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Physicians can use the latest medical technology to examine our internal organs, but one of the biggest health concerns people face cannot be seen. Research indicates emotions can impact a person’s health as much as problems with various organs can. Among the links that have been discovered are a link between back pain and anger. When people get angry, neural pathways are activated which transfer the tension to the muscles surrounding the spine. The result is intensified back pain. Other findings indicate loneliness can lead to an increase in blood pressure and depression increases a person’s risk for developing cancer. Even workplace stress could play a role in the development of diseases such as diabetes. Dr. Karen Lawson, an assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Minnesota summarized the findings saying, “Emotions are physiological. The idea that our bodies are separate from our feelings is a complete misconception.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Controlling anxiety: When your feelings hurt you, by Cindy Kuzma, http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50761188/ns/health-mens_health/, Accessed February 10, 2013.

Psalm 31:9-10 (ESV) (9) Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. (10) For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.

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