Tapping the Healing Intelligence
People with chronic Lyme disease may deal with despair and
frustration, yet Christine Horner, MD, believes there is
reason for hope. “Everything is curable,” she says.
Nationally known surgeon, author and professional
speaker, Dr. Horner is a popular women's health and
wellness advocate. Her main focus is breast health,
although as an MD she has studied countless diseases and
In other traditions, it has been widely accepted for
millenia that through dietary and lifestyle changes, people
can cure themselves of all kinds of illness. “The Chinese
tradition teaches that what we think of as disease is
actually an imbalance of one sort or another, which must be
found and brought back to balance,” says Dr. Horner.
Dr. Horner suggests that the American lifestyle and eating
habits are recipes for many illnesses.
her to comment on the patient's role of self-responsibility
in healing from chronic Lyme.
“Almost every disease is related somehow to our lifestyle
and diet. When people change their habits, drop red meat,
quit consuming sugar and adopt a plant-based diet, they
begin to get well.” In addition, she offers, when people
get plenty of rest and reduce the stress in their lives,
many formerly serious conditions clear up naturally.
“People don't realize how little conventionally-educated
doctors really know about nutrition, and the healing
properties of a plant-based diet. People don't know that
their doctors often recommend avoiding herbal supplements
simply because they're afraid of litigation. No one knows
how many people are using supplements – they're not telling
Dr. Horner is quick to point out
that simply incorporating diet and lifestyle changes isn't
all it takes to get well.
Anyone who has healed
from Lyme disease, cancer or any other serious condition
has usually discovered that there is an emotional component
to their illness that must be addressed.
“There is shift going on the paradigm of Western medicine,”
she adds. “I've traveled and spoken to national audiences
about wellness and natural healing for over a decade. Ten
years ago, almost no one had heard of Ayurveda. Now, it's
Dr. Horner's first book, Waking the Warrior Goddess,
describes practical steps that women can take to help
create and support good health. Inspiration for the
metaphor was sparked one day while she contemplated an
“One day I was looking at the Hindu Durga, the Goddess with
the eight arms, each one holding a tool,” says Dr. Horner.
“It struck me that in a way she is very representative of
the natural healing intelligence within us. When you
consider everything that is happening inside, the
multitudes and layers of each system, trillions of cells
performing their duties and working in concert together,
it's like trying to contemplate the cosmos.”
Dr. Horner asked, “How would a Goddess like to be treated?
It's not too hard to imagine. We either treat her in such a
way that strips her of her potency or we nourish and
enliven her so that she can use those tools.”
Nurturing yourself at every step
of the healing process is important work.
from medicine, lifestyle and dietary adjustments and the
willingness to find and address imbalances, healing from
disease takes courage. Discovering how to access courage
and willpower can make all the difference. Whether you feel
more comfortable envisioning Mother Mary or a Hindu Durga
warrior goddess with tools, an intelligent, healing force
within, seems beneficial.
Suzanne Arthur ©2006