The Most Important Health Discovery Ever (Really) That Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

There are a million “health-hypes” making extravagant promises that aren’t worth your attention. This one is different, I promise. I first heard about it in 2009 from one of my colleagues, James L. Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. He told me about a forthcoming book called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever. “I say without equivocation, as an experienced academic cell biologist and biophysicist, the research in the book describes what is perhaps the most simple and natural remedy against proliferating, painful, and often deadly conditions, including the diseases of aging.”

That got my attention, since I’m an older guy and was planning to run my first marathon in 2010. I needed all the help I could get. What I learned from the book not only helped me train without pain, but allowed me to finish the 26 mile, 385 yard run, and win a medal for being second in my age division (O.K., I’ll admit there were only two people in my age division who finished the race, but hey, we finished!) I later wrote an article, “My First Marathon: 7 Essential Life-Lessons Learned at Age 66.”

What I learned about Earthing, also known as Grounding, wasn’t just helpful for athletics, but also helped me deal with inevitable pains of aging, including neck, shoulder, and back pain and hopefully will help prevent more serious problems that result from chronic inflammation. I wrote about the discoveries in my book, Stress Relief for Men: How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live Well.

When my book came out I was asked to speak at an energy medicine and energy psychology conference put on by Donna Eden and David Feinstein. At the conference, I met the person who discovered Earthing, Clint Ober. Like many discoveries that revolutionize how we see ourselves and the world, this one was sparked by one of those “aha” moments that seem to come out of the blue.

“My lightbulb went off one day in 1998, Ober recalled. “I was sitting on a park bench and watching the passing parade of tourists from all over the world. At some point, and I don’t know why, my awareness zeroed in on what all these different people were wearing on their feet. I saw a lot of those running shoes with thick rubber or plastic soles. I was wearing them as well.” [Read more…]

Trees Saved Our Lives: Creative Artists of the World Unite

Our home attracted death like a magnet. When I was five years-old my 42-year-old father took an overdose of sleeping pills and was committed to Camarillo State Mental Hospital, north of Los Angeles. He was a writer who became increasingly angry and depressed when he couldn’t make a living to support his family. In a journal I found years later, the final entry read:

“November 8th:

A hundred failures, an endless number of failures, until now, my confidence, my hope, my belief in myself, has run completely out.  Middle aged, I stand and gaze ahead, numb, confused, and desperately worried.  All around me I see the young in spirit, the young in heart, with ten times my confidence, twice my youth, ten times my fervor, twice my education.

I see them all, a whole army of them, battering at the same doors I’m battering, trying in the same field I’m trying.  Yes, on a Sunday morning in early November, my hope and my life stream are both running desperately low, so low, so stagnant, that I hold my breath in fear, believing that the dark, blank curtain is about to descend.”

He survived, but our lives were never the same. Earlier that year, a close friend of the family shot himself. I remember going to the service, confused and afraid, but no one talked about why he died, but everyone knew it was suicide. Later that year my closest friend, Woody, drowned in the river near our house. My mother was so glad I was alive, she couldn’t listen to my own grief or feelings of loss.

My mother was pre-occupied with death. She was afraid she would die before I graduated high school and paid for a life insurance policy she couldn’t afford so I’d have some money when she was gone. She also bought an insurance policy for me. “You should always be prepared to support your family, even when you’re gone,” she told me. I hadn’t yet turned six.

Trees saved my life.

Being at home, literally felt like a death sentence. By the time I was six, I would leave the house whenever I could and climb the tallest tree in the neighborhood. I felt most alive when I was in a tree. I would climb to the very top and feel at one with the tree as I’d sway back and forth in the wind. [Read more…]

What Your Doctor Never Told You About Chronic Pain

Chronic PainFor years I suffered from chronic pain that I believed began when my shoulder was injured playing football in high school. As I got older the pain increased and kept me from getting a good night’s sleep and being able to do the things I needed to do both at home and work. I tried everything I thought might help—drugs, exercise, and Chiropractors. When I was considering surgery as a last resort, I learned the real cause of chronic pain. If you suffer from back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, or pain anywhere in your body, you are not alone.

Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. The chart below depicts the number of chronic pain sufferers compared to other major health conditions.

