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Your Spine is the Key to Bone and Joint Health

Bone and joint conditions worldwide are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability: musculoskeletal conditions include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, spinal deformity and childhood conditions.1 As life expectancies lengthen and changes in risk factors intensify, these conditions are expected to increase, unless new treatments and preventive measures are found.

With the challenges of Covid-19 affecting people globally, lockdown and business closure restrictions have led to a decrease in physical activities. Being less active makes people more susceptible to bone and joint issues, specifically in the form of spinal pain and disability. World Spine Day is annually on October 16 and this year, it’s particularly important to pay attention to spinal health for well-being.

Active Wellness promotes regular physical activity, which is one important component of spinal health. Good posture, using your knees when lifting heavy objects, and keeping your work environment safe are simple behaviors to adhere to. Yet, most of us tend to slip up and slouch, lift with straight legs and keep a fair amount of clutter around us. World Spine Day reminds us to stay disciplined and at the very least, sit up straight!

Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives, with an estimated one billion people worldwide with spinal pain.2 Most cases of back pain tend to be mechanical and non-organic. This means they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
The spine is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. Ligaments can be sprained, muscles easily strained, disks can be ruptured and joints, irritated—all leading to back pain. Poor posture, obesity and psychological stress also can cause back pain. Organic causes can be arthritis, kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots or bone loss. Here are 10 tips to keep your spine, and therefore your bones and joints, healthy:

• Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
• Receive gentle Chiropractic Adjustments to keep the spine & nervous system in great health… Of course our favorite is Network Spinal Analysis
• Stay consistently active. Do what your body is comfortable with, but keep doing it every day.
• Stand and sit properly. (Do not slouch and try to keep the hips level.)
• Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes that support your feet. Make sure the shoe is snug at the back of the heels. This helps prevent rolling of the foot either to the inside or the outside.3
• Lift with your knees and don’t twist your body when you’re carrying a weight.
• Keep your spine aligned when sleeping. Back sleepers can place a pillow beneath the knees to reduce stress on the lower back. Side sleepers can place a pillow between the knees to keep the hips balanced.
We see great results with our clients using the Kenko Sleep system and sleep products, ask Anja for more information or an in person demonstration.
• Make sure you include enough calcium in your diet to keep bones strong. Kenzen BDZ® & Kenzen® Calcium Complex are your bone buddies.
• Manage any pain you have with the help of a health practitioner, ask Dr Barry or Anja, our Wellness Consultant for some great solutions and avoid opiates as much as possible.
• Relief from joint discomfort is available in the form of Nikken CM Complex Cream and Kenzen® Joint.

1 https://www.usbji.org/programs/public-education-programs/action-week
2 http://www.worldspineday.org/resources/spinal-health-and-spine-disorders/
3 https://www.spine-health.com/…/five-ways-keep-your-spine-healthy-and- happy

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Attention IS Everything!

by Dr Barry Weinberg

Have you ever noticed that when you buy a new car, as soon as you drive off the lot, you see that car everywhere?!  Have you ever wondered why this is?  The answer is actually quite simple: Whatever you have your attention on is what you will experience.  

This is what I mean by: Attention is Everything!

You may also have noticed that when you have a pain in the body, even though the rest of you feels great, your attention can’t help but be pulled into that pain…like Gravity.  Or, you are having a great day at work and then that one ornery client calls and you can’t help but think about them the rest of the day.  Or, everything in your life may be going great, and that one troubling, problematic area of your life constantly draws your attention.  Our attention is constantly being pulled in so many directions, yet the truth still holds: Whatever you have your attention on is what you will experience.  Explore this for yourself and you will see the truth in that statement.  The question to ask yourself is: Is my attention there because I’m having this experience…or Am I having this experience because that is where my attention is?!

