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Psychogenic health

By Nachrichten

Death by expectation of death – that was the topic of the previous article. Now the opposite: To live longer and stay healthier because of the positive expectation of a longer and healthier life.
If the expectation of death works, the contrary should work too.
Just, because it’s logical.

A car drives as long as it drives, no matter what the person behind the stirring wheel is thinking about the car. This is what most people believe, so they may wash their car regularly. On the same hand they do not constantly stroke it, do not say thank you for every ride, but are still banging the doors of their car.
Although some people seem to love their car more than other people, that does not mean that they send positive thoughts to their vehicle and do not maltreat it at the next intersection.
It’s just meant to be kicked, they think. And that’s what they do, just for fun.

A lot of people behave very similar with their body. They clean the biological vehicle regularly, sometimes touching it calmly and tenderly, but usually in a hectic pace and careless. To thank their own body – this idea would be outlandish. But to criticise it, to find it ugly, to talk badly about it and to treat it like that – seems appropriate, even entertaining.
If you act like this, you will be injured and, as a result, you may become ill, perhaps even seriously ill and therefore have to live with the consequence of a significantly shorter lifetime.
That this behaviour might be a mistake has been discussed for a long time. But how to overcame this mistake with clever reasoning, perhaps not yet.

Suppose human bodies are like cars, call them the vehicles of life – how important would be what the drivers think about them? And what kind of effect would their behaviour as drivers have?
Well, that doesn’t matter, some drivers answer. At a certain point, everything breaks, especially when the expiry date has been exceeded. No matter what one thinks about it … When you sit behind the stirring wheel, you can think what you want – ugly, cynical, negative, humorless, loveless und dumb thoughts – as long as you look at the road and do not drive against a tree …
The car doesn’t care what the driver think about it.

That may be the small difference between a car and a body: the body cares. Back in 1993, Penebaker and Francis, two American physicans, had been able to show that positive thinking significantly increases the likelihood of surviving a cancer diagnosis. In 2006, Cohen and Pressman, also physicians, concluded in a study that people who think positive live around 10 years longer than those with negative expectations.

What is positive thinking?, you could ask now.

Quite simply: everything what you take for it.

Objection: I can not judge what is positive and what is negative, because my life is so mixed up that I’m confused.

Possible. But not so confused that you no longer know what is meant by positive and negative at all

Okay, I got it. Next question: How do I give up negative thinking altogether?

Answer: Impossible. You can not do that. But keep in min: Important is the sum. How does your negative thinking add up? Compare the quantity of your positive thinking. Is it more or less?
The sum decides where a life leads to. To more health or less. For more pleasure or less. The rest is grace.

What does that mean now?

Quite simply: that every person can move himself with mindfulness towards the good and better, but can not force it.

Spiritual Medicine means to unfold mindfulness and good intention and to seek closeness to yourself. That could be a long road. Take it with humor. Health starts in the head. That’s why health is always psychogenic. And nothing about it is coincidental.

Psychogenic death

By Nachrichten

Comes a patient with a stomachache to the doctor. The diagnostic machine is started. Finally, the message from the physician: “You have pancreatic cancer, already strewn, inoperable. You will die within the next few months. Get your affairs in order.“

The patient dies as predicted.

Now my question: by which?

Because of organ failure, but depending on the case, is a standard answer of physicians.
Pancreatic cancer, the more as it has spread, is dangerous. People with this diagnosis may face grave health problems. Thanks to modern palliative care less painful.
But that does not answer the question why a patient with pancreatic cancer actually dies – if he dies.

A physician recently told me about a case that caused a stir in the US. A girl is trapped overnight in a cold room by an unfortunate coincidence. The next morning the girl is dead. Not because the lack of oxygen. There was no shortage, the chamber was probably big enough, but because of hypothermia. Only: The cooling chamber was not in operation at the time of her stay, because switched off. Inside, temperatures were similar to those outside. Nevertheless, the girl died the death by cold.

Exactly: The condemned die fast. Even faster, when you believe that you will die. The more, when you believe it firmly.

Psychogenic death is this phenomenon called in medical psychology: death by imagination, death as the result of the expectation of dying.

During the first half of the last century, Eskimos, natives in Africa, North and South American Indians, Aborigines in Australia, New Zealand Māori and natives on various South Seas islands have been frequently observed and studied. Psychogenic death is usually triggered by verbal suggestion. “I order you to die,” an Eskimo wizard said to a very healthy and strong man. The man was dead within four days.

Well, Europeans are different, you may say. Modern Europeans have a different attitude to death and dying.
Right. There is another observation, which has also been made by several researchers of indigenous peoples: The natives seem to take dying lightly. They do not fight against death and for life. Sometimes it seems rather likely the contrary.
„I knew several young women and men who just laid themselves down and died, easy and calm,” reports the preacher J. H. Holmes in 1924 from New Guinea.
Which part of Christianity has invented the fear of death?, one could ask now, but that would be a side path in this article.

More importantly, how was psychogenic death transferred into our present times?

The answer is a good guess on my part because it is not based on studies, but on observations and thus not representative. Nevertheless, the modern shamans in hospitals (and yes, there is a lot of money here) stick to their sovereignty. They are used to the power of the last means. And be it a life / death prognosis.
And the psychogenic death proves them right. From my point of view as a serviceable phenomenon. Afterwards the modern shaman always can say: Organ failure as consequence of …
Yes, a serviceable phenomenon. No, not in terms of a conspiracy theory. Because the participants did not conspire together. The thing has grown rather conspiratorial. Bit by bit. And now it needs to be turned around. Very helpful would be a study in oncology on the power of healthy speech.
Well, by which the patient with pancreatic cancer has actually died of is not clear at this point. However, I like to emphasise that the end-of-time forecast was of little use for his existence. To be continued …

More in a next post.


Otmar Jenner

Source for death by imagination: Klaus-Dietrich Blunt “The Psychogenic Death”

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