Mind-body connection

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Great post today by Dr Christiane Northrup, at the Huffington Post, on the science of the mind-body connection. She writes:

“People often ask, “How can we become healthy in our current society?” If you want to get well, be well, and stay well, you must look to the very source of your health — your consciousness. Your consciousness is the wellspring of beliefs, behaviors, and emotions that set the stage for your state of health or disease in the first place.

Today, the science of the mind-body connection, or psychoneuroimmunology, can explain how emotions are associated with physical changes in the body. Our perceptions — how we interpret events in our lives — change stress hormone levels of cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Chronic fear, resentment, sorrow, and depression raise stress hormone levels. When these levels remain elevated, insulin increases and causes the release of inflammatory hormones known as cytokines and leukotrienes. This leads to inflammation at the cellular level, a state that is associated with obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.”

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