Negative Thoughts Harm Your Health By Damaging DNA

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By April McCarthy via Prevent Disease (19 May 2017)

Lose your temper on the road? Frustrated with colleagues at work? You may be cutting your life short, warns molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn–who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009–and health psychologist Elissa Epel, who studies stress and aging.

Negative Thoughts Harm Your Health By Damaging DNA

The authors claim in their new book, The Telomere Effect, that negative thoughts harm your health at the DNA level. Research has shown that a person’s “social relationships, environments and lifestyles” affect their genes. “Even though you are born with a particular set of genes, the way you live can influence how they express themselves.”

Blackburn and Epel say components of DNA called telomeres determine how fast your cells age. Short telomeres are one of the major reasons human cells grow old, but lab tests have shown that they can also grow longer. In other words, aging “could possibly be accelerated or slowed -and, in some aspects, even reversed.”

The aging and lifespan of normal, healthy cells are linked to the so-called telomerase shortening mechanism, which limits cells to a fixed number of divisions. During cell replication, the telomeres function by ensuring the cell’s chromosomes do not fuse with each other or rearrange, which can lead to cancer. Blackburn likened telomeres to the ends of shoelaces, without which the lace would unravel.

In one study, telomere length, an emerging biomarker for cellular and general bodily aging, was assessed in association with the tendency to be present in the moment versus the tendency to mind wander, in research on 239 healthy, midlife women ranging in age from 50 to 65 years.

“People who score high on measures of cynical hostility tend to get more cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease and often die at younger ages. They also have shorter telomeres.”

Pessimism shortens telomeres too.”When pessimists develop an aging-related illness, like cancer or heart disease, the illness tends to progress faster… They tend to die earlier,” warn the authors.

Ruminating over a bad situation is also destructive. “Rumination never leads to a solution, only to more ruminating… When you ruminate, stress sticks around in the body long after the reason for the stress is over.” The resulting depression and anxiety only make your telomeres shorter.

Trying to suppress thoughts and feelings makes matters worse. “The more forcefully you push your thoughts away, the louder they call out for your attention… In a small study, greater avoidance of negative feelings and thoughts was associated with shorter telomeres.”

Even lack of focus is bad for telomeres because “when people are not thinking about what they’re doing, they’re not as happy as when they’re engaged.” To reverse the harm to telomeres, try meditation and long-distance running.

 

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Hailstones Melt
LilaSo, for example. I stub my toe. I could go down that old story of how last time I stubbed my toe I hobbled for days, re-stubbing it repeatedly and being in pain for a long time. Caught up these thoughts, I could get up, angry at my perceived fate, not really paying attention and bump into the next person I encounter, because I was so caught up ruminating over my bad luck. The initial stubbed toe would be the 'first arrow'. The subsequent bad mood and re-stubbed toe were 'second arrows'. There is no limit to what type of 'second arrows' we can create I had a stubbed little toe on my left foot and a stubbed little finger on my right hand today, so your point is proven. As I stood up after stubbing the toe, I thought "let's not go through recriminations, the best remedy for a stubbed toe is to forget about it and move on." Apparently, I did not centre my presence well enough, as the stubbed finger soon followed! I loved to learn about your concept of the hail of arrows – I had not heard that one before. Laron, I would be interested… Read more »
Lois

Interestingly it is not just our own body's DNA/RNA which can be influenced by our feelings and intentions:
http://i-uv.com/new-research-shocks-scientists-human-emotion-physically-shapes-reality/

We physically (or holographically) shape everything around us, not just ourselves. Intuitively we all know this is true – we've all been around others who just make us feel good: alive, happy, well rested, capable… we don't even have to have deep and meaningful conversations with that person or have a 'healing session', just being in their energy field is enough.

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Laron
Hailstones MeltAlthough I was unstressed, into my mental image came a picture of a plane smacking right into that skyscraper. I told myself off for having a negative thought of pure destruction, as I knew then that thoughts help create reality. But what if I was just channelling the thoughts of dark, negative entities or people who were plotting the real destruction that was to follow? It can be very difficult to differentiate between a random though and a premonition. In this case it was you having a premonition by picking up on the event, which was something that was very likely to happen based in our timeline back then. So in this case you are not promoting or creating energy forms, but simply viewing existing ones. We could ponder on the details of where and what specifically you were getting that from, such as those that planned it, (Courtney Brown from Farsight did good remote viewing project on this) or simply the actual event occurring, but I think it's more likely you were just seeing that event with the help of that tall building being a bit of a trigger. Sometimes we will pick up on angry and negative… Read more »
Laron

Loisjust being in their energy field is enough.

A good point to bring up Lois. This is something that I do strongly — it's not something I promote because it would sound a bit off, and from ego if I went around saying it.

There are things in life you begin to notice and eventually 'know' are true and real about yourself, and I'm sure many of you know what I mean here. Volunteer souls, gurus, avatars, higher level shamans, spiritual masters, and so on tend to do this.

But people also have other gifts they bring with them which influence in other ways. For example, someone may create a bit of an energy flux as they visit places of commerce, so that then the place suddenly picks up and gets busier for no apparent reason.

Hailstones Melt
LaronIt can be very difficult to differentiate between a random though and a premonition. In this case it was you having a premonition by picking up on the event, which was something that was very likely to happen based in our timeline back then. So in this case you are not promoting or creating energy forms, but simply viewing existing ones. We could ponder on the details of where and what specifically you were getting that from, such as those that planned it, (Courtney Brown from Farsight did good remote viewing project on this) or simply the actual event occurring, but I think it's more likely you were just seeing that event with the help of that tall building being a bit of a trigger. Sometimes we will pick up on angry and negative thoughts of others and that will make us get into that mood of being negative and thinking up our own thoughts (which can be completely different to the person's thoughts that we were nearby). This is why it's really important to have friends and people in your life, those you are around on a regular basis—including work colleagues—that are of like mind and resonate more with… Read more »
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