Table of Contents

Introduction: The Color in the Pot 1
Part I ~ The Terrain 6
Chapter 1 ~ The Need for Self-direction 7
1.1 The Days of the GP 8
1.2 Not about Western Medicine Versus Alternative 10
1.3 It Is about a Flexible System 11
1.4 Signs of Change 12
1.5 Issues Resolved with this Approach 13
1.6 Why Move Away from Conventional Healthcare? 14
1.7 My Goal 15
Chapter 2 ~ A Simple Method 17
2.1 Four Dimensions of Healing 17
2.2 Synergistic Healing 20
2.3 Operates as a Road Map 22
2.4 Benefits of My Approach 22
2.5 What is required? 23
2.6 Synergistic Healing Requires a Change of Mindset 24
2.7 Synergistic Healing Requires a Shift to Wellness 26
Chapter 3 ~ Setting Up Conditions for Success
33
3.1 Getting Help (Environment of Support) 34
3.2 How to Work with Health Care Providers and Stay in
Control of the Direction 35
3.3 Having a Plan of Your Own 39
3.4 The Best Doctors-Providers Want Their Clients to Do
This 41
3.5 It’s Not About Opposition or Rebellion Against Any
Outside Authority 42
3.6 It Is About Being Your Own Authority – Empowering
Yourself 43
3.7 A Little Along 43
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Part II ~ Steps of the Method 45
The Simple Method ~ A Seven-Step Process 48
Step 1 ~ Triggering Event 51
Step 2 ~ Decision and Impact of Decision 60
Step 3 ~ Explore & Organize 68
Step 4 ~ Make Choices about Approach, Feelings,
Changes 75
Step 5 ~ Monitor and Adjust 83
Step 6 ~ The Turning Point 89
Step 7 ~ A Wellness Adventure 95
Part III ~ Applying the Simple Method 102
Applying the Process 103
Profile 1 ~ Our Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis
107
The Triptych – How She Navigated Her Journey
108
Profile 2 ~ The Registered Nurse 112
The Triptych – How She Navigated Her Journey
113
Profile 3 ~ The Mom 116
The Triptych – How She Navigated Her Journey
117
Conclusion 120
Appendix and Resources 122
Template for Action Plan 122
Sample Action Plan 125
Acknowledgments 128
About the Author 130