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09 Dec 2004

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Hi Doc…

Quick question… bout our bodies and our brains…

Have u ever seen or heard about a person suffer some physical loss or disability, had their bodies recover to a degree but their mental state was preventing them from a full recovery… ??

Do u reckon the link between the physical well being and whats going on in my head r that closely related…

Reason being …

Our brains have layers of nerves and the top most layer is that of sensation and underneath that layer is one of motor functionality and although I can feel more than anything sometimes to much in certain parts of my body… I can’t move them and it just doesn’t make sense… am I in denial or is there more to it? Tried alternative healin processes when medical couldn’t assist anymore but never had a belief that they would work… I gave up on myself Doc… do u think it may b why I am still in this state, just a possibility… I got caught up in everything as a means to get physically better but have not addressed the physical aspects of the problem which in turn are the actual problem… that’s mad to me… I feel mad today…

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Cheers
Dude
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hi Dude,
Nice to hear from you -- and Max, again.
There's no question whatsoever, both from a mass of research and from my own experience, that just as having a sick and aching body can affect one's state of mind, so having a sick and aching mind, can adversely affect the body. And so, of course, there potential for a vicious spiral in which each worsens the other --- but also, there's plenty of room to construct the opposite, a virtuous spiral, which can lift one out of both variety of problem.
So many examples. Bereaved people and those under other severe stress, have lowered immunity and more infections. People with many types of infections become more prone to deveoop Depression, and so on.
"Alternative" healing methods can be helpful, but do need a degree of belief in them, or at least a lack of active disbelief, in order to have a fair chance of working.
It seems, as they might say in Parliament, that the I's have it.
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