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Fountain of Youth

Published on June 7, 2011

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Those with open hearts stay young forever.

This is not something that should be taken lightly. The spiritual heart, when wide open, represents a fountain of youth and a force that helps us resist environmental insults, infections and disease. These past few days though I have been hearing rumors from a New Age friend that implied that enlightened people are not at risk from radiation contamination! It is being said that somehow the nuclear particles will pass elevated humans right by or that their bodies will know how to expel them. So I wrote this essay to discuss this possibility, which in part I think is quite ridiculous, for how do we or how does anyone judge a person’s state of enlightenment?

But it is different with the heart. We can see and feel the heart shining from people’s hearts and it is written as well on their faces. The heart represents our basic capacity to care and feel. Inside the purified and free heart is a flow, a river, a current, a passion for life and a healing power with which no medical treatment can compete. The greatest protector of health is the human heart. The heart is the vulnerability of being meaning when we are born we are pure and perfectly vulnerable.

Love is the most cost-effective medical insurance policy and the cheapest medicine there is. – Dr. Brenda Schaeffer

Yet we now live in a poisoned world; thus detoxification, chelation and mineralization are essential aspects of self-love. Detoxification, chelation and medicine in general represent certain principles important for health and healing. Proper nutrition, exercise, supplementation with vitamins and minerals, cleaning and healing of the GI track, detoxification through the skin, appropriate usage of drugs or herbs, and a host of treatments like acupuncture, spinal manipulations, colonics, massage and many other modalities too numerous to mention, fill up the pallet of most alternative healthcare practitioners.

But there is an ingredient to health and healing that has been overlooked or at least not well-addressed by these practitioners. This factor is love and it is very important in immune system function.[1] Dr. Norman Shealy and Dr. Caroline Myss both clearly believe that love of others and being loved are key factors in improving the immune system, adding to life expectancy and creating overall happiness. What does love have to do with stress-free living? “Everything!” says Dr. Brenda Schaeffer.

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Unconditional love is your immune system’s most powerful stimulant. – Dr. Bernie Siegel

Dr. Clancy D. McKenzie of Capital University [2]says, “Even though most of us do not see this love energy readily, this does not mean it does not exist or does not have great impact. Take for example a person who eats nothing but junk food, smokes, doesn’t exercise, drinks beer and sports a potbelly. Let him fall in love, and suddenly he has as much energy as a person who lives on energy food and exercises daily. Suddenly he can work day and night. What is the mechanism for this enormous flow of energy and where does it come from? How can we harness it and use it at will? These questions are especially important in the health fields, because this energy might also be the healing energy, or the life force itself.” Mckenzie goes on to say, “Enhancing the love energy of the patient is an effective way to increase the healing process. This holds true for both psychological and physical healing: Enhancement of love energy should be a part of every physical remedy, because it is a vital ingredient to healing.”

Why is it there is always some lucky soul who doesn’t get sick when the flu is going around the office? Or why, when chicken pox is sending all the kids home from school, are there a few who remain untouched? – Dr. Carrie Angus

Our feelings are actually more important than our thoughts because they represent the sum total of all our individual perceptions. The heart mixes up all the signals in the brain into one feeling that we largely experience and identify as “me.” Feelings and emotions add weight to our perceptions; they give significance to events.

Though most physicians are skeptical that emotions matter in medicine from a clinical standpoint, we can see how people who experience long-term depression and anxiety, long periods of sadness and pessimism, or incessant hostility and aggression have much higher incidences of heart disease. This is what the “broken heart” syndrome is all about.

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A “broken heart” is not just a period of emotional sadness. In some cases it is a traumatic physical event. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy[3] is informally known as “broken heart syndrome” because it often occurs due to an emotional or physical shock. It almost always happens to women and patients are typically in a critical state during the first 48 hours.

It is no secret that the most elementary neurological wiring in our brains are connected to the monitoring of basic biological system requirements; meaning when our basic needs are met, our body’s systems work much more efficiently. We have many legitimate needs for closeness, affection, appreciation, community, love, trust, understanding and warmth that we often have to live without and this is most difficult.

Peter Kaufman[4], acting chief of the Behavioral Medicine Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, said that the increased turbulence of repeated flare-ups of anger “can cause micro tears in the vessel, where plaque develops. If your heart rate is faster and your blood pressure is higher because you’re habitually angry, then over 30 years that may lead to a faster buildup of plaque and so lead to coronary artery disease.”

Modern science has correlated physical heart function and health with the flow of positive feelings and emotions, with a positive optimistic outlook to life. There is a real “soothing effect” that is biologically associated with favorable biochemical, hormonal, and nervous system changes in the body that that manifests in people who are more centered in their hearts.Autonomic nervous system balance is related to coherent heart rhythms that are directly connected to emotional self-management. Being out of the heart is dangerous to our health because it creates disturbances in the heart rhythms.

