11-02-20 Saying GOOD-BYE to Election Stress! –Carolyn Dean MD ND
The 2020 Election is a source of significant stress for more American’s than the 2016 election, according to a Harris Poll conducted by the APA. In addition to the uncertainty of our unprecedented year of change and upheaval, speculation that the results of the election may not soon be known threaten even more stressful times and circumstances.
What can be done to alleviate our stress and allow our circumstances to wax and wane with ease and grace. There are different types of stress which can either be biological or emotional in nature.
In biological terms, stress is a response to circumstances which force a person to act quickly, change, or make some adjustment to keep things in balance. When a person is stressed, his/her body automatically jumps into an action which is called a fight or flight response and our bodies immediately respond to the stressors by telling our nervous systems and stress hormones that it is time to act. Our hypothalamus informs the adrenal glands to produce more hormones, adrenaline and as well as cortisol, and release them into the bloodstream. Experiments where adrenaline is given intravenously shows it decreases magnesium as well as calcium, potassium, and sodium. This proves that when you are in a revved-up state and burning adrenaline, you are also burning off magnesium.
There are more than a dozen major metabolic processes that are affected by bursts of adrenaline, including heart rate, blood pressure, blood vessel constriction, and contraction of all muscles, including the heart. Thus, we feel palpitation, shortness of breath, and we may experience high blood pressure. All these symptoms are the body’s defense to the stress. Our blood vessels open wide, thus allowing more blood to flow to the muscles. Stored glucose from the liver pours into the blood stream to create much needed energy. And, guess, what? Each of these functions requires magnesium to bring them back into balance.
Prolonged stress can create magnesium deficient anxiety. Anxiety can also be created when fear is present – fears stemming from predictable or unpredictable situations, which may be real or imaginary. Although anxiety is a terrifying experience it is, unless taken to the extreme, not dangerous at all. It is a common human emotion. Anxiety is part and parcel of our everyday life. Anxiety is about worries, concerns, nervousness, and stress. In fact, to feel anxious occasionally is fine because it prepares us to be ready for actual challenges. But persistent and prolonged stress that keeps the body off balance may be related to magnesium and mineral deficiency.
Millions of people try unsuccessfully to cope with stress and anxiety by taking pharmaceuticals or through behaviors that put even more stress on the body such as overeating, cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, or use of street drugs. We are a nation suffering a 32 percent incidence of stress-related anxiety, depression, and drug problems. Instead of treating stress reactions properly with magnesium, each year millions of people are introduced to the merry-go-round of psychiatric drugs and psychological counseling for symptoms that may, in fact, be rooted in magnesium deficiency.
If your stress, anxiety, or panic is rooted in a magnesium deficiency, good news is coming your way. Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle [2017 Edition] believes that magnesium supplementation is a safe, effective solution to the fight or flight response to stress and anxiety. Her confidence and knowledge is backed up by credible medical and scientific references and anecdotal data gather from years of clinical experience. Consistent, daily use of a highly absorbed liquid magnesium clinically shown to improve magnesium levels with just one dose…well, your depleted body may experience immediate relief. When stacked against its ‘competitors’ magnesium is inexpensive, easy to use, and does not promote side effects like pharmaceutical products or other psychological soothers like nicotine, alcohol, sugar, etc. Other nutritional supports such as vitamin B, vitamin C and potassium will help soothe the body and mediate the adrenal response.
In turning our attention to emotional stressors, we know that conditions and circumstance which evoke feelings of uncertainty, powerless, despair or other feelings created by the stimulus of certain events create stress as well. In that regard another wonderful resource for stress relief is EFT, or tapping. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is an easy-to-learn healing technique that its creator, Gary Craig, says you can “try it on anything.”
Based on the principles of acupuncture EFT helps to bring balance into your energy system and into your body, mind and spirit. The basic premise is that anything that is showing up as physical or emotional distress in your body is a result of a disruption in your body’s energy system.
To ease this disruption, you simply use your fingertips to tap on specific acupuncture points as shown in the diagram below. You don’t use needles and you can easily do it yourself.
While you are tapping, you focus your attention on something specific that is bothering you.
People of all ages report great success with EFT once they learn the basics. Children love it and so does one of my clients who is 100 years old.
One of the beautiful things about EFT is that you use the same process every time, no matter what issue, illness or problem you are working on. Once you learn the basics of EFT you can apply it to any circumstance. I marvel at the fact that you can use it on such dissimilar conditions as IBS and fear of public speaking.
EFT, or tapping, is very simple to learn and to apply yourself. I encourage you to practice and be persistent when using EFT. Don’t give up.
Take 20 minutes for yourself, shut the door and turn off the phones. This way you can focus on taking in this information. Have some paper in front of you and print off the EFT Tapping Points so you have them in front of you.
In a nutshell, with EFT tapping, you pinpoint an issue that is bothering you or causing you discomfort or distress. Then you use your fingertips to tap on specific acupuncture points while you are thinking about your issue. To get more information about tapping – read Dr. Dean’s blog on the Emotional Freedom Technique.
Tonight on Dr. Carolyn Dean LIVE we’re going to talk with our listeners about stress – panic – and anxiety – all the forms and ways it finds you and what strategies you can employ to smooth out your experience and live a lighter, brighter experience. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!
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