Lowering High Triglycerides: Keep Your Stress at Bay
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Stress has been the number one cause of illness - more than any bad dietary or lifestyle habit.
Are you stressed? Who isn’t?!
We all function with a variable amount of stress in our daily lives. As it is next to impossible to avoid it, almost all of us are in the boat of the tense, the tired, and the testy.
Stress has become a way of life. Tiredness, irritability, muscle tension and twitching, overwhelm, and fuzzy thinking can be but a few symptoms of stress.
Stress affects every aspect of our being, including the immune and nervous systems, emotions, mental outlook and attitudes, energy level, and lipid (fat) metabolism.
There are, generally, six types of stress:
Emotional stress: caused by anger, depression, fear, frustration, sadness, betrayal, or bereavement - death of a loved one.
Mental stress: caused by high responsibility, long hours, perfectionism, or anxiety.
Nutritional stress: caused by nutrient deficiency, fat or protein excess, or food allergies.
Physical stress: caused by excessive exercise, hard labor, or birth.
Traumatic stress: caused by infection, injury, burns, surgery, or extreme temperatures.
Psychological or psychospiritual stress: caused by relationship pressure, financial pressure, career pressure, issues of life goals or spiritual enlightenment.
Although on many occasions stress helps move us up to greater clarity, energy and health, when ignored or left untreated, it does the opposite leading to exhaustion and dysfunction.
Stress and Immune System
Prolonged stress can cause a variety of disorders and illnesses. It has a big effect on our immune system. When we are under a lot of stress we secrete corticosteroids from the adrenal cortex that actually suppress the immune system.
In the early days of organ transplants, large doses of corticosteroids were given to suppress the immune system and dampen the rejection response.
Stress brings about a drop in the number of lymphocytes (white blood cells) in the body. These white blood cells are important players in the immune system. So, if you can control stress, you can increase your immunity.
During exercise, the level of white blood cells in the blood rises; but don't overdo it, strenuous exercise can temporarily dampen the immune response.
Stress is an excellent example of the mind-body connection. It brings new meaning to the song "Don't worry, he happy” which could double as sound medical advice. Depression is associated with a decrease in immune function, but on the up-side, a positive attitude can contribute to improved immune function.
"We Are Exposed to More than 382,000 Stressors"
One of the things Hans Selye, MD [ known as "the father of stress" ] reported in the medical literature 40 years ago, was that within 15 minutes of a measured stressor, the cholesterol and triglycerides shot up.
They would stay elevated for about 2 hours from just THAT stressor. If there was a second stressor within those 2 hours, the levels would stay up for 12-24 hours.
In THIS culture we are exposed to more than 382,000 stressors every 24 hours.
Those on the bottom of the bell curve of resistance to this very response MUST have elevated triglycerides and cholesterol NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT IS USED so long as it does not include the regular practice of SR [super relaxation].
Where do you fit in that practice?
Dr. Walt Stoll, MD
Stress and Heart Disease
Psychological and mental tension is now recognized as the most important risk factor for coronary heart disease - usually signalized by:
elevated triglycerides and low HDL-"good" cholesterol levels
high blood pressure and
obesity - to name the most common symptoms of the metabolic syndrome X.
With more and more scientific research results pouring in over the last two decades, we have come to know that excessive stress can lead to:
increased blood pressure
increased heart rate
increased concentration of fat (triglycerides) and cholesterol in blood and their deposition in the arteries
increased blood sugar
increased blood clotting, and
spasm of coronary artery and other arteries.
This means that stress is such an influential risk factor that even in the absence of other risk factors it can itself become responsible for coronary heart disease.
It is not uncommon to see people with normal cholesterol, not overweight, without family history of heart disease and without high blood pressure who develop angina -- only because of prolonged excessive mental or psychological stress.
New findings reveal that people who report more everyday happiness are healthier overall than their less joyous counterparts in a number of key ways. In particular, happy men experience lower heart rates throughout the day, indicating good cardiovascular health.
People who feel happier more often also have on average lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is linked with hypertension and type II diabetes, than do people who recount fewer moments of happiness.
In addition, content people perform better under stressful conditions and, therefore, exhibit lower levels of a blood protein call fibrinogen, which at high levels can indicate potential cardiovascular problems (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2005: April).
