First post from Korea

I arrived here the day before yesterday, but it feels like it was months ago. My flight was pretty good, although I was a little emotional due to saying goodbye to my dearest ones at the airport. That was tougher than I had imagined it to be.

At the airport in Seoul I was picked up by Dr. Lee and his son Kevin. They gave me a safe ride to Cheonan City. On the way, Dr. Lee talked to me about how his right arm had become paralyzed spontaneously, and how he had realized that this was due to malfunction in the body-brain communication. That event evoked him to search for an effective treatment, and brought him to where is today: his own body cured a long time ago, a proprietary treatment method for re-establishing the passageway between body and brain – applicable to a range of chronic disorders –, his own clinic in Cheonan City, a long list of successfully cured patients, a doctorate in alternative medicine, a university professorate, his own education centre, nation-wide fame, and more. He explained that he has started treating spasmodic torticollis in 2002, and that since then 103 patients have been treated with success.

Once in Cheonan we dropped off my luggage at the apartment where I will be staying, and went to the clinic. Dr. Lee examined me, and his diagnosis was: subluxation of C1 and C2, i.e., a misalignment of the upper two cervical vertebrae. He then did some chiropractic manipulations (loud cracking sounds!) on my neck to re-align the two vertebrae, and even gave me a first treatment for balancing the TMJ, i.e., the temporomandibular joint, or joint of the jaw. He made me bite on two stacks of paper strips in both sides of my mouth and he started to vary the thickness of the stacks until the TMJ was balanced. His method to assess this consists of muscle testing. Once the TMJ is balanced in all directions, the patient will be able to keep his stretched arm up and resist the downward pulling that Dr. Lee exerts on it. If the TMJ balance isn’t optimized, as a consequence the body-brain communication isn’t optimized, and one or more of the specific muscle tests will fail, i.e., the stretched arm will be pulled down even with Dr. Lee’s little finger. It’s as simple as that. It does sound logical though.

With the ideal thickness on both sides of the TMJ, Dr. Lee then makes a tailored mouthpiece, called YBA (YingYang Balancing Appliance). The material for the YBA is a two-component putty that hardens within a minute. The patient will then keep this YBA in his/her mouth until a “variation” occurs. This usually can be perceived by increased muscle tension in the neck and/or failing muscle tests. At that moment, the YBA has done its job, and a new balance needs to be established, i.e., a new YBA needs to be made. Often, this means that one of the stacks of paper will be made thicker by just one thin piece of paper. This appears to be insignificant. But on the other hand, the human system is so complex and sensitive, that this may very well be the case. For CD/ST patients, it is normal to experience up to 6 variations per day in the beginning of the treatment. But as the treatment proceeds, the variations become less frequent, i.e., the TMJ becomes more and more stable. In the end, there will be no more variations, and the passageway between body and brain will be permanently open. In other words: the patient will be cured.

By the time we finished the first treatment, it was already 18.00 PM local time. I hadn’t slept in the plane, so I was ready for a quick bite and a long sleep…

The next morning, i.e., yesterday, I went into the clinic to get an extensive intake. My medical history was recorded, I got a physical check-up, and then went through a long health questionnaire. All kinds of things were asked, about virtually all aspects of my health, both physically and mentally. I like this holistic approach, since I believe body and mind are one, and everything is interconnected.

Subsequently, I got a new YBA treatment. Then I was put on a pelvic balancing table, where I received an acupuncture treatment and a cupping treatment. I will elaborate more on these treatments at a later time. These were followed by chiropractic manipulations (cracking sounds!). After lunch (a delicious Bibimbap dish together with Dr. Lee’s son in a nearby restaurant) more muscle tests were done, and Dr. Lee concluded that a variation had occurred, so we went through the whole sequence again. And by the end of the afternoon, a third sequence was done, minus the acupuncture. In between sequences, I lay down on a special pillow (“CST pillow”) with spikes that support the head and neck right at the suboccipital area. I will elaborate later.

