The Awareness of Metaphysical Laws and Principles Part 3

There is a strong connection between the immaterial aspects of man and his physical constitution. The mind and emotions affect the somatic system via the vital body, the etheric body with its energy-centers and channels called in Yoga philosophy, chakra and nadi, respectively. These chakras affect the glandular-system according to its state of vitality. Negative states of mind and emotions obstruct or irregulates the flow of the life-force or prana emanating from the sun and streaming into the chakras. This in turn causes the associated gland of the energy-center to be hyper- or hypo-active which manifests as the malfunctioning of the organs and the impairment of the metabolic processes. This sets the stage for disease to occur in the body. An unbalanced and dis-eased state in the physical constitution are therefore the reflected images of our habitual thoughts and feelings. It is the manifestation of the inner reality of mind and emotions. This is not to say that all illnesses are the result of the play of the mind and feelings–there are, of course, a small percentage of illnesses the result of physical causes.

There are four fundamental principles to consider in metaphysical healing:

1) The preparation of the Healer

2) Determining the cause of inharmony

3) The choice of metaphysical therapy

4) The actual healing and teaching

Concerning the first point, every healer should realize that what really heals is the divine power of the Universal Mind. The healer is merely a channel for the healing energies to flow, or at the very least, a catalyst for the healing power that flows from the patient’s divine principle. Because energy is tainted by the channel in which it flows, it behooves the healer to purify his lower being from all obnoxious material. In the ancient Mystery Schools, for instance, every would-be-healer would undergo purification in the form of prayers, fasting, meditation, and other spiritual exercises. This had a three-fold effect–the elimination of toxins from the physical system; the strengthening, vitalizing, and magnetizing of the aura and nervous system–both subtle and gross; and the alignment of the lower components of the microcosm with the divine principles called “the spiritual triad” by Theosophists. This purification makes it feasible for divine forces of vital life, which is a higher form of prana, to flow through the healer. Once having filled the physical body with a harmonious flow of the vivifying principle, the surplus energy would strengthen and magnetize the aura. In Christian scriptures we read of saints healing with their “shadow.” This shadow is in fact the aura.

Another relevant point connected with the metaphysician’s preparation is the polarization of the consciousness. Energy flows abundantly from and to the chakra in which the consciousness is daily polarized. The expressions of love and compassion, for instance, which are vital attributes for the healer to possess, reveals that the consciousness is polarized in the heart-chakra. Expressions of self-centeredness indicate a polarization within the solar-plexus center. A strong altruistic will shows that the polarization is within the chakras above the heart. What this means technically, where divine pranic healing is concerned, is that the polarization within a lower center would make it difficult for the healer to reach and heal the organs of the patient associated with a higher center because of a difference in the frequency octave. Heart troubles, for instance, which is associated with a poor functioning of the heart-chakra, a healer polarized in the solar-plexus will find it difficult to heal, because the necessary energies required to correct the patient’s problem is unavailable, inspite the belief that plain unqualified divine energy is sufficient enough to do the work. Without the right level of consciousness, divine energy entering into the healer would simply evaporate having found no correspondence in likeness within him/her. The divine energies entering the healer is qualified with whatever psychic center the healer polarizes himself. The healer may seek to overide this with the exercise of the will and may succeed to a certain degree, but without the correct polarization the healing process will not be optimal. It is therefore, important for the healer to evolve and function on a higher consciousness-level. This is of prime importance in the preparatory stage. Polarization on the highest centers makes the divine energy flowing through all of the other chakras equally accessible.

In the second point to be considered are the causes of disharmony within the physical system. As we have seen previously, the various manifestations of ill health have its major, fundamental causes in the immaterial aspects of man. The psyche of man is twofold: conscious and subconscious, and they play their part in determining one’s overall state of health. Negative thoughts and feelings are self-destructive. If held in the mind for too long without being checked, they would manifest in an unbalanced condition in the body. The conscious mind is responsible with what it feeds the subconscious side. What the subconscious receives it transmits internally to the physical body, and externally to the environment. In order to get to the root cause of psychosomatic illnesses, the healer has to determine the cause of the problem in the nature of the feelings and thoughts of the patient. It would be an aid for the healer to realize that no matter what negative feelings are felt, or what negative thoughts are being formed, they all stem from the misidentification of the Self, or from the false ego. People say that they are sick or hurt, whereas the “I,” the”Self,” is pure and whole and not subjected to any suffering, discomfort, or any other mortal complaints. The first step, therefore, would be to educate the patient in this “true perspective,” of emancipating the mind from its ignorance and delusions. The conscious mind of the patient should also be made to realize the unnecessity of thinking and feeling negatively, and of the adverse effects that it creates in the physical organism. Methods of cleansing the subconscious mind from “engrams,” or negative packets of energy-patterns should be taught. This purification is usually done be various spiritual exercises such as certain meditations where divine forces are invoked and directed for cleansing, or by programming the subconscious mind with affirmations. This latter approach was made use of in the ancient Egyptian healing temples. Such affirmations identify the patient with the Divine Self. For instance, in the manual, the Book of the Dead, translated by E.A. Wallis Budge, are found the following affirmations:

