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Mind Over Matter:
How Creating Healthy Emotional Thought Patterns Positively Affects Overall Health
By Elizabeth Pilicy BA, BS, DC
Dallas, Texas – April 4, 2014 – “What’s on your mind?” This is the quintessential question to answer in the consideration of whole-body health. So, how exactly do our thoughts and the mind-body connection influence health? Since the start of modern medicine, the study of interactions between psychological processes and the human systems have been a consistent theme of interest.
Currently, one of the most exciting topics in the healing arts is psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI). The main focus of this study is the interactions between the human nervous and immune systems, and their relationship to mental thought processes. Leading experts who once believed emotions were merely “in the head” or psychological, now recognize that thoughts and emotions are reflected and expressed through the body. In fact, the brain orchestrates the release of various bio-chemicals, such as hormones and neuro-peptides, to intentionally influence the body’s ability to react appropriately to a given situation.
An avant-guard therapy called Neuro-Emotional Technique – referred to as N.E.T. – finds and corrects nerve interference to allow for healthy function of the nervous system. Our nervous system is the control center for all of our bodily functions. Only when the entire nervous system is working in concert can we achieve a truly healthy state of being. Some of the most effective – and more importantly, long lasting – treatments for sustained nervous system health address and correct neurological thought patterns.
The mind-body connection
The mind and the body are intimately connected. For example, take a look at what goes on internally when stress is introduced into our lives. The ‘fight-or-flight’ response to a perceived stressor is the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). The brain sends messages to prepare our body for defense: either to fight or to escape. The SNS stimulates the release of hormones such as adrenaline (also known as nor-epinephrine) to increase our heart-rate, dilate the pupils of our eyes, and increase blood circulation to our arms and legs – all examples of how our brain instructs our body to perform.
This natural bodily response is designed as a way of surviving in the event of danger or a perceived threat. Some people may experience this type of (sympathetic nervous system) reaction when they see the blue lights of a police car flashing, while others may have no reaction at all.
So, why are some people affected while others are not?
A person’s individual reaction to an event is primarily influenced by previous experiences in life. A memory of a particular event (or experience) is stored within the brain in association with an emotion. The portion of the brain known as the limbic system is the main storage center for long-term memory. It determines which experiences are worthy of remembering, and then attaches an emotion to each memory.
When a memory is recalled with its associated emotion, it stimulates the chemistry of the brain to change with the release of neuro-peptides. Depending on the type of neuro-peptide being released, the body will react according to the brain’s instruction. Based on what we remember from a previous experience, we are essentially taught to respond in a particular way to certain stimulus. As with learning a new skill, the more we perform it, the easier it becomes. We develop learned patterns of behavior and conditioned responses. Sometimes our response is not exactly appropriate (nor healthy) for the present-time circumstance, but instead is relying upon what the brain remembers.
What are Neuro-peptides, and what do they do?
Peptides are compounds consisting of two or more amino acids chained together. Because they are released by nerve cells, the particular peptides released by the brain are referred to as neuro-peptides. They act as a messenger system to control our mood, energy level, body-weight, regulation of pain or pleasure reception, as well as our ability to solve problems and make decisions. In addition, they help form memories and regulate the function of our immune system. Like many other substances within our body, peptides and neuro-peptides can work both for and against us.
A dog is presented to two people: one person maintains a happy childhood memory of playing fetch with a dog, the other holds a memory from one point in time of being attacked and bitten by a dog. In this case, the first person would be prone to pet or play with the dog, having no reservation; while the second would be more likely to avoid the dog or even become scared, taking caution. In both instances, the person’s reaction is based upon their memory. The brain will then stimulate the release of specific neuro-peptides to prepare the body to deal with the situation.
Neuropeptides are either anti-inflammatory (working for us) or inflammatory (working against us). When inflammatory neuro-peptides are released they creates a patho-physiological state within the body that suppresses the function of the immune system. This is how nerve interferences originate.
What is Neuro-Emotional Technique (N.E.T.)?
N.E.T., founded by Dr. Scott Walker in the early 1980’s, is a non-invasive and gentle procedure to find and correct areas within the body where life energy (or chi) have become slowed or blocked. Accordingly, the four possible causes of the stagnation of energy within the body include: structural blockages, nutritional imbalances or deficiencies, toxicity (internal or external), and aberrant emotional fixations. As per Traditional Chinese medicine, the flow of chi travels through the meridians within the body, and can be accessed through meridian points or ashi points. These same meridian points, as well as some other points along the wrist, face and mid-section of the body (thorax), are used with N.E.T. practices.
