Some­times You Just Have to Un­plug

STRESS LESS FOR BET­TER HEALTH

Alternative Medicine - - Quick Nutrition - BY GE­ORGE RED­MON PHD, ND

n any iconic movie, a char­ac­ter is over­whelmed by their stress­ful cir­cum­stances. With­out the stress, there would be no movie. In “The Ma­trix,” a char­ac­ter named Neo is faced with a mul­ti­tude of threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions and en­e­mies. In­di­ana Jones deals with rit­ual sac­ri­fice, Nazis, and even worse—snakes. Even Simba of “The Lion King” strug­gles to cope with the loss of his fa­ther and the pres­sure to suc­ceed the throne. We love th­ese movies be­cause we can re­late. The fact is, the real world is very sim­i­lar to the con­fu­sion of the ma­trix, the dan­ger of ex­otic trav­els, and the wild plains of Africa—you even have an au­di­ence watch­ing your progress in the form of friends and fam­ily.

Our at­tempts to nav­i­gate the pit­falls of ev­ery­day life are al­most cer­tain to lead to stress, a very real and dan­ger­ous con­di­tion of Amer­i­can life. Af­ter all, an es­ti­mated 75 to 90 per­cent of all vis­its to pri­mary care physi­cians are now re­lated to the neg­a­tive ef­fects of stress. Th­ese per­cent­ages doc­u­ment how lethal stress is to our well-be­ing and longevity. The pro­lif­er­a­tion of stress-re­lated dis­eases is ever in­creas­ing with con­di­tions like ac­cel­er­ated ag­ing, adrenal ex­haus­tion, anx­i­ety dis­or­ders, auto-im­mune dis­or­ders, can­cer, arthri­tis, chronic in­flam­ma­tion, de­pres­sion, di­ges­tive dis­or­ders, heart dis­ease, high blood pres­sure, im­mune sys­tem dys­func­tion, men­strual ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, ul­cers, sex­ual dys­func­tion, and weight gain.

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