What is Ask Dr. Miller?

Welcome to “Ask Dr. Miller”.  I am here to answer your questions about Deep Healing and Mind/Body Medicine. In a world besieged by specialists, my goal has been to address that little something that has disappeared from most specialties—the patient!  Send in your questions to [email protected] and I will answer your questions and they may appear on my YouTube.com channel or as a Free Podcast.  All personal information will be kept confidential.

Ask Dr. Miller: What does it mean to ‘Heal the System’?

Deep Healing emphasizes the systemic nature of healing. If a man strikes his wife, opening a large cut in her head, a few stitches and a little time will result in the closing of that wound—and there’s been some healing, but not a complete healing. More would be necessary to heal the trauma to the woman’s emotion. And, what about the man? He is not healthy; he is ill, as indicated by his dysfunctional behavior, and he needs healing work. Neither can heal alone, and come to a healthy balance. And then, the healing of the relationship is another thing.

Another example—a man is bleeding from the mouth. Only a fool would imagine that stuffing cotton balls in his mouth and bandaging it would solve the problem. Instead, he goes to the hospital, where an x-ray shows that he is bleeding from an ulcer in his stomach. We have a tendency to think of the ulcer as the disease, and might attempt to cure it by surgically removing it.

On the other hand we might take a history from the man and find out that each day he takes a dozen aspirin and drinks a fifth of Vodka. Suddenly we see that the ulcer was but a symptom, and although the surgery cures the ulcer, healing has not taken place and he will likely be back within the year with another ulcer. His behavior is the source of the symptom, and it might be wise to treat his behavior, not just his stomach.

Then we might ask why he is consuming these highly irritating substances—and learn that he feels great guilt for having been disloyal in an important relationship, that he drinks to relieve his inner pain and takes aspirin to relieve his hangover. If our treatment aims to help him learn a better way to deal with his inner conflicts, our healing is even deeper, as we aim ever closer to the source of his problems, which clearly extend to many levels of his system, not just the upper GI bleeding.

On the external level there are those relationships that need healing—our primary relationships, family relationships, and our relationships in our community or work place. In addition to these relationships, deserving as they are to be healed and brought to high levels of performance, we also know that our individual health cannot be maximized in the absence of healthy relationships. In fact, experiments have shown that a person’s health or disease is directly related to the quality of his/her relationships!

Please send your questions to [email protected]!

In Peace,

Ask Dr. Miller: Why Balance Emotions?

August 18, 2010 by EMiller
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Ask Dr. Miller: Dealing with Stress in the World Today

What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 stress?  In this podcast I explain the difference, give examples of each and provide simple ways (affirmations) to quickly release stress and enter a relaxed state of mind, body and spirit.

This audio excerpt is from my program Stress Fitness Volume 1. Please visit my online store at ShopDrMiller.com for more information about this and my other audio programs.

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April 30, 2010 by EMiller
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Ask Dr. Miller: What is ‘Wellness’?

In our culture, we commonly think of ourselves as being “sick” or “healthy.” Generally, we define “sick” as having some sort of signs or symptoms of a disease (pain, swelling, fever, loss of function). We then tend to define health as simply being the absence of these signs and symptoms.

The concept of “wellness” recognizes that this is an inadequate way of looking at things. Wellness looks at the positive dimensions—a person moving toward wellness is gaining strength, reserve capacity, feels joy in life. Wellness indicates not only the presence of health, but also the ability to withstand the stresses that might otherwise lead to illness.

Ask Dr. Miller: What is the Systems Approach?

A friend asked me the other day what I was talking about when I referred to the Systems Approach.  Well, along with a shift in perspective from the Newtonian-Cartesian viewpoint, in a Systems Approach we begin to see the many things and experiences we have as not quite so separate. We notice that there are general patterns of organization that appear again and again in our experience. The pattern of veins flowing in from the hand toward the arm very much resembles the veins on a leaf, which in turn resembles the way the tree’s roots feed into its crown.

The same pattern can also be seen when looking down from an airplane at all the tributaries to a stream or river. If you look at a diagram of the Army, showing the path that information might flow on from a private in the field to a general back at headquarters, you’d see the same pattern. In one case, the flow is through human flesh, another past plant cells in a tube made of plant cells, and another is formed by the rocky banks of streamlets, or by soldiers and their communication devices along the chain of command.

Each of these is a different system, but the branching structure reflects a single basic pattern, which appears in each of them.

When we tune in to that aspect of the world that looks at similarities, rather than at differences, we are beginning to take a “systems approach” to the world. The study of systems may be called “general systems theory.” This approach to understanding recognizes two sets of counterpoised concepts that are crucial to understanding systems, yet are seldom explored in other approaches. They are emergence and hierarchy, information and control.

Health and Peak Performance require homeostasis and balance of our inner systems.

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