I introduced a new paradigm to you in the last blog post: holism.
Are you skeptical about holism? Wonder if its a valid paradigm to hold? I don’t blame you; you’ve known the machine paradigm as the “truth” your whole life and everyone else (it seems) subscribes to it too. Well, read on.
Dr. Pert Plus Cells = An Amazing Discovery (See What I Did There? “Pert Plus”?)
In the early 1990s, Dr. Candice Pert, while serving as the chief molecular biologist for the National Institutes of Health, she made an amazing discovery. (Reference link: Molecules of Emotion) Dr. Pert found that every time you experience an emotion your hypothalamus (a control center deep in your brain) produces a corresponding amino acid, called a neuropeptide. And when you experience a particular emotion, your hypothalamus floods your bloodstream with billions of the nueropeptides associated with that emotion.
Each emotion-born neuropeptide in ingested by your cells, who “consume” the protein-based amino acids. The neuropeptide fits into special receptacles on the outer membranes of your cells – like a key fitting into a lock. And, over time, Dr. Pert found, that your cells build more and more of the special receptacles for the neuropeptides to which they are most often exposed.
My Cells Are Addicted? I Thought They Were Looking a Little Sketchy
In addition, Dr. Pert discovered that your cells developed a physical “addiction” to the neuropeptides to which they are most often exposed. Your cells, it turns out, shun other functions in order to ingest these neuralpeptides – virtually turning themselves into vessels used primarily for this ingestion.
There are many ramifications which arise from Dr. Pert’s discoveries and I’ll discuss more of them at later dates. Of primary importance now, though, is for your to realize that your cells are not “little parts” or you who function solely to serve your greater good; your cells are not little soldiers which only serve their king (you).
Your cells are independent entities who act upon their own physical desires, whether that serves what the larger “you” wants or not.
So My Cells Aren’t On My Side? Who the Heck Are They Allied With? Don’t Worry…They’re Still Interested in You and Can Be Trained to Start Helping You Again
You see, the process that Dr. Pert uncovered goes on every moment of every day. And not only beneath your conscious awareness, but also beyond your control (well, not completely beyond your control; I’ll teach you later how to take back some control over this process). Your body is not a machine, full of “parts” all working in cooperation for your greater functioning.
Your body is a holistic collection of “free agent” systems. These systems, it turns out, are often greater than the sum of their parts (“you”) and act independently. And science has no explanation, literally, for why all these systems choose to work together to create “you” on a daily basis!
Just Start Using the Holism Paradigm and You’ll Recruit Your Cells Right Back Into the Fold
A further illustration of this: preliminary research into your immune system’s production and use of neuropeptides suggests that it may have its own, independent consciousness (separate from “you”). How’s that how an example of your body being a holistic entity rather than a machine?
The machine paradigm is far too limited to serve your efforts to lose your unwanted weight. The holistic paradigm is not only a necessary change for you if you’ve been unable to lose unwanted weight, but it will also become the “conventional wisdom” (the paradigm used by everyone) as this century unfolds.