The vicious physiology of stress
November 16th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

The vicious physiology of stress

Editor's note: CNN contributor Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity: the quest for well-being and life balance in stressful times.

One of my favorite parts of this job is stalking busy scientists researching different aspects of stress.

I recently tracked down the brilliant Dr. Rajita Sinha, director of the Yale Stress Center, and spoke to her about what she’s working on. In this first part of our conversation, we discussed the physiology of stress and its connection to maladies, ranging from addiction to chronic disease, diabetes and obesity.

How did you come to study stress?

Early on I was working with different types of emotions - anger and sadness - and how they affect the body and change our responses to different stimuli in the environment. One of the things I observed was that generally people don’t have pure emotions, like anger or fear.

They mostly have mixed emotions. If you ask them about it, they will say they’re stressed and upset. I wanted to understand how emotions work together - both to protect us and to feed into things that wear us down.

Is there such a thing as good stress?

Think about good stress in terms of adaptation. Every time you overcome a challenge and learn something from it, it leads to cognitive and behavioral adaptation. It’s like skill building. When a challenge is frustrating but within our ability to handle it, you are talking about a good stress. It’s stress that is sustained, uncontrollable and overwhelming, where people can’t figure out options to solve their problems, that is damaging.

Can you tell me about the link between stress, chronic disease and addictive behavior?

We’ve known about the link between stress and addiction, and increased susceptibility to chronic diseases for a long time. But we have not fully understood the biological mechanism until recently.

When we experience something threatening or stressful, two things happen immediately. The first thing is what we call the "fight or flight" arousal response. The whole body is gearing up to move quickly to get out danger. And the second thing is that the body releases the stress hormone cortisol. The body gears up immediately in the face of stressful stimuli. It goes to our energy stores, and releases glucose and insulin so that our muscles have the energy to deal with the stress.

Here’s where the rubber hits the concrete, in terms of our choices. Drugs like alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, and also high-fat, high-calorie comfort foods, are powerful modifiers of the stress system. They will change our stress pathways and affect the way our body is able to control our stress response. And so, after a period of bingeing, your body’s stress system eventually just wears out.

Your adrenal gland, which is responsible for releasing the stress hormone, becomes weak or sputters out. Then it doesn’t signal properly to help us cope. That, in turn, starts to affect us adversely - not just our biology, but also our emotional response.

Can you reinvigorate worn-out adrenals?

There is evidence that you can reinvigorate your adrenals. Once alcohol dependents start recovering, after some time has passed, you start seeing adrenals returning to normal. We know less about how long it takes.

The problem, though, is that while your adrenals are still recovering, you are more likely to be stressed. And stress affects abstinence and increases chances of a relapse. So then you are caught in a vicious cycle of quickly degenerating health because both the stress and the substances are working together to wear down your body systems—your stress axis, your liver, kidney, heart, blood pressure.

Then you get a double whammy in terms of risk for heart disease and certain types of cancer. It’s what we call the feed-forward effect. It’s not going to happen immediately, but it does become a vicious cycle.

Which comes first, the stress or the addictive behavior?

We don’t really know which comes first, but we do know that these are all complex multi-factoral diseases. That means they don’t have one single factor that leads to the disease state. And there are factors that can make a person even more vulnerable to stress-related diseases and addiction: early trauma suffered in childhood, cumulative adversity, socio-economic status, education and also things like genetics and personality traits.

Which aspect of your research are you most excited about right now?

We’re about to release a paper about how cumulative adversity - the number of bad things happening in one’s life - appears to have an effect on the size of the brain’s prefrontal cortex.

What does that mean? Is that a good or bad thing?

It means the higher number of bad events, the smaller the size of the prefrontal cortex. And our animal studies show that less volume in the prefrontal cortex is not good behaviorally. Neurons start shrinking and lose their branches and dendrites. Those animals don’t do well in different kinds of cognitive tasks. So what that means is that higher levels of adversity affect our ability to respond to acute stress situations.

It has two effects: There is less brain volume and the regions that help us adapt and cope are underactive.The more lifetime adversity, the higher amount of chronic stress that a person feels. Then the risk for stress-related disorders go up: heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer, psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety and addiction.

Well, that’s depressing for those of us who’ve been through a lot in life through no fault of our own.

