“Mind diseases” are a very real problem in today’s world of health afflictions. These syndromes, such as Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel, Restless Leg as well as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and migraines, manifest in very real and extremely debilitating symptoms throughout the body and its systems. Author Courtney Chambers spent much of her life as a victim of these medical conditions but found much-needed wellness and freedom through Mickel Therapy. Her book, Destined for Disease: How Mickel Therapy Changed My Life details her journey.
Destined for Disease is part autobiography and part advocate for the use of Mickel Therapy in treating these “energy disorders.” Chambers begins by explaining what these diseases do and why they can take over a life to such a degree that a person becomes dysfunctional. She uses many examples from her own life to show their development and ends by explaining the concepts and practices of Mickel Therapy. Throughout, the book is passionate, personal, deeply moving, and even disturbing.
In order to build herself up as a good case for Mickel, Chambers recounts many of the traumatic experiences she had to endure in her lifetime. Tragically, there is a great deal of sexual abuse which starts at a very young age. She’s not necessarily graphic, but I did find the book difficult to read because I have a hard time stomaching such violence. I had to put the book down several times before continuing. With her life laid out on the pages and her horrific violations noted, it’s no wonder she developed such problems with depression and anxiety. After spending eight chapters detailing these events, she uses the remaining three chapters to discuss Mickel Therapy and how it works. While not a quick fix or an easy prescription, the practices helped Chambers completely turn her life around, stop the destructive behaviors and cycles of abuse, and to even go on to become a Mickel therapist herself.
Although it contains ample editing errors, Destined for Disease: How Mickel Therapy Changed My Life gives hope for those also struggling with depression, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and other “mind diseases.” While Chambers responsibly notes that Mickel is not a cure-all for everyone, she firmly believes in its potential and hopes that by getting her story out, she can help bring recovery to others striving to regain their health and their lives.
(Reviewed by Vicki Liston for Reader Views.)