Mainstream Medicine vs. Complementary Medicine

medicine “We become paralyzed by the circumstances we’re thrown into rather than looking at a situation as an opportunity to grow and become a better person—a more powerful human being.”   Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

My background had been in conventional medicine; I was a pre- med student on my way to becoming a neurosurgeon. But after a car accident, I became fascinated by chiropractic, which taught me that the body is designed to heal itself, and that without proper health, we are limited in every area of our lives. More than my profession, it was a personal experience that made me an advocate of self-healing.

My opinion of Western, or mainstream, medicine is that it is effective for treating severe emergency conditions when the body’s natural ability to heal itself has been damaged. But, it over focuses on treating symptoms rather than the cause of the problem. Symptoms are the body’s way of telling us it needs help; they shouldn’t be masked or suppressed. They should lead us to the cause so it can be alleviated.

Western medicine also tends to zero in on a distinct object of disease—be it a gallbladder, a germ, or even a gene—instead of restoring harmony in the whole person. Medical treatments, especially for the degenerative diseases of age, generally help people get along by fixing their hearts, replacing joints, or medicating pain, but don’t do much to help heal any underlying damage.

Other systems of healing, ancient or modern, do it differently. They view sickness in a holistic way and the body as an entire entity— in balance or imbalance—with every part of your life affecting every other part. For example, if you’re depressed, the depression will interfere with your physical being; and a problem with your physical being, such as poor nutrition, can create depression. Even a problem in your environment, such as living around toxic chemicals, can harm your body and mind. All of these factors must be taken into consideration for self-healing to occur.

I’m sure you’ve heard other healing approaches referred to as “alternative” or “complementary” medicine. In many parts of the world, conventional medicine is considered a minority approach and might be considered alternative or complementary by Oriental, African, Ayurvedic, Native American, and other healers!

When I have something amiss in my own health, I turn to multiple experts, including nutritionists, chiropractors, naturopaths, and of course, medical doctors. I am among the more than one in three Americans who uses some form of non- Western medicine, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and that number is rising. Keep an open mind.

 

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Health and Wellness Expert, World renown Chiropractor, Bestselling author, International Speaker and President Emeritus of Parker University. WEB: http://drfabmancini.com

For more tips from the International bestseller, The Power of Self-Healing (Hay House) go to: http://goo.gl/K06pG

4 Habits That Lead to a Healthy Lifestyle

habits“Your habits dictate your life.” Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Fortunately, many people are asking: Is there a better way to stay healthy? Is there a better way to get healthy? Isn’t there something better out there? The answers are yes, yes, and yes. As you read ahead, you’ll come to realize that your health comes from within; it does not come from the outside. Once this concept sinks in, you’ll want to make self-healing an operating principle in your life.

There are so many simple lifestyle options to help your body self-heal. Here are a few examples:

1)  Exercise is self-healing. Imagine sitting indoors on a nice day watching television. But you also feel tired, maybe even depressed. So you get up, turn off the TV, and go for a walk. It might be hard at first, but the longer you walk, the better and more energized you start to feel. Mood-lifting chemicals in your brain start to circulate. Your heart strengthens. Your metabolism revs up. And these effects continue for at least 48 hours afterward. You have actually begun to self-heal!

2)  Sleep is self-healing. A good night’s sleep helps your body regenerate. When you wake up in the morning, you’ll feel refreshed.

3)  A healthy body weight is self-healing. If you’re overweight, changing your diet habits and losing excess pounds will immediately improve your health. You may reduce (or no longer need) your blood-pressure or diabetes medication. Your joints may heal, and your heart function will improve—all by simply changing your nutrition and physical activity!

4)  Hugs are self-healing. Anyone who knows me knows that I believe in hugs. Have you ever had anyone say to you, “Hey, do you need a hug?” Then they hug you, and you just feel better. There’s power in a hug. Science has verified that the simple act of reaching out and hugging another person slows heart rate, reduces blood pressure, and even accelerates recovery from an illness. All that in a simple hug!

