A major underlying cause of autoimmune onset is emotional trauma. In fact huge studies of over 17,500 adults by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente confirm that the link between early life stress and autoimmune onset in adulthood in women is as strongly correlated as smoking and lung cancer!
When we talk about “trauma,” we’re not talking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is relatively rare. PTSD is a traumatic response to a single discrete event, it can be treated fairly successfully with conventional interventions like Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
The majority of trauma is developmental, meaning it happens in early life, and is usually relational in origin. The quality of the relations with our parents, whether there was emotional attunement, neglect or emotional abuse or worse, has a profound impact on our brain and nervous system development, and in turn our health in adulthood.
Ultimately our relationship with people around us in early life sets up how we feel about ourselves, whether we have self love and feel a sense of safety inside. It’s this lack of self love and a lack of sense of safety that causes deep, often unconscious chronic stress.
This is the topic I discuss in depth with my good friend, Dr Keesha Ewers in her upcoming Trauma and Autoimmunity Summit.