Alcoholism

Alcoholism Causes

 

Addictions aren't caused by the substances to which we're addicted. They're caused by unpleasant thoughts and feelings that our addictive and compulsive behaviours allow us to avoid. Alcoholism is no different: it is not the drug of alcohol that we're addicted to, it's a specific set of conflicts and problems that we're trying to get away from.

Alcoholics have two serious unresolved conflicts that together create the alcoholic addiction. Therefore, alcoholism is really a syndrome.

Two unresolved conflicts of alcoholism syndrome:

1. the liquid conflict - "all flow is my enemy!" which results when we have a conflict-shock experience relating to water or other liquid. The most common example is near-drowning, but this conflict also arises, for example, if a fisherman's boat is damaged and his livelihood is threatened, or if a fuel truck driver's vehicle is in an accident and the liquid leaks out everywhere. Liquid conflicts can also be metaphorical - such as conflicts of "liquidity" and cash "flow." However, there really does have to be some tendency toward this type of conflict based on literal liquid or water conflicts earlier in life. This conflict affects the kidney parenchyma, and in healing phase produces a nephroblastoma, formerly called "Wilm's tumour."

2. the existence conflict - "I am all alone in the desert!" which is also a water conflict, but one in which we hold on to every spare drop of water possible. Our culture, promoting "rugged individualism" as an ideal, does nothing to help us to resolve this conflict, so it is extremely common. The existence conflict affects the kidney collecting tubules, making them tighten up so that we retain water. Whenever this conflict is active, all healing-phase symptoms (from other, resolved conflicts) are severely exaggerated.

These two separate conflicts of alcoholism syndrome set up a very difficult system any time we are unfortunate to experience the two together, because the two conflicts exaggerate one another. Exaggerated conflicts are difficult to resolve because we're so caught up in them that we can't think objectively about our situation.

On the one hand, an alcoholic will do whatever she can to surround herself with other people, belongings, collections, in order to try to resolve the sense of loneliness and isolation that comes with the unresolved existence conflict.

On the other hand, in the alcoholic's subconscious effort to resolve the liquid conflict, all "flow" or "liquidity" of any kind is the enemy. Metaphorically speaking, this usually relates immediately to money. Alcoholics literally "piss away" their money. They also tend to divert other kinds of flow such as networking opportunities, opportunities to expand relationships to become helpful to them in building a secure life that would help the alcoholic to overcome her isolation conflict.

The rate of alcoholism is rising around the world particularly in coastal areas because the loss of the extended family and tribal social structure in favour of modern Western individualism both sets people up for the existence conflict and makes them more susceptible to being overwhelmed by and unable to resolve liquid conflicts that they may experience.

Alcoholics only find refuge from these two opposing conflicts by getting themselves into a state of low blood sugar, camaraderie, and forgetfulness. Alas, this addled, drunken state just makes for a whole range of new conflict experiences that we can't deal with properly. So the hangover from both the blood sugar effects and sleep deprivation and the awakening to how much of a jerk we've made of ourselves the night before puts us in an even worse conflict situation. The quick fix solution? Another drink. And so the addiction cycle is set up.

Then, to make the whole matter even worse, alcholics almost always have rather serious financial problems due to both their hoarding, packrat tendencies, and their tendency to spend their money as fast as they can. This repeated cycle of financil problems creates yet another conflict that drinking helps the alcoholic to avoid. The consequence of repeated, small "starvation conflicts" leads to cirrhosis of the liver.

Healing Alcoholism Syndrome

Alcoholics must first resolve the existence conflict. Anyone who has the existence conflict (which is more and more of us these days) really needs to deal with it first and foremost. This will be the most immediate, pressing concern. This is why a rehabilitation facility and then the group and sponsor support of Alcoholics Anonymous is so crucial in the first stages of recovery. We cannot begin to heal when we are lost in the desert and terrified for our very existence.

Once the existence conflict has had a deliberate and reliable resolution, an alcoholic can then gain enough self-awareness to first intervene in the addiction cycle and, second, uncover and resolve the liquidity conflict.