“I am the Great One, son of the Great One

“I am the Mighty One, son of the Mighty One

“I am Horus, the son of Ra

“I am the Sekhem (power) of my father Ra . . . ” (1953:677)

The ancient Egyptians represented the aspects and attributes of the Divine Self with various personages and deities. In the above we see how the mortal concept of one’s being is replaced with an immortal, deific one. In the affirmations one is reminded of one’s divinity untainted by any forms of weaknesses or illnesses. Karmic-related illnesses, which at times defies a cure by superficial treatment in the hands of medical practitioners, may be eliminated by the above processes coupled with an understanding of the karmic lesson, repentance and compensation.

The next point for our consideration is in the choice of therapy. It is a fact that for every illness or ailment there is an appropriate cure, or a system of therapy that would return a healthy condition to the physical body. This also includes death, although from our human limited point of view this would hardly be considered as a valid cure. From the above statements we imply that there is no therapeutical system that would heal every single disease known to man. There is, as yet, no Universal Panacea discovered that would cure every affliction of man unless we consider Truth to be a medicine–and a bitter one at that to most people. Holistic healing, therefore, includes various methods that would reach all of the components making the whole being of man, and the healer should determine the appropriate therapy or therapies for each individual case. The methods of alternative healing may be categorized into the following:

1) Esoteric healing

2) Exoteric healing

Esoteric healing, as its name implies, refers to methods that require intense internal preparation on the part of the metaphysician. This preparation as we have already discussed comes in the form of divine attunement with the aid of prayers, meditation, periodic fasting, and a spiritual way of life. Instant transmissions of attunement or power by master-healers to students only opens the way and is not a permanent condition, for one’s mental and emotional state may neutralize what has been transmitted. Living the divine life is a necessity. Once prepared, the healer may make use of the available energies from various sources surrounding his person, and to direct them into the body of the patient. Pranic Healing, Chakra Healing, Divine Healing, Angelic Healing, and Spiritual Mind Healing are some of the methods used in esoteric healing.

Exoteric healing deals more with the methodologies that the average person may utilize regardless of his/her lack of high spiritual attainment and esoteric preparation. These methods include vibrational healing: gem therapy, chromotherapy, audiotherapy, aromatherapy, chi massage, acupressure, herbalology, acupuncture, reflexology, and many countless others. It would be a standard procedure for the healer to make use of a combination of therapies both esoteric and exoteric for the average healing. An effective way of healing is when both the cause and the effect of an unbalanced body, mind, and soul are attended to.

In this last point we will consider the actual healing and teaching of the patient to self-heal. At the very onset of treatment it should be kept in mind that the receptiveness of the patient determines to a large degree the effectiveness of treatment. The healer should also approach the patient with love and compassion, freed from any judgmental and critical attitude. These two approaches serve to create a temporary psychic bond between the healer and the patient. There are times when the cause of the patient’s problem lies undiscovered. A possible solution is the attunement of the healer with both the healer’s and the patient’s Higher Self. The healer should be open to intuitive impressions coming from within that may shed a light on the problematical causes of the diseased condition.

It is inappropriate for the healer to be solely responsible for the healing. Every patient should be given an opportunity to participate in the healing process. Therefore, laws and principles regarding holistic health should be inculcated, and the patient made aware of man’s healing potential. This is preventive medicine at its best. It should not be the healer’s best interest to make the patient dependent upon him or her because of the financial returns. This would reduce the metaphysician’s value in the eyes of God and humanity. Every metaphysician should, therefore, illuminate the understanding of the patient as to the cause and nature of the problem being experienced, and the way out of it. As is often illustrated in popular self-help books, it is much wiser to teach a man to fish rather than to give him fishes for an indefinite period. Soul-growth occurs in one-case, whereas soul-stagnancy occurs in the other.

