This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Have you ever found yourself saying one of these phrases?
We say, or hear people say these phrases almost daily. What we don’t realize is that these feelings are actually associated with distinct biochemical changes in the body. Candace Pert , a world-renowned neuroscientist and pharmacologist, labelled these biochemicals the .
Each biochemical reaction that takes place is either moving us towards health or away from health. We are never in a state of stagnation. It is interesting that negative thoughts rooted from fear, are associated with inflammation and tissue break-down (catabolism). While positive thoughts rooted in love, are associated with anti-inflammatory chemicals and tissue regeneration and repair.
The Scientific Evidence Behind The Mind-body Connection
· Military personnel that undergo intensive training characterized by mental stress, sleep deprivation, and physical exertion are more prone to developing infectious disease, particularly cellulitis and pneumonia.(1)
· Children who encounter the stress of moving places of habitation, develop allergies more often than those who remain in one location.(2)
· Stress may promote the development of inflammatory bowel diseases by decreasing protective biological substances along the digestive tract.(3)
· Emotional stress is associated with various microbes such as Candida, E. Coli,and H. Pylori “sticking” better to mucous membranes more easily.(4)
· Mental-emational stress can increase levels of C-reactive protein, an indication of inflammation.(5)
The Take Away Message
No matter what condition a person is trying to address, it is imperative that stress reduction techniques are practiced. Even more important is to make stress-reduction a daily habit before you develop a disease or condition. Unfortunately, we weren’t taught these skills in school, so we have to learn them for ourselves. References:
Josh Gitalis, Clinical Nutritionist, is a recognized expert in the fields of clinical detoxification and therapeutic supplementation. He runs a Toronto-based, private practice, with a worldwide client base. As a leader in his field, Josh teaches Clinical Nutrition for several natural health colleges and is the first Canadian nutritionist to be accepted into the Institute of Functional Medicine where he is currently pursuing his certification as an Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). Josh is a noted expert for various media outlets including CTV News and CityTV.