Physiology of feelings

Importance of love for physical health of children :

   Example of an unexpected experiment with rabbits at the Ohio State University : the experiment had aim of raising rabbits genetically to develop hardening of the arteries to the heart. The rabbits were kept all the time in cages, the researchers did not think that having them survive permanently in such unnatural conditions could flaw the process, they did not take into account that toxins develop in any suffering beings and alter their whole health. For those researchers' mind, cages are places where rabbits "live" (if that could be called a life).
   After weaning, the rabbits were regularly fed with a high cholesterol diet. When they were fully grown up, researchers found that 15% of them had almost completely clear coronary arteries, no sign of serious blockage at all, and nobody could understand why such a big difference with the other rabbits. But the healthy ones were all found to be in cages at waist level : the most accessible cages.
   Explanation : the graduate student in charge of feeding them all had the habit of taking those out of their cages and petting, caressing, and playing with them. These expressions of love did good to them in their otherwise dull and unhealthy life : no sunshine, no grass, no running, no playing with mates, nothing to cover their legitimate natural needs. The other rabbits (85%) who never benefited from love sure became sick from that bad diet and bad surviving conditions as the student could not pet them all. Love was not a variable researchers had thought about ! Love as a prevention against illness, even in poor living conditions (from book "Awakening Intuition" by Mona Lisa Schulz).

Physiology of repressed emotions :

   Emotions were repressed by the child victims in order to adapt better to the abusive situation : without emotions that hurt the victims could cope better and try minimize the damage for themselves, but that does not mean that the pain is gone. The emotional and physical pains are just pushed deep into the young person, and they cause illnesses and disturbances that professionals (physicians and therapists) most frequently try to remedy by suppressing the symptoms, which most often does not lead to a real cure as the cause is never reached.
   On the contrary, symptoms are useful as they are indicators of pain inside the young sufferers : the therapy must focus on helping the sufferers (children as well as adults) express what they have locked up inside themselves and out of their awareness. The victims are only conscious of their symptoms as symptoms cause them troubles and difficulties in their lives, they may not link symptoms with former abuses when such abuses are over.

   People in general also tend to not understand the cause of disturbances and illnesses when abuses are over. They believe it's now up to the victims to lead a good life when pathogenic situations are finished. This prevents our personal freedom as when in absence of an efficient therapy we unknowingly remain prisoner of our past, with different sufferings attached to ourselves that seem incurable when all possible medical treatments were tried in vain.

Love missed frequently :

   A most frequently missing basic component for good mental health is love : in their childhood suffering people did not receive it or not enough from their parents. It is then vital that in psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, the therapist provides some, just already by the mere fact of being willing to listen and be with the deprived person for more than just 5 mn like medical doctors' consultations.

   A basic negative factor caused as a consequence of lack of love in childhood is since then a very big repressed sorrow of which the person is unaware and which can be the main cause for physical or mental symptoms. When thanks to therapy if successful the big sorrow is released, this causes a big change for the better in the person's personality.

Genes can change :

   Study at the Coventry University in England, by Ivana Buric :

   "Different types of mind-body techniques have similar effects at the genetic level... Inherited genes are not static and DNA activity can depend on things people can control. By choosing healthy habits every day, we can create a gene activity pattern that is more beneficial for our health.
   Environment and lifestyle can both affect which genes are turned on and off and that can have real effects on disease risk, longevity and even which traits get passed on to future generations."

   That also means genetic diseases and abnormalities can then change with time if relevant mind-body interventions are used, could they even be cured ? Then there would be no limits to the psychosomatic influence in any body, and not just for humans but for animals too.

rev. 2017