Conversations with my body – Part 1- the cure for hiccups

By Dianne Trussell, BSc Hons, Goonellabah, NSW

As a child I suffered from hiccups. And when I say ‘suffered’, I mean SUFFERED! Once they started, they’d go on and on, every 5 to 6 seconds, 24/7, for days and days. I’d be sleepless, frustrated, irritated, driven crazy by them. I was in despair. I tried every remedy suggested: held my breath, breathed into a paper bag, put sugar under my tongue, drank water upside-down, fasted, ate…. all to no avail. By the time the hiccups would subside (by themselves) I’d be exhausted and very sore in my throat and chest. And in dread of the next bout. It’s one of the reasons I became such a slow eater – to help avoid the ‘hell’ of hiccups!

One time when I was in my early teens I had absolutely had it with the hiccups. This had to stop. I was determined to find out what would work. What did my body want to do? I sat down, relaxed, and closed my eyes. When my mind had settled, I asked my body: “What do you want me to do?” and to my unending surprise, I got a clear answer, rather unusual, but very logical. The method my body ‘told’ me is this:

Breathe in slowly, but not all the way. Stop breathing in before it feels finished or satisfying. Then breathe out slowly, but not all the way. Stop breathing out before it feels finished or satisfying. There were a couple of hiccups at the start, but I ignored them and kept steadily doing my shortened breaths. Suddenly there was a flush of heat, then a hard-to-describe feeling of ‘descending’ or relaxation in my diaphragm. At the end of this feeling – no more hiccups! The method worked every time, and my hiccups diminished until they became a rare event that didn’t take long to stop. And it worked for some other people with intractable hiccups too. On later reflection I could see that this method solved one of the failings of all the breath-holding methods for me: that I’d run out of air before the hiccups would stop!

So there you go, years before I’d ever heard of Universal Medicine, and me being a skeptical, practical young scientist-in-the-making, I had a conversation with my body that solved a long-running and very annoying health problem.

Various detractors and ‘skeptics’ have criticized Universal Medicine practitioners for claiming to ‘talk to patient’s ovaries’ etc. Well for starters, they don’t do that or claim that at all. But consider this: we can certainly talk to our own organs, as I did with my errant diaphragm in the hiccups saga. Anyone who arcs up and says this is non-scientific garbage ought to remind themselves that their bodies are made of cells, and all cells in the body (including the brain) communicate with each other in both close proximity and at a distance, using chemical, electric, quantum and magnetic signals. This is how the entire body knows what’s going on inside it from moment to moment, and what to do about it. So it’s perfectly reasonable that, if one so chooses, one can ‘tune in’ to one’s body and access the messages that are flying hither and yon like information packets on the internet. It is also possible to tune in to a particular part of the body to find out what’s going on there and what is needed.


672 thoughts on “Conversations with my body – Part 1- the cure for hiccups

  1. I love that this blog shows that the wisdom in our bodies is not the domain of adults, special people or enlightened ones. It simply requires us to become still, quiet and listen to what it has to say. Sometimes the advice may not be what we want to hear or make sense to us at the time but the more you listen and respond the more you will be amazed by how spot on and intelligent the body is.

  2. It sometimes takes an illness or uncomfortable situation for us to be humble enough to ask our body. This is a shame, as our body is like our best friend, constantly giving us advice and encouragement of how to live in a way that maintains harmony within and without.

  3. Love it Diane, it does make sense and clearly I am way more scientifically minded that I gave myself credit for because this is entirely logical to me! In terms of your treatment here for hiccups, well, fantastic. I have used a few times since reading this blog the first time round and found it works every time. I just needed to slow myself down.

  4. This is such a brilliant reminder of not only how our bodies are forever communicating to us what is to needed to maintain a state of well-being or harmony, but that we already are responding to this communication from our bodies throughout our every day, yet we just simply do not appreciate it. We feel when there is a stone in our shoe, when it is too cold and we need on put on a jumper, or when too hot and need less clothes so as to not over heat, when we need a drink etc. But imagine if we choose to develop our awareness and appreciation to this communication and deepen our relationship with our bodies so that we are guided to live with a deeper connection and knowing of what is true in every situation, as this is what our bodies are forever presenting us with.

