In the 1980s, Dr. Vincent Felitti was trying to help severely obese people lose weight by getting them to do a liquid diet. It worked like a charm: grossly obese patients who were able to do it for a year could lose as much as 135 kg!
Then he discovered that the people who couldn’t maintain the liquid diet and reverted to their normal diets gained all their weight back very quickly, sometimes even faster than they had lost it.
Perplexed, he started studying the backgrounds of the participants of his programme, and found that more than half of his three hundred participants had been sexually abused as children! This was clearly way above the average of the general population. Dr. Felitti became convinced that there was a direct cause between childhood sexual abuse and severe obesity in adulthood. He decided to explore further. Could there be links between childhood traumas and other disease conditions in adulthood?
The result was the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, with over 17,000 participants, one of the largest such studies ever conducted. The results were shocking.
The study found that ACE was strongly associated with addictions, alcoholism, depression, heart disease, liver disease, suicide and post-traumatic stress disorders, amongst many others. Since then, many other studies have corroborated these results.
The link between sexual abuse in childhood and obesity in adulthood that Dr. Felitti found offers an intriguing possibility: could the abused person be unconsciously shaping her body to become as unattractive as possible to avoid the risk and/or trauma of sexual abuse?
We often use metaphors to describe how we feel. For example, we talk about ‘butterflies in the stomach’, ‘a pain in the neck’ or ‘feeling pissed off’.
It’s interesting, and no coincidence, that the terms we use tying emotions to body organs are borne out by many ancient traditions, for example Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
‘Butterflies in the stomach’ represents anxiety; ancient traditions or holistic practitioners have long depicted anxiety as an emotion generated by the stomach. Similarly, whenever someone comes to me complaining of a persistent ‘pain in the neck’ — metaphorically meaning an annoying person — I invariably find that there is someone present at that point in her life that she finds annoying. Similarly, ‘feeling pissed off’ (irritation) often manifests as a problem in the bladder.
The table below lists a few of these Organ-Emotion links.
|Adrenals||Fright and exhaustion|
|Arms||Reaching out for support and not getting it|
|Back, Lower||Financial worries and concerns|
|Back, Upper||Holding back love|
|Brain||Loss of control|
|Ears||Not being listened to|
|Eyes||Not wanting to see something|
|Heart||Lack of love and connection|
|Hips||Lack of support|
|Intestines, Small||Neglect, abandonment or loneliness|
|Intestines, Large||Being over-critical|
|Legs||Not knowing how to move forward|
|Lungs||Grief and sadness|
|Neck||Annoyance by someone or something|
|Pancreas||Lack of joy|
|Sexual organs||Guilt and shame|
In complex diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), the metaphor principle is also a useful one to bear in mind. The main problem with MS patients is the loss of control of their body. This is usually related to a feeling of loss of control of their life, or a need to get it under control. Studies have shown that MS patients had experienced threatening events ten times more often and marital conflict five times more frequently than healthy control participants.
An Austrian oncologist, Dr. Geerd Ryke Hamer, used a technology known as computer tomography to scan the brains of over 10,000 cancer patients. He found brain damage manifesting as light and dark dots in different parts of the brain; the locations corresponded to the type of traumas experienced. These cancer patients had experienced trauma, mostly emotional in nature, which had left an indelible mark on their brain; in time, the trauma triggered cancer. When these emotional traumas were resolved, these marks in the brain disappeared.
What this means is that our diseases do not randomly happen to us. It can happen to us as a result of our past emotional hurts that we have not learnt to deal with. Perhaps our mind and our body are more closely connected than we have been led to believe. Instead of feeling victimised when a disease affects us, it may actually offer us an opportunity to heal our psyche in the deepest possible way.
The information in this article is extracted from the book “Cracking the Disease Code” written by Darius Soon which can be found in Amazon.com. Darius has a practice in Singapore working on the emotional causes of diseases. For more information, you can go to his website at www.singaporenaturalremedies.com.
Darius is a medical intuitive and uses his skill to help people suffering from chronic illnesses. He discovers that just by looking at a person, he can find out their physical conditions, the causes, and uses energy medicine to help them get better.
Learn more about him here.