The most important skill you can learn and one that is rarely taught is how to master the discipline of your attention.  If attention is everything, mastering your attention is the key to mastering your life. A powerful first step to mastering your attention is a Self Discovery Life Mastery Technique called Present Moment Awareness or PMA. This is also referred to as Living in the Zone! I have practiced this technique for many years and have found it to be an invaluable tool for myself, my family and my clients. You can learn this technique here: PRESENT MOMENT AWARENESS TECHNIQUE

Once you have begun to live more and more in the Present Moment, you can then begin to learn strategies to shift your attention from those things that limit you to those that empower you: Your Ideals, Vision, Mission and Goals and then it is inspiring to take action to achieve those goals and live your Ideals and Vision.

The Self Discovery Life Mastery Coaching Process teaches, supports and empowers you to master the strategies and techniques to Master your Attention, live in the Present Moment…in the Zone…and create an inspiring Life driven by your Ideals, Purpose and Passion.

If you are feeling Bold and Ambitious and would like a free introduction to this powerful Process, e-mail info@placeforhealing.com and we can set up a Zoom or Phone call.  It will be an enlightening experience that will transform your life!

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The Triad of Change Explored


Have you ever intended to make a change only to find yourself right back where you started shortly thereafter?

Perhaps you had a low back pain and your posture was off and you wanted to change your structure, so you visited a chiropractor? Perhaps you wanted to change a behavior such as quitting smoking or exercising and eating healthier, so you joined a gym?   Perhaps you were feeling anxious or depressed and you wanted to change your perception so you consulted a therapist?

Often when making changes such as these, we often find ourselves frustrated that it is so difficult to make the change. Have you ever experienced this?   I know I have. Why is this?  The answer can be found in a model called The Triad of Change.

The Triad of Change illustrates that in order for there to be a change, three things must be congruent:  Structure, Behavior and Perception.

  • TOCStructure = What we have – our body, home, business, schedule, relationships, finances, etc.
  • Behavior = What we do – our actions, habits, movements, posture, facial expressions, etc
  • Perception = What we think and feel – what we are focused on, the meaning we give things, our
    thoughts and feelings, etc.

For every Structure, there is a corresponding Behavior and Perception.
For every Behavior, there is a corresponding Structure and Perception.
For every Perception, there is a corresponding Structure and Behavior.
In order to make change in one of these “sides of the triad,” the other 2 sides must be in congruence.

Let’s use the three examples I made at the beginning of this article to illustrate:

Let’s say you have low back pain and your posture is off, so you visit a chiropractor to get help in changing your structure.   In order for there to be a change in the structure, there will need to be a congruent change in your behavior and perception.   The change in behavior may be more effective bending strategies and doing some stretching.    The change in perception may be rather than looking at the pain as something wrong, looking at it as an alert signal from your body to do things differently.

Let’s say you want to change a behavior such as exercising and eating healthier.  In order for there to be a change in the behavior, there needs to be a congruent change in your structure and perception.  The change in structure may be to find a coach who can create and support you in an exercise and dietary routine.  The change in perception may be from “I hate exercising!” to “Although its uncomfortable, I’m getting stronger and more flexible …and I love that!”

Let’s say you are feeling anxious and depressed and want to change your perception.  In order for there to be a change in the perception, there needs to be a congruent change in your structure and behavior.    Have you noticed that when feeling down, that your posture tends to be hunched over, head and neck forward and down?   The change in structure may be to change your posture…hold your head up and bring the shoulders back…perhaps working with a NSA practitioner to help you with the change.   The change in behavior may be to take deep breaths and get yourself active in something you enjoy such as painting or exercise.

So you can see from these examples, that in order to make an effective change in any other sides of the triad, there must be a corresponding congruent change in the other two sides.

So how do we effectively use the Triad of Change to make substantial, long-lasting change?

Although counter-intuitive, the greatest hindrance to making effective change is that we focus on the area that needs to be change.  For example, if we want to change a behavior such as a habit, we tend to focus on the habit and try to change our behavior.   If we want to change how we feel (our perception), we tend to dwell on how we feel.   If we want to change our structure, such as a our finances, we tend to focus on the finances.

This is our greatest source of struggle.  For generally, the side of the triad that we want to change is our weakest link and by trying to make a change utilizing our weakest side is a sure formula for further struggle.

