Further Research and Reading

How ill are you really?

(1) When stress impacts your body, there is a period of grace before symptoms manifest physically. Mantak Chia, Living in the Tao, Destiny Books

(2) When your body reacts to stress and you get poorly, the symptoms will present themselves in either an acute, latent or chronic manner.  
From the teachings of Chinese Master, Dr Jeffrey C Yuen



Immunity

(1) Chronic stress is probably the primary cause of immune deficiency in the modern world.  
Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, Bloomsbury Publishing

(2) Scientists are increasingly learning about the power of the mind to fight off illness.
Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox, Healing Arts Press

(3) When we repress our rage and fear, our potent stress hormones quickly break down into toxic
bi-products that poison the system, suppress immunity and impede other vital functions. Under chronic stress, the body never has a chance to excrete these toxins thoroughly and restore proper balance. What often begins as stress leads to immune system disorders and presents as illness. Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox, Healing Arts Press

Dr Cass Igram in ‘Eat Right or Die Young’ states that the "role played by stress in the causation of cancer is so great that it would not be an exaggeration to say that 80% or more cancer cases have their immediate origin in some form of mental pressure or strain.’’
Dr Cass Igram, Eat Right or Die Young: When will your biological clock stop? Instant Improvement Press

(4) But there is growing scientific belief that treating a person's emotional state along with their physical problems makes a noticeable difference to the efficacy of treatment.
Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox, Healing Arts Press

(5) According to the tenets of Chinese medicine, the human immune system has three primary centres: the thymus (where immune cells are produced), the adrenals and the spine.
Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox, Healing Arts Press



Is exercise stressing you out?

(1) Too much stress has been linked time and again to weight gain. "Even if you usually eat well and exercise, chronic high stress can prevent you from losing weight—or even add pounds."
Pamela Peeke, MD, Body for Life for Women, Rodale Press

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201308/why-we-gain-weight-when-we-re-stressed-and-how-not

Dr Mark Hyman
http://drhyman.com/blog/2012/07/05/the-secret-ingredient-to-stubborn-weight-loss/

(2) Vitally, gentle slow exercise can help to release stuck emotions, preventing behaviour such as emotional eating to numb or suppress feelings. 90% of over-eating is attributed to emotional factors.
Stephen Chang, The Tao of Balanced Diet, Tao Publishing



And…sleep

(1) http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk

(2) This extra pump operates entirely by virtue of abdominal and thoracic pressure and takes a big workload off the heart.
Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox, Healing Arts Press

Have you got nutritional values?

(1) And while we're supposedly all on diets or eating ‘healthily’ our obesity, heart disease, eating disorders and diabetes rates are rocketing.
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/34/6/1249
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150402101410.htm

(2) As a result, undigested food can become stagnant in the digestive tract and lead ultimately to chronic ailments and weight gain.
Stephen Chang, The Tao of Balanced Diet, Tao Publishing

The Chinese often attribute overeating to imbalanced emotions - as we eat to try and make ourselves feel better.  
Mantak Chia, Cosmic Nutrition: The Taoist Approach to Health and Longevity, Destiny Books

(3) I’d advocate green tea to anyone. Aside from its energetic properties, it can help protect you from disease and kill bacteria.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269538.php

https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea/



Toxic overload

(1) And then there’s emotional stress, releasing acid-forming hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline that flood your system and imbalance you further.
Dr Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young, The PH Miracle, Piatkus Publishing

(2) Cancer, heart disease and diabetes are three of the biggest killers in our society - and are all directly related to food.
http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/publications/trs916/summary/en/

(3) Too much acidity going on inside you affects your body tissue - and if left to run riot it starts to disrupt cell function. When your body is acidic you are vulnerable to germs. Bacteria cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.
Dr Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young, The PH Miracle, Piatkus Publishing

(4) Not to mention that according to Chinese Medicine your body uses fat cells to keep acid away from your vital organs in an effort to protect them.

http://www.symbiosis4u.us/Redox/Science/Acid%20is%20Stored%20in%20our%20Fat%20Cells.pdf


The PH Miracle, Dr Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young, Piatkus Publishing

(5) It’s almost impossible to get an accurate figure on how many messages the average person processes daily - but a NY Times article from way back in 1988 is often quoted that suggests around 5000.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/15/business/media/15everywhere.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1

(6) The scientific field of PNI has proven a direct link between our brains, bodies and immune system Daniel Rei, The Tao of Detox, Healing Arts Press



Stress – the modern day killer

(1) According to the Mental Health Foundation, more than half of people in Britain feel stressed most days.
Mental Health Foundation Study, 2013

(2) Recent research suggests that around 95% of contemporary illness has its roots in stress.
Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist at Stanford Medical School

(3) Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) writes about the toxicity of negative emotions.

(4) “It’s not stress that kills us – it’s our reaction to it.”
Hans Selye, stress researcher, credited with discovering stress



Why rituals work

(1) The shallow, superficial breathing that many of us do all day leads to acidic pH balances in the body and exacerbates stress related symptoms.
Dr Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young, The PH Miracle, Piatkus Publishing

(2) When properly utilised to regulate breath, the diaphragm acts as a ‘second heart’ to circulate blood and distribute nutrients throughout the system.  This extra pump operates entirely by virtue of abdominal and thoracic pressure and takes a big workload off the heart.
Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox, Healing Arts Press



What’s all the fuss about Qi?

