"Comfort Quest"

WISDOM from my WEEDS… Sweaty Insight into Disease and Pain

Yes, it’s summertime in Florida and “steam-room hot”, yet my garden called to me today to finish some weeding along the road-side edge of my cul-de-sac.  It’s been something I’ve struggled with for decades; making my garden more presentable for everyone else (from the road-side, at least).  I previously would cut the weeds back in a frustrated fashion and they would keep returning- just like clockwork.  I repeatedly stayed busy and felt like I’d accomplished something, only to realize, like Sisyphus, the process never ended.  Soon, the glow of success would fade as the neatly edged garden was overrun by invaders once again.  Where is the Wisdom in that?  So, today I approached it differently influenced in part by my recent graduate studies and fabulous retreat last weekend celebrating Mary Magdalene’s feast day, July 22nd (more on that later, if interested).  Suffice it to say that my soul was touched deeply & healed; reminded gently that there are lessons to be learned in ALL experiences (even from being persecuted and mis-represented for eons… graceful wisdom and truth will always triumph in the end). 

Defining the "problem"

As we begin, let’s review what we mean by a weed (so that we are discussing the same thing).  Directly from the Miriam-Webster dictionary online:            “WEED:  a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants.”            Ugh- not my favorite definition.  It sounds so judgmental & confrontational; something that needs to be removed or fixed, whatever the cost (like the current view of Pain and Disease) .  I prefer a paraphrased description I heard years ago that was much more POSITIVE- that a weed is a plant whose purpose has yet to be discovered (just like us all)… little did I know that it was attributed to Emerson. 

 As you may have guessed, I chose Emerson's more positive perspective and approached my weeds differently, setting an intention of learning from the Weeds and my interaction with them today... what is beckoning to be Discovered?

Wisdom from My Weeds:

I had several choices to consider today- Choices have Consequences... 1)  If I pulled the weeds up quickly and without much thought, I easily damaged the other small plants around them- Win/ Lose                       This happens all the time when tumors are hacked out of our bodies, without much regard for the other tissues/ lymph nodes/ long term effect of their removal.  Sure, if it’s cancer, we’d like it removed, but it didn’t happen overnight and if we do NOT address the issues that set the normal cells into “cancer mode”, it will most likely reoccur, and we lose, again.   What are we doing to support the rest of the body in the process?   2)  If I cut them back JUST at the surface, it was quick and efficient, yet they kept growing back and I never learned their message in the constant battle.  Win/ Lose                       This is how we keep treating PAIN and other SYMPTOMS in our bodies today- we just cut back/ suppress the DISEASE at the surface, only to have it continue to fester beneath the surface and return (Drug addiction- Opioid Crisis)… Great for Pharmaceutical companies, yet not so good for our well-being and quality of life as Human Beings... especially when access to pills is curtailed.    3) If I sprayed them with Round-Up or another fast-acting chemical, the weeds died yet there were side-effects to contend with-  perhaps killing or preventing food crops from growing in a healthy way.  Win/ Lose            Like #2 above, especially when we use CHEMO and RADIATION as the only accepted ways of dealing with cancer (along with surgery).  WHY aren’t other COMPLEMENTARY/ INTEGRATIVE therapies encouraged and covered by insurance???             Beyond the Cancer context, we KNOW these chemicals on/in our foods are NOT healthy and are BANNED in most European Countries… why are they still being used in the USA??? 4)  Best insight today (Wisdom from my Weeds)- After careful assessment, my process was to Mindfully decide which plants were to remain and which were to be removed for today… then gently remove the invasive plant with the proper tool, actively listening to the messages being received.  Win/ Win!                 When dealing with chronic issues today, consider that our bodies are trying to inform us of an imbalance or "dis-ease".  Instead of suppressing the wisdom, lean into the messages- focusing on solving the problems and regaining an Authentic level of Comfort & Quality of Life (using your new tools)...  