The most effective way to create change in one of the sides of the triad is to focus on and start making change in the other 2 sides of the triad…and the 3rd side you are trying to change will fall into step with them.  Usually one of these two sides is your area of strength and the side to focus on first. This is the magic of this model and the amazing thing is when all three sides are at a new level of congruence you tap into a new and previously untapped source of Energy that supports that “new triad.”

So if you want to change Structure (What you Have) change what you are focusing on and what you are doing congruent with the new structure you want to create

If you want to change Behavior (What you are doing) change what you are focused on and the structure in and around you congruent with the new behavior you want to create.

If you want to change Perception (How you think and feel)  change the structure in and around you and what you are doing congruent with the new perception you want to create.

Let’s look at some real-life examples

Have you every felt down or stressed out (Perception), so you went for a walk (Behavior) in a Park (Structure) and not only did you start to feel better (Perception) but you had a creative idea that would move you forward.  (New source of energy in New triad).   This is the model at work!   By focusing on the other 2 sides of the triad, the other side you wanted to change….changed, and the new congruence of the 3 sides allowed you to tap into creative resources that were unavailable before.

Have you ever need to move a new apartment or house (Structure)?  If you just focused on the new residence you wouldn’t move anywhere.   By shifting your focus to the ideals you would like to experience in the new house and how it would feel (Perception), taking action to look at listings, visit homes and then make a choice and actually move (Behavior), before you know it you are in your new house. (Structure).  You can also apply this example to finding a new job, relationship, etc.

Have you ever wanted to start exercising or go on a diet (Behavior).  Generally, when you failed, you probably were focused on losing weight and attempted it on your own.   But those times you were successful, you focused on how the new you you wanted to feel (Perception) and  joined a gym or exercise class … or followed some diet regime such as Weight Watcher’s or Atkin’s in the case of diet (Structure).

So Let’s put it to work:

  • What is something you want to change?
  • Is it something you have (Structure), something you do (Behavior) or how you feel (Perception)
  • If it is a Structure, what is a compelling reason to make the change (Perception) and what can you do differently (behavior) that would be congruent with that new structure?
  • If it is a Behavior, what  is a compelling reason to make the change (Perception) and what can you change around you (structure) to support that new behavior?
  • If it is a Perception, what can you change around you and do that would be in alignment with that new perception.

At A Place for Healing, we support people in their health and wellness goals by implementing the Triad of Change. Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) uses gentle touches on the spine to help develop new internal emerging strategies of breath and movement (behavior) to optimize the posture (structure) of the spine and nervous system and be more effective at adapting to stress (behavior) helping people to feel better and have a more satisfying and fulfilling experience of life (Perception).   By changing structure and behavior, we change perception.

So next time you need to make a change, determine which side of the triad that change resides.   LET IT GO and focus on the other 2 sides!

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New Expanded Office Hours and New Phone Number

Exciting Changes at A Place for Healing 

New Expanded Office Hours and New Phone Number


I am happy to announce some exciting changes at A Place for Healing.

First of all, we have a new phone number!
Our new number is (954) 848-HEAL (4325)

In order to better serve our clients and the community, the other exciting change is we are expanding our office hours.

Our Office Hours are:

Monday           8-12 and 3-6
Wednesday     8-12 and 3-6
Friday             8-12 and 3-6
Saturday       10-12

Please make a note of our new phone number and hours and we look forward to continuing to support your health and wellness goals with Network Spinal Analysis at A Place for Healing.

With Appreciation,
Dr Barry

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Symptoms as Your Healer

Symptoms as Your Healer

Throughout our life, we are taught that if we experience any form of symptom, ailment, or dis-ease, that we are “sick,” and we must do whatever we can to stop these symptoms.

What we are not taught is that all symptoms are natural and intelligent functions of the body to heal.

For example, fever kills bacteria and viruses…vomiting and diarrhea eliminates toxins…pain alerts us to a part of our body that needs attention.