Scriptures in Ministerial Work

Since metaphysics deals with spiritual truths, with laws and principles of the Universal Mine, it may assume a religious character and take on the coloration of a certain religion when tending those who are religiously inclined or when the situation calls for it. The metaphysician himself should have long transcended sectarian and dogmatic viewpoints; and whenever possible, he should stimulate people to perceive the narrow perspectives and ill-logic of the many dogmas that bind the mind to a mortal outlook and to an unnatural way of life. It is for this very reason that the inner essence of religion should be taught of having an eternal and real value and not of the ever-changing cloak fabricated by the fallibility of unenlightened man. Dogmas perpetuate a false perception of man’s true spiritual estate, binding people to the unreal world of Maya. Religion comes from a Latin word which means “to bind.” Its purpose is to bind man to God; however, as can be seen by recorded history, by the Inquisition, the Crusades, the so-called Holy wars, etc., it has resulted in a contra-effect separating man from Truth and his Maker. The Nazarene Master taught a religion of love, whereas the priesthood transformed it into a religion of fear and damnation. Pertaining to the above, Frater Achad in Melchizedek Truth Principles says that,

“. . . religious systems have caused man of earth to become weak in his understanding of God.” (1988:76)

In fact, religious bigotry have caused man to blaspheme God daily by allowing his adoration of the idols of false ideas and dogmatic notions. That which is subject to change is false and unreal–actually impermanent; only Truth is unchanging and is eternal. Nothing endures in the material worlds save the Truth that brought humankind into being. It is for this reason that there is no religion that will last forever except for their quintessential core of Truth that lies in the foundation of their existence.

Humanity’s spiritual development moves at an awkwardly slow pace. One of the many reasons for man’s lack of spiritual development is his non-desire to truly know God, Nature, and himself. In his spiritual pride, like the Demiurgus of the Gnostics, man disbelieves in the higher intelligences and worlds considering himself to be the highest product of Nature. This materialistic philosophy fully formed in the 19th century still sways the thinking of the minds of “educated man.” The truly educated person, according to our reckoning is a spiritually-enlightened being. He knows things that are of eternal value.

Another stumbling block in humanity’s soul-progress lies in their indolence in the search for Truth, for as they say, it is easier to believe than to know. Most people, for instance, desire cheap salvation or deliverance by imposing their burdens upon another’s shoulders believing that another will save them from their sins, karma, and hell-fire. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the Universe does not function in such a manner. All men must learn to be responsible and participate in their own spiritual salvation or liberation. The effort required to know Truth requires some discipline though, for without such, no soul-advancement may be attained. People should be made aware of this, for they have long been too complacent with themselves. Buddhism, since its inception has known this human psychological trait of laziness and had adopted a method for awakening sluggish, tamasic minds by teaching the principle of the imminence of death–where its implication of the value of time and life-opportunity, and the purpose of life are intensely contemplated upon. This methods can sometime be an eye-opener, and may aid the metaphysician with certain types of temperaments. The populace should be acquainted with truths even if it hurts, even though these are not accepted at first. Seeds grow well in the darkness of the ground or in the subconsciousness. We have experienced this many times–we taught certain things to others without them accepting the precepts, even vehemently denying them, but later on only to hear these same individuals teaching to others or even ourselves (!) the very thing that they previously denied–this is the power of Truth and is quiet a marvel.

Spiritual truths are to be found in every religion, although in some so deeply buried that one has to contemplate deep down in the soul for the uncovering of it–most of the time religious dogmas blind one from perceiving them; occasionally, truths are skimmed by because being right in front of one’s eyes they are hardly noticed or given their proper value. Certain mental traits such as prejudice, narrow-mindedness, fear and superstition may likewise prevent a person from realizing truths. One’s mental vessel must be freed from them ere spiritual nourishment may fill one’s cup to the brim. Almost all scriptures have an esoteric side to them. They were mostly written by Initiates for the benefit of all the candidates to the higher wisdom. Therefore, to interpret literally what has to be understood in a spiritual, esoteric sense–and without the proper keys–one merely robs holy scriptures of their intended purpose, and that is the awakening of the spiritual, divine nature lying latent within one’s being. It takes a spiritual-conscious awareness to interpret what was written under spiritual influences. St. Paul in one of his epistles, for instance, declared that the many incidents in Abraham’s life are not to be understood as history, but as allegories pertaining to the development of the human soul. As an example, we may take the incident where Abraham was asked to sacrifice his beloved son. Almost about to execute his task, he was interrupted by the voice of God saying in substance that it was unnecessary to sacrifice his son (in this context it does not matter whether it was Ishmael or Isaac) but in replacement a goat struggling nearby in the bushes was to be offered instead. This tale when taken at its face value is usually interpreted as a teaching of the principles of obedience and surrender to God. What it really signifies is the sacrifice of one’s carnal self (the goat) instead of the spiritual consciousness (the son), which has to be preserved and fostered in one’s awaking awareness. As was said by John the Harbinger,

