Defining Health Diseases #1 – the American Syndrome
For a nation of immigrants, the culture of the United States is remarkably uniform in its habits and attitudes. The combination of stress and stagnation, is the result of excess worry, hurry, and too much food, which is now being called the American Syndrome.
All forms of neurosis and neurosis-related disorders, are at high levels and rising in the United States. Chronic fear, worry, anxiety, stress, insecurity, guilt, obsessive thinking, all are optional negative thought patterns – behavioral choices – that create health disease. Even the word stress is a stressor for so many. American culture promotes the desire to control everything, including the uncontrollable, especially the past, the future, and the actions and opinions of other people.
- The use of prescribed anti-depressants in the U.S. is extremely popular and continues to increase. With 5% of the world’s population, Americans consume 65% of all psychotropic drugs.
- The use of illicit drugs and alcohol for the purpose of misery-control continues its upward path, in spite of the U.S. government’s decades-long “War on Drugs” and high number of incarcerated drug offenders.
- The use of food as an emotional sedative, especially among politically and economically disadvantaged groups, is widespread in obesity-plagued America, and still growing.
- The U.S. is always a nation at war – the War on Drugs, the War on Terrorism, the War on Cancer, the War on Iran, Cuba, N. Korea, and so many others.
Fear-generated issues reveal itself physically as a conscious and in most cases unconscious tightening or a constricting of muscles – held tight for long periods of time – as part of a fight or flight response to a perceived emergency. Literally any organ or tissue can become strangled and diseased in this manner. The resulting decrease in circulation in the body/mind impedes and halts the functioning of the cardiac muscle and lungs, allows growths and tumors to form and grow, constrains the uterus and causes all sorts of menstrual and fertility problems, menopausal abnormalities, constricts the reproductive and urinary organs and reduces their function, and tightens the digestive organs leading to a multitude of digestive diseases.
Fear contracts structural muscles, thereby causing mysterious pains, forcing dislocations of bones, and preventing the healing of injuries. All of the foregoing health problems are quite common in most medical clinics.
Psychosomatic illnesses, those that are heavily fear-based and that respond well to faith healing, alternative healing and other placebo treatments, are commonly found in America and are on the increase. Some everyday examples are fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive ulcers, chronic fatigue syndrome, common hypoglycemia, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress headaches, bronchial asthma, sexual impotence, urinary retention or incontinence, pre-menstrual syndrome, and high blood pressure.
Did you know FEAR means nothing more than False Emotions Appearing Real, yet we seem to live in a world surrounded by and with fear. Fear of being attacked, fear of loss of job, fear of not finding love, fear of disease. Are we becoming a nation of fearfulness?
According to Andrew Weil, the author of many popular books on health, including Healthy Aging, “In recent years, scientists have begun to recognize that misplaced, unnecessary, and prolonged inflammation may be a common root of many chronic, degenerative diseases that until now have appeared to have nothing in common.
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