Change Your Brain, Change Your Life!

 

Thoughts really do create our lives.

New research by Fred Travis, Maharishi University of Management in the US, Harald Harung, Oslo University College in Norway, and Yvonne Lagrosen, University West in Sweden on the brains of musicians demonstrates the potentially for highly developed brains that are open, curious, learning, playful and holistic in their thinking.

The study findings were reported in Consciousness and Cognition and Science Daily. The research compared the brains of professional and amateur musicians matched for age, gender and education on a number of brain tests: the Stroop color-word test which measures the ability to direct attention, brainwaves during a variety of paired reaction-time tasks, responses on the Gibbs Socio- moral Reflection questionnaire, and the subjects’ self-reported description of the frequencies of peak experiences.

The study, which evaluated the brains of musicians who were at the top of their profession vs. the brains of amateur musicians, defined success as combination of talent and practice or experience. They found that those who practiced the most had the most success.

As Dr. Fred Travis writes in his report, “The relation of practice to top performance is consistent with what is known with how the brain learns. The term neuroplasticity is used to describe the brain’s ability to adapt and change as a result of training and experience over the course of a person’s life. Through repeated experience we create neural circuits that support smooth, automatic flow of behavior.”

Interestingly, moral reasoning skills were better developed in the more skilled musicians.  Our brains are apparently improved by our working at something over the long term. When we acquire advanced skills in a subject like music, we have developed brain functionong that we can then apply to other areas of our lives with the expected superior results. What you do with your time and thinking becomes strengthened in the brain.

As Dr. Travis says, “If you are a very envious, angry, mean person and that’s the way you think about people that’s what’s going to be strengthened in your brain. But if you are very expanded and open and supportive of others, there will be different connections,” says Fred Travis.

This is very optimistic news for all of us. It suggests that work is good for our brains and supports higher performance and moral reasoning.

I suspect that we need to become very mindful about what we are doing with our brains.  What is the point of using our brains poorly, and then doing affirmations?  Better just to learn how to use our brains well.

Awareness And The Unconscious Mind

Neuroscientist David Eagleman has written a great article about our unconscious brain and the limitations of awareness in Discover Magazine.  Our unconscious mind is a source of fear and awe in many people. We cannot control it. Like our bodies, it operates according to rules and processes that we do not understand. It can make us feel vulnerable.

Dr. Eagleman cites numerous examples of how the unconscious mind operates out of our control. I know this first hand because many years ago I was unable to walk and my conscious mind was unable to help me.

In my 20’s I developed the awareness that I had a genetic predisposition to get blood clots, called phlebitis. Multiple times I became sick with blood clots that went to my lungs. To control the clots doctors performed surgery to limit the ability of the clots to leave legs to take a trip to my heart, lungs or brain, which meant death.

By the time I finally had surgery, I had been in the hospital in bed for a month.  After the surgery when I tried to get out of bed, I fell flat on my face. I was unable to walk. Needless to say, I was upset and afraid.

I started to watch everyone around me to see if I could learn how one walks.  I would notice the knee joint and how it moved, when the leg lifted and touched down and how the foot moved as part of the walking process. Observing walking was unable to help me walk. My conscious mind was unable to help me. Eventually, I left the hospital and six months later after much effort was able to walk again.

Awareness And Implicit Memory

David Eagleman’s article makes a distinction between the conscious mind and what he calls implicit procedural memory, a type of memory that holds the capability of complex motor functions and a type of memory that we cannot access.  He demonstrates how the skills of implicit memory cannot be learned through conscious processes by the examples of chicken sexers in Japan and plane spotters in Great Britain during World War II.

In both situations, there was a need to train people to do chicken sexing and spotting enemy planes.  Chicken sexers determine the sex of newborn chicks so they can be separated into egg layers and non-egg layers. Since the chicks are virtually identical, the Japanese developed the approach of determining the sex from the back vent where the sex organs are.  Some people became very skilled at it, but when they tried to teach the skill, they were unable to do so.  Only when they had a student attempt the vent sexing and gave positive feedback did the student learn.  This teaching approach gave the implicit procedural memory a way to learn.  Eventually, the student had the skill, through trial and error and feedback.  The same approach worked in developing plane spotters in World War II.

