Brain-Facts-You-power-to-heal-and-to-make-you-sickYour power to heal is truly remarkable and I find that the more you know and understand about brain facts, the easier it is for you to put your brain to work for you. Since 1997, Seattle Hypnosis With Roger Moore has been teaching you how to learn hypnosis so that you can change your thoughts and change your emotions to improve your health and wellness. Brain Facts is the latest edition to the Hypnosis Health Info Article Library.

Brain Facts

Chronic Stress

What do standing frustrated in a supermarket checkout line or sitting in a traffic jam have in common with fleeing predators, as was done in the early days of human beings? Clearly, these activities are very different, yet they provoke the same responses in the body— the release of hormones (glucocorticoids and epinephrine) to improve memory, boost immune function, enhance muscular activity, and restore physiological balance. Over long periods of time, as these hormones continue to be released, the consequences can be negative: memory is impaired, immune function is suppressed, and energy is stored as fat.

Overexposure to glucocorticoids leads to weakened muscles. Elevated glucocorticoids and epinephrine contribute to hypertension (high blood pressure), atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and abdominal obesity. Epinephrine also increases the release and activity of body chemicals that cause inflammation, adding to the body’s chronic stress burden. This continual chemical activity can lead to arthritis and accelerated aging of the brain.

These findings have been verified in animal experiments. Aging rats show impaired neuron function in the hippocampus — an area of the brain important for learning, memory, and emotion — as a result of increased glucocorticoid secretion throughout their lives. Overexposure to glucocorticoids also increases the number of neurons damaged by stroke. Moreover, prolonged glucocorticoid exposure before or immediately after birth causes a decrease in the normal number of brain neurons and smaller brain size.

What’s more, scientists have identified a variety of stress-related disorders, including high blood pressure, clogged arteries, impotency and loss of sex drive in males, irregular menstrual cycles in females, colitis, and adult-onset diabetes. Stress also can contribute to sleep loss when people get caught in a vicious cycle: elevated glucocorticoids delaying the onset of sleep, and sleep deprivation raising glucocorticoid levels.

Different Body Systems Affected: Many different body systems are affected by stress. The immune system receives messages from the nervous system, and it is also sensitive to many of the body’s circulating hormones, including stress hormones. Although short-term elevations of stress hormones facilitate immune function and can be protective against disease pathogens, sustained exposure to glucocorticoids suppresses the immune system, often with negative consequences.

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Evidence shows that the mind’s belief that the body is getting a drug or surgery is enough to result in real, live symptom relief. Approximately 40 percent of people with headaches get relief when given a placebo. More than half of patients studied for ulcer pain have resolution of their pain when given a placebo. Nearly half of asthma patients get symptom relief from a fake inhaler or sham acupuncture. Half of people with colitis feel better after placebo treatment. Multiple studies demonstrate that almost all of the happy-making responses patients experience as a result of antidepressants can be attributed to the placebo effect. As many as 40% of infertility patients get pregnant while taking placebo “fertility drugs.” Placebos are almost equally effective at treating pain when compared to morphine.

Studies also show that patients in a control group for a new chemotherapy drug were given nothing but saline, yet they were warned it could be chemotherapy, and 30% of them lost their hair. In another study, hospitalized patients were given sugar water and told it would make them throw up. 80% of them vomited.

You can either accept the hypnotic suggestion to be ill or you can take control of the trance that you are in and create hypnotic suggestions for health and wellness. Your body was created to heal and to be healthy. The more you know, the more equipped you are. Learn hypnosis so you can make the choice to heal and to be healthy.



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