“Severe stress2. The biology of anxiety”
Panic really only involves one emotion, which is fear and a coping habit. Anxiety is a mix of emotions and that is very significant difference because emotions arise from issues. Emotions are the rational changes in body function owing to the perception of an issue. And the reason for those changes in body function is because some action needs to be taken in or by the body. So where panic can be arrested by addressing the breathing and accepting the fear, anxiety cannot be addressed until at least one of the issues is addressed. Only when issues are resolved will there be a cessation of some of the emotional reactivity in the body. When at least one issue of the two or more co-existing issues is resolved then the conflicting emotional (i.e., bodily) reactivity ceases so the somatic conflict stops. No amount of fear is going to do harm. It may be unpleasant to someone who doesn’t appreciate the value of fear but it is not harmful. So in anxiety we need to resolve issues and that is a lot harder than addressing the breathing or accepting the presence of danger. In a cheat the issues are made obscure and furthermore the ideas presented are baseless. So only by knowing the cheats can the problem be arrested. The person needs to know that the ideas are baseless or based on general suggestions that have been created by other, and mostly unrelated events in a person’s life. I have described here the basic form of the cheats but they are a bit more complex and they do on most occasions involved other aspects such as general suggestions.
There are a number of different anxiety mixes but two are the most common. One is the mix of fear and worry and the other is a mix of anger and worry (most likely when not as a cheat) but far more commonly this also involves fear as an underlying condition because it is a cheat, so this second type of anxiety is a combination of fear, anger and worry. Thus there are at least two different ideas that give rise to two different types of bodily reactivity. The first idea of danger, which give rise to fear and that means high energy production in the body. And where there is also anger there is likewise high energy production in the body, although not as great as fear unless the anger is intense. And you can appreciate that where the fear and anger are both intense then the body’s metabolism is very seriously heightened. Furthermore you need to realize that the anger, if present is additive because it arises via a different biological pathway. This means that the homeostatic conditions that maintain fear are not the overall governing conditions because there will also be similar conditions upholding anger.
The other idea is about some troubling issue or more simply the idea of perplexity. The idea of perplexity can be very general for example the idea “what’s this fear about?” This may sound like the person’s own reasoning but is indeed a presentation aimed to cause the person to worry. Whether the problem is known or unknown these ideas drive the person towards finding a solution and urgently. The person does not have enough information to find a solution if they don’t understand the nature of the cheats. Thus they will embark on a period of continual, circular thinking, which we call worry. It is not trivial. The demand that is made of someone with anxiety, to “just don’t think about it” or “just stop worrying” is an unreasonable demand. Danger is a concern that cannot be simply dismissed. A violation that gives rise to anger is also something not easily dismissed. Where the problem is a cheat, the danger is not associated with the problem or troubling ideas. So no amount of thinking is going to help them find a solution. Every solution that they consider is not going to make any difference because the danger and the corresponding fear they feel will not go away precisely because is not created by the ideas they perceive. The danger is never going to go away until either the criminals posing the danger leave or the person understand what they can do to counter them.
Why is fear or anger and worry such a problem?
Worry is the exact opposite situation in the body to fear and/or anger. With fear the metabolism is raised significantly by actions of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), in order to address a possible danger. With worry the brain needs to do a lot of work thinking so it needs the availability of fuel materials (oxygen and sugars) without competing with the musculature. Thus the body lowers the metabolism and moves the body to rest, to give the brain the advantage. This is achieved by increasing the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) tone. The SNS and the PNS are both part of the autonomous nervous system and they have opposite effects, and most profoundly on the heart and lungs. So we can look at the problem for the heart and appreciate that the problem is physical and not mental. Certainly there is a mental component but that involves perception on the one hand, which is both mental and sensory, and reasoning on the other. There is no sickness in the mind.
The Heart under normal rest conditions.
Stimulation of the parasympathetic vagus nerve causes the heart to slow its beating rate. The sympathetic nervous system on the other hand does the opposite, they make the heart speed up. These changes take place with the help of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine (for the PNS) and norepinephrine (SNS) respectively. Normally in rest states the parasympathetic influence dominates so the heart rate is between 60 and 70 beats per minute and sometimes a bit more. The heart is influenced by other factors such as temperature, plasma electrolyte concentrations and other hormones but to a much lesser extent. The heart rate is mainly regulated by the balancing of the slowing effects of the parasympathetic discharge against the speeding up effects of the sympathetic discharge. Both of these operate on the sinoatrial or SA node which is the normal pacemaker for the entire heart.
The Heart in the case of fear.
The emotion of fear or the fight or flight response is triggered by centres in the brain with the perception of danger. The body does not wait for the person to find out if there is real danger or not. It is a case of fire up the metabolism first and look afterwards! Fear involves actions of the sympathetic nervous system. There is a release of hormones in the body for a variety of processes to take place. Two of these hormones are released by the adrenal gland into the bloodstream. These are epinephrine (also called adrenaline) and cortisol. Cortisol and epinephrine help the organism generate more energy, provide more oxygen and speeds up the heart as well as stimulation of the brain and other muscles and organs. The many processes of fear continue in the body while there is a danger issue. Only when the danger is over do the hormone levels return to their normal values for rest conditions. Homeostasis is a feature but the homeostasis here involves the maintaining a state of readiness for sudden and strenuous action. Thus the heart is continually given messages to go fast (action of the hormone epinephrine). This affects both the contraction of the heart muscles and the heart’s electrical system.
