Norm Shealy, fully Dr. C. Norman Shealy

Shealy, fully Dr. C. Norman Shealy

American Neurosurgeon, Psychologist, Inventor and Founding President of the American Holistic Medical Association, Inventor of the TENS Unit, a devise that discharges an electrical current through the skin which blocks pain

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Self-health is essential. If you don't take care of yourself, you are a drain on society. In this country, we can say at this point that a minimum number of people do that. Three percent of Americans have the basic four habits that are essential for life itself. We get 10% of people who exercise adequately. We get 80% roughly who don't smoke. And, the average American is consuming less than half what they need in fruits and vegetables. A big study taken place several years ago evaluated 150,000 people, and 3 percent have all four habits. So, the most important thing is developing the basic habits of health and take care of yourself and then self-regulate. Just take care of yourself. Health begins at home.

We've got phenomenal clinical experience with the ring of fire. It will markedly improve 70% of people with rheumatoid arthritis who failed conventional medicine; 75% of people with migraines; 80% of people with diabetic neuropathy; 70% of people with depression; 70% of people with chronic low back pain. So, it clinically has more applications than any of the others. But, the ring of air, for instance, for depression and anxiety, autism, seems to be superb. The ring of water is more applicable to congestive heart failure and things like that. Interesting, we have found if you stimulate again electrically at this point, the ring of fire and the ring of water (I call it boiling the fat), people will lose weight very nicely. The ring of earth is primarily for chronic pain, but also to keep your bones strong. Of course, the ring of crystal's great impact is cutting free radicals because they are the result of oxidation that ultimately ages us, wrinkles, and kills us.

Magnesium is deficient in a vast majority of Americans. We need it because it is involved in 350 different enzymes.

In the late 80s, I got interested in magnesium and at first I used to give all of my patients five days a week for two weeks a gram or two IV in a Myers' cocktail. For a long time, that is what I did because oral magnesium is exquisitely poorly absorbed. It can cause diarrhea if it goes through the gut in less than 12 hours, you don't absorb it, etc., etc. So, I learned about 15 years ago that if you put magnesium chloride on the skin (not sulfate, I don't know why). Magnesium chloride can be done as a soaking your feet, soaking in a bath, spraying it on your body, or we combine it into what I call a lotion and not only does that restore intracellular magnesium, which is where most magnesium is, within a month, but also interestingly when you give it that way, it raises DHEA or dehydroephiandosterone which does not happen when you give it by IV or orally... I've got hundreds and hundreds of people reporting it brings down their blood pressure, it takes care of the muscle spasms, their cramps in the legs, their irregular heartbeat. Magnesium is deficient in a vast majority of Americans. We need it because it is involved in 350 different enzymes. So, I have found this to be better than trying to do it orally. If you are going to try to do it orally, magnesium torate works better than any of the others, but it takes 6-12 months to replenish the intracellular level rather than 4-6 weeks with transdermal.

The LISS -- I am the one that discovered what it is. In the early 70s when I introduced transcutaneous nerve stimulation, everybody in the world wanted me to give the Good Housekeeping seal of approval on their device. Saul came in August 1975 and brought me his device and I couldn't feel anything. I said Saul, take it away. My patients will think it is a placebo. Bring me one I can feel and I'll test it. Well, he brought this device originally that put out 4 milliamps and you really can't feel it most places on the body. But, he brought me one with 10 milliamps and it is still 50,000 cycles per second and it was a good thing I didn't put it on my head because 10 milliamps at 50,000 cycles will throw you across the room. Once I knew that there was output that was doing something, I would turn it down to 1 or 2 milliamps. I just happened to put one of the electrodes on my forehead and I saw flickering lights. I came to the conclusion that it must be doing something to the serotonin. So, a little bit later my physician associate and I at 8:00 in the morning put it on our heads for an hour and we found that my serotonin which was high to start with, went up to five times the upper limit of normal. I have been accused of being a type "A" personality and Jim is sort of a type "B" personality and his only doubled. But, that was the beginning of our work. After that, that is when we began to actually treated – 30,000 people with depression using the LISS stimulator transcranially. I find it infinitely better transcranially than on the body, although in people that were highly sensitive, it could be of use for pain on the body. By itself, with nothing else, the LISS will bring 50% of people out of depression within two weeks with no complications. That is better than any drug in the world. But, if we add to that photo-stimulation, which I also started using in 1975, flashing a 1-7 cycle per second light into the eyes with the eyes closed, those two together would get 85% of people out of depression within two weeks without drugs.

I believe that 40% of all Americans are clinically depressed, and another 40% don't have measurable depression but they are about two points away from it. They have what I call a sub-clinical depression miasma. Most people are not happy. But it is so interesting because we use all these crappy drugs to treat things that are really not treatable. Antidepressant drugs are one of the greatest farces ever invented. The best antidepressant drug says it is 40% effective. But, they have a 25% complication rate. That means to me that it may be 17% effective. That's note even as good as placebo.

QUESTION: What would you tell people to start doing in order to enhance their own health and come into more of a conscious relationship with the Sacred? ANSWER: Oh, that one’s very easy. Number one is, learn to think right. Now that takes practice. It may take the rest of a lifetime. Thinking right is to watch yourself with little negative thinking. It’s easy to watch yourself with big negative thinking, but with the little negative thinking, like being annoyed when somebody breaks in front of you in traffic, or saying “that will be the death of me,” or “that kills me” — those things, I think, have an important meaning to the subconscious. So start with thinking. That means doing some form of meditative practice, some form of regular relaxation, and some form of personal internal rejuvenation mental technique. Secondly, become physically active. I think that physical activity, from yoga to Tai Chi, to all other forms of physical exercise, in itself is a physically cleansing and balancing approach. And then, thirdly, eat right. That means to me eat a wide variety of real food, as real as you can get in today’s world. That means you avoid about seventy-five percent of the packaged food in grocery stores, and it certainly means you avoid going to the fast food restaurants in general. I’d rather go into a grocery store and buy myself some peanuts or almonds and some fruit, than go to a fast food restaurant.

