Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

TO YOUR HEALTH

Friday, January 31st, 2014

It is not an accident that in most cultures the primary toasts made at parties and during celebrations are “to your imageshealth”, “salud,” “to life,” or the equivalent. Everyone cares about being healthy and living a long and illness free life.

As a graduate student in cultural anthropology at Harvard University in the 1970s, I had the pleasure of studying with Medical Anthropologist Arthur Kleinman who was the world’s leading authority on cross-cultural indicators of successful therapies in hundreds of cultures covering myriad techniques from traditional western medicine to shamanistic practices. The extraordinary finding was that the most important factor in successful therapeutic outcomes had nothing to do with the type of practice or technique. The single most important factor was the belief the patient had in the practitioner.

What this means in terms of analyzing the “placebo effect” and understanding the true nature of both western and alternative healing is a topic that I intend to explore in a full length book that I will be co- authoring with noted medical doctor and alternative healer Dr. and Master Sha, whose Soul Healing Miracles has already sold several hundreds of thousands of copies.

As successful As Dr. Sha has been in promoting his books, which emphasize his specific techniques for teaching people to perform their own soul healing miracles, Dr. Sha has not focused on the science behind his amazing results. I have seen Dr. Sha perform medical miracles, and I do not doubt the efficacy of his techniques.  The majority of people, however, are tied to traditional western medical beliefs and practices. Many are reluctant to explore the types of interventions that Dr. Sha and other non-traditional practitioners such as Dr. Uwe Albrecht have demonstrated countless times. My goal in this new book will be to explain in everyday language what traditional scientists and medical doctors often feel is nothing more than the placebo effect. I do not believe that the placebo effect is the reason for these miracle cures and I also believe that what we often call the placebo effect is, in fact, calling on what at this time have been unmeasured but energetically real influences on healing.

Energetically, the entire universe is connected. Each of us is influenced by the energy which surrounds us. This includes not only germs, viruses and other identifiable organic entities but also non-organic and perhaps non-physical entities as well. My early research with both Dr. Sha and Dr. Albrecht indicates that there is much more to health than just controlling the production of antibodies in our glandular systems or the pulsations of our brain and nerve systems.

I am not trained in medical sciences, and although my father was a chemist, I did not ever study chemistry in college. But I do have some good background in biology and physics, both of which help me analyze some of the medical mysteries I am exploring. My goal is to write a book that anyone with a high school diploma can understand that will help people realize that ultimately they have much more control over their health than they realize.

It is not just that Obamacare is a disaster and that health costs have escalated beyond reason. We are all aging. We are all exposed to increasingly dangerous flus and illnesses. We all need to be better informed about the true nature of healing. To your health.

REFLECTION

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Year-end holidays are a time for reflection. Where have we been? Where are we going?url

We can take this time to reflect on personal achievements and goals or to reflect on universal achievements and goals. I choose to reflect upon both.

2013 has been a very good year for me personally. My book, The Power of Twelve, was published with good reviews. Our literary agency enjoyed many successes, ranging from Soul Healing Miracles by Dr. Sha to What God Said by Neale Donald Walsch, to The Crash of 2016 by Thom Hartmann, and countless other well-received best sellers. Our online course representation grew dramatically, and even our fledging Waterfront Digital Press enjoyed a number of notable successes. My family is intact and healthy. My son’s first year of marriage has created an even greater bond between him and his wife Natasha. My daughter is now engaged to her long term boyfriend, Oia.  And my relationship with Gayle is stronger than ever. Yes, it has been a very good year for me personally. (more…)

Put the Caring Back into Health Care: Medicine in America

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Last week I blogged about Dr. and Master Sha and his Soul Healing Miracles. It got me thinking about medicine in 2123984831_b421632b55America. In a nutshell, our system is a mess.

At the same time that American medicine is rightfully viewed as the  top medical system in the world in terms of technology, research, and innovation with the best trained doctors in the world, American medicine is also the most expensive, the least personal, and perhaps the most corrupt system in the world as well.  The corruption starts with Medicare and the temptation that large hospitals and medical groups have to encourage unnecessary medical tests and operations purely for financial gain. The corruption extends to drug companies, insurance companies and other components of both private and government health care providers and regulators whose goals and motives are profit and power and not the care of human beings. (more…)

HEALTH: A QUESTION OF BALANCE

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Good health is perhaps the single most important component for a happy life. With the cost of health insurance Vitacontinuing to rise and the uncertainty of the effectiveness or fairness of the Obamacare legislation, Americans are more concerned with health issues than ever before. The costs for hospital stays are astronomical and ninety percent of all health dollars are spent on medical interventions which prolong at most the last six months of life of those who receive primary hospitalization for life-threatening illnesses.

Something has gone wrong, seriously wrong with health care in America.  All Americans and all human beings should have access to basic medical care and treatment. The majority of medical care, if provided at early stages of diseases, can be cost effective and focus on preventative rather than late-stage emergency measures. Part of the problem is that our health care system functions as a profit focused business. This is true for all components of the system from individual doctors to the drug companies to hospital management companies and insurance companies. As a profit-focused business, certain health practices are encouraged whether or not they are the best ways of dealing with patients. A recent Sixty Minutes television program revealed that in many hospitals emergency room doctors were given quotas of the percentage of patients who, regardless of actual need, had to be admitted to the hospital to keep the hospital at maximum profitability. This is wrong on so many levels and ultimately unnecessary, but given our present economic system, perhaps impossible to stop or even control. (more…)