An interesting follow-up is that the brain is very dynamic and there may be potential for normalizing or regrowth. The studies we did are with people between 18 and 50. These are our most generative years, so we hope we can intervene, through treatments, to turn the course.

How can we train ourselves to respond better to stressors?

We live in a society where there are multiple demands on us almost all the time. We need to put greater emphasis on protective factors like sitting down with the family or exercising or putting away all the electronic devices.

I am also a big believer in mindfulness. I think we need to be able to turn things down and off, and build in protections so that we don’t get overwhelmed - even something as simple as a hobby.

I was on a show once where someone had joined a drumming class to relieve stress. It’s a matter of taking the time to build in positive aspects to our life, our actions and our exposure. That’s like money in the bank.


Research shows that childhood stress can hardwire the brain for a lifetime of higher stress levels. Early traumatic experiences can increase children’s susceptibility to a range of high-risk behavior, such as tobacco use, binge eating, and earlier onset of alcohol consumption. Next week, in the second part of my conversation with  Sinha: childhood stress and the lifelong havoc wreaked by early trauma, as well as protective factors that may counteract the damage.

soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. what?!

    Could we please get something specific?! Not a very helpful article. What kinds of cancer are caused?

    November 16, 2011 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • carla

      This isn't an article about cancer.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
  2. athenia

    i really enjoyed this article .

    November 16, 2011 at 16:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. joecool

    I did not get much from this article. What a loser !

    November 16, 2011 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ummmm

      Are you talking about yourself? lmao

      November 29, 2011 at 19:23 | Report abuse |
  4. wave

    What an "amateurish" artcile. There is no proof that stress in and of itself has a direct link or any link to cancer. There was a study done some years ago that followed people that had "stressfull" events in their lives, i.e. holocaust survivors and family members who took care of family members that had cancer or other chronic diseases, and the instance of getting cancer was no different than the population at large that had not gone through with any of the events such as the ones I mentioned.

    November 16, 2011 at 16:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • J

      No offense but I think I trust the word of the head of Yale Stress Research more than yours.

      November 16, 2011 at 16:29 | Report abuse |
    • Piquarius

      My sentiments exactly, J!

      November 16, 2011 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Cancer starts out as an overgrowth of candida albicans... when the yeast turns fungal, it grows roots and spread itself and toxins through the bloodstream. STRESS depresses the immune system and functions, allowing this fungal overgrowth to proliferate. It wont become cancer overnight, but depending on the level of toxicity in the environment and foods and drugs you use, depends on whether it will form into cancer.

      Eat your greens, fruits, nuts and seeds from clean sources... drink plenty of water throughout the day, at least exercise at the minimum every other day. Find moments of the day to practice breathing exercises, giving you time to reflect on what is, and what needs to be done for you to continue a happy life. Stress, like everything we do, is a pattern... break the patter, break the habit, live anew : )

      November 16, 2011 at 18:02 | Report abuse |
    • food


      Candida Albicans causes yeast infections, not cancer. Don't be silly.

      November 17, 2011 at 19:40 | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      Dude, you lost me at "when the candida turns fungal." Candida IS a fungus. Do a little reading and critical thinking before you critique.

      November 21, 2011 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
  5. MotoJB

    I thoroughly believe some of the concepts eluded to here...and folks, this is a short article. it's not meant to be a scientific report. I for one dealt with significant childhood trauma so I'd be interested in the follow up article. Now I'm going to go drink a 6 pack. 😉

    November 16, 2011 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jbugg

      Well said, Moto. I too am very intersted in the second part of this article.

      November 26, 2011 at 10:24 | Report abuse |
  6. grmapeg

    Finally, an article that speaks to an issue I have realized exists but have been unable to get answers from doctors. I look forward to the second part of the article.

    November 16, 2011 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ted

    Don't tell the people were I work. They stress everyone out!! Semiconductor Ind, the one Obama visits.

    November 16, 2011 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • carla

      I won't let them in on the fact that you can use the correct form of words either. "were" should be "where".

      November 17, 2011 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • Eric


      Pot. Kettle. Black.

      November 17, 2011 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
  8. kimmylady

    i really would give this article a c- because like what said, you dont have a specific

    November 16, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • research yourself

      This is a brief article. If you are looking for something that comprehensive then read the research studies yourself. Sheesh.

      November 17, 2011 at 07:25 | Report abuse |
    • carla

      @researchyoursel, Thank you, I totally agree.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:40 | Report abuse |
  9. renaeswag

    i also give it a c- just like kimmylady said because you do not have a specific cancer.

