This website was brought to my attention by my friend, C. The title of the page is Common Ailments & Their Underlying Metaphysical Causes. From the website:
As we mentioned in a previous posting, our own thought patterns effect the health of our body. Each emotional thought pattern is really an underlying “cause” of a physical illness, understanding the illness can help you address the cause and thereby riding the body of the disease.
First, it looks like a common spelling error, but I really do think they intended to use “effect”, rather than “affect”. Ha! Crank Alt Med Writer – 1, Grammar Nerds – 0!
Next, I would really “like” to know why the word “cause” is in italics. The hyperlink appears to circle back to the page on which it is found, and I feel that the key to understanding the reasoning behind their claims might be hiding behind their definition of the word “cause”. If, for instance, the word “cause” means this:
Each emotional thought pattern is really an underlying “conscious mental reaction subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body, but which in many cases has nothing at all to do with the development” of a physical illness,
Well then, if that was the how they meant the word “cause”, I could agree with this sentence fragment. Of course, that would undermine the rest of the gobbledy-gook that they’ve put together on this page, so I rather doubt that’s how they are defining “cause”.
Snarkiness about wording aside, this website wants you to understand why YOU are causing yourself to develop emotion-triggered illnesses such as migraines, nail-biting (Crud – is this an illness? Apparently I have an illness.), anxiety and depression. Oh, and AIDS, mononucleosis, ankle problems, gray hair (again – illness???) and finger problems (hint: you have different emotional problems based on which finger hurts). And did you know that every time you are bitten by a mosquito, it’s because you feel guilty about something? I’ll bet you didn’t know you had such command over the animal kingdom!
Oh! oh! And this one really gets me – the underlying cause of flu is identified as “Responding to mass negativity. Putting too much faith in statistics.” Is the author referring to putting faith in statistics that indicate that vaccines prevent flu? How is putting too much faith in statistics an emotional thought pattern that is an underlying cause of flu? What does that mean? So many of the underlying causes are simplistic, offensive and indicative of the author’s own prejudices (Alzheimer’s is a refusal to deal with the world as it is, any disease ending with “itis” is a representation of fear, PMS is…ready for it, ladies?…allowing confusion to reign and a rejection of feminine process).
I don’t think most people would do anything other than scoff at the list below, and I certainly don’t think that most people would attempt to adjust their emotions as a sole course of treatment for the listed illnesses. Except for those unfortunate few who might. Nowhere on the site does the author encourage people to seek professional medical advice in conjunction with the recommended treatment. The recommended treatment, as far as I can tell, is to read “affirmations”, which “are a way of reprogramming the subconscious to think differently and to automatically react in a more positive way when trigger situations occur in your life.” Again – this will cure your AIDS?
So, while some of the list below is good for a laugh (I especially like the underlying cause for bowel problems, which they identify as a “fear of letting go”), remember that it’s still medical misinformation, and as such it could have disastrous consequences for those who take it as truth.
The following list was copied from the Pagan’s Path Website – all content is theirs, and certainly not mine.