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Can Beliefs Impact The Immune System?

by Vivienne Bradshaw-Black(more info)

listed in immune function, originally published in issue 261 - March 2020


In Disney’s portrayal of the Jungle Book,[1] Mowgli’s belief was that the python Kaa was friendly!  In Mowgli’s case this belief was based upon ignorance and would have resulted in Kaa having a meal of Mowgli if he had not have been rescued.  Although Mowgli and Kaa are fictional characters, the same real dangers of ignorance are applicable to human beings.

Mowgli & Kaa

We inherit our initial physical lot in life and make our own unique metabolic pathways which manifest in the lives and circumstances we see before us.  These are not separate entities but all one.  Each cell is a mini-world of the whole.  Wrong infant feeding and its emotional counterpart of lack of love, are no small considerations here.[2] 

However, inheriting our belief system which affects our emotions, decisions and actions is not quite the same as inheriting physical toxins such as mercury from dental fillings.  The two situations demand very different approaches for the adult who wishes to deal with either or preferably both.

The immune system impacts every cell.  When we say that we are feeling down, every cell feels down.  Feeling down might manifest in a certain body area but the ‘down feeling’ is registered universally. This reaction is subconscious and a person can be consciously unaware of being depressed but the immune system will still register depression.  This being so, then the beliefs which give rise to depression and its effects on the immune system would be the prime area for investigation.

This would still be so even if a depressed person were aware of depression but did not know why.  Some people live in depression from infancy and do not recognise that it even exists in their mind or body.

We inherit from both parents and are born with a relatively small but important amount of input from our experience in the uterus.  All the rest comes from post-birth learning.  We take for granted as ‘true’ the things we experience as children, especially during the first six to seven years.  Our experiences are our own ‘truth’ and not necessarily reality.  As examples, a child can feel abandoned by parents to torture by strangers and have a life-long fear of being alone, having a sense of misplaced trust and helpless.  In reality this could have been the interpretation of such experiences as having a fracture repaired or tonsillectomy under anaesthetic.  The severity of child abuse, whether for the good of the child as in repair of accident damage, unintentional neglect because the parents had little to give or intentional evil mistreatment, is a subject outside of the realms of this article.

The battle is ongoing

Much research has concluded that emotions affect the immune system. Many cancers typically manifest after a period of trauma/stress/depression.  It would appear that negative emotions of trauma diminish immune system detection of cancer cells. Cancer cells manifest in areas of physical relevance to the trauma in association with concentric rings in related areas of the brain.  This mode of action put forward by Dr Ryke Geerd Hamer makes logical sense;[3]   Dr Bruce Lipton expounds on this with the behaviour of stem cells and exosomes.[4]  However, the question must be asked as to why the body would behave in this way, whether looking at the broader picture via Dr Hamer’s work or the finer detail of Dr Lipton’s work, both of which raise many questions about the origins of modes of action.   

Dr G. Edward Griffin, age 89, is an American author, lecturer and filmmaker.[5] He is the author of World Without Cancer where he argues, with very sound reasoning and many confirmations from those who have understood this, that cancer is a nutritional deficiency in just the same way that Scurvy is a Vitamin C deficiency and Pellagra is a Vitamin B deficiency.  Considering the work of these three great men in the area of health research we can begin to understand more about the whys and wherefores.  However, that understanding leads to further questions that I don’t believe can be answered without consideration of non-physical and non-emotional factors.

Of course, a vitamin deficiency is not only lack of intake, but it certainly can be as in the three examples of Scurvy, Pellagra and Cancer but can also be lack of uptake.  Both these aspects are vital to understand.  Intake has to be of a type and quality which is bioavailable and uptake has to be unhindered by the numerous factors which would block cellular access to even the finest quality intake. 

The depletion of nutritional factors and disruption of stress chemicals is overwhelming in severe trauma and/or long term trauma.  These factors are multiple and having the required nutritional co-factors for use of any mineral or vitamin is essential.  Available receptor sites on the cell membrane is also an essential factor in uptake.  Mercury and heavy metals can block receptor sites to minerals which can cause a nutritional depletion cascade.  In such a case giving more of a known deficiency would not address the real problem of blocked receptor sites.  Removal of the blockage is the first step.

