When You’re Stressed

What Happens To Your Body When You’re Stressed?

Neuroscience NewsAugust 7, 2017

Summary: A new report examines the effect stress can have on our bodies and general health.

Source: The Conversation.

We all feel stressed from time to time – it’s all part of the emotional ups and downs of life. Stress has many sources, it can come from our environment, from our bodies, or our own thoughts and how we view the world around us. It is very natural to feel stressed around moments of pressure such as exam time – but we are physiologically designed to deal with stress, and react to it.

When we feel under pressure the nervous system instructs our bodies to release stress hormones including adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. These produce physiological changes to help us cope with the threat or danger we see to be upon us. This is called the “stress response” or the “fight-or-flight” response.

Stress can actually be positive, as the stress response help us stay alert, motivated and focused on the task at hand. Usually, when the pressure subsides, the body rebalances and we start to feel calm again. But when we experience stress too often or for too long, or when the negative feelings overwhelm our ability to cope, then problems will arise. Continuous activation of the nervous system – experiencing the “stress response” – causes wear and tear on the body.

When we are stressed, the respiratory system is immediately affected. We tend to breathe harder and more quickly in an effort to quickly distribute oxygen-rich blood around our body. Although this is not an issue for most of us, it could be a problem for people with asthma who may feel short of breath and struggle to take in enough oxygen. It can also cause quick and shallow breathing, where minimal air is taken in, which can lead to hyperventilation. This is more likely if someone is prone to anxiety and panic attacks.

Stress wreaks havoc on our immune systems. Cortisol released in our bodies suppresses the immune system and inflammatory pathways, and we become more susceptible to infections and chronic inflammatory conditions. Our ability to fight off illness is reduced.

The musculoskeletal system is also affected. Our muscles tense up, which is the body’s natural way of protecting ourselves from injury and pain. Repeated muscle tension can cause bodily aches and pains, and when it occurs in the shoulders, neck and head it may result in tension headaches and migraines.

There are cardiovascular effects. When stress is acute (in the moment), heart rate and blood pressure increase, but they return to normal once the acute stress has passed. If acute stress is repeatedly experienced, or if stress becomes chronic (over a long period of time) it can cause damage to blood vessels and arteries. This increases the risk for hypertension, heart attack or stroke.

The endocrine system also suffers. This system plays an important role in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism and reproductive processes. Our metabolism is affected. The hypothalamus is located in the brain and it plays a key role in connecting the endocrine system with the nervous system. Stress signals coming from the hypothalamus trigger the release of stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine, and then blood sugar (glucose) is produced by the liver to provide you with energy to deal with the stressful situation. Most people reabsorb the extra blood sugar when the stress subsides, but for some people there is an increased risk of diabetes.

Stress can have some unpleasant gastrointestinal effects. We might experience heartburn and acid reflux especially if we have changed our eating habits to eat more or less, or increased our consumption of fatty and sugary foods. The ability of our intestines to absorb nutrients from our food may be reduced. We may experience stomach pain, bloating and nausea, diarrhoea or constipation.

Repeated muscle tension can cause bodily aches and pains, and when it occurs in the shoulders, neck and head it may result in tension headaches and migraines. NeuroscienceNews.com image is adapted The Conversation news release.

There can be problems with our reproductive systems too. For men, chronic stress may affect the production of testosterone and sperm. It may even lead to erectile dysfunction or impotence. Women can experience changes to their menstrual cycles and increased premenstrual symptoms.

Stress and your mind

Stress has marked effects on our emotional well-being. It is normal to experience high and low moods in our daily lives, but when we are stressed we may feel more tired, have mood swings or feel more irritable than usual. Stress causes hyperarousal, which means we may have difficulty falling or staying asleep and experience restless nights. This impairs concentration, attention, learning and memory, all of which are particularly important around exam time. Researchers have linked poor sleep to chronic health problems, depression and even obesity .

The way that we cope with stress has an additional, indirect effect on our health. Under pressure, people may adopt more harmful habits such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs to relieve stress. But these behaviours are inappropriate ways to adapt and only lead to more health problems and risks to our personal safety and well-being.

So learn to manage your stress, before it manages you. It’s all about keeping it in check. Some stress in life is normal – and a little stress can help us to feel alert, motivated, focused, energetic and even excited. Take positive actions to channel this energy effectively and you may find yourself performing better, achieving more and feeling good.

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Thinking Your Way to Better Health

How to Think Your Way to Better Health

Some are calling it the next frontier in the field of health: mind-body medicine, which is the study of the interaction between the body and mind as it relates to health and disease.

In recent years, many extraordinary, well-researched studies have come out showing a very direct link between our emotions, beliefs and thoughts, and the health of our physical body, as well as measurable changes in our genetic code. In the past, this was referred to as the “placebo effect,” and was written off as a fluke power of the mind that had to be counted for in double-blind studies. However, this inherent mind-body connection is proving to be the elephant in the room that had been ignored for centuries—and is now the latest frontier in modern medicine, shaking up old models of disease theory and showing us that health is far more complex than previously thought. While eating a healthy diet is still important, our health is far more dependent on our state of mental and emotional well-being, than previously thought.