    November 16, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. kimmylady

    right on joecool

    November 16, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. renaeswag

    yeah right onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn joe cool

    November 16, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. DD

    Wear out my adrenals???!!! LMAO!!!

    November 16, 2011 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Tony

    Often times when I'm stressed I take barbiturates and pretend I'm mary poppins and dance around

    November 16, 2011 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Richard A

    Thousands of years ago, our Creator wrote down for our benefit the following:
    "A calm heart is the life of the fleshly organism. But jealousy is rottenness to the bones." – Proverbs 14:30

    Listening to our Creator has so many benefits!

    November 16, 2011 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Miss Beezley

      it' so nice to hear people acknowledging the wisdom of the Creator

      November 17, 2011 at 14:51 | Report abuse |
  15. B.O.

    Also points off for not solving the Mideast Crisis.

    November 16, 2011 at 17:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Chitown Jason

    Anyone who is interested in vastly reducing or even eliminating stress in their life should read Eckhart Tolle's books. By staying present, the mind cannot create any stress.

    November 16, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chitown Jason

      In fact, here's a snippet that I read today:

      "Stress is caused by being 'here' but wanting to be 'there', or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. To create and live with such an inner split is insane. The fact that everyone else is doing it doesn't make it any less insane."

      November 16, 2011 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
  17. asdfjkl;

    Good article.

    November 16, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yusuf

      Youre so cool! I dont imagine Ive read ahintyng using this method before. And so nice to find individual with some original sentiments on this topic . realy thank you for beginning this up. this website is something that is necessary on the web, person with a little originality. Informative job for making for something new to the internet! .

      May 26, 2012 at 21:53 | Report abuse |
  18. Bryce Wren

    Okay, it's a short article. Sure. It's an interview with an expert, okay. But not a single study is actually linked or specifically cited here. A bunch of comments with no way to vet the claims is useless. Particually when you're talking about links to cancer. Back it up with your studies. They don't have to be on the webpage, but there should be a link to get to them from the webpage making the claims. I expect more from CNN.

    November 16, 2011 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Ed

    That's how you can figure out if people are trying to do you in if that's what's causing it in some cases like the slime @ #12 thinks they're trying to do.

    November 16, 2011 at 17:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. biff

    This article stresses me out. My adrenal gland just collapsed

    November 16, 2011 at 18:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. QS

    "It’s stress that is sustained, uncontrollable and overwhelming, where people can’t figure out options to solve their problems, that is damaging."

    I love this statement. Now apply this concept to kids in high school or younger. A theory of mine regarding the bullying epidemic in this country is that the kids that take it all the way to the extreme of suicide are suffering from a form of PTSD that is going undiagnosed.

    The statement above, to me, lends some credibility to my theory since PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is essentially caused by prolonged (or sustained) periods of traumatic or stressful things happening to us that are out of our control and are overwhelming to the point that it seems there is nothing that will ever make it better.

    Amanda, if you ever happen to read this – please ask Dr. Sinha about this theory of mine, or any other expert in this field. If stress in general is physiologically damaging to even adults, I can only imagine what something like years of being bullied day after day does to a kid. Thank you.

    November 16, 2011 at 18:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. RiHo08

    You are profoundly ignorant. The stress hormone cortisol was identified and studied regarding emotional stress compiled in a series of articles in 1964, New York Academy of Science. Try reading those articles. You have nothing new, re not previously known. You may also want to look at literature evaluating mothers of children with Cystic Fibrosis, an inherited life limiting disorder where the family already knows that their children will die early in life, there will be many exacerbations of the children's respiratory illness and each one perceived as heralding the onset of a terminal event. Talk about stress and guilt and elevated stress hormones of cortisol, adrenaline, etc. life long. Now, do these parents die of early cardiovascular events? or diabetes? or cancer? No No No. Why not? Because the paradigm of stress hormone and these associated conditions is... not correct. Do these parents suffer depression? Yes, you bet! Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. Relying upon health professionals who basically say, you have to do this or that and.... in the end, you will fail, your child will die. Please Please do not do a subsequent article in this series, you are already profoundly ignorant, and it is possible, that you will say some things that will ADD to peoples' stress who are already doing the best they can. You need to experience life a little more.

