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.