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DR. SHEEL TANGRI'S LET IT FLOW

Hands-on techniques for healing the body, mind and spirit

 

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Foreword by Dr. Carl A. Ferreri

Your book, "Let It Flow", is an excellent attempt to educate the patient or potential patient about some of the newer concepts of healing and health maintenance particularly in regard to the natural and energetic aspects of health. The body was created to be a self-healing, self-perpetuating organism. Everything the body needs can be found within the organized expression of the life force as it manifests through the body's survival systems. What has been needed was the knowledge to unleash this healing force. This knowledge has been acquired from many disciplines both ancient and modern.

Your description of how these energies are applied to the body to bring about the optimum expression of health is clear and relevant in today's health crisis. As more and more people seek alternative therapies to the medical model, these therapies need to be known and understood by the public. I think that "Let It Flow" accomplishes this. It discusses the various alternative therapies that work and fulfills the public's need to know and understand at least something about them so that they can participate in their own recovery.

I recommend that all patients and prospective patients read this important book.

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Dr. Carl A. Ferreri D.C. Ph.C. S.K.   


INTRODUCTION

A MODEL FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE

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People often ask me, "What do you do in your treatments?" and I find that no matter what I say or how well I explain it, the individual cannot really comprehend the true nature of what I do through words alone. It is experiential as well as technical. The truth is, I have learned over half a dozen techniques that deal with the body's physical, emotional, chemical, and spiritual aspects and I employ all of them in my practice. Each person is like a book that must be read on all four levels if I am to really assist them. If one or more of these levels are not taken into consideration, only part of the problem will be corrected and the health imbalance may persist.

Unfortunately today there is a failure to acknowledge and treat all facets of the individual in concert. As a result many health conditions persist and are eventually labeled "chronic." This usually results in either a person being treated for years and years to no avail, or their symptoms being suppressed. In the latter case, doctor and patient rejoice in the apparent success of the treatment but as time passes, sometimes many years, the problem suddenly returns for no obvious reason and the original treatment becomes ineffective.

Why do the symptoms resurface? Because the root cause was not addressed the first time. The body has been pulled out of harmony with its environment and is asking us to pay attention, telling us there is more that needs to be addressed in order to allow true healing to take place.

This book is an attempt to give the reader a theoretical rather than a technical understanding of the different techniques that I incorporate in my healing practice. I will not explain in depth how the various conditions are corrected, but rather why they are present and the effects they are having. All treatments are done with hand, using light digital pressure, rubbing, and gentle chiropractic and cranial adjusting. Many doctors and therapists are using some of the techniques described in this book, however, the key here is to understand that there is a specific sequence and order that the corrections must be done in order to witness lasting and permanent changes.  The technical aspects are reserved for another forum, seminar or presentation.

In the past, people have been concerned with having a problem quickly corrected rather than understanding how it was caused. Today, however, people have begun educating themselves. They are seeking caregivers who will enlighten them about the workings of the body, mind and soul and help them co-create wellness in themselves. This is one reason why I never use the word "cure." A patient who asks a doctor or health practitioner to cure them is giving their power away, and abdicating their own responsibility. I believe the body has an innate intelligence that knows exactly how to stay in balance with itself and its environment. The power that made the body is the power that heals the body - we should listen to it and trust in its infinite intelligence to guide us. When we fail to listen to this intelligence, we move out of balance and block its flow. The way to return the body to balance and health is simply, to let it flow again. This is where the real cure lies.

My intent in writing this book is to explain how health conditions - many of which have been labeled chronic, inherited or untreatable - can in fact be treated and often corrected in very few sessions. It is important to note that the hands-on procedures I use to unblock energy are done without the aid of any drugs or other foreign substances. Taught to me by different teachers around the world, many of these techniques, though appearing to be new age or cutting-edge by today's standards, are actually deeply rooted in long revered systems, philosophies and doctrines of the past.

I am forever grateful to my teachers and masters, and in keeping with their original spirit, I am continuing to combine their knowledge and techniques with my own findings and inspirations. By applying the principles and practices outlined in this book, I envision a new global model for health care that incorporates many of these present day breakthroughs with time-honored techniques and knowledge of the past.

Health care is one of the most critical financial burdens of any country, but by using these methods I believe a more cost-effective health and wellness system can be implemented. It would eliminate unnecessary treatments and tests, and avoid the expenditure of time and money on therapies that may only become effective after other techniques have first been applied.

Some of the methods outlined here have a proven scientific basis while others do not as yet. This does not mean the latter should be disregarded or rejected. It simply means that the financial support or corporate will to look into many of these so-called "alternative" methods is not available yet. Meanwhile these methods should be given a fair chance and I appeal to any readers who are able to test, research, fund, promote and implement the methods covered in this book to contact me via email at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!


CHAPTER 1: A WAY TO THE SOURCE

"The nervous system controls and coordinates all of the organs and structures,
and relates the individual to their environment"
Gray Anatomy, 13th edition 

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When I was a very small boy I used to walk up and down my father's back. He had been injured by a severe blow to his spine many years before, and suffered from back pain and stiffness. When he came home from work in the evening he often used to lie down on the floor and ask my sister or me to massage his back. Being older and stronger, my sister used her hands, but I was much smaller so I would stand on him and work his back with my feet, as some masseurs do in Asia. As time passed and my sister went away to university, I took over the massage duties completely and by the age of about 11 or 12 my hands had developed a finely tuned sensitivity to the muscles of his neck and back. I could actually feel the tension spots where my father was hurting, and adjust my focus exactly.

This was the beginning of my journey into the healing arts and of my enduring fascination with techniques to ease physical, emotional and spiritual pain. Those early seeds were deeply sown and after taking a general science degree at the University of Manitoba I took a second degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the founding school of chiropractic. Since receiving my Doctorate in Chiropractic I have continued to expand my knowledge by learning many different techniques, and studying with many great teachers from here to India.

Unlike medical doctors who learn pathology and biochemistry in depth, chiropractic doctors learn an immense amount about neurology and technique. The practice of chiropractic, which began in about 1895, deals with the structure of the human body, particularly the spine, and its relationship to the function of the nervous system. It looks at what interferes with the link between frame and function, it looks at what impedes energy flow. My fundamental education as a chiropractor taught me the science, art, and philosophy of treating conditions without using drugs. It also showed me the body's inherent desire and ability to survive and maintain balance with its environment.

On a physical level, the nervous system acts like a complex computer that receives, assembles, correlates, stores and processes information in accordance with a program. It is a major receiver, regulator, and transmitter of life forces to and from the body and is responsible for almost every function within it. There are numerous pathways and circuits along which "electricity" travels as it directs the hundreds of functions (or programs) operating in the body at any one time: everything from the regulation of blood pressure and blood sugar levels to the processes of digestion, circulation and thought. It is absolutely staggering to think how much our bodies do for us every single day - let alone in a year, or a lifetime.

Like any highly functioning system that has thousands of moving parts, wear and tear is inevitable and as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Even the most highly sophisticated computer needs maintenance. Its circuits must be tested, adjusted and corrected by a skilled electrician who understands the blueprint or "schematic" of how the computer was constructed. Such an expert can run swiftly through these circuits, testing all the points in sequence, diagnosing trouble spots and repairing minor faults or "blown fuses" before they result in a systems crash. Not only does this ensure optimal system performance, but it is also cost effective.

