By Harvey Diamond April 2005 Following the body’s natural cycles and making uncooked food a priority can go a long way in relieving pain, says the celebrated co-author of fit for life, in a specially commissioned piece for life positive If you were strolling along the beach and happened to kick an old bottle from which out popped an honest-to-goodness genie who told you that you had but a few short moments to ask for any two wishes to be granted in your life-what would they be? Wouldn’t it be health and wealth? Aren’t those the two ‘biggies’ that most people desire in their life? To have lots and lots of money and to be healthy enough to enjoy it? Truth be told, what good would a lot of money be if you were too sick to enjoy it? The fact is that health, as the old saying goes, is your greatest wealth. Surely you’ve heard people say things like, ‘When you have your health, you have everything.’ We all wish to live a life free of pain, ill-health, and disease, that just goes without saying. But how many of us actually have the good fortune of doing so? When one looks at the actual statistics of who is living life in uninterrupted, pain-free good health and who is not, the numbers show that those who have some sort of regularly occurring health complaint far outweigh those who do not, and by a huge margin. Guess what the number one health complaint throughout the world is-by far? It accounts for more doctors’ visits than anything else and nothing else even comes close. More money is spent on this one health problem than anything else. Give up? It’s pain, or what has come to be referred to as either the ‘silent epidemic’ or the ‘hidden epidemic.’ And referring to it as an epidemic is no exaggeration I can assure you. That is because the number of people who have to deal with pain on a regular basis in their life is absolutely staggering. When you examine the statistics associated with pain, it is glaringly obvious that despite all of the often reported advances made in healthcare, pain is increasingly becoming more common, not less so. The numbers are so striking it’s difficult to even grasp the full measure of the problem. Literally hundreds of millions of people are in pain and for many of them it is constant pain every day without letup. For many of these sufferers, their chronic pain is so severe and debilitating, they feel they can’t function as normal people and sometimes it is so bad they actually want to die! They’ve said this. Huge numbers of people believe that pain is simply a part of getting older; that pain is something you simply have to learn to live with. What about you; what’s your belief system about pain? Are you one of those who have bought into the inevitability of pain? Are you convinced that because it’s so prevalent it’s just a matter of time before something starts to hurt? That certainly as time goes by something has to start to hurt? Or are you one of those who are already in pain and have simply resigned yourself to it? Having studied this subject intensely for over 35 years, I am convinced beyond any possible doubt that being hounded by pain with increasing frequency and severity as time goes by is not part of life’s grand scheme. Notwithstanding the striking number of people who do have to contend with pain on a regular basis, living pain free is the normal and natural condition of the human body, and is what the living body itself strives for with unwavering resolve; and there is a way to support your body’s efforts and help it keep pain at bay. Everything to be found regarding how to combat pain revolves around pain management; dealing with, coping with, or in some way learning how to live with pain. Every bit of supposed progress deals with some new and improved means of treatment. That is because with many debilitating problems, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, or chronic fatigue syndrome, the medical community declares that ‘there is no known cause.’ There is not a word to be found regarding how one might go about removing the cause of the pain because it has been accepted as fact that the cause is unknown. Let me tell you in no uncertain terms that just because the medical community does not know the cause of your pain that does not mean that no one does. The cause is known, and it can be removed. I have been watching people do so for decades. The reason why your focus on pain management must be redirected to focus on pain removal is because the number one tool in pain management is drugs; highly toxic, deadly drugs that are injuring and killing huge numbers of people every year. This is no exaggeration designed just to get your attention. As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association two million people are severely injured and over 100,000 of them die every year in the US alone as a result of taking prescription drugs. That is more than all the deaths attributed to breast cancer, prostate cancer, and AIDS combined! And these injuries and deaths are not because of accidents, but rather as a result of the toxic nature of the drugs taken properly and correctly in every way and according to the directions in which they should be taken that accompany the prescriptions. The study clearly states that if accidents were to be added into the equation the number is doubled to over 200,000 deaths a year. It is extremely important you understand that drugs do not fix or heal anything. They have one purpose and one purpose only and that is to fight symptoms. They do not affect the underlying cause of pain even to the slightest degree. Whatever factors or habits that are involved in causing pain have to either be changed or removed or the situation will simply continue to deteriorate causing even more pain which in turn requires even more, and stronger drugs. When it comes to the healing or fixing of anything that has to do with the body, it is the body itself that does the healing; not anything done to the body. The body is the healer. Think of a cut finger. The instant the skin is cut the intelligent body instantaneously snaps into action and heals the wound. Although we take this process entirely for granted, it is a truly astonishing bit of handiwork that is awe-inspiring in its efficiency. The entire process is something that the intelligent, self-repairing, self-healing body does for itself. And what you should never lose sight of is the fact that your body is always striving to heal anything that needs fixing, inside the body or not, with the same urgency, effectiveness and efficiency that it applies toward a cut finger. Drugs not only do nothing to help heal or fix anything; even worse, they actually interfere with the body’s own natural healing efforts and give the body more work to do to neutralise the toxic nature of the drugs. And all the while the original problem itself steadily deteriorates. You have to know there is a better way; a less harmful, less dangerous, less expensive, more sensible, more natural, more logical way to deal with pain that you will never, ever hear about from the pharmaceutical industry. It is a strategy that revolves around a greater understanding, admiration, and reverence for the remarkable living body and its unequalled healing abilities. It is a strategy that revolves around strengthening, supporting, and working in harmony with the living body itself so it can unleash its healing power, not poisoning it with dangerous, toxic drugs that thwart its efforts and do nothing to remove the problem. If you are dealing with pain on any kind of regular basis, the only way you are going to be able to be painfree, which will remove the need for dangerous drugs, is to understand and acknowledge that pain has a very specific purpose. Once that purpose is understood it is a rather straightforward process to remove the pain and prevent its return. The purpose of pain is not to punish you or make you miserable; in actual fact it has a very specific physiological purpose and that purpose is to alert you and protect you. Let me explain. All living beings that ingest food produce waste in their body that must be eliminated. This is a totally natural occurrence. The waste is generated from two sources: first, from the billions of cells that die off every day and from the residue of the 70 tons of food eaten and metabolized during our lifetime. These wastes are referred to as toxins; and with very good reason. The word toxin means poison which is exactly what metabolic waste in the body is, and if this waste is not regularly and effectively removed from the body, all manner of problems can occur, not the least of which is pain, as a result of what is termed ‘auto-intoxication.’ Fortunately for us, the exquisitely designed and intelligent living body has a built-in system to prevent just such an occurrence. The system is what is referred to as ‘the body’s garbage collector.’ That’s not how it’s listed in the index of a physiology book, but that’s what it is. In physiology books it is called the lymphatic system, or lymph system, for short. The lymph system is a truly astounding network of glands, nodes, nodules, vessels, and three times more fluid than blood, and its sole job and function is to keep you alive, well, and free of pain by removing wastes from the body. The only way that the lymph system is prevented from fulfilling its life supporting activities is when it is overburdened with more than it has the capacity to handle. The lymph system is capable of handling a lot, but if more toxins are generated in the body each day than are eliminated, the excess has to be stored somewhere in the body and that is when all the mischief starts. As soon as the balance tilts in the direction of more wastes being produced than removed, that s
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