To shut down these natural healing functions via medication or therapies actually interferes with the healing process. According the AMA, the average flu with medication lasts 7 to 10 days, whereas the average flu without medication lasts 1 to 3 days. Why? The healing mechanism of symptoms are not interfered with.

From now on, when you experience any sort of discomfort, symptom, or pain, instead of running to the medicine cabinet to stop the symptoms, ask yourself the question: “What is my body trying to accomplish or communicate to me…and what can I do to support it.”

With this small change in the way you think about illness, you will begin to experience the innate healing power within yourself.

Making Friends with Your Symptoms


All Symptoms are accomplishing one of two things…or both



But.,,what do I do with:

1. PAIN – A part of your body is asking for your attention


· Stop and focus all attention into the hurt part

    • Give it NEUTRAL attention,
      Meaning…you’re not trying to get rid of the pain
    • Just give it attention and FEEL it
    • Do not resist it…what you resists, persists.
    •  Take nice, deep breaths
  •  The pain will begin to lessen, if the attention is NEUTRAL
  •  The body has received the attention it was asking for.

Also…make the change its asking for.   i.e…if there’s a nail in your foot…pull it out!
2. FEVER – The body is ridding itself of viruses, bacteria or toxins.

  • · Rest
  • · Drink water
  • · Give yourself NEUTRAL attention
  • · Let the fever do the work.

3. VOMITING/ DIARRHEA – The body is ridding itself of viruses, bacteria or toxins.

· —Only one thing to do…let it happen!

To take medicines to stop the symptoms, is to interfere with the body’s healing process.
Avoid this practice and align with the body and allow it to do what it does best…HEAL!

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Boosting Your Immunity


“Thou sendest man Thy messenger, the disease,

which announces the approach of danger

and bids him prepare to overcome them.”


In this Report

1.    The Miracle of Immunity

2.    7 Immunity Boosters

3.    Fear Not The Bug

The Miracle of Immunity

The immune system of the body is our primary defense and “home maintenance” system.  It keeps our body clean of toxins and resistant to invading organisms.  It is responsible for detecting and eliminating possible pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses, as well as detecting, destroying and replacing bad, damaged or defective cells from injury.  It is kind of like our police and handy man all rolled into one.

Where is the immune system?  If we look at our circulatory system, we can identify it.  It consists of the heart, arteries, veins and capillaries all connected in a closed system.  The digestive system? – Well, it starts at the mouth and winds its way through our body via the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, large intestines and ends you know where.  Nervous System…Skeletal System…Lymph System…they can all be seen and identified.  But where is the immune system?

IT IS IN EVERY CELL OF OUR BODY.  Whereas we do have unique blood cells called Lymphocytes, Basophils, Eosinophils, etc. which we identify as components of Immunity…they do not exist in an individuated system.  They roam our body searching and eliminating those organisms and toxins which may have the potential of causing harm.  Although these specialized cells are “designed” to accomplish these tasks, every cell, organ, tissue of the body also has its innate ability to protect itself.  In fact, the largest organ of immunity is our SKIN.  It is our primary defense.  Our breath is also a vital component of our immune system, expelling toxins and alien critters with every exhalation.  The specialized white blood cells actually only come into play if our primary defenses are overwhelmed.

We have come to believe that when the bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins enter our body, we get sick.  In fact this is a MYTH.  If tomorrow you visited a lab, you would find that your body is full of these invaders.  Yet, you are not sick because your immune system keeps them in check.  It is only when our immune system becomes compromised, do these invaders cause havoc.

SO…to dispel this myth:  First, you are sick, your immunity falters and then the bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins have the opportunity to cause disease.

So, in regards to “germs”… have no fear.  As long as your immune system is strong, you have nothing to worry about.  Of the men, women and children exposed to germs, only a handful actually manifest the disease.  The others’ immune systems are able to protect them.  So I repeat: As long as your immune system is strong, there is NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.

Next, I wish to share with you seven strategies to super-power your immune system.

