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"My life had become an emotional roller coaster, and it showed in my weight, my attitude, and my health was quickly spiraling downhill. I have learned to control my mood swings through really understanding my nutritional needs. Everybody processes foodscarbohydrates, proteins, and fatsin a different way. There is really no perfect diet for everyone. But through Appreciative Medicine I have discovered the foods I should eat. I never got enough protein. I was a carbohydrate junkie. Now, with a balanced diet, I feel I'm on the road to a more balanced life. I truly feel empowered and an entire new appreciation for both my health and my life. Through Appreciative Medicine I found me." Edith L., St. Louis, Missouri.
"When I first got diagnosed, I felt lost, I could not sleep, I could not think or eat. The idea of my mortality had never really seemed real before. More than anything, I needed a plan, a plan to heal. Appreciative Medicine became my guide to combine conventional chemotherapy, acupuncture and massage. The chaos and the confusion is gone. My attitude, my whole being has changed. Appreciative Medicine gave me the guidance to achieve me. It gave me back my health and put me in the direction to create my ultimate self. Thank you." Richard E., Princeton, New Jersey.
"I'd come to a point in my life where my back pain identified who I was. For the first time now I can reflect upon my own healing potential. It was through retraining my muscles through posture exercises and weekly kinetic sessions that I'm basically pain free. I just feel great." Bruce P., Boca Raton, Florida.
"I found that by integrating trigger point injections once a month with weekly massages along with chiropractic adjustments, my daily headaches and insomnia are virtually gone. I feel empowered. I feel like I have my life back. Thank you." Lisa B., Denver, Colorado.
"I have learned that by caring for me I could offer so much more to my family. My doctor is my partner, and together I found myself no longer looking for that quick fix. My challenge was my addiction, especially to food, but now my weight is down almost 165 pounds. More importantly, through nutrition and an easy walking program, I truly feel I am in control of my health and my life. My family says, I'm back." Donna C., San Diego, California.
"In retrospect, I can see how I was always shopping for a new doctor, a magic pill. Now I realize that I'm the one that needs to become empowered. I need to take responsibility for my health and for me. Through Appreciative Medicine I have been able to create and develop my own personal unique healing plan. For the first time in my life, I'm really in control. When I go to the doctor, I ask questions. I truly feel empowered. After the doctor visits, I feel that my healing plan is modified in just the right way and feel really excited about what has come about. My blood pressure is now normal. My blood sugar has tremendously improved. Headaches are down to one to two a month; they were almost daily six months ago. I just feel goodreally goodabout my healing plan and where it's taking me. I feel that this journey is taking just where I need to go. I have discovered yoga and am taking a class in vegetarian cuisine. I walk every day and take time to reflect every evening. I am no longer a victim of illness. I am proactive about my health, and I am proactive about my life and really excited about this incredible journey." Susan D., Portland, Oregon.
Over the last one and a half years I have been seeing John O'Malley, a robust 34-year-old family man with four children and a wife who teaches part time. John has been a fireman for almost seven years. He never wanted to do anything else. He comes from a whole family of firemen. But for almost his entire career he has suffered with back pain, sciatica, and horrible muscle spasms that awake him during the night. Through Appreciative Dialogue he has learned to combine osteopathic manipulation, chiropractic and massage therapy, and now is free of any pain. Through posture exercises and exploring his life through Appreciative Dialogue questions, he feels his life has real directions. If he ever begins to feel a twinge of back pain or even muscle spasms coming on, he takes deep, controlled breaths, and for a minute or two he returns to a time that he remembers. When he was about four, his father used to take him to the playground before having to go off to work. This was a special time with obvious very special memories. After 90 seconds or so, the muscle twinges are gone. Mr. O'Malley now celebrates his life and his family every day. He recently confided in me that through Appreciative Dialogue he really understands himself. As he was shedding tears and walking out of the room, he looked back and said, 'This journey has really made me understand me.'" Dr. J.D., Raleigh, North Carolina.
"I remember the first time I began going through Appreciative Dialogue questions. Part 1, first step is self-awareness. I came to the question: What emotions will I experience when I have achieved optimal health? It changed my mindset. It changed the way I look at myself. I no longer feel defined by my asthma. I no longer let my asthma determine what I can and cannot do. I have become proactive. Through a combination of acupuncture and yoga classes along with every-other-month doctor visits, I no longer live my life in a state of crisis just waiting for the next time I find myself gasping for air, rushed by ambulance to the local emergency room. Now I breathereally breathe. I feel my body is healing from within. I'll share with you a little secret. Recently, I went to the SPCA and got a puppy. Well, at least I call him a puppy. He's almost eight years olda real mutt. But the truth is, if I ever even feel a little short of breath, he comes over and sits on my stomach and in a matter of minutes I'm fine, totally okay. I truly feel empowered and have an entirely new appreciation for both my health and my life." Richard D., Salt Lake City, Utah.