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Stress Management

Stress management is essential to reverse the negative impact of stress on health. Stress can negatively affect your health like infections, toxins, or food allergies that make you sick. Stress will worsen most diseases and ailments. Since my first stress management class in 1988 that helped patients improve their health and reduce medication use, stress or “life toxicity” has increased for many if not most Americans. If this is true, then stress management is more important than ever.


Chronic diseases are a burden on people who have them. They are also a burden on their families and our society as well. Most chronic diseases have an inflammatory component. That is, inflammation is involved in keeping the chronic disease going. Inflammation means that something is irritating or provoking the immune system to act to defend or repair. This same inflammation is the connection between stress and illness. That explains how stress can have such a broad negative impact on most diseases and ailments. Stress increases inflammation. Inflammation disrupts normal body functions and leads to symptoms of illness. Stress increases pain, decreases quality sleep, increases anxiety, increases poor eating habits, and depletes energy. All of these decrease quality of life.

Since stress promotes inflammation, you can expect stress management to be anti-inflammatory, and lead to an overall reduction in inflammation.  Inflammation, especially chronic inflammation can weaken and disrupt the work of the immune system





Things that Increase inflammation:

  • Stress

  • Processed foods

  • Insomnia

  • Worrying

  • Inflammatory Foods (grains)

  • Exposure to toxins

  • Lack of Activity

Conversely, things that reduce inflammation

  • Meditation, yoga

  • Prayer

  • Quality sleep

  • More greens + veggies

  • Aerobic exercise

  • Supportive relationships

  • Laughter

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