Based on electrocardiographic tracings and blood tests for heart damage, patients can appear to be having a heart attack when cardiologists find no blockages in the coronary arteries. Dr. Ilan S. Wittstein, cardiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, studied 19 patients who seemed to have heart attacks after stress situations, yet they had healthy arteries. All of these patients had stress hormone levels (such as adrenaline) two to three times as high as the actual heart attack victims and seven to 34 times higher than normal. “Our hypothesis is that massive amounts of these stress hormones can go right to the heart and produce a stunning of the heart muscle that causes this temporary dysfunction resembling a heart attack,” Wittstein said. “It doesn’t kill the heart muscle like a typical heart attack, but it renders it helpless.”

Old adages like “scared to death” and “died of a broken heart” seem to have more basis in reality than these expressions have been given credit for. A case in point: A well-meaning family threw a surprise party for a woman on her sixtieth birthday. “Seventy people jumped out from the dark and screamed, ‘Surprise!’ and literally three hours later she was in the intensive care unit,” Dr. Wittstein said. Wittstein was the lead author of an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on what he terms “myocardial stunning due to sudden emotional stress.” [5]

We have always needed love, but today more than ever we need love to sustain us. The world is becoming increasingly hostile and toxic and now with radiation levels going up dramatically we have all kinds of new issues to face. Even the act of intercourse needs to be understood in a new light for the chances of us being sterile and the chances of us bringing into the world a deformed child are going to increase dramatically. And according to the most recent statistics from Korea the chances of having an autistic child is approaching an absurd one in 38.[6]

[1] Dr. David C. McClelland did an experiment at Harvard University that showed the relationship between positive feelings associated with love and how that affects immunity. A group of student volunteers was asked to view a 50-minute film of Mother Teresa’s loving service to the sick and dying in Calcutta’s worst slums, a video specially designed to induce a positive, caring emotional state. Another group was asked to view a documentary about World War II designed to elicit negative emotions such as anger. On average, those students who watched the movie of Mother Teresa had a significant increase in salivary immunoglobulin A, a protective antibody against viruses. The group that watched the documentary about World War II did not show any appreciable changes. Being caring and compassionate has a positive impact on the immune system of the giver. 

[6] Other funders of the study were Children’s Brain Research Foundation and the George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research; http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110509/ap_on_he_me/us_med_autism_study

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  • karen

    Love is everything true there is in this world.

    I’ve been on a spiritual journey for the past two years and I am convinced that nothing environmental will ever harm me. I feel this peace inside me, like I am invulneable to harm. There is nothing tangible that I can point to that indcates why this is so, I simply feel it in my heart, The heart knows.

  • L.P.

    My heart has been broken many times in my 63 years of life, and I HOPE it doesn’t happen again because I don’t think it could endure another pain SO intense.
    Thank you for another *Heart-Felt* article.

    L.P.

  • Gabriele Tanner

    Without the feeling of love and true compassion we cannot evolve further to a true humanity, which is our task for the future.
    There is a cosmic stream available for every earth- heart to connect with, it is called the Healingstream or the Vibration of Love. One only has to open the heart in pure longing to receive it’s healing angelic rays.

  • Dianne

    It is a common belief that healing leads to wholeness. In Truth it is the recognition of One’s innate wholeness that is the healing. Love’s Truth is ALWAYS the answer. You are Love itself and as such you are untouched by anything else you perceive to be true. Self recognition is all that is necessary to experience ALL that you are. In this recognition nothing is experienced that does not reflect your wholeness, your infinite perfection, ALL the Love that exists.
    Peace IS possible in any moment where you choose to “know”.

    healingintruth.com

  • Thanks for emphasizing the critical importance of the heart, Mark. I used to be one of the spiritual dilettantes who thought she was immune to what effects “ordinary folks” Thank God I moved passed that one. I appreciate you very much

  • Thanks Mark for this great article. I am meditating every morning and in my thought I watch how my energy moves my hands and body to work on reinstating my balance. Part of what i notice is the movement of my hands touching each parts of my body as if there is an ongoing communication or healing. I believe I have centered into my heart. I also access the laughing part where in I feel the pumping of my heart just like as if I am laughing out so loud that I gasp for some air then it stops and made me feel so relaxed and energized. This follows the smiling part I noticed without any reason or thought to make me smile. I was so amazed that I believe this phenomenon I experienced is worth sharing. This happens during my 15-20 min meditation. I tapped this after reading three books about tuning into my heart.

    Coach MJ
    Certified Integrative Health Coach

    • I was seirosuly at DefCon 5 until I saw this post.

  • Thanks so much, Mark,

    This is so important. It really does fill in the missing gaps regarding immune health.

    Keep Writing!

  • Jeffrey Cooper

    Thanks Mark! I saw an interview with a 100+ African/American woman. She said her secret of longevity was having her heart touched ten times a day…