By these few examples, I believe you can see that we all have the power to make self-healing easier or harder by our actions. And what about miracles? Yes, they can and do occur. But in general, when an illness is healed, the body is the healer, and that is the real miracle.

 

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Health and Wellness Expert, World renown Chiropractor, Bestselling author, International Speaker and President Emeritus of Parker University. WEB: http://drfabmancini.com

For more tips from the International bestseller, The Power of Self-Healing (Hay House) go to: http://goo.gl/K06pG

Are You Half-Full or Half Empty?

optimism“Having an attitude of optimism can really heal you.”   Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Try this simple experiment with me: Get a small drinking glass and fill it with water. Next, drink or pour out about half the water. Sit down and look at the glass.

Think for a moment about the old saying: the pessimist sees the glass as half empty, and the optimist sees it as half full. Then think about yourself, imagining that you are like that glass, and the water represents your level of health. Are you half full of health? Or half empty?

I’m a half-full person – an optimist, if the term is properly defined. True optimism is not synonymous with Pollyannaism. Nor is it blind foolishness, like the partygoer who insists that he’s “sober enough” to drive home. If you’re a true optimist, you believe that you can control your destiny, turn a negative into a positive, and find meaning in a bad situation. Optimists rarely give up, and because they hang in there, they usually succeed.

By contrast, pessimists feel out of control. There are many common phrases that capture the essence of pessimism: “seeing the glass half empty” or “the sky is falling.” Both phrases express the belief that problems will persist, and no amount of problem-solving will help.

I’m sure you know where I’m going with this: Optimistic thinking makes you healthier. If you’re an optimist, you feel you can take charge of and influence your health for the better. Suppose a doctor told you that you need to lose weight and start working out. The optimist in you would say: “The doctor’s right. I’ve been eating too much junk food. I need to eat more fruits and vegetables, and cut back on calories. I’m going to start going to the gym at least three times a week.”

The same words from a doctor might lead your pessimistic best friend to say, “Oh, forget it. It’s too hard – I can’t stick to it!” Pessimists feel helpless, so they never get motivated to make healthy choices. The messages they tell themselves become negative self-fulfilling prophecies.

Even science tells us that optimism is self-healing. A number of years ago, psychologists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh followed a large group of heart-bypass patients and rated them on an optimism scale. They found that the most optimistic patients were less likely to suffer a heart attack in the course of the surgery (which can happen), suffered fewer complications, and recovered faster.

Then consider the famous nun study: Researchers read the autobiographical essays of 180 nuns living in the U.S. that were written in the 1930s when the women were young (average age was 22). They found that the nuns who wrote optimistically of their lives went on to live longer – an average of ten years longer than other nuns.

And the results of a Dutch study on the health effects of optimism and pessimism on the elderly were published several years ago in the Archives of General Psychiatry:optimists had a 55 percent lower risk of death by all causes. A Mayo Clinic study, conducted over a 40-year period, also concluded that optimists live longer than pessimists. And in a 2008 Duke University study, cardiac patients who were pessimistic about their outcome were twice as likely to die early as those who were optimistic.

Pessimism, to speak frankly, just isn’t healthy. An attitude rooted in sickness can lead to sickness. You can either think of yourself as healthy or sick. The choice is up to you!

 

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Health and Wellness Expert, World renown Chiropractor, Bestselling author, International Speaker and President Emeritus of Parker University. WEB: http://drfabmancini.com

For more tips from the International bestseller, The Power of Self-Healing (Hay House) go to: http://goo.gl/K06pG

 

5 Foods that Self-Heal (part 3)

flaxseeds

“What you put inside your body is what will determine weather you can heal or not.”   Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Something amazing happens when you begin to eat healing foods and give your body a break from junk foods, bad fats, refined flour, and sugar. Your body may shed up to ten pounds of excess water weight, and your energy soars. You get your digestion working properly again, stop feeling so bloated and congested, and maximize your self-healing potential.

