Recently I watched the NBC Dateline program on James Arthur Ray and the tragedy with the sweat lodge. As much as I could, I stayed neutral on the situation as far as where the fault lay. Determining fault was not my goal in watching.
Although I had not read James Arthur Ray’s books or listened to his CDs, I was disturbed. Many of the beliefs he espouses are similar to my own beliefs. Although the metaphysical community differs somewhat, most of us believe in love over fear, manifesting by using the law of attraction, and giving to receive. Where I differ, being a licensed mental health counselor for many years is that I counsel that the client, student, participant be safe and I am careful to “do no harm.” Being an intuitive counselor I also share with clients, students, participants to follow their own internal guidance. Although I do intuitive readings, good readers are 80 – 85 % accurate and it is important that my clients listen to themselves above all. Of course, if they are mentally ill and apt to harm themselves or others, that is a different case.
What interested me the most when I watched this show is the question I had. When did their internal guidance break down? Not only the self-guidance of the participants of his workshop, but James Arthur Ray’s self-guidance as well. I wonder about the struggle within each individual between their ego and their intuitive self. At what point does your survival instinct kick in and override your ego?
I have counseled many clients who made poor decisions at the last minute, knowing fully well it was the wrong thing to do, but they did it anyway. It can happen because of peer pressure, interjects (hearing someone else’s voice in their head – usually a parent), or having a situation go on for so long, they lose the internal fight to make the right decision. I have heard this often from clients who married when they knew they shouldn’t have. The day of the wedding they knew it is the wrong move, but they did it anyway. I did that myself. Even though I loved the man and wanted to continue to be together forever, marrying into his family was not what I wanted, and living in a domestic union would have been best for us. But he asked and I said yes. Later we discussed this and he really didn’t want to either, but thought it was what he was expected to do. I am so grateful today I rarely make decisions without checking in with my intuitive self first!
How often do you make poor decisions even though your gut clearly warns you ahead of time? Most of my private practice, my teachings and my writings are about self-healing and following and developing your internal guidance, your intuition.
We all have this ability, though we often give it up as children. We feel pressure from either our parents or our peers. It may be helpful to write out some of the times you said yes, when no was clearly the right decision. Write out when you said no, when every cell in your body knew yes was the best choice. It is important to forgive yourself so you don’t make your past your future, but choose from this day on to breathe, take time to sense and make a decision balanced with your mind, your heart, and your intuitive self!
An Interview with Patrick C. Dougherty, D.C.
Recently I had some blood work done and found I was low in Vitamin D. I remembered several friends and clients had the same problem and so I contacted Dr. Pat to find out more.
Dr. Pat, I understand you are a Chiropractor here in Spokane. How long have you been practicing?
I have practiced chiropractic since March of 1994, first in Denver CO, and since November of 2004 in Spokane WA.
What else do you do in your practice?
Chiropractic College did not prepare me to pursue creative solutions to people’s health challenges. As a chiropractor I am required to take continuing education credits each year. It is these classes that have shaped how I work today. Rather than look at a person as merely muscles and bones, I initially evaluate them in a total of six areas: Musculaoskeletal, electromagnetics, nutrition excess and deficiency, toxicity, buried emotional stress, and allergy and sensitivity. I do this with a combination of muscle testing, questionnaires, and intuition.
After the evaluation I present the person with a list of the health challenges I observed, they choose what they are willing to work on, and I help them overcome their challenges through chiropractic adjustments to optimize the nervous system, nutritional supplementation, diet counseling, exercise and posture counseling, soft tissue release techniques, and other energy techniques.
I accomplish this by using my hands, mechanical adjusting instruments, cold laser therapy, and supplements.
Is it true that Vitamin D is a hormone?
Vitamin D is a steroid hormone. Hormones are chemical messengers. They have a shape that allows them to fit into the receptors of cells. This is much like a jigsaw puzzle. If the cell and the hormone fit together then the hormone can pass along its encoded message to the cell.
