How and Why the Good Die Young from Emotional Stress

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How can emotional stress cause chronic illness in Preppers? People have been dancing around this issue for decades, but recent evidence confirms the relationship between good people and bad diseases. So clear is the causal relationship, that a mechanism describing how it works was recently presented at the Science And Non Duality (SAND) conference by Gabor Mate MD.

Emotional Stress and Death

Stressed-out parents unwittingly transfer their anxiety to their children. That really can’t be helped. The process is automatic; a consequence of everyday life becoming increasingly stressful.

As the child experiences this emotional stress, their body releases adrenalin and cortisol. These short-term adaptive responses normally serve to augment the child’s fight or flight response.  Adrenalin mobilizes energy resources and lowers reaction times. Cortisol increases blood sugar, thereby providing the needed energy for dealing with an emergency situation.

Around agitated parents, children learn to suppress their outbursts and emotions. In doing so they’re continually releasing slightly elevated levels of both hormones. In time, the adrenal glands fail to keep up, and cortisol levels fall as adrenal fatigue sets in.

Cortisol the “Stress Hormone”

Cortisol is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, and in emotionally stressed individuals it cycles through times of excess and scarcity. When elevated, it leads to high levels of sugar in the blood for extended periods of time. This drastically increases the risk they’ll develop diabetes later in life. During times of adrenal fatigue, cortisol levels drop, and  fail to provide regulation of exaggerated immune system responses that occur from time to time. As a result, the immune system has trouble telling the difference between itself and an invader. Consequently, auto-antibodies capable of attacking one’s own body and joint tissues begin to form, and autoimmune diseases develop. Finally, high levels of adrenalin promote high blood pressure, and increase the risk of heart disease and stoke as the person gets older.

Take Home Message:   

In a child who has learned to suppress their emotions grows older, the short term mechanisms designed to protect them in acute emergency situations never completely shut off. Remaining partially activated on a daily basis, they build and contribute to the development of chronic disease states later.  The relationship between suppressed emotions and chronic illness is so strong, that it almost assures a “good” person will get and die earlier of chronic illness, than one that freely expresses their emotions. By understanding how this causal relationship works, preppers can craft and implement their own safeguards against it.

Have you noticed this relationship in your life experience?  If so, please let us know!

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