Apparently, our implicit memory does not want our conscious minds messing with it. It is also apparent that there are somethings we learn by mimicking others – which makes our ability to trust important for our ability to learn.

We simply have to trust our unconscious mind. It has worked well for thousands of years, after all.

Child Abuse Affects The Brain

Article first published as Child Abuse Affects the Brain on Technorati.


The December issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine has reported the findings of a Yale University Study which shows that child abuse, physical and emotional impact many areas of the brain. The study included the results of the self-reported Childhood Trauma Questionnaire and brain scans of 42 teenagers, with equal numbers of caucasian and African-Americans.  Four multiracial teenagers were also included in the study.

The research showed that the volume of gray matter in the brain was diminished in the teenagers who had suffered the abuse or neglect.  The number of regions of the brain affected was substantial:

According to MedPageToday which reported the study findings these are the regions of the brain and some of their functions that are affected:

  • Physical abuse: left dorsolateral and left rostral prefrontal cortices (executive function), right orbitofrontal cortex (emotional regulation and sense of the self), right ventral striatum (emotion and motivation), right insula (emotional intelligence), and right temporal association cortex (memory)
  • Physical neglect: left rostral prefrontal cortex (executive function), right parietal association cortex (spatial perception), and bilateral cerebellum (balance)
  • Emotional neglect: certain portions of the hypothalamus and midbrain, bilateral dorsolateral prefrontal cortex(executive function), bilateral rostral prefrontal cortex (executive function), bilateral dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (cognitive function), right superior frontal gyrus (self-awareness ), right orbitofrontal cortex (emotional regulation and sense of the self), bilateral striatum, bilateral amygdala (processing emotions) and hippocampus (emotions and memory), bilateral cerebellum (balance), and left parietal (perceptual difficulties and problems with speech, writing and math), right temporal (visual memory), and left occipital association cortices (integration of visual information).

Girls showed more brain deficits in areas governing emotional processing and boys were more challenged in areas of the brain responsible for impulse control.

It is apparent that substantial and comprehensive brain damage is created as a result of child abuse. When you consider all the brain regions suffering damage from the abuse, it is inevitable that the individual will have developmental difficulties if not worse.  Sense of self, integration of sensory inputs, executive functioning and impulse control are all vital to effective daily functioning and human development.

It might be time to ask ourselves whether it is worth the cost in health bills, law enforcement and social problems as well as lost human capabilities to continue to ignore child abuse.  Better yet, if we eliminated child abuse, what would our world look like?

Massage Helps Heal PTSD

As an HSP with PTSD, I spent a lot of years confused and stressed.

When I first had my “delayed onset” symptoms of PTSD I did not know what they were—still less that highly sensitive people tend to have an excess of the stress hormone cortisol and also often suffer from poor sleep.

I am not sure if it’s my HSP mind or just me, but I am the queen of connecting up the dots—so I soon realized my PTSD symptoms were connected to an early childhood trauma—surgery on my ears with not enough ether. (Ether is traumatic enough!)

But figuring that out that didn’t help me sleep and didn’t relieve the PTSD.

I was “hyper aroused”—although I didn’t know the term. I did know my ears were ringing but stopped if I was out in nature.

Doctors didn’t seem to know what to do. Unfortunately, all they did was prescribe antidepressants. I was crying, so I must be depressed.  Right?  I mean sadness is always a symptom. (Or not!)

Of course, these strategies all interfere with sleep, so I was pretty frantic.

Massages To The Rescue

I was suffering so much that I started to look for solutions elsewhere. I sought the help of my chiropractor, who found a way to send me his massage therapist to my house every week, and billed my Blue Cross.

Boy was I lucky! This young man was not just a massage therapist, he was a healer. Bless him! I am sure, that his healing gift was one reason the massage helped my PTSD and insomnia.

Massage And The Healing Power Of The Laying On Of Hands

The beneficial effects of massages have been known since the beginning of recorded history. It was also called the “laying on of hands” by some and has an ancient and honored history. Essentially it heals through intention: if the intent of the person touching is to heal—healing is transmitted.

