I talked about what is an attachment wound is and how it affects our relationship with our Higher Selves in my last month’s blog article. This month I would like to say more about the physical health consequences that result from attachment wounds.
Research has now shown children who experience an Adverse Childhood Event (ACE) are at a higher risk for developing cancer and other illnesses as adults than children who don’t. Not having your attachment needs met can also be described as an ACE.
When a child is avoiding connection with his or her mother, it takes on a certain persona. They begin to pretend that they don’t need the connection with others, leading to a strong sense of a separated self because we need secure attachments in order to be able to survive. That is why the need to attach is inherently programmed into our biology. When we try to shut down our primitive biological needs, it stresses the body out which leads to chronic stress.
The mechanism is similar in people with Ambivalent attachment wounds. In this attachment wound, the child, even while being held by the primary caregiver, is expecting to be dropped any minute. This anticipation is enough to generate a stress response in the body, which then leads to production of cortisol on a chronic basis.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two small pea-sized glands that sit on top of the kidneys. However, if the adrenals are constantly secreting cortisol in response to stress (whether it’s perceived or real), it leads to adrenal fatigue. In severe cases, it can also lead to adrenal exhaustion.
When the adrenals get fatigued, they are no longer able to secrete cortisol like they should. This in turn causes gut inflammation because cortisol, like exogenous steroids, serves to reduce inflammation. When we don’t have enough cortisol, we develop inflammation in the gut more commonly known as the leaky gut.
As the father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, once said, “All diseases begin in the gut.”
When you have a leaky gut, you are not able to absorb proper nutrients. Nutrients are needed to drive the cogwheels of biochemical reactions that are interdependent on one another. If a cogwheel gets stuck, then all the biochemical reactions downstream get stuck as well, which in turn stresses the body out even more and cause the adrenals to fatigue.
One of these reactions is called the Krebs cycle. It’s via the Krebs cycle that we generate Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a unit of energy. It can be used to produce either mechanical energy so you can workout or thermal energy to keep yourself warm. When we are generating enough ATP, we feel energetic and full of life. However, when we are lacking in vitamins such as Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B12, our body is unable to produce the ATP that we need in order to function optimally.
This increases the stress on adrenal glands, which leads to increased cortisol production initially. But if the deficiencies persist, then the adrenals are unable to produce the necessary cortisol for optimal health.
This in turn leads to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even autoimmune diseases. These diseases are treated with pharmaceuticals, which further leech the body of nutrients, which in turn worsens the nutritional deficiency, This then leads to worsening of the disease and more medications to control the disease.
This leads me to discuss the mechanism of high blood pressure, otherwise known as Hypertension (HTN). HTN, in part, is related to a deficiency in Magnesium. We know that life requires balance. Inside of our bodies are no different. Magnesium balances Calcium. Magnesium vasodilates blood vessels, while calcium vasoconstricts. When we are low on Magnesium, this leaves the effects of calcium unopposed. This leads to elevation of blood pressure. There is a class of drugs called Calcium Channel Blockers. Instead of giving magnesium to patients with HTN, pharmaceutical industry has developed drugs that block the calcium channels where calcium would otherwise act. Some of the antihypertensive medications depletes us of magnesium, leading to increased blood pressure in the long run, hence the need for 3-4 antihypertensives.
Anger also causes vasoconstriction of the blood vessels. As a Medical Intuitive, I saw this in one of my clients who was experiencing high blood pressure.
Anger also causes gut inflammation which leads to decreased absorption of much needed nutrients.
As you can see, in order to attain physical health, you must heal attachment wounds. While you are working on healing the attachment wounds, it is a good idea to supplement your diet with high quality vitamins orally. Or nowadays you can also get IV vitamin therapy from a functional medicine practitioner. There are also advanced labs available through your functional medicine practitioner that can help you identify which vitamins and minerals you maybe deficient in.
If you need help in working on your attachment wounds, please reach out to me for your free 30-minute consultation, so that we can jump start your journey into your physical health.