Now, thanks to the recent discoveries of Applied Kinesiology and Specialized Kinesiology it is possible to do exactly the same thing on the human body, to run a diagnostic systems check of the nervous system. The body's circuits can be systematically tested and minor problems in function can be corrected before they become major concerns or chronic conditions. The potential savings in medical costs, not to mention human suffering, are staggering.

The roots of this new technique stretch back to 1964 when Michigan chiropractor Dr. George Goodheart discovered, and then began researching and developing the principles and practices of Applied Kinesiology. An eclectic blend of biofeedback, Chinese acupressure, emotional stress release, neuro-lymphatic massage and energy manipulation, Applied Kinesiology is a powerful natural therapy that can benefit anyone.

It treats the body as a complex machine and deals specifically with the link between the nervous system and the body's functions. It is an ideal, non-invasive wellness tool and, perhaps most importantly, it does not involve frequent or numerous spinal corrections as found in many of the mainstream chiropractic offices. It relies instead upon gentle rubbing or pressure upon specific points. The less force used, the more dramatic the results in most cases.

Recent research, as well as many ancient and time proven health methodologies such as acupuncture, have revealed that each organ in the body has a specific neurological connection to a corresponding muscle, spinal segment, acupuncture meridian, and set of lymphatic glands. For example, the liver is an organ that is largely responsible for filtering blood and keeping it as clean as possible. It has a neurological connection to the pectoral muscles on the front of the chest that move the arms. The spinal area that transmits nerve impulses between the brain and liver is found in the mid-back or mid-thoracic region. There are specific channels of energy flow - called meridians in acupuncture - and one of these affects liver function. There are glands in the body called lymphatic glands that act as a drainage system for the body, as well as carrying proteins, hormones and fats to all cells. Each organ has an energy connection to a specific lymphatic gland as well, hence the term neuro-lymphatic reflex.

All of the above mentioned act very much like circuit breakers or switches that can get turned off when the system is overloaded. When making corrections to the body's systems through Applied Kinesiology, all of these pathways must be checked to see if they are functioning properly. If not, they can be corrected so that energy has a clear conduit along which to transmit messages.

How is it possible to determine which "circuits" are functioning correctly? This is achieved through a process called "manual muscle testing" or "muscle response testing". It involves a doctor or therapist asking a patient to hold a particular muscle, their arm for instance, in a certain position. The therapist then applies a slight force to that muscle and the patient is asked to resist it.

chapter102This simple exercise reveals not only the integrity of the arm muscle but also the integrity of the nervous system that feeds it. If the patient can offer solid resistance, then that "circuit" is clear and that nerve-to-muscle pathway can then be used as an indicator to reflect the integrity of other body pathways.

chapter103The therapist can now systematically touch certain key points on the patient's body (or have patients touch their own) while the arm muscle resistance test is repeated. If the patient's muscle offers resistance, the energy is flowing correctly. If the points being tested are not functioning appropriately a curious thing is observed by both therapist and patient. No matter how hard the patient tries to resist, he or she cannot make the muscle perform as desired.

This phenomenon often arouses skepticism in even the most open-minded but a simple demonstration is all it takes for a new client to become convinced of its authenticity. The technique works primarily on the human electrical field, so it really has to be experienced to be believed. What is even more intriguing, and gratifying, is that once the appropriate correction is done, the points can be retested and the muscle will show full strength. The term muscle testing is actually somewhat misleading for a therapist is not testing the strength of the muscle, but rather the integrity of the circuit in question. The muscle is merely the indicator, very much like the tiny light bulb that goes on or off in an electrician's circuit tester. The light going on or off does not tell you how to fix the problem, but simply that there is a break in and energy leak or block. Once an attempt is made at correcting the particular pathway, the test is repeated. If there is still weakness, the problem was not corrected. If it is strong, the pathway can be assumed to be corrected. However, to be really sure, one must be able to recheck the same circuit the following day, week, or month to be really sure that the correction was permanent.

Since the discovery of Applied Kinesiology (AK) and muscle testing in the mid-1960s, kinesiologists around the world have been correlating their findings and noticing intriguing patterns for scores of different health conditions. Patients suffering everything from stiff necks to poor bladder function and learning disabilities can now have their "circuits" checked and corrected - and be amazed to find overnight relief from long-standing chronic illnesses. Even more significantly, it is possible for kinesiologists to check the circuits of children and correct problems before they have developed into symptoms. All that is required is that the parents shift their paradigm of thinking from waiting until there is a problem or symptom to warrant taking their child to a doctor, to trusting that the doctor knows how to find the problem well in advance. This is the rational that many chiropractors and kinesiologists have when they suggest that their patients return regularly for check-ups or rebalances.

Now that is real preventative health care.


CHAPTER 2: MY APPROACH TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS USING THE TRIAD OF HEALTH

"Get the big idea, and all else follows."
B.J. Palmer, pioneer of chiropractic

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At its most fundamental and primitive level, life depends upon surviving in the jungle. Those individuals who adapt to their environment will survive and thrive through natural selection. Ideally, their bodies will function at optimal levels, in balance with the environment and in an efficient state of homeostasis. Hopefully, they will also be conforming to the definition of health as described in Webster's dictionary, which is "an optimum state of physical, mental and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." If a person is not functioning or feeling well physically, however, they will not be in a state of physiological balance and this will have a negative effect on their clarity of thought and action. Their relationships with family, society and their environment will also start to suffer - in other words, they will not to be able to survive as well in the jungle.

When you examine the "jungle" from a modern or even an historical perspective there are only three main categories of stressors that affect us. They are the structural, the chemical and the emotional - which is why I follow a model called the Triad of Health. Simply put, the Triad of Health looks at these three broad areas of external influence which feed into our human computers and affect the way we think, feel and act. When in balance these forces form an equilateral triangle as seen here.

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Whenever a person experiences poor health, however, one of these variables is out of kilter. In the case of a severe health challenge or chronic problem, two or even all three may be skewed and contributing to the situation of ill health. A simple example would be the case of an athlete who pulls a muscle in his mid-back which results in a spasm that pulls the fifth thoracic (a mid-back vertebra) out of alignment. The nerve passing through this location is partly responsible for supplying energy or power to the liver. Irritation and injury in this region may compromise liver function, which includes cleansing the blood of toxins or impurities. In other words, this injury to the back may now result in the patient not being able to tolerate certain foods or environmental stressors and gradually becoming more toxic as he cannot eliminate properly.

This example can also work the other way around because nerve pathways are two-way streets. A person who is drinking too much coffee (a toxin of the bloodstream), sugar, or meat may place excess stress on their liver which then causes increased or hyperactivity to the pathway from the liver to the spinal cord to the brain. This can result in weakness at the level of the fifth thoracic vertebra, which then leads to a chronic backache. I've seen many patients who have fruitlessly visited a plethora of health professionals to cure their sore back, when the solution was as simple as cutting back on coffee or adjusting their diet. I have also seen many patients whose food sensitivities disappeared when their back problem was corrected.

When correcting the cause of any imbalance all three factors - structural, chemical and emotional - must be taken into account so that therapeutic efforts can be targeted at the underlying cause of a problem. This is the consummate beauty of Applied and Specialized Kinesiology. Its techniques enable me to evaluate the triad's state of balance, trace the problem back to its precise root, and assist the body to repair itself. It is vital to understand that a physical symptom may have an emotional or chemical cause, or vice versa. The bottom line is: If the primary factor remains untreated, the condition will persist or even worsen, requiring repeat treatments which are costly and time-consuming to the patient, not to mention ineffective in the long run.