 

Condition

Number of Sufferers Source
Chronic Pain 116 million people Institute of Medicine of The National Academies
Diabetes 25.8 million people

(diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed)

American Diabetes Association
Coronary Heart Disease

(includes heart attack and chest pain)

Stroke

16.3 million people

 

7.0 million people

American Heart Association
Cancer 11.7 million people American Cancer Society

 “Pain is the classic example of a double-edged sword,” says journalist John Scott. “It’s a very clever system for warning us that something is wrong with the body—think of it as the dog that barks in the night to warn you of a robber entering your home. But once you have the message, you want the dog to stop barking. Except pain does not come with an on/off switch. Like a dog that lacks training, it will not obey your commands. If the cause of the pain is an accidental injury, it will most likely heal and the pain will fade of its own accord. But if the pain persists, you have to make an emotional adjustment.” [Read more…]

Jed Diamond and John Jeavons: Healing Ourselves, Healing the Planet

Heal the PlanetNo one has to tell us that stress is increasing on a personal and planetary scale. For more than 40 years I have been seeing stress-related illnesses on the rise. I’m seeing more people suffering from depression, irritable male syndrome, arthritis, early on-set Alzheimer’s, and many other ailments. It’s also clear that the Earth is under a great deal of stress. We’re dealing with global climate disruptions, economic dislocations related to peak oil and depletion of other resources, food and water shortages. John Jeavons has been working for more than 40 years to create solutions for the inter-related ecological issues we face. I was a guest faculty on John’s world-wide training course and he is a faculty member on our upcoming Men’s Health Grand Rounds Webinar (more information on these trainings will be available soon.) I’d like to share some of the work we have been doing to integrate the healing of our personal and interpersonal lives with the healing of the Earth. [Read more…]

The Flea and the Elephant: Tapping the Power of the Subconscious Mind

elephantWe’d like to believe that we can get want we want through the power of our conscious mind. But new information from the fields of affective neuroscience and energy psychology demonstrates that it is our subconscious mind that is often in control. Clinical psychologists George Pratt and Peter Lambrou, offer this insightful story in their book Code to Joy:  The Four-Step Solution to Unlocking Your Natural State of Happiness:

Once upon a time there was a flea who believed that he was king of the world.

One day he decided he wanted to go to the beach for a swim. But the western shore was many miles away, and on this own, the flea could travel only inches at a time. If he was going to reach the shore during his lifetime, he would need transportation.

So he called out to his elephant. “Ho, there Elephant, let’s go out!”

The flea’s elephant came to his side and kneeled down. The flea hopped up and, pointing to the west, saying, “That way—to the beach!”

But the elephant did not go west. He rather felt like taking a stroll in the forest to the east, and that is what he did. The flea, much to his dismay, could do nothing but go along for the ride, and spent the day being smacked in the face by leaves and branches.

The next day, the flea tried to get the elephant to take him to the store to buy salve for his face. Instead, the elephant took a long romp in the northern mountains, terrifying the poor flea so badly that he could not sleep that night. The flea stayed in his bed for days, beset by nightmares of thundering along mountain roads, certain he would fall to his death, and awoke each morning in a cold sweat. [Read more…]

Heart Coherence: 3 Simple Steps for Reducing Stress and Living Well

I’ve always prided myself on having a healthy heart. When I’d have my yearly health checkups, the doctor always commented that I had the low blood pressure of an athlete. I do keep in good shape, but I haven’t considered myself an athlete since high school when I played basketball and wrestled.

At age sixty-six, I decided I wanted to do some kind of physical challenge to recapture some of the feeling I used to get when I really stretched myself physically.  I decided to train for a marathon, something I had never attempted, even when I was young and in shape.  I trained for 6 months and thought I was good to go.

A week before the race, I ran into an unexpected problem. At odd times, my heart would begin speeding up and beating hard. I’d get a bit light-headed and short of breath. I’d never had anything like that happen before so I went to see my doctor. She didn’t think it was anything serious, but she sent me to a cardiologist to get a thorough checkup. I have to admit, I was more worried that the doctor wouldn’t let me run the marathon than that there might be something wrong with my heart.

But having been in medical school and being the worrying type, my mind wandered to problems like pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI).  Luckily, I didn’t have any problems that the doctor could find. I decided the more likely reason for my speeding heart was the stress and worry about the race. I wondered if I could do it, whether I would injure myself, or make a fool of myself running so slowly the snails might pass me by. [Read more…]

Grounding (Earthing): The Easiest Way to Fight Stress

We all know that the world is becoming more stressful every day. We worry about the economy, another war in a place we’ve never heard of, our parents getting old and dying, the well-being of our children, our own health. Sometimes it seems like our lives are one endless series of stresses. The bad news is that stress is on the rise and it’s causing major problems for many of us. The good news is that there are simple ways to combat stress and get back in control of our lives.

So, let’s get the bad news out of the way. Studies show that 80% to 90% of all illnesses are stress related, everything from Alzheimer’s disease to depression, rheumatoid arthritis to irritable male syndrome. What’s more stress impacts men more negatively than women and men die more frequently from 14 of the leading 15 causes of death.

