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How our Fear and Negative thoughts make us Diseased

Most of our diseases are result of our reaction to events and circumstances that happened in our life. Some bad events, bad memories and bad feelings hurt us from inside and make us sick. Its not that pollution and contaminated food are not responsible for diseases. They are ! But they affect us only when we are susceptible to them through lower immunity caused by a number of other factors. These other things include our thinking and feelings. Feeling like fear and negative thoughts affect us badly, while positive thoughts and feeling of happiness/strength make us healthy.

Only 2 to 25% diseases can be blamed on bad environment and bad genes.

Two identical twins have same set of genes, but later in their life they may suffer from different diseases, even if they live in the same locality. Different lifestyle and food habits can be blamed for that but different thought process also plays a major role.

Bad Genes are not that Bad !

Do you know that all of our body cells have same DNA (means same genes). But some cells are in shape of muscles, some skin, some neurons, some hairs and some blood. If all of them have same DNA, they why do they have different shape and features. It is because of different Gene Expression. Just having same genes does not mean that the outcome will be same. Same genes in different types of cell have different gene expression, which results in different shape and behavior of that cell. Similarly same genes in different generations can result in different gene expression. Even bad genes need bad environment to get activated. So bad genes are not that bad unless you provide them with adequate environment that they need to express themselves.

Our Thoughts can Activate Bad Genes

Yes ! Every thought that comes in our brain trigger some electrical and chemical changes in our body. It can result in triggering bad genes resulting in some diseases as well. Every thought that that comes in our brain results in some reaction, either in term of words or physical action. But when see this process in terms of brain, then there are chemical changes and hormonal changes.
For example when we get intimate with some one, then it is our thought process that stimulates our brain-body and our body starts to get ready for love making. During that process several hormonal changes occur within seconds, the blood pressure rises and breathing becomes fast without any physical exertion.
Similarly every positive and negative thought triggers some changes inside our body. All of them can't be recognized instantly from outside but from inside something happens over the time. Our whole personality is created by our thoughts, which are sometimes beyond control. These thoughts decide who we are and whats happening inside our body.
You must have heard about laughter-therapy. If you try to understand that then you will find that here we utilize the power of positive thought process to make a person healthy. Similarly if a person starts to think about diseases only then later or sooner the person will get affected by some disease.

How our Fear can make us Diseased ?

Fear or Negative thoughts have visible effect on our body when intensity of such thoughts is high. For example a sudden instance of very much fear can make you sweat, increase your heartbeat and improve your listening ability to such an extent that you can hear your own heartbeat. It is because our brain makes our body ready for flight or fight response, when it feels some danger to the body. Fear is good only if there is some real danger near you, as it can protect you from that danger. But unnecessary fear, even in small amounts, can make you diseased over the time. If your blood pressure and heartbeat always remain elevated due to fear then sooner or later you will develop some cardiovascular disease.
There are several types of fear that can affect a person. Some of the common examples of long term fear are given below.
Fear of Diseases: It is common now-a-days as people believe that some diseases are in their genes as their parents had it. But as we told you earlier that there is no need to be fearful, as no bad genes can affect you unless you provide them with adequate environment to activate them. In some rare cases some people are so much fearful of diseases that they don't even go outside or shake hands with people in order to keep themselves away from possible contact with germs and bacteria, which turns out to be a psychological illness in itself. If you have also got some fear of diseases then get rid of it, as diseases test our immune system and make it stronger by developing resistance to a number of other germs.
Fear of loosing someone: Sooner or later everybody looses someone close. So instead of being fearful of that, prepare yourself for every condition that you may face in future. Never be so much dependent on one person, that his/her absence make you paralyzed. Loving someone and being completely dependent on someone are two different things. So love people but get dependent on them. Fear of loosing someone often comes due to dependency. Live life fully without such fears, else you won't be able to enjoy the moment that you have got at present.
Fear of Failure: It affects most of the people at some point in life. You must understand that failure is part of life. Nobody can succeed without getting some failures. You must remove the word "failure" from your vocabulary. People either succeed or they get a lesson for their next task. You you take failure as a positive approach to find out your weak points then one day you will definitely succeed.
Fearful memories: Some traumatic events in our life can leave sharp impressions in our mind that can cause fear for years. For example, a person who met with an accident while driving his car on a foggy morning and listening to his favorite music track, can get fearful later in life while driving a car or listening to that music track or just watching fog. Such fears can be removed by attending some therapy sessions.

