Life Vessel Therapy
by Dr. Andrew Dickens, NMD
Stress doesn’t get enough respect. Although stress is a precursor to cancer and just about every other disease, we all live with stress, consider it a given in our hectic society, and usually think there is little we can do about it.
Let’s take a very quick dive into the anatomy of everyday stress because there is a big ah ha! coming for your learning journey about health.
The body’s autonomic nervous system controls functions which are taking place all the time, but ones to which we usually we don’t give a second thought – the lungs are breathing, the kidneys are filtering blood, the heart is beating, cells are repairing, etc.
Like our brain with its left side and right-side modes of operation, our nervous system has two modes operation:
- Parasympathetic mode. This is the relaxed mode; this is the mode our body wants to be in when we are eating, sleeping, reading a book. This is when our blood is best able to deliver nutrients and carry waste away from cells. Our heart rate drops, urinary output increases, and muscles relax. This is the mode we want to be in for digestion, elimination, and detoxification.
- Sympathetic mode. This is the “fight or flight” mode where the body is on alert, ready for action of some kind. Activation of the sympathetic nervous system tenses our muscles, increases our heartbeat, constricts our blood vessels to make our blood flow faster, reduces saliva output, and dilates the bronchial tubes in our lungs. Digestion and elimination are slowed or halted completely.
In America today, many of us spend many hours each day in sympathetic mode. This means we are running on stress. This includes the “Type A Personalities” who tend to suffer stress-related symptoms such as adrenal fatigue, high blood pressure, heart problems, indigestion, and insomnia.
Cancer patients especially tend to spend too much time in sympathetic mode; many are in a constant state of “fight or flight” from the moment their oncologist talks about diagnoses and outcomes.
Did you know that one of the best features of the so-called Mediterranean Diet is the tendency of those cultures to R-E-L-A-X while they eat? If the nervous system is in sympathetic mode, you won’t digest food well and the money you spent on wild caught fish and organic cabbage could be down the toilet instead of powering your cells.
But always being in the parasympathetic mode isn’t good either – these people may experience depression, lack of motivation/ambition, and a weakened immune system.
Prolonged stress causes the body to lose its ability to regulate inflammation. The stress hormone cortisol normally plays a role in regulating immune cells, but when stress is prolonged and becomes chronic, those cells become insensitive to cortisol and inflammation goes unchecked..
Balance Is The Key
As is so often the case in the achievement of health, balance is the holy grail. Balance is what the body needs to heal.
The Life Vessel uses sound, light, and vibration to facilitate the body’s ability to bring that balance, to make that all important shift from one side of the autonomic nervous system to the other.
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Concerning the Life Vessel
Additionally, the Life Vessel uses an infrared light source to facilitate an increase in blood circulation and cellular oxygen.
The Life Vessel is an FDA cleared, Class II medical device that has five U.S. patents. The Life Vessel does not cure disease. Rather, it facilitates your body’s ability to relax, de-stress, and balance, thus enhancing your natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal.
Life Vessel therapy takes about 1 hour. Typically, we begin with a series of 4 sessions over a period of 3 to 4 days and then re-assess. Since every person is different – as are their conditions – the number of subsequent sessions to empower healing is dependent upon the individual and the severity of the health challenge.
People tend to blame the epidemic of chronic disease on processed food, environmental toxins, and overuse of drugs. But experience shows us that stress always plays a significant role in the development and perpetuation of disease.
The simultaneous combination of sound, light, and vibration is a realistic way to address stress. And after your first session, you will understand why the creators of the Life Vessel like to say, “It delivers the ultimate experience in relaxation therapy.”
The Life Vessel is included in the New York Times bestselling book, Radical Remission, by Kelly Turner, PhD. Dr. Turner examines nine components of what people did to achieve a “radical remission” of their cancer. One story is that of a woman with liver cancer who experienced a remission.
The approach of [the Life Vessel] is a frequency approach. [The inventor] created a box that you lie in, and then you hear music and the box vibrates to the music. So, you’re in a very complete space. Your entire body is vibrating at the same level of frequencies of music, and the theory, of course, is that healthy cells vibrate at a certain level, and unhealthy cells vibrate at a different level.
If you are able to change the vibration of your cells to a healthy one, the body responds in a more positive manner and has the ability to fight off dysfunction more aggressively.
 Cohen S, Janicki-Deverts D et al. Chronic stress, glucocorticoid receptor resistance, inflammation, and disease risk. PNAS, April 2, 2012