Thursday, July 19, 2007

Stress and the immune system.

In the short term stress tends to raise the immune system. When we are confronted with a physical challenge like a bite, or puncture, scrapes, wounds or infections resulting; the body readies itself with the "fight or flight" response, readying itself to meet these problems.

Chronic, long-term stress suppresses the immune system. The longer the stress, the more the immune system shifted from they adaptive changes seen in the "fight or flight" response to more negative changes, first at the cellular level and later in broader immune function. The most chronic stressors – stress that seems beyond a person's control or seems endless – resulted in the most global suppression of immunity. Almost all measures of immune system function dropped across the board.

And as we've seen before stresses affect blood sugar levels and causes the blood pressure to rise. Severe and continued adrenaline responses will cause the body to be so depleted that it cannot respond to any opportunistic diseases like colds and flues, and yes, even cancers to develop.

The Elderly and sick are even more susceptible to stress-related diseases.

-Acute time-limited stressors: lab challenges such as public speaking or mental math.

-Brief naturalistic stressors: real-world challenges such as academic tests.

-Stressful event sequences: a focal event such as loss of a spouse or major natural disaster gives rise to a series of related challenges that people know at some point will end.

-Chronic stressors: pervasive demands that force people to restructure their identity or social roles, without any clear end point – such as injury resulting in permanent disability, caring for a spouse with severe dementia, or being a refugee forced from one's native country by war.

-Distant stressors: traumatic experiences that occurred in the distant past yet can continue modifying the immune system because of their long-lasting emotional and cognitive consequences, such as child abuse, combat trauma or having been a prisoner of war. Much of their analysis goes on to review the similarities and differences among the 293 studies that they examined. These studies included a total of 18,941 subjects. "Stressful event sequences" appeared to be weakly associated with different immune consequences, depending on the type of event. There appeared to be different patterns for grief than for trauma...

A person involved in an extremely stressful life will be much more prone to catastrophic dis-eases.

Oxidative stress, an imbalance of the atoms of oxygen at the cellular level will decrease the pH of the body and cause dis-eases. It's important to maintain a high pH of 7.0-7.50, or major diseases will result, especially immune system diseases like Diabetes, allergies, Arthritis and joint pain, Fibromyalgia, Viral, fungal, and bacterial infections, Muscle pain, and Candidiasis.

I know of a product that will help re-oxygenate the cells, act as an antioxidant, relieving the body of free radicals AND to raise the pH levels to normal: CellPower™
I've been using it for a few weeks now and the benefits are legion, every day I discover a new benefit. The first thing I noticed was my blood glucose levels were much reduced, even when slipping off my diabetic diet, I get a much better sleep, my energy is greater by a noticeable amount! My skin has cleared up [I get allergy rashes easily, but no more] the pain of Fibromyalgia is much decreased, my teeth are cleaner and they sparkle, my gums are healthier, [the cellpower goes to work as one drinks it being absorbed first by the mucous membranes in the mouth], infections go away much faster, my blood pressure has gone down, the candidiasis is nearly gone, I'm still losing weight, my pH is nearly normal...

I'm just thrilled about cellpower, I've searched for something to help me get well for many years. I am convinced. Cellpower can also be used topically for nail fungus and skin tags, etc. Before I started I was sick every morning, so sick I could barely drag myself from bed by 10am, my face was covered with rashes and pimples, I was suffering from extremely high blood pressure, I had no energy and could barely get the housework done. I feel like I'm actually going to live now, and feel great! I frequently got 'colds' that lasted a month or more and had an extremely hard time breathing while sick.

I also am still on a 70% alkalizing diet and For weight control, lowering Cholesterol, and balancing the Omega -3's and Omega-6 intake I'm still taking a tablespoon of coconut oil

Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they
appear to be busy when they are writing and because
the memos, once written, immediately become proof
that they were busy.
-- Charles Peters

It is by universal misunderstanding that all
agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each
other, they would never agree.
-- Charles Baudelaire

Do you realize if it weren't for Edison we'd be
watching TV by candlelight?
-- Al Boliska

The saying "Getting there is half the fun" became
obsolete with the advent of commercial airlines.
-- Henry J. Tillman

Do you REALLY need email??

No Email?????? ........... An unemployed man is desperate to support his family of a wife and three kids. He applies for a janitor's job at a large firm and easily passes an aptitude test.

The human resources manager tells him, "You will be hired at minimum wage of $5.35 an hour. Let me have your e-mail address so that we can get you in the loop. Our system will automatically e-mail you all the forms and advise you when to start and where to report on your first day."

Taken back, the man protests that he is poor and has neither a Computer nor an e-mail address. To this the manager replies, "You must understand that to a company like ours that means that you virtually do not exist. Without an e-mail address you can hardly expect to be employed by a high-tech firm. Good day."

Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and having $10 in his wallet, he walks past a farmer's market and sees a stand selling 25 lb. crates of beautiful red tomatoes. He buys a crate, carries it to a busy corner and displays the tomatoes. In less than 2 hours he sells all the tomatoes and makes 100% profit.

Repeating the process several times more that day, he ends up with almost $100 and arrives home that night with several bags of groceries for his family. During the night he decides to repeat the tomato business the next day.

By the end of the week he is getting up early every day and working into the night. He multiplies his profits quickly.

Early in the second week he acquires a cart to transport several boxes of tomatoes at a time, but before a month is up he sells the cart to buy a broken-down pickup truck.

At the end of a year he owns three old trucks. His two sons have left their neighborhood gangs to help him with the tomato business, his wife is buying the tomatoes, and his daughter is taking night courses at the community college so she can keep books for him.

By the end of the second year he has a dozen very nice used trucks and employs fifteen previously unemployed people, all selling tomatoes. He continues to work hard.

Time passes and at the end of the fifth year he owns a fleet of nice trucks and a warehouse that his wife supervises, plus two tomato farms that the boys manage.

The tomato company's payroll has put hundreds of homeless and jobless people to work. His daughter reports that the business grossed a million dollars.

Planning for the future, he decides to buy some life insurance. Consulting with an insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his new circumstances. Then the adviser asks him for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically.

When the man replies that he doesn't have time to mess with a computer and has no e-mail address, the insurance man is stunned, "What, you don't have e-mail? No computer! No Internet! Just think where you would be today if you'd had all of that five years ago!"

" Ha!" snorts the man. "If I'd had e-mail five years ago I would be sweeping floors at Microsoft and making $5.35 an hour."

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual
power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
-- Martin Luther King Jr., Strength
to Love, 1963

Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand
years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point
during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do
you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But
that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part
of the experience of being entertained is sitting
back and plugging into someone else's vision.
-- Penn Jillette, Interview in WIRED
magazine, 1993

If you make people think they're thinking,
they'll love you; But if you really make them think,
they'll hate you.
-- Don Marquis

Everything is vague to a degree you do not
realize till you have tried to make it precise.
-- Bertrand Russell


And on that note I’ll be saying good by, Have a great day, may you live long and prosper! May you find fresh pasture and cool shade. Be blessed my friends!
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