2019 FEB 05 - EATING DISORDERS TO HOLISTIC LIVING,
“TO EAT, OR NOT TO EAT?”, THAT IS THE TRAUMA!
Do you overeat or under-eat as an attempt to unintentionally solve problems in your life?
In today’s toxic society, we are consumed not just with ‘food as nourishment’ and for nurturing, as nature intended, but also food as diversion, ego, entertainment, titillation, contest and avoidance of underlying pain. Nourish means ‘to feed for health and good condition’ and nurture means ‘to take care of and protect’.
Whether we are looking at people who eat too much (overweight or obese), or those who starve themselves (anorexia) or make themselves vomit after eating (bulimia), the relationship with the food is used (intentionally or unintentionally) as a means by which to transcend underlying pain and suffering. This means that, in remedy, no matter whether the person goes on to be successful in gaining or dropping the desired weight (through diet and/or exercise, or other means), if the root cause of the pain that resulted in the original eating disorder in the first place is ignored, the pain will still remain and the eating disorder will either return in its original manifested form, or be transferred to another coping mechanism/addiction. For example, a drug addict or alcoholic can very easily transfer that addiction into exercise, food, shopping, studying, hoarding, being a workaholic, etc., all of which can be referred to as ‘different coping mechanisms’ with the underlying trauma remaining the same.
Gabor Mate (Author and Addiction Specialist, www.drgabormate.com) discussed that research into eating disorders by a physician who worked at an obesity clinic (Dr Vincent Felitti) uncovered in people with eating disorders common histories of trauma, including childhood abandonment and sexual abuse, as were histories of growing up in marital dysfunctional households. It became evident that traumatic experiences between childhood and adolescence were far more common in an obese population than was comfortably recognised. It was slowly discovered that major weight loss is often sexually or physically damaging and threatening (a form of self-harm by slowing shutting down the body), and that weight gain and obesity, whatever the other health risks, is protective emotionally (common after rape and/or sexual abuse). So, as with other addictions, it is not the addiction that is the problem, but the person’s underlying way to solve a problem and provide relief for pain and suffering.
Gabor goes on further to discuss that as children we need to feel loved, accepted, safe, valued and enjoyed for who we are. Any time that ‘need’ is frustrated, for example, the parents were too distracted or too busy to meet the childhood needs (this includes spending too much time on our smart phones, rather than connecting with our babies and children with our eyes in play and in love), or we experienced more traumatic events, that child is going to be short of the fundamental nourishing experience that they would then spend the rest of their lives compensating for, for example, ‘oral soothing’, eating; as Gabor highlights, we put a dummy or a nipple in a baby’s mouth when it is crying, so eating or oral intake or being soothed by a carer are very closely related in our minds.
Gabor further speaks of certain merciless, exploitational food companies such as Coca-Cola, Mr Donald’s etc. (and many others), who know scientifically accurately how much fat, sugar and salt to create a product with that will release the endorphins in our brains to make us become addicted to their products. They then cleverly polish it off with an advert about love and family closeness, emotionally sucking us in even further to these so-called ‘soothing’ foods in a society where we no longer eat together or live as large, supportive, generational families. Corrupt companies take advantage of this crave for soothing and ‘emotional nourishment’ substitute we have in our lonely society where mostly everyone is separated.
Research shows that anorexic and bulimic people have also usually experienced trauma of some sort or another, especially coming from an element of ‘control and resist’ where this aspect of their childhood life was perhaps somehow taken away from them, since food intake is one area they can remain having control over.
Whether the symptom, therefore, is overeating or undereating, there is usually an underlying element of past trauma. In the present, therefore, is an element of stress that we have no way to deal with, no safe outlet in which to witness and release the pain, so the imprint remains stuck in our energy field. We ask, “Not why the addiction, but why the pain?” (Gabor). There is always the same element of craving, pleasure, relief, shame, long term negative consequences, something you find difficult to give up.
