The Effects of Stress are No Laughing Matter, They're No Joke at All

We all know the effects of stress cannot be cured or controlled, for very long, by drugs for anxiety.  You have exactly two choices -- get stress under control in your life or get sick and stay sick.

Anyway you slice it, the medical evidence is real.  The effects of stress are wreaking havoc in our lives, medically-speaking and we must get stress under control or get sick and stay sick.

What is the point of living longer if we are sick all the time? And panic attacks are the least of your problems.  There are serious illnesses out there that are the direct effects of stress, and they are made 10 times worse by ongoing stress.  The effects of stress can kill you.

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The Effects of Stress & Chronic Degenerative Disease
A Personal Story of My Fight with Asthma

I believe my own story will illustrate the point very clearly.

You see, I am an Asthmatic.  In 2002, I had to call an ambulance for myself in the middle of the night because I couldn't get air.  It was so scary.  I'd had problems with bronchitis my whole life, but that was nothing like this.  I had no idea what had caused this new, much more dramatic and life-threatening version of my problem.

I survived, of course, and then I began to do research about asthma and the effects of stress.  I learned that so many things had come together in my life to make me really sick.  Part of it was diet, for sure, I was eating all the wrong foods, but the biggest problem was my stress level.  It was off the map, out of control. Something needed to be done.

However, my biggest discovery was that my memories of the long-lasting and unresolved traumas I faced in childhood had been stored in my central nervous system as repressed emotions and these repressed emotions were continually causing my body to produce free radicals every day.

These over-produced free radicals were causing significant free radical damage (oxidative stress) at the cellular level, which, of course, is the key factor that leads to serious chronic degenerative disease, such as Asthma. In terms of the effects of stress, this one came as a big surprise and it took me quite awhile to even understand it and believe it could be true.

The doctors told me that I would have to use steroid puffers every day for the rest of my life.  Lots of people can afford to buy the drugs that doctors recommend, but I couldn't because I was self-employed and I did not have a drug benefit plan.  Just one of those puffers cost $150 and it seemed, according to the recommended dosages, that I would need to replenish my supply once every month.  I don't know many people that can afford $1800 a year for medication.

This was especially true since the problem was not going to be going away, it was just going to be managed.  In addition, the side effects from these medications were huge.  No, I needed to find a better solution than this.  Even if I could have afforded the drugs, it really didn't seem like a good solution.

It took me six years to get my life back under control and guess what?  I haven't had a serious asthma attack since 2012; and actually, I have only had one Asthma attack since 2008.  In fact, I haven't even had a serious cold or flu in that time.  And no drugs either.  No more puffers of any kind. 

Now, don't get me wrong, this problem did not miraculously go away.  I was very sick every winter for five years.  My version of Asthmas was called cough-variant, viral-induced Asthma, which meant that cold and flu season  and me didn't get along very well.  Whenever we would go in the ring together, I would usually lose the fight. For me, the effects of stress used to last 12-15 weeks every year.  One winter, I coughed so hard I broke a rib.

Now, everyone's situation is different, and I certainly don't recommend you throw your puffers out tomorrow.  I just mean that reducing stress, releasing destructive repressed emotion, and taking back control of your life allows you to make better decisions.  When you're making better decisions about your health, then you may be able to reduce or eliminate your dependency on drugs and increase your quality of life.  It has taken an immense amount of work for me, but it has also been more than worth it.

So, what disease either controls you now or threatens to control you and what will you do to fix the mess?

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