How Negative thoughts make us diseased ?

Every negative thought generated in our mind affect the body. Always being worried about something can shorten your life. Being worried causes stress, which can lead to several diseases over the time. Negative thoughts causes stress which releases the stress hormone Cortisol. Cortisol is good in short term but not in long term. Overabundance of cortisol results in suppression of digestive system, immune system and reproductive system. It is a reason behind stressful couples unable to conceive. Long term negative thoughts and stress leads to digestive problems and weaker immune system. A weaker immune system is an open invitation to diseases and shortening of life. Even if life is not shortened, then quality of life is affected, as an unhealthy body is itself a burden.
Living a stressful life can lead to hypertension, sleep problems, weight gain, memory problems and depression. Depression is something which can lead to more severe negative thoughts and make some people suicidal.

How to get rid of fear and negative thoughts ?

Be self dependent: It removes most of the fear that may be residing inside you.
Stay fit: A healthy looking body gives you enough confidence that you can beat any disease.
Be Happy: Being happy is the best organic medicine that one can have to stay fit. How to be happy is your choice. Some people like to play with kids to be happy, while some like to engage in some hobby. Just give some of your precious time to some activity that makes you happy.
Practice Meditation: It empowers your mind for positive thinking and helps in generating positive thoughts and getting rid of any type of fear. It also helps in getting rid of thought process that happen unnecessarily.
Try to forgive people: Our anger hurt us more than anybody else. So try to forgive people for their silly mistakes. Once you forgive a person, then its not just you who will feel better from inside, the other person will also feel sorry for what he/she has done. Most of our negative thoughts start from our anger. As we get angry on our parents, kids, colleagues, relatives or society, several negative thoughts are generated inside our brain. These negative thoughts in long term hurt us more than anyone else. Even if our forgiveness does not change them, but that forgiveness can help us saving ourselves from a number of diseases. Note: This forgiveness should be a part of your personality only for small mistakes of others that happen unintentionally, but when it comes to serious criminal offences then it can't be forgiven.

Fear of Number 13 : Disease or Superstition

Triskaidekaphobia means fear of number 13 (a type of phobia). This word was coined in 1911. Today the number of people suffering from this phobia are so much that manufactures and companies have stopped using the number 13 in their products. Some manufactures have even found some alternate ways to avoid number 13. For example, some manufacturers jump from number 12 to 14 leaving number 13 aside. If you are living is one of such countries where number 13 is considered unlucky then you might not have seen 13th floor in a multistory building. Even the button numbers in lifts don't contain button marked 13. It shows how superstitious people are, even the educated community.

Do you know that number 13 was not used on any racing car in Formula One racing from 1977 to 2013.

How number 13 became an Unlucky Number

Number 13 got the reputation of an unlucky number over a long time. One particular event can't be blamed for that. Here we have collected some facts that might have led to this belief.

  • During 1890s some experts of English Literature relate the number 13 to bad luck due to the famous "Jesus Christ's last supper". In that famous art work, there are total 13 people, Christ and the twelve apostles. Judas, who betrayed Jesus, is the last disciple sitting 13th on the table.
  • Further the term "Triskaidekaphobia" was coined in 1911 which meant fear of number 13.
  • King Philip IV of France arrested Knights Templar (also known as Soldiers of Christ) on Friday 13 October 1307 and tortured them to death. It lead to belief that number 13 is unlucky.
  • It was observed by some monks that if 13 full moons occurred in a year then it lead to some problems faced by monks, hence considered unlucky.
  • Number 13 represented femininity because 13 menstrual cycles occur in a year. 13 x 28 = 364 days.  
  • In Tarot Cards, 13th card represents Death with a picture of pale horse and a rider.
  • There are 12.41 lunar months in a solar year. It means that the 13th lunar month is never complete.

