Recently, I read an article entitled "The Mind-Body Interaction in Disease" written by Esther M. Sternberg (a professor in University of Arizona and a product of McGill University) and Philip W. Gold (a product of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, NIH). They aim to explain that our brain and immune system continuously communicate with each other, often along the same pathways, hence possibly explain how our states of mind influence our health.
A #mindmap note of my #readxp (high-resolution is here):
Listen to the audio explanations here.
♥ Keep calm and your immune system will work better in resisting or recovering from infectious and inflammatory diseases.
♥ To save $ and be fully protected, take vaccinations when you are calm and relaxed, not when you are in stress. Rationale: "Medical students receiving hepatitis vaccination during their final exams do not develop full protection against hepatitis."
♥ (Perhaps some) You-can-heal-your-life mantra ala Louise Hay may work through the inter-signaling molecular mechanisms between brain and immune system.
♥ Choose your friends and socialize wisely. Rationale: Social stresses (over 2 months) can increase susceptibility to common cold.