How To Heal – and how to know you’re doing it

presenter Dr. Michael Wald The BloodDetective

Dr. Michael Wald, DC, Board Certified Nutritionist MS


What is Healing?

Healing is a complex and multifaceted process that involves the restoration of health, well-being, and balance to an individual or organism. This process can occur on various levels, including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, and can be triggered by a wide range of factors.

Physical Healing: Physical healing refers to the repair and restoration of damaged tissues, organs, or systems within the body. This can be achieved through various means, such as the body’s innate healing processes, medical interventions, or alternative therapies. For example, when a person suffers a cut or a broken bone, the body initiates a healing process by forming a clot, activating immune cells, and eventually repairing the damaged tissue.

Emotional Healing: Emotional healing involves addressing and resolving psychological and emotional trauma, pain, or distress. This can be achieved through various therapeutic approaches, such as psychotherapy, counseling, or support groups. Emotional healing can also occur through self-reflection, mindfulness, and self-compassion practices. For example, a person who has experienced a loss or a traumatic event may undergo a healing process by working through their emotions, seeking professional help, and engaging in activities that promote emotional well-being.

Mental Healing: Mental healing is the process of addressing and resolving cognitive distortions, unhealthy thought patterns, or mental health disorders. This can be achieved through various therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), or other evidence-based interventions. Mental healing can also involve self-help strategies, such as mindfulness practices, journaling, and setting personal goals. For example, a person struggling with anxiety or depression may undergo a healing process by working with a mental health professional, engaging in self-care practices, and building a support network.

Spiritual Healing: Spiritual healing is the process of addressing and resolving issues related to one’s spiritual well-being, which can involve personal beliefs, values, and purpose in life. This can be achieved through various means, such as prayer, meditation, or engaging in spiritual practices. Spiritual healing can also involve connecting with nature, engaging in community service, or seeking guidance from spiritual leaders. For example, a person who is experiencing a crisis of faith or a sense of disconnection from their spiritual beliefs may undergo a healing process by exploring their spirituality, engaging in rituals, and seeking support from others who share similar beliefs.

In conclusion, healing is a multifaceted process that can occur on various levels, including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. The process of healing can involve a combination of self-care practices, therapeutic interventions, and support from others.

Top 10 Causes of Death in the United States

In the United States, various factors contribute to the overall mortality rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics, these are the top 10 causes of death, affecting both men and women differently:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Unintentional Injuries
  4. Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
  5. Stroke
  6. Alzheimer’s Disease
  7. Diabetes
  8. Influenza and Pneumonia
  9. Nephritis, Nephropathy, and Hypertensive Diseases
  10. Suicide

While these are the leading causes of death for both men and women, it is important to note that some causes affect one gender more than the other. For example, heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death for both men and women, but men are more likely to die from heart disease, while women are more likely to die from cancer.

In addition, unintentional injuries, such as car accidents and falls, are a leading cause of death for men, while women are more likely to die from Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Stroke, nephritis, nephropathy, and hypertensive diseases, and influenza and pneumonia are other causes that affect both genders differently.

1. Medical errors

Medical errors, such as incorrect diagnoses, prescriptions, or treatments, can lead to serious harm or even death for patients. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, medical errors contribute to about 251,000 deaths per year in the United States alone (1). This highlights the importance of proper communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals to ensure accurate diagnoses and treatments for patients.

2. Adverse drug events

Adverse drug events (ADEs) are injuries resulting from medication errors or incorrect use of medications. These can include allergic reactions, overdoses, or interactions with other medications. ADEs are a significant cause of patient harm and can lead to increased morbidity and mortality. The Institute of Medicine estimates that between 7,000 and 9,000 deaths are caused by ADEs each year in the United States (2).

3. Infections

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities can be breeding grounds for infections, such as hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) or antibiotic-resistant infections. Poor hygiene practices, inadequate sterilization of equipment, and overcrowded wards can contribute to the spread of infections, which can increase morbidity and mortality rates among patients.

4. Surgical complications

Surgical complications, such as infections, bleeding, or organ damage, can occur during or after surgery and can lead to serious health consequences or even death. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nearly one in every 100 surgeries in the United States results in a complication (3).

5. Inadequate follow-up care

Patients may not receive adequate follow-up care after being discharged from the hospital, leading to missed diagnoses, delayed treatments, or a lack of necessary support. This can result in a worsening of the patient’s condition, increased morbidity, and even death.

6. Overcrowding and lack of resources

Overcrowded hospitals and a lack of resources can lead to suboptimal care and increased risk of errors. This can result in delayed diagnoses, incorrect treatments, and a higher risk of infections and other complications.

7. Inappropriate use of medical devices

The improper use or malfunction of medical devices, such as ventilators, infusion pumps, and implanted devices, can lead to patient harm or death. Ensuring that healthcare professionals are properly trained in the use of medical devices and that devices are regularly maintained and inspected can help reduce the risk of complications.

8. Inadequate communication

Poor communication among healthcare providers can lead to misdiagnoses, incorrect treatments, and other medical errors. Ensuring that all healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s care are on the same page and have access to the most up-to-date information is crucial to providing safe, effective care.

