Unity Consciousness & Bioneuroemoción®
To discuss the relationship between emotions and health, we begin by quoting an article by researcher Manolete S. Moscoso from the University of Florida. This author refers to multiple validated research on different periods, from 1914 to 2009. This research is summarized in his article “From the mind to the cell: impact of stress in psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology”. Here is an exerpt:
“Our thinking, our beliefs and our feelings are nothing other than the biochemical activity of the nerve cells of our brain, which is expressed in the endocrine and immune systems and determines the current state of health of the brain. The most recent scientific evidence shows that by changing our thinking, we are changing our biology “(Kiecolt-Glaser, McGuire and Robles, 2002, Cousins, 1989).
Current science is more than ever able to accurately and specifically describe the influence of emotions on health through psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrinology.
According to Goldstein and Eisenhofer, there is already a sufficient theoretical and experimental substratum to assert that “cultural, social, behavioral, and even personality-related environmental factors mediate and modulate the response to physiological stress” (Goldstein, DD and Eisenhofer, G. 2000, pp.21-43).
If we consider that, according to the nature or the tone of the perceived stress in a given situation, the stress will have a certain type of consequence on the endocrine and immune level, we can conclude that our way of managing our emotions will have a direct impact on our health.
Lazarus and Folkman with the concept of “appraisal” refer to the cognitive assessment of an individual in the face of stressful stimuli. The assessment brings together the assessment of the threat itself and the resources or capabilities to confront it.
It is precisely here that we can deduce that if beliefs – as a psychological element are part of the ability to cope with stress – as part of the emotional impact, working with beliefs results essential to obtain an effective process when managing stressful stimuli.
Currently, more and more voices are emerging in the field of medicine, which link emotions to health and reinforce the desire to take this aspect into account.
Dr. Albert Majó, psychiatrist of Teknon in Barcelona, explains that emotions “have a catalytic function so that the individual finds his physical and psychological balance. However, when these are not adjusted in terms of intensity or frequency, they can generate an organic vulnerability and lead to a physical and mental health disorder. ”
As a conclusion, he states that “emotions play an influential role in the health process and can be considered as a risk factor for neuro-endocrine, autoimmune, cardiac and infectious diseases” (Majó Ricart, A., 2016) .
In this sense, Dr. Andrew Smith (McMaster University in Canada) conducted a comprehensive survey recently published in American Heart Association’s Journal Circulation. His hypothesis is “the duplicity of the risk of association between anger or emotional distress or physical exertion and the appearance of heart attack symptoms”.
To do this, they analyzed data on 12,641 patients from 52 countries, with an average of 58 years, who were asked to complete a questionnaire on the type of “triggers” that experienced at the time of undergoing a heart attack.
The results showed that 13% (1,650 people) had been involved in physical activity while 14% (1,752 people) were angry or upset, no difference was found by geographic region, cardiovascular diseases, preventive medications cardiovascular and cardiovascular risk factors, nor among other values.
The ratio was greater – just over the triple – among patients who were angry or emotionally conflicted and at the same time doing hard exercises. (O’Donnell, M., et al., 2016). , pp. 706-1173).
From the Bioneuroemoción®, we understand that emotions are the vehicle that allows us to connect the mind to the body and that physiological changes are a biological adaptation to emotional events that we undergo.
Our body is a biochemical system that functions as a complex and sophisticated machine in which its parts are interconnected. Emotional disorders, combined with other multiple factors, can lead to physical or mental pathologies.
Combining medicine with adequate emotional support for the patient is a proposal that is already being implemented in many health centers. For example, Jordi Domingo, a classical behavioral biologist psychiatrist, founded the psychiatric service of the General Hospital of Catalonia and the Delfos Medical Center in Barcelona. He is president and medical director of the Nepp Foundation, which provides services in psychiatry, psychology, neuropsychology and mental health care to those in need.
Their actions reached Haiti, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and many other countries in which they collaborated to create hospitals and orphanages.
Dr. Domingo says, “I heal more with love than drugs, so I combine both […] I love my patients, I have 55,000 open stories, and I’m trying to cure them with pills, psychology and love “(Sanchis, I., 2017).
In another line of thinking, we can find the cancer research of Dr. Christian Boukaram, a radiation oncologist and professor of neurology in Montreal, Canada, who assures us in his book The anticancer power of emotions:
“Cells eat, drink, breathe, digest, evacuate and reproduce.It also has a skin that protects it, structures that support it and the electricity that stimulatesit.The breathing, food and spirit are the wind, the water and the fire of our cells. As long as we are the universe of our cells, we influence them and they influence us. All these dependencies exist, but the ego separates us and alienates us, making us believe to a separate and hostile physical environment. ” (Boukaram 2013, 211)
. From Dr. Boukaram’s point of view, we can understand the body as a system of systems. We can perceive each cell as an “individual” in a system that forms a specific tissue. These tissues in turn form a system that gives rise to an organ; the organs form organic systems and these systems constitute the human being. Human beings belong to a family that, in turn, belongs to an ecosystem belonging to a planet. That’s why we’re talking about the illusion of separation. When we feel passive subjects outside this system, subject to coincidence or chance, we give up our responsibility on our physical and emotional states.