“He (the spiritual consciousness) must increase, but I (the carnal self) must decrease.” (John 3:30)

Another allegory containing a principle of value is to be found in the gospels. At face value, when read literally, it conveys little of any importance. But when interpreted spiritually, it transmits to us a certain truth of spiritual application. This principle of truth lies in the incident at the Garden of Gethsemane. We are told in the tale that the Master Jesus was in the Garden with his three disciples who were fast asleep. Seeking companionship from his three followers at his hour of distress proved to be a disappointment. The only recourse was to direct his attention to God. Interpreted spiritually, the three disciples represent the physical, emotional, and mental being of man who are dead to Reality, or “fast asleep.” The incarnated soul (the Master Jesus), having discovered the unreliability of his lower self for solace attunes with the divine principle within for inner direction. We can see from this how applicable the truths and principles are–as found in scriptures–in our mundane lives when understood from the esoteric viewpoint.

One should not restrict oneself to the scriptures of one’s religion as the “sole word of God,” for all are essentially derived from a single divine source with the intended purpose of teaching the redemption of a wayward and fallen humanity; and it behooves every metaphysician to peruse the texts of any spiritual manuscript containing divine laws and principles that facilitates the unfoldment and expansion of the consciousness. The Tao Teh Ching, Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, or the Gnostic gospels discovered at Nag Hamadi, for instance, contain pearls of eternal wisdom that the metaphysician will find helpful to adopt in his ministerial work and as a spiritual/occult practitioner. The Christian Bible and even the Quran may be better understood when cross-referenced to the scriptures mentioned above. As we see it, the main theme of every sacred, secret teaching is the divine nature of man. It is appropriate, we believe, to base one’s metaphysical work upon this truth. when delving into the esoteric side of the New Testament, it is helpful to adopt one of the gnostic views that Jesus the Nazarene as depicted in the gospels, was not a historical personage but a representative of the myth of the”undying god,” or of the mystical element within man that seeks to incarnate and be resurrected in the waking consciousness. The spiritual import and value of the gospels are therefore preserved. We should use scriptures as a tool of self-transformation; whether they be history is irrelevant for the spiritual aspirant. Their true value lies in the catalytic nature embodied within the hidden meaning of their texts which improves the nature of man when applied.

Copyright © 2006 Luxamore

Maximize Patient Collections with a Patient Payment Policy

Healthcare practice owners and managers are often astounded to realize that it can cost as much as $6 or $7 to successfully collect a patient payment using traditional invoices through the mail. Considering employee time, as well as postage and envelopes, the cost truly adds up when sending dozens of invoices each week. The hours spent preparing invoices also detract from other endeavors around the office – valuable time that could be focused on improving patient flow, records management, etc. – not to mention that most patients are sent two or even three invoices before they return payment. Establishing a formal payment policy with your patients can help improve collections and reduce practice overhead.

Designing a Patient Payment Policy:
When designing your payment policy, spend some time talking with your staff, the person responsible for your billing and colleagues at other practices. These resources often provide insightful information from direct personal experience about what works and what doesn’t. Consider the history of your practice in defining how far you should to reach with your payment policy; there are variations from one locale to the next with respect to age, economic status, and so on. In some areas a written statement of which insurances you accept and that “payment is due in full at the time of service” might be satisfactory. Other areas might require detailed information about payment plans, minimum payments and your use of collections agencies to set the appropriate expectations.

Just remember to keep it simple. The more straightforward your policy, the more effective it will be. Be upfront about your rules, clear on how you will handle non-payment, and direct with enforcement. Too many practices have found out the hard way it’s much easier to offer a clearly written policy in advance than it is to calm a shocked patient down when asked to remit a large payment on the spot.

A Few Considerations:
The most straightforward, direct payment policy would require all patient obligations are met at the time of service, but that’s not always an option. What about patients who “forget” their checkbook? How about those patients who just don’t have enough money to cover an expensive procedure? Below are a few options you might want to consider.

Invoicing Charges:
Some practices offer to send out patient invoices in lieu of payment at the office but add an “invoicing charge” to each mailed statement. These charges often range anywhere from $1-$5 per statement and help defray some overhead, but rarely all of it. While invoicing charges can be effective in getting patients to remit payment with the first bill, they can reflect negatively in a saturated market with strong competition between practices, not to mention for new practices seeking to build a patient base.