In other words, once an alcoholic finds a sense of being anchored in supported safety, she will have the strength to take charge of her conflicts and find the most appropriate resolution for her.

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Musculoskeletal

Using German New Medicine® to Heal Musculoskeletal Diseases

Musculoskeletal diseases, as diagnosed in conventional medicine, fall into two broad categories:

1. Structural problems
- diseases involving bone and muscle pain, tumours, and tissue deterioration:

  • arthritis, rheumatism and gout
  • disc disorders
  • muscle pain, including lumbago and bursitis
  • osteoporosis
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • scoliosis
  • ossification
  • sciatica
  • bone, muscle, and fat cancers
  • carpal tunnel syndrome

These problems are thought by conventional medicine to be caused by injury and strain on the musculoskeletal system, or by cancer. This is only partially true, and only sometimes. Instead, there are other factors which cause these symptoms.

Like all other diseases, structural musculoskeletal diseases are the brain-mediated bodily response to specific types of life experiences.

2. Motor problems (motor neuron diseases) - diseases involving problems getting muscles to behave properly:

  • multiple sclerosis
  • athetoid (tight) muscles
  • low muscle tone
  • muscle spasms and twitches
  • paralysis
  • polio
  • Bell's palsy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • cerebral palsy
  • epilepsy and grand mal seizures
  • ALS (Lou Gherig's disease)
  • muscular atrophy

The various diseases that affect our ability to use our bodies are generally thought to be caused by either physical trauma or by a deterioration of the nerves so that the brain and the muscles can't communicate with one another. This isn't right. Motor neuron musculoskeletal diseases, like all diseases, are the brain-mediated bodily response to specific types of life experiences.

Our bones and muscles are coordinated by two specific areas of the brain. These two areas of the brain often work very closely together, because life experiences that affect the use of our bodies often have both a structural challenge and a motor challenge.

Therefore, structural musculoskeletal diseases and motor neuron musculoskeletal diseases often occur together, producing a variety of symptoms which can often be diagnosed as a medical or even a genetic syndrome.

The two areas of the brain that are involved in causing and mediating musculoskeletal diseases are:

1. The cerebral medulla, which is the "white matter" inside the large two hemispheres of the brain.

The cerebral medulla controls bone, muscle and fat tissues, and responds according to very specific types of life experiences. The result is a strengthening of the tissues so that the bone, muscles or fat tissue can do its job better next time. The strengthening process is painful, because the tissues are being replenished with mineral-rich fluids, producing swelling beneath the periosteum (bone skin) in the associated area. Most aches and pains in the body are related to this brain-directed process of the body making the musculoskeletal structure stronger.

The severity and type of the conflict experience will determine which fat, muscle, or bone tissue is affected, and will also determine how painful the musculoskeletal disease will be. 

2. The motor cortex, which is located in the central front part of the "grey matter" of the cerebral cortex, the wrinkly outer "bark" of the large two hemispheres of the brain. The motor cortex controls our voluntary and involuntary muscle responses to circumstances in our lives.

Motor cortex conflicts have to do with being trapped. When a mammal is in a situation when they can't run away from a predator, Nature initiates the "play-dead" reflex. This is not a voluntary action, but it is a protective one. Whenever the brain is called upon to deal with a problem of being trapped, the motor cortex will shut down innervation to the appropriate musculature, and our bodies will involuntarily go into the play-dead reflex.

The German New Medicine® has meticulously charted the specific types of life experience that lead to musculoskeletal diseases. With this knowledge, you can look back over your own life experience to find out what event in your life triggered this response in your brain and body. From there, you can often heal your symptoms by making the appropriate life changes to end the conflict that is causing your musculoskeletal disease. 

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Blood Sugar

Keeping the Right Blood Sugar Range

 

German New Medicine®, diabetes, hypoglycemia ...and healing

Your normal blood sugar range varies between 60 and 100 milligrams per cc of blood, rising and falling according to whether you've recently eaten, whether you're doing heavy physical work, and other daily metabolic events.

Blood sugar levels that rise or fall outside of the normal blood sugar range - diabetes and hypoglycemia - are believed by conventional medicine to be caused by mechanical problems of the pancreas, which for some unknown reason fails to produce insulin in the correct amounts, and is believed, therefore, to cause either too much or too little blood sugar to be stored in the liver.

