, “I’ve been married three times, and each time, it was wonderful before we got married, but somehow after the wedding it all fell apart. All the love I thought I had for her and the love she seemed to have for me seemed to have evaporated. I am a fairly intelligent person. I operate a successful business, but I don’t understand it.”

“How long were you married?” I asked.

“The first one lasted about ten years. The second time, we were married three years, and the last one, almost six years.”

“Did your love evaporate immediately after the wedding or was it a gradual loss?” I inquired.

“Well, the second one went wrong from the very beginning. I don’t know what happened. I really thought we loved each other, but the honeymoon was a disaster, and we never recovered. We only dated six months. It was a whirlwind romance. It was really exciting! But after the marriage, it was a battle from the beginning. 

“In my first marriage, we had three or our good years before the baby came. After the baby was born, I felt like she gave her attention to the baby and I no longer mattered. It was as if her one goal in life was to have a baby, and after the baby, she no longer needed me.”

“Did you tell her that?” I asked.

“Oh yes, I told her. She said I was crazy. She said I did not understand the stress of being a twenty-four-hour nurse. She said I should be more understanding and help her more. I really tried, but it didn’t seem to make any difference. After that, we jut grew further apart. After a while there was no love left, just deadness....

“My last marriage? I really thought that one would be different. I had been divorced for three years. We date each other for two years. I really thought we knew what we were doing, and I thought that perhaps for the first time I really knew what it meant to love someone. I genuinely felt that she loved me...

“After the wedding, I don’t think I changed. I continued to express love to her as I had before marriage. I told her how beautiful she was. I told her how much I loved her. I told her how proud I was to be her husband. But a few months after marriage, she started complaining; about petty things at first-- like my not taking the garbage out or not hanging up my clothes. Later, she went to attacking my character, telling me that she didn’t feel she could trust me, accusing me of not being faithful to her. She became a totally negative person. Before marriage, she was never negative. She was one of the most positive people I have ever met.... but once we were married, it seemed I could do nothing right...  Eventually, I lost my love for her and began to resent her..... so we split.”

 

A strong recommendation to read Chapman’s book-- whether married, thinkin’ about it, or wondering whether you should have done it.  You can pick up a used copy at Amazon. 

 

HOW STEVE JOBS CHANGED THE WORLD

 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — In a powerful commencement address to George

Washington University graduates, Apple CEO Tim Cook implored the class of 2015 to

follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs.

Many view work as boring, hopeless drudgery — a view Cook said he shared in 1997

before he came to Apple.

But Cook said Steve Jobs made him question everything he thought was true. Jobs

persuaded him that "doing good and doing well" were not mutually exclusive.

"I always figured that work was work," Cook said. "There were things I wanted to

change about the world, but I figured that was what I had to do on my own time. Steve

didn't see it that way. He convinced me that if we made great products, we too could

change the world."

As an example, Cook pointed to features on iPads, Macs and iPhones that allow blind

people to communicate with their friends and family.

On how to change the world: Cook also referred to citizen journalists who use their

smartphones to capture and report police brutality. He got loud applause when he said

that Apple products can empower people who witness injustice, because people now

have a camera in their pocket all the time.

"At Apple, we believe the work should be more than about improving your own self; it's

about improving others' lives as well," Cook said. "We believe that a company with

values and acts on them really can change the world."

On meeting George Wallace and Jimmy Carter: Cook said his moral compass was

tuned when he met both Alabama governor George Wallace and President Jimmy

Carter as a high school student in the summer of 1977.

Apple's CEO was born into a poor family in Alabama, and by the time he was in high

school, he still hadn't left the south. But he said meeting the segregationist Wallace

"was not an honor for me."

"Shaking his hand felt like a betrayal of my own beliefs, like I was selling a piece of my

soul," Cook said of his introduction to the notoriously racist governor.

Instead, meeting Carter was more of a highlight for Cook. Though Carter had been the

governor of another, bordering southern state (Georgia), and like Wallace was a

Democrat, Cook said Carter approached life differently. He was "kind and

compassionate," Cook said.