A doctor might prescribe diet pills to someone who is overweight, or prescribe something else to someone with anorexia or bulimia, and this might produce temporary positive results, but it will not address the root cause. We (society) (and doctors) could also blame genetics on our food disorders, meaning that we don’t have to look at peoples’ pain, trauma and social toxicity. Apparently, there are rare cases where we can inherit certain genes that cause weight issues, but only since the Second World War, because people with the same genes back then did not have exposure to all the junk and processed food we have around us today. But the question still remains as to why we are not helped more mentally and emotionally by our doctors when it comes to weight issues and sickness, and this could be because most doctors do not understand trauma, because to understand trauma, is to deal with our own traumas and not everybody is ready, or wants, to do that because the truth hurts, the truth is usually painful, but it will ultimately set you free. Gabor explains that this ignorant behaviour is the same with most conditions. For example, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema etc., are also all stress and trauma-driven conditions, they are the body’s way of reacting to stress, yet the majority of doctors will not ask us as patients about our childhoods, stress levels or general relations with ourselves. Instead, we are prescribed steroid creams and cortisol creams, and cortisol is a stress hormone.
What can we do about eating disorders and food addictions?
We look collectively at the underlying trauma to address the root cause and addictive behaviour, the pain, alongside nutrition, supplements and energy medicine, working in the luminous energy field to erase trauma imprints from the field. We also take full responsibility and accountability for our own health and healing journeys.
I recently spent six months studying and practicing extensively with Dr Alberto Villaldo PhD, author of One Spirit Medicine (updated, March 2019, as ‘Grow A New Body’, www.growanewbody.com) at his Light Body School and I love his shamanic nutritional guides since, after him spending 25 years in the Amazon training under the shaman, they are so close to nature (www.onespiritmedicine.com/site/) and he works closely with other leaders in the science and nutritional profession, such as Dr Mark Hyman and Bruce Lipton PhD (websites below). Alberto swears by three areas in our health journeys and these are detoxification and repair of the body, brain and gut, complimented by working in the luminous energy field with shamanic energy medicine, to balance and restore our whole mental, emotional and physical systems, thus we don’t just look at the eating disorder, we look at the person’s health as a whole.
Alberto speaks about how our bodies have become toxic waste dumps, but that we can learn to grow new bodies by awakening systems in the body that have gone dormant and that shaman of old have discovered how to turn these systems back on again. He discusses how the medicine plants that are used by sages around the world switch on our longevity, self-repair and anti-oxidant systems in the genes in our cells that are commonly turned off in all humans after the age of around 40, when nature considers that we are no longer fit for reproducing, since nature’s primary need for us is reproductivity, as opposed to longevity. This system is also switched off because of the tremendous toxic load we have in our systems. Therefore, we detoxify our bodies and repair our brains in order to allow us to dream higher states of consciousness into being and, in so doing, we discontinue creating psychosomatic disease.
Alberto goes on to discuss that, complimented with shamanic energy medicine, this erases the imprints for disease that we hold in our luminous energy fields. And the luminous energy field is the blueprint that organises the body and which organises our experiences in the world, the filters in which we see the world through. And when we heal the luminous energy field, the body repairs itself and we can work towards growing a new body that ages, heals, lives and even dies, differently. We thus upgrade the quality of the luminous energy field. We have the methodologies today, the ancient shamanic technologies for upgrading the quality of the luminous energy field, and the contemporary neuroscience that shows us how we can repair the brain, we know the cutting edge of biology, we know that in order to establish extraordinary states of health we need to repair the microflora in the gut which, through the continued exposure of toxins, chemicals and harmful environments, we have destroyed, hence we begin to develop allergies that we blame on ourselves or our ancestors (The Four Winds).
Alberto discusses further through his research that allergy reaction rates in the Amazon are 1 in 1,500, in the US they are 1 in 3. Combining the energy medicine, supplements that repair the brain and certain foods (at least including omega oils, D3, multi-vitamins, vitamin c and super greens), can allow you to heal and prevent sickness. It is recommended that we eat a diet that is natural, wild, clean and organic, rich in cruciferous vegetables (bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, spouts, celery, kale, mustard greens) and phytonutrient-rich vegetables and herbs (arugula, spinach, swiss chard, parsley, cilantro, basil), as well as turmeric, nuts and seeds, avocados, berries and fish and other healthy proteins. See his website for more extensive information.
