Healing with the Mind-Body Connection
The Psychosocial Aspects of Health
The majority of young adults in the United States, at 20 years old, enjoy nearly perfect health; this would be true for men and women. As life is experienced, young adults begin to accept responsibility for life with responsibilities and activities. For the veteran, a decision to join the Armed Forces with promises to the will of orders and pledging allegiance to the US Constitution. Many veterans lost wellbeing, health, fitness, and became immune compromised. Outlook, on life, can make illness better or worse.
Well-meaning health professionals realize the mind is a function of the brain, which affects the structure of the body and including the brain. The type of thoughts one thinks does matter. Positive thoughts will help heal and maintain health, whereas negative thoughts harm tissue and worsen health. Psychology literature from 70 years ago, include observational reports regarding attitudes on health. Dr. Daniel Amen, Psychiatrist, uses brain scanning with continuing research on automatic negative thoughts (ANTs). He reports on the power of ANTs to cause illnesses in his book Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. He and other researchers show tangible evidence of thoughts affecting the body.
An unexpected positive analysis was through a work hardening study with an upper body exercise. The people were split into teams with one group given exercises and a coach, one group given exercises and no coach, and the control group were told about the exercises but not required to complete. The in depth study included before and after muscle biopsies and MRI scans of injured arm muscles. The goal was for change in physical abilities and return to work. The surprise was the instructed group had the lowest self-esteem participants who showed the greatest improvement. The coached group became strong believers of the program with the most progress. The MRI showed increases in muscle densities and biopsies having healthier muscle tissues. The researchers commented the strong believers were not working harder as each team had the same amount of time with similar efforts. The positive thoughts and exercises increased the healthier muscle tissues. How this exactly happens is still not known (to the best of my knowledge).
The main point: how the veteran thinks matters. Humans are not machines as there are mind/body interactions. So, an illness can be made worse by negative thoughts or better by positive thoughts.
The human being is more than a biological machine. Whether an individual is religious or an atheist, the individual human is spiritual in the broadest sense. All humans no matter what culture ask common questions. For example: Humanity wants to know from where did the human species originate? What is the purpose in living life? Is there a life after this life? What is justice? What does fair mean? What is the make up of a proper society?
These questions begin early in the individual’s life and the answers are the subject of philosophy/religion. It is because humanity has the capacity to think and ponder that individuals have the ability to make choices (freewill). This is called the human condition.
For the veteran, war causes pain and sorrow while learning to adapt and ease pain. Humans do not come into this world knowing about the universe or knowing instinct (hardwired programs). Research on infants over the past 70 years, indicates the majority of human instinct is desire and mechanisms to learn. Over the past 11,000 years, cultures agree a single human does not have all knowledge. Consequently, the lack of knowledge is often the root of mistakes. However, certain situations are caused by injustices. There are people who choose retribution without consequence. Behavior is as old as humanity as well as recorded history. Psychologically it is far easier to make peace if pain was caused by a mistake. Nonetheless, managing injustices can be problematic creating a disharmony in the body. Internal body stressors accumulate if the mind, body, and spirit lack harmony and balance, which weaken the immune system, and create a condition whereby microorganisms, can thrive causing illnesses.
The religious veteran often handles psychological traumas and injustices through prayer and forgiveness. The rational atheist often chooses meditation and introspection to diffuse traumas and injustices. Examining physiologically and psychological methods are similar and eventually achieve harmony and balance. Upon discharge, it would be wise for the Armed Forces to hold courses on this topic prior to discharge. As of this writing, I am unaware of any such courses.
Common to prayer and meditation is the change in breathing patterns. Though prayer and or meditation, alone, does change the body’s physiology for the better. The breathing changes the blood flow, which allows for clearer thoughts. Prayer is a form of introspection thereby examining events, thoughts, and feelings. Introspection or “self talk” combines the physiological changes found in prayer/meditation; self-talk is a deeper and clearer examination to the subconscious (a good reason why prayer is effective).
What is the difference between the rational atheist and the religious veteran’s prayer or meditation? The rational atheist does not think s/he is speaking to anyone but the self, whereas the religious person states s/he is speaking to God.
The rational atheist examines the feelings, which leads to the values behind the feelings. Next, the value(s) change and the emotional intensity shall decrease. The veteran (or any human) must acknowledge a past event cannot have a different outcome and have no logical importance. The change in value allows the rational atheist to let go. The religious person will lay unsolved traumas and injustices with God, which allows the religious veteran to let go. I have worked with veterans who have achieved harmony using physiological and psychological methodologies. The rational atheist and religious veteran can achieve the internal harmony. Through forgiveness, a function of the mind, body, and spirit the veteran can achieve balance, restore harmony and have a positive outlook on life.
