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The Intelligent Treatment Approach For The Patient Diagnosed With Any Cancer – Part 2

By:  Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

Rules of Medicine:

  1. Do no harm!
  2. Doctors cannot cure, but patients can heal
  3. A physician’s function is to help the patient’s innate ability to heal
  4. A successful bond between practitioner and patient facilitates the desired outcome
  5. Medicine is an art not a science because people are unique
  6. Medical treatment should be designed for the individual patient, not vice versa

Have you ever wondered why traditional medicine needs to have a diagnosis? The reason is that doctors are not trained to treat patients, they are trained to treat a diagnosis. Thus, the focus of traditional medicine is the diagnosis and that dictates the protocols used and that is determined by the billing codes.  The problem here is they are not addressing the underlying cause that resulted in the diagnosis.

In Part 2 of this series, we are going to look at how traditional medicine approaches cancer and why I believe it is not the best approach for patients.

My Observations: Medicine is the second largest industry in America. Ever since medicine was permitted to direct market to the American general public, there has been a slow, methodical, targeted indoctrination of the general populous that illness is normal and to be expected.  Additionally, I believe the idea of cures is being shelved in exchange for the belief that only chronic consumption of pharmaceuticals is the path for longevity. It is almost un-American to be healthy.

There is a push to limit and control our choices, but let us take a deep breath and look at some interesting observations.  When I was conceived in 1954, pregnant women drank, smoked, and partied and the vast majority of these babies were unaffected. People survived infections and illness without drugs, vaccines or technology. People actually interacted with one another without washing their hands and applying hand sanitizer.  These practices are virtually unheard of in today’s world.  We have been effectively programed to fear everything as a potential threat to our health and, as a result, our bodies have been exposed to nothing.

Your immune system is what keeps you healthy, not the traditional doctors or the drugs and vaccines they push.  When you are exposed to bacteria, viruses and germs, this is a chance for your immune system to attack it.  In doing so, you build up immunity to it in the event you are exposed to it in the future.  If you don’t allow your immune system to do the job it is designed to do, you leave it and yourself defenseless.

You probably have realized by now that I am not your traditional medical doctor nor do I believe in treating a diagnosis, especially when it is cancer.  The following is my view on traditional medicine.  I come to these conclusions based on my medical training, my traditional and holistic medical background, on my personal experiences and through my patients’ experiences.

  1. Treatment Focus: diagnosis based protocol – mainstream medicine, through billing codes, does not value the patient’s participation. Correction, the patient’s participation is limited to arriving on time and doing what he or she is told to do, preferably with little questioning. What the patient thinks or does is marginalized in this treatment plan since the sole focus of mainstream medicine is the eradication of cancer at all cost. Additionally, the keystone narrative is that the doctor through drugs (chemotherapy), procedures (surgery) or technology (radiation) is the patient’s only hope for a cure. Nevertheless, advertisers are now beginning to push narrative that cancer is a chronic, incurable, malady, for which chronic use of chemotherapy is the only way to prolong your life.
  2. Diet: Eat whatever you want and consume as many calories as possible. They feel that caloric intake is more valuable to treatment outcome than a quality diet of organic whole foods. It is common for patients treated in world class cancer institutions to be counseled on the erroneous belief that diet, including the consumption of sugar, will not affect their ability to conquer cancer. Nothing could be further from the truth! A simple question to any oncologist will prove this point. Why does the P.E.T., positronic emission test, scan use a glucose based molecule as the carrier to light up cancer cells so they are visible?  The answer is that cancer has an affinity for sugar but they will not tell you that. It is not uncommon for oncology services to offer cola, candies, donuts and other simple sugar laden food products and snacks to their patients who are receiving chemotherapy.
  3. Hospital-based nutritionists: While hospitals do employ nutritionists, I believe they do not offer sound recommendations to the cancer patients. Certain pharmaceutically sourced oral nutrition products that are billable, i.e. Boost and Ensure, are provided to patients. These products are very high in simple sugars, thus harmful to the patient as it feeds the cancer. It appears to me that their nutritional advice is limited to insurance reimbursable products versus introducing and educating them to organic alkaline meals. I suspect that if there was a reimbursement code for nutritional education, hospitals and private clinics would jump on that as well.
  4. Surgery: regrettably an all too common story is that a full body work up is done postoperatively. There appears to be a rush to ‘cut body parts’ when a cancer is diagnosed. Let’s take an example: a lumpectomy is recommended for a woman with a malignant breast lesion. Breast cancers regrettably have a propensity to metastasize, spreading to bones, lungs, liver and brain. However, often a lumpectomy is performed prior to a full body P.E.T. scan that can confirm the extent of the disease progression. A full medical history is imperative before undergoing surgery. There is a measurement for this activity, the higher the S.U.V., standard uptake values, the more activity. I normally order a P.E.T. scan from the skull to mid-thigh, this provides a base line which I think is important for most patients. For my wife, I would order the P.E.T. scan prior to any intervention. Why? What is the purpose of the lumpectomy if there is/are metastasis? If lymph nodes are involved, or positive, i.e. elevated SUV, you are stage four (iv) and a lumpectomy will not benefit her but may, instead, aggravate the growth rate of the other sites.

