Amazing that a tiny almond-shaped amygdala deep inside the brain is involved in processing intense negative emotions - anxiety, fear and stress.
Even more amazing that the amygdala can trigger MI/heart attack and other cardiac episodes.
A “broken heart” is both emotional/thought and physical.
The amygdala is the source of what we call the ego, the “me” of you and the “me” of me. It is what rises up to defend, to prove itself right, to feel pride instead of humility.
Studies at Harvard and other institutions find that strong emotions (emanating from thoughts) can and do trigger cardiac disease and heart attacks.
Think about your precious hours of today.
Where will your heart spend its day? - in fear and worry, or in loving and appreciating your life, your family, your friends, your opportunities, your ability to love?
Dr Chris Baker
America's most-trusted teacher of orthodontic continuing education, Dr. Chris Baker has practiced and taught for more than 30 years, and is a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools. She is a pediatric dentist, author, blogger, dental practice consultant, and mentor. Dr. Chris is also Past President and Senior Instructor of the American Orthodontic Society. She is based in Texas, USA, but lectures around the world.
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