Shifting to Comfort, Active Listening and Trust in Nature

I’ve tried a variety of other tools before, but the curved weed-removal tool gently gets where it needs to go and is very comforting to the wrist, as well.  The proper tool makes all the difference!  This is another reason I suggest that our current PAIN/ DISEASE/ FIGHT-IT focus needs to be shifted to a Comfort/ Dis-Ease/ Learn from It perspective.  We do this by focusing on what we WANT and by learning from the messages all around us; sensing with our body, mind and spirit.  As I was tending my garden, I reflected (through the sweat on my brow) on WHY certain weeds kept popping up in areas that I felt were inappropriate.  Was my old perspective accurate (that they were a nuisance) or did they have a purpose?  I observed that there were several cute low growing, flowering plants that hugged the sloped edges of my sandy soil without any care on my part.  With fresh eyes, it seemed like they might be preventing the soil from being washed away during the rain.  Each time I would remove them in the past, I remembered that soil would wash away, and they would return to help once again.  Hmmm... they have a hidden purpose- trying to help!  I also reassessed some curious plants that I allowed to remain for the last couple of weeks (despite being told that they were “weeds” by neighbors- outer experts).  They looked a bit like iris or daylily leaves at first, so I trusted my gut (inner knowing) and let them remain… SO glad that I did, because they are starting to bloom delicate yellow flowers. 😉  Now I need to figure out how I can help them heal their faded leaves... 

What a fabulous morning it has been.  I listened to the beckoning of nature and after spending this time in my garden, I feel “complete”… My yard looks much more inviting and cared-for, I feel activated, and I continue to be amazed at the Healing Wisdom of Mother Nature.   She is here for us all (and has never left us); eager to share her Insights when we are ready to see, hear and feel them...

We are invited to welcome home all parts of ourselves that we have forgotten,

cast aside or repressed, and to do so with Grace and Wisdom... Blessed Be and So it Is!

Has the Blame Game really Solved anything?

“That which we resist, persists”- Carl Jung

I don’t know about you, but as an RN for more than 30 years, I am disappointed with the constant fighting and blaming that rages today in response to the “opioid addiction” crisis.  Everyone is upset (doctors, patients, health care providers, CDC, FDA, Big Pharma, etc…) and pointing fingers at another group; all frightened that things are going to change and impact their access to meds and/or money.  Instead of jumping into the fray and continuing to fuel this fire, I am offering a fresh perspective… one I hope you will consider since I am NOT being driven by meds or money, but by my passion for healthier solutions!Following Jung’s advice, we must stop fighting pain (and one another) and start listening to our bodies’ messages again.  How do we do this within the current system?  It is obvious that we need a tool to monitor our patient’s level of comfort as we medicate them and guide them toward deep healing and an improved Quality of Life.  Yet, is it wise to keep using the system that has NOT helped to improve overall levels of pain in the USA over the last 20 years?  The CDC reports, “The amount of opioids prescribed and sold in the US quadrupled since 1999, but the overall amount of pain reported by Americans hasn’t changed.”  Obviously, more pills are not the solution...

"Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.” -Albert Einstein

In this respect I agree, in part with Dr. Rajput in his 3/19/18 post on KevinMD.com where he suggests that the pain scale is to blame for the opioid crisis.  However, it goes much deeper; we must get at the root causes of the “pain”-to the hidden body, mind and spirit issues.It is time to release the old pathogenesis pain scale for a more optimistically authentic guide; one which envisions potential success- COMFORT as the 10.Nursing Pain through a Positive Lens                Comfort Quest builds on the familiar (0-10 scale), yet embraces positive psychology, neuroplasticity and quantum healing along the way (10 being what we desire: Comfort- joyful face).  Instead of triggering negative neurochemicals of fear which are released with the “10- worst pain ever” question… we secrete more positive feelings of joy/ love when we envision “10- peak experience; best feelings ever”.Science agrees that our bodies can be primed for Comfort instead of Pain!  As such, Comfort must be supported.  Once a number is chosen, the next question is, “What might help YOU feel better and flourish?”  This simple question opens our subconscious to identify a body, mind or spirit issue which may long have been buried.Yes, this is a complex issue; one not easily fixed with a prescription, pill or payments.  As a start, I hope we can agree that the current PAIN focus is part of the problem, yet we cannot throw out the baby with the bath water.  Let’s begin to chart a new present & future by changing our perspective, reframing our desired outcome, and supporting our bodies' innate healing capacity as we regain well-being and balance in our lives.

                "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." -Wayne Dyer

  

SALUTOGENESIS- A True Health-Care Theory Whose Time has Come!

