The connection between the mind and body has been well researched and documented. Many of the leading luminaries in this field are referenced below for their groudbreaking work. Understanding the connection between our mind and our bodies gives us an important key to optimal health and well-being.
How Emotions Affect Health
1. Candice Pert
- The research of Candace Pert is very significant for MindBody therapy. She is referred to as the mother of Psychoneuroimmunology, a new field in science. In her book Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel (1997). She explains that cells are lined with specific receptors that only certain molecules can attach themselves to. These molecules are like messages that communicate between the body, mind, neurons, glands, and immune cells. She also wrote Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine (1999), Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d (2006), and The Science of Golf and Life eBook (2013).
2. Bruce Lipton
- Bruce Lipton is known for his book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles (2005). This book outlines his findings that our biology is not controlled by genes and DNA, but rather our DNA is controlled by signals outside of the cell. These signals can include our positive and negative thoughts, which send energetic messages. He also touches on what Candace Pert research- the way cells receive information.
3. Dr. John Sarno
- Known as America's back doctor, Dr. John Sarno has published widely about his theories on back pain. Books: The Divided Mind : 2006, The Mind Body Prescription: 1998, Healing Back Pain: 1991 Mind Over Back Pain: 1984
4. Blair Justice
This book explores the connection between health and happiness. Justice, a medical doctors affirms and supports that thoughts and feelings play a pivotal role in causing sickness. On the other hand, close and loving relationships can help to protect one from illness. He discusses the increasing levels of stress in today's world and provides useful ways to handle stress and maintain health.
5. Ernest L. Rossi, Ph. D
- The Creative Psychosocial Genomic Healing Experience©: Administration, Rationale, & Research: An Open Invitation to Mind-Body Psychotherapy Clinical & Experimental Research (2012)
- Art, Beauty & Truth: The Psychosocial Genomics of Consciousness, Dreams, and Brain Growth in Psychotherapy and Mind-Body Healing. (2004)
6. KJ Sherman and HM Langevin
- Neuroimaging has shown that there are distinct “brain networks” involved in acute vs. chronic pain. Chronic pain is specifically related to regions of cognition and emotions. (Langevin & Sherman, 2007)
7. Chinese Medince
- Chinese medicine has found, through 3,000 years of research that people with certain specific health challenges had emotional problems that correlated. For example; people with liver and gallbladder problems reported that their common feelings include anger, resentment, depression, indecision and/or frustration. This Chinese system for understanding the mind/body connection is far ahead of western medicines.
How to Relieve Emotional Stress in Order to Improve Health
1. Neuro Emotional Technique by Dr. Scott Walker
- Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) uses muscle testing and gentle tapping to facilitate the release of negative emotions causing stress. This is achieved by identifying, connecting to, and letting go of old emotional patters thus reducing the underlying emotional stressors held in the body. NET is based on a proven combination of the latest scientific research and 3,000 years of Chinese medicine research regarding the mind-body connection.
Scientific Validation of the Mind/Body Paradigm & Muscle Testing
- Daniel A. Monti, John Sinnott, Marc Marchese, Elsabeth J. S. Kunkle and Jeffrey M. Greeson Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1999, 88, 1019-1028.
Additional Research Articles on the Mind-Body Connection
- Psychophysiologic Effects of Yoga on Rheumatoid Arthritis: Susan Bartlett, Ph.D. , Joan Bathon, MD, Stephanie Haaz, MFA, CYT, Vicki Ruffing, RN
- Neuroimaging of Catastrophizing and Pain across States of Consciousness: Michael Smith, Ph.D. , Robert Edwards, Ph.D.
- The relationship of depression and hopelessness to platelet activation following acute myocardial infarction: Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., D. Bush, MD, J. Fauerbach, PhD, M. Williams, MD, U. McCann, MD, Q. Hu, MD
- Susceptibility to Neuropathic Pain Behaviors following Sciatic Inflammatory Neuritis: Gayle G. Page, RN, DNSc, Michael T. Smith, PhD
- Cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction vs cognitive behavioral therapy or usual care among adults with chronic low-back pain. Spine. July 24, 2017. Epub ahead of print. Herman PM, Anderson ML, Sherman KJ, et al.