Your body will do everything it can to LIVE! It has a knowing when things aren’t right and immediately starts to repair injured or problem areas. This section helps you to understand how the body’s healing system works.
Your healing system (the intelligence within) continually works twenty-four hours a day for you. A tough job! You hardly recognize it’s around unless you get a scratch or a sprain or a cut and the bodies internal intelligence repairs and replenishes without you giving it a single thought. Your talented team has done its job.
When the flu season is rampant or you’re exposed to something and don’t get it, you think you’re really lucky. What you don’t realize is how hard your team has worked to keep you well. In fact, your body deals with all kinds of threats before they become serious, even cancer, whenever they show up to threaten your health.
Our bodies are more than just physical, they are a miniature universe of energies helping us to empower ourselves by monitoring all the energies we filter into our bodies from food, air and drink to the energies around us, people, our environment, attitudes, sounds, etc. Under normal conditions the body’s natural defenses can throw off any negative influence before it develops symptoms of dis-ease.
The body’s defense system works as a team twenty four hours a day, constantly seeking out living viruses; bacteria; parasites; yeasts; toxins like nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, drugs, automobile exhaust; chemicals; even things that are good for you like herbs, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, amino acids; or something you’re allergic to like milk/dairy products, chocolate, wheat, corn, ragweed, dusts, pollens and molds that’s considered “not you” to destroy. That’s its job. It’s only when it becomes overwhelmed for whatever reason, that you finally get sick or diseased.
On the body’s surface, the skin is our largest sense organ, symbolizing our sensitivity and our self-worth. Metaphysically it is called ‘the body of the soul’. It’s also known to symbolize birth and rebirth as its cells are constantly regenerating.
Did you know your skin contains sweat glands and sebaceous glands which both produce substances capable of killing bacteria and fungus on contact? Every stimuli your body receives, whether inside or outside, its response to this stimuli is perfect. If you’re cold, the blood-flow to the skin is restricted to hold in body heat…..the response from your body…..you shiver. When too warm, the body revs up the thermostat, sending blood to the skin area for cooling and pumps moisture through the skin which then evaporates…..this is how we perspire. So the skin defends against infection and dehydration, controls body temperature and also represents how you interact with the world……what you want to bring forward.
The skin is actually one of the richest sources of all the hormones found in the body. When stimulated the skin showers us with a flow of healing chemicals into our blood stream. One of the most important of these is known as growth hormones (HGH). HGH is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland and is necessary for hair growth and maintaining normal elasticity of the skin.
The skin is also the seat of our emotions. When we are deeply moved we say we have been deeply touched. The experience of touch or sensation is linked to a past thought which then creates an emotion. The skin is symbolic to our feelings.
The nose helps to cleanse and warm the air we breathe to help the lungs take in fresh oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. As you breath, irritants are trapped in nasal hairs and mucus. Mucus kills both bacteria and viruses. This definitely helps to give us a little more respect for that stuff calledg phlegm. Mucus is carried upward on cilia (tiny hairlike projections lining your respiratory tract), and outward through coughing and sneezing.
Saliva in our mouths and tears in our eyes contain enzymes destructive to invaders.
Fever is also important part of your healing team. It helps to destroy bacteria and toxins in the body that threaten our survival. The body will do anything to live!
Conversion of matter to spirit is when we need to raise energy or apply heat which allows our subtle bodies (aura) to extend away from the body to pull in more healing energy. We spoke of shivers earlier, but shivers are also a way of drawing the subtle body back into alignment with the physical.
The size and complexity of your healing team is mind boggling. You’ll find members of the team working deep down at the most basic level of your body in every cell’s DNA. The DNA’s job is to replicate, transcribe, and translate information from one cell to another and from one generation of cell to the next. It also relays information to other cells through the RNA.
Enzymes are the “hands” that carry out the DNA instructions within the cell. They’re also catalysts to speed the process and sometimes make sure it’s done right. Each DNA contains all the information needed to manufacture enzymes to repair itself.
When a DNA recognizes it’s damaged, it quickly sets in motion enzymes to remove the damage and replace it with normal structure. It also takes care of the ordinary, moment-to-moment corrections (such as proofreading and editing to assure error-free translations). The healing process at this level is spontaneous and automatic.
