YUP, based on research by Bruce Lipton, PhD your environment plays a 98% role in your health outcomes. His theories state that genetics has little to do with the overall state of your health, but neurochemistry rules how well you feel and how well your thrive. The hidden secret is in the subconscious mind - i.e. swapping our negative thought patterns for good ones creates new and boundless internal brain chemistry that makes healing and health possible.
In his landmark experiment Dr. Lipton showed that identical stems cells behaved differently based on their petri-dish's chemical environment; some would become muscle tissue, others bone dense tissue, yet they all had the same preliminary genetic make up.
Expanding this idea to the human body and its 50 trillion cells since the brain is the hard drive computing mechanism it makes everything we do on a daily basis, possible. Within our brain we have many anatomical (seeable things), we also have things we don't see, such as the traits, personality, moods, likes vs. dislikes and the subconscious mind. Dr. Lipton states that with continuous (unconscious) positive thought, yields a favourable chemical environment leading to healing, prosperity and overall a better sense of wellness. The exact opposite is true when burdened with negative thoughts, neuro-based biochemicals flood the system with messages of disease and unease shutting down proper immune functioning. Therefore, since most of our thoughts are unconscious and deeply rooted in our early childhood experience, we are constantly depending on our brain to think "good" or think "bad", all by itself.
Here is an exert from Carolanne Wright's article:
"Up until age 6, every person is like a sponge, absorbing information, traits, behavioral responses as well as conditioning from family and society. According to Lipton, from birth until 6, there is very little conscious thought. We are simply soaking up everything around us which in turn shapes the way we think. Unfortunately, most of us take in beliefs based on negative thinking, a sense of lack and competition. As adults, these negative programs not only manifest as ill health, but also financial hardship, mental unease and other life challenges."
BUT... There is HOPE! We can slowly reprogram these very fundamental parts of who we are and how we think about our environment within the subconscious. Tuning into the pre-programmed habits is a popular subject in today's health and wellness society called... you guessed it... MINDFULNESS. Once we can identify patterns in our thoughts by being/sitting still, seeing what comes up and allowing those thoughts to have less meaning, it's possible to change the chemical cascades from a "bad" association to a "good" association.
This is no one "quick" fix solution and a life of mindfulness takes time and dedication to fulfill, but it is accessible to everyone. Perhaps opening yourself up to some books on meditative practices, yoga or even just finding 10 minutes a day to sit, be still and breathe fully and deeply can help "undo" some negative patterning and create new and vibrant paths in your subconscious.
Based on Carolanne Wright's article:
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