How do the above images relate to the subject of relaxing stress? We will get to that. Let’s start very simply. Let’s just start with the actual word “stress.”
When I speak the word “relax” out loud, I stress the second syllable (like this: “re-LAX”). If I stress to you the importance of some issue, like stressing the value to me of relaxing, then I am using the word stress to mean emphasize.
I will share with you soon about the value to me of relaxing. First, let’s clarify a few of the different ways that the word stress can be used.
The word stress is related to the word stretch (as well as to stretched / strict / string / strong/ structure/ straighten/ strained/ rigid etc…). So, when I stress a particular syllable while speaking, I may stretch out the syllable (or how long that I voice that vowel sound) for a notably long time. “Re-laaaax!” Maybe I even push the air harder so that my volume increases for that syllable (or for the entire word that I am stressing).
Stressing the importance of some things over others
So, we can use the word stress as a verb to refer to a type of behavior or action (to “stress” or emphasize something). I can also use stress as a noun. I can feel stress (or “stressed”). I can even feel distress (extreme stress).
The word distress combines the root word of stress with the prefix “di-“, which means outward. So distress means stretching outward. The word distress is closely related to destroy, which again means to “pull apart” (as in to stretch outward, like even to the point of ripping something apart).
Next, when someone sends a “distress signal,” they are calling for urgent help. Of course, someone can also invite help calmly and patiently. A distress signal is not calm or patient, right?
Feeling stressed from chronic physical tension
So, most people who are interested in the subject of stress (or stress relief / stress management) are actually interested in relieving tension, like physical tension. Tension is distinct from simply stretching or lengthening something.
Tension involves a conflict of two opposing forces. In particular, there may be a chronic tension that “restricts” motion.
Are you familiar with the parking brake on a car? Imagine a car with a parking brake engaged, then the driver presses on the gas pedal. There is a competing force contrary to the acceleration.
Or, someone could keep one foot pressed on the brake pedal very hard, then start to slightly press on the gas pedal. Again, there would be a force resisting against the acceleration.
So, what is the “cause” of the conflict? Is there any inherent conflict created by pressing the gas pedal or is there only a conflict when I have the brakes engaged and THEN press the gas pedal?
What produces stress: the chronic tension or the immediate trigger?
Many people relate to the immediate trigger for “feeling stressed” as the “problem.” They may think that an isolated event or person is causing them stress. The isolated trigger is the catalyst, but not the root cause.
So, it can certainly be favorable to withdraw from a stressful thing, like an open fire. Keep your fingers away from the fire and then there is no problem, right?
However, back to the idea of a pushing on the gas pedal while also using the brakes, there is nothing inherently stressful about pushing on the gas. Any particular “trigger” of stress may only be stressful when someone is already rather irritable.
In fact, different people will have different “thresholds for stress,” so one person may be triggered easily by most anything, while other people are only “triggered” by whatever issue is stressful for them.
In other words, most forms of stress are not “out there.” Is it inherently stressful to pick up a gallon jug of water? What about if there is no lid on the gallon? What if I already have my hands full and then try to pick up a gallon with no lid? And what if that is not just water, but a gallon of battery acid?
If someone has both hands available to pick up something moderately heavy, like a gallon of water, then there is no special stress in that. However, if they have both hands full with many heavy things and then try to also pick up a gallon of water, that can be quite stressful to them.
There is no issue with picking up the water in general. The issue is negligently trying to pick up the water in that particular circumstance (like while also holding other things).
Likewise, if someone experiences frequent stress, there are two valid ways to reduce their experience of stress. I can reduce exposure to any specific trigger of stress or I can improve my tolerance for stress (like by releasing a parking brake or setting down whatever I am carrying before trying to pick up more). In fact, I can both reduce specific exposures and increase general tolerance.
Relieving the underlying chronic restriction or constriction
The words restrict and constrict are similar. Both involve an opposing force that can counter or limit momentum. Restrain and constrain are similar.
So, when we talk about stress relief, we may simply mean the relief of chronic tension. Huge benefits may be produced by simply ignoring the immediate triggers of stress (at least in some cases) and relaxing the underlying source of the conflict. We could relax things a little (like by stretching or with a massage) or we could target a much deeper release of tension.
In particular, we may want to release (totally relax) the muscular parking brake that has been restricting someone’s coordination and mobility. We do not want to totally remove the brakes though (or remove the fuse to the brake lights)! We just want for now to release the resistance of the brakes.