CHAPTER 3: THE PHYSICAL BODY

"You are what you is"
Frank Zappa

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A wide range of techniques can be used to treat the physical body. Some address bone and joint function, some embrace the muscles and soft tissues, and some deal with treating or cleansing the various organs of the body.

As stated in Chapter 1, the nervous system controls the body, which in turn commands the muscles to either switch on or off. Therefore it stands to reason that when a muscle spasms it has been ordered to do so by the nervous system for a specific and intelligent reason. The body is usually trying to warn us that there is a structural misalignment somewhere that could result in major damage if the body is pushed too far, while playing sports for instance, or performing hard physical labor. Until the misalignment is fixed, the nervous system remains armed and the muscle stays in spasm.

The nervous system warns us that something needs to be taken care of while at the same time it is protecting the body from harm until the repair is made. Here is an example of how it works: A jogger develops a misalignment in his lower spine. There is no pain there so the jogger doesn't immediately realize he has a problem. Yet, when he goes for a run, the misalignment causes him to place more force on one side of his body than the other. This could result in major structural damage to the hip, knee or ankle on that side of his body, so his body goes into warning mode. The irritated structures and nerves in his lower back send his brain a red alert warning of potential damage and his brain responds by causing a muscle to tighten or spasm in the lower back and hip. This prevents the jogger from going beyond the threshold where he might seriously injure himself and have devastating results. To use the analogy of an electrical system: rather than overload the appliance and burn it out, a house is wired so that a fuse will be blown or the breaker thrown. This jogger has, in effect, blown a fuse as a means of protecting his body. This is why taking muscle relaxants in many instances are contrary to the body's wisdom and reasoning.

A muscle that continues to spasm can cause serious problems that go beyond the original injury or strain. It can change the alignment of bones to which it is attached, and create increased friction and degeneration of joint surfaces, which is why these warnings should be taken to heart and their causes corrected as soon as possible. Do not rely on the symptom of pain to be the indicator if you have a health problem or not.

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When treating an injury such as this, a therapist can address the muscular component or the bone and joint component. If the problem is rectified and does not keep returning, it has probably been corrected. What I started to observe in my early years of practice, however, was that many people would keep returning with the same hip or lower back misalignment. They would try different exercises, modify their diet, change their shoes, be aware of not sitting with their legs crossed, or even stop performing the activities that they liked doing for fear that those might be the causative reasons for their recurring problem. I believed as I was taught at Chiropractic College, that the nervous system and the intelligence that runs through it has an innate desire to keep us well if allowed to do so. Therefore if a problem is persisting and requiring ongoing treatment, be it via mainstream or "alternative" therapies, the cause has not really been corrected. Before trying to modify any of the external variables in a patient's life, I want to be sure that the internal fuses that run their computer are working to their full potential. I believe that if the nervous system integrity is not examined and corrected as a primary modality, most health problems will remain uncorrected. I also believe that this is one of the main reasons why many conditions are improperly being treated or labeled as chronic. It also explains why our health system often supports the need for many treatments or medications over a protracted period of time.

The same principle holds true for conditions that involve the organs. Organ function either increases (becomes hyper) or decreases (becomes hypo) based on specific commands from the nervous system. A thyroid gland, for instance, does not decide all by itself to turn down its function and become hypothyroid. It is instructed to do so for a particular reason, by the master computer, and so the cure for the problem lies in discovering why the nervous system has responded this way. Sadly, many conditions have impressive sounding names, yet unimpressive amounts of time have been invested into figuring out why the body suddenly decides to jeopardize the function of some of its vital organs.

One can now begin to appreciate the value of Applied Kinesiology and other kinesiology techniques in providing diagnostic tools that can help us quickly identify and understand the function, and malfunction, of the body.

Neural Organization Technique (N.O.T.) is one of the most powerful techniques that I have been taught to date. It is the primary system that I use to assess and treat the physical body and I use it along with traditional chiropractic techniques and muscle therapies that I learned during my doctoral training. N.O.T was developed by Dr. Carl Ferreri, a chiropractor from Brooklyn, New York, who was among the first Chiropractic Kinesiologists to use muscle testing in the diagnosis, correction, and continuing reevaluation of health conditions. Also educated in acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy and other healing arts, Dr. Ferreri is well equipped with knowledge of the body's circuitry and continues to work in this field.

I first met Dr. Ferreri in my second year at Chiropractic College. At that time, in 1988, his theories were well beyond what mainstream chiropractic professors were teaching. I went to his talk anyway and was fascinated not only by his theories but also by his approach. I myself do not advocate too many techniques or therapies to my patients unless I myself have experienced them. I received a treatment by Dr. Ferreri during that weekend seminar and I have to admit that it made a very significant change to my body. Even more impressive was that the condition never returned to this date. Many other doctors from many different disciplines have said that I either didn't have a problem or that it was a chronic degenerative condition. It was somewhat difficult for me to continue with my traditional chiropractic education for it felt limiting in its techniques. I do have a great respect for Chiropractic and will forever think of myself as one with regard to following the it's philosophy, however, I think that politics and health care can be a blinding combination. Unfortunately it is the patient and public who suffer when those holding the power and the dissemination of knowledge refuse to pursue the truth.

After graduating in 1990, I worked to develop my skills as a chiropractor for a couple of years, in Victoria B.C., but once my practice was established I found a significant number of  patients were not getting long-lasting results. So in 1992, I remembered the amazing lecture I had heard and started studying Dr. Ferreri's work. Over the next three or four years I went to about 15 hand- on seminars in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to study with him. I became a certified practitioner in 1994 and am now a certified instructor, one of only a handful in Canada.

The basic tenet of chiropractic philosophy is that all health problems involve some level of interference or disorganization of the nervous system. Therefore one of the most logical and primary treatments is to reorganize the nervous system and remove any energy interference. To use the electrical analogy again: If an appliance is not working we don't immediately take it in for replacement, first we check the plug and power source to see if the energy is flowing.

Back in the 1960s, Dr. Ferreri was working as a traditional chiropractor, treating many typical cases of headaches, neck, jaw, and back pain. Then he started using Applied Kinesiology as well. He had astonishing success with conditions that seemed to involve an even deeper disorganization of the nervous system - such as allergies, learning disabilities (ADD/ADHD), epilepsy, cerebral palsy, hormonal and fertility problems. Yet he was curious why some people responded immediately and permanently to treatments, while others held the correction for only a brief period, sometimes just a matter of days or weeks. He believed that if a condition was fixed it should stay fixed and not need repeat treatments - unless, of course, there was new trauma - because at the primitive neurological level a condition that is not immediately resolved could lead to death.

While searching for answers among 25 years of clinical notes, Dr. Ferreri started to observe patterns unique to individual conditions. For example, he found that both adults and children with learning disabilities always showed a particular sequence of cranial bone misalignments (which are very easy to gently correct, with dramatic results). With bedwetting and people who had trouble holding their urine, for instance, there was always a specific jaw misalignment, acupuncture meridian blockage, and diaphragm weakness.

Using muscle-testing procedures, Dr. Ferreri began correcting only those faults that were consistently present with particular conditions, and by doing so he found that the results were much more accurate and lasting. By applying his broad knowledge of several disciplines he found an order and pattern in the nervous system, a kind of electrical blueprint. This insight had been lacking within each individual discipline but he came upon it through distilling the best from each technique, always taking his cues from the body. If a condition returned or a corrected circuit was found "blown" again on a subsequent treatment, Dr. Ferreri deduced that the body was directing him toward the involvement of a more dominant circuit that must be corrected first.