Although an ancient practice, massage is a currently a popular treatment for many conditions. On their website, the Mayo Clinic confirms the useful effects of massage therapy: “While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety

  • Digestive disorders

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia related to stress

  • Myofascial pain syndrome

  • Paresthesias and nerve pain

  • Soft tissue strains or injuries

  • Sports injuries

  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Of course “research” is only ”needed” so insurance companies will cover this.

The Mayo clinic goes on to add

“Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.”

Imagine that!

Fortunately, massage is now being researched. One example is from Oprah Winfrey’s website where she featured an article discussing the research of Mark Rapaport, M.D., the chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles:

 “[Neuroscientist] Rapaport’s curiosity led to a study, published last fall, that looked at 53 healthy adults who received one of two types of touch treatments. Blood tests revealed that those who had a Swedish massage with moderate pressure experienced decreases in stress hormones and increases in white blood cells, indicating a boost in the immune system. Meanwhile volunteers who had a “light touch” treatment showed higher levels of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes bonding. Based on the findings, Rapaport believes that massage might be effective in treating inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.”

No shit. Pardon my French.

I also had a few sessions of EMDR which helped me bring up the deeply buried pain and rage in way I could not have done alone.  According to the EMDR International Association,

“EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.”

EMDR certainly helped. But massage? If I could have massage very week I don’t think I’d need any of the sleep meds I have. But the government does not provide massage.

More’s the pity.

Consider The Healing Benefits Of Massage

The good news for highly sensitive people is that many of the conditions that massages treat are ones that can affect us. Sometimes we even suffer from multiple conditions that are treatable with massage.

Given the extensive and proven benefits of massages, it is worth considering as a treatment for the various health conditions of highly sensitive people.

Meditation Heals Traumatic Stress

Have you developed a meditation practice for yourself?

I have meditated now for almost 20 years and it is one of the best things I have done for myself. Like many HSPs, stress has always been a problem for me. Meditation is one of the few things I have found that provides serious help.

Traumatic Stress Required Healing

Many HSPs not only suffer from serious debilitating stress but also the traumatic stress caused by abuse. All the the violence  including verbal and emotional violence in our world causes a tremendous amount of suffering especially for highly sensitive people because it can take a lot of time for us to recover from a traumatic experience. Unfortunately, in some situations, people do not recover, the traumatic damage is too great.

Many Forms Of  Traumatic Stress

Any form of trauma can create serious and long-lasting traumatic stress. All forms of childhood abuse, assault and any other form of violence, and bullying can create deep long lasting emotional and mental pain.

The worst, of course, is war where violence is a constant for a long period of time, which is why a new study is so valuable for all trauma sufferers.

Meditation Helps PTSD

It is very useful to understand what treatments benefit those who have suffered the worst forms of abuse, since they can often help those whose injuries are milder.

According to a recent 2008 study of five Iraq/Afghanistan veterans who has served up to two years and experienced moderate to moderately heavy fighting, meditation was able to relieve their PTSD symptoms. According to the release by the Behavioral Medicine Report, the study was conducted by Norman Rosenthal, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and director of research at Capital Clinical Research Associates in Rockville, Maryland.

Dr. Rosenthal is a well-known researcher who has pioneered  seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and light therapy. In the veterans study, the former soldiers were taught Transcendental Meditation, and the results were monitored using Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS), which is the premier tool used to assess post traumatic stress disorder patients. After eight weeks of meditation, the veterans had a 50% reduction in their symptoms.

Apparently meditation helps PTSD sufferers significantly. This is not the first time that researchers discovered that meditation helps PTSD symptoms in veterans.  In 1985, the University of Colorado also experienced positive results during their three month study.

The Behavioral Medicine Report makes this observation:

Rosenthal hypothesizes that Transcendental Meditation helps people with post traumatic stress disorder because regular practice produces long-term changes in sympathetic nervous system activity, as evidenced by decreased blood pressure, and lower reactivity to stress. Transcendental Meditation quiets down the nervous system, and slows down the ‘fight-or-flight’ response,” he said. People with post traumatic stress disorders show overactive fight-or-flight responses, making them excellent candidates for Transcendental Meditation.

PTSD has a long history. PTSD has been called a number of other different names, including:

  • battle fatigue or gross stress reaction for soldiers who came down with PTSD after World War II
  • combat fatigue or shell shock for soldiers who experienced PTSD symptoms after World War I
  • soldier’s heart for soldiers who developed the symptoms of PTSD after the Civil War.
  • more recently it has been found to be inheritable and can be caused by abuse.