When it comes to pancreatic cancers, pancreaticoduodenectomy or Whipple procedure, is the intervention most often discussed. This procedure involves the removal of part of the stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, and part of the pancreas.  The stomach is then reattached to the small intestine and the remaining part of pancreas to another part of the small intestine, as is the common bile duct. The procedure completely alters the patient’s ability to digest food properly. Normally the amount of pancreatic secretions as well as bile is determined at the junction of the stomach, pancreas, liver and gallbladder in the duodenum. The Whipple places the liver and pancreas at a different location from the emptying of the stomach contents. The addition of acid neutralizing and, digestive enzymes and bile to the stomach treated food is out of sync with the digestive sequence.

There are natural ways to mediate this problem, however, most patients are unaware of them. I have met many patients who underwent this procedure and neither the surgeon or the G.I. doctor informed them about these consequences or how to manage them. This is what I often reference as body part medicine.  Traditional medicine is compartmentalized and disjointed. Each doctor addresses his/her organ or system and ignores the rest.

In Part 3 of this series, I will discuss how I approach cancer and why I believe it offers the patient real and lasting results.

 

 

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The Courage to Seek Other Options

By:  Mark Wilson, PCC

 

As a Patient Care Coordinator at Utopia Wellness, I have the opportunity of working closely with Dr. Garcia.  I absolutely love my job; I love working with people and watching their journey of healing.  My job is to speak with those looking for information about our holistic approach.  Every day Utopia Wellness receives inquiries from people all over the world.  They are inquiring about our clinic because they have just been given the news they have cancer.  At that moment they are typically in fear and facing pressure from their doctors to start chemotherapy as well as being given a time frame of life expectancy and odds of survival and so on.

 

My job is to not only inform them of our program but to calmly change the context of the situation.  I commend them for having the courage to seek out another option other than chemotherapy or radiation; to explore a way other than what most people think is the only treatment.   I let them know that they are in control; the fear, the pressure doesn’t have to be the motivating factor.  Just the opposite, the person reaching out to us, is taking their power back and seeking a path they feel will be best for them.  The secret is listening to yourself; your gut instincts.  Find a direction that feels right to you- and embrace it fully.  Attitude is everything; that same courage that had them Googling alternative cancer treatment is the same courage that gives them the strength to pack their bags and move across the country for several weeks and attend our clinic. To take such a big step requires trust in yourself.

 

The first step to treatment at Utopia Wellness is a consultation with Dr. Garcia which can be done in the clinic or by telephone, as most are, considering our patients come from throughout the world.  For those with a cancer diagnosis, the consultation is complimentary; Dr. Garcia actually donates his time so that these people have a chance to hear another side to the story from what their conventional doctors are telling them.  Which as previously stated, is to start chemotherapy or radiation immediately as if there is NO other choice.  I suggest anyone who calls me to take advantage of this offer; even if it’s just a “fact finding mission”.

 

Alternative medicine is about education because this type of medicine is patient driven; they take an active role in their healing.  The body can heal if given the right tools and environment starting with the way you think.  I always tell people gather all the information you can, take advantage of all the consultations available and then pick a direction that resonates within you.  Whether they choose Utopia Wellness or somewhere else, I tell them to fully commit to their choice and embrace it.  I just want to see people heal regardless of how they get there.

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What is “Energy” in the Field of Medicine And Why Is It So Important

By: Elizabeth aka “Tweet”

When you look in the dictionary for the definition of energy this is what you’ll see:

“The strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity. Vitality, vigor, life, liveliness, animation, vivacity, spirit, fire, passion, zeal.” When you ask the ancient healers and religious texts to define human energy, they’re definition goes something like this: Life force, Aura, Prana, Chi, Breath of Life . . .

