Responding to Trauma or
Issues by Escaping or Using
Some Other Disconnecting

Repressed Emotions

Using Discipline or Other
Motivation to Override Internal
or External Conflicts and
Modify Behavior

Ingested Toxins

Using Stimulants to Get
Through the Day or in
Combination with Strenuous
Physical Activity

Using Painkillers in
Combination With Strenuous
Physical Activity

Crucifixion Worship

Turning the Other Cheek
ALS Creation

One of the key ideas of mind matter
involvement is that micro is related to
macro. In other words, what goes on in
ones body or on a cellular level is
related to how one thinks and acts in
the world. So what one's nerves do
internally is affected by how one thinks
and acts in the world. If you respond to
problems by in some way
disconnecting, your nerves, which are
part of you, will do the same in
response to toxins, stress or other
problems within your body. This
manifests as so called als.

Repressed emotions build up in your
system and cause stress. This stress
can set you up for a system
breakdown and could possibly actually
itself be the trigger for a breakdown.

By using these methods to change or
direct behavior, one gets a specific
desired result, while leaving a conflict
in place. This way of overriding
conflicts, whether external or internal,
creates system problems. Als related
examples include its manifestation in
soldiers who have arms onset because
they are conflicted about the use of
weapons and salespeople who have
bulbar onset due to overriding rather
than resolving conflicts involved in
their profession.

What is toxic is all relative. What is
toxic to one person may not have
much effect on another. So what we
are really talking about here is internal
trauma. In any case, toxins can hurt
your system and trigger an als type
nerve withdrawal response.

If you use stimulants, even caffeine, to
get through the day, you could be
stressing your system to or past the
breaking point. Now, any trauma could
trigger a breakdown such as als, not to
mention a heart attack or something
else. Also  the stimulant chemical could
be toxic and thus itself act as the
trauma trigger to create als.

Pain signals that something is wrong. If
you cover it with a painkiller, you are
covering an important signal that you
should be heeding. Instead, you keep
going, further stressing your system.
Now you are set up so that any trauma
could trigger a real problem. Also the
painkiller probably has some toxicity
which negatively affects your nervous
system. It could even provide the
trauma to trigger your now stressed
system into developing als.

Imagery or visualization has effects on
one's spirit, mind, emotions and body.
Worshiping the image of a man whose
arms and legs have been immobilized,
who is gasping for breath and who is
destined to die when he becomes too
weak to breathe is an effective way to
create that scene in one's own life.

One of the key ideas of mind matter
involvement is that micro is related to
macro. In other words, what goes on in
ones body or on a cellular level is
related to how one thinks and acts in
the world. So what ones nerves do
internally is affected by how one thinks
and acts in the world. So, if one really
believes in turning the other cheek,
one's nerves, which are really part of
you, will do something related or even
similar to that. Just imagine that you
are exposed to a toxin or some kind of
stress that hurts the nerve cells. The
nerves, in some way, turn the other
cheek, only to get slapped again, and
again and again. Sounds like a
In improving a situation, it can be helpful to
see how the situation came to be. Here is
some explanation of the creation of so
called als.
ALS Creation Factors

The list of factors below, while not meant to be comprehensive, is an outline
of patterns, factors and inputs that seem in my experience so far to underly
the creation of so called als.

These factors or patterns can be consciously or unconsciously chosen.

The list can be used in the following ways. Someone who wants to avoid
developing the disease can go over his or her self and life to see which of
these factors are having an effect and make
careful adjustments to create
a safer situation. Someone who has already developed the disease, can
start to see how the creation is occurring and make
careful adjustments in
order to get healthy. This could be done with or without the help of a mind
body practicioner, wellness coach or some other partner. People interested
in helping someone to avoid developing als or to get healthier could use
this list as a resource for accomplishing those aims.
How To Adjust

Learn to resolve issues and heal situations
rather than trying to disconnect from them.
Realize that escape is largely illusory anyway.
Deal with problems as they come up so that
things do not get to the point where you feel
that you have to escape. If you already feel
that you have to escape, get to work on your
life and resolve problems and work things out
with people around you.

Learn to process strong emotional
experiences rather than repress them. Bring
up and process emotional stuff that you have
already repressed. (Be careful with this. It can
be very moving and as extremely affecting as
an electric shock.)

Learn to deal with internal or external conflict
by resolving rather than using force, discipline
or other overwhelming motivation techniques.
This way you are not fighting to achieve and
hurting yourself or others in the process.

Either learn to deal with things so they are not
toxic to you or avoid ingesting them. This
could include things from artificial flavors to
large quantities of alcohol to medications to
nerve gas.

