Emotional trauma and impact on health
Emotional trauma can have a major affect on chronic disease risk in adulthood. Trauma and adverse childhood events (ACEs) experienced in childhood and caused by parental divorce, separation, addiction, neglect, physical, mental or sexual abuse have been shown to be clearly correlated to an increase risk of numerous health issues. This was demonstrated in the CDC-Kaiser ACE Study, which is one of the largest studies on childhood abuse and neglect and the impact this can have on later-life health and wellbeing. ACEs can be one-off incident or can be on going traumatic events.
It is now recognised that attachment trauma which can occur between birth and the age of three can also impact on health in adulthood as can inter-generational inherited trauma.
Emotional Pain and health:
Hippocrates stated over two thousand years ago, that: “All disease begins in the gut”. How right he was! It is now understood that even psychological stress can impact the gut micro-biome, which in turn impacts how the immune system and the neurotransmitters are activated. The micro-biome affects how we absorb our nutrients and what cytokines are produced, whether they are pro or anti –inflammatory, whether we are at increase risk of gut permeability or how we handle stress.
Whilst most people recognise that the mind affects the brain and vice versa but few realise just to what degree this can impact the body. Dr John Sarno has written extensively about how repressed feelings of hurt, sadness, anger and pain can show up as painful psychosomatic disorders. This doesn’t belittle the disorder which can be incredibly painful and severly impact on quality of life. However, once you have established that you don’t have a physical cause for your condition, it is well worth considering whether unconscious emotions are a factor. Dr. John Sarnos’ books, the Divided Mind and Healing Back Pain explains how and why the mind and body connection manifests through dis-ease. The wonderful news here is that this connection can lead to amazing healing!
Mind Body Retreat
I have strongly believed in the mindbody connection ever since becoming interested in nutrition over 30 years ago. This is why I have called our retreat MindBody Retreats. Our MindBody Retreat is taking place in September 2021. Combining healthy eating and solution focused therapy for a mind and body reset. This is a 4-day, 5-nights retreat run by two highly skilled nutritional therapists and a psychotherapist and it will take place in the fabulous Black Mountains of Wales. For more info go to https://www.mindbodyretreats.co.uk