• Tue, Feb 22 2011

The Healing Code: Complete Mental and Physical Health, Success, and Inner Peace In 6 Minutes or Less. Or Not.

Therese Borchard

This is author Therese Borchard’s debut post for Blisstree, and we’re happy to announce that she’ll be blogging for us on a weekly basis about all kinds of mental health, depression, and therapy issues. Have a question for Therese? Leave it in our comments section, below.

I admit it: I am one skeptical chick when it comes to health solutions, because I read so many self-help books a week that my bookshelves can no longer hold their weight. I’ve spent close to $40,000 on therapy, outpatient treatment programs, and psych visits. I’ve also explored almost every single alternative health treatment on the market today, from acupuncture to expensive Chinese herbs.

I spend an incredible amount of time each day pursuing good emotional and physical health. I’ve been called many things, but “health slacker” is not one. If I don’t swim 150 laps before 7:30 am, then I run seven miles. I eat plenty of roughage and vegetables, keep processed foods to a minimum, and take six omega-3 capsules a day, plus vitamin D, folic acid, and calcium supplements. I meditate for 15 minutes each morning, read spiritual literature, and keep a sleep/mood journal, where I jot down the time I went to bed the night before and how many hours I slept. In between therapy visits, I practice cognitive behavioral exercises on my own — stuff like identifying the ten distorted thoughts that bestselling author David Burns tells us to watch out for. I gave up alcohol 22 years ago, and I regulate the amount of caffeine I drink. Sugar? I’m still working on it.

I don’t believe in easy answers. If there ever were any, I would have found them by now. Trust me.

Alexander Loyd, Ph.D., N.D. and Ben Johnson, M.D., D.O., N.M.D., make several good arguments in their book The Healing Code: 6 Minutes to Heal the Source of Your Health, Success, or Relationship Issue, but I’ll take a pass on buying into the Healing Code as the potential answer to all my health problems, which, I humbly admit, are substantial: A pituitary tumor, thyroid growths, Raynaud’s phenomenon, aortic valve regurgitation, and bipolar disorder.

I wanted to throw the book across the room when I read this line: “God downloaded into my mind and heart what we now call The Healing Codes.” And also these: “Following this God-given blueprint eliminated the problem that had dominated my life for more than a decade. In 45 minutes, my wife’s clinical depression was gone.”

Not that I don’t believe in prophets. I do. I believe Moses was one. And Gandhi. And Mother Teresa. But you can always tell a true prophet because they warn you that should you actually believe what they say, the path will be difficult — even more challenging than the life you’re living now. And also, real prophets don’t make any money off their ideas.

But the book, and the concept, isn’t all bad. The first “secret” is dead on: Stress is the primary source of illness and disease. As they mention, the Centers for Disease Control states that 90% of all health issues are stress-related. And not the kind of stress we can eliminate by quitting our jobs. I mean the stress that operates so automatically on a cellular level, we don’t feel a thing.  The HPA, or hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis, gets a bit too much attitude, flips the bird to the limbic system (home of our emotions), and the next thing we know we’ve got a urinary tract infection, or much worse.

We could all benefit from being more cognizant of our stress levels, and reducing them by the exercises encouraged in the book: Power breathing, meditation, and energy medicine.

But I don’t believe that healing the issues of the heart can, according to Loyd and Johnson, turn the immune and healing systems back on, and therefore in six minutes heal the source of your health, success, or relationship issue. I don’t have cancer, but if I did, I can’t say that I’d be happy about hearing that if I die it’s pretty much my fault, because I failed to learn how to ignite my immune system by activating the four healing centers with my fingers.

I do believe in energy healing, and using control centers, or healing centers of our body like the bridge, temples, jaw, and Adam’s apple. I believe in the power of massage to heal physical conditions. But having been to hell and back with my bipolar disorder, I think the authors do a major disservice to folks like me who work diligently on their mental and physical health, harder than they do at their job or marriage, because they know that without their health the other two don’t stand a chance.

I cringe at simple instructions like the following, because whenever — in my disordered history — I’ve turned to easy answers, it almost cost me my life:

The [Healing Code] exercise turns on some combination of those four healing centers in a priority sequence. The priority sequence is critical to remove the stress in the body related to a particular problem and to heal the cellular memories related to that problem. The average Healing Code takes about 6 minutes to do, activating those healing centers with our fingers.

My gut says no on this one. Nothing in my health regimen has ever been that easy. Especially if it worked.

