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Author // Joe Dispenza, DC

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Pathways: What does stress do to the body? Can the processes you discuss in Evolve Your Brain help people to overcome stress?

Dr. Dispenza: As a doctor of chiropractic, I’ve seen first-hand the effects of stress on my patients. It is not short episodes of acute stress, but chronic, long-term stress that most weakens the body. Most of us rarely face the immediate threats to physical survival that our ancestors had to deal with, so we may fail to realize the impact on us of years spent worrying about job security, credit card debt, whether our kids will experiment with drugs, and so on. When we chronically live in high-stress mode, or when we are constantly looking for problems that may affect us at some future moment, we engage the body’s emergency response to stress all the time.

Why is this such a problem? The chemicals that continually flood our body when we are under long-term stress are the culprits that begin to alter our internal state and pull the trigger of cellular breakdown. Moreover, when we’re always on high alert or in emergency mode, our body doesn’t have the time or the resources necessary to repair and regenerate itself. The body can even become addicted to the chemical state of being under stress.

But as we will demonstrate, the ability to overcome stress lies right between our ears. Most stress ends up as emotional or psychological stress, and that means it’s the autosuggestions of our own thinking that affect the body so intensely. In other words, we can turn on the stress response by our thoughts alone, and they can have the same measurable effects as any threatening stressor in our environment. In Evolve Your Brain, you will learn how to overcome the thoughts that initiate stress responses.


Pathways:
Can evolving the brain help people to overcome emotional addictions?

Dr. Dispenza: Aside from dealing with physical ailments, the processes outlined in the book are also intended to address another kind of affliction—emotional addiction, which always accompanies high stress levels in our life. We’ve all experienced emotional addiction at some point in our life. Among its symptoms are lethargy, a lack of ability to focus, a tremendous desire to maintain routine in our daily life, the inability to complete cycles of action, a lack of new experiences and emotional responses, and the persistent feeling that one day is the same as the next.

What was once scientific theory now has practical applications for us to heal our own self-inflicted emotional wounds. The methods I suggest are not a wouldn’t-it-bewonderful, self-help miracle cure. Be assured, this book is grounded in cutting edge science. How is it possible to end this cycle of negativity? The answer, of course, lies in you. And in this case, in a very specific part of you. Through an understanding of the various subjects we will explore in this book and a willingness to apply some specific principles, you can heal yourself emotionally by altering the neural networks in your brain.



Pathways Issue 15 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #15.

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