Your body's ability to heal is greater than anyone has allowed you to believe.
Our healthcare system is absolutely vital in treating trauma and acute illness. If I'm involved in an accident I'm counting on Paramedics and Emergency Room Specialists. However, this only accounts for about 10 percent of all health issues today.
Research has found that upwards of 90 percent of all disease isn’t genetically based, but rather a response to environmental factors like high stress levels, pollutants, suppressed emotions and even our perceptions.
Stress can be healthy for us; in a pre-historic situation when confronted with a lion or in today's world when a toddler runs out into a busy road or your car skids on black ice on our treacherous roads, we rely on the hypothalamus to signal the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline. Unfortunately, with the fast-pace and stressors of modern life, many people find themselves in a chronic state of flight or fight. In turn, the adrenals are constantly pumping out cortisol and adrenaline, among other stress hormones, that tell our bodies to shut down all but the most essential survival systems, in preparation for dealing with the threat at hand. When we’re in this state for extended periods of time, our body doesn’t have a chance to move into rest and repair mode — leading to poor immunity and, eventually, disease.
Your immune system is your body’s first line of defense against invading bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. Your organs, tissues and cells all work together to fight harmful substances and protect you from getting sick. Stress can affect your immune system in two ways: by creating chronic inflammation that harms tissues and by suppressing immune cells needed to fight infection.