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What is Natural Therapeutics?

What Is Natural Therapeutics?

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Natural Therapeutics —natural therapies and healing ingeneral— and the whole philosophy and practice of nature cure is built on three basic principles. These principles are based on the conclusions reached from over a century of effective naturopathic treatment of diseases in Germany, America and Great Britain. They have been tested and proved over and over again by the results obtained.

  1. The first and most basic principle of nature cure is that all forms of disease are due to the same cause, namely, the accumulations of waste materials and bodily refuse in the system. These waste materials in the healthy individual are removed from the system through the organs of elimination. But in the diseased person, they are steadily piling up in the body through years of faulty habits of living such as wrong feeding, improper care of the body and habits contributing to enervation and nervous exhaustion such as worry, overwork and excesses of all kinds. It follows from this basic principle that the only way to cure disease is to employ methods which will enable the system to throw off these toxic accumulations. All natural treatments are actually directed towards this end.
  2. The second basic principle of nature cure is that all acute diseases such as fevers, colds, inflammations, digestive disturbances and skin eruptions are nothing more than self-initiated efforts on the part of the body to throw off the accumulated waste materials and that all chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, rheumatism, asthma, kidney disorders, are the results of continued suppression of the acute diseases through harmful methods such as drugs, vaccines, narcotics and gland extracts.
  3. The third principle of nature cure is that the body contains an eleborate healing mechanism which has the power to bring about a return to normal condition of health, provided right methods are employed to enable it to do so. In other words, the power to cure disease lies within the body itself and not in the hands of the doctor.


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A Short History of Nature Cure and Natural Therapeutics

These articles were written by the good folks at NMSNT.  To learn more about this wonderful school, please click below.

New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics

Intoduction to the Philosophy of Natural Therapeutics

This is a short talk offering a different perspective on modern germ theory, arising from the naturopathic tradition and embracing an attitude of of openness and receptivity towards acute healing opportunities.

What is Core Synchronism Video

An introductory talk to the work of Core Synchronism, offered by Don Lewis, a natural therapeutic specialist, at Amaya Natural Therapeutics in Durango, CO.  Take a moment to learn about the significance of deep relaxation in the healing process.

Germ Theory Debugged

This is a short talk offering a different perspective on modern germ theory, arising from the naturopathic tradition and embracing an attitude of of openness and receptivity towards acute healing opportunities.

"The Soul Swims in the CSF"

"The Soul Swims in the CSF"

-Dr. Randolph Stone, founder of Polarity Therapy


When I first felt the fluctuation of cerebrospinal fluid at The New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics I was captivated.  The expansion and contraction of the space between the temporal bones drew me into a quiet space of focused listening and I felt a depth of relaxation spread throughout my client’s body.  I knew right away that I was witnessing something very significant and the mystery of how such subtle movement could effect what intuitively felt like a very deep encounter with another person has become the source of much interest and enthusiasm in my work.

Fascination with the therapeutic application of cranial work and my studies at NMSNT naturally led me to the practice of Core Synchronism, a modality that arose out of the integration of Polarity and Cranial Osteopathic therapies.  After graduation, my curiosity also led me to explore other articulations of the cranial osteopathic model.  I considered the pursuit of more formal medical education, either traditionally here in the States or alternatively through the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Quebec.  I spent some time in apprenticeship with an osteopath who was formerly the head of the Sutherland Teaching Foundation, an organization for doctors interested in the study of cranial work.  Indeed, he and several other osteopathic doctors strongly encouraged me to go to school to learn what they felt could only be adequately communicated through formal medical training. Yet, through all of these deliberations, I have been led back to Core Synchronism, for what to me seems a very simple reason: the Core Current.

Enthusiasm is the correct word for my relationship to cranial work.  Inside the word enthusiasm is the Greek theos, which means “god”, with entheos meaning “god within.”  What distinguishes the Core concept from that of the osteopathic concept is an animating conscious principle that is at the center of both its philosophical understanding and also in its experience of the body itself.  The Core Current is the direct expression of a non-material Intelligence that lies within.

In the elegant expression of Cranial Osteopathy over the last century the cerebrospinal fluid has become the sacred element of this branch manipulative medicine.  Indeed, many of the deepest thinkers within the profession allude to its remarkable properties, even directly suggesting its relationship with a divine nature.

The CSF receives and is endowed with the ‘breath of life.’  As long as life exists this highest known element is the abiding place of that mysterious spark which cannot be explained but is nonetheless present… an intelligent physiological functioning that transcends all others in the body… this intelligence, this ‘unerring potency’ [is used] in the diagnosis and correction of cranial membranous articular lesions.

