Friday, June 18, 2010
WHO SWITCHED OFF MY BRAIN?
I've just discovered Dr. Caroline Leaf! She lives in Dallas with her husband and 4 children and has been researching the human brain since 1981 with particular emphasis on it's vast untapped potential.
Here's the hot news: She has MEDICAL proof that our toxic thoughts affect our lives and health far more than anyone ever dreamed. The research shows that fear, all on its own, triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses and activates more than 30 different hormones. What we THINK about affects us physically and emotionally. IF we are living with toxic thoughts and emotions we develop cancer, diabetes, asthma, allergies....the list goes on and on. Chemicals are released into our bodies by our thoughts. If those thoughts are TOXIC our brain goes haywire and produces depression, phobias, panic attacks, fatigue, lethargy, exhaustion, insomnia, anxiety, foggy thinking, lack of creativity, headaches and poor memory. (I can't even begin to describe what happens to children by the stress we place on them!)
In other words, it is true that we can talk ourselves into or out of a hizzy fit and if we DON'T we are actually talking ourselves into being ILL.
Dr. Leaf's research is fascinating. Her book "Who Switched Off My Brain?" begins with several chapters of medical lingo that are extremely important but a little overwhelming. Then there is a chapter on healthy emotions and the three negative beliefs that affect our emotional life. They are: "I must do well", "You must treat me well" and "The world must be easy." There is a section on how negative stress affects children for life....egads! There is some very enlightening research about teen-agers. She ends with steps to de-tox our thought life. It's encouraging to know that it's never too late to re-vamp those brain creases. And of course she includes those important issues we already know: diet, exercise, fun, our spiritual life, forgiveness, and relaxation. We can't leave those out!
I'm sure all my Dr. friends already know these things, but I find this fascinating. It addresses that age old question of why DO we behave the way we do, and the harm we do to ourselves by letting thoughts run rampant!
How many times have I spouted, "We behave the way we behave because we believe what we believe."
Now, I have to add, "We are sick because of what we believe!" Oh, my....
Makes me think of the verse, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy THINK about such things." Philippians 4:8
Once again, the Bible is proven relevant. Dr. Leaf agrees with that, too. I like this smart woman.