Mind Over Medicine

Is there another way? You actually have the power!

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The human body is an amazing and miraculous machine and it functions independently with the brain as the captain. There are a variety of reasons it can go haywire and get sick: the environment, diet, genetics etc. The fascinating piece, is that illness is strongly affected by emotional factors. Doctors are wonderfully and meticulously taught to diagnose and treat. Medicine is excellent at treating acute situations: you have a raging infection, you get an antibiotic that quickly goes to work. You fracture your bone, surgeons can quickly get it back into place and fixed. Chronic, ongoing conditions, is where medicine experiences more challenges. There is the prescribing of different medications, experimentations, running diagnostic tests, that many times come up with inconclusive results, and so on. What happens from here is interesting. When given results, the patient, often experiences mental tension over the condition, either being diagnosed or undiagnosed, as the doctor scratches his head and runs more tests to figure out how to treat or derive the diagnosis. When the doctor tells a patient they have “xyz” condition, interesting things begin to occur. The patient takes in the information mentally, and then there is production of stress induced chemical responses in the physical body i.e, catecholamines, such as epinephrine and norepinephrine etc. This puts the body into a fight or flight response, causing a cascade of biochemical stress responses. The body, then stops it normal processes of detoxification to deal with these. There is increased cortisol production etc, increased death of vital cells, and so forth.

The interesting theme, is that doctors are often deep in the trenches, over worked, trying to figure out what is working improperly in the body’s system. Physicians, at no fault, are not really taught to focus on the mind as one of the most powerful healing factors. They also aren’t taught to place more focus on what is going right in the body and its miraculous ability. On a positive, this theme is shifting.

There’s one element of health that is often not addressed fully : the emotions! Emotions/thoughts in the mind, have a large effect on what occurs in the physical body. Research has shown that fear, anger, sadness, love and joy have specific effects on the body. Specific thought patterns affect our bodies in predictable ways, releasing certain chemicals in response to each type of emotion. The mind creates EVERYTHING, and the body is designed to be a self correcting system. Does it need a little help at times , yes, but, it is designed to heal itself. You get a cut or a bruise, you heal. Tell the mind it is healthy and the cells actually start to respond. Tell the mind that something, or lots of things aren’t going well, and the body is sick, and the cells will respond to create exactly more of that.

There is what’s called, an “energy” behind all things and thoughts. When focused “energy”, is placed on illness, this actually expands. This, as mentioned above, actually creates worry in the mind, then cells respond with catecholamine, cortisol production etc., and this actually can create more dysfunction in the body. When one walks around with the thought of I HAVE ” xyz ” disease or condition, this is embodied. Once the brain hears the ” I have…” , it adopts it, and starts to create more of that in the body system.

So, what to do?

1.Pivot the thought

When you are given a diagnosis, don’t allow the brain to fully buy into it. Say to yourself and the doctor ” Thank you for the insight and information”. Know that this an area that needs further exploration. If it is a condition that needs life or death immediate treatment, then that will be required, but if not, or in either case, I recommend taking a new approach. Thank it for showing you that something needs attention, and start using the mind to heal. If we are to fully heal of any condition, even anxiety, we must bring our attention to the messages that our body relays.

2. Inquire, affirm and be in gratitude

Ask yourself, “what is my body trying to tell me here”? Get quiet and listen. Your intuition will always tell you and give you signals. Listen to them. Then say ” thank you”. Start to focus on your body being healed. Picture it in your mind. See and feel yourself being healed. Feel it in your body. What does it feel like to be already healed? Do this daily for 10 minutes. Be in joy and gratitude for seeing it healed. Use affirmations daily such as :
” I am enthusiastic about life and filled with energy”, ” I am healed completely and fully”, ” My body heals, fully, quickly and with ease”.

3. Start making changes toward your health goal

You will need to additionally look into the “energy” of what caused this condition. This is very important to expedite its resolve. There are specific ways and tools to clean this energy and resolve it, so you can move through quickly, and get to health. Starting the shift of thought patterns, on from the condition, is key. This is something I work on deeply when working with my clients. You will also need to start looking into things you can start to do physically, such as making healthy changes in your diet, surroundings, relationships etc., that may be contributing to, or having an affect on your condition.

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