It is so easy it seems to resist things in life. While resistance sounds difficult, it is by far something we do frequently as humans. This may be through our thoughts, our bodies and even in our spiritual growth and overall learning in our lives. We do this without notice and we do this without giving it much thought. When we resist, we can see evidence of it in the body such as tight, tense or painful areas.
We all have times when we come up against physical situations that challenge us to the core of our being. It may be anything from hip pain, back pain to a rash, headache, allergies or any condition you can name. Sometimes these conditions are debilitating and leave us screaming beside the road of life. We just look for any way possible to get rid of or mask the pain as if it is no longer present in our lives.
Most of us have been told at one time or another that children aren’t supposed to remember anything that happens to them before – roughly – the age of two. Emotionally painful experiences during infancy will therefore have no lasting impact. These words might have been reassuring, if they didn’t also imply that our infants don’t remember the love we have given them.
So often people who have been through so much in life, tend to hide from it and almost act as if nothing happened. More times than I can remember, I've basically heard from others "I'm healed and I'm over it!" Healing is a journey. Discovery about your life doesn't stop when you open one door, it only begins.
Pain comes and it goes. It is just one component to the grand cycle of life. And when experienced as such, pain can serve as an important teacher. It is when we get stuck in our pain that it becomes detrimental to our well-being and development. If you notice that you feel closed-off, resentful, heavy-hearted, or that you try very hard to avoid being hurt again, there may be a part of you that is still stuck in pain.
In helping to understand healing principles within the body, we need to understand the two basic states of the autonomic nervous system. Survival mode is often referred to as the fight or flight system and is known as the sympathetic nervous system. The more calm and relaxed rest and repair mode is the parasympathetic system
Many of us from the species called humans come up against big obstacles in our life and in our day. We all know what these things are if we have not completely become numb to them. I'm sure each one of us could think of a zillion obstacles or at least one in our life right at this moment. These obstacles are put in our path for many reasons.
At one time in my life, I could endure a lot of pain. It had to get to the level that was so high before I would really pay attention to it. Usually the situation was so dire that it would require going to the emergency room or a doctor for muscle relaxants and pain pills. I remember a few times that I was barely able to drive myself to the emergency room to get medical attention. Can you imagine that?
Over time, repeated stressors and negative emotions have a cumulative wear and tear on the body that can lead to significant health problems. This is called "allostatic load". When you are healthy, your nervous system returns to normal functioning after a stressed situation by increasing vagus nerve activity. This helps the system to recover. When you are faced with stress on a daily basis, however, your stress response fails to shut off in a timely manner.
Neuroplasticity is a term that is used to describe the brain changes that occur in response to experience. There are many different mechanisms of Neuroplasticity ranging from the growth of new connections to the creation of new neurons. When the framework of Neuroplasticity is applied to meditation, we suggest that the mental training of meditation is fundamentally no different than other forms of skill acquisition that can induce plastic changes in the brain.
Richard J Davidson, Director and Antoine Lutz, Associate Scientist
Nervous systems are becoming so overloaded and overworked that few people are actually engaged in life and reality. When we overload and overwork our nervous systems without release, we cannot expect to function at 100 percent as humans. We become less than human. We give up who we actually are as a person.
At one time, I thought that if I just worked on particular issue A, B and C, that I would be fully healed from baggage of my past. It seemed like, all I had to do was go to counseling, work on it, become aware of it and that's it. I would be healed. While I would love to believe this, along with millions of other folks on this earth, healing really doesn't work this way.
I can't keep track of how many times I have heard people say "I'm so busy, I just can't find the time to get everything done". Their days are filled from early morning until late at night where they try to cram in some time to gulp down food, say hi to the family and attempt the act of sleep. The kids are in all kinds of activities or there are meetings to attend or there are long days at the office. Does any of this sound familiar?
Time and time again, I see people focusing on taking the pain away. I get the flyers and information constantly for healing bodywork methods of all kinds that guarantees to take the pain away. However, from what I have learned in my own life, when the focus is on taking away the pain, you’re not healing the mind and body.
There is such a thing as old emotional pain living inside you. It is an accumulation of painful life experience that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain.
Unresolved stressors and trauma can cause dysregulation and affect these bodily systems, causing not only pain, discomfort, sleep difficulties and such, but may even create disease.
There is much research and scientific literature on the benefits of meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, herbal remedies and the like. All these may help, but if the nervous system is operating in Survival Mode which keeps the nervous system dysregulated due to constant or chronic stress, it is very difficult to benefit and get the most out of these healthy disciplines.