Suppose you’re out in the sun and one of your skin cell’s DNA is injured from an UV ray. Almost immediately the damaged area of the affected strand is snipped on both sides (by endonuclease and exonuclease) and cut out in an elaborate molecular version of cut and paste. The gap is then filled with undamaged nucleotidase and voila new skin. All works well as long as they’re not overwhelmed – an example of being overwhelmed would be if two strands were damaged in the same DNA which would cause a mutation that could become cancer of the skin. (This threat is a strong argument for using sun blocking lotion.)
This is also the level where oxygen free radicals raise havoc similar to the way UV rays do to the skin. Again, we can handle the situation unless we become overwhelmed. Today with all the environmental toxins, antioxidants like vitamin C, grape-seed extract, green tea, vitamin E, etc. can be very helpful to us in combating oxygen free radicals and maintaining balance within our bodies.
We also find some team members at the cellular level. Much of their work takes place at the plasma membrane surrounding each cell. This is a dynamic membrane constantly taking in wanted, and throwing out unwanted materials (including itself as it’s constantly regenerating). For example, LDL receptor team members bind to LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream. This is the “bad” cholesterol that tends to deposit on arterial walls. When bound, this “bad” cholesterol is sucked through the membrane into certain cells where it is removed from circulation.
These cells metabolize some of the cholesterol and dispose of the excess by chopping it up into small pieces and expelling them.
The neat thing is these LDL receptors continue to recycle every ten to twenty minutes during their ten to thirty hour lifespan. They’re then replaced by newly formed receptors. As in the DNA, this is a spontaneous healing system that sucks in materials through cellular membranes, recognizing (diagnosing) and removing and replacing (treating) defective structure and function. It automatically and continuously performs this moment-to-moment maintenance within your body. Again all goes well unless they’re overwhelmed – examples of being overwhelmed are high cholesterol levels, clogged arteries and atherosclerosis.
IMMUNE SYSTEM LEVEL – IN YOUR BLOOD
Cells form tissue, tissues form organs, and organs form bodily systems. When it’s working at a resting rate, your heart beats more than 100,000 times a day to move the equivalent of 2,100 gallons of blood through the nearly 60,000 miles of blood vessels throughout these tissues, organs, and systems. Think of this, one drop of blood circulates through your body and returns to the heart in just 24 seconds.
Blood, our life fluid, is a combination of similar cells and liquid. It represents vitality and joy of life. The collection of similar cells each serve a particular function – red to carry oxygen, white to fight infection, and platelets to stop bleeding. These cells are suspended in plasma, a liquid. It symbolizes and contains the life essence and pattern of our lives, past, present and future. It was often a part of ancient mystical rites.
The immune system (what we generally call healing team members at this level) consists primarily of some one trillion white cells. A cubic millimeter of blood contains 5 million red blood cells and 7,000 white blood cells. The source of white cells is your bone marrow. Where these white cells mature decides what their specific role will be in the healing system. “Eater” cells mature in the liver and spleen. B-cells mature in the spleen while T-cells mature in the thymus gland.
The whole thing is something to behold. You’re more aware of this level of the healing system than the previous two because pain is often associated with it, fever (which stimulates the production of white blood cells) may accompany it and some illness (like a cold or the flu) may follow it.
The more colorful Macrophages (“big eaters”) and Phagocytes (“bigger eaters”) move back and forth through the bloodstream. The macrophages use PAC-man-like maneuvers and the phagocytes use “glob”-type action to gobble up “not you” foreigners they find like bacteria, yeast, etc. T-cells attach themselves to phagocytes where they categorize intruders and direct the the glob action to absorb or ignore them. The eaters also gobble up debris left over from repairs made in healing injuries. Some of the bad guys get by these eaters. For example, the pneumonia bacteria and viral invasions are unaffected.
Determining what’s “you” and what’s not involves a complex identification system. Every substance – from a dust mite to the flu virus to one of your own cells – carries its own “chemical ID card,” marked by a unique molecular pattern on its surface. All your body’s cells have the same molecular pattern.
