How to Unbreak Your Health: Your Map to the World of Complementary and Alternative Therapies by Alan E. Smith is a compendium of cutting edge therapies all aimed at giving patients choice in the delivery of medical care.
The author cites specific body process methodologies that have been successful with patients. The Advanced Jaffe-Mellor Technique(JMT) is one such example. JMT is a bioenergetic therapy which uses muscle resistance tests as a diagnostic tool to identify pathenogenic microorgansms at the root of diseases, such as lupus, fibromyalgia, and MS. The treatment involves a gentle tapping of muscles with an activator or arthrostim providing mild percussion in rapid succession. The device elicits sensory input allowing the practitioner to make adjustments physically or through the use of vitamins, herbs, or other protocols.
Asian bodywork therapy has been in existence for centuries. The therapy aims to apply deep tissue manipulation to improve circulation, as well as correct imbalances in the flow of energy. A number of treatment modalities are in use currently. Examples are Shiatsu, Tuina, and Chi Nei Tsang.
Smith cites bee venom therapy (BVT) which is a concentrated use of bee stings aimed at increasing the bodily reproduction of cortisol, as well as complex peptides and highly concentrated enzymatic action. Patients are first tested for an allergic response prior to undertaking BVT.
The author explains Colonic Hydrotherapy Irrigation which is the gentle removal of toxins from the intestine utilizing mineral water combined with special herbs. The treatment flushes the system of toxins which accumulate over time. Patients have been known to lose up to 5-10 pounds in just a few sessions due to the discharge of large amounts of fecal matter which the body may not be able to eliminate on its own. Patients should seek out a licensed practitioner for colonics.
MLD, or manual lymphatic drainage, is a modality consisting of light sweeping motions to stimulate the lymphatic vessels. These motions promote the flow of lymph into the capillaries near the skin surface. Stronger motions push the lymph to flow more deeply into the tissues. The treatment is aimed at moving fluids to the kidneys and liver for elimination.
Perhaps the most interesting modality is the author’s description of the hot stone massage. Hot stones provide deep warm stimulation which relaxes the muscles and calms the nervous system. The hot stones expand the blood vessels which help to push blood and waste throughout the body.
Smith explains that the federal government is studying alternative medicine through the prism of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as well as other areas of the National Institutes of Health. The purpose is to provide patients with cheaper treatment modalities, as well
as less invasive ones.
How to Unbreak Your Health is a wonderful resource for patients everywhere. The book is written simply and the author has provided many authoritative sources to support the proper use of these modalities.