9. Insufficient patient education

Patients who are not adequately informed about their condition, treatment options, and follow-up care may be at an increased risk of experiencing complications. Providing clear, concise information to patients and their families can help them make informed decisions about their care and better manage their health.

10. Ineffective infection control measures

Inadequate infection control measures, such as poor hand hygiene, inadequate sterilization of equipment, and inadequate isolation precautions, can contribute to the spread of infections and increase morbidity and mortality rates.

Authoritative Reference Titles:

  1. “Estimates of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care” – Institute of Medicine (IOM)
  2. “Adverse Drug Events in Hospitals: The Hidden Epidemic” – L.H. Kohn, et al.
  3. “Rates of Surgical Complications in the United States, 1999” – B.D. Birkmeyer, et al.

Top 10 Laboratory Tests for Nutritional Needs and Health Assessment

  1. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP): The CMP is a set of blood tests that measures electrolytes, kidney function, liver function, blood sugar, and acid-base balance. This panel helps identify nutritional deficiencies, kidney dysfunction, and metabolic disorders that can impact overall health and healing.
  2. Complete Blood Count (CBC): A CBC provides information on red and white blood cell counts, platelets, and hemoglobin levels. This test can help identify anemia, inflammation, and other blood-related issues that may be indicative of poor nutrition or underlying health conditions.
  3. Albumin and Globulin Test: This test measures the levels of two types of blood proteins: albumin and globulins. Albumin is essential for maintaining fluid balance in the body, while globulins are important for immune function. Low levels of either protein may indicate malnutrition, inflammation, or dehydration.
  4. Renal Function Tests: These tests assess kidney function by measuring levels of creatinine, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and creatinine clearance. Kidney function is crucial for maintaining proper electrolyte balance and waste removal, which can be affected by nutritional deficiencies and inflammation.
  5. Body Composition Analysis: This test measures the percentage of body fat, lean mass, and bone mineral content using methods such as bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). A healthy body composition is essential for optimal nutrient absorption and overall health.
  6. Zinc Level Test: Zinc is an essential mineral for immune function, growth, and wound healing. Low zinc levels can be indicative of poor nutrition, inflammation, or other health issues.
  7. Blood Sugar Tests: Fasting blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) tests help identify blood sugar levels and the risk of developing diabetes or other metabolic disorders. Proper blood sugar control is crucial for healing and preventing complications related to poor nutrition and inflammation.
  8. Inflammatory Markers: Tests such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) measure inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can contribute to poor nutrition, tissue damage, and a weakened immune system.
  9. Nutritional Deficiency Tests: Specific tests for vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, folic acid, iron, calcium, and magnesium can help identify deficiencies that may be contributing to poor nutrition and impaired healing.
  10. Protein and Amino Acid Profile: This test measures the levels of individual amino acids in the blood, which are the building blocks of proteins. Amino acid imbalances can indicate poor nutrition, inflammation, or other health issues that may hinder the healing process.

Recognizing the Healing Process

To determine if you have healed from a disease or condition, it is essential to understand the various factors that contribute to the healing process. Healing can be both physical and psychological, and can involve various stages. In this section, we will discuss the signs that indicate the completion of the healing process and how to evaluate them.

1. Symptom Improvement

One of the primary indicators of healing is the improvement of symptoms associated with the disease or condition. As the body recovers, the severity and frequency of these symptoms should decrease over time. It is important to monitor these changes and consult a healthcare professional if there is any concern about the progress of recovery.

2. Return to Normal Functioning

As the healing process continues, the individual should experience a return to normal functioning in daily life. This may include resuming work, engaging in physical activities, and participating in social events without any significant limitations or restrictions. If the person can return to their previous lifestyle without any issues, it may be an indication that they have healed from the disease or condition.

3. Medical Professional’s Assessment

In many cases, a healthcare professional will be the best judge of whether an individual has healed from a disease or condition. Regular check-ups and follow-up appointments are crucial to track the progress of recovery and to receive guidance on any further treatment or management if needed. A medical professional’s assessment can provide a reliable and informed perspective on the healing process.

4. Emotional Well-being

Healing from a disease or condition may involve not only physical recovery but also emotional and psychological healing. It is important to address any emotional distress or trauma associated with the illness and seek support from friends, family, or mental health professionals if needed. Achieving a sense of emotional well-being can be a strong indicator that the healing process is complete.

5. Prevention and Maintenance

To ensure long-term recovery and prevent relapse, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow any recommended preventive measures. This may include adhering to a balanced diet, engaging in regular exercise, and maintaining regular check-ups with healthcare professionals. A commitment to self-care and prevention can be a strong sign that the individual has healed from the disease or condition.


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*DISCLAIMER: Dr. Michael Wald is a doctor of chiropractic with a masters degree in nutrition. He is also a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Nutritional Specialist and Sports Nutritionist. Dr. Wald is certified to provide acupuncture in several states, but not New York. Dr. Wald has two board certifications in nutrition. Dr. Michael Wald earned his MD diploma, but did not complete a residency and is thus not licensed to practice medicine. The information on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not to substitute for sound medical or health advice. Information contained within this website may change at any time without prior notice. The information on this website is under copyright, 2021.