 

Pathogenesis vs. Salutogenesis- Disease/ Health theories

Every time we turn on the news, there is yet another report about pain, stress, opioids and/or drug overdoses.  No matter how much time, energy or money we throw on the problems, the outcome is the same.  No lasting improvement is achieved, and fear continues; we keep getting more of the same.  Time for a fresh, new perspective… Salutogenesis!It is crystal clear that Western medicine is focused on disease (pathogenesis) today, instead of health and well-being.  Becker (2010) explains pathogenesis, which was pioneered and developed by Williamson and Pearse in 1966, as the theoretical framework for American health professionals. “Formally, pathogenesis is the study of disease origins and causes.  Pathogenesis starts by considering disease and infirmity and then works retrospectively to determine how individuals can avoid, manage, and/or eliminate that disease or infirmity” (p. 26).  Based on this description, the current pain scale (10- worst pain ever) is understandable- pain is viewed as an infirmity which must be avoided, managed, and/ or eliminated.

“Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Another, newer, health model is that of Salutogenesis.  Honestly, I had never heard of it until 2016, yet I am SO glad to have discovered it.  My gut has known THIS is the foundation on which effective HealthCare in America should be built.  The brief overview of Salutogenesis focuses on Health Promotion (positive focus), instead of disease orientation/ prevention (negative focus) and risk factors.   The author, Aaron Antonovsky (1996), who introduced Salutogenesis in 1979 (when I graduated high school), harkens us back in time .  “In the 1930’s it was revolutionary to suggest that something in the mind could lead to somatic diseases” (p. 11). Today, he suggests that all human distress is the result of a psychic, somatic and social aspect (all of which are crucial for the integrated organism known as human beings).He presents an analogy of health and disease prevention as they relate to swimmers.  “The bias of the downstream focus, i.e. the devotion of the disease care system to saving swimmers drowning downstream by heroic measures, rather than asking ‘Who or what is pushing them into the river in the first place?’” (p. 12) As Antonovsky reminds us in his article, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as, “a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity” (p. 12). It is Salutogenesis (not pathogenesis) then, which exemplifies a solid foundation on which to build the WHO vision of true health.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”  -Wayne Dyer

This makes so much more sense to me now.  As we are aware, the only things certain in life are death and taxes as the old joke reminds us… yet we fight SO hard against death (and against pain), with unrealistic expectations that we can “get out alive”.  I embrace his realistic perspective and I share this view.  We have limited energy each day, and instead of fighting AGAINST something (like death/ illness) which is inevitable, we could better focus that energy on resilience and maximizing our status today, regardless of where we are on the continuum… our lives and health are exactly perfect as they are, we simply need to make the best choices we can, based on current situation (always changing).I believe that our bodies are always striving to communicate with us; yet we are often too busy to listen.  As a result, we have lost touch with the normal ebb and flow of life.  Each time we happen to feel something, we often assume it is some tragic disease or ailment which must be silenced or treated externally.  What if we viewed these sensations/ feelings as important feedback on the larger spectrum of health and well-being… signals of whether we were currently “on track” or not?By finally listening to our bodies’ messages, instead of constantly suppressing them, we can focus our energies proactively on TRUE health, well-being and quality of life.  What we need, however, is a new vision for Comfort (instead of pain).  Building on Salutogenesis, I offer Comfort Quest… still 0-10, yet aiming TOWARDS what we desire- Vitality and Wholeness!  Eternally optimistic that we can turn the tide in a positive direction before my 40th High School Reunion...   It's time has come! Nursing Pain through a Positive Lens Antonovsky, A. (1996). The salutogenic model as a theory to guide health promotion. Health Promotion International. Vol. 11, No.1, pp 11-18.Becker et. al (2010). Salutogenesis 30 Years Later. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 2010; 13: 25-32. 

