Packages of birth control pills on a table.

The Sad Truth About Birth Control Pills And Depression

In 1960, medicine proudly announced the advent of birth control pills, which, when properly used, prevents pregnancy about 91% of the time. Supposedly 99% effective if taken regularly. Besides the intended benefit, there are many potential side effects of birth control pills and depression is just one of them.

Despite the potential side effects of the pill, condoms, diaphragms, and spermicidal creams have become a thing of the past for most people. They opt instead for the apparent ease of a daily pill.

We had planned to start our family with our first child born in 1961. As part of our family planning, we chose to use a diaphragm and spermicidal cream which we continued using until my wife’s menopause. We never considered using birth control pills.

However, we saw the effects of birth control and depression with one of our cats. Our vet talked us into a birth control shot for a Siamese cat. She became hysterical and started killing all our baby chicks.

Then we bought a prize Appaloosa horse who miscarried her first two pregnancies because she had been given birth control shots to prevent her from becoming pregnant while on the show circuit.

These two events let us to avoid the pill for the rest of our lives! The risks were just too great.

Besides this anecdotal evidence, there is strong scientific research linking birth control pills and depression along with anxiety, fatigue, neurotic symptoms, sexual disturbances, compulsion, anger, and negative menstrual effects.

What is unclear is if these symptoms are directly the result of the pills or a psychological response to the practice of contraception. However, this distinction is immaterial if you experience any of these side effects.

Birth control pills and depression are only the tip of the Titanic. There are many other serious potential side effects of birth control pills.

Anxiety is another side effect of birth control pills. A 2004 study found that hormonal contraceptive users had higher rates of anxiety than nonusers. A 2018 study found that users of IUDs containing the hormone levonorgestrel also had higher anxiety rates.

Birth control pills can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure. It’s more in women who are overweight, smoke, have had high blood pressure during a previous pregnancy, have a family history of high blood pressure or mild kidney disease, and/or have problems with their heart or blood vessels.

Estrogen-containing birth control pills can slightly increase stroke risk. The risk is higher for women who smoke or have migraines with aura.

According to, high-dose estrogen birth control pills more than doubled the risk of breast cancer. Ethynodiol diacetate (a type of progestin) birth control pills also more than doubled the risk of breast cancer. Triphasic birth control pills with an average dose of 0.75 mg of norethindrone (a type of progestin) more than tripled the risk of breast cancer.

Those with a family history of breast cancer related to mutations in the BRCA genes should use caution before taking birth control pills. Families at increased risk of breast cancer may further increase their risk of breast cancer by taking birth control pills. The risk is higher for women who smoke or have migraines with aura.

Women over the age of 45 have a significantly increased risk of cancer if they are still on the pill!

Alfredo Jia, a researcher at the Center for Biomedical Research Network of Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition, said in a report published in the Spanish magazine Quidate Plus that long-term use of birth control pills increases the risk of obesity by almost three times regardless of other factors related to obesity such as diet and physical activity. He is also quoted as saying that his study has confirmed that obesity is the main factor that has led many women to stop using birth control pills.

However, the pills also have some health benefits. These include lowering the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts, cysts in breast tissues, anemia, as well as serious infections in ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus.

Whether you decide to take or continue to take birth control pills is a personal decision. Given you are researching the link between birth control pills and depression you are at least curious about the risks. My best advice is that you continue doing your research so you are comfortable with the decision you ultimately make.

Considering that 40% of American children are born out of wedlock, perhaps more birth control is needed. But I vote for a diaphragm and spermicidal cream over the pill.

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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How To Manage Anxiety Attacks According To A Holistic MD

Anxiety and panic attacks can easily mimic emergency conditions that require a visit to an ER including chest pain, heart attacks, stroke, and many others. So, it is important to understand what the symptoms are. And to understand how to manage anxiety attacks and when to seek immediate emergency care.

If you are not sure whether you are having an anxiety attack or something else is going on, seek immediate emergency care.

Anxiety Attack Symptoms

The only difference in the symptoms of anxiety attacks and emergency conditions is their origin. Panic attacks are the result of thoughts and emotions that cause stress. Your body interprets this acute stress, which often comes out of nowhere, as “something is wrong.”

Some of the more common symptoms of an anxiety attack include:

  • Rapid shallow breathing (hyperventilation)

    This type of breathing leads to a buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) and intensifies the anxiety or panic you are feeling. Even those who are not experiencing a panic or anxiety attack become anxious when they hyperventilate.

  • Heart palpitations or a racing heartbeat

    When your heart races and/or you have palpitations you are experiencing a fight or flight response. Your body is preparing for action by increasing blood flow. This normal reaction is helpful in the case of an actual physical threat. But it is uncomfortable and can be frightening when no threat is present which can exacerbate a panic attack.

  • Numbness and tingling in both arms and/or both legs

    When your fight or flight response is activated, your body diverts blood from your extremities to your core and vital organs. And when you are facing a physical threat this is very helpful. However, when you are experiencing an anxiety attack this symptom leads to additional and perhaps prolonged stress.

