I am elbow deep working on several health collages… I’ve got some good ones for you, including the Immune System (thank you Gabrielle for the recommendation!)… Fibromyalgia… Ear… Eye… Knee and Hip… but none are ready to show you just yet.
So in the meantime, I had a thought on health that I was discussing with my kids yesterday. I was out and about with them, driving in the car, and somehow we were talking about antibiotics. I made the point to them that antibiotics are not what heals you… the antibiotics work to slow down the replication process of the bacteria, which gives your body time to fight the infection its self.
I wanted to be sure my kids *knew* deep in their soul that it was them doing all the healing, not the medicine. The medicine holds the infection at bay while YOUR BODY does the actual healing. Your body is the one that clears the infection, excretes and eliminates the toxins, heals the cells and replaces old or dead tissue with fresh tissue.
And as we were talking about this, I thought, this would be a great point to make on my blog. Because while it is *simple* information that many (and probably even most) of us know… it is really important to remember and remind ourselves of this time and again. Most patients that I saw in clinical practice, most patients that doctors see in general, hold the mis-belief that it is the antibiotic or the surgery that is curing them. They want the drug or the referral or the surgery. They believe it is the key to regain a connection to health.
Nope. It is always you. The SELF is the only thing that can heal you, in fact, it’s the only thing that ever HAS healed you. Every drug and even every vitamin is just one factor in the mix that tips the scales towards helping you heal. It might help by boosting your immune system. It might help by decreasing blood flow to an area of inflammation. Or by slowing the replication of infectious organisms. Or by surgically removing a lump or tumor. But NO surgery, NO pill, NO vitamin, NO cream or lotion is the thing that is actually healing you. It is creating the best possible environment to allow healing, while YOU YOURSELF HEAL YOURSELF.
You are the one allowing the health and healing to flow. You are the master of the switch. You conduct the energy. *You* are the one making new, healthy cells to replace the diseased ones. You are the one re-establishing the natural equilibrium in your own body.
Without your body healing itself, no amount of medicine can make you better. Without your body healing itself, no surgery can fix you. Without your body healing it’s self, no vitamin can sustain you. If your body is not healing itself, nothing can.
If you have a tumor, a surgeon can remove it, and you can go on chemotherapy… and that is wonderful, as it clears out as much diseased cells as possible… but it is you, always you, who has the power to fully heal from the disease. You are the one who grows healthy cells to replace the diseased cells. Your body is the one that recovers it’s own equilibrium.
If you have an infection, but you have no immune system, there is no antibiotic on earth that can save you. Doctors could hook up twenty simultaneous IV’s with liquid antibiotics pouring into you, but nothing will help. Eventually, the infection will take over. This happens again and again. Unfortunately I saw it myself while working in the ICU… there is just no antibiotic that can fully clear an infection without help from your own immune system. Doctors rely on YOUR body to clean up the infection. On YOUR body to rebuild new cells. On YOUR body to recover.
If you have a cut, there are no amount of stitches that a doctor can sew into you that will heal the wound without YOUR body healing it. The stitches might hold the wound together, but it is YOUR body that makes the first tenuous connective tissue threads that bond the tissue back together. It is your vasculature that re-establishes blood flow through the tissue. It is your skin that is made new.
If you have a broken bone, there are no amount of pins or steel rods that heal your bone. No thickness of cast can re-fuse the broken pieces back together. Doctors rely on YOUR bones to mend themselves. They may use pins, plates, brackets or rods to fuse them together, but the bones are still broken unless your bones heal together.
This is so important. It makes YOU the boss. It gives YOU the power. It makes medicines and surgeries and supplements YOUR CHOICE. You are the ulitmate healer here. Whether you find healing in this body, or whether you find ultimate healing in leaving this body, you will always always restore yourself to well being.
And it gives you confidence in your self. Because you can go back, and make an endless list of all the injuries you’ve had in your life, and you can remind yourself that *you* have healed *yourself* every time. Each of us, has healed *ourselves* from an infinitely long list of damage and injury to our own body. So you know you can and do heal yourself on a daily basis. It is a *truth*, and you can hold this truth and turn it into a *knowing* about yourself. You heal yourself every single day.
You don’t need to know how. You just need to allow the healing to occur.
Every stubbed toe, you have healed. Every paper cut, your body has healed. Every cold or infection, your body has healed its self. A million times that you haven’t even been aware, your body has healed and returned itself to a healthy equilibrium before you have even been aware of the injury. Or the infection that entered your body but was cleared before you ever had a single symptom.
Every time you have had an infection and taken an antibiotic… don’t you dare give the antibiotic credit. YOU have HEALED YOURSELF. The antibiotic has given you time. The antibiotic has put the bacteria at a disadvantage. But you have done the healing.
So you know, no matter what it is you face, this is what you do. This is natural for you. You can (and should) accept any help that *feels right to you*… in the form of surgeries, medicines, vitamins, supplements… whatever feels right will work in HARMONY with your natural flow of well-being. If your flow of well-being stops, there is no surgery, no pill, nothing that restores that. Only you.
Your body is meant for this. It’s what it does best. Every single cell in your body is working at this very moment to restore a state of health and equilibrium that feels best to it. That’s it’s full time job.
Armed with this information, trusting in your own body on it’s deepest level, and seeing medications and surgeries and supplements as the *supporting staff* only, helpful, but not what truly heals you… this framework gives you the most accurate, and the most powerful, stance from which to allow healing to flow.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Is it comforting or scary? Is there a time when you know you have healed yourself, or do you prefer to feel this healing channeling through something more tangible, like a pill or a lotion? When have you overcome your biggest health hurdle? What helped the most, at that time? xoxo