"One was right, and one was wrong," Cook said of Carter and Wallace.

On Steve Jobs and the 'North Star': Cook's advice to the graduates of the class of 2015

was to use their own morality as their guides. He encouraged them to have Jobs'

optimism that work could better the world, and he urged them to embody Carter's

humanity -- something Cook said the president "had not sacrificed" despite holding the

highest job in the world.

"Your values matter. They are your North Star," Cook said. "Otherwise it's just a job, and

life is too short for that. The sidelines are not where you want to live your life. There are

problems that need to be solved and injustices that need to be ended."

Cook ended his address by taking a photo of the graduating class with his iPhone.

Sunday's speech was the first commencement address delivered by an Apple CEO

since Steve Jobs spoke at Stanford University's graduation in 2005. Cook also delivered

a commencement address at Auburn University, his alma mater, in 2010, when he was

Apple's chief operating officer.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Tim Cook: How Steve Jobs changed the world”

 

 ANOTHER METHOD OF PREVENTING PROSTATE CANCER

Ejaculation was a method recommended years ago by natural therapies MD Dr. Andrew Weil on his website.  Then, the conservatives must have told him that recommending this method was not politically correct, so I have not heard much on that from him since. But now the latest research suggests those who ejaculate more frequently have less risk of prostate cancer--about 20% less so.  Go to www.medscape.com, May 17, 2015 for more.  

 

MORE BODYTALK EXPERIENCE

Worked with another BodyTalk client a few days ago. There were some issues with anxiety associated with body image, so worked on all of that.  I’ve come to believe that the decisions we make about health care, when to buy groceries, who to call on the phone and when, who to accept a date with, tend to be very INTUITIVE decisions, a kind of “inner knowing”, that might not stand up in a court of law, but which we use every day. In BodyTalk, practitioners are trained to USE the intuition in a deliberate way, to help guide them in balancing the client’s body toward better health.  I’m concluding there is a good deal of merit to this new modality.

 

DOES CHEMOTHERAPY HELP BREAST CANCER SURVIVAL?  (not a heckuva lot...)

I just had a call from “J”, a lady who lives 75 miles to the northeast.  She was searching for additional help for her recurring breast cancer.  She has spurned traditional treatments for it. I tend to agree with her; the research suggests that chemotherapy is not very effective for increasing survival time for breast cancer-- According to the published research, Clin Oncol 2004 Dec; 16(8): 549-60, the percentage of increase in the number of breast cancer patients surviving 5 years, DUE to their taking chemotherapy as part of their protocol, was 1.4%.  Large doses of vitamin C can be hepful for breast and other cancers if done correctly.  Sometimes it’s done by I.V., sometimes it’s done orally. I.V. administration seems like a great idea, but unless it is done continuously, the cancer cells have a chance to recover-- the lifetime of ordinary vitamin C in the body is about 5 hours. We use oral administration, with the right kind of liposomal vitamin C.  The liposomal form (wrapping a body lipid around the vitamin C molecule for better absorption) has the potential to maintain a continuous high level of vitamin C in the body.  I support that, IF it’s the right kind of vitamin C-- we avoid vitamin C made from GMO corn as a feedstock.  Vitamin C from Cassava root seems to work better.

 

ARE YOU COMING TO THE MAY 22ND COMMUNITY ACCESS BODYTALK PROGRAM?

Hey, it’s only about 90 minutes long, and you’ll learn much about how this very safe, very holistic therapy works.  It starts at 7 pm in the evening, at our Tracy MN clinic, Friday, May 22nd.  Come and learn self care for your mind/body and that of  your family.  It’s FREE, and you may even win a free BodyTalk session.  It’s definitely a better deal than your health insurance.  

 

ARE YOU COMING TO THE BODYTALK ACCESS PROGRAM? 

