Let me start this article with a question I posed to myself years ago as I tried to understand some of the more puzzling successes using naturopathy. The troubling question that I began asking myself was this: Why can so many different therapies treat the same condition? Even with the most basic naturopathic tenets that speak to our individuality, it still puzzled me and I knew intuitively that there had to be some underlying guiding principle(s) that unified healing no matter the approach. Over the years of success and failure, I wondered how best to serve patients knowing that the current model of trial and error evidence-based medicine just didn’t work so well in the long term and never fully addressed that primary naturopathic principle to find the cause. As I became a more experienced practitioner I noticed that extremely minimal doses of substances, and not just homeopathic–a therapy using diluted and potentized substances, could have profound healing changes while larger doses may not work as well. I have seen many different good therapies work with patients and other well chosen ones fail but could not really explain why. I was missing something but could not figure out what.
In essence I was seeking some kind of a reliable model that would help me practice more effectively as well as understand how the body truly heals.
The epiphany came while working with AIDS/HIV positive patients. Besides using the diagnostic and therapeutic skills learned as a naturopath and acupuncturist, I experimented and became aware of certain sensations not just in my patient’s pulses but elsewhere on their bodies. What I found was energy. I didn’t know it at the time, it was just sensations I could feel, but I did notice that it wasn’t exclusive to the pulses and could be felt anywhere. What I began to formulate in my mind and test on my patients was this idea of a moving energy in the body that could possibly help in prescribing. I tried to discover some pattern, something that showed me that I wasn’t imagining it. It became apparent to me that perhaps the patterning I was feeling had something to do with the cranio-sacral rhythms I had heard about. So I took workshops in that technique and realized it was that….and more.
So I began to trust what I was feeling and decided to see if I could use it to better determine the proper medicines for my patients. One of my HIV patients had some lymph swelling, retroviral therapy was still in its infancy at the time, and I had a number of herbal products that could potentially be used to help with this condition; so, on a whim, I decided to see if different supplements had different effects on the energy pattern I could feel. I did find a difference and chose one over the others. Following up with that, the herbal formula I prescribed using this technique, cleared the swellings. Coincidence, possibly, but I found as I practiced and relied on this technique to sort out medicines, supplements and homeopathic remedies that the changes I felt in the body’s energy will often guide me to a helpful prescription.
Although I might rely initially on my own clinical experience, that of others or evidence-based research, in the end I found that I could test any product or medicine on my patient’s energy field to determine what best suited them at that moment; i.e. for the imbalances I was detecting through my hands-on evaluations. This method allowed me to check the final group of homeopathic medicines, supplements, acupuncture points, microcurrent settings or therapies against the patient’s energy to determine their usefulness and the best possible choice.
Over the years I came to understand and refine what I was feeling and how it was helping me determine not only the best therapy and medicine to use but also how to dose, what strength and potency, and how often I needed to repeat and even more importantly, when to wait. Being able to know when to wait is as important as any prescription, possibly even more so, because we need to know when to hold back and allow the body to respond to the treatment giving it time to heal itself.
Paramahansa Yogananda said that we are made of energy “encased in solids-currents of life dazzling through a material body bulb of flesh.” It is that life force energy within us that maintains the body and through its innate intelligence directs its healing. Yogananda also said: “Disease is generally considered a result of external material causes. Few people realize that it comes through the inaction of the life force within. When the cell or tissue vehicle of the life energy is seriously damaged, the life energy withdraws from that place and trouble consequently starts. Medicine, massage, and electricity merely help to stimulate the cells in such a way that the life energy is induced to return and resume its work of maintenance and repair….” Unfortunately in conventional medicine this energy is not a consideration because the body’s energy is not identifiable and measureable. The core of naturopathic teachings, as well as all the natural healing systems used in Oriental and Ayurvedic medicine, however, agree that the body is energy. This energy is called Qi, prana or life force energy. Metaphysically that energy can be explained through the various traditions of these medicines but, although demonstrably useful like acupuncture, most of these ideas in Western medicine are considered fantasies primarily because it is undetectable and immeasurable and hence outside the current accepted scientific practice of medicine.
I however find that it can be physically detected and used to help us find the right therapy and medicine for the patient. I can feel it and I can use it in my practice to make better decisions about my patient’s care and see clinically better results when I do so. I consider what I discovered a new paradigm of medicine which I have called
“Resonance-Based Medicine” or RBM and BEE or Bio-Energetic Evaluation, which is the cranial, pulse and body technique I use to read the body’s energy. it is based on an energetic model of how the body has an innate intelligence and resonates with certain therapies and medicines which allow it to recognize symptoms of illness and heal. I believe that any truly effective system of medicine has to include a model that somehow addresses the fact that we are energy; and that any therapy must somehow be evaluated for its impact on that energetic system. This new paradigm, instead of being based on scientifically verified data, relies instead on its development through my clinical experience that was obtained by feeling energy and the philosophical insight and application gained in that context of healing.
