The experiment involved two separate groups of rats that suffered from the same form of cancer, and were being exposed to annoying electrical shocks. In one of the groups the rats could not escape the shocks and had to endure them until they stopped, but in the other they could just run away from the pain. Both groups of animals received the same dose of shocks with the only difference being that one group could escape.
The authors of the Science journal, in April 1982, commented on the experiment. They were Visintainer, Volpicelli and Seligman.
“Rats receiving inescapable shock were only half as likely to reject the tumour and twice as likely to die, as rats receiving escapable shock or no shock at all. Only 27% of the rats given inescapable shock rejected the tumour, compared to 63% of the rats given escapable shock and 54% given no shock.”
John E.Sarno concluded that the immune system of the rats that were more emotionally stressed were less efficient, since it is the effectiveness of the immune system that determines whether or not the cancer is dispelled.
The rat race is a pressurised environment. It produces daily levels of stress that are seemingly automatic. Most people display the habit of just sucking it in. Others are oblivious. If you asked them if they were stressed they would refute it undeniably. But the damage is being done, with or without that stubborn outer exterior. The immune system is not fooled by the game of charades you choose to play.
Create a new habit today. Vow to escape from the rat race and protect your immune system as best you can. Do everything in your power to strengthen it, not weaken it. Make sure that you find a way out of the firing line. Have an escape route planned and do not just sit there whilst the lightning bolts shake and shimmer down your spine.
Make a fundamental choice to be healthy, and to live a healthy life. Get your shit in order. Stop whining about life, man up and get a grip. This is your life we are talking about. Stop talking and start acting because you only have one life…just one. It’s so fleeting that by the time you have realised it is passing by, you are blinded by the electrical shocks.
A healthy life is a balanced life. Make an immediate choice to build a lifestyle structure that is solid. So solid, and sweet, that behavioural changes revel in its atmosphere and choose to grow and prosper.
Get out of the rat race. Get out today!
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