Stress - put it down for a moment

How long are you going to carry this burden

Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. For example, psychological stress is associated with greater risk for depression, heart disease and infectious diseases. But, until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health.

A research team led by Carnegie Mellon University's Sheldon Cohen has found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research shows for the first time that the effects of psychological stress on the body's ability to regulate inflammation can promote the development and progression of disease. Source

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked,

'How heavy is this glass of water?'

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem..
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued,
'And that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,
the burden will become increasingly heavy:
and we won't be able to carry on. '

'As with the glass of water,
you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again..

When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.
So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down: don't carry it home.

You can pick it up tomorrow.
Whatever burdens you're carrying now,
let them down for a moment if you can.'

So, my friends, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now,don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Just accept that, some days, you're the pigeon: and, some days, you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet - just in case you have to eat them.

* Always wear stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

*Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be " recalled" by their maker.

* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, It was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

* When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp; some are pretty; and some are dull. Some have weird names; and all are different colours; but they all have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


Stress - put it down for a moment or Permanently

Some stress is inevitable and actually beneficial. Stress helps people when they need to grow, attain difficult goals and perform their best. Some degree of stress enhances performance even when individuals are not in immediate danger. An athlete in a race may perform better because of the stress of the big event. Stress can increase performance, but only to a point. When one's stress exceeds a certain limit, additional stress will detract from performance.

You're running late, stuck in traffic, or pushing a deadline. The day seems a bit more out of control than usual and, bam, you've driven past your freeway exit. Whether it's something like this, or drawing a blank during a big meeting, or getting into a fender-bender on the way to a parent-teacher conference, we all have had moments where life's little pressures ganged up on us and we, somehow, made the problem worse by forgetting something or overlooking a significant detail.

Stress and Distortions in Thinking

Stress can affects what people think. When individuals are very stressed, particularly if they become anxious or depressed, their ability to think clearly and objectively may be affected. People can easily feel less capable or weaker than they truly are, and think that their situation is much worse than it really is. These kinds of subtle distortions in thinking can be difficult to identify. When one has a thought such as "I just cannot do anything right" or "this is hopeless," he or she may take it for granted that the thought is true. This is not necessarily so because people's thoughts can be completely untrue. An exaggerated inaccurate thought such as "I'm totally worthless," may be believed because the feeling behind it is true; it reflects a true feeling of despair or hopelessness. It is too easy to accept distorted thinking that goes along with an emotion and act as if it is true. People sometimes deny that their thinking is affected by their feelings. Believing distorted or negative thoughts makes it more difficult to work effectively to address one's problems. If individuals really believe that everything is hopeless and that they will never do anything right, they are less capable of critically assessing their situation in order to improve it. If one is depressed and feels hopeless enough, sometimes it seems easier to throw up his/her hands in despair than to deal with the real problems. The only way to know if a thought is accurate is to look directly at the thought as it occurs and examine it.

So you may not think your stressed because, your so stressed,,,sound Familiar?

Illness and Stress

The significance of stress is that it shuts down the immune system, which we know by now, is the body's main system for fighting cancer.

Dr. Richard Shulze, Cure Zone and other sites, declares that stress is always a factor in the cancer patients that he treats. Dr. Linus Pauling stated that stress uses up the bodies vitamin C supply, which is needed for the immune system to operate.

When we are "nice" at the expense of our health, we set ourselves up to develop disease. Civilization has it's price. We cannot afford to allow situations to continually gnaw at our insides in silence. "Every doctor is familiar with the ""cancer personality"" .... "The nicest person in the world" say his friends and relatives, "This should not have happened to him" (Dr. Kennedy).

Remember, it is the immune system that fights cancer and stress is devastating to our immune system. This may be the most difficult area of managing our lives in order to get well. We can be loyal to our relationships at the expense of our health. I have seen it over and over again. Folks just can't convince themselves that certain drastic changes may be in order for them to manage their recovery well.


There is clear evidence that stress will slow wound healing in healthy students. The study by Phillip Marucha, in 1998 revealed that examination stress in dental students delayed wound healing times by 40% compared to healing during the summer vacation. This study also demonstrated a reduction in levels of Interleukin-1 (IL-1) of 2/3 at the same time compared to unstressed levels.

Interleukin-1 is an important cytokine that plays several major roles in wound healing, including mediation of the keratinocyte response and wound contraction.

Research has indicated that subjects with a high level of perceived stress to certain life events experienced a greatly decreased level of immune response - they had only a third of the level of "natural killer cell activity" of those who experienced the same life events but perceived them as less stressful, for example, they had steep reductions in salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA). IgA speeds healing, reduces the danger of infection, and controls heart rate; reduced Iga is linked with lowered resistance to disease.

A second study by Ronald Glaser, using healthy women volunteers. The volunteers were assessed for stress using questionnaires prior to receiving minor skin damage. Test conducted at 5 hrs & 24 hrs post injury revealed reductions in levels 2 cytokines, IL-1 & IL-8 at the wound sites and an increase in levels of cortisol in the saliva in women with higher stress scores.

Cortisol suppresses the immune response and is important in curtailing wound healing either by reducing the population of neutrophils at the wound site or by controlling the concentration of cytokines.

The investigators found it worth noting that none of the patients in the trial were experiencing abnormal levels of stress, certainly less than would be expected in patients anticipating surgery.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A new study of dental students found that stress can lengthen the time wounds take to heal by as much as 40 percent and reduce by two-thirds the production of one cytokine -- interleukin-1 -- that is integral for the healing process.

The study, published in the current issue of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, is the latest advance in nearly two decades of research here into the effects even common stress has on the human immune system.

