I know you want to get well again. Whether it is your child, yourself, or someone you know who is sick, we want to help stop just coping with illness and start living a healthy life again! Please read all of this article. This is important for you to know regardless of what diagnosis your doctor gave you.
What is underneath, driving much of your illness?
Imagine you are on a safari. It is a pitch black night outside and you are in a tent in Africa. A lion roars nearby and you are thinking about how flimsy the fabric is to keep that lion from coming in and eating you! Your sympathetic nervous system kicks into high gear! This is the “fight or flight” mode of your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
Your Sympathetic Nervous System is an automatic (autonomic) mechanism that increases your ability to survive, by either vigorously fighting the lion, or running away to fight another day! It is a necessary and good system to help you respond correctly to life’s situations.
When the Sympathetic Nervous system kicks in, it is very predictable what your sympathetic nervous system will do. In this stressful situation with the lion, all of your senses will go on maximum alert. The pupils in your eyes will dilate widely in order to see the slightest indication of the lion. Your ears will strain, to hear the slightest noise. Your muscles will ripple and tremble with tension as huge amounts of energy have been diverted to the muscles so that you have super-human reflexes and strength!
In the super stimulation of the sympathetic nervous response to the roaring lion, your bladder can empty without warning, in order for you to flee or fight unimpeded by a full bladder. It is a quick thing to urinate, something you could possibly do even while running or fighting, however a bowel movement takes too long. In the time it takes to have a BM the lion could pounce and you would be defenseless! So your sympathetic nervous system causes the colon to shutdown.
The meal you ate sits like a brick in your stomach. The sympathetic nervous system shut down digestion, diverting the energy to the muscles. After all, what is more important, digesting or fighting and/or running away from a hungry, man-eating lion?
Blood rushes to the head and the heart begins to increase its energy, beating hard and fast, to get ready for the upcoming fight or flight. The adrenal glands secrete cortisol to open up the cells to receiving more blood sugar and thyroid hormones, as adrenaline supercharges the entire body. The lion roars again, closer this time. The sympathetic nervous system causes the thyroid to crank out more T3 and brings more of its reserve T4 online to be converted to T3 as needed in order to increase overall cellular receptivity to blood glucose.
The skin tightens and every hair stands on end like little antennae, sensing the slightest change in the breeze. Every aspect of the body is on high alert. Your body is maximally sensitive to any change in its environment. You are jumpy and vigilant for any threat.
The night turns to day, you dare not leave your tent, since you can still hear the lion pacing…at least you think it’s still the lion…dare you stick your head out of the tent to check and see? No, it is too scary a thought, being eaten alive. So you stay in your tent, as still as possible, every sense still poised to address any sign of the lion tearing through the tent…
Get the picture? This story is what many of you are going through because your autonomic nervous system views the situations of prolonged stress in your life, such as chronic illness, work, or abusive people, just like the analogy of the roaring lion!
When a person experiences acute or prolonged stress, illness, or trauma their Sympathetic Nervous System (Excite, fight, or flight mode) can lose its flexibility to bounce back to the normal relaxed state once the stressful event is gone.
When this happens, the Sympathetic Nervous System brain waves are dominantly and strongly out of proportion when compared to the Parasympathetic Nervous System (Rest and digest mode). This condition would indicate that the person has become “stuck” in the excite, fight or flight mode, and all of the things mentioned above would be ongoing every day, with their muscle tight and knotted, their digestion shutdown, anxiety would prevail, while they never feel safe, which causes them to react more irritably. Their sense of wellbeing and how they view situations will be dramatically altered from normal, causing them to often become hyper-vigilant and potentially overreact to stimuli. Their immune system also is on hyperdrive causing what appears to be perpetual infection. Their body begins to view foods, medicines, and natural supplements as dangerous, and allergies and worsening symptoms start happening, reenforcing the person’s belief that there is a “lion” in the room and nothing is safe. They often shift how they view the world and begin diagnosing everyone around them with everything they have been studying on the internet, because no one in their opinion is safe.
Now imagine what would happen if you never left the tent, or the perception of danger from infections or situations continued for months and years, and your sympathetic nervous system never relaxed?
All the same things we saw with the lion would be happening all the time. Your heart rate would race with every movement, or stay too fast, as seen in the condition known as POTS or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. (This can be dramatically and rapidly corrected with the systems I will go over later in this article.)
Due to everything else going wrong in your body your heart might start skipping beats and palpitating. Your food never would seem to digest, and you would start seeing undigested food in your bowel movement. Your bladder would constantly feel like you need to go, so your mineral/electrolyte balance would be messed up, making your energy and brain clarity impossible to maintain.