Through muscle-testing and the deeply intuitive work of pioneers such as Dr. Ferreri we can now demonstrate the existence of linear and sequential "programs" that govern the primitive functions of the human body, just as logical and rational programs govern the complex workings of computers. In fact, there is such reproducibility and accuracy in these N.O.T. protocols that if the reflexes are stimulated in a reverse order (for demonstration purposes) the condition will return! Clearly, when the body is spoken to intelligently, and in language it can understand, the response is swift and dependable.


CHAPTER 4: THE EMOTIONAL BODY

You are what you think and feel."
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After my first two years of studying and practicing N.O.T. on my patients, I found that occasionally I would perform a correction and the muscle test would still show a weakness. I would retry the correction but no matter what physical technique I employed, the circuit would not return to normal strength.

There is a saying that "when the pupil is ready, the teacher arrives" and so it was with me. My next teacher was Dr. Scott Walker, a chiropractor from Encinitas, California,  and the founder of Neuro Emotional Technique (N.E.T.®). I began to study his techniques, incorporated them into my practice in 1993 and continued taking his seminars for the next two to three years.

Research has demonstrated that certain chemical messengers, called neuropeptides, are created in the brain and travel throughout the body whenever we experience an emotion. The power and influence of neuropeptides can be witnessed when a person is frightened by a snake, for example. The body may freeze, a wave of nausea may flood the stomach, or beads of sweat may start to trickle down the person's back. Even the sound of a snake's rattle or the picture of a snake can elicit a physical response in some subjects. Very often people dismiss such reactions as phobias and accept that nothing can be done to change it. They carry on with their lives, but are forever fretful and fearful of snakes whenever outdoors.

The exciting news is that this doesn't have to happen. It is now possible to change the body's response patterns and clear such negative reflexes quickly and easily. That is precisely what N.E.T.® is all about. By resetting the body's "emotional" computer we can unblock old sabotages, fears, and response patterns that chain us to the past. This is very important since the fear of suffering can often be worse than the suffering itself.

There are currently a number of different techniques that address the neuro-emotional component of human well being. They each have their own strategy for locating old response patterns and resetting the body to allow for new and more desirable ones. It is important to understand the basic theory.

When experiencing an emotion for the first time, a mother's kiss for instance, the body secretes neurochemicals via the nervous system and the result of this chemical reaction is that we "feel good". A positive stimulus-response pattern is created. In the future whenever that individual thinks about being kissed or sees an image of a woman kissing a child, the brain checks its "filing cabinet ", finds the previous favorable file in the nervous system, and the brain-body response is to "feel good", loved, accepted etc.

Conversely, when a father explodes at his three-year old son for hitting a baby sister the result can be a defensive response, much like that discussed in the previous chapter. If the experience is highly emotional and physically stressful the body may not be able to reset or let go of the emotional charge related to the event. The youngster will then forge a stimulus-response reaction between mind and body that Dr. Walker has termed a Neuro-emotional complex or NEC. In this example the NEC created will relate to how the youngster will respond to anger or criticism from a male. From then on, whenever a male becomes angry or critical of them, they respond as previously programmed: defensively. Of course this can manifest itself in many different ways: as feeling combative, crushed, closed down, frightened, anxious or a wide variety of other emotions depending on the person's personality. This can also result in physical contractions such as tightened shoulders, clenched jaw and clenched fists. Even though an individual may not consciously understand it, every time a male directs anger at them - it may now be a teacher or employer - the brain sends a message to the body saying: "I don't like this, it doesn't feel good, it brings up old bad feelings, it is a threat to me." The body moves into defence based on a program that was created in a past situation where defence may have been necessary at that time. We must remember that the reason why these emotions are stored in the subconscious and eventually into the body is so that the person could get through the trauma. It is a survival response. The event is painful or frightening or ugly, so the response is to hide the feeling deep inside and get on with life.

Such primitive stimulus-response patterns have likely existed in human beings throughout evolution, but modern science is now proving what the Chinese observed thousands of years ago: The "chi" or energy (the neurochemicals) of certain emotions connects with and is stored in certain organs, pathways or meridians of the body.

Anger, for example, is believed to be stored in the liver meridian, and the liver is an organ that has a multitude of physical functions in the human body. Largely responsible for filtering impurities out of the blood, it helps keep the immune system strong and, along with the pancreas, is a regulator of blood sugar levels. When the liver is weak it can cause blood sugar imbalances (hypoglycemia) which lead to ill health if a person doesn't eat over a short period of time. It can cause weakness in the immune system and result in recurrent colds and infections as well as a feeling of being generally run down. It can also refer pain to the mid-back and right shoulder, as these areas of the body specifically relate to the liver.

I treated a 40-year-old man who had experienced pain in his right shoulder for some years and no amount of physical therapy gave him any relief. His body was indicating that the cause of the pain was emotionally related so I approached the case from the emotional standpoint, in order to properly correct the condition. The body revealed that the original stimulus-response pattern that was referring to his shoulder originated from an event at 14 years of age. He remembered a significant event that had happened to him at 14 years of age. We performed N.E.T and it cleared within 10 minutes of the treatment. The shoulder dramatically increased in range of motion and the pain never returned.

I believe these programs are implanted as primitive fight/flight response mechanisms. The body thinks: "This is too much too deal with right now and I have other things that must be dealt with, so I will store this energy somewhere and get on with life." I also believe that such early responses are stored because parents fail to talk to their children or apologize after an emotional upset. By talking things through and learning to forgive and forget, we learn how to heal and let things go. Without early training in how to release anger and other stressful feelings, emotional upsets start piling up year after year until we are carrying a large cargo of negative baggage around.

Kinesiologists can use muscle testing to find out if the body is retaining emotional angst. We can access these subconscious thought patterns and beliefs, and reset the body's response so these patterns stop holding people back from living the lives they want to lead.

One way to access the "program" is to have a patient think of the pain and see if a muscle goes weak. If it does, they are then asked to touch two energy points located on the front of the forehead, which are related to the emotional circuitry. If a weak muscle becomes strong while the person is contacting the points and thinking of the pain (i.e. a change has occurred), it indicates a neuro-emotional component. If the muscle stays weak this indicates no emotional component at the time and the practitioner can continue looking for either a physical or a chemical cause. It eliminates guesswork for both doctor and  patient, saves unnecessary treatments, time, and money - and employs the natural wisdom of the body.

Once an emotional component is identified, how does a healer unravel what the issue is and proceed to clear it? A  verbal process, developed by N.E.T.®, is played between the doctor and the patient's subconscious using the muscle response testing. The body answers a verbal question with a "non-congruent" or "congruent" response that is provided via a muscle staying strong or going weak. This may cause some readers to raise their eyebrows but the process must be experienced in order to be truly understood.

An experienced practitioner develops the art of asking the right questions, narrowing down the field of possibilities, zeroing in on the problem and helping the patient interpret the answers. It is important to note that when this technique is used the patient is always fully conscious and assisting the practitioner, not in any kind of hypnotic state. The patient is not consciously answering any questions, however, he is letting his body speak for him through muscle response testing.

Here is the kind of dialogue that might take place when I am practicing this technique, using our previous example of the father who exploded with anger at his three-year-old son. The test child, now a grown man, is complaining about problems with his right shoulder. I believe it might have an emotional component so am working in that "program": Remember, I am talking out loud to his body and he is focusing on keeping the muscle strong rather than listening to the question and assuming the answer.

Dr: "Does this pain have to do with an event?" Test- muscle remains strong
 (means "non congruent" NC)

Dr: "Or a person?"

