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Let me try to explain what is happening in your body now. Maybe that will help you understand what is happening to you, and why you might feel the way you do.

Whenever the body has something in it that it finds NOT normal: i.e. the way the body is meant to be, your body's circulatory system brings extra fluid to the area to flush out the free radicals, toxins, etc. This process is called the inflammatory process.

It will happen anywhere in our bodies, i.e. knees...when we don't have enough natural lubricant, ears...when there is some type of irritation (Meniere's). Pain centers...Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, when our bodies can't produce enough insulin to neutralize the extra sugar we eat.

When we are healthy, the body has lots of natural fighters known as "anti-oxidants" which it gets from food and water and a good environment, moderate exercise, rest, etc.

Once all these situations change.. and a few of the changes are:
food has no real nutritional value any longer (transportation,
chemicals added, plus..), too much exercise, environmental pollution, drugs to correct the problems, chemicals in foods or hormones in animals.... sometimes the body gets confused and "eats itself" (auto-immune condition)

In most cases, you HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THIS.

So the natural thing for your body to do is to try and remove these challenges.

However eventually your body's own army, your IMMUNE SYSTEM, is overwhelmed and can't cope any longer. It has now depleted its store of anti-oxidants and its support: it needs help.

Most people, in good faith, will go to a doctor, get a prescription and try to correct the problem that way. These drugs will help in the short run, but again increase the burden of the body's defense system. So it must now try to neutralize those free radicals as well.

So many of have turned to "health food supplements" or someone tells us about antioxidants that could help. And, we, in good faith eat them and feel better. So then along comes another problem: you add yet another specific "natural" remedy/product and this one is looked after.

That's OK, but these products in most cases will only look after a specific problem.. NOT THE WHOLE BODY!

So after a while, there are too many problems and so many "natural solutions" that they are creating their own problem. I don't know if you know that, but this industry it unregulated. A product can be called "natural" if it contains as little as only 4% natural ingredients.

Let me give you a ridiculous example. Someone decides to cash in on the fitness market and make a nutritional supplement. They find an ingredient like Ginkgo, place 4 teaspoons of Ginkgo into a pail, add 96 teaspoons of sawdust (an exaggeration, of course!), stir it up, and sell it as "natural Ginkgo". Some people and companies use totally useless fillers to do just that.

That's why so many products are so cheap. They don't need to use good ingredients: they will sell without them, if the advertising is "loud enough".

So what would be helpful for our bodies to do to get back to some semblance of health?

1)  Remove the known causes of damage to our bodies
2)  Give things that help in removing the results of the causes
..i.e. the fluid build-up.

3)  Give added "help" via strong anti-oxidants to help heal and
build up the immune system so it can do its original work.

4)  Prevent further problems. Stay on a maintenance dose of a
total system. Make sure that whatever you use, has chosen to work under strict federal laws to ensure quality and high standards.

5)  Make sure it meets "pharmaceutical grade" standards.  Ideally it would be listed in the Physicians Desk Reference, the guide book used by Doctors, Pharmacists and other medical professionals to check the quality of the products that are eligible to be included.  Very high government and Medical standards MUST be met before ANY product can be listed in the Physicians Desk Reference.
Now none of these problems and disease and conditions came on overnight: hence the solutions won't happen that quickly, either. But with all additional help, the healing will happen MUCH more quickly than the problem took to get you sick or "unwell".
So how will high quality nutritional supplements help specifically?

The basic philosophy is to treat the entire body with a top source of nutrition, but researchers also know that an unhealthy body needs more than just the basics to get back to its "near" original state. That's why the other, more specific products were needed.

Once everything is functioning well again, the underlying problem, if it is fairly minor, will probably be eliminated.

