There are thousands of books by doctors, nutritionists, PhDs, nurses, scientists, and other health professionals. The Mending Map is different because it comes from the heart of patient who has walked the walk. Chocked full of ideas from her personal archives on her roads back to recovery from life-altering illnesses and injuries, Margery Phelps tells us in simple language that “We are more than we think we are, and our minds and spirits are our most valuable assets when it comes to healing.”
When we are sick or injured, our healing MUST COME FROM WITHIN:
and what we feed it...
and what we think...
and what we believe.
What is health? When I was on a lecture circuit after the publication of my first health book, one of my colleagues in the nutrition and health field opened his talks with that question. Then he would proceed to tell a graphic but amusing story:
Three elderly men were sitting on the porch of the retirement home, sharing tales on the challenges of age. The first, and youngest, said, “What I wouldn’t give for a good, satisfying stream. My poor ole bladder just dribbles.”
The second gentlemen chastised him. “You think that’s bad. Well, I haven’t had a good b.m. in so long I can’t remember what it feels like to not have my bowels hurt.”
Then the third, and senior of the group, spoke up. “You punks just make me sick. Every morning at eight o’clock I have a good healthy stream. Then at ten o’clock sharp I have a good healthy bowel movement.”
He paused…. “Now, if I could just get out of bed before noon….”
Of course, the audience would roar with laughter, and the lecture would be well launched. I think there are two definitions of health:
1. Health is subjective and personal. It’s how you feel compared to how you want to feel. For the life-long diabetic, a day with stable blood sugar could be day of good health. The c
Cancer patient son chemo might say that they he/she feelspretty darn good the day after the vomiting stops. The burn patient could relish the day he doesn’t have a painful debridement, and the child with the broken arm feels great the day the cast is removed.
2. Health is defined by medical tests, measuring your results against a standard. A doctor would say that the diabetic is still diabetic, even during a day of normal blood sugar; the patient on chemo still has cancer, even if they feel on top of the world; burn victims have a variety of health challenges to overcome; and the child with the healed broken arm may still have calcium absorption problems.
How do you define your health? If you prefer the second definition, put this book down and read no further. I am not a health professional and therefore cannot and will not make any diagnoses or prescribe any treatments. There are thousands of advice books by doctors, PhDs, nurses, and nutritionists.
If you like the first definition, this book is for you. It is gleaned from years of personal experiences and research and what I have learned as a layperson and healthcare consumer. I’m not a health professional—I’m a journalist—but it seems to me that many people do not understand healing. When the body is injured or ill, the patient must be responsible for healing because HEALING MUST COME FROM WITHIN:
· from the body and what we feed it;
· from the mind and what we think;
· from the soul and what we believe.
All three steps are vital—like a three-legged stool—without all three true healing cannot occur. I’ve had a number of serious health challenges in my many years of life, and I’ve been told on more than one occasion that my affliction was permanent, that I’d never recover. Well, I not only recovered, I regained my health, and this book has the formulas that worked for me.
A few years back I ghost wrote a book for Robert A. Nash, M.D. entitled Common Sense Medicine - a medical doctor’s prescription for health care. Scattered throughout the book were Doctor Bob’s “Common Sense Prescriptions.” Since I am not a health professional, you might say that the book you are holding is the lay-person’s Guidepost to health. So, let’s get started!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION 1: THE BODY
Chapter 1 – Find A Guide
Chapter 2 – Ready, Set, Go
Chapter 3 – Do No Harm
Chapter 4 – Nutrition – you are what you eat
Chapter 5 – It’s sleepy time
Chapter 6 – Herbs and Supplements
Chapter 7 – Don’t fear Alternatives
Chapter 8 – Physical Therapy
Chapter 9 – Playing it Safe
SECTION 2: THE MIND & EMOTIONS
Chapter 10 – Think Positive
Chapter 11 – Don’t Despair - plateaus & setbacks
Chapter 12 – Let go of stress & pain
Chapter 13 – Affirmation, Meditation, Visualization
Chapter 14 – Don’t play the Blame Game
Chapter 15 – Keep a Sense of Humor
Chapter 16 – PTSD, EP and EFT —let’s get un-stuck
SECTION 3: THE SOUL
Chapter 17 – Stay in touch with your Higher Power
Chapter 18 – Follow your Intuition
Chapter 19 – Find a Hero
Chapter 20 – Believe you will be well
A. Foods can Harm, Foods can Heal
B. Drug, Herb, and Supplement Interactions
C. Plant Chemicals that protect us
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO THE READER
This book is for the general knowledge and informational use of the reader only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. No guarantees or assurances are made to anyone with regard to any suggestions in this book.
The author and publisher assume no responsibility for errors or omissions nor any liability for damages resulting from the use of information provided
This book contains opinions and ideas of the author and is sold with the understanding that the publisher and author are not engaged in rendering any type of professional health or nutritional services or advice.
Should the reader require advice or personal treatments related to the subject matter of this publication, they are encouraged to seek the advice of a competent and licensed medical professional.