Master your Emotions, Master your Health
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains that 85% of all diseases are caused by emotion. The health problems we are facing now, and the diseases that may be lurking in our futures, are a direct manifestation of the emotional traumas we have lived through and how we have chosen to react to them.
This news is actually pretty liberating. Conventional scientific dogma asserts that our health is predetermined by our genes.
Let’s break this outdated hypothesis down. What’s the definition of dogma? A belief based on religious persuasion, not on scientific fact.
The idea that our genes determine whether or not we will contract cancer, Alzheimer’s or any other chronic disease, has never been scientifically demonstrated, and although it has become entrenched as fact, it is nothing more than an untested hypothesis. As the outdated dogma breaks down in lieu of scientific findings, it becomes clear that we truly are “masters of our own destiny.”
Proof in the Power of Emotional Healing
There are numerous studies that show optimists live much longer lives than pessimists do. One such study analyzed 7000 adults over 40 years and found that those who were more pessimistic had a 42% greater chance of dying from any cause.
Another study facilitated by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh reviewed the rates of death and chronic health conditions among the 100,000 women ages 50 and over that have been followed by the Women’s Health Initiative study since 1994.
Researchers concluded that optimistic women were 14% less likely to die from any cause and 30% less likely to die from heart disease.
Optimists are less prone to negative thoughts and emotions, and tend to have their emotional temperature set to a healthy constant.
Emotional trauma and stress, however, can affect the most optimistic, even when they don’t realize it. Our culture teaches us to suppress our emotions, and there are a lot of negative feelings of resentment, anger or depression that may be brewing under the surface. And then there are the events that are out of our control, such as the death of a loved one, that leave us reacting emotionally, and understandably so.
Medical experts have determined that emotional trauma is a major cause of heart attacks. According to Dr. David Holt, when animals, including humans, are threatened by territorial loss, such as losing a loved one, your home, or your financial security, your coronary arteries undergo structural changes that put your heart in danger.
When we first experience the shock of stress our bodies go into “fight” mode, and our arteries expand to make room for increased blood flow. Once the conflict is resolved or stabilized, our cholesterol rises to patch up the cracks in our arteries. It is during the restorative phase that heart attack is most likely to occur.
Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, M.D., the man behind the German New Medicine (GNM), was inspired to uncover the link between emotional healing and disease when he lost his son in an unexpected tragedy and subsequently developed testicular cancer. He analyzed the history of all of his cancer patients and discovered a common factor: Each of them had experienced a stressful event prior to developing cancer.
Investigating other diseases, Dr. Hamer found that the variable of emotional stress was a constant in every one. This led him to conclude that every disease is controlled by a designated area of the brain and activated by its own unique “conflict shock.”
How to Handle the Roller-coaster of Emotions
Ups and downs are inevitable, but the way you choose to handle stress and trauma is completely in your hands. For instance, the severity of a heart attack depends upon the length of the emotional conflict that set the attack off.
To shorten the duration of trauma, stop dwelling on it; direct your mind to a different, more neutral or positive focus. Remember, negative emotions can shorten your life, whereas positive emotional healing can strengthen your body’s ability to heal, and can even stabilize your blood pressure readings.
A wonderful tool for reducing the hold of negative emotions is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This psychological therapy uses a gentle acupressure technique of finger-tapping on your energy meridians while voicing positive affirmations to release your emotional blocks and balance your mind and body.
The Healing Codes are another wonderful therapy that can heal your mind and body of the onslaught of overwhelming emotions. Each time you use a healing code, you activate a physical function in the body that removes the primary cause of all disease…stress.