However, things like arthritis, Meniere's Disease, and Diabetes will be there. BUT a person would be much more able and willing to live with those results, and with smaller drug doses, or just a special diet.
So how specifically would high quality nutritional supplements work to alleviate the Menieres problems?
1)  Known cause: Look if any of the "offending" items are present.. A few are: food has no real nutritional value, too much exercise, environmental pollution, drugs to correct the problems, chemicals in foods or hormones in animals.
2)  Give things that help in removing the results of the causes ..i.e. the fluid build-up. give added "help" via strong anti-infammatories: that's to help the body get rid of the extra fluid that it created to "flush out" the enemy/ free radicals. In David's case, the doctor suggested a combined powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
3)  Give added "help" via strong anti-oxidants to help heal and build up the immune system so it can do its original work.  The two doctors suggested a whole system of nutritional supplements because they know what the body needs. (David and I didn't create this: the 2 Doctors David was working with did.)
4)  Prevent further problems. Stay on a maintenance dose of a total system. Make sure that whatever you use, has chosen to work under strict federal laws to ensure quality and high standards. Make sure it meets "pharmaceutical grade" standards", and is listed in the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR).

High Quality vitamins and minerals need to provide complete, balanced, AND OPTIMUM nutrition. They help to feed our bodies with everything it could need, in the way it can use it right away. They act as a doorway and allow the rest of the "elements" to work in harmony and in balance.

Strong anti-oxidants are designed to provide extra "fighting power". They neutralize the free radicals and it also act as a very strong anti-inflammatory, which draws fluid away from the cells.

Ginkgo brings extra blood circulating to the brain and head, flushing more toxins and free radicals out of the cells, and leaving behind the healing antioxidants. Certain varieties also have an added ingredient that helps with make your memory a bit better.

Calcium helps with bone growth. The middle ear has three tiny bones that must work in unison. They have to be strong and healthy in order to transmit the sounds and vibrations so we can hear what is going on around us.

This is a very simplistic overview of the whole mechanism of healing. I hope it helps you understand this just a little and give you hope for a brighter future. 

Courtesy of Karin Henderson

By Jimmy Scott, Ph.D.

In the course of following a nutritional program for allergies or other problems, many people experience uncomfortable symptoms. This is known as healing reaction. The most common symptom my clients report is a temporary reduction in energy. They may find themselves sleeping longer, perhaps as much as 12 hours a night. Some people also report aches and pains in various parts of the body, digestive system disturbances such as gas , constipation, or diarrhea, or other miscellaneous complaints.
These symptoms occur because the body is ridding itself of the substances that have been making it toxic - not only the materials that have accumulated in the colon, but also the antibodies and other substances that have built up in the individual cells, interfering with their normal functioning. As these substances are ejected out of the tissues, they are dumped into the system, making the body temporarily more toxic until they can be excreted. This is partly what produces the symptoms of the healing reaction. This effect is accentuated by the body's process of tearing apart defective tissues, repairing damaged cells, destroying parasites or infective agents, and otherwise producing debris from the re-construction.
I find that the more severe the individual's condition (the more toxic his or her body is), the stronger will be the healing reaction. Because the healing reaction is caused by the flushing of toxins out of the cells, the strength of the reaction also depends on how carefully the individual is following the recommended nutritional program. The more correctly the program is followed, the stronger will be the healing reaction.

