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Causal Relation Between Emotional and Oxidative Stress – An Integrative Approach

    • Published: 2020
    • Jolanta Kibilska-Borowski, M.D.
    • Dissertation, Doctor in Integrative Medicine, International Quantum University of Integrative Medicine, June 2020.
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The study presented in this dissertation underscores the existence of causal relation between emotional stress and cellular oxidative stress and posits the statement that improvement in quality of emotions reduces oxidative stress. To support this statement, the following experiment was conducted in my medical practice. Fourteen participants who volunteered for my study, recognized presence of stress in their lives and expressed willingness to learn how to lessen or eliminate its negative effects. As a stress reducing tool, I used emWare Stress Relief System developed by HeartMath Institute because of its scientifically proven effectiveness in reducing stress. Additionally, its biofeedback properties, greatly enhanced participants engagement and its data analysis added credibility to the conducted process and objectivity to the results obtained. To indirectly assess the degree of oxidative stress in the body I monitored Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) levels before and after emWare stress reducing sessions. I chose to monitor the levels of ESR because of its linear (Newtonian) and multidimensional (quantum) properties. The conclusions were made based on information gathered from the following data: Ardell Stress Test scores, emWare Stress Relief System data and dynamics of Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate. The following logic was used to come to conclusion. Red blood cells being quantum mechanicals, are highly responsive to our emotions and react to positive emotions by reducing the rate of oxidation. This reduction of oxidative stress in the blood is reflected by reduced levels of ESR. After analysis of my data, small but significant reduction of Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate was demonstrated in 10 out of 14 participants following reduction of stress, which translated into reduced level of oxidative stress.