We’re sponsoring a one day program on June 29th, to teach you about selfcare, the BodyTalk way.  It will be held at our clinic, second level, 9 to 5.  Cost is about $135 if you register before May 29th.  Go to www.bodytalksouthdakota.com, click on “Seminars”, select the BodyTalk Access class in Tracy on June 29th.  If you get sick and encounter those huge medical bills and need to take time off work, you’ll wish you had learned about this safe approach.

 

TESTIMONIALS FOR BODYTALK?

Go to https://www.bodytalksystem.com/ and click on “Testimonials” at the top of the page.  

 

ALL FOR NOW.  Keep smiling, no matter what the politicians tell you. We’ll get through this global warming thing, if it takes another hundred years...!

 

Charles Reinert ND, PhD (physics), CHt, EFT ADV, BodyTalk P.I.T. 

Helping to Heal Clinic

www.helpingtoheal.us

helpingtohealclinic@iw.net

 

 

 

Friday
May152015

AN OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE MISSED...

I survived my first major class on BodyTalk, held in Sioux Falls April 9 through 13.  As an old physicist who never thought he had much of a memory, the class went well.  If I take it again as is recommended for those who intend to use it in a healthcare practice, I will want to record the whole thing digitally (video would be even better!), so that I can fill in the gaps that I missed the first time, but as I review my notes it is beginning to make sense. The training was consistent with my basic understanding, i.e. that the mind/body/spirit is in principle capable of fixing about anything that comes down the pike, PROVIDED that all the communication circuitry is working properly.  Because the body is a very complex system, the process of tuning up the communication circuitry is not a trivial one, hence the need for information and practice in using it effectively to help others.  There is benefit from knowing the anatomy and physiology of the body, and there is benefit from being comfortable with oneself, well grounded and as free from extraneous belief systems as one can manage. And, there is benefit from knowing at least SOMETHING about what we sometimes call “The New Physics”, aka “Quantum Physics”, for unlike dozens of books ‘n claims on the internet, just because an approach uses the words, “quantum physics” might not mean beans about whether it actually does. (I’m always on the lookout for new ways to heal the body and happened on a “new” method of vision improvement, which used the words “quantum physics” prolifically in the promos.  So I ordered the book (an E-book) and had a look at it.  Heck, same old stuff, and there was almost nothing new, certain no quantum mechanics as an old physicist would recognize it.  I got my money back and gave them a few choice words in the process.  

 

At the BodyTalk class, a proper amount of time (a few hours) was devoted to an “explanation” of quantum physics as it is applicable to the techniques we were to learn, at least the content of a one credit class on an advanced undergraduate level for a physics major.  By the end of the course, most of us had worked with a dozen other practitioners-to-be, arranged so that we newbies could learn from those who’d been through the class before. Fifteen massage tables had been set up in the classroom for the 30 of us, so that we had an opportunity to practice each technique that we were shown.  The course was nicely done, well worth it, and thanks, Mel Buzek for your excellent instruction!

 

NOW,  how did I get into this in the first place?  Angela Pascoe DC, a Sioux Falls SD chiropractic colleague, called me last mid August and TOLD me I should go to this “introductory” class in BodyTalk, called BODYTALK ACCESS.  Eight hours later with a modest investment (~$135), I came away, knowing FIVE basic easy-to-learn SELF CARE techniques, which I’m sure I will use for the rest of my life.  They taught me...

1.  How to balance my brain, so that it worked better, in particular for better coordination between left and right hemispheres.  You can do it in five minutes.  (If you’re a student, a mechanic, a farmer, a mom trying to get her newborn to sleep, even an old physicist-cum-Albert Schweizer wannabee, anything you do will probably work better if you first take a few minutes to get the hemispheres working better.  Before I start my music therapy performances for nursing home residents in SW Minnesota, I ALWAYS take a few minutes to talk to the residents and staff about what I do at HTH, and then SHOW them how to balance their brains.  They usually titter a bit when they see what I’m doing, but by the time I’m done they’re bouncing off the walls from their enthusiasm. It just works.) If you’re a new mom, it will probably help your baby or child sleep better so that YOU will sleep better! 

