“Ladies and Gentlemen, we should leap out of bed, whether we’re 9 or 90!”
In the realm of biology, stress refers to what happens when an organism fails to respond appropriately to threats 1
I am learning that chronic stress, that is stress persisting for a long time or constantly recurring, is largely responsible for what Dr. Leona Allen calls the new millennium diseases: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, dementia, depression, autism, ADHD, ALS, and cancer.
Chronic stress can damage the cells in our bodies such that the nutrients needed for cellular health can’t get in and toxins within the cell can’t get out. When this happens, the damaged cell is left with two options: it either dies (which causes premature aging) or it mutates (which causes cancer).
During my latest doctor visit, I learned that chronic stress has caused a serious anabolic hormone problem for me. The cells in my body need a steady supply of hormones, along with vitamins, minerals and amino acids in order to function properly. If my cells can’t get what they need, they will die or mutate. Neither option is good.
I believe the source of my stress was emotional in nature, caused primarily by a bitter, multi-year divorce battle, and an extremely challenging work environment (before Happy Living of course).
There are many sources of stress that bombard our bodies on a daily basis. Here is just a short list:
- Bad fats: polyunsaturated fatty acids
- Highly processed foods
- Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
- Mineral deficiency caused by “modern” agricultural practices
- Environmental toxins
- Too much physical work
- Too many negative thoughts and worry (my issue above)
- Electromagnetic fields emitted from electronic devices
If any of these persist or are constantly recurring, they can create cellular damage and disease. Too often, many of these exist at the same time. The combined and accumulated damage caused by “bad inputs” remains largely unexplored and unknown.
Two experts helped me understand the highly complex process of how bad inputs can seriously damage my health.
This 8-minute video by Dr. Leona Allen explains in simple, straightforward language how bad inputs cause cellular damage. Dr. Leona has also written a book about the sources of poor health, A Journey to Healing: 5 Stages to Achieving More Freedom in Your Health and Your Life.
The True Cause of Diseases is an amazing 67-minute journey of medical history that explains how bad inputs damage our DNA. Our DNA is like the instruction manual for creating our cells. Damaged DNA creates damaged cells. As you know, damaged cells either die or mutate. Barbara O’Neill teaches a method for fighting disease by creating an environment such that our body restores its capability to fix itself.
Corrections & Common Sense
My favorite line from Billy Joel’s song Shades of Grey is, “the more I find out, the less I know.” This is true for me when it comes to this topic – the more I learn about cellular and DNA damage, the more I don’t know. The good news is, I don’t have to understand everything Dr. Leona or Barbara O’Neill tell me. I just need to apply a little common sense regarding bad inputs.
My common sense tells me two things:
- Some bad inputs are within my power to correct and some are not. I intend to focus on those I can correct.
- I can’t correct everything at once. I simply intend to keep working on making corrections from my personal list of bad inputs that I can control.
A few examples:
- I am already slowing the flow of chemicals into our home.
- My diet is already high in organic foods and extremely low in processed foods.
- I have removed electronic devices and light sources from my bedroom.
- I eat sauerkraut every day to support my microbiome with good bacteria.
- Recently I began a practice of daily ten-minute time outs where I lie on the floor, close my eyes, and relax my mind. I hope this will help settle the emotional stress that has caused my anabolic hormone problem.
Each and every correction, some large and some small, move me on the path towards better health. Each step brings me closer to my goal of leaping out of bed in the morning, my body teeming with health, energy and vitality.
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