We’ve all heard stories of amazing, even miraculous healing. These amazing biochemical machines that we live in, that empower us to pursue our desires and dreams, have remarkable repair capabilities. Despite forces around us that attempt to tear us down, we rise above them when they hit us and our bodies repair. Life is designed to work against the destructive forces around it, working counter to the second law of thermodynamics, building structure and order in the face of chaos.

Sometimes the story isn’t so wonderful, and an injury is severe enough that the body can’t completely fix it. Even when that happens, the body attempts to compensate and make the best of the situation. You can be thankful that your body never gives up and always tries to do the best it can for you. If you were injured and lost an eye, for instance, your other eye and your other senses would become more acute. Your body is amazingly adaptable, responding to the environment around it as best it can, following its built-in mandate to live and thrive in whatever situation it is in.

The most amazing healing, and compensation, comes from your brain. This remarkable, intricate computer constantly looks at the challenges your body is facing and directs your whole body to get better and stronger, based upon its programming. It even rewires itself to get better — this is called neuroplasticity. An example: if you work your memory harder, it attempts to build more memory circuits to handle the load — being a perpetual student, a life-long learner, is very healthy for your whole body for that reason.

With your brain in such a key position, what if your brain gets damaged? Your brain will start the process of rewiring to get the best performance out of what is undamaged. Greater challenges evoke greater responses. Sometimes traumatic brain injuries occur — a concussion, stroke, or disease causes rapid brain damage. Your brain would attempt to deal with the injury as it would any other environmental challenge: by healing and compensating. After a period of healing, many TBI (traumatic brain injury) victims can recover some or all of their prior brain function.

Can’t heal from a bad program
There is a type of injury, however, which the brain does not know how to heal. That is because it affects the very foundation of the brain, the way it responds to the environment. Its mandate to survive and thrive, to direct the whole body to do the same, never changes. But how it carries out that mandate is a function of its programming. If you change the program, your brain may carry out its mandate very differently. When mental stress occurs, what does your brain do with that? It tries to adjust, to compensate, but it is changing to accommodate a bad situation which may have happened long ago and is no longer relevant. Especially when this happens early in life, your brain adjusts its deep programming to respond differently to its environment. Your brain protects itself by adjusting, but develops with that damaged foundation, which affects future development.

If you take out one of the memory chips of your computer, leaving the majority in place, your computer may be able to function almost normally, but slower. However, if you change the operating system of your computer to a flawed version, and leave the hardware intact, your computer may behave worst than just having a hardware fault, because you’ve changed how the computer “thinks.” That means the computer will keep doing its tasks poorly because of its programing until you get a better version of the operating system.

You are reacting to life now based upon a lifetime of what you’ve fed and had fed into your brain, but the most impactful programs came during your formative years, the most formative being your first few years of life. That programming is foundational. Even a TBI that did actual brain damage might currently affect you less than stressful, mentally damaging situations in your early years, because the TBI will heal and compensate, whereas the childhood stress programming changes the way you heal for the worse. That programing can take a physically perfect body and direct it to degenerate simply because that is what the brain understands it should do to carry out its purpose in response to the ongoing stress. It is trying to help you deal with a stress that is no longer there and no longer appropriate because it has the message that the stress is real right now. That message has to change for it to direct health correctly rather than its flawed understanding of health.

Even cancer is an example of this. It may seem ridiculous to you that a cell would choose cancer, but in the limited viewpoint of the cell, it must survive and thrive in its environment. A hostile environment tells the cell that it needs to change, veering away from its normal understanding of health into a warped view. It changes its metabolism and function to “fix” the problem, based upon the DNA program library that it has, and picks a solution that makes it stronger in its toxic environment. Unfortunately, that may help the individual cell but harm the whole body, as it attempts to thrive in an environment with a solution that is harmful.

This is the power of childhood stress: it alters fundamental brain functioning as long as the brain retains the original thoughts. In an animal study, published in Neuroscience 2023 from the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, researchers from Ohio State University examined three groups: those with an early life TBI, early life stress, and both combined. They found that those with only a TBI had limited genetic expression changes and changed hormonal responses than those that had early life stress. “We found many, many, many more genes were differentially expressed as a result of our early life stress manipulation than our traumatic brain injury manipulation,” said the lead researcher. “Stress is really powerful, and we shouldn’t understate the impact of early life stress on the developing brain. I think it tends to get dismissed — but it’s an incredibly important public health topic.”

This study saw that the animals, as they grew and matured, would act out in various negative ways socially. They also were taking unusual and needless risks. The researchers noted that people appear to have similar social reactions to early life stress, such as excessive risk taking and use of illicit drugs. The lead researcher’s final comment was, “I don’t think it can be over-emphasized how damaging early-life stressors can be if they’re not dealt with.”