Payment Plans:
Payment plans can be a good alternative for patients unable to meet full obligations at the time of service, but detailed parameters are an imperative. Keep in mind payment plans that run too long increase the risk of default. Some practices have found the best approach is to limit terms to six months or less.

For some types of practices, an example payment plan policy might establish a minimum of say, $100 due at the time of service, with the balance divided into equal installments over the following 6 months. Or, you might divide the total balance into 6 monthly installments, with the first installment due at the time of service.

Regardless of how your payment plan is structured, it should focus on two equally important goals. First, keep it simple to avoid confusion. Second, find a reasonable balance between collecting as much as possible up front, at the time of the visit, and what the patient can bear. If patients stretch too far upfront, they may not be able to make the remaining payments over the following period, resulting in the worst case scenario for everyone – default.

Interest:
Most offices offering payment plans do not charge interest, but it’s not an unheard of practice. Interest charges, like invoicing charges, can be a negative determining factor in competitive markets and for new practices. Charging interest also requires additional staff time to calculate invoices before mailing, rarely offsetting the added overhead. Another important factor to remember with interest charges is adherence to the rules Truth in Lending Act. This can add several more layers of requirements to your practice’s administration, creating further unnecessary complications.

Collections Agencies:
Teaming with a collections agency can provide you with some recourse if patients fall into default, but consider your options carefully as collection agencies can charge anywhere from 15% to 50% on receivables. Any such partnerships should be thoroughly researched in advance, and outlined in detail in your policy, including agency contact information for your patients.

No Shows:
Patients who fail to show up for a visit without notice is, frankly, annoying and rude. But invoicing no shows can turn patients away from future visits, not to mention they typically have a very low receivable rate. If you plan on invoicing no shows, keep both of these points in mind as the overhead costs of invoicing may give you enough cause to write it off completely.

Alternate Payment Methods:
Consider offering as many payment methods as possible. Recent years have seen a decrease in credit card processing fee, making them more attractive even for practices with only moderate patient traffic. Credit cards can also be used to bill for monthly installments and payment plans if signed authorization is provided. This will also help circumvent the proverbial ‘check in the mail,’ and, you’ll know immediately if the charge is rejected.

Communication:
Whatever parameters are defined in your payment policy, communication is key to ensuring smooth implementation. Remember that your office staff is on the front line when it comes to addressing the policy with patients and should be given clear instructions on all aspects. An office wide meeting can benefit everyone, offering the opportunity for staff to ask questions before implementation. Provide front office staff with an “internal” copy of the policy with suggestions on when and how to remind patients of the policy.

In relaying the new policy to patients, a sign at the check-in counter stating “All patient obligations must be resolved at the time of service” is an easy first step. Second, create a detailed flyer outlining your policy and keep a stack visible in the waiting area, and, for the first few months, each patient should be provided with a copy of your flyer upon check-in. Front office staff should of advise patients when they call for an appointment and remind them verbally when upon arrival. If steps are necessary, you might require each patient sign a “Payment Policy Agreement” and keep it with their records.

Some practices now even send a “new patient information packet” when an appointment is scheduled far enough in advance. This is an excellent opportunity to include billing policies with other information about your practice. Practices might also include background information on providers, healthy living suggestions geared toward the practice specialty, or information on how patients should prepare for an office visit.

Implementation:
Creating your policy is the first step to improving out of pocket collections, but it will only be as effective as your implementation and follow through. A few small adjustments to office procedures will ensure this is carried out successfully.

First, it should become standard procedure for staff to obtain pre-authorization from insurance carriers – before the appointment, not just before a claim is filed. Create a list of steps associated with scheduling a patient visit that includes researching co-pays, deductibles, visitation allowances, etc. directly with the carrier. Although pre-authorizations can be made over the phone, “self-serve” online with many carriers is much quicker. Common carrier websites could even be bookmarked on workstations for easy access.

Second, condition your staff to leverage information from pre-authorizations and discuss patient obligations at check-in. All parties should be fully aware of their responsibilities and patients expected to advise how they will remit payment.

Third, to ensure patients don’t “get away” without paying everyone should be required to check-out, as well as check-in. All members of your staff – doctors, nurses, assistants, whoever is the last to visit with the patient – should clearly remind them to stop by the front desk or cashier to address co-pays on the way out, and receive detailed instructions on additional balances that will be billed to them.