Dr. Lee is a charismatic person. The Japanese would say he has a ‘hara personality’, i.e., a strong, focused, and natural presence.  He clearly has a lot of compassion for his patients, paying close attention to all of them. At the same time he is a little severe, telling them to improve their posture, to follow his guidelines more strictly, etc. I know this, because I have seen all the other patients and his interaction with them. Dr. Lee even introduced me to most of them, telling me about their issues. Several of them have CD/ST. At some point, almost all patients were in Dr. Lee’s examination room together at the same time. Some just came in from acupuncture or cupping treatments, some were about to be picked up, others were getting a quick muscle test, another one was getting a chiropractic manipulation, etc. Dr. Lee’s assistants were walking into and out of the room to accompany patients, to assist in making new YBAs, to record patient data in files, etc. Everything went very smoothly. This is a serious clinic with professional people and a well thought-out process. The fact that there is not much privacy, and that I can see other patients most of the time, doesn’t bother me. We are all in the same boat anyway.

Dr. Lee’s English isn’t fluent, but I am glad that there is always a way to understand each other. Either someone from his clinic who masters English helps out, or we use good old Google Translate or a smart-phone translator.

The level of discomfort is eminent, although it never really hurts. The treatment really takes up most of the day, so quite some perseverance is required. But I am sure I will get used to the treatments as time passes. Positive thinking!  And I must say that I do experience relief in my neck muscles from all the treatments.

Dr. Lee explained to me that there are 5 factors, important for smooth recovery.

  1. Positive thinking. Be grateful for the good things in life. Tell yourself that you are powerful and that you will always overcome.
    (E.g., Dr. Lee showed me that when I think I am very tired, I immediately fail on the muscle test.)
  2. Correct posture and exercise. Straight, military posture, in order to facilitate an open passageway between body and brain. Exercise: stretching, walking several kilometers per day.
  3. Healthy food. During the treatment: vegetables, fruits, no meat, no white bread, no white rice.
  4. Length of time with YBA in mouth. Recovery will speed up if the time that the patient wears the YBA is maximized (i.e., until a variation occurs).
  5. Number of YBA treatments.  The more treatments a patient gets, the closer he gets to recovery. E.g., if a patient needs 40 YBA treatments to fully recover, this can be achieved in 40 weeks if the patient gets only one treatment per week. But if he would have had 4 treatments per day, he could have recovered within 10 days.

He emphasized again and again that positive thinking is the most important part of the healing process. E.g., it is much more important than regular exercising. With positive thoughts, the pituitary gland excretes hormones and endorphins that are very good for the body and promote healing. Ideally, I should have positive thoughts every 5 minutes! That is not yet my specialty to be honest, so there is some serious catching up to be done here. On the other hand, the positive-thinking concept nicely fits with my persuasion that we completely create our own reality with our consciousness.

Right now it is hard to imagine that I will be in this routine for several weeks at least. It is not going to be easy. But then again, I never thought it would be. Yet if there is one person in the world who can help me to recover, I think it is Dr. Lee. And no matter what exactly will happen during this period, it will be a tremendous learning experience for me that will possibly transform me in a profound way. And that is a positive thought.

Well, this should be enough for my readers to digest for now. Please send me all the good vibes that you have in order to help me thrive here.

20 thoughts on “First post from Korea

  1. Wow, what a first two days! No time is wasted. Very interesting to read, also for me as a non patient. Like you said yourself, lot of it sounds logic. That’s a good sign to me, it means that it is true. Deep down we know all of those things already. During my NLP training I felt that all the time. And how many similarities by the way between the two. Mind and body can’t be seperated and work together all the time. In times of disbalance we have to take advantage of that, for example by thinking positive. You can give that positive thought more strength by giving it direction, setting a goal and visualising that goal. Ask dr. Lee what his thoughts are about that. I am very curious to know. Keep up this exciting good work on yourself and inspire us more by telling about it! I can see a lot of good things here and feel more good things coming!!

    • I am glad that the story is comprehensible, being so very immersed in my own world and terminology. I completely agree with your suggestion to visualize the goal. Thank you for reminding me. I am working on that for myself indeed. Most likely Dr. Lee will confirm what you are saying; I will check. Personally, I have already experienced that it works to visualize the goal. E.g., in karate, when breaking a board, you will hurt your hand when you see the board as a barrier. However, when you visualize your hand to go through the board and finish behind it, that is exactly what will happen, even without feeling any pain or contact. It’s almost as if the board was made of air…

    • Today I asked Dr. Lee about positive thinking, and he agrees with your approach. But in his eyes positive thinking means, above all: to assume a loving, caring attitude toward your environment, feeling gratitude for all the good things in life. And when something painful occurs in your life, you’d better also accept it and regard is as a message and stimulus for further growth.
      I guess that’s the Asian way!

