Journey To Health with Dr. Brett Hightower
Making It Real
In previous columns in this august publication
I have waxed philosophical about the emergence of electric
medicine as the paradigm-of-choice for the next millennium.
I have eloquently laid out points and carefully laced divergent
disciplines together to convey why electric approaches to
medicine are the areas of focus for those of us in the drugless
health field. (In a nutshell the electric methods are; chiropractic,
acupuncture and laser therapy based on a solid foundation
of good mental, physical and spiritual hygiene and grounded
in love). I have advanced these points cogently and succinctly
to better the understanding of both myself and the reader.
Or at least this is what I tell myself.
In this column we will try to make it real.
I can hear you say: "OK, Doc, so say
it is a given that there is a subtle electric or meridian
system circulating in my body. And let's accept that the vibratory
and energetic status of this matrix, the living matrix as
you call it, is fundamental to how energetic and healthy we
are. So what, then? People still get cancer and diabetes.
What good does all this theory about electric medicine do
for me when I get the flu?"
Ah, I'm glad you asked. It does challenge
some belief systems, especially of those who are earnestly
trying to stay away from the medicine cabinet, when the old
body begins to ache. Or when a doctor you respect says "you
need this medicine to feel better" or "this is all
that can be done for you." We have been raised to go
to the doctor to get fixed. That is fine. It just takes some
degree of conscious effort and decision making ability to
tell yourself that there are things you can do in your life
that you are not taking the time to do. For most of us this
evolution in awareness, from a simple fix me mentality to
a position of general contractor, is driven by a crisis. Some
pain or illness or diagnosis will appear and will be significant
enough that you we begin a process of becoming the driver,
rather than the passenger in your health care life. This is
true in general as we mature, that we become the masters of
our personal destiny. Many fine people have embarked on a
path of better health management which has taken them to gyms
and meditation classes and the offices of a variety of providers.
It is the greatest pleasure of my professional life, working
with so many fine people who are opening their eyes to new
and better ways to feel and be more alive.
But I wax philosophical. The flu question
stands. I have treated legions of people for back and neck
pain only to find that when they had headaches or felt a cold
coming on or weren't sleeping well they went straight out
and got a prescription. What have you done for me lately?
Don't get me wrong. I am a believer in whatever
works for you. The awesome power of the placebo, the power
of belief and the importance of simple human touch, compassion
and concern require us to embrace all approaches that get
But I wax philosophical again, imagine that.
The answer is that we should avail ourselves of the time-tested
methods of spiritual, mental and physical hygiene such as
prayer, mindfulness, exercise, a positive, grateful attitude,
good rest, good diet, hand washing etc. But viruses and bacteria
and disease are real things. When they begin to become a factor
in your life, when you are forced to examine who you are and
how this disease is effecting you the window opens to a world
or questions. Are you moving well? Are you rested? What is
your body pH? Seek to balance your body and your life in a
profound way, not just to ameliorate symptoms. Ask why now.
Assess how good of a host you are and how you can raise your
level of energy so that you can shorten the intensity and
duration of the problem.
These are great times to be asking these
questions and great times to be hunting for answers. There
are many fine minds pursuing paths, the aim of which is to
help humanity redefine how we think about getting and staying
healthy. Electric medicine is the key common denominator linking
divergent disciplines to create a patient-driven, ecological
health system. I am thrilled to be able to share it with people.
But in the final analysis this great revolution,
this high-sounding paradigm shift, all comes down to the simple
choices that we each make every day. When we begin to breath
from the diaphragm, when we log on to search the net for alternative
providers, when we take control of our lives by owning our
health conditions, this is where the revolution lives. Consciousness
and reality are truly the sum product of an infinite number
of choices that we each make every day, of our deepest beliefs.
Let us resolve to make intelligent and informed decisions
as we ring in this New Year. May it be a time of great awakening
for us all and for our planet. But I wax philosophical again.