Stress Quotes and Facts

Stress Quotes and Facts

The following quotes are from Prescription for Nutritional Healing 4th edition.

“Researchers estimate that stress contributes to as many as 80 percent of all major illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, endocrine and metabolic disease, skin disorders, and infectious ailments of all kinds.”

“The increased production of adrenal hormones is responsible for most of the symptoms associated with stress. It is also the reason the stress can lead to nutritional deficiencies. “

“Increased adrenaline production causes the body to step up its metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to quickly produce energy for the body to excrete amino acids, potassium, and phosphorus; to deplete magnesium stored in muscle tissue; and to store less calcium.”

“As a result of a complex of physical reactions, the body does not absorb nutrients well when it is under stress. The result is that, especially with prolonged or recurrent stress, the body becomes at once deficient in many nutrients and unable to replace them adequately. Many of the disorders that arise from stress are the result of nutritional deficiencies, especially deficiencies of the B-complex vitamins, which are very important for proper functioning of the nervous system, and of certain electrolytes, which are depleted by the body’s stress response.”

“The pituitary gland increases its production of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which in turn stimulates the release of the hormones cortisone and cortisol. These have the effect of inhibiting the functioning of disease-fighting white blood cells and suppressing the immune response.”

“Further, stress increases the level of an immune system protein called interleukin-6 (IL-6), which has direct effects of most of the cells in the body and is associated with many disorders, including diabetes, arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, periodontal disease, and cardiovascular disease. IL-6 has also been linked to frailty and functional decline on older adults.”

“Digestion slows or stops, fats and sugars are released from stores in the body, cholesterol levels rise, and the composition of the blood changes slightly, making it more prone to clotting. This in turn increases the risk of stroke or heart attack.”

“Stress also triggers the release of cortisol, an adrenal hormone that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and blood pressure.”

“Stress also promotes the formation of free radicals that can become oxidized and damage body tissue, especially cell membranes.”

“Stress is also a common precursor of psychological difficulties such as anxiety and depression.”

“It also ages brain cells and builds fat around the body’s midsection.”

“Many psychiatrists believe that the majority of back problems, one of the most common adult ailments in the United State, are related to stress.”

"One gene in particular is very important because it's related to the body's production of glutathione, our most powerful detoxifier and antioxidant. Your body can only excrete mercury when it's bound with glutathione."

"9. The only way to find out your total body load of mercury is to take a medication with sulfur molecules that binds to the mercury like fly paper. This is called DMSA or DMPS."

"* Methylation nutrients (folate, vitamins B6 and B12). These are perhaps the most critical to keep the body producing glutathione. Methylation and the production and recycling of glutathione are the two most important biochemical functions in your body (see my blogs on methylation for more details). Take folate (especially in the active form of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate), B6 (in active form of P5P), and B12 (in the active form of methylcobalamin)."

"I'm talking about the mother of all antioxidants, the master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system. It is GLUTATHIONE (pronounced "gloota-thigh-own")."

"We've learned a lot about how this mercury effects us and our children from reported exposures to mercury over the last 100 years. These include epidemics such as the Minimata Bay exposures in Japan, acrodynia or pink disease in children from calomel (HgCl) used in teething powder, "mad hatter syndrome" or erethism, and methylmercury fungicide grain seed exposures in Iraq and Pakistan.

The symptoms and diseases these exposures have caused are varied and mimic many other conditions. Nervous system toxicity can cause erethism ("mad hatter syndrome" as mentioned above) with symptoms of shyness, laughing, crying, and dramatic mood swings for no apparent reason; nervousness; insomnia; memory problems; and the inability to concentrate.

Other neurologic symptoms may include encephalopathy (non-specific brain malfunction), nerve damage, Parkinsonian symptoms, tremor, ataxia (loss of balance), impaired hearing, tunnel vision, dysarthria (slurred speech), headache, fatigue, impaired sexual function, and depression."