Scientists had for the most part, discounted this notion that we have this unseen “energy field” until 1939 when Semyon Kirlian accidentally discovered an “electrical coronal discharge” that emanates around every living thing. There were others before him as early as 1889 that were able to capture this energy field on film but it became famous and known as Kirlian Photography in 1939. Because of this discovery, scientists could no longer discount these “silly” ancient beliefs that we have an energy field, an aura that exists not only in us but also surrounds us and can at times extend out several feet from our physical body.

Although the ancient healers have known about this energy field for many centuries, now with the help of Kirlian Photography, we can actually see with our own two eyes the magnificence of these energy fields and how they change depending on not only our health, but also our thoughts, yes you heard me correctly. Our thoughts have a tremendous effect on our energy field. The healthier & happier we are, the more expansive, symmetrical and colorful our energy field gets. However, if we are ill or upset, our energy field diminishes in size and get holes in it which then allows our energy to leak out of us. This was proven by taking before and after Kirlian photographs of a person’s hands. The photos clearly demonstrated the dramatic changes in a person’s energy field if happy, relaxed, and refreshed versus sad, angry, worried or tired.

Masaru Emoto was a Japanese author and scientist (1943-2014) who said that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. In his ground breaking research he was able to show the world that the energy of certain words and thoughts changed the molecular structure of water, that a negative word changed clean healthy water into polluted water and positive words changed polluted water into clean water. The human body is made up of approximately 70% water. So if you look up Kirlian Photography images of the human body and Masaru Emoto’s water experiment photos on the internet you will start to understand the gravity of the impact our thoughts and feelings have on our health.

In mainstream medicine there have been numerous studies done by establishments such as Harvard Medical, the American Heart Association and the British Journal of Surgery that showed not only the quality of outcome from major health crisis’s but also the amount of reoccurrences after the original health crisis depended on the emotional and mental state of the patients. They found there was a marked difference of success between those with a healthy state of mind and those suffering from depression, resentment, bitterness, loneliness, regret, grief, loss of joy, worry, anxiety, fear, guilt, loss of love, disconnected spiritually, betrayed, etc.

Knowing this deeply intertwined connection between the soul and the body therefore must play an important part of our healing journey. When we see a person with an illness that has affected their liver or gall bladder, we must not only look at the possible physical causes, we also need to look at what has occurred in their life that left them with anger, resentment or bitterness. Lungs or large intestines and colon issues are affected by sadness, grief, guilt and regret. Kidneys and bladder are affected by fear, anxiety and worry. There are more emotions that affect each of these organs along with every other part of our anatomy but these are the most common. In fact, there is no part of our body that is not affected by our thoughts and feelings be it good emotions or bad, they matter greatly.

Mainstream American medicine wants us to believe that breast cancer for example is genetic or due to estrogen. However, if you explore the woman’s life (usually within a few years prior to her cancer diagnosis), you will find she has not overcome an incident of betrayal. Chinese medicine has known and understood the integral relationship between the mind and body and our health for 8,000 years. Many years ago, I wasn’t feeling well so I went to my M.D. and he did bloodwork. It came back showing I had elevated liver enzymes but he could find no explanation for this imbalance. A friend recommended an acupuncturist. On my first visit, she felt some pulse points on my wrists and looked at my tongue and then said my liver was out of balance followed by asking “what was I so angry about?”. Seriously! I looked at her with astonishment wondering how could she know that without knowing me. I happened to be going through a bitter divorce at the time. This was my first Holy Cow moment that got me to look much closer at this mind body connection thing because I thought I was “handling” everything just fine. I went to work every day with a smile on my face and I told everyone I was doing “just fine” even though under the surface I was hurt and angry.

So when we have an ache or pain or illness, instead of blowing it off to something “outside” of ourselves, outside of our “control”, bad luck, or bad genetics. Perhaps it is time to look deeply within ourselves and ask our self with an honest open heart, “what have I been thinking about, what have I been feeling, what am I not at peace with in my life?” Whether the answer lies in my past or in my present life, please trust me when I tell you, It Matters, It Matters greatly and your body’s ability to heal will depend on healing your mind, your body and your soul.

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The Intelligent Treatment Approach For The Patient Diagnosed With Any Cancer

By: Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

Cancer 101: Please think of cancer as a house on fire that is being fed by gas pipes attached to the gas reserves of the city. Mainstream medicine comes to the fire and just sees the fire, pouring thousands of gallons of water on it to no avail. At Utopia Wellness, we arrive at the same fire and look first to identify what is causing the fire. We see the gas lines feeding the fire and shut them off, then we proceed to put out the fire.

