So, you say you want to be healthy?
Just what does that mean in these rapidly changing times for the healthcare field? Fortunately, as a society, we have grown beyond thinking the absence of pain or dysfunction in the body is equivalent to good health. The more information available about this thing called “health”, the more we realize it is all about potential and not merely the absence of symptoms or “disease”. The potential to express all that we are as members of the human race is the focus. Are you maximizing the “potential” you have for enjoying true health and being all you were meant to be?
The buzzwords in health these days are “mind/body response”. The evidence is almost overwhelming that the most powerful weapon in your wellness arsenal is your mind. How you use it can be your greatest blessing or greatest curse when it comes to your health. All the self-help books and positive affirmation brochures focus on helping you employ your mind in the arena of health. Numerous techniques and procedures recruit the patient’s thought process to assist in stimulating the healing response. Just how can that be, you might ask. What is this all about? How come the “eat, drink, and be merry and when you become ill some magic potion or surgical procedure will be provided to cure you and allow you to go back to the eat, drink, and be merry lifestyle once again” is no longer accepted as true. The fact is it was never true, we were just taught that it was and chose to believe it at the time. Well if that is the case, we better look for another model of health to pursue other than the one that has led us as a nation to become the unhealthiest society of all the industrialized nations on earth as reported by the World Health Organization.
First, we need to review some basic premises on the science of “life” if we are to consider a new direction. Traditionally, “life” has been associated with chemistry. This has served as the scientific basis for the majority of medical treatment. The idea being that if the abnormal chemistry is corrected, the problem/disease will be cured. We have a chemical (drug) available for every purpose imaginable in our attempt to micro-manage the physiology of this body that appears to have lost control of itself and is now doing “disease”. If this premise were true, one look at the size of the PDR (Physician’s Desk Reference) would reassure us that we have the “health” problem well under control. Obviously, this is not the case. Herein lies the basic fault in the old thought process regarding health. Chemistry is not, and never has been, the answer. Physics is the science of life. However, it is not the Newtonian physics we use everyday to describe the inanimate world about us, but it is the quantum physics of Einstein and others that relates directly to living systems. Understanding this emerging field will be the key to truly understanding how the body functions. Fortunately for us as a society, we don’t have to fully understand quantum physics to employ it for our benefit right now. The “mind/body” response is pure quantum physics in action. It is pure energy in motion; electromagnetic energy. Is chemistry involved with this response? Surely, but only as an effect of the expression of the physics involved, and not as the cause. There is one more step in the health equation that is beginning to be addressed by a few cutting edge health techniques. That step expands the health equation to the “spirit/mind/body” response. We are indeed spiritual beings having a physical experience. That reality can not be ignored if health is important to us.
I have had the good fortune of having the developer of one of these cutting edge techniques as a friend and mentor for the past 22 years. Dr. M.T. Morter, Jr., has developed Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique, B.E.S.T., over the past 27 years. Dr. Morter is a past president of two chiropractic colleges, a noted lecturer, gifted author, researcher, clinician, and founder of Morter Health Systems in Rogers, Arkansas. His monthly Health Week program draws patients from around the world with some of the most challenging health problems imaginable. The results achieved utilizing his concepts and procedure are truly remarkable, to say the least. The Morter B.E.S.T. System employs a quantum physics model to health restoration. The system demonstrates how you can impact body systems with choices you make day-to-day, every day, in six areas of your life.
Six Essentials of Life
These areas are referred to as the “Six Essentials For Life”. They are as follows: What You Eat; What You Drink; How You Exercise; How You Rest; What You Breathe; and What You Think”. The choices made in these six areas serve as stimuli to the body and demand a response from it. These six essentials are the source of the “stress” that comes into your life. The sum total of all the responses by the body to your choices is what you and I refer to as either “health” or “disease”. Symptoms/diseases become “necessary” due to the inappropriate choices we have made up to that point in time. They are the end product of the bodies attempt to compensate and survive the choices you have made. If we do not like the outcome of the choices we have made, we need to make better choices today and in the future. Health is certainly a journey and not a destination.