There could be more to health than what is taught in medical school.There could be more to health than what is taught in medical school.

Do We Need More Than an Apple a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?

“When I was working with sick patients from the inner city of Chicago, it made sense that they weren’t healthy. They ate poorly, smoked, drank, and never exercised.” Explains Dr. Lissa Rankin, a leading holistic physician and pioneer in mind-body medicine in an interview with Dr. Frank Lipman. “But then I took a job at an integrative medicine practice in posh Marin County, California, where my patients religiously followed organic, vegan diets, worked out with personal trainers, got 8 hours of sleep every night, took their vitamins, and spent a fortune on the best healthcare money can buy—and they were still sick. It got me wondering, what if there’s more to health than what they taught me in medical school?”

Dr. Rankin’s experiences are in lock-step with the findings of a recent mindfulness study conducted by researchers at the prestigious Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where 26 adults (without prior experience) were taught a number of clinically-backed relaxation techniques including mindfulness, meditation and mantra (the repetition of sacred Hindu sounds) in order to understand the effects of these mind-focused practices on the body and specifically the test subjects genetic code. The study participants were given comprehensive blood tests immediately preceding and immediately following 20 minutes of self-directed practice of the above techniques. By studying an impressive 22,000 different gene sequences, researchers were able to identify and measure any changes—no matter how small—that occurred in the participants’ DNA during and after the practice of the various meditation, mantra and mindfulness techniques.


26 adults were taught a number of clinically-backed relaxation techniques.

Mind Over Matter

If you’ve ever practiced mindfulness or meditation for any length of time, the results were not altogether surprising: every single one of the study participants’ DNA demonstrated significant, measurable changes in the genes that researchers had identified as being responsible for, or related to, metabolism, aging, insulin response and relaxation, among many others. The observed changes were found to be clearly indicative of a majorly reduced stress response and activation of telomere maintenance genes, meaning that the mantra, meditation and mindfulness practices actually caused observable, measurable changes in the body that ultimately led to alteration and repair of DNA. In essence, changes in the mental state of the participants produced very real and measurable changes in their physical bodies, all the way down to the genetic level. Clearly something is going on here.

These findings also lend a research-backed explanation to the miraculous experiences of Dina Proctor, who developed a simple but extraordinarily powerful visualization and meditation technique, based on the work of pioneering cell biologist and mind-body medicine researcher Dr. Bruce Lipton, that was able to create significant, measurable changes in her biochemistry and blood work over the course of just a few short weeks.

Every single one of the study participants’ DNA demonstrated significant, measurable changes in genes.Every participant had DNA which demonstrated significant, measurable changes in genes.

Dina’s Story

At the time this all happened, Dina had been finding herself interested in the study of epigenetics research, mindfulness and meditation and decided to undertake an informal experiment on herself to try to address increasingly serious imbalances in her blood cholesterol levels that had been stressing her out for some time. For approximately 2 weeks she regularly practiced a simple 3-minute visualization meditation technique that she devised that she describes as follows:

“I started out visualizing a gentle but laser-like beam of healing energy entering my body straight into my heart. I imagined a warm sensation as the beam infiltrated and surrounded my heart. As the warmth grew stronger, I pictured the healing energy in the form of a thick liquid or serum, like warm honey, slowly seeping from my heart muscle into my bloodstream. I kept my focus on the warm feeling of the serum moving into my bloodstream in all directions. I followed it in my mind’s eye, moving through my chest into my legs and arms, fingers and toes, and circling back again into my heart.”

After only a few of days of practicing this specific meditation technique, she reported that she could intuitively feel that her blood levels were shifting, changing and ultimately balancing themselves out: “I visualized the imaginary serum healing each blood cell it touched as it traveled throughout my body,” she later remarked about her experiences with the technique.

Dina found visualisation a powerful technique.Dina found visualisation a powerful technique.

Unsurprisingly, in lock step with the findings from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine research, the results of her next bloodwork panel post-visualization meditation practice showed a significant positive change: her serum cholesterol readings had miraculously dropped from 227 to 177, demonstrating once again the power of the mind-body connection: that regular, simple shifts in our thought processes, emotional state and behavior do have very real and measurable physical effects in the body.

“Your mind controls your biology. That’s what the placebo effect is about; the mind believes the pill will work and so it does,” world-renowned stem cell biologist and epigenetics researcher and pioneer Bruce Lipton is quoted as saying reflecting on Dina’s spectacular achievement. “In the science of epigenetics it’s been found that it’s the perception of your environment that controls your genes. You’re not a victim of your genes because you’re the one who can change your environment—or, more importantly, change your perception…The physical expression is the consequence of the mind’s program—the program comes first, the physical expression second. The function of the mind is to create coherence between your beliefs and your reality.”

With all the talk these of extending lifespan with various technologies, it seems we may already have the answer to many of our biggest health challenges within us already.

