Are you suffering from an autoimmune disease? And if so, do you care to know why you're suffering from such an illness?
The immune system nowadays is understood to be a biological model of what the human self is. Let me explain.
Self is essentially a sense of difference and boundary between one thing and another thing. However, for a thing to function as a self, it needs to
'know itself', i.e. be able to distinguish itself from something that isn't self. As Thure von Uexkull, an expert in mind-body medicine writes,
“In summary, we may say that the “totality” of the immune systems “semiotic basic melody” which “tends toward reconstituting itself”
consists of three stanzas: the first stanza, in which the pathogen interacts with the microphage and the macrophage exhibits a signal response, is
followed by the second stanza, in which the helper cell encodes the signals presented by the macrophage into signs for the antibody producing B
lymphocyte. The last stanza is introduced by B lymphocytes (which in the meantime have multiplied) producing antibodies which the macrophages again
encode into signs denoting the pathogen. Thus, the process has come full circle.” – Thure Von Uexkull, Endosemiotics, in Essential Readings in
Biosemiotics, pg. 298, Springer, 2010
To break this down: the microphage, helper T cells, and B lymphocytes are members of a 3 part process which starts with 1) macrophages signaling the
presence of an outside i.e. unknown invader, simply because the invaders chemical signature is unknown, and hence, is 'non-self'. When a 2) T helper
cell receives the signal, it mediates the coming together of B lymphocytes so that the B lymphocytes can produce an antibody that neutralizes the
'antigen' - or the protein complex on the bacteria/virus which allows it to get inside other cells. When this happens, 3) macrophages, the big cells
which keep watch inside our body, are let loose on the invading cells.
The immune system depicts all the qualities of a coherently operating self by knowing the signature of the many different cells which make up the
Even more importantly, the immune system is an example of an autocatalytic process: it is circular, and literally occurs through chemical processes
which have a sort of thermodynamic necessity to them. The 'path of least resistance', in terms of biochemistry, necessarily leads to a structural
ordering where processes correlate and interweave at near perfect intervals - all of it 'arising' from a basic fractal ordering of energy, now
dispered in a wide-spread structure we call a cell, with its billons of chemicals particles generating a mammoth number of events.
In other words, the body is a truly wondrous thing - which has been looked upon in stupid and naïve ways by mainstream medicine. They don't see the
hierarchy or the biosemiotics ordering - from bottom up. They don't see, in other words, the causal relationships that exist between cell behavior,
and mind behavior, even though such relations are very much real.
The Human mind is a very interesting thing. We all have one, and experience ourselves in ways that we all imagine to be unique. Btu what if it wasn't?
What if humans were like molecules? Consider the table of elements, and consider how certain interactions between certain molecules always leads to
certain results. It's a law of nature, for instance, that under certain sorts of conditions, hydrogen and oxygen will prefer to come together as H2O,
because this is the thermodynamically most 'relaxed' state given the conditions which are operating around it.
Human minds are just like this. We evolved in forests in East Africa, where orbital forcing changed East African from a lake-filled region with dense
woodland forests to a spare desert that forced new modes of regulating system coherence, and evidently, some creatures did it better than others, with
'ascendance', or increase in neurological complexity, moving lockstep with increased affect regulation in social interactions with others.a
Our minds are ineluctably social, and so, the brains we have are actually structured to be linked at all times with the behavioral cues of the salient
objects around us. What is salient to each of us are the experiences we've had from the zygote period in our mothers womb to birth, where only 30% of
the brain is developed, to 2 years old, where right-brain growth has encoded the relational norms of the world around it (this means serious closure;
i.e. a critical period which can never be undone). Everything you know about yourself is really an interpretation of the patterns laid down in the
early years, as astonishing as that may sound, systems scientists have an adage that what happens in the beginning of a systems life has massive
effects later on. All systems, in effect, are self-organizing feedback loops, where fractal patterns, or flows, repeat themselves because homeostasis
and mental processes are actually, and surprisingly, deeply linked processes.
Here's a quick list of correspondences between mental processes and known autoimmune diseases, some of which have been suggested by the Canadian
doctor Gabor Mate.
Breast cancer, Uterus cancer, Ovarian cancer, are all endocrine related cancers that have been anatomically linked with the patterns of the nervous
system, via the stress-molecules produced by the HPA axis. The psychological process of relevance here is: "pretending nothing is wrong; never
standing up for yourself; assuming the blame, or feeling the need to carry the troubles of others". It is, in effect, sort of a self-sabotage, a
slightly masochistic pleasure in denying the self good. That is, the breast, uterus, and ovaries, are all archetypal images of goodness (nurturing
life). Cancer in the Self, apparently, 'redounds down' into cancer in the body.
Heart disease, Strokes, are associated with an angry, bitter, or resent personality. Pretty self-explanatory (i.e. poor affect regulation)
Fibromyalgia is associated with pushing yourself too far; of thinking you're superhuman, when you aren't i.e. not acknowledging the intrinsic limits
that come with a body.
A manipulative and dissociative relation to others is associated with MS, where the brains immune cells attack its own myelin - or the part of the
brain allows fast transmission of information (again, archetypally reminiscent of the phenomenon itself; being 'quick' in your external relations,
denying how others affect you, is very superficial; surface level; and leads you into acting in ways that harm others - not deliberately, but because
you have dissociated yourself from effective self-reflection i.e. from unresolved trauma.
All autoimmune conditions are basically traumatological, which is not surprising. What's surprising, or frustrating, is how trauma edits awareness,
and renders the psychology of the thinker who is unaware, into understating the presence of trauma in his functioning. The shame associated with being
'disordered', and not being able, for the most part, to think in coherent ways because your emotions are built around defending against the
destruction of your self-esteem, you act in ways, understandably, which help you, but also cause you all sorts of trouble.
edit on 12-9-2017 by Astrocyte because: (no reason given)