Dr. Igor Četojević is an observer of human experience and a health guide. As he says, he opens windows and doors for people to let some sun come into their sometimes-dark lives.
What tips do you give for food?
People need to be aware of how they eat as well as what they eat. Our body is here; our spirit who knows where?! For many in this modern life, we seem to be present but, in fact, we are mentally in another place, our emotions are wandering.
Unfortunately, this is becoming normal behaviour, and it is how we lose our health daily - with a bad attitude towards food that should give us sustenance. I often suggest to my patients to write their daily experiences, to practice focusing on what and how they eat. I teach my patients to apply a little exercise: “an investment of three seconds”. Before eating, take a moment to be present, to bless the food you have and be grateful for what is on your plate.
What about milk and dairy products?
Food intolerance is a complex process. Why are we intolerant to something?
In addition to what we already know, that today's milk and dairy products are full of chemicals, antibiotics and hormones, that they are no longer the same as our grandparents enjoyed, it is important to know that every allergy has an emotional connection. When we were children, for example, while drinking milk we might have experienced some shock, some unpleasant situation that remained as information in our head. We link milk and that specific shock together as an unpleasant experience in the subconscious.
Later in life, contact with milk-containing food could be a “trigger” and the body overreacts by creating an allergic reaction. That is why it's important not to eat when stressed; always eat at the table, bless your food and be grateful, calm your thoughts, don't watch TV, don't use the phone during meals.
How do you help your patients by connecting the body, mind and spirit?
As well as considering the body, mind and spirit connection we also must take environmental and social factors into account. I have knowledge and experience in Western and Eastern medicine, and I am an expert in biofeedback technology connecting the subconscious and your conscience.
Your body remembers everything from the day you are conceived until today.
For example, let’s consider two situations, one, being kicked out of school and, two, receiving a reward as a child. Both have weight could lead to consequences in our life. The first can lead to insecurity and the second to confidence. We all have experiences – positive and negative; how we process them, is up to us.
Aren't we always ready for change?
During my age of puberty, I always felt blessed by my mother. She was a teacher and always allowed me to “spread my wings”; she never restricted me like a bird in a cage thinking it was for my own protection. It's a matter of growing up and maturing to allow children to gain experience, and at the same time give them the feeling that someone loves them and offers them protection and emotional stability; the constant that is rooted at the beginning of life. Love is the energy that heals.
Should you look for the meaning of life in your mature age?
It's never too late but not everyone can; it depends on one’s potential and circumstances. There are people who are born seekers. They look for and find answers, whether they were born in a remote place or a big city.
It’s rare to find a teacher that will show us the way to be happy and recognize happiness. That's what I do - opening windows and doors for people, to let the sun into their sometimes-dark lives. Some folks will understand immediately, some won't. Some need time.
What is your role in healing?
As a professional MD and healer, my role is to observe the problem or health condition, then, using my knowledge and experience, guide and teach the patient to reduce their suffering.