healthy lifestile

How You Get Sick and How You Get Well Again

By Dr. Jeanne Hounshell

Part 1

What Causes Disease? Allopathic medicine’s biggest failures are in all chronic diseases. Chronic diseases are caused by life style-not by a deficiency in drugs.

First, I want you to understand how we lose health. One model of disease is that stress causes all symptoms. It is a simple model and helps you understand why you are ill and how you can get well.

Visualize an old fashioned thermometer. You know, the kind with a bulb at the bottom where the red or silver goes up a stem to show the temperature.

When your total stress level pushes the liquid in the thermometer to a certain point, you will have symptoms. That point will be different for different people-but for everyone, when the total stress load reaches their critical point, symptoms will begin.

Some have a larger bulb than others. Some have a weaker constitution. So you may have symptoms when the bulb is full or you may have symptoms when the liquid is pushed half way up or you may not have symptoms until it is pushed clear to the top. But when you reach your critical point, symptoms begin.

If you stress level stays at or above that point for extended periods of time, the symptoms become worse. If the stress level increases, the symptoms will become worse. Eventually you have a full-blown disease which may become terminal.

Health is not merely the absence of symptoms. Health is having an awesome life:

  • Great relationships
  • A job you love
  • No pain
  • Optimism and hope
  • Energy
  • A glowing that pervades your life.


  • Improper diet
  • Genetics
  • Inadequate exercise
  • Every negative thought you have
  • Any loss:
    • Death of a loved one
    • Loss of a job
    • Divorce
    • Monetary loss
  • Fatigue
  • Trauma such as an auto accident, fall etc.
  • Polluted air
  • Impure water
  • Toxins in our homes:
    • Cleaning materials
    • Chemicals in carpets
    • Paint
    • Electromagnetic emissions
  • Relationships
  • Jobs
  • Success
  • Failure
  • Too little money
  • Too much money
  • Your beliefs

About yourself

  • About your world
  • About your health
  • Being overweight or underweight
  • Being a caregiver
  • Electromagnetic energy
  • Air quality
  • Going on vacation
  • Not going on vacation

The list is endless. Almost everything in your life can be a stressor. So whether you have symptoms now or now, you are wise if you take steps to decrease your total stress load.


The wonderful news is that you can decrease the stress level to the point where symptoms are gone. And then to the point where you have true health. The fact is, to obtain or maintain true health you must lower the stress level until you are as healthy as you want to be.

There are some stresses which are impossible to change:

Genetics: You can’t change those. That’s built into your genes, but you can give your body what you need to stay healthy regardless of genetics.

If you’ve lost a loved one through death or divorce, you can’t change that; you can change how you respond.

So there are some stresses that you can only change how you respond. There are some stresses that are hard to change, but can be changed. And there are some that are relatively easy to change.

We want to start with the stresses that are easiest to change. Reducing ANY of the stresses, will improve your health. All you have to do to return to health is to reduce the stresses below your critical point. You pick which are easiest for you, but I’m going to tell you some that will begin to make a difference.

1. Pure water. This is very easy to do. Drink and use in cooking only reverse osmosis (RO) or distilled water. Our bodies require about 8 glasses of water per day to maintain health so if you’ll just make this one change, it will make a difference in your health.

2. Decrease the chemicals in your environment. A good place to start is to buy only biodegradable cleaning agents-those without harsh chemicals that you breathe as long as they remain on any surface. Definitely avoid aerosol cans.

3. Diet: You may feel resistance to changing your diet, but it will give you faster changes than almost anything else you can do. The best diet for each person is different. Some will do best with a vegetarian diet-some with some meat. Some will do well with mostly raw foods-some with mostly cooked. But there are many things that are true for all of us.

4. Exercise: This not only reduces stress but promotes health in many ways. Any exercise is better than none. Among the best are walking, swimming and jumping on a rebounder.

5. Learning stress release techniques such as Affirmative Meridian Tapping (EFT), The Relaxation Response, The Sedona Method, Body Dialog, Prayer and Meditation. All have been proven to reduce stress and to reduce the risk of and sometimes cure even very serious diseases. They also help bring prosperity, peace, joy and love into your life. We have written some articles about EFT and will write articles on these other techniques over the next few weeks.

Our bodies use a great deal of energy to digest our food. If we spend our energy digesting empty calories, we’ll eventually become ill.

Empty calories are foods which will add to our weight, but give us none of the nutrients needed to be healthy. Examples are white flour, white rice, any kind of sugar, most processed foods such as cakes, donuts, chips, pretzels, twinkies-you get the idea.

Begin by cutting down on the empty calories and eating at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Let’s review: Start by drinking only RO or distilled water, buying biodegradable cleaning products and by adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to your diet. And it’s very important to cut down on (preferably cut out) the empty calories. Learn techniques that help you reduce stress and create joy, health and prosperity.

You deserve health in every area of your life. It is much easier to keep health than to regain it. Without it, quality of life slides downhill rapidly. So I urge you, begin today to take steps toward retaining or regaining vibrant health. With health, life becomes a joy and you do deserve that.

Part 2

In part I of this article, we discussed the model of disease that believes that all disease is caused by an accumulation of stresses. If that is true, and there is much to indicate it is, then becoming healthy depends on decreasing your total stress load.

Changing your diet is one sure way to make a major impact on your stress load. Here are some changes you might consider to move toward being healthier:

  • Eating only organic foods. I know, you have all kinds of resistance to that probably starting with the expense and then the challenges in finding organic food. I used a variety of tools to heal myself from cancer, but eating all organic foods was one of them. So I’m sold on it. And they are becoming available in many regular grocery stores.
  • Eating more fish especially salmon and halibut.
  • Do NOT overeat. Every pound makes every system in your body work harder, eat less and maintain your ideas weight
  • Eat lots of fresh or frozen veggies-and some fruit.
  • Go easy on all processed foods including bread and pasta. And totally avoid the bakery department of your local store.

It you’ll only do a couple of those, you’ll be working toward health.

Exercise: walk or do some type of exercise at least 5 times a week.

Laugh. Rent funny movies or whatever makes you laugh-but laugh more.

Love yourself. Our biggest stressor is how much we put ourselves down and should on ourselves. Disease cannot live where love is.

Learn Affirmative Meridian Tapping, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), or The Sedona Method. They are powerful ways to reduce emotional stress.

Pick two that you will do this week. Then in two weeks pick another. Keep going until you are back to health one day at a time, one step at a time.

You do deserve vibrant joyous health so go for it.

* Dr. Jeanne is a Holistic Health Coach who uses the mind, body and spirit to help you create health. She offers free seminars giving blueprints for health, Weight Loss Depressoin, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and discussions on healing various diseases as well as teaching Affirmative Meridian Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) and other relaxation techniques. Dr. Jeanne is also the author of two historical romance novels: Becoming Bestemor and This Precious Love. Article Source:

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