Finally, review the performance of your policy. Allow one or two weeks for changes to take effect and begin evaluation of results. Arm yourself with detailed information about collections rates for the weeks and months prior to the change and compare against the weeks immediately following. Take note of what’s going on around the office; evaluate how the staff is managing the new policy and make changes as necessary. If something does not appear to be working, make sure you’ve given ample time to fully measure results, but don’t be afraid to make another change. Remember, maximizing out of pocket collections is an ongoing task, but if done properly it can yield great improvements in your practice’s overall profitability.

Endure Chemotherapy Cancer Treatments With a Better Quality of Life

The terrible side effects of cancer treatments have led many to agree with the old adage, “the treatment is worse than the disease.” Frankly, the quality of life of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments is oftentimes..well, horrible.

Aside from the debilitating side effects of weakness and nausea that commonly accompany the treatments, there is an even more difficult consequence…PAIN! Oftentimes, excruciating, relentless, pain.

If fact, as one cancer patient, Grace K., of Georgia recently remarked, “I can deal with the tiredness and the nausea, but, not with the pain.” In fact she stated that, because her past experience undergoing chemotherapy was so painful, she did not think she could endure the rigors of the treatment again.

And if you happen to be a caregiver of a cancer patient undergoing chemo and, or, radiation treatments, it is emotionally painful to watch helplessly as your loved one suffers day after day, with no relief; with the hope that the treatments will eliminate the disease; or, at least extend the life of the patient.

So what do patients do about these side effects? Typically, they just endure them. Although, there are drugs that are prescribed to help with the pain; still, the consequences of those drugs can sometimes add to the already distressing situation. But, what if the person’s own immune system holds a fundamental key to improving the quality of life during cancer treatments?

Enter: The Remarkable Health Benefits of Raising Intracellular Glutathione

With literally more than 80,000 articles on the importance of glutathione, I will spare you, the reader, technical jargon and medical references, that you could read for yourself on the internet. But, I will share you two recent true-life experiences of cancer patients who have experienced tremendous relief, particularly, from the painful side-effects of cancer treatments, by raising and sustaining their glutathione levels, resulting in an optimized immune system. This has resulted in a truly better quality of life for these patients.

How Two Cancer Patients Raised Their Glutathione Levels and Found Pain & Nausea Relief

Seventy-five year-old Grace is being treated for lung tumors which metastasized from uterine cancer. She was informed by her oncologist that due to the type of treatment to be administered, she could expect a dramatically diminished quality of life, characterized by much pain, weakness and nausea, in addition to the emotional discomfort of losing her hair. This, she was told, would be the case for the sixteen (16) weeks of cancer treatments.

Ten-year old Jasmine has been undergoing cancer treatments for a brain tumor following surgery. Because of the type of cancer she has, as well as her youth, her parents were much distressed by what their beautiful little girl would have to endure in the way of pain, nausea and tiredness, along with, yes, loss of her lovely, long, flowing, black hair.

Several months ago, Grace and Jasmine, both of Moultrie, Georgia, were introduced to a special scientifically-proven, bioactive, undenatured whey protein technology that is clinically proven and patented to enhance the human immune system, by raising intracellular glutathione levels. In fact, although her insurance would not cover the cost, Grace had her doctor write a prescription for the protein out of the PDR (Physician’s Desk Reference).

They Both Are Enjoying a Better Quality of Life During Their Cancer Treatments:

Grace reports that, since she has been taking four packets of the Platinum version of this special whey protein and one packet of the regular version, she has experienced, “no pain whatsoever.” She further states that, while she does still feel tired and weak at times, she does not have any nausea. Thus, she is able to enjoy eating delicious meals daily, which contributes to a better quality of life for her.

Jasmine’s parents, David and Maria, report that doctors are “amazed” at her stamina, energy and jovial disposition during her intense treatments, since they started giving her the glutathione-enhancing whey protein. They started with a half a packet a day, and then, increased to one full packet a day. Her mom, Maria, happily expresses these words, as she delights in Jasmine’s progress, “I feel like a little girl with a new toy!” She said that when Jasmine feels a little tired, she will ask her mom innocently, “Can I have some of my ‘baby food?'” Cute, very cute.

She further states that “now we have the right combination; Jasmine’s positive attitude and this new tool (the special whey protein)” Interestingly, because Jasmine is having so little pain from the treatments, according to her parents, doctors are considering doubling the chemo dosage for a more aggressive assault on the tumor. They are hopeful that it will go well.

Could Others Undergoing Cancer Treatments Enjoy a Better Quality of Life?