Now, the good news! We can reduce stress in our lives now and forever. The even better news is that it’s simple to get started. In my new book, Stress Relief for Men: How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live Well, I describe four scientifically sound, easy to use, and highly effective tools for reducing stress in your life.

Why Grounding (Earthing) May Be the Most Important Health Discovery Ever

The basic idea of “Earthing” has been with us for a long time.  Throughout history, humans have strolled, sat, stood, and slept on the ground—the skin of our bodies touching the skin of the Earth—oblivious to the fact that such physical contact transfers natural electrical energy to the body.  Modern lifestyle has disconnected us from the Earth’s energy, making us more vulnerable to stress and illness. [Read more…]

What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Pain Relief

If you suffer from chronic pain, you’re not alone.  We all know that pain can impact our lives and we’ve all suffered from back pain, neck pain, headaches,or pain in our joints.  But few of us realize how many other people suffer and the real causes of chronic pain.

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. The chart below depicts the number of chronic pain sufferers compared to other major health conditions.

Condition

Number of Sufferers Source
Chronic Pain 100 million Americans Institute of Medicine of The National Academies
Diabetes 25.8 million Americans
(diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed)
American Diabetes Association
Coronary Heart Disease

Stroke

16.3 million Americans7.0 million Americans American Heart Association
Cancer 11.9 million Americans American Cancer Society

While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to get yourself out of harm’s way, chronic pain is quite different. Chronic pain persists.  It’s like a watch-dog that continues barking when there is no intruder.  It just goes on and on without relief.  There may have been an initial mishap — sprained back, serious infection, or physical injury.  But pain continues or returns even after the initial problem has been healed.

[Read more…]

Energy Medicine Goes Mainstream

I just returned from the First International Conference on Eden Energy Medicine.  I presented a workshop titled:  Save the Males: Using Energy Therapies to Heal 7 Critical Problems Men Face Today and had the pleasure of joining other health-care providers and scientists as we explored the emerging field of Energy Medicine.  The conference was organized to two of the pioneers in the field, Donna Eden and David  Feinstein.


Energy Psychology with David Feinstein  

Candace Pert, the neuroscientist who was one of the discoverers of the brain’s opiate receptors, remembers David Feinstein when she was working at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in the 1970s.  “Dr. Feinstein was there conducting research on psychotherapeutic innovations.”

Thirty years later Feinstein has turned to the intersection of psychotherapy and energy medicine.  Recently he led a team of twenty-seven health and mental-health professionals to bring the new tools of energy psychology to psychotherapists.

His research demonstrated that energy psychology builds upon conventional psychotherapies.  It works within the context of established psychological principles such as the key role of early experiences in shaping our current emotional and behavioral patterns.

“But energy psychology,” he says, “also has a special card in its deck.”  Stimulating energy points on the skin, paired with specified mental activities, can instantly shift your brain’s electrochemistry to:

  • Help overcome unwanted emotions such as fear, guilt, shame, jealousy and anger,
  • Help change unwanted habits and behavior, and
  • Enhance your abilities to love, succeed, and enjoy life.

 Energy Medicine with Donna Eden 

David Feinstein was a research scientist and, at first, was very skeptical of the claims of energy medicine.  Gradually he gained a new perspective.  Here’s how he describes what happened.  “My personal voyage into the perspective reflected here occurred over many years and with much resistance.  I happened to marry a woman, Donna Eden, who was destined to become one of the world’s most renowned natural healers.  For the first nineteen years or so of our relationship, I did not know what to make of here work.”

I know how he felt.  I had a similar experience when I met my wife, Carlin.  She two is a natural healer and “sees” energy changes in the auras of her clients.   It also took me a long time to recognize the value of these “unusual” techniques.  But the more you learn, them more sense it makes.

Here’s what Donna Eden says on her webpage describing her findings.

  • Energy medicine is the oldest, safest, most organic, most accessible, and most affordable medicine there is.
  • It teaches you how to participate more fully and knowledgeably in your own healing, health, and well-being.
  • It is both an empowering system for self-help and a powerful tool in the hands of competent health care practitioner.

 World-Renowned Scientists Attend Conference

A number of the world’s top scientists attended the conference including Candace Pert, author of Molecules of Emotion, Clint Ober, co-author of Earthing:  The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, and James Oschman, author of Energy Medicine:  The Scientific Basis. 

Dr.  Oschman shared research information showing that a new milestone in medicine is upon us, harnessing the diagnostic and therapeutic use of energy. This new technology which is entering mainstream medical use stimulates the repair and regeneration of one or more tissues.  He sees energy medicine as the wave of the future.

