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By Jeff Davidson
Data published this week from United Press International indicates that medical mistakes kill or permanently disable 795,000 Americans annually, equal to more than 2,000 per day. When someone has been the victim of non-fatal but debilitating medical malpractice, it’s not difficult to plunge into a cycle of despair.
You weather the initial trauma to your body, convalesce, and then make the rounds to a variety of doctors. You’re seeking to regain functioning, at least here and there. Some of the doctors are able to provide certain measures of relief; others, not really.
Time passes. You slowly become resigned to your lack of mobility and the inability to do so much of what you used to do. Heavy questions arise. Where can you turn? Is there a way out? Or, is this it? For the remaining time you have on this Earth, you’re going to be only a shell of what you used to be and, at best, master only a fraction of what came so naturally and easily?
Every Case is Unique
When I posed the above questions to Julie Stone, who practices non-medical complementary services in Apex, NC, here is what she told me:
I have worked with many people who have gone the traditional route in attempting to resolve their health and medical issues, but who have come up firing blanks. Every person I see is different, with a unique physiology. The common denominator to those with the potential to make progress is that such individuals vehemently aspire to break free. From there, much is possible.
If you have any glimmer of a better future, if you sense there are possibilities currently unforeseen, and if you have a sufficient spark to keep trying, there is hope. I have devised a program for those coming back from medical malpractice. We focus on a person’s total being: one’s mental, emotional, and spiritual state, as well as one’s physical state.
Many of the individuals who come to me have already spent thousands of dollars on appointments and procedures with traditional doctors and on being treated by traditional medicine, only to experience limited results, at best. While I’m no magician, and no one can make guarantees, I have an approach to reclaiming major portions of your life and capabilities that has been heartening to many people.
Starting From the Beginning
Stone, who is on the web at www.MindBody-Healing.com continued: My clients are often surprised that we take a wide-angle examination of their situation, which starts even before the major, negative event or illness. My method is to first explore the root cause of the condition. When did it begin? What factors triggered it initially and what factors exasperated it over time?
We strive to understand what could lay in the foundation of the condition. We then use mind-body processes to discern the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the situation. We peel back “the layers of the onion” until we arrive at a place of inner peace.
Along the way, we consider the impact of relationships and environments with the aim of employing everyday encounters with people and places, as supporting resources, while being on the lookout for any sources of conflict.
With the nervous system now experiencing harmony, which can alter the parasympathetic responses (fight or flight), the entire endocrine system has a better chance at returning to normal on its own. This approach also enables other physical processes to work more effectively.
Going for the Gold
Stone emphasizes that her healing sessions and other services educate and guide the individual in supporting their body in wellness in order for the body to heal itself:
We seek even greater improvement by establishing healing environments for one’s physical body, with nourishing foods, medicinal herbs, and many other supporting factors, all geared for one’s unique physiology.
In sum, we follow a no-harm approach that requires a bit of time to allow one’s body to respond. It is well worth the wait, however, to regain health without requiring intense life-long health management, dependency on pharma, or surgery, all the while minimizing or vanquishing side effects. From there, happiness breaks out!
Jeff Davidson is “The Work-Life Balance Expert®” and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management.
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