More Evidence That Stress Is Major Factor For Infections(Mercola)
- From: rpautrey2 <rpautrey2@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 08:23:22 -0700 (PDT)
More Evidence That Stress is Major Factor for Infections
Chronic stress, which has been called America’s number one health
problem, is not something to take lightly--it can have profound
effects on your immune system and your overall health. Estimates have
placed stress-related problems as the cause of 75 percent to 90
percent of all primary care physician visits.
Among adults, job worries are often among the leading contributors to
stress, but increased crime, violence, peer pressures leading to
substance abuse, social isolation, loneliness, family problems and a
loss of religious values can also create problems, even among
children, teenagers and the elderly.
Most people associate stress with worry, but stress has a much broader
definition to your body. Any kind of change, whether it be emotional,
environmental, an illness, hormonal or just pushing yourself too hard,
can be stressful. Even positive events, such as getting a promotion or
taking a vacation, can be stressful and can gradually weaken your
health before you realize what is happening. If you have recently
experienced a change in your sleep patterns, feel fatigued, anxious or
a lack of enjoyment for life, or have multiple aches and pains, you’re
It was recently discovered that people under chronic stress had above-
normal levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), an immune-system protein that
promotes inflammation and has been linked with heart disease,
diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, severe infections and
It appears that stress increases levels of IL-6, which in turn
accelerates a variety of age-related diseases. Further, stress can
weaken a person’s immune response, leaving them more susceptible to
infection, and can lead to unhealthy lifestyle habits. For instance,
stress often leads people to overeat, lose sleep, and neglect
exercise, all of which can create health problems on their own.
According to David Holland, M.D., the medical communications director
"There is a whole new field called "psychoneuroimmunology" that
studies the effects of psychological stress on the immune system.
Scientists in this area have demonstrated alterations in the normal
function of immune cells in animals during times of stress.
Excessive physical stress also changes our immune cell profile.
Increased upper respiratory tract infections occur in athletes who
overtrain, and a decreased cell-mediated immunity has been
demonstrated in such athletes.
Without a properly functioning immune system, our bodies are
vulnerable to invasion by opportunistic germs such as fungi, viruses
and bacteria. By taking an antimicrobial like garlic, some scientists
have been able to prevent immune suppression in psychologically
It’s not practical to advise people to avoid stress because--let’s
face it--we all have it. What is practical, however, is to emphasize
the importance of dealing with stress before it takes a toll on your
health. It appears that stress impairs the immune system, which allows
underlying infections to cause damage.
There is ever increasing evidence that most diseases have an
infectious component. Such is the case with most autoimmune disease
like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which--like most all other diseases--
is a result of things that happen, or more frequently, things we allow
to let happen to us, such as stress overload.
I have successfully treated many thousands of patients with RA with
the antibiotic protocol that I refined from Dr. Brown.
His belief was that mycoplasmas significantly contributed to the
illness and was helped with antibiotics.
Many tens of thousands of patients have been improved with this
therapy, and I have observed that it works far better when one is
following the nutrition plan. Further fine-tuning your diet with
Metabolic Typing will also result in significant benefits.
NST, a profoundly effective and gentle structural rebalancing
technique, improves the condition further and can drastically improve
any remaining aches or pains. Another option, which is beneficial for
RA as well as stress, is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Most milder cases of RA can be resolved using EFT, a psychological
acupressure technique, without the need for antibiotics. EFT can also
help you to channel your stress-related thoughts and leave you feeling
calmer and more able to face your challenges. You can view my free 25-
page EFT report to learn how to perform EFT.
Other relaxation techniques can also be useful when stress becomes
overwhelming. Yoga, a psycho-physical discipline, can lead to mental
clarity, greater self-understanding, and a feeling of well being,
along with improved physical fitness. Many people experience benefits
not only because of the physical stretching and muscle strengthening
but also because of the meditative state that is encouraged.
Meditation is another technique that will allow you to calm your mind
and fight stress. Meditating can help you to focus your thoughts on
relaxing images or principles. It can also help you to examine your
daily life and determine what activities are contributing to your
stress. Adding deep, controlled breathing can heighten your
Finally, it’s important to recognize that stress can be a good thing.
It boosts your adrenaline and gives your body a natural push to get
things done. The key is to be aware of your stress level and get
things under control if stress starts to take over.
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