Get more energy by living better. Resolving
external and internal conflicts will enable you
to do things with less effort. If you can't get it
all done without a stimulant, consider that
maybe you need to make some changes or
adjustments one way or the other.

Learn to feel and heal. Learn to live with pain
and see it for what it is and means. Maybe if
you are in too much pain to keep going, you
should reduce your activity or heal the
problem. Use some common sense. If an
indicator light in you car lights, do you cover it
with a piece of duct tape and keep driving on
the highway or do you fix the car?

Learn to use the positive aspects of
Christianity to improve the way you live while
being careful about how you handle this
particular aspect of the faith. Use meditation
or another technique to adjust the way this
image is involved in your being.

See the positive message in the concept of
turning the other cheek which is way way
better than the previous concept of an eye for
an eye. At the same time, realize that actually
turning the other cheek is an approach that
could use some improvement. If someone or
something slaps you, choose to do something
different such as resolving the issue or
healing the situation. Your nerves which are
part of you, will do something different as well.
Illustrative Cases

Now that we have some of the key factors that create the disease, here are some cases to illustrate its development.

Let's start with the case of a guy who served in the first gulf war and later developed so called als.

This guy had a tough childhood during which a largely absent father's rare presence often meant it was time for harsh
discipline. So here we have two of the factors already. Emotional trauma and escapism on the father's part. Escapism
also will be seen being used by the son.

At this point, he decided to leave home, and served in the first gulf war. So here we have more factors including serving
in the war to escape rather than deal with and resolve the issues with his father, exposure to trauma of various vaccines
administered by the military, exposure to various war related toxins in combination with strenuous physical exertion and
stress and, due to his Christian upbringing, extreme internal conflict between what he was doing and his values.

As his life continued, he was very physically active while ingesting huge amounts of caffeine, in the form of artificially
colored soda, and alcohol. So here we have the use of stimulants and painkillers and the ingestion of possible toxins in
various forms combined with regular strenuous physical activity. On top of this, he worked in a very stressful situation
where he did nothing to resolve conflicts with his employer.

When all this is considered, it makes sense that this person would become develop some illness and given the person's
tendency to deal with problems by escaping, it makes sense that the illness developed would be als.

Now, let's go over the case of, of all people, Lou Gehrig.

Luckiest Man, by Jonathan Eig, Simon & Schuster, 2005)

Lou Gehrig had a turbulent childhood during which siblings died, his parents often argued and his mother was a
stressed out breadwinner. So there is factor number one, emotional trauma. He also was a positive guy always putting a
brave face on things so we can guess he was repressing a lot. In addition, his parent's used discipline rather than
conflict resolution to keep him in line, so there is another factor. 'Those who knew Gehrig as a young man used words
such as "worried" and "harassed" to describe him.'p19

As he got older, "He was a worrier, obsessed with pleasing others." "...he always approached his job with a grim
determination and a deep fear of disappointing his employers, his teammates, and his fans." page 12

In their first year of marriage, Eleanor realized "how sensitive and uncommunicative her husband could be. He was an
Iron Horse, but his ego dented as easily as aluminum foil." page 177

"Eleanor wrote:

So he wasn't simply the strong silent type; he was...easily hurt...when he thought he has treated me brusquely, he'd go
around the house and refuse to talk to me for what seemed like hours...exiling himself...sulking at his own moodiness."

"He had never known...close love before, and when he found it, he grew
frightened to death that he might lose it."

That pretty much sums it up in a way. The "sulking at his own moodiness" is the exact kind of cycle that creates chronic,
progressive illness.

The fear is also a common ingredient.

Unresolved inner conflicts regarding baseball can be suspected here as well. His mother had wanted him to take up a
more serious career. Could it be that he always felt that maybe that would be a good idea. As he gained wealth and
fame, did this shy guy feel funny about those he had left behind? It is interesting how quickly he moved back to New
York City and jumped into a more serious community service job upon retiring from baseball. In any case, it has been  
observed that Lou accomplished academically and athletically through hard work and when you hear the words hard
work, you have to wonder what made it so hard. Inner conflict seems likely here and so the running roughshod over
inner conflict factor seems evident in the case of Lou Gehrig.

