How emotions make us sick

I wanted to revisit the emotional lens that I spoke about in the prior blog. It’s important and often so overlooked when putting together a treatment plan.

We know during an emotional event that proteins are created and stored in the tissues, organs, nerves, muscles etc. Often times a trauma is quite literally imprinted in the body somewhere and if its not dealt with it will fester to become something that could cause dis-ease. It’s common that when something stressful happens we see it show up in the body months to years later.

Trauma can be something that was very serious and it can also be something we give less thought to such as a move, argument, birth of a sibling etc.

How do past events, traumas and the stories we create play out in our lives now?

We all have our own emotional realities. Let’s say that you get in an argument with your husband in front of your 3 year old daughter while she is eating breakfast. You have decided he doesn’t spend enough time with the two of you because he is always working on the house and he thinks you don’t appreciate all the hard work he does. There will be 3 different emotional realities that are created just by that moment. 


Your husband has an emotional reality of what was said and how he feels the conversation went and so will you! Most likely your emotional realities will be very different from one another. Your daughter will also have her own emotional reality or the story she creates that is her truth. She might think it’s her fault mom and dad are arguing –who knows. The bottom line is that everyone creates their own version of what happened and it doesn’t matter if its “right” or not because it’s YOUR truth. 


Will that argument have a lasting effect in your body? Probably not - these situations happen all the time. Its possible your 3 year old could have started to create a story around it. My guess is that you and your husband are most likely being triggered by each other with the original event stemming from your pasts. What are triggers?


You’ve heard the sayings someone is really pulling my strings or she knows just how to push my buttons. What does this mean? It means that sometimes we don’t consciously know where these triggers come from but subconsciously we do. And our body’s hold all the answers. 


Was there a story you created when you were younger about someone not making an effort to spend enough time with you? And now everytime your husband is preoccupied with his projects it triggers you back to that time? Very possible. And your husband probably also has a story that he wasn’t appreciated and once in awhile you trigger that for him. Our spouses are often our greatest teachers and bring the most up for healing.

There are many modalities that doctors, healers, therapist etc use to help the body deal with these original traumas so that our relationships now are more peaceful. It is more widely accepted that emotions affect relationships but these traumas also affect our physical bodies as mentioned above. Some of these modalities also address healing in the physical body. My personal favorite is NET, Neuro-emotional technique. Its fast, effective and eliminates the guessing game.

NET uses chinese medical philosophy which correlates emotions with organs systems. Ex: Anger is stored in the liver, grief in the lungs, fear in the kidneys etc. If not dealt with we can see these emotions fester in those organs and cause physical imbalances.

I also love meditation, homeopathy, flower essences etc to help heal emotions/traumas and allow the body to obtain optimal health.

If you have more questions about the emotional component of health please comment below or send over an email!

With gratitude,

Dr. Nicole

4 ways to beat the flu

It happens to the best of us. Even the healthiest eaters, meditators and yogis get taken down every now and then. The statistics for flu this year are pretty staggering with over 80% of the flu involving a particulary tough strain called H3N2. I’d say about that same percentage of my patients are coming already had or currently experiencing this nasty flu. So what do we do? We try and prevent it first.


1.     Drink lots of water: yeah yeah you already fill up your Nalgene at least 2 times a day nice work but lets be more specific. One of my mentors teaches for every 50 pounds of body weight you have to drink one liter of water and then add two more. Ex: 150 pound woman is drinking 3 liters plus 2 more. So that’s 5 liters of water a day. And we aren’t just talking about any water; water that is filtered and clean. Unfortunately tap water just has too much fluoride, chlorine, presecription medications etc in it for it to be a flu fighting liquid. All those toxins just bogs the body down even more. Clean, filtered water continually renews and washes away toxicity; bugs and does a host of amazing things for the body. In fact, I have seen patients get rid of many ailments simply by increasing hydration. Water is water. This means tea and coffee don’t count towards your water goal.


Clean. Filtered. Water. And a lot of it.


2.     Cut out those sugars; nom nom nom…. A bug’s favorite food is sugar. One of the best ways to make sure those flu bugs are populating and creating their perfect home in your body is to feed them sugar. Yes this includes chocolate. L But it also includes sugar in your coffee; bread and pasta which break down into sugar in your body and those afternoon cookies that show up at the office when everyone is crashing. Until the flu season comes to a close avoid the sugar and your waist line and immune system will thank you.


3.  Vitamin D3: First off it’s January so I’m going to go ahead and guess you’re

vitamin D deficient. I was taught draw a horizontal line across the United States starting at LA and everyone north of there is Vitamin D deficient. It’s impossible to get enough sun in those places throughout the year. And now I live south of that line and guess what; everyone’s labs are still showing vitamin D deficiency. The lab standards will also tell you that if you are around a 50 you’re in a great range; I like to see my patients anywhere from 70-90 so you’ll usually have to supplements more than 2000 IU’s a day to get there. Not only is it antiviral but its super important to the immune system. Having your levels in normal range automatically cuts your chances for getting the flu in half! I’m not a fan of target brand vitamin D3 so find your trusted health practitioner or doctor and get a trusted brand and get those levels up!


4. Garlic: Its possible that your co-workers may be appalled by your breath but when you’re the only one who is still healthy at the office who cares! Garlic has been used for centuries as a powerful medicine. Garlic can be crushed, chewed or sliced to produce allicin, which is thought to give garlic its immune-boosting properties. Studies have shown that its not only preventative but even after you get sick, garlic can help lower the severity of the illness and help you recover faster. The trick is to not over cook it to keep all the properities intact.


Thanks for stopping by! Stay healthy!

Dr. K