THE HEALING ARTS
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© July 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
This is an important article concerning the differences between the most common healing methods and nutritional balancing science.
Some will say this article is very incomplete, and not fair to some of the healing methods. I have kept the details very brief to avoid confusion and keep the article a reasonable length.
THE MAIN WESTERN HEALING ARTS
This is one of the oldest method of healing used around the world. It may be defined as the use of rocks, plants and animal-based remedies to combat disease.
Many patented drugs today are derived from herbs. These include antibiotics, heart medications, pain killers, hormones, birth control pills, and dozens of others.
Nutritional balancing uses a few herbs. However, most are mild drugs and not suited for nutritional balancing, which avoids toxic substances of any kind as much as possible. For more about herbalism, and a list of the herbs that are allowed with nutritional balancing programs, please read Herbs on this site.
Allopathy, pronounced a.lop’.a.thy, is the true name of modern drug-and-surgery-based medicine. It is now the dominant method of care in all Western nations today, and it is growing in many others.
Allopathy is really an outgrowth of herbalism. However, the remedies the allopaths use today are all patented versions of the herbs, or some are totally synthetic products that cost more, and are often more much more toxic than the herbs they are based upon.
Theory of allopathy. Major features of allopathic medicine include:
1. The main theory of allopathy (and most other healing arts) is to diagnose or identify disease entities. Then one applies or prescribes a remedy or treatment to cure, which means to remove, the entity.
This is extremely important to understand, and to contrast with nutritional balancing. For much more on this topic, please read Diagnosing Versus Development on this site.
2. Allopathy versus herbalism. Allopathy may be viewed as patent drug remedy science. That is, the use of mainly patented products to manage disease. Compare this to herbalism, which is the use of non-patented and unpatentable remedies to manage disease.
3. Allopathy also includes surgery and radiation therapies. Surgery and trauma care are where allopathy performs the best, today.
4. Allopathy versus homeopathy. If you check a dictionary, allopathy is often defined as “a method of combating disease by the use of remedies producing effects different from those produced by the disease itself”.
This is a bit technical and confusing, but the definition is written to distinguish allopathy from homeopathy. The latter is the use of remedies that produce effects similar to those produced by the disease itself. Homeopathy is discussed later in this article.
5. Allopathy includes some specialties and “allied healing arts”, especially physical therapy, dietetics, and a few others. Drugs and surgery are central, and the everything else they consider much less important.
6. Allopathy makes excellent use of Western mechanical and electrical machines such as microscopes, blood analyzers, scanners and more to assess the body.
7. Allopathy believes in basic medical research, although a lot of it is about developing new drugs – and not about nutrition, for example.
Allopathy today rejects:
1. Modern (late 20th and 21st century) nutritional science. This is one of its greatest shortcomings. The drug industry just does not want it, as they know many of their drugs would not be needed if modern scientific nutrition were part of regular medical care.
2. Most of Eastern or Oriental diagnosis and healing methods.
3. Most holistic lab testing such as hair mineral testing. Some, who are in charge, know that this would mean the end of drug medicine, as it is practiced today.
4. Most newer diagnostic labels used in holistic medical care such as chronic candidiasis, brain fog, chronic fatigue syndromes, and others.
The best features of allopathy. These are modern surgical techniques, and modern trauma care, in most cases. However, there is a lot of unnecessary surgery, and all surgery is toxic and carries risks of infection, errors, and other complications.
The worst features of today’s allopathy. These are:
2. Vaccination and other so-called preventive measures such as mammograms and water fluoridation.
3. Overprescription of drugs, especially Antibiotics
4. Toxic drugs. For more, please read Dangerous Drugs.
5. Defensive medicine and other structural problems. For more, please read Your Doctors Priorities.
CHIROPRACTIC AND OSTEOPATHY
These may be called the structural aspect of healing the body. Throughout history, some practitioners of all the healing arts did structural manipulation of the bones and soft tissues for healing purposes.
In 1874, Andrew Taylor Still, MD, (1828-1917) in Missouri founded osteopathy as a separate science of bone and tissue manipulation. In 1895, D.D. Palmer (1835-1914) in Ohio founded a somewhat similar science he called chiropractic.
Both men wrote extensively about the theory and practice of correcting slight displacements in the positions of the vertebrae, and also correcting displacements in the other joints and tissues. These displacements, some of whichare called subluxations, impinge upon the nerves that supply energy to the tissues, and as a result, impair health. When done properly, correction causes pain and many other symptoms to vanish.