  • Tunnel vision

    In a threatening situation, being able to focus on the target or problem is critical to survival. It is another normal part of the fight or flight response. Yet when you are experiencing a panic attack, tunnel vision can add to the perception that something is very wrong and intensify your anxiety.

  • Mental fog

    When you have brain fog it is difficult to concentrate or remember things. You may not feel like yourself. When you are having a panic attack, mental fog is frequently the result of the underlying and overwhelming anxiety and stress you are experiencing.

  • Sense of doom/fear of impending death

    When you are in a life-threatening situation such as an accident or natural disaster, it makes sense that you would feel a sense of doom and/or fear your death.

    And it makes sense that when you are having this anxiety attack symptom that your panic would increase and reinforce your fear of impending death or doom. Yet, the unique thing about this panic attack symptom is that there are no vital signs or other physical findings for a life-threatening condition.

These are just some of the most common symptoms of panic and anxiety attacks. What you actually experience when you are struggling with a panic attack will be unique to you. In other words, the exact symptoms of an anxiety attack may be different from one person to another.

What remains consistent from one person to another is that ER evaluations and follow-up tests including EKG, blood work, urine tests, x-rays, and other studies come back absolutely normal.

And, if you have never had an anxiety attack before, do not attempt to self-diagnose based on these symptoms. Immediately seek emergency care.

Once you have been evaluated by the ER or your doctor and have a diagnosis of anxiety or panic attacks, you may be susceptible to recurrent episodes when stress accumulates or you are facing a stressful situation. The following techniques will help you know how to manage your anxiety attacks.

Anxiety Management Techniques

After receiving your diagnosis of stress/anxiety/panic attacks, it is important that you become familiar with and aware of how your anxiety expresses itself. This will give you the ability to manage it instead of making repeated visits to the ER. Some of the most effective anxiety management techniques are:

  • Deepen and slow your breathing

    Diaphragmatic or deep breathing occurs when your belly expands when you inhale. When you purposely take deep, slow breaths (inhale for 4 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds) your sympathetic nervous system begins to calm down. This means that your fight or flight response begins to settle. And then the other symptoms of your anxiety will also start to abate.

  • Become aware of your surroundings

    One simple technique for getting out of the maelstrom of thoughts and fears you experience when you are having a panic attack is to purposefully notice your surroundings.

    Start by paying attention to the feel of your clothes on your skin. Then, notice whether you feel warm or cold. Now, look straight ahead and notice what is in front of you. Then shift your gaze to one side and notice what you see there. Then to the other side and notice the details of what you see there. Maybe you notice a particular smell as you become more and more aware of what all is around you.

    When you can engage your senses your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for your rest response, can begin to take over from your fight or flight response.

  • Practice Biogenics® for self-regulation

    Self-regulation is the ability to manage your emotions, thoughts, and behavior in a way that supports your long-term best interest. And it is one of the best ways to get control of your underlying anxiety, stress, overwhelm, depression, and panic that can trigger anxiety attacks.

    Biogenics® is based on a self-hypnosis approach called Autogenic Training, biofeedback approaches, numerous mental exercises, and brain synchronization through binaural beats. It is one of the most effective means of developing the self-regulation skills necessary for managing anxiety attacks.

    By mastering the tools for self-regulation, you will be able to manage your mental health and physical symptoms of anxiety attacks. And you will be well on your way to a better quality of life.

If you have received a diagnosis of anxiety or panic attacks, you are not necessarily consigned to a life of repeated visits to the ER. When you know how to manage anxiety attacks and your underlying stress/overwhelm/depression/anxiety, you can decrease the impact of any future episode you may have.

Additionally, when you put the tools for managing anxiety into daily practice you may even be able to prevent your anxiety attacks from occurring.

Dr. Sergey Sorin is a holistic physician as well as the CEO and medical director of the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of Biogenics®) as part of your toolbox for managing stress and anxiety. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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Do You Believe In Reincarnation? Why You Should If You’re A Christian

Do you believe in reincarnation? Most Christians today do not. Yet the earliest teachings of the Church included reincarnation. 

Origen of Alexandria was a great Roman fountainhead of Christianity and believed in reincarnation as part of Christianity. He is believed to have lived from 185 – 254 C.E. during a time of widespread persecution of Christians.

Origen believed that all souls are on a journey of salvation, even if it takes innumerable ages to do so. He reasoned that a single lifetime is not sufficient for a soul to achieve salvation. He also reasoned that some souls would require more lifetimes than others for education or “healing.” In fact, he believed a sort of continuity between the present body, and the body in the next lifetime was maintained. 

However, this teaching was eliminated from Christianity by Constantine. Constantine wanted to be certain that people did not believe they had a second chance. So, the Council of Nicaea threw out reincarnation in 325.

Do you believe in reincarnation? I do not just believe in reincarnation; I know it as a fact. I know of 30 of my own lives going back over 3500 years.