Helper T-cells are the captains of the immune team. They’re triggered by the activity of the “eaters.” Macrophages engulf invaders then break them down and display fragments of antigen as markers on their surfaces. T-cells find the markers and release proteins that bind to the infected cells such as a virus or bacteria. They then rush this information to the spleen and lymph nodes for help.
B-cells produce antibodies in these organs. Each antibody made by a B-cell fits a particular antigen as a key fits a lock. We never know which of the potential millions of disease-causing antigen we’ll encounter next. We can mix and match DNA in “mini-gene” segments, similar to bulding with different colored snap-and-lock blocks.
These mini-genes combine and recombine into the optimum pattern to make
antibodies that will fit any of these antigens we might encounter. Helper T-cells stimulate B-cells to produce more of a particular antibody which are then targeted at specific invaders and are rushed to neutralize them or tag them in some way for attack by other cells.
Special killer T-cells will kill body cells (such as mucous cells of the lungs or throat or body cells that have turned cancerous) that have been invaded by outside organisms. Antibodies then neutralize the viruses and clump around the viral surfaces to prevent them from attacking other cells.
Invaders can cause a lot of trouble, especially if your defenses are down because of stress overload (working more and sleeping less), poor nutrition (too much fat and not enough balanced vitamins and minerals), faulty lifestyles (weigh too much, exercise too little, smoke and/or drink too much, etc.). When your defenses are down, the viruses enter cells and unite with the DNA and begin to replicate and multiply. Once they have a foothold, they then steal nourishment at the cellular level to feed the miniature virus factory they’ve started.
Your immune system can handle the situation as long as it’s not overwhelmed even when your defenses are down. If your defenses are strong and balanced (your job is help keep it that way), the invaders are taken care of without any extra fuss.
Once the immune team has things under control the body goes into the
convalescent and recovery phases. At this time, Suppressor T-cells slow down or stop the activity of B-cells and other T-cells. (In Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS, the HIV virus invades and destroys helper T-cells but does not attack the suppressor cells. As a result, there is an excess of suppressor cells which essentially shuts down the immune system.)
Notice the purpose of the suppressor T-cells is to maintain a balance within your body. Note that when your body gets out of balance at any of the levels, your healing system is activated to bring it back into balance.
Finally, Memory cells “make notes,” called cellular memory – this allows the immune system to quickly respond and destroy these viruses the next time they show up to try to make trouble. It’s these memory cells that are programmed when we are vaccinated for something like small pox or the flu. There is a lot of controversy about this method of preventing disease that needs our immediate attention especially vaccines for infants and children. We need to become more aware of the serious affects these can cause. But Medical science is also concentrating on new vaccines to help prevent and combat such serious ailments as cancer and HIV.
Another member of your team is the lymphatic system. It also carries the fellow immune team members right down to the cell level. The lymphatic system consists of millions of tiny vessels or ducts throughout the body. The spleen is the largest collection of lymph tissue in the body. The lymph fluid flows toward the chest back into the blood through the liver and kidneys. Lymph nodes act as filters for the removal of infective organisms. The lymphatic system has no pumps. Circulation through it depends on breathing and muscle movement (another good reason for exercise).
There is also a complex series of 12 enzymatic proteins that circulate in the blood. They assist eater cells by making lethal holes in bacterial cells. These proteins enhance the inflammatory response. They work with immune team members in the healing process. Medical science is not sure how these enzymes are activated. Observations suggest one of the activators is negative electromagnetic energy.
Another important team member is found within your gut. The small intestine works to digest and absorb nutrients, and the large intestines aborb water and eliminate the residue. They symbolize how well we absorb and eliminate experiences in our lives. Over 400 different species of both healthful and harmful microorganisms make their home in a healthy intestine. They can weigh up to 3 pounds – having so many important functions in our bodies that they can be thought of as an exogenous organ. Their numbers can be as high as 100 trillion — out numbering the cells of the body by 100 to one. By weight, there are actually more bad guys than the good ones. As long as the HEALTHY BALANCE is maintained all goes well.
Probiotics (lots of good hype about this lately), the good guys, are similar bacterial cultures that make milk into yogurt and cabbage into sauerkraut. They help keep everything in balance, keeping the bad guys in line; assisting the digestive process; stimulating the immune system; and helping to alleviate gastric disorders, to eliminate bad breath, prevent yeast infections, lower blood cholesterol, produce B vitamins and vitamin K.
