Henry Wright On Biblical Healing And Pathways To Wellness
http://BeInHealth.com/ Henry Wright discusses biblical healing, pathways to wellness, and why we get sick with his book A Most Excellent Way.
Henry Wright: Biblical Healing And Pathways To Wellness
by Henry Wright
The majority of diseases related to the digestive tract are usually caused by unresolved fear, anxiety and stress.
The hypothalamus is the principal intermediary between the nervous system and the endocrine system. All Satan needs is one gland to produce over sixty major diseases. Through the autonomic nervous system, the hypothalamus is the main regulator of visceral activities. It regulates heart rate, movement of food through the digestive tract and contraction of the urinary bladder. The hypothalamus is designed to produce balanced homeostasis when you are in peace concerning God, yourself and others. If Satan can steal your peace, he can control you and he will use the hypothalamus to do it.
Have you ever been startled and had to go to the bathroom immediately? When you are startled in stress, it produces a contraction of the urinary bladder causing quick results.
Movement of food through the digestive tract, all the way from your mouth to ‘Charmin land’ is controlled by the hypothalamus. Malabsorption, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, and a leaky gut are all diseases that are the fruit of anxiety.
Since the hypothalamus gland regulates food intake, it also regulates your digestive process as well as your hunger and appetite. It is actually the center for hunger and appetite. For example, in the case of weight gain, when you don’t feel good about yourself, you have lowered serotonin levels.
Left alone, the body does a nice job of doing what God created it to do. God created you to function apart from conscious thought. You don’t have to worry about making your stomach digest food. You don’t have to worry about the lining of your stomach secreting various digestive enzymes. However, anxiety, fear and stress affect the entire physiological, neurological and chemical makeup of your body.
Do you have reflux? You may call it heartburn, but in advanced cases, the sphincter gland stays open to the degree that the reflux gushes. Acids from the digestive process can then back up into your esophagus.
Acid reflux is an anxiety disorder. You have two sphincter glands. The top one is where the food comes down into your stomach. There are nerve endings there. When you have anxiety, fear and stress about some particular life circumstance, then there is an interruption of the neurological process so that the sphincter gland doesn’t close properly. It allows the acid from the digestive juices to come back up into your esophagus and sometimes all the way up into your mouth and your throat, burning very badly. It’s an anxiety disorder.
So you have increased blood pressure, decreased gastric secretion and digestion problems. You don’t need more enzymes pumped into your body for digestion; you just need to get out of fear. You have a knot in your stomach because you haven’t resolved some stressor. The anxiety has opened a door in your life and as a result, your stomach is in knots.
When you open the door to fear in your life and your stomach is in knots, you’re not digesting your food properly. Then you probably pump all kinds of digestive stuff into your stomach, trying to help your digestion. That’s a form of disease management. However, it does not solve the spiritual defect.
Unresolved fear or anxiety will cause long-term secretion of cortisol. Excess cortisol becomes your enemy. Look at the functions affected: carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, protein metabolism, inflammatory effects, the immune reserve, digestive function, urinary function, connective tissue function, muscle and bone function, central nervous system and myocardial function are all under attack. They are forced into dysfunction because of the unresolved issues in your life causing cortisol to continue to be secreted long term in your body. You’ve not taken your peace in your God.
All of this is due to long term fear, anxiety and stress. Is it any wonder why we have so many diseases? Now you understand why the Lord needs to deliver you of all your fears.
Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.