How the Nervous System is Tied to Chronic Illness with Irene Lyon

In this episode, we dive into the nervous system’s connection to chronic illness. Over 50% of Americans have at least 1 chronic illness and 46% of American children also suffer from a chronic illness. Diet, toxin exposure, circadian biology all play a role in chronic illness but what about the nervous system? In part 2 of our journey into the nervous system with Irene Lyon, we explore the nervous system’s role in chronic illness – and the research behind it might just surprise you. We talk about the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study and what it exposed about the nervous system’s role in chronic illness. She also explains the mechanism where fight, flight, and freeze create a situation that can cause illness. Irene also discusses finding a healthy balance with technology and the way we share our personal lives and how our relationship with our phones is changing our nervous systems. In an important note, we talk about finding safety within ourselves and not outsourcing our power of healing to gurus, doctors, or anyone else. This interview is packed full of information, but it’s also a study in becoming our own healers.

We also talk about:

  • Victim consciousness
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Fawn Response
  • & so much more

Related Episodes:

Part 1 with Irene

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Further Reading:

Scared Sick by Robin Karr-Morse

When the Body Says No by Gabor Maté

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine

African Babies Don’t Cry (an essay) by Claire Niala

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