Sorry for the protracted failure to post. Been doing the overworked-entrepreneur-cum-road-warrior thing lately…
Following the latest trend toward non-invasive tests and procedures, Mayo Clinic researchers made an exciting discovery, albeit with a small test population. They found that a simple “aortic pulse wave velocity test” was able to detect stiffness in arterial veins “after adjusting for age, male sex, total cholesterol, HDL, diabetes, history of smoking, systolic blood pressure, body mass index, and use of hypertension and statin medications.”
Whew. They sure eliminated a lot of variables there.
As our knowledge expands and our technology grows ever wiser and kinder, it may be that our hearts will have more room for recognizing the spiritual/emotional aspects of illness–and discover that they are often the first line of defense against the germs and viruses that make us sick.
If you haven’t seen the movie “What the Bleep Do We Know?” yet, set aside an hour and a half. It’s an eye-opener. And check out this book, Molecules of Emotion, by Candace Pert, one of the participants in the movie. You’ll love her description of her discovery that emotions actually reside physically within our bodies (riding around on items called neuropeptides).