The problem with stress, however, is that there are no means of measuring it even with the latest scientific gadgets. There are no "units," such as ml, mm, kg, etc., to define it.
Therefore, the modern science and cardiologists have specifically abstained from talking about the role of stress in developing heart disease and other cardiovascular health problems.
Stress and Triglycerides
During stress fat is not being metabolized as rapidly and efficiently.
It has been known for a long time that prolonged stress plays a major role in increasing the blood levels of triglycerides.
A new study has found the evidence that psychological, mental stress causes triglycerides to stay in the bloodstream longer contributing to cardiovascular health problems (Psychophysiology, 2002: 39; 80-85).
Unfortunately, with regards to elevated blood lipids (fats) the stress factor has been repeatedly underestimated both by doctors and their patients.
While we may not be able to control the hand we’re dealt, we do have a say on how we play our hand.
There are many strategies on playing the cards of life in ways that can reduce or eliminate the harmful effects of stress. For example, the stress factor can be eased and put to good use through physical exercise, music or even a proper diet.
Without any doubt emotional, mental and spiritual health is absolutely essential to our physical health, well-being and healing.
But it is not enough!
We can only achieve our body's ideal healing power and optimal physical and cerebral strength when we are appropriately "nourishing" our
nervous system and
spiritual and emotional self.
And most successful at overcoming their illness are those who:
practice an optimal dietary program and
take the steps to dramatically reduce the stress and emotional burdens.
As many illnesses have a stress basis, we usually say, ‘just relax.’ Some smoke a joint or have an alcoholic drink, but for the moral majority, the acceptable thing could be taking a bath or -- listening to brainwave-enhancing CDs.
What About Depression?
At any given time, 25 percent of the U.S. population is mildly depressed. Research, however, has shown that it is possible to increase one’s level of happiness by 25 percent in as few as 2 to 10 weeks.
Depression works on your body in different ways than stress, but the results are the same. You can be struck practically at any age with:
feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness, total indifference and/or extreme guilt
prolonged sadness; unexplained crying spells
jumpiness or irritability
withdrawal from formerly enjoyable activities or relationships
inability to concentrate or remember details; indecisiveness
noticeable change in appetite with sudden weight loss or gain
changes in sleep patterns: constant fatigue, insomnia, early waking, oversleeping
physical ailments that cannot be explained otherwise
thoughts of death or suicide attempts.
The major pharmaceutical companies, as usual, have developed a set of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to "manage the symptoms" associated with stress and depression. As everyone wants the quick fix, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and other drugs have turned us into a "Prozac Nation."
However, there are other safe and effective ways of overcoming stress and depression, including, to name a few:
Meditation. If nothing else, just try watching your breath. Sit down. Keep your back straight. Close your eyes and watch your breath. Watch as your breath goes in and your lungs fill. Watch as it goes out and your lungs empty. Don't force; just watch.
Visualization. After you've meditated for a few minutes and calmed down, practice a visualization. See your body as made of healing light. Imagine the light penetrating and healing every cell in your body. If you are sick, focus the light on the diseased area.
Positive affirmations. What we say matters. Try repeating to yourself over and over with each step you take when you walk, or while you're driving something like: "I'm joy. I'm peace. I'm health. I'm light." Or make up your own. If so, make it short and rhythmical, so it sort of says itself to a walking cadence. It really does work magic.
Herbal nerve-tonic formulations. They usally contain such herbs as Valerian Root, Kava kava, Passionflower, Hops, Black cohosh, St. John's wort, and Lobelia.
Nutraceuticals. Nutritional supplements such as SAMe, 5-HTP, and L-Theanine can all help reduce depression, stress and anxiety.
Brainwave entrainment technology. It can tune your brain to specific altered states of mind, helping you achieve inner peace. You may be consciously - or unconsciously - seeking entrainment. Ancient warriors drummed themselves into pre-battle trance states, while today’s club-hoppers boost their theta waves by listening to trance music.
The Insight CD Program
Here comes the Insight CD Program which has helped many clients in our practice to bring about dramatic improvements in their life and well-being, including taking control of high blood triglyceride levels.
By utilizing the brainwave entrainment technology, this exceptional audio program is able to ease the body into a deeply relaxed meditative state while the mind (or consciousness) remains awake.
