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Dr. Gabor Maté - Stress-disease Connection Part 1


Dr. Gabor Maté - Stress-disease Connection Part 2

"I never get angry," a Woody Allen character says in one of his movies, "I grow a tumour instead."

Illness and disorders are often linked to beliefs about oneself, about the nature of one's relationship with others and about one's position in the social world. These are, in turn, determined by one's life experiences.

Certain types of chronic disease can be triggered by stress. And not the garden variety stress we usually think of (the job, the kids, the mortgage), but internal stress generated by the repression of powerful emotions, particularly anger.

When something is awry in our consciousness, the body is the place where our consciousness problem is played out. Dis-ease in our body therefore represents the final warning system regarding the things in which we are caught up.

These messages from the body point to what needs to be tracked and modified in our emotional and cognitive/evaluation system. Symptoms express what we are unconscious of. This is especially true during the intensely impressionable childhood period, where at the beginning in particular, we tend to put God's face on our parents and other significant caretakers.

"As a person thinketh, so they shall be" In other words what is in our consciousness determines the way our life goes. And it gets started in childhood; crucial years; 1 to 12. Echoes form the past are a major source of bodily malaise.

Even the medical professions agree that the vast majority of illness begins through stress, anxiety or negative belief patterns and behaviors.

Take a few minutes to watch a thought provoking video by Dr. Gabor Maté; ‘Stress-disease connection part1 and 2’ on this page.

"There is no mind-body separation," says Maté. "Anything that happens in any aspect of our being, whether it's body or mind, will affect all the other parts."

In 1892 the Canadian William Osler, one of the greatest physicians of all time, suspected rheumatoid arthritis-a condition related to scleroderma--to be a stress-related disorder.

Noel B. Hershfield, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Calgary: "The new discipline of psychoneuroimmunology has now matured to the point where there is compelling evidence, advanced by scientists from many fields that an intimate relationship exists between the brain and the immune system... An individual's emotional makeup, and the response to continued stress may indeed be causative in the many diseases that medicine treats but whose [origin] is not yet known--diseases such as scleroderma, and the vast majority of rheumatic disorders, the inflammatory bowel disorders, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and legions of other conditions which are represented in each medical subspecialty."

What is psychoneuroimmunology? As I learned, it is no less than the science of the interactions of mind and body, the indissoluble unity of emotions and physiology in human development and throughout life in health and illness. That dauntingly complicated word means simply that this discipline studies the ways that the psyche--the mind and its content of emotions-profoundly interacts with the body's nervous system and how both of them, in turn, form an essential link with our immune defences.*

Repression-dissociating emotions from awareness and relegating them to the unconscious realm--disorganizes and confuses our physiological defences so that in some people these defences go awry, becoming the destroyers of health rather than its protectors.*

Chemicals move through the body at 1cm per second, energy moves at the speed of light 186,000 miles per second.

Next time you have a negative emotion; gauge how long it takes for that piece of information to travel from the brain to be experienced somewhere in your body; that gnawing feeling in your tummy, the tightness in your chest, the lump in your throat, the sharp pain in your lower back etc.

Is this achemical response or an energetic one taking place?

Your thoughts are energy at work. Our consciousness is determined by our life experiences and by the nature and history of our souls. When our consciousness is awry, it manifests dis-ease in the body. Ailments and disorders in our bodies are the final warning system.

So logically, if most illness is being caused by your thoughts and emotions, which form of intervention makes the most logical sense to use? An energetic or a chemical solution?

We are in the midst of a slow shift in medicine propelled by consumers who are seeking out complimentary medicine practitioners in record numbers. It's been a long time coming.

The medical estabilishment will eventually be dragged, half kicking and screaming full force into the quantum revolution.

We have all experienced some painful events and/or traumas during our lives.

We have adopted beliefs and patterns, often learned from our parents, teachers, society and peers, that do not serve us.

These events, limiting beliefs and patterns are what make us feel stuck in our lives and give rise to negative emotion.

I do not treat dis-eases directly as I am not a Medical Practitioner, however I facilitate a process which identifies past unpleasant, traumatic experiences and/or events that we would rather never happened or unfolded differently. Once identified, we then proceed to resolve the biological conflict that these have created. Often (80% of the time in my experience so far) this resolution then also dissolves the physiological condition.

I am constantly in awe of the results which manifest with my clients. I have witnessed endometriosis disappear as well as the onset of cervical cancer, chronic fatigue dissolve after suffering with it for 16 years, arthritis, chronic back pain, long standing allergies (12 years), anxiety, asthma, eczema to name a few.

Based on the above, any condition is just as treatable as any other once we identify the core issues from the past which have been the catalyst for its manifestation.

*Important note; I do not treat diseases directly as I am not a Medical Doctor, however, just as the proper flow of blood throughout the body is vital to one’s physical health, so is the proper flow of the body’s energy. Thus, balancing it with Meridian Therapy is bound to promote physical healing. It is undeniable that negative emotions contribute to physical ailments. To the extent that Meridian therapy neutralizes those negative emotions, the physical symptoms appear to subside.

*Quoted from: - When The Body Says No, by Dr. Gabor Mate.

** Sir William Osler - writer, medical philosopher, historian and teacher - could well be considered the most influential figure in the history of medicine. In his day, he was certainly the most famous physician in the English-speaking world. Osler revolutionized the medical curriculum of both American and Canadian Medical schools and helped introduce a system of postgraduate medical training and education that remains the standard for the Western world. Dr. Osler become the most influential physician in the English-speaking world.