Stress 101
Current research creates startling headlines, such as:  
Up to 90% of the doctor visits in the USA may be triggered by a stress-related illness, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Studies suggest that high levels of stress can lead to obesity and trigger a raft of diseases — from heart attacks to ulcers. These and other stress-related diseases sicken millions of people each year in the USA, says brain researcher Bruce McEwen at the Rockefeller University in New York.
USA TODAY - While no one denies the link between stress and physical diseases nowadays, we are always interested to see quality research that definitively proves this link as it underscores the need to take stress management into account as part of one’s total wellness program.
Science Daily (Nov. 3, 2006) - Stress Hormones May Play New Role In Speeding Up Cancer Growth New research here suggests that hormones produced during periods of stress may increase the growth rate of a particularly nasty kind of cancer.

With all the new information available regarding health, nervous system function and stress, there is a major shift happening in the understanding of the cause of disease and illness. Leaders in health research are no longer chasing the “germ theory” as the cause of ill heath and are now looking at the body’s neurological responses to stress (especially chronic) as the major cause of the loss of health.

All living creatures have an awareness of a threat to their existence. Humans have a built in warning system that alerts them to all levels of threats. Our 5 senses alert us to danger even when we are totally unaware of it. Bad smells, unusual sounds, foul tastes are just some of these warning systems. The subconscious is even more sensitive and will often trigger a protection response of which we are unaware consciously such as an increase in blood pressure, heart rate or respiration.

The nervous system is divided into two main divisions - one keeps everything running smoothly and in balance - the other is for defense and protection and doesn’t care about balance, its only purpose being to offer extreme responses to preserve life. The first is called the Para-Sympathetic the second the Sympathetic; and both are branches of the Autonomic Nervous system.

Stress is a threat and even low levels of stress over time can have drastic results to in the health of an individual. What many don’t understand is that “STRESS” is a response to a “STRESSOR” and throughout a lifetime we will always be confronting stressors. The challenge lies in several areas: the intensity of the stressor, the duration of the stressor, the level of previous damage done to the stress response system and the ability of the system to return to a normal balanced state.

As current medical research is now claiming that 90% of all Illnesses are the result of a lack of the body’s ability to reestablish normal balance it only makes sense that we learn what must be done to bring the body back into correct neurological responses.

When we view any outside influence as a potential “stressor” then the role of drugs and/or surgery will just add to the level of challenge and the body try’s to adapt. This explains the continuing downward cycle of sickness we see today. We continue to slide down the list of healthiest countries.

As it is critical for good health to have a nervous system which can adapt to stressors and recovery correctly and it only makes sense that we have a method which has the ability to measure these action/reactions.  It is much easier to keep the system in balance than to attempt to correct it once it has already been damaged.
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