6 Tips for Avoiding Unnecessary Surgeries

6 TIPS FOR AVOIDING UNNECESSARY SURGERIES



1. HAVE FAITH

When I was a kid, one of my teachers in school had a wooden leg, because he had lost his real leg in the "Vietnam War".

He said that he would take his wooden leg off before going to sleep at night because it felt uncomfortable to sleep with it on, and he also said that one night he got a phone call in the middle of the night that woke him up, so he got out of his bed and walked to the kitchen to answer the phone.

But as soon as he picked up the phone and said, "Hello", he looked down and realized that he had forgot to put his wooden leg on, and that not only was he standing on one leg, but he had somehow walked all the way to the phone with only one leg!

He told me that as soon as he realized he didn't have his leg on and that was doing something that was "impossible", he immediately lost his balance and fell down.

I believe his story, and I see it as a unique reminder of the not only the power of belief, but the disempowerment of disbelief.

We've all heard of the "placebo effect". (Which is when those who believe they will heal are more likely to heal than those who don't believe.) But there is also the opposite situation known as the "nocebo effect". (Which is when those who don't believe they will heal are less likely to heal than those who do believe.) And both of these phenomena are real.

If a doctor tells you that you have 6 months to live, and you believe it, it will basically a "death sentence" for you. But if you believe that you can heal, your optimism might literally save your life!

No matter what condition you are wanting to heal from, there are likely a lot of people in the world who have healed from the same condition and who you can actually connect with on-line. And you can also watch inspirational documentaries like "Super Juice Me" on You Tube which shows some miraculous healings caught on camera that may just help restore your faith in your own body's ability to heal.




2. GET A SECOND OPINION

Lots of people have had the experience of taking their car to a repair shop because it was making a strange sound, and being told by the mechanic that there were several things wrong with their car, and that it was going to cost a fortune to fix it.

Most people in this situation would be too intimidated to question the advice of an expert mechanic, so they will go ahead and just agree to whatever repair work they are told is necessary.

But some will feel skeptical enough to get a second opinion from someone else (perhaps from a relative who is really knowledgeable about cars) and they may be told that the problem is nowhere near as serious as the first mechanic told them it was, and that their car can be fixed for far less money than they were originaly told.

Like auto mechanics, there are good and honest doctors out there, but the odds are that if go to see a doctor, you are going to be viewed as a "customer", and the goal of that doctor will be to find "something" wrong with you so that you can become a "regular customer".

And the more "gullible" and less knowledgeable that you appear to be about cars or health, the more likely that an unethical auto mechanic or doctor will try to talk you into having unnecessary work done. (Like getting an oil change even though it isn't necessary, or getting your wisdom teeth removed even though it isn't necessary.)

My dad and his dad both had heart attacks, and not only did my mom get cancer, but both of her parents died from cancer before I was even born. So, if I were to go to a doctor and tell them my family history, they would probably tell me that cancer and heart disease "run in my family", and that there is literally nothing that I can do to avoid getting heart disease or cancer except for getting regular check-ups and taking whatever drugs or advice they recommend.

But there are other doctors out there who would probably tell me that it's not all "genetics" and that by living a healthier "lifestyle" than my family did, I could potentially avoid ending up with the same health problems as them...

"Genetics loads the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger"
- Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn




3. TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR TEETH

We all start off with "baby teeth", which eventually fall out and are then replaced with "permanent teeth", and the reason they are called "permanent teeth" is because they will last a lifetime if we take good care of them.


Unfortunately, most people don't take very good care of their teeth, and therefore, "oral surgery" is something that almost 100% of us will have to have at least once (if not dozens of times) in our lifetime.

Eating a healthy diet is of course an important part of good teeth health, but even if you are eating the best diet in the world, you can still run into serious dental problems...

WARNING If food particles get stuck in your teeth, it will become a source of food for bacteria. (Which means that the bacteria in your mouth will grow and multiply.) And just like us, bacteria not only eat, but they defecate as well, and after they digest the food around your teeth, they will then release it back out as waste that is highly acidic and that can burn holes in your teeth and give you cavities. So, please make sure that you aren't leaving "leftovers" in your mouth for harmful bacteria.

