Tack Rules (Dr. Sidney Baker in his book Detoxification and Healing)

If you are sitting on a tack, it takes a lot of aspirin to kill the pain. It is better to remove the tack.

If you are sitting on three tacks, it will not improve your pain much to remove just one. You have to get them all out.


How to use this site:

The Hot Air Balloon Metaphor, Your Intuition, and Following Up on Both

We use the 'Hot Air' balloon diagram because we feel that there are things which help us rise above illness and things which drag us down into illness.

We look at ourselves three ways:
cognition or thinking; biomechanics or the way our bodies move; and biochemistry or the way our bodies function down at the molecular level.
Of course, these three ways are all interconnected and part of the same person, but it seems to be helpful in solving problems to look these three ways. First, are the checklists (hot air balloon diagrams) in each category and then you will find strategies for each section.


As you look over the three sections, you will probably find yourself drawn to certain things. You may get a feeling that, 'Yes! This is what I need to investigate.' Make a list of these 'Aha!' items. Some people call this intuition at work. Your body is trying to tell you what it wants.


Next step is to choose what seems to be the most important.


Next, gather the resources that will help you with this investigation. Although your first instinct may be to find an expert in person, we have found that it helps to find an expert in a book too. Some of your simpler questions may be answered there. At the very least, when you do seek out the practitioner in that area, you will have a clearer idea of what your concerns and questions are.


To find a useful book, you can consult the bibliography that follows. To look for a trustworthy book at the library or book store, use the following procedure: Flip to the Table of Contents of the book. Look down the listing to see if your concern is listed. If it is, flip to that section and skim over it to see if it looks readable, interesting, and useful. Then flip to the Index at the back, if there is one. Look up a key word in your concern. Choose the one that you know the most about, e.g., I am interested in what they have to say about vitamin B6 or about magnesium. Look up the pages listed for your word. Skim read those bits to see if the writer knows more than you do about the subject. Do you think what the writer is saying could be true? If the book has good bits about your concern, then it may be worth reading. In our bibliography, we have tested the books by reading them and trying out the things the author suggests. If the book has good ideas that work for many of us, then we approve the book and include it. If the book's ideas do not work, then we discard it.


How Long Should It Take?

Sometimes, when you go to a practitioner, a pill, a procedure, or a suggestion, will give you, magically, overnight improvement. We all hope for that. We all wish for that. We begin to expect that. If that happens, consider that you've been as lucky as if you'd won the lottery. It is not the usual event. Be careful too, that, as with some medications, there is not a hidden price (as in side effects) to pay for the magic.


It takes time to deteriorate into a chronic health problem. As a rule, it takes time to get out of it. Strategies that require changing habits, like diet, will require at least six weeks. Strategies that require your body and brain to learn or relearn a pattern may take six months.


Strategies that require changing your environment may take time to accumulate knowledge, resources, cash, and expert help. Strategies that require your body to work hard, such as clearing out toxic metals bit by bit, or repairing tissues worn out by chronic overuse may require years to accomplish. Strategies that require you to learn how to interpret your body's signals, such as maintaining insulin balance, may be a lifetime's work. And this is, of course, once youíve discovered what the problem is and have found out how to address it.


Just getting that far may require opinions from practitioners with various types of expertise until all the evidence converges and points to the problem's source. If you have more than one problem, your task is more difficult and confusing. Every small positive change is important. Keep track of those improvements to cheer you on.

Code of Ethics:

We are trying to improve our own health through educating ourselves, not prying into the health of others. No one in the group may presume to decide for anyone else. Each person must decide, ideally in consultation with health care professionals, what is needed. We can offer our own experience. We can offer references to other material. We can offer interpretations of the books we read. We cannot take responsibility for another's decisions or actions. We must take responsibility for our own health, decisions and actions.

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