Rewiring Your Brain for Health
How to Detox Your Brain
What goes on in your brain profoundly impacts your body. And it’s no “Jedi mind trick!”
Incredibly, scientists and medical doctors explain that “75-95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life.”
The use of placebos (a harmless, drugless pill) provides powerful evidence that the thoughts in the brain can supersede what the body is experiencing. In many cases, a placebo works as well as the so-called “real” medication or surgery. Time after time, placebos work because people believe they work.
Dawson Church, author of The Genie in Your Genes explains, “Each of us holds the keys to a pharmacy containing a dazzling array of healing compounds: our own brain…Our brains are themselves generating drugs similar to those that the doctor is prescribing for us.”
The Power of the Brain
The human brain processes 400 billion actions per second! We’re told that our brains hold the capacity for storing three million years’ worth of data—something none of us will ever begin to approach.
We are constantly developing and cultivating our minds every moment of the day, building new synapses and creating physical connections in the brain. Scientists refer to this growth as “the magic trees of our mind.” Our thoughts are the stuff from which these “trees” grow and develop.
Healthy thoughts produce healthy trees and unhealthy thoughts spawn unhealthy trees. These unhealthy thoughts not only affect our emotions, minds and relationships, but also profoundly impact our physical health. Good trees produce good fruit; bad trees produce bad fruit.
One of the big deceptions of the day is that we are victims of our circumstances. We develop a disease or ailment and blame our ethnicity, our genetic disposition, or a host of environmental factors. But medical science is demonstrating the fallacy of this thinking.
Remember, a victim is always a victim; meaning that a victim can never rise above their circumstances or situation. To do so requires right thinking. A victim is always a slave to their circumstances. Only when a victim sees themselves as victor can they conquer those circumstances. This is true whether we’re talking about a social ill or a physical one.
We often feel like victims of our genetic heritage. But as it turns out, there is a determining factor even stronger than genes. It’s called epigenomes. And epigenomes can change your genes. What are epigenomes? Essentially, epigenomes are your thoughts. Your thoughts can change your brain’s structure and how it works. This process is called neuroplasticity.
What we’re saying is that a toxic brain will produce toxicity in the body (and in all other areas of our lives as well). Below are some of the most common toxic thoughts that lead to brain toxicity. See if you recognize any of these:
- “Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve” thoughts
- “If only I had…”
- Replaying old, toxic tapes in our minds from a caustic conversation
- Creating bad hypothetical situations in the future
- Stress (this is a huge problem)
- Lack of forgiveness
- Allowing a situation or illness define you: “my cancer,” “my heart problems,” “my back,” “my disability,” etc.
- Negative statements like: “Nothing ever goes right for me!” “I can’t do anything right!” “I just knew things wouldn’t work out!” “I’ll never be able to…!”
If any of these thoughts are common for you, you need to detox your brain, because more than likely those thoughts are affecting your physical health too.
Thoughts are not harmless, but cause us to grow “branches” (synapses) in the brain. These branches determine patterns that result in actions. 
These toxic thoughts can cause illnesses such as: diabetes, cancer, asthma, skin disorders, allergies, and high blood pressure. When Proverbs declares, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones,” we can take that literally.
In terms of these trees in our brains, whatever we feed grows. If we feed and nurture negative and toxic thoughts, we are cultivating a toxic forest in our brains that will poison our bodies, minds, emotions, and relationships.
For example, toxic thoughts like fear or stress cause physical reactions in the brain involving 1400 different chemicals and more than 30 hormones and these alter the brain and impact the body. As a result, stress-related disorders have risen in epidemic proportions including: depression, anxiety, autism, attention deficit disorder, memory problems, and dementia, all of which are making pharmaceutical companies very profitable.
“Americans live on caffeine and Prozac. We use substances to manage our moods. In fact, the four top-selling items in grocery stores are all drugs that we use to manage our mood and energy: caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and nicotine.”
Dr. Lissa Rankin, MD, writes, “As an integrative medicine doctor in posh Marin County, Calif., I never understood how my patients – all health nuts, eating vegan diets or juicing, working out with personal trainers or taking supplements, and sleeping eight hours a night – could be some of the sickest people I’ve ever met. But after my research, I had an epiphany: My patients were sick because they were in chronic repetitive stress response.”
Hans Selye, MD, who coined the word “stress” and first mapped out its biological effects, wrote, “The modern physician should know as much about emotions and thoughts as about disease symptoms and drugs. This approach would appear to hold more promise of cure than anything medicine has given us to date.”
All of this points to the fact that our thoughts exert a profound impact on our brains and subsequently on our physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational well-being.
How to Detox Your Brain
According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “Medical research increasingly points to the fact that thinking