Doctors know that over 90% of illness is caused by “stress.”
But this creates some unanswered questions:
- why doesn’t everyone who’s exposed to the same stressful situation, toxins, or germs get the same illness at the same time?
- how can illnesses be inherited?
- why isn’t our modern, technologically-controlled lifestyle making us healthier as a society?
Cancer, heart disease, neurological, emotional, genetic, and viral illnesses are all on the rise. Even life expectancy is beginning to decline.
The health industry searches within the depths of the body itself for the answer to where illness comes from. And come up with a big, fat question mark.
Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places
Today, health professionals’ best guess is that illness is some unlucky combination of stress, genetics, and “lifestyle factors.” And here the search for the source of illness comes to a dead end.
Because it’s based in a paradigm that’s wrong.
A mechanistic paradigm that says everything has a physical cause. A deterministic paradigm that says we are just the results of genes, chemicals, and random acts of physics.
The health industry firmly believes these ideas. Even though they were disproven over a century ago. And even though these ideas are not leading to improved wellness:
- diagnosis of all major forms of cancer is on the rise. The rate of death from cancer has gone from 1 in 1,200 at the time that the American Cancer Society was established (in 1913) to over 1 in 6 of us today.
- heart disease is on the rise in all developed nations
- depression has reached pandemic proportions …and has less than a 30% rate of successful treatment. As a result, suicide among middle-aged North Americans has shot up by over 27% in the last decade alone
- new viral illnesses are appearing at an accelerating rate
- autism, barely heard of a century ago, is now affecting 1 in 50 children
- diseases that were “conquered” with antibiotics earlier in the 20th Century are returning. For example, tuberculosis is on the rise worldwide
- symptoms of “vanquished” illnesses are still around, with new names. For example, the late stages of syphilis are indistinguishable from AIDS, and polio symptoms are now diagnosed as meningitis and multiple sclerosis
- life expectancy in the most developed nations (including the U.S.A.) has begun to decline
Why Does the Health Industry Have Such Terrible Results?
This is all happening even though the health industry is gigantic; in the U.S., at $2.8 trillion per year, it is 50% bigger than the food industry. One out of every six dollars goes to healthcare.
This colossal failure of the health industry – as well as its colossal financial success – depend on misunderstanding how the body works.
The key to that (highly lucrative) misunderstanding is the belief that “stress” is a physical agent: a toxin, allergen, germ, carcinogen, hormone, brain chemical, or your own genetic coding. And this physical agent directly causes damage somewhere in your anatomy. And symptoms are a result of damage in your body.
Why We Know this is Wrong
The big clue that physical damage to the body is NOT the cause of illness is that most people manage to survive medical surgery.
Cutting into the body is an extreme physical stress. Just a century and a half ago, about half of all surgical patients died from the stress and trauma of having limbs removed and other surgeries.
Until surgeons began to use anesthetic.
Then everything changed. With the use of mind-altering chemicals that reduce our awareness of pain (or remove our awareness of everything), dentists, barbers, and surgeons were able to intervene directly into the anatomy of the body to simply cut off the offending parts. Modern medicine was born.
Why Don’t Health Professionals Know This?
The miraculous medical success created by anaesthetic went against the paradigm of mechanistic determinism. Instead of realizing “Wow! Illness in the body is directly related to trauma in the psyche!” we seem only to have learned how to dull our awareness.
Why has zero credit has been given to anaesthetic for what should have been lauded as the biggest success in medical history? Because a fashionable new medical theory was on the rise: the Germ Theory of Disease.
When Joseph Lister began practicing clean surgery …he also practiced anaesthetic surgery.
But all the credit went to the cleanliness.
As is the case with any kind of symptom-suppression approach that does not address the real cause of the illness, the treatment has become the disease. We have become addicted to prescriptions, surgery, radiation, topical solutions, substitute hormones, crutches, glasses, shunts, oxygen tanks…
And all the illnesses these are supposed to cure are on the rise.