Meditation For Traumatic Stress Sufferers

Meditation has also been around for centuries and we now are starting to have the scientific proof of its benefits. The military sees Transcendental Meditation being used in the future to assist veterans suffering from PTSD which sounds like a great idea.

However, since it is so useful for military PTSD sufferers, we should use it wherever it can make a difference. Many people suffer from emotional and mental stress caused by various forms of abuse.

Highly sensitive people suffer more than most and have a particularly acute need to get help with stress disorders. Transcendental Meditation has been helpful for me. It has the important benefit of quieting and healing the nervous system which is precisely what highly sensitive people need.

Many HSPs like myself use it and it is worth considering as a healing method.

How Stress Creates Left-Handed People

Are you left-handed or know someone who is?

Are there left-handed people in your family?

Left-handed people have been treated with suspicion for centuries.

Left-handedness has always been with us. Historically it has been perceived as an anomaly or defect which meant that left-handed children were “trained” out of left-handedness.

Research On The Left-Handed

Because of concern about left-handedness, there has been much research done about left-handedness over the years. The research on left-handedness has been helpful because it is showing that left-handedness is not an isolated trait. It has, in fact, been correlated with many other conditions and diseases.

By investigating the relationship between left-handedness and other conditions, the research community has unwittingly provided us with clues to the emerging identity of the highly sensitivity. The HSP trait was named by Elaine Aron, Ph.D. in her book, The Highly Sensitive Person, in the 1990’s.

One of the most important research studies was conducted by Dr. Norman Geschwind. His work, often called the Geschwind Theory, shows that there is a relationship between maternal testosterone, lefthandedness, and genetic diseases.

What that means is that when a pregnant woman has very high-stress levels, the testosterone in her body rises which causes the fetus to develop differently.  This condition can create left-handedness, the highly sensitive trait, and many genetic diseases, which can coexist. The New York Times profiled the Geschwind study in their article: Left vs. Right: Brain function Tied to Hormone in the Womb.

Another excellent resource for highly sensitive people on the relationship between left handedness and genetic diseases is the H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P, written by David Ritchey. This book discusses the relationship between prenatal testosterone due to stress, and the development of the highly sensitive person. David Ritchey cites the Geschwind Theory along with other research including his own showing the prevalence of left-handedness and genetic disorders among highly sensitive people or anomalous sensitive people  – his name for highly sensitive people.

Stress, Left-handedness And High Sensitivity

The human race has been suffering with high stress levels for centuries. When that stress affected pregnant women, humans were born with a wide variety of conditions including high sensitivity and left-handedness.  Over time, these and other genetic conditions have been passed down from one generation to another.

The research on left-handedness is providing us with the causal link between stress, maternal testosterone levels and the many human illnesses and conditions they create.  It would be helpful if it could make us more aware of how important managing stress is and the impact of ignoring it.

Are Left-Handed People More Likely To Be Highly Sensitive?

If you have an allergic reaction to a lot of noise are you highly sensitive?

If you can’t stand crowds, are you highly sensitive?

If you are left handed, are you highly sensitive?

Maybe.

The Elusive Trait Of High Sensitivity

The highly sensitive trait is not easy to pin down.

There are many different types of sensitivity associated with being an HSP, and they can vary in intensity. It is hard to identify a highly sensitive person because:

  1. the many different types of sensitivities can make it hard to identity
  2. many sensitivities can coexist on one person
  3. many highly sensitive people have characteristics like left-handedness that are not obviously associated with being highly sensitive
  4. many HSP’s also have other medical conditions like lupus, diabetes and learning difficulties
  5. childhood abuse can make the symptoms worse and add psychological conditions that may mask the HSP condition.

Why It Is Hard To Identify Highly Sensitive People

The manifestations of the highly sensitive trait can be so diverse that it is sometime hard to see sensitivity as one trait. In the past, people who were highly sensitive were often considered damaged in some way.

Throughout the centuries, the characteristics of sensitivity were often treated as isolated symptoms rather than one of a family of possible sensitivity characteristics. Lack of knowledge made identification of the HSP trait difficult.

