Miracles, medicine and ME
In this article, for the sake of convenience, the acronym ME is used to include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM). All three conditions respond to much the same therapeutic approach.
Many patients and doctors believe that: “There is nothing that you can do about ME. You just have to learn to live with it”. That is simply not true.
There are dozens of effective therapies for ME, but they don’t all work for everyone. Individual sufferers must take responsibility for experimenting on their bodies to discover which therapies make them feel better, which make them feel worse and which have no effect. This process requires determination and commitment on the part of the patient over a considerable period of time.
What is a miracle?
The word ‘miracle’ is a strange word, conjuring up visions of something happening that can’t possibly happen. For example, Jesus restoring the sight of the man blind from birth. Being blind from birth, his retinae would have atrophied from lack of use. So, in theory, restoring his sight was physiologically impossible.
In this article I use the word miracle in a different way. In my view, every creation is a miracle. Every life event is a miracle. You are made in the image and likeness of God and you are a miracle, the miracle of God-made-human. Using that definition, we can all experience miracles. For example, when an ME sufferer discovers a therapy that alleviates his or her ME that is, in my view, a miracle. It has happened to me and I have known it happen to other sufferers.
I am a retired GP who has suffered from ME for over 40 years. I have used a technique that I call ‘Therapeutic Thinking’ to achieve a high degree of mastery over my ME. I now specialize in teaching other ME sufferers to apply Therapeutic Thinking to their ME. So what is Therapeutic Thinking?
Therapeutic Thinking is a thinking strategy. Therapeutic Thinking is peaceful, loving, caring, forgiving thinking. Therapeutic Thinking promotes healing of both body and mind. Therapeutic Thinking comprises ‘Body-management’ and ‘Mind-management’.
On the one hand, Body-management involves thinking about and managing the body so as to encourage a therapeutic effect at a physical level. For example, eating a 100% organic diet is a basic essential for all ME sufferers if they are to achieve a significant degree of clinical improvement.
Mind-management, on the other hand, involves thinking about and managing the mind so as to encourage a therapeutic effect at a mind level. For example, forgiving a parent who abused the sufferer as a child might be a basic therapeutic essential for a particular ME sufferer. Mind-management not only heals the mind but also plays a major role in controlling physical symptoms. Medical science has clearly demonstrated that healing the mind has a therapeutic effect on the body. This physical therapeutic effect takes place at a profound biochemical and cellular level.
I believe that Therapeutic Thinking, applied consistently and enthusiastically over a period of time, can help ME sufferers to achieve a significant improvement in their ME. Therapeutic Thinking accomplishes this, in my opinion, firstly by reducing immune system stressors and secondly by strengthening the immune system.
The immune system and ME
The immune system comprises many organs, including the gut, the kidneys, the spleen, the liver, the bone marrow, the nervous system and the blood. A dynamically balanced immune system (homeostasis) keeps the body healthy.
In ME sufferers, the dynamic balance of the immune system has been seriously compromised by pollution. For example, physical pollution such as tobacco smoke, pesticides, preservatives or infection. Or mind pollution such as chronic anger, persistent fear, or long-lasting hate. Indeed, medical science has now demonstrated that pollution plays a large part in the aetiology of many chronic diseases.
For example, my ME was triggered by a ‘flu vaccine. This was complicated by a profound inner fear since I was five years old. In other words, my ME was triggered by a combined abuse of both body and mind.
It is important to realise that each ME sufferer has a unique immune system. Thus individual sufferers must take responsibility for experimenting on their bodies to discover, for themselves, which therapies are effective and which are not. Then they can modify their lifestyle accordingly and exert a therapeutic effect on their ME.
Achieving a therapeutic effect on ME
ME sufferers must take four steps in order to achieve a therapeutic effect.
1. Learn to listen to their bodies.
2 .Learn to experiment on their bodies – on their own responsibility.
3. Reduce their immune system stressors.
4. Strengthen their immune systems.
These four steps were crucial factors in my own recovery.
So how can ME sufferers learn to take these four steps? What practical, effective, lifestyle changes and complementary therapies are available to them? The answers to these questions are described in detail in a new film from Overton Studios Trust, entitled ‘Miracles, Medicine and ME‘.
Created exclusively for sufferers from ME, CFS and FM, and for their relatives, carers and friends, this film is available world-wide as a 38-minute VHS Cassette or DVD, in both PAL (UK etc) and NTSC (USA etc) formats.
Copyright © Overton Studios Trust, 2007.
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