The theory of genetics, based on the idea that we are victim of our genetic heritage, is now challenged and slowly replaced with the concept of epigenetics, pioneered by Bruce Lipton.
In essence, humans have two function modes: "fright or flight" mode or "thrive" mode. Fright or flight mode is the stress mode, necessary for survival. It is governed by the sympathetic system and enables to run away from, or fight with a predator. A big proportion of the blood is rushed to the muscles and the adrenal glands produce high quantities of adrenaline, androgens and cortisol. The ensuing run-away or fight uses up those hormones and the system can return to its natural mode: thrive.
Thrive is governed by the parasympathetic system, which ensures proper operation of natural functions such as sleep, digestion, renewal of cells (and thus rejuvenation).
In modern society, most of us function on the fright or flight, sympathetic system by default.
First, there is no predator to run from anymore. We do not get the chance to offload those hormones, which remain in the system and cause havoc.
Second, we constantly hurry somewhere, feel squeezed by time and pressured by to-do lists. This attitude puts us in a fright or flight mode.
Digestion is impaired and a host of digestive and assimilation issues follow, renewal of cells is greatly diminished and we age faster, hormonal and reproductive issues can develop, particularly in women (androgens are known to be detrimental to the female hormonal system).
Carry on for extended periods of time and you use up your Vital Force, thus weakening your immune system. The organism becomes more prone to catch infections (colds, flus) or develop chronic inflammation diseases.
There are tools to switch back to thrive mode. One of them is exercise and sweat. We all know that feeling of relaxation and elation that follows a good exercise session. But the most powerful tool of all is the breath. The breath is intimately linked with both sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, and acts as a bridge between the two. I train my patients in specific breathing patterns that enable them to switch back to thrive mode very quickly.
As inside, so outside
Bruce Lipton also mentions how our external world is a reflection of our internal world.
I often see patients stuck in patterns or situations -at home, with family, at work -that are not beneficial for them, or downright toxic. Or maybe they have to care for an ill parent or disabled child. Or it can be financial issues. They carry a lot of resentment, sadness, apprehension, guilt, anger, frustration, rage even. Most often, it is not expressed. Sometimes, it is suppressed so vigorously that they do not realise they carry those feelings.
Emotions, that cannot find an external outlet, turn inwards and create dis-ease. Homeopathy acts as a catalyst to flush out those pent-up emotions, and break out of those situations. I witnessed many patients finally summoning up the courage to have that talk, or even more radical changes, like resign from a job or file for a divorce. In many instances, patients find a life passion and the courage to live it.