Part 1: Impact Injury
Part 2: Movement as habit
Part 3: Emotional and Mental patterns
Part 4: Diet
Part 6: Lifestyle
Part 7: Case studies and conclusion
In my work as a body therapist, and NLP coach, I am often asked the Question “Why am I in pain?” It is usually followed by “Can it be fixed?”
The usual issues that raise “the Question” are neck, back and sciatic pain, whiplash, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel/rsi or tennis elbow, headaches and migraines.
If you or someone you care about has a painful issue that hasn’t done the decent thing and simply just gone away, then this series of articles offers:
-avenues to explore that you may not have considered yet
-fresh perspectives on those you may have tried already
-some suggestions about where to best invest your time, energy and money.
Pain patterns that seem strange, or don’t respond to various treatments may involve toxicity in one or more of its many forms.
First of all, remember that our systems are able to process and release the various toxic substances that we come into contact with. It is not useful to be obsessively fearful about every little impurity we might pick up – the stress from that alone produces acidifying toxins in the body! (see part 3 of this series) However it is wise to educate yourself and avoid as much as you can.
Even organically grown vegetables contain small amounts of natuarally present toxic substances, which can build up if you eat them every day. The oxalic acid in rhubarb, for instance. For the most part we have evolved with these and can release such toxins, as long as we have a break from eating them regularly.
Industrial chemicals, on the other hand, are new to our systems, and it appears that some people don’t have the ability to process and release some of these, so they have to be stored in the body.
Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury, and industrial and agricultural chemicals, can build up in the body and cause all sorts of havoc.
Modern foods, especially junk foods, but also many “health foods” are processed and have many Strange Ingredients, some of which amount to industrial poisons. Fluoride in the water is finally being recognised as one of these, even by the FDA in the USA.
Toothpaste commonly has a foaming agent that is considered carcinogenic by nearly everyone except those who are trying to sell it. The list goes on the and moral of the story is buyer: beware, and educate thyself.
We are exposed to all sorts of radiation these days. The effects of this are difficult to measure or predict, and may range from subtle and long term to obviously devastating.
Difficulties diagnosing any kind of toxicity include wide variation in peoples’ exposure, sensitivities and symptoms, being exposed to toxins unknowingly, plus the expense of some tests. Also scientific research is by no means exhaustive or complete, – just think X-rays, thalidamide and DDT which were claimed to be safe but turned out to be dangerous or even devastating. Then there is the fact that many big organisations fearing litigation tend to deny their processes or products can be harmful.
What to do
Any pain or disease that is ongoing and resistant to many approaches should prompt you to consult a doctor or naturopath or other practitioner who is experienced in toxicity.
Cheaper tests to get started can be provided with kinesiology. In New Zealand some of the better chemical/medical tests are expensive and have to be sent overseas. Many naturopaths or acupuncturists employ a variety of machines that have grown out of acupuncture and can test for all sorts of imbalances. My personal experience is that no one machine or practitioner has the whole picture of either diagnosis or treatment, so once again, research what and who is available in your area, and be prepared to try a few.
Craig Love is an NLP Coach and a certified practitioner of 3 body therapies: ConTact C.A.R.E, Ortho-Bionomy, Zero Balancing, and is part way through adding the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education to his toolbox. He works in and around Auckland, New Zealand with animals as well as people, helping with issues as diverse as whiplash and back pain to phobias and anxiety, and with “labels” from Fibromyalgia to Crones Disease.