This page is dedicated to my mother Elizabeth,
who inspired and encouraged me to write it.
As the primary carer for my mother Elizabeth during her last
two years of life, I experienced a different perspective of
I am exceedingly grateful for the support we received from
other residents and staff of Pineview
Retirement Village (http://www.pineviewvillage.com.au), SA Department of Veteran Affairs,
involved Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and home care
agencies and staff, especially ACH (http://www.ach.org.au).
In this article I question the status quo regarding aging and
illness, re-examine quality of life and, using a testimonial of
my mother's healing journey, highlight simple ideas to avert the
often feared health related trauma of aging.
Although I am concentrating on aging here, the following may
also be relevant to other age groups.
Why Illness in Aging?
I think there is a difference between aging and illness
Illness in aging is still illness.
Just because we age, doesn't mean we have to suffer more from
illness than at any other age.
Any illness whether given a medical diagnosis or not, still
subtracts a level of quality of living, no matter at what stage
in life it is experienced. I believe we can age gracefully
The line between aging and illness is however, difficult to
Perhaps collectively, we don't know what aging without illness
would be like. Some may believe that we 'have to die of
something'. This belief seems to invite the acceptance of
illness as a necessary part of aging.
How are we going to find out what aging gracefully is, if we
plan for, are plagued by and fully accept chronic illness as
Quality of Life
A lot has been written about quality of life! It is measured
for research and decision-making.
The majority of people have longevity, thanks to modern
sanitation and medical management of illness. To balance this,
there is need now to value and extend the quality of our
I have found that people vary in how they define quality of
life in aging or declining health: most seem to expect quality
to mean 'remaining comfortable without pain', and having the
ability to enjoy the normal habits one is accustomed to.
This is a palliative option and involves symptom management and
adaptive technology. It definitely has a place. It is the path
taken however, when no other path is understood.
With Body Electronics in particular (other forms of natural
living and therapy help also), people have the option to
rehabilitate their health to previous levels of activity and
involvement in life. However small or large a step in
rehabilitation is taken, is determined by individual
circumstances and choice.
Quality of life to me, is more than physical ability. Quality
of emotional outlook is raised with Body Electronics. Emotional
'tone' becomes higher, producing more optimism and sharing of
activity and enjoyment.
With Body Electronics, people can raise themselves emotionally,
mentally and spiritually as well as physically.. so much so that
if the body still lags behind, it doesn't have to matter so much
- a joyful spirit is infectious!
In March 2010, my mother at the age of 89, was medically
diagnosed with vascular dementia and chronic lymphocytic
leukemia. Knowing that I was offering Body Electronics and as
much support as I could, she decided that she was "going to
From that day onwards, the nutritional program that my mother
was on included the basic Body Electronics food supplements at
saturation level, 1/2cup wheatgrass juice, chlorella and a large
glass of vegetable juice (carrot, celery & beetroot mainly)
daily. Her diet was traditionally fairly healthy for her
generation, and included a salad every day at lunch and a cooked
dinner. I endeavoured to substitute organically produced foods
where possible. Rainwater was used for drinking and cooking.
There were a couple of other so-called "aging problems" she had
including an inherited peripheral neuropathy which rendered her
mobility limited to a wheely-walker, with weakness in her hands
and feet; balancing had been a safety issue for her for some
Glaucoma (left eye) was another bothersome condition my mother
had managed for around ten years with the aid of regular
ophthalmologist checkups and twice daily eye-drops.
During May 2010, she re-developed a painful problem with her
right knee that had troubled her the year before for some time.
It began hurting her severely whenever she tried to stand up,
such that her leg would completely fail to support her. Moving and turning in bed produced the same severe pain, so her sleep was severely affected also.
Physiotherapy helped very well but it still became an ongoing
and excruciatingly painful problem for her. I began to wonder if
I would be able to care for her at home any more. Nursing home
accommodation might have relieved me of my role and inability to
help such a problem, but would not have been any answer to my
mother's pain, nor mobility or quality of life!
A new diuretic tablet for high blood pressure, upset her at one
point and she was hospitalised for a couple of weeks to
stabilize that. This was not without worries of exacerbation of
During all this I managed to give her a nominal level of
supplements (including home-grown wheat-grass juice) each day in
the hospital, gradually increasing them to "nutrient saturation"
again after she was home.
We stuck to the Body Electronics plan as best we could.. but
unfortunately, without the greatly needed support for this, it
was very difficult to complete much in the way of pointholding.
What we did complete though was very worthwhile: during the
month of August, after a couple of sessions on cervical vertebra
1 points, we managed to complete the STO's. These are bilateral
points at the top of the neck area which are the starting points
for regrowing nerve supply to the body.
These took five hours over two sessions of pointholding, two
days apart. In between, we attended a physiotherapy appointment
which was positive but did not show anything by way of major
The pain my mother had experienced seemed to vanish after the
second session, and I became hopeful that this would be
permanent. We attended another physiotherapy appointment a month
later. It was evident to the therapist that my mother's right
quadricept muscles (just above the knee), having been smaller
and weaker than those on the left, were now bigger and stronger
than the left! My mother's ability to support herself had
improved to the point where she no longer thought about any
difficulty with standing up. She had no pain at any time in that
knee again. The quality of her life had increased wonderfully
from that point on, to everyone's great relief.
- Concerning my mother's dementia, it did not
appear at first glance that anything we had done either
nutritionally or with Body Electronics had any positive effect
at all. On the other hand, there is no evidence to suggest
that it had not improved the situation for her by maintaining
her general quality of living and capacity for enjoyment.
