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. One intervention that has shown to be very impactful is mindful meditation, when people sit in silence and allow their minds to untether themselves from any particular thought.

One recent study from the King’s College London found that MS patients who took meditation classes experienced relief from their symptoms and less overall distress. 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. “If we gain the ability to look into ourselves with honesty, compassion and with unclouded vision, we can identify the ways we need to take care of ourselves,” Maté wrote. “We can see the areas of the self formerly hidden in the dark.” ...

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Dr. Maté, renowned addiction expert, calls for a compassionate approach toward addiction, whether in ourselves or in others. Dr. Maté believes that the source of addictions is not to be found in genes but in the early childhood environment. In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts, his most recent best-selling book, draws on cutting-edge science and real-life stories to show that all addictions originate in trauma and emotional loss.

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Dr. Maté, renommierter Suchtexperte, fordert einen mitfühlenden Umgang mit Sucht, sei es bei uns selbst oder bei anderen. Dr. Maté glaubt, dass die Quelle der Sucht nicht in den Genen, sondern im frühkindlichen Umfeld zu suchen ist. In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts, seinem neuesten Bestseller, greift er auf modernste Wissenschaft und Geschichten aus dem wirklichen Leben zurück, um zu zeigen, dass alle Süchte auf Traumata und emotionalen Verlusten zurückzuführen sind.

Da Meditation eine Technik ist, die eine ganz neue Ebene in ein Leben bringen kann und stark zur Veränderung eingefahrener Denkmodelle beitragen kann, ist das sicher einen Versuch wert.