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Updated on March 14, 2014

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It has been said that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. This is very true and research suggests that the body and mind have a distinct relationship with each other, teaming up to repel and fight against deadly disease and other malice.

The mind and body ensemble to compose preventative and healing activities and release inner power to overcome the trials of life. Scientists have noted that most common, everyday people only use a small portion of their brain's ability. Most people don't even realize their mental abilities and the complexity of the brains function.

In this Hub, I will attempt to show a little of the relationship and correlation between the mind and body and how mental state along with other variables can influence a person's physical well-being.

While looking for ways to naturally (meaning without synthetic drugs ) keep down levels of stress and anxiety and to help prevent immune depression, I have come across some methods for increasing immune system response.

Above all things that I have found in my research, eating a proper, well-balanced diet followed by exercise and proper rest, are the key elements for maintaining this fitness.

The human body requires certain vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C & E and Beta-Carotene to help keep the immune system in its best condition. It is suggested through research conducted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that Carbohydrates can calm down anxiety by producing Serotonin which is a neurotransmitter in the brain. Protein has the opposite effect as it allows you to be responsive to stimuli, heightens your attention span, and endorses aggression which is necessary for survival.

Aside of eating well, taking care of your body is important for maintaining good health. Exercising lowers blood pressure, is catalyst for chemical reactions that promote tissue repair and strengthening, and also keeps your heart healthy and in check. Exercising is an important variable when attempting to maintain a healthy physique.

Other Ways To Improve Overall Wellness

Other ways to feel good and do good for your muscles are through chiropractic-physical therapy and deep muscle relaxation. All of these methods have been shown to also strengthen the mind and body and also increases immune system alertness. Such activities will keep the system healthy and on its toes.

Positive Thinking is a motivation as well as a preventative means of fitness. Proactive-Prevention is a key to general wellness. (Not smoking, drinking heavily, etc.) Being generally optimistic about life can improve your health as it allows you to be in control, open minded, and make rational decisions. This is an important during "Fight or Flight " responses. Attitude also plays a role in good health. A Healthy Attitude can only constitute a healthy mind and body. Activities such as going for walks, re-living positive nostalgic moments, and doing things such as volunteering your time to a needy cause are all things that can improve your attitude and frame of mind. Taking time to be alone, reflecting on life, meditating, and self evaluation also help. If you don't take time for yourself you will feel overburdened and will lead to stress and anxiety.

When it comes to Relaxation, who in this day and age does not need it? Taking a warm bath after a long hard day relaxes your tense muscles and helps clear the mind of the day's trials and tribulations. The body's circulation of blood increases bringing more oxygen to the areas where it is needed most for repair. Prayer-like Daily Meditation has been shown to increase immune cell activity, according to a research study conducted at University of Miami Medical School. I also found that listening to music can also alter your mood. Listening to heavy, loud music that has a fast tempo tends to keep the body on edge. However, soft-instrumental music can bring you to a heightened state of consciousness and allow you to relax and rest the body. Maintaining a normal sleep schedule will help keep your body fit.

Environment can play a vital role in a person's wellness. People who live in a country or woodland setting tend to have better health than city folk. Taking into account the pollution, security, and noise within a city setting, can influence a person's overall health.

It appears that in order to be well, you must eat well, exercise frequently, relax and rest properly, and practicing many of the things mentioned above will aid in achieving a healthy lifestyle. Keeping a fit mind and body will decrease one's chances of getting an illness. The immune system will respond punctually and you will look and feel better!

Herbal Therapy is a practice by means of using herbs and spices to help prevent illness and maintain wellness.

Garlic is a common spice found in many homes and most grocery stores. Garlic contains the power to endorse T-cell life longevity, helps to prevent the development of cancer cells and allows the liver to get rid of carcinogens which are pollutants that cause cancer.

Licorice is another beneficial food as it is found to contain natural anti-inflammatory properties. This is great since many people, especially children, enjoy eating this treat! Licorice also produces anti-viral effects that help to ward off disease.

Mushrooms such as Shiitake and Reishi are shown to help the body. Shiitake mushrooms carry many of our daily dietary requirements as they are high in Protein, Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin, and Lentinan, a substance that kills cancer cells. These mushrooms are also known to lower cholesterol at a very fast rate. Reishi mushrooms send out immune cells to perform their duties as necessary. There are a variety of other spices and herbs that exist that can help the body. These are just a few suggestions.

To sum it up, there are many things that influence a person's mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. Engaging in healthy habits with a positive attitude, watching what you eat, how much relaxation and sleep you get, and the environment in which one lives can deeply alter a person's overall health and life expectancy. We are what we put into our bodies!

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      cristlin 5 years ago

      i love this job yehhhhh!!!!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello ChristyWrites! I am happy that this is useful to you! Thanks for voting up. I appreciate you linking to this Hub very much! It's always great to hear from you!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks JS for this useful hub! I linked to it within my latest hub about generating ideas for the next hub. I vote up.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Alexander Mark, I am with you on the garlic! Throw in some onions and I'm totally in! Thank God my wife has the same taste as me! I can live without licorice but it does have its advantages. I definitely don't like black licorice! I don't enjoy the anisette flavor that they use (same in alcohol liquors such as Sambuca/Samvuka) Nasty stuff! But it is good for the blood.