You are terrified of the lion, so your colon shuts down, and you get constipated (gastroparesis). Your muscles would be tight and painful from all the strain. You would suffer from light and sound sensitivity. You would become more sensitive to electromagnetic pollution and to other people’s energy.
Your thyroid would begin to strain under the constant work and would weaken or start to have too much T3, and Reverse T3 would start to elevate to keep you from having too much thyroid hormone stimulation.
There would be too much cortisol and adrenaline so your anxiety and panic would be through the roof, for what seems to be no reason.
The cells of the body would become insensitive to the hormones and glucose, since you are just sitting there idle in the tent of your illness not really doing anything but waiting for the lion (illness) to go away.
Sleep would be impossible as insomnia sets in, since you are too stimulated and overwhelmed, and never feel safe. Night becomes day and day becomes night as your body clock resets to thinking daylight is safer to sleep. since you are too stimulated and overwhelmed, and never feel safe. You feel a little safer during the daytime, so you sleep all day.
The mind races thinking of all of the possibilities. Round and round your mind goes. You cannot turn it off now…it is stuck in a biochemical loop.
Do you see that all of these symptoms are connected? Every system of the body is affected so there are potentially dozens of symptoms. The symptoms are just as predictable as what goes on when a lion is outside of your tent!
Many of you reading this relate to what I am saying I am sure. I am just as sure that we can quickly get you unstuck and out of this nightmare.
The flip side: Your Parasympathetic Nervous System
Imagine, to continue the lion scenario, only this time you were caught outside the tent and the lion is right in front of you. While some people might immediately go into the fight or flight mode, others may get so terrified that they just freeze where they are standing. They cannot fight or run away.
When a person experiences an acute stressor in life they will often freeze, such as a deer in the headlights. This can also occur at the end of a long battle on the sympathetic nervous system side of things, such as after the prolonged stress of what seems a losing battle with illness. Our Wounded Warriors from our military are often stuck a “freeze” state, which can lead to symptoms caused by that condition.
This “freeze” state leads to a numb, depressed condition in response to life. Very predictably all of the opposite symptoms from those described above with the “excite, fight or flight” response occur. The person’s heart rate and blood pressure drop, and their energy levels plummet. They seem morose and withdraw from society. They often withdraw to their bedroom and avoid interacting, often becoming addicted to video games and tv. When faced with challenges from work, life, sports, or other activities that they used to handle with skill, grace, and ease, it now causes them now to shutdown. The person who is stuck in this Parasympathetic Nervous System dominance pattern may be prone to substance abuse, an act out aggressively socially, in an effort to get themselves out of their stuck emotional numbness.
Of course, everyone is unique in how their system copes with being stuck in either Sympathetic or Parasympathetic mode.
Unfortunately, mainstream medicine is geared to treat the symptoms only and so they throw pharmaceutical drugs into this mess. They will give you symptom-treating drugs that unclog your constipation. Purple pill to stop the indigestion. Beta blockers for the heart. Anti-anxiety meds to calm you. Antidepressants to help with everything, since obviously you come across to them as being very depressed. Muscle relaxants are given to ease the tight, painful muscles, and tranquilizers to sedate you to sleep. You are given Synthroid to supposedly treat the low thyroid hormones. Blood sugar regulators to force the glucose out of the bloodstream.
Your body becomes more dysfunctional and toxic from all the drugs and disease. None of these pharmaceuticals are treating the functional causes. Almost 100% of pharmaceuticals are treating only the symptoms. Yes, your thyroid is fatigued and you are low in T3, but taking Synthroid or other thyroid hormone supplements are not treating the cause. And yes, you likely feel better with these pharmaceuticals than without them, but their effectiveness will only be short term, since the illness, the cause, remains untreated and continues to get worse. Our goal is to help your body get back to the ability to run itself without the need for any medication or supplements.
As the saying goes, “The worse it gets, the worse it gets. The better it gets the better it gets.” It is never, “The worse the cause of a problem gets the better it gets.” Nor is it, “The better it gets the worse it gets!” If through proper treatment the dysfunctions can be nudged or directed toward actually working better, then it gets progressively better.
The roaring lion is the illness, by whatever named diagnosis. The Autonomic Nervous System, with it’s two divisions, the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic, is an automatic mechanism that gets triggered by stress of any type. Structural stress, biochemical stress, mental/emotional stress, and/or environmental/bioenergetic stress.