(1) The first law of thermodynamics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only changed in form.
See this online video for an explanation:
http://study.com/academy/lesson/first-law-of-thermodynamics-law-of-conservation-of-energy.html

(2) Given that we are assaulted on average by over 5,000 messages a day…
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/15/business/media/15everywhere.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1


Secret stress manager

(1)For example, headaches and/or shoulder pain are often a manifestation of the liver holding stress in the energetic channels of the body.

http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/archives2006/feb/02xu.html

(2) Qi stagnation is one of the root causes of almost all diseases that afflict our modern day selves.  Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott, Qi Stagnation – Signs of Stress, Frame of Mind Publishing

(3) "The role played by stress in the causation of cancer is so great that it would not be an exaggeration to say that 80% or more cancer cases have their immediate origin in some form of mental pressure or strain.  Grief, distress, fear, worry and anger are emotions which have horrible effects on the body's functions.”
Dr Cass Igram, Eat Right or Die Young: When will your biological clock stop? Instant Improvement Press

Everybody hurts sometimes

(1) "Helping people better manage their upsetting feelings – anger, anxiety, depression, pessimism and loneliness – is a form of disease prevention.... data shows that the toxicity of these emotions, when chronic, is on a par with smoking cigarettes’’
Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, Bloomsbury Publishing

(2) All these negative emotions create stress in the body - and we know that stress is directly responsible for many of our illnesses.
Mantak Chia, Healing Light of the Tao, Destiny Books

Quantum physics and Qi

(1) ‘Physics, that most precise of sciences, shows that there is a unity behind all existence, one that provides connections in new, amazing and previously undemonstrated ways. In that unity, matter in the body forms "one huge, coherent vibration," and existence continually remakes itself, its electrons forming and reforming in dancing clouds.’
Quantum physicist Dr. Hans-Peter Düer, April 2015.

What is Chinese Medicine?

(1) Individuals in the Western world today have pyscho-spiritual issues and chronic degenerative disease that have outstripped the acute ailments of the past – partly because we are living so much longer.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/5920871/how-we-died-200-years-ago-compared-to-how-we-die-today

(2) For proof you need only look at the huge increase in antidepressant prescriptions and the ever increasing rates of cancer amongst Westerners.
http://www.who.int/features/qa/15/en/

What could Eastern medicine do for me?  

(1) There’s a very clear but gradual shift towards this alignment, as seen in the field of Psychoneuroimmunology. Scientists studying in this field are proving a direct influence between mind and body, something the Chinese have believed for thousands of years.  
Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox, Healing Arts Press

Healthy blood, healthy body

(1) Cortisol causes reduced blood flow in many parts of the body.
http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/the-ups-and-downs-of-cortisol-what-you-need-to-know

(2) When a muscle doesn’t get enough nourishment from blood then lactic acid can build up, causing pain and inflammation. Over time the muscle will become wasted and scarred. If this process continues then the body will begin to draw calcium from the bones to neutralise the acid.
http://www.psychologicalharassment.com/macromineral-and-acid-base-disorders.htm

You’re breathing… but only just

(1) Microforms (such as bacteria and fungi) cause acidity in the body - and they love anaerobic environments (those without oxygen). If you oxygenate yourself sufficiently, it becomes harder for acidity to thrive.
Dr Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young, The PH Miracle, Piatkus Publishing

(2) Deep abdominal breathing can neutralise the pH balance and promotes a relaxed state, whereas shallow and superficial breathing can lead to an acidic pH balance and stress in the body.  
Dr Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young, The PH Miracle, Piatkus Publishing

(3) Deep abdominal breathing should lead to a more alkaline pH and relaxed state. Done slowly and mindfully, deep breathing will also affect the nervous system to relieve stress and anxiety. It works by triggering the release of neurohormones, which inhibit stress-producing hormones and result in a relaxation response in the body.
Dr Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young, The PH Miracle, Piatkus Publishing

Gua Sha and Weight Loss

Stress hormones are directly linked to weight gain. Gua sha and breathing both switch off stress hormones.

Effects of GUASHA on Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Male Volunteers under Normal Condition and Weightlifters after Weightlifting Training Sessions

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4433678/

GUASHA therapy could facilitate the parasympathetic nervous activity and modulate the balance between parasympathetic and sympathetic activities

Breathing Study

Assessment of the Effects of Pranayama/Alternate Nostril Breathing on the Parasympathetic Nervous System in Young Adults.

Anant Narayan Sinha - Published 2013 in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3681046/

More useful links

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2017/01January/Pages/Anxiety-and-depression-linked-to-increased-cancer-death-risk.aspx
http://tucson.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/heart-disease-linked-to-anxiety-negative-feelings/article_5db0a208-a1f0-5910-99aa-eaa43b2babca.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/new-front-opens-in-war-on-superbugs-experts-warn
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wellbeing/health-advice/doctors-diary-modifying-the-itchscratch-cycle/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/04/07/the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-reduce-your-anxiety-thank-you-very-much/
http://www.nowtolove.com.au/latest-news/health/5-ways-to-bust-stress-in-60-seconds-26404
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/11/lsd-impact-brain-revealed-groundbreaking-images
https://www.wsj.com/articles/clinical-trials-need-more-subjects-1460407076
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/a-ceo-has-come-up-with-a-brilliant-way-to-help-his-workers-sleep-better-a6981571.html
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