Conventional medicine has also labelled blood sugar problems an "autoimmune disorder," meaning that they are believed to be caused by a serious mechanical flaw that causes the body's immune system to attack itself.

Unfortunately for people who suffer from diabetes and hypoglycemia, this (incorrect) mechanistic view of how the body works leads to treatments that are often ineffective and potentially harmful over the long run. Because of its view that problems with blood sugar range are controllable but not curablee, conventional medical therapy seeks to tamper with sugar and insulin levels, putting even more strain on the body's metabolism as the body tries to overcome the effects of the "therapy."

Conventional medicine approaches abnormal blood sugar range without knowledge of the real reason why sugar levels are pushed above or below the normal range.

However, through German New Medicine®, we know that diabetes and hypoglycemia are caused by the same thing that leads to all diseases: blood sugar range abnormalities are a brain-mediated response to a specific type of life experience that you have had.

Nature does not make mistakes, and the body does not attack itself. Diabetes and hypoglycemia are appropriate biological responses, evolved over millions of years, to help your brain and body respond to life situations.

How (and Why) Your Brain Controls Your Blood Sugar Range

Blood sugar range is controlled by two small areas in the front, central part of the cerebral cortex - the wrinkly outer "bark" of the two large hemispheres of the brain. These two control centres each respond to life experiences requiring fight-or-flight.

Because fight-or-flight is a component of many stressful situations in modern life, it's easy to guess that abnormal blood sugar range is a common metabolic response to many threatening situations. 

Your brain, under certain kinds of environmental threat situations, directs your body to either prepare to resist and fight, or jump up and escape. Your brain does this by raising or lowering your blood sugar, and it raises or lowers your blood sugar level by reducing the "voltage" (innervation) to either the beta-islet cells or the alpha-islet cells of your pancreas, respectively.

Sugar levels above the normal blood sugar range (diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus, Type 1 diabetes) occur because there is some person or situation in your life that you feel you must resist or fight against. The higher levels of sugar provide fuel for the higher metabolic requirements of tense muscles prepared to help you resist or defend yourself. 
 
The sugar centre on the right hemisphere will make blood sugar levels rise by decreasing innervation to the beta islet cells of the pancreas, resulting in a decreased level of insulin output. Insulin takes sugar out of the blood and stores it in the liver.

Athletes take advantage of this phenomenon and the (temporary) advantage to their muscles, by eating their carbohydrate-rich "game meal" at just the right amount of time before their big performance.

People with high blood sugar feel as though they want to just stand their ground. It is a strong, stubborn feeling, as if your body is saying "I refuse to back out of this situation!"

The physical consequences of putting the body into this heightened state of physical readiness include:

  • excessive thirst, a normal part of a heightened stress state, because more water is needed to flush through waste byproducts when our metabolism is running faster;
  • excessive urination, a normal part of a heightened stress state because we drink more water and produce more metabolic waste products when we're under stress.
  • ketoacidosis, producing an acetone smell on the breath. This is a metabolic consequence of muscles' sugar demand not being met.
  • diabetic coma and other severe diabetic symptoms are not a result of blood sugar levels that are too high. They are a result of the demand for sugar being much higher than your body's metabolism can keep up with.

When you resolve your resistance/fight situation, your metabolism will temporarily reverse into low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Sugar levels below the normal blood sugar range (hypoglycemia) occur because there is some person or situation in your life that you feel you must be ready to run away from. It is the "flight" response.

The sugar centre in the left hemisphere of the brain will make blood sugar levels drop by decreasing innervation to the alpha-islet cells of the pancreas, resulting in an increased level of insulin output. Insulin takes sugar out of the blood and stores it in the liver.

People with low blood sugar feel nervous, quivery, even panicky with heart palpitations. It's a sense of not being grounded, like you can't quite connect with your body and you might faint or fly away or jump out of your skin. The fundamental consequence of your body being put into this state is that you are ready, at a moment's notice, to run and escape a situation or a person. The body makes itself "lighter" by (temporarily) not feeding the muscles!

