“I am a soul with a body, not a body with a soul.”


What does my soul consist of? Quite simply my mind, will, and emotions.

No, this is not a sermon, I think it was Will Durant who said “The itch to preach is the itch to rule, scratch one and you will find the other.” I write about many various subjects, but not about religions, orthodox or non-orthodox. I do sometimes make reference to Spirituality.

When we are born, we enter this world with a naked body, one can see, inherent in that body is one’s mind, will and emotions. We pretty much have the same parts, i.e., heart, head, legs and arms, a digestive system, liver, pancreas, spleen, gall bladder, plus many other moving parts including an autonomic nervous system. Surely something greater than ourselves created this complex, wonderful body, which included innate intelligence, obviously.

Inherent in this body is the power and responsibility to make decisions. And like all power in the Universe, it is un-seen. One of my favorite books is titled, “That Which is Seen, and That Which is Un-seen,” by Bastiat.

I have hundreds of books on everything from A to Zizzard and probably over a hundred on disease and healing. Still, there’s so much I don’t know, and remind myself regularly, I’m here to learn. However, in my long and varied life, made a few discoveries about myself and my health. Writing these articles, is a way of expressing my opinions, and quoting from others, smarter than me.

I’m not always sure, when writing, if what I write is something I discovered, or if it’s coming from what another discovered and said. If I fail to give credit to the originator of an idea, I apologize in advance.

Whether we admit it or accept it, all of us face the reality of Health concerns at one time or another, and whether we admit or accept it, the bottom line is, our personal, individual health is our responsibility, and non-transferrable. And that self-responsibility comes with no guarantees.

I personally have enjoyed a life of better than average health, most of my life, until about three years ago, when I encountered some health problems. In this connection, there have been many doctor visits, with a number of doctors, and several medical procedures. Dozens of tests and analyses from the medical profession. And I’m very grateful to live in a country where so much is available. My encounters with health professionals, have been varied, good, bad and indifferent.

Despite the fact, my core belief is that my health is my responsibility, I do believe it’s necessary to our wellbeing, to have the availability of doctors, hospitals, medicines and tests, particularly in life-threatening situations. Not only helpful but necessary to have their help, to inform and perform, when we need it. For example, recently I had cataract surgery, to improve eyesight. Plus other tests and procedures, resulting in the discovery of cancer.

Because so many of us have experienced having to face cancer, either ourselves or with a family member, this series is about my experiences with that disease.

It was back in the early seventies, forty years ago, I first encountered this dreaded disease in my family, when my sister discovered she had cancer. She survived and is alive today, however, two younger brothers passed away from colon cancer. My two brothers chose to have surgery, and my sister chose the metabolic ecology route to deal with the disease of cancer.

In my next article, I will discuss these two different routes, and the decisions we face when dealing with cancer.



email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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