 

2.  How to de-stress and “calm” myself in the best way, so I don’t go postal in high stress situations.  I have a friend whom I sometimes accompany on local shopping trips.  The moment this friend steps into Walmart, s/he becomes nervous and cannot wait until the shopping is done and s/he can exit and get home.  I don’t know whether it’s the fluorescent lights, the people, the products, or what, but it’s this sort of nervous anxiety that can be quelled with what the BT people call the “switching” technique.  Again, easy to do and remember, takes just a few minutes.  

 

3.  How to be sure that my body’s cells are well hydrated.  If you’ve read the book, Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by Fereydoon Batmanghelidi MD. or others by this author  such as You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!, you have some sense of the importance of optimal cell hydration.  You want the right amount of water both inside and outside your body’s cells.  The Access class will teach you how to do this quickly and easily.  

 

4.  D’ya wanna stay healthy and not get sick from the flu or whatever else is going around?  Is that you want to get rid of all the bad microbes and just have GOOD microbes?  Apparently not a real good idea, just as we’re discovering that the ideal “garden” may be one which has a diversity of plants (even some “weeds” for gosh sakes!) for best health.  The Access class teaches this also!

 

5.  Do  you sometimes get the feeling that you’re tripping over your feet when you walk, run or play?  Coordination between the various parts of the body can help that, and that is also taught in the Access class.  Maybe you’re not into modeling, but if you value your appearance, you could do a lot worse than picking up this technique.

 

6.  A technique that you can use as “first aid” to speed the healing process for minor injuries.  Easy to use, and we already have many reports from our area of folks using this method.  A local science teacher turned his back on his science students for a moment and a heavy weight rolled off the lab table and on to a student’s toes.  The student yelled in pain, and Bob got right to work using this ‘first aid” technique.  A few minutes later the pain was much less, and when he saw the student in the hallway a few hours later, she said, “The pain’s completely gone!”  Another friend, an LPN at a local nursing home, was cooking one evening, accidently lifted a pan full of hot oil off the stove and it splashed all over her neck and shoulder.  She immediately put cold water on it, without much effect, did the “first aid” technique a few times, and a little while later the pain was gone.  Very rapid healing followed.  

 

So..... have I convinced you yet?  You can take this one day training for an investment of only $150; it’s happening at our Tracy clinic in the Community Classroom upstairs, June 29th, 2015.  There’s a flyer attached to this newsletter that tells you more. Go to www.bodytalksouthdakota.com, click on “Seminars” and follow it down to the Access class on June 29th, Tracy.  You will be very happy that you did it.....  IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE MAY 29TH, YOU GET A 10% DISCOUNT...


Sunday
May032015

Taking Better Care (a dialogue)-- about your health insurance deductions

THE SCENE: Pat and Alicia, two young mothers living in SW Minnesota, meet at the supermarket.  ALICIA SEEMS DEPRESSED.

 

ALICA:  Hello....., PAT..  

 

PAT:  Hi Alicia, how’s the family?

 

ALICIA:  Oh, they’re fine....  Only...  never mind...

 

PAT:  So how’s the family, REALLY???

 

ALICIA:  About the same as always.  Never enough time to do fun things, even if we had the money to do it.  Sara’s been sick with the flu, Kari has this persistent cough, Carl’s got emotional stuff going on at school and can’t keep his mind on his school work, and you probably heard that Andy has been sick the past two weeks, so we’ve missed a few paychecks.  Somehow I thought that ObamaCare would take care of our health care bills and give us a chance to get ahead.  All we got from that was a high deductible health insurance policy.  Now we have these expensive health care insurance premiums to pay every month, and we STILL have to pay all the deductibles out of our own pocket.  I don’t know that we’re a bit further ahead.  I just WISH there were a better way to stay healthy than being nibbled to death with the prescription bills and the medical expense.  I wish we could be REALLY HEALTHY and feel like living instead of  just slogging through one day after the next.  I wish there were a better way....