Return of the Revolutionaries: The Case for Reincarnation and Soul Groups Reunited by Walter Semkiw lists the last two of my previous lives as John Elliotson and Matthew Thornton. Incidentally, in 2005, over the July 4th weekend, 35 of the reincarnates met, including the current reincarnation of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, friends again.

In 1981, I met Morris Netherton, Ph.D. and master past life therapist. He created the practice of Past Life Therapy. 

Although he passed away in November of 2012, Dr. Netherton processed over forty thousand sessions in which people lifted the boundaries of their minds and changed their lives. From the preface of his book Strangers In The Land Of Confusion:

Many sought therapy to heal physical and emotional pain and did, indeed, free themselves of addictions, phobias, and physical problems. They discovered earlier existences in which events and situations continue to create the structure of their lives today. They learned that spiritual evolution determines who they are from cell to soul. The exploration of this evolutionary process is what I call Past Life Therapy.

From Morris, I learned to be a past life therapist. I teach others who wish to become past life therapists and continue helping patients with past life therapy.

In one of my early sessions with a patient paralyzed from a gunshot wound and in severe pain, she gave a remarkable history of being Anne Boleyn, right up to the rolling of her head from the sword of a French swordsman. However, unlike most patients who experience past life therapy, she was totally amnesic of the story she had given.

When she came in for her therapy, she said she had accidentally shot herself. I played back to her the recording of her session. Despite hearing the same thing I did, she said she did not know the meaning of what she had heard. I said to her, “You just told me that you think your husband shot you.” She then said she remembered an argument with her husband and that he had told her she shot herself.

Yet, with this revelation, her pain was gone. She went on to divorce her husband and work as a counselor in a pain clinic.

Another patient with widespread metastatic cancer recovered completely after a past life regression which showed her unhappiness in her marriage.

Ninety-nine percent of patients experience a painful past life which leads to suffering in the current life.

What do you think now? Do you believe in reincarnation?

In past life therapy, only 1% experience a remarkably pleasant past life which becomes the foundation for happiness and relief in the current life. For the other 99%, past life therapy from a qualified counselor can help them overcome painful past and current experiences.

To learn more about the past life therapy we offer at the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute, please contact the institute.

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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Surviving Our Toxic World

As far as we can tell, the earth was relatively unpolluted until humans began mining for heavy metals in 1540. THIS BEGAN slowly increasing heavy metal pollution, which accelerated in the 20th century with leaded GASOLINE, LEADED paint, and silver/MERCURY fillings, thanks to the dental profession! And creating the toxic world we live in today.

Then in the 1800s aluminum mining began. It produced massive amounts of fluoride.

Unfortunately, the dental industry bought the fluoride to pollute our water supply! Indeed, although smoking has been credited with more deaths than any other single cause, fluoride may bring the death of humanity through sterility within the next 20 years!

Meanwhile, the PharmacoMafia may be at least the third leading cause of death. (JAMA, July 2000). Indeed, in his book DEATH by MEDICINE, Gary Null, PhD suggests that overall contemporary medical care may be the number one cause of death! But this includes many non-drug causes.

Acetaminophen is the number one cause of acute liver failure, although antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and anticonvulsants, can cause acute liver failure.

But the dental profession and the PharmacoMafia aren’t the only contributors to our toxic world. The construction and agricultural/food industries are also ignoring our safety.

Consider arsenic. It is well known as a superior poison, causing cancer, heart disease, liver failure, and dementia. Yet it is used in pressure treated wood as well as in chicken raising!

Non-organic rice and rice milk also have low levels of arsenic! That is because many pesticides contain arsenic. So, your apple juice may have more arsenic than old lace!

Of course, perhaps the most prevalent poison today is glyphosate, used widely on lawns, in agriculture and found in 75% of RAIN!!!l

Although it is widely believed that aluminum cans are coated with plastic, I have personally seen pure aluminum in Coke, beer and pop cans. And even the plastic-coated food cans can have bisphenol A which is equally toxic. Bisphenol A is even used in infant food cans!

Of course, chlorine bleach is toxic when drunk, and there are no real studies of possible chlorine toxicity from city water, but certainly swimming pools have toxic amounts. (Although my favorite criminal toxicity is Fluoridated Water which is Public Murder on a Grand scale.)

The food industry, in addition to aluminum and arsenic, uses excitotoxins such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (NutraSweet® and Equal®), hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed plant extract, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed oat flour, textured protein, artificially hydrogenated, and sodium caseinate.

All these artificial substances, which are fully accepted by FDA, damage Coenzyme Q 10, acetyl l-carnitine, niacinamide (B3), methylcobalamin (B12), and thiamine (B1)! Therefore, today we need about 20 times as much of these essential nutrients as was required just 60 years ago.

Then of course one of the greatest scams in human history is GMO again encouraged by FDA, which also allows fluoride in water, glyphosate, mercury in high fructose syrup, and even dilution of honey with high fructose corn syrup!!

Nitrates and nitrites have long been used in processed meats such as deli meat, hot dogs, and pickles. These poisons increase autism as well as increase the risk of dementia.

