Thursday, 12 November 2015 12:12

Chronic Stress and Cancer are Directly Linked

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STRESS...

“is not knowing how to handle, solve a problem or a situation”.

 

When you encounter a stressful situation in your every day life your body responds with …..

A SHORT TERM STRESS RESPONSE 

Your hypothalamus, a region of the forebrain, sends out nerve signals via your spinal cord to your adrenal medulla to release adrenaline and norepinephrine hormones into the blood stream. This breaks down glycogen into glucose to increase the blood sugar level which in turn increases blood pressure and heart rate as well as your metabolic rate.  This sudden change in blood flow patterns leads to increased alertness and decreased digestive and kidney activity.

This process is called the flight and fight factor that makes you think fast and run even faster. A normal process we all need to function in a stressful situation.

But…..

What happens when the stressful situation is not short lived and is continuously causing you to be in stress mode?  Then our body experiences a long term stress response which has huge implications to our health.

The LONG TERM STRESS RESPONSE

The long term stress response is also initiated in the hypothalamus but instead of using the fast connection via your nervous system, it’s initiated by hormones that activate the pituitary gland to flush out adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), into the blood stream which is converted in the adrenal cortex into mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids.

Mineralocorticoids lead to sodium and water retention by the kidneys which increase the blood volume and blood pressure. The rise in higher blood pressure can result in a host of health problems including heart disease.

Glucocorticoids break down proteins, fats and convert them into glucose to increase mobility. This causes a rise in blood sugar. A study has shown that men under permanent stress are 45% more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes.

But this is not all. Stress has repeatedly been shown to weaken immunity by disturbing the balance of microorganism in your gut, leading to multiple digestive problems such as bloating, intestinal gas, indigestion, diarrhea, and/or constipation. After a certain time IBS, Crohn’s disease, peptic ulcer, leaky gut are the result of chronic stress causing you nutrient deficiencies through malabsorption and chronic inflammation.

In a 2010 study, a stressful work environment was shown to double the risk of developing insomnia. During sleep you detoxify, regenerate and your body repairs and heals. Your sleeping patterns have tremendous effect on our overall health and the development of cancer.

Chronic stress exhausts sex hormone levels, and ultimately impairs the body’s capacity to produce stress hormones.  This vicious cycle leads to chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, low immunity and an inability to handle stress. You need a good immune system to conquer cancer.

Excess mineralocorticoids (Aldosterone) in a chronic stress state cause large quantities of potassium and magnesium to be excreted into the urine. The deficiency of potassium and magnesium can lead to serious disorders such as depression, emotional disturbances, muscle cramps, muscle pain and pH imbalances – acidity. We all know that cancer thrives in an acidic environment.

CANCER

“Cancer cells have learned to survive in a hostile environment”

Cancer cells survive without oxygen, grow without minerals and vitamins and flourish in a toxic environment. They even thrive in an acidic body where healthy cells get sick or stop working all together.  Everything that causes physical, mental or environmental stress to your body like EMF, lack of sleep, fast food, environmental toxins… compromises healthy cells and promotes cancer growth. 

Cancer cells live almost exclusively from glucose (sugar) and contribute to a high acidity, low oxygenation and a high toxic load to the body. They promote the environment they thrive in and so completely block all immune functions.

This in turn is PURE STRESS for a body that tries to heal. All body systems are in high alert to balance out what the cancer causes without even dealing with cancer itself.

STRESS and CANCER

From the above it’s very obvious that stress and cancer are linked and promote each other. Even though science and the medical field attempt to deny a link between body, mind and spirit, it’s undeniable that we are not just machines where something can go wrong that needs to be fixed. We are energy beings where all components of our existence influence one another.

A diagnose of cancer alone is reason to be in total stress. Not knowing how to solve THIS problem leads to a massive outburst of cortisol and adrenalin which gives you heaps of energy to get you into gear.

As a motivational factor to learn how to solve this problem a burst of adrenalin can be good, as it provides you with a sharp mind, but when the problem persists, stress and cancer feed off each other.

Many patients have experienced that stress in many other life situations also promote cancer growth. Stress at work, stress with a bully, financial stress, relationship stress, health issues and social stress are leading the field.

How to get rid of STRESS

There are many modalities to deal with stress. Amongst some of the most popular are meditation,  Tai Chi, breathing exercises, yoga/Pilates, walking, exercise, gardening, group therapies, singing, chanting, mantra, prayer and so on.  Some even consider tapping as a good way to deal with stress.

BUT …. none of the above will actually work until you deal with the problem itself that causes stress and cancer.    

In a way it’s as futile as taking a pill against the pain instead of removing the nail from your shoe. All of these solutions bring a short term relief but do not change the outcome in the long run.

Yes you can meditate for the next 10 years and become a master in ignoring all worldly challenges, but few of us have acquired the skill to "stop and reflect".  Those who think they don't have time to take care of themselves, to nourish their souls and understand the danger of everyday stress will sooner or later find time for illness.

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