Interesting Facts about Fear of Number 13

  • Napoleon and the former US president Herbert Hoover suffered from Triskaidekaphobia, fear of number 13.
  • Apolo 13, a manned mission to moon, was aborted due to loss of an oxygen tank that exploded mid way.
  • Around $ 800 - 900 million is lost annually in the U.S. as people avoid to fly or do business meetings on 13th of any month.
  • House number 13 are usually hard to sell and often sold at a lower price with a different house number, such as 12A.
  • Many hospitals avoid having a room number 13. Similarly many tall buildings have floor 12A or M (13th Alphabet) instead of naming it as 13th floor.
  • A number of airlines have no row 13 on their planes. Scottish airports use gate 12B instead of gate 13.
  • Number 13 was never used by any player in triathlon. Similarly it was not used on any Formula One car from 1977 to 2013.
Interestingly all these facts and information lead to the conclusion that 13 is unlucky. However some people don't believe it and mark it as just a coincidence. After all just naming a room as 12A or 12B won't change its actual count. Even if nature has got something to do with number 13, then will it use English language or decimal number system to count it.
In some countries 13 is not considered unlucky. Instead 13 is considered lucky.
  • Great Seal of the United States has got 13 stars and there are 13 stripes on the American flag. 
  • In Italy 13 is considered lucky as the expression fare tredici ("to do 13") means "hit the jackpot".

Your Thinking can make you Super-Human

Very few people utilize the power of thinking or the power of mind. Most of us believe in physical strength and some believe in power of brain (tricks/technology to make tasks easier), but very few know that our thinking in the key to everything. If a muscular guy feels defeated in his thinking, then a physically inferior but mentally strong guy can easily defeat him.
Wim Hof
Do you know that Wim Hof climbed mount Everest wearing nothing but shorts. He believes that its done due to his will power (the power of thoughts) which made his body capable of handling such cold temperature.
Here we will discuss some facts related to your thinking and physical abilities. These abilities might seem difficult to earn, but if earned then they can make you super human. Super-humans are not made by just their physical abilities but their thinking abilities.

You are only as tired as you think : In a research some subjects were told that their REM Sleep will be measured, to measure their sleep quality. In the morning half of them were told that REM sleep record was good and they had a good sleep, while half of them were told that their REM sleep was much lesser than normal and they didn't get enough quality sleep. The truth was that nobody was measuring their REM sleep. But those who were told that they slept good, remained active and awaken throughout the next day, while those who were told about their bad sleep, felt tired and inactive. It shows that we only feel as much tired as we think we are. It also means that we can fool our brain by our thoughts.
Note : Here is a simple trick that you can practice yourself. If you are capable of doing 30 push-ups and you usually count it from 1 to 30 before taking a break. The next time you do it, count it from 1 to 15 and then again start counting from 1 without any break. You will definitely go above 15 (total above 30) very easily. Earlier the 30th pushup might have been the most demanding, but when you divide your counting into two, then your brain thinks that it is still 15th and don't let you feel tired.

Placebo works : Placebo are those medicine, which are really nothing but just plain sugar or starch. But in most of the cases they work, as the patient thinks that it is some actual medicine which will make him healthy. Here again the power of our thinking does the job. It means that our thinking can make our immune system stronger, we just need to fine tune our thinking.
Note: Placebo works even when a patient is told that he/she is taking a placebo (with full explanation), along with the information that placebo work better than actual medicines. It simply means that if we believe in something then it works. It is the power of thinking.
Do you know that if a doctor tells you about the possible side-effects of some medication, then chances of getting those side-effects doubles. It is because you start thinking about those side-effects and you get them.

How to trick your body to be in shape: If you can fool yourself that the daily work that you do is far more better than exercising and most of the people don't do such work which is equivalent to workout, then in a few weeks or months you will find that you are in far better shape than before. Researchers did such research on people in similar work environment and found that those who were told their daily work is equivalent to workout at gym, get into better shape than before, while no such effect was found on other people.
Similarly if you know that your habit of eating fast food is making your obese and eating salad don't stop your craving as you want to eat a burger, then use a trick. After eating salad just say it to yourself that you just ate a burger, and make your brain believe it. If you succeed then you will definitely feel full for a longer duration.
A $2.50 pain medication will work better than a 10 cent medication, even if both of them contain same salts, just because we believe that costlier means better and effective.
Your thinking can make you energetic : If two people drink same energy drink, but one was told it was nothing but plain water and other was told that it was most powerful energy drink, then the later one will definitely feel more energetic and will perform better than his/her normal ability.