 

PAT:  It’s good to have a health insurance policy so that if you break a leg, they step in and take care of the big hospital bills.  How much is your deductible?  

 

ALICIA:  For the whole family, it’s $4,000 per year.  It gets spent on doctor’s bills and drugs; as I said, the little things just keep nibbling away, right out of pocket.  We actually don’t GET much insurance help, most years.  A funny thing-- Andy and I  bought this expensive insurance but we STILL pay for our health care needs, out of our own pockets!  Heck, why even  BUY insurance if it doesn’t help to pay your bills.  Have you found any better way?

 

PAT:  Well, actually Loren and I and the kids are getting along pretty well; We have a policy with a high deductible too, but two years ago we decided to do something better with it.  Our insurance company allows us to have a HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT-- they even provided a debit card to use with it.  Blue Cross Blue Shield will do that, other companies may have it too.  You put money into this HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT, draw on it as you need it to pay for your miscellaneous health care expenses. If you don’t spend it all in one year, it carries over into the next year.  It’s cool!

 

ALICIA:  But Pat, what’s the DIFFERENCE?  One way you put your money into this HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT and spend it little by little, that way. The other way, you just pay the bills as they come in.  How does a HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT help you to get ahead?  

 

PAT:  Alicia, With the HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT, you have a lot more leeway in how you can actually SPEND your money.  If you live in Minnesota, you can go to 

http://www.mnhealthnetwork.com/files/Eligible%20HSA%20Qualified%20Expenses%20213d.pdf    to get a list of SOME of the expenses which your HSA will pay for.  

 

Among them are healing services, laboratory tests, over the counter medical care,   psychotherapy, and much more.   Actually, Loren and I have used our HSA debit card for a wide variety of healthcare expenses. If we felt it was justifiable for our health, we do it.  We try to be honest and ethical, but it’s probably not very likely that the tax people will actually contest a claim that we feel is reasonable. 

 

ALICIA:  So, you have MORE CHOICES in how you spend your deductible dollars.  You can make the choices that you feel are best for you and your family?  But what OTHER choices do you actually have if you live in a small town like Tracy?  There’s the Tracy Area Medical Clinic, run by Sanford, with MD’s and PA’s who have the usual medical school training, but who ELSE?  Aren’t they the ONLY GAME IN TOWN?  

 

PAT: There’s the Helping To Heal clinic, down on 3rd Street...  Have you ever been there?

 

ALICIA:  I walk by there all the time on my way to get my hair done or to go to the post office, but I’ve never stopped in.  What do they do there?  

 

PAT:  My neighbor works there.  It was started 15 years ago by a PhD physics professor who was dissatisfied with the few choices available for his own health care, so he decided to retrain himself, joined with others, and it’s been going ever since!  Their emphasis is on PREVENTION.  “Dr. Chuck”, as he calls himself, has training in vitamins and nutrition, in the healing of body pain generally, especially lower back pain.  He’s also trained in hypnosis, which is helpful for infertility, migraines and much more. And, he’s trained in the safe removal of mercury, which can come from dental fillings and vaccines.  He uses bioenergetic healing, such as “Chee Kung”, for many different conditions, including infertility.  He has treated patients with brain cancer, breast cancer, and liver cancer.  One of his colleagues is a “master” in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, for treatment of emotional/physical conditions) and in NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming). She is currently living in Australia, and has become internationally known for her work with women and children displaced by war in the Middle East.  He and four other colleagues (a science teacher, a nurse, a high school counselor and a chiropractor) are now developing their skills in a new therapy called BODYTALK, which emerged from Australia about 15 years ago. Currently they’re treating patents on a purely DONATION basis as they sharpen their skills.  They work with patients 7 days a week, as needed.  Roger, the high school science teacher, may be specializing in helping kids with their issues.  Sometimes children’s problems are because of school, sometimes because of other kids, sometimes because of their parents. You might like to know that some of the staff have also worked with kids who are not doing well in school.  Actually, when Dr. Chuck was a physics prof at SMSU in Marshall years ago, he led some early research on better ways of learning, even on increasing general intelligence.   You can read about that early work at https://grasshopperx.com/dr-charles-p-reinert’s-study-on-image-streaming-and-iq/   or at http://howtobecomesmarter.org/image-streaming/   .  These early studies suggest that regular practice of a simple “visual imagery” technique can increase intelligence by some measures.  In addition to this approach, Dr. Chuck feels it’s wise to use techniques like EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to get rid of emotional blocks to the learning process.  These blocks may be present due to the student’s life with his/her parents, friends, bullies, and the like. EFT is safe, apparently free from side effects, and easy for the student to use himself for many issues.   