Just like we put so much emphasis on exercise, nutrition and healthy eating – the most importantthing you can do for yourself is to keep your nervous system balanced and regulated on a regular basis. A well-balanced ANS improves quality of life, increases longevity and improves overall health and wellness.
The ANS Controls the:
The Autonomic Nervous System and Survival Mode
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Conversion disorder is a neurological disorder in which physical symptoms are unconsciously caused by a stressful or traumatic event and is one of a group of psychological disorders called somatoform disorders.
Somatoform disorders are psychological disorders which are characterized by physical symptoms that have no apparent physical cause. While potentially difficult to diagnose, conversion disorder is readily treatable.
Somatization Disorder is a psychiatric condition marked by multiple medically unexplained physical, or somatic, symptoms. In order to qualify for the diagnosis of somatization disorder, somatic complaints must be serious enough to interfere significantly with a person's ability to perform important activities, such as work, school or family and social responsibilities, or lead the person experiencing the symptoms to seek medical treatment.
Irving Kirsch, PhD is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and a lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also a professor of psychology at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and the University of Connecticut in the United States.
Kirsch is noted for his research on placebo effects, antidepressants, expectancy, and hypnosis. He is the originator of response expectancy theory, and his analyses of clinical trials of antidepressants have influenced official treatment guidelines in the United Kingdom.
".....There is little evidence to support the prescription of anti depressent medication to any but the most severely depressed patients, unless alternative treatment with fewer side effects have failed."
Did you know that current scientific research is that degenerative disc and spine changes are not the real source of pain? That is, most people have one or more disc protrusion, herniation and degeneration of the spine without pain!
Recent discoveries show that the disc is loaded with sensory fibers that are designed to tell us when pressure and degeneration start, and to warn us something is wrong.
Do you ever wonder how we get so detached, numb in our own bodies that we can’t feel this incredible pressure and stress we create inside ourselves every day?
The solution is to go to the source, stop numbing, awaken your nervous system and brain so it can become more conscious of how it created the degeneration in the first place.
Most of us experience a life full of wonderful moments and difficult moments. But for many of us, even when we are most joyful, there is fear behind our joy. We fear that this moment will end, that we won’t get what we need, that we will lose what we love, or that we will not be safe. Often, our biggest fear is the knowledge that one day our bodies will cease functioning. So even when we are surrounded by all the conditions for happiness, our joy is not complete.
As a natural life force, emotions are intended to flow freely through our bodymind, then dissipate once we have fully experienced them and assimilated their valuable message. As we were growing up, however, many of us learned that certain emotions – such as anger, sadness, or even joy – were unacceptable, and we subconsciously began to push them out of our awareness.
When I first started developing my approach to trauma – and this was in the sixties and seventies, so it was way before the definition of trauma as PTSD – I noticed how many different kinds of sometimes even seemingly ordinary events could cause people to develop symptoms that would be later defined as trauma, as PTSD.
It's important to be yourself. We're all told that, and it's true—we know the damage done by being false to ourselves and to others. But I'd like to suggest that to "be yourself" goes much deeper. Most people don't know how much wisdom and power resides in the self, which is not the everyday self that gets mixed up with all the business of life, but a deeper self, which I call, for simplicity's sake, the true self.
Even before the Human Genome Project wrapped up in April 2003, scientists have worked overtime to find the gene or genes responsible for autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, ADHD, alcoholism, depression, and other ailments "known" to have major genetic components.
The problem is, many neuropsychiatric ailments that are assumed to have a major genetic component don't seem to have one.
More than a decade after the sequencing of the human genome, there is still no reliable genetic test for autism, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, or any other major neuropsychiatric disorder (except for Huntingon's disease, for which there was already a test, prior to the Human Genome Project).
However, when the treatment doesn’t make the symptoms disappear, and we begin to suffer more physically and emotionally, the search for answers intensifies. The ensuing consequence is that we can get worn out not just from experiencing the physical problems of the health challenge, but also from our efforts to get well. This often results in feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness.
It is at this point that illness provides the opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing and spiritual awakening.
When we are sick and in pain, we try to return to health as quickly as possible. It is a natural response to seek treatments to ‘fix’ or get rid of pain and symptoms so we can return to our normal lives.
The nervous system is meant to act like a rubber band where if you pull it and stretch it, when let go, it should go back to its original shape. However if you stretch it beyond those limits time and time again, you may alter the shape of it. . If you stretch it beyond what it is capable of, then there will be a break. The body acts in much the same way.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of visits to the doctor are believed to be stress-related. Yet what is “stress” if not fear, anxiety, and worry dressed up in more socially acceptable clothing? While we tend to view worry, anxiety, and fear as signs of weakness, most of us are perfectly willing to admit that we’re stressed.