Any stress puts stress on every aspect of the body, mind, and spirit. One cannot pluck one strand of a spider web without vibrating the entire web. The body, mind, and spirit are an intertwined web. Break a thread and the shape of the entire web changes.
“Okay, so how do you correct these problems?”
True healing necessarily will ALWAYS need to help the body repair the broken threads of the interconnected web of the Autonomic Nervous System and calm the Sympathetic nervous system before lasting health can be restored.
This is what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is all about, whether the stress was from horrific war, such as with “Wounded Warriors”, or the stress of profound illness and the horrifying life changes it causes.
People we have seen at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, who have suffered for months and years with chronic infections, such as Lyme disease, mold/fungal infections, SNP problems, viral, pain syndrome, and other chronic illnesses, have PTSD, or are stuck in a chronic stress disorder. They do have all of the conditions discussed in this article, even if the bacteria have been corrected through the heroic efforts of great doctors, effectively treating the infections.
The idea that the illness is just caused by the microbes is misguided. It is a myth that you will be well, symptom-free, as soon as your doctor can finally figure out how to kill every single bacteria and pathological microbe. Helping the body kill the microbes through whatever method is fine, but with today’s mutated, and exotic strains of bacteria, unless you can restore optimum function and integrity to the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and convince it that there is no “lion” about to eat you, your body will continue wearing itself down, making you vulnerable to more infections and more dysfunction.
Nothing in my experience can more effectively repair the ANS and calm the sympathetic nervous system than the combination of healing philosophy of American Biological Medicine as practiced at the Hansa Center, and Limbic system training. We combine as many synergistic healing technologies so that they work together harmoniously, with the goals to help rapidly restore every system and issue in the body, and achieve dramatic, lasting relief.
In the twenty years I have been addressing the most difficult cases of illness, I have seen most of the dominant systems for addressing these stuck conditions. The most popular ways of addressing these issues are Neurofeedback (computerized technologies), counseling sessions, meditation techniques, reciting positive mantras, DNRS technique, and the Gupta program, and in each of these systems dramatic things can happen. However, the downside to each of these systems is that they require the person to dedicate months to years of guided self-work to reach the goal, and if there are overwhelming factors, such as microbial overgrowth, scarred tissues, excessive toxins, and dysregulated organs, the great results you initially may achieve will not last. Many people find these systems to be initially very beneficial, they sometimes begin to stop working due to the areas of problems that were never addressed. One might consider that you can do all the mind-body techniques you want, but for example if you don’t get out of a mold infested house or other toxic environment, you will not get well. Each of the systems require daily work, often an hour or more per day, which that can be difficult to maintain. Again, each of these systems work, no doubt about it. They are definitely backed up by the science of neuroplasticity. They require the addition of the care of your health care professional.
The reason I have developed the 2-3 week programs at the Hansa Center is because, there are so many things that require attention in a person’s body that cannot be addressed by correcting the stuck Autonomic Nervous System. For example, although it is gross, if you have a thirty-foot long tapeworm in your intestines, you can “retrain” your Limbic System all you want and you will still have the tapeworm and the symptoms it is causing.
No other healing philosophy is better designed and equipped to address everything that has gone wrong in the body, mind, and spirit all at the same time.
The goal is to respect the wisdom of the body. To determine what the body is striving to accomplish, and work to facilitate the body’s ability to accomplish what it needs in order to heal, instead of forcing the body into drug-induced illusions of health.
If you have to take a drug or fistfuls of natural supplements forever in order to feel somewhat normal, then it is not fixing anything. If you are treating the cause, then the cause should eventually go away and you can stop taking the medicine.
The conventional doctors convinced you that no one knows the cause and therefore you should just be happy that the drugs can mask the symptoms. If your body is too messed up, if organs and glands have been surgically removed, diseased beyond repair, or otherwise destroyed, then yes, take the symptom-masking drugs, however just because your lab tests are consistently bad, or your doctor is from the top medical school, or goes to the top conferences, or follows the top protocols in conventional medicine, it doesn’t mean that their drugs are the best way in the long run.
If it is possible to restore optimum function, to treat the whole person at the levels of cause, to treat to get every system to work harmoniously together, great health can be finally realized…the lion will often rapidly evaporate into thin air!
We want to help you! We are striving to achieve better results all the time. We are driving ourselves to continue to improve our systems to get closer to 100% rapid resolution for everyone. Even if you have been to the Hansa Center in the past, we want you to experience the improved technologies we have integrated.