 

ALICIA:  I’ve heard about BODYTALK.    According to the ads I’ve seen in the papers and on Facebook, (www.facebook.com/whennothingelseworks), BODYTALK doesn’t use medications, no surgery, virtually zero physical touching.  

 

PAT:  Yes, the theory is that the body knows how to “FIX” just about anything that’s wrong with it, provided it is AWARE of the problem.  Sometimes a BT practitioner will compare the human body to a big 50 story building, with lots of water fountains, bathrooms, copiers, heating and A/C.  Somewhere in that building is a Security guy, who is watching a roomful of TV monitors to be sure that everything is working right, and that there is nothing overflowing or catching afire.  That’s fine, so long as the guard is watchful.  However, if he falls asleep and doesn’t catch the lighted cigarette that falls into a wastebasket, there could be big trouble...!

 

ALICIA:  Do you mean to say that if my body had really been AWARE of all that was going on, then it might have caught my breast cancer EARLY and got rid of those few pesky cells before they became big trouble, with surgery and chemo. It might have even KILLED ME!   I’ve been fighting breast cancer for five years and it’s still not over!

 

PAT:  Alicia, that’s the idea....

 

ALICIA:  What about Alzheimer’s, dementia, and just growing older?  Do the Helping to Heal people know anything about that?  

 

PAT:  Dr. Chuck could teach you a few things about Alzheimer’s.  For one thing, it may be associated with poor nighttime sleep.  If you don’t sleep well at night, your brain’s cerebral spinal fluid can’t do a good job of removing waste products from the brain, as it’s supposed to do.  Buildup of waste naturally produced by the cells’ metabolism means a FOGGY brain in the morning. If that becomes a habit, dementia may be just around the corner.  There are ways to improve sleep, above and beyond just purchasing a CPAP machine.  OH, and you mentioned ‘growing older’.  Did you know that there’s an herbal supplement, not very expensive, that seems to be ANTI-AGING.  It’s made of 5 common medicinal herbs, some of which have been used in medicine for as much as 4,000 years.  I use it myself, and I have to admit I feel wonderful, and scarcely ever get sick or have a cold!  And, I sleep better and have much more energy!  This herbal may prevent buildup of cholesterol deposits in the arteries, too, thereby preventing the need for bypass surgery. You won’t learn about that from your regular doc!

 

ALICIA:  I’m impressed.  I want to meet the staff! But getting back to the $3,000 deductible we use to pay most of our health care, ‘cuz we hardly ever MEET that deductible, what do we do if we DON’T have a Health Savings Account?  

 

PAT:  There are two possibilities that I can think of:

 

* First, think about changing to a policy that DOES allow the use of a Health Savings Account.  Blue Cross Blue Shield has several.  