In exercising portion control, Deepak Chopra M.D. (Author and pioneer in Integrative Medicine and Quantum Healing, www.chopra.com) suggests that if we eat when the body is nothungry, it does not need nutrition at that time and is therefore not prepared to metabolise the excess food, even if it is healthy. Also, in the case of overeating, if there is no room left in the stomach, this results in improper digestion and, again, lost nutrition, ultimately leading to obesity and release of toxins into the bloodstream. On the other end of the spectrum, if we feel no food in our stomach and there is a sensation of hunger or starvation, we should eat before we get to this level because the body requires nutrition, or it will start to break itself down in an unhealthy way. Deepak suggests that every time we think we are hungry, to place your hands on your stomach to transfer intention and ask ourselves whether we are in fact hungry, or whether eating is an attempt to sooth pain, and to permanently pay attention to our body’s request, not our mind’s.
Eating organic, natural and wild food
Bruce H. Lipton PhD (leader in bridging science and spirit, www.brucelipton.com) speaks about the micro RNA’s (information and control ‘above’ our genetics) in our food which contain information and data that informs our DNA structure in potentially harmful ways we do not understand. Food containing chemical and toxic information can alter the food’s genetic readout, which in turn alters the micro RNA’s, hence the importance of sticking to natural, wild and organic foods. Bruce explains in ‘scientifically factual’ terms that information molecules from this food is picked up by our digestive system, those molecules enter our blood stream and subsequently affect our genetics. With that awareness, he adds, “think carefully before you eat, take care of yourself, return to the more natural wholefoods, because this is the food that created humanity and the health that we all aspire to”.
On healthy fats …
Dr Mark Hyman, M.D. (Physician, www.drhyman.com) discusses how we should all (irrespective of our health and/or weight) be eating healthy fats to speed up our metabolism, reduce bodily inflammation and eliminate hunger. By doing so, we turn on something in our cells called mitochondria that releases fat and thus increases our fat burning abilities (something which certain types of carbs shut off, locking fat into the fat cells, unlessthe carbs are from specific vegetables i.e. cruciferous and phytonutrient-rich vegetables and herbs (see Alberto Villoldo food lists above). Mark also confirms that there is no evidence showing that milk or any dairy is necessary in our diets or is indeed good for us and that we are being fed out-of-date dietary guidelines from many corrupt systems.
So, just don’t believe everything you are fed by the news or social media. Why were the old dairy adverts taken off the air? Because there was no proof it was in fact good for us, as clearly stipulated in the ad, or that it helped us to build strong bones. Mark also discusses how we are the only species who feeds milk to our children after weaning and that the dairy we consume today, which is full of chemicals, hormones and antibiotics, has a profound negative effect on our metabolism and our biology. With so many organic and natural dairy-free alternatives that taste just as good, some even better, there is no just need to consume dairy or buy from this corrupt and bloody industry, but that’s another story altogether.
To summarise in respect of eating disorders and food addictions, it would seem that it does not matter what anxieties we are looking at, no matter what new diseases or conditions that society or the pharmaceutical industry invent, they can be seen, for the majority of cases, as simply new responses to trauma, usually, but not always, with roots in our childhood (abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, emotionally or physically absent parents, broken homes, violence, addicted parents etc. who pass on the trauma to their children, through no fault of their own, but because they in turn were dealing with their own pain and doing the best they could with what they had).
We are all the walking wounded, but through this kind of trauma healing and addiction recovery, the aim is to break these painful cycles with love, compassion and connection.
NOTE: I produced this written material initially as notes for myself, through my own research, studies, interest and life experiences in addiction (I used to be addicted to exercise and weight loss, list not exhaustive). It serves to pose as nothing more than my own study material. If you require more facts and proof, please go to the sources provided or see your GP for professional advice around your health and your diet. I also purposely did not fill this blog up with photos of ill health, but healthy food!
With love, Dhanu x
Dhanu Le Noury, February 2019