How Blocked Emotional Responses Contribute to Disease and Illness

Did you know emotional response – or, rather, a repression of that response – can be tied to chronic illness?

Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, PhD shares the science of how a blocked emotional response in the body can be a culprit to the development of disease and illness. 

Frequently in my practice I have patients coming in, and they’ve been feeling well all their life, and all of a sudden they start to develop symptoms, such as swollen joints, or their stomach starts hurting, or anything else. And it can be anything that all of a sudden just appears, and seemingly they haven’t changed anything. And yet they wonder why all of a sudden do all of these symptoms just suddenly come about now?

The interesting thing is that body has the ability to adapt over a long, long period of time.

When the patient comes in, I test them with my evaluation methods to determine what may be interfering. So for example, if I determine “You are gluten sensitive and you need to remove it from your diet”. The response could be, “Well, I’ve been eating gluten all my life and it’s never bothered me until now.”

Then I tell them, there’s also chemicals, there’s metals that show up in the human body. And all of these elements add up. It’s what I call the “bucket effect”. Imagine a bucket, and then an amount of toxins that the body can handle or tolerate. So for instance, if you are gluten sensitive, this will fill the “bucket” to a certain level (shown on the video). So the gluten you consume is creating a certain amount of stress or load.

Chemical exposure

Then you are exposed to certain chemicals. As you age, obviously you have a longer period of time of exposure to chemicals. So those cause the bucket level of chemicals to rise on above what the gluten caused.  

EMF exposure

Then we are dealing with EMF (electromagnetic frequencies), that we are now bombarded with that we didn’t used to have, and which impacts our hormonal systems. This would increase the load in our “bucket”.

Nutritional deficiencies

Then, it is very likely or at least possible that we may be eating poorly. We obviously need nutrition to function properly. Every day and every moment, our cells need nutrition to function, to produce energy, in order to repair themselves. So, nutritional deficiencies may very likely be present to add to the stress load, which creates opportunity for more toxic load in the “bucket”.


Then we have stress – daily amounts that we are bombarded with. We are late for work, we are sitting in traffic, the kids are screaming, we don’t have enough money to pay our bills, and many other factors. This creates more stress and adds the load to our “bucket”.

Infections from viruses, bacteria and other pathogens

Then all of a sudden we may become vulnerable to an infection. We are exposed to a virus or bacteria that puts an extra load on our system, which may exist for a period of time. Then the infection may cause the “bucket”, to overflow. 

So, maybe we are gluten-sensitive, but perhaps we didn’t notice this years earlier because our maximum load in the “bucket” hadn’t been reached. Suddenly the gluten-sensitivity is no longer hidden and causes the “bucket” to flow over, and we notice symptoms that we didn’t previously. All these different factors need to be acknowledged and addressed.

Emotions communicate with DNA and our cells

With regard to emotions, it is now known that thoughts and emotions actually change our DNA, and are stored in the body. When we experience all these stress factors, we feel strong emotions. When we feel these emotions but don’t allow ourselves to fully express them – to where we are free from them – the chemistry floating around in our blood becomes repressed and is pushed down; pushed to where it causes these neuro-peptides to land in cell receptors and are blocking the cells from their ability to communicate. When this happens repeatedly, masses and illnesses can form.

After feeling the emotion, there’s a release of chemicals to communicate that feeling to the cells. When we decide we are not going to feel that emotion, you actually have neuro-peptides. So if we have a receptor site (referring to a diagram with a cell), you would have actually a neuro-peptide that blocks these receptor sites, so we cannot communicate that emotion. This event then, causes the emotion to become trapped inside the body, because that reaction is never allowed to be completed or expressed. The emotion is completed by the chemicals communicating the emotions by landing in the cell receptor. But since we have decided to block that emotion, the chemicals are still floating around, which leads to the experience of sickness or illness.

Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash. 

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