Since 1950, cancer rates for the general population (excluding lung and stomach cancer – see note) have risen at a rate of about 1.2 percent per year, with extraordinary increases in certain cancers, including cancers of male and female sexual organs, notably the breast (up 52%), prostate (up 134%), and testis (up 125%). Additionally, kidney (up 116%), liver (up 88%), brain (up 74%), and thyroid (up 102%), as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (up 172%) and multiple myelomas (up 183%) (Miller et al. 1993).

Clearly mainstream medicine has failed in the area of cancer prevention. We must not confuse diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy, mammograms, PSA tests and the like with prevention. These procedures are designed to identify or confirm the presence of a disease process already developed. Prevention on the other hand, is a therapeutic process that reduces and/or eliminates the contributing factors to the disease process in order to maintain health and wellness.

Traditional mainstream medicine is aimed at intervention after a problem develops. The model is akin to: use it, abuse it, break it and then go to the doctor to prescribe a pill or procedure that will fix it. There is no emphasis placed on understanding why it occurred and instructing the patient on how to prevent a recurrence.

In my opinion, mainstream medicine does not understand how cancer develops, how to treat it, and how to reduce the incidence of cancer. For nearly a century, Chemotherapy has been their treatment of choice. Yet, as stated in the first paragraph, the incidence of cancer continues to grow at alarming rates. Several years ago, I came across a published article that demonstrates that chemotherapy does little to improve survival rates www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15630849. Additionally, an insight into accepted pharmaceutical statistics are best explained in: “Not credible: a subversion of science by the pharmaceutical industry”. I encourage all of you to read these!

Utopia Wellness’s approach to cancer is developing a treatment plan specifically tailored for each patient. We use natural compounds designed to fortify the patient’s immune system, oxygenate the body, alkalize the body through dietary changes and detoxification and most importantly identify what is fueling the cancer. At Utopia Wellness we understand that cancer is not the problem but the symptom.

In my 25 years of experience and education in the field of alternative cancer treatments, I have determined that there are numerous contributors to cancer development including toxins, lifestyle choices, and diet. However, I believe there are two primary causes for any cancer:

  • Dental issues such as root canal filled teeth, incorrectly extracted teeth resulting in cavitations or part of the root system left behind, abscesses, and a history of poor dentition.
  • Emotional issues: I believe it is fair to say that everyone diagnosed with cancer is somewhat traumatized emotionally, i.e. anger, fear, why me and others. Ryke Geerd Hamer, M.D. as well as Louise Hay studied the association between one’s emotions and their effect on our health and well-being. The notion that your emotions may result in cancer or other chronic illness is frequently overlooked, ignored and/or refuted by mainstream medicine.

If the practitioner does not identify the root cause of the cancer, then no one should be surprised that the patient has a recurrence or never goes into remission, forget about thinking of the cure. Information that the patient diagnosed with pancreatic or other cancer should be aware:

  • Jaundice – results from an inability to excrete the bile from the liver.
    • Your primary care doctor will refer you to a gastrointestinal (G.I.) doctor who most likely will do an endoscopic examination to evaluate ampulla of Vater
      • This is a one-way valve that allows bile and pancreatic enzymes to be released after the food contents have been released by the stomach
    • If you have jaundice, most likely, your ampulla of Vater is compromised
    • The mainstream treatment of choice is to insert a stent
      • It is important that you understand the difference between a metallic versus a plastic stent. The plastic stent is replaceable. The metallic stent is permanent and not replaceable
    • It is just a matter of time before the stent becomes compromised
      • With a plastic stent, it is replaced.
      • With a metallic stent, replacement is not an option, because the liver tissue will adhere to the imperfections of the metal.
    • When I talk to the G.I. doctors they have told me that they place metallic stents when they feel the patient is terminal.
  • Staging – this is an artificial or manmade scale
    • Once a person has a biopsy of any kind, I consider that person stage iv
  • Biopsy
  • Lymphatic System
    • Once your lymphatic system is involved, your cancer has access to your entire body, thus I consider that stage iv.
    • Many of you have heard of the arterial system in the venous system. Both of these systems have access to your entire body. The arterial system brings oxygenated blood and nutrients to all your cells. Your cells generate waste which is eliminated through the venous system. However, the venous system is not 100% perfect, thus the waste that is left behind, 1- 3%, is transported via lymphatic system, which parallels the venous system and accesses your entire body.
    • Whereas many think that 1-3% is a relatively insignificant amount of fluid that is carried by the lymphatic system, when your lymphatic system is compromised through surgical or radiation intervention, the patient may develop lymphedema. Illustrations of lymphedema can be found here.
    • Thus, if your lymphatic system is compromised with cancer, i.e. a cancerous lymph node, your entire body is at risk for lymphatic spread of the cancer.
    • As for lymphatic lymph node biopsies, the assumption made by the layperson is that there is someone who sections each lymph node as one would slice a loaf of bread. The reality is that if there is an abnormality in color or texture, that area is most likely biopsied. However, if there are no abnormalities then a random sample of that lymph node is taken and it is assumed that is representative of what is to be found within the rest of the lymph node.