Test-muscle goes weak
 (meaning "congruent" C)
Dr: "A female?" Strong - "NC"

Dr: "A male?"

Weak - "C"

Dr: "A family member?"

Weak - "C"

Dr: "Your brother?"

Strong -"NC"
Dr: "Your father?"          Weak - "C"
Dr: "You and your father and anyone else?" Strong - "NC"

Dr: "Only you and your father?"

Weak - "C"

Dr: "Does this have to do with you as and adult?

Strong - "NC"

Dr: "Or as a child?"

Weak - "C"
Dr: "You between conception to birth?" Strong - "NC"
Dr: "You between birth to five years of age?" Weak - "C"

Dr: "You between birth to one year of age?"

Strong - "NC"

Dr: "You between one to two years of age?"

Strong - "NC"

Dr: "You between two to three years of age?"

 Strong - "NC"

Dr: "You between three to four years of age?"

 Weak - "C"

The technique resembles a game of 20 questions, or one that many of us played as children called Animal, Vegetable, Mineral where we deduced the answer by constantly narrowing the range of options. This process is played on a profound level, however, where the practitioner is literally communicating with the subconscious and does not assume anything. The reasoning mind is bypassed and the body is giving the answers as to what it holds a negative or positive charge to. At this point in our example we have located what Dr. Walker refers to as a "snapshot" of what the body has stored, and when. The man's body indicates the pain in his right shoulder has a neuro-emotional component tied to an incident that occurred when he was 3 to 4 years of age involving him and his father.

At this point the doctor does not know what the involved emotion might be. Chinese medicine, Chiropractic and Applied Kinesiology have found that there are reflex points specific to each organ of the body and they can indicate involvement with particular snapshots. So continuing with the same example, the liver point might show involvement when tested while the other organ points would not. Since we know that the liver meridian holds the emotions of anger and resentment, the doctor would pose the supposition as follows:

Dr: "Is the involved emotion resentment?"      

Strong - "NC"

Dr: "Hatred?"      

Strong - "NC"

Dr: "Anger?"         

Weak - "C"

Dr: "Does this have to do with your anger at your father?"       

Strong - "NC"

Dr: "Does this have to do with your father's anger at you?"          

Weak - "C"

At this point the doctor may ask the patient if he recalls any situation where his father may have been angry with him at 3 to 4 years of age. Sometimes the patient will know of an event or have a vague idea. It is the responsibility of both the doctor and patient to assume nothing, and let the body reveal what it is holding onto. The body never lies and it remembers everything. If the patient says, "It's probably because I spilled my milk at the dinner table," then we must do a muscle test while they hold that thought. If the circuit tests strong then that event is not a stressor and is not the event we are looking for. If it weakens, however, we know we have hit the target and that this thought is still having a weakening effect on the body. Even if the patient has no recollection of an event, we can still clear the block because the body simply reveals its secrets by going weak (losing energy) whenever it is holding onto a negative charge.

We need to survive in the jungle and if something stresses us too abruptly, too harshly, or for too long, we stuff it away and move on to the next event. Over and over, these emotional upsets are stored in our subconscious minds and bodies until one day they overload the computer circuitry. That's when we have an unexplained emotional or physical breakdown.

As we grow out of childhood and start to gain a better understanding of this world, we all have certain idiosyncrasies that seem to hold us back from becoming who we truly want to be. Many people see psychiatrists or psychologists in an effort to recognize and change patterns. Such talk therapy is often important and empowering because it enables individuals, through trained professionals, to understand themselves and achieve solutions. The drawback is that while the emotions may be intellectually cleared, the stresses often remain locked in the body at a primitive level and the patient still has negative gut reactions related to their issues.

Unfortunately, some patients endure years of probing that fail to find the answers. So where does a person turn when they cannot remember the original event that caused their negative belief pattern or permanent defensive stance? Muscle response testing holds the key to unlocking these past responses because it provides immediate, accurate feedback.

Once identified there are many different ways of deleting or disconnecting a negative mind-body response. Some therapists do spinal adjustments or rub acupuncture points, some use breathing techniques or have patients do certain eye movements. My experience in defusing such responses is to urge patients to hold onto the particular feeling at the moment of correction. Even if they don't remember the event, they can hold the emotion in their mind while the experience is being "cleared." Those who are computer literate know that hitting the "delete" key is easy, the important thing is to have the correct information up on the screen.

When using this technique it is important to emphasize that we don't erase memories or brainwash people. We simply disarm or halt the negative brain-to-body response that was based on a previously learned event so that the person can respond to new events in a fresh, open way, not only mentally but physically too. They can live in the now, and physically start responding to events based on the present moment, not something in the past.

Once the correction is made, the doctor can test the area of pain again and see if there is still a weak muscle response. If there is, and the emotional points on the forehead confirm this, then another emotional event is present and must be dealt with. If the muscle test stays weak it indicates that there is not another emotional event but possibly a factor on the other two sides of the triad of health, namely the physical or chemical factors.

Understand that once an N.E.C is cleared it does not mean you will never have an emotionally challenging lesson or experience ever again, or will be pain free forever. It means that you can deal with events and situations in present time knowing that you are at full strength energetically in mind and body, while one is living through the event or stressful life situation. If you are not congruent neurologically in your body with some part of the situation that is occurring, you can do all the affirmations and prayers but the stronger "charge" (the physically engrained negative body response) will take precedence and thus manifest.

I feel that this is often why people feel so apathetic and docile in their life choices. Inside they know they are good, deserve to be loved, want to have material security to enjoy a fair and decent quality of life, and to have a career that they are passionate about. They just don't realize that they are filled with old and incorrect programs that are ruling their lives.

Many of the people who come to my office do not complain about any particular pain or symptom, but of just feeling "stuck" in life. They have difficulties in relationships, or obstacles to dieting, quitting smoking, etc., or they suffer from phobias. With these people we can access the program by having them make verbal statements and then seeing if their bodies stays strong during the statement.

For example, one could be asked to state: " I am okay with quitting smoking" but when I test a muscle while they say it, the muscle goes weak, indicating that they are not congruent with this statement. If a contact over the emotional centers makes it strong, I then begin the same procedure as described earlier. Using the right words is important when accessing brain / body files. "I'm okay with quitting smoking" is a different concept from, "It's good for me to quit smoking." The former could lead back to past issues dealing with a lack of self-worth/self respect, and the person's desire to care for themselves. The latter may deal with issues related to morality and public perception (i.e. smoking is bad). Since this is the faulty brain-to-body program - in other words "I don't value my body or myself" - any conscious attempt to value it through quitting smoking, exercising or dieting is going to fail because it contradicts what the subconscious brain-to-body response is programmed to do.

The body will always follow the mind's programming. This may help explain why some people actually follow the right diet or sign up for the best quit smoking program in the world, but the problem gets worse. We call this "emotional sabotage."

If the issue is properly and permanently cleared then the muscle response will stay strong, indicating they are now congruent with the thought not only in mind, but also in body. Dr. Walker calls this "emotional congruence." This does not necessarily mean a person will quit smoking immediately after a treatment, but an important psychological hurdle will have been cleared. The body is now able to support that new thought pattern.

The goal of this technique is to help people become emotionally congruent with every possible aspect of their existence, be it physically, materially, romantically or spiritually. I encourage everyone to seek the services of a qualified practitioner in this field because all of us have had emotional "upsets" in our lives and are probably holding onto some negative, damaging energy somewhere in our bodies. We must also let go of the feeling that if we have a problem we are weak or imperfect.