Within this context of Resonance-based Medicine, it is of paramount importance to understand that any procedure, medicine or therapy used on the body, natural or conventional, will impact the energy system of the body in either a good or bad way; so, if the therapy’s compatibility to the body’s energy system is ignored, there will consequently be either some adaptation, suppression of symptoms or overt reaction to the therapy. We are talking about a kind of healing synchronicity of the therapy or medicine to the body’s energy without which we may experience some adverse reaction such as side effects, new non-indentifiable symptoms or the development of another disease process later in life.
Although science’s ability to detect and quantify these subtle energies has yet to be discovered, still, many acupuncturists, naturopaths and other healers have utilized their own individual abilities and talents to feel energy to help their patients heal. What RBM does however is to not only show that this energy and the ability to feel and utilize it is clinically significant and realizable; but also that it creates a basis for understanding how healing takes place in the context of energy and what every health practitioner can do in their therapies to make them more effective.
I was now beginning to answer that question I posed earlier. Why can so many different therapies treat the same condition? And I expanded that question and asked myself: How does the body heal and why can so many different therapies, dosages of medicines and therapeutic regimens have what appears healing effects?
As I practiced and saw enough patients to test my theories as well as increase my perceptive skills at feeling and gauging a patients energy patterns, a unifying theory came to take shape. What I discovered were certain principles that have helped me prescribe and see long term physical and mental/emotional benefit.
As a naturopath educated in anatomy and physiology, I understand that there are certain rules of nutrition, respiration, metabolism, hormonal balance, immune regulation and circulation that must be met but I also know, and have seen in my practice and by others’ experiences that there is a lot of leeway in how the body is able to meet some of those requirements; but we must also consider the role of epigenetics and the effect environment, the physical state of the body, a person’s mental attitude, education, trauma and stresses in their life, as well as a person’s world view and spiritual outlook have on those functional parameters.
It is that leeway, that multiplicity of factors that regulates the body’s proper physical, mental and emotional functions; and consequently, it is exactly that which made me realize that healing or the art of medicine is a creative art. It is not just the skill of knowing the body’s anatomy and physiology and applying that knowledge in diagnosis and the prescription of targeted derived medicines; but its about thinking and rethinking how the body heals and how you can work with the body’s energy to help it optimize its health, better regulate its functions and alleviate the blockages of energy that interfere with its vitality. In essence, it’s about bringing the body and mind to a higher level of function and as such awareness leading to a more promising evolutionary future.
There is also a resonance of energy, a vibrational matrix, behind every living system and within every substance and combination of substances. Medicine is a creative art because the body is energy, a changing adapting matrix that teaches us what it needs if we’re willing to listen. And when we listen we can ever more skillfully adapt our therapies and medicines to the most efficient way of balancing the body’s energy so as to allow it to recognize what is wrong and begin to heal.
Everything has energy and everything carries with it a certain power to interact and influence another energy. We can use this new paradigm to understand why certain therapies work better than others, why giving them at certain dosages and times make a difference and how we need to work with those therapies to get the best results. It tells us about the need to give the body time to heal, when to wait to give the body time to initiate and complete its healing and why it is so important to not intervene when the body is not receptive towards a therapy or medicine. RBM also encompasses the need for each person to learn how to feel and understand their own energy empowering them to change themselves by learning how to vitalize the body, calm the mind and nuture spirit with the right foods, exercises, supplements, thoughts and attitude. Everyone has the ability to feel and utilize the life force energy to help themselves or others lead healthier and more vibrant lives.
There are so many possibilities but we limit ourselves by remaining in the same self-serving paradigms that are governed by money and influence. Instead we should investigate paradigms that see healing in a more altruistic sense and, in what I’m proposing, one that uses energy as the guiding factor in what healing modalities to use as well as creating a more comprehensive and unified picture of how medicine and all therapies work to help the body and mind heal. What I am offering in this article is the possibility to open our eyes to a new era of medicine, how illnesses are treated, and how the decision to explore our bio-energy can change our lives, our purpose and our place in the world’s environment. By exploring resonance-based medicine and bio-energetics we can more clearly understand how our environment effects our health and begin to see the evolutionary nature of working with our energy and the energy that surrounds us. Once we begin to treat illnesses as energy and learn to connect to our inner power, then we can begin to optimize our lives, practically realize our potentials and see ourselves as the evolutionary impetus for bringing more love and compassion into this world.
What is necessary for change is our willingness to investigate the potential in utilizing the life force energy. if we have the courage to explore and discover more about this then there is a new way to view old problems and the future holds endless possibilities in exploring and implementing the benefits of resonance-based medicine. If we are willing to take that chance to learn about it, to try it for ourselves, to test it in clinics and in the home; then it becomes possible to add another dimension to how we view wellness and in turn give a deeper meaning and benefit to using natural therapies in our lives. I believe that this new paradigm could not only give us a better understanding of how we heal and how we can help this process without doing harm but also how to make this world a haven for everyone’s optimal growth in body, mind and spirit.
Dr. Chodosh trained at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon graduating in 1992 and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine graduating in 1996. He is licensed to practice naturopathic medicine and acupuncture in the State of Oregon.