In the late 60s some researchers splitted the same stem cells coming from one parent, so genetically identical, in different Petri dishes (small round dishes used in scientific test for growing bacteria) with different culture medium, that is the environment containing nutrients in which the cell live and can be grown. What happened is that the cells formed bone, muscle or fat according to the specific environment they were soaked in. So the research proved us that the fate of the cells, bone, fat, muscle wasn’t based on genetics, because they all had the same genes, but it was based on the environment.
Our body is made by 50 trillion cells that are living entity. Human being is a skin covered Petri dish as doctor Bruce Lipton said and for the cells it doesn’t make any different if the Petri dish is a plastic dish or a skin dish, the fate of the cell, as the research proved us, is not controlled by the genes but it is controlled by the culture medium that in our body is our blood. It is our brain that determines what is the composition of our blood and that decision is based on the perception of our mind. So if my perception is love around me, the brain releases chemistry related to love, which is dopamine, the “I-accomplish something” hormone that plays a role in how we feel pleasure, oxytocin known as the “cuddle hormone” or the “love hormone,” because it is released when people snuggle up or bond to the other, vasopressin, which create the desire to bond with your partner. And all those hormones are the causes of your health. So when the mind perceives positiveness, the chemistry released from your brain has the same qualities of its activation, it is chemistry that enhance your health and vitality.
Unfortunately all that is true for the opposite side, the negative side. So if your perception is fear and stress around you, if your mind perceive threat, you release stress hormones and inflammatory agents in your blood that effect your immune system. Those stress hormones are adrenaline – that increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies – cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. Those hormones are so effective at shutting down the immune system that doctor use stress hormones therapeutically to transplant a foreign organ to a recipient. The recipient is given stress hormones before transplanting the organ because it shuts down the immune system and allows the organ to take hold before the immune system activates. Nowadays the average person is living in a sympathetic nervous system dominance, that means is living in stress mode 24/7, inhibiting the immune system everyday, while the normal dominance should be regulated by the parasympathetic nervous system, the rest and digest system.
The body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. As adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and your body systems resume its regular activities. But when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on and this long-term activation of the stress-response system badly effect your body’s functioning, putting you at increased risk of anxiety, depression, digestive problems because the stress mode diverts your blood flow to the periphery, to the arm and legs for you to run of fight, heart disease because the heart pumps continuously to give your muscle oxygen to run or fight, sleep problems for the amount of adrenaline released, weight gain because the sympathetic nervous system put you in a famine mode because of your perception of crises, fear, it slow down your metabolism.
The cause that leads people to release stress hormones today, it is not the sober-tooth tiger chasing us, but it is our perception of pressure and urgency. Most of the time it is just a perception, we choose to see our day with pressure and urgency, we choose to make our email inbox, social media, job, daily errands full of stress and pressure and urgency. We choose to put ourself, since the very early morning, into that sympathetic nervous system dominance that elevate our blood pressure, diverts our blood supply away from our digestive system to the periphery, to the arms and the legs to prepare us to get ready to run, to fight. All that weaken our immune system and make our life miserable, as if our goal is just accomplish our little daily task, forgetting about our higher goal, that is to grow and to give.
When you are living in a stress mode, the unknown become an uncomfortable and scary place, so you cling to your fear, to your pain and sadness instead of roll the dice for some good opportunity you can’t see, because stress time, survival time is not the right time to create, to imagine, to learn, to open your heart, to go within. It is instead time to run, to fight, to run, to freeze. And when that primitive nervous system is activated, all your attention is on your outer world, where the perceived danger is a person, your boss, your coworker, a thing, a place. You are not doing any mindful INvolution, so you are not growing up, you are nor thriving through what you are living.
It is a fact that we can turn on the stress response just by thought alone and those chemicals our body release because of those thoughts can make us sick. If our thoughts can make us sick is it possible that our thoughts can make us well? Yes, it is, thanks to neuroplasticity. So make your own choice about what thoughts to choose, about what movie to see, about what book to read, about what people to gather with.
According to neuroplasticity discovering, 95% of all your brain activities are run by old subconsciousness habit and patter. You are as strong as your weakest link, so break all the old patterns, break all the old subconscious habits to be free, to thrive, to move from the small self to the higher self.