The Stillpoint Project

Alternative Health Care

Most people seek medical attention for symptoms that are either chronic or mysterious. The prevalent approach by the medical profession is to try and find a pathology (a degenerative condition), and/or to introduce pharmaceuticals aimed at suppressing the symptoms. This approach can be helpful in a life threatening situation but it is of little help with common problems. In fact it can be detrimental. This is why:

Health or wellness is a reflection of one’s ability to maintain an internal balance, even as the environment is constantly changing. An example of this is body temperature. When external temperature fluctuates, the body easily regulates itself. With extreme temperatures, symptoms occur such as shivering or sweating. These symptoms are a reflection of the body’s efforts to maintain normal temperature.

If the extreme temperatures persist and the body’s attempts are overwhelmed, a crisis (hypothermia) will manifest, and with this comes an associated reduction in vitality. In other words, if the person’s ability to adapt is diminished, degeneration occurs, and this lessens chances of survival.

The physical messages that we call ‘symptoms’ are a reflection of a highly intelligent system. Suppressing this system with medications aimed only at reducing the messages, can be detrimental, even dangerous.

Interpreting symptoms and skillfully addressing the underlying factors that are hindering the body’s ability to self regulate – this approach is called biological medicine.

Biological Medicine

Biological medicine utilizes a nurturing model to identify perpetuators of imbalance, and to enhance the body’s ability to self-regulate and heal. As first described by Dr. Sid Baker, (author of Detoxification and Healing) good health requires nurturance. Nurturance by definition, insures the body’s needs and at the same time, avoids factors that are toxic or harmful. This includes evaluation of nutritional status and assessment of lifestyle, such as physical activity, stress, sleep, and emotional well being. It can also include investigation into possible toxic exposure and the necessary support to aid the body in detoxification.

The Body’s Needs

These needs include nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. They include factors such as good quality air, water, and light. And, they include the need for physical movement, rest, relaxation, rhythm (daily routine) and a sense of belonging and community (love).

Ultimately these findings can then be utilized by the person themselves to make conscious and effective changes. Their ability to integrate the nurturing model into their daily life helps them improve and maintain their own health.

In Other Words

If you are feeling unwell, besides seeking the appropriate help, you can learn to be effectively aware of your own nurturing model check-list and thus, continually protect and take care of your own health:

• Am I being exposed to undue toxins? If so, how can I adapt so as to avoid and/or eliminate these toxins?

• Am I being exposed to things that are bad for me, ie. allergens, and/or poor company?

• Am I meeting my body’s needs?

- good quality water, air, light
- physical movement
- emotional equilibrium
- good nutritious food

• Am I placing too many demands on myself?

- positive demands and/or negative demands

 

What is Health?

The interplay between your ability to meet the demands of life, and your understanding of your own symptomatic responses – health is adaptability.