《Emotions + Organs》

gallbladder running away

 

Before I begin talking about emotions connected to specific organ systems, I have to tell a story about an event that changed the course of my entire life. Prepare yourself – this is going to be a long one.

I was 21 years old and just getting into finals week for the fall semester of my junior year of college. It was a Sunday night after working all morning and afternoon at a local pizza place. I was getting ready to study for finals and I was hungry. I went to the refrigerator and pulled out my leftover General Tso’s chicken from the night before. The rest of the night would be characterized as the worst I have felt in my entire life. I had indigestion like nothing I had ever experienced before. I had such a strange pressure on my diaphragm that I couldn’t even take a full deep breath. I couldn’t get comfortable at all. I couldn’t stand. I couldn’t sit. I couldn’t lay down. I was throwing up once or twice an hour. I was seriously dehydrated but I couldn’t even drink anything because I would throw it up almost immediately. The only thing that made me feel a tiny bit better was taking a shower. So naturally… I took about 10 short showers throughout the night (I know, big waste of water but oh man was I suffering that night). Oh yeah, I barely slept – and not because I didn’t want to – I was so exhausted but the pain and discomfort kept me wide awake nearly all night.

The next morning, I made an appointment at the student health center. The Nurse Practitioner wasn’t really sure what was going on – she thought maybe it was gastritis but decided I should probably go to the E.R. in case it was appendicitis or something else that was serious and required testing. She gave me a cab voucher and sent me on my way. Luckily, the hospital was very close by but I still waited in the E.R. for over 2 hours. I sat crouched over with my head in my lap – the only position that was remotely comfortable. It was in that position that I got my first 25 minutes of sleep in over 24 hours… followed by a back and neck ache. Still… I waited for so long and I was angry. I knew there were a lot of other people in the waiting room but I selfishly thought to myself, “there’s no way that anyone feels as bad as I feel right now.” I was so weak and so exhausted and in so much pain. I couldn’t take it any longer. I needed to know what was wrong with me.

I got up to go to the bathroom. I thought maybe I had to throw up again, thinking that may give me some relief… but I don’t think I had anything left. At this point, I was desperate. I looked over and saw an emergency button. I didn’t even think – I just pressed it. A nurse came in and I told her that I had fainted. I felt awful for lying but not nearly as awful as I felt physically. She could see my pain and exhaustion though – that was no lie.

15 minutes later, I was finally in intake… but the entire process of just finding out what the hell was wrong with me seemed like an eternity. I was in a hospital gown lying in a bed being rolled over to get an ultrasound but the room was locked and the technician was nowhere to be found. The person who brought me to the room left to go find the tech. I waited outside of that room in a freezing cold (duh, hospital) hallway in my gown with only a sheet to cover me for 45 minutes. It. Was. Torture. And it was the first time that it really hit me that I was all alone. All my roommates and friends were busy working on final papers and projects or taking finals and my family was 2.5 hours away. I was so upset… and even more upset at the technician when she finally arrived with this attitude of serious inconvenience. (I promise I’m not a total brat. I’ve worked in food service or human service for over 10 years so I have all the empathy in the world for others that do this kind of work. I tried to rationalize thinking the hospital was probably just understaffed that day and she was just stressed or something. But this woman was just… rude.) So she did the ultrasound and pressed hard on the area around my liver. I cried as she moved the device around – it was painful, yes, but not as painful as that sinking feeling that I was all alone and this lady couldn’t even pretend to care (maybe a bit of an exaggeration). Then she said, abruptly, “Yup, it’s gallstones,” and nothing else. She rolled me outside of the room and I waited again in the hallway for 20 minutes. At this point, I was not only in pain and confused… I was furious. How dare this woman show up late without so much as an apology, diagnose me with gallstones and give ZERO explanation for what would happen next, and then leave me in the cold, empty hallway AGAIN? But the anger only seemed to make my pain worse and make me almost delirious.

Still, that anger didn’t subside until the nicest nurse ever came to my rescue. She actually took the time to explain the results to me in some detail and assured me that I would be okay and that the surgeon would go into more detail. She also explained that a cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder) was a very common procedure. In fact, a New York Times article from 1995 stated that, “More than 600,000 cholecystectomies are being done each year… Gallbladder surgery is now about as common as hysterectomy, which is second only to Caesarean sections.” Just let that sink in. These facts are from over 20 years ago so this is pure conjecture (because I didn’t find more recent facts) but I imagine the numbers are even higher today with the increasing portion sizes in the Standard American Diet and the continued rise in obesity.

