THE EFFECTS OF NEGATIVE & POSITIVE EMOTIONS ON OUR HEALTH
The existence of the body\mind connection has been disregarded as pseudoscience for years, but the tides have recently shifted due to new scientific publications that make it clear that our emotions play a big part in regulating our overall health.
Going through all the evidence which proves this is a Herculean task, but we will show you a few examples that serve as a good introduction to the overlooked link between the body and the mind.
The HeartMath Institute
The HeartMath Institute has provided the most intriguing research into the matter. The institute has shed light on a number of discoveries on how our emotions affect our health. The research suggests that positive emotions cause positive physiological benefits, while negative emotions cause diseases. By thinking happy thoughts, you can reinforce your immune system. The human heart has a system of neurons that have short and long-term memory which are sent to the brain and affect our emotional experience.
The research has also found that electromagnetic fields emitted from the heart can be measured several feet away from the body. By learning how to change our emotions we can change the information coded in these fields. It’s a really fascinating research which provides valuable information about the body\mind link.
Epigenetics (the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression) has shown that genes and DNA don’t control our biology; in fact, it is the DNA that is being controlled by signals from outside of the cells. Biologist Bruce Lipton gives one of the best insights on the matter in his book The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution.
The placebo effect
The biology of belief can be demonstrated in several ways. A great example of this is neuroplasticity -the ability of the brain to change its shape and how it communicates with the body based on a person’s thoughts and their perception of their environment. Here’s what Dr. Lipton says in his book: “The placebo effect should be the subject of major, funded research efforts. If medical researchers could figure out how to leverage the placebo effect, they would hand doctors an efficient, energy-based, side effect-free tool to treat disease. Energy healers say they already have such tools, but I am a scientist, and I believe the more we know about science of the placebo, the better we’ll be able to use it in clinical settings.”
Although there are numerous incredible scientific articles on the placebo effect, there’s definitely more research needed on the subject. One study from the Baylor School of Medicine looked at patients with severe debilitating knee pain and their surgeries. For the study, the patients were divided into 3 groups – the surgeons shaved the damaged cartilage in the knee of the first group; flushed out the knee joint and removed inflammatory material from the knees of the second group and performed “fake” surgeries on the third group of patients. They made incisions and splashed salt water on the knees of these patients, then sewed the incisions just like in normal surgery. All 3 groups went through the normal recovery process, and when the results came up, the placebo group improved just as much as the first 2 groups. The surgeon involved in the study stated that his “skill as a surgeon had no benefit on these patients” and that “the entire benefit of surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee was the placebo effect.”
Quantum physics came to life in the 19th century and started exploring the link between energy and the structure of matter. Our universe goes far beyond the physical, and the same goes for out biology. Quantum physics showed us that the invisible realm is indeed live and more important than the material. “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulating consciousness.” Max Planck, theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, and won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.
The same applies to our bodies. The true examination and interpretation of human biology can’t be done without addressing the non-physical factors such as thoughts and emotions. A quantum double slit is a popular experiment that examines how our consciousness and the physical material world are connected. The potential revelation of the quantum double slit is that “the observer creates the reality.” It may sound like science fiction to you, but valued scientists such as Dr. Dean Radin examined the link in a paper published in the esteemed journal Physics Essays. As Nikola Tesla once said, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”
Emotional pain charts
Everything you saw above is just a speck of information in the large sea of scientific documents published on the matter. The mechanisms behind the body/mind connection are yet to be discovered, and concepts such as these need more research and more funding. However, we are slowly catching up and making progress on the mind/body link every day.
The following emotional pain charts will show you how negative emotions affect our health and cause diseases and conditions. Although we don’t understand it fully, the link between the body and mind exists and should be subject to further research.