Chiropractic and osteopathy helped thousands of people in the early 20th century in America. This led to a bitter battle with the allopaths or drug doctors, who viewed bone and tissue manipulation as competition. The allopathic trade organization and political arm, the AMA or American Medical Association, nearly drove chiropractic and osteopathy out of business using thug tactics and big money politics. They outlawed their schools, lied and denigrated their work, and used other methods to discredit and banish them.
Eventually, both the osteopaths and the chiropractors decided they needed their own licensing boards so that the allopaths would not stop them from practicing their trade. It took the chiropractors until 1974 to achieve licensing in all the American states!
The osteopaths decided to give up their manipulative work, for the most part, and just become licensed as allopathic doctors. Some of their excellent techniques are still taught at osteopathic medical schools, but not much, and most osteopaths do not offer manipulative therapy.
Manipulation techniques and nutritional balancing. Unlike most other healing arts, chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation are extremely compatible with nutritional balancing science. At times, they are absolutely needed for healing.
Also, nutritional balancing includes a very basic chiropractic or osteopathic routine done daily to keep the spine flexible called the Spinal Twist Procedure.
Toxicity. Nature-cure is an older method of healing that uses only non-toxic methods to heal the body. These include foods, herbs, other natural substances, and forces of nature such as hot and cold, sunshine, fresh air and pure water.
Methods to apply these include various diets, baths, enemas, douches, massage, manipulation, reflexology, oxygen therapies, sunbathing, lifestyle, and hot and cold applications to the body.
The concept is that one will not give poisonous remedies to heal disease. Instead, one seeks to change the environment around the body to make it healthier, and in this way the body heals itself.
Nutritional balancing borrows some procedures and products from this noble tradition. Nutritional balancing differs a lot from nature-cure, however, in the following ways:
1. NB uses modern healing theory such as the stress theory of disease, cybernetic principles, chaos theory, and others. These are all twentieth century ideas.
2. NB relies heavily on the concept of yang and yin taken from macrobiotics. It is an ancient idea that is not used much in Western medical or natural healing sciences.
3. NB uses hair tissue mineral analysis, another modern scientific innovation.
4. NB does not use many herbs, as we find most of them to be somewhat toxic remedies.
Nature-cure is somewhat popular in Europe, where people can go on a “spa vacation” to “take the cure”, as it is called. They rest a lot, eat fresh food, sit in the sun, bath in the mineral springs, have a massage and perhaps a colonic irrigation, and sit in the sauna or steam bath. They come home refreshed, slimmer, and healthier.
Nature-cure never became as popular in the United States, although some hot spring resorts and the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan flourished in America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
During the twentieth century, nature-cure was violently suppressed by the drug companies and medical doctors, who viewed it as competition. They successfully shut down most of the mineral hot spring resorts and nature-cure hotels and sanitariums.
The best features of nature-cure:
1. Low toxicity.
2. A light touch – meaning not a very invasive science of healing.
3. An appreciation for the self-healing abilities of the body when given the right nourishment, warmth, and other conditions for healing. This goes along with #2 above.
4. Less of a remedy science and more of a systems approach.
I have separated nature-cure and naturopathy, although some would say they are very. I don
I don’t believe this is true. Naturopathy is more updated and includes more therapies today. It has two branches in America, at least. Some naturopaths are licensed in about 20 states, while another group of naturopaths are not state licensed.
Toxicity. Naturopathy includes some non-toxic therapies such as baths, manipulation, and use of sunshine. However, today’s naturopathy is generally a remedy science that uses somewhat toxic therapies such as hormone replacement, chelation, IV vitamins, homeopathy, and some toxic herbs. The licensed naturopaths also prescribe medical drugs!
Remedy science. Naturopathy, as generally practiced, is still to a large degree a remedy science. This means that they diagnose diseases and then prescribe remedies for them.
This is very different from nutritional balancing, which does not require diagnosis and does not use remedies much at all.
Please note this difference, as it may be confusing, at times, to realize that naturopathy is not similar to nutritional balancing, although they may seem similar.
Problems with naturopathy today:
1. Often just a fancy, all-inclusive remedy science without a central theory of healing.
2. Much more toxic than nutritional balancing, although it is less toxic than allopathic medicine, in general.
I recently learned that to attend the licensed naturopathic colleges in America, they require that all students be vaccinated! That is total hypocrisy, from a natural perspective. It tells me the licensed naturopathic profession has been seriously infiltrated by drug company interests and propaganda.
The war between the licensed and unlicensed naturopaths in the USA. A battle currently rages in the state legislatures of the United States Of America for legal dominance in the healing arts between the licensed naturopaths and the unlicensed naturopaths.
At this time, naturopathic doctors have achieved licensing in some 20 states in America. When naturopathic licensing is brought to a state, one of their first items of business is to outlaw the older, traditional naturopaths and nature-cure doctors, whom they view as competition.