I understand you know a lot about Vitamin D. What is so important about Vitamin D?
A tremendous number of cells in the body have Vitamin D receptors. For this reason, researchers have found that Vitamin D has the ability to optimize function in 2000-3000 genes in the human body. That is 10% of all the genes in the body! The better you genes and cells work, the better you will function.
The vast majority of everything we know about Vitamin D has been uncovered in this century. Researchers have found Vitamin D deficiency in astounding numbers of named diseases and conditions. While this does not mean that Vitamin D is the sole cause of any of these conditions, it does indicate that unhealthy people almost always have low Vitamin D levels.
The bottom line is that your genes are the blueprint for your body. Vitamin D activates many of the “healthy” genes in the body. Ask yourself, “do I want to build my body and my health with the best blueprint available to me, or will I settle for a blueprint from a first grade architecture class?” If you want the best, then you will take Vitamin D.
How much Vitamin D should we take?
This is controversial subject. The main reason it is controversial is that the FDA appears to be impervious to science. It is only recently that the FDA raised the suggestion daily dose of Vitamin D from 400 IU/day. Scientists have known for years that this is a fairly meaningless dosage. Every year researchers at some of the best medical schools in the world are suggesting higher daily dosages of Vitamin D than ever before. I have seen 10, 000 IU/day recommended in several papers in the past year.
Personally I am wary of such a high dose, but only because I have not seen enough evidence. I have taken 3000- 5000 IU/day for the past 3 years. When I have my Vitamin D blood level tested I have never come close to peaking at a dangerous level.
I recommend anywhere from 1000-5000 IU/day dependent on the personal factors involved. I also recommend that people taking dose of 5000 IU/day and up get their blood level tested to insure they do not overdose on Vitamin D.
Can we just take the Vitamin D from the grocery store?
I recommend people get their supplements from a source they can trust to weed through all of the poorly made supplements and only provide the highest quality supplements. I have yet to see a grocery store that meets this criteria. Surveys have shown that a huge number of supplements are not well made, and at times they even have enough impurities to be harmful to a person.
Also, because Vitamin D is a steroid hormone it is fat soluble. Many people have difficulties with fat digestion. For this reason I use a liquid vitamin D in my office. I believe the liquid form is more readily absorbed by more people than Vitamin D in the pill form.
My work is about self-healing. In what way would taking Vitamin D help in self-healing?
Vitamin D, in my mind, is the king of the self-healing supplements. I firmly believe in the chiropractic principle that the power that made the body can heal the body. In other words we are meant to be healthy – until our pathologically stressful lifestyle interferes to a degree that the self-healing capacity of the nervous system to comprehend our stresses and adapt to them is overwhelmed.
Vitamin D, because it asserts a positive influence on so many genes in the body, and so many of our cells; increases the capacity of our body to resonate at a higher level. When our vibratory frequency is peaking, so is the ability of the nervous system to comprehend and adapt to stress. That adaptation is the key to expressing our innate healing ability.
What would you say are the top 3 other ways we can take good care of our health?
The key to good health is the ability of the nervous system to comprehend and adapt. Receptors on the spine are the conductors for that communication. For that reason, I recommend everyone get chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments facilitate vibratory frequency in the spine, which encourages nervous system communication. That communication is what allows a body to make good use of the three factors that follow.
1. It would be easy to say Food, Food, Food here. But I will give you 2 other ways, also. Food is the fuel for our body. It is proper to draw an analogy to a car. If the proper fuel is put in a new car it runs beautifully. When you put a lesser grade of fuel in the car it runs more poorly. Put diesel in a gasoline engine (or vice versa) and you have got big problems. Put kerosene in your car and I shudder to think what would happen.
Our bodies are no different. There is good fuel and bad fuel. A good rule of thumb is that if you have to read a label, then the food is probably not great fuel. Whole fresh foods, preferably organic and not shipped a great distance are going to supply your body more good fuel than processed foods. People who ignore this principle are robbing their energetic essence.
