Recently, I was sent an article about a novel treatment for rheumatoid arthritis which is a potentially debilitating condition that involves an autoimmune inflammatory response.
This type of arthritis develops when the immune cells of the body are “turned on” and attack joints, causing symptoms of pain that can lead to joint destruction.
This breakthrough treatment is the work of Kevin Tracey, M.D., a neurosurgeon who practices at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at North Shore LIJ Medical Center in New York.
Biochemicals called cytokines are produced when inflammation occurs. Tracey performed experiments on animals that showed when you stimulate the vagus nerve, cytokine production reduces which decreases inflammation and further cellular and tissue damage.
This nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system which provides healing and restoration. The opposite nervous system, the sympathetic, is the “fight or flight” response.
This device emits electricity at 60-second bursts, 4 times daily.
The impulses travel to the spleen which is responsible for producing the inflammatory biochemicals.
In some rheumatoid arthritis trials the results have been promising results.
Participants with lower vagal tones not only had less inflammation, but their glucose levels were also lower and this reduced their risk for diabetes.
This emerging field of bioelectronics is simply fascinating to me.
Dr. Tracey, in a way, reminds me of Thomas Edison in his quest to discover the light bulb.
This study also reinforces a real connection between the nervous and immune systems. There is also a connection with the mind as well, a field called psychoimmunoneurology.
What is more fascinating to me, however, is how energy is so important to our lives. It can cause disease through inflammation, but it can also heal.
The way we harness our energies is thus vitally important. In Tracey’s article, positive emotions and practices like meditation increase the tone of the vagus nerve.
Interestingly, the article also talks about how energy is subconscious. One then needs to enter that subconscious space (through meditation, for example) in order to be fully aware of that energy.
When we are aware of the quality of energy we use, whether it is from wholesome foods, happiness and contentment, or a sense of peaceful living, we are truly enlightened about our health.
Please share your thoughts about what kind of energy you bring into your body and mind.