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 ◄ The Healer Inside You by Neil M. Orr & David R. Patient (2004)
 

Contains a detailed at-home therapy protocol based upon PNI (Psychoneuroimmunology) research. Forms the basis for the support group therapy protocol entrained to, and utilised by UNDP, UN GIPA, Shell, Tsogo Sun Holdings.

150mm x 230mm; 267 pages

ISBN: 1-919930-56-6

Published by Juta Press (2004)

Index of contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: David's Story

  • The problem child
  • Happy birthday David
  • Epiphany on the mountain
  • The long-term non-progressor
  • The prodigal son returns
  • PNI and you

Chapter 2: What is PNI?

  • Psychosomatics
  • The emergence of PNI
  • Your body
  • Cells and chemicals
  • The immune system
  • The mind-body connection
  • The basic finding of PNI
  • What PNI is not
  • Can psychological factors affect the immune system?
  • Passive and active applied PNI methods

Chapter 3: Mind-Body Connections

  • Some important terms and definitions
  • The 'P' part of PNI = psycho (mind)
  • The 'N' part of PNI = neuro (brain)
    • The endocrine system of glands and hormones
  • The 'I' part of PNI = immunology
  • Autoimmune and suppressed immune system illnesses
  • The role of hormones in immune functioning
  • Connecting the dots: P + N + I = PNI
  • The SAM system - fight or flight
  • The HPAC system - 'I am wounded'
    • Internal or external threats and wounds
  • Perception of control
  • Short-term versus long-term stress

Chapter 4: Where do I start?

  • Become informed about your disease
  • Category 1: Suppressed immune system illnesses
    • Cancer
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Category 2: Autoimmune diseases
    • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    • Theumatoid arthritis (RA)
    • Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE)
  • Your relationship with your doctor
  • Complementary treatments
  • The Placebo Effect
  • Nutrition
  • Conclusions

Chapter 5: Small things that matter

  • How 'special' do you have to be?
  • Be a rebel
  • Illness is not a punishment
  • Response-ability: 'Yes, I can!'
    • Assignment 1: Building Internal Confidence
  • Personality Hardiness
    • Assignment 2: Challenge
    • Assignment 3: Commitment
    • Assignment 4: Control
    • Assignment 5: Building hardiness

Chapter 6: Life: Why bother?

  • Good and bad motivation
    • Towards & Away from motivation
  • A compelling future
    • Exercise: what you don't want, What you do want in your life
    • Assignment 1:
      • Step 1: Increase the simple pleasures in your life
      • Step 2: Find beauty where you are
      • Step 3: Let something go, and let something new in
      • Step 4: Get your affairs in order
      • Step 5: Now, what do you want?
        • Is it what you want, or is it what you don't want?
        • How specific is your goal?
      • Step 6: Be prepared for criticism (from yourself and others)
      • Step 7: Action!
      • Step 8: Make space in your life for what you want
      • Step 9: Confront your doubts and fears
    • Assignment 2: A letter from the future

Chapter 7: Releasing stress from your past

  • The 20-second dip
  • The reticular activating system (RAS)
  • Links with the past
    • Associations: the past is a package deal
  • Chronic Stress
  • Good stress (eustress) and bad stress (distress)
  • The two-year loss-to-symptom syndrome
    • Low-grade chronic stress
  • Where to look for trigger events
  • Identifying loss events
  • Loss assessment:¬†The major stressful events of your life
    • Your pregnancies and fertility, births of your children
    • Your childhood
    • Death of loved ones and others
    • Pain caused to your loved ones
    • Violence towards, and violation of, your body
    • Pain through social agents
    • Work-Career-Ambitions
    • Finances
    • Friendships
    • Intimate relationships and sexuality
    • Education and Ambitions
    • Health and Accidents
  • Assignment: Releasing decisions made during loss events

Chapter 8: Effective and ineffective coping methods

  • How should people support you?
  • Your coping habits (Shadows Assessment)
  • What is more important: To be 'right' or happy and healthy?
  • Assignments for each Shadow

Chapter 9: Dealing with fear

  • The power of confronting fear
  • Types of fear
    • The biological mechanism behind fear
  • Common sense required
  • The illusion of safety
  • Levels of fear
  • Assignment 1: Confront your fears of death and dying
  • The confronting of fears method
  • Assignment 2: Confront your Shadow fears
  • Fears concernign illness
  • Assignment 3: Deal with fears concerning your illness
  • Fears concerning getting well again
  • Assignment 4: Square analysis
  • Assignment 5:¬†Fears of being sick and well
  • Fears related to necessary changes
  • Additional suggestions

Chapter 10: Get it out of your body!

  • What are emotions?
  • DO something with your emotions!
  • Suppressing emotions
  • The price of being 'nice'
  • The fear behind being 'nice'
  • Escape from the 'nice' trap
  • Dumping (or releasing) emotions
    • Guidelines fore dumping emotions safely
  • When you really have to say it to someone
  • Assignment 1: Emotional honesty
  • Assignment 2: Body Awareness
  • Assignment 3: Dump some anger
  • Assignment 4: Clear close relationships
  • Assignment 5: Process Shadow emotions

Chapter 11: A little talk might help ...

  • A dialogue with youre disease
  • Writing to Mr Cancer
  • Assignment: Talk to it

Chapter 12: Personal stories

  • Doug - Cancer
  • Sharron - Chronic Fatigue

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