Adverse childhood experiences (ACE), ongoing stress, and development of MS

In this month’s Creating Health episode, Palmer Kippola explored the 6th component or trigger – multiple sclerosis and stress.

What is Stress?

Stress is what you feel when demands on you exceed your resources.

Some stress in our lives is good, activating growth. Ongoing stress, however, can leave us stuck in fight or flight and that can be toxic and lead to disease.  80% of those interviewed in a study of stress and autoimmune reported uncommon emotional stress before the advent of their disease.

Multiple Sclerosis Stress and Your Childhood

Apart from the continuous ongoing stress, it has been shown that people that have had 2 or more adverse childhood experiences (A.C.E) have a 70% increased risk of developing MS and other autoimmune conditions. This demonstration leads to the conclusion that your “biography becomes your biology.”

The good news is that you can become aware of how your biography has become your biology, resolve emotional traumas and invest in emotional well-being, and grow more resilient.  One such technique to resolve emotional trauma and reduce ongoing stress is neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy.

NLP and Multiple Sclerosis Stress

In this month’s Creating Health episode, Eva M Clark gives us an example of how NLP helps us reduce ongoing stress by changing how we see our lives and the world.  One of the techniques used in NLP is understanding and changing our map.  One of the NLP’s presupposition is:

The map is not the territory.

Eva explains that we do not see the world as it is.  We only notice a small portion of that world through the bits we expect, are vital to us, and are aligned with our belief system.  Its a great shortcut in day to day behaviors but it also keeps us from seeing other choices, opportunities, and gifts.  Fortunately, once we realize that what we experience in life is only a filtered map of it, we can take action and alter the map.  In this month’s presentation, Eva walks us through an exercise to move us from a highly competitive, fiercely independent, and failure fearing map of ourselves and the world into a map where the focus is on learning, collaboration and being authentic.  In this way, she shows us how to take our highly stressed view of the world into a view that is more creative and collaborative.

What is your map of the world like? How does that determine what you sort for and stress about?


Resources shared in this month’s presentation on multiple sclerosis and stress:



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