Bruce Lipton reminded us that genetics does not control our destiny, but our beliefs can influence the way in which our genes or turned on or turned off.  It offers us hope that we have more control over our health and well-being than we ever thought possible.

Clint Ober demonstrated that the Earth emits an electronic field and that getting ourselves re-connected and grounded can have amazing health benefits including reducing stress, helping us sleep better, and eliminate inflammation which is found to be at the core of much of our acute and chronic illness.

Candace Pert is a neuroscientist whose extraordinary career began with her 1972 discovery of the opiate receptor.  Pert empowered us to understand ourselves, our feelings, and connection between our minds and our bodies, showing that we are actually a unified “bodymind” which allows us control over our future health that we didn’t know was possible.

I’m excited to part of this emerging new field and invite you to learn more and share your ideas and questions.  Learn more about energy medicine and what your doctor may not be telling you.

What has been your experience with energy medicine?  What doubts and fears have you had to face?  What kind of results are you finding?

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Why Are Men So Angry?

“Last month a man came home from work with my husband’s face but he did not act at all like the man I married,” says Marie, a 42 year-old wife and mother of three. “I’ve known this man for 30 years, married 22 of them and have never met this guy before.  Angry, nasty, and cruel are just a few words to describe him.  He used to be the most upbeat, happy person I knew.  Now it’s like being married to an angry brick.  In spite of how he treats me I still love my husband and want to save our marriage.  Please, can you help me?”

This is typical of the thousands of letters and e-mails I have received from women all over the world since The Irritable Male Syndrome:  Understanding and Managing the 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression was first published by Rodale in 2004.  More and more women are feeling the pain of living with angry men and want help for themselves, their children, and for the man they all love.

Although anger has a negative impact on men, I learned that it is often the women and children who suffer the most.  “Recently, he has begun venting, to anyone who will listen, about how horrible we all are,” 53 year-old Jennifer wrote me.  “If our adult-children aren’t living up to his standards, it is my fault.  If he can’t find his socks, he accuses me of misplacing them, just to piss him off.  I’m not kidding—that’s what he tells me.  What hurts the most is that he has withdrawn all affection.  It’s like someone transformed him from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde.  I want my husband back!”

Anger is an increasingly serious problem in our society today according to Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and former President of the American Psychological Association. “Out-of-hand anger ruins many lives,” he says.  “More, I believe, than schizophrenia, more than alcohol, more than AIDS.  Maybe even more than depression.”  Seligman’s research also shows that when couples fight, it can damage their children, often in lasting ways.

Anger Comes in Different Forms 

Paul Ekman, Ph.D., one of the world’s experts on emotions and author of Emotions Revealed, says that anger is expressed in many ways.  “There is a range of angry feelings, from slight annoyance to rage.  There are not just differences in the strength of angry feelings, but also differences in the kind of anger felt.  Indignation is self-righteous anger, sulking is passive anger; exasperation refers to having one’s patience tried excessively.  Revenge is a type of angry action usually committed after a period of reflection about the offense.”

We often perceive anger as a negative emotion that can damage people and their relationships, yet anger can also lead to emotional and spiritual growth.  The practices readers will learn in the book can deepen and enrich their ability to be more loving to their partner and to others.  In his book Anger:  Wisdom for Cooling the Flames, Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn says, “In the past, we were allied in making each other suffer more, allied in the escalation of anger.  “Now we want to be allied in taking good care of our sorrow, our anger, and our frustration.  We want to negotiate a strategy for peace.”

Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Planet 

Most of us are tired of war and would like human beings to get along with each other.  But it seems that wars go on and on.    The truth is that we can’t stop wars until we learn to stop fighting with our mates.  If we can’t learn to get along with the one we love, how can we expect to get along with people we don’t know and don’t understand?  The good news is that we are learning how to become more peaceful partners.  We are learning the skills of non-violent communication.  We are learning how to listen with a more open heart, to put ourselves in the shoes of the other person.

Here’s a little exercise I describe in my recent book, MenAlive:  Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing ToolsIt was developed by the folks at the Institute of HeartMath and it’s guaranteed to reduce stress in your life and help you feel more loving:

  1. Put your attention on the area around your heart.  Place your hand there to feel the life pulsing through you.
  2. Imagine that with each breath you breathe in you are taking in healing energy through your heart and with each breath you breathe out you send that loving energy out to someone you’d like to feel more loving towards.
  3. Think of a time when you felt deep gratitude.  It could be a memory of one of your children, or when you first fell in love, or the time you were overwhelmed by the beauty of a sunset.
  4. Continue to breathe while you hold this memory of gratitude.

Think what it would mean if everyone in the world did this exercise three or four times a day.  Are you willing to start?  It’s easy and you have nothing to lose but your anger.

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