Often in the course of the healing process old symptoms temporarily reappear. Why should people have to go back through these old problems in the course of getting better? I believe that the specific symptoms that a person experiences at any given time depend on the balance among the various biochemical substances in the body. For example, when a person is perfectly healthy there is a certain ration between Substance A and Substance B in the tissue. When this ratio gets out of balance to a certain degree, the person may feel fatigue. /When the imbalance is greater, a headache may occur, when it is greater still, the person may develop insomnia, and so on.
One reason people most re-experience symptoms as they get healthier is that in order to progress from, say, a 100:1 imbalance to a 1:1 balance, they have to go back through 99:1, 98:1, and so forth,and as they go through each phase they experience the symptoms associated with that particular level of imbalance.
Biochemist John Eck has pursued a similar line of thought in his research on mineral nutrients. Using hair analysis Eck has suggested the optimal levels for some of the principal minerals in the body. On the basis of the ratios among these minerals, Eck is able to estimate how efficiently the thyroid and adrenal glands are functioning, and hence to predict an individual's metabolic energy level.
Of course in actuality a person's symptoms would not depend on the ratio between just two substances, but among hundreds of different things. If a person gets stuck at some level he will get stuck in the symptoms for that level. This helps to explain the basis of the chronic illnesses from which so many people suffer.
I like to picture the healing process as going up a flight of stairs. At the top of the stairs, the energy is balanced. All the nutrients are present in their proper ratios, and the body is functioning properly. When someone's health begins to deteriorate, he moves down the stairs, and at each step along the way he experiences a specific kind of symptom - perhaps less energy at one step, headaches a little further down, an ulcer still further, and so on. As the body begins to heal itself once again, the person begins to move back up the stairs, and re experiences the symptoms associated with these various levels of health.
The experience of one of my clients illustrates how difficult the healing process can be. When Mona first came to my office, she hobbled along on a cane, moving with difficulty and in constant pain. Her arthritis had developed rapidly, and she looked ten years older than she was, in spite of the hopeless prognosis she had received from numerous health professionals. Mona was a fighter and was determined to overcome her affliction. Her high motivation helped her to follow closely the program we worked out for her. Now, only a year later, Mona is almost over her arthritis. She threw away her cane months ago.
This transformation was not an easy process, however. In the course of healing her body, Mona experienced a lengthy series of symptoms, which most people, unaware of the healing process, would have interpreted as getting sicker. Mona had very low energy for a long time. At times she had severely swollen ankles, feet, and legs. She hobbled even more, for a while, than originally! She had an assortment of aches and pains which would drive most people to their physician for pain killers and tranquilizers. She had been warned, however, that she would re-experience many symptoms from years before, and soon she discovered that as these symptoms abated, the affected body part became as good as new.


Experiencing such healing reactions can be very distressing for many people, because we are taught in our society that, symptoms are somehow bad. Although it is tempting to take pain killers, antihistamines, or other drugs when uncomfortable symptoms occur in the course of healing, it is very important to follow the prescribed program correctly and to do nothing to interfere with the healing process. If in the past an individual went through a period of pain, taking pain killers or other drugs at this point to relieve the symptoms actually prolongs the discomfort.
You see, aspirin and antihistamines work by blocking the prostaglandins - chemical substances found throughout the body which regulate many bodily functions and metabolic processes. Generally the prostaglandins work in opposing pairs. One, for example, may produce inflammation and swelling in response to the specific stimulus, while another undoes these reactions. When a person takes aspirin or an antihistamine to stop an uncomfortable reaction, he may not experience the pain or inflammation, but he also does not get the healing process that undoes the reason for the pain and inflammation. He has achieved a stalemate rather than a cure.
One of my clients, Alice , has had many years history of pain, and is now going through a lot of healing reactions, including "spasms" in her digestive system. Although I have explained to Alice that she must go back through her painful symptoms in order to be cured, she insists that something must be wrong. When she has pain, she stops taking her supplements and uses medication to reduce her spasm. It is a real dilemma for her because she really is in pain, and she believes that it is not good to experience pain. Unfortunately, by blocking the pain with an inappropriate medication she is keeping herself from getting healed. And so she is going back and forth, keeping herself at precisely the level where she is bound to have the pain.

When healing reactions are very troublesome, we can usually do something to help. Some herbal remedies relieve symptoms with out interfering with the healing process. For example, white willow bark contains a different chemical form of salicylic acid than aspirin, so that it blocks only the inflammation chain of the prostaglandins and not the healing chain. This illustrates why natural substances are preferable to synthetic drugs in the long run.
The dosage of certain supplements can also be adjusted to slow down the rate at which the healing process takes place. When my clients have uncomfortably strong healing reactions, I cut down on the dosage of some of their tissue extracts. This slows down the healing process. The uncomfortable symptoms are less intense, but the healing process is also more prolonged. As the person's body becomes detoxified, we can once again increase the tissue extract dosage until it is being taken at optimal dosage.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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