The physical consequences of putting our body into this state of temporary malnutrition include:

  • constant hunger
  • weight loss
  • fainting, dizziness, and confusion, blurring vision, behaviour resembling drunkenness
  • flightiness, or "the jitters"
  • fluttering heartbeat (the heart muscles do not get enough nutrition either!)
  • hypoglycemic seizures and coma are not just a direct consequence of inadequate muscle nutrition; they are the brain's extremely literal method of "escaping" the situation.

When you resolve your flight/escape conflict, your metabolism will temporarily reverse into high blood sugar (diabetes).
Sugar levels that go both above and below the normal blood sugar range (Type 2 diabetes) occur when both the fight and the flight response are called into play because of two or more separate external life situations. Your blood sugar will rise when one situation is activated, and will drop when the other situation is activated.

If you already have an active fight or flight situation in your life that is being responded to by one of the blood sugar centres in your brain, and then you experience another fight or flight situation in your life, the other blood sugar centre will be activated.

Blood sugar levels may also go in both directions if your metabolism is chronically going back and forth between the active conflict situation and the reversed, resolution stage.

Symptoms of diabetes and hypoglycemia that are not caused by the abnormal blood sugar range come about because other parts of the brain will be called upon to deal with the same life situation. In other words, these symptoms can occur without an abnormal blood sugar range: 

  • obesity, abdominal pain, and nausea - territorial anger conflicts that relay to the stomach
  • hepatitis - territorial anger conflicts that relay to the bile ducts of the liver
  • Cushing's syndrome - a collection of symptoms affecting the gonads, heart, musculoskeletal system, and mental health
  • motor and circulatory problems - entrapment conflicts
  • panic attacks - territorial fear and paranoia conflicts
  • asthma - territorial fear and anger conflicts
  • excessive urination and incontinence - boundary marking conflicts
  • glaucoma - territorial anger conflicts

 

Treatments to Help Maintain the Correct Blood Sugar Range

Conventional medicine sees the body as a machine, and nothing more. Without understanding the role of the brain and its evolved response to external life situations, glucose levels outside the normal blood sugar range are seen as failures of the body - flaws in the "machinery" - to pump out the correct amounts of insulin. So the conventional treatment for diabetes and hypoglycemia is to simply either tamper with sugar supply (through nutrition) or tamper with insulin levels (though medication). These "therapies" can't really solve the problem, however, because the brain will continue to adjust your metabolism in order to prepare you to deal with your external life situation.

The role of the German New Medicine® healer is to help you determine the triggering life experiences and put them together with other factors to help you to dismantle the conflicts in your life. When you discover the cause of your sugar levels going out of the normal blood sugar range, you can remove the cause and affect a true cure. 

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Genes & Syndromes

Genetic Syndrome

 

...are we really controlled by our DNA?

 

History is punctuated with science completely embarrassing itself, and the idea of genetic syndromes is a great example of one of these embarrassing historical events in the making.

Science embarrasses itself by breaking its own rule of objectivity and testing: by forming a hypothesis, and then getting so much momentum and personal psychological investment in the hypothesis that the scientists no longer bother to question it. Instead, the most complicated, tortuous, near-magical stories are concocted to "fit the facts." Science - especially medical science - often protects its favourite hypotheses as though they're laws of nature, when in fact they might not be true at all.

This is exactly what has happened with our understanding of the genetic basis of the biological world ...now shown to have been wrong. Somewhere along the way, scientists decided that all the universe is a giant clockwork, basically a really complicated machine. Including the human body. Therefore, all diseases that can't be immediately explained by some kind of injury to the body must be caused by a built-in mechanical flaw of the body. These types of diseases are called "genetic syndromes." (The word "syndrome" means "collection of symptoms of unknown cause.")

Without really testing that belief, the past 300 years of scientific thought have built upon it, and we have come to believe it is an unquestionable truth. There have been many new hypotheses built on top of the original one, and many of them are also provably false ...if medical scientists would care to set about doing the proving! Which they usually don't because there's not much funding available for finding out that modern medicine has been going about things the wrong way for many decades.