Because of this dynamic relationship between the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the physiological function of every cell in the body, and particularly those of the Central Nervous System, the CSF is the initiating and controlling factor in the Primary Respiratory Mechanism.  Here as elsewhere the CSF is in command

Osteopathy in the Cranial Field
Original Edition

However, due to entanglements with materialist medical physiology, osteopaths have been unable to embrace a more encompassing concept of a human being that includes the subtle energetic dynamics, as well a fuller consideration of the life principle itself in actual practice.  In this way osteopathic manipulative medicine is left to consider the physiological shell of what actually composes a human, and despite poetic explorations of great anatomical detail they are without a holistic concept that is inclusive of the full spectrum of our humanness.

Osteopathy is a science which consists of such exact exhaustive and verifiable knowledge of the structure and functions of the human mechanism, anatomy and physiology & psychology including the chemistry and physics of its known elements as is made discernable certain organic laws and resources within the body itself by which nature under scientific treatment peculiar to osteopathic practice apart from all ordinary methods of extraneous, artificial & medicinal stimulation and in harmonious accord with its own mechanical principles, molecular activities and metabolic processes may recover from displacements, derangements, disorganizations and consequent diseases and regain its normal equilibrium of form and function in health and strength.

AT Still MD, founder of Osteopathy

Surely a paradox exists in that osteopaths encounter the physiological phenomena of CSF from the dense physicality of Western thinking while at the same time expressing a reverent wonder of the ‘breath of life’ that they may experience during cranial manipulative therapy.  Although they often allude to some Intelligence that lies beyond, this Intelligence is not the starting place of their thinking.  Nor does it actually play a vital role in the application of their technique.  Unfortunately, as modern medical professionals they are plagued by a materialistic dilemma of trying to account for a spiritual dimension from the standpoint of observable bodily processes and thereby fail to make the leap from the linear to the non-linear.  They remain bound by physiological considerations.

The CSF is the highest known element in the body.

AT Still MD

I am making a special effort to stress the point that I consider the fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid to be the fundamental principle in the cranial concept.

W. G. Sutherland DO, founder of cranial osteopathy

In early 2005 I met Paul Lee, DO, an inspired individual who was practicing osteopathic manipulative medicine in Durango.  After introducing myself to him and expressing my earnest desire to be practicing cranial work, he offered to take me on as his apprentice.  I had concurrently begun taking undergraduate classes to fulfill pre-med prerequisites, with the thought of Osteopathic school in mind, and was delighted to meet Paul and also begin studies with him.  The apprenticeship included both shadowing him in his practice and an intense academic exploration of Gray’s Anatomy.  Paul had recently published a book on the spiritual implications inherent in cranial osteopathy, which I read, and I was also given many of the seminal texts of the Sutherland Teaching Foundation.  Actually, there was very little hands-on teaching at this point, as the scholarly approach was indicated as a necessary foundation prior to manipulative training.  For several months I was engaged both in undergraduate schoolwork in the sciences and an in-depth anatomical exploration with Paul.  Although he was more than willing to consider non-linear influences upon the craniosacral system, Paul’s teaching still communicated the essence of the classical osteopathic approach.  What follows is some of what I encountered in my exploration of cranial-osteopathy.

To begin, the biomechanical approach to the fluctuation of cerebrospinal fluid not only disavows the existence of etheric and subtle energetic influences, but actually alters fundamental relationships between structure and function which emerge when considered within a truly holistic model.  Please consider the agreed upon influences in a biomechanical organism under the influences of CSF fluctuation:

The brain and spinal cord undulate rhythmically like a jelly fish. As the brain coils and uncoils, the cavities within the brain (ventricles) and around the brain (cisterns) change shape. During the inhalation phase (flexion) the brain (and bony cranium) gets shorter and wider (my emphasis). During the exhalation phase (extension) the brain (and bony cranium) gets taller and narrower (again, my emphasis).

It is well established that the cerebro-spinal fluid (surrounding the brain and spinal chord and filling the ventricles) fluctuates rhythmically. This rhythmic fluctuation can be visually observed (and pressure changes measured) during a typical spinal tap, and has been documented by numerous research studies.