Licensed naturopaths and nutritional balancing. Few licensed naturopaths offer nutritional balancing science at this time (2016). This saddens me, because many of the principles are similar. Most that I have spoken with “know too much” and want to use all their remedies. I hope someday this situation will change.
Homeopathy was the beginning of what may be called the subtle energy current of healing. I call it this because homeopathic medicines contain very little chemical substances, and work by a different principle. Many more sciences of subtle energy exist, all of which use a somewhat similar principle. These include aromatherapy or essential oil therapy, Bach flower remedies, Schussler’s cell salts, and dozens of electrical frequency and radionic machines that beam energy into the body in various ways.
History. Homeopathy began in the early 1800s with the research of Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician (1755-1843). He noticed that very diluted, potentized doses of various herbs, minerals and other substances had interesting effects upon the human body. Soon he had developed a set of axioms about how the science works, and how to prepare the homeopathic medicines.
Homeopathic theory. According to Webster’s dictionary, homeopathy depends upon “the theory that disease is cured by remedies that produce in a healthy person similar symptoms as that of the complaint of the person”.
This is an unusual idea. For example, if a healthy person takes a particular homeopathic remedy, it might produce nausea. This is called a “proving”. Once this is known, then if a person with nausea is given the same remedy, it may stop the nausea. This is the essence of the homeopathic concept, although there are some other principles.
Good features of homeopathy:
1. Remedies are much less costly. They are not patentable, in general, and this is the reason for the lower cost.
2. Remedies are not immediately toxic, as are medical drugs. However, they have longer-term toxicity which can be worse.
Problems with homeopathy:
1. Choosing the remedy is difficult, at best.
2. All the remedies are very yin, in macrobiotic terms. This is a distinct and critical problem. For this reason, I never recommend homeopathy. Please avoid ALL homeopathy!
3. It is mainly symptom-based and remedy science.
4. Coffee, used extensively in nutritional balancing, will antidote many homeopathic remedies. As a result, coffee is not permitted by many homeopaths. This makes homeopathy incompatible with nutritional balancing science.
NUTRITIONAL BALANCING SCIENCE
History of nutritional balancing science. Dr. Paul C. Eck (1925-1996) was the founder of nutritional balancing science. He developed it slowly, beginning around 1970, and extending until his passing about 26 years later. Earlier in his life, Dr. Eck had worked in the supplement and pharmaceutical industries. He read widely, and was an avid medical researcher.
He synthesized ideas from herbalism, nature-cure, chiropractic, modern biochemistry, enzyme and nutritional science and allopathic research. He combined this with 20th century concepts such as the stress theory of disease, systems theory, chaos theory, and cybernetics. While some healing arts include some of these, none that I know of include them all.
Nutritional balancing is thus a specific synthesis of East and West, old and new, subtle energy methods and modern biochemistry.
Dr. Eck also pioneered the use of hair mineral analysis as an assessment method. It was quite new at the time, and he developed it much further. He changed the order of the minerals on the chart, and added ideal values instead of reference ranges.
He discovered that the lab must not wash the hair for accurate readings, developed an easy-to-read calibrated chart, and changed some of the ideal values on the hair chart.
Dr. Eck also discovered that certain geometric patterns appeared on his specially calibrated hair charts. This is an aspect of vector mathematics that is revealed when the right chart is used to display the mineral values.
He also developed several unique nutrient formulas and supplement programs to help balance the minerals.
More recent changes. Since Dr. Eck’s passing in 1996, I made his diets stricter, adding many more cooked vegetables to replenish more alkaline reserve minerals. It also makes the bodies much more yang.
I have also added several dozen new geometric patterns that can be identified on a hair mineral analysis. These are all listed on the ‘Read Articles’ page of this website.
I also added supplements of kelp, TMG, EPA-DHA and vitamin D 5000 iu daily, and have helped reformulate some of Dr. Eck’s products. Supplement programs are different from those recommended by Dr. Eck’s laboratory at this time.
I also added the detoxification procedures. I had to do this because the diet and supplements alone were not enough to heal many people. At this time, the main procedures are the Pushing Down Exercise, Coffee Enemas, Red Lamp Sauna Therapy, Reflexology and the Spinal Twist.
There are special reasons for the use of each of these, and why many other detoxification and healing procedures are not included. For years, I had used all these methods except saunas to help myself and others become well. Red lamp sauna therapy was added in 2003.
