The Mother Lode

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I’d like to begin by expressing my best wishes to the mothers in our presence. If you are a mother, if you know a mother or if you know anyone who ever had a mother—I wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Regarding the Mother of all, I find this quote quite apropos: “The reason the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.”

So said philosopher Lao Tzu, author of ...

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More “Insider Information” for Recovery from AS

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Today I am pleased to offer you more must-know nuggets of highly powerful “insider information” for attaining remission and recovery from Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Before I do, I’ll remind you that the ASVA is completely different from other AS support groups, and we diverge from the Western Medical approach to chronic illness mainly because of our beliefs and practices.

The big difference between us and the others?

They are interested in providing drug treatments, radical diets, or basic coping skills you can use to ...

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How The Body Heals – Part 2

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What makes us sick, and who, or what, can make us well?

In a very real sense, our thoughts and emotions hold the key.

Think about it—when you suppress your guilt, shame, anger, resentment, and other negative emotions… can they make you sick? Recent medical findings overwhelmingly conclude that in fact, they do.

We now know beyond a shadow of doubt that toxic emotions significantly compromise immune function, the internal defense system that helps to protect us from premature aging and disease.

This is ...

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What You Think Makes A Difference

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Have you heard that the quality of your thought equals the quality of your life? Well then, the time has come to understand exactly what it means for you and your future.

If you have Ankylosing Spondylitis, the quality of your life is probably not what it once was. And yet, there are people with AS who believe the best is yet to come. They expect the best for themselves from the world around them, and this mindset makes a colossal ...

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Relax: It’s Proven to Improve Your Health

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The body’s natural relaxation response is a powerful antidote to stress. Techniques like deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and yoga activate relaxation in the body and mind. With regular practice, these techniques reduce stress levels and boost feelings of joy and inner connectedness. They also condition you to stay calm and collected in the face of adversity.

You can’t always avoid stress, but you can counteract its negative effects by using the “relaxation response” – a state of calmness ...

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