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nature of disease

nature of disease

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"By comprehending that human beings are energy, one can begin to comprehend new ways of viewing health and illness."-Richard Gerber, M.DThe Nature of Disease and Illness:A little historyoWestern medicine was forged by the Cartesian PrincipleoLouis Pasteur: All diseases are the cause of microbes. This later becameknown as "The Germ Theory"oClaude Bernard: Disease manifests in a poor environment ranging from poor eating habits to emotional distressoWestern medicine never bought into Bernard's theoryoIn the 1930's the term "psychosomatic" was coined to describe diseases and illnesses precipitated by mental/emotional aspectsThe Nature of Disease and IllnessoWestern science has not been able to fully demonstrate a concrete connection between stress and disease, though closer steps are slowly being made in mind-body medicineStress and Disease ConnectionoRoughly 80% of all doctor's office visits are related to stressoCurrent research indicates that between 70-80% of all health-related problems are either precipitated or aggravated by emotional stress (e.g., type II diabetes, colds, flu, migraines, lupus, cancer, etc.)"The body is the battlefield for the war games of the mind."-Brian Luke SeawardThe Dynamics Between Stressand DiseaseoTo understand the relationship between stress and disease, one needs tounderstand that several factors act in unison to create a pathological outcome including:-Cognitive perceptions of a threatening stimuli-Activation of the sympathetic nervous system-Engagement of the endocrine system-Engagement of the immune systemPsychoneuroimmunologyoA term coined by Robert Ader around 1980 to explain the integrative dynamics of mind and bodyoPelletier defines psychoneuroimmunology as the study of the intricate interaction of consciousness (psycho), brain and central nervous system (neuro) and body's defense against external infection and internal aberrant cell division(immunology)Changing Paradigms in Health and DiseaseoWhile today there are many who still ascribe to the Germ Theory (and variations of it with DNA defects), new research continues to reveal that the biomedical model of health and disease is incomplete.oResearch into various forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) reveal that the dynamics of illness and healing cannot be confined to the biomedical model (the body is a machine with parts to be fixed or replaced)oThe body is not comprised of many physiological systems, it's one system!Four Theoretical ModelsoThe Borysenko Model (immune system)oThe Pert Model (nervous system)oThe Gerber Model (psycho-mind)
oThe Pellitier Pre-Model (piecing things together)The Borysenko ModeloBorysenko outlined a dichotomy of stress-induced dysregulation and a matrix describing the immune balance regarding four classifications of diseases.o"Stress alters the vulnerability of the immune system to both exogenousand endogenous antigens (cortisol destroys white blood cells)"oFurther research reveals that acute psychological stress decreases NK cell activity through a profound effect on cytokine production.A Brief Exposure to theImmune SystemoThe immune system is a network of several organs throughout the body (e.g., bone marrow, thymus, spleen).o Lymphocytes are one of many Leukocytes. Most noteworthy are the T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes.o Only about 2% of lymphocytes are in circulation at any one time.A Brief Exposure to theImmune SystemThe family of leukocytes-T Cytotoxic cells (T-cells that release cytokines)-T-Helpers (CD4)-T-Suppressors (CD8)Borysenko's Stress and Disease DichotomyAutonomic Dysregulation(overresponsive ANS)Immune DysregulationMigrainesInfection (virus)Peptic ulcersAll allergiesIrritable bowel syndromeAIDSHypertensionCancerCoronary heart diseaseLupusAsthmaArthritisBorysenko's Immune Activity MatrixOverreactionUnderreactionExogenous activityAllergiesInfections (colds and flu)HerpesEndogenous activityArthritisLupusCancerThe Pert ModeloPert's model, based on her research and others', strongly links the nervous system with the immune system.oVarious cell tissues comprising the immune system can synthesize neuropeptides to alter (- or +) immune function.oVarious cells throughout the body (stomach, spleen, etc.) can also synthesize neuropeptides.oPositive emotions can enhance immune function ("molecules of emotion")oThe Pert Model is supported and enhanced by other researchers including
the work of Kiecolt-Glaser (Ohio State University).oMedical students, stress and decreased immune responseoStress and the decreased rate of wound healingoStress and the acceleration of the aging processoMany other studies on stress neurophysiologyoWhereas before Pert's findings, it was believed that cortisol played thecrucial role in immuno-suppression, it is now thought that structural changes in neuropeptides, influenced by emotional thought, play the most significant rolein immuno-incompetence.The Gerber ModeloGerber's Model uses a holistic approach or systems-theory approach to healthoThe mind is not a series of biochemical reactions in the gray matter ofthe brain. Rather, the mind is an energy comprised of both conscious and unconscious thoughts, that uses the brain as its primary organ of choice.oThis energy, a subtle energy, surrounds and permeates the body.oChanges in energy, through changes in thoughts, affect the physical body oDisease is a disturbance in the human energy field, which cascades through the levels of subtle energy to the body, via meridians and chakras.oDisease doesn't begin in the body, it ends up in the body.oWe don't have a mind in a body, we have a body in the mind.The Gerber Model (diagram) A brief lesson in Subtle Anatomy:1. The Human Energy Field(the human aura-electromagnetic energy)2. The meridian energy system(based on Chinese medicine)3. The Chakra energy system(based on Ayurvedic medicine)oStress-related symptoms that appear in the physical body are the manifestation of unresolved issues that have occurred earlier, as a result of disturbances at a higher energy level.oThoughts and perceptions and emotions which originate in the various layers of subtle energy cascade through the mind-body interface and are decoded atthe molecular level to cause biological changes (disease) in the body.oWhat puzzles health experts is why two people experiencing the same stressor can end up having different illnesses. When looked at though the Gerber Model, based on ageless wisdom of energy healing, perhaps this begins to make moresense.oGerber's model is also based on the contemporary work of Carylyn Myss, Donna Eden, Mietek Wirkus, Roslynn Bruere and others.oGerber's Model is now the primary focus of research involving various forms of CAM.A Brief Lesson on theChakra SystemChakraBody RegionEmotional Aspect1. Crown ChakraCrownSpirtual issues2. Brow ChakraHeadCognitive issues3. Throat ChakraThyroidSelf-expression/AssertivenessA Brief Lesson on theChakra SystemChakra Body RegionEmotional Aspect

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