Heal Thyself: How I cured my Painful Knees using just my mind….

…meaning, I cured my severe knee pain by thinking the issue through, and changing my exercises.

My joint pain remedy over the past 5 years, that being eggshell membrane tablets, seemed to stop working.

Completely stopping leg exercises for 2 months in the gym didn't work….nothing was working.

Is this the end game? Do I need to shop for a cane? Am I finally the "Old Guy" I been trying to avoid?
I could barely squat on the toilet and was finding it torture to even walk up and down stairs.

Naw, naw…I ain't going out like this. I never had any major knee pain, but this came along all of a sudden. I'm exercising more intensely. I feel great overall. Something else must be going on.

In no more that 24 hours after I meditated on what the heck is going on, asking for spiritual help, the answer came through a plain old email from another wellness website I follow.

I almost deleted it because the title sounded so stupid, but a voice in my head told me to read it. It's called "Dormant Butt Syndrome"

"Dormant Butt Syndrome", sounds crazy, but makes total sense……

….once I thought about it. Not very complex, but you gotta think it through, and plan a response to it.

Bottom line, sitting all day and/or doing mostly exercises and work that stress the knees joints, takes the load away from the bigger butt and hamstring muscles, and the load is transferred the knees.

The more I thought on it, most of my leg exercises stress my knees……

….like my fun but grueling walking dumbbell lunges, my  Smith Squats, and Leg Presses.

From what I learned, you can develop this condition just sitting in an office chair all day, or not exercising at all, because even then, the butt muscles get weak, and too much load is on the knees.

My new exercises focused on hitting the butt and back of legs……

….but note that seemed like it was best to do some exercises that hit the knees, such as leg extensions. It seemed like my body needed a little knee work for the front/back of legs to stay balanced.

A couple of my fav' butt/glute exercises are below. I suggest to Google "Glute Exercises" for more.

(Below) there are many butt/hamstring exercises you can do at home, while watching TV …..

                                               (below right)  is a good exercise to use with the elastic exercise bands.


Within 3 months, my severely aching knee pain was totally gone……

….except for a little knee "creakiness" which I've always had. This whole thing is pretty important, because it is very common, and people are being advised to have surgery to address this issue.

For me, the solution was a true "meat and potatoes" miracle. Meaning, my health miracles don't come to me dramatically like a "burning bush" or Charlton Heston voice, but very simple flashes of light…..

Imagine all the "Medical Drama" avoided just by thinking this through…..

Many with the same condition said, in my research, said their doctors told them they need surgery, or addictive pain medication, or many got unnecessary and false diagnoses of arthritis….or whatever the medical industry can sell them, cause they're a "captive consumer" at that point.

But for many people, they are in a big bind, because their job and/or livelyhood puts continuous daily stress on those knees, with no solutions seemingly available, no financial means to take time off work to rest the knees, one of those things that just makes life miserable.

The main "Zen Thought" that came from all this….

….is the mind and body are an intricate, interconnected group of parts, working together for the entire living organism.

My mind lead me to the fact that my knee pain wasn't even caused by my knees, but a weakened part of the body (Glutes and back of legs), that are designed to take the load off the knees.

Have I ever tried to sell you anything on this site?

Have you ever even seen a "pop up" ad?    No……

….if anything, I'm trying to "sell" you on the holistic solutions to health that the "Spiritual Forces" give liberally, once we start tapping into the vast wealth of our own innate mental powers.

The mind is a powerful healing weapon….

I think my running count is up to 7 fairly serious things I cured myself from just by putting some thought into it, and I got divine insights, insights I'm blessed to get whenever I ask for them.

My greatest blessing…….

If the "Heavenly Powers" gave me the gift of perfect health to go out and present the information (and the freedom to be as creative as I wish about it all), then to me, that's the ultimate blessing……     ūüôā

~stay healthy~


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Hi Doug,

You are a true Avatar. Your demonstration of the power of spiritual connection and how it guides us to the appropriate action (in any situation) is very meaningful. I hope everyone notices your integrity in all of this and the result of real healing.

Our natural state is well-being and the simple (but not always easy) part of that is remembering it and then behaving like we believe it. A belief is nothing more than a thought that is played in the brain over and over, so if we invite and entertain the right thoughts, we can jumpstart the process of coming back to our natural state of health and set a beautiful example for others. Rock on!



Hey Bob-ster,

Always a warm hearted humbling comment, as you can sense I’m sure, it’s time to take my expression of health and wellness beyone the phiscal aspect of our being, and begin to merge it teh esoteric sstudies of the mind and spirit.

After all, one transcendentalist said they are all merely different aspects of the same thing……

~stay healthy~



Hey Doug

What is your opinion on knee braces – or braces (ankle, elbow) in general?

Are they more cons than pros?


Hi Kathrin,

I use those so called, much TV advertised “Copper Sleeve” knee braces when I work out, but I honestly can’t tell if they are doing any good. The TV commercials make them seem like a miracle product, but for me, it’s more of something cool looking to wear when you’re are sporting your gear at the health club trying to look like a basketball player. There seems to be a psychological positive effect with them on, like the knees feel more stable when I’m doing lunges and such. But,¬† I will continue to use them because the do seem to “hug” my knee joints when I’m doing leg exercises, it does feel like it helps keep the knee warm and wrapped up.

But now that my knees are much better, when these fall apart or start to wear, I’m not sure if I’ll buy another pair, though the more I think about it, I’ll probably keep using them on leg days at the gym, but not at home and when sleeping, like they say on the Commercials that whatever this “Copper effect” is will help heal your knees. I personally don’t they heal your knee pain. The only thing I found that healed my knee pain was what I just wrote about in this article.

Good luck!!!

Doug at Gaia Health Blog


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