Notes: These statistics were not included due to the fact that most of the increase in lung cancer is due to smoking and most of the decrease in stomach cancer is due to improved diet, made possible by refrigeration.

Stay tuned for next month’s Part II of The Intelligent Treatment Approach For The Patient Diagnosed With Any Cancer

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The Positive Effects of Colon Therapy

By:  Beth Gaines, Certified Colon Therapist

As a colon hydro-therapist, the most common statement I hear before the first treatment is, “I go to the bathroom everyday so I don’t need this therapy.”  First of all, congratulations!  Many people don’t have a daily bowel movement, nor do they realize that this bowel movement is necessary in order to have a healthy colon, healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy immune system!  Science has been telling us for many years now that there is a direct connection between our brains and our bowels, otherwise known as the enteric nervous system.  Our colons are constantly sending messages to our brains from the neurons in our gut via the vagus nerve! In fact, scientists at UCLA found that 90% of the messages are transmitting from the colon to the brain, and not vice versa.  Suffering from constipation will absolutely affect our mood and our mind.  Keeping our colons healthy is essential for keeping our minds happy.

In other words, colon therapy is not just for constipated people, it is also for the privileged few who manage to have regular, daily healthy bowel movements, all on their own.  But why would you need colon therapy if your body is right on time, every day?  Isn’t that enough?  Isn’t what nature has intended sufficient to keep us healthy?  No, and the reason is very simple:  we are not living in the same world as our ancestors lived just 200 years ago.  In today’s modern supermarket, it is likely that we have consumed foods that were grown in pesticides, injected with steroids, and processed with man-made chemicals or food additives (nitrates, high fructose corn syrup, msg, etc.).  Imagine the burden we have put on the human liver which is not accustomed to processing an avalanche of additives.  The liver works hand in hand with the colon; the colon provides the main exit for toxins leaving the liver by releasing daily bowel movements.  When the colon is moving slower than usual, due to constipation, the liver can’t do its job as easily because it becomes overly congested, so it suffers as well.  These harmful substances set up an environment, or microbiome, within the colon which facilitates bad bacteria to flourish, overpowering the good bacteria that support our immune system.  In other words, it is not only highly beneficial to clean out the colon’s contents, but the lining of the bowel as well, where the not so healthy bacteria congregates.  It’s no wonder we feel fatigue, have headaches, feel depressed, and can’t sleep!  These are all signs of a congested colon.  Allergies, skin disorders, poor absorption of nutrients, and bloating are also signs of a toxic colon.  Cleansing the entire organ a few times throughout the year with hydro colon-therapy greatly relieves the burden we have put on the colon, and indirectly supports the liver as well.

Another common question is, “Can’t I clean from the inside out and take a colon cleansing supplement or probiotic?”  Although this is a great start, it is no substitute for a colonic.  Many colon therapists highly recommend a colon cleansing supplement a couple days before the first colonic, so it can greatly assist in a more thoroughly cleansing colonic.  Think of colon therapy as a warm bath for your bowel.  Fecal matter can settle into the colon in layers because the colon is designed to draw moisture and salts from the digested food.  The standard American diet does not contain enough moisture and fiber to pass through the colon efficiently, so it sticks to the colon wall, building up over time.  It is the lack of hydration in the colon that creates a dry and hard bowel movement.  If stool is cracked or round like stones, and hard to pass, this indicates a constipated, dry bowel.  The warm water during a colonic gently loosens and softens the dry fecal matter so that it can pass through the tube. The colon will absorb the water during the process to rehydrate the body.

