Healing from both acute and degenerative illnesses involves decreasing the body’s level of toxaemia, its load of metabolic wastes and man-made chemicals.
The only form of healing is self-healing.
Many medications are toxic and often interfere with the process and may suppress it.
Sometimes they change the course of the illness and seems to effect
a cure, but one symptom has merely been replaced by another.
‘Cleansing’ diets, herbs and other natural remedies may promote healing and/or supply some of the necessary raw materials, but it is only living tissue which does the healing.
True healing brings about a genuine improvement in long term health.
With conventional drug therapy, there is none of the restoring and rejuvenating effects that come with natural healing. As a naturopath said many years ago:”A chemical that makes a well person sick (the side effects), can’t make a sick person well”.
Some times there is a place for medication. For instance, antibiotics can prevent death, and some cancer treatments may arrest the cancer growth and give people a few or many more years to live. But the cures don’t provide high level health.
Self healing requires a lot of energy. The same energy that otherwise be consumed in everyday activities, such as walking, working or digesting food. As soon as we cease or greatly reduce our usual activities, and provided the level of vitality is adequate, energy is diverted to self- healing, which commences automatically in the body wherever needed.
The key to self-healing is energy conservation – both physical and mental – that means: complete rest.
Vitality, the other leading factor in healing, is a measure of the ability of the tissues to perform their functions. Their capacity to heal is directly related to vitality.
While we have no direct control over vitality in the short term, we can control the amount of rest.
We normally think of rest as sitting in a char or lying down, but that is only part of the process.
For full healing power to develop, rest must be much broader than this – it must be total.
Total rest has four components.
Physiological Rest: Rest of the digestive organs through a light ‘cleansing’ diet or briefly ceasing food intake entirely.
Physical Rest: Rest of the muscles. This requires being inactive as possible – perhaps bed rest.
Mental Rest: Rest of the mind. This means avoiding intense mental work and not getting involved in arguments. It is best to stay away from people who insists that if you don’t eat normal meals, you’ll harm yourself. Coping with this kind of pressure can be quite exhausting.
Sensory Rest: Rest of the senses and nerves. Avoid straining eyes and ears with too much reading, too much television, or listening to loud rock music. Keep away from cooking aromas which stimulate the flow of saliva and gastric juices, wasting valuable energy.