One time when Eleanor and Lou went to the opera, he started sobbing. This seems to indicate a deep well of pent up

Lou smoked and drank alcohol. Both of these substance habits could be looked at as using painkillers, especially in the
context of the way Lou Gehrig was living. For instance, x-ray examination indicated that he had played baseball with
fractured hands. It is possible that his use of tobacco or some other calming or numbing substance played a part in his
ability to do this. A more clearly connected example can be seen in one extreme case where a pitch hit him in the head,
knocking him down. His response, go back to his hotel and have a beer and play the next day. In addition the toxic
aspects of alcohol and tobacco use could create system trauma. While the regular use of these substances may not
necessarily cause significant nerve degeneration, Lou's use may have helped him strain his system to the breaking

Another possible trauma trigger would be the x-rays used to check him out on multiple occasions during the course of
his professional career.

He had his playing streak to keep alive so he played through sickness, exhaustion or injury. So basically, he was
pushing himself very hard. When he developed als, the comment was made that he had worn himself out trying to keep
the streak going. While this has been discounted given the misconceptions concerning the condition, it was probably a
good insight.

Lou had a tendency to get angry, yelling at umpires and others involved in baseball who did not measure up to his
standards and reacting very negatively and suing a journalist and the owner's of the Daily News when it printed a story
that was incorrect.

While negative ways always create disease, the particular type of negative response determines the nature of disease
created. Eleanor called Lou her "unforgiving man." This showed up when he had a falling out with Babe Ruth, which
resulted in the two not speaking for years. Another time it showed up when his mother made a comment about his wife
and he "vowed never to see his mother again." p330 After one problematic event Eleanor spoke of "a long siege of
no-speaking, one of his Lou's spells of speechlessness." p 191 This pattern of behavior indicates the key response type
which creates als, disconnection.

Another account says "But Gehrig traveled New Rochelle like a tourist, never staying long in one place and never
making any deep connections." Once again, the lack of connection that would manifest in the nerves shows up in his
way of living.

At this point more and more factors are turning up. Look at the stress, the fear, the emotional issues. See the way he
handled problems. It is not surprising that he got seriously sick and once one examines the exact patterns and factors, it
becomes clear that this man would end up in experiencing the condition called als. The three key components are there,
physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stress, trauma triggers and disconnecting  patterns.

When Lou Gehrig was a child, his mother saw how the stress and other factors in their situation were killing chlldren,
including three of her own. Determined to keep Lou alive, she always fed him well, feeling that in developing strength, he
would become safe.

It worked in a way. Lou did survive childhood. And the physical power he developed contributed to his achievements.

At the same time, brawn can only get one so far, and, in a universe where fear and conflict are involved in it's very
structure, Lou Gehrig was faced with the truth that the success of any escape attempt, even one that takes a person
from a tenement to a life of glamour, is largely illusory and that escape tends to land one in a situation similar to that
which one has left.

After retiring from professional baseball, Lou Gehrig joined the New York parole board, where, as he was becoming a
prisoner in his own body, he was involved in a program that focused on release and healing. That could be seen as an
acknowledgement of the task at hand and as a step toward resolving some inner conflict and getting onto more of a
healing path.
ALS as a Created Situation

Als, rather than developing randomly or being caused by genes, is a
created problem that arises when various factors come together to create
it. As discussed in the
Intelligent Creation section of this site, all creations,
including als, are directed by intelligence and can be changed by changing
the choices of intelligence.

This is great news for anyone experiencing als, because it means that by
changing the underlying choices and factors, one can change the situation.
How to Look at Genes

Genes, rather than creating our destiny or really causing problems, are
more mechanisms for the creation of problems. Like other tools that people
use, genes can be activated or deactivated. Also, genes are creations that
can be changed.  So even though there may be genes involved in the
creation of als, the problem is still solvable by using approaches that
change the way the genes are being used or that change the genes

One thing a person experiencing als could consider is the fact that the
degeneration seemed to just start recently while the gene that may be
supposedly causing the problem was there all along.
The ALS Creation Pattern

While the way als develops varies from person to person, the general way it
happens is the following.

For some reason, whether the person has experienced emotional trauma,
the person has had a physical injury, the person is under severe strain or
for some other reason, the person approaches the situation by problem.
The person chooses this disconnection consciously or unconsciously. For
instance the person may consciously decide to stop communicating with a
particular individual, or the person may unconsciously choose to
emotionally disconnect in response to a problem. In the case of
unconsciously chosen disconnection, the person may in a way not be
aware of the ongoing process.

This disconnection approach can be used on multiple levels in the person's
life including the interpersonal level and the cellular level. Sometimes
cellular level disconnection can be a response to cellular trauma, such as  
might be created if the person is exposed to damaging substances.

What is called als is the result of cellular level disconnection.

Maybe when the approach or response is first used it does not cause much
of a problem. The problem gets worse when the disconnecting approach is
used repeatedly. The degeneration and progression called als is the
manifestation of repeated use of disconnecting approaches.