Hamer’s 2-phases of a disease shows the basic outline of how fat-gain is part of a biological programme
In META-Health & ACE we refer to the what Dr Hamer calls The Two Phases Of Disease.
This ultimately serves as a breakdown of what is happening physiologically (and psychologically) when and more importantly why we become ill, sick, and overweight. And here we’ll use one of two, weight gain programmes, as an example, to demonstrate the model.
Disease is often deemed in traditional medicine to have an unknown cause. But Hamer, a German Oncologist, overlays his model of the central nervous system, the sympathetic and parasympathetic programmes that assist illness.
I studied META-Medicine (in 2010) now META-Health (renamed in 2013) and ACE (Advanced Clearing Energetics) with META-Medicine Trainer (until 2013) and ACE creator Richard Flook
I’m not sure why we’re surprised to learn of a connection between the state of the body, the mind, the environment (in which we place – or find – ourselves) and the habits (we carry out on a daily basis).
Our bodies function with so little conscious effort from us!
But it might surprise you to learn that this model doesn’t only apply to physical disease, and for these purposes we use the word disease or symptoms, which include mental health, fears, phobias, allergies, addiction, behaviours and compulsions, including weight gain and eating disorders.
The 9-steps of the disease process looks something like this, and we’re using the word disease in an umbrella sense to describe all of the above, where they all have one thing in common and that’s the underlying stress-factor/s. The model works like this:
- Life is sweet, let’s call it normal
- An unexpected trauma or shock occurs
- The body goes into stress, where the effects often go unnoticed
- The shock reversal
- The beginning of physical symptoms
- The point when your symptoms are at their peak
- The calming down of symptoms
- Back to normal
That’s the model in a nutshell, so let’s dig a little deeper.
No 1 – Life feels normal
This is the point when life is going it’s own sweet way, things are running smoothly, and all seems well with the world. It’s a familiar feeling, almost trance-like, where patterns are entrenched and life is running on automatic pilot.
Without going into too much detail, what’s about to be demonstrated, is unlikely to be happening for the first time, considering that as sentient beings, we’re open to being affected from our surroundings from as early as preconception.
Which means we’re forever adjusting the psyche in order to adapt and operate from the best version we can apply for ourselves.
Bearing in mind we’re all continually operating from the best place possible with the understanding we have!
No 2 – The event itself
Life suddenly takes a turn, something happens and what Richard Flook coined as a UDIN, an event happens that is:
- No coping strategy
In order words, something happens which is out-of-the-blue, because we didn’t see it coming, but it certainly wakes us from our sleeping-beauty-like-trance where regular-life takes place.
But simultaneously it’s unlikely to be well received, in fact the reaction is more likely to run along a gamut of emotions. There are two patterns for weight-gain, here’s an example of one of them.
I come home and find my lover in bed with my best friend
My world falls apart
A cacophony of reactions ensue
They were in my bed.!
Psychologically I didn’t feel strong enough
I’ve let this happen
I question my relationship
What did I do wrong?
Why did he need to be with someone else
Where did I fall short?
I’m blaming myself
Because I didn’t feel strong enough to deal with the situation
Making a distinction here… the above reaction (for our example) is a what-could-happen, not a what-would-happen. How my physiology reacts to this scenario is predetermined by my perception, and my perception is built on previous perceptions of previous experiences.
There are many different ways this scene can play out, but whichever way I react will inevitably lead to a version of the steps set out below, unless... I’m completely fine with the scene, and have no feelings about it one way or the other, for whatever reason.
No 3 – Going into stress
Continuing with our weight gain example. I found him in bed with her, and at this point my system takes itself into stress and a range of subtle symptoms ensue (that I dismiss as being stressed out about what happened):
- I obsess over the event, if only I’d said this or that
- My appetite becomes erratic
- My sleep patterns are affected
- My blood pressure increases slightly
- I take on a new belief about myself
When I look back on this period, I may well be flippant about how this was the most effective-diet I ever had. But physiologically what’s actually happening is that my system is processing the shock.
During this phase my fat cells are reducing, and my relationship with food is sporadic, the weight may well drop off, but it’s due to the biological programme around the fat cells.
Nos 4 The UDIN reversal
One day, it all changes!
Something happens that subconsciously reverses the stress process. It’s directly related, because something is said or an event occurs that let’s me know it’s safe to let it go. And a good example of this is when I meet a new man.
I now feel okay about myself, I’m strong enough after all, I’m worthy of what I thought was taken from me. But this is fleeting!
No 5-7 – The arrival of the symptoms
Now my physiology goes onto the next step, where I feel safe, and in reality I’m recovering back into what we might call the norm.
But what happens is that as I start eating again, my body starts increasing it’s fat storage, and for those with weight issues, it may well store more than it would for others (let’s imagine for a moment if we dare) that it’s my pattern.
So now although I feel good, my body is putting on the weight, disproportionate to how it was before, even though I’ve only resumed similar eating patterns to those I adopted before the UDIN.
At steps 5-7 it varies, according to the condition, but with weight we often find the body is flipping between 5 and 7, where 6 doesn’t feature much here.
Step 6 is also known as The Healing Crisis, and features far more heavily in physical conditions, which can be the most dangerous stage in some condition. But this is NOT the case for our weight-gain example.
No 8 – The calming effect
At this point in a physical illness, we’d be experiencing the subsidence of symptoms, body temperature resuming, and Step 8 is associated with feel-good foods, homely soups and stews, foods that build strength.
And as a foodie it’s important to be careful, discipline and self-awareness are the order of the day. This is not an excuse to over-indulge, to make up for lost time.
Bearing in mind there is no established research for this model, but I do know that traditional western doctors use it and I’ve had great success using it with my clients.
My feeling about this step is that it’s a vulnerable one, when new patterns for overeating can really embed themselves.
Be mindful is all, and just a note to say that Steps 5-7 can hang around for years, because the amount of time for the major steps has no timeline, so no predictions can be given.
No 9 – Back to life
Now I’m back on my feet, no answers for what I’ve just been through, no further with the solutions to my weight loss ambitions. I may even have taken on some new eating habits I didn’t have before, on the other hand, I might have learned some things about me.
Being out of the 9-step process will not lose me the weight, and I might think I need a diet to get rid of the excess weight, especially when I’m in the wholesome foods stage at Step 8, but it might not last.
And with what we now know about dieting, and according to the UCLA report from 2008, a diet is probably the last thing I need to embark on. Their conclusion:
Over time diets are the best way to put on weight for approx 75% of the population.
Once you develop a pattern of turning to food for comfort, it strengthens each time you flex it, like a muscle. It becomes your pattern, and over time you start to identity with it as though you are it. But like all patterns it can be broken, and I’ve supported many a client with this.
Breaking your comfort-eating patterns brings you much closer to where you want to be on the road to feeling in control around food. And this helps you makes better choices far more easily.
The other pattern
As I mentioned earlier, there are two weight gain programmes, we’ve looked at how fat tissue works, the other pattern runs differently by putting weight on in the initial stress stage, taking it off at the later stages, and some people have both patterns running, especially where the weight fluctuates but fails to resolve itself long-term.
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