I think that managed-care, what I call mangled care,is actually giving us a great gift. Throughout history there has been a pattern of usually four major cycles that on average last twenty to twenty-five years each, and we can look back to periods, just like what we’re going through now, at least for hundreds of years into the past. We’re now in the fourth phrase, which is called the Unraveling, so there’s a great deal of uncertainty. I consider mangled care part of the unraveling of health or medical care. And so we will have a crisis. Nobody knows what the crisis will be. It could be a political crisis, it could be an economic crisis, it could be a chemical or pollution or earth change crisis. We will have a crisis probably not longer than twelve years from now. Looking at the Mayan prophecy, it could be twelve and a half years. We will have such a crisis, and at that time there will be a major, major change.

I believe that we are being prepared for that crisis by mangled care giving such abominable personal attention to individuals. As a result of this, patients are now reaching out to learn ways to take care of themselves. I actually have Medicaid patients who are willing to pay to come to see me to get an alternative opinion because the health care system sucks so badly. Not a lot of them, but some. But that’s consciousness to me. I see people from all walks of life who, in their mangled care policy, can’t get covered for even good essential reasons such as having a baby sometimes, and they are willing to recognize that they have to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions and their own well-being and health care. So I see the public as the hope for the future. When the hundredth monkey, whatever that is, whether it’s twenty-five percent of the people or fifty percent of the people, when enough people become fed up and aware that they must take personal responsibility, then a major shift will occur for the better, and these simple and safe and sacred approaches to life and health will become part of the mainstream.

I think it [depression] is part of what I would call an existential crisis. A crisis of the spirit. You know, I go back to Victor Frankl often for my basic philosophy about this. Frankl, who spent four and a half years or more in a German concentration camp, said, “We could tell each day who was going to die when they came out of the barracks. Because on the faces of some people, we could see that they had lost their sense of purpose in life.” I have a friend who has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is unwilling even to consider some of the great alternatives, going to have radical surgery, and yet when you really talk to him he says, “I’m not sure I really want to stay in this life.”

I see that, not one hundred percent of the time in cancer, but about seventy-five percent of the time in cancer. About fifteen percent of the time there is a lot of anger, and about nine-plus percent of the time there is both anger and depression. In heart disease, seventy-five percent of the time there is a great deal of unfinished or unresolved anger, fifteen percent of the time a lot of depression, nine percent or better, both depression and anger. The major portion of cancer seems to be depression. The major cause of heart disease seems to be anger. But my impression is that when an actual heart attack occurs is when an angry person goes through a fit of depression.

I consider depression really the most common dis-ease in the world.

Diabetes is a totally preventable disease. Even when one gets it in the early stages of adulthood, it is a totally controllable disease. But if you’re not willing to put the effort into it that requires proper nutrition, proper relaxation, and proper exercise, then you are breaking a spiritual law and you’re going to be on drugs instead of being able to control it without drugs. Now in children, we believe at this point, that it may well be ordinarily that a viral infection somehow attacks the tissue of the pancreas and the question then is: Is there a psychological emotional stress, sometimes not perceived by the adults around the child, that weakens that child’s immune system? Most likely it would be depression. There is no question in my mind that depression is the greatest weakener of the immune system, and the greatest precipitating and background cause, of more illness than all other known factors combined.

Basic disharmony occurs when we do not treat others as we would prefer to be treated. In other words, a breaking of the Golden Rule. Now interestingly approximately ninety percent of all people, when surveyed, say that they believe in the Golden Rule. But then we have what appears to be hypocrisy in living that. Just something simple.

There is a very fine line between spiritual and sacred. Spiritual, to me, refers to the soul level, if you will — the spirit or the soul. Sacred means God. In other words, the broader picture than, quote, just spirit or soul.

Conservatively, eighty to eight-five percent of all illness is chronic. So what I’m saying is that modern medicine deals very poorly, very inadequately, and sometimes very excessively, in managing most chronic illness.

Basically, I don’t think that physicians heal. If physicians are lucky and blessed, they assist the process in restoring balance so that the body can heal itself. But we don’t cure, and we don’t heal. When you take out a tumor, even a benign tumor, the body still has to heal itself. All we can do is assist the process by removing the tumor mass.

My basic belief system is that healing takes place when there is adequate or total or perfect rapport between the Divine, the Cosmos, and the individual. That healing may be assisted by physicians, by medications, by surgery, by nutrition and herbs, or by a specialized person who does the laying on the hands or, quote, spiritual healing. But to me sacred healing is really all healing.

Energy Medicine is the future of our health.

Pain is caused by wanting things to be other than they are right now.

It is the interaction of the four main fields of stress; the chemical, physical, electromagnetic, and emotional; that is the cause of all illness..not some, all.

The most common symptom in the world is pain, and yet nobody specializes in it.

The greatest deficit in academic medicine is that it has generally failed to approach the problem of preventing disease or health promotion.... we are too busy taking care of people with disease to be bothered with preventing it.

It takes 6 muscles to smile; 56 to frown. Don't work too hard!

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American Neurosurgeon, Psychologist, Inventor and Founding President of the American Holistic Medical Association, Inventor of the TENS Unit, a devise that discharges an electrical current through the skin which blocks pain