Yet it is not just what we eat that can be toxic. It is also what we cook our food in, where we eat it, and what we wear!

Teflon in pots and pans, as well as in carpets, and clothes can be absorbed through the skin as well as in the intestines. It continues to be used in all of these products despite the fact that Teflon and related chemicals are known to cause cancers and other diseases.

But the bounds of our toxic world do not end there. Our toiletries and cosmetics are also poisoning us too.

The FDA also approves oxybenzone, micronized titanium dioxide, Nano titanium dioxide, Nano zinc oxide in sunscreen as well as the sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste, shampoos, skincare, bubble baths, etc. It also allows polybrominated diphenyl ethers in beds, pajamas, furniture, TV, computers!

Remember that copper pipes are soldered with lead and who knows what poisons come from plastic plumbing. Overall, in addition to condoning a general poisoning of water, food, and the atmosphere, the level of radiation directly from nuclear energy and testing has multiplied thousands of percent.

Obviously, I could say grow all your own food, but unless you have a filtered air greenhouse, there is no way to avoid the generally polluted, toxic air and water. The best you can do is avoid the known toxicity in grocery stores and increase your supplements taking my favorites:

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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How To Reduce Chronic Arthritis Pain Without Drugs

Arthritis can affect any or multiple joints and most people experience episodes of or chronic arthritis pain, either after an injury or just with length of life. It is an inflammatory process, which means some dysfunction of the immune system. In fact, in every illness, there is some dysfunction of immunity. 

For basic healthy immunity, you must have the 5 ESSENTIAL health habits:

  1. Body Mass Index (BMI) 18 to 24
  2. no smoking
  3. eat every day 5 to 8 servings of veggies and fruit
  4. exercise at least 30 minutes five days a week
  5. sleep 7-8 hours every night.

Unfortunately, only 3.7% of Americans have all 5 habits!

A depressed immune system is responsible for a huge majority of illnesses and premature death. There are more than 100 different autoimmune diseases in which the immune system damages or destroys one or more organs.

Some of the most well-known autoimmune diseases are overactive thyroid (Graves’ disease) or deficient thyroid (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crone’s), rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus erythematosus, and psoriasis.

About seven percent of Americans have an autoimmune disorder, twice as often in women as in men but equally serious in both sexes. However, chronic arthritis pain is more often just wear and tear overuse in an unhealthy body or injury.

Chronic arthritis pain is increased by toxicity from fluoride, Roundup, and silver/mercury fillings which weaken the entire body, including our joints and immune system, and force us to need many times more than normal B complex, vitamin C, vitamin D, and Astaxanthin.

Disturbances to a normal nutrient, polysaccharides or glucans, are a root biochemical contributor to weak immunity and degenerative disease like arthritis. The liver and kidneys are our normal detoxifiers, but sweating is equally important.

Saunas are great detoxifiers and soaking in the bathtub with very warm water of about 110 degrees with 3 cups of magnesium chloride for 20 minutes is perhaps even stronger. And putting castor oil all over your body is one of the best.

Chronic arthritis pain is helped by immune strengtheners such as Cordyceps, Lions Mane mushroom, Tiger Tail mushroom, Ashwagandha, and Beta Glucans. Boron deficiency and magnesium deficiency also contribute to osteoporosis and arthritis.

All diseases lead to a deficiency in Dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA, the anti-stress hormone. Do not take it-MAKE IT! DHEA is naturally increased 250% by Fire Bliss, Dr. Shealy’s Youth Formula, Dr. Shealy’s Magnesium Lotion, and Eugesterone

All illnesses, including a weak immune system, increase cell death with increased free radicals in the urine. Get yourself an Oxi-Data test kit and check your levels. If your levels are over one, the best choice is Crystal Bliss. Applied once daily it decreases free radicals a whopping 80%! 

The Shealy-Sorin Gamma PEMF® used an hour or two daily improves chronic arthritis pain, as well as physiology throughout the body, mind and brain, putting you in the zone of optimal health. The only contraindication is an implanted pacemaker. Biogenics® Autogenic Training is also a great help. 

As in every chronic situation, drugs fail in improving pain and immune function. They actually create more complications than cures. Personal habits and thinking are the foundation for health. Reducing stress and using this Comprehensive Holistic Plan is the key to comfort.

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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How To Achieve Optimal Health And Performance Well Beyond Your 80s

Actually, achieving optimal health and performance throughout your life and well beyond your 80s is very easy to do if you have the basic essential health habits:

  1. Body Mass Index (BMI) 18 to 24. Only 28% of Americans have a BMI in this range
  2. No smoking. 78% of Americans are smoke-free.
  3. Eating 5 to 8 servings of veggies and fruits daily-less than 20% of Americans
  4. Exercising a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days a week—10% of Americans
  5. Sleeping 7 or 8 hours every night-less than 45% of Americans

Actually, only 2.7% of Americans have all five common-sense habits which are essential for optimal health and performance.