Dr. Ajay Goel, director of epigenetics, cancer prevention and genomics at Baylor University states, “Colon cleanses can be very helpful in eliminating/washing away toxins from the body, but one must keep in mind that these cleanses (should be) as natural as possible and do not use strong/harsh chemicals, as these may provide temporary relief, but in the long run can negatively impact your colon health.”  Colon therapy uses only warm, purified water with absolutely nothing else.  It is done by a trained colon therapist who safely allows the water to flow in and waste flow out of the body through a tube, so there is no odor during the process.  Many people, including those who were hesitant to walk through the office door, are amazed at how much relief they feel afterward.  It is common to hear, “I didn’t realize how bloated I felt before, because now I feel so light!”  This is just one of the many positive effects of colon therapy.

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Governance of the Bowels

By: Carlos Garcia, M.D.

The neck, specifically C1-C2 (cervical vertebrae 1 and 2), is typically misunderstood by mainstream medicine, in just about all issues except for trauma. Mainstream medicine often looks down on chiropractic and massage modalities as tools for realignment and thus treatment of pathology. The following are examples where addressing and correcting C-spine misalignments have resulted in the reversal of these conditions: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, atrial fibrillation, acid reflux, constipation and irritable bowel just to mention a few. Now many practitioners who read the hereinabove may claim quackery or worse, however, tell that to my patients. I would venture to say that any patient who develops new digestive issues post-operatively most likely has C1 and/or C2 misaligned. Mainstream medicine will seek drugs to treat symptoms, whereas I seek the root cause: The C-spine.

Now I am not stating that chiropractic treatment or massage is a cure-all. However, they are great tools, which are gravely misunderstood thus under used by mainstream medicine and touted as not “real” by many practitioners. When it comes to diet, and its benefits or detriments, and prevention, mainstream medicine remains, regrettably, in the Stone Age. The concept that simple sugar feeds cancerous cells is still ignored or refuted by many mainstream institutions who recommend the consumption of high glucose content fluids or foods as beneficial and non-harmful. These are the same practitioners who get upset when patients, seeking assistance, question the reasoning behind using a glucose molecule as the PET scan dye preferred carrier molecule. The PET scan works only because cancer cells prefer and consume glucose or fructose with impunity. Thus consuming processed foods with corn syrup, which is readily absorbed by the gut, preferentially feeds your cancer.

C-spine issues and the ramifications are more common than most people and practitioners are aware of. If you had: a car accident, participated in contact sports, had sports related accidents, general anesthesia, dental work, slip and falls or other traumas, you may develop C-spine injuries and its consequences. The nervous system that regulates our internal organs, stomach, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, bladder, spleen, gallbladder, gastrointestinal tract and other functions are intertwined with the top two vertebrae within our cervical spine, namely C1 and C2.

Let’s examine C1 and C2 more closely. they are the top two vertebrae, which connect our skull to our spine. The average adult skull, brain and standard equipment such as brain, eyes, tongue, teeth etc. weighs about 10-12 pounds. That’s a pretty large bowling ball balanced by relatively small bones.

C1 or the “atlas”, since it supports the head, has no body. It is further unique compared to the other vertebrae in that its bone morphology is arched, thus allowing for connection and articulation with C2 known as the “axis”. C2, our “axis” allows for the flexion and rotation our head. The brainstem empties into the C1-C2 complex, which is quite narrow. Thus with such tight tolerances, an anatomical displacement can result in “pinching” of vital communication relays between the brain and other organs or structures. Thus dysfunction can result. Again a practitioner who does not understands or does not give credence to this relationship will focus on and treat the symptoms, while missing the source of the complaints.

Common complaints, especially after a car accident, general anesthesia or a dental procedure, involving acid reflux, atrial fibrillation, constipation, diarrhea, palpitations and others are an indication that the cervical spine is mal-aligned. Before you go running off to your nearest chiropractor, make sure to search for an orthogonally trained one. In short, some excel in certain aspects which is true of all practitioners.

Additionally, the American culture is driven by the once and done concept.  However, even when properly corrected, the adjustment of the C-spine can be undone. Thus when it comes to good gastrointestinal function, then skeletal alignment is paramount. If the cervical spine is misaligned, then the feedback that looks between your gut and brain will need rerouting.

Factors that undermine continued alignment include, but is not limited to, our bed, pillows, daily movements, being startled, how we pick objects up, just to mention a few. If your symptoms are intermittent, then you are most likely aligning and misaligning your vertebrae.

A competent holistic practitioner recognizes the relationships between, emotions, anatomy, electrical imbalances, and that hard to describe, “I just don’t feel right“, which just lingers as all tests return as “normal”.  This may eventually result in your practitioner telling you, “It’s all in your head”.  It’s not all in your head, it’s in your vertebrae!

