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Have you ever experienced physically debilitating symptoms you believed may have been linked with emotional trauma? Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, PhD discusses the very real impact emotional trauma has on the manifestation of physical symptoms in the body. 

Scientists are learning more and more about the connection between the mind and the body. You can’t affect the one without impacting the other. This means that your emotions, unresolved traumas and the resulting beliefs about yourself can be the cause of something that seems physical such as arthritis, back pain, multiple sclerosis or cancer.

Growing up in Sweden, there was a great stigma around going to see a counselor, or doing any type of psycho therapy. If people found out you were going to a counselor, they immediately believed you were one step away from being committed to a mental institution. They were so emotionally suppressed and afraid of their own emotions, that anyone who went through any type of psycho therapy became a threat to them.

As a contrast, when I had my own practice in Santa Monica, CA, with a lot of high profile patients both in the business and entertainment world. To them, it was widely recognized that if you wanted to operate on a higher level, it was important to resolve emotional baggage that interfered with your ability to perform at peak performance, and rise above anything that might prevent you from obtaining success as a professional and also in a personal sense.  

We all want to journey through life and experience joy, excitement, love, peace and other emotions. Life experiences and belief patterns that we may have inherited from our parents sometimes teach us to hold onto emotions such as resentment, guilt, shame, anger, abandonment and fear as survival mechanisms. These emotions helped us to survive what we went through at the time, but the event is now in the past and is no longer very useful. In fact, these are the very same obstacles in life that will prevent you from experiencing life to the fullest.

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