The Meninges are the membranes that surround the brain and spinal chord, and contain the cerebro-spinal fluid. The Dura Mater is the toughest and most outer layer of the meninges. The Dura Mater also has an internal architecture comprised of 3 sickles. One runs back to front (called the falx cerebri) and separates the two cerebral hemispheres. There are two other sickles, one on each side of the falx (called the tentorium cerebelli) that also run from the back to the front, somewhat parallel to the floor (when you are standing straight). The tentorium cerebelli gets its name from being "tent" shaped. The dura covering the outside of the brain then attaches firmly to the foramen magnum and upper cervical vertebrae, surrounds the spinal cord and descends to attach to the sacrum at the 2nd sacral segment.

The "Tent" and "Falx" (brain cut away)

These dural membranes are under constant tension. They are taut. Because of the tension through them, we refer to the Dura Mater as a Reciprocal Tension Membrane (RTM). If you pull on one end of the membrane, that pull is transmitted throughout. The Dura maintains the structural integrity of the bony cranium (as it attaches into the bones). Movement of the brain and CSF becomes translated into the membranes as a dynamic shifting of the reciprocal tension.

The sacrum is connected to the cranium via the dural membranes that surround the spinal chord. The dura between the occiput and sacrum is referred to as "the core link." Attached only at the base of the skull and the sacrum at the 2nd sacral segment, the motion of the occiput is transmitted freely to the sacrum. The relationship of the sacrum with the occiput becomes clinically relevant when the cause of headaches may be due to a fall on the tailbone many years previously.

Mark E. Rosen, DO FCA

Rational, linear, mechanical considerations within the osteopathic tradition create a substantial discrepancy with a Core model that is fundamentally responsive to the expansion and contraction of a purely energetic, non-material, animating life force.

The cerebrospinal fluid is the liquid medium for this life energy radiation, expansion and contraction.  Where this is present, there is life and healing with normal function.  Where this primary and essential life force is not acting in the body, there is obstruction, spasm, or stagnation and pain, like gears which clash instead of meshing in their operation.

Randolph Stone DO DC ND

As Core practitioners know, under the influence of the Core Current, generally all structures move inferior, posterior, lateral in the opening phase of its movement, with a few exceptions.  The cerebral volume is increasing in response to this phase of energetic expansion of the Core Current and a consequent tidal fluid fluctuation carries physical structures accordingly.  This simply describes an essential point in our understanding: in a non-linear fashion, all matter follows the movement of energy.

It is only the Energy in Matter that makes matter seems alive.  When this energy escapes, only the shell is left… A cure constitutes reaching the life current within and reestablishing the free flow of energy.

Randolph Stone, DO DC ND

To repeat, in the Core model during the ‘opening phase’ both the occiput and the sacrum move largely posterior with a slight inferior movement.  This mimics the natural movement of rocking a baby.

As opposed to this, the osteopathic tradition (as well as in craniosacral therapy), views the system as a situation of mechanical leverage.  The crucial fulcrum for their understanding is at the sphenobasilar junction. As cerebrospinal fluid is produced “(flexion) the brain (and bony cranium) gets shorter and wider (my emphasis).”  The thinking here is that as the sphenoid and occiput move through this period of ‘flexion’ the sphenobasilar junction moves superiorly; thus, the cranium becomes shorter and wider. Also, “the dura covering the outside of the brain… attaches firmly to the foramen magnum and upper cervical vertebrae, surrounds the spinal cord and descends to attach to the sacrum at the 2nd sacral segment.”  The mechanical reasoning that follows is that as the sphenobasilar junction moves superiorly the sacrum is lifted anterior-superiorly due to the firm attachment of the dura at the foramen magnum and the principle that “if you pull on one end of the membrane, that pull is transmitted throughout.”

The sacrum is connected to the cranium via the dural membranes that surround the spinal chord. The dura between the occiput and sacrum is referred to as "the core link." Attached only at the base of the skull and the sacrum at the 2nd sacral segment, the motion of the occiput is transmitted freely to the sacrum.

The consequence of this way of thinking is that during the production phase of CSF the cranium becomes shorter and wider, with the body of the occiput moving posterior-inferior, while its base (including the foramen magnum) moves slightly superior; the sacrum, due to its membranous attachment at the 2nd sacral segment, it lifted anterior-superior.  Get it?  The body of the occiput moves posterior-inferior while the sacrum moves anterior-superior.  In the closing phase, the cranium gets taller and narrower, and the rest of the process naturally reverses.