Positive features of nutritional balancing science:
1. Safer than most other healing methods, in my experience.
2. Effective for healing most conditions. Some, however, take up to a few years to heal.
3. More permanent healing than most remedy approaches.
4. Preventive. It can even heal sub-clinical or latent conditions, not just obvious health conditions.
5. Extremely good for chronic infections, and toxicity with all metals and chemicals.
6. Causes development. This is one of its secrets, and the reason it is powerful and yet safe at the same time. This concept is explained in a number of articles on this website, such as Introduction To Development.
7. Trauma healing. It can undo many mental and physical traumas. This is an unusual benefit.
8. Retracing. This is a deep type of healing that occurs with very few healing arts.
Problems with nutritional balancing:
1. Cost. One needs to take supplements that can cost $150.00 per month, or even more in some nations that must pay for shipping and customs fees.
2. Time commitment. One needs to prepare good quality meals, and rest adequately. This is difficult for some people.
3. Retracing symptoms. Retracing is usually benign. However, occasionally it produces annoying or even scary temporary symptoms.
4. Facing issues. Nutritional balancing will increase one’s awareness and ability to process mentally. This can bring to consciousness memories and emotional issues that need healing, but are unpleasant for some people.
5. Need for supervision. Occasionally, body chemistry changes, requiring a new program at once. If this is ignored, the client feels worse, and some quit the program for this reason. The only solution is to stay in close contact with your nutritional balancing practitioner, who must, in turn, check with me regarding the need for updating their client’s programs.
POPULAR ORIENTAL HEALING SYSTEMS
This is a very ancient method of healing. It is an enormous and complex discipline that takes years and years to learn. It is somewhat similar to nutritional balancing in its principles. Let us explore this, as it is interesting that a 5,000 year old therapy is even somewhat similar to one that was developed less than 50 years ago:
Similarities between acupuncture and nutritional balancing science:
1. Balancing yin an yang.
2. Identifies the same patterns in the body, in many cases, although the names are often different.
3. Some of the products are similar, although acupuncture relies on herbs whereas nutritional balancing uses the newer vitamin and mineral products of Western nutritional science.
4. Uses a combination of diet, lifestyle, herbs or supplements and other procedures to balance the body.
Important differences between acupuncture and nutritional balancing:
1. Acupuncture uses the older herbs.
2. Diet is less critical in acupuncture.
3. Acupuncture uses needling of the meridian points. This is not part of nutritional balancing.
4. NB uses the hair mineral analysis, and coffee enema, foot reflexology, red lamp sauna, spinal twist and pushing down exercise. These are not part of acupuncture.
Acupuncture, in my experience, is very interesting, but not as effective today for many people. The herbs are somewhat toxic, and the needling does not necessarily more energy downward through the body, which is necessary. Therefore, we don’t usually recommend acupuncture and we don’t seem to need it.
This is another very ancient healing method that is still popular in India, in particular. Like acupuncture, it is a large, complex science. Like nutritional balancing science, Ayurveda involves metabolic typing, diets, herbs and some other practices.
A major concept in Ayurveda is to classify bodies as being one of three major metabolic types that are called pita, vatta and kapha. Once one’s type has been identified, specific foods, herbs and other procedures are recommended to balance the body.
In my experience of 35 years, Ayurveda is not nearly as helpful today as it perhaps once was, many thousands of years ago. Conditions on earth have changed recently, and the bodies are all much sicker and more yin than they were when Ayurveda was developed.
THE REMEDY PARADIGM VERSUS BALANCING THE BODY
To understand the history of health care, it is necessary to understand healing paradigms. A paradigm is a set of ideas, a way of viewing reality, or a pattern of how things really work in the world. The dominant paradigm of healing in the Western nations today may be called the diagnose-and-treat method. It requires that:
1. A health practitioner must first identify or diagnose a disease entity, a “constitution”, a constellation of symptoms, a syndrome, a diathesis or some other health condition.
2. Once the diagnosis is made, one or more remedies are applied to treat, cure, ameliorate, palliate or ideally to remove the disease, symptoms, condition, diathesis or other problem.
3. The process of applying the remedy is sometimes called prescribing.
It is very critical to understand this paradigm. As with most paradigms, it is all around us, so we often take it for granted. However, it is not the only paradigm of healing.
For example, the ancient science of acupuncture does not name diseases or concern itself much with symptoms. Instead, the practitioner identifies certain rather esoteric imbalances with names like damp heat, yin deficiency or yang rising. Then steps are taken to rebalance the body, rather than focus on curing or removing symptoms, conditions, diseases, syndromes, diatheses or the constitution.
In this paradigm, which is used in nutritional balancing science, symptoms go away by themselves when the deeper imbalances are corrected.