The Heart in the case of worry.
The emotion of worry is associated with thinking, but this is thinking that occurs under conditions where there is a problem or issue that needs urgent resolution. There is an urgency to think something through. The parasympathetic nerves which slow the heart can even stop the heart for a short time. I have observed this parasympathetic action on the heart in very deep levels of meditation. I have recognized the slowing of the heart also in worry and have been able to arrest the problem. This I will explain in a latter book. It is important to know that in a cheat the person does not have enough information to arrive at a solution. Thus for the unsuspecting person worry can have a profound effect on the heart. And I will say here too that apart from action that one can take in the mind to counter the aggressors, one does not need to know all the details of what is being presented subliminally in order for them to overcome the problem. Knowing how a cheat is done is sufficient.
The Heart in the case of anxiety of fear and worry.
Danger can be and is posed through relationship and not directly. This is the method used in a cheat. The people in the vicinity of the targeted person, who are trivially related or entangled with the target/ victim, are criminals. They use criminal intent to pose a threat and of course they are armed in order to do so. The targeted person will have a constant perception of that threat while ever the criminal intent is upheld. It is the criminal intent, given that they are armed and in the vicinity, that creates the issue of danger. Thus the idea of danger, which is not apparent to the senses, is perceived in the mind. Even with all of that in place, the danger issue is only real while ever the person can be made to believe that they could be harmed or killed. It is that belief that causes a person’s body to respond with fear. And such bodily reaction is normal and appropriate.
If the person perceives a danger then, they will naturally try to either discover the source of the danger and deal with it or find some solution to whatever associated problem is presented to them. If at the same time they lack the necessary facts to determine the danger and /or associated problem then they will become locked into an endless cycle of fear coupled with urgent cyclic thinking or worry. This means that in the body there will be:
1. a high sympathetic nervous system tone and the associated activities such as hormone releases etc. associated with fear
2. a high parasympathetic nervous system tone and its associated activities.
These two nervous systems having strong action in the body at the same time will affect many organs adversely. And it is not that the body will not try to restore homeostasis but there are two homeostatic conditions and they are opposed to each other. Some neuroscientists consider emotions as a homeostatic device but I strongly disagree with them. It is not hard to see that they haven’t considered the matter sufficiently. One of them said that if emotions were not part of homeostasis then the person would get sick. INDEED! They have only to look around themselves to see that disease has escalated significantly and is continuing to rise and all of the people are stressed. 95% of the “business” that walks into a doctor’s officers is stressed and that stress is emotional upheaval. If emotions were homeostatic devices there would be no disease.
Anxiety is a problem even over a short time, if it is severe. However even mild to moderate anxiety will have harmful effects if the problem persists for weeks or months. The worse affected are the heart and the lungs, which are really one system; the one affects the other. The heart is put into serious conflict. The heart is conflicted when it tries to go fast and slow at the same time. The muscles will spasm and the electrical system of the heart becomes confused so arrhythmias develop and the heart becomes ineffective as a pump. This means the blood, which carries fuels needed to maintain life, does not efficiently circulate in the body. The evidence pointing to the inefficiency of the heart as a pump is seen. It is the chief symptom that is reported by many people with moderate to serious anxiety. That symptom is a vibration in the musculature. What this means is that the muscles are not getting adequate oxygen supplies to carry on the basic metabolic functions to generate life sustaining heat. Where there is not enough heat generated in the body the muscles begin to vibrate to generate the necessary heat needed to continue life. This is an adaptation seen in all mammals. The heart being mainly muscle is also affected so the heart muscles too will vibrate. It is called fibrillation with respect to the heart muscles.
I find it hard to believe that this evidence is missed by the medicos. Indeed in treating anxiety as a mental disorder and drugging people in a way that camouflages the problem, serious health matters develop, especially for the heart. Not surprising then that in describing the causes of heart disease and most particularly arrhythmias of the heart they never mention anxiety as etiological. They may say that the heart patient is also anxious but state it as a consequence of heart disease or as a concurrent symptom, but not as a cause. Furthermore they admit that the muscular tissues of the heart, called the myocardium, can suffer a reduced efficiency if it is either damaged or overloaded but they are picking up the matter late. They don’t talk about the source conditions so they don’t mention conflict. It is not hard to see that money is the driving force and not health.
Anxiety can have significant effects in many areas of the body. The eyes, for example of a person with good vision can be affected. The person may even suffer harm in some cases.
