When you are sick your body goes through two distinct phases of disease. Presently, the only phase that is widely understood and recognized is the unignorable one – the one where you have horrible symptoms and feel awful. However, getting sick does not come out of nowhere, nor do serious health issues arise without a cause. I hope in learning how your body goes through two phases of disease you will have a greater understanding of how your body responds to stress and what you can do to work with and self-heal current health problems, as well as to prevent serious ones from manifesting in your future. In this article you will learn the difference between the 2 Phases of disease, what initiates this biological response in the body and common symptoms that arise in each phase.
META-Medicine – Law of 2 Phases of Disease
META-Medicine is an international organization based on 30 + years of research and over 40,000 individual case studies linking how stress causes disease in the body. Out of this painstaking, extensive research it has scientifically been proven that 90% of all disease is linked to stress – and that our bodies respond to stress in a 2 Phase disease process: 1st Stress Phase and 2nd Regeneration Healing Phase.
The graph below shows these two phases:
- #1 Body is in Healthy Balance of normal day and night rhythms.
- #2 A Significant Emotional Event triggers an illness. This stressful event is often unexpected, dramatic, and there is not an immediate solution to resolve the problem.
- #3 Sympathetic Stress – the body is in a heightened state of mental and emotional stress and is biologically responding trying to solve and adapt to the conflict that has occurred The body is not able to switch fully into its nightly rhythm to rest and repair and is in overdrive trying to cope with the conflict.
- #4 Conflict Resolution – the event that triggered the conflict has been resolved and the body is no longer adapting to meet the demands of that stress. It now moves into the 2nd phase of Regeneration to heal.
- #5 Regeneration Phase – Restoration The body is in a Parasympathetic state of fatigue, rest, recover and repair. It goes into deep healing and recovery from the built up strain put on it and many different types of undesirable symptoms like the flu, headaches, diarrhea, aches and pains can occur during the Regeneration Healing Phase. (Although the actual disease started weeks, months or years before, which creates a gap in obvious link between the stressful event and the ensuing symptoms. Meta Medicine makes the link between cause and effect, as well as to understand why the body bio-logically responds the way it does to meet the demands of environmental stress. We will explore this more in Part II)
- #6 Healing Peak the body biologically tests the organism.
- #7 Normalization the body is still in recovery though on the mend, symptoms are less severe and beginning toward normalization.
- #8 End of Healing the healing phase is complete from the body taking on and surviving the stress.
- #9 Return to health and normal night and day rhythms.
As you can see your body is affected by stress and adapts to help you get through it, but it must go through a healing process afterward. It may not be convenient, but wear and tear – is wear and tear and your body must heal, recover and repair. 🙂 I JUST made this up after a long day at work! Anywho, in Part II we will explore more in depth the different forms disease and symptoms will take, depending upon the different types of stress and emotional responses put on it. Anger impacts the body differently then fear, and being separated from a loved one impacts the body differently than seeing something traumatic. For now I want to keep this simple and look at the different symptoms that are common in the 2 Phases. The key is to recognize the symptoms of the 1st Phase so to be proactive to prevent a full blown set of undesirable and potentially life-threatening symptoms.
1st Phase Sympathetic Stress Symptoms: (you do not have to have all symptoms)
- Mental Stewing/Obsessing thinking about the stress or someone for hours incessantly
- Stressed Body/Tension
- Poor Appetite
- Weight Loss
- Faster Breathing
- High Adrenalin
- High Blood Pressure
- Nervous/Cold Sweat
- Crave High Sugary Foods/Junk Food
- Cold Hands and Feet
- Manic Energy – Going Nonstop
- Cannot Think Clearly
- Muscle Weakness
- Flaky Dry Skin Patches
- Uncontrollable need to get out of stress state of obsessive thinking and avoid unwanted feelings through – drinking, drugs, sex, watching movies, tv etc. something to distract or change internal chemistry and hormones.
2nd Regeneration Healing Phase
- Extreme Fatigue/Exhausted/No Energy
- Warm Hands and Feet
- Low Blood Pressure
- Slower Heart and Breathing Frequency
- Blood In Stool
- Muscle Pain (Back, Neck, etc.)
- Itchy Skin (Eczema)
- Sore Throat
- Increased Appetite of Health Foods
- Able To Sleep Soundly
- Muscle Cramps
In having this knowledge it is not to overwhelm or scare you. Rather it is wise to listen to your body and recognize when you are in an excessive state of Phase 1 symptoms. For example, if an extremely stressful event occurred and you find yourself incessantly thinking about it perhaps fueled in fear, worry, anger or sadness and your thinking and emotions are keeping you up at night – you want to stop and realize that you are in a high sympathetic state. To prevent your body from having minor to acute symptoms you want to pull back and become aware that you are caught in stress and you need to do something to resolve the problem and decrease the stress load from a 10 down to a manageable 1-3. By being caught in the problem and incessantly thinking about your stress, your energy is not being used productively to find a healing solution and you can be causing your body harm. When you stop, pull back and get clear about the stress you are under you can choose to do some of the following:
- Get support talk to family or friends
- Work with a professional to help you resolve the conflict or underlying problem
- Take responsibility and find a way to heal through the challenge
- Exercise in healthy moderation
- Do yoga, swim, take a bath, meditation
- Get a massage or acupuncture
- Apply stress reducing techniques
When you can take your stress down from a 10 to a manageable 1-3 you will be able to see and think more clearly, be more calm, make rational wise decisions, eat better and be able to sleep. Can you see the difference this will have on your body and health?