I believe that unresolved issues can cause very real illness. Not something " in your head" but somthing than can bloody well kill you. I am not talking about feeling a few aches and pains from pushing yourself too hard, or becasue you are a bit stressed over the mortgage. There is no mind body demarcation line. The things we think about, or obsess on, or that damaged us, change our body chemistry in very real ways. New information on the plasticicity of the brain indicates that therapy changes the structure of the brain. It doesn't just make us feel nice because we pondered our navels. We can do a great deal of good for ourselves and a great deal of harm to ourselves based on what we think.
On the other hand, there is a huge amount of evidence now, and growing at a rapid rate, that Fibro, CFS and many other illnesses of this era are the result of the massive quanitity of petrochemicals that we are all stewing in. For every unnecessary petrochemical invention that we DO have strong evidence about...that we can prove makes people very illl - that causes cancer, birth defects, messes up the function of the brain, derails our basic biochemistry or shatters the endocrine system... there are dozens MORE effects we know nothing about (some of which are known to the companies that make those items...but not to us) and hundreds of substances that are totally untested.
So although a person might be able, depending on who they are, to heal their own inoperable cancer (through positive emotions, through laughter or joy) or even to gain control of an out of control life by healing the PTSD in ones amygdala... all by tapping the vast power of the human mind through personal growth, understanding the reality of the years that one spent avoiding a painful truth (etc) - what you CANNOT do, is cause your child to no longer have lukemia from the use of petrochemicals at high temperatures at the light industrial plant down the road from your house...all by reading Deepak Chopra.
There are many diseases that can be casued by the inventions of humankinds version of organic chemistry (not to be confused with the biochemsty of life on earth). Parkinsons can be caused by these poisons, as can ADHD, and Autism spectrum disorder and IN POINT OF FACT most of today's cancer pandemic only exists in places where people's bodies have such a high toxic load that the liver has long since gone past its capcitity to cope. This is not just so much new age greenie ranting. A large number of very conservative scientists signed a document back in the 1980s, warning us all about this stuff. It was in all the papers. It was ignored. We are filling people's bodies with poison. It is killing us. The cancer rate in Australia is now 50%. When I was born it was far less than 1%. A large number of very cautious science folk have come out over the years and TOLD us what is happening and why...and we are ignoring them.
THAT SAID.....It very well may be that there is a point to trying all this....with the new information and research about the ways that the mind CAN heal the body, and with all the research into the aparent reality in which SOME people can "self talk" themselves out of illness, that there is a point to trying. The mind does run the body after all.
On the other hand, the mind is also a part of the body. Our emotions are a part of the meat in our heads. Our mood is also changed by chemical substances around us. For instance, many people who have panic attacks or hyperactivity disorders find that their conditions become far more managable if they just stop eating processed poisoned foods, and stay away from most of the nastier cleaning products....get rid of as many of the oil based items in their homes that they can do without, and just STOP PRETENDING!
That's right folks...just STOP PRETENDING, wake up, and smell the death in the air, and stop participating in it. In Victorian England, people who were sick from all the coal smoke and coal dust in the air were sent to the country WHERE THEY GOT WELL. Perople -knew- perfectly well that it was the coal. They just didn't want to stop using it.
So wake up and smell the persistant organochlorines. Wake up and stop pretending that you can live a healthy life while doing so - all the while living in a stew of mutagenic, carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting, sterility causing, poisonous nasties ... and somehow MAGICALLY not be affected. Because after all it is only OTHER people who get cancer... not us.
We can do better.
We have to do better.
We need to stop pretending that the massive upswing in cancer has nothing to do with things like plastics ... like that white plastic in our cans of food, which can grow tumor cell cultures all on its own, without ANY other source of food OTHER THAN THE PLASTIC PETRI DISH.
We need to stop pretending that it is OK to behave in this manner and leave the world in this condition to the rest of life on earth (let alone our own descendants).
We can wake up today. Or we can condemn the next 50 to 100 generations of humanity - those few people who manage to survive our mammon frenzy - condemn them to a world in which they curse our names. Curse this generation (you and I) for how utterly stupid and selfish we are all being, by wallowing in a sea of untested chemical crap.....a sea of items that are all made for one reason and one reason only...to make money.
So that a few people who have far more money than they could ever spend or need, can have MORE more. Thes people havbe mental problems. They have CONTROL ISSUES that they are playing out via capitalism, by trying to pretend that having a huge pile of money will make them more loved and happy and safe - than being healthy will. So instead of SAYING we love our kids, we buy them poison.
All so some unstable people who have monetary OCD can make a quick buck. We are letting people who are are the MONEY O.C.D. mavens of the world, drag us down with them.
OH....but don't worry people. She'll be right. I'm sure that "there's an ap for that".