As the saying goes, "stuff happens." But people now have a choice. They don't have to carry that "stuff" around anymore because there are powerful techniques that can clear it away. I emphasize that people should not wait for a problem to surface, nor be paranoid that every little crisis will be creating stress and problems for them. Visit a practitioner for preventative care from time to time, and get on with living life the best you can.

For further information, please contact:
Neuro Emotional Technique Dr. Scott Walker nd 500 2 Street Encinitas, California 92024 Phone: 619-944-1030
Website: netmindbody.com


CHAPTER 5: THE CHEMICAL BODY

"You are what you eat."
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There is a lot of confusion these days about diet and I sympathize with those who are bewildered by all the conflicting information and contradictory advertising hype. I believe the confusion stems from the fact that most diet research is done on people who have disorganized nervous system to begin with. This is why some diets work for some people and not for others, why some people find a nutritional regime effective in dealing with an ailment while others find no relief. Of course the results are contradictory when there is no consistency to begin with.

In this chapter I am not presenting another miracle diet. I am offering some basic guidelines that I have learned over the years, and patients have reported to be of great benefit, especially after a person's nervous systems has been reorganized. Through my study of numerous books on Chinese medicine, the Ayurvedic approach of ancient India and of western style nutrition, I have concluded that we should listen to our bodies and find out what really works for us.

I recommend that people follow this holistic model of health care: First, reorganize the nervous system to free it of physical and emotional interference. Second comes cleansing and working toward improved elimination. Next, we should work toward improving the diet which includes an increased awareness of pH balance; and then our aim should be to calm the system, reduce the stress and maintain balance in everything we do.

Going back to the triad of health, it is obvious that the nutritional or chemical side of our existence is, for the most part, under our own control. We decide what we want to eat, drink, inhale, inject, or rub on our bodies. It is of the utmost importance, therefore, that we educate ourselves and take responsibility for the choices we make. For every raw material or stimulus the body is subjected to, for every piece of junk food we consume or vaccination that we receive, there is a physical response and probably an emotional response. We may not be able to control absolutely everything we ingest or breathe, since things like air pollution and genetically tampered foods may be beyond our control at this time. But it is important to make the best choices we can, while becoming advocates for better quality water, air and food supplies in our areas.

CHAPTER 6: EXERCISE, YOGA, MEDIATION AND PRAYER

"Make fun your exercise, and exercise your fun."
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When it comes to exercise, my basic philosophy is "use it or lose it." I encourage people to move, dance, play, laugh, study, practice yoga and go for long walks. Whatever they find entertaining and fun is what they should be doing - because they will enjoy it and, hopefully, do it regularly. Always aspire to make your life and others' lives as fun filled as possible. Do things that benefit your well being as well as that of others. The bottom line is: stay active, keep moving, try new things, turn off the television and GO.

No one can achieve their full potential if their nervous system is disorganized, and that goes for whether they are an athlete or an office worker, a teenager or an octogenarian. But for athletes especially, disorganization is one of the main reasons why so many sports injuries occur. The logical solution is to have the nervous system reorganized before beginning any new exercise program, no matter what the age or state of fitness.

Similarly, how can one effectively meditate and calm the mind if it is stuck in defence or weighted down by old emotional baggage? Having the nervous system cleared is one of the primary therapies in the journey back to wellness.

CHAPTER 7: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

"Knowledge is a single point, but the foolish have multiplied it."
Sufi saying

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Now that I have explained the different techniques and approaches that I use, I can describe what actually happens during a session.

Using the N.O.T. protocols as my template for treatment means that I have a beginning and an end point to each of my sessions. I check the body in relation to the light, dark, eyes open and closed, sitting, standing, etc. and when a particular circuit shows weakness I ask the body if the cause is physical, emotional or chemical. The body will respond accordingly and I then use the appropriate technique to clear and recheck the involved circuit. This enables me to determine the root of the problem directly, without having to perform unnecessary corrections. It also employs the wisdom of the body to guide me, which increases accuracy.

chapter702For example, there is a program in the body that is labeled the "cranial reflex" in N.O.T. parlance. Its function is to hold or right the head on the body by stimulating the front and back muscles. If a person has had a blow to the head, this circuit can become disorganized and result in a condition that we call a "cranial injury complex." In this instance the body loses its ability to hold the head up and goes into defence mode to protect itself against the possibility of another blow. Imagine a tent without four strong lines anchoring it to pegs in the ground. This is what the two sets of muscles at the front and back of the shoulders do when working correctly to support the head.

On a primitive level, the head must be held up so the body can defend itself, but in today's world survival is more complex. It may mean sitting all day in meetings or holding the head up so the eyes and brain can interact with a computer.

When a cranial injury complex exists, the body loses its ability to hold the head up properly. The animal cannot survive with its head drooping down at the ground as it needs to see what is in front of it, especially oncoming predators. Until this condition is properly corrected, the innate wisdom of the body tries to find a compensatory way to hold the head up. The brain orders more energy to the neck and shoulder muscles on the back of the body than the front. They become hypertonic, while the front musculature that includes the chest muscles which assist in breathing and the abdominal muscles, become hypotonic. As time passes, the back muscles end up doing most of the work and naturally start to fatigue and knot. This leads to tension across the neck and shoulders, making it difficult for the individual to stand erect with the shoulders back.

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The base of the neck, which takes most of the strain, becomes increasingly rigid and inflexible as its muscles attempt to carry and brace the top-heavy skull. Often, if muscles alone fail to bolster the neck, the body starts laying down calcium in the unstable area, which eventually can be seen on X-ray imaging. This process of calcium buildup usually takes several years before becoming evident. The neck droops forward, a hump develops at its base, and the individual may eventually be diagnosed as having osteoarthritis. Few people look beyond this diagnosis for a reason why there is so-called arthritic degeneration of the neck, or why the body has chosen to adapt in this way. It is because the physiology is wisely responding in the best way it can to solidify an unstable area. A patient may be reconciled with the diagnosis when they hear they have arthritis of the neck because their mother had the same problem. Yet rather than blaming the condition on genetics it is far more accurate to deduce that the mother may have had similar cranial injuries in her childhood - as most of us do. We should not assume genetics is the culprit until we eliminate the other possibilities through muscle testing. It is important to understand that we should be testing body function, not merely following the trail of symptoms. If there is no cranial injury fault present we can then investigate further.

Overworked shoulder muscles and weak front muscles can result in poor abdominal strength (tummy muscles). The lower back, without the support of strong abdominal muscles, then becomes weakened due to that lack of support from this natural corset of muscles. The small and large intestines can start to sag inside the body, causing digestive complaints and diminished function. This has a domino effect on the lowest organs and systems in the body, namely the bladder, prostate gland (male) and uterus (female). The increased weight bearing down from above can lead to urine retention problems or painful periods for women, whereas in men, the prostate gland may become enlarged or swollen.

These symptoms may take 40 years to gradually manifest yet they all stem from a trauma to the head. Like a sweater with a loose thread, over time the loops start slowly unraveling until one day the garment is barely able to do its job. Should we wait until problems become severe, or should we see a Specialized Kinesiologist or someone specializing in N.O.T. for a systems check immediately after a trauma? Certainly the latter makes more sense. I have seen men and women with bladder and urinary ailments, as well as prolapsed organs, who sought surgical answers that failed to be effective. Yet they felt much better and experienced improvements in bowel and bladder function just days after N.O.T. treatments. Why? Once the neurological integrity is repaired the correct messages can get through to all sets of muscles and circuits - even after surgical intervention. Athletes report that they can do fewer sit-ups to achieve the same results and see dramatic improvements in exercise effectiveness.

