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The Challenge of Our time — “Temporary Illness”


We are living in a time when modern medicine must officially make a revolutionary leap towards the Man’s unification with himself, namely, physical and mental unification. Medicine should look to treat diseases or illnesses precisely in this way. 

Every day, we experience thousands of distractions (honks, aggressive marketing), which are invisible but detrimental to our nervous system because they simply “lock” You in the trap of “temporary illnesses”.

So what does this mean exactly?

Every day, we are caught in the whirlpool of car honks, phone reminders, subway noise, and the eternal, relentless rhythm of the streets. Those who live in large cities suffer the most. Our calm is disrupted by the constant flow of advertising with endless bargains and treats us as a potential consumer around the clock. The modern complex marketing strategies are so manipulative that it is capable of disturbing our subconscious even at night when we are asleep. In addition to all these “distractions of the metropolis”, each of us lives through our own personal worries regarding our work, our close ones and ourselves. All these processes and experiences can cause the person to evolve a “temporary disease/illness”, which I will describe in this article. 

We live in the -“age of temporary illnesses”. It means that complications arise while trying to diagnose a patient, as his diagnosis may change as a result of emotional experiences (Add more context). A century ago, at the University of Toronto in the department of psychiatry in psychosomatic medicine, the term -Behavior Illness- was first coined, which meant: illnesses may result on humans from the environmental effects that surround him or her.

From my own practice, I have noted that temporary illnesses occur as a result of stress, intense anxiety, trauma, short-term or long-term fear etc. Meaning, any condition that causes discomfort to humans can cause a temporary illness. So what’s going on here?

Through feeling of discomfort the body signals the nervous system of disruption in normal body function, such as provoking the hormone cortisol which is secreted accordingly (which our body simply cannot ignore?). Often the body’s response to such emotional experiences and subsequent release of the hormones is limited by minor discomforts such as colds, hypo/hyperactivity, headaches, general weakness, the loss of voice, abdominal cramps and sharp pain in any part of the body etc. These discomforts can suddenly start and end triggered by the stress factor.

However, not everyone’s the same and sometimes we can endure severe trauma or shock that can shake up our nervous system so much that the response to the stress factor can be longer than a day or two, and as a result, we get a serious immune disorders.

For example, I have worked with a client who despite seeking treatment from many renowned clinics around the world and spending copious amount of money on doing so could not be diagnosed. Ultimately, the doctors had one most probable guess to go with – a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, which began to develop immediately after a severe family stress for this individual. In this specific case, there was a direct chain reaction effect between the body and brain, which without proper body-oriented specialists’ expertise, cannot be treated. 

And thus chronic illnesses/diseases develop on this exact principle! For example, when there is a constant irritant in the client’s life, which causes the same feelings of discomfort and negative emotion and with time this can result into a disastrous chain reaction that will cause a negative state in the body. Voila! We develop a chronic disease, whether it be a simple continuous runny nose or a complex biliary dyskinesia (inflammation of the bile tract). Thus, it is why temporary illnesses are a major challenge for modern society and its medicine, simply because they require a completely different approach to the emotional state and qualitatively different attention given to the body in order to understand the processes inherent in modern societies.

Olga Prodan