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Mind-Body-Spirit Connection: Talk to Your Knee!

Sitting at a restaurant people-watching and chatting with my husband this past Friday night, we touched on some pretty cool topics, but the one that excited me most had my arms animated, my eyes sparkling, and my voice elevated. As we discussed his job as an Advanced Placement Biology teacher at a prestigious high school on the North Shore of Chicago, I wondered aloud the prospect of teaching the future doctors, medical researchers and everyday citizens of our country beyond mitochondria, photosynthesis and traditional biology fare. What if all students were taught at an early age their true power to initiate and advance the healing of their own body? In short, as I practically yelled across the bar to my husband’s embarrassment, “What if we taught children to talk to their own knee!”Through my years on the spiritual path, time and time again I have been led by holistic healers past the drugs and allopathic remedies offered by the well-meaning medical profession and into the interior of my emotional landscape and beautifully designed body. It is my firm belief that it is not enough simply to listen to another’s (not even a medical professional’s) take on what has gone awry within our own body, for an outsider is not privy to our emotions, heart’s desires, subconscious treasures or deeply hidden wounds that absolutely and unequivocally affect all that manifests within our whole system.Once a symptom appears, we find ourselves at the tail end of what has been building energetically within our body for days, months and even years. We must not only begin to make all-important connections respecting the body/mind/spirit simpatico, but also to understand how to achieve greater intimacy with our own body and inner world if we are ever to move into preventive medicine and away from the “drugs as bandaids” cycle that leaves many individuals today feeling unempowered emotionally, physically and financially.The Soul-to-Soul Perspective asserts that inner work is imperative to overall well-being, including vibrant health. If a negative emotion (energy in motion) such as anger, guilt or resentment OR resistance to a soul calling to create change remains unexamined, it will eventually show itself somewhere in our body as dis-ease. Most people today still make no connection that what has shown up as illness within the body has anything to do with thoughts, feelings or subconscious beliefs so they go about healing themselves from the outside in versus the inside out.Our most sacred and intelligent body is always giving us clues (at first subtle and if unheeded quite loud) regarding what needs to be looked at–in both our interior and exterior world–more closely. It deserves our utmost appreciation and acknowledgment, ALWAYS!! So next time you get laryngitis, caress your throat, thank your throat, and acknowledge gratefully a throat that allows you to speak. Seek to understand what your throat is trying to tell you with this ailment. There is a clear message meant just for you if you will but only listen and appreciate your purposeful throat–a very much alive and vital aspect of who you are rather than simply a separate, disconnected body part.In other words, if your throat is illin’, look to see what it is YOU are unwilling or afraid to communicate. If your knee blows, look to see what you are no longer willing to hold up or hold onto, and if your eye begins to twitch, look to see how you may perceive things differently. Through supreme wisdom, our beloved body is willing to show us the way. You may be surprised at the two-way communication system and outright LOVE FEST with your body that can become the norm. So come on, talk to your sprained wrist, caress your battered lower back and acknowledge the daily gifts offered up from your twisted ankle. It’s time to make the body/mind/spirit connection part of daily reality as self-love and self-healing go hand in hand. Imagine a world–politically, economically, medically–where our young were taught to do just that.

What is Charcot’s Foot that Occurs in Diabetes?

Charcot’s foot is one of the many problems which might occur in those with diabetes mellitus. The higher blood sugar levels that stem from all forms of diabetes have an affect on numerous body systems including the eyesight, renal system as well as nerves. In long standing cases, particularly if there has been an unsatisfactory control of the blood sugar levels, you can find problems with the nerves supplying the feet. This will make the feet in danger of issues as if something fails, you don’t know it has gone wrong as you can not really feel it due to the harm to the nerves. This might be something as simple as standing on a rusty nail and that getting contaminated and you are not aware that you’ve stood on the nail. Should it be a blister or ingrown toenail which gets infected and you do not know that it is present on the foot unless you have a look. This is why foot care can be so necessary for those with diabetes and why it will be provided a great deal of emphasis. A Charcot foot is the destruction occurring to the bones and joints if you have an injury and you do not know that the injury has happened.

A way of looking at it could be to consider this way: pretend that you sprain your ankle horribly and you also are not aware that you have simply because you do not experience the pain from it. You then carry on and walk around on it. Picture all of the additional harm which you do by walking about on it. The earliest you may possibly discover that there may be something wrong happens when you take a seat and look at the feet and you observe that one is a great deal more swollen compared to the other foot. This is exactly what occurs in individuals with diabetes who develop a Charcot’s foot. There may be some destruction, such as a sprained ankle or maybe a progressive failure of the arch of the foot and as no pain is sensed they carry on and walk around on it. It should be apparent simply how much more injury that gets done to the original injury prior to the problem is finally observed because of the swelling. At times there is not much swelling, but the Charcot’s foot is picked up from the difference in temperature between the two feet as a result of inflammation related process in the damaged foot that generates more warmth.

The development of a Charcot foot really needs to be dealt with as a bit of an urgent situation since the further it advances the much more serious it’s going to be and the more challenging it can be to handle. The individual definitely needs to quit all weightbearing without delay or at least obtain a walking support so that the damage is protected. For the not too major instances and those conditions which were serious and have improved a really supportive orthotic in the footwear is required to support the feet and the injuries. Sometimes surgical procedures are required to straighten the subluxed and dislocated bones. By far the most critical situations can end up with the foot and/or leg required to be amputated as the trauma has been doing an excessive amount of impairment.