Thank goodness for the modern miracles of surgery. There are times when it is a lifesaver. I have a friend who was in a bad car accident years ago and got her foot shoved up her leg. Yikes! A hundred years ago that severe of an injury might well have caused her death. She certainly wouldn't be able to move with the grace and ease that she has now, nearly good as new.
However, I was speaking with my friend Tony the other day; he is British and watches the BBC. He told me that the golf commentators were recently saying how shocked they were that Tiger Woods was going in for another surgery on his spine. They were amazed to hear that Tiger was expecting to be able to come back to his full golfing talent after this additional "procedure." Tony said that it is just not the common practice in England to use surgery as a means for correcting problems for athletes, like it is here. The British doctors, with their socialized medicine and subsequent absence of profit incentive seem to believe that the body can do the necessary healing much better on it's own. They instead advise things like proper nutrition and rest with specific physical therapy exercises as the typical approach. For myself, I certainly prefer that idea over performing the vast abundance of surgical interventions that we are so quick to jump into here. Natural healing methods are so gentle while surgery is comparatively so very invasive.
One of the sayings that has always held the ring of truth for me is, "The number one rule of anatomy is to, 'Keep all your parts.'" As a working medical intuitive for nearly thirty years now, I find it significant that I can just about count on one hand the number of times a person's body has asked for surgery. That request is very rare. There was one just the other day, but it is always a surprise to me when it occurs. And all of those corrective or elective surgeries seem to cause quite a lot of trouble down the line, sometimes even resulting in more problems than they fix.
I feel the same holds true for dentistry and orthodontistry. The root causes of so many of our health conditions, including those of the teeth, go much deeper than the surface level of correction. Our poor American diet, resulting in the serious lack of proper nutrition, coupled with a sickening array of chemical and other medical "fixes,"sets us on the path of trouble from childhood on. Too often we have been sold a bill of goods which is very profitable for those who are doing the selling. I'm sure that for the most part, our western medical professionals are all very well intentioned, but I think that nature holds a deeper wisdom than our own.
Here is a beautiful example. A good friend of mine worked in a veterinarian's office in her youth. One day a dog came in that had been hit by a car. The vet evaluated the extent of the damage and found that the dog's femur bone was shattered into multiple pieces. He called the people who had brought in the dog to suggest surgery and discovered that they had left false contact information. It soon became clear that they were not the owners of the dog. This is a somewhat common problem in veterinarian offices. Unwilling to perform the extensive surgery on a dog with no owners, the vet was going to euthanize it. But, in the meanwhile, my friend had grown fond of the dog. She asked if they could keep it there at the clinic and just see if it might be able to heal on it's own. If it could, she would then find it a new home. The vet agreed and the dog was kept immobilized in a cage that wasn't tall enough for it to stand up. Within a month or two, x-rays showed that the dog's femur bone had grown all of the pieces together and then had encased them all inside of a large lump of new bony tissue. Then, miraculously, as the weeks went by, the dogs femur gradually sculpted itself down into a nice slim, perfectly formed new femur bone. Isn't that amazing?!
The body can lay down new bone tissue when needed and the body can also take bone away. We see this happening all the time with osteoporosis. And again, there is untold wisdom here. The body in its vast intelligence mines the bones to buffer the blood when our pH becomes too low. We risk significant harm to our vital organs, like the brain, when stress, or more commonly a poor diet, results in a lower blood pH. So our bodies astutely take action to prevent the more life-threatening damage from occurring. Bones are somewhat expendable. Brains are not.
So back to the dog. After it had grown its new femur bone, my friend started it on a gentle exercise program to further its rehabilitation and then once it was strong and fit again, she found it a new home. Isn't that great? We are all miraculous beyond measure. Our natural healing power is unparalleled. And if you ask me this is true most all of the time, even in the light of our modern surgical technologies.
I loved it when Louise Hay came here to San Luis Obispo a few years back. She said many wonderful things and she also said something like, "Just don't start taking prescription drugs or letting them cut on you and you'll be fine." Our bodies are not machines, and rushing in like engineers to a building project is simply antithetical to all of nature. I came across a poem the other day that summed all of this up so nicely for me that in closing I'd like to share it with you. May these beautiful words soothe your soul as they soothed mine.
and human will was silent,
the healing came,
gentle and natural as an opening flower.
Within the freedom of true self-surrender,
we feel the healing touch
of Love's all power.
~ Greta Claxton
© Josephine Laing, 2016