Walter H. Schmitt, Jr., D.C.
How we feel and how we act depend, to a large extent, on each of our body's ability to receive and send unimpaired messages through our complex nervous system pathways. If we wish to listen to a radio, or transmit a radio signal, we would like to do so with as little static interference and background noise as possible to enable the signal to get through as clearly as possible. Similarly, we would like to eliminate as much static interference in the body and mind for optimum clarity of our thoughts and actions.
It is essential that we have clear message pathways in our nervous systems to optimize the potential which each of us has within us.
Each of us has at one time or another experienced an emotionally traumatic event which more or less "takes the wind out of our sails." It might be a quarrel, a lost job, or even the death of a loved one. These events create a great deal of stress in our bodies and our minds, and sometimes cause a “short circuit” effect which leaves us vulnerable and even weakened to recollection of the traumatic event.
There is a simple procedure for dealing with such emotional stress overloads. It is called the emotional recall technique for identifying emotional stress overload. This procedure is used by AK doctors to identify a neurological short-circuit based on mental or emotional stress patterns. The stressed person is asked to think of a stressful situation, past or present. This is called the emotional recall. In many instances the doctor will identify an immediate, temporary weakening of muscle strength, often in every muscle in the body, while the thought is maintained. This is an excellent example of identifying static interference in the nervous system from a mental source.
Treatment is based on identifying sensory receptors in the skin and nutritional substances which negate the weakening effect of the emotional recall. Following correction, mental recall of the emotionally stressful event or thought does not cause any muscle weakness. From the patient’s point of view, confrontation with the previously stressful thought or situation is usually accompanied by remarkable calm and tolerance compared to before the correction. Memories or thoughts which previously caused butterflies, cold palms, or other uncomfortable symptoms are now be tolerated with none of these symptoms.
A number of AK doctors have developed refined emotional recall techniques in order to deal with specific problems such as addictions, phobias, post traumatic stress syndrome, and even overcoming academic, sales, and sports barriers. (See book list below.)
You may learn many of the techniques employed to reset emotional or mental circuit breakers so that you may perform the techniques at home or whenever needed. The simplicity of these techniques is totally out of proportion to the often dramatic changes they can make in your ability to cope.
The information below is taken from a pamphlet based on the above information which we give to patients in our office. You will find it very helpful for yourself, your family, and your friends. Feel free to pass it on.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF:
EMOTIONAL STRESS OVERLOAD
Did you every wonder why a distraught person is usually seen holding his or her head in the hands? Or when overcome by great surprise, why we often reach instinctively hit the forehead with our hand?
The body does not perform these instinctive acts by mistake. On the skin of the forehead are located neurological "circuit breakers" which are associated with mental and emotional stress overload. See figure 1[WHS1].