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Your adrenal gland, which is responsible for releasing the stress hormone, becomes weak or sputters out. Then it doesn’t signal properly to help us cope. That, in turn, starts to affect us adversely - not just our biology, but also our emotional response. -- So then you are caught in a vicious cycle of quickly degenerating health because both the stress and the substances are working together to wear down your body systems—your stress axis, your liver, kidney, heart, blood pressure. -- Then you get a double whammy in terms of risk for heart disease and certain types of cancer. Summary of the Mechanism and how it can be induced by intention repetitively to do physical and psychological harm:


Read more …The vicious physiology of stress - CNN (article link)

"The main cause is what we call unrequited stress -- they don't have enough friends to mitigate the stress," Roizen, who also co-authored "You: The Owner's Manual" with Dr. Mehmet Oz, said Wednesday. "The major way most of us handle stress is through a number of techniques, but the most prominent way is to discuss it with friends."

‎"Dr. Michael Roizen holds on to what he's said for a while: That presidents effectively age twice as fast while in office."

"Both aging and stress produce similar stages in inflammation, the biological pathway that contributes to age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, dementia and some cancers, he said.

"A person under significant stress is essentially accelerating the aging process at a biological level, and also at a genetic level," Irwin said. "It's activating the genes that drive inflammation."

Research by molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn also has shown that as people age, telomeres -- areas at the end of chromosomes -- shorten, and that this shortening along with inflammation is "highly predictive of death," Irwin said.

"Stress also produces accelerated shortening of telomeres," Irwin said."

Read more …Do presidents age faster in office? - CNN News (article link)

New findings from Rhode Island Hospital study indicate that a change to DSM-IV criteria is needed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A new study from Rhode Island Hospital researchers shows that obese individuals with social anxiety related only to their weight may experience anxiety as severe as individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD). The findings directly conflict with the criteria for SAD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV). The study is now published online in advance of print in the journal Depression and Anxiety.    

Read more …Obese individuals can suffer from social anxiety disorder due to weight alone - EurekAlert!...

What they found is that those who had a higher degree of job strain actually were at 40% increased risk for overall cardiovascular disease; 88% had an increased risk for heart attack.

"Job strain for this study included people who felt they were in jobs with little or no decision making, they were very demanding jobs, and in particular didn't allow them to use their individual creativity."

"all of that stress can lead to a reduction in your immune system, it causes chronic inflammation with short-term and long-term consequences and this study really shows that."

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a study supporting a belief that stress reduces a woman's chance of conceiving.

- Women who had the highest stress levels reduced their chances for fertility by 12%.
- A substance in the saliva was measured.
- Do: Meditation, Yoga, Exercise, Take Vacation
- Don't: Smoke or Drink

Read more …Women who had the highest stress levels reduced their chances for fertility by 12% - CNN (video)

- the art therapy group had lower anxiety and higher quality-of-life and self-concept scores.
- "Kids tend to feel better after doing art therapy," "physical health and psychological health are often linked"
- American Association of Art Therapy

Read more …Researchers suggest that art therapy makes kids less anxious about their condition or chronic...

- Studies have suggested yoga could lower stress hormones.
- Yoga cut fatigue by up to 1/2 -- "We really don't have any good remedies for fatigue for cancer survivors"
- With yoga -- cut back on sleeping pills and slept better -- a 22% increase in sleep quality -- twice the improvement.

Read more …Cancer survivors might want to try yoga to sleep better and have more energy - Reuters (article...

The exact cause of the disorder is unknown, but people with IBS may find that they have certain symptom "triggers" such as particular foods, larger-than-normal meals and emotional stress.
- It's estimated to up to 20% of U.S. adults have symptoms of IBS, with women being affected at about twice the rate of men.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy aims to help people with IBS recognize their symptom triggers and learn practical ways to manage them.

Read more …Cognitive behavioral therapy is a very promising treatment for IBS - Reuters (article link)

- Premature birth is the single largest contributing factor in infant deaths in the developing world.
- The risks of premature births increased two-fold in women who were exposed to severe life events during their first and second trimesters, a China study.

Read more …Stressful situations in early pregnancy can lead to the birth of babies who are underweight or...

A new study has identified vitamin E as a treatment for those without diabetes that can provide relief for many of the estimated 10 million Americans who have the most common chronic liver disease nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.
- Insulin resistance and oxidative stress play an important part in the condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
- A significant rate of improvement in markers of the disease, such as inflammation, was seen in 43% of those getting vitamin E.
- American Liver Foundation.

Read more …Perhaps 43% of people with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis fatty liver disease will be helped by...

Canadian researchers found that among 552 bowel-disease patients they followed for a year, the risk of a symptom flare-up increased when patients were feeling particularly stressed.
- The precise cause of the conditions is unclear, but they are thought to involve an immune system overreaction that injures the body's own intestinal tissue.
- The sympathetic nervous system, which jumps into action during times of stress, acts on the lining of the colon, and might exacerbate existing inflammation.
- There is also evidence that stress hormones may help harmful bacteria take up residence in the intestines, which might, in turn, affect symptoms.

Read more …Stress may be a trigger of bowel disease symptoms the major forms are Crohn's disease and...

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield and Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses stress related to money and potential impact on your heart.
- study indicates that as the stoke market was collapsing more people had chest pains or need procedures.
- adrenaline releases can cause electrical changes in the heart, inflammation buildup, and broken heart syndrome where you heart gets stunned for a period of time.
- stress management; pray/meditate, make time for happy hour, have sex, and laugh.

Read more …Links with Stress and the Stock Market; Ways to manage money stress - CNN (video)

Blood pH and Cell Health; we live and die at a cellular level so when someone tries to induce stress, a physical weapon that causes cell death or damage on purpose or with intention to harm a person through psychological harassment it's a serious crime.
- Acid-Base Disorders or blood pH imbalance is promoted by a bad diet and stress leading to Inflammation.
- Inflammation is linked to cancer, heart disease, and strokes.
- The weapon of inducing high levels of stress has been used for over 25 years.

Acid-Base Balance and Blood pH

- Constant anxiety increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation that breaks down collagen.
- Stress can also trigger a chain of responses that can lead to facial redness and acne flare-ups.
- To quell inflammation, eat antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, oranges, and asparagus.

Read more …Stress and emotional upheavals can make your skin look older than your chronological age,...
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