Don't Fight the Healing Process
By Jimmy Scott, Ph.D.
As published in Health Freedom News, November 1985
In the course of
following a nutritional program for allergies or other problems, many people
experience uncomfortable symptoms. This is known as a healing reaction.
most common symptom my clients report is a temporary reduction in energy. They
may find themselves sleeping longer, perhaps as much as 12 hours a night. Some
people also report aches and pains in various parts of the body, digestive
system disturbances such as gas, constipation, or diarrhea, or other
symptoms occur because the body is ridding itself of the substances that have been
making it toxic — not only the materials that have accumulated in the colon,
but also the antibodies and other substances that have built up in the
individual cells, interfering with their normal functioning.
substances are ejected out of the tissues, they are dumped into the system,
making the body temporarily more toxic until they can be excreted. This is
partly what produces the symptoms of the healing reaction.
This effect is accentuated by the body's process of tearing apart
defective tissue, repairing damaged cells, destroying parasites or infective
agents, and otherwise producing debris from the re-construction.
find that the more severe the individual's condition (the more toxic his or her
body is), the stronger will be the healing reaction. Because the healing
reaction is caused by the flushing of toxins Out of the cells, the strength of
the reaction also depends on how carefully the individual is following the
recommended nutritional program. The more correctly the program is followed,
the stronger will be the healing reaction.
Why Old Symptoms Come Back
in the course of the healing process old symptoms temporarily reappear. Why
should people have to go back through these old problems in the course of
I believe that the specific symptoms that a person experiences
at any given time depend on the balance among the various biochemical
substances in the body. For example, when a person is perfectly healthy there
is a certain ratio between Substance A and Substance B in the tissues.
this ratio gets out of balance to a certain degree, the person may feel
fatigue; when the imbalance is greater, a headache may occur; when it is
greater still, the person may develop insomnia, and so on.
reason people must re-experience symptoms as they get healthier is that in
order to progress from, say, a 100:1 imbalance to a 1:1 balance, they have to
go back through 99:1, 98:1, and so forth, and as they go through each phase
they experience the symptoms associated with that particular level of
John Eck has pursued a similar line of thought in his research on mineral
nutrients. Using hair analysis Eck has suggested the optimal levels for some of
the principal minerals in the body.
On the basis of the ratios among these
minerals, Eck is able to estimate how efficiently the thyroid and adrenal
glands are functioning, and hence to predict an individual's metabolic energy
course in actuality a person's symptoms would not depend on the ratio between
just two substances, but among hundreds of different things. If a person gets
stuck at some level he will get stuck in the symptoms for that level. This
helps to explain the basis of the chronic illnesses from which so many people
like to picture the healing process as going up a flight of stairs. At the top
of the stairs, the energy is balanced, all the nutrients are present in their
proper ratios, and the body is functioning properly.
When someone's health
begins to deteriorate, he moves down the stairs, and at each step along the way
he experiences a specific kind of symptom —perhaps less energy at one step,
headaches a little further down, an ulcer still further, and so on.
As the body
begins to heal itself once again, the person begins to move back up the stairs,
and re-experiences the symptoms associated with these various levels of health.
experience of one of my clients illustrates how difficult the healing process
can be. When Mona first came to my office, she hobbled along on a cane, moving
with difficulty and in constant pain. Her arthritis had developed rapidly, and
she looked ten years older than she was.
In spite of the hopeless prognosis she
had received from numerous health professionals, Mona was a fighter and was
determined to overcome her affliction. Her high motivation helped her to follow
closely the program we worked out for her. Now, only a year later, Mona is
almost over her arthritis. She threw away her cane months ago.
transformation was not an easy process, however. In the course of healing her
body, Mona experienced a lengthy series of symptoms, which most people, unaware
of the healing process, would have interpreted as getting sicker. Mona had very
low energy for a long time.
At times she had severely swollen ankles, feet, and
legs. She hobbled even more, for a while, than originally! She had an
assortment of aches and pains which would drive most people to their physician
for pain killers and tranquilizers.
She had been warned, however, that she
would re-experience many symptoms from years before, and soon she discovered
that as these symptoms abated the affected body part became as good as new.
Drugs that Block Pain may also Block Healing
such healing reactions can be very distressing for many people, because we are
taught in our society that symptoms are somehow bad. Although it is tempting to
take pain killers, antihistamines, or other drugs when uncomfortable symptoms
occur in the course of healing, it is very important to follow the prescribed
program correctly and to do nothing to
interfere with the healing process.
If in the past an individual went
through a period of pain, as he heals he may go back through a period of pain.
Taking pain killers or other drugs at this point to relieve the symptoms actually
prolongs the discomfort.
see, aspirin and antihistamines work by blocking the prostaglandins — chemical
substances found throughout the body which regulate many bodily functions and
metabolic processes. Generally the prostaglandins work in opposing pairs. One,
for example, may produce inflammation and swelling in response to a specific
stimulus, while another undoes these reactions.
When a person takes aspirin or
an antihistamine to stop an uncomfortable reaction, he may not experience the pain or inflammation, but he also does not
get the healing process that undoes the reason for the pain and inflammation.
He has achieved a stalemate rather than a cure.
of my clients, Alice, has had many years' history of pain, and is now going
through a lot of healing reactions, including "spasms" in her digestive system.
Although I have explained to Alice that she must go back through her painful symptoms in
order to be cured, she insists that something must be wrong.
When she has pain,
she stops taking her supplements and uses medication to reduce her spasm. It is
a real dilemma for her because she really is in pain and she believes that it
is not good to experience pain.
Unfortunately, by blocking the pain with an
inappropriate medication she is keeping herself from getting healed. And so she
is going back and forth, keeping herself at precisely the level where she is
bound to have the pain
Some Natural Ways to Ease Healing Reactions
healing reactions are very troublesome, we can usually do something to help.
Some herbal remedies relieve symptoms without interfering with the healing
For example, white willow bark
contains a different chemical form of salicylic acid than aspirin, so that it
blocks only the inflammation chain of the prostaglandins and not the healing
chain. This illustrates why natural substances are preferable to synthetic
drugs in the long run.
dosage of certain supplements can also be adjusted to slow down the rate at
which the healing process takes place. When my clients have uncomfortably
strong healing reactions, I cut down on
the dosage of some of their tissue extracts.
This slows down the healing
process. The uncomfortable symptoms are less intense, but the healing
process is also more prolonged. As the person's body becomes detoxified, we can
once again increase the tissue extract dosage until it is being taken at
have also found that certain energy techniques, related to the methods of
Applied Kinesiology, can help to balance the body's energy quickly, so that the
individual can go through the healing process with a minimum of discomfort.
These energy techniques are part of a system I have developed called Symbiotic
Energy Transformation™ (SET), which I am teaching in workshops to my fellow
a person is experiencing a healing reaction, he may be worried that he is
getting worse, rather than getting better. By observing the timing and sequence
of the symptoms, and by using energy testing techniques, I am able to determine
what is going on.
If the person is undergoing a healing reaction, he should be
reassured with the explanation that the uncomfortable symptoms are a sign that
he is moving up to a higher level of health. The skillful
practitioner will be able to determine that healing is taking place rather than
some "disease process.