The Four Hidden Energy Healing Secrets Your Doctor Hopes You’ll Never Learn

I went to medical school at U.C. San Francisco to fulfill my dream to help people.  When my father tried to commit suicide when I was five years old, it started me on a path to understand the human mind, why we suffer, get sick, and more importantly, how we can heal.  But I found that medical school focused more on body parts than the whole human being and left out a whole lot about how we can prevent illness and cure the many problems facing humans during these stressful times.  I dropped out of medical school and went on to get my master’s degree in social work and PhD in International Health.

I first heard about Energy Medicine from Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2000 when I was writing my book The Whole Man Program: Reinvigorating Your Body, Mind, and Spirit After 40. Dr. Oz was one of the top heart surgeons in the world, working at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center. I wanted to find someone with the best scientific credentials to help me better understand heart disease so I could help other men. Dr. Oz was a wonderful resource. He is still one of the best surgeons in the world, but he has since expanded his view of what constitutes good medicine.

Dr. Oz is now advocating a kind of medicine that does not require a scalpel. In 2007, Dr. Oz rocked the health world by proclaiming to a worldwide television audience on the largest stage in the world, The Oprah Show, that we are entering a new era of medicine.

“We’re beginning now to understand things that we know in our hearts were true but could not measure. As we get better at understanding how little we know about the body, we begin to realize that the next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine. It’s not the mechanistic parts of the joints moving. It’s not the chemistry of our bodies. It’s understanding, for the first time, how energy influences how we feel.”Dr. Mehmet Oz, November 20, 2007, The Oprah Show

The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine by Linnie Thomas, with a foreword by James L. Oschman, PhD, author of Energy Medicine:  The Scientific Basis, lists more than 65 different approaches.  I have found four that are simple to learn, easy to practice, and scientifically sound and can help people effectively alleviate stress which is at the root of most of our medical problems.  Most doctors and other health-care practitioners don’t know about these practices.  Since they are easy to learn and inexpensive, they aren’t likely to tell you about them.

Practice #1: Earthing

For millions of years, our ancestors moved across the landscape either barefoot or in moccasins made from the hides of animals. The women walked to gather food. The men walked to find animals for food. We slept connected to the Earth. But in modern times we’ve begun wearing rubber-soled shoes that keep us insulated from the healing energies of the Earth.

According to cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD, coauthor of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, “Earthing involves coupling your body to the Earth’s eternal and gentle surface energies. It means walking barefoot outside and/or sitting, working, or sleeping inside while connected to a conductive device that delivers the natural healing energy of the Earth into your body.”

In some ways, all the major problems we face today—from global warming to peak oil, from obesity to depression, from joblessness to the increase of divorce—could be helped if we were able to re-establish our connection to the Earth. Social psychologist Sam Keen put it simply: “The radical vision of the future rests on the belief that the logic that determines either our survival or our destruction is simple:

1.         The new human vocation is to heal the Earth.

2.         We can only heal what we love.

3.         We can only love what we know.

4.         We can only know what we touch.”

Practice #2: Heart Coherence 

Heart disease is still the major killer of men and women.  Millions of us are taking medications to treat or prevent heart disease. And once again, there is another choice to consider. According to David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, author of The Instinct to Heal: Curing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy, there is an intimate connection between the heart and the emotion centers in the brain, and by learning methods that produce heart coherence, we can not only protect our hearts but the rest of the human body as well.

The Institute of HeartMath, founded in 1991 by stress researcher Doc Childre, has been doing cutting-edge research on heart coherence under the leadership of research director Rollin McCraty, PhD. Researchers found that people could maintain extended periods of physiological coherence by actively generating positive emotions.

Practice #3: Attachment Love 

Attachment love is the energy essence of a successful relationship. Attachment love is based on the latest scientific findings that show we are emotionally attached to and dependent on our partner in much the same way that a child is on a parent for nurturing, soothing, and protection. Most of us understand that children need a secure attachment to their parents in order to grow up be healthy and happy. But many of us believe that we outgrow these dependency needs when we become adults. Men, in particular, are taught that maturity means “standing on our own two feet” and not needing others in order to fulfill our needs

Learning how to develop and maintain a deep attachment to a spouse or partner allows us to overcome our isolation, reduce our levels of stress, and keep our love lives growing more fully as we age.