Therese J. Borchard is Associate Editor of Psych Central, where she regularly contributes to the award-winning blog, World of Psychology. She also writes the daily blog, Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet, which is featured weekly on The Huffington Post and several other websites, and moderates the popular depression support group, Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet’s community site. Therese is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit. She resides in Annapolis, MD with her husband, Eric, and their two children.

You can follow Therese on Twitter at @thereseborchard or visit her website: thereseborchard.com.

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  • Manda

    I really enjoyed this post, and I agree completely, Theresa!

    I, like you, have a mental and physical health “rap sheet’ as long as my arm, and have spent years trying to improve my mental and physical well-being. And I don’t buy into anything that claims to be a cure-all, quick-fix. Chances are, if it claims it can cure you overnight, it’s garbage that someone is pushing to try to make a buck.

    It sounds like the author picked up some actual wisdom from some other places, and references it to try and make himself more legit, but doesn’t have the first clue on how to really improve one’s overall health and wellness.

    Great review! I wish you all the best. :)

  • Niki

    I would not look a gift horse in the mouth. I personally know people who have benefited by using the Healing Code/Codes. Before you use doubt and fear tactics to scare others away from things, how about trying them – for 6 minutes and see if you get any results!

  • Joy

    Spot on Therese just like always. Thanks for uplifting me, tickling my funnybone, and informing me once again! Congrats on the new blog! Woohoo!

  • DeepWithin/Kate

    Great article Therese! I’m trying to make Wed’s a pastor’s monday…weekly catch up on self care. Glad I had sense to read this one.

    Totally agreed on all counts and shame on the author for blaming the heavenly host…no…flipping…way……Continued prayers for you and yours. ~ K

  • DeepWithin/Kate

    (laughing) by the way, my reading of the article and music therapy was disrupted by a stupid starbucks commercial…followed by a distracting add for female orgasm cures…

  • mikey

    I love this new blog. Therese Borchard writes with authenticity and what shes says here is very helpful. Thank you.

  • Alexander Loyd

    I am the author of this book, and think Therese makes some good, fairly balanced points. We are trying to help people hurting people heal – that’s it. We are successful most of the time, not all. Many times, when other things didn’t help, or there was supposed to be no help for a given problem. This grew out of a 12 year search for a cure to my illness diagnosed in 1988. What I would advise is to go to Amazon and read the reviews of “The Healing Code”, by people all over the world who have bought to book and tried it. You will find 333, 5 star reviews from people all over the world stating their issues healing. Some like an overnight miracle, some over a little bit of time. To us, that’s what it’s all about! We didn’t write a book to write a book, or make money on it. We did it to get this new technology in the hands of as many people as possible for as little money as possible.

    blessings, alexander

  • michael

    Geeze Therese,,,wow what a daily scheduale w/ADL’s,,,150 laps before 0730 or 7mi ? I need some of your daily drive/motivation,,,:)

  • Christina W

    If the author really was able to cure his wife’s depression in 6 minutes then the mental health professionals in our country as well as others better be looking for other jobs – not to mention the drug companies (that are not all evil as some would suggest and no, I don’t, nor have I ever worked for one but I do believe medication have their place in helping people). Then there are the natural approaches..like yoga, herbs..guess they are out the door too. What bothered me about this book is the references to God and the slick 6 minutes or less you will be living in blissville. No. Not possible. Yes, reducing stress, trying to take control of your emotions etc. obviously plays a part in healing/recovery, but this book makes it sound like anyone (life long addicts, criminals, etc) can “cure” themselves of whatever ails them and viola – new, unstained life.
    Save your money – Teresa is right on this one -

  • Mary

    As much as I love Therese’s thoughtful articles, I think she is a little too quick to dismiss the energy healing method of the Healing Codes. I also have a bookcase full of self-help and nutrition books, have downloaded many free ‘cures’ and instructional dvds. I also pray and meditate more than once a day. I’ve diligently followed many restrictive diets and scarfed down umpteen supplements for years to help my physical and mental issues (still on the healthy diets and supplements actually), have tried other ‘energy healing’ modalities (EFT) with varying degrees of success.
    So… I halfheartedly tried the Healing Codes last Dec. but didn’t stick with it. Come Jan., though, I was determined… mostly because of the scientific evidence in 3/4 of the book (the actual “codes” are on the last pages). Well, after 2 weeks.. not overnight, not in 6 minutes… of diligently practicing this twice a day, I awakened feeling “normal,” mentally and physically, with a bounce in my step. I hadn’t remembered what it was like to feel that way…. I had a dental appt that day and my blood pressure was normal as was my pulse, so that was the ‘proof’ I didn’t really need. I highly doubt it was a delayed healing from avoiding sugar/grains/dairy for years.
    I continue to do the Healing Codes prayer for other issues that crop up, and especially for loved ones.
    The book costs about the price of a bottle of organic supplements….. to me it’s not something to be “warned” about or scoffed at. It’s an answer to prayer.