Amen, Daniel. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. 1998. Random House.
Phys Ther. 1997 Aug; 77(8):802-9; discussion 810-1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9256868/
By law, I must tell you the article is information only and does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship or a prescription for managing health.
**Barbara J. Houk, MD, Psychiatrist (board eligible), Fellow American Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Houk has retired from clinical practice of Psychiatry. Her chief residency was in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (today known as Psychosomatic Illness Psychiatry) and retains the medical approach to the whole body through integrated medicine.
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As of May 1st, the Chapter has an office to better meet the needs of the growing Chapter.
Did you know we are a 501(C)3 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 952? Yes, indeed (for many years). All cash donations are accepted by mail, in person, and through the website. We are in need of items to set up the office – donations are greatly appreciated. Vehicles, good furniture, and anything of value is also accepted.
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Chapter is involved with two Memorial Day Ceremonies concurrently at the National Cemetery and Rivermonte Memorial Gardens. Join us! If you live outside the Springfield, MO area Bloomfield, Fort Leonard Wood, Higginsville, and Jacksonville will hold State Veteran Memorial Day Ceremonies. http://vfwmo.org/mo-vfw-news/mo-veterans-commission- announces-memorial-day-ceremonies-at-state-veterans-cemeteries/
The National Cemetery
When: Monday, May 29, 11:00 a.m.
Where: 1702 East Seminole Street, Springfield
The Chapter will present 2-flags. Arrive at 10:00 a.m.
Rivermonte Memorial Gardens Memorial Day Patriotic Remembrance
When: Monday, May 29, 12-1 p.m.
Where: 4500 S. Lone Pine Rd., Springfield—- Outside
What: Honoring the military, both living and deceased.
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Reflections on The Joplin Tornado
On May 22, 2011 an EF-5 tornado struck the city of Joplin in the Ozark Mountains of southwestern Missouri. The tornado injured over 1,000 people and killed 161 people. Estimates for insured property damage vary from $1.9 billion to $3 billion for the city of about 50,000 people. The storm destroyed a hospital, high school, churches, homes, and other infrastructures. Communication was difficult because the tornado knocked down 17 cell phone towers. The infrastructure city damage made disaster response challenging. St. John’s Regional Medical Center set up triage in the parking lot only to have to move the triage when the hospital caught on fire.
More than 2,000 homes and businesses were destroyed and 20,000 homes lost power. The city had 25 emergency sirens; many ignored the sirens and did take shelter until it was too late. One of Joplin’s nursing homes was hit by the tornado and the bodies were deposited on the main commercial street. The tornado became the seventh deadliest in U.S. history and the deadliest in more than 60 years. As a result of the tornado, meteorological and emergency management organizations reevaluated administering tornado
dramatically improved during the past 20 years.
tornado warnings to encourage people to take shelter when warnings are issued.
Tornado picture from the CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/joplin-tornado/4/
warnings. The science of tornado detection has The National Weather Service changed the wording of
Doppler radar has evolved to detect debris in the air while the older radar technology might give false warnings. Even though the warnings could be a waste of time, it is best to take the warnings seriously. The dead from Joplin’s tornado would agree.
** Ed Faught retired at 24 years combined service in the US Army and National Guard. Ed has a B.A. in Computer and Information Systems and working on an Instructional Technology Masters program and a Masters in Emergency Management.
CBS News. Copyright © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved May 15, 2017, from http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/joplin-tornado/4/
Cohen, N. (2011, May 22). Tornado Hits Missouri City, Killing Many. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/us/23tornado.html
Murphy, K. (2011, May 23). Tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri, 116 dead. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-tornadoes-idUSTRE74M08L20110523
Freedman, A. (2012, May 22). The Joplin Tornado, One Year Later: Where Does it Rank? Retrieved April 06, 2017, from http://www.climatecentral.org/news/the-joplin-tornado-one-year-later-where-does-it-rank
Life After Death
I took an unusual tree picture several years ago where the entire tree but it was dead except for three small limbs. The thought that came to mind was “only God can bring life after death.” God said, “Study the tree Tom. Study the tree and learn.”
As I observed the trees, I thought about the tree’s root system. I have read there is as much of the tree underground as there is above ground. I thought of the incredible root structure and source providing nutrients, growth, development, and stability. Every tree has a trunk that develops to support the tremendous weight of the tree including the vast outreach of the limbs. The trunk has to support the weight and, at the same time, has to be flexible for when the winds of storm come against it. It always amazes me to see how trees bend and sway in the wind.
