Do your emotions really affect your health?
In turn, can your state of health affect your emotions?
In a British study(1), 93 percent of patients with cancer said that a connection to religion helped sustain their hopes to physically heal.
Such high stats deserve our attention.
It is important to be aware of the influence that emotions have on your physical body and how illness can affect emotional health.
Always remember that your attitude and outlook on life will affect your health.
In the past, nutritionists were often known as the wise men. Many cultures all around the Earth still refer to natural healers as prophets, shamans, and spiritual leaders.
The way we look at disease is changing over time, and this is something that we need to carefully monitor because I think it is heading in the wrong direction.
Early civilizations viewed disease as divine intervention; the introduction of modern medicine thought that disease was just a natural process.
Today, disease is epidemic and it is manipulated at the microbiological level. We are being programmed to believe that disease is out of our control.
The World Health Organization reported in the late 1990s: “Until recently … health professions have largely followed a medical model which seeks to treat patients by focusing on medicines and surgery only, and gives less importance to beliefs and to faith in healing … This view is no longer satisfactory. Patients and physicians have begun to realize the value of elements such as faith, hope, and compassion in the physical healing process.”
Surprised? I was when I first read this from the WHO, but it gives me hope. We tend to forget that our American medical protocols are not shared by the rest of the world.
It gives me hope that forced vaccinations, one “medicine-for-all”, and the premature termination of life isn’t worldwide.
A Better Place To Start
General studies show that a 60 to 80 percent relationship has been found correlating better health with religion or spirituality; these studies researched heart disease, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, immunological dysfunction, cancer, mortality, pain and disability.
Behaviors such as substance abuse, work-place burnout, and family, relationship and marital breakdown have been shown to contribute to physical breakdowns and illness.
Today’s medicine is forgetting that depression, anxiety, suicide, and personality problems can be improved by enhancing both physical and emotional health.
It’s the take this pill and just forget about it syndrome, right? But you have to do this forever.
Don’t let our Western technology bury the fact that physical healing must include mental health.
There is little doubt that good nutrition is directly related to emotional health. By improving your physical health and wellness, emotional wellness will strengthen right alongside it.
Inadequate nutrition is costly, too. If people do not eat properly, their immune systems weaken, and when they get sick, they do not heal quickly – both physically and emotionally.
If you believe that you can stay healthy – you will. If you believe that you cannot maintain good health without your doctor or without prescribed medications … well, you won’t.
It’s not always simple, but the mind-body connection is pretty basic, and it’s a great place to start improving your life.
Read, study, and learn all that you can about the mind-body connection, and never forget that your emotions do affect your health.
Feeling positive today?
(1) British Medical Journal December 21, 2002;325:1434-1435
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