  • D Flanagan

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  • Ruby McGill

    I, too, am ‘cautious’ of supposed ‘miracle’ cures. I know that God can and does work miracles; and many of our illnesses are due to stress. I personally have benefited from a caring therapy massage and experienced relief from pain because of it. But having lived with a young person with bipolar disorder I also know that some things are just not that ‘easy’. Yes, stress management, good diet, exercise and life skills contribute to well being. But take away the essential medication (and not just for mental issues – what about diabetes, asthma, etc) and the patient is in big trouble. Having had cancer 11 years ago, and being told that it was ‘lack of faith’, doubting God, that caused it, made me angry and depressed. Anyone can be affected by cancer, and many people are affected by mental health issues. We should not judge others unless we have walked in their shoes!

  • Bill

    Great post! I’ve tried The Healing Codes and the Q Codes (his first upsell), applied them very diligently for many months and gotten no results.

    I’ve talked to some of his practitioners who have been well meaning but not been able to provide any solutions that worked.

    But I did find out about something called LT3 (&LT4). Alex says it’s his “top of the mountain product” and that it helps people heal from all kinds of issues – really fast! – while simultaneously clearing all chakras, meridian lines and acupuncture points.

    Whether this technique does everything he says it does for all people — who knows, until we try it. But from everything I’ve been able to gather, I can tell that this method would actually be VERY helpful.

    Problem is — he bundles it with a six week counseling program and charges $2,500! And if you try it and discover it’s not working for you ~~ there’s no refund available!

    Most of us have tons and tons of really good information from very successful people by now, and don’t need his counseling.

    And he won’t sell the LT3 procedure separately! He sort of holds this technique hostage so he can sell you his $2,500 program.

    This LT3 (&LT4) procedure by itself would be very beneficial to do — for our bodies and our energy fields.

    If anyone knows of resource where we can get a description of this technique, please share it with us. It would benefit all.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

  • Jennifer

    I guess I have to disagree with you! I understand there will be several that down the Healing Codes just because there’s a spiritual element in it, however, regarding money… I don’t know about that, but last time I checked it COSTS “MONEY” TO JUST PUBLISH A BOOK!!!

    It’s frankly so easy to just judge without getting all the facts straight. As my mentor Dani Johnson (she was completely homeless and became a millionaire at 23 years of age) even says to her clients and those that come to her live trainings, “If you judge me and throw out everything I’ve trained you with just because I’m a Christian, then YOU have done “YOURSELF” a major disservice. She explains more here (http://www.danijohnson.com/go/75661462p59) and is in my opinion the BEST success coach on the planet… However, like she even says, there will A-L-W-A-Y-S be cynics, ESPECIALLY if you have any kind of faith in a God…

    I was one of them LOL!

    Take what’s good and WORKS and throw out the rest… All I know is that I have seen a major improvement with my Bi-Polar disorder over the last few months of using the Healing Codes. I also recommend Neurofeedback and when I can afford the sessions I’ll be doing that as well.

    However, you can’t beat a book that costs a mere 25 bucks that has priceless info in it (that a MD who walked away from the medical field because he is so passionate about what he teaches/i.e. practices what he preaches)…. I’m sure most of you spend more than that a week on Starbucks, seriously!

  • David King

    Damning something that you obviously have not given a fair trial demonstrates ignorance and intolerance, not uncommon among token christians. Why do you write about things you have no knowledge of? Ignorance is NOT a virtue! Prejudice is NOT knowledge! The world is NOT breathlessly awaiting your naive judgements! – Disgusted

  • Jawana V. Jackson

    It seems to me that healing and true peace is really in the eye of the beholder. Those of us who seek the truth throughout our lives will always find the answer. Those who remain in darkness and never seek a greater knowledge will not see the true light of life. http://www.thehousebythesideoftheroad.com May we all strive for that precious light for ourselves and others wherever it may shine!

  • Jess

    A little (lot) late.. but its interesting that you chose not to do something because you didnt “believe” in it. try it first, then knock it. It has been working for me in curing my MS and I am reprogramming many other emotions in my life as well through the healing code.. it has been incredible. if you are still suffering from what you mentioned above, maybe its worth a go. If not, then I hope you find something that makes you feel better. we all deserve to live in health.