How the Body Works: Conversations With Roy Curtin, PhD – 2 of 3 in the Series

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by ThinkClearly Staff Writers — 10 months ago in Health 3 min. read
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TC: We talked about the body’s generation of electricity, and how you can ask true and false questions and get stress responses. Then by elimination you can disregard the non stressors. By this method you can determine substances a person is allergic to. 

Roy: Our body is full of set points, much like a thermostat. We set the thermostat in the winter to be a little warmer and in the summer to be a little cooler. Well, our body, through the course of living, resets, sometimes due to stressors. So we have to find what those are and make adjustments.

TC: What do you mean “make those adjustments?”

Roy: With these self-reports reports through qualitative questions that tell us something isn’t quite right, we can then focus the attention of the body to do what it can to correct it. For example, it might be as simple as not getting enough water. Well, the body can’t handle that and other problems might arise, but what the body is asking for is another glass of water.

TC: What about more complicated ailments?

Roy: We ask more questions. 

TC: It must take a complex cannon of inquiries.

Roy: No. It takes setting up a preliminary agreement between the inquirer and the person. Turns out people have the ability to read other’s intentions. Animals do this too. They know when someone means them harm. We’re more complex. But it’s the same principle. 

TC: What does that agreement look like?

Roy: Most people will agree to use the inquirer’s rules. I want you to answer yes by bobbing your head or raising your left hand…so you develop a rapport or an agreement before you start. It’s the same with a polygraph test. They go through a series of calibration questions so they know what a true looks like and what a false looks like. After setting up this relationship it means to some extent we can read each other’s minds; the same way a small child or an animal senses danger, as we have already mentioned.

TC: So do we as adults unlearn that unspoken language?

Roy: I think we do. We just quit paying attention and rely only on verbal communications. But we can still use those forms of communication in a relationship, if the rapport is there. Think of hypnosis. It’s really the subject agreeing with the hypnotist that he will raise his arm on a certain signal word. That’s the subject’s decision. And we can always decide not to do it.

TC: That’s interesting. And explains why some people are more susceptible to hypnosis than others. 

Roy: It’s an agreement between two parties. It’s not coercion, it’s about choice.

TC: How does this affect the way we currently practice medicine?

Roy: In a lot of ways. The big way is that currently we have one person who is responsible for your health, the doctor. Which puts that person in a control position. So the model they use, and it’s not a bad model, it’s just an incomplete model, but they look at you and your symptoms then by group agreement decide if it is like a whole bunch of other people’s symptoms that led to a certain outcome.

TC: So it’s these bright minds aggregating symptoms across a variety of people and determining the statistical best remedy?

Roy: Yes. Now wouldn’t it be more accurate to ask the individual body itself rather than making an educated guess?

TC: Yes it would, and how does that affect the pharmaceuticals we take?

Roy: We just become more accurate with who needs them and who doesn’t.

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