- CompWellness Network, Part III – Attitude
- Complementary Healthcare Self Sufficiency
- Questions & Answers
In the Year 2000, we will be challenged in many ways: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. As we have seen in previous issues and will see in this issue, these challenges can effect our health. Our goal then, is to establish the maximum health state possible for ourselves and our loved ones, which is a state of wellness.
Wellness is a state of high-level health that requires a strong effort to reach and a continual effort to maintain. The result, however, is the best possibility of good health – now and throughout life. Wellness has four parts:
- Fitness – your body needs 20-30 minutes of exercise about 5 days per week. About 60% of US adults do not exercise enough and 25% not at all; for US youth, the numbers are 50% and 15%. See our Fitness articles.
- Nutrition – what and how much you consume effects how you feel, how long you’ll live, and how you deal with illness and disease. It includes healthy foods, supplements and the all-importantwater. See our Nutrition articles.
- Attitude – regular non-physical exercise of the mind and spirit effects your mental and emotional state. This integrates your Fitness and Nutrition efforts. See our Attitude articles below.
- Help – regular visits to healthcare professionals who assist you to a healthy state as well as customize your wellness plan. Articles are in process.
CompWellness Network is applying this four-part program using the full spectrum of healthcare modalities – Acupressure through Yoga, including conventional Western Medicine. The goal is for you and your healthcare practitioners to work together on your wellness plan, using the least-aggressive therapies available to treat injuries and illness, and to assist you with recovery and prevention.
How’s Your Attitude?
by Tom Goode, ND
The answer to this question not only determines your success in your world, it determines the health of your body. Latest studies in mind-body science, have determined that the way we think – our outlook – is a strong indicator of how well our cells function in warding off disease. Optimists recover faster from surgery while living longer with serious diseases, including AIDS.
In his book, Learned Optimism (Pocket Books, 1998) author Martin Seligman, PhD teaches us to dispute the underlying beliefs that result in our negative thinking. Yes, even pessimists can improve their thinking and enjoy the same health benefits.
An immediate remedy is to consciously breath our way through our encounters with negative thoughts.
Tomorrow’s Attitude: Only When We’re Ready
by Arlene M. Green, LCSW, ACSW
Our wellness depends on understanding that we are always in process concerning our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. This road isn’t direct and can be confusing. The attitude, fitness, nutrition and professional caring that this newsletter discusses invite direction. We will each discover it our way – one new attitude at a time.
Let Your Attitude Help You Be Well
by Ronda J. Del Boccio, MS, CMT, CRMT
If you want to have wellness – a healthy, balanced life – the best place to start is attitude. Let your attitude be the compass you carry with you and check frequently to make sure you are on the right path.
The journey to wellness has many challenges, surprises, twists and turns. A bad attitude will leave you wandering in circles, never truly being well. A healthy attitude will guide you as you strive to make good lifestyle choices, learn, grow, and successfully travel your path through life.
Also see the Attitudinal Awareness Guide in the Books Section below.
We had no room for a specific article on First Aid or Self Sufficiency, since space was used for excellent material on these subjects in:
Books (Send books to review to the address on our website)
Attitudinal Awareness Guide, Emotional/Attitudinal Causes of Physical Problems, Neil Cohen (2-sided, laminated, legal size, $6.95). Developed by long-time naturalist, nutritionist and herbalist, through years of research and feedback from experts on the mind and emotions, Neil’s Guide is a in-depth summary of the main organs and parts of the physical body, with their associated relationship to specific attitudes and emotions which can positively and negatively affect them.
For instance, on the Immune System, Neil says it “represents strength, vitality and enthusiasm on the physical, emotional and mental levels. … A strong immune system indicates a healthy level of self-esteem and enthusiasm for life.”
In the summary he says, “Healing ourselves requires that we remove the conditions that cause our dis-ease. In this process, we find that the causative factors of illness are not strictly physical problems. They can relate directly to the mental and emotional life we live as well. Our thoughts and feelings are powerful, dynamic forces that influence every aspect of our lives and are a major causative factor in either health or dis-ease.”
Neil Cohen is currently developing a retreat in a remote part of the “Big Island,” Hawaii HI, and has sold the publishing rights to Ascension Mastery International, PO Box 1018, Mount Shasta, California 96067 USA, (800) 543-9301/(530)926-6650, Fax (530)926-1828, e-mail Info@AMILight.com He is out of normal contact for a while, but can be reached through the CompWellness Network office. OtherAwareness Guides are available for First Aid, Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Color and Herbs, which we will review in forthcoming issues.
Questions & Answers (Email your questions to us at Info@CompWellness.org)
Healthcare in the year 2000 and beyond will be as much prevention and preparation as it will be responding intelligently to symptoms. Building strong body systems involves learning some new ways to deal with old problems. It will be helpful to reach tip-top shape before Year 2000 challenges start to take their toll on our body systems – which may start as early as December. Here are some straight-forward answers to a complicated medical problem that effects a hoped-for complementary treatment of infection.
