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Science & The Mindbody Connection

There are vast amounts of literature and research about the connection and the influence between the mind and the body. For example, from the common discussions about stress, It would be difficult to miss the daily conversations and news reports about stress and how it affects the body. To the less common discussions about biochemistry and neurological relationships to psychological and emotional/mental conditions.  

First, consider stress as a connection between the mind and body. When the focus of an individual’s attention is excessive on worry or fear about a past or current situation or apprehension about a future event then it sets up a state where the nuclei of the brain or neurons produce neurotransmitters that are signals of danger. These will trigger both the nerves going down the spine and others triggered by the hormones in the blood. 

These biochemical signals travel to parts of the body to respond to the perceived danger. The signals include ACTH, cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, acetylcholine, and more. 

The adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys will send out some of these hormones to trigger the liver, stomach, kidneys, bladder, heart, lungs, thyroid, pancreas, and more. Each of these will respond by creating more glucose to be pushed into the bloodstream. Part of this happens in the liver and the muscles. The glucose/sugar is necessary as quick and easy fuel so the body can quickly respond to the danger. Either run or fight. 

Sometimes the mind and body will go into the fear response of freezing. So the muscles will tighten up and the body will get stuck in place. There are several types of freeze including when the mind goes blank when a person stands up to speak to an audience. 

So, stress is the general term applied to several types of responses that the mind and body acts out or reacts to when the mind and body thinks, feels or senses real danger or perceived danger. 

There are simple and complex explanations to the reactions to the interactions of the mind and body. Every thought, every emotion, every sensation that is negative or harmful can be traced back to the mind and body responding to stress which is a conflict of the mind and body when there is a perception and belief that there is danger. 

When the stress keeps coming and manifesting then it becomes a chronic situation. It leads to the possibility of an illness and sometimes disease or mental disturbances. Simply if the body is constantly responding and reacting to stress biochemicals and nerves the tissues of the body will cope with overreacting or under-reacting. This could lead to many things such as, muscles too tight, organs over working, excess toxins or muscle aches, organ functions reduced, or suppressing toxins in the tissues.

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