Major insights into the cause and treatment of illness were discovered twenty years ago … insights that for the most part are still ignored today.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente Adult Childhood Adversity (ACE) studies involving 17,000 individuals revealed that childhood stress and adversity was the determining factor leading to illness later in life.
The ACE studies showed that adult illness, as well as the likelihood of being a victim or perpetrator of violence, was significantly influenced by childhood events.
Childhood Experiences Influence Brain Development
In a nutshell, childhood stress baths the brain in an overabundance of adrenal stress hormones that interrupts normal brain development. The net effect of this disruption is a vulnerability to stress and an inclination towards inflammatory conditions. The overall effect is a disruption of the autonomic nervous system that’s responsible for the health and self-regulation (self-healing) of all organs and glands.
From this perspective it’s easy to see how early life stress becomes a predictor of later life illness and distress.
The Good News … You Can Reprogram Your Brain
While we can’t undue the past, we can take responsibility for repairing how past events disrupted the development of our brain. The key to positive neuroplasticity and repairing your brain is to give it what it was denied in childhood.
The key element that was missing in a stressful childhood was safety. Without safety, the brain will not develop properly.
The addition of safety allows the brain to resume normal development (at any age) and to improve our capacity for self-regulation and healing. Brain repair turns out to be one of the best prescriptions for chronic pain and illness.
Among the best general suggestions for bathing the brain in safety is a regular mindfulness practice… with an added pinch of compassion. Yes, the right kind of mindfulness meditation … often easier said than done without coaching … is proven to heal the brain. You can reference Dr. Dan Seigel’s work in Interpersonal Neurobiology for much more on the physiology of that process.
To summarize, if you’re looking for help in changing a chronic pattern of distress, it may be comforting to know that some of the best scientific research is pointing to your very own brain … and its potential for healing.
About Dr. Templin’s practice
Steven Templin, D.O.M. treats the stress-induced neurological roots of most chronic pain, anxiety and illness with Neuro-Reset Brain Integration combined with Acupuncture, Nutrition, and Bio-Energetic Medicine. Here is a 4-minute audio recording about the Neuro-Reset training.
His approach is a comprehensive mind-body program that achieves results where alternative health approaches, along with conventional drug and surgical interventions fall short.
He translates emerging research in the fields of Epigenetics, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Energy Psychology, and Functional Nutrition into effective self-healing practices that you can perform at home.
You can work with Dr. Templin in his Lakeland office, or via online video conferencing. You can visit his website at www.stevetemplin.com and contact him via email at email@example.com.
You can schedule an office visit with Dr. Templin by calling 863-838-2779.