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Emotions and Diseases

"Knowing the patient more than the disease"
By: Meddie Edodollon, MT, MD, NMDEmotions and Diseases

According to the World Health Organization, health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not just merely an absence of a disease. In the world of Holistic Medicine, health is a combination of body, mind, and soul. There is a strong linkage between emotions and physical health that may cause pain and disease.

Conventional medicine views the body as an efficient machine and has evolved its entire practice in finding specific signs and symptoms of diseases. Diseases are regarded as mere disorders of structure viewed on imaging studies like ultrasound or x-rays and the pharmaceutical industry has been successful in patenting drugs to match every symptom. The modern health care industry has become disease centered that we have forgotten that illness and healing may go beyond what we visualize.

People say that love makes the world go round yet we are unable to see love in our anatomy. When we are praised and appreciated, we become more productive. A study showed that 78% of employees would work harder if their efforts were recognized and appreciated. In addition, happy employees will have ten times fewer sick days than unhappy employees. How we feel has a huge impact on our activities.

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body, but jealousy is like cancer in the bones. - Proverbs 14:30. Having positive emotions affects your health, you can literally improve your immune system and ward off sickness.

Vibrations and Frequencies

Sometimes we are unable to express ourselves in words but our emotions are felt and understood perfectly. Emotions are the stunning expression of our energy, the “vibe” we give off.  Some people are nice and they improve our mood and vitality while others, they sap and drain the life out of you. Instinctively you want to hibernate from the latter.

According to Dr. William Osler, “It is more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has.” Through the years, scholars have studied emotions and diseases so well that they have noticed a certain pattern and association between the two. They are so interconnected that we can map the turmoil and disharmony constant to patients who have the disease. Energy healers have connected certain diseases to seven chakras which significantly coincides with the color of the rainbow.

  • Root chakra is represented by red color located at the base of the spine. Disharmony stems from issues of survival and safety that affecting our health.  Individuals may experience alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea.
  • Sacral chakra is found in the lower abdomen in orange color and in-charged of creativity and sexuality. Reproductive organs, kidneys, and bladder may be affected. Disharmony may cause obsessive attachments, over-sensitivity, fear or insecurity which may result in urinary tract infections (UTI), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or infertility.
  • Solar plexus chakra represents identity and personal power located at the navel in yellow color. Digestive system, pancreas, and adrenal glands may be affected. Balance affects self-esteem, courage, and strength; disharmony brings about inferiority or superiority complex, poor digestion, and chronic fatigue. It gives a controlling, competitive and power-hungry personality.
  • Heart chakra is the color green near the heart. Love lives here, imbalance affects heart and thymus gland while balance brings peace and acceptance. A disorder results from jealousy, bitterness, shyness or intolerance.
  • Throat chakra represented by color blue affecting the throat, vocal chords and thyroid gland. Correct balance makes smooth communications.  An imbalance stems from gossip, criticism, excessive talking or inability to express one’s self.
  • Third-eye chakra is on the forehead between the eyes with indigo color that brings sight and intuition. The pituitary gland, brain, eye, and nose are affected by this chakra. Disharmony causes nightmares, headaches, inability to imagine or visualize.
  • Crown chakra springs on top of the head with color purple or clear affecting the pineal gland. Balance comes forth peace, wisdom, and enlightenment. Imbalance produces a feeling of superiority, skepticism or thinking difficulty.

Emotional Stress

Negativism can harm the body. “Wear and tear” inevitably occurs in our body. Moreover, chronic stress can alter the biological system and lead to diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease. A person with chronic anger and anxiety may have changes in the electrical stability of the heart, increased risk for atherosclerosis and systemic inflammation.

Laura Kubzansky, an associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health, said that beyond the effects of negative emotions, focusing on positive life circumstances will help people avoid and manage diseases. In her study involving more than 6,000 men and women with ages 25 to 74, it appeared that there is a reduced risk of coronary disease due to emotional vitality—a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement in life, and an ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance. Putting in account wholesome behaviors such as not smoking and regular exercise, the result of Kubzansky’s 20 years study was distinct and measurable.

Emotions and Endorphins 

Endorphins are neurochemicals produced in the brain's hypothalamus and pituitary gland when the body comes under stress or experiences pain. Conversely, they are triggered by different human activities which can bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being.

When we exercise endorphins in our blood increases, thus making us feel good.  Neurotransmitters, serotonin or norepinephrine, releases “happy hormones” that decrease the incidence of depression and better stress management. To ensure an emotionally healthy life and to ward off diseases:

  • Exercise. Regular exercise increases energy levels, wards off anxiety and feelings of depression. It produces the necessary endorphins that reduce stress, boost self-esteem and improve sleep. Overall, it makes us look fit and healthy.
  • Laughter. The more we laugh, the better perspective we have. Laughter is one of the easiest ways to induce endorphin release. Even the anticipation and expectation of laughter increases levels of endorphins. Having a great sense of humor and finding small things to be happy about relieves us from stress and diseases.
  • Be in the moment. Being in the moment is a great practice not to indulge ourselves in negativities and makes us more productive.
  • Take a group class. Having an extra hand at work and shared effort may give your endorphin levels an extra boost. In 2009, researchers found that college crews who rowed in synchronization had an increased rush of these feel-good hormones compared with those who rowed alone. Taking time to do things within a group helps us be socially healthy and makes us feel wanted and important.
  • Make love. Nature has provided us a source of great relaxant and a joyful de-stressing activity which burns calories, too. Research shows that being touched reduces stress, alleviates pain and helps heal injuries. Taking time for those intimate moments also soothes us, uplifts us, and gives a sense of belonging and security.
  • Listen to music. Listening to music triggers joy by unleashing feel-good brain chemicals. Studies show that songs of meditation make us love peace more, prevent us from being aggressive and help us have a sound sleep. Listen to soothing music while driving to decrease incidents of road rage in traffic.
  • Have some chocolates. Eating dark chocolates may lower risks for heart attack and stroke. It has polyphenols and antioxidants which reduce inflammation, lowers blood pressure, reduces bad LDL cholesterol, boosts good HDL cholesterol and protects your arteries. It also has chemicals that when processed by the good bacteria in the gut releases endorphins.
  • Reward yourself more often. Having big goal inspires us to do our work passionately and studies say this is due to a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine motivates us to take action toward goals, desires, and needs and gives a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them. Procrastination, self-doubt, and lack of enthusiasm are linked with low levels of dopamine. Ensure a continual flow of dopamine by creating new goals before achieving your current one. Big goals, broken down into smaller ones, create a series of little finish lines and allow our brains to celebrate every time we hit them. 
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