Health and The Empath

By Nick Jude

Has being an Empath affected my health? Well...let's see.I've got Ulcerative Colitis, Osteoarthritis, Uveitis and possible Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis...and that's just the "itisis". My Doctor's tell me that these Diseases are all connected to an Autoimmune Disorder that appeared all at once when I turned forty years old or so. But it wasn't all at once, really.For years whenever I'd see a Doctor for a "well" visit, they'd ask me if I had any infections or Flu like symptoms and when I'd ask why I was told that my white blood cell count was way off the chart!
When I'd tell them that I felt fine they were very surprised. One of them even tried to push the issue stating that I must be ill, but I wasn't. Or so I thought.Although I felt fine on the outside, something was eating me away on the inside causing me internally to break down and bleed. That something was Empathy. The years of taking everything and everyone in, had finally taken it's toll on the old system. Therefore, If you are an unskilled Empath and haven't developed the art of shutting down or shielding you may be in trouble yourself someday.When I presented this theory to my Doctor's they understood where I was coming from with the whole mind/body connection thing, but without any hard evidence they deemed my opinions inconclusive and kept pumping me with steroids and powerful immuno-suppressant medications anyway. After many years of frustration and following traditional medical advice, I found my condition was not going into reemission anytime soon and in fact hardly gotten any better atall.This is when I began to do my own research and decided to adopt a more alternative lifestyle approach to my medical conditions.
If it wasn't for the Internet I would've never discovered all the different avenues available to me, both as an Empath and an ill individual. I spent countless hours sifting out tons of information and through trial and error came up with a formula that seems to be working for me. I'm still on the medications but through meditation,diet and Empathic shielding I hope to be free of them all someday soon.The shielding process is a necessary aid that must not be ignored and needs to be practiced daily. If not, the accumulation of emotions will slowly permeate every cell causing a mutation resulting in the immune system thinking it's being attacked and it will defend itself, even against itself. This is what I believe accounts for the accelerated white blood count in my system that results in the attack on my body.
What I do is simple. I take ten minutes each morning and evening, close my eyes and focus on my breathing. If your mind begins to wander don't fight it. Be aware of it,let it go and bring yourself back to your breathing. This works wonders for me but you must be diligent and practice it daily for it to be helpful. If my Arthritis isn't too bad I walk and meditate allowing for an even better way to relieve stress and keep depression at bay.As far as my diet goes I'm eating about ninety percent organic now as I believe that processed foods tend to incite flare ups in me. This diet is both expensive and time consuming in preparation but extremely worth it. I've only been practicing this combination of diet, meditation and exercise for a few months now but am already beginning to see the benefits. I intend to stay on this path forever and am looking forward to a better, brighter future.Nick Jude is a born empath who's main interests lie in the field of empathy and the inuitive/psychic realm. Much more on the subject of empathy can be found at

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  • wow I believe totally in the mind body connection but I don't know why I never thought about this.  Thank you.

    • I just watched an amazing video that explains a lot about how we can choose to be well by using the front part of our brain more (the frontal lobe)......Oh! I dont explain things well, why dont you watch the film it is a real eye opener!

  • This is a wonderful article and voices my own thoughts perfectly.

    I am most certainly suffering now for being so blatantly fickle about my own empathic skills...I too am a born Empath but thought I could handle it all without putting up any barriers or doing any form of shielding or grounding and for a long time I could, it is only now I am seeing and feeling the effects of all those years of taking on board all that pain and suffering.

    I too have an accelerated white blood count and have had every test under the sun to try and establish why this is, it seems my body is always in a state of percieved trauma as if being attacked by a virus or similar state.

    I have Lupus, Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS plus all the accompanying little niggles that go hand in hand with these conditions, reynauds syndrome, meniers syndrome, tinnitus etc. etc.

    My own immune system has attacked my eyes and my hearing (both are now failing terribly) and my heart muscle has also been affected.

    Like Nick I have also realised that with a combination of good diet, meditation and excersise I can regain some of my wellness and strength, obviously I still have a long way to go and a good deal of repairing to do.

    Needless to say I now practice shielding and grounding techniques, I will never give up doing what I do, it is a gift bestowed upon me and I intend to use it well, but I do have much more respect for my own well being these days!

    Blessings ~M~x

    • We have so much in common! I too have lupus, CFS, fibromyalgia, and now recently have chronic pancreatitis. I have had my spleen taken out from a blood disorder, my thyroid removed from hyperthyroidism and graves disease. The doctors have told me that my body just continuously fights itself and there is nothing they can really do except take care of each thing as it arises and that's how I keep losing organs. Lupus is the cause of it all. In 2010, I started having these severe attacks in my diaphragm area, they thought it could be a hiatal hernia, instead it was severe acute pancreatitis and by November 2010 it was so severe, the attacks were lasting for days and the pain was so great that I would be throwing up and almost pass out. I finally had my hubby take me to the emergency room November 6 2010, I was so ill they didn't think I would live til the next day. They moved me by ambulance to another larger hospital, and I ended up having my gall bladder removed, spent a month in the hospital. Had 3 surgeries within a 24 hour period, one resulting in them tearing a hole in my intestines and back in surgery I went hoping they could find it and they did but now I have been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis with a life expectancy of 5-7 years they say but I'm not gonna let them be right, I have to much I want to do still and to many family & friends that want me here with them!

      Life can get me down at times and I so understand what your saying, stay strong, keep the shield up and keep yourself grounded, all will be ok in due time.

      Hugs my friends~

    • Yes Kim, I know many other empaths who also suffer from the same or similar comditions, the conditions all seem to relate to the immune system and to dangerous levels of toxins building up in our systems.

      Dont you listen to what those main stream doctors tell you, I was told about 10 years ago that i would be in a wheelchair in a couple of years....well, guess what, i'm not, there was no way I was accepting that prognosise.

      I am working on the theory that we can think ourselves fit and well and I am convinced my attitude does help me, I guess I still need to work on it though.

      We all need to be looking at a more holistic approach to health and well being, and of course we need to work on cleaning up our environment!

      You know Kim what really annoys me about the attitude of main stream doctors and the public in general is the theory/idea that people who suffer from these types of illnesses are in some way weak and neurotic.

      I wonder how the majority of them would cope with the constant daily pain, the brain fog, the sleepless nights, the jumpy legs, well you get the drift! I wonder how they would cope, I actually think we are strong and resiliant, of course it gets us down some days but who wouldn't!

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