Why use a biospiritual approach to healing ourselves? To paraphrase Albert Einstein – one definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect different results. For too many of us, the medical status quo just doesn’t work well enough. Adopting a biospiritual approach and including alternative energy healing methods in our daily lives creates attitudes of self-empowerment and self-responsibility that are critically needed now.
However, there's another equally important reason to remember - BioSpirituality strengthens the awareness of our communal and spiritual connections with one another – We are in this together! In this holographic universe, what affects you also affects me and all others on an essential level.
You’re probably well aware of the deepening health care crisis in the U.S. There are many reasons for this of course, including:
The following chart uses statistics from David Cameron Gikani's Diet Liberation to illustrate the magnitude of this dilemma:
Keep in mind when viewing these statistics that most heart disease (and arguably most cancer as well) is preventable. And did you happen to notice that doctor prescribed medicine kills more people than car accidents, suicide or AIDS combined? Prescription medicines killed almost five times as many people as did AIDS!
Or at least drastically lower your quality of life factor. Despite the grand claims of drug companies, their products may actually cause illness rather than cure it.
“Iatrogenic illness” means any illness caused by doctors and “polypharmacy” means giving a patient too many different drugs.
According to medical journals iatrogenic illness and polypharmacy are rampant in this country. One journal reported that many drugs can cause Parkinson's-like symptoms and concluded that "drug-induced parkinsonism is frequent."
Another journal reported a study which listed 22 different categories of drugs that can cause symptoms that mimic Alzheimer's... plus 14 different over-the-counter drugs that can cause those symptoms! Always try natural remedies first. Make pharmaceuticals a last resort, not a first option.
This short video from mercola.com sums up the gruesome statistics:
Now contrast the preceding numbers with this bit from an article published in the London newspaper The Independent:
“The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – the government group responsible for regulating UK medicines, including herbs – says that between 2000 and August 2004, there were 451 reports of suspected adverse reactions involving herbal preparations, of which 152 were serious…By way of comparison, consider this from a report in the British Medical Journal last year: In England alone, (not including Scotland, Wales or Ireland) reactions to drugs that led to hospitalizations followed by death are estimated at 5,700 a year and could actually be closer to 10,000.”
Obviously, not all herbs are completely safe. But used with knowledge and respect, they are powerfully beneficial healing allies...and they’re a lot safer than drugs.
In his book, Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, Kevin Trudeau writes that, for at least the last hundred years, a drug has never cured anyone. Concurring with the above video's suggestion to “follow the money,” he says that, if you think about it, there is no motivation for drug companies to find actual cures, since their profits come from sick people who buy the medicines they market. Their drugs are designed to alleviate suffering so that the ‘customer’ (not the ‘patient’) will buy the product again. There’s no motivation to offer a cure; it would put the company out of business. The only thing that is required of any chief executive officer heading up a publicly listed drug company, Trudeau reminds us, is to make a profit for shareholders, and in his opinion, this actually runs counter to the idea of curing illnesses.
Compare this with the approach of traditional healers, who were often paid to keep patients well and received no payment at all when their patients got ill.
In traditional China, for example, villagers paid the doctors and herbalists for every day they remained healthy. If a patient became ill, then the healer worked for free in order to heal them, only receiving payments again when the patient had fully recovered.
In today's society however, managing illness is extremely profitable, curing it is not.
And the scope of illness and pathology in this country is staggering; the acceptance of it, disturbing. The following numbers are but a few of those listed by Michael Parenti in his book, Hidden Holocaust. Consider that in any one year:
Okay, enough numbers. Though they are powerful, I’m sure you’ve got the picture. Here’s my point – these numbers don’t have to be so high! Cancer for instance, was a rarity until a couple of generations ago. Today, in the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of the population will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime.
So, what can we do about this situation? How do we reclaim self-responsibility for our own health? Where do we find life-affirming alternatives to the conventional 'business' of healthcare?