How Positive Thinking Affects Your Body
For years we have used the phrase “the power of positive thinking" without knowing very much about how or where this power actually came from. In fact, for hundreds of years the brain was thought to be totally separate from the rest of the body.
These were Western perceptions, which ran very counter to Eastern thinking in India and China where the mind and body were thought to very closely relate to each other.
America got stuck with the disconnected view, and our medical community stayed unconvinced of any connection until the early 1970’s.
When scientists like Candace Pert conducted research on the structure and function of cells, they discovered the connection between the mind and body:
- They found that cells have opiate receptors that receive chemicals that influence mood, perception of pain and our ability to heal. These chemicals, called ligands, fit into opiate receptor keyholes.
- These keyholes can be filled with external opiates such as heroin or morphine, as well as internally produced chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins can be produced by positive emotions induced by activities such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, exercise, music, praying or just positive thinking.
- Viruses use these same receptors to gain access to our cells, however if they are already filled with endorphins then it becomes more difficult for the virus to find a place to enter. Therefore positive thinking has the power to protect the body from microscopic invaders such as viruses.
Scientists are now using this process to explain the placebo effect. If a person truly believes that something is going to work, then endorphins and other beneficial chemicals can be released to produce positive health results.
This begins to explain why several natural health strategies such as biofeedback, medical hypnosis, guided imagery, and meditation are often able to help prevent and even reverse many chronic diseases.
This might also explain how some cancer patients are able to reverse stage 3 and 4 cancer without any explanation. In a book entitled “Radical Remission”, Dr. Kelly explains how hundreds of cancer patients achieved what doctors could only categorize as spontaneous remission. Perhaps positive thoughts could even be responsible for activating cancer suppressor genes and anti-cancer immune processes.
We now know that diseases can be caused by toxins, genes, stress, lack of exercise and poor nutrition. We should now add the mind as a powerful determining factor.
In fact, the mind may be the conductor of this orchestra helping the body to heal itself by creating, activating, and managing all of the right chemicals.
So detoxify, manage stress, exercise, eat a truly healthy diet and let your positive thinking take it from there.