The power of thinking developed eyesight of a blind women : According to Washington Post it happened. A 37-year-old blind German woman who was suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (also known as Multiple Personality) developed vision in one of her personalities. After through research scientists proved that she was not faking it. Her eyes worked only with some of her personalities out of the 10 distinct personalities she had. Reference

If you have listened about Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret", then you might be aware of the power of positive thinking. That books suggests that if you think a lot about something then the vibes of that thinking work for you and you get what you think. It works for both positive and negative thinking. If you think that you are diseased, then you will be in sometime. The author also suggested how your positive thoughts can be made more effective by implementing those thoughts in your words and activities.

Maharishi Effect: Transcendental Meditation techniques, not just affect your body in a positive way, but also the environment and the thinking of people around you. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted this effect in 1960 and then in 1976 scientists confirmed that when 1% of a community practiced the transcendental meditation, the crime rate was reduced by 16% on average. It shows the power of positive thinking and its impact on society.

So next time you imagine a super-human, don't predict him/her to be very muscular, but a normal human being with an average body but a strong mind with very powerful thinking ability. Real strength lies in your mind, not your muscles.

Do you think that you think a lot !

The mind of a normal human being go through 20,000 – 80,000 thoughts/day, which means 1500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour. Some of you might be thinking that they don't really think that much but this count is estimated after a lot of research. The count of thoughts may vary from person to person but even the least thinking person thinks a lot in reality. We often assume that if a person talks less the he/she thinks less, but in most of the cases it is just opposite. Why do we think so much ? And even if we think that much, do those thoughts change into actions ?
Our mind is a butterfly that keeps wandering on flowers of thoughts in an unpredictable manner. Only difference is that speed of our mind is much higher.
Most of the thoughts that come in our mind are useless and unimportant. A certain part of our thoughts change into reality after a lot of analysis by our brain. Our thoughts make us and create our whole personality. Most of our thoughts are not even worth sharing. Our thoughts accompany us everywhere irrespective if we are in crowd or alone. Our thoughts follow us even when we dress up, eat, exercise, walk, talk, drive, cook, work or have a bath.

Here are some facts about our thinking process
  • Thinking is not a conscious process, as most of the thinking takes place unconsciously.
  • When we are anxious or worried then our thinking process become so fast that we may start feeling tired even without any physical activity.
  • Even while reading this article you are moving your eyeballs after a lot of electrical impulses inside your brain. Even conscious or unconscious action of your body is made after a thought.
  • Every thought in your brain can't be changed into sentence. Every thought can't be verbalized.
  • Sometimes too much thinking slows us down in the real work that we were doing.
  • Our thinking affects the works we do and the works we do affect our thinking as well. So if you want to change the way you think, it is better to indulge yourself in some work that can keep your mind busy in itself and don't let your mind divert towards the topic that you want to avoid.
Education is not the learning of facts, but training the mind to think.
- Albert Einstein
When we talk to someone, our mind keeps commenting inside our brain and our mouth speaks only the selected thought which is most appropriate to talk. Even when we are just hearing to someone, thoughts related to that talk keep our brain occupied. Sometimes our thinking can be so deep that we can even visualize scenes inside our brain, and don't really see whats happening in front of our eyes. Sometimes we get stuck on one sentence or thought so much that we start thinking about that one thing and not even hear any further talk actually happening, and then suddenly realize that we have missed the real talk.

Do you think that you can stay on one thought for more than 10 seconds? Just think about anything and try not to be distracted from that one thought. Every inhale or exhale of yours will try to distract you to jump from one thought to another. You can never stay on one thought unless you are in mood to fool yourself. But if you are doing something that you like then you may stay longer but several thoughts related to that same thing may keep occupying your mind. However practitioners of meditation techniques can decrease the count of thoughts and keep themselves more calm than others.

How to witness your thoughts ?
Just try to watch the thoughts coming in your mind, it is not as hard as we assume. People who practice meditation often practice to witness their thoughts. While doing so, they often try to keep it on one thought. Experienced practitioners of meditation techniques like Yoga say that main objective of their practice is to attain "samadhi", which is a stage where one can attain a stage where no though occupies the brain.

It is our thinking process that make us human. Either we call it mind or brain, thinking process inside it is the basic reason behind our supremacy over other species. Our brain has evolved so much only due to the thinking process.