Stressed Out?

April is National Stress Awareness Month

Early warning signs

  • Irritability, becoming agitated
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Recurring illness, indigestion, colds
  • Denying you have problems
  • Self-medicating – sleep aids
  • Over compensating / especially work
  • Eating without thinking

Life’s mental grind could have serious physical side effects

One of the foundations for holistic healthcare is in truly understanding the effects of stress in our lives. No matter how many vitamins and herbal remedies we take, no matter how many miles we jog and no matter how many fruits and vegetables we eat, stress is the first and foremost detriment to our health, a silent threat to us all.

Stress-related diseases have reached epidemic proportions in our culture. According to the American Psychological Association, stress alone causes each American worker to miss an average of 16 days on the job every year.

Ken Pelletier, in his research on stress as a serious health hazard, feels that the leading cause of mortality has shifted from the infectious illnesses that were prevalent at the beginning of the 20th century to the stress-induced illnesses of the 21st century. These chronic and lifestyle-related illnesses now account for the majority of recorded deaths.

Stress disorders are based upon a slow accumulation of psychological and physical intensity throughout one’s entire life. Nobody can claim immunity.

The most negative result of excessive stress is the effect it has on a person’s immune system. Stress is now being implicated in the pathogenesis of cancer and other dysfunctions related to auto-immune diseases, such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and asthma.

The primary reason for the high correlation between many diseases and stress is simple: Our bodies’ protective systems – which can fight off invasion from irregular and abnormal cancer cells, simple bacteria’s and many viruses – are so compromised, they simply fail to do the job.

Take, for example, your automobile. Every 3,000 miles you change the oil and oil filters, every 15,000 miles you put in new points and plugs. If you don’t, the systems start to fail, dirty oil stresses the mechanical operations, sluggish points cause the fuel to not burn adequately and stresses the engine. You compromise the efficiency of your car by not keeping all the systems stress free.

Unfortunately, we relate to our cars better then we relate to our bodies! Is there a message here?

Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD, BCPP, HHP
CLICK HERE for more info on the effects of stress.

Staying Well with Dr. Mary Jo

Bodywork and stress reduction

Can one hour a week of Polarity Therapy, Massage, and/or foot reflexology lower your blood pressure, decrease your risk of cancer, decrease depression, increase energy and help you sleep better?

The answer is YES to all of the above.Stress and stress-related diseases have reached epidemic proportions in our modern day culture.

According to the American Psychological Association, stress alone causes American workers to miss an average of 16 days on the job each year.

Stress affects everyone and stress disorders are based upon a slow accumulation of psychological and physical stress
responses throughout the life of the individual.

Stress certainly can become the silent killer! One result of excessive levels of stress is the effect on immune responses. Stress is now being linked to the pathogenesis of cancer as well as other dysfunctions related to auto-immune diseases.

Healthy Tidbits

Relax, unstress and sleep better with lavender.

Good as an essential oil, use fresh or dried… Put in a small pillow and sleep with it.

Lavender flowers (fresh or dried) emit a strong, aromatic, uplifting scent when crushed between the fingers.

For a quick mood pick-me-up or instant stress relief, crush and roll between your fingers a few of the flower buds and inhale the scent slowly and deeply.

The combination of breathing deeply and inhaling the lavender scent will calm nervous tension, anxiety and panicky feelings within minutes.


The information in this email is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, we recommend consulting your Medical Doctor, Dietitian or Mental Health Practitioner.