Kathryn Caywood [kjcaywood]
What is your specialty? What does your work consist of?
My specialty consists of two areas – (1) natural health education with an emphasis on essential oils and (2) the mind-body connection as it related to not just mind and body, but also spirit.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can get to know more about you or the activity you carry out?
Yes, I invite you to visit www.essential-oils-lifestyles.com and www.essential-oils-information-center.com
What is your definition of health, and of a healthy life?
A healthy life is a life in balance and lived in harmony with nature, oneself, and others. A healthy life is a life filled with joy.
What are some basic rules for those who want to live to be 100.
(a) Live in balance, meaning to live every aspect of life in a way that honors body, mind and spirit. This may be accomplished in a number of different ways, and using pure essential oils is one of these ways. (b) Learn to trust that “still, small voice” from within. (c) Drink the wolfberry juice called NingXia Red every day.
Happiness and health: how much do they have in common, and how much myth is there in their relationship?
Happiness and health go hand in hand, but there’s more to it than just that. There is also the belief factor. For example, when a happy and healthy person holds the belief that people must die of some dreaded disease, that person’s belief becomes his reality.
Can the mind cause or cure illness? What evidence do you have on the matter?
Studies regarding the ability of the mind to cause or cure illness have been in existence for decades now. One example is the person with multiple personalities who, when under hypnosis, displays different symptomatology for each personality.
Do you recommend Vitamins and nutritional supplements? Do you believe their benefits have been proven?
Proof is more than just the numbers in test results. Proof is also found in how one feels.
What is your opinion on the use of medical marijuana for terminal illnesses.
The U.S. constitution was based on freedom for each individual. In my opinion, this freedom should also extend to health choices.
The patient/doctor relationship is part of the success of treatment. What should it be like?
An ideal doctor/patient relationship should be one of equals. Here are two examples that happen all too frequently and which do not promote a relationship of equals. 1. The doctor addresses the patient by his first name, yet the patient is required to address the doctor by his surname. 2. After blood work is drawn, the results are sent to the doctor, not the patient, yet it is the patient’s blood, not the doctor’s, that has been drawn. Hopefully, as we progress through the 21st century, a greater number of medical doctors will begin treating their patients as equals.
How do patient beliefs or superstitions effect recovery?
For decades now, scientific studies have documented the fact that belief affects the rate of recovery, the speed of recovery, and the extent of recovery. Whether it is a belief or superstition, it does not matter.
What is the best way to give bad news to a patient?
The best way to give bad news to a patient is two-fold. Begin by telling him that the tests represent only one moment in time. Mind-body medicine teaches us that those same tests performed on that same person at a different moment in time could have different results, depending on the patient’s mental, physical, and spiritual energies at that particular moment.
The mind is capable of changing many things in our reality, including conditions of the physical body. Did not Jesus say centuries ago, “Your faith has made you whole!”?
If the patient does not wish to put forth the time, effort, and energy to do his part in turning bad news into good, then it becomes important to stress an attitude of gratitude for all the good things that life has brought up to this point in time. If the patient is open to it, he should be gently reminded that we are more than just a body. We are more than just a mind, and that when we leave this body behind, we are welcomed to a world where we have a perfect body and live in perfect health.
Is the best preventive medicine teaching someone how to live?
The best preventive medicine is living in balance. This means physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It also means balance in every area of life. Because essential oils work simultaneously on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – they are one of the most perfect vehicles on the planet for helping people to live in better balance, which in turn means better health.
What are the most frequent errors of slimming diets.
In my opinion, the most profound error of modern-day slimming diets is a failure to address the whole person, meaning mind, body, and spirit. Another error is the belief that the most recent discovery is better than the application of the successful, centuries-old principles of weight loss found in Classical or Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Are too many unnecessary tests and x-rays performed in hospitals?
In my opinion, yes. Look at doctors of Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine, who diagnose with their eyes and their sense of touch and smell. They need nothing else, except a conversation with their patient, to make their diagnosis.
Fewer than 3% of the D.O.s graduating in the U.S. today will go on for additional training in specialties such as osteopathic or cranial manipulation, yet these few, especially as they acquire greater and greater skills over time, can see with their eyes and feel with their hands what the other 97% can not and what most medical doctors in the U.S. cannot.
Yes, some medical tests and x-rays are unnecessary, but part of the reason is that many medical doctors cannot make an accurate diagnosis without the aid of such tests that are done by machines, because they have not been taught to see with their eyes and feel with their hands the way that TCM doctors have been taught.
What new technologies have the most potential to save lives in the near future?
The two life-saving technologies that I find most exciting are in the realms of mind-body medicine and essential oils. Mind-body medicine is not new. In fact, the research has been ongoing for some time. The true frontier of 21st century medicine, in my opinion, will come in the area of mind-body medicine.
Until the population is ready for that, I believe that essential oils have the next best potential for saving lives. A drop of pure, unadulterated essential oil may contain hundreds of chemical compounds. Depending on the unique chemical properties of each oil, that essential oil may have antibacterial, antifungal, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, anti-microbial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antitumoral, antiviral properties and more. Can you imagine an essential oil with immune-building and antitumoral properties being injected into cancerous tissues? This may never happen in the U.S., but it is already being done in certain other parts of the world.
If someone consults you, what is your recommendation regarding cosmetic surgery and implants?
As people progress through time, many begin to realize that true beauty comes from within. On the physical level, this means that a longer lasting pretty face can be easier to attain through intelligent food choices and periodic colon and liver cleansing. Over time, one tends to realize that with beauty products, as in many other facets of life, that less in more. No amount of beauty products can compensate for a spirit lacking in love and joy. Even Abraham Lincoln remarked that after a certain age, a man is responsible for the way his face looks!
What areas of health or of medicine are you most interested in devoting yourself to in the next few years?
In the next few years, I hope to reach more people than ever before through natural health and especially through the many blessings of essential oils. By sharing this information one person at a time, it is possible to make a positive impact in the lives of entire families – now and even 100 years from now.
I’m also interested in discovering more connections between mind-body medicine and essential oils, so that an increasing number of people will come to experience better health through essential oils combined with their trust, belief, and connection with their Creator.
Would you change your profession for any another?
No, because I’m happy helping others realize that they have more health choices than they ever imagined. I am blessed to be able to be of service in this way. In sharing with others what I have learned about mind-body medicine and essential oils, I have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people living today, and also in the lives of people living 100 years from now.