The Big Shift
We’re in a time of an emerging global paradigm shift. It affects every aspect of our lives.
Physics has changed. We are on the brink of a new economy. World politics are in turmoil. Communication and social life have drastically altered as we meet online and travel the globe, rather than connecting with the same community every Sunday at church. Public education is contested by private schooling and unschooling. Even food production, transportation, and manufacturing infrastructures have all become fragile as energy costs begin to soar.
Every one of our public institutions is changing. And, so too, will the health industry.
But the health industry has the biggest paradigm shift to make. Because it’s mostly just a cleaned-up, shinier version of what it was at the end of the 19th Century.
Instead of using leeches and enemas, we are more inclined to botox and chemotherapy. But the philosophy is largely unchanged.
Illness is not caused by physical trauma (and it certainly isn’t cured with more physical trauma). Illness is caused by a traumatic stress in the psyche.
It’s not caused by stress …it’s caused by our perception of stress.
The giant leap that the health industry must make is to understand that it’s our perception which must be influenced if we hope to heal our illnesses. Not by removing our ability to perceive (with addictive anesthetizing therapies), but by taking control of our perception.
Perception of stress – perception of anything – is dependent on both the information that comes in through our senses, and our interpretation of that information. Our interpretation depends on a lifetime of experience, learning, unresolved conflicts, decisions, beliefs, prejudices, understandings, and misunderstandings.
The vast majority of which are playing out beneath our conscious awareness. Just like the vast majority of the operations being performed by the device on which you are reading these words are being performed beneath your conscious awareness of these words.
I call this collection of unconscious mental processes, “the MindTree.” It works just like computer programs work. One thought creates an instruction that leads to another thought, which leads to another instruction.
In this series of branching MindTree instructional programs, you’re constantly making tiny decisions about what’s coming into your brain through your senses. Some of those tiny decisions send you into programs that say “DANGER! RED ALERT!”
And your brain will do something about it when those things happen. Body symptoms are a programmed response to perceived stress.
Let’s say your MindTree programming code results in a decision that “It’s too hot.” Your brain will send electrical and hormonal signals throughout your body, and these will be picked up by your skin glands, causing you to sweat.
Or your MindTree might reach a conclusion that says, “That person is going to attack me!” Your brain will send electrical and hormonal signals throughout your body, and these signals will be picked up by the Islets of Langerhans in your pancreas, which will make your blood sugar drop. The signals will be picked up by the cells of your intestines, causing peristalsis to increase and a feeling of “urgency” coming from your bowels. The signals will be picked up by your adrenal glands, causing a release of adrenaline into your bloodstream. The signals will be picked up by the motor neurones that guide your legs to run, will be picked up by the sensory neurones that cause your skin to prickle and the hairs to stand up on the back of your neck. The signals will be picked up by the receptors of the Broca’s area of your brain, causing you to take in a sharp intake of breath and temporarily freezing your ability to use your voice.
And, if this unresolved trauma continues for long enough, you might eventually get a diagnosis of Type II diabetes. Or you might come down with laryngitis. Or, if you are a child, you might be labelled as “autistic.”
The type and intensity of your illness is only the result of the type and intensity of the stress that is perceived in your MindTree. So the missing link in the health industry, if we presume that the health industry wants to cure illness, is a missing link of consciousness. It’s the result of seeing us as purely physical creatures, and illness as a purely physical phenomenon.
Drugs, radiation, surgery – even reiki, homeopathy, and supplements – seek to relieve illness through physical intervention. But these results are, at best, temporary. Only to the extent that a therapy produces a change in the MindTree will it end illness at its source.
And if a therapy partially relieves a symptom but doesn’t produce a change in the MindTree, then the therapy has the potential to become an addiction, because more and more of it will be needed just to keep the symptom at bay.
The New Medicine
We should continue to develop and use the life-saving anatomical correction therapies of conventional and alternative medicine. But we must stop seeing illness as random attack upon our fragile, vulnerable bodies.
Our bodies are the physical extensions of our psyches. It is our minds that need to heal.