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Overview According to Dr. Product Details About the Author. About the Author Larry Malerba, DO, has been a practitioner, educator, and leader in the field of holistic medicine for more than twenty years. Show More. Average Review.

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Metaphysics & Medicine: Societal Implications

Eat Green! All chronic diseases are based on harming factors together with massive nutritional deficiencies, says environmental All chronic diseases are based on harming factors together with massive nutritional deficiencies, says environmental medicine physician Dr. Joachim Mutter.

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Perhaps one of the most useful tools employed by green practitioners is the timeline.

The Purpose of Symptoms in the Healing Process: When we come to understand that symptoms are almost never random and, in fact, have a purpose, this changes our entire attitude toward illness. The human body has a self-regulating capacity that manifests through the symptoms it generates. In other words, symptoms almost always represent the body's attempt to heal itself.

Much of the time it succeeds but sometimes it needs assistance. Our medicalized culture encourages us to pop pills -- pills that are available for virtually any symptom we can imagine -- without any awareness of this self-healing truth. Any shortsighted therapy that simply aims to eliminate the most recent symptom is a therapy that potentially works against the body's own self-healing wisdom.

Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

Movement toward or away from greater health is an unfolding process that takes place over time. One's health history is definitely not a set of isolated events. Like a movie, they must be taken together in order to arrive at an accurate understanding of the whole. Parts cannot be treated in isolation without potential repercussions for the whole. An antibiotic that "cures" a case of bronchitis should not be considered an actual cure if it leads to successive episodes of bronchitis further down the road. When a child's eczema seems to disappear after application of topical cortisone it cannot be considered a cure when it is followed by a string of ear infections.

We can no longer arbitrarily dissociate medical events that occur over time simply because medical science has taught us to ignore the connections. We have also been conditioned by the medical system to lower our expectations regarding outcomes. We have come to expect the complications and risks that come with the benefits. In fact, a so-called "side effect" is one of those deceptive medical terms that we accept without understanding that there is no such thing. A drug either has an effect or it does not.

Although side effects may be unwanted, they are nevertheless very real effects that people commonly experience. In some cases, the side effects may be more common than the purported therapeutic effect of a drug.

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The term simply serves to encourage us to overlook undesirable effects while we focus upon the desired effects. And so we are more likely to accept a boy's newly developed neurologic facial tic when we are focused on the sedating effect of the attention deficit disorder drug he is taking. Those who practice and pursue greener forms of healing do not overlook the connections between such events, and have a different set of expectations in terms of outcomes. The Dangers of Suppression: When we indiscriminately combat symptoms we run the risk of suppression.

The body in its wisdom often causes a symptom to recur in spite of our attempts to eradicate it. Each dose of migraine medication, for instance, dulls the pain temporarily until the next one occurs. However, when the migraines fail to recur, that is when we may be in for trouble. There is no free medical lunch. When a symptom or condition is successfully squelched, the bioenergetic source of the original disturbance simply seeks the next best avenue of expression.