Deb Helfrich in What Words Mean to Me, Lifestyle, beBee in English beBee Brand Ambassador • beBee Oct 3, 2016 · 1 min read · 2.8K

Why Love is the Best Medicine

Why Love is the Best Medicine

This is a topic very near and dear to my heart, my daily life, my future, and the change I want to be in the world. I was intending on sharing this to Sara Jacobovici's "What Words Mean to Me" hive just as soon as I saw it on LI via Emilia Ludovino.

Many people would see this as just a simple little aphorism with a nugget of truth. But in reality there are some incredibly sound biochemical reasons that just about all chronic disease will be improved by love. Of course, getting run over by a bus is a different sort of medical emergency. Our western medical establishment is fabulous at repairing acute, physical problems, but utterly inept, right now, at having effective answers for chronic disease. Here is why:

Chronic disease is a function of a mis-aligned nervous system, in so far as the disease symptoms, medical options, and even the thought processes around being diagnosed put each person into sympathetic mode. You know, fight or flight or freeze. (That last bit about freeze is way more crucial that we realize when we leave it off for brevity's sake.) Now there are myriad ways in which each person's body moves out of health, resulting in the wide variety of actual diseases we suffer from, but disease becomes chronic as a function of being triggered out of parasympathetic - HEALING - mode by the day to day experience of a disease which can easily make a person feel fear of being under attack by their very own body and their daily circumstances.

Here is a very interesting related discussion about the lethal effects of fear:

Love is the antidote to fear. That makes Love a very powerful catalyst to healing.


Love has to be applied liberally, constantly, and with as much dedication as possible. Love can come from inside ourselves, our family, our community, our beliefs, our imagination. Love propagates parasympathetic nervous system responses and healing can only occur in this baseline state. Even a slight bit of panic will cause dopamine to be converted to noradrenaline and adrenaline and normal physiological processing with be hijacked in an ever escalating cycle. Calm peace along with vigorous loving action is how we initiate the journey to wellness.

The journey to wellness begins with practicing Love right now.


Give it, feel it when it is given to you, luxuriate in it, celebrate it. Feel love suffuse every molecule of your body. It could easily be said your very life depends on exercising your love capacity.

Sarah Elkins 5/10/2016 · #13

"Love is the antidote to fear. That makes Love a very powerful catalyst to healing." And truly, the only salve for hatred. Thank you, @Deb Helfrich

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mohammed khalaf 4/10/2016 · #12

Very wise counsel,but that is depend kind of your decision

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Sara Jacobovici 4/10/2016 · #11

What an other example of what a great writer you are @Deb Helfrich. Great thoughts, beautifully and articulately written! Couldn't agree with you more.

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Sara Jacobovici 4/10/2016 · #10

#1 I feel the love @Deb Helfrich and send mine to you across cyberspace; from heart to heart.

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Lisa Gallagher 4/10/2016 · #9

Love does have the power to heal many issues. It has the power to sustain or strengthen medically ill people. They have proven even the power of a hug or daily touching has healing benefits. Without love, we whither. What a lovely buzz @Deb Helfrich

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Emilia M. Ludovino 4/10/2016 · #8

Thank you dear @Deb Helfrich for this wonderful post. Just made my day, as I subscribe every word you penned down for us. Being myself a Reiki Karuna Master - Love, Compassion and Kindness are my working tools and my way of living, that I've been using for almost 20 years in all the walks of my life - as a Lawyer, Coach, Volunteer in Prisons and Hospitals - and I already testified some "miracles". Though I 100% agree with @Melissa Hefferman and #@Franci Eugenia Hoffman that we need to be more vocal about the importance of Love, Compassion, and Kindness in our world and to gather the like-minded soul. One Heart at a time and the LOVE REVOLUTION is possible. Much Love dear Deb and a blessed day.

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David B. Grinberg 4/10/2016 · #7

Thank you for a lovely read @Deb Helfrich. Yes, love makes the world go around. Buzz on!

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Franci Eugenia Hoffman 4/10/2016 · #6

You are a true gem, @Deb Helfrich. I agree with @Melissa Hefferman, the more vocal we are about love the better. It certainly beats being vocal about hate. Sending hugs. 💐

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