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META-Health: Understanding Pain and Disease

A powerful new model for explaining how and why
we develop specific diseases at specific times


Doctors now acknowledge that up to 85% of disease is caused by or complicated by stress. However, there is often no in-depth explanation of the mechanism by which stress causes disease.


Most people believe that disease is caused by a mixture of lifestyle choices, genetic inheritance, accidents and bad luck. These certainly all play their part but there are many questions left unanswered by the current health system and we still don’t know what actually causes most disease processes.


I came across META-Health five or so years ago and it has totally changed the way I perceive disease. META-Health is not a therapy and does not claim to cure anyone. It is a scientifically researched model and it gives us a much more detailed understanding of exactly what ‘stress’ is and how specifically it has an effect on the body. More importantly, it offers important insight into why people get specific diseases at specific times and the physical mechanism by which ‘disease’ is created.



What is META-Health?


META-Health has its origins in the 1970s when research was carried out on cancer patients and it was found that the development of disease could be traced to a severe and unexpected emotional shock or a prolonged period of conflict. More interestingly, it was also found that the type of shock or conflict determined which organ or body structure the disease appeared in. Work using CAT scans showed that there is a brain-organ relay and that every shock or conflict leaves a shadow on the brain in the exact area which corresponds to the relevant organ.


A comprehensive disease chart has been created from this early research, and ongoing/current research and a huge database of case studies, which accurately describes the exact type of conflict which causes each specific disease process.


In other words, when we have a conflict or a shock:

  1. It will manifest physically, both in the brain and in an organ or body structure
  2. Each specific type of conflict will affect a specific organ or body structure


So what is going on here? It seems that the body, which is highly adaptive, runs a kind of biological adaptation programme in response to a conflict or shock. The intention of the programme is to increase the strength or effectiveness of that part of the body which will enable it to deal better with that specific conflict in future and therefore for us to survive better as a species.


Disease can therefore be seen as a meaningful process rather than something that randomly occurs. The body doesn’t make mistakes and it is ultimately our perceptions about the people, events and the environment around us that create what we call disease.



Conflicts and shocks


When something happens that is stressful or shocking, our reaction is defined by our past experiences, by our belief systems about ourselves and the world, by our inner talk and by our coping mechanisms. Two people can experience exactly the same external situation but will react completely differently.


Let’s take, for example, finding out that your partner has been cheating on you. For most people this would be a big shock (although there will of course be some people who wouldn’t be shocked or upset by this.)


Common reactions to such a shock may include:

  1. Self-worth, strength conflict: “I wasn’t good enough for him”; “I’m not loveable” and “I can’t cope on my own”. This will affect the muscular-skeletal system.
  2. Territorial/anger conflict: “I am really angry and want to punch him right now”; “How dare he take my girl?” This will affect the liver or stomach.
  3. Powerlessness conflict: “I can’t control my world”. This will affect the thyroid.
  4. Separation conflict: “I miss his hugs and his touch”. This will affect the surface of the skin.
  5. Profound loss conflict: “I’ve lost something really huge; it has rocked my world”. This will affect the ovaries or testicles.


In reality we often experience more than one of these conflicts at the same time, which means that more than one organ can be affected to differing degrees.



How conflicts create ‘disease’


So how do conflicts create ‘disease’? According to META-Health, there are nine main parts to a ‘disease’ process:


  1. Normal health
  2. A conflict shock. Going back to our example, this is the moment that we find out that our partner has cheated on us.


The shock has to be:

a) Unexpected – didn’t see it coming

b) Dramatic – to that person

c) Isolating – no-one understands, no-one can help

d) No coping strategy – we just don’t know what to do to resolve this


This shock is known as a UDIN. There are many instances where people have a really defining UDIN but, also, there may not be one clear UDIN but rather a long period of stress and conflict or a traumatic life event (for example a bitter divorce) which can also trigger a disease process. UDINs can occur in early childhood and then relatively small events can become retriggers for the original conflict. Big unresolved UDINs can also be passed epigenetically down our family line.



  1. Stress phase After the UDIN, or the commencement of the stressful event, the body goes into the stress phase. We will have obsessive thoughts about the conflict, we will be more adrenalised, and we will not sleep or eat as much. For most programmes there won’t be any noticeable physical symptoms at this stage but the adaptation programme in response to the specific conflict has begun in the relevant organ.
  2. Resolution At some point the conflict will be resolved. This may happen quickly or gradually. So, in our example, we may meet a new partner or we may have a conversation with our ex which helps us to understand why he or she cheated. We become at peace with the situation.
  3. Healing phase part 1 Once the conflict has been resolved, we become tired and relaxed, and we sleep and eat a lot. The relevant organ or body structure starts to repair or to rebuild. This phase often brings symptoms of swelling, inflammation and pain as the body takes on water around the organ while it repairs it. We will often reach for the painkillers or anti-inflammatories, or go to the doctor complaining of tiredness and pain or other symptoms. Drugs will help to relieve the symptoms but will delay the healing process. This is fine – sometimes we need a little relief, a lessening of the symptoms. During the repair process the body also uses bacteria, viruses and fungi. Doctors will often give antibiotics which can be useful if they are overwhelming the system. Antibiotics have saved many lives and will continue to do so but ultimately we need the bacteria, viruses and fungi to heal fully.
  4. Healing crisis Half way through the repair phase we go into a healing crisis. This enables the body to test the organ and you can experience symptoms like headaches and muscle cramps. Water will start to be expelled from the body at this point.
  5. Healing phase part 2 We now complete the rest of the healing/resolution phase. Symptoms will gradually begin to lessen.
  6. The programme is completed
  7. Normal health is restored





We can see from this process that ultimately it is our emotional reactions to the people and the environment around us, and our perceptions about ourselves, that create our physical symptoms. When we get pain and disease our bodies are giving us a valuable message. Looking at this message in more detail can give us amazing potential to heal ourselves on a bigger scale.


For example, if a client came to me with back pain I will know that they have core issues around not feeling strong enough or good enough. We could then explore how they feel about themselves, their thought patterns, their childhood programming, the beliefs they have formed, and can start to change their perception of themselves and the world around them. In the long term, not only will they have got rid of their back pain but they will also have become happier and more confident, which will have a profound effect on the rest of their lives.


If you are interested in reading more about META-Health, look out for part 2 of this article in Impolite Conversation. Alternatively, visit


Eleanor Hatherley

About the Writer

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Eleanor spent many years as a graphic designer and, after experiencing a stressful event in her life, started using Emotional Freedom Technique, first on herself and then training to become a practitioner. She then came across META-Health and now regularly uses it in her therapy sessions as it often provides the missing link to wellness. She is also currently training as a META-Kinetics practitioner, using kinesiology to find conflicts. This is a quicker and more effective way to get to the bottom of health issues.


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