Are you on what feels like just “too many” pharmaceuticals? Do you not have access to what you’d consider “decent/tolerable/unstressful” therapy? Do you not want to be locked in a legal/medical system, mostly because you feel like it does more harm than good to you?
You don’t have to be locked in it all.
The good news is that are many ways out of it. At first, it can be overwhelming.
Number 1: Work through the field of doctors.
Just because someone is identified as a doctor, doesn’t mean every single thing the person says or writes or does is helpful. Remember that doctors work for the pharmaceutical industry, which works for the government. Remember that what the government calls food, is made by an industry that works for the pharmaceutical industry, which again employs doctors who all together work for the government. Not everyone has to put everything they are sold in their body, including pharmaceuticals. Nobody at all has to do that, regardless of who you are and/or what your situation is.
If you or your loved one is in a tough spot in their life, like lets say a hospital, rehab center or nursing home, or wherever you don’t want/need to be, like every human, you get hungry, and like almost everyone in the United States culture, our options for what is considered “food” is often not great medically, (yet they never tell you that). For some of us, we at least remember the phrase “eat your vegetables”, whether it was directed at us, a friend,a relative or whatever. Some of us know that one, but what we might not have realized is the impact/interpretation/absorption and/or importance of that phrase.
The majority of healing remedies come from our God made environment, and not (as we’ve been told and sold) always, always, always (and so on) from man made products, objects, etcetera. It is simply not necessary to eat chicken, meat, dairy, cheese and/or anything that comes from an animal, (including honey) for any reason, medically and/or otherwise. It is not necessary, yet our hospitals, schools, and our whole culture never blinks an eye. They are very quick to give you pharmaceuticals to medically solve your problems that are caused by the “food” they give you. All of these problems can be prevented before, and treated after by adopting what is known as a “plant-based diet.” (see Dr. Michael Greger.)
Number 2 (connected to number 1): Embrace the Healing Power of Animals
Most of us know of service dogs…..seeing eye dogs, and those that know if his or her owner is going to or is having a seizure. Most of us have seen these animals around for medical reasons. Another medical benefit of animals is psychological….Emotional Support Animals(ESAs). ESAs provide relief for those with PTSD and benefit overall mental health, and can even improve overall cognitive function. Then there is something else that perhaps not everyone knows of, called “Equestrian Therapy,” which is beneficial for humans with balance issues, (you know trouble walking). There is a list of medical disabilities that Equestrian Therapy can and does help. For those like myself with trouble walking, riding a horse helps by transferring the physical sensation of moving through space from horse to human directly, which in my opinion is also cognitive.
Humans and animals have a long history. Animals have even been recognized as gods in Egypt, especially cats. Most of us have seen a dog in a hospital, a “therapy dog”, who is mostly there for emotional reasons, you know to relieve patient anxiety caused by going through the pain that gets someone in a hospital and/or/also the fact and feeling of being in a hospital. Regardless how medically necessary a hospital may be, once there, no one wants to be in a hospital. The amount of stress this causes can be severe, and then some. It has been shown that when a therapy animal comes around a human patient, this severity is often times at least decreased.
Although dogs are typically utilized medically, it is found that being in the presence of any animal is often healing. Emotional support animals (ESAs) can be any kind of animal at all. One simply requires a document from a mental health professional, stating that the doctor currently treats the patient, and why. This will legally cover the patient. Although under the American With Disabilities Act, ESAs aren’t covered and allowed to go everywhere like trained service dogs, certain establishments allow ESAs. However, through the Fair Housing Act, landlords are required by law to wave a “no pets policy”, and also under the Air Carrier Access Act, a disabled person is legally permitted to fly with an ESA.
Number 3: Practice Yoga & Seek Eastern Alternatives
Most of us probably know about physical therapy. Maybe what is offered at hospitals and rehab centers as such is good enough at some point. But in the final analysis, recovery is ours to win or lose. What Anj found for me (which is us), and what is also recognized by the Love Your Brain foundation is Yoga. Find out more about it yourself.
I’ve been practicing yoga now for 3 months. It is a combination therapy for the mind, body and soul. It is not immediately, directly challenging. There is no CREATED challenge for me to meet. When you arrive at something challenging in yoga, it isn’t because a therapist who graduated from college told you to do it. You just arrive there, naturally, by practicing.
Then there’s another form of medicine that is primarily based on an eastern culture known as acupuncture. The same day that I worked with Baron and my Yogi, (my new therapists), I also experienced the benefits of acupuncture for the first time. I’ll be receiving treatment once a week for the next 8 weeks.
The Final Analysis:
These are things that I have learned. In final analysis, in life with a brain injury I’ve learned that humans do not need to consume anything but plants and water. Animals will always be there beside us for comfort, and that we do not need to hurt any animal, take any pharmaceutical, listen to anyone regardless of who they are, what they are called and so forth.
Brain injury or not, we need not buy what is being sold to us. Both caregiver and survivor are one. Get your full team together and create one big force of health, wellbeing and recovery. Our team (mine and Anj’s), includes Brucker Biofeedback, NJ Yoga Zone, the Love Your Brain Foundation, CW Botanicals CBD oil, Justin Bean Acupuncturist, Realm of Caring Foundation, NeurOptimal Neurofeedback, Greens and Grains (vegan restaurant), my ESA/O.T/ST Prana the Cat, and Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center and their O.T/P.t Baron the Horse.
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