Discovery Finds Link Between the Brain and the Immune System

In a stunning discovery made by the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, researchers have overturned decades of textbook teaching by determining that there is a direct correlation between the brain and the immune system. For years scientists have been trying to correlate the relationship between the two, yet they lacked the evidence to show how our thoughts and feelings (or neurochemistry) could affect our overall health. This groundbreaking finding could have significant implications on our understanding of how the brain and immune system interact, as well as enable scientists to target the immune system for the benefit of the brain.

What this correlation hopes to uncover is the understanding of how inflammation begins to create—and is responsible for—certain diseases. For instance, with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and autism, when the immune system is suppressed and inflammation goes up, either diseases are activated in the body or the symptoms of the existing diseases are exacerbated. Why? Because when we’re living by the hormones of stress for extended periods of time, inflammation diminishes and compromises the function our immune system.

“It’s crazy, but maybe we are just multicellular battlefields for two ancient forces: pathogens and the immune system. Part of our personality may actually be dictated by the immune system,” said Jonathan Kipnis, chair of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience.
This exciting new breakthrough in science could explain why we’re seeing so many amazing healings in our workshops. In meditation, as our students move into elevated states of being by embracing feelings of love, joy, gratitude, their future, etc., these feelings drive new modes of thinking. This in turn creates new brain chemistry, brings our brains into coherence, and engenders new synaptic connections—which then influences our bodies in very immediate and direct ways.

As people begin to overcome emotional states that keep them connected to past experiences—as they break out of redundant habits and automatic programs, as well as change certain self-destructive attitudes and beliefs—aspects of their immune system up-regulate genes. This means that their thoughts and feelings are signaling cells within the body’s internal defense system to turn on healthy genes to make better proteins—otherwise known as healthy anti-bodies—as well as a host of other beneficial chemicals to balance and regulate the body. This process in turn reduces inflammation, suppresses tumors, mobilizes enzymes, and so on.

So the next time you sit down to create a better life, a healthier body, or a new experience, just remember that your brain and body have never been separate and the bridge between them is your immune system. You see, your body has always been spying on your brain. So why not use your nervous system—the greatest pharmacist ever—to activate your body’s internal army to create order for you every day? You don’t even need a prescription.

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  1. Madelyn Blair July 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    This is fascinating. Do you have a reference to the scientific papers? Thanks. By the way, please don’t add me to your mailing list. I came upon this through someone who does. Thanks again.

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  3. KarinSchmidt July 30, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Thank you for this information Dr Joe, I have been on the Progressive Workshop in Hamburg this June and for me this has been an extraordinary experience. I have watch the information movies since March – very helpful- and did the work every morning and often also at night, but in the morning I did not miss one day. I got a stroke 4 years ago my left side is not working. Right. Now I am in India for an ayurvedic treatment and I do the work everyday at least twiceI like to do it: using the Chakra Meditation, the Body Space MeditTion and new Perceptions. But so far I have not noticed any changes. I am here in India for 60 days and I have just hit the summit. I have never heard you say that some ody has been heald from stroke. But actually it must be possible. Do you have any hint for me. Ithank you very much for all your work it is great. I would love to apply it in the most. Succesfull way
    Warm regards
    Karin Schmidt

  4. Carole July 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks Joe for that information. I am at present listening to your CD’s Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. I am on week four. I am becoming better at recognizing my old thinking patterns and Changing them and replacing those thoughts with thoughts and feelings that embrace the new me. I haven’t notice much improvement in my hip/back issues. What is the time range in which people see improvement. I realize that it varies among individuals. I know I must surrender and trust that the new vision for myself will be manifested.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and research.
    Blessings Carole

  5. Sandra July 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    WOW ! This explains a lot of things ! Thank you, Sandra

  6. Diana July 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Dr. Dispenza, thank you so much for your work. It has, and continues to, help and guide me enormously. I am so truly grateful.

  7. Fischbacher hedi July 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Great revelation!

  8. ERNESTO July 30, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    this new discovery between brain and body through the bridge call immune system is really exited.


  9. shawna July 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    This work such as Joe Dispenza is what fires my passion for healing beyond our old allopathic ways!!! Such amazing biochemical information!!! I encourage you to seek out more of Joe’s work if this interests you!!!

  10. Laura O'Sullivan July 30, 2016 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    I love this,amazing and the world should know this !!
    Can’t wait to do your progressive and advanced course.

  11. Chris Mills July 31, 2016 at 11:38 am - Reply

    It is astounding to me that the University of Virginia school of medicine is finally coming to a scientific proof of the relationship between the brain and the body, that has been known in Eastern Cultures for generations and generations.

  12. Dave August 1, 2016 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Dear Dr.Joe, Is it possible to create a meditation based on this science so that immune system stops attacking the body by instructing the brain in a certain way which you know the best! You’re the Modern mystic. Thank you very much.

  13. Gustavo Ceja August 1, 2016 at 3:53 am - Reply

    How glorious is to know and work with our brain and the immune system is s magnanimous and holistic connection so that all humanity in our world can benefit physically. I, Gustavo Ceja, have been living with MS for 14 years and I took my own decision from injecting Rebif (which is the medication) my Dr. prescribed so that I can take for my MS but I didn’t like that the Rebif suppressed my immune system so I did what I had to do…
    God bless us all,
    Gustavo Ceja

  14. Jolanda Herngreen August 1, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Thanks for all the uplifting articles.
    Beyond and besides the nervous system we have our subtle energies which can help us snap out of habitual patterns.
    In my yoga practice and in my own life, I found that just starting the day strengthening the flows of subtle energy (as taught by Donna Eden – favourite techniques for their simplicity and fast impact) has tremendous benefits.
    This goes hand in hand so well with the techniques offered by you.

  15. Jolanda Herngreen August 1, 2016 at 9:38 am - Reply

    By the way, you might want to change the last sentence in the second paragraph I think; the part about inflammation diminishes

  16. Jen August 6, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    What study are you referring to? I’d love to read what they were actually looking at, study design, etc! Thanks!

  17. hamza August 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    في الحقيقة المقال رائع و فيه الكثير من الحقائق العلمية لكن القوة التي تتحكم في عملية الشفاء في جسم الانسان تبقي مستعصية على الفهم اعتقد انه يوجد خلل كبير في النظرة القديمة لطرق الشفاء المادية التي ننتهجها نحن الان في المنهج التجريبي. على العموم اهملنا جانب مهم جدا قد اثبته البيرت ايشتاين منذ مدة وهو الطاقة الروح موراء الطبيعة اسميه ما شئت الا انه موجود و نحن لا نحسب له حساب في معادلة الشفاء
    شباحي حمزة

  18. Fischbacher hedi August 21, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Great revelation!!!

  19. Jane Lomax April 10, 2018 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Thanks Dr Joe, there is no doubt that the mind and body are intimately connected. Can you post a link to the academic articles you reference please here and in your talk on you tube? It sounds like you’ve been doing some fascinating research and it’d be great to read this myself to evaluate it. Thanks

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