Importance of Managing Stress
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Managing stress is essential for individuals with autoimmune conditions because stress can trigger or worsen symptoms. Autoimmune conditions are caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking healthy tissues and organs. When the body is under stress, it releases hormones that can weaken the immune system and make it more reactive, leading to increased inflammation and symptoms. Additionally, stress can interfere with sleep, diet, and physical activity, which are all important for managing autoimmune conditions. By reducing stress through various methods such as mindfulness, exercise, and relaxation techniques, individuals with autoimmune conditions can help improve their overall health and well-being.

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Okay, the question is the importance of managing
your stress response. I think people are starting to get that it's
important to manage your stress response, A growing problem. I think most… I don't know, maybe I live my little world,
but it seems like most people are probably Aware of this, that it's important, we're
going to talk about why. I mean, I've been in this a while now, quite
a long time. And everybody who comes in here now, everybody
has anxiety, depression, chronic stress. I have a section on my intake form on my questionnaire
that I have a patient fill out once we've Decided that their case looks like something
that we can help. And there's just one whole section in there
on are you accomplishing your life's purpose? Do you feel like you have enough time to exercise? Do you feel like you have enough? Are you overwhelmed with things to do? A lot of times stress isn't stressed. A lot of times it's the daily stuff. And then you have all the news over the last
five years and you have the continual at you By listening to the news or looking at your
phone all the time. I have… I've done… I've worked at stress literally my whole career
and in the beginning I was primarily doing Chiropractic and diet and nutrition. And you noticed that the people who were stressed
were not going to respond well to their chiropractic Adjustments. And we've had physical therapy here and so
on and so forth. So they wouldn't respond well to physical
therapy. They wouldn't respond well to chiropractic. They just wouldn't respond well and was it
was very… We started to screen them out and say, "Listen,
we can do this, but as long as you're under Stress, you just need to know this may not
work very well." But since then, it has become so ramped up. Back then, it used to be those people stood
out. Now every single person that comes in here
has on their intake form, anxiety, stress, Depression, it's unbelievable.

And it's concerning. All right? When I was younger, people knew stress kind
of wore you out and they'd say, look at that Person. They're a look older than they should be,
than they're biological ages. Or somebody would get cancer and they'd go,
"Oh, that person probably was stressed." And there was just this general understanding
of stress. But it's a big player in these chronic conditions. And stress is, for example, most of the chronic
conditions that come in here, not all, but Even well, the vast majority that come in
here are autoimmune. But I had a couple yesterday that're not,
and even in their cases, or I think they're On their way to potentially developing autoimmune
problems, but they haven't yet. But the problems that they have in their particular
case, they were gut problems. Those gut problems definitely have come from
their chronic stress because why do you have To manage stress? Those of you who have watched me have probably
heard me say many times, if you have an autoimmune Problem, if you have an autoimmune thyroid
problem, if you have a gut problem, if you Have lung problems, if you have a lot of these
problems and you're under stress, what's happening Is you are putting out hormones that are at
a certain level, supposed to be good for you. At a certain level the cortisol that is put
out when you're under stress, which everybody Now knows what cortisol is, they come in and
I go, "Cortisol." They go, "Oh yeah, stress hormone." Well, cortisol first is part of your immune
system that goes up to dampen inflammation. Cortisol good, okay? Cortisol is also a hormone that, it's called
a glucocorticoid. Gluco stands for blood sugar. So it also helps to control your blood sugar. When your blood sugar goes down, a number
of things happen. And one of the things that happened is your
cortisol goes up and then there's other things That work with your pancreas, your liver,
and you start putting out blood sugar from Your liver to bring your blood sugar back
up. If you haven't eaten for eight hours or something
like that, cortisol good. When cortisol goes up too high, now it creates
inflammation and damage to everything, to Every single cell in your body.

So I have a lot of people come in here. Let's just talk about gut problems, okay. So I have a lot of people come in here, they
have gastritis or they have poor gallbladder Function or they maybe they've gotten to the
point where they've developed small intestinal Bacteria overgrowth was, for those of you
who don't know what that is, it's a bad bacteria That grow up in your large intestines that
ultimately end up finding their way in your Small intestines and they screw everything
up. And so the number one cause for those things
happening is stress. Because the stress hormones do so much, they
actually will paralyze your intestines. So when you're in fight flight, you're in
full fight flight. I was watching this Live in Alaska thing like
last night on television and they were warning The people that were buying the house. "Now, you know there's going to be bears in
your backyard?" So the bear comes in, you're going to fight
flight, and it's ah, basically you go into Survival mode. And what happens is your gut is shut down
while everything else is ramping up. Your blood sugar's going to your muscles and
your heart starting the pound and you're getting Much more oxygen in. And that's okay for about 20 minutes. It literally paralyzes your intestines because
you don't need… And your bladder, your urinary bladder, because
you don't need to be peeing or pooping or Eating while you're running from the bear. But when you're in chronic stress, you're
experiencing that same chemical process, but On a much lower gradient. But if your gut is paralyzed a little bit
from a stress response, it will slow down Your ability to make hydrochloric acid in
your stomach. It'll slow your pancreas down. You might get blood sugar symptoms. It'll slow your gallbladder down. You may not be able to digest your fatty foods. All of that can lead to damaging, slowing
down your gut. The stress hormones themselves will actually
attack the inside lining of your stomach. I mean, everybody in my lifetime has understood
the stress has a lot to do with acid indigestion And ulcers, but maybe not the rest.

