Link between emotions and disease

The link between emotions and disease - Niki Gratrix BA, Dip, ION, NANP


Links between emotions and disease

Niki is an award-winning internationally renowned nutritional therapist, transformation coach and bioenergetic practitioner, helping people to optimize energy. Niki is passionate about using both psycho-emotional, energetic and physical approaches for a truly comprehensive, radically wholistic approach to abundant energy and health. Niki is known for being able to identify and articulate how the mind and body work together as one unit, helping people to connect all the dots and move them along their healing journey.

In this interview of the Immune Defense Summit, Niki discusses how emotional trauma triggers disease, and the best tips for fixing emotional issues, She also discusses the connection of relationships and health.

The role of emotions

  • It is well known now that stress suppresses immunity. In our culture, people often stay in that flight or fight state for most of their adult lives.

  • Psychoneuroimmunity. She goes on to discuss the connections, now well studied, between our psychological state and our immune function or lack there of. Depression, abandonment, abuse, etc. all can have an affect on our immune function.

  • Adverse Childhood Events study. “ACE” is the abbreviation for ‘adverse childhood experience.” There are ten types of ACEs as defined by the original and ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA. In the first study completed in 1998 of 17,500 adults ACEs included:

    • Parents separating or divorce,

    • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse,

    • Physical and emotional neglect,

    • Domestic violence,

    • Mental illness in the family,

    • Substance abuse,

    • Incarceration by a related family member.

    You can get your ACE score on her website:

  • Some traumas are missed by research i.e. bullying, racism, intergenerational trauma, and silent ACEs.

  • Attachment trauma occurs in conception to 2 yrs. 45% of babies insecurely attach to their mothers. This often leads to developmental trauma and disorders.

  • Developmental disorders : often relational, leads to learning problems, chronic anxiety. Important to remember that emotional traumas literally change our biology.

  • HUMANS NEED LOVE: There is a stress response without it. Epigenetic expression is altered. Glucocorticoid expression happens.

  • Trauma literally changes biology: Results in a lower glucocorticoid response, body pumps out cortisol, inflammatory cytokines, diseases trigged in adulthood.

  • Healing the trauma! Get to know yourself, get your ACE score, get your adult close relationship score, adjusted adult interviewer score.

  • Enneagram: 9 personality typing system, motivation behind actions, destructive patterns, awareness alone can help you start unraveling the layers, Do journaling, talk to some one or a counselor, this will start to change and move energy, spiritual mentor.

    Fundamental questions:

    Who are you now?

    How are your current relationships?

    What happened as a child?

    How are you destructive?

    Who are you out in the world?

  • Relationships and immunity: Social support = survival, Negative situation shortens life span, conflicts suppress immunity, relationship anorexia.

  • Charge your immune system: Daily reset rituals, 20 minutes of relaxation, safe space mode (nature, meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong, art, dance).

  • Seek professional help: intense early trauma, repressed memories, patterns not shifting, EFT, NLP, hypnosis. Be aware that to release trauma, you need to go there and experience it again, so seek professional help if necessary.