  2. I am following every post with much interest. I hope it continues to go well! Thank you for sharing your experience.

  3. Hi

    I’m following your progress with great interest!

    Sending you healing prayers.

    Keep fighting!

    Love and Light
    Ros

    • Thank you so much for your prayers! I am touched by knowing that people around the world are following me and my process with interest.

  4. Mooi verhaal weer, erg leuk om te lezen. Mooi om te horen dat je goed gearriveerd bent en meteen aan de slag bent gegaan.
    Erg spannend hoe de impact zal zijn van deze intensieve behandeling maar dat het goed gaat komen dat is uiteraard duidelijk. En een vrije vertaling van Funakoshi is her wel van toepassing nl. het gaat niet om het winnen oftewel het snel beter worden maar om respect voor jezelf en je omgeving. Daarmee bereik je hetzelfde alleen is het structureel en meer vanuit jezelf.
    Heel heel veel succes maar ook heel veel plezier met deze nu al belangrijke periode. En ook al moet je het thuisfront missen bedank dat dit ook voor hun veel beter is nl een blije en gezonde. Er wordt aan je gedacht niet alleen door mij maar ook door vele anderen bij Shin Ju.

    • Mijn oprechte dank voor je aandachtige en positieve respons. En een mooie vergelijking met Funakoshi trek je daar! Heel erg fijn om te weten dat ik zo gesteund wordt!

  5. Wow so great to hear from you and that you are doing well. I think I may be able to help you in the area of ‘positive thinking’. I am sure that in general this helps a lot and would solve a lot of people’s problems. But… but as you wrote…it’s not always obvious to think positively and we can make it some kind of a habit to not think positively. In general if you find it hard to give some situations positive labels, why don’t you start with not labeling? Just to face the circumstances without labeling them. And probably it already helps a lot if you try ‘to turn on the camera’ continuously. What I mean is that you should try to be aware of the comments in your own brain on everything you do. As soon as you are more aware of this, it will go away and you get more in control yourself.
    I really think you made the right decision to go there and to try to get cured. Keep up the good work and keep us posted!

    • I totally agree. Actually, Dr. Lee told me today that when anything painful happens to you, it’s best to see it as a message and a stimulus for further growth. Acceptance is the key. Knowing that, it may still be hard to switch off the semi-autonomic production of (non-positive) thoughts. Thanks for reminding me that the first step to achieve that is by becoming aware. I am working very hard on body awareness, but is seems that I need to add some work on thought awareness. Thanks a lot!

  6. Hola, me alegra que estes recuperandote.
    ¡POR FAVOR NO SE TE OLVIDE PREGUNTAR AL DR LEE QUE TRATAMIENTO TIENE PARA LA DISTONIA EN LA MANO (CALAMBRE DEL ESCRIBIENTE).

    • Hola, gracias por tus comentarios. Hoy le he pedido al Dr. Lee, y él confirmó que sí puede curar el calambre del escribiente, como cualquier forma de distonía. Está usando su método para una amplia gama de trastornos, incluyendo el síndrome de Tourette, enfermedad de Parkinson, asimetría facial, etc. La buena noticia para tí es que el calambre del escribiente se puede curar mucho más fácil que, por ejemplo, la distonía cervical…

  7. Gracias. Lei tus comentarios a cerca del calambre de escribiente.
    Para muchos de nosotros es imposible viajar a Corea del Sur.
    Que recomendaciones nos daría el en este caso el Dr Lee, a los que sufrimos de este tipo de distonia.

    • Por desgracia tendras que estar en Corea del Sur. Este tratamiento no se realiza en qualquier otro lugar, y es demasiado complicado para replicar. Sin embargo me imagino que se podría hacer ejercicios sistemáticos para aliviar los síntomas (como lo hice yo para el cuello).

  8. Positive thinking is indeed sort of Asian way in which many overlook these days.
    Being respectful and greatful does not only apply to the elder but for the self (most importantly). ;-)

  9. Wow! I tried to read your post and the method that Professor cured people. It is amazing and I always stay on my desk with the content website that I need to design and wondered how the Professor can cured with the small plastic equipment!!!!!!!!!!!!! So now I will follow your treatment than I could know well! Take care and I hope you will recover soon, very soon!!!!!!!!!!

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