You and I have been growing up in a society where we’ve been told that we don’t have much control over our own health. When we get sick, it’s often bad luck and we then need to go see a doctor, who will look after us (and hopefully makes us better).

Yes, of course we know that exercise and a proper nutrition contribute to a healthy lifestyle, but there’s a substantial difference between a knowing and actually living it. Our lives these days, are designed around instant gratification, quick fixes and many hours spent in front of a computer or television screen. We seem to have lost the deeper connection with our own body, and this has lead to a global struggle in healthcare.

Dr. Tanja Redelinghuys, who has a master’s degree in family medicine, and who teaches medical students in British Columbia, told me:

“I see a lot of beautiful people struggle with anxiety, stress and depression in my office every day. According to the Mayo Clinic, 13% of Americans take an antidepressant. Of the women between the ages of 50 and 64, nearly 25% take an antidepressant. I don’t think we are faring much better here in Canada.”

And then she continues:

“The question remains – do these medications really work? A study led by Dr. Irving Kirsch of Harvard Medical School in 2008, showed that treatment with an antidepressant for mild-to-moderate depression was almost no different from placebo and, in severe depression showed only a little effect.”

Third leading cause of death

Through the use of reparative surgery, conventional (allopathic) medicine can create miracles in healing physical trauma. However, it has become evident that its pharmaceutical approach to managing pathologies, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, has led to conventional medicine being the third leading cause of death in Australasia, the USA and Canada.

The cause of this failure was already revealed nearly a hundred years ago, when quantum physicists recognized the Universe was only made of one ‘thing’: Energy. In this new perspective, matter is strictly an illusion created by photons of light. The principles of quantum physics provided a scientific foundation for the philosophy and practice of energy-based, complementary healing modalities, including chiropractic, acupuncture, and homeopathy, among others. Integrating quantum physics with the new field of epigenetics also provides insight into the communication channels that link the mind-body duality.


Epigenetics explains how our beliefs and emotions, are the primary mechanisms that control cell behaviour, genetic activity and the creation of our body’s conditions, ranging from health to disease. And this perfectly matches the results of a recent study – 80% of all primary care doctor visits are related to stress (yet only 4% receives stress management help)! When I discussed the results of this study with Dr. Redelinghuys, she immediately agreed and was quick to add that this number was maybe even higher in her own practice.

In my work with people who suffer from (severe) post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I know very well how our emotions (trauma) are immediately linked to the cell behaviour. The majority of my clients are medically being treated for hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, adrenal fatigue, headaches and chronic pain (including fibromyalgia).

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Talk to the subconscious

When I tried to explain epigenetics recently, to a group of people who are dealing will chronic pain, some got really upset and one told me: “I am quite positive and I don’t have many negative emotions, but I do suffer from chronic pain.” It’s not that simple of course, and what most people don’t realize is that most emotions that run through our body are not even noticed on a conscious level. And there also lies the key to the solution – we have to use tools and techniques that directly communicate with the subconscious part of our bodies.

And this is exactly related to the work I do – we use the body as an instrument of our own consciousness. In other words, we use the body as a bridge between the subconscious part of ourselves, and our conscious awareness. What we often forget is that when something is ‘wrong’ with us, that the other 98 or 99% of us is still whole, and that whole part exactly knows what to do to bring order in an unbalanced body. Our system is innately intelligent.

If you’re interested to learn a bit more about some of the tools and techniques that I use, check out the introduction to HeartMath® or Audio-visual Brainwave Entrainment. I would love to hear from you.