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Andrea Townsend March Newsletter

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on March 3, 2014

“It's all in your head”

One of the most infuriatingly demeaning things someone can say to a person suffering but it just may be true! Most of us have heard of psychosomatic symptoms. You know, if you think you're sick long enough then you're actually going to get sick. Well come to find out there is a whole study that takes this simple and seemingly quacky idea to a complex yet reassuring level.

It's new to me but this study has been around for over 30 years. Here's what Webster's has to say about it: psy·cho·neu·ro·im·mu·nol·o·gy
ˌsī-kō-ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-ˌim-yə-ˈnä-lə-jē
noun
:a branch of medicine that deals with the influence of emotional states (as stress) and nervous system activities on immune function especially in relation to the onset and progression of disease.

The mind, body and spirit connection is real. This study is to help us understand it better and truly validate it. Yet another reason to control our stress levels…. I heard a good massage can really help.

Here are a few great websites and articles all about this relatively “new” medical field.


http://www.apa.org/monitor/dec01/anewtake.aspx

https://www.pnirs.org

Wishing you good health,
Andrea Townsend, LMBT

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