    November 16, 2011 at 18:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • carla

      Perhaps if you have so much information on the effects of Cortisol, you could go to Yale and "help" this researcher. I'm sure she would love your uneducated input. Some of you think this is such a simple research area, but it is quite complex and not everyone reacts to stress in the same way.

      To the author of this article, thank you. You did a great job and I look forward to part 2.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:33 | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      @RiHo08, according to your comment log, you spend most of your day going around making snarky arrogant and factually wrong comments on lots of articles, many written by experts. Aside from snark and troll, your field of expertise is what again? Because you clearly aren't capable of being an expert in so many things at once, while still spending your working day on cnn comment threads.

      November 21, 2011 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
  23. TrekDesk

    The good news is that the simple act of walking can reduce the release of cortisol and combat the decline in cortex size, in fact studies are showing walking increases brain volume, cognition, memory, neurons and small blood vessel production. 10,000 steps a day goes a long way toward reducing stress but the average American walks less than half of that (source: University of Tennessee).

    November 16, 2011 at 18:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Thurston Murray

    I am sorry this article is so weak. Anybody can state the obvious, but getting paid to do it is really a complement to the per-son who is the expert! I wish all these type studies were done away with and we couuld really study the major diseases that cripple the human race. To much money is wasted on uselkess studies that benefit nobody. Sorry, but I am a critic!!!

    November 16, 2011 at 19:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • carla

      Poor Thurston. If you are going to cut down someone's article, please learn proper grammar and spelling. Also, stress can be a debilitating disease. Keep reading however and you may learn these things. Good luck.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:28 | Report abuse |
  25. ps

    Poorly written article. What journalism school did you go to?

    November 16, 2011 at 23:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. tamara reina

    With more research no stress and the effect that it can have on the human body can be demanding.

    November 17, 2011 at 05:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. carla

    As a Psychology grad student, I appreciate this article. For those of you complaining there are not enough details about such things as cancer, the article wasn't on cancer. She stated who was doing the research. If you have any formal education, you will know how to do this. You would also know how to read this article. If you're truly interested in more details, go to your local library, or college library and ask them to help you. Also to the one who said there was nothing new in this article. I would disagree, but would also state that new research is always being done to validate previous research since things to tend to change over time. I appreciate that you actually read her article. Now go look up the study.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. carla

    If any of you that are requesting more information, seek out "Dr. Rajita Sinha, director of the Yale Stress Center". The author of this article was interviewing this Dr. There you will find all the details you want. Do your own digging.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. ksmahoney

    everyone knows that the best stress reliver there is, is exersise losingtogeter.com

    November 17, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Voltairine

    Now that we know how, "stress hurts you physically", then "our" government should prohibit employers from creating artificial stress in the workplace, as they so often do, since it literally hurts people.

    November 17, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Mark Herbst

    Interesting how this article seemed to stress some people out (reading these comments). This article was not an abstract, rather, a brief interview with a respected expert in the area of stress science. I agree with her observations and find many of her points to be intuitive. Regarding the chicken and egg question (stress or addictive behavior first) I place my bet on stress. Having said that, I do not believe it is always the severity or amount of stressful events that can lead to addiction. Instead, I believe a person's learned coping skills and innate resiliency have a lot to do with their reactions to stressful events and environments. I find the vicious cycle of stress followed by unhealthy coping behavior to be the most prevalent and urgent concern for our nation's people.

    November 17, 2011 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Todd Bender, CMT

    Would be nice to have some information about massage, since it has been scientifically proven to reduce stress!

    November 17, 2011 at 14:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Thurston Murray

    Dear Caria, thank you for pointing out my grammer errors to me. My intention was to say let's stop doing silly surverys about recent surveys. There are so many folks who can be helped by research dollars spent on stem cells and genetics, that would really be a wise way to help people with life threating diseases......Yep I did learn in my Business Masters Program that Stem Cells and Genetics should have capitals up front( even the generic word Genetics).

    November 17, 2011 at 16:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Stressballer

    This article makes absolutely no sense. What benefit does having your "adrenals" pump out glucose and insulin at the same time even have? And then you get caught in a "vicious cycle" when you can't cope with stress by drinking or smoking thus the un-coped stress causes you to relapse? Is this some highly intelligent scientist or just a hippie trying to tell me to chill out, take a breather, and spend time with my family. Not bad advice, but i do enjoy the rant :). Now, back to a more intelligent news source – fox.

