Stress – it must be one of the most commonly used terms in the English language in the last few decades. A partial definition of the word from Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is the following:
“Constraining force or influence: as a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.” (emphasis added) This, I believe, is the meaning most of us have in mind when we use the word, “stress.” Note the broad range of factors that can be involved in causing disease.
Given that Spring is upon us, we have already noticed the stress of allergies. Yes, allergies, whether to pollen, food, insect bites, chemicals, etc., are a major source of stress to the human body. Although many people think of allergies, particularly seasonal allergies, as only an inconvenience, consider that the brain interprets every allergen as a threat to health and well-being.
Strange as it may seem, your body’s response to the threat it perceives from allergies is the same basic response it has to financial stress, job worries, a close call on the freeway, worry about your children, or a conflict at work. Even stranger, it’s also the same basic response that your ancestors had to encountering a saber toothed tiger!
You’ve heard about it before – the fight or flight response. The mind perceives a threat and starts the cycle of preparing for battle or an all-out run for life. This response was well-suited for our ancestors, but not so much for our current, constant-stress-of-some-kind life in the 21st century. Allergies are an ever increasing part of this stress, as new “stuff” is introduced to our environment on a daily basis, with too little time to adapt. This leaves the body with a backlog of foreign substances to deal with, and all too often results in dis-ease or a “maladaptation syndrome” in whatever organ or system is the weak link for that person.
This brings me to one of the tools we can use to help our beleaguered minds and bodies adapt to the environment we live in, thus reducing our stress load. Along with eliminating known toxic substances, such as chemical additives in our foods, there is NAET (see NAET.com). This is an allergy elimination technique which uses acupressure techniques to calm the body’s response to a perceived allergen, essentially teaching the mind-body how to appropriately adapt to that substance. For example once a body has “cleared” a food allergen, it knows how to digest, absorb and utilize that food to its advantage, and no longer reacts to it as a threat because that food no longer disrupts the flow of chi through the meridian system. For pollen, the body learns how to remain energetically balanced, keeping the chi flowing, when in the presence of that pollen, and no longer launches a major stress response to it. Adding it up, eliminating the stress response to numerous foods and pollens has the potential to lower your cortisol levels, lower your blood sugar, improve your insulin response, improve your mood and increase your energy.
Since stress is one of the factors in producing insulin resistance, and allergies are a major source of stress for many people, NAET is another positive approach you can take to improve your health status.
Wherever you are in the world, there is a good chance that you have an NAET practitioner nearby. Many of us have had years of experience, but are not listed on the NAET website due to recent changes in certification requirements. This is unfortunate, but you can still use a search engine such as google to find practitioners near you. I have been using NAET with great success for nearly 20 years, and consider it to be the gold standard in allery elimination techniques.