In my thirty-some years in training, I’ve treated people from all walks of life, to get a laundry list of symptoms. While most conditions have a lot of causes, the most frequent cause I’ve seen is anxiety. One common example is migraines, which may be caused by food sensitivities, hormonal imbalance, cranial structural misalignments, and relationship discord, to name a few – however, invariably stress is part of the clinical image.

Effects of Anxiety

The pervasive effects of anxiety on our minds, bodies and spirits is nothing new. In the 1920s, scientists described what they called “General Adaptation Syndrome,” or the human body’s reaction to demands placed upon it. They detailed how pressure induces hormonal autonomic responses which, over time, may result in high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, kidney disease, and allergies. At the moment, the notion that there’s a link between stress and physical disorder was groundbreaking, and contentious.

From the first days of my career, I saw evidence of the connection. In these days, I just treated back pain, neck pain, and headaches, and when I gave a patient a whole spinal adjustment and implemented some physical treatment modality, I helped release their stress and initiated bodily relief.

Since that time, stress has increased exponentially. But why? Back in the 1980s, people had fiscal stress, just as they do now. People suffered from connection anxiety since the beginning of time. Lately, I noticed a dramatic uptick in anxiety that has just appeared to get more intense and deeper as time passed. And, since I became a better professional, I also started to draw in harder instances, meaning people who have more complicated symptoms and ailments. I learned how to perform psychological adjustments to counter the inherent triggers that retains the stress stuck along with the body holding onto it. Then I found how to turn off chronic stress. People who have prolonged stress get to the point where the cortisol in their adrenals is raised not only in “fight or flight” situations, but always – meaning it never rests. This causes weight gain, poor sleep, anxiety, and chronic restlessness. Additionally, it contributes to all the ailments I visit, such as diabetes, depression, autoimmune disease, fatigue, fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), chronic pain, acid reflux, and vertigo, to mention a few.

Again this response to stress isn’t new, so why are people getting these disorders with increasing regularity? What has changed is the speed of society and attitudinal polarization. When we were children, we would hear occasionally about some catastrophe in our town or city. Now we’re spoon fed worldwide distress and tragedies on a minute-by-minute basis through the twenty-four-hour news cycle and social media. I could go on and on, but you already know that. Angst has become a staple in diet, and nearly every person now suffers from a certain level of tension and anxiety.

According to some 2012 nationwide research, one in 20 teens suffers from depression or anxiety. One in three of our kids have illness like ADHD, allergies and asthma. One in sixty has autism; this is up from one in 10,000 in the 1960s. Most children have fifty vaccines by age six, so why are they sick? One likely reason is they are internalizing the negative energy of a planet they have little control over. Their illnesses, in turn, influence their parents’ psychological and physical health.

Prescriptions for drugs that suppress symptoms (but don’t touch the underlying cause(s) of these ) have exponentially and radically improved, and opioids have become an epidemic, killing more people than our present wars.

We claim to see that chronic stress is harmful and must be reduced, yet we still tend to underestimate its effects on us. We might take a yoga class here and there or attempt another relaxation technique, but in the end of the day we nevertheless accept stress as a part of life. We examine brain scans, MRIs, and blood tests to discover a tumor or other pathology, yet oftentimes we miss that the chronic stress that just could be the reason for the unexplained symptoms. The medical tests can reveal changes in the brain and in the center, but we are not seeing the origin of those changes.

Why do we manifest illness?

DNA does not actually change, but epigenetics – the analysis of the impact environmental and other variables have on our genes – may explain why we manifest illness. As an example, children of holocaust survivors may get cancer although there’s absolutely no cancer in the family tree. The stress and trauma of being in a concentration camp before the children’s birth shifted the parents’ DNA and “turns on” the cancer gene. Another factor is that the food we eat, which over time has become more artificial and processed with sugar in all, and more genetically modified food with more pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides on and inside. Such compounds can turn on symptoms such as gastrointestinal distress; Several factors may result in epigenetic stress that’s pass down to future generations.

How to discharge Stress?

The fantastic news is that just because these genes can be turned on, they may be turned back off. In this situation, I combine two methods – EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and NAET (Nambudripad’s allergy elimination technique)

First I must test a patient’s powerful arm reaction to stress. If it weakens, I place stress vials (cortisol) in their hands and do a slow movement EMDR maneuver, which requires two minutes. Often I’ll see the individual’s eyes quiver, which suggests stress is affecting their nervous system and thought processes. I then retest the patient’s power to be certain there is not any weakness in the muscles because of stress. It typically takes twenty-four hours to allow the individual to fully process the treatment and for the nervous system to incorporate the treatment. Consequently the patient will begin to be more relaxed in everyday circumstances and the plethora of symptoms recovery is initiated. Stress may not cause the roughly 7000 known rare diseases, but using a rare disease is stressful. Having any disease causes anxiety, therefore addressing stress without medicating it is beneficial. Having said that, there are natural remedies that could help (i.e. science has shown dark chocolate (70% cacao) reduces tension and inflammation).

The Power of the Soul

Our changing world necessitated my moving deeper to determine why some folks do not respond to treatments. In the process I found that this is not a psychological thing, but in the heart of our humanity, the spirit. I think the soul is sacred and for a long time prevented facing any therapeutic intervention. Now, however, it’s evolved naturally, and I use a gentle approach to discharge stress that’s affecting a patient’s soul. Patients appear to be responding well, and the sole side-effects being diminished anxiety, improve comfort, and a sense of joy. You can not ask for a much better and gentler procedure than that!