Tuesday
Apr012014

Why some people don't (want to) heal...

 

Not so long ago, we were working with a cancer patient-- for this blog we'll call him "Jim".  Jim came to us as a last resort-- chemotherapy wasn't working for him, and he liked our approach, which was a combination of natural therapies (Qigong, EFT, guided imagery, sauna) plus a nutritional protocol designed by a well known cancer expert.  We had just recently come off helping a brain cancer patient (glioblastoma multiforme) achieve remission in only two months, and so were ready to work with Jim.  The first couple of months went VERY well-- blood tests were exceptional, attitude was good, Jim seemed energetic.  Then, something began to happen and his tumor suddenly began to grow.  I suspected that he had gone off his diet and begun snacking on sugary foods. Cancer loves sugar, and the presence of dietary sugar could accelerate the growth of the tumor, big time.  I checked with his wife, but Sara was adamant that he was NOT cheating on his diet as far as she was aware.  There remained Jim's smoking as a suspect.  I had used EFT with Jim to help him reduce his smoking, but there was a part of him that just did NOT want to quit smoking.  "It's the only thing I have left that helps me to relax!" he complained. 

Feeling saddened at his failure to thrive and frustrated that I did not seem to be clever enough to figure out the answer, I did what I frequently do-- I began to Google phrases which made sense to me at the time.  Already trained in hypnotherapy, I decided to search on words such as "Failure to heal cancer" and "Resistance to healing cancer".  Here's what I found, from the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, back in 1993.  There was an article by psychologist Marc Schoen of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, entitled, Resistance to Health: When the Mind Interferes With the Desire to Become Well. In the article, he discusses the concept of "Secondary Gain"-- it's the idea that when a patient does not heal when ordinarily s/he would, there may be psychological reasons why the person is receiving some significant benefit from NOT HEALING.  An obvious "excuse" for not healing might be that the patient is receiving additional ATTENTION from family or friends because of his health condition.  Or, perhaps he is not healing in order to "penalize" a close relative such as a father or a spouse who he felt was mean to him.  In reading the article, I was reminded of a patient with whom I'd worked about 10 years ago.  We'll call him "Fred": 

About 10 years ago, a client ("Fred") came in; he had a cancer issue (abdominal region, as I recall), and wanted my assistance for that condition.  I had recently finished my hypnotherapy training, and as he was open to that modality, we did an induction which allowed me to have more insight into "what he really wanted" in the way of healing.  I used a tool related to hypnotherapy called "parts therapy" (aka "ego state therapy"), and I found myself speaking with what came to be THREE different "parts" of his personality.  In asking the points of view of each of these three....

The FIRST speaker wanted the patient definitely CURED of the cancer, no ifs, ands, or buts!

The SECOND speaker basically said, "Hey wait a minute!  If Fred is cured of cancer, his doc will notify the Social Security people, Fred will be removed from his "SSI" pension and he'll lose that money.  Beyond that, Fred is nearly 65, and where in the world is HE going to find a job at that age which will pay him as well as his SSI payment?  I DON'T want Fred to be cured of cancer!"

The THIRD speaker said, "Maybe we can arrive at a compromise:  Suppose we agree that Fred won't get any WORSE, so he won't have any more pain, but also that he won't get any better, so he can still collect his SSI payment?  

The first two agreed with the third speaker, Fred went out the door with that understanding, and so far as I know, he's still living with the cancer-- no better, no worse!

Author Marc Schoen was saying essentially the same thing.  There can be benefits from NOT getting well. Could it possibly be that "Jim", my current patient was experiencing benefits from NOT HEALING?  Schoen mentioned that one of the indicators of such behavior might be that the patient was continuing unhealthy behaviors, such as drugs, alcohol or smoking.  Jim was continuing to smoke and refused to quit. I resolved to check that out. 

We did a hypnotic induction at the next therapy session, and when Jim was nicely relaxed into a deep state, I recalled for him our previous conversations about a patient's "Inner Physician"-- a source deep within the patient, which "speaks the truth" about his condition and his problems. Sometimes the I.P. will speak, sometimes s/he will respond even more easily with a movement of a finger or hand, (also known as an ideomotor movement).  Over the next many minutes, I had conversation with Jim's Inner Physician, and asked him whether Jim was really ready to recover from the cancer.  The clear answer was a "NO", and the I.P. went on to help me figure out just "why".  In Jim's case it was that he was getting additional attention from his kinfolks which he had never experienced before, and he LIKED THE ATTENTION. 

