Emotional stress is an under exposed factor that suppresses immune function!
Did you know there is a direct link between childhood trauma in the onset of adult diseases?
A study that started in the mid 90’s on 17 500 adults, by the CDC (Centre of Disease Control in the USA) and Kaiser Permenente called the Adverse Childhood Event study revealed results worth noting for your overall wellbeing.
Your skin is just one tool your body uses to bring certain conditions inside your body to your attention.
‘When most dermatologists look at your skin, their goal is to suppress skin problems, but I want to encourage you to take a different look at skin because it’s trying to give you clues about your overall health. Your skin is your magic mirror providing an outward sign of your inner health. When your hormones, digestion, blood sugar, immune system, or other body systems are out of balance, it can show up on your skin.
When you ignore its messages, you’re missing an opportunity. And, if you continue to avoid the true underlying causes, your health can be impacted in other ways. For example, I’ve seen patients with eczema later develop asthma and autoimmune diseases because they ignored their magic mirror.’ – Dr Trevor Cates
Hopefully this article and talk by Nadine Burke Harris will give you some clues for your journey!
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Unfortunately it doesn’t stop there. We inherit inter generational trauma as well. If your parents or grandparents or further those down the line have experienced trauma it affects you as well. Third generation holocaust victims has similar physiological and physiological expressions of their grand parents.
Lastly, a very unreported area is that of attachment trauma. It happens in the first 1000 days of life (includes womb time), before cognitive thinking in the brain comes alive. This happens when:
- mom is not securely bonding with baby or
- mom herself is traumatised
According to studies by Mary Ainswort (American-Canadian psychologist) 45% of babies insecurely attach to their mothers. This means that 45% plus adults cannot form secure relationships. This results in two types:
- Avoiding Relationships – mom leaves the room and comes back, baby doesn’t respond either way. Mom is basically a stranger to the baby, because she basically ignores the baby
- Anxious Types – mom leaves the room and comes back and the baby cries when she leaves and cries when she comes back and it is difficult to calm baby down. This happens when mom sometimes meets baby’s needs and other times don’t
Secure babies cries when mom leaves the room and cries a little when she comes back, but then calms down and continues to play.
Since attachment trauma does not qualify as PTSD it is not really picked up.
According to statistics from the Adult Attachment Trauma Interview, adults with attachment trauma do not bond with their children.
We are social beings and not getting love from our mother in the early days sets the body in a permanent stress response. The epigenetic expression is changed because of this as trauma this young changes the biology of the body. The body is reset to go into a flight or fight mode. In other words the baby’s immune system is reset in their bodies.
As adults we experience stress and trauma and some are resilient and others gets knocked down and this can be traced back to childhood.
As an adult the weak link in your chain comes to the front and it can be anything from a heart attack or immune disease etc.
The epigenetic expression in stress response changes. You don’t heal from the trauma as time goes by. Your body remembers it and it stays in that state as it keeps it stored. The trauma is then just concealed and when not dealt with gets exposed in disease like auto immune etc.
When a child is in a loving relationship neural pathways of calmness and security is formed. The brain of a child that experiences a rough childhood develops differently.
This is most certainly not the time to go into the blame game with your parents as they parent the way they were parented.
Now for the good news! The epigenetic expression can be changed.
You can do any or all of the following:
- Look at the ten questions and see if they fit (from the video)
- Draw up a timeline going backward and check for trauma
- Talk to someone like a counsellor or trusted friend
- Find a spiritual mentor since we are affected in spirit, soul and body
- Schedule a daily rest routine where you totally relax for at least 20 minutes twice a day. Use this time to walk in nature, pray, meditate on the Word, paint, dance, spending time with a friend. These are anti inflammatory activities where there is no competition and no right or wrong way. This daily time resets many stress messages.
- Breathe properly – deep breathing is important
- Focus and chew properly
- Massaging your body can also help to release trauma in the muscles
- Get sunlight
- Use essential oils – if you haven’t read my free ebook on The emotions, herbs and emotions connection, this may be the time. It is available, for free, when you sign up for the newsletter on this website.
Help your immune system to stay strong by scheduling a daily rest routine even if you didn’t have a traumatic childhood. There are enough stressors in today’s society for everyone to take a break.
A meta study that was done in 2004 which involved 300 000 people showed that social support is the strongest predictor of survival.
The state of our relationships are linked to what happend to our childhood. We don’t live in a vacuum so ask yourself:
- How this affects physical illness in your body and the effect thereof on your loved ones
- How are you being destructive towards others?
- How do you go about your life?
- Do you feel like the only time you will get love is by get love by doing things? Do you know that this can lead to adrenal fatigue or turning into a workaholic?
- Do you feel in order to give love you will receive? In other words placing everyone else above yourself
- Or do you feel you will only get love when you do things right?
A reductionistic attitude won’t work even though there is just about a pill for every ill. Know that awareness alone will start to shift things.
An obesity clinic in the USA experienced a 55% drop out rate on people doing well on the program. Being fat was a form of protection against unwanted attention. Having a thin body was a threat to their identity. Our decisions are driven by factors that we cannot see, therefor finding the root cause will change your life.
- You remember being fed or cared for and you don’t remember childhood trauma, but you know something is wrong
- If you have experienced intense early trauma
- You pray and nothing shifts
Find a counsellor that –
- knows how to help
- you feel safe with
This is important as suppressed memories can pop and then you need to be in a safe space and you don’t get re-traumatised.
There are plenty tools that can help for those we who are looking for it:
- Changes that heal by Dr Henry Cloud
- Integrity, the courage to face reality by Dr Henry Cloud
- Switch on you brain by Dr Caroline Leaf
- Journey to Freedom & Journey to Wholeness by Kanaan Ministries
- Healing begins with the sanctification of the heart by Dr MK Strydom
Above is mostly a summary from an interview with Nikki Gratrix, BA, Dip ION, NANP. She recently hosted the ‘abundant energy expo’ exploring fatigue. She interviewed 39 experts and the event was attended by 30 000 people.
Information supplied is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.