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Digging Deeper

Heart Guide for Lesson 1:
The Spiritual Roots of Disease

The mind-body connection from physicians' point of view:

Many ordinary illnesses are nothing but the expression of a serious dissatisfaction with life.[1]

Sickness may be the solemn occasion of God’s intervention in a person’s life.[2]

It is ambition, fear of the future, love of money, jealousy, or social injustice that makes men strive and overwork, invent all sorts of unnecessary tasks, keep late hours, take too little sleep, take insufficient holidays, or use their holidays badly. Their minds are over tense, so that at night they cannot sleep and by day they doubly fatigue themselves at their work.[3]

The fact is that in denying the reality of sin, by giving people to understand that a fault of character is due to the malfunctioning of an endocrine gland, or by calling some impure temptation a “psychological complex,” science destroys man’s sense of moral responsibility. The present state of the world shows where that leads.[4]

How the body responds to stress:

I have found over the years that with every disease there’s usually an emotion linked to that disease. And the emotion that so many Americans have is frustration. We have an epidemic of frustrated Americans here .[5]

The majority of the patients that I see on a daily basis are overstressed, and this contributes greatly to the illness or disease from which they are suffering… Our mind and body seek a state of peace and relaxation, which is called homeostasis… When a person becomes “stressed out”… reactions begin to occur in the body that lead to the general adaptation syndrome… Unfortunately, when most patients finally come to my practice, they are already in [the] final stage of the general adaptation syndrome… I have learned when a person reaches adrenal exhaustion, we shouldn’t just treat their body... We must also treat the person mentally, emotionally, and most of all, spiritually [6]

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[1]  Paul Tournier, Md., quotation posted at The Doctor’s Page: www.doctorspage.net/quotes.asp.
[2]  Ibid.

[3]  Ibid.
[4]  Ibid.
[5]  Don Colbert, Md., “He’s Got the Cure,” Charisma Magazine; Nov, 2003.

[6]  Don Colbert, Md., “The Dangers of Excessive Stress, Part 1 and 2,” Charisma Magazine; Jan /Feb, 2001