      As for exercise, I do that at work (I deliver bottled water). Other than that, I don't do much but it helps to burn calories. I was an avid bike rider in my youth (I will turn 34 on Sunday the 22nd of this January) and miss riding a lot. I have in-laws that do trail riding and have invited me to join them. I should take them up on their offer! It's good for the heart and makes you feel good!

      The mind is what captures and motivates our bodies based on what we do or don't do. When we are positive and active, the mind moves us forward. When we are (lazy) relaxed, our mind tells us that it is OK and we can get things done later. That leads to apathy. Apathy is a mental condition that leads to depression, diabetes, and obesity. That is the hardest element of health to overcome.

      Many apathetic patients resort to medications to enhance mood. Unfortunately, many "depressed" people are mislabeled as depressed because their bodies can't keep up with what they are ingesting (sugars mostly).

      Proper food and mental balance are essential for a healthy body and mind which leads to life longevity. Kudos to you for working out and taking your holistic health seriously! You have expressed good eating/cooking habits and you will benefit in the end. Here's to our health! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Alexander Silvius 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Give me more garlic! I love garlic so this is good news for me. But you can keep the licorice - yech.

      Good advice, I just started working on this and stumbling over a lot of roadblocks, but getting there. I even make my own bread now - I will never buy bread again. Even a little exercise makes a huge difference. I bicycle about 30 minutes, 3 days a week - fits right into my schedule and makes me feel great. I once tried to go for 1 hour and 25 minutes but didn't have enough time during the week to keep that up :-( Felt great when I did it though.

      I hardly eat sugar anymore except for natural honey and that helps too.

      You're absolutely right about the positive mindset and rest, when you're tired, you can't do anything efficiently and you pretty much lose out every time. My criteria is: rest first, then good food, then exercise. That works pretty well.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @wmhseo: I am pleased that you enjoyed reading this and I appreciate your comment! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @molometer: Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comment and votes!

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sound advice JS and always useful information.

      Healthy mind + healthy body is an equation we can all add up and benefit from.

      Voted up and shared.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello wilson51288! I appreciate your comment! Thanks for stopping by!

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      wilson51288 5 years ago

      very good hub and you have highlighted an essential part of health.. thanks for sharing..

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hellow again imkd! I appreciate you stopping by again!

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      imkd 5 years ago

      great hub.. but how to maintain a health body with easy mind :P

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you for stopping by yesblogger!

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      Amartya Gupta 5 years ago from India

      wonderful hub...........

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Flora! I used to suffer from insomnia but it has gotten better over the years. It is hard to think positive all the time but with practice it can be done! It is a behavior and so can be modified. Thanks for stopping by!

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      The suggestions that I tend to have a problem with is getting the proper rest (I'm an insomniac) and not letting negative thinking invade my thoughts.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I should have added more attention to spiritual wellness as you stated, Anjili! It is true that you need that as well to be balanced. Thanks for adding this insightful comment to my Hub article! I appreciate it!

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      Anjili 6 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      A very informative article that is useful to all.

      Voted up despite your mentioning spiritual wellness only once towards the end.

      We are tripartite with a body, soul and spirit for perfect harmony and a healthy complete life.

      Your spirit must be alive too. Lol and take care :)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Vincent! May I suggest that you make your first Hub about that? It sounds very interesting! Thanks for the comment!

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      Vincent Gill 6 years ago

      Regarding the mind-body connection, I recently discovered somatics for chronic pain relief.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you so much for the awesome comment softhard! I really appreciate it!

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      softhard 6 years ago from Kathmandu

      You are a great Hubber. Another great hub. Loved reading it.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I appreciate you insightful comment, vocalcoach! Positive energy can heal the mind and body. Thanks for your votes and comment!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Every action is first a thought. The more positive energy we give to our mind, the more likely we are to take positive action. I love your hub. Living is more rewarding when we develop a healthy mind and body. You have given us the "blueprint" to joy and happiness.

      Rating up and across the board! Marvelous!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Neither did I commanderx! Thanks for stopping by!

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      commanderx 6 years ago

      awesome hub !! I didn't know much about mushrooms.. :)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Personally, applecsmith, I hate mushrooms! My wife loves them and I will eat them once in a while. I appreciate your comment and your consistent votes! Thanks for checking this out.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Very nice hub. I especially agree with the main part about keeping a healthy lifestyle with good food and exercise. I didn't know those types of mushrooms had such good nutrients. I eat them all the time, and love them.

      Thanks for sharing - voted up like normal!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @annmackiemiller: Thanks for the comment and the vote!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @BukowskiBabe: I hope that your mother gets better and you have less stress. My prayers are with you. Thanks for stopping by and good luck.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @manthy: Thanks again!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @StanJ: I am glad that this article has helped you! Thanks for the comment!

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      annmackiemiller 6 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      great hub - voted up and stuff

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      BukowskiBabe 6 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.

