The meditators reported lower pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and impact of MS than the control group that did not do any mindfulness work.
“The effectiveness of mind-body therapies may lie in their ability to facilitate stress reduction, relaxation, and improvement of mood,” another meditation study noted, “which in turn may affect the degree to which psychosocial factors can negatively affect quality of life.” Whatever method we find to stay healthy, an honest relationship with ourselves and our stresses seems to be key.
Disease is not a punishment but a physiological reality.
The lesson is that limiting stress or finding healthy ways to process it can be a lifesaver in avoiding multiple sclerosis or alleviating symptoms in people who already have it.
“I don’t learn.” That’s not to say that people who suffer from MS or other diseases should blame themselves for their misfortune, for not being able to tap into their emotions and understand and prioritize their own needs. “A search for scientific understanding is incompatible with moralizing and judgment,” he wrote.
Most of the MS patients that Maté treated also reported a pattern of repressing their own emotions, ignoring anger or annoyance and constantly prioritizing the health or needs of others over their own well-being.
“I need to know when to withdraw from my helping mode,” Natalie told Maté as she continued to care for her abusive husband.
The following year, the that found that stressors can be predictors of MS as well.
“Significant differences were found between the MS and the control group in their negative emotions and symptoms such as depression, anxiety, obsession, phobia, tense interpersonal relationship and somatization disorder,” the study concluded.