With N.E.T., the correction of the energy blockages is performed with a chiropractic-type of adjustment to the spinal column, low-force and high-velocity in nature. An N.E.T. treatment procedure takes approximately three to five minutes to complete, and its effects are changing people’s lives.
Use of N.E.T.
More than 6,000 practitioners in the 50 United States and over 32 countries around the globe have been professionally trained to use Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET). Many report a vast array of healing benefits for patients as a result of incorporating the technique into patient care. N.E.T. compliments and dovetails nicely with other healing modalities to facilitate whole-body healing. Chiropractors, psychologists, as well as other certified and licensed physicians use the technique for a variety of presenting patient conditions, and with great results.
Melissa Carrick, D.C., remembers one patient well. A 55-year old former engineer was experiencing insomnia; and for as long as she could remember, had not slept for more than a few hours in the night. For many years she tried a variety of treatments to correct her inability to sleep and to restore her hypo-thyroid condition. Every night she went to bed tired, and every night woke-up several times unable to experience full rest. During the days, fatigued and with clouded thinking, she noticed difficulty with making decisions – a task that had previously been an attribute to her professional success.
In January of 2010, she visited Carrick Health & ChiropracticTM in Baltimore, Maryland seeking yet another doctors recommendations to relieve her plaguing condition. This time she had different results. “She came into the office complaining that she could not sleep through the night,” reports Dr. Carrick. “I treated her using N.E.T. protocols to address her concerns, and after her treatment I recommended that she check-in with me the following week.”
The night after her first N.E.T. treatment, Dr. Carrick’s patient rested through a full eight-hours of uninterrupted sleep, and the next day felt rejuvenated and clear minded. After one week of sleeping through the night, she returned to Dr. Carrick’s office. Speaking of the clouded thinking she no longer experienced, she happily said, “It’s gone, where is it?”
From Dallas, Texas, Bob Wilborn, D.C. reports that some of his patients have experienced full benefits with just one treatment, but more commonly a succession of a few treatments over a period of time prove to resolve a patients’ condition. “The amount of treatment required is different for every person and depends on both the severity of a condition and a patients’ willingness to address all the roots of a condition they might believe they have already healed from.”
Dr. Wilborn has been using N.E.T. in combination with other chiropractic modalities since 1994, and almost exclusively for the past four years. “Stress affects everyone, every day. N.E.T. practices remove the physiological component associated with stress and reduce a persons response to it.” Dr. Wilborn goes on to say that during treatments “some patients cry, blush or sweat. Sometimes their body may begin quivering or shaking. Everyone is different, but this is an indication that their physiology is being affected.” Dr. Wilborn’s patients admit that the technique is changing their lives. “Patients leave saying they feel the difference. They feel better, lighter – as if a weight has been lifted off of them.”
Research supports the effectiveness of N.E.T.
To evaluate how thought patterns and emotions influence bio-physiology and play a role in our overall health, the O.N.E. Research Foundation in Encinitas, California conducts Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs). One pilot study examined the efficacy of N.E.T. for spider phobias. The results were statistically analyzed using a Mann-Whitney U Test and revealed that N.E.T. was “successful in reducing subjective anxiety, phobic symptomatology and its related avoidance behavior” in the treatment group as compared to the control group. (Jensen, A. 2007. The efficacy of NET for spider phobia: A pilot study. University of Oxford, Oxford. Presented at: Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia 7th Biennial conference Aug. 2007, Melbourne Australia.)
The research conducted is impressive in the breadth and scope of the conditions that are responding to N.E.T. Another study evaluated the use of N.E.T. with children between 5-12 years old with a clinical diagnosis of ADHD by independent practitioners. After one month of intervention using N.E.T., the analysis of the data revealed a reduction in the various signs and symptoms associated with ADHD. (N.E.T. Intervention for children with ADHD: A seven patient case series. Karpouzis F, Pollard H, Bonello R.)
The ONE Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization that funds scientific research, and is at the cutting edge of Mind-Body medicine. To learn more about Neuro-Emotional Technique or to locate a certified practitioner, please visit www.netmindbody.com.
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