I have been bothered for some time now with the prevalence of anger and hostility in our country. Whenever I find a positive story, I am bothered by the comments that invariably express anger and hostility instead of embracing the good. A pilot safely lands a compromised plane and as people express their gratefulness, someone has to comment that she was just doing the job she was trained to do and it was nothing special. Why not celebrate the skill and the lives saved?
Someone tells the story of a lost little girl protected in the woods in the cold and rain by her dog. Instead of rejoicing when she is found safe, someone has to lash out at the parents for allowing their child to wander off. Children, and adults alike, are shaming, bullying and attacking others through social media. Oftentimes lashing out at people they don’t know, have never met and certainly cannot judge – but they do judge them and often do so harshly.
Many comedians are no longer funny, they are just plain mean or degrading or are lashing out at a so-called enemy. It’s hard these days to find a show or performance to generate a good belly laugh. The Bob Hopes and I Love Lucys of the world are gone. Unfounded charges of racism, sexism, homophobia and the like are thrown around without regard to truth. People are afraid to share their opinions because it may be misinterpreted, leading to an attack on their character, their family, their job or even their person. Protesters destroy property and attack innocent bystanders all while justifying their actions as freedom of expression. Out-of-control anger, or is it fear?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, anger is the emotion associated with the liver and is the organ most affected by excess stress or emotions. With the prevalence of stress in today’s society, the majority of us experience stress not only in our lives but also with our livers. Fear is the emotion associated with the kidney. The liver and kidneys are our two main detoxifying organs. Could it be that the hostility today is somehow related to the toxic onslaught impacting our two detoxifying organs?
Does the “meanness” of today stem from a compromised liver and kidney leading to anger and fear? What happens when an animal is cornered and fearful – often it lashes out and attacks. What happens when a child is fearful from bullying? The child may lash out, either against others or sometimes against themselves, engaging in self-mutilation or by committing suicide.
We have become a drug-obsessed society, our foods are filled with pesticides and chemicals, and we continue to abuse our liver and kidneys with fatty foods, tobacco and obesity; our livers and kidneys are constantly being challenged.
According to the American Liver Foundation, nearly 10% of Americans suffer from some form of liver disease. The overall prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the general population is approximately 14 percent; over 660,000 Americans have kidney failure. Although I’m sure there is a multitude of reasons for anger and fear in our society, I hypothesize that a portion is related to the health of our kidneys and liver. I also hypothesize that, just as liver and kidney disease contribute to anger and fear, so too, the expression of anger and fear contribute to the ill health of the liver and kidneys. So, what can we do about it?
Avoid chemical drugs unless we absolutely need them; try natural alternatives instead, such as diet changes, massage, supplements, chiropractic, homeopathy, exercise, meditation, prayer or acupuncture. If we are overweight, make a commitment to lose weight. Being overweight leads to the chronic diseases calling for pharmaceutical drugs, which in turn, increase the assault on the liver. Moderate your fat consumption. We must eat organic and unprocessed foods whenever we can; the more processed the food we eat, the more chemicals we are exposed to. Cut down on alcohol consumption or eliminate consumption entirely if susceptible. If you smoke, quit.
The American Liver Foundation encourages us to limit direct contact with toxins from cleaning and aerosol products, insecticides, chemicals and additives. If we must use these chemicals, wear gloves and make sure the area is well ventilated. The liver and kidneys are not only affected by what we ingest, but also what we inhale and what is absorbed through our skin. Think and act positive and happy until you are.
You’ve heard the saying, “Fake it ‘till you make it.” When you feel your anger or fear rising and are tempted to say or do something negative, replace it with a positive affirmation or an act of kindness. Eventually it will become second-nature and you will nurture your liver and kidney rather than inflict damage. It may be a far-fetched notion to relate the prevalence of anger and fear in today’s world to your liver and kidneys. However, if you practice these liver- and kidney-friendly habits, what’s the best that can happen? You will have a healthier liver and kidney and a happier outlook on life. There is no downside.
Marge Roberts, BSN MSHP DAHom
CEO, Newton Homeopathics; President, American Academy of Clinical Homeopathy