In view of the fact that glutathione neutralizes oxidation, a factor contributing to inflammatory pain, as wells as acts as a potent detoxifier in the cells and immune system enhancer, we can anticipate that many more could experience improved relief from some of the more distressing side effects of conventional cancer treatments and enjoy a better quality of life.

Holiday Eating Anxieties for Bariatric Patients

Most Bariatric Surgery Patients experience a wide range of Holiday eating anxieties which can actually ruin a perfectly good Holiday around friends and family.

Prior to surgery, Holidays meant family, friends, and lots of food to indulge in and enjoy – often at a glutinous rate simply because Holiday foods are “special” because they are only provided during the season and they are prepared so carefully which adds guilt if you don’t partake of it.

How many times do you hear these phrases said at a Holiday gathering?

“That’s ALL you’re going to have? I worked so hard on that dish…”

“You better eat this now, because it won’t be here for another year….”

“It will hurt my feelings if you don’t eat this…..”

“These are very special ingredients I ordered specifically for this dish…”

“You can’t be NOT HUNGRY… it’s a Holiday!”

“Just ONE LITTLE BITE, PLEEEEEZEEEEZ…..”

“Have more, there’s plenty…”

“Take some of this home with you if you’re not going to eat it now…”

“Oh nonsense! You’re allowed to eat a lot today!”

“You should have worn your FAT PANTS to gorge yourself like the rest of us…”

OH, how this list could fill a book, right? Such comments add enough stress to non-surgery individuals who carefully watch their weight, let alone those who have had the Bariatric surgery and have to be careful what they eat, how much they eat, and how often they eat. So you are NOT ALONE in feeling some anxiety about being around all of the special food at gatherings this season.

I’d like to offer some suggestions that have worked for me and others during this most stressful time when Holidays equates to special foods and the pressure to partake in them is way too much out of hand at times.

1. Prepare you mind for the event: Reflect on past Holiday experiences and evaluate what lies ahead this year for you. Have it in your mind what you will say and do when those food-pushers taunt you or down-right threaten you to eat during the “special occasion.

2. Anticipate the food: Reflect on past Holiday foods that are always provided to you within your social circle. Predetermine what you WILL eat and what you WON’T eat. Making a decision ahead of time will curb your gut-reaction to “cave in” to the urgings by others to eat what you shouldn’t eat.

3. Never try anything new at the party: Not knowing how you will react to the food carries the high risk of making you ill and calling for you quick retreat to the bathroom or feeling sick for an hour or so. This will draw attention to you, which is something you don’t’ want. The host and guest will feel badly for you, so don’t put them or you in such a situation. Only eat things that you are absolutely certain that you can tolerate.

4. Take baby-bites of the “special” foods: Literally, take a baby-bite if you absolutely must partake of foods strictly for the social expectations. If it’s too much for a baby’s mouth, then you’re putting too much on the spoon or fork.

5. No-Guilt in Tossing it: In a social event where you don’t’ want attention drawn to how little you are eating, take a small plate with small portions of food, then take small bites of each item, then TOSS the rest away when no one is looking. This gives the appearance that you’re “normal” and all will assume you have gotten your fill. This spares hurting the feelings of Great Aunt Gerdie who truly does cry if you refuse her special 60%-sugar/90%-fat/carb-loaded/stroke-on-a-plate pie. Tossing out the unwanted uneaten portions is just a “different” way of consuming… so don’t’ feel guilty about it. All that matters is that Great Aunt Gerdie delights in seeing her pie disappearing.

6. Eat healthy before you go and bring your own essentials: Never go to a Holiday party hungry… NEVER! This is self-sabotage in the worst way! Enough said? Take along your own treats and drinks that are RNY-Friendly to you. Don’t request an extra effort on your host. You know what you need, so take it with you. While they are eating pies and cakes, you can have the sugar-free fudge sickles you brought along or those sugar-free pudding cups. And if they are serving only sodas or alcohol and you cant’ do them, bring your own herbal teas or no-sugar-added hot chocolate packets. This will make you, the host, and the guests feel comfortable and nobody will feel that you are “suffering” as they eat your NO-NO’s.

7. Talk more than you eat: The Holidays should be about PEOPLE, not food. So be social. Focus on the people; laugh with them, tell stories, listen to their tall tales, play games, etc. If you do these things, you’ll be amazed at how well the gathering will go for you simply because you didn’t focus on food. And when the food-pushers come along, just glance by them off into the distance and make your exit because you “want to talk to so-n-so or your cell phone is vibrating and you’ve got to excuse yourself for the call…. Perfectly acceptable to have a pre-planned “way out” when you need one.

