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Stress a Major Cause of Illness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allen Lawrence, M.D.   
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 01:15
Stress is the Number One health problem in the United States. The problem is that stress not only causes illness, but is also the result of most illnesses. Studies suggest that between 70% and 80% of all illnesses seen in medical practices are caused by stress. Since most physicians are neither trained to recognize stress nor treat it, most of the people with stress-related illnesses stay sick for years. Most gradually get worse and end up with one or another chronic disease and dying before their relative life expectance would suggest they would die. Since few physicians and nor the medical profession are willing to accept that stress causes illness, these stress-related illnesses are rarely considered as a cause or contributing factor for the illness the individual presents with in his doctors office. Because of this most Stress-Related Illnesses go undetected and unresolved.

A Stress-Related Illness should always be suspected in any individual with a recurrent illness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, dietary problems, obesity, drug use, smoking or alcohol use, allergies, autoimmune disease, ulcers, headaches, intestinal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, most nervous system disorders, cardiovascular or reproductive system problems, anxiety, panic, nervousness or depression, or when any symptom or problem does not respond to routine medical treatment and in fact when any illness exists that does not seem to operate as it is supposed to. Just about any illness or health problem, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, can have its cause in stress, can be worsened by stress, or can add stress to your life. Stress, and the illnesses caused by it, are intelligent communications from our body telling us that we have one or more unresolved conflicts which need resolution. Stress can be our teacher, if we chose to learn from it.

People who are sick expect to find physical reasons for their illness. Therefore, stress as a cause is over looked. We tend to think of stress occurring only when there has been some major trauma, but this too is a myth. Often the smallest things of life can cause the most stress. A simple definition is stress is the difference between the way we want our world to be and the way it actually is. The greater the difference between what we desire and what we are getting the greater the stress. The stress mechanism and the immune-defensive-healing systems of the body are one and the same. A problem in one means a problem in the other. Hence, illness and stress are intimately related and often the same, one causing the other. Whether the cause or the effect stress must be dealt with and understanding what it is and how to deal with it is essential for full and complete healing.

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