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 Post subject: Overcoming Disease w/the mind/body connection
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The following article can be found at this link: http://www.parade.com/articles/editions ... s_Can_Heal
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Live Longer, Better, Wiser
Thoughts Can Heal Your Body

By Robert Moss
Published: March 9, 2008

Our thoughts can make us sick, and they can help us get well. That may seem like New Age thinking, but medical research increasingly supports the role played by the mind in physical health.

“People have been seeking healing through prayer and intention since Paleolithic times,” notes Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. “What’s new is our detailed scientific knowledge of how the mind-body connection operates.”

Scientists first proved a link between stress and disease in the early half of the last century. Since then, researchers have examined old and new practices—including biofeedback, meditation, guided imagery, spiritual healing and deep breathing. The fast-expanding field of psychoneuroimmunology, which examines how the neurological and immune systems interact, is providing new clinical evidence of the connection between thoughts and health.

“We now can measure changes in immune cells and the brain in ways that give us objective scientific proof of the connection between them,” says Mary Jo Kreitzer, director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota.

Some people still are surprised to discover that thoughts can control physical sensation. “The body responds to mental input as if it were physically real,” explains Larry Dossey, a physician and an advocate for mind-body study since the 1980s. “Images create bodily changes—just as if the experience were really happening. For example, if you imagine yourself lying on a beach in the sun, you become relaxed, your peripheral blood vessels dilate, and your hands become warm, as in the real thing.”

Similarly, under clinical hypnosis, someone who is told he is being touched by a red-hot object often will produce a burn blister, even though the object touching him was at room temperature.

Brain scans show that when we imagine an event, our thoughts “light up” the areas of the brain that are triggered during the actual event. Sports psychologists have done pioneering work in this area. In one study, skiers were wired to EMG monitors (which record electrical impulses sent to the muscles) while they mentally rehearsed their downhill runs. The skiers’ brains sent the same instructions to their bodies whether they were doing a jump or just thinking about it.

The “placebo effect” is an example of how the connection between brain and body works in healing. It has been demonstrated that when a patient believes something will relieve pain, the body actually releases endorphins that do so. In a recent study, Parkinson’s patients who were given fake surgery or fake drug treatments produced dopamine (a chemical their bodies lack) in quantities similar to those they might have received in a genuine intervention. Medical research has suggested that 30% to 70% of successful treatments may be the result of the patient’s belief that the treatment will work.

‘There is ample evidence that negative thoughts and feelings can be harmful to the body,” says Lorenzo Cohen, director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stress is known to be a factor in heart disease, headaches, asthma and many other illnesses.

Studies by Janice Kiecolt-Glaser and Ronald Glaser at Ohio State University demonstrate how even minor psychological stress—that of newlyweds having their first fight or of students facing an exam—can compromise the immune system. The researchers found that a marital spat delays wound-healing and that the stress of caring for an Alzheimer’s patient leaves the caregiver more vulnerable to illness even years later.

When the body fights a virus or heals a wound, it releases cyto­kines (literally, “moving cells”)—chemical messengers that call in immune agents. The Glasers’ research showed that stress distracts these cytokines from doing their proper work, instead sending them ranging wildly through the bloodstream. “When the cyto-kines are misdirected,” says Kiecolt-Glaser, “they produce something you don’t want—a prolonged inflammatory response that far exceeds what is needed with infection.”

Just as our thoughts can make us ill, they also can help us heal, say those who practice mind-body therapies. There is growing clinical evidence that imagery is beneficial in treating skin disease, diabetes, breast cancer, arthritis, headaches and severe burns, among other conditions. Imagery also has been helpful in managing pain. “The mind is our most potent weapon in the battle for health,” says Lyn Freeman, a researcher of mind-body therapies for chronic diseases. “It can be both slayer and healer.”

What To Do

Adjust your mind-set to promote good health:

•Take a deep breath. Hold it, exhale, then repeat for 10 minutes. Take a walk, preferably in nature. Breathe in the fresh air.

•Laugh! When you do, you pump more oxygen into your lungs, improve blood flow and boost your immune system.

•Keep a journal. Writing about emotionally charged events helps us deal with them mentally and physically.

Robert Moss is the author of “The Three ‘Only’ Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence & Imagination"
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The brain cannot tell the difference between what is real or what it thinks is real, if the brain believes it is real, then it is real to the body.

Links of interest:

March '07 Reader Digest Article "Brain Powered - A wave of new advances shows how the mind afffects health in ways we never imagined":
http://www.rd.com/content/brain-biology ... n-biology/

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 Post subject: Re: Overcoming Disease w/the mind/body connection
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A Christian Viewpoint of Capturing Negative Thinking

I truly believe if we get stuck in a mode of "thinking sick" constantly, our bodies will follow. Constantly thinking and talking "sick" - well how could we ever expect to be well?