Admittedly, the diagnosis was made a lot later than medically
desired. Perhaps if it had been made a year earlier, we may
have seen a more obvious preventive effect.
- My mother's chronic lymphocytic leukemia had
stabilized well and we were told at most haematological
appointments to keep doing what we were doing, because the
blood results showed either slight improvement or steady
maintenance of the condition, rather than the expected
increase of severity. Over time also, it was apparent that the
shape of her red blood cells changed from somewhat enlarged
and to some degree misshapen at time of diagnosis, to what was
- Glaucoma: after about nine months on the
nutritional program, my mother experienced pain in her left
eye with the application of her eye-drops. Following an urgent
appointment with her ophthalmologist, cessation of the drops
and retest in a week was prescribed. Following improvement
over that time, cessation of the medication was prescribed for
another three months. Again, following this, a further
cessation was advised for another six months. This produced
some professional curiosity, yet no questions were asked.
- The nutritional program with all the raw protein,
minerals, enzymes and other goodies helped my mother regain
most of the weight and muscle strength she had lost prior to
- Skin integrity was also strengthened, and the
prevelance of solar keratosis lesions and so-called
'age-spots' reduced. Elderly women (& some men) with
swelling of the legs in particular, invariably experience
breakdown and/or ulceration of the calves at some stage. We
found that spraying Schweitzer Formula on my mother's calves,
together with the nutritional program, maintained her skin
integrity and healed any bruising very effectively. Increased
'youth' of the skin could be seen in just a few weeks after
starting the program.
- Prevention of infections:
- These are the main benefits that we have found
helping my mother during this time. The Body Electronics
Nutritional Program determined that her strength, mobility,
skin integrity, enjoyment and quality of living was maintained
for as long as possible.
During late August 2011, my mother departed this life with all
the grace, comfort and joy that she carried and shared with
others throughout her very fulfilling life.
Dying need not be seen as a failure of healing. It was never a
problem for my mother. To her and myself, it was a process of
self-confronting, loving, forgiving and letting go. These are
always positive learning experiences and lead to healing
emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
What deductions can I draw from this testimonial and my
observations of my mother's health improvement? Many, but the
main ones are:
- The consistent supply of food supplements and
organically produced juices, as suggested by the Body
Electronics program, helps the body to strengthen and heal
- In my mother's case, her higher nutritional
status maintained and improved her abilities, which increased
the quality of her life.
- Completing only the C1 and STO points was enough
pointholding to restore nerve supply to my mother's
quadricepts and eliminate her pain.
- As this program has helped in my mother's case,
theoretically it could also help many others (it has!).
- The nutritional program alone may be enough for
some people to reach their self-healing goals.
- The program is flexible enough to fit into an
elderly person's lifestyle.
- It may not be practical for an elderly person
living alone. It would depend upon abilities, motivation and
access to ongoing care and support for the program.
Some Simple Ideas
While the financial burden for chronic illnesses in aging
increases rapidly as world populations age, wouldn't it make
sense to find easy, cheaper and more effective methods for
reducing the severity of those illnesses, thus minimising that
Any plan for change needs to begin with education at an
individual level. In this age of vested interests, an education
in natural living and perhaps even Body Electronics, must be
separated from promoters of mainstream health. Truth regarding
health can easily be corrupted with misinformation.
So what knowledge do we educate people with so they can care
for themselves better?
To keep it simple, teaching principles is the way to go:
Below is a list of some bare-bones, general suggestions of how
to maximize health and enjoyment for living and healing - a
starting point. These are lifestyle changes that may need to
become habits. I use arrows to indicate increase (↑) and
Goal: to ↑ oxygenation of the body.
Priority: stop smoking, drinking alcohol (mostly) and taking
An important consideration with the above I think, is to apply
in your life what you can cope with at first. Then bit by bit as
you learn and start feeling better, take it a little further.
There's no use overwhelming yourself.
Alkaline producing foods are mainly fresh vegetables, raw when
appropriate - make lots of salads! Acid producing foods are
those made from grains and most animal products. It's a matter
of proportion: 80% alkaline, 20% acid is considered by many
natural therapists, to be ideal.
Remember, you are creating a strong, clean internal
environment. It's a gradual process, requiring committment,
discipline and persistence.
This is only a foundation based on healthy principles. It is
not advice or any sort of treatment for healing any condition at
all. I believe this is what a good natural health promotions
person would describe.
[If you're keen, more specific Principles of Good Nutrition are
Extending Healing Possibilities
Without understanding Body Electronics, I would not have been
able to talk about aging without illness, nor re-examine quality
It might seem to you that I am thinking wishfully.. perhaps I
am, but what I have seen from helping my mother with Body
Electronics pointholding, and the wonderful regenerative
experiences that others have reported to me (and shown me)
proves to me that this is possible.
The body is not a fixed thing. It only follows its self-created
template on the mental level, which can be altered to perfection
by following the laws which govern it.
The above simple ideas, being a starting point, can gradually
be expanded to a lifestyle in which Body Electonics is just
another step away from. Regeneration of the bodymind can then
occur with ease.
One purpose for living the Body Electronics lifestyle at any
age - even if this means incorporating just some of the
nutritional understanding - is to maintain and improve one's
quality and enjoyment of living.
The choice is ours as individuals and as a community, to face
facts and abide by natural law, enabling our bodies to heal more
effectively and reducing our level of suffering.
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