Now that we knew the "reason" (fallacious or not) for the failure to recover, we were able to treat that reason by helping Jim to understand how his family and friends would give him even MORE attention as he healed from the cancer and in the future.  There were more benefits to be gained from health than from his sickness or demise. 

Jim recovered very nicely, and from that point on I've made certain to check with the patient, using hypnosis, to be sure that BOTH OF US are on the same page as regards healing from the condition! 

Moral of the story?  If your loved one is diagnosed to have a serious condition, it might be a very good idea to check with an experienced hypnotherapist to see if s/he REALLY wants to recover.  If not, then the therapy s/he needs may be very different from what their doc had in mind....

Until next time,

Charles Reinert ND, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

Monday
Mar172014

Healing Cancer nutritionally & energetically. Does it work?

Yep, it does.  

We've established something of a track record for reversing cancer, using nutrition, large amounts of liposomal (noncorn) vitamin C, with the aid of coffee enemas, guided imagery, daily saunas and EFT (for emotional issues).  For us to work with a patient, s/he must be able to swallow capsules and liquids, must be ambulatory and able to drive to our clinic in SW Minnesota.  S/he will do better is there is a family support group; when you're taking large numbers of capsules, it can be a bit of a chore just keeping track of what you're supposed to take.  S/he should have some financial resources available from self, family or friends, for the cost to remission of many cancers is about the same as the cost of a recent model F150 pickup truck, or about $5,000 per month for perhaps 4 months.  And, of course, the diet is a vegan diet and a little boring.  But no nausea, no hair loss, no "almost killing the patient" in the effort of killing the cancer cells.  We've now worked with colorectal cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, and malignant melanoma. The procedure is much the same with all forms, and the time it takes to remission tends to be about the same.  Call us if you need help.  If you live within driving distance of Tracy, MN, we may be able to help you...  (507) 629 3900.  

Monday
Mar172014

Healing of diabetic ulcers with an herbal??

If you've read my posts in the past, you know that I have gradually become convinced that this 5 part herbal called Protandim has something going for it.  Composed of green tea extract, turmeric, milk thistle extract, Bacopa extract and Ashwaghanda extract, it has given me extra energy, clearer thinking, probably  better memory, and better sleeping; perhaps other things.  If you're new, check out the Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh36LIA72fY  , now more than 5 years old, but especially some of the later stuff, e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8f_Pw5KcW4   (the Ohio State Heart Study) and many others on Youtube these days.  I've been taking it myself for 8 months, and plan to continue doing so, as cheap health assurance against strokes and other cardio issues.  

About two weeks ago, I chanced to have a phone conversation with a gentleman from Watertown, SD, who has been diabetic (Type 1) for some 40 years.  He's now in his mid '50s, and has had problems with healing of ulcers and sores on his feet for some time.  When the circulation becomes poor, healing becomes more difficult, and he'd been monitoring an ulcer on the side of his foot for about a year.  (Typically, when the sore simply doesn't heal, it can become infected, gangrene sets in, and off comes the toe, or the foot.  That's why he watches carefully.)  Last fall, a gal who is a distributor for Protandim talked to him, and suggested that Protandim just might be able to heal that ulcer.  His initial reaction was "snake oil", for he'd had NO luck with supplements that other sellers were pushing on him.  This time, he said he would try it for 90 days, and if it didn't work, then he was not interested.  He started on one table of Protandim per day.  At the end of 30 days, no change.  In 60 days, no change.  In 90 days, his doc said, "I'm beginning to see some signs of healing on that ulcer!"  In another 60 days or so, he returned, and the ulcer had completely healed!  The doc was flabbergasted, as my friend had been, that this "impossible" feat of ulcer healing with diabetes, had actually worked.  Bottom line:  Protandim seems to pull off some wonderful healing surprises.  There are lots of distributors who can help you obtain Protandim-- it's sold by multilevel marketing, costs about $1.50 per day.  I have heard of no negative side effects for most folks, apart from the occasional "detox" reaction which feels like a minor case of influenza.  It might be worth a try....

 

Monday
Mar172014

Spring Fling Fundraiser a nice success!

