It doesn't matter what culture you are from, dis-ease is the result of an imbalance. Too much or too little. For example, too much cholesterol or too little cholesterol may cause health problems. Health is balance of mind, body and spirit.

Illness, or dis-ease, offers us an opportunity to look within and heal ourselves on a more profound level. When we look within, we can assess more appropriately our role in the dis-ease process. With this knowledge we can guide ourselves to better health.


Pain, as defined by the American Heritage dictionary, is an unpleasant sensation, occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury, disease, or emotional disorder.

The origin and nature of pain is complex. There are physical and psychological components. In order to treat pain, it is helpful to the practitioner to be able to learn from the patient where the origin of the pain is.

For example, muscular pain is often very deep, achy, and diffuse. Nerve pain is sharp, stab-like and can be either local or extend along the nerve path. Vascular pain usually is a throbbing pain.

Pain can also be radiated to other parts of the body. For example, before or during a heart attack, pain can radiate from the heart region to the left shoulder and down the left arm, and sometimes up to the jaw. If there is kidney dysfunction, pain will often radiate to the lower back.

Physical pain is often due to structures that have been compressed, stretched, or irritated. Inflammation is a major component in the cause of pain.

Psychological pain often arises from a disconnection from self, a separateness


  • Medical Model
  • A "quick fix"
  • Symptomatic relief
  • "Victim" role


  • Alternative Health
  • Usually a gradual process
  • Corrective and wellness care with long-term benefits
  • Responsibility for own wellness -- which lies within

Chronic vs. Acute Pain

A chronic condition often takes many months to years to develop. The longer the condition, the greater the severity, the longer it will take to resolve.

An acute condition usually results from an injury or trauma. Acute pain usually is of short duration, and depends on the extent (mild, moderate, severe) of the trauma.

With profound healing comes a deep sense of responsibility, complete honesty, and a commitment to change.

To be a healthier individual who is balanced in mind and body requires a great deal of dedication, and sense of commitment to changing those patterns and life-styles that no longer support who you are.

Einstein, a brilliant and wise man once said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."