Welcome to Issue #1 of
Strictly-Stress-Free Journal.

Welcome to the first issue of Strictly-Stress-Free Journal. As you may have noticed, www.strictly-stress-management.com deals with two kinds of stress – emotional stress and oxidative stress. Managing and eliminating both is critical in achieving true wellness. Emotional stress happens when our bodies release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in response to a perceived threat or danger. Emotional stress happens because of our chaotic, busy lives or by difficult events in our lives. Emotional stress increases when chaos and instability lasts for prolonged periods. Emotional stress can be good stress called “eustress”, but more often than not, it is bad stress, called “distress.”

Oxidative stress is the stress that compromises our immune system and makes us sick. Prolonged emotional stress can and does lead to oxidative stress, but the other major factors that lead to oxidative stress are our diets, our lifestyles and the environments, in which we live.

Emotional stress and oxidative stress are very closely intertwined, much like leaves on a grape vine. Without careful tending and pruning, a grape vine, on your property, can swallow up your yard like the brambles around Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Our health and wellness can also be swallowed up when these two forms of stress run uncontrolled in our lives. It is now believed that more that 100 chronic degenerative diseases are caused by stress

Education and Empowerment

Our site offers three comprehensive tools to help manage and eliminate all kinds of stress. The first is information. Information is power. Many, if not all, of the changes, needed to be able to manage and control stress, are relatively small. The problem stems from the fact that people don’t have the information they need to understand that change is simple and possible; and they don’t know what answers or solutions are available. This site and e-zine are dedicated to being a resource for education and empowerment in managing and eliminating all forms of stress.

Emotional Stress and
"Solving the Wellness Challenge"

The second tool addresses emotional stress, specifically. All forms of emotional stress can be thought of as problems to be solved. Over the years, as life beats us down, we become weaker and weaker in our problem-solving skills. Quite often, our problem-solving skills were not that strong in the first place, which may have lead to problems becoming far bigger than what otherwise might have been. Our aim is to teach you the much needed problem-solving skills so that you can get back control of your health and your life. The good news is that effective problem solving is teachable.

Our “Solving the Wellness Challenge" Program uses effective business and project management tools to help people solve problems in their lives. Whether the problem is with your financial situation, your marriage or other romantic relationships, your children, your job, your business or any other wellness challenge, our “Solving the Wellness Challenge Program will take you through the steps needed to break the problem apart and put it back together in a way that is far less stressful in your life. We don’t use a simple list of problem solving steps. Instead, we base our program on an internationally recognized problem-solving model.

The truth is that if you think back to the times when you have successfully solved problems in your life, you probably used these skills without knowing it. The times when problems dragged on year after year and got worse instead of better were the times when you did not use these skills. We hope to help you learn the model so that you can apply problem-solving skills in your life on purpose instead of by accident.

Oxidative Stress and the
Dr. Strand's "Healthy For Life" Program

The third tool is Dr. Ray Strand’s Healthy for Life Program. Dr. Strand is a medical doctor, from the USA, with nearly 40 years of clinical experience. Over the last 8 years, he has added a comprehensive specialization in nutritional medicine to his arsenal for preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. He is the author of several books and audio CD’s including:

• What You Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You. • Releasing Fat – Learn Why You Can’t Lose Weight • Death By Prescription • Bionutrition - The Medical Evidence that Demands a Verdict • Healthy For Life • Preventing Diabetes • Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue – Learn How To Get Your Life back • Living By Design • Our Health is Under Attack

Dr. Strand’s program is based on the old saying, “you are what you eat” and to that end, the program teaches the science behind eating. I heard a statistic, a few years back, that more than 60% of chronic degenerative diseases occur from the oxidative stress caused by our diets. Our immune systems are so weak, in today’s day and age that we really don’t stand a chance and our poor diets are only serving to make the problem much worse.

The Healthy for Life Program is a three-phase program designed to retrain people about food, exercise and their immune system. Phase 1 (5 days) is a total body cleanse, Phase 2 (twelve weeks) is a transformation phase and Phase 3 (one year) is a maintenance phase. It is not a diet. Instead, it teaches a new way of thinking about food and lifestyle choices.

Future Issues of Strictly-Stress-Free Journal

All in all, www.strictly-stress-management.com aims to give you all the tools and information you need to conquer stress once and for all. Each issue of this e-zine, will delve deeper into all three of our objectives. You will receive information about stress and stress management, you will read about our “Solving the Wellness Challenge Program” and you will learn more about Dr. Strand’s Healthy for Life Program.

Help Us Spread The Word

Thank you for taking the time to read this e-zine and we sincerely hope that you will find our site useful as you take back control of your health and your life. Please don’t forget to tell others about how stress is destroying their lives and what they can do about it, too.

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