The Co-relation Between PTSD And Poor Health

For over three decades, I suffered from low self-esteem, feeling like I was not good enough, broken, and filled with fears, anxiety, depression, illness, guilt, and shame.

At sixteen, I remember looking around my high school cafeteria and asking, “Is this all there is? Surely, there is more to life than school, marriage, living in suffering, work and death! I knew there was something better.

At the age of 32, I began my healing journey. Over three decades, I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on education, classes, books, and sessions with acupuncturists, naturopaths, homeopaths, and medical doctors. I discovered what worked and what didn’t. I did group therapy and even a bought with a psychiatrist who wouldn’t talk about my family of origin if you can imagine!

I remember being in the doctor’s office in Cherokee County, Georgia, in tears when my doctor told me he didn’t know what caused the Fibromyalgia I had but that I would have it for the rest of my life. Today, doctors still say they don’t know what causes it. I do. It is self-hatred and self-loathing from trauma and the molestation and abuse we suffered as children. 

It took a while before I knew what my thoughts were doing to my health. My father was the first to make me aware of how different foods affect our bodies. A student of Edgar Cayce and all things Spiritual, he discovered through the process of elimination that iced tea made his joints ache. Cheese caused all manner of issues, including constipation and cramping of the colon and intestines.

Having a self-aware father helped me to notice what was affecting me. As my awareness increased, I began to see that when I got angry from a conversation with my mother and didn’t speak up about my feelings, I ended up with a sinus infection (anger) and, within days, pneumonia (emotional wounds that are not allowed to heal).

This trajectory of anger + repeating patterns + stuffing emotions – and not standing up for myself with people I was afraid of creating a deep recurring program of self-hatred, insecurity, and feeling unheard. 

Fast forward to now, where I have no Fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, or Epstein-Barr auto-immune disease. Now, there is science to back up what I discovered.

The National Institutes of Health cited a study performed on 120,572 participants over 5.2 years, finding that those who had PTSD had a 58% higher risk of an auto-immune disease.

“Increasing evidence suggests a link between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and physical health. Stress disorders may lead to impairment of the immune system and subsequent autoimmune disease. This study investigated the association between PTSD and risk of selected autoimmune diseases (i.e., rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel diseases, and multiple sclerosis) among US active duty service members.”

Harvard Medical School performed a study on 100,000 with auto-immune disorders and one year later with 126,00 of their siblings without a disorder. They found a link between the stress of trauma and auto-immune disorders. 

A 2018 study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at 106,000 people in Sweden diagnosed with stress-related disorders. Researchers discovered that PTSD was linked to the subsequent development of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease. This study was observational, so it only found a causal relationship between stress and autoimmune diseases. in other words, an association. 

Because the brain becomes altered from stress and is responsible for coordinating bodily systems, it can change how those systems function.

The Immune System

The immune system is particularly sensitive to stress. For example, when I was fifteen, my home life was so stressful that I got shingles. Yes, SHINGLES is an old person’s disease! Stress in your living environment contributes to issues with the immune system. Consequently, after tremendous weight loss, nervousness, anxiety, and deep guilt kept me in a constant state of fight, flight, or freeze, which is why I left home at sixteen and finished high school living in a basement apartment while working part-time. 

Furthermore, when we think about it from a gifting standpoint, we were all gifted a healthy body. Over time, our negative thinking and self-loathing (hatred directed toward the self) cause illness. Why? Think about it this way: the body hears every negative thought. Every thought about being not good enough, unloved, too fat, having flabby arms, or a backside that is too wide causes our cellular aliveness to be affected and diminished. Our cells begin to fight themselves, just as we are fighting ourselves. As within so without. We damage our cells with this type of thinking. 

To be vibrantly healthy, we must think loving thoughts about ourselves and others.

Changing our thoughts to be loving, kind, and nurturing keeps us healthy and vibrantly alive. Staying on track and doing the inner work is too challenging or time-consuming for most people. We might take one step forward and two backward. 

It took me over thirty-five years of daily inner work to get to a place of happiness, especially with me, but it doesn’t have to take you that long. I am here to walk with you, guide you, and teach you the fastest path using the tools I downloaded and created to get to a place of loving acceptance and vibrant health.

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