      I enjoyed this hub. I'm under a lot of stress with a sick mother in the hospital and still have to work. Everything just piles up...thank you, JS

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      COOL HUB

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      StanJ 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks a million! That actually explains to me why sweet foods give me one kind of energy and salty foods another, something I had noticed but not been able to explain. I know I don't exercise as much as I should, although the dog does help in that department. I will also make it a point to add more C and licorice to my diet! I will be reading more, keep up the awesome work. Have a great night.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks VioletSun! I appreciate the comment and the votes! Thanks for reading.

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Found this hub today and it's a winner. I had no idea that protein does not relax one, good to know!

      Voted up, awesome and useful! :)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks for the comment Jenny30! I appreciate it very much!

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      Jennifer 6 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! its so true that a positive attitude plays a vital role in our health! Very informative!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree BizGenGirl! Thanks for the comment!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks manthy! I appreciate your comment!

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      Bema Self 6 years ago from Seattle

      Definitely gotta be able to laugh regularly to be healthy, lol =)

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Cool hub I agree 100% with you on this one.

      Kudos my friend

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      RNMSN how could I have forgotten laughter? Thanks for adding to my Hub! I appreciate your comment. Maybe David could join HubPages and write a humor series? If you like funny stuff, check out Mark Ewbie: http://hubpages.com/profile/Mark+Ewbie

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      hello J S Matthew! and laughter/dont forget that!

      my David tries to think up one olriginal dirty limerick a day!! no lie

      and man does it work!!! we just laugh and laugh!

      now...if only there were a market for such as that????? we'd be very well of and extremely laughter filled...dude you should hear some of the....

      well perhaps not :)

      love to you!! barbara b

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks you so much socialrafalino! I look forward to future conversation. Thanks for stopping by!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I appreciate that as well!

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      Terishere 6 years ago

      You're welcome JS. I also gave it a vote up!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, Terishere!

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      Terishere 6 years ago

      Very informative hub!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, Dim Flaxenwick! I appreciate that! I hope that you do find this Hub useful in your life. I appreciate you stopping by and good luck!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      l´m hopeless in stressful situations. My daughter says if there was nothing to worry about l´d make something up. Can´t believe l´m THAT bad, but l get the message and l have to thank you for one wonderful hub that is sure to help me.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      That's a good thing, mareezy13! Thanks for the comment!

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      mareezy13 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great hub. I always try to be so intune with my body and what I am putting into it.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you Alladream74. You are a great follower and commenter! I appreciate that.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      A wonderful hub,great information in an age where stress is one of the biggest killers.Thanks.Voted up and useful

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Fay Paxton, I am glad that you agree with this article. I appreciate the comment and the vote!

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Excellent advice. I totally agree...positive thinking and relaxation are extremely important factors in good health.

      voted up/useful

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on another one of my Hubs Spirit Whisperer. I really appreciate it!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      This is an informative hub full of practical advice and common sense that is sorely lacking in many today.Thank you.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you Alexander. I look forward to your return and comments! I appreciate you stopping by!

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      Alexander Pease 6 years ago from Maine

      Read it briefly. I liked what I read so far, will come back to it later and give further thoughts.

      Happy Hubbing!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks again, Ancillotti!

      I always appreciate your comments and votes!

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      Ancillotti 6 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

      Very usefull! Up! Thanks for writing about!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks for stopping by thoughtforce! It is true-in today's society so much is centered about how you look but not so much on how we feel. Maybe this is a reason for the increasing amount of depression that is being reported all over the world. Thanks for the comment!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Very interesting article! We sometimes focus too much on the body and our physical wellbeing and forget the mind. Great information and advices!

      Tina

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you fucsia!

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I very like your Hub. I am fascinated by the intimate link from mind and body and I think that your advice are very useful.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks for the comment ss_sputnik! Was it covered as a medical expense in your case?

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      ss_sputnik 6 years ago

      Garlic is a great blood cleanser! As for deep tissue massage, the husband and I are definite believers in this one (we go once a month). I even as my tax lady if I could have it covered as a medical expense! ;)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Jangaplanet: Glad you enjoyed the article and thanks for voting up!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      UrsulaRose: Thanks for the positive comment! I don't normally write about health issues but I was inspired from a paper I wrote a long time ago for school! Thanks for stopping by!

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      A E 6 years ago

      I really enjoy reading these types of hubs, great article J.S.Matthew thank you for sharing this article. Voted up!!

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      UrsulaRose 6 years ago

      I am so glad that you stopped by one of my hubs so that I could stop by yours - I just loved reading this hub article because it is well-written and full of useful information that any person can make use of (including ME!).

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks for stopping by, Vera! The mind and body are very fascinating! There is so much potential for the Human species. I hope that we can use that potential to enrich our world instead of destroying it! Thanks for the comment!

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      Vera McCabe 6 years ago from West Sussex, UK

      There are a lot of things about the human body which cannot be explained with science alone: the mind contributes significantly to our physical wellbeing. Your hub touches on several points, which are worth considering. I like it.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, trimar7!

      I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. This is the first health related Hub that I have tried. We'll see how it goes!

      Thanks again!

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      trimar7 6 years ago from New York

      Very informative hub. It is so absolutely true that the body and the mind are a system.