Stress and Your Health

The cure of many diseases is unknown to physicians…because they are ignorant of the whole. For the part can never be well unless the whole is well. -Plato

Health is Built on a Foundation of Balance

Louis Pasteur is a well-known name in science: he was the pioneer in exploring the microbe, dispelling the myth of “spontaneous generation,” and helping to eradicate such diseases as diphtheria and typhus that ravaged the world in the nineteenth century. Less well known is his colleague, Claude Bernard, who insisted, somewhat in opposition to Pasteur, that it was not so much the presence or absence of microbes, bacteria, or viruses that determined the health, but the overall equilibrium of the entire organism. “The constancy of the inner terrain is the essential condition of the free life.” In other words, microbes hover around and inside us constantly, but it is only when our “inner terrain” is out of balance and vulnerable that they can take root. Pasteur’s dying words were reported to have been, “Bernard was right. The microbe is nothing, the terrain, everything.”

-Excerpt from the article, Stress and Cancer: An Overview. By Mark J. Doolittle, PhD from Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine

Less Emotional Stress

So, how do you create a balanced “inner terrain,” and maintain your overall health?

There are lots of ways. You can eat well, get quality sleep, move your body regularly, take care of your emotional life, and build a strong supportive community of people around you.

Taking care of your emotional life entails learning how and practicing ways to eliminate emotional stress. That’s my specialty, so if you need help with it, feel free to give me a call. We’ll talk, and I’ll teach you.

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