The key to regaining health is making better choices that will make the symptoms/disease no longer “necessary” and allow the automatic healing response to occur. Understanding “how it works” is vital so the patient does not re-establish the condition for which he receives treatment by once more making inappropriate choices. The balance of the clinical approach with B.E.S.T. addresses the improper choices that have occurred in the past and are now being expressed physically by the body. Its purpose is to seek out “cause” of the condition and neutralize it so the body can return to a healing mode according to its design.
Health is a reflection of autonomic nervous system tone in the body. Those choices that upset the autonomic nervous system tone balance are the ultimate “cause” of the condition the patient presents with. The autonomic nervous system is totally under sub-conscious control. Therefore, both health and disease are sub-conscious phenomena. It is important we understand how that sub-conscious system works and what it responds to if better health is our goal.
The autonomic nervous system is divided into two parts: the sympathetic system and the parasympathetic system. The sole purpose of the sympathetic system is survival. This system is the one responsible for your “fight/flight” response. It tones the body up to respond and survive the emergency at hand. The parasympathetic system is responsible for digestion, healing, cleaning and filtering of the body. It tones the body down to a relaxed state to accomplish repair and rejuvenation. These two systems respond to each other in a negative feedback model. That is to say, when the sympathetic are stimulated the parasympathetic are inhibited and vice versa. The short form of all this means you cannot be in a state of emergency (requires sympathetic dominance) and healing (requires parasympathetic dominance) at the same time. Prolonged interference of the natural rhythmic cycling of sympathetic/parasympathetic dominance will result in exhaustion of one of the systems and the ultimate development of symptoms and, finally, the naming of a disease state (diagnosis). The only way to allow health to re-establish is to address the choices that created the interference in the first place. Altering symptoms with drugs or surgery will never address the cause of the interference. Though many people may live longer and feel better using drugs and surgery to address their crisis health problem, health will never be found in them. Health is an “inside out” process. There is no drug or surgery that can result in a healthier you. Only alteration of symptoms and a different expression of the “cause” that has not yet been addressed will result.
Spirit Mind and Body
So how does the “spirit/mind/body” fit into all of this? Can we create physiology in the body with our mind? Follow along with me for the next few lines and really focus on what is written. I want you to visualize me holding a lemon. It is ovoid in shape, large, and bright yellow with slightly green ends. Now watch as I place that lemon on a wooden cutting board and begin slicing it into wedges. The smell is tart as the juice shoots up during the slicing. Observe me as I squeeze those lemon wedges into a large spoon. Juice is spurting out and the tartness of the lemon is evident as some drops hit my lips. Now watch as I place that overflowing spoon full of fresh lemon juice in my mouth and swish it around before I swallow it….. Some of you might feel some tightness in your jaw muscles at this point. Others may feel saliva developing in your mouth. Some are experiencing both. Think about that. There is no lemon present. However, thinking of a lemon creates physiology instantaneously; muscles contract and glands secrete, all in response to a thought. Where did that response come from? It has to come from memory. Stored information that when it was accessed, recreated the same physiology that was present the first time we ever experienced the taste of a lemon.
Is there any doubt in your mind that some experiences stored in your memory may be detrimental to your well being? What about that horrendous event you may have experienced which you could not even tell another human being about. Does the thought of that experience re-create the same physiology we experienced at the time it occurred? Just as sure as the thought of a lemon made muscles contract and glands secrete. What if elevated blood pressure was part of that initial response, could that cause elevation of my blood pressure today even though the event occurred years ago? Absolutely. The key is to identify and neutralize these memory storage problems so they are not ongoing destabilizers of autonomic nervous system tone. Once balance of the autonomic nervous system is re-established, the return of health is as automatic as the healing of a cut on the surface of the skin. No thought is required in either case as this incredible self- regulating, self-healing organism responds appropriately to the stimuli received, all for the purpose of survival. That is the unique aspect of the B.E.S.T. system of healthcare. We are able to help you identify and neutralize those memory storages that are interfering with the health expression you desire.
I appreciate the opportunity to share with you what I am convinced is the healthcare of the future available to you and your family today. I look forward to addressing each of the “Six Essentials” in detail in the months ahead. Hope your day is the B.E.S.T. ever! If not, make a different choice!