Good day, Eric Bakker, naturopath, here again.
Today, I’d like to do a video on how people think they get well and how they actually get well.
In my book, Candida Crusher, I’ve written a bit about this. If you go to Chapter 7 in the introductory section of this chapter, you can read about this. I call how people think they get well, fantasyland. Because a lot of people are used to taking a pill, a drug, for headache or arthritic pain or a digestive problem, and the problem goes away. They will automatically infer this is probably how you treat diabetes or heart disease or cancer. We’ll just get chemotherapy and it will go away. High blood pressure; we’ll take a pill. We’ll be cured instantly. We live in a society that expects instant gratification. They buy something sweet; they have a good time, they enjoy it. They have pain; they’ll take a pill. The pain goes away; they enjoy the fact that the pain is gone. This is really fantasyland. This is not really how the body works.
I’ve never been to fantasyland. Maybe you’ve been to fantasyland, but I can’t comment on what it’s like there. I think it’s just a big figment of a lot of people’s imaginations. They want to believe this sort of rubbish. And the drug companies make you believe this, too, with their advertisements on TV and all.
When you think about it, there is no such thing. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. There’s always something that’s going to bite you in the butt. There’s always a hook when it comes to an instant result. A pharmaceutical drug that will take a symptom away will have a hook, and that hook will be a side effect. I’ll do another video on the LD50 rating on the lethal dose 50 on how drugs are actually tested against toxicity, and I think you might be quite horrified to hear that video. But I’ll do one of those soon.
Fantasyland is actually how people think they get well. A reality check is how people actually get well. When you’ve got a chronic problem, to get well, we know the best way to get well is to make changes in our lives, is to be accountable for our actions, and to start trying to understand the disease process; the link between cause and effect. This is quite an intelligent approach. And you’ve probably heard me say in other YouTube clips, common sense isn’t very common with a lot of people today. I want you to use common sense. If you’ve got a problem in terms of your health, there is a reason why you’ve got that problem. If you’re intelligent enough to want to get rid of that problem long term without side effects, you will need to make some changes.
I’ve done a couple of drawings here. I hope you can see them. You’ll see a line here going from top to bottom in a linear fashion. A little bit like a slope here. You can see this slope here going up. This is actually how people think they get well. They’re not feeling well down at the bottom here, and then they’re feeling well at the top. At the bottom, they take a drug and at the top, they’re feeling better.
I’ve drawn this other picture here. This is actually what I call a reality check. You can see all these ups and downs here. You can see this little mountain here and then this little valley here. Same thing here. There’s a little elevation and a little trough further up here. What we’ve got here is the patient initially improved, but then if we look further down, the patient aggravated. She made some changes, she improved, and then she aggravated again. Let’s just try to clarify what’s going on here.
When a person comes to me for treatment, they initially improve because they leave my room with some instructions, a diet change, and maybe a dietary supplement. They’ll have some improvements that will occur. They may have a little aggravation along the way, but generally when they come back, they improve. I get them back in say three or four weeks. And I’ll say, “How are you feeling?” and they’ll say, “I’m feeling pretty good.”
Let’s just go a bit further now. We’re going to tighten things up a bit more, and maybe treat you a bit deeper. And then they’ll phone me up or email me or on the follow-up visit, they’ll say, “Oh, I feel terrible, bloody awful. I felt good initially, but now I’m not so good, Eric. What have I done? What is it? I can’t work out what it is. I keep getting these setbacks all the time.” And then my response to that is “Well, let’s just analyze what’s happened over the last three to four weeks. What have you done? At what point where you feeling good and then it all turned pear-shaped?” And the patient will go, “Actually, I went to my sister’s wedding.” Or it’ll be something like “I had an assignment due and I had to finish this assignment up.” Or it could be a lady with a few children saying, “Well, the little one was up crying at night, and I had all these diaper changes, and the baby had a fever. And then my husband was away for two days on business and I was at my wit’s end.”
Usually there will be a stress proceeding the aggravation. It can be emotional stress. It can be physical stress. It can be the fact that someone went to their sister’s wedding and had a couple of glasses of champagne. It could be the fact that somebody got bored, frustrated, and had a half a bar of chocolate, but there will be some type of cause and effect that needs to be worked out. And if you’re intelligent, you’ll work that cause out, and you’ll understand the connection. This is how you learn. As you keep learning – as you advance and improve – you won’t make those mistakes anymore. Or you’ll appreciate the cause and effect and be more careful in the future. This is going to pay big dividends.
Did you notice how both the lines went up? The one with the squiggly bar went up as well. The trend is improvement, but there’s ups and downs along the way. This is how the stock market works. I want you to try to understand this. A lot of people will buy shares. I’m not really into the stock market, but my brother is, and he says you buy shares. So you buy shares and then you hold onto them and they improve, and then you might want to cash them in. But then if you keep shares long enough, you’ll realize there’s a trend. Share value will increase and decrease, increase and decrease. But the trend overall is for those shares over a long period of time just like a house or another big investment is that would generally increase. Many people panic and they will sell those shares when things are getting bad. And then two or three years down the track, they’ll regret it and they’ll think. “Ah, darn, I should have kept a hold of those shares because they’re worth a lot more money now.” But many people make mistakes and they panic on the downturn. There’s opportunity in downturn. And this is opportunity, I’m saying, this is when you need to learn your lessons when you need to not sell these shares but hang onto them. You need to make changes because eventually your health will turn for the better.
I hope this video makes some sense to you. And you can read more about this – certainly a lot more in my book, Candida Crusher. Thanks for your time.