And that stress hormone also damages the inside
line of your intestines. Now you're subjective to… Now you're subjected to creating food sensitivities. You're subjected again to the small intestinal
bacterial overgrowth. Number one, causing your gallbladder coming
out is usually stress because when you're In that fight flight all the time, it slows
your gallbladder down. It doesn't paralyze it, but it slows it down. Next thing you know, go in, they check your
ejection fraction for your gallbladder. It's not going, "Ah, let's snip it out." Not a good thing. Let's handle the stress. Okay, let's handle the stress. Easier said than done. And here's the other problem about stress. So much of the things that distress causes
now feed back into brain function and it creates A lower threshold for your neurons to be set
off. So you're supposed to have a fight flight
mechanism. It's only supposed to go off when the bear
comes after you, but today it goes off all Day long. Somebody who you voted for president didn't
get elected and next thing you know have a Panic attack, this was my neighbor, that's
why I'm using that as an example. Because her threshold for fear is here now
instead of here. And she actually couldn't sleep for days and
she had panic attacks and stuff like that. And a lot of it was the chemistry that she
already has. She was overweight, she doesn't eat well and
all this type of stuff. And so she's already set herself up for that. So, the stress response is incredibly important. When I got in, I said I first was into chiropractic
and we had do physical therapy, physiotherapy And we had physical therapists in the office
and stuff like that. And we started noticing that. And I actually started eventually to do something
called functional neurology, even before I Did functional medicine. It was really all about getting a stress response
under control and watching how much better People got, just doing the stress response
under control with brain rehab exercises,

Many of which are very popular today. But if you have the bad chemistry, good luck
with the brain rehab exercises, having as Much effect as they could or long term. So I have a chart up here and it's called
The Gut-Brain, Brain Gut Access. And basically, here's the answer to your question. Your brain gets stressed, it breaks down your
gut, 75%, 90% of your immune system is in Your gut. It breaks down. Toxins start getting out, it breaks down. You start developing food sensitivities. I can go on for the next 30 or 40 minutes
with all the things that happen and then all Of those things that should be going into
the toilet that get out and go into your bloodstream. Many of them find your way back here. Next thing you know, you're angry, depressed,
you're anxiety because 95% of the serotonin That makes you a happy person is made in your
intestines. That's breaking down because there's stress. So it's a vicious cycle. So it's a vicious cycle. So this is really the core of what's happening
with those of you who are having this anxiety And depression. There is a massive, massive physiological
component to it. I know there's probably more psychologists
and psychiatrists in the country now than Any time in history per person, per capita. And I'm not saying they're not necessary,
and I'm not saying it's not helpful, I'm a Positive on people going to get help as far
as that go get. But the rest of it's so important. So you break down the physiology, the physiology
comes back, breaks this down. You have this vicious cycle going now you're,
you're where you are now, you're taking a Medication, you're coming here with Xanax,
Prozac, antidepressants, all that type of Stuff. And those are tenuous at best as far as long-term
use. So that's why stress is important to do whatever
you can do. Whatever you can do to get it under control. Whether your choice is breathing exercises
or whether it's taking a walk, or whether

It's going outside and making a primal scream
or whatever it is to get that stress down As soon as you can. The CBD oil seems to be helpful. There's a number of supplements out there
that can be helpful. Whatever you can do to get it down immediately
is good. Okay? You want to get that under control. The trade off is probably worth it. But in the end, you're going to want to handle
the rest of the things that the stress response Is creating and then viciously cycle back
onto your brain and then creating that need To take these things forever. So that's stress. So that's stress. It's huge. It's huge. Stress is the, it's the number one trigger
for autoimmune disease. When I have somebody come in here who is a
10 on a scale of 10 of stress, I have to think Twice and I discuss it with them. I have to think twice about taking the case
because overcoming that overwhelming amount Of stress chemicals, this is more than just
cortisol. That overwhelming amount of stress, chemicals,
the blood pressure going up, the aldosterone Go, all that's up, can be tough with diet
and lifestyle and nutraceuticals and stuff Like that. So stress is huge. It's just trying to take care of your stress
responders. Absolutely. It's probably the most important thing you
need to do.

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