I must have been about four when I was introduced to the phenomenon of regeneration. At the time, I was on holiday with my family in a resort in Coya, near the mining village of Sewell in Chile where we lived. We were walking from our apartment to the swimming pool when we spotted some skinks on a sun-drenched wall. I can’t remember how it happened, but one of them lost its tail. My brothers and I were a bit saddened by this until my mum pointed out that this was the skink’s protection against predators and that it would eventually grow a new tail.
Fascinated by regeneration
From that day on, I was fascinated by regeneration. It made me wonder why we humans are able to regrow cells and tissue but can’t grow new fingers and why we go grey with age. Also, it seemed strange to me that we needed the help of doctors in order to recover from sickness, while deep down I sensed we might be capable of healing ourselves. Nowadays, I’m pretty much convinced I am capable of self-healing, except I don’t have enough faith to do so. All too often I’m led by a sense of powerlessness, and this is what I see happening to people around me too.
It appears we have a collective and subconscious belief that we are powerless and dependent on others, and so, our bodies and minds deteriorate as time passes by. Eventually we all die and no one can do anything about it. This is what we are taught and led to believe. The name given to the study to become a doctor is called ‘medicine’. You’d think they’d call it ‘healing’ or something of that nature, but they don’t. That’s because they don’t really heal anyone, but instead they convince us that we need them and the pharmaceutical poison they administer on a large scale – hence the name ‘medicine’. It begins at an early age, with drugs such as Ritalin used to subdue perfectly normal, healthy children, whose only ailment is that they could do with more positive and loving one-on-one attention.
Steve Hughes – Don’t give drugs to kids
Treat the symptoms
The medical profession justly call it ADHD = Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder. And, instead of tackling the cause, i.e. a lack of attention, they treat the symptoms by giving kids drugs with side effects comparable to those of drugs that you could be put away for if you were caught selling them on the streets. Now, don’t get me wrong, doctors saved my eldest son when he was four by surgically removing his appendix, my youngest son when he was a baby from pneumonia and my dad some five years ago from intestinal cancer. For this I am very grateful and I’m not saying we should immediately stop taking medicine either, as many people are freed from extreme pain with painkillers such as morphine. I just feel we should be more aware of and critical towards healthcare.
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Take a holistic approach
At the moment, it’s the pharmaceutical industry and health insurance companies that determine our healthcare, while it should be the other way around. Care providers should listen closely to our needs and work together with us – their clients – in taking care of ourselves in order to lead long and healthy lives. I believe we should take a holistic approach, like they’ve been doing in the Far East for thousands of years. Fortunately, we in the West are starting to cotton on to so-called alternative medicine. One example is acupuncture, a simple but effective way of getting to the root of the patient’s suffering instead of focusing on the symptoms. An example on the other end of the spectrum is the method Chinese doctors employ to cure people of cancer, which involves positive intentions.
Cancer Cured in 3 Minutes – Awesome Presentation by Gregg Braden
Rewiring your brain
Now, I’ll bet some of you won’t believe a word that was said in this video, but the presenter, Gregg Braden, has done years and years of extensive research into the power of the heart and its healing qualities – Bridging Science, Spirituality and the Real World. He continues to do so, and elaborates on our ability to bring about change to ourselves and the world around us, simply by feeling consciously from our hearts. Another pioneer in the field of transformation, Joe Dispenza, researches the subject of mind over matter or ‘rewiring your brain’, as he calls it. He is convinced and has even proved that we are able to create new neuron connections, thus allowing old ones to disintegrate, simply by thinking positive thoughts. As a result, we feel differently, create different lives and regenerate ourselves.
Dr Joe Dispenza – Rewiring your brain
Both Braden and Dispenza have stacked up ample proof to support their theories. Or do you want living proof? In 2006, after recovering from a coma, Anita Moorjani cured herself of cancer by way of positive thinking and positive affirmation. In her book ‘Dying To Be Me’ she gives a detailed account of her rejection of conventional medicine and of her near death experience (NDE) that led to the full healing of her body from cancer. You can disbelieve this or even denounce it, but you can’t deny that conventional treatment of cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy is way below the grade, as everyone knows at least one person who has died of cancer despite attempts to cure them.
Heart valves regenerate by themselves
So, I believe we can at least try alternatives, and I’m glad there are doctors who are willing to do so. An example is the ImaValve project. This multidisciplinary collaboration of top institutes and leading industrial partners in the field of biomaterials science and tissue engineering successfully stimulates patients’ heart valves to regenerate by themselves with only one operation. Watch the documentary video made by Sensu and judge for yourself.
ImaValve – Seducing the heart to repair itself
Stem cell therapy
Another alternative practice that is more commonplace is stem cell therapy. The Mayo Clinic in the U.S. does continual, extensive research into the use of stem cells for repairing damaged cells, tissue and bone marrow, and successfully applies stem cell therapy to treat diseases, such as osteoarthritis. In short, what they do is extract healthy stem cells from the patient’s body and inject it into the same patient’s diseased joint. The patient’s cells do the rest.
Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment (BMAC) for Knee Osteoarthritis Mayo Clinic
Everything is constantly changing
These are but a few examples of alternative healing methods. Every day, every hour and every moment something changes in the world, in our thinking, in our achievements and in ourselves. The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus explained change as follows: “No person can step into the river twice, as it is not the same river and they are not the same person.” Everything is constantly changing, so we may as well consciously change the way we think, feel and act. This allows us to discover how much influence we have on our lives and how independent we are of doctors and medicine for our well-being. Medicine, who needs it anyway? I know I don’t, although I do use certain organic supplements, like vitamin B12 and biotin (vitamin H). Biotin helps to regenerate hair, nails and skin. Another example of how our bodies regenerate with just a little encouragement.
Start taking positive action
The word ‘regeneration’ says it all. It comes from the Latin words: re, meaning ‘again’, and generare, meaning ‘to create’. So, it means recreation, as in recreating ourselves, just like the skink that recreated its tail. I believe once we become more aware of our ability to recreate and start taking positive action in whatever situations we find ourselves in, we will become more self-empowered. My girlfriend Monique Mensink believes that our unpleasant emotions and thoughts are there to show us what we really desire in life. To her, it’s simply a matter of acceptance and refocusing. Focus on what makes you happy and go for it. To be able to do this, you have to believe in yourself. I compare it to Jesus who was reported to have said something along the lines of: “You can do anything I can.”
I’m realistic, I believe in miracles
Well, we can’t change water into wine or walk on water, or can we? In any case, if we take things one step at a time, we will be able to work miracles one day, and at the very least, having such a positive attitude will make our lives more joyous and fulfilling. This brings me back to the subject of my dad recovering from a tumor. Sure, the surgeon removed it, but it was my dad who recovered. He had his positive intentions to thank for, and the same goes for my two sons, albeit that their intentions may have been subconscious. Deep down we all know what we desire. We just need to listen to this in order to give meaning to our lives. This is what regeneration means to me. And maybe this seems unrealistic to you – you won’t be the first one to call me a dreamer – but I’m realistic, I believe in miracles. I will continue to dream of a better world in which we all regenerate ourselves.
And when you dream, dream in the dream with me
And when we dream, dream in the dream with me
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