How Negative Thinking Can Actually Kill You.November 28th, 2012 | 17 Comments
by Sean Croxton
“All thoughts are forces of attraction.” – Paul Chek
Attitude is everything.
Well, maybe not everything. But it’s a pretty big deal.
Have you ever known someone who can’t open up his or her mouth without spewing out some kind of negativity?
You know, the one who’s had three fender benders in the past two months, who just can’t catch a break, who takes everything the wrong way.
We all know this person.
Maybe YOU are this person.
Not only are these folks suffering from a horrendous case of stinkin’ thinkin’, but their defeatist mind muck may be killing them. Literally.
No, I’m not about to get all “woo-woo” on you and suggest that you commit to a life of unmitigated optimism. Hey, life happens.
Instead, what I would like you to consider is how your limiting beliefs, chronic stress, and cynical perceptions may be impeding your body’s ability to heal.
I can speak from experience on this on. When I was a health coach, I generally had a good idea of which clients would heal and which would not.
What criteria did I use to make this assumption? Well, if I felt like I needed to take a shower right after a coaching call due to an hourlong onslaught of my client’s negativity bombs, I had a pretty good idea of how things would turn out.
On the other hand, there were those clients who brought a positive attitude from day one or who were committed to reducing their stress and to the practice of recognizing and replacing their automatic negative thoughts (ANTs). These clients were a joy to work with. And they usually (but not always) healed and regained their health.
I don’t think this was a coincidence. In fact, research is showing that it is a matter of physiology.
Is it really as simple as changing our thoughts?
Well, yes and no.
Of course we have to follow all of the other foundation principles — eat real food, get to bed on time, exercise just enough, and so on. However, if you’re the consummate JERFer who exercises daily and hits the sack at 10 pm nightly BUT your mind is a mess, you may be not be as healthy as you think you are.
Think of it this way, when negative thoughts and limiting beliefs are swirling through your dome around the clock, your brain is producing stress hormones and chemicals — cortisol, for example — that literally damage cells, generate inflammation, and compromise the immune system.
Conversely, positive thoughts and perceptions cause the brain to produce pleasure hormones and chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, growth hormone, and oxytocin — the ones that heal.
The brain is the chemist, regulating the health of the cells and thus the body. And only YOU can control the chemicals your brain makes — by the way you think and how you perceive and interpret the world.
But what about diet?
Diet is huge, of course. But I can’t help but think of what I was going through last year when I decided to hell with all of this confusing and conflicting food information — Just Eat Real Food (JERF)!
Searching for this perfect diet (one that does not exist, in my opinion) was stressing me out. Although I was doing my best to only put the highest quality foods down my pie hole, my noodle upstairs was probably cranking out its fair share of inflammatory chemicals, counteracting all the good I was trying to do!
If you’re stressing out over following your anti-inflammatory diet to a T, keep in mind that the stress is creating inflammation.
You eat maybe 3-5 times a day. But smart guys at UCLA say we have 70,000 thoughts a day. How they figured that out, I don’t know.
So what’s more important, your thoughts or your diet? I’d say it’s at least a tie. At least.
Yet which one do we tend to neglect the most?
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, friends.
Last night, David Scharps, maker of the film The Cure Is…, stopped by UW Radio to discuss what he learned about the mind-body connection when he set out to interview the world’s leading experts — Dr. Bruce Lipton, Paul Chek, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and more — for his film.
You can listen to OUR SHOW below.
David was cool enough to give you a FREE limited-time online screening of The Cure Is. Click HERE to claim your rental.
Seriously, it’s a must-see flick that I hope you can share with your friends and family. You just might change someone’s life. Maybe yours.
“Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato
Enjoy the show and the movie.
Show Note: During the show, David mentioned offering you his ebook for FREE. To claim your ebook, send an email to [communications at thecureismovie dot com] with “free ebook” as the subject line.
Author, The Dark Side of Fat Loss