I remember climbing in a tree in the front yard of my childhood home. I would climb up as far as I could until the limbs could not support me without dramatically bending. I remember hanging on as the wind blew swinging me back and forth while on the ground it seemed as if there was no wind. The tree top experiences seem like a different world with a different perspective on life.
As I continued studying the trees, I noticed hundreds of limbs jutting in every direction. I reflected on my life with every limb representing a relationship, opportunity, job, path, ministry, idea, or attempt at something. Some of the limbs were broken off; some dead; some large; some small; some looked half alive as were the avenues of my life leaving a trail of broken relationships; half finished projects; failed opportunities on the one hand and on the other business successes; good relationships and accomplished goals.
The tree and I were firmly grounded in the source and showing its age with scars. No doubt, if I could climb to the top I would see new growth stretching toward the heavens with mixed seasoned and stout limbs from battling the storms. The tree still supported life helping birds, squirrels and other life forms providing a place and adding to the biodiversity’s of the animal world. The tree continued providing oxygen and beauty to the place where it was placed in creation offering shade and music. Ah! Yes, music. I love to sit on the swing in my back yard and listen to the wind blowing through the trees that relaxes the mind and body.
Two things I did not realize in my studies:
I did not see the tree fearful of how tall it was growing nor did I see it looking down at the broken limbs. I only saw it stretch skyward as if giving praise and thanks to its Creator.
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Managing My Time
One of the problems I have always had is managing my time and choosing what is most important. I’ve read books and tried several different methods. Although I may have had some success, I did not persist. I always seemed to get off track and get involved in less important things. Being a workaholic, I felt a constant urgency to get everything done right now. This robbed me of my peace of mind and prevented me from relaxing.
I had a major heart attack in April, ’04, and I am now disabled. I was partially retired before the attack. I was working part-time for a mail contractor. Suddenly I found myself with more time available then I’ve had since I was a kid. You’d think that having all of this time would be wonderful and it is, but adjusting to it without knowing exactly what I am able to do physically has been a challenge.
One Sunday afternoon I had a session with the Lord about this. I was really frustrated and I finally asked Him for help after attempting to go it alone for all these years. What’s wrong with this picture? It seems I didn’t go to Him with my problems in the beginning of most endeavors. I always gave it my best shot first. Only when difficulties arose would I ask for His help. He told me to write down all the things I was concerned about doing.
The list looked like this:
· Internet business – eBay, garage sale, drop ship company search, computer work · The Genesis Project web site
· Book studies
He then told me to put them in priority order. I noticed right away I left two things out, God and Barbara my soul mate. We both laughed about that. He then told me to separate what was work from the rest. (I have had an Internet business since 1998 which I consider work). The business turned out to be the smallest thing on the list. So He said, “Looks like work should take the shortest part of your day.” I agreed.
After I added the two omissions, He told me to put them in priority order again. This is where I had a major problem. It was very difficult because I considered them all important. This is when something truly amazing happened! He told me I was dealing with the activities rather than the main issues. The three main issues are God, Barbara and me. He said I need to change how I look at things. He then told me to write down all the activities that are involved in these three areas. It looks something like this:
· God – time, devotion, The Genesis Project website, book studies, writing. · My wife – time, relaxation, recreation, family, chores.
· Me exercise, relaxation, recreation, family, Grampa Tom’s business.
Then He dropped the bomb! He said, ”You’re trying to put me in a compartment when I am involved in everything you do“. I had never realized this, at least not in this area of my life. So, I took Him out of the box and put everything else in it.
I am consciously aware He is involved in every breath I take, every thought, every attitude, every action. I’m not sure I can explain this but I will do my best. If you are ready to receive it, He will see that you do.
All my life, at least as long as I can remember, I have been a performer. As Brennan Manning says in his book The Ragamuffin Gospel, I have seen God as a bookkeeper keeping track of my activities.
Although I have been teaching for years that God is involved in every part of my life, I was putting Him in a category like everything else. God lives outside boxes. The Holy Spirit lives in me and is a part of everything I do. There is no such thing as time to God. He lives outside of it. A day is as a thousand years to Him.
So I began to understand that I’m the one who is hung up on spending time with God. He is with me all the time. The specific time with God is for me, not for Him. The writing I do in my sessions with God is for me, not for Him. The Truth of the Bible is for me, not for Him. I remember trying to read the Bible through in a year because my pastor recommended it.
Now, I believe God wants me to read His word slowly … pondering … reasoning … applying … letting it change my life. I remember the Word says to do everything as unto the Lord. Love my neighbor as myself. Help people. This is how I praise God. This is how I bring Him glory. It was an intense session and the results were amazing.
Then He told me I’m beginning to understand. That we will keep working on it. That we will go deeper with it. I can’t wait!
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Tom Blubaugh 417-812-6110
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