My observations have led me to believe that the body stores emotional circuits together with physical circuits, and they correlate in the symbology of our language. For example the emotions of worry, lack of control, and poor self-esteem usually surface when correcting a cranial injury complex. We commonly acknowledge this relationship when we speak about people with emotional problems who are, "carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders," unable to "hold their head high," or needing to get something "off their chest." Sometimes I only have to correct the emotional component for the physical correction to occur, and vice-versa, although most often both the emotional and physical corrections need to be performed before the disorder disappears. By questioning the body I can determine which came first - the emotional or the physical trauma - but what is most important is that the cause be corrected and the condition not return.

Another example of these kinds of emotional-physical links involves the energy body. I commonly see women who have problems that relate to menstrual cycles: heavy or light flow, cramping, irregular frequency, and uterine cysts. Many women also have some form of low back pain, as well as irritation or weakness in the left neck or shoulder that is often misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis and tendonitis. The real cause may stem from the reproductive/endocrine system, which has a neurologic connection to the left pectoralis major muscle, a prime stabilizer of the left shoulder. An imbalance in the female/male or reproductive circuits can result in a painful or restricted left arm, neck, or shoulder, which is why when anyone has these symptoms I always investigate the reproductive system.

What I will commonly find as the core cause of menstrual symptoms is the woman's subconscious rejection of her feminine energy or essence. This can occur for several emotional reasons, including sexual abuse, violation or rejection. One source of rejection that I commonly uncover occurs early in life when the female fetus or newborn senses that one of her parents is hoping for a male child. These feelings of being "unloved" or "unwanted" are stored in the uterus and ovary pathways of the female, and in the prostate and testicles in the male.

I  treated a 35-year-old woman who, when asked to make the statement "Females are wanted" or "Females are desirable," revealed through muscle testing that she did not believe this at a deep level - though consciously she thought she did. Further testing traced this condition all the way back to the first 'event' in the womb when she sensed that she was not unconditionally accepted. It didn't mean that her parents were hoping for a boy all the time that she was in the womb, nor does it suggest that her parents didn't accept and love her from the day she was born. The fact remains, her neurology blew "a tiny fuse" at that early moment when her mom or dad, or both, briefly pondered: "It would be neat if we have a boy." For some people's nervous system, this statement can become an "emotional reality" (i.e. they blow a "fuse") while in other cases the individual lets it go. Each person reacts differently and has different sensitivities, however, a weak circuit indicates it is an emotional reality for that body. I am not suggesting that parents should never think a negative thought about a child, nor am I proposing we become paranoid or guilty about how we feel and think. I am saying that we should clear the energy and set the record straight. We do this by stating our intent, as when saying the prayer in the previous chapter. Talk to your baby when he or she is in the womb and newly born and let it know of your total love. This may sound unbelievable to some, but I am convinced that we communicate on a much higher level than we give ourselves credit for.

The daughter who carries around this negative message may consciously think she is happy to be a woman, but subconsciously she may have some doubts. If her physical body is not 100 per cent congruent with her emotional body, then every time she tries to express her feminine self, as when she menstruates, there is subconscious resistance. Such incongruence can interfere with the function of various organs - in this case the uterus - which over time can show signs of disharmony, such as painful periods. It's as if the uterus is saying: "Pay attention. I'm wounded. I'm showing you something about yourself that is not harmonious." The same general idea applies to the male condition. When I see any dysfunction in "maleness" - a problem with the prostate gland or libido - I investigate the possibility of deep-seated imbalances relating to the masculine essence.

In all people there is a center located energetically over the pelvic region. It stores both our male and female power - which each one of us contains, to some degree. If there is an imbalance between the two aspects, the energy running up and down the person's core will be distorted or "off center." Another way of thinking about this is that the person cannot stand fully on his or her own two feet. There may be signs and symptoms of a repeatedly imbalanced sacrum and lumbar spine which traditional therapies have difficulty correcting. Not only would I correct the emotional cause in this instance, but I might also cleanse the energy field over the male-female center and perform a light correction to the sacrum or lumbar spine. This is a perfect example of physical, emotional, and spiritual or energetic healing all being done at once.

I may also encourage such patients to read books or have some emotional counseling, particularly about honouring the masculine-feminine aspects of their being, whichever is lacking. The patient may still need some chiropractic care to help stabilize the pelvic region, or some muscle therapy to loosen the muscles that have been subconsciously guarding that area for years.

Similar mind-to-body incongruence is also evident in people who have severe eating disorders. When anorexic young women look in the mirror they do not see their bodies as they actually are. They may be looking at a bony, dangerously thin reflection, but what they see is a hideously fat person carrying excess weight. I never need to ask these women if they love themselves - simply standing them in front of a mirror is enough to cause a significant drop in their energy, which can be verified by a weak muscle response. Even though they may have gone through extensive psychotherapy and consciously feel as if they can love and accept themselves, their bodies tell a different story. This incongruence between mind and body has made their recovery difficult and disheartening in the past, but that is changing now with techniques such as N.O.T. and N.E.T.®. Interestingly, it might seem that this problem is limited to anorexia, since this disease relates to the acceptance of self, but my observations have revealed it is much more common than that. The truth is, most of us will show weak muscle responses when we look in a mirror and that is because the core issue behind many diseases is lack of self love.

Every person is like a new book to me - unique and fascinating because of his or her life experiences. However, common themes emerge from time to time and seem to be the threads that lead us to deeper understanding. They give me glimpses into the awesome connections between body, mind and spirit. Human beings are complex yet simple, like all great machines.

CHAPTER: THE GLOBAL HEALTH MODEL

"A new Idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial,
until finally, it becomes what everybody knows."
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The intent of this book is to present a model for health and wellness that is effective for every person and every discipline. That sounds like a tall order, but I think it is completely possible if a health practitioner bases his treatments and techniques on the true fundamentals of health.

While doing research recently in the health and wellness section of a major bookstore I was pleased to see how many books have been written about the role that emotional well being plays in everyone's life. There are books on modifying the way one eats, thinks, sleeps, prays and perceives life. There are books on exercises, yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, stretching and athletics. Equally important are the books on chakras, the spiritual body, the soul, past lives, and higher metaphysical or spiritual teachings.

All these books assist people to help themselves, but I wonder how a person can effectively exercise or achieve optimal performance if their nervous system is disorganized and keeping them out of balance? How can a person modify their diet to achieve a desired state of health when the nervous system that controls their digestive function is in disarray? How can one successfully perform affirmations and move forward emotionally and spiritually if their nervous system is still locked into past events that inhibit the flow of life? Similarly, how can one effectively clear an imbalance of the aura and its chakras if the physical body is stuck in neural disorganization?

The physical hands-on reorganization of a person's nervous system is the essential variable that needs to be seriously addressed before any truly consistent and authentic research claims can be made.

The techniques and theories presented in this book are all related to one another on some level. My hope is to one day see a health care system that is based on a model that integrates these different systems in a logical and systematic way, guided by the wisdom of the body.

For example, if a patient breaks a leg, the first thing that needs to be done is setting and casting the leg. But it is important to work backwards in our thinking if we are to treat the whole person. The nervous system has several "safety switches" which alert the brain whenever the skin, muscles and finally the bone are in danger of being ripped or broken. If one stretches a muscle beyond its normal range the brain immediately shuts off the nerve supply to prevent serious damage to that muscle. If you have ever lifted something too heavy you know what I mean. Something inside of you makes you stop lifting the object or even tells you to drop it. These circuits will almost always be "in fault" after a bone is broken because in order for the break to occur the traumatic force had to be so strong and so fast that it would blow all the safety breakers first, in a matter of milliseconds.