Although the Core model allows for the slight superior motion of the sphenobasilar junction due to mechanical considerations of bony relationships, the predominant influence of the Core Current causes the system as a whole to move posterior-inferior-lateral.  The issue is resolved in palpation.  Observing the mechanics that have been deduced from strictly anatomical factors creates a palpatory experience that feels logically rational but intuitively lifeless... which in fact it is.  Without the inclusion of the life current, that which is felt is quite different than what if felt when allowing the vital force to guide palpation.  As the Core Current is included, the cranium becomes infused with the potency that Sutherland spoke of so passionately in his later years; and although the slightly superior motion of the sphenobasilar junction can be discerned, as a whole the system responds to the Intelligence of this potency, following its movement inferior, posterior and lateral in the opening phase.

Within the cerebrospinal fluid there is an invisible element that I refer to as the “Breath of Life.”  I want you to visualize this Breath of Life as a fluid within this fluid, something that does not mix, something that has a potency as the thing that makes it move.  Is it necessary to know what makes the fluid move?  Visualize a potency, an intelligent potency, that is more intelligent than your own human mentality.

W.G. Sutherland DO

What makes the fluid move is the Core Current.

The year prior to my osteopathic apprenticeship I had begun to devote myself to a meditation practice and availed myself to a spiritual teacher.  This regular practice of meditation was informed by an approach to spiritual life that emphasized opening to the flow of a definite subtle force, Grace, along with simple encouragements to greet challenges in one’s life with a non-judgmental attitude of universal friendliness.  Although the teachings were universal and simple, the profundity of my experience with the non-linear Divine was transformative.  Late in 2005 I attended a retreat where, for a concentrated period of time, I received the influence of this powerful subtle force, which opened me more deeply to the experience of non-linear consciousness.  Upon driving away from the retreat it was clear to me that cranial osteopathy, as it was being taught conventionally, had no clear concept of how this force influenced our lives.  I went to Paul, expressed my thanks for his willingness to take me on as an apprentice, and informed him that I was not sufficiently interested in an academic approach to bodywork to continue.  My life’s journey had been significantly changed by direct experience with a conscious spiritual influence; I decided to return to Albuquerque.  Core Synchronism’s recognition of an universal life principle that animates our experience as humans, and which is available to be communicated with through therapeutic bodywork, afforded a space to integrate my spiritual experience into a relationship with my work.

Being in relationship is one of the many things that make us human.  Being cognizant of our relationship to Source consciousness is one of the things that seems to separate us from other mammals.  In choosing Core Synchronism as a therapeutic modality, it was much like the process one engages when considering any relationship.  Although cranial osteopathic medicine appealed to me and also had the associated recognition of medical authority within our culture, it lacked something essential.  In my courtship with this relationship I had an encounter with, what for me, at that time in my life, was meaningful.  Despite all outwards appearances of competency and splendor, osteopathic manipulative medicine as it is conventionally taught does not actually have a connection with Source consciousness.  Like one who may speak of the Divine but lacks a certain quality of direct experience, the knowledge remaining intellectual, for me, osteopathic theory missed the inspirational mark.  Core, on the other hand, in its simple acknowledgement, openness, and receptivity to non-linear intelligence, offered infinitely more.

Health is not merely of the body. It is the expression of the body, mind and soul when they are in rhythm with the One Life. It is not merely a question of physical fitness, but rather a result of the soul finding free expression through the mind and body of the individual.

Randolph Stone DO DC ND

The body cannot be cured without regard for the soul.


"The Only Source of Life Energy is Soul."

Don Lewis Core Practitioner Durango COI am in Albuquerque, NM assisting in the teaching of Core Synchronism classes from Sept. 5 - Oct 31, with a two week period in the middle of this time where I will be in Durango, also teaching Core classes.  I have decided to take some time to reflect of my relationship to the practice of Core work, and in my own words, express some of the philosophy that underlies this holistic approach to therapy.

Core did not arise in a vacuum.  It was the evolution of existing approaches to health and healing, specifically polarity therapy and cranial osteopathy.  What distinguishes Core from either of these modalities is that it aspires to treat the whole person, whereas Polarity therapy, strictly speaking, is an energetic modality while cranial osteopathy is purely physical, understanding the phenomena of the human body in physiological terms.  Core integrates these theories to create a system of hand medicine that begins with the understanding that the human being is a combination of physical, emotional, mental bodies, each animated by the life principle, a conscious non-material dynamic.  In some traditions this life principle is known as the soul, the vital force, and here in our work is called the core current. Core holds that we are individual expressions of a universal consciousness and that in treatment communication with this Intelligence is a significant contribution to creating the space necessary for healing to occur.

