Did you know that over 95% of all health problems have just one cause?
by Sheri Dixon
“Stress is a state we experience when the demands that are put upon us cannot be counter balanced by our ability to deal with them.”
Richard Lazarus – University of California
The term stress refers to any reaction to a physical, psychological, biological, social or chemical stimulus that upsets the body’s homeostasis. Stress is an unavoidable part of life and can stem from any of the above triggers. Work pressures and deadlines, family problems, financial worries, and going on holiday are obvious sources of stress for many people. Less obvious signs are crowds, noise, traffic, pain, extremes of temperature, chemicals, and even welcome events, such as a new job or the birth of a child. Overwork, lack of sleep, physical illness, excesses of alcohol etc. are all common factors that add to the stress load on the body. We all know of people who create their own stress, whether or not there is anything objectively wrong in their lives, they will find things to worry about.
Some people are unaware of the adverse physiological effects of their inability to adapt to the stressors in their lives. Others may be mentally aware that they have many stressors in their life and may even feel that they are not coping, yet internally, their body may be coping just fine.
Whatever the source of stress, if your body cannot adapt to meet its challenges, it has very real physical effects. Symptoms can include: anxiety, blood sugar fluctuations, depression, dizziness, fatigue, hair loss, hormonal imbalances, infections, indigestion, insomnia, light sensitivity, low body temperature, memory impairment, mood changes, weight gain and difficulty losing weight. In short, stress produces free radicals which weaken the mitochondria and the result is a decline in the ability of cells to generate energy. Our quality of life is greatly impaired without energy, whether it’s the ability to take part in physical activities, think clearly or digest food, everything in life is energy dependant. Many people use stimulants such as sugar or coffee to try to stimulate energy. These substances may trigger the stress glands to release more hormones but the energy effects are commonly short-lived and can lead to even further exhaustion.
The body responds to stress in 3 stages. The first stage which we are all familiar with is referred to as the flight or fight response. The second stage is known as the resistance stage, which may continue for months or years as the body gradually weakens due to lack of energy reserves, oxygen and nutrients. If the stress is not resolved, the body can move into the exhaustion stage. The exhaustion stage may manifest as total collapse of body function, or specific organs. Prolonged stress places a heavy load on the heart, immune system, blood vessels, hormonal glands, and inhibits ATP. Left uncorrected, the stress alarm effects on cells deprives them of essential nutrients and oxygen which induces the cells to preserve energy. The result is fatigue, impaired immune function which can eventually lead to a medical diagnosis.
There are many stress management strategies available that can help to support efforts to reduce, prevent and cope with stress. These may include a change of diet, increasing exercise, sleep, relaxation techniques such as meditation or massage as well as making changes in attitudes and lifestyle. It would seem sensible to adopt these. However, none of these modifications can evaluate, measure and address the physiological damage at the fundamental cellular level.
Mitochondrial therapy provides a solution.
Mitochondrial therapy was developed by the Russian Space Medical Centre in order to protect their Mars Project 500 astronauts from the damaging effects of long exposures to cosmic radiation from the sun. An astronauts body ages internally 8 years in space for each year on earth. Dr. Michael Kucera M.D., who trained Sheri Dixon, introduced a Russian state of the art heart rate variability test to the UK in 2009. This test is simple, non-invasive and takes 5-minutes whilst relaxing. The HRV test measures the signals from the heart to the brain and other organs. The signals measured are recorded in microseconds, evaluated, and a printed report is produced. This record provides much information indicating the internal health and efficiency of your regulatory body systems such as the sympathetic and parasympathetic activities of your autonomic nervous system and hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Crucially, it indicates your ability to adapt and react to the sum total of all stressors that you may have been negatively influenced by. Once this information is known, an appropriate course of support can be offered to address and restore any imbalances. You can track your progress by assessing improvements in how you feel and of course your increased feelings of health and well-being can be compared to the latest results of your HRV re-tests.
The knowledge acquired from the Russian scientific space medical research is here in the U.K and available for everyone to benefit. The benefits are many and include, maximum potential physical energy, an increased ability to cope with all stressors, a healthy body weight and the ability to maintain it, improved immunity, good quality sleep, a sharper memory and an expanded fitness level.
According to Prof. Baevsky, (Russian Space Medicine) many years of research have shown that the cardiovascular, autonomic nervous system, hypothalamus and pituitary glands provide an amazingly accurate indicator of the response to and the ability to adapt to the combined stress factors it is subjected to.