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The Power of Words

Are you aware of the extreme power of words, whether thought or spoken? 
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." 1

Do you know that your words can keep you from living well?  ... from achieving the optimal health that can be yours?

When things go wrong, I would not be a grumbler,
Complaining, seeing everything as grim;
For when I think of how the Lord has blessed me,
I cannot help but give my praise to Him. —Hess

The power in words can build up or tear down,
Create a big smile or produce a sad frown;
So in all your contacts with people each day,
Be sure to encourage in all that you say. —Fitzhugh

Many of us on faith alone can accept God's word as truth, even though we may not know the extent to which it covers.  Science is now proving over and over again the power of your thoughts and spoken words.  

According to Judith Prager, what you say to a person in a crisis is just as important as what you do.  This is "verbal first aid."  The technique she teaches takes "fight-or-flight" response into account and incorporates two systems largely ignored by mainstream medicine: The body's powerful self-healing system and its extremely influential belief system. Furthermore, this mind-body approach can make the difference between life and death for someone suffering from a major illness or injury. 2

Did you know that endorphins are your happy or feel-good hormone or neurotransmitter?  The cells of your body have a receptor site where this neurotransmitter fits.  If the slot is empty, guess what else fits on this same site?  VIRUSES!  Spend much time worrying grieving, angry, stressed?  If so, you open yourself up to being ill.

Many people have a diagnosis ... whether it be acid reflux, degenerative spine disorder, asthma, diabetes, fibromyalgia ... whatever it is.  Drug commercials have made being sick a common, everyday problem ... easy to claim and pick up because lots of others have them.  This is DANGEROUS.  My mother was diagnosed with asthma and then high blood pressure (caused by the steroid treatment for asthma).  I don't believe I have EVER heard her say those words aloud.  Why?  When we were kids and had a cold, she wouldn't even let us claim that.  "If you keep telling yourself that you're sick, then you'll be sick.  You need to tell yourself that you're getting better."  Now this didn't mean much to me at four years old, but it means much to me now!  She will NOT claim that diagnosis because she believes she's getting better.  Most medical diagnoses do not have cures ... they just get sicker with more prescription drugs or eventually surgery.

When I gave birth to two of my children at home after a cesarean with my first, it never occurred to me this wasn't possible.  I visualized a perfect birth.  I had faith that God created me to do that and I could perform a birth without trauma.  I also wouldn't look at what could happen.  I left that up to my midwife.  I just didn't want to put those images into my head.  I wanted no negativity.

When I started developing symptoms of chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, because of my background, I refused to go get a diagnosis.  I didn't want that label that I would not receive anyway and I would have to rebuke.  In their books, there was no cure and I didn't accept that.  We have a fully regenerative body, and I knew given the right supplies my body WOULD heal.  Of course, this did mean I had to get off my duff and learn what those right supplies were.  That may not sound like much, but with two babies, a full-time practice, and staying angry with my husband - there was little energy left for figuring that out.  I was exhausted, having menopausal symptoms, filled with joint pain, and every other day it felt like I had the flu.  Do I believe that my anger and unforgiveness made me sick?  I believe there were many factors.  Ten years on a fat-free diet, some of those also as a vegetarian, certainly contributed to my problems as did having two children 18 months apart and never slowing down in my practice.  But I do believe the ones that pushed me over the edge in my health were the negative, un-Godly emotions.  This is not to say that I am perfect with them now, but I am much improved.

What do I mean when I say it's bad to claim something as minor as acid reflux?  I mean, this is NO MINOR thing.  A symptom is your warning sign and taking medication is like spray-painting over the warning sign and moving on.  YOU MUST HAVE AN ACIDIC STOMACH to digest proteins and macronutrients such as Calcium and Magnesium.  If you don't, then you push undigested proteins and minerals that cannot be absorbed into the intestines - a putrifying mess.  This is why there are current reports of these acid-stopping drugs causing hip fractures.  You are just creating other problems - whatever they may be.

Your thoughts and spoken words should reflect your belief in your body's healing ability.  "I am getting better every day in every way."  You have to re-route where the firing happens in your brain.  If you talk about being in pain all the time, then the only time all the firing increases in the brain is when you're talking about that pain because you've created so many brain cells in that area that fire together and the stronger the synaptic connections become.  You can actually be "addicted" to talking about your pain or diagnosis because you've created such a firing pattern in your brain.  This can keep you from getting better.  "Spoken words - either positive or negative - have the power to create a reality you either want or don't." 3

So when you start saying these things, you don't have to lie.  And because you haven't wired your brain that way, the positive words won't even feel good to say. 
I was in a self-pity mode so the only time I was in the brain-firing mode was when I could talk to someone who could empathize or would sympathize.  Re-wiring takes time and diligence.  But it IS possible.  It has been shown, for example, that you can have conscious control over the degree of pain you experience.

Correct Responses and Positive Affirmations
I am improving every day in every way.

As one of my patients said, "you just gotta get your mind right!"  I wonder if she knows how right she is.

My body is currently healing from ________.

My doctor says that I have ________, but I know that my body can recover and heal given the right circumstances.  I am working hard to create those circumstances!

As the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, “Do all things without complaining and disputing.” 4

Does this mean that as your doctor I don't want you to tell me of current symptoms?  Of course not.  There is a place on your sign-in sheet to report these symptoms so that I can look at them and determine the need for different support.  What it does mean is I want you to look at them as temporary and constantly know that your body is in a state of healing!

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 5

1 Proverbs 18:21, NKJV
2 Professor Prager's website. Whether you're an EMT, a nurse or just a concerned human being, what you say may mean everything to a person in a crisis.
3  Candace Put, pg 111
4  Philippians 2:14, NKJV
5  Philippians 4:8, NKJV

Additional Recommended Resource:
The Power of Words, Drs. Blair & Rita Justice

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