Nutritional balancing is also a whole-system approach to healing. This means that healing occurs because the program balances the body and thereby restores and increases the body’s level of adaptive or biochemical energy. Balancing is done by correcting certain mineral ratios, making the body more yang, nourishing the body properly, and more.
As the body’s energy level increases using nutritional balancing science, the body’s healing intent or teleology becomes more active, and healing occurs throughout the body. This causes symptoms to go away and it allows a much higher overall level of health or wellness.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A BIOENERGETIC METHOD OF HEALING AND ALL REMEDY METHODS OF HEALING
1. A total systems approach instead of a partial approach. Remedy methods are more specific. Nutritional balancing is not too concerned with symptoms at all. It is a general systems theory approach to healing. The idea is to correct the system, and all symptoms improve on their own.
2. Few “toxic side effects”. From a systems theory perspective, all remedies are somewhat toxic because they do not address the whole system of the body/mind and soul. In fact, it is not possible to remedy or correct just one part of an integrated system. Any remedy that addresses just one part of the total system will affect the whole system.
3. With nutritional balancing, the body corrects symptoms in its own order and its own timing. This is a critical concept. It can be frustrating at times, because the symptom one is most interested in correcting, such as fatigue, may not be the first symptom to go away because the body has different priorities.
For example, the teleology or healing intent of the body may decide that a hidden aneurism or a weak heart is more important to heal first, before a symptom of fatigue. Therefore, it can seem like healing is slower, although this is not really true. It is just occurring in a different order, and much of it is hidden from view.
In fact, this property of the bioenergetic approach makes it much more thorough and much safer than any remedy approach. This is because all remedy methods depend on the doctor’s and the client’s ability to assess the real problem, whereas with nutritional balancing this is much less important because the body decides which symptom or conditions to heal first. Its priorities for healing are usually far more accurate and appropriate than our guesswork, although it is not the case with cancer.
4. Deeper, and more complete healing of the body and brain. As stated above, healing is much deeper and more thorough with bioenergetics.
5. Much more is asked of the client. Bioenergetics requires much more client participation, self-discipline and understanding than most remedy approaches. The latter tend to be far more passive for the client. This is good in some ways. It also means that nutritional balancing will not be easy and that some, or perhaps many people will not want to do it at all.
6. Mental or spiritual development occurs only with nutritional balancing. Nutritional balancing causes a particular process to occur in the body called development that rarely, if ever, occurs with the use of remedies of any kind. This process extends life and boosts health in unusual ways, and is discussed in other articles on this website such as Introduction To Mental Or Spiritual Development.
A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE HEALING ARTS
Politics may seem like an unusual subject to be included in an article about methods of healing. However, it is very important to understand. Otherwise, one cannot appreciate why health care is so costly, and why the health of Western people is degenerating, even with lots of medical research, “wars on cancer”, and other heroic efforts to conquer disease.
Very briefly, for years Europe had a “guild system”, which mainly perpetuated the politically-correct allopathic method of healing. Only the children of doctors were permitted to study medicine and become doctors, essentially. The United States had a much more open and competitive health care marketplace throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, and into the early 20th century.
So, for example, until around 1910, the allopathic method of healing in the United States had to compete openly with nature cure, homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, and other healing methods. Unlike the other healing arts, however, the allopaths began to organize politically, as early as 1847, to get rid of their competition. They used standard political methods such as lies and propaganda, bribes to state legislators, murder, extortion and other thuggish tactics to press their case. Slowly, they convinced the public and state legislators in the USA to pass state medical licensing laws that entrenched their doctors and basically made all other healing methods illegal in the United States.
They succeeded only too well, changing medical care from an open marketplace, driven by the consumer, to a cartel that today literally controls all of medical care, from medical education and hospital residencies, to laboratories, hospitals, clinics and to what doctors can and cannot say and do.
Their success has nothing to do with the effectiveness of their methods or service to the public. Instead, it has everything to do with political power and control of the mass media, control of the major medical journals, heavy advertising, and much more. This is as true today as it was over 100 years ago.
Although most doctors do not realize it, they are taught, coerced and manipulated by their training and licensing boards to use only drugs and surgery, for the most part. All other methods of healing such as diet, nutritional supplements, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathy, herbal medicine and other methods are largely absent from their schools, clinics, hospitals and their journals. They are literally in the dark when it comes to these other sciences. This is by design by those who would control the medical care system.
The public, as well, are horribly ignorant of the truth about nutrition, nutritional supplements, chiropractic and other healing methods that the allopaths do not support. Most people just accept the idea that allopathy is best because that is what they are told by the allopathically-controlled mass media. If you don’t believe me, just watch television for an hour or so and notice all the advertisements for drugs.