 

* A second option comes from a story Dr. Chuck told me a few days ago.  He was speaking with Roger, a long time client. (Dr. Chuck seldom spends less than an hour with his patients-- how else can he get to know them?) He asked Roger, “How  often do you REALLY spend so much on your deductibles that your health insurance actually KICKS IN?”  Roger thought for a moment, “Maybe 1 year out of 8....!”  “So, 7 years out of 8 you’re paying for your own health care, out of pocket???”  Roger nodded, not feeling very good about it.  “Maybe it’s time that you decided to get a whole lot more benefit for your deductible expenditures, by choosing a type of health care that might really be good for you.  It often seems that the usual medical clinic only offers the “usual” remedies-- antibiotics and surgery.  Maybe there are better, less expensive ways to stay healthy, WITHOUT the antibiotics, without the side effects of prescription meds, without the band-aid approach that most medical clinics seem to use.  Do they really have YOUR HEALTH CARE uppermost in mind? Do they really  emphasize PREVENTION to help you stay healthy?  OR are they simply trying to keep you on as a patient, to keep the revenue stream coming in???”  

 

ALICIA:  What you say makes sense.  I’ll talk to my husband about it.  Maybe I can change his mind!

PAT:  Hey, what’re you and Andy doing Monday night May 4th, 2015?  There’s a meetup in the Community Classroom, second floor of the Helping to Heal building.  Demonstrations, opportunity for questions, opportunity to meet Dr. Chuck and some of the staff. They’re asking a five buck donation, dirt cheap for all the info you get!

 

ALICIA:  I WILL BE THERE!  

 

Tuesday
Apr282015

First BodyTalk Research Study published. Here's the Abstract!

BODYTALK RESEARCH STUDY PUBLISHED...
       Those of us passionate about BodyTalk have been waiting a long time for this.  The first published research study investigating the effect of using BodyTalk, this one for control of chronic pain.  We do not yet have the complete study, but here's a one page summary of it.  In this case, the BodyTalk practitioners used "distant" techniques to work with the clients, so that the results would be more reliable.  Here's the Abstract, as published in the Journal of Pain Management 2015, vol. 7, #4, pp. 279 through 290.  Lead author of the study was Laura Stuve PhD with assistance from 4 co authors-- two of them evidently from the University of California.
 
The objective of this study was to evaluate BodyTalk, a novel system of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), for the treatment of chronic pain.  The study investigated whether people with chronic pain conditions showed improvements in pain, emotional factors, and overall health measures following 8 weekly distance BodyTalk treatments using the on-line Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS).  The study evaluated 36 subjects, randomized into a treatment (N=19) and a control group (N=17) using a single-blinded design in Phase I, followed by a crossover Phase II where the control subjects were treated. Subjects completed PROMIS assessments to self-report on their pain levels and other factors prior to, throughout the course of treatment, and 3 months post-treatment. The blinded treatment group showed significant improvements compared to the control group for pain level (p=0.0486), anxiety (p=0.034), and satisfaction with social role measures (p=0.035). Fatigue, overall physical and mental health showed significance in the pooled treatment group data. This initial evaluation of BodyTalk suggests that this mind-body CAM system is effective in reducing pain level as well as emotional symptoms associated with long-term chronic pain. A larger scale replication study with strong statistical power is warranted to validate and confirm these preliminary findings.  

BODYTALK RESEARCH STUDY PUBLISHED...       Those of us passionate about BodyTalk have been waiting a long time for this.  The first published research study investigating the effect of using BodyTalk, this one for control of chronic pain.  We do not yet have the complete study, but here's a one page summary of it.  In this case, the BodyTalk practitioners used "distant" techniques to work with the clients, so that the results would be more reliable.  Here's the Abstract, as published in the Journal of Pain Management 2015, vol. 7, #4, pp. 279 through 290.  Lead author of the study was Laura Stuve PhD with assistance from 4 co authors-- two of them evidently from the University of California. The objective of this study was to evaluate BodyTalk, a novel system of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), for the treatment of chronic pain.  The study investigated whether people with chronic pain conditions showed improvements in pain, emotional factors, and overall health measures following 8 weekly distance BodyTalk treatments using the on-line Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS).  The study evaluated 36 subjects, randomized into a treatment (N=19) and a control group (N=17) using a single-blinded design in Phase I, followed by a crossover Phase II where the control subjects were treated. Subjects completed PROMIS assessments to self-report on their pain levels and other factors prior to, throughout the course of treatment, and 3 months post-treatment. The blinded treatment group showed significant improvements compared to the control group for pain level (p=0.0486), anxiety (p=0.034), and satisfaction with social role measures (p=0.035). Fatigue, overall physical and mental health showed significance in the pooled treatment group data. This initial evaluation of BodyTalk suggests that this mind-body CAM system is effective in reducing pain level as well as emotional symptoms associated with long-term chronic pain. A larger scale replication study with strong statistical power is warranted to validate and confirm these preliminary findings.  