Even practitioners who are familiar with the field of energy healing may be surprised that I view “attachment love” as an essential tool for keeping stress from killing us. But I’ve found it to be essential. Without love, we are lost, and without being securely attached to our mate, love can easily die.

Practice #4: Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

EFT is a powerful new discovery that combines two well-established sciences so you can benefit from both at the same time:

1.         Mind/body medicine

2.         Acupuncture (without needles)

I learned about emotional freedom techniques (EFT) when an acupuncturist I had gone to for shoulder pain told me about EFT. I wanted help in the worst way, but I couldn’t tolerate the needles. She assured me they wouldn’t hurt (and in fact, they didn’t hurt), but I still got light-headed and nearly passed out. I faint at the sight of blood and needles. You can fully understand why I dropped out of medical school.

I was immediately drawn to EFT because the founder, Gary Craig, was a hands-on kind of guy. He says, “I am neither a psychologist nor a licensed therapist. Rather, I am a Stanford engineering graduate.” EFT has been found to be effective in treating physical as well as emotional problems.

To learn more about these practices, drop me an e-mail and I’ll send you a more detailed description of each of these four practices and how you can learn to use them.  My book on energy medicine for men, MenAlive:  Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing Tools.

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  1. Andrea Riley says:

    Please send me your “more detailed description of each of these four practices and how you can learn to use them.” I ran across your interview on New Deminsions 9/30/12 3 am in the morning. I’m always awaken for New Deminsions when there is something I should hear about. Thank you for more insight into the human/earth/energy connections and the shifting of “Empire ” to Earth Community. I have always felt out of place in this “manufactured” world. Your insights are helping me find my place.
    After 52 years its about time. But I’m am a late “awakener”. Thank you again. Andrea, a farmer of the Earth.

  2. Andrea,

    Happy to send you more details. Just send me an email with “4 practices” in the subject line.

  3. Jed, I’ve been a believer in the energy of Chi and acupuncture for many years. It kept my wife alive for years when the medical fraternity expected her to die. I’m writing a coaching program on men’s health for the Australian audience. How we can get blokes to look after themselves and live longer better lives. Love to read your book and have more info on he 4 practices as they may be very relevant to my training workshops.

    • Peter, Thanks for the post. I agree that we need to share this information more widely. I very much enjoyed my time in Australia a number of years ago when I toured and spoke on men’s health issues.
      Looking forward to continued connection with friends and supporters there and in New Zealand. Let’s keep in touch.

  4. Jed:
    I’m happy to see attachment love among your “top 4.” As you know, my partner (Carista Luminare, PhD) and I have a program, “The Keys to a Secure and Passionate Relationship,” in which we teach specific methods of re-programming the brain toward secure attachment. We also offer a free assessment tool, the LoveStyles Profile Quiz, so people can learn the basics about attachment theory, and find out where they are across 5 LoveStyles (attachment styles). It takes only 5 minutes, and you get a 10-page customized report back instantly. To take the free quiz, go to . Keep doing great work to make men healthier!


    • Lion and Carista’s work is excellent and fits very well with mine. I recommend it to all who would like to better understand their Love Styles and improve their relationships.

  5. Hello Jed, I am a graduate of the Men’s Weekend (1985) and one of two Canadians that Gary Craig certified as EFT Masters in 2006. I was initiated by a Psychic surgeon in 1986, I am a Reiki Master and created my Breakthrough Bodywork in 1988 which was intended to release stuck emotional energy, for which I now use EFT.
    My wife Maxine and I use Mindful EFT and Heart Centered NLP to support our clients to become heart coherent as well as emotionally congruent as they raise their vibration and physical health.
    We are currently living in the UK.
    I wish you all the best with your work and I am a big fan of HeartMath.
    I suspect that Western medicine was founded in the disection of cadavers, while Eastern medicine was focussed on the whole (and living) body. I support a blend of the two as well as the rise of personal responsibility and awareness of one’s health.

    • Andrew, thanks for your note and comments. I suspect you’re right about the origin of Western vs. Eastern medicine. And we certainly can heal better if we take an integrative approach to healing.