Part III: The power of the mind!
Early in my pharmacy career👩⚕️, I filled a prescription written by an older doctor. I was a young pharmacist, and incredulous at what I was about to fill…… sugar pills. No, they weren’t pills for diabetes. These were flat out simple white pills made of pressed sugar and probably some other inert ingredients. My older co-worker pharmacist told me this particular patient had been getting them for years to help with her anxiety. Oh really? I thought…. This gal must be crazy. (again, the young naive pharmacist waving her newbie flag). Turns out, she wasn’t crazy, and the doctor was brilliant.
The “placebo effect” isn’t a new thing. In fact, it’s been around since Methuselah. The mind is a powerful tool…. More effective than we give it credit for. Hundreds (if not thousands!) of studies confirm that our body responds to what we believe and what we tell ourselves…. Regardless if it's that quiet mind chatter or if we outright talk to ourselves out loud…. our beliefs and our words (spoken or not) shape emotional and sensory perceptions. We truly ARE what we think we are.
Western medicine acknowledges this as a fact, but rarely utilizes it as a way to jump start the healing process. Migraines, pain, arthritis, asthma, allergies, ADHD, high blood pressure, IBS, and depression are just a few dis-eases that have been shown to be responsive to the placebo effect.
Placebo’s aren’t just in pill form either. A 2014 study in Oxford University looked at 53 trials that compared surgical intervention to placebo. In 74% (39 out of 53) of the trials, there was improvement in the placebo surgery.
The placebo effect works in multiple ways. In addition to the psychological aspect of “we are what we think we are”, "believing" also plays an active role within certain neurotransmitter functions…. Including the dopamine, opioid, serotonin, and endocannabinoid (think CBD) systems. In essence, merely believing that you will feel better activates the body into helping you do just that.
Our bodies WANT to heal, and perhaps our minds have just not been taught how to participate!
So if a certain degree of healing can occur simply by teaching someone how to use their own tools available to them (the power of self “prescribed” positive vibes….ie: the physics and biology of frequency!!), why aren’t more western medicine doctors AND insurance companies educating their patients about this? Certainly proper eating habits, hydration, and exercise should be added to this list as well. #chalkituptoprofit
The sad truth is this….. because we are an “insta” country, positivity, slow food, and exercise don’t generally fall into the “insta” bucket of western medicine. Positivity is cultivated by close friendships and/or family with a healthy portion of gratitude and kindness, and dare I say it… a faith that produces peace that passes all understanding. It is a learned character trait that ANYONE can master should they desire to do so.
Western medicine should be our safety net, not a quick fix.
Mind over matter… matters.
👉What’s next? Part IV…. Body, how do you heal thyself? 👈
If you’d like to learn more about the power of our minds, I highly suggest Dr. Carolyn Leaf’s books (Who Switched off my Brain and others!)
Part II: But first…. A history lesson!
How can it be, that we… citizens of the USA 🇺🇸…., with practically unlimited access to western medicine, are currently among the sickest in the world? 😷😭 Study after study supports the same conclusion…
💰💰💰We spend more on healthcare for worse health outcomes than comparable countries around the world, regardless of age or income.💰💰💰
Part of the problem is the belief in the “insta” system, and how it applies to the healthcare industry.. Americans expect to go to a doctor and receive a prescription for “something”, and they are dissatisfied if the doctor sends them away without one. (not all problems are solved by pills!)
It is no longer surprising to me when a patient can neither tell me the name of their medication or even what it’s for when I talk to them at the pharmacy. They just need a refill of their “little yellow pill”. #blindtrust 😳
When we have 20% of US citizens on 5 or more prescription medications a day (often written by more than one physician), the odds of drug interactions goes up considerably. The odds of side effects and deficiencies rises exponentially as well. #playingwithfire
Prescription drug errors kill more than 100,000 Americans a year, and medical error is the 3rd most leading cause of death in the United States (3rd only to heart disease and cancer… two largely “preventable by lifestyle” diseases). An estimated 1.5 million people die each year from these top 3 causes.
Now that’s a pandemic worthy of being called a pandemic!
We forget that regardless of our heritage, our forefathers (and fore-mama’s) used tools from nature. 🌿 The most dangerous part of living was to make it from infancy to puberty. The dangers of infancy and childhood stemmed more from malnutrition and poor sanitation than anything else with the exception of actual childbirth (a high risk situation for both mother and child).
Our ancestors were not of the “insta” world, and they were loaded with practical knowledge, intelligence, and common sense. #theoriginalsurvivors They understood that wounds and injuries (visible or not) took time to heal. They also passed down healing “recipes” from generation to generation. Scientific studies (thousands of them) now provide evidence of the mechanism of action of these herbal remedies. 🌿 Many cultures also understood that emotions were, more often than not, tied to specific illnesses. (ex: Grief is often a harbinger of lung dis-ease if not dealt with properly)..... not because of superstition but because of biology and physics.
