The human body is marvelously designed with checks and balances to keep it running smoothly. The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), a part of the central nervous system, is important in this process because it controls the Vital Signs: core temperature (too hot, too cold), blood pressure (too high, too low), pulse- heart rate and respiration (too fast, too slow), are totally automatic and involving no conscious action on our part. Pupil dilation can be included in this list. The awareness of vital sign malfunction could save your life or that of a loved one.
We too often associate negative vital signs only with a crisis situation such as an auto accident or sport injury. But Vital Signs can be just as compromised by an accumulation of medications in the system. It may take only a few days or even minutes if the drugs are the newer and more powerful versions being prescribed today. Then again, as the cells accumulate the drugs to "critical mass", it may take months or years before it manifests as symptoms of unwellness. Emotional or dental trauma can have the same effect which more often than not may go unrecognized, by even a medical doctor.
John, for example, was a generally healthy 91-year-old man who woke up one morning with swollen ankles. His doctor prescribed a drug to force the kidneys to eliminate the excess fluids, which caused an immediate toxic reaction in that part of his nervous system which regulates the autonomic responses – breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and temperature. A separate medication for each of the four symptoms was prescribed because the edema was not recognized as the result of a single problem. John's daughter, a medical doctor herself with awareness of this autonomic system response, helped her father through the crisis with a natural alternative.
John's physician daughter chose what is known as "vibrational medicine" in the form of water programmed with the frequencies of hundreds of herbs and other "naturals". An additional perk, the water formulas were taste-free, non-allergenic and easy to take. Best of all, this new energy medicine was fully compatible with all the allopathic pharmaceuticals.
She could have used herbs: valerian root to calm the nervous system for easier breathing, capsicum and hawthorn berry for heart function, garlic to regulate blood pressure, white willow bark to help with temperature fluctuations, charcoal to combat the toxic effects of drugs at low levels. But capsules or pills in an emergency situation often cannot be swallowed much less digested in time to be helpful.
However, the biggest problem might be in finding a doctor who would allow the use of a natural remedy.
Once a patient is stabilized, a physician at the request of a family, might be open to an alternative. Herbs and homeopathics should definitely be considered as harm-free and time-proven substitutes for multiple medications. And the new energy medicine are now available which can specifically target multiple toxins.
Body Talk – Are You Listening?
Nervous System Repair
The Autonomic Nervous System is one of three parts of a complex communication system which also includes the Central Nervous System (brain-body connection) and Peripheral System (the extremities). Because the nerves are of denser tissue it takes longer for the cells to regenerate than softer tissue such as the skin, liver, or glands. The nervous system is one of the last to repair because of its density.
Although Vital Signs are indicators of a healthy body they are also warning signs of an ebbing life force. Our best protection is to be aware of the body's distress signals with the understanding that medications may be helpful in the short run but never in the long haul because they mitigate or mask symptoms. There is definitely new hope in the field of complementary and alternative medicine that should be explored before a life-threatening experience is upon us. Vibrational or energy medicine is very effective at all the levels of health from it's use as preventive medicine to it's efficacy in such emergencies as Vital Sign Distress.
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The body is always putting out signals to let us know when trouble is brewing-it was so designed. You know them well: low energy, digestive upsets, colon problems, cloudy urine, headaches and raspy voices. Ignore them and they may go away only to appear again and again, now chronic and much more difficult to resolve. The most important signals we receive are those of heart beat / pulse, respiration, temperature and blood pressure-all ANS responses.
– The most frightening and immediately obvious alert involves the heart: arrhythmias, tight bands around the chest or the obvious heart pain, which may go unrecognized as the effect of Vital Sign complications. Heart medications are given to improve the pumping action or beta-blockers for "flutter". Unfortunately the heart can also be a silent killer with no symptoms at all.
Danger signal # 1: HEART
– A subtle shortness of breath may be overlooked entirely or attributed to asthma, allergies or aging. With the lungs at the center of the respiratory system providing oxygen and clearing carbon monoxide, interruption is a medical emergency which can cause heart failure, brain damage and even death. Antibiotics are used for bronchial or lung infections or a bronco-dilator, often steroidal, if asthma is diagnosed.
Danger signal # 2: RESPIRATION
– A fluctuation in temperature is hard to overlook when it hits as a fever or chills but often goes unrecognized in those who are habitually too warm or always chilled. This may indicate an ANS challenge of infection (meningitis) or poisoning. Abnormal temperatures may also be caused by shock (electric or emotional) or simple dehydration.
Danger signal # 3: CORE TEMPERATURE
– High blood pressure or the more serious hypertension can be hereditary or caused by kidney disease, aging, high sodium chloride (table salt) intake. Overweight forces the circulatory system to work harder to keep the blood moving. According to medical authorities, hypertension , cannot be cured, only controlled by diuretics used to reduce blood volume by expelling body fluids. Both high and low blood pressure warn us that the Autonomic Nervous System is in trouble and not able to do its job of monitoring Vital Signs. The treatment of choice, medication to treat the primary symptoms, is used in order to save the patient's life.
Danger signal # 4: BLOOD PRESSURE
The problem with this system is two fold: the primary cause of depressed Vital Signs goes unrecognized as ANS failure and therefore symptoms are treated as separate conditions and with multiple medications . We need to be aware that each drug has its own set of side effects further challenging the body with even more toxicity. And of course more medications will then be needed for the toxic side effects.
The solution is obvious – educate yourself to recognize the symptoms of Vital Sign Distress: feeling unwell, dizzy, faint or weak, breathing difficulties, fever or chills, chest pains, irregular heart beat, unusual drowsiness or exhaustion.