The Connection Between Stress and Disease

MIND & BODY ~ INSEPARABLE: Here, I share a brilliant and practical lecture by one of our most articulate pioneers, Dr. Gabor Maté on The Connection Between Stress and Disease.

This lecture was posted one week ago on August 15, 2019! I have the good fortune to be viewer number 9,163 and to give the 283rd thumbs up.

My gratitude for the How To Academy in England and for You Tube.

“One of the world’s most sought after and celebrated physicians, Dr. Gabor Maté is the leading expert on the role the mind-body connection plays in illness and health.

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Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a connection between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”? Drawing on scientific research and the author’s decades of experience as a practicing physician, Dr Gabor Maté joined How To Academy to explore the role that stress and emotions play in an array of common diseases, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

In this talk, Dr. Maté shared his insights into how disease can be the body’s way of saying ‘no’ to that which the mind cannot or will not acknowledge. He weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective to enlighten and empower individuals to promote their own healing and that of those around them.”

NO PLACE FOR JUDGEMENT: As Dr. Mate reminds us – we are not to place blame on others nor on ourselves. The old traditions of stunted thinking, automatically stand on judgement, blame and guilt. Yes, the intent was usually meant for constructive purposes to locate the causes of problems and to fix things. But, that intention for making things better customarily got caught in finding fault, placing blame and criticism. It still does. That’s destructive rather than constructively exploring, listening and considering a process for improvement. Notice the difference – the blunted manner is often a “quick fix” vs the more considerate approach which is process-oriented and based on the assumption that there are various layers to examine.

HEALTH & HEALING: Years ago, I thought that there was a connection between our psychology and our physical health. But, from all I had learned, that was a new and questionable idea. So, with looking up my private practice clients’ examples, I wore out the original book listing mental equivalents to problems with the body by Louise Hay. After hundreds of clients’s stories confirmed over and over the psychological element, I moved out of consideration into true belief. And, the aspects around a physical ailment or difficulty are as complex as people and the dimensions of their personalities,  relationships and the circumstances of their lives. After so many years of working as a counselor, I can usually find the patterns and make sense of the trouble.

WHAT’S MISSING: I refuse to be disrespectful or critical. When something isn’t working, my approach is that there is something missing. Oftentimes a lot of ‘somethings.’ Do you know what was missing in your vulnerable times? What was missing which caused you to compensate, comfort or avoid?

REPRESSED ANGER: Dr. Mate describes one of the common injuries done to us by our times as repression of anger. He is quick to remind us that we need to be able to express our anger in a healthy way using discretion. So, you might ask yourself, “How do I need to say ,”No,” to an experience in order to protect myself and my situations?

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