 

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Power of Love

By Jake Galles, PhD

According to the majority of mainstream scientists, the most powerful force in the universe is entropy. This force dictates that everything eventually dies, decays, and succumbs to the oblivion of a dark and lifeless void.  Thankfully, these scientists overlooked one important ingredient when studying the nature of reality: consciousness and the power of love.

Quantum physicists have now discovered that the fabric of existence in this universe is in a state of re-creation through and ongoing interplay between energy and matter. They have reached the undisputed conclusion that the universe is Alive, and has a consciousness of its own. Furthermore, they have found this consciousness to have a specific intention, which fortunately for us supports the unfoldment of life.  This force has been coined as “The Benevolent Bias” of the universe.  In other words, scientists have proven that the Universe Loves Us.

This background energy of creation exists everywhere, as a coherent field that gently ushers the forward movement of all things. This loving force is responsible for the elegance of the cosmos, the harmony of music, the beauty of nature, and the crystalline geometry of snowflakes. Perhaps the most profound aspect of these scientific revelations is the fact that each and every one of us has access to the power of this Universal Benevolence.  You see, each individual point of consciousness creates its own version of the universal field.  In other words, the center of your being (which many refer to as “the heart”) produces an electromagnetic field at least the size of the earth itself, which vibrates at the frequency of your emotional state. Therefore, we are all connected, and our energy influences everything in existence.
The frequencies we generate have a measureable effect on quantum probabilities, meaning we have an incredible power to influence the likelihood of future events. Our energy field influences the structure of physical matter, and the emotions of others in our vicinity. But by far the most profound effect of our state of consciousness is on the functioning of our physical body. Our energetic state of being affects every fiber of our DNA, and determines the quality of cell regeneration. When we resonate with coherent (loving) frequencies, our body releases alkalizing hormones, allowing our immune system to thrive, and activates an epigenetic healing mechanism in our DNA. In other words, when we align our energy and intentions with the benevolent, loving force of the universe on a consistent basis; our bodies naturally heal themselves from the inside-out.

You may be asking yourself at this point, “How can I access and benefit from this miraculous healing power of love”? Well that is a very good question, with a very simple answer, love yourself.  You see, love is not just an emotion… Love is a choice… to surrender to the unconditional love that the Universe has for you.  So the key is to care about yourself, with the same care you would give to a child in need,  to be present with all of your pain and darkness, and have the courage to keep the light on. Now that’s LOVE!… To continue loving yourself even when you don’t like yourself… Especially when you don’t like yourself… Especially when it feels awkward or uncomfortable. That is how you turn Love from a foreign experience into a familiar one. That is how you reveal your true Infinite Worth to yourself. That is when you gain the power to create a coherent state of being, regardless of the circumstances. That is how you make love truly unconditional… And become a cup that runneth over, a shining beacon for the world to see. You are The Light of Universal Love… So Be It… and Let the Healing Begin!

 

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Acidity and Hypertension

By Carlos Garcia, MD

In the past few years, researchers around the world have reported the importance of an acid-alkaline balanced diet. Changing a patient’s diet is extremely helpful when someone is confronted with a diagnosis of hypertension. The goal of this diet is to achieve an optimal balance between acid-forming and alkaline-forming foods. When balanced, it greatly reduces the strain on the body’s detoxification systems. A change in pH of body fluids can have a profound effect on cells, organs and overall wellbeing.
The optimal pH of different body fluids or compartments varies. Arterial blood has a pH of about 7.4.  The body’s normal physiology can only function between the pH of 7.38-7.44. Intracellular fluid, the environment within cells, has a pH of about 7.0 and venous blood and interstitial fluid, the space between cells and tissues, have a pH of about 7.35.
The pH scale measures hydrogen ion concentrations on a log scale; a difference of 1.0 means a 10-fold difference in hydrogen ion concentration. If hydrogen concentration increases then there is acidosis, an acidic environment.  If hydrogen concentration decreases then alkalosis ensues, an alkaline environment.  When the pH in body fluids drops too low, the body begins to suffer from acidosis and when the pH rises high, the condition is called alkalosis. Acidosis or alkalosis can be caused by disease, diet, exercise, state of mind, stress and respiration just to mention a few.
Systemic physiologic changes can influence a slight change in pH in the spinal fluid and cerebral fluid, which may cause a reduction in affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen. The reduction in hemoglobin affinity (poor oxygen delivery) may stress cells and organs, which could result in tachycardia, elevated heart rate, as well as other physiologic compensatory mechanisms. Hypertension may be one of the physiologic results.
Chronic blood acidosis can lead to muscle loss or degradation in extreme situations, such as cachexia. Skeletal and cardiac muscle cells as well as organ function are adversely affected. A low pH depresses cardiac muscle cell contractions, thus decreasing the intensity of the heart muscle’s contraction. Smooth muscle cells are also impacted by acidosis. For example, vascular smooth muscle cells contract with increases in extracellular pH and relax with decreases in pH.  When the vascular smooth muscles contract, one’s blood pressure rises.  Conversely, when vascular smooth muscles dilate, blood pressure drops.  A rise in extracellular pH increases the influx of calcium into vascular smooth muscle cells, in order to compensate or regulate blood pressure.
Your state of mind can also influence your blood pressure and other organ function. When one is calm and happy heart rates tend to decrease and blood pressures lower.  However, given one’s inability to manage unusual or stressful events may result in just the opposite. As you can begin to see, the physiologic regulation of blood pressure is not as straight forward as one might think.  The human body is a highly complex system with numerous feedback and interactive mechanisms affecting all our physiologic responses.