It is very important to have brakes that work well! In fact, to be able to stop quickly, I want the braking mechanism to be completely released. I do not want to “ride the brakes,” which means that I am already grinding against the brakes and only have a little bit of unused breaking capacity.
With pre-existing chronic tension, what happens when a new stress is added?
Now let’s consider the phrases “stressing out about” and “stressing over.” Again, the real issue is a conflicting tension. We create a conflict between a pre-existing chronic tension (the “parking brake”) and a new stress / force.
So, there could an experience of “conflicted” emotions (or “mixed emotions” like when someone worries). We only worry about things that are important to us. If there is no importance (no attraction / motivation), then there is no experience of “inner conflict,” right?
Or a stress could be primarily physical, like there could be a chronic tension that is familiar and normally unrecognized (like a parking brake that I did not know was engaged). Then, there is some new force or motion that is restricted by the pre-existing chronic constriction.
Some motion is just physical movement, like unconscious reflexes. Other motions involve emotion though, which implies motivation.
Either way, is the “root” problem the new activity or the old chronic constriction (or only the combination of the two)? There was no tension (conflict) until the new motion developed, but, just like with a parking brake on car, the old restriction may be the primary source of “conflict.” The new activity (like pressing the gas pedal) simply reveals or exposes the pre-existing chronic restriction.
Plus, just like a parking brake, chronic restriction might be a wonderful thing (at least in certain unusual circumstances). Or, chronic muscular restriction might be quite unfavorable….
Next, we’ll focus on the possibility that chronic physical tension can lead to impaired physical movement and functioning (such as pinched nerves, pain, constricted circulation, impaired organ function, impaired breathing, etc…). Those secondary impairments (secondary to the root physical tension) can further lead to impaired emotional freedom (as in shyness or even hysteria), which result in impaired communication and reduced overall productivity / satisfaction.
So, by “totally releasing the parking brake” (or even just relaxing it slightly) a huge list of complications or conflicts can stop being produced. In contrast, by increasing the degree of stress or tension in the chronic constrictions, a huge list of complications and symptoms can be increased.
The tongue as “rudder” for the skull, spine, and entire body
Further, the actual root physical issue for most people that have concerns about stress is in the specific region of their tongue / lower jaw. The more that that area is chronically constricted or “swallowed,” the more force will be needed for most any motion (including simply walking or even just breathing).
When I relax my tongue and lower jaw, that alters how my head balances on my neck. Chronic muscular tensions in the face, throat, and skull can disappear. That can remedy neck discomfort and headaches as well as myopia and apnea (a type of constricted breathing).
What is myopia? That is when the muscles inside the skull are pulling the eyeballs so that they are not spherical. When they are not spherical, they lenses of the eyes are stretched “out of focus.” The lenses should be curved in a very specific way or else distant objects will appear blurry. Myopia is more widely known as “near-sightedness.” (Note that far-sightedness can also be produced by forming patterns of chronic muscular tension pulling the eyes out of proper shape.)
So, the position of the tongue and lower jaw is like the rudder of a ship. If the rudder is straight, then the whole ship goes straight. If the rudder points left or right, the whole ship moves with the rudder.
However, the tongue is even more complex than a rudder. A rudder can only go left or right. The tongue can be too far left, too far right, too far forward, or too far back. The options are like the four points of a compass. Plus, like a compass, there are actually not just four cardinal directions, but 360 degrees of possible misalignment.
In addition to the variety of directions of possible misalignment, the extent of the misalignment can vary. It could be crippling (like extreme scoliosis) or moderate.
As for scoliosis, can it be completely relieved simply by “releasing the parking brake?” You might even want to know “how many times has that been done and how quickly/ how easily?”
Consider that when the tongue is properly positioned (properly relaxed), then the entire skull can re-align, including all of the bones in the skull. When the skull is properly centered over the neck, then the neck does not need to compensate to hold the head in place. Note that for many people, their neck holds a chronic tension to keep their head up (to keep their head from literally falling down from gravity).
Let’s look now at a few images of skewed facial features. Imagine the “parking brake” that these people need to form to keep their neck stiff (so that their head does not totally tilt over).
When the tongue is properly positioned, the skull can “float” on its natural support structure. The neck can relax from holding the head upright. The entire rest of the spine can unwind (so it is not crooked or twisted to compensate for the neck, skull, and tongue).
What happens when the entire spine relaxes? So does the pelvis and all other bones and joints.