SUMMARY- Perspectives on Disease and Health

Pathogenesis (1966) Salutogenesis (1979)
Start Point = Disease or Problem Start Point = Health Potential
About avoiding problems and its causes About approaching potential and its causes
Works to eliminate risk factors Works to create health (salutary) factors
Reactive- react to signs, symptoms, and indications of disease Proactive - create conditions of physical, mental, and social well-being
Disease or infirmity is an anomaly Humans flawed and subject to entropy
Idealistic perspective - treat disease Realistic perspective - go get health
Focus is to prevent pain or loss Focus is to promote gains or growth
Prepares or help prepare one to live Enhance capacities and potential so can live fully
Wants to help avoid or prevent a person from being pushed backward Wants to help or enhance a person’s ability to move forward
Against Disease and infirmity For Health
For those who need healing cures For those who want better health
Primary focus - Prevention of negative health Primary focus - Promotion of positive health
Secondary benefit - Health Promotion Secondary benefit - Prevention of disease and infirmity
Outcome - Absence of problem Outcome - Presence of a gain
Keep from making situation worse Continuous Improvement
Minimization of problems Optimization of potential
Disease Management Health Promotion
PAIN SCALE COMFORT QUEST

 Adapted from Table 1. Complementary Perspectives on HealthBecker et. al (2010). Salutogenesis 30 Years Later. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 2010; 13: 25-32. 

Happy Valentine’s Day, and Ash Wednesday! Love, Spirit

Two very different “feelings/ moods” today- both of which are important and necessary for a healthy life. Love certainly FEELS better initially than the somber mood of ashes and fasting. However, in reconnecting to spirit (through mindfulness/ fasting), we intensify our joyful physical feelings as well.Join me in helping to reunite body, mind & spirit during the final 8 days of my Kickstarter campaign (30% of goal reached). Take a quick look and consider how our actions TODAY may be able to positively impact the future of pain sufferers throughout the world. All it takes is a simple pledge of support and a belief that our body’s messages are striving to help us!Blessings and gratitude!PS- Pledges are not processed unless the goal ($3K) is reached by 2/23/18 8:55am.  TOGETHER, we can make a difference in everyone's lives!https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/581735500/comfort-quest-healing-pain-through-a-transformativ 

Pilot Study Info- "Comfort Quest" vs. Current Pain Scale

Thanks for dropping by to gather information about my Pilot Study...I am currently in Grad School at Goddard College working on a project to reframe "pain" using a more positive scale.  This is driven by my belief that we are fueling the opioid crisis and addiction epidemic by focusing on PAIN.  I envision a new concept in which we empower our bodies to innately work towards what we want, Comfort (10- smiley face), instead of wasting energy fighting against pain (10- worst pain ever).  As we are well aware, "That which we resist, persists." - Carl JungI would like to include you/ your practice in a Qualitative Pilot Study (Spring/ Fall 2017).  My IRB has been APPROVED!

How to get Involved in the Study?

The brief 2-sided Questionnaire and Consent Form are found below.  I look forward to working together with YOU on this project to improve Comfort and Quality of Life for our patients.  If you are interested, please leave your availability, name and email in the space below.IMPORTANT!!!  Even if you cannot HOST a study, I would be honored if you could be a study participant, OR share this with someone who has been struggling with pain.  Simply print, complete, and scan the forms back to me at Lisa.Evers@goddard.edu.  Your support and input is greatly appreciated!Thanks so much, in advance!Lisa Evers, RN, BSN, CWO4, USCGR (ret)"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." -Socrates  (from D. Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior)Final_IRB Consent Form_Comfort QuestPilot Study Questionnaire 

Beachy “Comfort Quest”... a la Nature

Ever feel cramped or stagnant in your current setting?  If so, we can certainly feel “painful”, or at the very least, “restless or confined”.  When that happens to me, I typically go out into nature to clear my head; all the while staying ‘open’ to situations that present themselves spontaneously.  Imagine my surprise when I was strolling along New Smyrna Beach, FL taking in the scenery and looking for rare sea-glass… No sea-glass to be found, yet I spied a very nice shell; maybe a small conch?  It was much bigger and a different type than the tiny clam shells I’ve been finding earlier in the week.  As soon as I picked it up, I noticed movement- did it still have a current resident?  Sure enough!  Well, it was low tide and this little gem was far from the water’s edge, and me without my phone or camera.  I REALLY wanted to share my discovery with my grandson and family.  What to do?  I decided to gently carry him the mile or so, back to the condo, stopping every so often to fill his chamber with ocean water and keep the surface wet.  It seemed like the thing to do to replicate his habitat while in transit. 

