In writing my 9th book ‘Age is an Attitude’, I have come across some incredible research on how thoughts affect our Aging Process. Yes you heard it correct. And of course it resonates with all my beliefs so I am super interested. Dr Mario Martinez is a clinical neuropsychologist who developed Biocognitive Science based on research that demonstrates how thoughts and their biological expression, merge with our cultural history. He believes that culture trains our brain.
Dr Martinez travelled the world interviewing over 400 older adults over 100 who are WELL. He asked them their secrets. Most of these people had not been to a doctor in 50 to 70 years. Rather than their cultural perceptions affecting the way they think or what they do, they decided to think and believe differently to create their own wellness lifestyle. They are not influenced by what they inherited or the societal pressures. They are in control of their life.
Dr Mario believes that genetics accounts for only 20% so we can’t keep blaming our ancestors for the way we have turned out. Our environment, which is culturally driven is 80% and if we focus on these outside influences then we are being culturally driven and not thinking for ourselves.
So what are just three keys to longevity that he found:
- It had nothing to do with the region they lived in or their nutrition……go figure!!!!
- Healthy longevity can be learnt at any age. I just read about a 90 year old lady, Heather Lee, who decided to start walking at 85years of age to honour her husband who had passed away. She is now 90 and breaking records and raising money for cancer.
- It’s the way we think that affects us the most, both in a positive and negative way. We have much more control over our lives than what we are told. The causes of health and illness are learnt.
Your thoughts affect your immune system. The immune system has been constantly developing. It is more powerful today than ever before. There were no ‘T’ cells. It is constantly learning and developing. We inherit what makes us well and healthy, and unwell, including our cultural beliefs.
Many diseases are based around the belief of disempowerment or in-assertiveness and fear. I can vouch for this having had an immune disorder.
Without realising what they are doing, the family, and often friends quite often foster the illness by teaching fear, helplessness and subservience. We therefore teach ourselves to get sick and stay sick. We should never blame ourselves because we don’t do this consciously.
I really get this because my husband loved ‘taking care’ of me when I was unwell with my immune disorder and my mother wanted me to move closer to her so she could ‘look after’ me. The Hospital was continually giving me evidence of my illness to keep me coming back. It dawned on me one day that I was being swallowed up in other people’s need to be wanted. So I changed the way I was thinking and I got well.
If we can trigger the causes of illness, we can also trigger the causes of wellness. I did and you can too. But you must decide to change the way you are presently thinking because your beliefs are running your immune system. New positive beliefs will change your immune system.
You will catch more of this information in my new book ‘Age is an Attitude’ coming out later this year.