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Eat The Rainbow

We were privileged to have Nancy Eiseman, owner of Queen Bee Foods, speak to our campers this week. Their mission is to make healthy, sustainable foods readily available to the families in our community. Their produce is organic and as much is locally grown as they can find. She shared information about the benefits of organic foods, cracking the code on genetically modified foods and provided our campers with many other helpful tips including how to eat the rainbow.

Fresh Vegetable Juices
One such tip was to eat the rainbow! While visually bright, cheerful colors can certainly give you a sunny outlook on life, we should all take a few seconds to appreciate how they affect our bodies. Did you know that the more intense the colors of your food are, the more positive effect those foods will have on your body? That right! So try adding some Technicolor foods to your plate this week. Some great examples are blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, ruby red grapefruits, beets and tomatoes.When you make a point of eating foods saturated in color your body responds by healing itself and fighting against disease. When your body is functioning on this level you will find yourself feeling full of life and energy.

Another tip to help us remember to get those Technicolor foods on our plates is to “eat a rainbow” for health.

Red fruits and vegetables such as apples, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelons improve heart and blood health and support joints.

Orange fruits and vegetables such as oranges, apricots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes and pumpkin help to protect against cancer and promotes collagen growth.

Yellow fruits and vegetables such as pears, bananas, pineapple and yellow peppers help with vision, digestion and immune system support.

Green fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, cucumbers and kiwi are powerful detoxifiers and fight free radicals.

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables such as red cabbage, red onion, eggplant, blueberries, blackberries and figs help to improve mineral absorption and are powerful antioxidants.

White vegetables such as cauliflower, onions, garlic and mushrooms activate our natural killer cells and reduce cancer risk.

Nancy said it best, “Challenge yourself to eat the rainbow! You will be so glad you did!”

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Unstoppable Force vs. Immovable Object

Riddle me this! What happens when an unstoppable force strikes the immovable object? You would be surprised by the many ways the campers answered this question! When Doc first presented this question to the campers they thought there was only one obvious answer. They called out responses such as, “nothing happens!” “Both can’t be true at once!” “It’s a stalemate!”

Unstoppable Force vs. Immovable Object
The next train of thought that arose was, if the force is unstoppable then there is no object that would be immovable. Then of course there were those campers who saw it on the flip side, if the object is immovable then there is no force that is unstoppable. It seems that the more they thought about it, the more other perspectives began to appear.Did their cancer result from an unstoppable force colliding with an immovable object? Was it their cancer that was the unstoppable force or was it the immovable object? Was it their will to live that was the unstoppable force or was it the immovable object? Can you control your dys-ease? As Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

One camper felt that this was similar to the scenario of the palm tree versus the oak tree. The palm tree can withstand the unstoppable force of hurricane winds because of their ability to bend and sway whereas the immovable, unbendable mighty oak with its massive, deep roots which symbolizes strength and endurance, topples over.

Dr. Garcia tells his patients, “You thought your way into cancer, however you will have to learn how to feel your way back to health. Do not embrace the terms right or wrong, after all who decides which it is? Access to wellness lies within each and every one of us. Your access hinges upon your flexibility and your belief that you are ready, able and willing to trust yourself to use your innate healing ability again!”

Which would you rather be? Would you rather be flexible allowing you to reflect upon your choices and make changes or would you rather be rigid and fixed and unable to acclimate?

So what do you think happens when the unstoppable force strikes the immovable object?

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