Know Your Enemy – Physical Consequences of Chronic Stress

Chronic stress and/or repetitive stress have physical consequences. There have been many studies done over the years that show a connection between a stressful lifestyle and poor health. Stress actually accelerates the aging process and can shorten your life. It hastens the rate of cellular aging. The inflammatory effects of elevated cortisol levels cause aging … Continued

Know Your Enemy – The Stress Response

In the early days of man, stress usually stemmed from physical threats like being chased by a saber-tooth tiger or fighting big, bad warriors. The human body developed defense mechanisms to deal with the threat of a predator or an enemy. These automatic reactions worked very well to protect early man against physical dangers by … Continued

Know Your Enemy – What is Stress?

Stress is an enemy we all face on a daily basis. Depending on which survey or study you read, somewhere between 75 and 90% of Americans report a high level of stress once or twice a week. At least 75% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. Job stress is … Continued

What a day!

Wow! What a day! Today I was reminded once again why I became a doctor. I went to medical school to help people feel well, to be healthy, to live longer and to live better. Today was one of those amazing days that we docs treasure. It was one of those days when you hear … Continued

The Best Moms are Healthy Moms

Being a mom isn’t easy, but somebody’s got to do it. In today’s society, mothers take on many different roles, and in most households, they’re the glue that keeps the family together. Unfortunately, this care-taker role usually leads to women neglecting their own needs — this especially holds true for their health.

Different Stressors for Different People

I really need to point out is that it’s not the stressor. What one person finds stressful, another may not. It’s how the person reacts to that stress that matters. So, just because one woman has difficulty dealing with the long line at the grocery store doesn’t mean that she is not going to be able to deal with something more serious. It’s all about stress management.