But… wait what?

So you’re just going to take out an entire organ? What does the gallbladder even do? I was born with that organ so it must be pretty important, right? What’s gonna happen to me? (insert delirious panic attack here)

I calmed down eventually and told the nurse that my dad had actually had his gallbladder removed a few years prior to this, due to gallstones that caused jaundice, and he seemed to have recovered fine. She then told me she had hers out when she was 22 or 23. So I thought, okay, not too bad, and I’ll literally do anything to make this excruciating pain go away – err, short term solution. Because my gallbladder was so inflamed, and potentially infected, and the pain was so severe, I was told that I would be in a lot of danger if I didn’t have it removed. It felt a little forced, but again, I was terrified and in pretty agonizing pain. So… I went through with the surgery. My parents, who drove 2.5 hours to come see me, made it there just in time for me to go in. Oh and can’t forget my roommates who came and brought me my phone charger and laptop so I could email all of my professors – definitely wasn’t going to be making it to my finals that week.

The surgery went fine and I recovered okay. I went back for a follow-up about 2 weeks later and the surgeon gave me very brief, or let’s say OBVIOUS, advice… avoid greasy, fatty, cheesy, and fried foods. Yeah. Duuuuhhhhh. So I mostly followed that advice and in the months following my surgery, I lost a lot of weight. I began exercising more regularly. I cut out all the bad foods, I cut out red meat (and later all meat except seafood), and I cut out alcohol. And let me tell you, in a small college town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, that’s basically all that people did on the weekends… and the weeknights… and the weekdays. But I could not drink – it made me feel really sick and awful. Even later on, when I would occasionally have a drink – I almost always got sick the next morning or I would just have this “liver” feeling that I really didn’t like. To this day, I rarely drink, and when I do it’s usually only one drink, maybe two, because of the way my body reacts. But enough about alcohol…

I was more concerned, or more accurately, concerned for the first time about the food I was eating. I searched all over the internet for advice on what to eat without a gallbladder. I still do searches every now and then to see if there’s any new information out there but my experience has been that it’s generally the same. I find a lot of people looking but not many answers or solutions. Sadly, I think that means that most people have just sort of had to settle with the little information they can find and figure it out for themselves… or not figure it out and be okay with the constant struggle.

I, for one, was not okay with settling or with the constant struggle. I was not okay with just avoiding the obvious bad foods or constantly taking stool softeners or any other medications for the rest of my life (supplements, however, are different – more on that later). I had some serious researching to do.

✦ What is the gallbladder? ✦

gallbladder
Source: WebMD

I really had to start from the beginning by understanding what function the gallbladder has within the body. Basically, the gallbladder’s primary function is storing and concentrating bile, which is a yellowish-green substance produced by the liver. Bile is a digestive enzyme that supports the digestion process by breaking down fats and draining waste from the liver into the duodenum, which is a part of the small intestine, and on its way through the digestive system and out of the body. The liver and the gallbladder are like partners: the liver produces and the gallbladder stores, the liver is yin and the gallbladder is yang, as is described in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This relationship is crucial and a problem with the gallbladder is usually a sign that there is also a problem with the liver – something that NO ONE at the hospital told me. In fact, it seems like we only hear about the gallbladder when there’s something wrong with it but there’s so much more to this tiny organ than our culture even cares to acknowledge. Ahem, when do we ever hear about a gallbladder awareness month? (I just found out it’s in February, by the way. Did anyone know that?)

The gallstones that I had were formed over a decent amount of time, due to an excess of bile salts, bilirubin, and cholesterol, causing the stored bile to crystallize and form stones… or put simply… I was eating A LOT of CRAP and it turned liquid into rocks. No good. Even worse is the fact that gallstones don’t typically cause noticeably severe symptoms until they are either too large and cause inflammation of the gallbladder (what I had) or they obstruct a bile duct, which typically manifests as jaundice, or yellowing of the skin or eyes, among pain and other symptoms (what my dad had). In retrospect, I could think of at least a handful of occasions before my E.R. visit where I felt sick or had indigestion directly after I ate something like a cheesesteak wrap with hot sauce and fries. Yeah, I was a poor college student working at a pizza place where I got discounts on food so eating this crap was a pretty regular occurrence, unfortunately.

