Archive for March, 2011

OVERCOMING CANCER: OVERCOMING POTENTIAL PROBLEMS WITH THE MENTAL IMAGERY PROCESS

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Some people are more visual than others; they think in images. Some people tend to sense things. Others feel things. Some think in words. Because of these individual differences, we have found that when we use the word “see” in our instructions to the mental imagery process, some people might instead “feel” what it is like to be well. When we would say, “See yourself becoming well,” they might have the “sensation” of energy and health. It has become increasingly clear to us that a person should stay with the process or way of thinking that he or she is most comfortable with, rather than trying to become primarily visual. In the long run, all types of thinking tend to intertwine. A person who is mostly visual will begin to become more feeling, and a person who is more feeling will begin to become more visual. Permit yourself to operate first in the sense that is most natural to you.
Another problem we have found to be very common during mental imagery is the tendency for a person’s mind to wander. This often represents a lack of concentration, which can be aggravated by certain medications, by pain, or fear. From time to time it is a problem that affects everyone using the process regularly. One of the most effective ways for dealing with distraction is to stop the process and ask yourself what is going on: “Why is my mind wandering?” Pursue that line of thought for a short time, perhaps five minutes. Then focus back on the exercise and go through it with whatever degree of success you can attain.
A third difficulty is the feeling that saying the cancer is “shrinking” is actually lying to yourself. We’ve heard statements such as, “I’ve got a cancer growing on my shoulder, I can feel it, it’s not possible for me to see it shrinking when I know it’s growing bigger.” The problem here is a confusion about the purpose of the mental imagery process. We are attempting to help the patient visualize the desired outcome, not what may be happening at the time. It is possible to picture the cancer shrinking even when in reality it may be growing; you are picturing in your mind what you want to come about. Understanding this distinction is very important. Mental imagery is not a method of self-deception; it is a method for self-direction.
Now that you know the basic relaxation/mental imagery process, the next chapter will help you interpret and develop specific mental images so that you can understand your underlying beliefs about cancer and create a more positive expectancy for recovery.
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ARTHRITIS: AVOID FOODS WITH THE WRONG OILS

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Much has been said favouring oils for arthritics. In the last chapter, for instance, we learned to keep acids away from the lubricating oils in our bodies— and why this is essential if we expect to recover from arthritis.
Most of this book has been urging you to add more oils to your system. Before anyone gains the impression that they should eat every oil-bearing food in sight, perhaps the time has come to remind you that there are “bad” oils, too.
To rid yourself of arthritis takes more than just eating chunks of fat. Such food can contain “wrong oils” which can clog your blood-vessel “pipelines.” This is worse than gaining no oils at all. If you select oily substances which are incorrect, they will do little except add to your weight, create excess energy (fat) or even lead to high blood pressure, gall-bladder trouble or heart disease.
So, we must know how to differentiate between the very specific oils we need for lubrication and just any oil at all.
Here is a helpful chart which arthritics should consult to recognise the “wrong” oil in foods.
THE WRONG OILS (FOR ARTHRITICS)
All meat fats        all vegetable oils
(Eat lean meat instead!)
AVOID PARTICULARLY
Bacon fat        all substitutes for butter
Cold cut meat fat    Avocado oil
Corned beef fat    Corn oil
Ham fat        Cottonseed oil
Lamb fat        Olive oil
Pork chop fat        Peanut butter
Veal fat        Soya bean oil
Lard
MINERAL OIL
Any oil with sugar in it
Avoiding the oils in the foods listed above will play a deciding role in how long it will take an arthritic to become well.
Until now, most people probably thought that oil is oil, good for energy only. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Dr. P. Hawk is one expert who has done much to prove that all oils are not alike in their value to the body. In his book, Practical Physiological Chemistry, Dr. Hawk makes an outstanding contribution to medicine. Among other things, he says in effect: THAT DIETARY OIL IS UNIQUE IN ITS POTENTIAL POSSIBILITIES BECAUSE IT CAN BY-PASS THE LIVER.
The Right Oils, and How They Work for You
Having learned which oily foods to ignore, we will now go on to name the best foodstuffs. But just before we do, let us consult Dr. Hawk’s findings on why dietary oils are good for you. He made the following points … we are restating now in our own words. . . .
WHAT THE RIGHT OILS WILL DO FOR YOUR BODY
Serve as a vehicle to introduce the oil-soluble vitamins, A, D, and E.
Influence the rate of calcification in bones and other tissues.
Aid in the digestion and absorption of other foods.
Repair organic damage, as well as regenerating new tissues.
Carry vitamin K, the anti-haemorrhage substance, into the liver.
With all these benefits—the five described above, plus many more—all of us should seek out the right oil-bearing foods and make them a part of our daily diet.
Where can we find the correct oil ingredients? Here are six of the best sources, in the order of their effectiveness.
THE RIGHT OILS (FOR ARTHRITICS)
Cod-liver oil.
Milk.
Eggs (soft boiled).
Butter.
Certain fish.
Cheddar cheese.
The shortness of this chapter should not mislead you. The past few paragraphs hold tremendous significance for your future. The conflict between right and wrong oils has bearing on more ailments than just arthritis. It is our firm belief that scientists, in years to come, will discover that oil deficiencies and oil tensions are factors in 80 per cent, of the diseases which kill mankind.
Why let your cells become disorganised, your blood vessels suffer occlusion, and general mayhem run wild in your body? Choose the right oils—they are so few in number—and practise common-sense dietary habits.
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SCHIZOPHRENIA: PROCESS STRUCTURE

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

It is difficult to understand Herr E. in terms of conscious and unconscious, for everything he does seems to be unconscious. If, however, we resist using these terms, we can ask questions with more quantitative answers. What process does he identify himself with? What process does he experience as being outside of himself or as happening to him?
He identifies himself as being on vacation. He doesn’t like working and has no time for it. He is angry at the authorities for not giving him money for vacation. This ‘vacationer’ let us say, is his primary process, the one he identifies with.
His secondary process, the process with which he is in conflict and which he experiences as, happening to him from the outside, is the ‘unhealthy’ social worker. The authorities are sick, steal from him and need help. The vacationer is well but the authorities, in his opinion, are sick. It is important that Herr E. sees only the ‘others’ as ill; he, as the vacationer, is in order. We will return to this statement later on.
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