Is it possible that emotions can cause disease?
Have you ever considered that disease can really be caused by a ‘dis-ease’ of your emotions; Where toxic emotions or overwhelming emotional states can contribute to the creation of actual pathological states?
How would your perspective of your health or even the treatment of your health issues change if you viewed emotions as a powerful cause or contributor to your current health condition or state?
Western medicine is a little slow in thinking outside box when it comes to looking at how emotions can affect biology and subsequently the process of disease development. Sure, we might admit that stress, anxiety, depression and other emotions contribute to the development of autoimmune disease, but a willingness to actually consider that emotions can cause disease and affect a person’s physiology is often seen as quite far fetched. And honestly, I get it! The brain is hard to understand, emotions aren’t tangible and it is so much simpler to give a medication for a specific disease or disorder knowing that that medication has been shown to have an affect on that particular part of the body (and it’s biology).
Did you know that there is research being done in the area of how emotions can switch on or off genes which in turn cause disease states?
When you think that our minds have the power to influence us at a genetic level you see how your emotions actually have the potential to affect your health and the diseases you develop in your lifetime.
For any normal man or woman our daily experience is often testament enough that our emotions have the power and ability to affect our health. You may not have gone so far as to state that a certain event caused your symptoms, but you are smart enough to recognize that it was when you were under a lot of stress that you developed insomnia or pneumonia or a cold. Is it really that much more complicated to believe that other chronic emotions (e.g. anger from childhood abuse or neglect, anxiety and fear related to constant bullying, etc.) could be the main contributor to a diagnosis of a chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or crohn’s disease?
The body has an incredible power to adapt. As we go through life we face so many life events and with those events our emotional, mental and physical state are taken on a roller-coaster ride. But have you ever considered that there may be a point when your body meets its max, when your body has little ability to adapt to the constant bombardment of anger, or frustration, or sadness, or loneliness, or over-responsibility?
Autoimmune diseases continue to be a source of great frustration and confusion to medical professionals. We might have started to grasp that it is the body’s system of defense turned on itself but to go about treating it is incredibly difficult. There are so many layers to autoimmune diseases that
In my experience as a homeopath, where emotions, mental state and physical symptoms all play an equally important role in disease formation, healing and health, I have consistently seen that emotions can contribute to and are often (dare I say?) a primary cause of the disease itself. I have seen clients with rheumatoid arthritis who grew up in homes where they were emotionally neglected. I have seen chronic joint pain symptoms disappear as they started to express and deal with those toxic emotions in healthy ways rather than letting them sit inside and fester in the joints and surrounding tissues. In some cases of autoimmune disease there is emotional work that needs to be done – to the point that it is just as valuable and needed in the healing journey!
Take a moment and think about the fact that your autoimmune disease didn’t just ‘start’ one day. It developed over time, through the combination of toxic exposures and experiences: from physical toxins ingested and inhaled to emotional/mental toxins buried deep within. Give yourself space to acknowledge that past emotional pain may have contributed to your current state of health…and then rejoice in the fact that you can deal with those emotions and your body has the innate ability to heal!
Stay tuned for next week’s post on the link between your gut health, emotions and autoimmune disease!
If you didn’t get a chance to read last week’s post – Why An Autoimmune Diagnosis Is NOT The End Of Your Health: Part 1.