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Partner with the Healing Process

The healing process isn’t always a smooth transition from illness through treatment to recovery.

The removal of mercury fillings, cavitations, infected root canals and similar triggers of illness does not, alone, bring instant relief. As with all dental procedures, there are the normal biological processes of limited swelling, pain or discomfort, and inflammation. Sometimes, there can be complications such as infection or poor healing. But whatever the specific situation, the body must be actively supported in its ability to heal.

The best way to empower the body’s recovery is through the use of natural remedies. Unlike drugs that work on and against the body, natural therapies work with the body, allowing it to reach a state of normal function. Such remedies include homeopathy, herbs, acupuncture, chelation with vitamin and mineral support, an alkalinizing diet, meditation, a positive mental attitude and trust in Grace.

As Albert Schweitzer once said, “A good therapy is to stimulate the healer within.”

When natural remedies are used, there are times when you will feel worse before you feel better. Such a healing crisis can last days, or even weeks, depending on the toxins stored in the tissues and the constitution of the patient. But this is just a temporary stage on the journey to improved health. As an old Italian saying puts it: Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us. Indeed, good results manifest when we are patient. Once the process is complete, you can look back with gratitude and renewed vitality.

When toxic load, poor nutrition, dehydration, tissue acidity or negative mental attitude sap a body’s ability to heal, the body will find coping mechanisms for survival. For example, it will try to keep toxic materials, including heavy metals, out of the general circulation by depositing them in fat and connective tissues – which also happen to be nutritional stores for the body. Over time, these storage depots become larger and start to block natural organ function. This marks the beginning of chronic symptoms such as allergies, joint and muscle pain, and frequent fatigue.

The chronic disease process takes years to develop. While drug therapy can sometimes seem to provide immediate relief, all the drugs are doing is masking or suppressing symptoms. Natural remedies, on the other hand, support your body’s innate ability to heal by removing the root problem – that which gives rise to symptoms. Though working with nature in this way can take longer, in the broad view, the results are more satisfying and lasting.

Most natural remedies are nontoxic: they have primarily a tonic effect on the body. They have no side effects. When you are feeling bad during the healing process, what you are experiencing is the release of the old, stored toxins. You may not have been aware of them before, but when healing, you become very aware that they are stirred up and wanting out. Our goal is to help them leave the body graciously.

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Detox Support: Reiki

When a person has become sick due to mercury amalgam fillings, root canals, cavitations or other dental sources of illness and dysfunction, healing isn’t just a matter of removing the source and sending the patient on their way. As I wrote before,

The ideal treatment begins before removal, in preparing your body to heal – especially if you are already ill from mercury poisoning. Again, you got sick because your body couldn’t get rid of the mercury leaching from your fillings. That mercury then accumulated in your body tissues. Thus, we must help your body become more able to excrete it once the source is removed. Most often, this treatment involves nutritional changes, supplementation and the use of homeopathics, and it normally continues through post-removal detox. At that point, you may choose to pursue other treatments, as well – chelation therapy, body work, energy medicine, sauna and others that aid the body in releasing toxins.

One popular complementary therapy is Reiki – which is actually far less mysterious than it sometimes sounds at first. In the following guest post, Reiki Master and wellness educator Jaymie Meyer explains what it is and how it can support your health and well-being.

What Is Reiki? Universal Energy

By Jaymie Meyer, CWP, ERYT-500

I can remember as a little girl the sheer bliss of my grandmother’s polished nails gently scratching my back. Then, as now, I adore bodywork and have experienced many techniques over the years including rolfing, Thai yoga massage and myofascial release.

It was for that reason that I initially shunned Reiki (pronounced “ray-key”) – because it doesn’t involve massage. It wasn’t until I felt a strong intuitive call to learn Reiki some nine years ago that I began to search for a teacher.

I found a well regarded Reiki Master named Dina Kennedy in Westchester who is five steps from Dr. Mikao Usui, the man credited with developing Reiki in the late 1800s. I studied with her for several years and ultimately received my initiation as a Reiki Master in 2005.

What exactly is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “universal energy.” It is increasingly recognized in the West as a beneficial adjunct to allopathic medicine. It supports wellness for the physical, emotional and mental body, but it’s not a “magic cure” and isn’t a replacement for licensed medical treatment.

While Reiki is a gentle “hands-on” practice, there is no manipulation of muscle or tissue. It’s typically delivered to a fully clothed person on a massage table but can also be done in a chair.

The practitioner lays hands on the body including the head, heart, belly, back, knees and feet. There is no contact with the breasts, genitals or buttocks. Additionally, people who are recovering from surgery or are extremely sensitive to touch may opt to have the hands over the body. This is equally effective.

Used in hospitals before, during and after surgery, Reiki is believed to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. In addition to reducing pain and anxiety, Reiki has much to offer in the way of increased wellbeing by reducing stress.

While anecdotal, I have seen Reiki benefit numerous conditions including healing from burns, relieving headaches and back pain, helping sinus conditions, alleviating muscle and joint fatigue and lessening emotional anxiety. It is also helpful for those experiencing insomnia. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to fall asleep during a Reiki treatment.

In January of 2010, while appearing on Oprah, Dr. Oz discussed the merits of complementary medicine. He said, “The most important alternative medicine treatment of all is Reiki energy medicine. It can manipulate your energy and help cure what ails you.”

Reiki clinics – or “circles” as they are sometimes called – are held all over the country and are a wonderful way to sample this practice. Clinics typically offer 15 to 30 minute sessions for a nominal fee. It’s a great way to check out a practitioner with whom you might want to study or receive on-going sessions.

Once you learn Reiki, you can practice it on yourself, which I do daily, but I also enjoy receiving Reiki from other practitioners. A particular treat is receiving Reiki from more than one person at a time. Having four or six hands deliver Reiki simultaneously is an amazing experience that is both energizing and deeply relaxing.

One of the most beneficial aspects of Reiki is that it goes where it’s needed and never, ever harms. Finally, it teaches us how to listen to the subtle messages our body communicates, messages that often deliver insights into lifestyle changes we can potentially make to support a happier and healthier life.

If you are interested in reading more about Reiki, two books written by accomplished Reiki Masters I know and respect are:

  • Living a Life of Reiki by Shalandra Abbey
  • Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide by Pamela Miles

Jaymie Meyer, CWP, ERYT-500, is a wellness educator with certifications in stress management, bereavement counseling, yoga therapy and Ayurveda. She is also a Reiki Master. Her company, Resilience for Life®, has been delivering wellness programs for over 9 years at work sites and educational institutions including the National Institutes for Health (NIH), Coby Electronics Corporation, Columbia University, IBM, Jewish Guild for the Blind and Martha Stewart Living. She is an on-going faculty member at Yogaville’s Integral Yoga Academy, teaching the Stress Management TT each summer. Learn more at resilienceforlife.com, or contact Jaymie via email: jaymie (at) resilienceforlife.com.

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What Is Mind-Body Medicine?

 

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