Spring '03 Issue 25
Listening to the Heart
The Underground Healthcare Revolution
Heart, Head & Hands
What Are You Sending?
Physicians’ Perspective: Obesity, Lifespan and Diet
My Father’s Clouds: Caffeine and the First Amendment
Fossil-Fuel Vampires (Part II)
Dreams of Kindness, Love & Grace: Stigma
The Idolatry of Ideology
Living as a Free Human Being
The Underground Health Care Revolution
Power complexes historically begin to falter long before the ruling elite realizes that the oppressed are organizing. Czarist Russian elitists did not fully appreciate the formidable force of organized peasants. The French revolutionaries similarly surprised their oppressors by the magnitude of underground support for a new way of doing things.
The uprising against the dominant medical industrial complex is no different as it meets the same old slumbering elitist components.
While the elitists smugly continue pandering their symptom control methods, which always have side effects, a better way continues to gather momentum. Slowly but surely, the downplayed art of healing is being rediscovered and is increasingly practiced within the alternative community. More western humans with each passing day leave the dominant medical treatment model. Often their departure centers on a sense that something very important is missing from mainstream medicine’s approach to health versus disease.
Some of us argue that mainstream medicine has lost its soul. Instituted in place of the soulfrom which all healing effects emergeare the symptom control treatment strategies. But symptom control always comes with a price, and that price is paid within its practitioner’s bodies, manifesting as side effects and toxicities. A vicious cycle follows when these side effects and toxicities are treated with yet more symptom control modalities.
True healing has but one side effectits impact on the medical industrial complex’s bottom line.
The medical industrial complex is a profit-oriented system. The multi-conglomerates that make up this system exist to make money. The system works quite simply: products (pharmaceutical drugs for instance) developed by this industry for sale to the public are sensationalized through the media. Of course, the pursuit of maximum profit provides a disincentive to share more effective healing strategies. Meanwhile the downsides of these products (side effects and toxicities) are minimized.
To protect its profits, the medical industrial complex conducts various disinformation campaigns. The media, with its own advertising revenue goals to consider, is generally all too happy to promote these half-truths, which engender fear in those who seek alternative counsel.
Common methods of disinformation include: the results of poorly run studies trashing various alternative modalities; the professional opinion of ‘certified’ experts; and the mantra about the “lack of scientific data” when they know very well that it is they who control which data are collected in the first place.
If you’re in the system but rock the boat, consequences can be quick and severe. Dr. John Lee relates in the introduction of his book, Some Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause that his reputation initially suffered at the hands of the complex. However, he adds that the complex underestimated the power of the international women’s network regarding what works.
I call a living human being in the possession of a body an “owner”. American owners are bombarded by clever advertising schemes that encourage the consumption of injurious ingredients, whether fast foods or mainstream medicine’s latest drugs and procedures. In the case of junk food, until recently almost everyone seemed to eat them. But slowly, more owners are catching on to the fact that these processed foods are harmful. Owners have become aware that processed foodsaltered by chemicals, hormone mimics and nutrient depletionswill injure the body. The food industry’s media campaigns still tout the latest clever come on, but there are less vulnerable owners with each passing year.
Similarly, the underground healthcare revolution cultivates an awareness of the consequences that follow from our obedience to the profit-generating dictums of mainstream medicine.
My Medical History
A major breakthrough occurred when I married my wife, Brenda, about ten years ago. Brenda is a Chiropractor. Initially, I humored myself by offering her space in my office. I still remember with humility witnessing what two hands accomplish compared to my medical training for a variety of afflictions. My wife also began to instruct me in the importance of medicinal herbs, colon health, and nutritional supplements.
As often happens, part of the solution for my brainwashing was to be found right in the place where I had set up my medical practice, the Flathead Indian Reservation. I practiced for many years amongst these wonderful people before I was asked to begin praying in their lodges with them. Once the initiation began, I came to view things differently. It was a gradual process, like so many other important steps in life. So gradual, in fact, that my favorite medicine man nicknamed me ‘slow learner’.
This medicine man began to patiently teach me about the matters of the heart. To protect his privacy and ways, he shall remain anonymous. He comes from a long line of medicine people and is a full blood. He has taken no short cuts. He knows the songs, the prayers, the language and the medicines. He was a traditional Indian before it was trendy. Like the few others of his kind, he lives a lifestyle that respects all of creation.
One of his first lessons for me concerned his observation that I was a typical white person who did not know how to pray for myself. He taught me that life was a prayer. He taught me songs to sing with my prayers. Slowly I began to change. Part of the change allowed a renewed interest in how we heal from chronic degenerative disease.
About four years ago my inner voice began to say, “walk off the abyss”. Initially I clung to my comfy life and possessions. However, the internal discontent grew stronger and the inner voice cried out more often. About the time I consented to walking off the abyss into the unknown, an Amish family approached me about buying my farm. Somehow, I was able to walk away from a piece of land that I loved dearly. I sold my practice and other encumbering possessions.
While running on the beach in Oregon three months later it came to me that I was to write a book about how the body heals itself. It was really slow going at first. Looking back on it I am grateful that I was very naïve about the long and difficult task I was undertaking. During the past three and one half years, I have realized that I am one of the warriors in the transforming revolution for the empowerment of the people in regards to their healing choices. When I say that I am a warrior for health care change, I do not mean to imply I have great importance by myself. Rather, I am one of many channels through which love’s light travels through and expresses itself. I am more accurately described as Pooh Bear, in The Tao of Pooh. For some reason the angels are working through me to deliver an important message about how we heal. How we heal has little to do with the dominant medical system with regards to its treatment strategies for the diseases of middle age.
Seven Principles of Healing
The achievement of balance requires the afflicted owner’s active participation. When this first requirement continues to be ignored, symptom control medicine becomes the only treatment possibility. However, for owners willing to take an active role in their own disease solution there are many cases where the above diseases heal or at least stabilize.
The seven interrelated principles are:
The underground revolution in health care choices is particularly impacted by principle seven. This principle concerns the quality of the life energies’ integrity, an important consideration almost completely ignored by mainstream medicine because of its overwhelming preoccupation with disease and symptoms. This mainstream approach can be likened to the ‘slab of meat’ perspective. The slab of meat is all that is left when the mysterious life energies are removed from consideration. As a person and as a healer I take exception to this inhumane approach. There is more to people than their symptoms, and besides, no one wants to be treated like a slab of meat during a medical exam.
Fortunately, these important life energies form a common denominator between many alternative-healing modalities. Chiropractic, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditative prayer, and chakra energy work all, each in their own way, reinvigorate the life energy field. The life energy field improves because these modalities share something important in commonthey facilitate a release of the chaotic energies while facilitating the rhythmical energies.
I recently attended a course in Denver offered by the American Board of Holistic Medicine and sat for the exam. Unlike other medical conferences that I have attended, this group was committed to seeking the truth. Part of the course emphasized the healing power of love itself. Other parts of the course taught us about how to properly refer patients to chiropractors, acupuncturists, homeopaths, massage therapists, energy workers and herbalists.
Sometimes the messenger of truth does not possess an official title. For example, there was a medical intuitive there who could see the life energies within. She counseled numerous conference attendees and the physicians in attendance believed her.
The underground healthcare revolution bears the burden of educating those who are unaware. As in other times of exponential change, the dominant power elitists are largely unaware of the strength and conviction within the alternative health care movement. Let them slumber into oblivion. A new day is not far off.
Bill Ferril is an MD who lives in Montana. Each of these 7 principles of health is explained in his book, The Body Heals. To contact Dr. Ferril, or find out more about his book and teachings, visit his website at www.thebodyheals.com.
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