In normal circumstances many changes take place in the eyes as required for good vision. For example the lens in the eye is pliable for accommodation of far and near vision. The manipulation of the lens occurs through the ciliary muscles on either side of it. The lens is flattened for far vision and thickened for near vision. This is achieved by relaxing or contracting the ciliary body and making the ligament taut or slack. In this way the focusing power of the lens is modified. The ciliary muscles are manipulated by actions of the SNS to flatten them and by the PNS to thicken them. So for far vision the ciliary body is relaxed by action of the SNS and the lens becomes flattened. When the lens is flattened it adds only a minimum amount to the focusing power. For near vision the ciliary body is contracted by actions of the PNS and the lens becomes thickened. This adds the greatest amount to the focusing power of the lens.
Emotions such as fear, anger, worry and sadness on their own do not have a detrimental effect. The accommodation necessary to retain good vision is unaffected. But when emotions that have opposite effects in the body are coupled and such coupling lasts over time then there are serious problems created for the eyes. So in the case of anxiety with fear and worry the two nervous systems, the PNS and the SNS are overactive. Thus there is an ongoing effect that tries to both flatten and contract the ciliary body, thus the compensations for the ciliary muscles in the eyes can not be properly facilitated. The lens then cannot be properly adjusted and sometimes not adjusted at all. This occurs when there are enduring rather than transient and conflicting emotional states. And this is evident because the person’s vision varies. There are times when they will have less eye problems than other times.
Another problem is that the shape of the eyeballs may be affected and this may occur when there is fear and worry as well as anger. When a person is very angry their eyes may bulge and this is due to high activity of the muscles around the eyeball. Around the eye there are six extrinsic muscles, which control the movements of the eyeball. These are part of the skeletal musculature and are affected together with other muscles. With anxiety that involves anger and particularly strong anger, there is unnecessary tension on the extrinsic muscles. If they are all energized equally and all act together the shape of the eyeball may be affected. There is fear to begin with due to the way the cheats are done and anger adds to the rise in the energy producing processes of the skeletal muscles but by another way. And this problem can be long term with the anger largely subliminal and appearing only as mood swings or irritation under increased stress.
If the shape of the eyeball is distorted then vision is affected. The reason is that a change in the shape of the eyeball affects the relative differences in the eye needed for good vision. Thus there is a difference in the length of the lens and the distance between the lens and the retina at the back of the eyeball. This affects the focus length and the distance at which the image comes into focus. So for instance with a thickened lens and a long eyeball the distance is too short and the image will be focused before it reaches the retina. If the lens is flattened and the eyeball is taller than its length (between the front and the back of the eye) then the distance at which the image is focused is too long so it will be past the retina at the back of the eye.
There are many other problems that can arise with emotions that are conflicting, which may result both in different vision problems. So a person may need to wear glasses when their eyes have really nothing wrong with them. One has to wonder how many eyeglasses would be sold if there was no maltreatment? We may be talking about 50% or 80% or more people not needing glasses that are at present wearing glasses either for close or far vision or both. A great deal of business will be lost when the truth becomes known. Even in Australia alone we are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars. At present an industry thrives on the maltreatment of people, including children.
Anxiety is serious malfunction in the body.
Anxiety is a name given nebulously. The medicos talk about a range of emotions alright but the range is neither complete nor coupled and may often even be misleading. The range they often give include apprehension, fear, dread, worry, agitation, tension and disquiet and it’s pick what you want. So they may say it is a lot of worry and tension or disquiet. Or alternatively they may say fear and apprehension. This conceals the fact of the conflict. The chief condition involves fear and worry. If there is anger and worry they tend to take the worry and not make mention of the anger as part of the problem. And as for other emotions they fail to even mention the fear or bodily excitation. Thus the conflict aspect that is key is lost in the diagnosis. The identification and treatment of anxiety by the medical industry trivializes the problem. Really anxiety is a subset of a much greater medical problem and I might say all-encompassing medical problem. Almost all, if not all of disease arises out of bodily malfunction and conflict with a variety of emotions being present and etiological. However if we also add a coping habit to somatic conflict then even more conflict can arise. The EMCM would increase the energy production in skeletal muscles and of course the muscles of the heart, while a LMCM would increase the actions that bring the body to rest and of course the fear, which is the underlying condition, is ever-present, whether identifiable as fear or not.
The various emotions also have different effects. If for example we add sadness to fear the conflict affect water metabolism in the body. It affects both the lungs and large intestine. Sadness is a mechanism by which the pathways in the brain that were linked to the lost object or person are remade and updated so that the loss is included. Thus the person does not try to connect with whatever they have lost and end up with a “loose end”. Even excessive amounts of joy that are a part of a cheat, which means it come on top of bodily excitation due to unrecognized fear, can adversely affect the way the body functions. All of this affects neural networks in the brain and in a very real sense the content and structure of the personal self is added to or subtracted and hence “updated”, just like we update a file on a computer. I will discuss this a great deal in a later book because it is crucial to recovering from disease and maintaining good health. It is a critical matter to discover and understand how cheats are done and why they are done because manipulation and control of another person is a key factor. There are three main areas of discovery and benefit for the non-toxic person to make with respect to the cheats, disease and health. These I have described in my epilogue.
Kyrani Eade November 2012