I apologize to readers. In my haste to answer the question: “Please share in more detail what you did in your “interactive healing miracle”, I did not give attention to one of the most critical elements of this victory–lymphatics. Most people are aware that they have “lymph nodes” and that it’s frightening for doctors to talk about cancer cells being found in them. Frankly, that’s about the extent of awareness.
I do give attention to our amazing under appreciated “lymphatic system” in my book, Slam the Door on Cancer, but I want to march this topic out into the sunlight for its own “awareness campaign”. We have so many colored “awareness of disease” ribbons which somehow irritate me because I don’t like making any disease a “celebrity” in any sense. Instead, let’s give something that really deserves awareness and CAN help us NOW individually more than a ribbon. Let’s give it respect and USE it wisely which costs nothing and tremendously impacts our health. Let’s drain our stagnant swamps within.
What is the lymphatic system? It is a network of vessels and nodes (basically filtering stations) that cover our entire body more or less parallel to our blood vessel system. They have valves similar to veins to guard against “back wash”. The fluid in lymph vessels is not “pumped” by a “beating heart” as blood vessels are.
Instead they depend on muscle contraction and deep breathing to move fluid along. The deep breathing, especially compresses
abdominal organs and the space around them to help fluid not become stagnant. There are two zones to the lymphatic system. One includes head, right arm and shoulder and part of thorax (chest). The other includes the rest of the body. Both have tiny capillaries picking up wastes and debris at the cellular level then carrying it via gradually enlarging vessels (and passing through filtering and/or “treatment nodes” then finally “dumping” that filtered fluid into the blood vein just under the left collar bone.
How does this important system work? The process goes on 24/7 but can be sluggish if not supported by light exercise and deep breathing. The sedentary lifestyle and habitual shallow breathing that goes with it undermines the critical function of this system. Chronic inflammation, the root of nearly every disease, usually results. The heart will keep the circulatory system “chugging along” up to a point. The lymphatic system depends on you and me to live in such a way that this waste fluid has no opportunity to stagnate. We cannot afford to take it for granted.
In all my research I came to realize that the more deliberate a person is in cooperating with the amazing “clean out system” we call our “lymphatics”, the less likely that person is to have inflammation get a foothold and disease get a stronghold. Personally, I pursued proper breathing mechanisms integrated with light but comprehensive exercise (whole body involvement).
Two of our best lymphatic strategies are demonstrated well. I again share a Youtube videoby a physical therapist, Tom Ockler, at https://youtu.be/RJkg9fARLQU (this links to the first of three in a series) as well as my own exercise video at https://youtu.be/lIWoEaiHEV8 . I also offer a DVD of these exercises (loosely adapted from Tai Chi) on www.slamthedooroncancer.com. Some people like the DVD because they can use it with their TV instead of computer and, on it, I repeat the movements several times. I sell it at my cost.
Frankly, it is easy to learn the movements by memory (from either youtube or DVD) and do all or part of them whenever you have the opportunity throughout the day. The routine takes very little space and you can pick the ones you are more comfortable with. It is very helpful to do them upon arising because our bodies do tend to need a “jump start” after a night of stillness.
Regarding deep breathing, here are the basic steps (as Dr. Andrew Weil teaches them). This exercise has been used for 1000’s of years in ancient and modern medicine. Remember, cancer is anaerobic but normal cells MUST have oxygen:
- You just sit quietly
- Put the tip of your tongue at the back of your upper two front teeth
- Breathe in through your nose to a count of 4
- Hold the breath to a count of 7
- Breathe out with a soft “whoosh” through your mouth keeping your tongue at the back of your two upper front teeth.
Apparently the tongue on the teeth completes an electrical circuit which is extremely helpful because we live in a “body electric” as well as a biochemical body.
Many wonder what they CAN do to enhance their internal environment so that diseases like cancer cannot gain access. Living with respect to our and awareness of our “secret soldier”–our amazing lymphatic system is THE first step. I encourage you to work with it! Obviously, staying well hydrated is essential for the lymphatic system to be able to do its job sufficiently.