Epigenetics, the ability for cells to change their genetic expression without modifying the underlying DNA (which is its full “library” of genetic codes, only a small percentage of which is active at any one time), is designed to respond to the environment. We commonly use the word “adaptation” to refer to this phenomena, because all creatures have a broad ability to adjust to their current environment. With only a rigid genetic expression, nothing would be able to adapt enough to keep up with environmental shifts and would simply die out. The most formative time of life occurs during its earliest stages, which sets the stage for later, matured life. Any stress is simply an environmental push to change and adapt. Childhood trauma, or even simply negative messages, are stresses that will invoke an epigenetic response, as they should. Adaptation doesn’t make long-term judgements. While epigenetics can change genetic expression rapidly, excessive changes would produce an unstable individual, so even though they are not permanent changes in the genetics, epigenetic changes may last for awhile, especially when started in the formative years of life. Sometimes a significant amount of good stress to counteract the effects of earlier bad stress may be needed to restore good epigenetic responses.

Biochemically, transcription markers are set in the DNA strand to only transcribe (copy) certain codes to the messenger RNA (mRNA) that go out and carry the genetic instructions throughout the cell and affect other cells through signaling. These markers must be relocated to change epigenetic expression, and this happens in response to stress. The biochemical processes are explained in detail in a review article published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, where a multi-national research team led by the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada noted the hormonal, signaling, and genetic reactions to any stress, good and bad, and the long-term implications of those reactions. Some of the altered genetic states can persist even through parents to their offspring. As stated: “Research has shown that the effects of trauma can be intergenerationally passed on through epigenetic mechanisms, such as methylation. Specifically, childhood trauma has been associated with alteration in methylation patterns in human sperm, which may induce intergenerational effects.” Such genetic “stickiness” clearly does not transmit through brain injuries or other physical environmental impacts — they are a product of mental stress, not physical.

Do you know all of the stresses that happened to you in your first few years of life — your most formative years? Do you remember those that happened even while you were in the womb? How about stresses that your parents carried that epigenetically were expressed in you? Certainly we all have some baggage that came with our early years, no matter how ideal we consider childhood to have been. That baggage can be repacked, and it needs to be, so that it is now a positive impact to your ongoing epigenetic expression.

Those messages can be changed.

Dr. Nemec’s Review

What the research is showing is that mentalemotional earlylife stress is much more permanently damaging to the brain and the body than actual physical traumatic brain injury. What these studies have shown is that the mentalemotional environment supersedes the physical environment.

Let’s restate this: how you think subconsciously and consciously will permanently damage the messages being sent from your brain to the hundred trillion cells in your body to a much higher degree than if you physically were in an accident and damaged brain tissue.

Let’s restate this another way. Mentalemotional stress is much more damaging, much more a foundation of your health or disease, than any physical factors could ever be. This means how you were programmed in early childhood subconsciously, and then consciously, will affect your physical and mentalemotional health to a much higher degree than anything you can do physically, including diet, exercise, or lifestyle changes.

For 40 years we’ve been seeing patients come in with the most major health challenges, including advanced cancers, and progressive memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease just to name a few. The general belief of people when they get a disease is to look at the physical factors and weigh them much more highly than the underlying mentalemotional programming as a foundation of everything that goes on in the physical body.

We cannot tell you how many patients have come to us with cancer and were quite baffled: how could they get cancer when believe that they eat well, exercise, and actively do all the
physical things that they can to stay healthy. Many patients have asked, could I have developed this cancer? I have the perfect life, I am the perfect weight, I exercise, I eat the best diet of anyone that I know, I take supplements, I don’t smoke or drink or do any form of drugs or medications. I have a wonderful family, a loving spouse, great kids, no financial problems. Everything in my life is wonderful, so how did I develop this tumor?

The answer is always the same: subconscious stress programming, from age 0 to 6. Most people don’t understand this concept: you have different divisions of the mind

  1. Subconscious mind.
  2. Conscious mind
  3. Unconscious mind
  4. Collective unconscious
  5. Conscious mind
  6. Collective conscious mind
  7. Supreme conscious mind

The subconscious mind runs 95% of your body’s physiology, biochemistry and cellular biology. Let us state this one more time: 95% of your health is run by subconscious programming written in early childhood. Most people cannot even comprehend the magnitude of importance of early life programming. Subconscious is so important, the most important division, because it sends its messages to all cells of the body — command signals of what to do, how to function.

Are you starting to understand what this research is really saying? When you go to the doctors office, they are only assessing your physical health. That’s it. Every blood test, every scan, all imaging of the body itself is looking at physical parameters, including biopsies that look at the microscopic anatomy. Even genes are looked at as rigidly set blueprints, which they are not: epigenetics has shown us that the base blueprint is easily changed to adapt to the environment those genes are placed into.

So what affects your genes and your cellular functions the most — what you eat, how much you exercise, how much sleep you get, how hydrated you are, how many chemicals and toxins are stored in your tissues? All of this, believe it or not, fits in the 5% category. Nobody looks at the root cause of the 95% subconscious programming that started in early childhood.

Now, let’s say you get diagnosed with stage four metastatic cancer. What does this diagnosis do to you? It mentallyemotionally shocks you and adds conscious stress at an extremely high level. Not knowing for certain, merely getting the diagnosis can cause a conscious stress program to be stored in the brain. This is independent of the 95% subconscious stress programming that developed in early childhood.