Today we have a different challenge. We have – although only recently – identified the highly sensitive trait, thanks to the work of Elaine Aron, Ph.D. and Dr. Norman Geschwind.

However, our culture has so much overstimulation and toxicity it can be hard to identify whether or not you are in fact highly sensitive. Perhaps you are manifesting the symptoms of being overstressed.  Overstimulation can affect anyone including non-HSP’s. Perhaps you are suffering the impact of other forms of toxicity. The damage from water, food and workplace toxicity are real to everyone not just HSP’s.

So how do we separate out those who are  highly sensitive from those non-HSP’s suffering from toxic overload?

How The Research On The Left Handed Helps Identify HSPs

Left handedness has always been with us. Historically it was perceived as an anomaly and a defect so as children, left handed people were “trained” out of left handedness. Because of concern about left handedness, there has been much research done on left handed people over the years.

Dr. Norman Geschwind’s research from the 1980’s, often called the Geschwind Theory, gives us a clue on how the highly sensitive trait develops. He identified the relationship between maternal testosterone, lefthandedness, and genetic diseases.

According to his study, stress during pregnancy increases testosterone in the mother causing the fetus to develop differently. The result can be any number of conditions and genetic diseases including left-handedness. (The New York Times profiled the study in their article: Left vs. Right: Brain function Tied to Hormone in the Womb.)

The research on the left handed over the years has been helpful because lefthandedness has been correlated with many other conditions and diseases. In investigating the relationship between left handedness and other conditions, the research community has unwittingly been providing us with clues to the highly sensitive trait.

It is only since Elaine Aron, Ph.D. wrote The Highly Sensitive Person in the 1990’s that we had a name to go with the condition that left handedness was pointing us to.

One of the best resources for highly sensitive people on the relationship between left handedness and genetic diseases is the H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P,written by David Ritchey. It shows the relationship between prenatal testosterone in the mother due to stress, and the creation of the highly sensitive person. He cites the Geschwind Theory along with other research including his own showing the prevalence of left handedness and genetic disorders among highly sensitive people or anomalous sensitive people  – his name for highly sensitive people.

Of course, the highly sensitive condition can also be inherited one the genetic profile exists in a family and frequently is.

Identifying Highly Sensitive People

There are a number of ways to determine if you are highly sensitive. Many quizzes are available on the internet which help individuals identify their sensitivity. HSP’s have a set of traits related to their make-up that sets them apart from non-HSP’s. They work differently, process information differently, and experience life differently.  The quizzes are a great place to start.

Another way to identify the trait is through an investigation of your family history. Do you have any genetic conditions that show up in the family? Although a genetic condition is not proof that an individual is an HSP, it may show that there has been at one time a pregnancy in the family where the mother had the kind of stress that caused a genetic condition to develop.

It is worth investigating your family history to get an idea for genetic transfer of health conditions. Taking a quiz can help as well. If you think that you may be an HSP, it is worth seeking the help of an advisor experienced in helping HSP’s develop skills at handling their sensitivity.

Motivation And Your Brain: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom

 

Do you seem to have different motivations that others?

Do you respond differently than others to similar events and stimuli? Check your brain.

It may hold an important clue.

Motivation is an important subject, one that has been the subject of intense interest for thousands of years. Human societies tend to create a profile of “normal behavior”, which drives expectations, rules and the reward/punishment system used to control the population. It also drives the economy. So definitions about what people are like have important consequences.

Motivation has been defined for many years as either approach or avoidance. It is also known as the fight or flight response. The conventional wisdom has been that the approach motivation comes from the left hemisphere and that the avoidance motivation comes from the right hemisphere.

Conventional wisdom treats left brained behavior as the norm. Might we call that extroversion?

Recent research sheds some new light on conventional wisdom about motivation. According to a new study recent study published in PLoS ONE by psychologists Geoffrey Brookshire and Daniel Casasanto of The New School for Social Research in New York and publicized in Medical News Today, motivation is not a cut and dried matter of the hemispheres of the brain.

Apparently handedness plays a major role in motivation. According to Medical News Today, “Brookshire and Casasanto’s study challenges this idea, showing that a well-established pattern of brain activity, found across dozens of studies in right-handers, completely reverses in left-handers.”

