Allergy Test – Uncovering What’s Causing Your Allergies

Allergy Test – Uncovering What’s Causing Your Allergies

Roughly 20 percent of adults in the US suffer from seasonal allergies. Most people reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medication to address the runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, sinus congestion, headache and breathing difficulties they experience. This post will address how you can identify and eliminate the most likely causes of your seasonal allergies – and it’s not the pollen count. (more…)

Entering a Dialogue

Entering a Dialogue

This post comes to us from our friends at Natural Path Health Center.

There has been a disturbing trend emerging over the past months, and especially in the past several weeks that, I believe, fundamentally undermines our ability to act in a humane manner – the ability to communicate and discuss our differences. We don’t talk and listen, we just talk, with underlying agendas and a “I’m right and your wrong” undertone that works only to increase hostility and misunderstanding. (more…)

What Happens to Your Body When You Encounter Stress

What Happens to Your Body When You Encounter Stress

Stress Response: Fight or Flight

Alarm phase

  1. The heart beat increases to pump blood to all of the necessary tissues with greater speed
  2. As the heart rate increases so does blood pressure
  3. Breathing becomes rapid and shallow
  4. Adrenaline hormones are released from the adrenal gland
  5. Liver releases stored sugar to meet the increased need for energy
  6. Pupils dilate and senses become heightened
  7. Muscles tense for movement
  8. Blood flow is restricted from the digestive tract
  9. Blood flow is increased to the brain and major muscles
  10. Blood flow is constricted from the extremities
  11. Body perspires to cool itself

Adaptation and resistance phase

The adrenals now release corticosteroids that help provide energy and the specific circulatory changes (glucocorticoids help to keep blood sugar stable and mineral corticoids help us retain sodium which helps our body maintain an elevated blood pressure).

Exhaustion Phase

With the unabated production of corticosteroids, organs and organ systems become weak and may cease to function.

Did you know?

70-80% of all visits to the doctor are related to stress
• Stress contributes to 50% of all illnesses in the US
• The cost of job stress in the US is estimated at over 200 billion
dollars annually, including the cost of absenteeism, lost
productivity and insurance claims