7 Immunity Boosters

1) “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Thanks to the research of Candice Pert (Discoverer of Neuropeptides and the author of the book Molecules of Emotion) and other brilliant scientists and doctors, we now know that our emotions and thoughts directly effect our immune system.  In fact, a new science has emerged called PsychoNeuroImmunology – The science of the relationship between Thoughts and Emotions, Our Nervous System and Our Immune System.  In fact, in the advanced sciences, they see no distinction between these systems – they are in fact, all one.

A recent studyperformed at the University of Ohio has demonstrated that
1)  Positive Thoughts increase T-Cell counts (a powerful part of our immune system) and negative thoughts decrease T-Cell counts… and …
2) Experiences of Love increase immune function.

So close your eyes and visualize your body and immune system as strong as can be.  See your self like Superman standing upon your own Fortress of Solitude with your cape blowing behind you…your chin up in the air with confidence and self-esteem.  Remind yourself everyday of the beauty that still exists in our world…Rainbows…Full Moons…Sunrises…Sunsets….A Baby’s Smile…Grandma’s Soup… Jumping Dolphins… Roaring Lions… Prancing Horses… Humans singing together under candle light.  There is so much to love and so much to appreciate.  Remind yourself of these things everyday.  

If you would like some more specific exercises, Chapter 8 “Think and Grow Healthy” in my book A Clear Path to Healing has a 7 step process for using your mind to create anything you desire…including a strong immune system. Also, check out the revolutionary Self Discovery Life Mastery process at www.sdlifemastery.com.

Step One in boosting your immune system is this:
Don’t Worry…Be Happy!

2) Healthy Spine Free of Tension and Interference

Whereas the immune system is the defense and maintenance system of the body…the nervous system is the orchestrator of that system.  The brain, spinal cord and nerves control everything in the body and mind.  All body function and healing…perception and response…thoughts and feeling…are all controlled and organized by the nervous system.

Stresses in our life – Physical, Emotional, Chemical and Cultural – cause tension to build up in our nervous system and its surrounding structures (Spinal Column, Muscles, Tendons, etc.).  Especially when those stress are overwhelming. This tension interferes with body function and healing – especially Immune Function.

The best method I know of to keep your spine free of tension and interference is Chiropractic – specifically Network Spinal Analysis or NSA.

NSA is a system of Wellness Care that uses very gentle touches on specific areas of the spine called “Spinal Gateways” to help identify areas of tension and entrain the body to self-regulate these areas of tension and heal.  People under Network Care report that they are able to handle stress better, enjoy life more and are able to make healthier choice in their life. 

So, step 2 in boosting your immune system is to keep your spine free of tension, utilizing Chiropractic, specifically Network Spinal Analysis, as an effective tool.


Don’t allow those free radicals to get into your body begin with.  Also, provide your body with the phytochemicals in plants and fruits which boost a strong immune system.  I outline a healthy system of eating in my book, A Clear Path to Healing, which will share with you now.

1)  Drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of Filtered water every day.

2) Read food labels and don’t eat anything which has ingredients that do not sound like food. (i.e. monosodium glutamate, blue #6, anything bleached, etc.)

3) Eat food in the following ratio:  75% or more Alkaline Foods – 25% or less Acid Foods.  Alkaline foods are fruits and veggies…Acid is everything else.  (Exceptions: Almonds, Millet and Salmon tend toward Alkaline…pomegranates are Acid fruits)

4) Specific foods high in phytochemicals:

Citrus Fruits
Red Grapes
Green Tea
Leafy Greens
Brazil Nuts
Sweet Potatoes
Brussels Sprouts

So, step 3 in boosting your immune system is to EAT HEALTHY!


Antioxidants are nutrients which eliminate from the body detrimental chemicals called Free Radicals.  Free Radicals are toxins which destroy human cells and cause the immune system to work extra hard.  By supplementing your diet with antioxidants, you will help clean your body of Free Radicals and give your immune system a break to focus on other things. Also, supplement your diet with nutrients which build a healthy immune systems

The Antioxidants and Immunostimulants are:

Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin A

Also, Mushrooms have demonstrated themselves to be powerful immune boosters.  