    November 18, 2011 at 02:33 | Report abuse | Reply
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    boobies are awsome

    November 18, 2011 at 10:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Thurston Murray

    Caria, thank you for pointing out that my letters have poor spelling and grammer, I suppose if you go to college to long you take a lot of short cuts, Just for clarification I do have some educaatin. I am a retired Dr. specilizing in Genetic Research. That may be one way to help people through research. I am aware that stress in a major disease. One forth of all women are on a stress depresent of some type, according to an article I read yesterday, and one in ten men are as well.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
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  38. Glonner

    Excellent article. Informative, and gave me reassurance that there are healthier ways to relieve stress as long as you train yourself out of electronics and food. Love it!

    November 18, 2011 at 23:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Gayle

    Stress can kill and I experienced that first hand in my family. My husband almost died from emotional stress. He is well today after this situation 20 years ago. He contracted a rare fungal infection after an emotionally wrenching experience. So for those folks who think your article is boring, I beg to differ. I personally believe most illnesses are caused by stress. Your work is extremely important! Thank you for delving into this issue. Best, Gayle

    November 19, 2011 at 10:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Margaret

    Great information about stress. I try to remain calm and stress free.

    November 19, 2011 at 15:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. steweeme

    'Hello', Dr Sinha: I would like to Comment on some of the 'sentences' in your Article! 1) ['And stress affects Abstinence and Increases chances of a relapse'!] First of all, Dr Sinha, isn't it 'ABOUT-TIME' that WE-ALL bring ...'CAFFEINE' into the Equation'? 'N-E-V-E-R' is Caffeine brought up whenever 'S-T-R-E-S-S' is brought up? Dr, 'CAFFEINE*IS*STRESS'! 2) [Your Adrenal Gland, becomes 'Weak' or 'Sputters-Out'!] Dr, isn't this the 'SAME-THING' that happens to the Pancreas, known as 'DIABETES'? This 'Ailment' has 'NOTHING-TO-DO' with a 'STRANGE', 'WEIRD', 'MYSTERIOUS', BLOOD-SUGAR-IMBALANCE', but 'ALL-TO-DO' with the Pancreas 'TRICKED-BY-CAFFEINE' into 'thinking' there is Sugar coming down the Pipeline 'Unnecessarily'; for when the Pancreas 'Is-Called-Upon' to 'Release-Pancreatic-Enzymes' ...'THERE-IS-NONE'! Your Pancreas is 'NULL' & 'VOID', and the 'Quack-Doctor' says ...'YOU-HAVE-DIABETES'! Isn't this the 'SAME-THING', Dr Sinha, that 'Caffeine' is doing to the ...'Adrenal-Gland', too? 3) ['After a period of 'BINJEING', your 'Body’s-Stress -System' eventually just ...'WEARS-OUT'!] 'Bingeing' on WHAT, Dr Sinha? 'Bingeing on ...'C-A-F-F-E-I-N-E'?(...'EVERYONE-YOU-KNOW-IS*ADDICTED*TO-CAFFEINE'?) You're going to 'Tell-Me' that ...'ALZHEIMER'S' is the 'DIRECT-RESULT' of 'Your-Body’s-Stress -System' ...ABSOLUTELY-DESTROYED' & 'WORN-OUT'? (...'Yes-You-Are'!) You're going to 'Tell-Me' that ...'OBESITY' is NOT the Result of ...'PACKING-YOUR-PIE-HOLE' w/Sugars(...'Sugar' is 'Mans-Most-Marvelous-Food'! ...'NOT-ADDICTING'!), but the 'DIRECT-RESULT' of ...'ABSOLUTELY-ADDICTING', *NERVE-WRACKING*, 'DESTRUCTIVE-CAFFEINE'? (...'Yes-You-Are'!) You're going to 'Tell-Me' that ...50-MILLION-SLEEPING-PILLS*EVERY-YEAR*, and MILLIONS-OF-*ANTI-DEPRESSANTS' are the Result' of ...'ABSOLUTELY-ADDICTING', *NERVE-WRACKING*, 'DESTRUCTIVE-CAFFEINE'? (...'Yes-You-Are'!) 4) ['DRUGS' like 'Alcohol', Nicotine and Cocaine, and also High-Fat, High-Calorie Comfort Foods, are Powerful Modifiers of the 'STRESS-SYSTEM'!] Dr, I'm 'sure' you will agree w/Me that 'sometimes' Alcohol can make you ...'EXTREMELY-SICK', 'BRUSH-WITH-DEATH-EXPERIENCE', 'DOWN-AND-ALMOST-OUT', 'MEGA – S–T – FACED', etc.? But, look-at-it this way, Dr Sinha, 'ALCOHOL' is like 'FORMALDEHYDE', it is a ...'P-O-I-S-O-N'! And like I said before, you can get 'PRACTICALLY-POISONED-TO-DEATH' w/Alcohol, but ...'NOT-ADDICTED-LIKE*CAFFEINE*'! 5) ['LINK' between STRESS' and 'ADDICTION', and 'Increased-Susceptibility' to 'CHRONIC-DISEASE'!] This 'LINK', Dr, is 'Nothing-More' than ...'ABSOLUTE-ADDICTING, *NERVE-WRACKING*, 'DESTRUCTIVE-CAFFEINE'! ..."C-A-F-F-E-I-N-E" = "S-T-R-E-S-S"! ('got-it?) 6) ['Maladies', ranging from 'ADDICTION' to 'Chronic-Disease', 'DIABETES' and 'OBESITY'!] o-k, Dr, WE have gone-over these Subjects enough! *Please-Work-w/Me* regarding a little-less 'dOCTOR-dOUBLE-sPEAK' & 'bOILER-pLATE'! ...'OUR-DELICATE', *ADDICTED*, 'HUMAN-SOCIETY' can NOT take it much longer! *PLEASE-HELP-ME* address the ...'Psycho-Psychiatrists' who have 'ENSLAVED' & 'ABSOLUTELY-ADDICTED' ...'OUR-SWEET-FLESH'! *Please-Visit* my Web-Site: http://www.AddictedMAN.com, and 'See-Me' in Action at, YouTube.com: AddictedMAN w/Steweeme