I believe we all really fight negative thinking and have to try to think positively, especially when ill. We have to catch our thoughts, and think about what we are thinking about. I have caught myself thinking, "I will never be well" of "I will always be sick this bacteria is much too powerful". I am amazed how easy it is for us to think negatively and how we must force ourselves to think positively. Start to catch every thought, start to believe differently, stop thinking constantly how sick you are. An example I always use when speaking of this is, I doubt a rich man became rich by believing he'd always be poor. I doubt Bill Gates or Donald Trump sat around all day thinking, "I will always be poor". No, they believed, without a doubt they would be wealthy and have all they ever wanted and more and kept working towards that goal.

A thought is usually is turned into an action, that action into a result. Just think about wanting a hamburger long enough and soon you will be on your way to get one. Start thinking that you will be healthy, picture what you will do when you are healthy and I believe your body will follow. Below I have found several links that back my theory.

Please believe me, this is not coming from some inexperienced mild case of Lyme. I have had one of the worst cases (pain wise) in my LLMD's memory. I have experienced pain everywhere, literally from head to feet all at the same time. I am fighting pain of viruses, possibly a post herpetic neuralgia on top of Lyme and 2 co-infection. Throw in a case of H.pylori makes 7 things wrong and was topped off by cortisone injections that froze my immune system allowing the bacteria & viruses full reign of my body and it literally felt like a grenade had gone if inside me.

I understand that getting this disease off of our mind or thinking & speaking positively sounds easy, but is very hard, especially because it is always there, we are constantly feeling the effects in one way or another of its attack on us. Someone once asked me how I deal (mentally/physically) with all the pain (when even most pain medications helped in no way at all) I responded, "I have to disconnect myself from the pain". They responded, "That sounds impossible". But it isn't. If I allow myself (and I have) and notice I used the word "allow" myself to become consumed with every strange sensation or excruciating pain I feel, then I become discouraged, then depressed and then hopeless. When my mind becomes weak, my body follows and weakens. Next I am lying on the floor crying, "feeling" every single sensation that I pray would leave me alone, I just want peace in this body. Peace is not something I can get at the pharmacy or simply take and feel the results, I must seek peace and pursue it. I am not talking about the calm around us, but within us.

I have compared this pain to that of systematic torture. I have believed that the mind control it has taken me to not "crack" (and I have come very close) is comparable to a Navy Seal in training. I believe that the saying, "that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger".
Our minds can take a thought, that will end in a result good or bad. We are powerful more than we know and as much as our body needs good food to function well, we forget that our minds and spirits need to be "fed" daily as well. We are tri-part beings, that can easily get out of balance.

We have all heard of the ol' rubber band trick (or maybe not) to break a bad habit, such as craving a cigarette. We can use this approach if we need to be reminded that "where the mind goes the man follows" (saying coined by minsiter Joyce Meyer). Try this. Wear a rubber band around your wrist and when you catch yourself thinking negatively, snap the rubber band and think of something positive or something to be thankful about. I know more pain, but we dont' want more pain so it will teach us quickly to catch our negative thoughts.

Oprah suggested years ago to start a gratitude journal, writing down 5 things we were grateful for that day. This is really a challenge when one has a disease, but I am willing to bet you can still think of 5 things today to be grateful about, even if it be as small as warm shower, a comfortable bed and on and on.

I am not saying stop medications and think yourself well. But instead believe that every pill you take is making you well. Believe that every prayer is heard and God is working on your situation right now.

There was an actual study done with sick patients. Doctor's "prescribed" for 1/2 their patients to say 10 times daily "I am getting better and better everyday". The other half were not "prescribed" to say this. You already know the results, yes , the 1/2 that spoke out 10 times per day eventually did get well.

If you are familiar with the Bible it clearly says that "death and life are in the power of the tongue." Another scripture says, "I set before you life and death, choose life"

Joel Osteen (a Christian TV minister) recently asked, "Are you the kind of person that opens your eyes in the morning and says Oh, God another day. Or do you open your eyes and say, Thank you God, another day!"

Well he brought up a point in me when he said this. I thought, ever since I have been sick, I wake up and instantly think "Oh God, another day of Lyme Disease". This is really bad, if you are Christian you know, "This is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it!"

So I made a choice to wake up and stay in bed 5 minutes thinking of all I have to be grateful for. I am amazed at the strength it gives me. My old way of thinking when I first woke up was weakening me, depressing me and I was "tolerating" life. Be thankful the moment your eyes open and believe that today may be the day your prayers are answered. Expect good things in your life, expect to be restored physically, emotionally and mentally.

March '07 Reader Digest Article "Brain Powered - A wave of new advances shows how the mind afffects health in ways we never imagined":
http://www.rd.com/content/brain-biology ... n-biology/

Here is a Christian view of the power of our words/thoughts: http://www.bible-knowledge.com/power-of-tongue.html

A highly recommended best seller Christian book by Joyce Meyer: https://shop.joycemeyer.org/eStore/Prod ... -BK10.aspx


If you prefer, here is a non-Christian link on the mind/body connection:
http://www.healthylife.net/mind/theheal ... rmind.html
&
http://www.parade.com/articles/editions ... s_Can_Heal

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