Sunday
Apr262015

My First BodyTalk Session as a Practitioner in Training...

After having been trained in the Fundamentals of BodyTalk a week ago, I did my first BodyTalk phone session, with Ted, a retired rancher in the West River country of South Dakota, 300 miles west.  Ted had a rollover accident about twenty years ago, and is now in a motorized wheelchair.  We’d worked together years ago, doing several qigong energy sessions at a distance, so while I’d not had specific training in doing BT remotely, I felt that perhaps I understood it well enough that we could make it happen.  

 

BodyTalk involves communicating with the body’s Inside Wisdom-- the Innate, as it’s called.  In order to do that, one uses what in another field might be called “muscle testing”, although in BT we call it “muscle checking”.  Frequently we use the “weight” of the right or left forearm, thus a “NO” answer would result in the forearm feeling very heavy, while for a “YES” answer, the arm would feel light. Since Ted was at some distance, I used my own forearm for the Q& A process.  (In BodyTalk, we use the quantum physics understanding that “everyone is connected”, thus if my intention was to receive answers from Ted, it presumably would work just as well if I tested my own arm as to test that of Ted.)  We then followed a kind of “roadmap” of the body/mind, testing as we go, to determine what Ted’s body/mind felt needed “fixing”.  

 

In Ted’s body/mind, I was soon led to the spheno/basilar junction, which is a “joint” in the skull between the sphenoid bone and the  bottom of the occipital bone at the base of the skull. (As I’d learned, the skull has many “joints”, which are designed to “flex” with breathing and with the cranial pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid.)  If this SB doesn’t flex as it should, it affects the brain bigtime-- which can result in the client experiencing “foggy” thinking, poor memory, depression or tension headaches, even affecting organ function.  As I’ve learned in BodyTalk, everything really IS connected together, and just because you have a sore shoulder does NOT mean that the problem lies in the shoulder.  It can be somewhere else, hence the need to treat the body as a “system”, rather than a collection of separated parts.) I was even able to assign a “time” at which this dysfunction had occurred, which was seemingly at the time of the accident, or within a few days after, possibly when Ted’s body was being ‘worked on‘ to deal with his spinal cord injury.  

 

So, having found that, I had Ted adopt a certain position with his mouth and hands, and I did what I’d been trained to do, to loosen up the joint.  (Apparently this junction can become locked in either the “open” or “locked” position, depending upon how it is impacted by some outside influence such as a blow to the head.)  We shall see in a few days what effect this has had on Ted.  Perhaps it will need to be “redone”, which, fortunately, we can likely do without Ted traveling to our clinic.  The outcome did make sense to me, as I could easily understand that he might have had a serious blow to the head during the accident.  Tomorrow I’ll be working with a client who suffered a birth injury some 50 years ago, later with a lady with an unknown condition.  BT clients often come with a particular symptom they’d like to be rid of (e.g. a sore shoulder), expecting that we’ll go right to work on the shoulder (as in chiropractic).  The BT approach, however, is to work at balancing the entire body, and to let the client’s Inner Wisdom determine what needs “fixing” first.  Seems as though we’re dealing with some very deep wisdom, here....  A most gentle, very fascinating therapy, holding the potential for preventing, possibly treating and reversing, some serious conditions.  We’re currently treating clients on a “donation” basis, so if you’d like a session with one of our five BT practitioners-in-training, please give us a call, (507) 629 3900, and I will try to schedule you with one-- evenings and even weekends are possibilities....