Stress, the unchecked consumption of refined or processed foods, excessive alcohol, birth control pills, some food additives, some cortisone-type drugs, radiation therapy, fluoridated and/or chlorinated water, exposure to toxic metals, pollutants, or radiation, and, OF COURSE, ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY can all push the BALANCE in favor of the harmful bacteria.
A healthy gut = balance. Sometimes we might need to supplement the good guys by adding probiotics to our diet. The best thing we can do is make sure the good guys are well fed.
Note that in the animal world carnivorous animals (meat eaters) have a relatively short digestive system (about three times the length of the body). This is because the flesh they eat decays very quickly and the by-products produced by the decay could poison the bloodstream if the flesh remains in the body too long. The other animals have much longer digestive systems (about ten times the length of their bodies). The human digestive system is more in the latter category. This is another good reason for us to eat meat sparingly.
WHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM DOESN’T WORK RIGHT
It seems white blood cells go through a learning process in developing this ability to identify the good and bad guys. Some don’t pass the test and are inactivated or they attack your own cells. This is called an autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis or insulin- dependent diabetes). Others overreact to common substances such a pollen or dust (causing allergies or asthma). No one knows what causes the immune system’s recognition process to break down this way. Scientists believe multiple factors – heredity, viruses, certain drugs or even sunlight may play roles.
Most of the time everything works right. However, sometimes our team gets out of balance and can’t get back. No one is sure why this happens but the resulting problems are apparent. Allergies and asthma can result when excess histamines are produced when T-cells overreact to some common foods or particles such as dust and pollen.
Even more seriously; your immune team can, for no known reason, attack normal cells as we would an invading bacteria or virus. When insulin-producing cells are the target, Type 1 diabetes results. Targeting membrane lining of the joints may result in rheumatoid arthritis. When the team takes on the myelin sheaths that surround the nerves in the brain, the result may be MS.
Sometimes we need to be nudged into activity. That’s what memory cells do when we are vaccinated. The cancer vaccines being developed are geared to go a step further and mobilize your team to not only prevent cancer but to actually attack existing tumors.
Regeneration is also part of the healing process. It’s common knowledge that animals like salamanders readily regenerate their limbs. It is amazing that we too possess the ability to mend broken bones It has been proven that negative electromagnetic energy is the prime healing force. The human body is a magnificent healing machine – we are learning and discovering how to turn on the right switches to activate the process.
Other regeneration is also active in our bodies. We’re constantly shedding and regenerating new skin. The entire lining of the intestinal tract sloughs off and is renewed every day! Our livers can regenerate up to eighty percent in a matter of hours as long as the tissue that remains is normal. We also know that some things like neurons in our brains and our heart muscles do not regenerate.
ELECTROMAGNETIC ENERGY AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPY
From observations in enzyme activation and bone healing, we see that
electromagnetic energy (the Life Force)is an important player in the healing process. It turns out that diseased, infected, and injured tissue are all positively charged. This is when Reiki and other healing modalities comes to play.
The electromagnetic positive signal is sent to the brain through the nervous system and the brain in turn returns electromagnetic negative energy (which is female by the way) to the area. This proves that all healing comes from within. The body has a tremendous ability in restoring itself to health. Viruses and bacteria surround us all the time, so we need to ponder why we get sick.
What a marvelous thing this healing system is! Scientists tell us our bodies are made to last at least 120 years. Your job is to do everything you can in your lifestyle to keep everything running smoothly and properly. There’s still a great deal to be learned about how our bodies work and how they heal themselves. We sure know the power of our mind-body relationships is an important part of this discovery process. Healing includes locating and removing energy blocks and this can be accomplished by raising our consciousness and understanding of the metaphysical nature of the human body and its energy system. For true health to occur we need to learn how to integrate the physical, emotional, mental and spirit into our beings. All healing comes from within. It can be initiated from an outside source, which serves to set the healing process in action. We are learning to “know” our bodies and their response to outside stimuli.
Illness is just a symptom. It’s your body’s way of getting your attention that something has gotten out of balance.
Healing the energy body……July issue of this blog
KNOW THYSELF – Body/Mind connection…..July issue of this blog