  5. A year on since reading this and the following part two my life and the relationship I have with my body has completely changed and is still deepening today. From exposing all the beliefs I had around the body as an object or something that is within my care my whole life, to dealing with the imposition of the expectations I have placed onto the body these conversations are constantly inspiring. I now relate to my body in a way that I know it has the most loving of intentions, even if I am choosing otherwise it never stops being willing to communicate that which is most loving for myself and all equally so. And I doubt I would have come to this point if it were not for your own experiments and conversations that you’ve shared here Dianne, Thank you so much for writing these blogs.

  6. A great example Dianne of how in connecting and listening to our body’s inner wisdom and what it is communicating we are able to truly support ourselves.

  7. Thank God for Dianne Trussell – she is a living, breathing, sparkling example of the miracles contained within our bodies.

    1. Tamara, I echo your appreciation of this gorgeous woman – Dianne Trussell. She has the wisdom of an elder infused with the wonder and play-full-ness of a child. My favourite mix 🙂

  8. Makes perfect sense to me Dianne. Those who do not ask questions of their body do so because they do not want to hear the answer. That is to say, we have become rather complacent or, we could say, downright arrogant as the ‘driver’ of our bodies. If we have no true impulse to change the path that we are on, then we will hold tight the reins and continue on our not-so-merry way regardless of what the vehicle we ride within has to say about it. If we don’t want to know, we simply won’t ask. But – how cool is it when we allow ourselves to not only ask true questions but also be open and willing to receiving the true answers?

    (And I simply cannot wait until my next bout of hiccups to try your method…although perhaps my body may have a different way…)

  9. When we listen to our body it will tell the truth and when we listen to our mind that is full of ideals, beliefs, education and thoughts it can lead us a merry dance of deception.

  10. We are finding out more bout the amazing bodies we have everyday! I am blown away every time I read or experience something new connected to my body. I love reading your blogs Dianne and appreciate your sharing of your experiences as a Scientist.

  11. Great blog Dianne about the power and simplicity of listening to our own bodies. The more open and willing I am to listen to its messages, and act on them, the more I learn to ‘tune into’ these messages – it’s like my body starts to appreciate that I’m listening, and share more with me.

  12. That’s awesome. Of all the different ways to ‘cure’ hiccups, who would have thought the easiest way would be to listen to your body and to focus on your breath?! Simple isn’t it? Amazing how easy life is when we tune into our bodies.

  13. I love this. Thank you Miss Scientist for further confirming the truth about science. Why we waste time ignoring our bodies everyday is beyond me. I say that despite the fact that I ignore my body more than I realise…but it still baffles me that I would choose to do this, because I know it has all the answers.

  14. The breath is fundamental to life so, in a way, it is not surprising that simply changing the way we breathe could have such a marked effect on us, literally changing our life. I have noticed this too, when my body is in pain, by breathing gently and focussing on my breath, or within my heart, the pain diminishes and can completely disappear.

  15. Dianne, your blogs are so very inspirational. I have just tried this technique on an ongoing issue. The particles that make up our bodies are all knowing and have the intelligence of the Universe. It therefore makes perfect sense to me to ask our bodies for assistance.

  16. I just knew I had to read your contribution again for its clarity and pioneering qualities – as you say, our body does communicate with us, continually so in many minute ways and much louder in a health crisis. As you say, “one can ‘tune in’ to one’s body and access the messages that are flying hither and yon like information packets on the internet”. I’d go as far as saying that the internet is a pale imitation of the goings on in the human body – for one, there is not a hint of abuse in its pursuit of homeostasis unless of course, we introduce it from the outside by the way we treat our body.

  17. I love how you bring science to everything or more so how you show and thus allow us to see the simplicity of science in our everyday life.

  18. Beautiful Dianne, I love this, so real, so practical and so doing-able. Tuning into our own body is a most sensible thing for anyone to do.

  19. This is an inspiring story on many levels. I love the way all the usual treatment methods failed and you had to ask your body how to do it. I love that a sceptical scientist was able to discover how amazing their body is. And I love how this scientifically makes sense.

  20. It is interesting to read stories like this, especially when all tried and tested methods do not work and the answer is within the body all along. I have an example such as this, where my throat gets sore if I have spoken up about something but not fully said my piece – once identified the sore throat clears up on it’s own.

  21. I have wondered if Einstein were still alive today, and given that we now accept the ‘everything is energy’… not only relate and reserve this statement for astronomy and physics, I wonder what discoveries Einstein would have made in relating this to the human body… as it too is a bundle of energy, atoms, molecules, particles, quanta – visible and invisible to the naked eye… We do have the intelligence to tune into the communication between all the energy movement within our body, it just that we have got too used to looking ‘out there’ for the answers rather than looking in right under our own nose…

  22. As you described your shortened breath it seemed to be a re-set movement – which reminds me of a particular Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy movement, where we can use the introduced rhythm to also bring the body back, to then deepen its natural rhythm.