Consider that mechanical joint problems in the distant joints (like ankles, wrists, or fingers) can simply disappear when the twisting or torque on the neck is unwound. Many people get “wound up” over small things and seek to “unwind.” However, how effectively are they unwinding?
Once the spine and the rest of the skeleton are no longer wound up, crooked, or twisted, then the communication between all the organs and tissues also improves. For instance, can digestive issues stop being produced when the spine and nerves are working well?
To answer that, let’s consider the opposite case: a sudden twisting of the spine. For instance, when someone has a collision and literally breaks the bones in their neck, they might survive. If they do, they may be partially or completely paralyzed (immobilized). Their ability to control urination and defecation may immediately cease. Their ability to control the muscles of their digestive system may cease. They may not be able to squeeze food down the intestines. That can be labeled “constipation.”
Can reducing neck alignment really produce so many symptoms?
So, all of those systems can be predictably produced simply by physical trauma to the neck, such as in a car crash. Severe trauma can result in immediate paralysis. Moderate trauma can result in a slow deterioration of a long list of bodily functions, including things like regular elimination of solid waste as well as regular menstruation.
Once the body’s ability to eliminate waste is constricted or impaired, then a long list of secondary complications is predictable. Consider the case of a teenager who leaves dirty clothes on the floor of their closet and dirty dishes in the sink.
How likely is it that correcting dental distress will relieve “common”gynecological complaints?
The above charts and the chart below are from Dr. Farid:
On the mainstream religion of “worshiping demonic causes”
Did the pile in the sink “spread” to the floor of their closest? No. By stacking things there in to a pile and not removing the pile, the teenagers created a couple of piles.
One pile did not spill over in to the next one. If there are two teenagers (or people of any age) who keep throwing clothes in to a laundry basket after the basket is overflowing, then is that one laundry basket (in one bedroom) spilling in to the other laundry basket (in another bedroom)? NO!
Has the house been possessed by the demon of “overflowing piles?” Not at all.
Mainstream medicine features some very ineffective ways of thinking about and treating the issue of “overflowing piles.” Is cancer a living entity that possesses an organism and then spreads around, eating the organism like a colony of parasites? Or is the word cancer just a diagnostic label for the production of tumors?
What are tumors but overflowing deposits of dirty dishes? Will a stack of dirty dishes attract flies and grow mold? Yes… And that mold is actually a living thing.
However, remove the pile of dirty dishes and the “demonic possession by mold” also ends. The mold is actually nature’s “extreme solution” to the pile of food. If the teenagers do not clean the food off of the dishes, the mold will. Then, the mold will die.
So, is a tumor the cause of cancer? Is the cancer the cause of a tumor? Or, is cancer a label for the presence of tumors in an organism?
Further, if someone cleans the stack of dirty dishes in the kitchen sink one time and then stacks more there later that day and that well, what do we call that? Has the sink been possessed by the demon of “malignant piles?” Are those piles spreading to the laundry baskets (or to stacks of papers on a desk or table)?
Or, are each of those piles symptoms of people piling up stuff in to piles? The piles are the results. Likewise, the tumors are results.
Can we clean up or remove one pile but maintain the practices that produce more piles in the future? Of course. Likewise, we can remove one or more tumors without stopping the behaviors that produce them.
Can improving neck alignment really reduce so many symptoms?
So, can “unwinding the tongue” improve the ability of the immune system to remove wastes and eliminate toxins? To ask in another way, can untwisting the spine help your health? Can untangling knots in the intestines help digestion? Can unblocking nerve signals help the function of the nervous system?
I suddenly lost the ability to walk in my mid-30s. There was no collision or physical trauma. It was a “progressive” deterioration, which many people would call demyelination or simply “multiple sclerosis”.
I also suddenly recovered the ability to walk. I did not recover by “unwinding my tongue.” I improved my body’s ability to myelinate (to insulate the electrical signals flowing through my nerves). My recover was literally overnight and cost me less than $10.
However, by focusing only on symptoms, the root causes remained. To realign the spine can provide immediate relief, but if the skull is unbalanced over the neck, then the *healthy* adaption for the spine is to twist again to compensate for the unbalanced head.
Some people go to chiropractors for years or even decades. That can be very favorable. They can Repeatedly Untwist the spine to relieve the most superficial symptoms.
Or, if the tongue is properly relaxed one time, then the entire body will naturally unwind. Or, the rest of the spine can be unwound one last time by chiropractic adjustment and never need another adjustment (or perhaps only once or twice a year).