WARNING Fruit is good for you, but unripe fruit is very acidic and can burn holes in your teeth. So, if you are eating an orange that tastes sour instead of sweet, or if you are eating a pineapple that is literally causing your mouth to burn, please stop eating it!

WARNING Many of the tools that people use to clean their teeth can actually cause tooth decay! (Most of the toothbrushes on the market are hard bristled, and are so abrasive that they can scrape away your tooth enamel, and most toothpastes are not only toxic, but they can also interfere with the natural restoration of your teeth.)

10 DENTAL TOOLS THAT I RECOMMEND

You don't need to use all 10 of the following dental tools, but using even 1 or 2 of them can be very helpful in keeping your teeth healthy and strong...

1. Soft Bristle Toothbrush

If you are going to brush your teeth, it would be best to use a soft bristled brush, and to brush gently up and down "with the grain" of your teeth rather than brushing agressively side to side and "against the grain".

2. Dental Floss

If you drink a smoothie, there will likely be no need to floss afterwards, but if you eat a salad or something else that actually involves chewing, flossing afterwards can be very helpful at removing food particles that get stuck in the gaps between your teeth.

3. Water Pick

A "water pick" is a miniature power washer that sprays a small jet stream of water between the gaps of your teeth, and it is an excelent alternative for those who don't like using "dental floss".

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is so slippery that it can easily slide in and out of the thin gaps between your teeth, and it is also anti-microbial, so you can clean your teeth by "swishing" a spoonful of coconut oil back and forth between my teeth for a few minutes and then spitting out the oil. (Keep in mind though, that oil can harden and clog up pipes, so instead of spitting the used oil into a sink, spit it into a trashcan or outside.)

5. Tongue Scraper

Most of the bacteria in our mouth is actually on our tongue. And once you start using a "tongue scraper", and you see just how much stuff it removes from your tongue, you will never want to go a day without cleaning your tongue. (If you don't have an actual "tongue scraper", I have found that a regular metal spoon can also do a good job of scraping the tongue.)

6. Sea Salt

Salt is anti-microbial, so rincing your mouth and gargling with salt water is a great way to clean the mouth.

7. Glass Straw

If you want to drink lemon juice, lime juice, or anything else that is acidic, I highly recommend drinking it through a straw so that you can consume it without it touching your teeth.

8. Sunlight

I encourage people to go outside and lay in the sun, and I also encourage people to open their mouth for a minute or two while they are doing it so their teeth can get some sunshine too. (This may sound like an odd recommendation, but like they say, "sunlight is the best disinfectant", and doing this will help cleanse your mouth of impurities.)

9. Crunchy Vegetables

If you want strong teeth, you should be giving them regular "workouts" by eating a big salad for dinner every day that is full of hard and crunchy vegetables. (I also enjoy ending meals with a big celery stick!)

10. Water

I don't brush my teeth or floss after every single meal, but I will ALWAYS rinse my mouth with water after eating anything. (Even if I'm at a store, and I just want to try a grape to see the grapes are sweet or not, I will still take a small sip of water and rinse my teeth well shortly after because I don't want to leave food residue in my mouth.)

In the end, water is the best way to keep any part of our body clean. (Including our teeth.)



4. AVOID SITTING

A lot of people spend most of their waking hours sitting, and new research is suggesting that this is not only bad for your back, but that it can be just as bad for your overall health as smoking or being overweight.

USE A STANDING DESK

If you spend a lot of time working at a desk, one of the best things that you can do is to start using a "standing desk". (Which is a special desk that is high enough off the ground that you can stand while using it.)


You can purchase a special "standing desk", or you can just do what I did and turn a regular computer desk into a "standing desk" by using boxes to prop your keyboard, mouse, and monitor up high enough that you can use your computer while standing.