The average American’s life expectancy is 79 years, which is due in large part to genes shrinking too quickly. Genes shrink in those with the essential habits only one percent each year! Human MISBEHAVIOR shortens lives an average of 21 years.

And lack of these 5 habits is the major cause of most diseases.

In addition to lack of practicing these 5 habits, there are several major government causes of premature death!

Most Americans drink fluoridated water which one author called MURDER IN PUBLIC SQUARE! Fluoridated water is easily the most prevalent significant poison.

Next in line is glyphosate, present now in 75% of rainwater, created by MonSatan and allowed by our government. In fact, it is ethically and semantically wrong to call anything grown outside organic!

And our exposure to radiation in the atmosphere has grown exponentially since the 1940’s.

There are other things you can do to improve your overall health in addition to the 5 basic health habits.

In general, the basic B vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 RDA’s are all just over 1 to a maximum of 5 mg daily. And C was 60 mg. Because of pollution, I now believe you will do best with 25 mg of B complex and a minimum of 1000 mg of C daily. Other significant deficiencies are D 3 and magnesium.

We get very little exposure to sun and the soil is highly deficient in magnesium. In fact cattle farmers feed cattle extra magnesium or the cattle die of grass staggers. Unfortunately, we do not absorb magnesium well when it is mixed with protein fat and calcium. It is far better to use Dr. sHEALy’s Magnesium Lotion.

Optimal health and performance is reduced by stress, the cause of accelerated aging, illness and early death.

It can be physical, electromagnetic, mental, emotional, or spiritual. In fact, television may be the single greatest contributor to mental/emotional stress, with the main line media spewing alarm.

Today the FalseFakeFraudemic appears to have created the greatest shortening of life in modern times. In a major experiment to regenerate telomeres, where early results had shown a striking 8% growth of telomeres, the active group shrank 1 or 2% and the placebo group shrank a whopping 8 to 10%!

This means shortening of telomeres in 6 months at roughly 10 times the normal rate—all the result of government and the media exploitation. The CDC has temporarily admitted that over 90% of the nationally reported deaths are wrongfully reported as being due to covid-19!

The bottom line is you need to detach from those things you cannot change. This is the mental, emotional and spiritual challenge. There is only one purpose in life—to help other people. The real you is not your body, mind or emotions; it is your soul.

Optimal health and performance are enhanced in those who have an optimal spiritual life, with prayer and meditation, and no fear of death. You can shorten your life by unhealthy habits and the flaws of government and industry, but it is every day reverence for the experience that is the key to an optimal experience – even into your 80s and beyond.

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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How To Overcome Anxiety From The Fraudedemic

Ordinarily, telomeres shrink one percent a year in healthy individuals. In a current study to increase telomeres, telomeres in the placebo group decreased 10% while those in the active group, which should have increased significantly, dropped one or two percent!

This appears to be a striking generalized SEVERE anxiety in the population at large! Proof that the Fakefalsedemic is having not only economic but potentially serious overall health damage.

Many people who are experiencing anxiety as a result of the fraudedemic are afraid to die.

Personally, I have never feared death and I hope when I reach that inevitable time, I approach it with the equanimity I have always felt “If you’re going to die, you are going to die.” I know that the real I does not die.

The only solution for all of us is to detach from those things you cannot change!! One of the most effective ways to detach is to practice Autogenic Training twice every day!

Autogenic training works best when you have a foundation of health built on these ESSENTIAL health habits:

  • Body Mass Index 18 to 24
  • NO smoking
  • Eating 5 to 8 servings of fruits and veggies daily
  • Exercising at least 30 minutes 5 days a week
  • Sleeping 7 or 8 hours every night

To overcome anxiety you also need to reduce unnecessary stress which can show up as physical, mental, emotional, and chemical stress! Some simple tips for doing this include avoiding sugar, wheat, fluoride and all artificial foods. It also means drinking no more than two cups of coffee daily.

Unless you are more powerful than any one person known, in addition to following the above health habits, you still need to DETACH. If there is nothing you can do, DETACH emotionally from the situation.

The simplest tool we each have at our disposal for detaching and overcoming anxiety is our breath. There are dozens of breathing techniques for reducing anxiety. The simplest is just breathing in and out slowly, 5 to 6 seconds in, and 5 to 6 seconds out. Doing this just a few minutes most often reduces blood pressure to normal and quickly relieves anxiety.

There are also several tools you can make use of to help you detach.

The first is Biogenics™. Biogenics™ is a technique for retraining the nervous system.

There are over 50 Biogenics™ exercises on Browse them and select the one(s) that seem most appropriate to you. As you regularly do the Biogenics™ exercises, you will find that it becomes easier and easier to detach.

Another useful tool is the Shealy RelaxMate®, with flashing blue frequencies between 1 and 7 cycles per second produces deep relaxation in at least 90% of people.

The Liss Cranial Stimulator, now called Fisher Wallace used one hour in the morning raises serotonin, the bright-eyed wake-up hormone and beta endorphin, the natural narcotic.

