I am so excited to be back with a new clinical training session and to bring you this new video if you have been on a journey to enhance your health! As you know I have worked with thousands of patients in my clinic and have helped them ignite their innate healing potential.
First of all, I truly believe our body can heal itself if we take care of our healing blocks. So what do I mean by healing blocks?
I once saw a patient in my clinic with a history of severe debilitating eczema. As you know, I do not look at your diagnosis in the context of here and now… instead I consider it on a continuum of your entire timeline. It’s not "what is the diagnosis?" but "why?"
I asked this patient, "When did you first experience this eczema?", to which she said, "Age four." My next question was, "What happened at age four?" Her response was, "My mom started beating me at age four.”
So, what happened to this patient with eczema? With Functional Medicine, she did not need more topical steroids or immune suppressant medications to suppress her eczema.
In 1995, physicians Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda launched a large-scale epidemiological study that probed the child and adolescent histories of 17,000 people, comparing their childhood experiences to their adult health records. The results were shocking: Nearly two-thirds of individuals had encountered one or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)— We are not talking murder or suicide type of crime; these adverse events included – growing up with a depressed or alcoholic parent, losing a parent to divorce, emotional neglect, or sexual or physical abuse.
- Individuals who had faced four or more categories of ACEs were twice as likely to be diagnosed with cancer.
- For each ACE score a woman had, her risk of being hospitalized with an autoimmune disease increased by 20 percent.
- Someone with an ACE score of four was 460 percent more likely to suffer from depression than someone with an ACE score of zero.
- An ACE score greater than or equal to six shortened an individual’s lifespan by almost 20 years.
But WHY??? Epigenetic shift.
Adverse Childhood experience changes the architecture and neurobiology of our brain. ACE causes inflammation both in our bodies and in our brains. These early childhood experiences start to write the story of how well we will react to the world around us. ACE shifts the genes responsible for mounting a stress response, and it forever changes how we deal with the stress in our adult lives. Yale researchers found that children who had faced chronic traumatic events showed changes “across the entire genome”, not just in genes overseeing stress.
Secondly, ACE shrinks the area in your brain known as the hippocampus. Hippocampus is the region in our brain responsible for processing emotion, memory and managing stress. ACE also leads to shorter telomeres. Telomeres are the end caps on our DNA. They determine our biological age; the shorter the telomere, the more likely you are to age and develop chronic disease.
How to begin healing? Start by knowing your ACE score. I will provide a link below:
- THE ACE QUIZ
- Journaling – Bring out the repressed emotion from the subconscious mind to the conscious mind. I know writing can be particularly difficult to get started. But trust me, the more you write, the easier it will get. So here is what I recommend: Make time for daily journal writing, same place, same time. I typically recommend my patients have a particular question they answer in their journal for the day. Here is something you can ask yourself- What are two moments I will never forget in my life? Describe them in detail and what makes them unforgettable?
- Open Your Heart – By this, I do not mean all the cheesy Valentines Day cards. Opening your heart is a scientific process. You can start by gently focusing in the middle of your chest and focus on the area of your heart. Now, add the heart-centered breathing. Breathe as if you are breathing in and out of your heart. Lastly, recall a positive feeling or fun times you had in life, and just focus on “feeling”.
- Exercise – Exercise increases your BDNF – brain-derived neurotrophic factor. BDNF is the growth factor for neurons. It helps grow neurons, particularly in the hippocampus. High stress directly lowers the neurons in the hippocampus. Exercise also improves the IGF – 1 signaling pathway – just like BDNF – IGF1 improves cognition, neuroplasticity and neuronal survival in the brain. And exercise significantly increases the secretion of β-endorphin which directly elevates your mood.
I hope you have enjoyed this clinical training session. One of the things folks have been asking me to do is provide online digital mentorship…
So I have created a step-by-step digital program where I will hold your hand, figure out what's making you chronically ill and give you a systematic program to follow. Registration is open, so stop hanging out on the sideline and lets get in the arena and start your healing journey. To enroll visit: kirangrewalmd.com/yes
To Your Health,
Kiran Grewal MD
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