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March 23, 2009
Put together, all of these studies, and discoveries within the field of psychoneuroimmunology are clearly and definitely showing that we can consciously choose to have a strong and competent immune system and be relatively free of viral infection (and cancer) by believing and thinking positively, by staying calm and relaxed in body and mind, and by visualizing ourselves as already being the healthy, positive, competent person we want to be.
At any time, we can consciously choose to switch from seeing the world through the fear-based belief system of the lower mind and we can perceive it instead through the love-based belief system of the higher mind.
So the first step is to restructure our beliefs by replacing our old negative beliefs based on past conditioning with new positive beliefs that are more appropriate to the present moment in our lives. For example, past events may have programmed us to believe that the only way to have security is to build a fortress of money. While it may still be prudent to provide for a possible rainy day and for financial security in our old age, it is much more appropriate to recognize that life offers an unlimited abundance of love and goodness and that we need no longer continue to look at everything from a position of lack.
At this point, you may also be asking how you control your awareness. For a start, close your eyes and place your awareness on the big toe of your right foot. Now shift your awareness to your left elbow. Wasn’t difficult, was it?
Now imagine a large electric wall switch in the middle of your brain. The down position is marked FEAR, the up position LOVE. Whenever you recognize yourself perceiving the outside world through a filter of fear-based beliefs, visualize the switch in the down position. Hear a loud clang as you move the switch to the up position. Then raise your awareness to the higher mind and view the world through a filter of love-based beliefs.
The fact that Positivism has been endorsed by highly-accredited doctors from top-ranking university medical schools testifies mat this is the most powerful tool ever devised to strengthen the immune system. By simply placing our awareness on a higher consciousness level, we are simultaneously giving ourselves a pep rally and determining to have a happy, hopeful, optimistic and confident outlook.
What are these love-based beliefs with which we can restructure our belief system so that we start seeing the world in a positive way? First discovered by yoga philosophers in the forests of India 4,000 years ago, these precepts of universal wisdom have been added to by Creek, Roman and Arab thinkers and by modem pioneers such as Ken Keyes Jr., and Vernon Howard.
Positivism can be instantly achieved by mentally adopting and practicing the following precepts of esoteric wisdom. Perceiving the world through a filter of these beliefs liberates us completely from depression, fear, worry, loss, envy, anger, guilt, stress and all the other fear-based emotions that cause us to upset ourselves and be unhappy.
A weak tea made of Cayenne powder (red pepper) makes an effective nasal decongestant and is a favorite with sinus sufferers. Also available at health food stores in capsules, cayenne will swiftly break up and remove mucus congestion. It is also a splendid cough reliever.
Ma Huang tea, previously mentioned, is also an effective sinus decongestant.
But perhaps the most effective of all natural decongestants is the old fashioned steam inhaler. Make a dish of tea out of essential oils of Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Juniper, Pine and Rose Geranium—or out of as many as you can obtain. Have the dish simmering on the stove. Place the dish on a plate or in a pan and put on a table. Lean over the dish, keep the eyes closed, cover the head with a towel, and inhale the richly-flavored vapor into the nasal passages, sinuses and lungs. It will swiftly break up any congestion.
If unable to obtain the other oils, Eucalyptus oil alone makes an effective steam inhalant. Recent lab studies have shown that Eucalyptus, black pepper and cinnamon have an inhibitory effect on influenza viruses Al and A2. Cinnamon and black pepper may be taken with food.
The newest contribution to cold prevention is the interferon nasal spray developed simultaneously at the University of Virginia and the University of Adelaide, Australia. The two universities tested a total of 150 families, each composed of four or more people living in a household setting. Whenever a household member came down with cold symptoms, the others sprayed their nasal passages with alpha-interferon for a period of seven days.
Interferon is released by nasal cells infected by viruses to immunize nearby cells from viral attack. Results of the spray have been encouraging. The studies showed that interferon reduced incidence of rhinovirus colds by 80 percent. Over the six to eight months test period, interferon-protected families had 40 percent fewer colds than comparable control-group families.