The Shealy RelaxMate® and the Fisher Wallace Cranial Stimulator are safe electrical devices that are many more times effective than drugs or psychotherapy.

You may also want to use the Shealy-Sorin Gamma PEMF®, Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency device an hour or more daily. The only contraindication is an implanted pacemaker or electronic device.

This is the only PEMF device that puts the brain into gamma, which is the state of detached joy, a state achieved by long practicing meditators. It resets the normal neutral electrical state of each cell, improves circulation, and reduces pain. Its greatest benefit is reducing anxiety!!

For those situations where the simple tools above do not work, consider Past Life Therapy. Often unfinished anger, guilt, depression or anxiety from the past leaves a gnawing anxiety. It can be from childhood or from a previous incarnation.

(Remember that reincarnation was part of Christianity until 325 when it was removed from the Bible because they did not want people to think they had a second chance. Read REINCARNATION IN CHRISTIANITY by Geddes McGregor!)

For those who do not or cannot overcome anxiety with the tools above, consider a one- or two-week intensive therapy program at Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute. Forty or 80 hours of comprehensive, holistic therapy can help the most serious chronic physical emotional, spiritual problems. It is far better than a year of weekly hour sessions of psychotherapy!

No matter how you choose to achieve it, the only solution for overcoming the anxiety from the fakefalsedemic is to DETACH!!!

Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

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Tips for Building Your Immune System (According To an MD)

The immune system is at least as critical as your brain in overall health. Of course, every organ and system is important but immune dysfunction is a major cause of every illness. Building your immune system is more important than learning anything else!

Everything affects everything in the body, and a chief regulator of every organ is the immune system. Inflammation is the major effect of immune distress and immune function affecting all brain and mood functions, perhaps more than other organs.

Even aging is a chronic low-grade reaction to inflammation. The causes of inflammation include overconsumption of omega 6 fatty acids, sugar, salt, alcohol, bacterial and viral infections, allergies, parasites, hormone imbalances, genetically modified foods, heavy metals, pesticides.

Furniture, fabrics and rugs, and many personal hygiene products, all add stress. Building your immune system requires low stress. Stress is emotional, mental, chemical, electrical and radioactive. The number one requirement for a healthy immune system is low stress.

Stress creates inflammation, anxiety, depression, pain and insomnia. All of these are frequent co-factors with fatigue, muscle weakness, and eventually every conceivable organ dysfunction, especially of digestion, with GERD, indigestion, irritable bowel, constipation or diarrhea.

Stress also leads to arthritis, acne, hypertension or hypotension, irregular heartbeat, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, fractures with minimal physical stress, heart attack, stroke and cancer.

Building a healthy immune system begins with nutrition, especially consuming adequate Vitamin K 2 and D3.

Vitamin K 2 deficiency leads not only to Alzheimer’s Disease but K2 is essential for absorbing D3. Approximately 80% of Americans are partially or highly deficient in D 3 and K. Deficiencies in these essentials lead to depression, insomnia, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes,

Heart disease, osteoporosis, estrogen or testosterone imbalances, and of course a weakened immune system and inflammation. At the top of the list of nutritional factors for building a healthy immune system is chlorella, a rare plant source of vitamin B 12.

Low levels of B 12 lead to arthritis, overactive thyroid or Graves’ disease, diabetes, hypogonadism, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus Sjogren’s syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome, gout, vasculitis, ankylosing spondylitis, and even rheumatoid arthritis.

Second to chlorella is adequate Omega 3, the major benefit of which is anti-inflammation and antioxidant effects of DHA/EPA which of course primarily affect heart, mood, anxiety, depression  Although fish oil is the best-known source of omega 3’s, emu oil is equally good

Additionally, emu oil is far less likely to have mercury contamination! The anti-inflammatory benefits include significant help with rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, and migraine.

Building a healthy immune system is far easier than treating the diseases of a weak immune system which all stem from inflammation.

The most popular anti-inflammatory drugs are aspirin, ibuprofen, and ketoprofen, these drugs often cause diarrhea and even bleeding.

Turmeric or its extract curcumin tops the list of safe and effective anti-inflammatory agents. Interestingly its benefits are increased when given with piperine or black pepper. Curcumin’s cousin, ginger also has significant anti-inflammatory benefits.

Turmeric and ginger decrease cortisol, the stress hormone, and are even more powerful when added to curcumin. Both are improved with piperine.

Chromium is also a requirement for optimal regulation of sugar & insulin. Chromium also assists weight loss, decreases inflammation and oxidative stress, while assisting in the metabolism of protein and carbohydrates, decreasing cravings and improving blood sugar regulation.

In addition to these nutritional supplements, the intestinal system is the most important for overall metabolic health, containing many more microorganisms than the total cells of your body! INDEED, these trillions of cells are ultimately the controllers of nutrition and health.

These health-enhancing bacteria are probiotics and they require prebiotics, mostly as fiber and sturdy starches. Seventy percent of your immune cells are the probiotics. Your intestine is ultimately the determinant of overall physical, mental and emotional health.

