Tag: Naturopathy

Effective Path to Natural Healing

Rich Evans, former Committee on Publication for Arizona

Why are so many people reaching out for more natural forms of healing today?

For instance, a young mother recently expressed her delight in having her second child born naturally, instead of by cesarean delivery, experienced in her first childbirth. A close acquaintance is keen on natural oils, herbs, and supplements to augment her family’s health. A naturopath friend diligently seeks to cure his patients by re­balancing the normal physical elements found in the human body, in order to exclude more invasive measures. The Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona strives to discover complementary or alternative means to standard medical approaches, broadening the possibilities for healing.

Perhaps these are all evidences of seekers wanting something better than to be classified as merely a chemical compound, and to work from the premise that each individual is a whole person, and therefore responsible for their own health.

Such an expansive aspiration can attract the criticism of those at ease with the more conventional model of healthcare.

Natural healing, for example, is described, in part, by Wikipedia as pseudoscience. Naturopaths and others in this field, devoting their life to natural healing modalities, understandably don’t take well to the “pseudo” prefix, synonymous with “fake, false, feigned.” Who would? This narrow point of view, perhaps, stems from the habit of considering health as just a limited, matter­based experience without more.

This “more” is not just alternative matter ­ such as oils, herbs, and supplements ­ but a different idea of substance itself. I’ve found that the idea of what’s “natural” is truly expanded when we cease tying it to matter as the “must have” cause and effect. By definition, matter is a limitation because it excludes all that is spiritual. The magnificence and universality of divine Love’s impulse to all mankind is missing — an un-healing limit to place on one’s health.

Ancient and current examples of natural, spiritual healing by divine Love exist. The master Christian, Jesus, healed the servant of a Roman Centurion in response to the soldier’s confidence such healing could transpire without physical intervention and with no diagnosis of matter (Matt. 8:5-­13).

A more recent healing is one of my own. I was freed from a blistered eye, which had become blurry and painful. The situation was alarming. But with persistent prayer to understand the presence of this universal healing Love, and how it is naturally accessible to all ­ as it was to Jesus, to the Centurion, and to many others ­ the condition on my eye cleared. I was healed.

After a decade, there has been no remnant of that experience – no lingering worry of a recurrence. Where did I get my confidence in this divine Science (capitalized to express this God­-based healing system)? It grew from my study of such statements as this: “The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus’ time, from the operation of divine Principle [a term for God], before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation. Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. ” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. xi: 9-­15)

Perhaps it is this spiritual thought, available to all, that is the most effective path to natural healing – healing not dependent on matter, but recognizing that God is indeed forever with us, and, as a result, harmony, health, and healing are present and natural, now as always.

This article was published by The Arizona Silver Belt, July 8, 2015.

Health is More Than You Think

Health is not simply about medications.  For some, it may not be about that at all.  Health is about health.

Modern medicine proffers cures to disease, where health seems absent, deficient, or awry.  It primarily involves physical intervention, either by chemistry (drugs) or surgery.  It implies that without such interventions, health will be lost relative to the pathology in question.  The public expect that the goal of medicine is the regaining of health for the individual affected.  That’s good.  I have certainly known and worked with very well-motivated MD’s.  This is the world of health recovery that is generally accepted and presumed as authority.

But there is so much more to health.  Integrative medicine understands this by organizing healthy outcomes around multiple modes of healing.  The Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) at the University of Arizona, under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Weil, is at the forefront of this work.  In a conversation I had with the director of research at the CIM, I learned that their courses for MD’s included many modalities, including prayer and metaphysical healing.  Putting into practice their commitment to the integrative approach, they have joined with Maricopa County (Arizona’s most populous county, including Phoenix metro) to provide this broader approach to healthcare in the insurance coverage for its employees. (See Arizona Republic, November 28, 2011, “Study to Use County-Worker Data”, by Michelle Ye Hee Lee.)  It is a study that will be completed June 30, 2015.

In the Friday section of The Arizona Republic, entitled “Healthy Living”, there are articles that deal with more than conventional medical remedies, often pertaining to lifestyle choices and diet.  One column refers to “mind, body and soul”.   The topics are not as far-reaching as CIM’s scope, but it is a beginning.

An Arizona friend, who is a naturopathic physician, in fact he is the current President of the  American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, among other contributions to his field, joined with me in a discussion of the spectrum of approaches to health.  The axis of the spectrum was defined by degree of physical involvement. Traditional modern western medicine, spoken of in the second paragraph of this article, was the mode he placed at the “wholly physical” end of the spectrum and he placed prayer and metaphysical healing at the other, “wholly spiritual”.  Along the spectrum were such modes as osteopathy, chiropractic,  naturopathy, homeopathy, message, yoga, reiki, mental therapies/counseling (of course, psychotropic drugs would push this toward the more physical end of the spectrum), shamanism, prayer, and provable spiritual healing.  There are many, but this is illustrative of the spectrum.  All modes would probably assert that they are both prophylactic and therapeutic.

Why should anyone care about this spectrum of modalities?  Efficacy.  If someone is not finding their health either established or maintained by the mode they have tried, then it is good to know that the possibilities are not limited by the modes that dominate public thought and have the appearance of authority.

I have found my health and its maintenance at the least invasive end of the spectrum, that of prayer and spiritual healing.  It has been effective and the proof has been a life primarily without medical intervention.  More importantly, the spiritual end of the spectrum works with ontology, the metaphysical nature of being, and learning to live with less focus on physique per se.  The physical becomes subordinate and conforming to spiritual insight and a sense of divine reality.  This mode of health is not new.  For several thousand years humanity has recorded events of healing by spiritual means alone; and we still do so today.  These healings lead to a love for God and man and break from the fear-generating limitations of an abject material existence.

Health is what we think it is, and more than that.