We had a "good crowd" at our February 15th Wellness Workshop and Pay It Forward Fundraiser.  Speakers that I've already described, did a nice job, and all enjoyed the potluck, featuring not only grass fed beef patties from Whole Grain Milling (wgmill@wholegrainmilling.net), Doug and Lynn Hilgendorf, but also Chinese eggrolls courtesy of Sunny Vue of Tracy Food Center on Hwy 14, plus bars and hot dishes from our attendees.  BTW, the grass fed beef patties were grilled for us by Keith Hanson, chef of Bonnie & Clydes, at the south end of 3rd Street, in the big stone building.  They have excellent steaks and are nice folks to work with.  Their phone # is 212 4700 if you want to make a reservation and be sure of a seat.  My special thanks to our speakers, and to Rhonda, to Martha, to Pauline, to Sunny, to Scott (audio/visual), Master Wu and all the others who helped us so much.  Expect we'll likely have another workshop next October, so watch for the info on it!

Charles

Wednesday
Jan292014

Our Spring Fling Workshop and Pay It Forward Fundraiser...

Here's the skinny on our workshop and Fundraiser, coming up on Saturday February 15th at our clinic in Tracy:

If you live within 50 miles, come join us!  Do call beforehand so we know you're coming and can save a seat for you!

 

 

WHAT?  Spring Fling Wellness Workshop and PAY IT FORWARD Kickoff Fundraiser, featuring Sanford’s Dr. Andrew Kopperud on the Affordable Care Act, our Tracy dentist Dr. Jon Heezen on oral health care and its effect on the body, chiropractor Dr. Mark Evers on spinal health care, SecondWind CPap specialist Mark Seager on breathing, agency rep Matt Knakmuhs with his view of the ACA, RN Rhonda Becker with Lin & Doug Hilgendorf of Whole Grain Milling on organic farming and foods, “Preventing /Reversing Cancers” w/ HTH staff, plus pot luck lunch with grassfed beefburgers, egg rolls, more! Meet, eat, explore healthier, cheaper living options.
 
WHERE? Second floor, Helping To Heal building, downtown Tracy, MN.
 
WHEN? Saturday February 15th; doors open 7:30, starts 8 am sharp, runs to 5...
 
WHY? We treat pesky conditions like cancer, boosting immune systems while killing the nasties. No hair loss, no burning, no drugs. Time to NO TUMORS is typically 4 months. The $5,000 per month cost is a fraction of what most cancer clinics charge. The only downside is that payments are “out of pocket”, for insurance doesn’t pay for what we do. Patients come nearly “broke”, after conventional methods have failed. We can help them, but we need YOU to help us do that. Who could be next?
 
HOW?  Come to the Workshop. Learn how to keep your family healthy and CANCER FREE.  
 
COST? The program and the pot luck lunch are FREE. You WILL be able to help your neighbor through your voluntary contribution to our PAY IT FORWARD fund. Our goal for 2014 is $10,000.  
 
THE NEXT STEP: 
* Call (507) 629 3900 NOW to register. Leave a message. There’s seating for 50. If you’re late to call or a walk on, you may need to bring a folding chair.  
* Tape this ad to your fridge, bring it with you on the 15th.  It’s part of your program.  
* Bring chips, salad or a dish to pass.  We furnish beverages, plates, and utensils. HTH staff are donating organic, grassfed beef burgers and Chinese eggrolls.
 
(WHO???) Helping to Heal has been part of Tracy’s downtown healing community for 10 years. Some of the many souls who’ve helped us grow have been Alicia, Beth, Betsy, Charles, Darlene, Diane, Erin, Goldie, Jason, Josh, Katie, Kayla, Laura, Lezlie, Lois, Martha, Master Wu, Michelle, Rachel, Rebekah, Rhonda, Sara, Sheila, Sunny, Terri, and Toni, AND all the folks who’ve been patient(s) with us as we practiced the healing arts. We work with emotional conditions (like depression, fears & PTSD) and physical conditions (like backaches, infertility, cardio & cancer). People come to us “When Nothing Else Works”. Approaching a problem from another angle can lead to safe, gentle solutions.  We work cheap, but even little costs can make Life seem difficult when you’re ill. Remember that 2002 Pay It Forward movie with Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and starring Haley Joel Osment as the little kid who started a gentle revolution? We think a lot like that. If you build a way to help others, that help can be there when a family member needs it. That’s why we’re doin’ this. Come join us, everything’s free. Share something of your food and your life, and call us early so you get a seat.