Editorial, by Veronika Sophia Robinson
My husband used to sing a very moving old country music song called The Heart: The heart is a funny thing, With a mind all its own...
For eighteen years, my husband’s big, beautiful and open heart has been loving me into full being. When Paul had a heart attack at the start of the new year, it left our family reeling. On paper, he’s not a textbook candidate for a heart attack. He’s not obese, doesn’t smoke or drink or live off bacon burgers. In fact, he’s eaten a plant-based diet for almost forty years. Compared to the standard family diet, he eats healthily, and exercises regularly. How could this happen?
Although we were shocked by this incident, it’s been peeping above the horizon for a few years. Paul’s been treating high blood pressure with herbs, homeopathy, relaxation, meditation and breathing exercises.
My usual response to any health situation is to research the natural alternatives fully, and not to take the medical profession’s verdict as gospel. This event was no exception. The medical answer was to place two stents into my husband’s arteries, and provide a banquet of drugs. The nutritional advice by the National Health Service and the British Heart Foundation has left a lot to be desired, and there appears to be no understanding that arteries can heal without drugs.
We’ve been inspired by the work of Dr. Fuhrman, and his book Eat to Live. His work has helped to heal countless people from heart and artery issues through a nutritionally rich diet of fruits and vegetables (raw and steamed), beans, legumes, seeds and nuts; and the elimination of all animal products and processed foods. But is a nutrient-rich diet all that’s needed? It is said that people don’t die of heart attacks as such, but from magnesium deficiency. Transdermal Magnesium Therapy by Mark Sircus has made for fascinating reading, not just regarding heart health but for a variety of health issues.
My husband and I are very different people. His disposition is that of an anxious person, hence the high blood pressure. For me, someone who has spent her life taking risks, it isn’t always easy to put myself in his boots. “Why are you worried about that?” I often wonder as he metaphorically inspects poppy seeds in the soil. It’s a skill when it comes to editing, that’s for sure, but in daily life putting a microscope on the small things isn’t necessarily conducive to being relaxed.
Just about everyone in my husband’s maternal family has died from a heart attack or heart-related disease, but The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton proves that we are more than our genetics and DNA.
The heart starts beating in the unborn foetus before the brain has been formed. Scientists call this: autorhythmic. We form an emotional brain long before a rational one.
The heart is a funny thing, with a mind of its own. Studies through the Institute of HeartMath show that if we can listen to the heart we can bring our mind and emotions into alignment with it. Throughout traditional societies, we find evidence, both in written and oral form, that our ancestors believed in the ‘intelligent’ heart. About fifty years ago, it was discovered that the heart communicates with the brain. When it does so, it affects how we perceive and react to the world. According to neurocardiologist Dr. J. Andrew Armour, ‘the heart possesses a complex and intrinsic nervous system that is a brain’. It is through our heart that we receive intuitive messages, which, if listened to, guide our lives. The heart leads other bodily systems to work in harmony. Clearly, a person’s emotional intelligence comes from their heart intelligence. The more deeply we listen to our heart, the more able we are to hear its messages.
We rely on the heart to move us away from negative emotions. The nervous system is easily thrown out of balance when we’re in a negative state. When this happens, the rhythm of the heart becomes disordered. Such stress affects not only the heart, but other organs. Studies show that positive emotions lead to harmonious heart rhythms.1
Paul’s heart attack was not only a wake-up call, but a blessing (not that it felt like that at the time!). The human heart is powerful, brilliant, intelligent and responsive, and there is so much we can learn about ourselves from listening to its messages. Like any part of the human body, the heart is encoded to heal itself (given the right support), whether the pain is physical or emotional. Exciting pioneering work by mainstream cardiologist Dr Mimi Guarneri confirms that the outcome of heart health is highly dependent on our emotional state and the social support we have around us, compared to physical factors. In short, we need other humans around us.
Further reading and notes
Heart Thoughts by Louise Hay
The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton
Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing by Dr. Mimi Guarneri
Transdermal Magnesium Therapy by Mark Sircus
1. Childre and Martin, HeartMath Institute
Yoga: Heart Mudra to balance and strengthen the heart.
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