But the interferon spray will not cure a cold once symptoms appear. During tests, users experienced irritation and minor nasal bleeding some 10 percent of the time, especially when using the spray for more than seven days. The spray may not be feasible for children. Since colds are contagious before symptoms appear, the spray may not protect during this period. Although interferon is being produced by genetic engineering, its cost may still be fairly high. FDA approval could be delayed and if the spray is available by prescription only, it could be financially out of reach of many people. The spray appears usable only for seven days at a time after which the user is exposed to risk of catching cold again until the effects of the spray wear off and it can be used for another seven-day period. Finally, even when used, it protects against only 40 percent of the overall risk of catching cold.
The interferon spray is of no help in alleviating cold symptoms, though it might possibly shorten the duration of a cold by reducing the number of cells a virus can infect.
Many foods of animal origin plus most fats, and white flour and sweeteners, delay cold recovery. They do so in a variety of ways, ranging from hindering absorption of more essential nutrients to a direct reduction in immunocompetence. Numerous studies have also linked light eating with increased immunocompetence.
Begin by cutting down drastically on fats, especially hydrogenated vegetable oils and saturated rats. This means eliminating most meat; whole milk dairy products, especially cheese and ice cream; eggs, all fried or fatty foods, and poultry skin from the diet. White flour, sugar and sweeteners of all types (except honey served in beverages) should also be eliminated. Avoid all convenience and fast foods, processed and canned roods, commercial sauces and dressings, and mayonnaise.
Replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grains and legumes. Especially beneficial are carrot sticks and all yellow-orange fruits and vegetables as well as deep-green leafy vegetables. Citrus, and particularly tangerines, are highly recommended. You may also include one tablespoon of either safflower or sunflower oil mixed into your diet; the oil should be cold-pressed.
Once a day, spread a quarter cup of wheat germ on your breakfast cereal or on any other food. And do eat as many foods as possible raw or unheated. Steam, bake and stew instead of frying. Good sources of whole protein are baked fish or plain, low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese or skim milk.
Take care not to overeat. Large, heavy meals or stuffing of any kind weakens immunocompetence. Eat lightly and only when hungry.
When cognitive therapy is teamed up with positivism, we get cognitive positivism, the most powerful healing tool in the entire field of behavioral medicine.
Positivism is simply the opposite of negativity. It implies that we hold only positive beliefs, thoughts and emotions. When we do, we perceive the world in a friendly, nonthreatening way and our minds become calm and relaxed. Swiftly, the hypothalamus recognizes this calm mindset and turns on the Relaxation Response. The entire mind-body enters a calm, relaxed and healthful state in which it remains for as long as we continue to hold a positive mindset.
We have no downers or bad moments or bad days and we continue to enjoy every moment of every day. As a result, we experience unbroken high-level wellness and we remain completely free of headaches and other diseases or dysfunctions.
“But 1 couldn’t possibly live like that,” you might say. “I need to get angry so I can appreciate the calm periods in between. And how could I feel happy unless I have blue periods to contrast them with?”
In reality, the only time we need to experience a fear-based emotion is when we are actually threatened by physical danger. Other “reasons” are all too often excuses by people who prefer the stimulation of strong emotions to the seemingly unexciting alternative of experiencing unbroken calm, joy and inner peace.
There are two easy ways to recognize when we are being run by fear-based beliefs. One is that we may feel too tense and upset to experience calm and relaxation or to use sound, rational, unbiased judgment. Another is that we are coming from a position of scarcity and lack.
When our awareness is guided by fear-based beliefs, we are concerned only with getting our own self-interests satisfied. This translates into getting security; getting enough sex, food and stimulation; and getting power through being right or claiming territory or manipulating people; or getting more possessions, prestige, fame, recognition, or achievements. On this low level of consciousness—which is where most people spend most of their time—we are primarily concerned with getting rather than with giving.
All these positions are based on fear: the fear that there won’t be enough to go around; that we won’t get our fair share; that our rights may be violated; or that we won’t be accorded recognition or prestige. While beliefs on this low level may appear to bring us temporary pleasure, they almost never lead to lasting happiness or satisfaction. All too often they are the cause of chronic headaches.