The "Machinery" Hypothesis in Medical Research

In the field of biological science, another hypothesis was added to the original machinery hypothesis. Beginning with the work of Mendel (1866), who showed that children inherit physical characteristics from their parents, the double-helix structure of DNA was then proposed (1953), and a few years later (1966) the nucleotide triplets of DNA molecules were discovered. These nucleotide triplets are like letters of the alphabet, and combined in various ways they create what we call genes.

These findings describe the anatomy of some of the contents of the cells that make up our body. But it's a big leap of logic to then assume that the coding inside our cells then "tells" our bodies whether to be sick or not. It's a huge leap of logic - missing a lot of steps in between.

And, as it turns out, it's been an erroneous assumption all along! For this reason, several types of scientific and medical studies have just not gone in the direction that they should have. For example:

  1. Accidental genetic mutations don't seem to be the basis of evolution. In over fifty years of doing evolutionary studies using fruit flies, not once have researchers been able to cause a genetic mutation that gets passed on to subsequent generations in order to create an evolutionary change in the fruit fly species. However, with a significant change of environment, the fruit flies themselves will "evolve" within a single generation, all of them developing the same "genetic syndromes" at once!
  2. Humans are not the slightest bit special, biologically speaking.The human genome project expected that the incredibly complex human form would need at least 100,000 genes in order to carry out all our extremely unique and special functions. Researchers expected to find the keys to unlock all genetic syndromes. When the project was done, the gene count was more like 40,000 ...approximately the same number of genes as a mustard plant.

    So much for solving aging, disease, and all the other sufferings of life by unlocking the secrets of our genetic machinery.

  3. Our genes change when we develop diseases and genetic syndromes, not the other way around. In the mid-1990's, out of the genome project, medical science was overjoyed to discover the "breast cancer gene." Soon doctors began offering preventative mastectomies to any women who had the breast cancer gene. Unfortunately, many women who didn'thave the breast cancer gene then developed breast cancer anyway.

    Based on the sacrifice of all those women who had their breasts removed unnecessarily, medical researchers have learned that our genes change when we develop diseases - so the genes cannot be the cause.

    Another recent discovery is that people with Alzheimer's disease have extra genetic material on the 21st chromosome, so this is now believed to be a genetic syndrome . However, an extra 21st chromosome or extra 21st chromosome material is also believed to be the caused of another genetic syndrome: Down syndrome. So are babies with Down syndrome born with Alzheimer's disease, or do Alzheimer's patients have Down syndrome? And why does the extra genetic material come first in one genetic syndrome and come afterward in the other genetic syndrome?

    Why do children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome symptoms or autism have so many developmental similarities to children with Down syndrome, while people who don't develop these symptoms until adulthood are given completely different diagnoses such as mental illness or Alzheimer's disease?

    What a headache!

  4. Our genes are not necessary to the functioning of our cells. Numerous experiments have shown that genes code cells for their formation, but not for their operation. Simply put, when you remove the genes from a cell, nothing happens. The cell doesn't function according to what its genes tell it, the cell only forms according to the genetic coding of the parent cell. This means that our genes are not the "brain" of our cells, they are the reproductive organs of the cell!

These and many other weird findings of biological science over the past couple decades have proved extremely embarassing to medical science, and have brought us to a dead end on many therapies and hopes and dreams that we once had for curing all diseases, having only perfect people, and so on. But there is so much momentum, such a huge drug and surgery and radiation industry, it's hard to turn around quickly. So we keep talking from the old paradigm.

If genes aren't the cause of disease and genetic syndromes, then what is?

The answer is simple: all diseases - even so-called "genetic syndromes" - are caused by specific types of life experiences.

Syndromes are really just a collection of various disease symptoms. Because the various symptoms each have their own specific cause, the entire genetic syndrome has a specific set of causes. The German New Medicine® teaches us to investigate and dismantle the various symptoms and to solve them one by one. We do not see people as flawed, especially not based on their fundamental construction. Nature does not make mistakes.

But how does that explain people who really do have the symptoms of a genetic syndrome, such as Down syndrome or Alzheimer's disease? What about all the symptoms that go with celiac disease or Guillain-Barre, Klinefelter's or Cushing's?

