What is chronic stress? It is work, kids, spouse, the economy, the middle east? No, a stress response is a reaction by our subconscious mind of perceived threat. Seeing a tiger, a burning building, hearing a rattlesnake, these are all a real threat to survival. They are dealt with immediately or you perish. Chronic stress happens when we resist learning the lesson of the moment (*there is no physical threat now!) and react as if their is a physical threat.
Hans Selye in his book “The Stress of Life” reported on the continued effects of over secretion of ACTH ( Adrenal Cortico Tropic Hormone) from the Pituitary Gland. When we perceive threat, this triggers the Hypothalamus to tell the Pituitary to kick the adrenals into fight/flight/fright physiology. Adrenaline and Cortisol get released to fight or run from the tiger. High levels of Cortisol are known to:
– have a tendency to gain abdominal fat
– high frequency of flu and respiratory disease
– symptoms lasting longer than “normal”
– lowered libido (decreased Testosterone)
– upon rising from horizontal position, lightheadedness (Raglands sign)
– low energy in the morning
– needing stimulants to get going in the morning or mid afternoon (coffee, sugar, soda, cigarettes)
– better immediately after a sugar/carb meal
– cyclic symptoms of PMS, heavy menstrual flow that start and stop
– significant decrease in symptoms on vacation
– loss of strength and lean muscle mass (decreased testosterone)
– osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, II Diabetes
– decreased response to Thyroid Hormone, Insulin, Progesterone and Estrogen leading to: easy weight gain, slow metabolism, chronic fatigue, brain fog, brittle/dry skin/hair/nails
There are several adaptogenic herbs (used for centuries to bring harmony to body responses) that we use in our office, call us today (480) 899-3683 to get started on a more harmonious life!
In Health & Service,
Dr. Roland F. Phillips BA,BS,D.C.