A study in 2002 by the Department of Psychiatry at the Ohio State University College of Medicine showed that negative emotions could intensify a variety of threats to our physical health, from degrading immune system and inflammation which has been linked to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even certain cancers.
Here is the summary of the findings:
Negative emotions and stressful experiences can directly stimulate the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines that influence these and other conditions.
Negative emotions also contributed to prolonged infection and delayed wound healing, processes that fuel sustained pro-inflammatory cytokine production.
Accordingly, distress-related immune dysregulation may be one core mechanism behind a large, diverse set of health risks associated with negative emotions. Resources such as close personal relationships that diminish negative emotions enhance health in part through their positive impact on immune and endocrine regulation.
When Scripture says to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ, it was not only reserved for the health of our souls. Instead, we must see the connection between our body, soul, and spirit.
When Thammie and I started this year talking about designing your life in Christ, we were not just speaking to the church but to all our friends and acquaintances and our social media platform to show what life in Christ is!
We are halfway through with our manuscript and are excited to get back on track soon. Praying that we find true life in Christ this year!
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