Imagine that you have a tendency to stub your toe a lot, sometimes get constipated, and that you talk a lot. You also get a twitch in your eye from time to time and you have brown eyes and black hair and your name is Joe.

If you're creative enough to hypothesize a single cause for all these symptoms - let's say your mother was a violinist when she was pregnant with you, so you hypothesize that violin music causes this syndrome - you've got yourself a genuine, official syndrome. If you're in the right place at the right time, you can make a lot of money from being the one to discover and treat people with this Joe's Fetal Violin syndrome (JFVS).

All the people in the world, born to musicians or just music-lovers, who are prone to constipation, toe-stubbing, talkativeness, twitchy eyes, and brown eyes and black hair can be part of the JFVS community and can bond together through discussion forums and fundraisers to build awareness of this disease and the evils of violin music. Then you can sell toe casts and laxatives to them.

This is a silly story, but it's not very far at all from the truth of how genetic syndromes of all types are diagnosed. Researchers observe a collection of symptoms, and give it a syndrome name. We assume that our bodies are created out of our DNA somehow, so we assume that many syndromes are genetic syndromes.

And we'll keep searching for the genetic cause of these syndromes until medical science can catch up with its ownembarassment and find some other way to approach the human mind and body.

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Mental Conditions

A Healer's Guide to the Different Types of Mental Illness

 

Psychiatry today is largely based on findings over the past 60 years and the primary treatment method used for virtually all types of mental illness is symptom-suppressing medication. The four major drugs used in psychiatry were all developed between 1950-1960.

In 1953, Watson and Crick proposed the new double-helix model of DNA, in 1966 genetic coding of DNA was observed, and then computer technology greatly improved brain imaging over the following decades. These events are the primary "breakthroughs" in conventional medical treatment of the different types of mental illnesses.

However, the hopes that genetic decoding, dismantling the brain, and using creative combinations of drugs would reveal the mysteries of the mind have been totally unrealized. There is a fundamental piece of understanding needed to tie it all together, and until that missing link is discovered, treatments for the different types of mental illnesses today aren't much better than they were two generations ago.

Conventional medicine (of which psychiatry is a subcategory) has not discovered that crucial piece of the puzzle.

However, German New Medicine® and its healers have discovered the missing link, and that is the reason for the astonishing success of German New Medicine® healers in treating the different types of mental illnesses.

The reason why conventional medicine can't find the missing link goes back to the beginning of the modern medical industry in the 1700's and 1800's when the fathers of modern science - Newton, Galileo, and Descartes - based their foundational theories on the idea that the world and all of the natural systems of the world are basically just very complicated machinery. Under this view, if something isn't working right, if the machinery isn't doing the job you want it to, there must be an answer somewhere in the machinery.

And this is exactly what conventional medicine - including psychiatry - has been searching for for many decades. When conventional medicine had run down all the roads that the machinery viewpoint could take it: mapping the chemicals and the neurons and the genes and the regions of the brain to see how they light up differently ...conventional medicine was done. It had reached a dead end.

The Missing Information for Helping to Heal Different Types of Mental Illness

The different types of mental illness, like all illness, are not caused by improperly functioning or inferior machinery. As with all other forms of disease, mental illness is an evolved, biologically-appropriate response to a person's life experience.

Because diseases are the brain-mediated response to real life experiences, all diseases are really different types of "mental illnesses." We'll focus unconsciously on our problem night and day until it is resolved. The physical and mental symptoms appear differently only according to the type of life experience that has occurred, whether it has been ongoing or has been solved, and other related factors.

However, in the case of mental illness, the primary physical outcome is not growth of extra tissue somewhere in the body, or a change in the way some body system functions. Instead, mental illnesses involve one or more physical symptoms of extreme hypsersensitivity, psychosis, compulsive behaviour, memory problems, disorientation, or apathy.

1. Extreme hypersensitivity, in one or more of the five senses, leading to an extremely elevated level of sensory awareness, leading to extremely altered perception of reality. This normally results from having the sensory part of both sides of the brain involved at once.