The study also showed that this stress-induced slow-down of the healing process seems to occur in the first few days after injury. Researchers believe this suggests that additional supportive therapies applied soon after injuries might counteract the slowing effects caused by stress.

Stress Affects Individuals
The long-term effects of stress on one's health are quite significant. The American Academy of Family Physicians has said that two-thirds of office visits to family doctors are prompted by stress-related symptoms. Stress is more than just a nuisance or something that occasionally makes people feel nervous or anxious.

Chronic, ongoing stress, even when it is not so dramatic, can affect one's health in very significant ways. One common example of this is the effect of a very stressful job. Several large studies have demonstrated that a stressful job more than doubles one's risk of a heart attack. A stressful job might lead to cigarette smoking, obesity and lack of exercise, all of which increase one's risk for a heart attack. It is also the stress itself that directly leads to an increased risk. Stress has been associated with the risk of many other diseases, ranging from the common cold to chronic pain to some types of cancer.


Stress slows the ability of the body to repair wounds by changing the response of the immune system to injury, scientists have found.
US researchers set out to test the chemicals produced when 36 female volunteers were given minor blisters.
Doctors had also noticed that patients helped to relax before an operation recovered more quickly, often being kept in hospital one or two fewer days.

Now is the Time to Knock out your stress

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms

Cognitive Symptoms
Memory problems
Inability to concentrate
Poor judgment
Seeing only the negative
Anxious or racing thoughts
Constant worrying
Emotional Symptoms
Irritability or short temper
Agitation, inability to relax
Feeling overwhelmed
Sense of loneliness and isolation
Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms
Aches and pains
Diarrhea or constipation
Nausea, dizziness
Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
Loss of sex drive
Frequent colds
Behavioral Symptoms
Eating more or less
Sleeping too much or too little
Isolating yourself from others
Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)


First by Becoming Aware of Stress in Your Life

Measure the causes of your Stress

Very often a primary cause of many health problems relates to stress. Dr. Hans Selye, a Hungarian doctor, documented the many negative effects of stress on the human body. Excess stress is often the pathway to disease and can come from many sources such as toxicity, trauma, allergies, harmful habits, mental states, pathogens, etc.

As stress continues disease often progresses. Therefore it is of outmost importance to identify and stop stresses early to avoid diseases. Remember the saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth ..."


CES A Unique Non-drug Therapy

CES is a simple treatment employing mild battery-powered electronic stimulation through clip-on electrodes that attach to the earlobes or by pre-gelled electrodes placed behind the ears. Current flow is limited so that the most a user will experience during the process is a brief tingling sensation. Its most immediate impact is reduction of anxiety. For most people, anxiety reduction is experienced in the course of treatment, but it also may be first seen hours, or as late as several days after. After a CES session you are left feeling both alert and relaxed . Psychologists call this an "alpha state". The effect differs from pharmaceutical treatments in that people report feeling that their bodies are lighter and more relaxed and their mind more alert and clear. The results are cumulative and lasting.

"There’s no escaping it: stress is a part of our lives. How we handle that stress can have an impact on our health. Every day, we hear more and more about the harm it may cause our minds and bodies,- from heart disease to anxiety attacks. Now researchers are trying to determine if stress is also a factor in who will develop cancer."

Hundreds of studies have measured how stress impacts our immune systems and fights disease. At Ohio State University, researcher Dr. Ron Glaser, Ph.D., found that students under pressure had slower-healing wounds and took longer to produce immune system cells that kill invading organisms. Renowned researcher Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D., who has spent 20 years examining the effects of stress on the body, found that stress-reduction techniques could actually help reverse heart disease. And Dr. Barry Spiegel, M.D., a leader in the field of psychosomatic medicine, found that metastatic breast cancer patients lived longer when they participated in support groups.

Other studies have gone as far as to show those women who experienced traumatic life events or losses in previous years had significantly higher rates of breast cancer.


CES has major implications in a number of areas. In the war on drugs, it is a formidable new weapon in the treatment of the symptoms accompanying detoxification and withdrawal. For those suffering from depression and anxiety, it means relief with none of the unpleasant side effects of prescription drugs. For those seeking nothing more than a good night's sleep, it is an alternative to habit-forming tranquilizers. For a public increasingly concerned with the effects of stress on physical health and emotional well being, it provides a way of addressing that stress in a safe and effective manner. CES---a treatment modality whose time has come.

CES has a proven track record as far as safety is concerned. There are no known negative side effects associated with its use. It also has a substantial body of research to support its claims. But because of the pharmaceutical bias in Western medicine, its deployment has been restricted and its use limited. It has also been difficult for people to find information on the topic. It has been challenging to define easy to understand parameters across traditional boundaries. This website seeks to be the definitive site for dissemination of information on CES and by doing so, nurture an expanded dialogue on health and wellness.

Charles McCusker, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Salt Lake City, UT

CES Controls:
stress and stress related disorders
substance abuse
Supercharge the brain
Attain a state of relaxed awareness
Optimize cognitive functioning
Achieve higher levels of mental performance
Enhance memory capacity
Facilitate recall
Increase IQ

"Every day, our bodies are exposed to cancer-causing agents in the air, food and water we’re exposed to. Typically, our immune system recognizes those abnormal cells and kills them before they produce a tumor. There are three important things that can happen to prevent cancer from developing — the immune system can prevent the agents from invading in the first place, DNA can repair the abnormal cells or killer T-cells can kill off cancer cells.

Research has shown that stress can lower the body’s ability to do each of those things, according to Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center."


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