8. Change the food-subject: Others may want to cry boo-hoo with you if you keep telling them of all the foods you’re missing out on this year. Don’t do that! Rather than mourn the loss of your favorite Holiday treats, brag on the fact that you’re feeling so much healthier, your clothes are getting baggier, and you’re dreaming again of all the great things that are in store for you now that you are slimming down. Don’t’ allow anyone to pity you for not eating like you used to eat.

9. Wear a “knock-out” outfit: WOW them all this Holiday season by wearing a special outfit that you feel very proud to be seen in. The food isn’t special to you anymore… you’ve swapped that for the special outfits you can now wear! Let people whisper to each other how great you look rather than how little you are eating. The stress of not eating so much will be far away to you when you feel good about yourself and look good too.

10. Make your visit brief: if you are getting too much pressure from others or are experiencing too many anxieties, let leave the gathering earlier than you originally planned. Maybe you’re tired, the roads are getting bad, you realized you need to do something… remember that “pre-planned” escape should be there for you if you need it.

I can attest that these are tactics that I’ve used and STILL use in social gatherings when it is expected to eat special foods during special times. Granted, I am three years post-op, so my anxieties are not as high as they once were… but they certainly threatened my Holiday happiness not too long ago!

Remember this most of all…. The more prepared you are ahead of time, the less you’ll feel nervous about those awful Holiday Eating Anxieties. Now go have fun!

Create an Experience for Your Customers

Just as the title says, when you are in business, you need to create an experience for your customers. Whatever it may be, you’ll want your customers to remember how they felt, when they left your business. Most importantly, you want it to be a great feeling. Just recently, my five-year- old son, Brandon had a wonderful experience, that I would like to share with all of you.

We were referred to (by our local dentist) a pediatric dentist. Our first step in the process was a consultation. When we arrived at the dentist, Brandon’s name was on a board, that said “Welcome Brandon”.  Immediately, we were greeted by the receptionist, and given the necessary paper work to fill out, being a new patient. The receptionist, went through each form very thoroughly and professionally.

Just as we finished our paperwork, Simone (an employee of the facility), walked in and greeted my husband and me. She explained a few things and we were off for a tour of the facility. She made Brandon feel as though he was “King of the Castle”, so to say. The tour, was really for Brandon. She started the tour in the waiting room, showing Brandon the games he could play while he waited for the dentist. Brandon, listened intently, even though he had already familiarized himself with the games prior to greeting Simone.

One thing I also noticed, was how clean, neat and age appropriate this building was for the patients they had. Near the end of the tour, Simone walked us to the consultation room and gave us a little more information about what would happen next. After a short review, she summoned Dr. Meredith, our new dentist. Dr. Meredith, greeted us with a handshake and a smile. She was bubbly and very upbeat. Simone, you certainly would like to be around.

Dr. Meredith brought us to her work area to count Brandon’s teeth and examine what needed to be done. It wasn’t difficult to get him in the dentist chair because of the movie playing above him on the television.  After the examine, Simone took Brandon to get a “toy” from the box. Dr. Meredith took this time to tell us her plan of action, and what needed to be done to Brandon’s teeth. When he returned, he had a balloon, a wristband and a big smile. Dr. Meredith then explained to Brandon what would be done the next time he came. She explained it so that a five year old would understand.

We watched some educational 30 second videos about the procedure that Brandon was going to have done. Someone went though our packet of information, as well as Brandon’s packet. We learned so much in this little amount of time, and were grateful for the information.

Finally, we had our financial consultation. We were given very detailed information about what everything would cost. By the way, wow, a big eye opener. But, we were given payment options, and the most important thing is that we knew ahead of time, so we could prepare.

When we got into the car, Brandon said “Wow, I’m going to tell everyone about this Dentist!” That’s exactly what you want your customers to say to. Studies have shown that 80% of people will buy from businesses that are referred to them by their friends and family.

If you have a business, think about the experiences you leave your customers. Are they walking out of your business with the excitement that Brandon had? Did you treat them like they were a king or queen? Did you leave them with information that they didn’t know before – did you educate them?  Did you prepare them financially? Were you upfront with your customer? Is your business setting clean and neat, and age appropriate for your customers? Were you professional?

Brandon will always remember how he felt when he left this business. In fact, he’s still talking about it today. In business, make sure you leave your customers with a lasting memory…a good (hopefully great) experience. One that will bring your customer back time and time again.