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The cure you Possess

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Have you ever heard that the bodily organs have the ability to regenerate? Every organ in our body is made up of tissue and tissues are made up of cells. Most of us have heard of apoptosis- cell death; and the malfunction of this process promotes cancer, but on the flip side almost every cell in the human body reproduces and forms new cells and then becomes obsolete and dies off4 Apoptosis is crucial for the regulation and maintenance of systems within our body. The cells of every tissue in every organ have different life cycle duration’s, some having a lifespan of minutes others of years.  So while regeneration of entire organs might not be possible, change is not out of the question.

Each cell contains a memory and this memory is passed on from each parent cell to their daughter cells. The cell memory tells the cell how to operate and as in humans if memory changes, behavior will change. While genetic  material within a cell may not readily change, its environmental influences can change altering the output of the cell. Over a period of time if a cell continuously receives a different input its output will be altered accordingly.  So if a cells output or structure changes even slightly it can create a snowball effect. If you provide enough stimulus  (exercise, thoughts, medicines, etc.) to a cell that acts to change functioning (alters to the structure of the chemical made, modifications to the amount of time it takes for the cell to generate its output, etc.) slowly the tissue will change and on and on. The changes are endless!3

Okay, enough of the science aspect let’s get to the lesson we all can get our arms around.  If we can change ourselves on an atomic level then why do our diseases/ disabilities keep pervading? The answer is because we do not provide enough change.  Changing is hard work; it requires dedication and persistence. 5 Depression, like most diseases, may have a genetic component, but also is largely influenced by environmental factors.  These environmental stimulants change us on an atomical level and our bodies react and produce a chemical imbalance.   We treat depression through medication, changing thoughts and behaviors, or with social interaction which affects us on an atomical level and can alter the inhibition or exhibition of the chemical in question.

Every disease has mental and physical consequences. Dementia, alzheimer’s, depression, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease all have physical as well as mental effects regardless of whether it is classified as one or the other; our physical being affects our mental state and vice versa.  If we want a change in one we necessarily have to bring a change in the other.  Our bodies are made to help us thrive, but even with this as the set parameter the stimulants we provide to ourselves negates this intention.  IT being said the reason it is so hard to overcome a chronic mental or physical condition is because it requires change and our bodies nor minds agree with change very quickly. Treating depression entails changing a fundamental thought pattern, treating multiple sclerosis entails changing the programming of the immune system, treating a spinal cord injury entails changing and reteaching muscle movements; so while almost all impairments are treatable the change required is for treatment is seen as impossible and thus coined untreatable.

The change every disability demands for treatment begins with our thoughts.  The power in our thoughts is immeasurable.  Whether the suffering is mental or physical it can be alterered by a change in the thought process.  Stuck in a wheelchair and believing you will never be able to walk and complaining about the quality of your life is fundamentally different and will provide a different outcome than believing your situation will improve and enjoying life as it is. 2 I am living proof of this, when I am positive and think healing and functional thoughts I am more balanced, but when I am negative and think damaging and destructive thoughts my balance grows worse.  When I am positive I am motivated to do exercise and try things to improve my balance, but when I am negative my physical strength drains and cooridinateed movements become harder.

My body and your body has everything it needs to heal, except we prevent the body from doing what it needs to with inconsistency.  Constantly thinking positive thoughts is exhausting but its effects are immense.  Recently I was reading a book called You are the Placebo which detailed different experiments in which control groups were compared to two experimental groups one who was given a placebo and the other that was given medication.  The results and other case studies found in this book are quite astounding demonstrating the power of our thoughts.

Next time you are ill and are in the blues or wake up on the wrong side of the bed, try just changing one negative thought into a positive one and see not only the automation of positivity, but the healing power you possess.

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