A customer recently identified herself as suffering from Medical PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). I look at this condition through the lens of Total Biology and the “conflict” of disease, diagnosis, and doctors.
However, Medical PTSD has its own designation taken originally from the adult survivors of childhood cancer 12-20% of whom suffer unrecognized and ongoing stress disorders. A moving article in CureToday described the author’s hospitalization for infectious hepatitis at age 5. That experience continues to define her relationship with medicine now that she is facing a cancer diagnosis at age 56. She says her fear of hospitals and doctors is right up there with her fear of cancer.
But it’s not just traumatized children carrying that burden through their lives. It’s adults who suffer medical mistakes and medical abuse who feel they have nowhere to turn.
One of our customers had 2 strokes and subsequent medical testing diagnosed mitral valve regurgitation leading to 4 open heart surgeries. The first one should have been the only one but a temporary, removable monitor was “accidentally” sutured into the surgical site. On top of all this, the blood temperature control device infected her heart lining (endocardium) leading to two serious fungal infections. All this medical conflict happened in a 9-month period.
In retrospect, I saw an unfortunate case of Medical PTSD unfold before my eyes during my internship. It was at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. A patient of mine was a concentration camp survivor. After a day off, I found this patient in tears. It turned out that a biopsy had come back positive for cancer. Her attending doctor gave her the news and when she broke down he immediately called in a psychiatric consult. My patient was horrified both by the diagnosis and then at being identified as “crazy” because she became emotional. When we spoke, I was shocked at the depth of betrayal she felt when she said at least in the concentration camp she knew who the enemy was!
The majority of our customers who consult with us have had sufficient medical conflict to acquire a layer of PTSD. Medical PTSD causes people to self medicate with alcohol and drugs – even prescription drugs, which are recommended by allopathic medicine.
These drugs include; antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and prazosin (minipress), which may reduce or suppress nightmares in some people with PTSD. However, a more recent study showed no benefit over placebo.
In allopathic medicine, psychotherapy is also recommended. Cognitive therapy is a type of talk therapy that helps a person recognize stuck patterns. However talking about conflicts can reinforce the conflict and not disperse it. Exposure therapy is a type of behavioral therapy that helps a person face both situations and memories. But it has to be done very delicately because reexposure can reinforce the conflict and not negate it. I highly recommend and have seen the best results with a third type of therapy called EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). EMDR uses a series of guided eye movements as you recall the event. The movements help you process traumatic memories and change how you react to them.
We advise our customers who have Total Body Meltdown and Medical PTSD to take our Completement Formulas for the magnesium, minerals, B vitamins, and protein that help balance moods. We also like to add the following powerful techniques.
BREAKING THE LINKS With ILLNESS And GRIEF
1. AFFIRMATION: A Small Property
I was a small property ravaged by a storm. The fine weather has returned. The forest and the river have become calm. The house is vibrant and shines in the sun. And above all, the field is returning to its order, health and beauty. Thank you my diseased and depleted organs, for I know you have done all this to save my whole being. And thanks to myself for doing my healing.
Repeat this 10 times, 3X/day To be repeated 10 times in the morning (before getting up), around lunch time for another 10 times; and 10 times at night (just before falling asleep) … To be repeated in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, in the darkness … To be verbalized with consciousness. Take the time to visualize and identify each symbol as clearly as possible. Write down any dreams that you remember!
2. General Affirmation: I am filled with love and understanding.
3. To break the links to past illness and associations that hamper listen to the “Time to Say Goodbye”
4. The link breaker: Walnut – Bach Flower Remedy
“I break all links that hinder my growth.”
Dosage: 5-10 drops three times a day
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Carolyn Dean MD ND
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