Colloidal Silver – Better than Antibiotics?, by Dr. Andrew Weil, Ask Dr Weil, November 11th.
My son was recently hospitalized for an infected hip joint. The first antibiotic he was given didn’t work. … What about “natural colloidal silver?”
An infected hip joint is a serious condition, and antibiotics, given for a long period of time – and if necessary, surgical drainage – are the best treatment. I certainly wouldn’t recommend going off the antibiotics in a case like this.
As far as colloidal silver is concerned, I can’t see how it would help. In fact, it could be harmful.
The term colloidal means the minerals are of a certain size, facilitating use by the body. The promoters of colloidal silver make some fantastic claims: They say their products extend life, protect you from cancer, and cure just about anything. They’ll tell you that mineral deficiencies lead to a weakened immune system and cancer. All of this is nonsense. Colloidal silver supplements are also heavily advertised as powerful antimicrobials and immune system stimulants, capable of curing up to 650 different diseases. Again, none of these claims have been proven.
At one time, silver products were useful as germicidals, but they’ve been replaced gradually by more effective ones. And no matter what the promoters of colloidal silver tell you, the human body doesn’t need silver. Safety is an issue, too. If taken orally, it can accumulate in the body’s tissues and cause a disfiguring skin condition called argyria. Skin pigmentation, especially around the nose and mouth, turns bluish, permanently. Those affected have been described as looking like corpses suddenly come to life. Medical literature also contains reports of neurological problems that developed in long-term users of oral silver products.
…What you might do – what’s better than using colloidal silver – is investigate electromagnetic stimulation for bone healing, a treatment that is backed by scientific evidence.
What do you think about colloidal silver? Email your comments to us at Info@CompWellness.org)
News (Email news leads to us at Info@CompWellness.org)
News report summaries on Healthcare and Y2K follow. We have most of the articles on file in case you look for the web references after they are cleared.
Youth Drug Reduction for Safety and Wellness – Start Reducing Now
Toddlers Overmedicated, Well Being Journal, November/December. American parents are much too quick to give over-the-counter medication to their toddlers for such things as sniffles, achy throats or queasy stomachs, notes a federally funded study at the National Center for Health Statistics. A preponderance of evidence suggests that many medications provide few benefits and, in some cases, may even be harmful. “Everyone thinks that if you take a pill, you’ll get better, and that’s a terrible message for anybody,” notes Debra Esemio-Jensen, M.D., head of the pediatrics clinic at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. She is opposed especially to the use of cold medicines. “I think there are a few indications for [use of] Tylenol, but not for cold medications: zero, zippo, none.” Pediatrician Anne Gadomski, M.D. also notes: “The high use of these medications may be a tremendous waste of money, and many of them unnecessarily expose children to toxicity.” (From Journal of American Medical Association, quoted in Way of Life Newsletter, September 1999.)
Good Food vs Bad Medicine, Alternative Medicine, October 25th. In a report released today, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) contended that a review of two dozen scientific studies shows that certain foods and food dyes can adversely affect children’s behavior. CSPI, in a 32-page report titled “Diet, ADHD, and Behavior,” charges that federal agencies, Holistic Healing Academys and the food industry ignore the growing evidence that diet affects behavior.
The report cites 17 controlled studies that found diet can adversely and dramatically effect children’s behavior. Most of the studies focused on artificial colors, while some also examined the effects of milk, corn and other common foods. The percentage of children who were affected by diet and the magnitude of the effect varied widely among the studies. Six other studies did not detect any behavioral effect of diet.
“It makes a lot more sense to try modifying a child’s diet before treating him or her with a stimulant drug,” said Dr. Marvin Boris, a pediatrician in Woodbury, New York, whose 1994 study found that diet affected the behavior of two-thirds of his subjects.
Click on the title for more of this article, including organized action with the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Toxicology Program, ADHD and Ritalin.
For more information on the dangers of drugs such as Ritalin, and nontoxic ways to cure ADHD, type in the keywords ADHD and Ritalin in our search engine. For the full 32-page CSPI report referred to in this article, go to at www.CSPInet.org.
Vaccines – Don’t be Bullied into Shots
“Physicians Concern About Vaccinations,” Well Being Journal, November/December. In a recent study almost one-third of physicians fear there is a risk of serious adverse reaction to the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, and 13 percent thought the same about the measles vaccine. Many are concerned about litigation from parents. Many said they were unlikely to recommend a third dose of the DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) vaccine. Findings were based on a survey of 1,236 doctors in the US.” (Arch Ped & Adolesc Med, 1998; 152: 12-19.) For up-to-date information subscribe to theVaccine News, 251 W Ridgeway Dr., Dayton, OH 45459, 937-435-4750.
“Vaccine Mandates,” Well Being Journal, November/December. “Although we recognize that vaccines, in the past, have prevented many serious illnesses, it is simply a fact that every insurance policy has a premium. Every medical intervention carries both risks and potential benefits. The risk:benefit calculation is different for each individual patient, and can only be made by the patient (or the patient’s guardian) in consultation with the attending physician.”