Feature Image: Excerpt of Artwork by Hugh D’Andrade.


Cheat On the HCG Diet

Cheating on hcg diet

What happens if I cheat on the HCG Diet?

The worst that could happen, would be to not do the diet at all, because you have an event coming up next month, when you will definitely be eating a lot of food. Breaking the diet for one day, is something that nearly everyone has had to do, just once, just to see what happens. You may not lose a pound that day. You may even gain a pound, depending on how much you ate. However, you can just get back on the diet the next day, and continue as before…not a big deal.


If you have an important event coming up, like Thanksgiving or a party, etc, you can make that day one of your two “carb loading days”, which are required to begin the diet. Then you can eat whatever you like that day and also the next day, while using the HCG spray. On the third day, you can begin the calorie restricted part of the diet, because you will find that you are just not hungry. On the next day you will be pleasantly surprised to find that you have lost at least a pound!


Cheating during the first two weeks is not ideal, because during this time you are telling your brain to start burning your stored fat with all the toxins in it. After two weeks, the hypothalamus has developed a pattern to burn all that stubborn stored fat that has resisted all previous diets and exercise! This is a wonderful thing that you will want to stay with as long as possible, while you are working toward your desired goal.


During the diet, especially in the beginning, the two quarts minimum of water consumed daily, will definitely start getting you healthier and feeling better, because your body is getting the message that you’re taking care of it, and making it easier to function properly. If you doubt this, just try carrying a 20 pound bag of sugar around with you for a day, and see how tired you are by the end of the day. Amazing! We have been asking all of our organs to work harder to do this for us, every day for many years, in some cases. You will be amazed at how much energy you have at the end of the day after you lose your extra weight!



HCG Diet- Those last 10 pounds

HCG Diet- Those last 10 pounds

Loosing weight results in Fat cells releasing the fat that is stored in them. 

Fat is stored in fat cells the first step is to empty them, the next is to allow the fat cells to be metabolized.  Depending on how many fat cells were created to store this unwanted fat will determine how long it will take to tighten that loose skin and loose that last 10 or so pounds.

When you lose weight you are not loosing Fat cells, they are just being emptied

One of our HCG dieters was commenting about the diet, and how difficult it was to lose the last 10 pounds. Although she had been very successful for 3 earlier rounds of HCG,and had lost over 60 pounds, she could not understand why her body had stopped dropping the weight. She was also hungry on this last round, while she had not experienced hunger during the earlier portion of the HCG diet.This experience is not uncommon. What we have found, is that the storage of fat cells eventually gets to be emptied out, and the body tells you it’s time to stop. The constant hunger shows up because there is no more fat storage to live off of. The HCG Diet needs fat to work properly, and when you’re out of extra fat, it’s time to stop, and allow the body to stabilize for awhile.

You have 10 to 20 million fat cells at the time of birth. This causes you to be predisposed to a healthy weight gain in order to grow and develop. As we get older the amount of fat cells grows with us so we wind up with a large amount of fat cells. This gives us a place to store the fat that we use for fuel.

When people who are 40 to 50 pounds overweight begin the diet, it is not uncommon for them to lose 2 or 3 pounds a day. This is more likely to occur in men or women who have a large amount of weight to lose. Unfortunately, when you are more than 15 or 20 lbs overweight, the body is forced to manufacture more fat cells to store the new fat. The body is also forced to create a whole new infrastructure of capillary tubing in order to support all of the additional fat. For every pound of fat, there is one mile of blood vessels required to accommodate it. Consequently, a person who is 40 lbs. overweight requires about 40 miles of capillary tubing to accommodate the fat.

Those last stubborn 10 lbs. is the weight of the infrastructure that was once needed to store the fat. Since fat cells have mass, they also have weight, even though they are empty and tiny. So now we may still have an extra 20 to 50 million extra fat cells, that are adding to the overall weight problem. The Homeopathic HCG did what it was supposed to do by burning all the fat, but the extra cells remain.

So the proverbial last 10 pounds can be a problem for awhile, as the body tries to adjust to the new weight, that doesn’t need the extra cells any longer. Although the 10 to 20 lb. weight loss is rarely a problem as long as the HCG Diet protocol is followed, the last 10 lbs. at the end of a large weight loss plan can take considerably longer, because the body needs time to dispose of the infrastructure of capillaries and extra fat cells. Exercise in the area where the fat was lost, is one way to turn the fat cells into muscle cells.

Time is another way to dissolve the extra weight. After awhile, another short round of HCG is likely to jump start the process again, and you are more likely to get down to your ideal weight.

Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that it wants more nutrition. Eating super foods and the most highly nutritious food you can find after you’re done the diet, will certainly help your body to stabilize. Also, after finishing the HCG diet, most people have been pleasantly surprised to find that it has repaired their metabolism and their cravings for unhealthy food. Conversely, if you go back to the very unhealthy diet or alcohol consumption, that created the problem in the first place, the weight will slowly but surely return.


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