Pert [chief of biochemistry at the National Institute of Mental Health] sees the “body as the outward manifestation of the mind” and body and brain as inseparable. Evidence of that inseparability comes from the discovery that a number of the chemical messengers in the body are the same as the ones into the brain. Among these “communicant molecules” are neuropeptides that regulate our moods and emotions. Because some can be found in the intestines as well as in the limbic system— our “feeling brain”— Pert says, “the emotions are not just in the brain, they’re in the body.” Having a “gut feeling” about something, then, is more than just a figure of speech.
Pathogens refer to bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms that have the potential to induce diseases. Physician Andrew Weil, a research associate in ethnopharmacology at Harvard and auth of Health and Healing, reminds us:
“…This point must be stressed: external, material objects are never causes of disease, merely agents waiting to cause specific symptoms in susceptible hosts. . . Rather than warring disease agents with the hope (vain, I suspect) of eliminating them, we ought to worry more about strengthening resistance to them and learning to live in balance with them more of the time.”
…Weil adds “at a time of impending breakdown of equilibrium, an agent of a disease might find fertile ground in which to develop or might act as the straw that breaks the camel’s back.”
Illness or disease, then, occurs more from our vulnerability than from external agents that are “the cause” of our health problems.
From page 29 –
Stewart Wolfe, a longtime clinical researcher in medicine and physiology now afflicted with Temple University in Philadelphia, has suggested that “disease is a way of life,” the end result of a way that people react to life’s problems.
…Since most of the microbes that afflict humans are already in our bodies, they play a part in diseases only when other risk factors lower our immunity or otherwise increase our susceptibility. . . a risk factor is any characteristic, condition, or behavior we have that increases our chances of getting sick.
Following from pp. 32-33
John Mason, a pioneer stress researcher now at Yale Medical School, points out: “It is common, in fact, for many pathogenic microorganisms to be harbored within hosts without producing disease or illness. There is a complex assemblage or intervening “host resistance” machinery which has a major role in deterring whether the infection will progress into illness or not.”
If we get sick, then, chances are we did not suddenly just “catch a bug” that caused our illness, but probably did something to lower our immunity.”
Jason Christoff, a highly acclaimed Pro self-sabotage coach explains, Sickness is natural and so are viruses. Viruses aren’t here to destroy us…..they’re there to help us in the vast majority of cases. It’s up to us to stop polluting ourselves with toxic lifestyles and then blame invisible viruses as the culprit. When it comes down to visible junk food, alcohol and unhealthy habits etc making us sick or invisible viruses….in most cases it’s the visible poisons and toxins we’re ingesting and injecting.