HEALTH IMPACT OF LOVE AND FEAR
©2006 Linda Marks
stress (more than 15 minutes) increases the stress hormone cortisol.
Cortisol makes us hypervigilant, and mobilized to cope with stress and
emergencies. This is different than the fight-or-flight response that
adrenaline gives. Our hunter-gatherer forefathers most likely faced
physical stressors like starvation, severe gastro-intestinal illness
and critical injury. To cope with such emergencies, cortisol begins to
break down non-essential organs and tissues to feed vital organs. When
cortisol stays at high levels, it automatically digests bones, muscles
and joints to obtain key nutrients to maintain the nervous system and
vital internal organs. It also makes us hungry, causing us to reach for
high calorie food. Today, our biggest long-term stressors are emotional
and mental, not physical. As we face potential job loss, the pressure
of commutuing in heavy traffic, the barrage of fear-producing media,
relationship disharmony and more, our body has only one automatic
oxytocin has been found to be an anti-stress hormone that counters the
effects of cortisol. Oxytocin induces emotional bonding, labor and
lactation, and is produced during meditation, massage, yoga, caring for
a pet, joining a support group, worshipping and exercise.
calm and connected
cravings and addictions
be toxic to brain cells
down muscles, joints and bones
heals, and restores
sense of pain
arteries, promotes heart disease and high blood pressure, obesity,
blood pressure. Protects against heart disease
- From “Love and Fear” by Marnia Robinson.
Prepared by Linda Marks.
Linda Marks, MSM, has practiced body psychotherapy with individuals,
couples and groups for more than twenty years. She is the founder
the Boston Area Sexuality and Spirituality Network and is the
of Healing the War Between the Genders:
The Power of the Soul-Centered Relationship
(HeartPower Press, 2004) and Living With Vision:
Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
(Knowledge Systems, Inc, 1989). She can be reached at
LSMHEART@aol.com, www.healingheartpower.com or (617)965-7846.