So what is the approach with advanced cancer, or other health challenges, to resolve them? How did they diagnose them in the first place? What does the treatment plan involve? How is this going to help you heal the cause of the disease? These are valid questions that need to be answered for you to have a complete approach to restore your health and heal.

Let’s look at the approach used in conventional treatment:

How did they diagnose the disease? It’s usually starts with blood testing and then some type of imaging or scanning. From there, it moves on to taking a tissue sample with a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. And sometimes they will do genetic testing to confirm if you have the gene pattern that makes you more susceptible to cancer.

This sounds like an adequate approach, but what is it missing? What is it lacking that absolutely needs to be addressed? They have only analyzed the physical system. And as the research has shown, early life stress programming, especially subconscious stress programming, is much more damaging to one’s health than any physical factor could ever be — exceptions being acute traumatic accidents that are life-threatening, and severe cellular insults from poisons or toxins. Outside of these acute life-threatening emergencies they have not even begun to assess the mentalemotional component of the disease.

Can you see how any of the conventional treatments are missing the mark? How can you expect to heal when your treatment is only affecting 5% of the cause of the disease in the first place? This is how most everyone has been programmed in this world: that the physical reigns supreme in your health and your life.

So let us ask this one more time: how do you expect to heal an advanced disease by putting toxic chemicals, radiation, and other pharmaceuticals in your body without addressing the mentalemotional subconscious and conscious programming that runs 95% your cellular physiology? To add to this, the treatments being used are physically toxic to the cells of your body and the brain. It makes no sense to treat any disease exclusively this way. Yes, this can be done in an emergency to stop excessive growth, but to put chemicals and toxins in the physical body and not even recommend the health promoting physical factors, much less not even being remotely aware of the power of the subconscious stress programming in early life, means that success is nothing but a gamble. Like buying a lottery ticket: you might heal, but the chances are much greater that you don’t. And let’s say you did heal — what do you think your chances are to remain healed without addressing the physical — and supremely more important, the mentalemotional — factors, especially the programming of the subconscious and conscious mind?

So whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, memory loss, emotional highs and lows, or any other physical factors including pain, weakness, fatigue, digestive issues, neurological issues, hormonal issues, immune issues, cardiovascular issues, metabolism issues, or any other physical conditions you can come up with — you absolutely must get to the root cause to heal 100% and stay healed 100% for the rest of your life.

Conventional treatment has value, especially in emergency situations. It saves lives, but if you do not get to the root cause — the source of the blockage, imbalance, symptom, condition or disease  you will not heal and stay healed. It’s as simple as that.

An example we use with patients is this: if you have a lawn filled with dandelions, so much so that it’s a completely yellow lawn, what is your solution? Well, the quick fix is just take out the lawnmower and cut them down. You’ll get rid of the dandelion flowers very quickly, and that lawn will look wonderful. But then something happens: within days the dandelions seem to come right back and actually multiply. How can this be? By using the lawn mower, you actually spread more dandelion seeds on the lawn, and never dug to the root source of the dandelion flower, which is the root. Well, you say, I have that covered: all I have to do is go to the store and buy weed killer and it’ll get rid of all the dandelions, and they won’t come back as long as I keep putting the chemicals on the lawn regularly. But if I stop putting these chemicals on the lawn more dandelions appear so for that approach to work I’ll always have to be putting chemicals on the lawn, which might not be the best for the lawn long-term.

There is another way — the only way to get rid of the dandelions and make sure they never come back. It is to pull them out by the roots. Once you pull out the root, there is no more dandelion to grow. This is a simple illustration, but needs to be pondered because we are trying to restore our health by cutting things out, by chemically altering the environment with toxins, and not even addressing the 95% subconscious stress programming that is the root of most all disease.

Isn’t it time for you to pull out the root cause of your symptoms, conditions, and diseases?

Knowledge is power, only if that knowledge is acted upon, and it brought to completion with positive changes made physically and mentallyemotionally.

Here are the ways we can help you in your health journey:

  1. Outpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-has the most benefit of teaching, treatment, live classes and personalized coaching. This program has the most contact with Dr. Nemec with 3- 6 month programs that can be turned into a regular checking and support program for life. This is our core program that has helped so many restore their health and maintain that restoration for years.
  2. Inpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-is our four-week intensive inpatient program for those that are not in driving distance, usually over 4 hour drive. This is the program that is an intensive jumpstart with treatment, teaching, live classes and coaching designed for all our international patients along with those in the US that do not live in Illinois. This program is very effective especially when combined with our new membership program support.
  3. Stay at Home Program-is offered to continental US patients who cannot come to Total Health Institute but still want a more personal, customized plan to restore their health. This program also includes our Learn Membership Program.
  4. Membership Program is our newest program offered for those that want to work on their health at a high level and want access to the teaching at Total Health Institute along with the Forums: both Dr. Nemec’s posts and other members posting. And also, to have the chance to get personalized questions answered on the conference calls which are all archived in case you miss the call. The Membership Program has 3 levels to choose from: Learn, Overcome and Master. The difference is at the Overcome and Master levels you received one on one calls with Dr. Nemec personalizing your program for your areas of focus.