Full disclosure: I try not to have regrets but I know, deep down, that I should have taken these situations more seriously and that, if I had looked into the problems sooner, I could’ve potentially avoided this situation altogether. But I can’t change the past and I know it’s unhealthy to focus on or worry about the things I cannot change. I can only focus on the present and be mindful of what I am NOW doing, NOW eating, and NOW feeling.

✦ So how could my emotions be connected to this? ✦

Throughout my story so far, you may have noticed a few mentions of a recurring emotion that I was feeling. I didn’t put any sort of connection together until many years later, after ruling out Western medicine, which offered little post-surgery support, and researching other medical perspectives. What I found to be the most interesting was the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Meridian System. In this system, the body is comprised of multiple distribution networks which allow the flow of energy or Qi (pronounced chee) throughout the body. So, a meridian is sort of an “energy highway” and stagnation in any of the organs can cause “traffic jams” for that whole system. I basically had a 20 car pile up going on in my gallbladder, possibly a result of some fender benders in my liver, wreaking havoc on these vital organ and on the emotions connected to both.

The emotions that have been reported to be associated with the liver and gallbladder meridians include anger, frustration, and resentment. When I first read about these, I’ll admit it hit me pretty hard. I’m usually pretty calm and level-headed but when I’ve gotten angry, I found it incredibly difficult to control my thoughts or actions. I was so angry most of the time during my hospital stay and, to this day, I have to try extra hard not to let certain things get the best of me. As for resentment, I have a tough time admitting how much resent I have felt in the past from people who have hurt me or situations where I was hurt. It has always been difficult to let go of those feelings but I noticed how much harder it has been within the past 5 years following my surgery. As for frustration, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve given up on something because I perceived it as too difficult or I came across the smallest bit of adversity along the way. At times, the frustration has been so debilitating to my progress that I question the things I try to accomplish. This applies to developing an exercise routine to be at a healthy weight, meal planning, working on a new art piece, work tasks, and making any other big life goals.

The gallbladder and liver have also been associated with other key responsibilities such as determination, courage, decision making, and initiative. Once again, this hit me hard. Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, “You’ve got gall” before when someone is described as daring or courageous. In fact, the Chinese word for daring is ‘da dan’ which translates to ‘big gall.’ For me, I literally don’t have gall(bladder) anymore and, in retrospect, I’ve come to realize how much I’ve struggled with all of my big decisions since I lost it. I’ve been afraid of failure or lacked enough initiative to fully follow through with a task.

I’ve had all of these thoughts and ideas about how I can make a better future for myself and most of those have included going back to school to pursue a Masters degree in integrative health promotion/education and pursuing jobs that can get me closer to that ‘better’ future. But I’ve made a lot of really drastic career changes – both in the type of work and the location – since graduating. I also haven’t really stayed in a position long enough (the longest was about a year and a half), which I know doesn’t look that great to potential new employers. But I continued to be unsatisfied and wanting more… and thinking that a new job would fulfill that. Then I think I might just need to start my own business somehow. Or pursue my art more aggressively. Or SOMETHING. But I’ve struggled with where to start and I notice that I’ve lacked the initiative in the past to seriously pursue these things. Even in my quest to go back to school, I’ve taken a few foundation classes and attended a ton of workshops but choke at the idea of really committing to a program for 2+ years. It’s left me feeling stuck many, many times.

I know this all sounds pretty grim for someone who has lost their gallbladder… but it’s not! This just means that I’ve had to spend a lot of time reflecting on my life, both past and present, and learn to be more aware of these characteristics and make every effort that I can to adapt. And losing my gallbladder doesn’t mean that I just go on angry rampages daily or sit around and accomplish nothing. I just have to approach any situation with a more mindful eye and be aware of the thoughts or feelings that I am experiencing. It’s been a long, bumpy, and windy road but it’s been liberating, nonetheless. My “car” has broken down a few times and I’ve had to stop and ask for help – gasp! because if any of you know me well, you know I kinda loathe asking for help – but I’ve made it here. And I will keep going. The road ahead isn’t crystal clear and I know I’ll run into other problems; the biggest difference for me now is being fully aware of these problems as they arise and figuring out how I can work around them.