Unfortunately lactobacillus acidophilus, the primary probiotic occurs naturally in milk, and milk is often a trigger for inflammation and autoimmunity. Fulvic and humic acids are essential pre and probiotics, which chelate or bind toxins to remove them.

Building a healthy immune system can best be done with supplements providing vitamin D 3, K 2, cilantro, ginger, curcumin, aloe vera, astralgus, cordyceps mushroom, dandelion root, glutathione, piperine, goldenseal, rhodiola rosea, silymarin, pre/probiotics and L-taurine.

In building your healthy immune system, you are ultimately decreasing every disease, decreasing inflammation, pain, anxiety and depression, while improving health and longevity.

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your overall commitment to self-health. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

Man sitting in a chair holding his head as he struggles with managing stress and anxiety.

A Doctor’s Best Tips For Managing Stress And Anxiety

There is no escaping it. We are surrounded by stressors every day. And these stressors come in many different forms – physical, emotional, mental, environmental, electromagnetic, nutritional, and many others. It is no wonder that you’re looking for tips to help you in managing stress and anxiety.

But let’s be clear about stress. In and of itself, stress isn’t necessarily bad.

In fact, acute stress can help us adjust to challenge and accomplish things we didn’t know we could.

And then there’s chronic stress. This type of stress is omnipresent. Chronic stress is a fact of modern life. You cannot escape it because we’re surrounded by it. The food we eat can cause stress. The entertainment we choose can cause stress. Staying up late, too much cellphone use, our jobs, our kids, our families, our thoughts, traffic, too much exercise – all of these, and so many more, add up and contribute to the chronic stressors present in our lives.

And it is these chronic stressors that can trigger anxiety.

What happens when we do not have the skills for effectively managing stress and anxiety?

Chronic stress is behind 80% of the wear and tear on our bodies, minds, and spirits. This means that chronic stress is at the root of depression, anxiety, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and so many, many more of the diseases and mental health challenges facing so many Americans today.

How do you manage stress and anxiety?

Since chronic stress is part of our everyday lives, it is essential that we each know how to manage stress and anxiety in ways that work for us. However, sometimes what we may think works for us is just another stressor.

Many believe that anti-anxiety drugs are the best way to help them cope with their chronic stress. They make an appointment with their physician for the sole purpose of getting a prescription for an anti-anxiety drug.

Unfortunately, although these drugs calm, they also convert anxiety into depression and shrink the brain! With the resulting depression, these people ask their doctor for another prescription to help them feel less depressed. And the bottom line is that pharmaceuticals for chronic stress and anxiety tend to just be other stressors that inhibit the body’s best functioning.

Other people take the route of self-medication to deal with their chronic stress and anxiety. Self-medication often appears as addictions – alcohol, food, street drugs, exercise, shopping, sex, etc.

All self-medicating does is numb the stress and anxiety, so it does not feel as bad – at least in the moment the addiction is being indulged. But addictions are just more stressors added on top of all the others.

Luckily, there are more empowering and safer stress management techniques. Here are 6 I highly recommend:

  1. Optimal nutrition

    You have probably heard the adage, “You are what you eat.” You will not literally turn into a donut if that is your favorite breakfast food. But what makes up the donut is what will make up the fuel and structural material your body has to keep you healthy and managing stress and anxiety.

    The better your nutrition, the easier time you will have dealing with chronic stress.

  2. Adequate sleep

    Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. It is during sleep that our bodies and brains have the time they need to repair, restore, and reenergize. If we do not get the sleep we need, we are leaving ourselves more susceptible to the negative impacts of chronic stress.

  3. Moderate exercise

    Physical exercise is one of the best natural ways to manage stress and anxiety. Thirty minutes of moderate physical exercise daily is all it takes.

  4. Breathing techniques

    Breathing techniques are a common means of reducing stress and anxiety. One of the simplest is just breathing in for 6 seconds and breathing out for 6 seconds. Doing this for just a few minutes can reduce your blood pressure and your stress/anxiety level.

  5. Biogenics®

    Biogenics® means origin of life and is a series of mental exercises designed to help you learn to regulate your own body functioning at will. With this skill you can control all types of chronic stress and anxiety.

    Shealy-Sorin Biogenics™ offers essential nervous system and autonomic nervous system retraining techniques starting with Dr. Shealy’s original Biogenics® technique from 1974. Dr. Shealy’s original technique is based on humanistic psychology, safe and effective tools and techniques going back to the 1800s and 1900s before drugs and surgery became the default solution for dealing with the effects of chronic stress.

    Currently, there are over 60 Shealy-Sorin Biogenics™ exercises for you to explore and more are being developed regularly.

  6. Holistic medical support

    At the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute we have developed and practice a number of protocols and techniques for combatting the effects of chronic stress. In fact, we are often able to reverse the effects of it. We have such success because we focus on the entire person and help to stabilize and optimize the brain, nervous system, mind, and other organ systems because stress affects literally everything.