Further, once someone knows how to properly position their tongue, then they may not need an external chiropractic adjustment to re-align their spine. If their tongue and lower jaw get misaligned, they can simply reposition them immediately and the neck and spine will never need to compensate by twisting (and then need untwisting by a chiropractor).
To stress this point, the mechanics of the tongue, jaw, neck, and spine are not subjects of any particular controversy. It is well-established, for instance, that when the tongue position is improper, then the jaw misaligns, constricting the flow of air through the sinuses. In order to avoid suffocation, it is adaptive to tilt the head back (as shown in Image C above).
So, interfering with the body’s corrective adaption is not ideal. For instance, some of the pictures above are from websites of surgeons who are promoting jaw surgery. While there is almost always a long list of bodily functions that temporarily improve after those jaw surgeries, the documented rate of regression is almost 90%. In other words, the vast majority of cases significantly return toward the prior misalignment. Those surgeons may have no legal requirement to mention that to prospective patients, but, like orthodontic braces, if they are only correcting the jaw and not the tongue, then the chronic tension of the tongue (which is actually a very strong muscle) will continue to create torque (rotation) in the neck.
Earlier, I mentioned car brakes. What happens if there is muscular tension from the tongue which is then blocked by orthodontic braces? Instead of the teeth being pressed crooked, where will that force resolve?
In other words, where does that pressure go? In many documented cases, the torque will go to the next set of joints, resulting in increased misalignment of the cranial bones, as well as increased severity of related symptoms, such as the misalignment of the eyes (resulting in altered curvature of the lenses and thus effects like astigmatism and near-sightedness or far-sightedness).
To make the most money from patients, the medical industry may ignore the root causes (including any root causes in the tongue) and fixate on the symptoms, then suppresses each of those symptoms in isolation. If a child entering puberty has their eyesight diminish, plus their teeth are crowded and start to go crooked, could it be that the two new outcomes are both symptoms of a single cause (specifically, the tongue twisting the neck)?
Also, while there is no physical damage caused by wearing eyeglasses, what about with braces? Are there any cases in which orthodontic braces do not impair the movements of the cranium? Are there any cases in which cranial misalignment does not increase?
What is very common right after getting braces? Pain. What else? Headaches. What else? Reduced visual acuity (impaired eyesight or an acceleration of eyesight deterioration). What else? “TMJ” syndrome, or the chronic constriction of the jaw joint and all the typical problems that result from such a constriction.
Can countering the torque of the tongue (like by use of mechanical braces) have a “net positive” result? Apparently so. There are also many systems for correcting crooked teeth that focus not just on the teeth themselves, but also on the jaw and the bite (the alignment of the upper and lower jaw).
However, there is no need to presumptively exclude any symptom or any methodology. Anything that does not address muscular tensions relating to the tongue may only improve symptoms that are “lower down the chain” from the tongue, such as at the skull or the spine. Likewise, anything that does address the spine will improve everything that is “downstream” from the spine (or from that part of the spine), but may not improve anything that is “upstream” from the spine.
Also, some types of interventions, such as orthodontics, may complicate the “downstream” symptoms (or cause new issues). However, it is also possible for an orthodontic intervention (at least of certain types) to improve cranial alignment. In fact, there are systems entirely devoted to improving overall health of the entire body by correcting dental alignment (such as craniodontics and orthotropics).
What about other interventions besides mechanical alignment?
We mentioned a parking brake earlier. Will it improve the function of a car to release the parking brake? Always.
However, there are many other ways to improve the functioning of the car, such as alignment of the wheels, air pressure of the tires, the quality of fuel, and a long list of other factors. Just be aware that there is no way to release the parking brake except by releasing the parking brake. In the case that the parking brake is engaged, releasing it is the single easiest and cheapest and fastest way to improve the functioning of the car.
Compared to a human body, a car is actually a very simple thing. However, what if there was a quick way to assess whether there was a “parking brake engaged” within the human anatomy? What if it was also easy to estimate the extent of the severity of the chronic tension “above the shoulders?” Finally, what if it was easy to relieve that tension?
In future sections, we will explore the specifics of each of those questions. The short answer to all of them is “yes.”
Why the “long face?”
Is there a connection between the alignment of facial bones and emotion? For instance, consider the term “long face.” Are you familiar with a particular emotion that is associated with a “long face?”
TO KEEP READING, ….. [to be continued….]