UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA

Let’s face it we live in an imperfect work. Like it or not we are all dysfunctional in some way. We may have grown up in less than ideal circumstances. Perhaps we were ill and had many health issues in the past or we may even continue to struggle with health issues today. Maybe we were taught never to cry or express emotions, especially if we are guys who were raised to be “real” men or we are women who have been raised to feel we had no right to speak up for ourselves or our rights. Over time our dysfunction becomes trauma and it exists in all of us even if we don’t recognize it’s presence.

WE ALL HAVE SOME TRAUMA IN OUR LIVES. 

Traumas are incidents that we intentionally or subconsciously “block out” since we feel they are too painful to revisit. This affects our ability to fully use our brain and can cripple us for life. We may find we are unable to have successful relationships or that our parenting skills seem less than efficient. Perhaps we don’t function effectively at work. Maybe we are continually in physical pain and cannot understand why the pain won’t subside.

Trauma can occur in many forms such as:

PHYSICAL TRAUMA

This occurs when the body is violated in some manner in a violent way. It can be rape, robbery, muggings, being forced into war, bullying, gang violence or any other sort of physical event that is harmful or forced upon the body. Even certain conventional treatments such as the side effects of medications, a difficult child birth,  chemotherapy and other invasive and harmful “treatment” methods can cause trauma.

SOCIAL TRAUMA

Social trauma comes from many experiences in life such as being slandered, losing your job, filing for bankruptcy, or even being in extreme poverty.

EMOTIONAL TRAUMA

This type of trauma can occur from many sources such as being ridiculed as a child, being harassed at work, having a parent who yells too much or is overly harsh and critical, experiencing embarrassment, insults, or deprivation of any kind. 

WITNESSING OR EXPOSURE

Witnessing a murder, robbery, parental disputes, war or any other act of violence can create trauma. If someone has lived in a war zone or unsafe neighborhood trauma can occur. Seeing these events, even on television, can create trauma. 

The Effects of Trauma

Trauma blocks the way we think, feel, perceive life and remember events. It can affect our sleep, digestion, immune system, heart function and other physical systems. It can cause us to gain weight or become too thin.  It lowers are energy and often causes us to lie to ourselves as well as allows us to develop bad habits such as smoking, drug use, alcohol abuse, overeating, anorexia, nail-biting, just to name a few. Trauma can create phobias that develop from our fear of a past “bad” experience we have had. For example, a woman who has been raped may develop a very negative attitude towards men and even a “fear” of men in general. 

Why Trauma often gets Buried

When we are not nutritionally balanced and “healthy” we often don’t have the vitality to handle trauma. Have you ever seen someone loses a close family member or friend but shows NO emotion? Sometimes we chalk this up to “shock” but many times the person is simply not physically strong enough to handle the trauma and allow grief to occur. It doesn’t mean they don’t have any feelings or that they are heartless but rather than they need more “energy”. Therefore they appear to go on with life without ever facing the sadness they should feel and grieving in a healthy manner. They seem to instinctively know that if they begin to grieve, they may not be able to control the pain and it will leave them unable to function so they bury the event deep inside where it becomes another “trauma” that can cripple or affect all areas of their life without them being aware that this is happening at all. 

If the body becomes ill or injured and it is not strong enough to heal properly another trauma can occur that affects our health and well-being permanently, or at least until we are able to find the health and energy we need to really heal the body completely. 

How a Hair Mineral Analysis can Identify Trauma 

  • POOR ELIMINATORS – When the body is unable to release toxins and metals there is often trauma involved.
  • A LOW NA/K RATIO (sodium/potassium) – This is an  indicator that there may be hostility, resentment and frustration which are common effects of trauma.
  • HIGH CALCIUM – Elevated levels of calcium (200 or above) indicate a calcium shell exists. A calcium shell occurs when someone is “walled” off or hiding in a shell to protect themselves from something either in their past or present.
  • A DOUBLE LOW SECONDARY PATTERN – This is seen when the second four elements iron, copper, manganese, and zinc are not properly balanced. The iron to copper and manganese to zinc ratios are low and create this pattern which often indicates the client is feeling defeated and has a tendency to want to give up.
  • ELEVATED COPPER – When a trauma occurs, past or present, it can drive copper up as this serves to help someone detach from stress. Of course this is not a healthy way to deal with stress and often the client will even feel “detached”.
  • LOW SODIUM – Low sodium levels can indicate a “victim” pattern.
  • HIGH CA/K RATIO and any EXTREME MACRO MINERALS PATTERN

Check out  (HEALING TRAUMA  Part 2), where I address trauma release and the healing of trauma as well as how a Nutritional Balancing Program can help you heal from trauma.