A teenager with a computer in Mumbai, India has access to roughly the same information and education as a teenager with a computer in New York City, Paris, Tokyo or Topeka, Kansas. There is an abundance of free information in the world. Wouldn’t it be great, if we could harness information to make us healthier, speed up our own healing process, as well as build better relationships and mental health?
If you take a moment to look around at your world perhaps you will see politicians squabbling about health-care reform. You may also see the iron grip insurance companies have on the flow of funds out to finance your health-care and healing process. From my view they are black holes where any funds that slip over the event horizon, are never heard from again.
Medication and hospital costs are soaring, nearly at the speed of light, towards the very edge of the known universe and doctors burdened by astronomical educational debts don’t have time to answer your questions or in some cases even enough time to treat you like the unique individual that you are.
Further pressure on an already difficult situation comes from people with chronic pain and chronic diseases, like the 35 million individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia or the 285 million worldwide with diabetes and blood sugar out of balance.
These are only some of the reasons why we need to find ways to harness the renewable resource available to us — the easily-shared Information Medicine.
So, what is Information Medicine or as some are calling it, “Using the Mind to Heal the Brain” or Mind-Body Medicine?
There are four components to the use of Information Medicine, but before I share those, let me tell a story about a client.
Jan, in her late 70’s having survived brain surgery for a tumor, struggled with Alzheimer’s dementia. One day after I had been treating her for several months, she came into my office saying, “My daughter has been running me all over the place. We went to Whole Foods and Half Foods…..” Then she laughed at her own joke.
She was manipulating information, words and expressing her personality, her sense of humor. She was recovering her brain health and the ability to communicate her unique perspective on life, what was funny, what was touching, what made her feel better.
I laughed with her, observing the miracle of healing.
It is well know that if you want to avoid Alzheimer’s disease, you should do crossword puzzles, learn a new language, sing in a choir and use your brain in new ways. In this context all of these things are the therapeutic use of information or Information Medicine.
Next we will look at the four components of Information Medicine
1. The kind of information are you surrounding yourself with;
2. The health of your sensory system (eyes, ears, sense of touch, etc);
3. The meaning you are assigning to the information and sensations; and finally
4. Your mind, your body, your unique response to your surroundings.
About the Author
Kimberly Burnham, PhD, The Nerve Whisperer, recovered her vision despite an ophthalmologist’s curse when she was 28 and working as a professional photographer. He said, “You have keratoconus, which is genetic so there is nothing you can do about it. ” With complementary and alternative medicine, Kim assigned a new meaning and today at 55 she has better vision than when she was 28 or 40 for that matter. Kim helps people improve their eyesight, gain new insights and create a more beautiful vision of their life. She has just started a yearlong blog series, That Intersection Point, to help you improve your vision.