What can I do about it now? ✦

Listed below are a few tips on things that have worked for me, advice I’ve gotten from others, things I’m currently trying or would like to try, and so on. The most important lesson for me has been trial and error and it has made this journey all the more worthwhile. I highly suggest that the trial and error be monitored to some extent by a medical professional, though. We all have the ability to heal, even if we are missing a piece of the puzzle. My gallbladder may be gone and I may struggle with certain emotions or digestive issues for the rest of my life, but I’ve gained – and am still gaining – so much knowledge and insight into my own well-being throughout this process, that I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d rather be without a gallbladder than without the mindset that my truest, deepest purpose is to take care of my Self and to know that this will lead me down the correct path.

FOODS TO INCORPORATE MORE OF ✦

▷ Dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, arugula, collards, and brussels sprouts to name a few. These vegetables have tons of benefits: they are rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins A, C, & K, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and sulfur. These crucifers support a broad range of systems in the body but for our purposes here, their best quality is to help support digestion and the liver’s ability to detoxify the body. I like to vary between eating these raw and lightly cooked (steamed or sauteed with coconut/avocado/olive oil so they’re a vibrant green and still maintain their nutritional integrity). I also try to include leafy greens in my fruit and protein smoothies whenever possible to provide a more balanced and nutrient-dense meal or snack.
▷ Other sulfur-rich foods like garlic and onions. The body needs sulfur to make critical compounds such as taurine and glutathione. Glutathione is often referred to as the “mother of all antioxidants” and is produced in none other than the amazing liver! So optimal liver function is crucial. If the liver isn’t functioning well, it’s not properly detoxifying the body.
▷ Citrus – lemon, lime, and grapefruit, to name a few. I try to squeeze lemon into warm water in the mornings or into my hot teas. Early in the morning, warm lemon water helps to activate all of the organs because the warm water hydrates while the lemon juice stimulates the liver to allow Qi/energy to flow more freely. Warm water is absorbed in the body more easily than cold water because less energy is spent trying to convert the water into an absorbable temperature. In fact, I try to never drink cold water, warm or room temperature is best. Which leads me to…
▷ Drink more water throughout the day! This is one of the easiest and most widely used wellness tips. A hydrated body promotes optimal functioning on all levels. You can also add a dash of pink Himalayan sea salt for added electrolytes.
▷ Herbal teas. My favorites for supporting digestion and positive/calm mood are ginger (a high quality powder form is easiest), peppermint, dandelion, and chamomile
▷ Some other amazing foods that can be easily incorporated to support the liver and digestion include: carrots, beets, radishes, sweet potatoes, celery, basil, cilantro, dandelion greens and roots, licorice root, and green tea.

A nice little rule of thumb for incorporating more of these foods into the diet is to have a wide variety of colors on your plate. Just remember that every person is different and what works for one person may not work for the other. As I mentioned before, it really is a process of trial and error. And it’s most beneficial to work with a nutritionist or other medical expert if you have specific dietary concerns.