Source Core Current Durango CoIn our understanding, this Source, though beyond descriptive language, can be evoked by the words Love and True Neutral.  It is ultimate balance; non-judgmental, non-dual, non-linear consciousness.  From this Source consciousness, like an infinite Sun, individual rays are cast forth and in this creative expression of life polarity is borne.  As this highest expression of the life principle is expressed individually it is commonly understood to be the Soul, which is represented in our work by the Core Current, an intelligent aspect of Source consciousness.  In a non-linear fashion, this intelligence animates each of our bodies, the mental (causal), emotional (astral), etheric, and physical, stepping down its vibratory rate with each creative expression.

The mental body is borne first, being the next fastest movement of this stepped down ultrasonic energy, and here we find the ego.  This is a subtle body.  In order for such a creative expression to exist, a polarity must be established with a relationship to its Source.  This results in the manifestation of positive, negative and neutral.

Tao begot one.
One begot two.
Two begot three.
And three begot the Ten Thousand Things.
-Lao Tzu

In the creation of our mental self, the positive expression of ego is that which aspires to be in relationship to it Source; it is expansive and outward moving.  The negative aspect of ego is in relationship with the notion of an individual self; it is inward moving.  Holding these two in balance is the Neutral principle, which as an expression in relationship to Source consciousness can be seen as thoughts of unconditional love.  The mental body is a collection of our thought forms.  It is also called the causal body, as it contains the seed thoughts of why we as a soul chose to incarnate.

As the energy of our Soul slows down further, the emotional body manifests, and here we have a body composed of our feelings.  Also polarized into positive and negative, the aspect of our emotional body that is in relationship to the neutral Source consciousness is manifest as feelings of unconditional love.

Polarity therapy etheric body Durango COOur emotional body gives birth to our etheric body, a template of swirling energetic patterns that provide the blueprint for the eventual creation of our physical form.  The chakra system of India is an expression of our etheric body.  It was here that Dr. Randolph Stone, the founder of Polarity Therapy, focused his work.  At this level of our experience consciousness further divides into five elemental energies: earth prana, water prana, fire prana, air prana, and ether prana.  At the etheric level of organization the aspect of ourselves that is in relationship to neutral is the element of Ether.  It represents elemental balance and manifests in the mid-line of our manifesting form.

Finally, the fast moving energy of our Soul, an expression of light and sound, is conveyed to our physical form.  In order for the qualities of light and sound to be communicated to our dense, slow moving energetic expression as a physical form, a fluid medium is required.  The Intelligence communicates with our physical body through the nutritive fluid of our central nervous system: cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).  This fluctuating fluid is the holy grail of cranial osteopaths, who are captivated by its physiological significance.  Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy, writes:

"The cerebrospinal fluid is the highest known element that is contained within the human body, and unless the brain furnishes this fluid in abundance, a disabled condition of the body will remain.  He who is able to reason will see that this great river of life must be tapped and the withering fields irrigated at once, or the harvest of health be forever lost."

In the understanding of Core Synchronism this fluid is the carrier to the physical body of the intelligence of our Soul.  Indeed, it is actually the Soul, a purely energetic phenomenon, which animates the physical body, as it does also the mental, emotional and etheric; and it is this infinite intelligence expressed as the Core Current towards which Core practitioners devote their attention.  The physiological phenomenon of the circulating CSF simply exits to communicate the intelligence of Source consciousness to our physical tissues.

"The cerebrospinal fluid seems to act as a storage field and conveyor for the ultrasonic and light energies.  It bathes the spinal cord and is a reservoir for these finer essences, conducted by this fluidic media through all the fine nerve fibers as the first airy mind and life principle in the human body."
-Dr. Randolph Stone

As Core practitioners we are firmly rooted in the physicality of our form and use the fluctuation of our physical form in relationship to CSF as a foundation in our work.  Beyond this we are also listening to the movement of the Core Current, an intelligent principle that connects us with a universal consciousness.  As the practice of Core develops we consider the organization of the etheric body in our treatments, which one is able to palpate.  The deep states of balance that are realized through this holistic therapy also access mental and emotional content, often buried in the unconscious, which is also able to release.  By creating a relationship with Neutral through the intelligence of the Core Current we are creating an opportunity for our physical/etheric/emotional/mental form to find balance.  In this profound place of balance we deeply rest.  Here we receive the nutritive qualities of our Soul (conveyed through the CSF), digest any stagnant residues of polarity, eliminate unnecessary waste, and restore the vital flow of life through our organism.  In this potent way, we create a space for healing to occur in relationship to Neutral.  After all, is there any other way?  

"Only God and Nature Heal."   
–Dr. Randolph Stone      

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