03 May Are you negative? You may be inflammed.
What does communication and mood have to do with the immune system?
According to research, a lot.
A study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, researchers found that negative mood is associated with higher levels of inflammatory biomarkers. Throughout the day, participants filled out mood questionnaires. They also collected blood samples to measure fluctuating concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP) and 7 peripheral inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, IL-8, IL-4, IL-10, and IFN-γ).
👉🏾 The people who were more NEGATIVE were more INFLAMED.
Modern medicine has already found the link between chronic inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s natural process of fighting against harmful things…as needed…in an attempt to heal itself. But inflammation…all day, every day…is a major problem.
Autoimmunity is an immune dysfunction where the body is attacking itself.
Through personal experience, clinical practice, and medical research, I’ve seen that those who are struggling with autoimmunity experience the concept of the body “attacking itself” in many ways.
One big way? → Self-talk
Communication with oneself can look “violent” (a term & concept coined by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg). It can take the form of:
Biochemically, inflammation from a negative thought is no different than inflammation to attack a pathogen.
When these types of “violent” thoughts occur towards the self, it’s as if there is a real & harmful attack on the body.
Just as if you’re body is attacking your:
👉🏾 Thyroid (Hashimoto’s)
👉🏾 Joints (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
👉🏾 Small Intestine (Celiac Disease)
When I work with autoimmune clients, communication patterns are a big part of what we work on.
On my healing journey, I know that changing how I talked to myself and how I viewed myself was a big part of my transformation. Before my inner mean girl voice was so critical of everything I did; it was crippling. Now, while the inner mean girl voice still comes up occasionally, it doesn’t rule my life like before.
Do you have an inner voice that’s very critical? Are you ready to change it?