And if you want to take things to the next level, you can attach a treadmill to your "standing desk" and walk while working on your computer instead of just stand.

HANG UPSIDE DOWN

Gravity is constantly pushing down on us. (Which is why we all get shorter as we age, and why a lot of us get back problems as we age.)

A lot of people who used to suffer from back pain and who were told they needed surgery were able to get a lot of relief just from using an "inversion table". (Which is a device that allows you to safely hang upside down and reverse the effects of gravity by stretching and decompressing the spine.)


When hanging upside down, you will be a little bit taller than you are when you are standing up since your spine is being stretched by gravity instead of compressed by it, and while you are upside down, it can be beneficial to do some deep breathing exercises and gentle spinal twists.

One of the greatest feelings for me is when I have been feeling a lot of tension in my back, and after hanging upside down for a while I will suddenly get a really big crack in my back where I was feeling all the tension, and the instant it happens I will not only feel tremendous relief in that area, but I will actually be able to breathe better because the energy flow going up and down my spine is no longer being constricted.



5. KNOW THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE DIS-EASE

We have been led to believe that there are 10,000 different health problems, and that they all require their own specialized treatments.

But if a teenage boy gets a pimple on their forehead after eating some greasy pizza, and an old man gets a heart attack after a lifetime of eating greasy foods, it sounds to me like they are both suffering from the exact same problem, and the only reason their problems seem so different is because the problem is in different phases of progression.

In the same way that pouring bacon grease down a sink can clog up the piping, consuming a lot of greasy foods can clog up our internal piping, and can ultimately lead to our #1 cause of death ("heart disease") as well as countless seemingly unrelated health problems that are actually the early stages of "heart disease".

And as long as the actual cause (poor diet) is never addressed, the number of health problems (as well as the number of drugs that have to have to be taken to address them) will continue to increase until death finally occurs.

If a young and healthy person gets the flu, they will probably get over it and be back to normal within a few days. But if a 91-year-old grandmother who is overweight, diabetic, and in a wheelchair gets the flu, it could easily be "the final nail in the coffin" for her.

Labels can be limiting, and if we put 10,000 different names on our health problems, and then we focus all of our attention on trying to get rid of just one of them, then in theory, we might have a chance of someday living in a world where we only have 9,999 health problems. But if we can start to look at different health problems as the same or similar, then we can potentially fix multiple health problems all at once.

I want to stress that that there are definitely times when surgery can be helpful and even lifesaving. (Like if you are in a serious car accident.)

But even if you fall off a ladder and break your leg, and a surgeon puts the broken bone back together for you, that surgeon isn't actually "healing" you, but rather, they are putting the pieces of the broken bone back into the proper position so that the bone can heal on its own over the next several weeks while you rest it, and the role of any good surgeon or doctor should be to put their patients in a position where healing can take place on its own.

And even if a surgeon can successfully remove something harmful from your body (like a tumor) it will almost certainly come back in the future if you don't address what caused it to show up the first time.




6. LOVE YOURSELF

"Cosmetic Surgery" and other elective surgeries that are intended to change our appearances or identities are rapidly becoming some of the most common forms of surgery. And I want to remind people of what the famous painter/sculptor "Michelangelo" said when someone asked him how he was able to take an ordinary stone and carve it into something as beautiful and magnificent as the "Statue of David".

"Michelangelo" answered the question by saying that "David" was already in the stone, and that all he had to do was chip away the excess that was covering him up.

I believe that our bodies have the potential to heal themselves of virtually anything (from a simple shaving cut to cancer) and that the reason so many people aren't living up to their potential, is because their potential is buried under all the excess.

A greater version of yourself will come out when you remove the negative excess in you life. (Like the unhealthy foods and drinks that are making you unhealthy, the limiting beliefs that are limiting your actions, and the unnecessary material things that are costing you your money, your time, and your freedom.)

The seemingly small choices that we make on a daily basis (like what we eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will slowly add up over the days, years, and decades to ultimately become some of the biggest and most important choices we make in life. So, please start making more loving choices for yourself.




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