Most highly sensitive people are more right brained than left brained. In addition, left-handedness is also associated with the highly sensitive trait since highly sensitive people can be left-handed or have left-handedness in their families. This study demonstrates that the differences between extroverts and introverts are not simply differences of personality.

Up until now, left hemisphere neural stimulation has been used to treat depression and anxiety, two conditions associated with being highly sensitive. This study suggests that a change in neural stimulation to the right hemisphere might be more productive.

Perhaps it will. Of course, we might want to consider letting people be different rather than to try to make everyone the same. Perhaps then we would not have so much depression and anxiety.

Are You Aware Of Sporadic Cases Of Schizophrenia?

 US scientists have discovered that sporadic cases of schizophrenia do happen according to a recent news story by the BBC.  The journal, Nature Genetics, reported the study findings.

This is an important study for highly sensitive people since schizophrenia is on the list of genetic diseases associated with the highly sensitive trait.  In 2003, David Ritchey’s important work on the highly sensitive trait was published.  The book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., includes an exploration of the many genetic diseases associated with high sensitivity and lists schizophrenia as one of the HSP diseases.

The report showed that “showed that “fresh mutations” in DNA are involved in at least half of schizophrenia cases, when there is no family history of the illness, ” according to the BBC August 7, 2011 article, Scientists make schizophrenia breakthrough.  The scientists in the study believe that as many as half of the incidents of schizophrenia are sporadic cases of schizophrenia.  They discovered that as many as 40 genes mutated in a way that causes schizophrenia.

These were what is called de novo mutations which means they were gene mutations that did not come from the parents but came from some other cause.  According to the National Institutes of Health, NIH, a de novo mutation occurs only in the egg, sperm or right after fertilization – independently of the parent’s genetic code.  According to the new study findings, as many as forty different genes show mutation leading to schizophrenia.

Gene mutation has been the subject of another research effort led by Dr. Norman Geschwind.  His findings, called the Geschwind Theory, show how stress in the mother during pregnancy increases testosterone in her body causing genetic changes in the fetus.  These changes typically occur early in the pregnancy, resulting in left-handedness and a variety of diseases.  The Geschwind Theory was discussed in David Ritchey’s book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P.

All of these studies seem to be pointing to the anomalous development of highly sensitive people, brought on by stress in the mother.  Although there can be many factors causing a particular outcome, there seems to be a growing body of evidence that stress in a pregnant mother increases the chance of a sensitive person being born.

Food Causes Cell Death

Food Causes Cell Death? According to Science Daily, “Excess nutrients, such as fat and sugar, don’t just pack on the pounds but can push some cells in the body over the brink. Unable to tolerate this “toxic” environment, these cells commit suicide.”

This new information released last month by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis scientists and published in Cell Metabolism, shows that protein building RNA, which is related to DNA, the blueprint for our biology, is apparently also playing a role in the decision for a cell to die.

The cell death process is put in place when large amounts of metabolic stress create such toxic conditions in the body that the cells cannot survive. According to the Science Daily article, “Though cell suicide is a natural process that protects healthy tissues from damaged cells, it can sometimes fall out of balance. If the cell death pathway gets shut down, damaged cells may divide and lead to cancer. On the other hand, too much cell death due to abnormal metabolites, such as high levels of fats and sugar, can impair the function of tissues in the body…”

This information follows on the heels of another study that demonstrated that fat cells are not dormant or inert as most people think.  The study which appears in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research according to this  Science Daily article, found six totally new proteins and 20 other proteins in the fat cells, which indicates that fat cells are very active in the body.

Both of these studies demonstrate the dynamic nature of the human system, the importance of environmental factors and the natural processes that exist to help us maintain balance.

Highly sensitive people are susceptible to many types of illnesses, diabetes, and cancer being two of them.  It is important for HSP’s to know the role that fat, and sugar, play in creating destructive conditions in the body. Cell death is the first step on a destructive path that can result in chronic disease and organ death.

Ayurveda’s diet models are very effective for minimizing the consumption of unnecessary fats and sugars while maintaining balance in the body.  The two substances. fat and sugar can create considerable stress in the body – something HSP’s need to avoid. Ayurveda’s focus on the effects of the subtle energies in food enables them to offer diet recommendations that create a supportive physical culture compatible with good health.