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It is True that ‘Stress Kills’

We have all heard that ‘stress kills’, but just what does that really mean and where’s the proof?

Well, the research is overwhelmingly scary to say the least. In fact, if you are stressed, bitter, angry, whatever it is, try to rise above and let it go to the best of your ability. Sure there are times when stuff happens, sometimes very bad stuff. As I tell my patients, don’t let it get to you more than you have to. Definitely don’t keep on revisiting it, and during stressful times “nurture” your body and mind.

I chose the word “nurture” for a reason and with clear intention. There is no more important time to support your body than during times of challenge and stress. Intention is so important in all our daily actions and deeds, when it comes to being nice to you, your body and wellness, adopting a forgiving positive intention may just make the difference when it comes to your health.

Let’s take a look at some of the compelling research, and remember these examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

Researchers have discovered that ignoring your feelings can literally erode away your health and tear you up from the inside-out. I have seen this time and time again over the last 17 years of clinical practice. Those that don’t process their stress, get more autoimmune diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Here are some experts from an article that just came out in the Miami Holistic Health Examiner October 7, 2009.

“Extreme suppression of anger was the most commonly identified characteristic of 160 breast cancer patients who were given a detailed psychological interview and self-administered questionnaire. Repressing anger magnified exposure to physiological stress, thereby increasing the risk of cancer” [Journal of Psychosomatic Research].

“Extremely low anger scores have been noted in numerous studies of patients with cancer. Such low scores suggest suppression, repression, or restraint of anger. There is evidence to show that suppressed anger can be a precursor to the development of cancer and also a factor in its progression after diagnosis.” [Cancer Nursing – International Journal]

“Forgiveness could boost the immune system by reducing the production of the stress hormone cortisol” [Endocrinologist Dr. Bruce McEwen, Rockefeller University – New York].

We are all stressed, just living in our modern world of economic, political upheaval and overcrowding is a challenge for all of us. The way we handle it, though, is the “magical key” to our survival and the survival of our loved ones. I routinely recommend my patients analyze all their sources of stress, and then come up with a concrete game plan. After all, if you wanted to drive from your home to the store, you would lay out in your mind “how to get to your final destination”… and isn’t the ultimate final destinations our ‘wellness’?

So, take some time and figure out if you can let some stress go in a kind and benevolent way. While doing this mental process, you will find yourself feeling better. Also remember stress robs the body of critical nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C and brain chemistry. Supporting your adrenal glands is critical, so take a good multi-vitamin, vitamin C, B-complex and take a look at an herbal combination to support the adrenal glands. Some of my favorites are mushroom combinations, rhodiola and ginseng. Also, make sure you get your sleep and stay well-hydrated (Vital XP). And remember, lose the stress by de-stressing, otherwise you will enter a state of dis-stress (distress), that is literally a state of “lack of ease” or dis-ease (disease).

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