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An interesting article on stress and it’s effects from Germany:

Constant stress at work is bad for heart

Aliki Nassoufis, dpa, Hamburg, Germany
The Denver Post

Work is piling up on the desk and in a few hours the presentation must be finished. To make matters worse, the telephone keeps ringing. Job-related stress is common. If it goes on for years, though, it can have serious physical consequences — particularly for the heart.

According to the German Heart Foundation, each year nearly 300,000 people in Germany suffer a a heart attack, often due to stress. So reducing stress at the workplace can be an important means of preventing serious heart disease.

“Stress causes, among other things, the release of more stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream,” explained Ulrich Hildebrandt, head physician in the Cardiology Department at St Irmingard Clinic.

This reaction, he said, was sometimes vital to our forebears: “When in danger, the body went into maximum gear and into a state of emergency to survive critical situations, for example by fleeing from a large animal.”

Stress also ramps up the autonomic nervous system, which “regulates how often the heart beats and how many times a minute it contracts, among other things,” Hildebrandt said. These stress reactions, if persistent or regular, can cause damage to the body.

“Someone suffering from chronic stress is always steamed up, so to speak,” remarked Karl-Heinz Ladwig, a member of the German Heart Foundation’s scientific advisory board. “This means, for example, that the heart rate is constantly elevated and the heart beats more frequently than in its normal state.”

More strain is put on the heart, he said, resulting in more damage. The regular release of stress hormones into the bloodstream can also lead to high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome.

“Another aspect is that the psyche can affect the body’s immune system,” Ladwig pointed out. In other words, a person under constant stress gets infections more often and tends to heal from wounds more slowly.

“Work-related stress is a combination of objective and subjective parameters,” he said. Though studies have shown that objective stress factors such as time pressure, constant noise, lots of overtime and a heavy workload considerably increase the risk of heart disease, Ladwig said, “how you react to these objective factors and whether you can try to change them also plays a role.”

Still, the causes of stress are more objective in nature than mental, he noted. But they need not lead to a heart attack or other forms of heart disease.

“You can try to reduce the stress somewhat,” advised Jochen Jordan, a psychocardiologist and member of the German Cardiac Society.

People who are always setting themselves higher goals and putting themselves under pressure are heightening stress, he remarked. “Instead,” he said, “you should ask yourself, ‘Is this work style worth it? Is this the way I want to live?'”

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We all know chronic stress leads to comprised health, chronic disease states and poor immune function. But how do we get away from it, when fears and anxiety are all around us. It really can make our lives crazy. Can you relate to this young lady’s constrictive, fear ridden behavior?

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Remember how important it is to eliminate stress. Our health depends on it. Look at what some of the leading health care authorities say about stress:

• CDC – stress is cause of 90% of all illnesses
• Stanford Medical School – 95% of all illness is stress related
• Mayo Clinic – just watching 10” minutes of today’s news disrupts many body systems
• Cleveland Clinic – chronic stress leads to many diseases
• Harvard School of Medicine – illness is the tip of the iceberg, stress mars joy from life and loved ones

Obviously, we are not the only ones noticing this and the devastating effect it is having on our well-being. I was on another call last night about health care issues and they were stating many of the same facts and data.

The doctor leading the call also focused on stress as the major cause of illness, relationship problems, and, financial security.

He went on to say that stress causes five things:

  • Poor health
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Dumbs us down – pulls blood flow from higher brain functions
  • Causes pessimism and negativism
  • Causes failure – due to 1-4

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M.J. by X O X O L I C I O U S
From The World Organization Of Natural Medicine Practitioners:

June 25, 2009, will go down in history as the day an American Icon took his last breath. As I watch the media regurgitating over and over the news of the untimely, unfortunate and very unnecessary demise of Michael Jackson, with an occasional flash to the suffering and death of Farah Fawcett, it takes me back many years to a specialized forensic school where daily we were given the challenge of “profiling” someone in the news. I can’t help but profile Michael and the personality that resulted in his death. At the same time I am quite saddened; not only in sympathy with the millions of mourners, but by the depth of the real truth and the knowledge that on a much less famed scale millions will bury family and friends for the very same reason.

I feel a responsibility to share truth, to give the uninformed a “heads up”, a “profile” of what killed Michael Jackson. Farah’s death is a whole different story for a whole different but no less important article, but Michaels passing can serve to save the lives of the millions that are on their way to join him in death because his personality is the personality of many millions. Michael won’t be giving live concerts but in death he can remain an icon nevertheless…..

What really killed Michael Jackson?

… I imagine we will find that Michael Jackson’s untimely demise was ultimately fed by this eternal quest for a way to deal with is chronic stress, from failure to take control of his own mind and allow logic to reign over emotion.

You see it is illogical (an emotional act) to abuse medication when the warnings are clear. Michael was witness to the death of Anna Nicole Smith from overdose, he was married to Elvis’s daughter, he had knowledge and notice and he ignored the warning. Perhaps it was a death wish, perhaps simply addiction which is my suspicion, but we will never truly know the answer to that.

He differs from Elvis, the king of rock only in the fact that he lived 8 years longer. While life for the average human is stressful, being the “King” understandably adds a few degrees of stress.

Michael awoke every morning and went to sleep every night a victim of his fame, and at great mental cost which led to his physical demise. We witnessed over his last years, through the child molestation trials and financial failure, the demise of Michael Jackson. We witnessed a complete transformation from the innocence of “I’ll be there” to a figure we came to know as “whacko Jacko”. His personal transformation from the King of Pop to Whacko, was certainly the result of his emotional distress, perhaps from his inability to find himself in adulthood, but his death can be directly attributed to his failure to take control of that stress, and to those that enabled him.

So who really killed Michael Jackson?

Regressing for a moment to the first paragraph of this article, we discussed that fact that man has searched for a magic pill to control stress since time began. Even though we have yet to find it, human greed combined with a true desire to advance medicine have provided a deadly cocktail for those who choose to use and abuse it, but still the stress lingers waiting for us to take responsibility, to face our demons. I would first and foremost lay the blood of Michaels death on the “powers that be”, on the government and States that permit the pharmaceutical companies to advertise to an unwitting public that the latest dangerous chemical is the answer to all problems, and to lavish rewards on the doctors for prescribing them. This greed for the almighty dollar with carefully orchestrated advertising has turned the American people into a nation of Sheople, looking to medicine to solve all their problems, never mind personal responsibility.

Next I would have to lay Michaels blood on those who enabled him, they too acted out of greed. The high paid medical “professionals” knew the dangers, they knew right from wrong but they didn’t just say no. Lastly, I would have to submit that none of this would have mattered and Michael would likely be alive today if he had taken responsibility for managing his stress without chemicals.

Michael paid the ultimate price because the government chooses to ignore the millions that perish from dangerous drugs. He paid the ultimate price because society has been taught that dangerous drugs are the first choice for all human ills, and, he perished due to the irresponsibility and greed of the very enablers that he undoubtedly paid very well to help him kill himself. Michael’s death was by his own hand, facilitated by a very broken society. Beloved Michael has been exonerated, he has paid the ultimate price for his part. If we are to cast blame on his enablers, let us cast it fairly and levy charges against all the above.

The rest of the article here…

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