A female, 46 years of age, phoned from North Queensland with a bad case of what the doctors diagnosed as Ross River fever. She was at the stage where her whole life was being affected by it. She had constant headaches and what she described as terrible pain in her hips, hands, left leg and feet. Her hands and feet were also swollen to the extent she could hardly walk. She had been given anti-inflammatory drugs but she had worked out for herself this wasn’t the long-term answer, plus they did not stop the pain. I recommended she try to get down to see me personally in the near future if possible. However, until then I suggested she start a detoxification and revitalisation program immediately. I posted her the information that day.
After two weeks the patient phoned and reported no headaches and she was feeling better in herself. The pain and swelling also had improved. Two weeks following this, which was one month after the first consultation by phone, the patient was able to make it down to see me personally.
She came in looking like an old woman, shuffling and creeping along as if she was ‘death warmed up’. She reported very bad pain in her joints again. It was during this first visit that I was able to see clearly the main contributing cause of her degenerating condition. She was having a great deal of ongoing personal stress and anxiety, combined with a general feeling of hopelessness.
As I spent some time with her it was clear to see there were some very real areas of ongoing distress in her life. For months she had been living in a state of fear. Finally, this sickness and physically depleted state that she found herself in was like the last burden she could carry. She felt hopeless, didn’t know what to do or where to go. It was only when one of my former patients met this woman and saw her suffering, she was able to share with her how her sister had been in a similar condition and now was well. This gave her a glimmer of hope that she acted upon and I am grateful to relate, it was the beginning of the end of her suffering.
This lady needed ‘medicine for her soul’. I explained to her, unless she could find some inner peace and release all this stress and pent-up emotion, any changes to her diet or lifestyle would have little effect. I suggested she have some treatment with myself, some therapeutic massage to release some of the tension in her body. More important than the massage however, this gave me time to talk to her and explain the cause of her disease. I gave her some counselling in an effort to help sort out her mind and emotions. This proved to be very effective. I recommended she buy a book or two to give her a lift and this did prove to be ‘medicine for her soul’. I also recommended some corrective exercises for her to do every day to loosen and wring out her heavily burdened and toxic-laden body tissues.
The most important course of action in this case was to remove the negative contributing mental and psychological factors. These by far outweighed the other contributing causes of her condition. Unless she could start to think positively and see and feel some hope for herself, this condition would only degenerate further into chronic fatigue and become a part of her life. Bad or negative thoughts and fear make bad blood. Stress makes stress acids the body cannot handle. Attention to diet, rest and exercise alone would not be sufficient because this patient was burning up biological energy faster than her body could produce it. A day of stressful living uses as much energy as a week of productive work. No wonder she felt the way she did. The stress had been going on for years. You cannot find rest if you cannot find peace in your mind and heart.
Nothing we can do in this world and in our whole lifetime can truly be enjoyed and appreciated unless we are at peace with ourselves. If ongoing stress (fear) is present, dietary considerations, exercise programs, therapeutic body work, operations, whatever, all have little effect in removing the underlying cause of suffering unless peace is achieved and maintained in the mind, emotions and heart. No success in the world, can compensate for lack of self acceptance and inner peace. The words of Dr Edward Bach are worth repeating here:
There is no true healing without a change in outlook, peace of mind and inner happiness.
And it was the great psychologist William James of Harvard University that made this remarkable statement:
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
The counsel was given and accepted, and what was the result? Peace of mind. And with this peace came a sense of self worth. The detoxification and revitalisation (mentally and physically) gave health, and yes, healing. This patient was given a new mental resource, a new program to put in the computer of her life to reprogram her thinking and functioning. She accepted the new program with faith, pressed the ‘enter’ button and took action. The result? She was able to remove the mental virus that was contributing greatly to her health problems on all levels.
The breaking of the destructive physical, mental and emotional cycle gave her mind and body the opportunity to rest for the first time in years. The body is the servant of the mind and will respond and follow the commands and dictates of the mind. If the mind and emotions are confused on an ongoing basis, the physical body will be confused accordingly. Its function and all areas of operation will be compromised because of the background cry of ‘distress’ within the body. We have an ‘intellect on all levels’. The cells of our body are a loving, nurturing and interdependent society and are aware of what is going on in the room upstairs (the mind). Because of this, how you think has a very real effect upon how you function and how you function directly affects how you feel, your appearance and how you perceive life. Truly, enervation, lowered nerve force is caused more by our thoughts, how we choose to think more than anything else. This I explained to my patient and the importance of finding happiness and peace in herself, in her own interests and purpose for living.
She was a good student, she listened to my counsel and did her own study. She humbly applied what she found and her health and life was transformed by it. I have recently seen this patient, she looked wonderful and that is exactly how she is functioning and feeling and that was her exact response when asked how she was feeling, ‘WONDERFUL!’
She looks 15 years younger and she now wears the most beautiful, serene smile. She is happy and has inner contentment. She has lost 9 kg and has new life and a fresh start to living. This transformation did not come from just changing her diet and telling her to rest and stop worrying. No, this type of transformation takes place on the soul level. When a person becomes so low in body, mind and spirit that they are willing to do anything to retrieve themselves from the deep chasm of self grief or what I describe as a ‘functional metabolic rut’. Sluggish metabolism over many years devitalises a person and sets them up for physical and mental sluggishness and further enervation. Existence in a rut that can consume the whole life of the individual. A rut we are reminded is ‘a grave with the ends kicked out’!
It is interesting to follow the progress of this patient and to witness the dramatic changes which occurred over a four-month period. The patient had first contacted me by phone and described herself as chronically tired, having constant bad headaches, swollen and ‘terribly painful’ joints. The medical diagnosis: Ross River fever. Three months later the patient was feeling wonderful and looking wonderful, lost 9 kg, walking four times a week for up to an hour, very happy, healing in progress and feeling a new sense of inner peace and renewal. In less than four months this person had gone from tragedy to triumph and new life. This is not the end of the story, far from it. Her romance with life has just begun. Below I would like to share her own account:
I was at home on the central Queensland coast in March ‘94 when I awoke to find myself almost paralysed down my left side. I could not move without severe pain. My joints were swollen and I knew I was in big trouble. I suspected Ross River fever. This was confirmed by my GP whose remedy was painkillers and anti- inflammatories and that I could suffer for the next three years (not good news for body and soul). I had very good recommendation from a friend for a naturopath, Peter Edwards, at the Gold Coast.
I immediately arranged a phone consultation. I invested in a juicer and followed exactly as he advised. One month later I had the opportunity to consult with Peter in person. I limped in like an old woman and I am only 47. Peter read my eyes and ‘stress’ told the story. I had been set up for Ross River fever over many years. I had been dying inside without my realising it. Over the next few weeks major changes took place in my life. It was during this time I made my affirmation to be healthy, happy, prosperous and at peace. Since then I have not looked back. Having my faith, my positiveness and healthy eating and exercise I am now a new woman. I feel vibrant. It is so wonderful. Now just four months after being so ill, so depressed and so stressed I feel so healthy, happy and young. I am walking 45-60 minutes four times a week and I am able to set my mind to do almost anything. I owe my thanks to a friend, Maris, in her recommendation to Peter and I want to thank Peter for saving my life and giving me the will to live healthily and happily. I don’t class myself as on a diet, just a healthy way of life.
– Carolyn Hodgers.