As adults, most of us are capable of establishing a deep connection with another through the sexual act, which can properly be called “making love.”
For Type A people, however, the connection is often only superficial and unfulfilling, involving the surfaces of two bodies without love or emotional exchange. The role of the heart in this case is merely that of a mechanical pump, with no response on an emotional level.
But the heart is a living pump, and it is influenced by your sensations, fantasies and desires. These elements create a synergy among physical, mental and emotional responses, which we call love. “Making love” not only establishes your connections, it reinforces them. The passion of love or the pain of loneliness may affect your heart rate and blood pressure, ultimately affecting the pumping action and health of your heart and blood vessels.
This is why happily married people have fewer cardiovascular problems than those who are single or widowed. Simply put, they have love in their lives. Widowed persons, however, tend to develop disease at an alarming rate, particularly after the recent loss of a loved one. And, divorced people are more vulnerable to illness and cardiovascular problems than married people.
Dr. James P. B. Lynch, director and founder of the Holistic Health Force in New York, has extensively studied this among other heart risk factors. He has found that loneliness predisposes an individual to cardiovascular problems. He contends that simple human contact, such as holding a person’s hand, has a beneficial effect on our bodies, making them more resistant to the negative effects of threat, danger or uncertainty. I couldn’t agree more. Every conventional physician and holistic health practitioner should know that pain is alleviated by human touch.
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