So what happened? How did we manage to lose all of this very important information? We know we live in a “need it now” world where “fast medicine” is king. Where did “slow” medicine go, and how and why did it nearly disappear?
Have you ever heard of a guy named John D Rockefeller? He was an oil tycoon in the early 1900’s who, at one time, controlled 90% of our country’s oil.
Rockefeller was arguably the wealthiest man in the world in his time. 💰💰💰💰💰💰Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie (another tycoon of the era) had money, and they wanted more. These two men were well aware of the many healing modalities in existence in the very early 1900’s. Chiropractic care, naturopathy, homeopathy, holistic care (the most common of all) nurtured mind, body (using common to the area plants), and spirit (The USA was a strong Christian nation back then, and faith was infused into all aspects of life 🙏).
Abraham Flexner (who was neither a physician or a medical scientist) was hired by Carnegie and Rockefeller. He was a former school teacher with specialized training in psychology.
Flexner produced a report (known as Carnegie Foundation Bulletin Number Four or "The Flexner Report") that was submitted to Congress in 1910. The report concluded that (among other things) all the natural healing modalities (which have been around since before Jesus!) were unscientific quackery and should be outlawed. It also called for the standardization of medical education, allowing only allopathic (patented medicine and medicine practiced in a modern “westernized” fashion) based medical licenses to be issued. It was a tremendous blow to naturally based medicine that is still felt to this day in the USA. 😭
Why would this be an important piece of history? Well, Rockefeller wanted more control of the medical world, and he wanted to sell the “new fangled” patented pharmaceutical drugs 💊(which coincidentally had a petroleum base). The problem was that nearly everyone was comfortable using their versions of “slow” medicine all over the country. Plant based therapeutics are not patent-able, and Rockefeller knew that in order to control the pharmaceutical industry, he would need to put the kibosh on natural remedies. The Flexner Report achieved this purpose, and nearly overnight, people had no choice but to move from “slow” medicine to “fast” medicine, and doctors had no choice but to abide by the new rules or risk being jailed or losing their license. Sadly, this is still the case today. #controlfoodandhealthandyoucontrolthepeople
Most history books paint this event in a different light. I remember reading about it in pharmacy school 30 years ago, and (in the naivety of my tender college years) thought it was quite an achievement to have so quickly modernized medicine. I just didn’t realize back then that most commonly published history is slanted towards the victors, and therefore doesn’t always reflect the entire truth.
This history is important as a segue to learning how to heal properly.
Stay tuned for Part III….. Mind over Medicine 💊.
www.goodmedicine.info 👈 (ready to learn how to be the CEO of you? )
Modern medicine IS our friend. Make no mistake about that. Like humpty dumpty…. We cumulatively get “put back together again” about 234 million times a year (major surgeries). But that’s not all that goes down in the annals of modern medicine. An estimated 4.38 BILLION prescriptions 💊 get filled annually in the USA. ( 20 percent of Americans take at least 5 prescription drugs daily)
That’s a bucket load of modern medicine for anyone’s book. Can too much of a good thing like modern medicine, be too much?
Our world has turned into a place of “insta” ….-gram, -pot, -cart, -gratification, -weightloss, etc. We want the “stuff” but not the work.
The pharmacy world has the capability to work that way too… “insta-relief”, “insta-I’mnotgonnadiefromabloodclot, “insta-birthcontrol” etc..... BUT adopting a quick fix via pharmaceuticals for the long term solution will rarely end well for those who pursue it and make no effort to fix the root problems at hand. #thisiswhyIdowhatIdo
💊How can it possibly work for a diabetic who continues to destroy their body slowly with excess sugar and carbs, yet feels their disease is “under control” because they are medicated?
💊 What is someone’s muscularly weak spine going to look like in the long term…. When they opt for opioid or steroid pain relief instead of yoga, supplements that support proper inflammatory response, diet, and chiro or acupuncture care?
💊Medicating long term will ALWAYS come with side effects. Medications are built that way because they are imperfect. Side effects are most often the result of a caused deficiency from the very medication designed to “fix” something. What kind of deficiency you may ask? Well… that depends on the medication. It could be a vitamin, a mineral, a hormone, an enzyme…. Or even a multitude of these…. And sadly, THIS is not taught well in pharmacy, medical, or nursing school.
💊Addictions…. According to web.md, roughly 20% of the US population has (or is currently) abusing prescription meds. It can happen so fast, and even to the best of people. I’ve seen it more times than I care to think about in my 30 years of pharmacy. Innocent addiction.
💊Antibiotic resistance…. Over use and improper use of antibiotics has led to this. The result? We have a LARGE problem on our collective hands…. Super bugs that are harder to kill.
Yes, we have definitely benefited from modern medicine. But just like anything else, is too much of a good thing possible in health care? You can bet your health savings account on it! 💰And is there anything we can do about it? You bet your insurance policy there is! 💰
Stay tuned for part II!