Safely at "Home"

I was elated to make it back to the resort and locate a nice covered glass Pyrex casserole dish in the cupboard- perfect temporary abode for my new friend, right?  Quickly I scooped up a bunch of fresh ocean water and gave him some peace and quiet to see what would happen.  Low and behold, within a few short moments, my little friend was scampering around in the bowl, peering out and stretching his legs.  We even attracted some curious new onlookers at the resort; everyone enjoyed meeting my new pal and sharing lively conversation.  There was a time in life when I would have felt the need to cling onto this little gem; to take him back home to Jacksonville (a short 2-hour drive) and set up a saltwater aquarium once again.  However, this is not the way nature wishes for me to experience life today.  Instead, I will be returning him safely home to the ocean, where his adventure will continue.  Hopefully, he will be strong enough to survive the transition, especially with the siesta and safety enjoyed briefly in the casserole dish.  If not, then the food chain will continue uninterrupted, probably without my new friend realizing the impact he made in my life today.L. Evers

Lessons from Nature

So, what have I learned?  First, the current resident of this shell does NOT appear to be the original inhabitant, as you can see by the video.  My guess is that he is a little hermit crab who found this shell vacant and needed a new home… most likely having outgrown his old abode or finding it unsatisfactory.  Instead of staying put and feeling cramped, he vacated his old way of life and moved into unfamiliar territory.  It may have been a little scary at first, yet he seems perfectly at ease now, making the best of his new situation even when in uncharted waters (like the casserole dish).    How I wish that we all were brave enough to “move on” without unnecessary judgment, like other species in nature…While seeking comfort, my new friend just happened to pick up another guest along the way.  Initially, I wasn’t sure what the soft, squishy thing was on the end of the shell… was it part of the inhabitant?  Only after placing the shell into the safety of the casserole dish did I discover its true identity.  It was a beautiful little anemone which unfurled its tightly curled-up tentacles when it felt safe again… I guess we never know what we will attract along our adventure in life, but when we feel safe, we can relax and be ourselves.  So much to learn from nature, if we simply take the time to observe and appreciate these gifts from the Divine.  In this unexpected interlude, I witnessed and felt deeply that we must be strong enough to release those things that confine us unnecessarily (finding a new shell, perhaps), and be brave enough to “unfurl our tightly clenched tentacles” in a safe setting and swim in the open waters of life (just like the anemone, riding the waves with a new friend).  Let the adventure continue! 😊 

The Shadow Knows...

What is causing the pain and darkness in so many peoples' lives today?  As part of my ongoing studies at Goddard College, I recently read a Compilation of Essays on the Shadow Archetype- Here are notes on 2 essays (Creating the False Self and The Cure of the Shadow) that spoke deeply to me, especially considering the recent political upheaval in the U.S…  The Shadow has much to teach us!Questions to ponder... Could President Elect Trump be the manifestation of our Shadow selves which have been repressed for too long?  Is the upheaval afterwards further resistance against acceptance of our darker side?  Might the chronic pain and anxiety that we feel physically, be something that could be healed by looking at our Shadows?  Only by seeing it (our shadow), accepting it and healing the pain can we move on… fully whole once again.  However, instead of seeing the darkness which has been repressed and realizing that we need to change for the better, our citizens are fighting and placing blame- not very productive! ☺  

Creating the False Self by Harville Hendrix

  • Where did the Shadow self originate?  
      • Our parents influence us in their teachings (what is right and wrong, acceptable and not acceptable, etc) and most deeply, by example.  The “do what I say, not what I do” mantra is NOT very effective or healthy.  Kids are sponges regarding their parents’ behaviors. “Whether children accept their parents’ model or rebel against it, this early socialization plays a significant role in mate as well.”  (p. 50)
      • When kids have a forbidden thought, or indulge in “unacceptable” behavior, he/ she gets a “self-administered jolt of anxiety.  This is so unpleasant that the child puts to sleep some of those forbidden parts of himself… the ultimate price of his obedience is a loss of wholeness.” (p. 50).  Raising children to be healthy is SO difficult, especially with all this great information today.  
      • Three fractured parts from whole psyche: (p. 51)
        • Lost Self- Parts repressed because of demands of society- typically outside of our awareness.
        • False Self- Façade created to fill void created by repression and lack of adequate nurturing.  Protects self from further injury.  
        • Disowned Self- Negative parts of False Self that were disapproved of and therefore have been denied as being part of self.  Typically deny actively or project onto others. 