The scientific research is loaded with proof of how proper nutrition can heal. There are thousands of studies, for example, showing that a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables protects against heart disease and cancer. Maybe we really don’t need to throw so many pills and drugs at a disease, just more fruits and vegetables!

All whole foods are self-healing, but I’ve zeroed in on 5 foods that have special powers. I’ve compiled this list after consulting nutrition experts and reading hundreds of studies. I call these foods the strengtheners. All of them fight disease, promote a strong immune system, and provide nutrients you need to feel great. Try to include as many as possible in your diet. Simply put, when you eat well, you feel well.

Add these to your daily diet:

1) Flaxseeds– These tiny seeds are one of the few plant sources of the healing fats—omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are wonder workers: they help decrease rates of heart disease, stroke, and depression. Flaxseeds also contain lignans. These are phytoestrogens, plant estrogens that mimic the positive effects of estrogen in your body. A clinical trial found that postmenopausal women who ate about five to six table- spoons of ground flaxseeds each day for three months reduced their total cholesterol by about 6 percent. The findings were published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Easy ways to eat flaxseeds are to sprinkle a few tablespoons on your cereal in the morning or include them in a smoothie. You can also use them in baked goods.

2) Garlic- Many people try to avoid garlic (or a lot of it) because it does stink up the breath, but locked in those small cloves is tremendous healing power. Garlic has been found in lots of studies to: Help fight cancer, lower LDL cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and fight infection (including harmful bacteria and fungal organisms).  Use garlic to spice up fish, chicken, and lean beef dishes; or over vegetables, such as broccoli, green beans, and baked potatoes.

3) Kale– Kale is a newer self-healer on the block. This leafy green has the second-highest antioxidant concentration of any vegetable. Kale is packed with lutein, an antioxidant that protects your eyes and fights heart disease, is loaded with cancer-fighting sulfur compounds such as sulforaphane. 
Kale has a slightly bitter flavor, so you may want to season it with garlic or use it in soups or stews with other veggies to compensate. You can also buy kale chips at health-food stores. They’re a delicious replacement for fattening potato chips.

4) Legumes– When I say legumes, I’m talking about beans, peas, and lentils- foods high in fiber-rich carbohydrates and protein. Legumes help normalize cholesterol, contribute to a healthy digestive system.  They also contain various self-healing nutrients, including the B vitamins, folic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin 
One of my favorite legumes is yellow split peas, a veggie common in my native Colombian cuisine. This legume is loaded with genistein, a phytochemical that may protect against heart disease by preventing the clogging of arteries. Like their other legume cousins, yellow split peas are full of fiber. 
Beans and legumes are so versatile. Enjoy them in salads, soups, as part of dips—or as a side dish or main dish if you’re a vegetarian.

5) Nuts– It’s easy to overindulge on nuts because they’re so tasty, but you only need a small portion to get their big nutritional dividends. All nuts are significant sources of healing nutrients, although almonds and walnuts are my favorites. Two ounces of almonds (about 48 nuts), for example, provide more than 50 percent of your daily requirement for magnesium, a heart-healthy mineral. Almonds are great sources of vitamin E, fiber, and monounsaturated fat—all heart protective, too. A small study published in Circulation found that after eating about two-and-a-half ounces a day for two months, participants significantly lowered their total cholesterol and lowered several other risk factors for heart disease as well. Walnuts provide two essential fatty acids that are good for your heart: linoleic and linolenic fatty acid. Linoleic acid may slash the risk of having a stroke, and linolenic acid helps prevent heart disease, as stated in a study published in 2001 by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In addition to these attributes, walnuts are high in fiber and antioxidants.

Sprinkle chopped almonds or walnuts on your cereal or salads, blend them in smoothies, or simply enjoy them as between-meal snacks.

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Health and Wellness Expert, World renown Chiropractor, Bestselling author, International Speaker and President Emeritus of Parker University. WEB: http://drfabmancini.com

For more tips from the International bestseller, The Power of Self-Healing (Hay House) go to: http://goo.gl/K06pG