A little of this and a little of that from my recent readings (if you are looking for a good book to wrap up your summer with!) 📚
📚Voices of Qi (pronounced chi): I've been studying alternative healing modalities for several years now ( Dolphin Mps , nutrition, herbals, exercise, and faith centered yoga). If your health is strictly hinged upon Big Pharma, please.... let's chat. Big Pharma alone is like having a circle of frenemies instead of friends.
📚The Paris Architect: A beautiful historical fiction about a rather narcissistic French architect who, during WWII, finds himself by using his gifts to help Jews escape the Nazi's.
📚The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: Another historical fiction work.... it weaves the story of the blue-skinned people of Kentucky (a genetic trait.... methemoglobinemia that turns skin bluish tinged), and Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project of the 1930's. It is tender and heartbreaking all at the same time. I knew nothing about either one of these pieces of history, so I learned quite a bit (and used the book a a springboard for learning even more about both topics!). The blue people of Kentucky were often ostracized by whites and blacks alike, so the emotional toll of "being different" was enormous.
📚America's Christian Heritage: Pure history in this one! The Supreme Court has ruled four times that America is a Christian nation ( none of which have been ever overturned). Our money, our court system, and our founding education systems all included theological studies as part of the core curriculum ( including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, etc).....
...... it has been said, that if an entity wants to change the course of a country, it first begins in the education system. In recent generations, they have taken out prayer and Bible in the schools.... Proverbs 22:6 "train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it " works both ways.
Christian faith has been purged from schools and our nation is currently paying the price. Every Christian faith based home should have a copy of this book, and every American should have a copy of the Constitution in their possession. Our forefathers established our country to have freedom to choose their religion.... but even the Constitution (which we all live under) has Christian faith based roots😉🇺🇸🙏💖.
What have you been reading recently?
5 years and 23 days ago I went into surgery thinking I was going to come out an amputee. Frankly, the fact that I was "only" going to lose my left foot was an emotional relief to me.... it could have been much much worse, and more important body parts could have been damaged if things had gone differently.
I know it may sound strange, but I was at peace with the future of a prosthetic (even before the actual complete removal of my foot had taken place). That may account for my literal disappointment when I woke up from surgery and saw my toes peeking out from a well bandaged lower leg...... I knew I was in for a rocky road ahead. Severed tendons, a broken bone, significant soft tissue and connective tissue damage (along with a statement from my surgeon that I'd probably walk with a limp for the rest of my life) did not give much hope for living pain free.
And yet... here I am 🙌🙌🙌.... 5 years and 23 days later.... doing all the things I did before my run in with the bull. Frankly, I'm even more active than I was. Farm chores 👩🌾 5K's, regular gym Boot Camp workouts 💪 (thank you Fit Body Boot camp), hiking up a glacier, teaching yoga.... ALL these things without pain or impaired flexibility.
Diet, exercise (motion is lotion!), focusing on increased flexibility, clean water intake, toxin free living....... all these are important in recovery and also pain and inflammation management.
The icing on the cake tho..... the special tools in the toolbox.... are these: Agilease or BLM + Sulfurzyme.
Because I had significant bone and ligament damage, I take BLM + Sulfurzyme daily.... every day..... 365 days a year.
I live my life pain free. Yup. Not a day with pain for this gal. 🙌🙌🙌
2 SULFURZYME TWICE A DAY.
1 BLM TWICE A DAY.
👆Game changers for my life 👆.... Because life is too short to spend it sitting on the bench (or on the porch)! 😉
Haven't tried these yet, and you're sitting on the sidelines? What are you waiting for? Life is short friends .... make the most of it!
Food for thought this Sunday morning. I love CS Lewis... his works are timeless.📚📚📚
God alone numbers our days. He knows how many hairs we have on our collective heads. Knowing him, and allowing the Holy Spirit to live within you is what instills the profound peace that passes all understanding.
Conversely, the devil is the master of chaos and fear. He is on the prowl mightily these days. I have found (in my life), that the devil tends to focus often on attempting to bring people back to him just as often as he does equipping those who are already in his clutches.
If we remain silent during times such as these, we give credence to the devil's work. When we all reach Judgement Day, we will be held accountable for our belief and our works, but we will also be held accountable for our silence when we should have spoken up for what is true, what is right, what is pure, what is lovely, what is righteous, what is joy filled, what is peace that passes all understanding, what is kind, what is good. All these things come from God alone. #GodsArmy
We are weathering a spiritual storm that is identifying those who walk in the cloaking of the Holy Spirit and those who are listening to the chaotic voice of the devil, and because we have free will, we are given that choice.
Do you feel you are in a place of chaos or peace? (Your emotions will reveal the truth of that to you.)
If you've not yet found your place of peace, I urge you to seek out someone who you can identify as a beacon of light. Ask them for help
.. seek out mentorship. 😘 This peace is available to anyone who pursues it.
If you already have the peace that passes all understanding, keep on shining my friend... the world needs all the bright light it can get!🙏💖