9781556436796

Understanding the Messages of Your Body

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    9781556436796

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-11-13
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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Summary

We are all born with certain parts of our bodies that are less healthy than others, and as the stresses and traumas of life accumulate, these areas become what Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral calls our bodies' "weakest link." This is especially the case with our internal organs. In Understanding the Messages of Your Body, Dr. Barral discusses each organ and its complex relationship with the rest of the body, explaining how pain can originate with an emotional upset that creates distress in an organ, or how a physically damaged organ can cause emotional problems. To Dr. Barral, the body's vital viscera are like a beautifully complicated timepiece, each part in subtle but perpetual motion relative to the others. Problems arise when a trauma or malfunction puts the system out of alignment. This book helps us to recognize and interpret the signals sent to us by our organs, and provides exercise tips and nutritional and psychological recommendations to promote their health and enhance our overall well-being. Understanding the messages of our bodies, according to Dr. Barral, is the first step toward preventing future illness and achieving optimal health. Book jacket.

Author Biography

TIME magazine named Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O. (UK) one of the top 100 practitioners in alternative medicine to watch out for in the new millennium in the 1999 feature, Innovators: TIME 100 The Next Wave, Alternative Medicine. Dr. Barral was trained at the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone, England. A well-known clinician and teacher in his native France and throughout Europe, he has authored many osteopathic textbooks. His works in English include Visceral Manipulation (with Pierrre Mercier, D.O.), Visceral Manipulation II, The Thorax, Urogenital Manipulation, Manual Thermal Evaluation, and most recently, Trauma: An Osteopathic Approach.

Dr. Barral is presently Academic Director of the International College of Osteopathy in Saint Etienne, France, and the Chairman of the Department of Visceral Manipulation on the Faculty of Medicine at Paris du Nord. He practices osteopathy in Grenoble, France.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Your Body Talks, Listen to It!p. 1
The Human Body, A Well-Oiled Machinep. 3
In Our Organs, the Echo of Our Emotionsp. 4
In Our Behavior, the Echo of Our Organsp. 4
Our Weak Linkp. 5
The Brainp. 6
Thank Goodness, We Have Psychosomatic Reactions!p. 7
Emotions for Lifep. 9
The Great Spectacle of Our Emotionsp. 9
The Body Has Its Own Memoryp. 12
What Do Our Organs Think?p. 15
Body, Mind, Same Story!p. 16
Too Much or Not Enoughp. 18
Your Body Speaks, Listen to It!p. 21
Healing an Emotional Problem by Treating an Organp. 24
Healing an Organ by Treating an Emotional Problemp. 25
What If An Organ Has Been Removed?p. 25
What Your Organs Thinkp. 27
The Organ Personp. 29
The Brain, The Big Bossp. 30
How the Brain Worksp. 30
The Limbic System and the Organs: An Intimate Relationshipp. 33
When the Limbic System Isn't Working as well as It Shouldp. 34
How to Take Care of Your Brainp. 39
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 39
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 39
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 39
The Lungs and the Bronchial Passages: A Lot of Wind or Just a Breezep. 41
How the Respiratory System Worksp. 41
When the Lungs Don't Work as well as They Shouldp. 45
Lung-Bronchial Passage Peoplep. 47
How to Take Care of the Lungsp. 54
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 54
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 56
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 57
The Heart: It Beats and Throbsp. 58
How It Worksp. 58
When the Heart Doesn't Work as well as It Shouldp. 60
Heart Peoplep. 62
How to Take Care of the Heartp. 69
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 69
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 71
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 72
The Breasts: Most Feminine of Symbolsp. 73
How They Workp. 73
When the Breasts Are Not as well as They Could Bep. 74
Breast Peoplep. 75
How to Take Care of the Breastsp. 81
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 81
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 82
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 83
The Gallbladder: A Small Pocketful of Annoyancep. 84
How the Gallbladder Worksp. 84
When the Gallbladder Doesn't Work as well as It Shouldp. 85
Gallbladder Peoplep. 86
How to Take Care of the Gallbladderp. 89
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 89
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 90
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 90
The Liver: Our Deeper Self and Emotionsp. 92
How the Liver Worksp. 93
Why Take Care of Your Liver?p. 97
When the Liver Isn't Working as well as It Shouldp. 98
Liver Peoplep. 102
How to Take Care of the Liverp. 110
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 110
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 111
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 114
Cholesterol and the Liverp. 115
The Stomach and the Duodenum: Our Social Selfp. 120
How the Stomach and Duodenum Workp. 121
The Stomach: A Grinding Pouchp. 121
The Duodenum: A Cocktail Shakerp. 121
When the Stomach Isn't Working as It Shouldp. 122
Stomach-Duodenum Peoplep. 123
How to Take Care of the Stomachp. 131
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 131
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 132
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 133
The Pancreas and the Spleen: Severe Emotional Shock Absorbersp. 135
How They Workp. 135
The Pancreasp. 135
The Spleenp. 135
When the Pancreas and Spleen Don't Work as well as They Shouldp. 136
Pancreas-Spleen Peoplep. 137
Zooming in on the Spleenp. 141
How to Take Care of the Pancreas and Spleenp. 143
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 143
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 144
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 145
The Intestines: A Long and Winding Roadp. 146
How the Intestines Workp. 146
When the Intestines Don't Work as well as They Shouldp. 147
Intestine Peoplep. 150
How to Take Care of the Intestinesp. 156
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 156
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 156
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 157
The Kidneys: Two Non-Identical Twinsp. 158
How the Kidneys Workp. 158
When the Kidneys Don't Work as well as They Shouldp. 159
Kidney Peoplep. 162
"Genitality," or Our Reproductive Potentialp. 167
How to Take Care of the Kidneysp. 168
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 168
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 169
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 171
The Bladder: Constant Controlp. 171
How the Bladder Worksp. 171
When the Bladder Doesn't Work as well as It Shouldp. 173
Bladder Peoplep. 174
How to Take Care of the Bladderp. 177
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 177
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 177
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 178
The Genital Organs: Our Origin and Futurep. 179
How the Genitals Workp. 179
The Importance of Our Sense of Smellp. 183
When the Genitals Don't Work as well as They Shouldp. 185
A Turning Point in One's Lifep. 188
Genital Peoplep. 190
How to Take Care of the Genitalsp. 194
From a Physical Point of Viewp. 194
From a Nutritional Point of Viewp. 196
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 197
The Skin: Our Showcasep. 199
How the Skin Worksp. 199
When the Skin Isn't Working as well as It Shouldp. 202
Skin Peoplep. 203
How to Take Care of the Skinp. 204
From a Physical and Nutritional Point of Viewp. 204
From a Psychological Point of Viewp. 205
Taking Care of Our Messengerp. 207
Our Most Precious Possessionp. 209
The Quest for Balancep. 209
Your Health Itineraryp. 210
Educating Our Children and Young Athletesp. 211
Respecting the Balance Within Our Bodyp. 212
How Complementary and Alternative Medicine Can Help Usp. 224
Visceral Manipulation Therapyp. 226
Acupuncturep. 228
Sophrologyp. 230
Bach Flower Remediesp. 231
Other Therapiesp. 232
More About Visceral Manipulationp. 235
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