Stress: Understanding the silent killer
By Dr. JJ Dugoua ND PhD
What is stress?
The stress response of the body is somewhat like an airplane readying for take-off. Virtually all systems (eg, the heart and blood vessels, the immune system, the lungs, the digestive system, the sensory organs, and brain) are modified to meet the perceived danger.
The following topics will be discussed to further explain stress and its deleterious effects:
- External and Internal Stressors
- Acute versus chronic stress
- The Brain's Response to Acute Stress: release of steroid hormones, release of catecholamines
- Response by the Heart, Lungs, and Circulation to Acute Stress
- The Immune System's Response to Acute Stress
- The body’s responses to stress: mouth, skin, lungs, heart, muscles, inflammation, blood clotting, metabolism, digestion, elimination, brain function, memory, eyes and others
- Negative effects of stress: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, panic attacks, cancer and others
- The Relaxation Response: the Resolution of Acute Stress
What to do about it?
Treatment options will be discussed, including changes to your behaviour, diet changes, exercise, naturopathic supplements, IV therapies, relaxation therapies and many others.