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The Effects of Toxic Emotions on Our Health by Linda M. McCarthy Ph.D

According to Princeton Anomalies Research Program or (PEARS), which has been collecting  research for over twenty three years., PEARS suggest that if we have one thought every fifteen seconds, and sleep for approximately eight hours every evening, that would amount to 240 thoughts per minute, or 230,000 per day. We think that every emotion or feeling can be controlled or compartmentalized.  Interesting enough, Sigmund Freud once said: “The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.

Most of us have heard of the placebo affect, but did you know that there is also something called the ‘nocebo’ affect, meaning ill effects caused by a belief or suggestion that something is harmful. Therefore, it is imperative that we understand the direct correlation between our thoughts, and our physical health. Our cells have the ability to hear our thoughts through antennas or receptors and they respond accordingly. Their function is either to thrive, or to retreat and protect their community. If we are constantly bombarding our body with negativity, stress, anxiety, our cells have no other choice but to protect themselves from the chemical reactions that are occurring. The determination of either growth or protection in the multicellular community controlled by the central nervous system. This is how it works.

The central nervous system observes the environmental signal, deciphering them in order to relay the appropriate reaction. Our body actually has two individual protection systems, one being the HPA axis, (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis) which gathers protection against external threats. It remains dormant until a threat is perceived at which time it engages the pituitary gland (or master gland) responsible for assembling fifty trillion cells to contend with the possible threat. Then hypothalamus discharges a cortisone releasing factor (CRF), which proceeds to the pituitary gland, allowing the pituitary cells to secrete a hormone releasing adrenocorticotropic hormones (ACTH) into the blood system, and the flight or flight system is activated. This inhibits our immune system from working properly as the adrenal system will determine that survival is far more important than an illness.

This response is necessary if we are in a life threatening situation, but nowadays, our bodies are responding in this matter from the time we awake, until we go to bed. We are in a constant state of emotional distress, rushing around, listening to frightening information on the news, fighting traffic, stressed out at work or home etc. When does our body have time to decompress? When this goes on day after day, week after week, it is no wonder that we have so much illness and dis-ease in our society. The use of anti-depressants are increasing, alcohol and drug use are on the rise, as a way of ‘escaping’ from our perception of society. But the beauty is that it is only a perception and perceptions can be changed. We once believed that our family history was a major determining factor in our health. But we now know that it only plays a small part in our genetic makeup thanks to the science of Epigenetics.

The word “Epi” is derived from the Greek meaning ‘above’ so the study of Epigenetics is the study of ‘control above the genes’. Recent findings reveal that genes are not entirely controlled by our DNA blueprint as previously believed, but can be modified by environmental factors such as stress, nutrition, and last but not least emotions. These revisions can and do alter the genetic profile without altering their basic DNA blueprint. Epigenetic science theorizes that there are two mechanisms in which we pass on hereditary sequences. One is nature and the other is nurture, which would include the environment in the equation of genetic influence. We now have evidence to demonstrate that cells require cooperation in order to thrive as well as survive in a communal environment. Cells are intelligent and recognize that collaboration within the community is the key to their continued existence. The avoidance of toxic or antagonistic surroundings is paramount to their continuation.

This is why understanding why our thoughts, feelings and emotions are paramount to not only our emotional well being, but vitally important to our physical health as well.  If we live in fear, anger, hurt, or any other negative emotional state, our physical body is affected on a cellular level as well. Changing our perception of any given situation is key to altering the pattern of our life.

There are two types of thoughts, supportive and non-supportive. Your self concept is based on how you speak to yourself, consciously and subconsciously. I often convey to clients: “Be careful what you are thinking, you cells are listening.” because in a sense the receptors act as ears. They are vibrationally eavesdropping on our emotions.

Would we be more attentive of our thoughts and words if they manifested before our eyes? Studies show that our body is listening and responding according to our thoughts, feeling and emotions. Consequences in our life are directly affected by the communication between our conscious and subconscious mind.

When we find ourselves in a toxic environment, or experience negativity, consciously we may persuade ourselves that we can control the situation and are fine. However, if we do not believe that we are safe, our cells will respond according. If this belief continues for an extended period of time, the cells and DNA will adapt and change according to the misperception of the subconscious images. These changes eventually manifest as physical and mental disease in the body. As signals are sent from the environment, positive or negative, the cells respond in like. I compare the cellular response in our body to a genie in a bottle: “Your wish is my command.”

What are the messages that you are sending your body?

Submitted by Linda M. McCarthy Ph.D


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5 Responses to “The Effects of Toxic Emotions on Our Health by Linda M. McCarthy Ph.D”

  1. Leila says:

    Thanks for this article. For me the clearest example of negativity manifesting in cellular structure is Masaro Emoto’s pictures of icicles. They appear to perceive the emotions in words and change aesthetically to match them.

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  3. I really enjoyed this article. I truly believe that our toxic emotions attack our live each day and hinders our personal growth. Many of the physical ailments that we have can be tracked back to emotional causes.

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  4. Jossy says:

    “Forgive them that trespass against you” – or you will carry your hatred (negativity) around every moment of your day and cause your health to suffer in ways that will DEFINITELY shorten your life, and lessen the quality of your life.

    So disobey God’s Commandment and you PUNISH YOURSELF.

    God made the people you do not like, you and them are God’s children and if you don’t like someone, GUESS WHAT? You are criticising and saying that God did not made that person properly – you are saying he used shoddy workmanship.

    God does not make junk, so if you JUDGE others, you will receive emotional punishment in the proportion that you continue to hold your dislike of others.

    The moment you say, “I forgive them and I forgive myself for holding that hatred”, you will release all the negativity that has been harming your body. YOU GET OUT OF THE PRISON that has been preventing you from being in love with the world.

    God gives you the FREEWILL choice to love or hate. Hold love in your heart for all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, and you will soon notice, that the world you are living in has become like the Garden of Eden.

    Choose to FEEL DISAPPOINTED for what God has created, and your life becomes a living Hell, because your subconscious mind keeps showing you more and more evidence to support your belief that the other person is definitely not a nice person to know.

    Your mind is like a Google search, and what you hold in your mind firmly, will show up. Choose to be grateful for what you already have, and ‘MORE will be given to you’.

    Start to be thankful for the help that you have received from family, friends, Doctors, Teachers, strangers, the people who helped you as a child, your work mates – and GOD WILL SEND YOU MORE ABUNDANCE.

    If you don’t like your life, it is YOUR FAULT because you keep making lists in your mind of all the bad things that have happened to you.

    Make a list of all the things you can be grateful for, adding at least one thing to the list every day, and a point will be reached where you look back and realise how wonderful your life has become.

    It says in the BIBLE, “count your bleassings, and more blessings will be added to your life.

    “for what we are about to receive, may the Lord make me truly grateful”. (this is the important part of “ask and receive”.

    Tell your friends and family how much you appreciate their help and friendship, and within days they will see you as someone special, and before long they will be wanting to spend more and more time helping you because you make them feel more valued and NEEDED.

    You cannot enjoy the world if you keep finding fault with it.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    I enjoyed this article, but there was one misprint that stood out above the rest…

    i believe when you said we have 240 thoughts per minute, you meant hour.

    not minute.

    4 thoughts every minute if you have a thought once every fifteen seconds.

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