Keep in mind that there is no cookie-cutter approach to managing stress and anxiety. What works for you will be unique to you and what works for you in one situation may not work for you in another. That is why it is important that you experiment with all of these techniques and reach out for help if you need it.

Dr Sergey Sorin is a holistic physician as well as the CEO and medical director of the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of Biogenics®) as part of your toolbox for managing stress and anxiety. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.

Woman dropping a bliss oil onto her hand in preparation for a transcutaneous acupuncture treatment for depression.

Ask The Doctor: Can Acupuncture Help Depression?

The simple answer is yes! Acupuncture can help depression. But we need to look at the broadest possible view of this most common problem. Depression is the result of feelings of loss of life, function, finances, love or faith. It can result from abuse or actual or imagined harm.

Conventional medicine treats depression with antidepressant drugs which never cure! 

In fact four major articles including one in the New England Journal of Medicine, state that IF all the negative studies had been “allowed” to be published the net result would be ZERO benefit from antidepressant drugs!

Seventy-five percent of negative studies are not allowed to be published! In fact, since the rate of suicide is increased with antidepressant drugs, the net result is worse than no treatment at all. 

And for most depression, psychological counseling alone is equally useless.

Can acupuncture treat depression – yes, but let us start with some basics.

Depression is the result of many possibilities but generally involves a deficiency of serotonin, the bright-eyed bushy-tailed wake up hormone. Serotonin is made by the body if you have adequate tryptophan, B complex, and a bit of lithium.

In fact, in the 1970’s I gave a talk at the DeBakey Conference on the value of 7000 mg of tryptophan and 50 mg of B complex. To my surprise, The National Enquirer carried the story on its front page. Twenty-four hours later the country was sold out of tryptophan. After 48 hours the Japanese had doubled the wholesale price of tryptophan. 

In 1976 I discovered that the Liss Pain Suppressor, applied transcranially, relieved depression in at least 80% of people, and raised serotonin. Later I showed it also increased beta endorphin, the natural opioid.

In 1972, I took Dr. Felix Mann’s course in acupuncture and learned his treatment for non-violent madness, a severe case of anxiety and depression. And of course, there are several traditional acupuncture protocols for depression. All are safer and more effective than any drug! Once a week acupuncture treatment for 12 weeks with needles at CV 4, CV 8, CV 12, LI 4, MH 6, GB 34, ST 36 and K 3 works well. 

Can transcutaneous acupuncture help depression?

Yes, it is also quite effective in helping relieve depression. 

Once a day transcutaneous acupuncture treatment with Fire Bliss raises DHEA, the anti-stress hormone, and is better than all drugs in the world, improving 70% of depressed individuals.

Can acupuncture cure depression? Of course. Using Air Bliss transcutaneous acupuncture daily cures 80% of depressed people while raising oxytocin, the nurturing, bonding hormone. Couple it with Fire Bliss and you cure a whopping 94% of depressed people!

Interestingly, there are several other ways to help depression in addition to acupuncture.

In addition to acupuncture, TENS, Cranial Electrical Stimulation, Biogenics®, the use of Shealy-Sorin Gamma PEMF® can each be useful for improving depression, anxiety, drug addiction, circulation, and blood pressure. Medical Intuition and Spiritual Healing are also highly effective in relieving depression.

Thirty minutes of moderately vigorous physical exercise daily is also more effective than any drug in the world. Acupressure on the proper acupuncture points may work as well as needles or the oils. Massage, reiki, hot soaks or saunas all help relieve depression.

And there are numerous herbs worth exploring: St. John’s Wort, Kava Kava, Lemon Balm, Gingko Biloba, Skullcap, Hawthorne, Aswagandha, Fo Ti, as well as omega 3 fatty acids, and SAM-e. For most individuals, 50 mg of B Complex and 15 to 20 mg of Lithium orotate help greatly.

Autogenic Training is one of the most valuable of all tools for treating depression, at least as an adjunct with any and all other approaches. Meditation, prayer and spiritual healing are also reinforcers of all other therapeutic approaches 

For those with the most intense depression, especially those who have been depressed for many years, an intense one- or two-week, 40- or 80-hour treatment program at Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute in Springfield, Missouri offers the best opportunity for significant and long-standing recovery from depression

Can electro-acupuncture cure depression? 

We began using electro-acupuncture in the 1950’s, and through the years have polished the program to include the wider variety discussed here. In 1971 we began our one-month intense treatment program for chronic pain and depression. 

Even in the first years, our success rate was 75%. Over the next few years, with expanding holistic approaches, the program was decreased to two weeks and now often works well in only one week. Of course, the wide variety of approaches discussed here are individually tailored at the Shealy-Sorin Wellness Institute to achieve an 85% success rate. 

Acupuncture in all forms can be used to effectively treat depression. When it is coupled with the other modalities mentioned above, it is possible to achieve as much as a 94% cure rate. 

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. is the father of holistic medicine. He recommends autogenic focus (the basis of the Biogenics System) as part of your commitment to self-health and relieving depression. Register to download your FREE autogenic focus MP3 now.