These types of mental illness symptoms include:

  • paranoia
  • cacosmia (paranoia about smells)
  • tinnitis (ringing in the ears)
  • acrophobia (fear of heights)
  • auditory hallucinations
  • tactile defensiveness

2. Psychosis, including dissociation, which means a sense of unreality or a feeling of being part of a radically different reality from normal - or of simply disconnecting from the physical world altogether. This results from being directed by the two hemispheres of the cerebral cortex to deal with life situations that call for opposite reactions.

If this occurs during the first seven years of life (including before birth), it will result in developmental arrest for the entire duration that the pair of conflicts continues. Developmental arrest or even regression will recur each time that pair of conflicts recurs.

Types of mental illness that involve psychosis include:

  • panic disorder/anxiety attacks
  • out-of-body sensations
  • mythodepression (racing thoughts that can't be expressed
  • nymphodepression (men or women - thinking about sex constantly)
  • deep shame
  • catatonia
  • anorexia
  • obsessive thoughts of the afterlife, death, extistentialism

3. Compulsive or uncontrolled behaviour, including addictions, resulting from strong conflicting feelings when the brain responds to two (or more) conflicts by requiring us to undertake conflicting actions.

  • compulsive behaviours such as extreme neatness
  • workaholism
  • rages
  • bulimia
  • suicidal thoughts, desires, or efforts
  • self-mutilation
  • alcoholism
  • other addictions

4. Memory problems and blanking out, which result specifically from separation conflicts. This isn't in itself usually described as one of the types of mental illness, but it plays an important role in several diagnoses of other types of mental illness or mental problems, including multiple personality disorder and Alzheimer's disease.

5. Disorientation, which results specifically from conflict experiences handled by both the left and the right side of pons of the brainstem.

6. Sociopathy or apathy - a feeling of complete absence of emotion. This results specifically from a pair of conflicts handled by certain positions on either side of the cerebellum.

Basically, most of the many types of mental illness result from the brain requiring us to respond to two (or more) experiences with opposite or conflicting responses.

Although any animal can (and does) experience mental illness, the phenomenon is far more prevalent in our own species. The reason has to do with the fact that most diagnosed types of mental illnesses result from brain constellations in the cerebral cortex: the wrinkly outer bark of the brain. This part of the brain is what we use to sense and react to our environment.

In humans, the cerebral cortex is extremely large compared to that of most animals. This is because humans are social beings and the most important part of our immediate environment is other people. So our cerebral cortices are often called upon to deal with conflicts that have to do with our territory and threats that occur in our territory.

In other words, many types of mental illness are the result of relationship problems.

We also experience many types of mental illness because civilized life does not provide many opportunities for appropriate resolution of our cortical conflicts. Many of our conflicts can't legally be handled the way we subconsciously want to handle them - by fighting, for example.

The reason that cerebral cortex conflicts can produce psychosis is that the two hemispheres of the brain respond differently from one another:

Depression
The right side of the cerebral cortex responds to events that are under its "jurisdiction" by becoming contemplative, going within, becoming introverted, and only thinking about the present moment. This is called depression.

Depressive types of mental illness include things like:

  • depression - inability to get motivated, 
  • territorial anger, 
  • feeling too powerful, need to hold back,
  • feeling everyone wants to take what you have,
  • inability to express strong feelings or to connect with others, 
  • feeling insulted/disrespected

Mania
The left half of the cortex of the brain responds to events that are part of its responsibility by taking action, focusing outward, and by rapidly comparing past and future, making quick judgments, and "leaping before you look." This is called mania.

Manic types of mental illness include things like:

  • mania - inability to just compose yourself and allow yourself to think up a logical response,
  • feeling rejected,
  • inability to hide your feelings from others, 
  • jumping from one position to another, feeling like you agree with all sides of the story,
  • feeling like you want what others have 

Nature has evolved many kinds of very complex responses to various kinds of situations, because these responses give us a better chance of survival. What conventional medicine diagnoses as various types of mental illness, the German New Medicine® healer sees as a pattern of life experiences to which the human being is responding.

This compassionate viewpoint is the missing piece of the puzzle to finding the cause (and cure) for all types of mental illness.

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