Can your interpersonal environment make you sick?
4 things I discovered to conquer lifestyle diseases.
When it comes to disease we tend to look at the physical environment for answers. For instance where cancer clusters are found, the search is in the physical area for toxic substances of one sort or another and none are found. The real toxic problem however is not simply in the physical environment but in the interpersonal environment. Toxic relationships are the number one and I would say only risk factors for a great many diseases. I would name among those diseases cancer, diabetes, heart disease, strokes and what are labelled as “mental disorders”.
I have had my personal battles with cancer, diabetes and some limited problem with my heart, all of which I have defeated and now, in my early sixties I am fighting fit and disease free. I haven’t seen a doctor for any ailment for more than 20 years! What do I know that helps me avoid the doctors? I am documenting my finding on my blog at kyrani99.wordpress.com/ and I am starting to document how I overcome health problems.
Our relationships or the interpersonal environment gives rise to 3 critical components all of which can and do become causative of disease, if the relationship is misused, ie toxic. When we understand these, we have the basics of stress and can then see how stress becomes the disease.
1. The EMOTIONS?
Emotions it is claimed by many, are irrational and “all in your head” or “mostly in your head”, but I have found that emotions are RATIONAL changes to whole body function. There are reasons for emotions and those reasons are that something needs to be done in or by the body. Furthermore emotions should be, relatively speaking, short-lived. Where you find emotions persisting over time you can be certain that there are issues that are ongoing and current. Emotions are the bodily reactivity in response to some issue and while ever those issues are current so will the emotional reactivity, which is in the body. So we are talking changes to the way vital organs function, eg the heart racing, the liver continually putting excess sugar into the bloodstream, the blood pressure high and so on. And for all of the changes that are needed and need to be sustained there are changes to hormonal levels. These are the source of the so-called hormonal imbalances.
Resolve the issues that are troubling and there is no longer any need for those particular emotions to exist!
You can read more here http://kyrani99.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/the-emotions-what-are-they-exac...
2. COPING HABITS and the COMFORT ZONE.
The comfort zone can be many things but when it comes to stress, the comfort zone is really all about mental fuzz. It can be achieved in many different ways as for instance stimulating digestion in an effort to bring about conditions in the body that are close to rest. However of all the different types of coping habits, two are almost universal. To explain these it is important to recognize that we don’t essentially change awareness or consciousness, we change our level of attention. When we lower or distract our attention we miss the information that is there in the form of thoughts so we say that these are then subconscious or unconscious, i.e., they are no longer within our level of consciousness. The big problem though is that they are not discharged from mind!
How do we effect changes to our attention. It is very simple but once the habit is formed it is harder to get rid of it. However with persistence of course it is conquered. The way that we affect our attention is to change our breathing. This can be done directly or indirectly. Firstly directly.. if you take deeper breaths you will distract your attention, which in affect lowers the level of attention. if you make your breaths shallower then you will lower your attention level, which creates a small amount of lethargy, akin to the very earliest stages of sleep.
Secondly how can we do this indirectly. If you “keep busy to keep it out of mind” then you become more active and are raising energy production in the body to constantly keep busy. This in turn deepens the breathing and accelerates the heart. If you “put off till later what you need to do” then you become less active and thus are lowering energy production in the body. Again this will cause shallower breathing and slow the heart rate somewhat.
How do these affect attention?
The brain rationalizes its resources and gives priority to the activities in which we deliberately engage. So if we are at rest, as in meditation for instance, we can achieve a very high level of attention and thus perception / awareness. If we start running on the other hand and that being an unusual activity, our brains will need to facilitate the actions required in the body, from the heart and lung rates to the changes in muscle tone as we move our legs, arms etc., and such action affects attention because we focus on running specifically. Certainly an experienced runner can get “a high” from running, which is the result of expanded awareness, but that is a special case. I am talking here about the average person.
When we manipulate our body’s energy production processes we affect brain activity and change the priority system and that affects our level of attention.Thus the bottom line is that seeking comfort zones affects the way our body functions. The one glaring problem is the changes in thyroid function. If activity is artificially raised for extended periods of time then thyroid activity is raised and kept high. If activity is lowered then thyroid function is lowered and kept low. If we stop manipulating our breath and take a proper balance between activities and rest every day and we naturally regulate thyroid function.
Coping habits and comfort zones are sought for many reasons but the most common reason is to relieve stress. In times of low to medium levels of stress the coping habits we engage in can damage our health. In times of high level stress the coping habit we engage can be catastrophic, even making that stress situation a life and death issue.
ESP or psi function as it is called by researchers in the field is a hotly contested issue but it is also a critical factor where disease is concerned. ESP stands for extra sensory perception. This is the perception that we gain through direct mental means.
The average person realizes the validity of ESP but doesn’t fully appreciate it’s extent. The scientific community do not like it and reject it as it appears for a number of reasons. One of the key reasons is that it challenges the scientific paradigm of materialism is all that there is. They see that there is possibly an unbroken wholeness of nature.. reality, but they do not want to consider a non-physical aspect to nature. The mind is described by most as arising out of the brains activity or is associated with brain function in some way. There is no evidence that we have to support these claims, they are named as being “by definition”, which is a scientist’s way of saying “let’s say that”…
That the mind is a non-physical aspect and a common platform is rejected by science. However ESP within relationship, which is a very strong form of ESP, challenges the concept of mind that scientists uphold. And there is evidence of ESP even within scientific experiments. Such evidence I have put forth here and includes the Great Prayer Experiment, which is supposed to denounce prayer unceremoniously. But how was it done? My views about all of these matters are here http://stressanddisease.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/esp-scientific-posted-on...
And how lay, humane people can test for ESP here here http://kyrani99.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/esp-the-scientific-evidence-2/
4. The nature of stress.
Once you understand these three keys you realize that this is not the stress of everyday living but pathological stress due to toxic relationships. All the changes in the body, in cardiovascular activity, in liver function and so on to changes in brain activity are all due to emotion and when emotions are brought on, and particularly when they are prolonged due to toxic relationship and accompanied by a comfort zone. We begin to see that the pathological stress that leads to disease is none other than the bodily malfunction. But again this is not the same sort as a “machine malfunction”. This is malfunction owing to bodily reactivity, the body trying to accomplish tasks that we have asked of it to do. Then the lights can come on.
There is nothing psychological about stress. It is NOT in your head but in your body and due to our reactions. This is really good news because it means the ball is in our court. With knowledge we can completely overcome it by a change in the way we react to any given situation. Intense and/or episodic, either short or long-term stress, leads to organ and tissue damage so the symptoms that doctors call “clinical symptoms” come into being. When clinical symptoms appear the pathological stress has become the disease and this we can prevent. So where as unsuspecting of the foul games we suffers somatic dysfunction, when we know the nature of pathological stress we can also recover normal body function. We are in the driver’s seat again where our health is concerned. This is what I have achieved. My blog is aimed at giving others this same opportunity.
When you investigate these matters, by doing experiments together with others and experience first-hand the stress and early disease conditions, you gain the knowledge that moves you from intellectual understanding to full realization and full empowerment. And it is not simply about health. You will see how easily you can be manipulated and not realize it. So for instance I give two quick examples on the post following ESP on how it can be exploited. The first example shows how “fall in love at first sight” can be wholly manufactured. And the second example shows how a person can be caused to react as to develop an allergy and in a very short space of time, even minutes. Our immune system is very potent and it can be artificially stimulated to act against us but knowing this and having knowledge of what sort of foul play can be done protects us.