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With Bela’s permission, I give you one more example of Erzsebet’s amazing medical knowledge, knowledge which had an unexpected twist for all concerned. Bela had called me with symptoms of feeling weak at times. After listening to his story with all senses on red alert, it was clear that he had a dangerous heart rate irregularity. Erzsebet strongly recommended his seeing his primary care physician immediately, relating the story to him, obtaining an EKG, and suggesting the use of a Holter monitor (records heart activity over a long time period). This was duly arranged and accomplished. The results were so disturbing to the doctor, that he put Bela in the hospital and arranged for heart catheterization. No blockages in the vessels feeding the heart were seen. There still remained determining the cause of the heart-beat irregularity. A cardiology consult revealed an area of irritability in the ventricles of his heart that caused aberrant beats, resulting in non-optimal heart action. Next came a trip to a cardiac physiologist, a heart specialist who also performs minor surgery on areas of the heart. Concurring with the cardiologist on the nature of the irritable focus, the cardiac physiologist now turned his attention to problem solving. In this, the physiologist had three recommendations, in this order: 1) do nothing, 2) medication, or, as a last resort, 3) cell ablation (removal of cells). My other ears, with Erzsebet’s help, immediately picked up that Bela’s choice for optimal heart health should be to do nothing. Indeed, the cardiac physiologist’s first recommendation was to do nothing, since Bela had had this condition for decades without ill effects.

Erzsebet’s recommendation was also to do nothing. Being a man of both action and logic, this advice did not sit well with Bela, especially when the cardiologist was encouraging him to have the ablation as the cure for the cardiac irritability. Again, I attempted to help him understand that the cardiac physiologist, the one who had many years experience with these issues, recommended doing nothing. This was to no avail, as Bela had made up his mind that the answer lay in ablating the area of irritability. Honoring his decision, his free will, and his choice, I gave up trying to persuade him to listen to Erzsebet.

Then, for some unknown reason, I called him on a Saturday to inquire of his health. He said that the minor surgery was scheduled for the following Monday. I found myself telling him to call the physiologist and cancel the surgery. We were both stunned. Erzsebet did not recommend surgery—he must cancel the appointment. He did not cancel, but went ahead as planned. The plan had been to have a quick session on Monday, kill the cells, and home with him. Monday evening did not find him at home. On Tuesday he was not home. When he was not at home on Wednesday, I tracked him down in the hospital and heard a strange story. In attempting to ablate the cells responsible for the irregular heart beat, the cardiac physiologist ablated some, but found most of them to be in intimate contact with some vital arteries. He was unable to ablate these last cells, for fear of doing more harm than good. Everyone, except Erzsebet, was surprised. The last word from all of these learned men of medicine was that Bela’s heart condition could not be cured and, interestingly, even medication did not help. Erzsebet refrained from voicing a well-deserved “I told you so”.

Several months later, while visiting Bela, we discussed this latest episode of his arguing with Erzsebet. Bela again spoke of his “need” for logic and that, to him, logic dictated a “simple” procedure in which cells were ablated, thus eliminating heart irregularity. Through Erzsebet’s words, I pointed out to him that, indeed, this sounded like a simple procedure. However, a surgeon never truly knows what will be present until it is actually present. While Erzsebet did not give a reason for refraining from undergoing this procedure, she, along with the cardiac physiologist, did not recommend the procedure at all. After being faced with the physiology of Bela’s heart, everyone now knows why Erzsebet recommended having no procedure: it would do no good, since the problem could not be solved by ablation; and foregoing the procedure would avoid killing off needed cells. Now that Bela had elected to undergo this unnecessary and ill-advised surgery, not only was the problem not fixed, but important cells, vital to electrical conduction, had been removed. Quietly, Bela agreed that he had made a mistake. Erzsebet encouraged him to evaluate his focus on logic and analysis and gently reminded him that logic is always wrong while intuition is always right.

Humbled, Bela is attempting to open a mind that, like many of ours, had rusted shut eons ago and is in dire need of massive amounts of WD-40. The next post, titled Collapsing Probabilities, is inspired by Bela’s experience and discusses the ramifications of rigid thinking.

When I first became aware of Angelic guidance, the first Angel to introduce herself to me was my Hungarian Angel, Erzsebet*. I think of her as my medical intuitive/nutrition Angel who gives me insight into people’s current medical conditions, as well as pointing out the consequences of continuing a present lifestyle and attitudes. As the nutrition Angel, she warns me of foods to avoid, as well as steering me toward food that will enhance my health. As an example, she was advising against using margarine long before anyone knew of the danger of eating trans-fats, telling me that any amount of butter I ate would be better than even a little margarine. I preached this mantra to anyone who would listen, without really having any rational basis for it. Then, in the ’90’s, new studies showing harm caused by trans-fats became widely known and, suddenly, Erzsebet’s advice became mainstream. When high fructose corn syrup was all the rage, she warned me against this, too, also without telling me exactly “why”. Now, research shows the harm caused by ingesting this substance. Other specific foods she has nixed are Splenda; saccharine; anything with aspartame in it, i.e., “diet” drinks; box mixes containing preservatives; and pretty much anything in a box or a can.