Bearing this in mind, the next logical step to ensure a speedy and efficient recovery, after setting and casting the broken bone, would be to perform the N.O.T. procedures. This reactivates and returns function to the primitive reflexes that keep the head, shoulders, pelvis, hips, knees and ankles level with the ground. The next step would be to perform soft tissue rehabilitation and massage to break up the scar tissue. A few Chiropractic adjustments might be needed to realign the structure and mobilize the joints, followed by instruction in exercises to carry on at home, to strengthen the muscles. Such exercises might even improve previous muscle tone and, since poor tone may have been why the person broke a bone in the first place, this is an essential part of rehabilitation.

If the nervous system reflexes are not corrected after a serious fall or injury then the following scenario is typical: First, the body must compensate for any imbalance or misalignment. This usually means that the pelvis, knee, ankle and foot on one side of the body start to take excessive stresses. Second, tissue repair is hampered because the body is in a hurry to get back to balance. Lower quality tissue (i.e. scar tissue) is built up because the body responds this way in an emergency. (If the body were immediately rebalanced and therefore not under undue stress, it would heal gradually and correctly.) Excessive scar tissue buildup can cause problems down the road. Being non-elastic tissue, it can restrict range of motion, flexibility and cause stiffness, pain and perhaps lead to further accidents and degenerative conditions.

The problem of excess scar tissue layers can sometimes be repaired later, but it calls for many sessions of sometimes painful soft tissue therapies, trigger point therapies and time consuming hands-on work to break up the tissues. All this can be avoided by doing the correct balancing work immediately after the accident, followed by effective rehabilitation to ensure that scar tissue is minimized and primary elastic tissue is recreated instead.

I have seen many patients who have gone through this scenario. They have had an accident or broken a bone that healed, but other problems started to arise within a short period of time. They were put through countless sessions of physiotherapy, which never completely restored the range of motion because their pelvis and lower back were still misaligned. They saw chiropractors, massage therapists and many other mainstream and complementary health practitioners, all to no avail. No matter how many adjustments were performed, as soon as they got off the therapist's table and stood up again the pelvis began to go out of alignment. They may not have felt the symptoms return immediately, but within a short time they felt their pelvis was "out again". Why? Because the nervous system reflexes were still disorganized and turned off causing the body to react that way! These patients are typically given endless doses of painkillers or anti-inflammatories which just mask the problem. Worse yet, the pills significantly irritate the digestive system and produce other problems in the body. They do not get significantly better as time goes by, and find that they no longer have the same use of their leg and body - even though the broken bone has healed. This may eventually interfere with their abilities to work and they may have to change jobs, which places stress on the whole family and may lead to the patient feeling depressed and emotionally fatigued. So it's back to the medical doctor for some anti-depressants, and the story goes on.

Obviously the above scenario does not occur in every case of a broken leg, but I have worked on enough people around the world to know it is all too common. It doesn't have to be a broken bone or structural concern for this kind of scenario to start to play in a person's life. If a patient has dyslexia, hormonal imbalances or even digestive problems these kinds of events can begin to affect someone's life on all levels. First by interfering with their function, then their families, their jobs, their self-esteem and eventually their mental state.

 We all pay the cost.

Not only does it significantly affect a person's life, but also those around him or her. It causes unnecessary suffering. It costs the system incredible amounts of money because we have accepted many conditions as "chronic" and irreparable when they can clearly be fixed. Once a condition is labeled chronic it seems suddenly to justify many more treatments to correct or manage it. I challenge this mode of thinking because I have seen so-called chronic conditions change in minutes or hours using the methods described in this book. Health care providers are either lazy or ignorant if they claim that their modality is the only solution to the problem. What's worse is when they state that if they cannot fix it then nothing can, and then tell their patients to learn to live with it. This is not only arrogant but a very defeatist attitude. What I prefer to tell patients is that every day we are accumulating more and more knowledge and insights, and when health professionals and complementary practitioners work together we can solve many of the problems that are plaguing our society.

We must continue asking questions so that we can unravel the mysteries of the body and its relation to the universe we live in. We must stop ignoring the answers that lie within the human body itself, along with the means to correct these problems.

Much credit should be given to the pioneers of Chiropractic and Applied Kinesiology who had the wisdom and humility to let the body be the Master Doctor. They used their knowledge of the nervous system and its relationship to physiology to unlock the potent and profound techniques described in this book. The power that made the body is the power that heals the body - we should listen to it and trust in its infinite intelligence to guide us.

I appeal to all health care providers and agencies, to governments, insurance companies, and all wellness centers and hospitals to open their minds and research dollars to investigating these innovative and effective techniques. The work described in this book requires no more than one to three treatment sessions, and once the corrections are made they are lasting - i.e. neurological integrity will hold - unless there is a new trauma. It is powerful, repeatable, and reproducible on everyone and its cost effectiveness surpasses anything I have yet to study or read about. These are primitive, innate circuits and reflexes that exist in all people and animals. The emotional state, spiritual well being, diet, exercise and so on will always be variables in any wellness profile, but 16 years of clinical experience in treating more than 15,000 people globally has shown me the effectiveness of this program.

This work must be given a chance to prove itself and to show its efficacy. The present day system is out of control and must be changed. I am available to present lectures and do research projects, as well as to consult with governments, groups and agencies so that we can restructure our present day health care system. The future is ours to create.

Namaste.


REFERENCES, BIBLIOGRAPHY and RECOMMENDED READING

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RECOMMENDED READING

  • Promislow, Sharon. Making the Brain/Body Connection, 2nd ed. West Vancouver. B.C. Kinetic Publishing Corporation, 1998.

  • Chopra, Deepak. Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine. New York, N. Y.: Bantam Books, 1989.

  • Brennan, Barbara Ann. Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing. New York , N. Y.: Bantam Books, 1993.

  • Brennan, Barbara Ann. Hands of Light: A guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field. New York, N. Y.: Bantam Books, 1987.

  • Hay, Louise L. You Can Heal Your Life. Santa Monica, CA.: Hay House, 1982.

  • Hay, Louise L. Heal Your Body. Carson, CA.: Hay House, 1988.

  • Beinfield, Harriet and Korngold, Efrem. Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine. New York: Ballantine Books, 1991.

  • Callahan, R. and Callahan, J. Thought Field Therapy and Training: treatment and theory. Thought Field Training Centre, Indian Wells. CA. 92210. 1996

  • Craig. G. and Fowlie, A. Emotional Freedom Techniques. Cary Craig, P.O. Box 398, The Sea Ranch, CA. 95497. 1995.

  • Chopra, Deepak. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Amber-Allen Publishing,  1994.

  • Myss, Caroline. Anatomy of the Spirit.. New York, N.Y.: Crown Publishers. Inc., 1996.

  • Newton, Michael. Journey of Souls. 5th ed.. St. Paul, MN.: Llewellyn Publications, 1994.

  • Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now. Vancouver, B.C.: Namaste Publishing, 1997.

  • Malchizidek, Drunvalo. The Ancient Secrets of the Flower of Life Vol. I and IIs

  • Icke, David. The Biggest Secret.

  • Ruiz, Don Miguel. The Four Agreements

  • Calleman, John. The Mayan Calendar. Transformation in Consciousness.

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