          I find it amazing that any of us has survived childhood, intact in any way.  Once our psyche is fractured as a child, we spend the rest of our lives trying to put the pieces back together (once we realize there is a problem).  If we don’t consciously realize it, I am confident that is also a source of chronic ailments and pain in our lives today as adults...

  • The Cure of the Shadow by James Hillman

      • Hillman tells us that the cure of the shadow is a two-fold problem to heal…
        • A moral problem and a problem of love.
        • Moral side requires “recognition of what we have repressed, how we perform our repressions, how we rationalize and deceive ourselves, what sorts of goals we have and what we have hurt, even maimed, in the name of these goals.” (p. 424).  

          I believe that this side can be very harsh and judgmental to be sure- yet it is critical to the cure.  We cannot cure/ heal until we are aware of the problem, either physically, emotionally or spiritually…  I feel that this is a big part of why we are having such upheaval after the election- we are finally having to face those parts of ourselves that we do not like- the Shadow side.  Will we be strong enough to accept and love these parts as we heal?  

      • Love’s role requires asking these questions, “How far can our love extend to the broken and ruined parts of ourselves, the disgusting and perverse?  How much charity and compassion have we for our own weakness and sickness?  How far can we build an inner society on the principle of love, allowing a place for everyone?” (p. 424)
      • “Cure is a paradox requiring two incommensurables: the moral recognition that these parts of me are burdensome and intolerable and must change, and the loving laughing acceptance which takes them just as they are, joyfully, forever… Western moralism and Eastern abandon: each holds only one side of the truth.” (p. 243)

What’s next?  

          Returning to wholeness (as individuals and as a society) requires us to be able to lovingly embrace the darkness (our repressed Shadow selves & uncomfortable parts of national history).   Seeing it is the FIRST step- Enter President Elect Trump!  Then, and only then, we can strive to overcome our dualistic  way of thinking- “us vs them, male vs female, or light vs dark”- healing our painful moral problems by using love & acceptance.   In so doing, I suggest that we will finally be able to heal the Shadow and the chasms in society today. We are all ONE, after all- The United States of America!  Time to pull together once again as we embrace and heal our Shadow selves...Zweig, C. and Abrams, J, ed. (1991). Meeting the Shadow: The hidden power of the dark side of Human Nature. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.

Can Healing our Pain Crisis BEGIN by Flipping the Current pain scale?

As an RN for 30 years (most of it in the Emergency Department, Addiction Treatment & Acute Care), I've seen how "pain management" has failed in our country. The CDC has reported that despite opioid sales quadrupling between 1999-2013, patient pain levels are essentially unchanged, and sadly >40 people are losing their lives daily from overdoses. I've been wondering if resisting pain is part of the problem... After all, Carl Jung stated years ago, "That which we resist, persists."

Let's harness the energy from fighting pain... into gaining COMFORT

I am currently in Grad School examining my comfort_quest_vertical_with_purple_border-02idea of "Comfort Quest" which essentially reverses the old pain scale- placing Comfort at 10 (SMILING), pain at 0 (sad face).  When a patient is not optimal on the COMFORT scale, I ask them, "Do you think it's a body, mind or spirit issue causing the problem today?" It's amazing the answers I get (especially with chronic pain complaints) and the relief patients feel simply by explaining their situation and feeling heard.  Narcotics don't cure any of those causes... Dialogue is opened, trapped emotions get expressed and gentle healing can begin.

How will this help our Pain?

One of the main goals in using this positive tool will be patient empowerment. Part of my thesis is that we, as a society, have given up on the amazing power within our own body/minds.  If we don't feel well we assume that something is wrong and that there must be a pill to solve the problem.  Wouldn't it be more effective to actually listen to our bodies instead of silencing the messages?  I suggest that we FEEL what is going on and allow it to move through us (instead of trapping the pain/ emotions).   As we are healing, we can also employ our own amazing neurochemicals to help us regain homeostasis & balance.   Supporting us along the path back to vitality will be the vision of Comfort..."The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."  -SocratesThink about these ideas- I'd love to hear your thoughts!  There is so much more to explain as we work towards a better plan based on sound science and the power of the human body/mind.  I feel that it's definitely going to take ALL of us (doctors, PA's, NP's, RN's, etc.) working together with our patients to reclaim "health care" once again...In health and happiness,Lisa Evers, RN