Interestingly, long ago she dropped the idea into my head of eating a certain way: she recommended buying only fresh fruits and vegetables, meats without preservatives and chemical additives, avoiding processed foods, and cutting down (gradually) on sugar and really sweet desserts. To my amazement, this way of eating has given me more energy than ever and, lo! these many years later, I have no health problems at all at an age when health becomes an issue for many people. This means that I have no heart disease, no high cholesterol, no high blood pressure, no seizures, no diabetes, no arthritis, no curvature of the spine, no lung problems, no cancer, and few aches and pains—just the ones from occasional overwork in the garden. One could argue that my continued good health comes from genetics, but since heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol run in my family, genetics is hardly the answer. In any case, I am continuing my experimentation in this way of eating and, so far, so good.

Not content with advising me continuously in healthy eating, Erzsebet also places helpful books in my hands, some of which sit on my bookshelf for many years before being recognized for their medical value. At a time when I seemed to be gaining weight living on air, she found me the book by Dr. Atkins, Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution. The information in this book revolutionized my life. I not only lost all the weight I needed to, but also ceased being fatigued all the time. Too many carbohydrates literally cause me to fall asleep. When I had a strange and penetrating body odor, Erzsebet placed in my hand Adele Davis’ seminal book, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit. This information lead me to the ingestion of Vitamin A, which stopped the awful body odor and made my skin glow. Too many random sores in my mouth? Erzsebet recommended Vitamin C daily in large amounts, as a timed-release capsule, resulting in healed sores. She is pretty amazing. And, she is available to you, also, dear Readers (see Medical Intuition).

Being an equal opportunity Angel, Erzsebet gives advice constantly, through me, to anyone who cares to listen. Bela, my Hungarian friend, has called me with a multitude of medical situations, for which Erzsebet has given him sometimes surprising advice, with positive results, for his optimal health. With his permission, I cite several examples illustrating her capabilities:

A year ago, in April, 2009, Bela called me to ask about his aching muscles. He had contracted polio as a young teen, which affected his right leg. Luckily, his symptoms were relatively mild and did not include the complete paralysis which could require use of an iron lung. It nevertheless left him with a weakened right leg. Throughout most of his adulthood he walked tall and strong. Only recently has the weakness recurred, in a condition termed “post polio syndrome”. It was of this that he now complained.

Needless to say, her advice was nothing that either he or I expected to hear. Through practice and hard experience, I am accustomed to staying open to Angelic guidance; he, not so much. Through the use of logic, Bela decided that the cure involved working his leg muscles vigorously to strengthen them. Her advice was to take anti-inflammatory medication to relieve the inflammation, a hot soak in Epsom salts, and resting of the muscles for a short time. In addition, to my great surprise, Erzsebet recommended his going to a gentle (her emphasis) chiropractor who could help straighten out the curvature of his spine. This last piece of advice totally floored me when it came out of my mouth, since, because of my own personal, untested bias, I would not go to a chiropractor on a bet. Not only did she recommend a chiropractor, but a particular one, at that.

So what did Bela do? He argued with Erzsebet. Her advice contradicted his logic and he was unwilling to give up his logic, even though Erzsebet had broader knowledge than was available through logic. To both his and Erzsebet’s credit, between her patient persistence and carefully chosen words and examples, he relaxed his attitudes enough—became open enough—to allow some of her advice to penetrate. He even made an appointment with a chiropractor, though not the one Erzsebet recommended, rather, one closest to his home. He tells me that the treatments have given him a good deal of pain relief and he is able to stand up straighter with less pain than formerly.

Another time, Bela called with intestinal upsets. Erzsebet diagnosed lactose intolerance and suggested that he refrain from drinking milk and eating milk products. Sure enough, the diarrhea ceased. When he drank milk, it returned. Bela was very impressed with Erzsebet’s medical prowess, but there was one dilemma: Hungarian cooking calls for sour cream on anything and in everything. Never at a loss for ideas, Erzsebet recommended substituting yogurt, a food that he can tolerate without gastrointestinal consequences. So, while it is not sour cream, yogurt nevertheless satisfies that Hungarian compulsion to put smooth, creamy, milky things in food, and is a solution with which even Bela can live.

Over the years, Erzsebet has given many people many insights into their health—not always welcome, and not always well-received, but that is the purpose of free will, to allow each of us to decide our fates with whatever information we have at hand. You, too, dear Readers, have a multitude of Angels at your disposal, all waiting to advise you for your best interests. All that is required is an open mind into which they can “pop” that bright idea or that insight or that word that will set your world to right. Practice staying open, practice stilling your thoughts so that Angelic messages can come to you; practice, practice, practice listening to the Real World.

*pronounced “Air’-zsay-bet” (“zs” sounds like the “s” in “treasure” or “pleasure”)