Are Trapped Emotions the Root of Disease?

October 3, 2014

Dr_Brad-WhiteBGDInterview with Dr. Bradley Nelson, author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Code

After working in private practice as a holistic chiropractic physician, Dr. Nelson  began to devote all his time to teaching about the body’s innate self-healing powers. A leading authority on how emotions affect health, he is the creator of The Emotion Code, a system for releasing the trapped emotions that block mental and physical healing.  Our thought-provoking interview with Dr. Nelson follows:

Q.How do emotions influence our health positively and negatively?

Positive emotions are not only a lot more fun to experience, but they also tend to release healthy hormones into our blood, resulting in an increase in our immune function. Negative emotions, on the other hand, result in immune depression and even accelerate the aging process. Even worse, negative emotions often result in the formation of “trapped emotions,” or emotional energies that are left behind after an emotionally-charged event. These trapped emotions are the single biggest underlying common denominator for all the illnesses that we suffer from, whether emotional, mental or physical. In fact, 90% of physical pain is actually due to this “emotional baggage,” or trapped emotions.

Q.What are some tools and techniques that people can do to release emotional trauma?

Over the last 30 years, a number of different methods of releasing emotional trauma have been developed. The Emotion Code is a method that I was able to develop during many years of clinical practice and teaching seminars around the world. It relies entirely and solely on the subconscious mind for its information, which is obtained through muscle testing. The Emotion Code is simply the fastest, easiest and most efficient method of releasing trapped emotions ever devised.

Q.What illnesses are most commonly associated with past emotional trauma?

Over the last 25 years it has become clear to me that trapped emotions are the single biggest underlying imbalance contributing to every disease process that we suffer from.

 Q.What are the primary underlying causes of disease?

Of course, emotional baggage is not the only underlying cause of disease. I spent the last 10 years of my solo practice working with people who had been told there was no cure for them; people who had been cast off by the medical system and told that nothing could be done for them. I was radically successful working with these people, because I knew a secret. The secret was that their subconscious mind, their internal computer system, knew exactly what the underlying causes of their disease were. I simply tapped into that internal computer system, ask questions, and got answers. There are really only six underlying causes of all disease, including pathogens, Structural misalignments, nutritional deficiencies, Toxicity, energetic imbalances and imbalances of the body circuitry.

Q.People are so stressed out today and it is harming their health. How can people become more resilient to stress in their lives?

By choosing their emotional responses more carefully and by getting rid of the emotional baggage they currently have.

Q.Most of us have heard the term “emotional” eating. What are the emotions that trigger overeating and weight-gain?

Emotional eating is a common problem that has, at its core, stored emotional energies resulting from events that resulted in feelings of insecurity, fear or anxiety, as well as a variety of other emotions.

Q.How do you help your patients who are struggling to lose weight and get healthier?

The first step is to find and release the trapped emotions that are leading to emotional eating and other unhealthy behaviors relating to food. Next, we look at other underlying imbalances that might be contributing to an inability to lose weight. The most common of these is actually toxicity, so a good detoxification program is essential in most cases.

Q.Just about everyone suffers from some emotional trauma in life, from bad breakups to hurts and crises in childhood and adolescent. How are some people able to move on, while others experience long-lasting symptoms related to emotional pain?

I believe that the idea that some people can go through emotional traumas completely unscathed is a myth. Emotional traumas most often result in emotional baggage. Emotional baggage eventually results in symptoms. Sometimes the symptoms occur right away, and are emotional in nature, so it is easy to connect the symptom to the trauma. Sometimes the symptoms take decades to develop, and have no apparent relation to the emotional trauma, yet the cancer that finally ends the patient’s life, the sudden heart attack, or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness are also most often the result of emotional trauma, yet the true underlying causes are rarely discovered due to the lapse in time that occurs.

 Q.You have had success treating many conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and severe depression. How have you helped patients return to health from so-called incurable diseases?

First of all, I don’t believe there is any such thing as an incurable disease, in reality. When a medical doctor tells the patient that what they have is “incurable,” what he is really saying is they have cannot be cured with drugs or surgery, since those are really their only options. The reality is that symptoms are the body’s way of saying that something is wrong.

 The holistic approach is to figure out what the underlying imbalances are that are behind those symptoms. If you fix those underlying imbalances, the symptoms will go away. It’s really very simple. During the years that I was in practice I developed a computerized mind mapping system that enabled me to very rapidly drill down to the true underlying causes. We now sell this as a self-study course called “The Body Code System,” which enables anyone to figure out what the underlying causes of anything are in short order. For more information, visit

Q.Are there any over the counter medicines you recommend, such as topical analgesic medication like from Salonpas?

I have recommended Salonpas for many years with great results. My patients loved them!

 QHave you had patients over-medicate with acetaminophen and ibuprofen?

Unfortunately, yes. Liver damage resulting in decreased liver function and immune dysfunction has been the result, but fortunately, even this sort of pharmaceutically-caused damage can usually heal with time.

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