What?  Mushrooms?!?!?  That’s right.  Mushrooms are powerful immune system boosters that have been used in the Orient and in the South American jungles for thousands of years.  I am not talking about your run-of-the-mill throw in the salad mushrooms.  I am speaking of specific varieties of mushrooms found only in tropical rainforests and other remote parts of the world.  Such varieties as Shiitake, Maitake, oyster, enoki, reishi, astragalus and many others.  These mushrooms contain powerful immune system builders called alpha and beta glucans which are not naturally produced by our bodies.  They are only found in plant and animal sources.

I know of a product called Bio-Directed Immunity.  It is a special blend of 20 varieties of Immune Boosting mushrooms, organically grown under precise laboratory conditions.  If you are interested in getting more information about this product and purchasing it for yourself and your family, email our Wellness Consultant at anja@placeforhealing.com


Step 4 in boosting your immune system is supplementing your diet with ANTIOXIDANTS and MUSHROOMS


The less work your immune system has to do, the more energy and resources it has to keep you healthy.  Why bog it down with unnecessary toxins from your environment.  Using an effective air and water filter actually nourishes your body’s immunity allowing it to rest, rather than putting it to work. If you are in a very effective, affordable air or water, contact our wellness consultant, Anja at anja@placeforhealing.com

Step 5 in boosting your immune system is cleansing your air and water with an effective filter..


There are actually bacteria in our body that supports our health and our immune systems.  These are called Probiotics ( as opposed to Antibiotics which destroy life and inhibit our immune system).  These probiotic organisms live in our digestive system and have such names as Lactobacillus acidophilis and Bifidobacterium bifidum.  These probiotic, immunity-boosting bacteria are readily available through a food which is available in any supermarket – YOGURT!  If you are lactose-intolerant or just do not like yogurt, probiotic supplements are available at any health-food store.

Step 6 to boost your immune system is EAT YOGURT (or take a probiotic supplement.)


The last thing I’d like to discuss are two things which may seem diametrically opposed but they go hand-in-hand: ADEQUATE EXERCISE and PROPER REST.  I go into these in very specific detail in A Clear Path to Healing, but briefly you want to get good aerobic exercise at least 5 times a week.  This can be a walk, a swim, a run.  Something to get the blood flowing in your veins and your breath deepened.   Deep breathing is a powerful immune booster.

And after exercising make sure you get proper rest.  There are many strategies to improve sleep including proper posture, firm supportive mattress, meditation and the use of magnetic and far-infrared technologies.  To learn more, pick up my book A Clear Path to Healing or email our Wellness Consultant, Anja at anja@placeforhealing.com

So, step 7 to boost your immune system is Adequate Exercise and Proper Rest

 Let’s Summarize

To Boost Your Immune System:

1) Don’t Worry…Be Happy
2) Keep Your Spine Free of Tension
3) Eat Healthy
4) Take Antioxidants and Immunity Stimulants
5) Eat YOGURT!
6) Filter your air and Water
7) Get Adequate Exercise and Proper Rest

I hope you all take action on this information, so that you are strong and fearless against this little wimp – Mr. Germ

Fear Not The Bug
excerpts from
A Clear Path to Healing
by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

One day, a cow was walking through a beautiful pasture. Beneath a bright blue, sunny sky, the cow peacefully grazed on the green grass. Nothing disturbed her silent repose. Suddenly, the cow lifted her tail and relieved herself, creating an impressive pile of manure in the center of the field. Turning her head to examine her masterpiece, she gave a nod and lifted her chin, and continued her morning walk, grazing in bliss. As she walked away into the distance, a swarm of flies began to gather around the manure, delighting in the delicacy provided by the cow. The moral of the story is one’s waste is another’s treasure.

You are probably wondering why I just told this story. Besides adding a little comic “relief,” it was to pose a pertinent question: Are the flies the problem? Are the flies the cause of the mess? Obviously, the answer is No. You can swat the flies all you want, use chemical repellents, even light it on fire … if the field is not cleaned of manure, you will always have flies. Why then do we use antibiotics, vaccinations and other drugs to fight off germs? Are we not swatting flies? We are attacking the germs without cleaning up the mess.