Both mind and body are affected by dehydration, toxicity and nutritional status, and when dealing with immune deficiency, one needs to address the correction of all aspects, in conjunction with work on relevant emotional issues.  Many nutritional supplements, herbal, homeopathic and flower remedies are geared towards enhancing mood and emotional attitudes with the aim of dealing with symptomatic issues.  This sort of constructive work will work if negative issues are conscious ones but where the origin is the subconscious default childhood program, then a different set of tools is needed.  Bruce Lipton, amongst others, covers the area of how the childhood brain works on different wave lengths to the post 7-year old brain and simply “downloads” what the child observes as a starting point from birth to about 6-7 years of age in the Theta range.  This would explain, for example, why a child can learn (“download”) multiple languages with ease but post age 7 learning is “harder work” on a more conscious level. Unless altered by the adult this default program, whether destructive or beneficial is established just the same as a program loaded into a computer unless modified or replaced.

Brain Wave Chart Amended

Brain Wave Chart [6]


Long term distress is an extremely disruptive and damaging state to the immune system.  The adrenal glands have an inner and outer part, each with a different but balancing function. The adrenal glands are sat on top of the kidneys (A).  The adrenal gland (B) secretes fight or flight hormone adrenalin from the medulla.  This stimulates the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  The cortex secretes cortisol which is anti-inflammatory and is released to balance stress hormones. 


Adrenal Gland Diagram Amended
Adrenal gland diagram  [7]


In long term distress cortisol can be depleted and can cause severe exhaustion and potential inflammatory situations owing to the diminution of anti-inflammatory properties of cortisol.  Protection of the adrenal glands is extremely important.  If there is clear implication of adrenal involvement then “downloaded” childhood beliefs of stress, struggle, fear, shortage and other negative beliefs should be looked at because these form the foundation upon which to place current events.  If the foundation is amiss, the building will be also. Bruce Lipton adequately describes ways of achieving this by accessing these programs in the same brain wave as childhood, i.e. Theta, or by changing the habit formed. 

Dr Caroline Leaf,[8] amongst others, has also elaborated on the workings of the mind and brain in regard to discerning the difference between childhood programs and adult choices.  Where there is conflict between the two, instead of automatic default to the established childhood program and resulting distress of adult disappointment or failure, there is the opportunity to change childhood programs to agree with adult choices.  This means that you can live the life you choose as an adult rather than fulfilling a script given to you as a starting point from birth to about age 7 (by parents, carers, teachers, peers and others).  

Where these initial “scripts and default programs” are detrimental, which most are to some degree, it is worth being thankful for the start you have had in life.  There is always someone worse off and someone better off but whatever we have, it is individual to us to run with and to create character with, that others might even envy.  Autobiographies of overcomers and achievers, against all odds, might be great encouragement to some whilst they struggle on the path to achievement.  Why not log your own struggles and let others benefit from your experiences?  We learn from those in front of us and inspire those behind.

Only with resolution of key issues, both physical and emotional, can it be appreciated just how much energy was sapped and unavailable in avoiding them.[9] 


1.            Joseph Rudyard Kipling (died in 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.  He was born in India which inspired much of his work.

2.            ICHC Infant Feeding (V Bradshaw-Black)

3.    Despite interpersonal disputes with German New Medicine personnel, the information put forward by the founder, Dr Hamer, makes good sense.

4.                            Bruce Lipton, The Biology of Belief,Hay House UK, ISBN-13: 978-           1781805473 (13 Oct. 2015).

5.            Dr G. Edward Griffin, World Without Cancer, Dauphin Publications Inc. (1 Jan. 2018) ISBN-13: 978-0912986500

6.            Image courtesy ofAssist. Prof. Dr. Phakkharawat Sittiprapaporn, Ph.D. Head, Brain Science and Engineering Innovation Research Unit (BSEI), School of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Mae Fah Luang University, Bangkok

7.            Image courtesy of content/uploads/2016/08/clip_image002-61.jpg


9.            From the world’s best seller, the Holy Bible:


Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not dapart from it.           


Note:   This is the principle that early training is the foundation upon which all other experiences are placed.  If it is the right way (the way he should go) then fine.  This is rarely the case however, just the stated goal to aim for.  Thankfully, in this day and age, we have the information to deal with established “childhood downloads” of training in the way he should not go!


Proverbs 4:23 Be careful how you think (guard your heart); your life is shaped by your thoughts.

Proverbs 18:21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it: so you must accept the consequences of your words.


Note:   Beliefs, thoughts, words and actions produce!




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About Vivienne Bradshaw-Black

Vivienne Bradshaw-Black Cert Ed produced a health information course. She believes that the understanding of what causes health and what causes sickness can cut through the maze of confusion which dominates the sickness industry. Her desire is to teach this to those who choose health and offer contacts and support to individuals and groups taking responsibility for their own health choices. She can be contacted initially by email at

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