2. Exercise is so important. Many people think that because they are active during the day they do not need to have a regular exercise program. The focused intensity of an exercise program is much more valuable to must of us than a busy day. Exercise programs need to be tailored to the individual.
3. For number three I am going to cheat and say people need to honor the importance of positive self talk, good posture, a daily source of mind quieting activity, a daily dose of learning, daily expressions of gratitude, and finally having a clear and active purpose in life.
This has been really informative. Thank you so much!
Patrick C. Dougherty, D.C. received a Bachelor of Science degree in May of 1992 and a Doctor of Chiropractic in December of 1993 from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, OR; Certification in the Educational Program for Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Rehabilitation from the Department of Human Performance and Wellness of Mesa State College in Colorado in 1999; and certification in Surface Electromyography (Semg) from Turning Point Logistics Systems, Inc. He has practiced chiropractic since March of 1994, first in Denver CO, and since November of 2004 in Spokane WA.
In this video I assist you in gaining your own intuitive information through the Truth/Lie Rose. I learned this process in a workshop with The Church of Divine Man.
Whether it be mammography or thermography (or both), these tests are easy to get and provide a great preventive measure for women.
October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I have been thinking about the prevention of breast cancer. The focus of most of my work and my upcoming book is about self-healing. Self-testing and being preventative certainly fits in here. We are taught to do monthly breast exams as well as have mammograms yearly. What I have always thought is, it would be wonderful for women to communicate with their husbands, boyfriends, lovers, to be involved in this process as well. I figure since men like to play in this area, why not be more proactive in helping their women stay healthy. It would be an incredible experience for couples to bring checking for lumps into the privacy of their loving relationship.
I remember mentioning this to the nurse a couple years ago when getting a mammogram. She said that it is often the men who notice a lump in the woman’s breast. Often by the time they do though, the lump is fairly large, so consciously examining for lumps more often would help.
The nurse said it is also good for men to have breast exams. We don’t think about this as much, but she said they see men in their office for mammograms about once or twice a month.
I hope this doesn’t make you uncomfortable, but instead inspires you to be an advocate for health with yourself and your loving partner.
When I awoke yesterday morning I noticed my dog Domingo lying in the small triangle of sunshine in the room. This spurred me to think about how important it is for us to move into the Light.
When I was a young person I often found myself in difficult situations, resisting and arguing and ending up in some pretty dark places, especially within myself. Depression was a common theme and it seems I was often angry and reactive.
Thankfully I have grown through and out of that, but I realize even today, I am extremely affected by my surroundings. The good news is I have choice where I go, who I see, and what I spend my time focusing upon.
You may relate to this as well. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and their mood changes dramatically over the fall and winter months. Even if you don’t tend to be depressed, negative or reactive, you may respond this way internally if not externally.
Some of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder are increased appetite and weight gain, increased sleep and drowsiness, social withdrawal, being lethargic, unhappiness and irritability, and loss of interest in work and other activities.
So, what does it mean to move into the Light?I have some ideas.
- Take time to get outdoors during the day, even for 10 – 15 minutes. Take breaks and get sunshine and fresh air to change your mood. Even standing in the rain with an umbrella can be stimulating and clear your head.
- Engage in conversations that are fun and playful, but not at another’s expense.
- Spend more time watching inspirational TV shows and less violence and murder.
- Pull away from the busy-ness of the world and sit quietly and just breathe.
- Read positive, inspirational books.
- Spend time with those you love and focus on them. Play together, laugh together, but leave talk about the work stress for another time.
- Write out a gratitude list. Studies show this is more effective to do weekly than daily.
For Seasonal Affective Disorder, you could also take a weekend trip to somewhere warm like Las Vegas or Reno. Trips are inexpensive and make a big difference. After checking with your doctor you could take Vitamin D. Also, you can use Light Therapy. Light panels are available online at Amazon under $100. I have used them in the past and they work great! Enjoy pulling in and also getting out!
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