    November 19, 2011 at 18:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lydia

      Calm. Down.

      November 21, 2011 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
  42. Katie

    From my personal experience, i suffer from PTSD for going on 7 years now, since going through my negative experience I have been more prone to sicknesses. Colds, headaches, & even kidney infections. It was almost instantaneously after I started Suffering from PTSD that I began becoming sick more frequently. I didn't stop taking care of myself either. It only makes sense that the stress I had been under over the years, is the reasoning for my frequent illnesses.

    November 20, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Debbie Olson

    A really good explanation about health and stress can be found in a book"The Healing Codes" by Alex Loyd.
    This man has done and researched stress for decades. He helped cure a doctor from ALS which is generally considered a death sentence. Most stress is totally unconscious and when it starts being addressed, your body's immune system is finally able to work like it should. But you also have to realize that pesticides, fluoridated water,lack of vit.D and many other vitamins contribute to bodily stress. A person needs to feel supported and loved to overcome PSTD and other emotional issues. True joy and health is our birthright and my wish is we all keep supporting one another in anyway possible during this time of turmoil that our country has found itself in. Many people are too busy stressing out to do research or take care of themselves . You really cannot eat most food in a grocery store without it having several chemicals added to it that your liver and kidneys must detoxify. I will stop because as one person said."This is a complex issue." As I suggested..start with the book, and watch your nutrition. Happy Holidays!
    Check out this book for its wide range of research and tools that work in reducing stress and recognizing it.

    November 24, 2011 at 19:28 | Report abuse | Reply
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      I have been a patient of Dr. Taebi's for some time now and I can confndeitly say that it has been one of my best doctor experiences. The efficiency of the treatments is just one of the many positive aspects of the experience. I was able to see and feel the difference in myself immediately, and my growth of peace and happiness has not stopped. The genuine care that Dr. Taebi shows toward his patients is not a common quality in most health care interactions these days. It is great to have someone so generous and thoughtful to help me handle life's ups and downs.

      May 24, 2012 at 05:07 | Report abuse |
  44. Animal Rights Activist

    "Animal studies" what kind of animal studies?? Obviously, this being about stress,you did things to stress out poor defenseless animals just to get some information that is fairly obvious [that stressing out is not a good thing]! We are beyond this archaic act and better than to torture. How aboutwe test how you, brilliant Dr. Rajita Sinha, be the test subject? Animals are not people. let themlive and let be, not torture and test on them.

    December 1, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse | Reply
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