“It is the right of every patient to refuse a medical intervention, even if recommended by the attending physician, and it is the duty of the physician to advise according to his or her own best judgment. Informed consent is a prerequisite for ethical medical treatment (or for research), as is internationally recognized in the Nuremberg Code….”
Click on the title for more of this article, including action by the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) with the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary and the Hepatitis Branch of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and tying federal welfare funding to immunization compliance.
See www.house.gov/reform/hearings for testimony from the August 3rd hearing before the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, and www.aapsonline.org for the AAPS written statement distributed at the hearing. (AAPS News, 9/99, 1601 N. Tucson Blvd., Ste. 9, Tucson, AZ 85716.)
Also, see the article in the same issue, “Guest Editorial: Mandating Vaccines – Government Practicing Medicine Without a License?” by Jane M Orient, MD, as well as an article from the previous issue, “Health and Vaccines – The Case of the Hepatitis B Vaccine,” by Scott E. Miners, Publisher/Editor.
Fitness – More on Walking
Exercise and the Diabetic, and a New Great Hint for Walkers, Alternative Medicine, October 18th. “High levels of fitness may reduce the risk for diabetes in men. Researchers evaluated the relation of fitness and physical activity to the onset of diabetes in 8,633 men. The least fit 20 percent of the participants had a 3.7-fold greater risk for diabetes, compared with the 40 percent considered more fit. So here it is again: a sedentary lifestyle may contribute to the progression of diabetes. (Annals of Internal Medicine 1999;130:89-96.) Okay, nothing new here. But now hear this:
Walking produces both low strain on the tibia and low strain rates, [which are lower than running, and] the Stepmaster exceeds every activity tested in its potential to affect bone mass. Nothing new here either. But here’s a tip for walkers: To “turn bone on” it’s a good idea to run for 60 seconds at the start of your walk, and then slow to your usual brisk walk. This gives a short blast to the bone – usually enough to turn bone on.
Source: A paper presented to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons based on studies done at Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel.
Nutrition – Stay in Balance
Low Cholesterol Can Be Too Low!, Alternative Medicine, October 18th. Cholesterol levels below 180 are a risk factor for hemorrhagic stroke (rupture of a blood vessel)! A controlled study reported from the University of Washington in Seattle showed that 230 was the average cholesterol level of 3,700 individuals checked.
There is a steady increase in risk for ischemic stroke (diminished blood supply because of obstruction) above 230. Below 180, however, the risk is for hemorrhagic stroke. About 10 percent of the population have cholesterol levels below 180. Although low cholesterol is necessary to maintain the integrity of the vessel wall, levels that are too low lead to “leaky vessels.” The Japanese, who typically have low cholesterol levels, have a higher than average rate of hemorrhagic stroke.
Unpasteurized Apple Juice, Alternative Medicine, October 18th. You may already be familiar with the outbreak of E. coli in unpasteurized apple juice. It turns out that the E. coli was present on the apples used to make the juice, and even the standard procedures at the state-of-the-art plant that produced the unpasteurized juices were inadequate to eliminate contamination.
This demonstrates the problems we encounter in food processing. Not only are carbohydrates seriously and damagingly concentrated in fruit juices, but so are the contaminants! Think of how many apples are necessary to produce one glass of apple juice. And think of how much more concentrated the toxins can be.
Eat the apple, as nature intended, [rather than drink] the juice. This research concludes with a warning that applies to children, the elderly, and anyone whose immune system is compromised. Doesn’t that mean just about all of us?
Year 2000 – More News to Encourage Complementary Healthcare Methods
Medicare hears bleak diagnosis of Y2K readiness, by Steve Woodward, The Oregonian, November 12th. The Year 2000 computer problem has lodged itself in the weak spot of the nation’s Medicare system, which provides medical insurance coverage for 38 million elderly and disabled Americans. That weak spot is the computerized connection between the nation’s 800,000 doctors and Medicare’s 75 contractors, which process claims on behalf of the federal government.
If the electronics claims system doesn’t work, physicians wouldn’t be paid by Medicare for weeks, if at all [making it tough to stay in business].
Even in cases where both Medicare and physicians have Y2K-ready computer systems, the electronic partners are experiencing failure rates of as much as 20 percent when they hook their systems together in tests. But the fact that worries Medicare watchers the most is that 98 percent of the nation’s doctors, hospitals and other health providers haven’t yet tested their systems with Medicare, according to an October 11th report in American Medical News, published by the American Medical Association.
Claims-filing failures wouldn’t be lethal to patient care. But significant disruptions in the Medicare reimbursement system – either from improperly submitted claims or from a surge in paper claims – could create cash-flow nightmares for medical clinics and hospitals that rely on reliable Medicare payments to keep their operations going.
HCFA, the Health Care Financing Administration, is the federal agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The agency has warned doctors and hospitals that it will not make payments on improperly submitted claims.
To overcome the information gap, the Health Care Financing Administration has launched an all-out, 11th-hour effort to persuade doctors to test their systems.
Click on the title for the full article, including actions in Oregon and Washington, the US Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and HMOs.
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