Stress and the Need for Empowerment

There's a great article in August's Wired Magazine on Stress and Neuroscience (see - full article not yet posted). Here is an excerpt:

Chronic stress, it turns out, is an extremely dangerous condition. And it’s not just baboons: People are just as vulnerable to its effects as those low-ranking male apes. While stress doesn’t cause any single disease –ironically, the causal link between stress and ulcers has been largely disproved – it makes most diseases significantly worse. The list of ailments connected to stress is staggeringly diverse and includes everything from the common cold and lower-back pain to Alzheimer’s disease, major depressive disorder, and heart attack. Stress hollows out our bones and atrophies our muscles. It triggers adult onset diabetes and is a leading cause of male impotence. In fact, numerous studies of human longevity in developed countries have found that “psychosocial” factors such as stress are the single most important variable in determining the length of a life. It’s not that genes and risk factors like smoking don’t matter. It’s that our levels of stress matter more.

Furthermore, the effects of chronic stress directly counteract improvements in medical care and public health. Antibiotics, for instance, are far less effective when our immune system is suppressed by stress; that fancy heart surgery will work only if the patient can learn to shed stress. As Sapolsky notes, “You can give a guy a
drug-coated stent, but if you don’t fix the stress problem, it won’t really matter. For so many conditions, stress is the major long-term risk factor. Everything else is a short-term fix.”

What's really interesting is the finding that stress is caused not so much by being put into stressful situations, but by stressful situations accompanied by a sense of hopelessness, lack of control or disempowerment. Environmental factors such as being at the bottom of the "pecking order" in a very hierarchical company substantially reduces life span.

So telling stories that induce a sense of empowerment and hope can heal ailments and extend life span? Interesting.


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Comment by Mary Rose on July 27, 2010 at 2:13pm
Ed, you absolutely must get a copy of the book: " The Healing Code" written by Alex Loyd, PhD., ND, and Ben Johnson, MD, DO, NMD. Researched for over 18 years and based on the work of Bruce H. Lipton, MD, PhD, author of "The Biology of Belief- The Science of How Thoughts Control Life" and "Spontaneous Evolution" as well as being the winner of the GOI Peace Award which in 2009 was awarded to Bill Gates. The GOI Peace Award was made for Dr. Lipton's research in the field of "epi-genetics" meaning "above the genes." This, in my humble opinion makes Bruce, someone who is supporting me in research related to his, one of the most recognized researchers in the world.

It has always been thought that genes control life, but what is known today is that it is our environment, or more accurately, our perception of our environment.

Anyway, getting back to The Healing Code, what is now known is that stress is caused mainly by "known and unknown negative images, unhealthy beliefs, and destructive cellular memories," which show up as physical and mental issues in the human body/mind field that inhibit the immune system from doing its job. However, once these images, beliefs and memories are removed from the mind field, healing of any disease quickly takes place.

Thousands of testimonies have been submitted to substantiate what the Healing Codes can accomplish when applied on a regular basis which requires about 18 minutes of one's time on a daily basis; however, it is possible for someone to remove their personal obstacles to healing in only 6 minutes which is the time allotted for one healing session. While i have not felt a need to do so, i have used The Healing Code to deal with some minor issue in my body/mind field at this time and have found it to be quite effective.

This information needs wide dissemination.

Dr. Johnson became the partner of Dr. Loyd after healing himself from Lou Gehrig's disease -- something that has never been accomplished previously. There are thousands of other testimonials available from those who have healed themselves from both cancer and heart disease as well as diabetes.

What the healing codes do, is to put the control of one's well-being back into one's own hands. One can either choose to consciously use it or not. And, as the authors cite, there has never been an incidence of harm caused to any one from using the healing code.


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