Pain, according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as:
1.) Localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury).
2.) Acute mental or emotional distress or suffering.
Webster’s gives an either/or definition but I say the two are remarkably interchangeable. Physical pain can cause mental or emotional distress. And mental or emotional distress can cause physical pain.
When I consult with clients, I usually begin by addressing the physical aspects of their condition. But there is always an underlying current of why they have that condition in the first place. If, as some philosophers say, “There are no accidents,” what is the mechanism that puts people in harm’s way?
My study of Total Biology and German New Medicine tells me that the brain can be so overloaded with stress that it chooses to divert that stress into a physical problem in order to protect the brain from short-circuiting into anxiety and depression.
For those of you with chronic pain, don’t keep putting it off. Look at the works of Dr. John Sarno. Sarno says that the battle in your mind can affect muscles, nerves, tendons, or ligaments. The mind actually tricks you into not facing repressed emotion by making you focus on pain in your body
If your doctors can do nothing more for you, don’t give up. Look at the stress aspects of your pain. Sarno says to ONLY look at the stress. But I’m not so dogmatic. I say you can also work on the physical aspect at Jesse Cannone’s Healthy Back Institute. Get his free Lose the Back Pain book to see what he has to offer.
Next week I’ll talk about natural remedies for pain from my Future Health Now Encyclopedia.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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