  23. Its beautiful to feel this kind of sensitivity and common sense from a scientist. In many ways and generally speaking scientists have gained a reputation for being quite the opposite.

  24. Incredible what lengths we go to in order to cure hiccups getting caught up in myths and beliefs, rather than quietly connecting to our body and allowing our own body to deliver its own wisdom to us, great example Dianne of how the body can guide us to exactly what is required.

  25. I love this Dianne, highlighting how we innately know when we allow ourselves to listen to our inner wisdom to solve an issue and for support rather than what is told to us from the outside.

  26. It is such a natural way of finding answers to messages of the body but do we trust what we feel as being the answer? For me it’s work in progress to embrace the sensitivity and wisdom of the body but when I am honest and do tune in and ask my questions I receive the messages of (a part of) my body very clearly.

  27. This blog and the following part 2 has changed my life, having conversations with my body has brought in so much wisdom and understanding of why things occur and how to move out of them in a way that supports the body to heal not only physical but mental states as well. Listening to what is being communicated is a huge dose of medicine we all need in our lives.

  28. It’s an interesting thing to observe, that there are those that claim you can’t talk to a body, when their very intelligence is very disconnected to the body! I really enjoy being an open person and exploring things for myself. Life itself is a science and we can each observe, test and evaluate outcomes and be our own natural scientists. I personally feel that true science is innate, children are a great example of this, they are such amazing little scientists and they live in the wonder of what they explore. Adults can be too quick to shut down to possibilities, which to me says life is more about safety than true exploration.

  29. A beautiful sharing Dianne, thank you. I love reading your blogs, there are so many lessons you share in an interesting, real and fun way.

  30. You make a very convincing point for tuning into one’s body and getting a sense of what is needed and might help. This evidence and those from the many other experiments you have conducted are a testimony to the fact that we are all scientists and experts on our own body and life. We do know but it suits us, more often than not, to not know.

  31. Our own questions answered when we accept that we do already know… to deny this as a possibility is to deny ourselves true health and wellbeing.

  32. “So there you go, years before I’d ever heard of Universal Medicine, and me being a skeptical, practical young scientist-in-the-making, I had a conversation with my body that solved a long-running and very annoying health problem.” Love this – yet we so often look outside of ourselves for answers. Looking to our body rather than our mind – makes so much sense.

  33. Love the science that you bring into this very handy hiccup hint. I have been waiting to try it since my first read but the hiccups have not obliged, as yet. I too love the fact that we can have conversations with our body but we need to know at what point to stop talking and to start to listen, as you did. I am endlessly amazed at what my body tells me; I mightn’t always like the answer but I can never deny that what I am hearing is the truth.

  34. Very good point and one that we are not taught enough about. We have become so disempowered by information over load that we have forgotten our secret weapon; our relationship and connection to ourselves. Unfortunately we have become so accustomed to living in our heads that we can forget that the rest of our body is very intelligent too, if we only take a moment to tune into it.

  35. I love that you are living proof of our ability to tune in and communicate with particular parts of the body and in this case determine what was needed to heal your suffering. We are remarkable creatures with remarkable capabilities not yet fathomed… science has only scratched the surface of understanding the wonders of our makeup.

  36. Agreed, our whole body communicates within itself at all times, we are a mass of cells, a community working in harmony, a big reflection for us as a human community as we go about our day.

  37. Yes absolutely what you say, and also it is not crazy to know how to heal ourselves because it simply is our body, a body we live in day in day out which makes us the most skilled in knowing what is going on and how to heal ourselves.

  38. I’d never heard of hiccups hanging around that long and I can relate to all the remedies that are claimed work. For some reason we avoid asking the very part of us that has a problem or isn’t at ease and I know this is the last thing on my mind to do if it’s on my mind at all. This article has broken new ground though and I can see very simply this is the way we should be going about everything and in place of asking everyone or everything around you why not ask you. When we hold onto to seeing life in a certain way or living a certain way then we close off to the ‘all’ that is available to us and like this article presents if your body has something going on or you have something going on with you, take a seat with yourself and take the time to ask, like the author you may be surprised at the answer you truly get.

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