FOODS TO REDUCE THE INTAKE OF OR AVOID ✦

Fried/greasy foods. Anything made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Remember that one of the gallbladder’s primary purposes is supplying bile to break down fats. Let me be clear, though: this does NOT mean avoiding ALL fat. Fat is not the enemy. We need fats as a part of a balanced diet to thrive. Moderate amounts of GOOD fats found in avocados, nuts, coconut oil, avocado oil & EVOO, fatty fish like wild caught salmon, seeds, and even dark chocolate (yes, it’s true!) can support a healthy diet and digestion. Just remember that moderation & balance are key!
Spicy foods. Again, moderation is the name of the game. I love my food a little spicy
but there are times when it’s gone a little overboard with the hot sauce or curry and         I was bound to the heating pad and the bathroom for the rest of the night (TMI,
sorry). For a little spicy kick when I’m cooking at home, I love to use turmeric or
cayenne pepper with a balanced blend of other herbs and sea salt – and a little goes a
long way. These two spices pack powerful anti-inflammatory benefits!
 Pasteurized dairy. One major difference I have noticed after having my gallbladder out is that I do NOT tolerate dairy well. I try to keep my dairy intake at a minimum because it usually causes a build up of phlegm and some major stomach aches. Reducing my dairy intake has been relatively easy with minor swaps. I never really liked milk, even as a kid, so switching to nut milks like unsweetened almond or coconut has been a breeze. I think they taste better and they go great in smoothies and add healthy fats. I do however, like cheese so this has been a bit harder to give up. However, some of the non-dairy cheeses made with a nut base are excellent and don’t include a lot of other highly processed ingredients. Most natural food stores sell nut cheeses like almond ricotta and cashew mozzarella and they are delicious!
▷ Gluten. Yeah. I know. We always hear about how “terrible” gluten is. But just like dairy, I’ve come to find that I don’t tolerate gluten that well anymore. The reaction is not nearly as extreme but it is similar. I tend to get pretty phlegmy and sometimes get stomach aches so I try to keep this at a minimum as well. But I’m not perfect. It’s important to remember that something labeled as gluten free doesn’t always mean it’s healthy. If gluten is a concern, try experimenting with different types of alternatives like almond flour or brown rice flour if you really want breads and such – I love brown rice tortillas and have found an awesome gluten free pancake mix – my boyfriend and I are champion pancake makers. We use unsweetened applesauce or banana instead of eggs, nut milk, and coconut oil in our recipes – cinnamon, walnut, cranberry, coconut pancakes anyone???
▷ Sugary and processed foods. This one is kind of a no-brainer. The liver has to work extra hard to digest excess sugar from soda, cakes, and other crap. Try to keep these to an absolute minimum if you have any concerns about your liver or gallbladder… or health in general. I have a major sweet tooth, so this was something I struggled with post-surgery and to this day. I try to opt for fruit instead.
▷ Alcohol. this one is a little tricky. Personally, I drastically reduced my alcohol intake after my surgery because I didn’t like the way my body reacted. Currently, I drink once in a blue moon – maybe even with a Blue Moon… or a glass of wine.
▷ Red meat. Yeah. I know, again. But I personally could not tolerate any red meat very well after having my gallbladder out. I eventually cut out all meat because I didn’t like the quality of what I was finding. I experimented with this for a while by slowly cutting out meats because I no longer enjoyed them. I eat fatty fish like salmon and tuna on occasion and I do enjoy crabs as well but I do eat mostly plant-based. Don’t worry, I get my protein!
Some of these no-no’s may be obvious, but, for me, it’s been helpful to really spell it all out and have a visual reminder.

EXERCISE ✦

▷ Yoga or pilates. These practices are both a real test of patience and perseverance. Both of these incorporate the use of meditation, breathing techniques, stretching, and certain poses or movements, all of which can enhance gallbladder and liver function. It’s best to work with a professional or take guided classes to gain the most benefits from yoga and pilates and to avoid injury.
▷ Walking/running/jogging. Any movement is good! This helps to prevent stagnation in all parts of the body. One of the best parts about where I live now is that I can walk to work in about 20 minutes. I like it because it gets me moving early on in the day – and better yet, most of my route to work in the morning is uphill so it requires a little extra effort. I’m not crazy about running but I’ll do it every now and then when my boyfriend encourages me or I’ll use the elliptical at the gym to get in my cardio. I also love hiking and being in nature, something I’ve missed a little since moving into a city.
▷ Weightlifting. In conjunction with cardio and full body stretching, weightlifting helps you build muscle and burn fat. I’m super new to weightlifting with free weights but am enjoying the benefits so far. Just be sure to start small and build your way up. The same goes for sets and reps. For example, I started with 2 sets of 10 reps on arm exercises and have moved up to 3 sets of 15 reps. It’s also good to vary between different muscle groups like the legs, arms, and back. Listen to your body to understand what your limits are. Again, it’s best to work with a professional or someone who knows what they are doing so that you can learn the proper form, gain all the benefits, and avoid injury. I wouldn’t have really known these things if I hadn’t first consulted with a personal trainer.

