The 1 Big Psychoneuroimmunology Mistake You’re Probably Making

 

You are knocking over your  “homeostasis cart”:   YOU’RE STRESSED!

 

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I won’t lie to you:  I can’t pronoun this word!  I’m not good with spelling or the pronunciation of words.  At least big ones.  If it wasn’t for the invention of the word processor I may not have finished my college degree.

EVAPORATE STRESS EFFORTLESSLY

But this big word ” psychoneuroimmunology” is very important, in my opinion, because understanding the work being done in this field and “new” findings in this field, can have a significant impact in our lives.

Lets dig deeper and explore what it means.  It’s empowering!

 

“Most psychologist treat the mind as disembodied, a phenomenon  with little or not connection to the physical body.  Conversely physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or emotions.  But the body and the mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other.”

Dr. Candace Pert

 

What Is  Psychoneuroimmunology?

 

According to the Merriam-webmaster dictionary psychoneuroimmunology is:  a field of medicine that deals with the influence of emotional states (as stress) and nervous system activity on immune function especially in relation to their effect on the onset and progression of disease.

 

 

Is psychoneuroimmunology  and the mind/ body connection the same thing?

It seems until recently, many scientists rejected the concept that psychological factors and well-being can affect health and disease.

This may have been caused by a lack of technological tools to prove these links. During the last decade though, new methods and findings in neuroscience, neuroimaging, and molecular biology have discovered connections between emotions and disease,  and between the brain and the immune system, hence the mind and body connection.

Science and Western medicine it seems, are beginning to become aware of this dynamic communication. The psychoneuroimmunology  (PNI) “uprising”  transforms science from a compartmentalized, tangible view of the human body to a more seamless perception of the complexity and beauty of human mind, spirit, and body as one.  PNI deals with the interactions among the mind, human behavior, the nervous system, the immune system, and the endocrine system.

This is nothing new as centuries of indigenous cultures have proven over and over.  But clouded with modernity, that champions bright shiny new things, that are bigger and faster, over the wisdom of our bodies collected over 1,000’s of years, Western doctors in particular, have become insular and dogmatic in their Ivory Towers, constructed on the foundation of mountains of cash, driven by instant cures demanded in capitalistic regimes:  “Got to get back to work!”

 

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Thankfully though, the technological pendulum has swung, and “new” understandings about these “complex” interactions is creating more awareness on how to maintain our health to prevent and treat disease. PNI,  gives the medical world, a paradigm, and more importantly a science-grounded vocabulary that can now guide science to a new truer reality of the body, mind and spirit connection with standing.

 

 Some Study Highlights

 

“In a real, true sense, stress makes you physically sick”   Steven Maier, PhD

 

From the wonderful website Integris,  here are some studies they collected regarding the mind, body and spirit connection.

 

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•  At Harvard, studies have shown that meditation can help lower high blood pressure and decrease the level of chronic pain and diminish nausea that accompanies chemotherapy.

•  A study at Ohio State University found that students examined during final exams had weaker immune responses to hepatitis than unstressed students.

•  According to a 1989 issue of Journal of Religion and Health, a study of 400 men
found that a strong religious commitment cut high blood pressure risks even
among men who smoked.

•  At Carnegie Mellon University, one researcher discovered that the more stress or
more negative emotional state a person has, the more likely that person is to
catch a cold when exposed to cold germs.

 

 

 

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Chinese Fortune Cookie says:

 

“It’s much better to remain healthy and feeling great than try to work your way back to health from a position of illness.”  unknown

 

The beginnings of Chinese Medicine go back thousands of years, and it is a complete medical system, but it follows a different model to allopathic, or western, medicine. While it recognizes the same organs and the bodies structures as western medicine does, it conceives of them in terms of “functional interconnected systems”, and organizes them differently.

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Chinese medicine works with the philosophy that balanced and free-flowing qi (energy) results in health, while stagnant or imbalanced qi leads to disease.

This qi is the vital energy that flows through the body’s meridians, a network of invisible pathways that run throughout the body. Chinese medicine works on clearing or keeping clear these subtle energy channels as the basis for good health. That’s how acupuncture works.   It stimulates the flow of qi through the meridians and clearing blockages or stagnant energy.

According to Chinese Medicine’s meridian theory, “As long as qi flows freely through the meridians and the organs work in harmony, the body can avoid disease.

Chinese medicine truly embraces the mind body connection and approach and believes that the body, mind, spirit and emotions are all interlinked.

It has a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature, and believes that the human body reflects the natural world. It recommends that we as humans follow the universal laws of nature to achieve total harmony and health.

This is where the idea of yin and yang come in. Though yin and yang seem to be opposites, they complement and interact each with within a greater whole as part of a dynamic system  achieving balance

Preventing illness or disease through balance and harmony with nature within the body is one of the main reasons why Chinese medicine is gaining prevalence in the West today it’s much better to remain healthy and feeling great than try to work your way back to health from a position of illness.

 

 Sample Chart Of Chinese Medicine
5 Basic Emotions Related Body Organ Some ManifestationsSimple Wellness Solutions/Proactive Prevention
5 Basic Emotions Related Body Organ Some ManifestationsSimple Wellness Solutions/Proactive Prevention
AngerLiverHeadaches, dizzinessMindful meditation/ Chakra balancing and clearing/ Express your feelings in appropriate ways/ Live a balanced life/ Develop resilience/ Take care of yourself: exercise, eating well, nature, etc.
JoyHeartAnxiety, Insomnia Mindful meditation/ Chakra balancing and clearing/ Express your feelings in appropriate ways/ Live a balanced life/ Develop resilience/ Take care of yourself: exercise, eating well, nature, etc.
WorrySpleenChronic fatigue Mindful meditation/ Chakra balancing and clearing/ Express your feelings in appropriate ways/ Live a balanced life/ Develop resilience/ Take care of yourself: exercise, eating well, nature, etc.
SadnessLungsShortness of breathMindful meditation/ Chakra balancing and clearing/ Express your feelings in appropriate ways/ Live a balanced life/ Develop resilience/ Take care of yourself: exercise, eating well, nature, etc.
FearKidneys Urinate uncontrollably/ Bed wettingMindful meditation/ Chakra balancing and clearing/ Express your feelings in appropriate ways/ Live a balanced life/ Develop resilience/ Take care of yourself: exercise, eating well, nature, etc.

 

Wellness is a wonderful concept and it’s as simple as things like the Singing Bowl!

 

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