In fact, for many, being “stressed out” is practically a badge of honor. We’re willing to parade around our stress as proof that we’re busy, productive, valuable people leaving our mark on the world.
But for many people, being “stressed out” is just the code word for being really, really scared.
More than one in 10 Americans take an antidepressant, and that number jumps to one in four among women aged 50 to 64. They’re the most commonly prescribed class of medication other than antibiotics, but despite their overwhelming popularity there’s an important question that needs to be answered: do they work?
Overwhelming evidence shows that antidepressants do not work as advertised. In fact, at best, antidepressants are comparable to placebos, and at worst they can cause devastating side effects, including suicidal and homicidal tendencies, and deterioration into even more serious mental illness.
There are lots of posts about everything you should be doing…. But do you know why it can be so hard to succeed with your health goals? Here are the TOP 5 reasons that people fall short at their long term health goals. This is a short list to help you find the hidden reason(s) why you may be less than successful in pursuing your health goals.
1.Your belief system, if you dare to examine it.
Do you believe that no matter what you do, you are destined to have the same fate as one of your parents? Do you believe that you can prevent the early onset of disease through lifestyle choices? Do you believe that you deserve to be radiantly healthy and living a life that reflects health on all levels, like being as active as you want to be, having the type of passion in relationships you desire, and being as intellectual and creative in the world as you want?
Early childhood trauma, often the product of growing up in a dysfunctional family system, is the predominant factor for many of the lifestyle issues and chronic illness we as naturopaths see day in and day out. Our naturopathic philosophical principles guide us to emphasize the whole person and the underlying cause of disease, exploring the where, when, how and why—to heal and transform at the deepest developmental level. It doesn’t get any deeper than the ties we form with our family. Childhood experiences underlie every aspect of self-expression as adults—from quirks to chronic disease. Chronic disease develops from the embodied wounds and “legitimate suffering” we carry from childhood.
Advances in Understanding of Depression Offers New Hope
~ by Dr Mercola
January 22, 2015
Depression is thought to affect about one in 10 Americans. In 2010, antidepressants were the second most commonly prescribed type of medication in the US, hinting at the severity of the problem.
Contrary to popular belief, depression is not likely caused by unbalanced brain chemicals; however there are a number of other biological factors that appear to be highly significant. Chronic inflammation is one.
Click here to read the full article as Dr Mercola discusses Inflammation and Depression and The Links Between Gut and Mental Health.
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The rate of overdose deaths linked to benzodiazepine anxiety drugs outpaced the rate of prescriptions. What makes these widely prescribed drugs, commonly used for anxiety and sleep troubles, so deadly?
Prescription drug overdoses have become alarmingly common in the U.S., with opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, among the drugs most frequently making headlines.
New research shows another class of drugs — benzodiazepines or "benzos" — is rising in the ranks of overdose deaths, however.
Prescriptions for such drugs, which include brand names Valium, Ativan and Xanax, tripled from 1996 to 2013, but this doesn't fully account for the uptick in overdoses, which quadrupled during that time period.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) now impacts 1 in 10 American children—a 22 percent increase from 2003. About two-thirds of these children are on some form of prescription medication, which has become the go-to treatment for this increasingly common condition.
The use of drugs in children is one of the most controversial topics in medicine, and it's set to become even more hotly debated as one of the key study's used to support medication's use is being called into question.
In 1999, an $11-million study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health came to the conclusion that medication was superior to behavioral therapy for treating ADHD.
Now, critics and even some of the study's original authors are concerned that the research did more harm than good, discrediting behavioral therapy that could be extremely beneficial for kids with ADHD.
Not only that, but more recent research has suggested that medication's benefits may not last as long as those from behavioral therapy, which teach children new skills and behaviors that they can use for a lifetime.
The question that I received recently is about someone that has made considerable progress in healing and then felt like they slipped back. So here's the question. I felt like I was headed in the right direction and made progress, but then I slipped back. Will I ever heal and get past all of the stuff I'm dealing with? I feel like I went from 100% to 60%.
Sometimes people can remember what seem like the smallest, most insignificant details of their lives – their 8th grade locker combination, a story they heard at a party years ago, or all the lines from their favorite movie. These memories – full of facts, words, and events – are explicit memories. But there are different kinds of memories – ones that are evoked by sights, sounds, or even smells.
~ Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Ruth Buczynski, PhD
“The mind has forgotten but the body has not---thankfully.”