LIFESTYLE ✦

▷ Use castor oil packs. I love castor oil! It is absorbed through the skin and once it is absorbed, it stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system’s purpose is to remove toxins from the body… so improved lymphatic flow would mean improved detoxification. And remember, the liver is the body’s biggest detox organ besides the skin. I like to do anything I can to lower the burden on my liver since it now (sort of) does the job of two organs. Before bed, just soak a flannel or cloth in castor oil, place it over the right side of the abdomen (use the picture above for reference), cover with plastic or other protective material (castor oil is thick, sticky, and messy), then place a hot water bottle or heating pad over and lay down for 1-2 hours. This is a great time to read, relax or meditate, and unwind before going to sleep. You can search “castor oil pack” online and get an entire kit if you’re unsure what kind of cloth is best. They’re relatively inexpensive and usually come with information and instructions.
Supplement with digestive enzymes and ox bile. This has been crucial for me.
I learned about these in an appointment with my nutritionist/herbalist friend,
Brooke and they’ve helped me so much. (Click on her name to check out her site for all kinds of nutrition information, recipes, and tips.)
◈ The digestive enzymes help your body to break down the foods you are taking in, so that you can get the most out of the vitamins and minerals found in all the beneficial foods listed above – especially the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, which a body without a gallbladder has a tougher time absorbing.
Ox bile is just what it sounds like, bile from an ox. When you don’t have a gallbladder, the liver is basically producing and pouring out a slow and steady stream of bile into the small intestine whereas the gallbladder would secrete the stored bile after a meal, as needed. By supplementing with ox bile about 2 hours after eating, I am able to give my body a moderate supply of bile to support my digestion. This allows me to be more regular (if you catch my drift…).
These two supplements are especially helpful after a fattier meal and have helped me avoid many stomach aches.
▷ Supplement with magnesium. If you’re not getting enough magnesium from diet alone, which, let’s face it, most of us don’t, consider supplementing with a quality magnesium product. I found a delicious magnesium tea that supplies 350 mg magnesium citrate per serving. I like to drink this after a workout to support muscle recovery or right before bed to help me get a more restful sleep – which I’ve found has been an increasing problem after losing Lil’ G. And on that note…
▷ Get enough quality sleep! Sleep is what helps restore and regenerate our bodies each night after a long day so that all of our organs can function optimally the following day. Sleep is so so so important. I always know I’m gonna be exhausted if I’ve gotten any less than 7 hours of sleep the night before or if I’ve woken up a lot during the night.
▷ Meditate. 
This is something that has helped me with understanding my anger and other emotions. I am more aware of when an emotion is coming on and slightly more prepared to deal with the emotion than I used to be. Meditation has also been shown to reduce anxiety and stress. The easiest way for me is to listen to a guided meditation on YouTube or other media. I also like to practice “mindful walking” on my walks to and from work and “mindful eating” so that I’m fully aware of what I’m putting into my body (and sometimes I’m fully aware that what I’m eating is not something my body will like – but I’m a work in progress). There are many forms of meditation and all have unbelievable benefits. Try to find a local organization or workshop if you’re interested in getting guidance in person. You won’t be sorry you did.
▷ Pay attention to the time. In TCM, “gallbladder time” is between 11pm and 1am and “liver time” is between 1am and 3am. I try to be in bed or at least ready for bed before midnight – but I’m not perfect. Sometimes I stay awake much longer than I should. I just try to be mindful of how I’m feeling during these times. Looking back, I wasn’t surprised to remember that the pain I experienced the night before going to the E.R. started around 11:15pm and was it’s worst up until about 3:30am.
▷ Get testing done. Nothing can be more telling of what’s going on inside your body than specimen testing. Some examples would be stool analysis to determine what’s going on in the digestive tract – poor nutrient absorption could be a concern in those with gallbladder/liver issues, liver function tests which measure the amount of enzymes produced by the liver in response to disease or damage, and a broad range of blood chemistry analyses. Getting these tests done and interpreted by a medical professional can be so valuable to solving your own health puzzle. I recommend a holistic MD, functional medicine, or naturopathic doctor, as they really look at the whole person. I’m in the process of getting some of these types of tests so more on these in a later post!
▷ Do more of what makes you happy. This sounds simple but it surely can get complicated. I’m an artist by nature so anything creative is what really makes me happy. Painting, drawing, coloring, writing, even just being in nature and visualizing all the color, or listening to music. When I’m not involved something creative, or somewhere in the midst of working on a creative piece, I can feel myself getting agitated more easily – and I don’t like that feeling nor do I like to allow myself to let that slide too far. So… whatever lifts your spirits, do it.

Disclaimer: This website is not intended to provide medical counselling services, nor to diagnose, prevent, cure or treat any disease. The information on this site is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. Although I strive to provide accurate content to the best of my knowledge, I am not a doctor. The viewpoints expressed are my opinions and should not be considered scientific conclusions. If you are in need of expert advice, please consult with a competent medical professional (such as an MD, DO, NP, ND, RD, CNS, etc).

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