In order to achieve optimum health and vitality, we must accept the responsibility to stop swatting the flies, and begin to strengthen the body and “clean up the field.”

Our bodies have a remarkable system for removing the “garbage from the field.” It is called the immune system. The cells that make up this system migrate around the body removing bacteria, viruses, toxins and other foreign objects from the body, keeping the field clean. It is not the germs that cause the disease, but a breakdown in the proper functioning of the immune system.

When I ask the question, “What is the cause of all disease?” I usually receive one of two answers, germs or stress. Looking at our hectic American society, and all of its stress-related illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis, it’s easy to understand why people rationalize that stress is the cause. When we witness the association between bacteria, viruses, germs, and disease or illness, it comes to reason that they too, are a cause. Every day our newspapers and medical research studies report that stress and germs are the cause of the majority of diseases in our world. Daily, we see countless advertisements on television and in the newspapers about medications that fight germs and relieve stress. With all this evidence and the research that documents it, it would appear that stress and germs are in fact, the cause of all disease.

Yet, as we learned in chapters 3 and 4, this is an illusion. Stress and germs are not the cause of all disease, but instead, the cause of all health. Placing germs within the broader concept of stress, let’s define stress. According to Webster, stress is a “physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental change.”1 In other words, stress is any change in our outside environment that causes a change in our internal environment, whether it’s of a physical, emotional, or chemical nature. Example: Imagine you are walking down the street. As you step off a curb, you stumble and your foot twists under your leg. The particular way you twisted your leg, in relation to your current level of flexibility (or adaptability) of your leg, results in a strained tendon in your ankle. This is a physical stress.

Did the stress cause the injury? No. It was your inability to adapt appropriately to that specific movement that caused the injury. If the tendon was more flexible (or adaptable) and you were able to respond appropriately, the action would not have caused an injury.  Other examples of physical stress can be a traumatic event such as a  football injury, an automobile collision, or a ski accident. It may be something subtle such as carrying your purse on the same shoulder every day or sitting in front of a computer for hours on end.  Notice that all of these examples are of a negative nature, whereas the definition of stress makes no distinction of positive or negative. Other forms of physical stress might be a tickle or a hug; taking a warm bath or receiving a soothing massage. These are also changes in the outside environment that create changes on the inside.

Stresses are not always of a physical nature. There are also chemical and emotional stresses. Chemical stress can include food, water, smoke, toxins, vitamins, herbs, alcohol, sugar, medications, recreational drugs or germs.  Some of these may be considered negative stresses, others, positive stresses.  Emotional stress might include divorce, hysterical comedy, bankruptcy, recognition, death, and marriage. Again, some may appear negative, some positive.

Everything we experience in the outside environment creates change in the inside environment. The effect these stresses have on our body and mind are not determined by the stress itself, but by our response to it.

Understanding this, does stress and germs cause disease? Of course not. The cause of disease is not stress, but our body and mind’s inability to perceive, adapt, or recover appropriately in response to the stress. Does the streptococcus bacteria cause strep throat? No. Our immune system’s inability to respond appropriately to the attack of the bacteria is the cause. If I took a strep culture from the throats of one-hundred individuals, all would have a positive finding, yet most, if not all, would not have the disease. Does smoking cause lung cancer? No. The body’s inability to respond appropriately to the smoke causes lung cancer, otherwise all smokers would contract lung cancer. Does stumbling off a curb cause a twisted ankle? No. The body and mind’s inability to respond appropriately to the situation is the cause of the twisted ankle.

Let me again emphasize the cause of disease: It is our body’s inability to respond appropriately to changes in our environment or stress. In other words, a loss of our body or mind’s response ability. As you may have realized, this entire book is based on this principle. All health is the result of our body and mind’s remarkable abilities – response abilities – to experience the outside environment and respond to it through personal expression. The more efficient and effective we are at this, the healthier we will be.