UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young
• “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
Often, when we talk or read about the body/mind connection, it is in terms of how the mind affects the body. We know that conflict and stress suppress the immune system and can result in anxiety and depression, as well as exacerbate bowel conditions such as IBS or Crohn’s disease. And stress can raise blood pressure, making one vulnerable to heart disease and stroke.
It is less common to consider that what is happening in the body can affect the mind. We are exposed to so many toxins in our modern world: air pollution, chlorine and fluoride in our water, off-gases from building materials, carpets and new cars, pesticides used on our food, antibiotics fed to animals and mercury in dental fillings.
Scientists have found more than 200 environmental toxins in the umbilical cord blood of newborns. It is virtually impossible to avoid many of them.
Many toxins are poisonous and can interfere with the ability of the body to function at its best. Some toxins, such as heavy metals, are very difficult for the body to remove on its own. They can affect the ability of the body to absorb nutrients and make it difficult for elements such as calcium to move through cell membranes, resulting in calcified build-up in tissues and joints.
Unfortunately, the medical/pharmaceutical industry looks more at reducing symptoms than eliminating underlying causes. Consequently, people suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and bowel issues and just do not get better. Have you ever heard anyone talk about finding a cure for arthritis? Why not? Because it is assumed it comes with aging and we must live with it.
Similarly, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are associated with plaque or protein that builds up and kills neurons. Arterial plaque causes heart problems. The body is its own ecosystem. If the system is “polluted,” it becomes sluggish, systems become blocked and bad stuff accumulates. When this happens, we have low energy, depression, our minds lose clarity and memory declines. The body becomes stiff and we develop aches and pains.
There are many things we can do to optimize our system, eliminate toxins and prevent many of these chronic diseases. We need to become the experts of our own bodies and take responsibility for doing our own research and educating ourselves. No one physician or alternative practitioner has all of the answers. Each may have a piece, but we need to become empowered and not give the care of our body over to someone else. They can be consultants, but best as we can, we must be the directors.
The internet provides a wealth of information and credible sources about the care and feeding of our bodies. Look for reputable sites and scientific research, rather than those that are heavily pushing supplements.
We must detoxify our minds by releasing negative, judgmental and critical thinking as well as worry thoughts. We must also detoxify our bodies so the entire system can return to the harmony it had when we were young and carefree, active and creative. It is never too late to start growing younger.
Gwen Randall-Young is an author and psychotherapist in private practice. For articles and information about her books, Deep Powerful Change hypnosis CDs and new Creating Healthy Relationships series, visit www.gwen.ca. See display ad this issue.