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2018 “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series Recap: Dr. Thomas Cabell

Connection Between Emotional Health and Physical Health


Maybe everything is connected? That idealistic thought is proving true—particularly when it comes to physical and emotional health. At our 2018 “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series about grief and loss, Dr. Thomas Cabell, Cardiologist at Centennial Heart at TriStar StoneCrest shared, “What we know today, almost all of our client diseases are a result of emotional trauma and epigenetics*. How we eat, how we sleep, how we exercise, our social connections—all of these play a part in our health. When something isn’t healthy, whether emotional or physical, our bodies let us know.


Living with stress isn’t easy. And while we can’t often easily remove stress from day-to-day life, there are a few things we can do to help ourselves cope. Often, it starts with learning and Dr. Cabell has many resources.  A book/lecture he recommends to patients is Gabor Maté’s “When the Body Says No”.  Here is a great YouTube you can listen to from Gabor Mate. Mark Wolynn wrote “It Didn’t Start with You” which is the book he referenced about epigenetic legacy trauma and multiple generations.

Here are four recommended areas of focus:


  1. Adjust your diet: Dr. Cabell recommends an anti-inflammatory diet,  a daily dose of Vitamin D, and eating foods rich in Omega 3. 
    1. The best and easiest place to start is with Melissa Hartwig and the Whole30 or with Paul Jaminet and “Perfect Health Diet“.
    2. Depending on specific issues the “Wahls Protocol”  is a more aggressive autoimmune protocol that works extremely well but is fairly labor-intensive.  If you google “Terri Wahls, Ted Talk” you’ll find her “Minding your Mitochondria TED lecture” which can get you started.
  2. Movement: We don’t move enough. Walk more. Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi are excellent forms of self-care—give those a try. Movement (or exercise) doesn’t have to be hard or demanding. Gentle movement is still movement!
  3. Sleep More. Sleep Better: Dr. Cabell recommends adhering to a fixed bedtime, sleeping in a pitch-black room, and turning off devices two hours before bed, to increase the quality of rest.
  4. Practice Meditation: Learn to develop a meditation practice. It will be so helpful to you and those around you. If you need a place to start, try a free app like Headspace.


Thanks to Dr. Cabell for sharing his journey with emotional stress and health as well as his wisdom.

Thanks to all who attended and supported our 2018 “Live Intentionally” Speaker Series on Friday, April 20, 2018.

*Per Dr. Cabell: “In terms of Epigenetics…there’s a lot out there. Probably the most well-known is Bruce Lipton’s “Biology of Belief“. He’s got a fantastic interview on YouTube.  Another is a Ted lecture on social genomics “Social Genomics – How Community and Relationships Influence Gene Expression; George Slavich, PhD”. Also, Bill Walsh Institute. His book Nutrient Power is an amazing work on the power of nutrients to drive epigenetic’s in mental health. And, last but not least, “The Epigenetics Revolution” by Nessa Carey”

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