The causes of hypothermia-Headiness and emotional coldness

Lack of movement contribution to emotional coldness

There are many reasons that affect a person’s ability to develop fulfilling emotional attachments and feel emotionally warm. It would exceed the framework of this book to address the causes of emotional disorders, which naturally play an important role.

However, I would like to point out another factor related to this topic that is often neglected and not taken into account in treatment.

In practical terms, headiness and emotional coldness often go hand in hand. People who are close to the earth and perform earth-related work often find it easier to approach the world and the environment with a more open heart. Of course, this is not a firm rule, and there are plenty of exceptions since other factors play a more dominant role and can provide the necessary balance. Nonetheless, I would like to draw two conclusions from the experiences gained in my medical practice.


A heady life with little movement as well as stress and an environment immersed in electro smog greatly contributes to the decline of our metabolism and our overall body temperature. Whether we like it or not, by nature, we are still hunters and gatherers whose metabolism requires sufficient movement, fresh air, sunlight and contact with the earth. Yet, we also look back upon a long evolution and history of cultural developments in many areas. Our bodies and thus our metabolism still lives, moves and functions quite similar to the bodies of our ancestors in the Stone Age. Furthermore, genetic codes are continually passed on, and these codes only change slightly over 200 generations, which corresponds to about 4,000 years. Scientists estimate that it takes about 60,000 – 70,000 years until the basic genetic imprinting changes. We should, indeed we must respect this fact if we want to live in a healthy way. As humans we still have a long way to go (50,000 – 60,000 years) until we develop from hunter-gatherers into humans with a fundamentally different metabolism, diet, respiratory system or body temperature, essentially a new “natural” state. This, however, does not mean that we cannot make great progress or even quantum leaps on other levels – intellectually, culturally, and spiritually.

Our mindset throughout our hunter-gatherer past was limited to a few strategic thought processes for hunting and the exchange of information through language and sounds. Today’s flood of information and stimulation overexcites our sensory organs and diverts our energy towards our brains. The focus is taken off of our bodies. Watching TV, working or playing on the computer, operating computer tablets and smartphones, reading books and newspapers, learning and studying, endless discussions or chatter as well as discussions, fantasies and day dreams – hardly anyone takes the time anymore to simply “be”, to immerse oneself in meditation or quietness or simply do something that does not require thinking. The nature of us as human beings is disappearing more and more and “being” replaced by “doing and making”. Exercising outdoors in nature, craftsmanship activities, sculpting, painting, whittling, garden work – there are so many activities that do not require excessive thinking and can help us relax. But how much time do we invest in this? A person who is proud of putting on his running shoes two times a week and exercising for two hours should realize that he, most likely, spends more than 100 hours per week on heady activities – i.e. activities that excite the nerves and senses.

A patient recently gave me a bottle of wine, white wine from his own vineyard as he proudly exclaimed. “You cannot imagine how relaxing and satisfying it is for me to work in the vineyard,” he told me. “Nowhere else can I unwind so quickly and deeply as when I am working amongst the vines, surrounded by nature, without noise or the need to think or speak.” – It does not have to be a vineyard. You may enjoy relaxing on your terrace or balcony or taking a walk or perhaps fishing.

Physical activity is synonymous with blood movement. The blood is channeled through the vessels by muscle contractions and thus relieves the heart, requiring it to pump less. Our blood transports nutrients, oxygen and also heat through our bodies: Everyone knows that active movement, but also passive movements of the blood, e.g. through massages, brushing and rubdowns, warms us. We rub our hands together when we are cold. In a nutshell: Movement warms us and can counter a low body temperature.

What does all this have to do with emotional coldness? Headiness and lack of movement can contribute to a sensation of being separate from our feelings. A cold heart in turn prevents our body from achieving its optimal body temperature. Ultimately, a warm heart is a reservoir of healing power. The correlation between feelings, a warm heart and body temperature is not an aloof or esoteric concept, but based on observations that I have made over the course of my life and during the 30 years of working in my medical practice. The connection between a loving and healing heart will be explained later on with regard to infrared radiation.


Low body temperature caused by lack of movement’s and overweight

Lack of movement is often associated with overweight.Overweight can have many causes.One that is often neglected is hypothermia.A low temperature also reduces the metabolism and the standard metabolic rate, which already identifies one cause for the reduced burning of calories or fat. There is, however, another factor that comes to bear relating to one’s own body intelligence.A cold body protects itself with a layer of fat to prevent the torso from cooling.The fat cells and resilient fat stores protect the body and its vital organs. It is as if these organs were saying: “I need every last fat cell to protect myself from the cold and preserve the little warmth I have within the essential organs.”An insufficient body temperature contributes to a slowed metabolism and protects the fat stores in order to maintain a body temperature that is already too low.Inversely, by raising the body temperature to an optimal level, the organism can also regain its ideal weight.



Excerpt from the book “Uwe Karstädt: 98.6° F – Ideal Body Temperature

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About Uwe Karstaedt

The German naturopath lives and works in Munich since 1986 and has published many bestselling books on health and alternative medicine. He is an inspiring speaker with a fascinatingly broad range of in depth knowledge about the basic principles of healing on all levels.

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