Is There a Correlation Between Childhood Trauma and Autoimmune Diseases?

Sweta Patel

For the longest time, I never understood why I was born with so many health conditions. As I got older, I realized it was all triggered by mass cell activation syndrome, and it got worse in certain environments. I was always wheezing and had allergies. I didn’t understand why, and I also didn’t understand how I had so many different food intolerances. Many people can eat just about anything and have a good life. However, I had to take care of my health and make it a priority—more so than the average person. Why did I gain weight more easily than others? My pictures made me look very puffy without really eating anything. The inflammation was caused by food. I knew there was something wrong. I would ask my dad, and he would just have me taking a Benadryl or something that would fix the issue short term. He never really looked after his health holistically; he wasn’t taught to treat his health that way. He was taught to take a pill for every ill. Unfortunately, it cost my dad his life. He passed away as he was walking on the beach fromcardiac arrest. My dad never consumed enough nutrients, and he was malnourished in more ways than one. When you don’t look after your health holistically, how can you be sure you are doing all you can to prevent an acute incident from happening?

I know my genes played a role in inheriting a predisposition for a few of my diseases, but through self-discovery, I realized childhood trauma pulled the trigger. Feelings of not being good enough, betrayal, and abandonment by the people who I thought would always be aroundprecipitated my symptoms. I had different coping mechanisms, and I would always try to escape an issue before it got to the point of total abandonment. I didn’t know the best way to manage some situations, so I wanted to escape before it totally broke me to pieces. I never wanted to feel that way again by the people who were the biggest investments in my life.

Here are different modalities I used to heal my traumas over time:

Feng shui

This philosophy originated in China and is more popular in Asian countries. The modality was created to help people understand their destiny and purpose in life and how to achieve it. I took it with a grain of salt because other modalities gave me different answers. Feng shui gave me theright time periods to start a business or pursue a new career. It helped me discover myself further because I confirmed what I wanted to do in life, which was to help people. I didn’t know how to go about it or how I wanted to help them. Then, I realized I wanted to take the health and wellness path because I suffered from my health issues for my entire life. My goal was to help women recover from their autoimmune conditions and give them their lives back. Many people treated me like I was normal, but I was suffering inside with my illness. It was tough to get people to have more compassion towards me.


This modality helped me understand my path and why it was tougher than others’ paths. I learned why I had to endure this path alone without a support system. It was because I was supposed to build my own support system and lead an organization. When I got back from Egypt after taking a masterclass, I was able to understand what I needed to do to move forward with my purpose and how I could go about building it out. At first, I felt that I couldn’t do this alone, but after I started, I got the hang of it and got it going. Many of the strongest people do not have support systems. They rise on their own—an entirely different journey than those who inherit their success. I feel that not having a support system made me mature faster than any other experiences in my life. I have a hard time connecting with people who have not endured what I have gone through. It shapes and conditions your character differently, making you more compassionate and understanding. If you are looking for answers, this is a great modality to look into and study.

Vedic astrology

This is by far the most accurate modality. I received so many answers about my health issues, family life, and even my partner. The planets and stars have all the answers, and they are there for a reason. Everything is used to guide us on our ultimate path in life. Sometimes, we lose ourselves through our traumas and experiences. It is hard to get realigned on our paths again and move forward. Vedic astrology can help you understand why you went through everything you went through and help you see the silver lining. At first, I thought it was just made up, but when I worked with an experienced astrologer, I understood a lot more about myself. This helped me express myself in a way that people could understand me. I also understood my childhood traumas.

The truth is that sometimes childhood traumas are inevitable. We have to deal with things that completely destroy us, and we have one chance to make it right.

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Millions of women who silently struggle with autoimmune-related health issues have a new resource to turn to for help. Sweta Patel, founder of Healveda is no stranger to success. She has advised and served as an executive for more than 200 high-growth startups in Silicon Valley. She’s the founder of Startup Growth Mode, Best-Selling Author, and an Oracles Member, an elite brain trust of entrepreneurs that include Sir Richard Branson, Tim Draper, and more. Sweta switched from tech to health after successfully dealing with three different autoimmune episodes. Today, she is on a mission to help women all over the world find natural ways to defeat the crippling effects of autoimmune diseases while going after their dreams.


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