As a result, you will gradually begin to
feel stronger and renewed, more energized and relaxed, and more at peace with yourself
experience a sense of self-awareness and last but not the least,
It should also be noted that many smokers have found brainwave entrainment technology helpful in breaking their cancer-causing habit cold turkey. As smokers frequently use cigarettes as a form of emotional support, the brainwave entrainment therapy turns out to be a marvelous and an inexpensive tool to help them address the nicotine addition.
Brainwave Entrainment Technology
If you haven’t heard much about the “entrainment” of brainwaves, you’re not alone.
One could call it a lazy version of brainwave biofeedback (or neurofeedback) - the training technique that caught fire in the late ‘60s as a promising therapy for epilepsy and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
I am a major fan of brainwave entrainment technology [which can TUNE your brain to specific altered states of mind] (...)
After long and ongoing research into many approaches and products in this area, I have found a remarkably effective and efficient (and very affordable) way to (...) achieve inner peace and increased concentration, energy and creativity.
Earlier this year  I lectured in Toronto where one of the attendees first introduced me to the Insight CD (...).
I was amazed at its effectiveness, and I know you will be too.
The Insight audio CD, which I personally listen to and now recommend to my patients. (...)
If you are committed to preventing or overcoming any form of illness and optimizing your health, I strongly urge you to consider making the Insight CD a part of your regular health regime.
Dr. Joseph Mercola
The Optimal Wellness Center, Illinois
Gradually Ease Yourself Into Listening
The Insight CD utilizes binaural (stereophonic) audio technology, which requires the use of stereo headphones. As any stereo headphones will work just fine, you do not need to purchase expensive ones.
No special equipment is required then. As long as you are using stereo headphones, you can listen the Insight CD via:
a portable CD player, or
even your computer's CD-ROM drive.
The choice is yours
It is important to gradually ease yourself into listening to the Insight CD Program. Start by listening only to
the first 24-minute track, Journey, for the first seven (7) to fourteen (14) days, then
begin to listen to multiple tracks.
After the first couple of weeks, you may listen to the Insight CD more often than the suggested 24-minute minimum session.
With no need for special equipment, just listen to the Insight CD for:
significant stress and anxiety relief
gradual reduction of blood lipids
incredibly deep meditation and exploration of consciousness
drifting off to sleep at night
dream exploration, or
deeply relaxing and refreshing sleep.
Most listeners achieve the highest level of effectiveness when listening while awake.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please limit listening to the Insight CD to two-and-a-half hours per day. Listening for more than the maximum recommended time could potentially cause you to feel overwhelmed.
“Patience is Everything”
September 6, 2005
If you already have experience with meditation, this [ Insight ] cd will be a very helpful addition to your practice. If you have no experience, this cd will allow you to discover the many benefits of what meditation has to offer.
Even if you are not into the idea of meditation, the insight program will help you find a new level of relaxation. Read the directions, follow the advice, and bring an open mind.
After the first week, I have already noticed improved focus and a stronger sense of peace during meditation as well as in other areas of my life.
You have the option of short 24-minute sessions whenever you find time, or expanding it to the length of your choice.
You will be amazed after your first time how you feel when the last drop of rain splashes in your headphones. Your definition of calm will completely change for you.
I highly recommend this [ Insight ] cd to anyone who wishes to relieve stress, expand their awareness, or just find a feeling of peace during the course of a busy day.
Aim for a Relatively Slow Relaxing Pace
When you first begin using the Insight CD, just sit back and listen. When listening while awake, the ultimate goal is to ease the body into a deeply relaxed meditative state while the mind or consciousness remains awake.
Even when listening while awake, it is always best to sit comfortably in a dark or dimly lit room with your eyes closed throughout your listening session.
Begin by focusing on your breathing, taking slow deep breaths while gently telling yourself to relax. This is often the best technique for easing yourself into your listening session.
Aim for a relatively slow relaxing pace that is comfortable for you. Continue to focus on your breathing for at least two to three minutes.
Once you feel relaxed, it's good to keep repeating a brief list of positive affirmations to yourself in your mind.
The Most Pleasant Listening Experience Possible
In order to induce the desired effect, the Insight CD audio technology involves using multiple harmonically layered frequencies to induce natural brainwave patterns.
The frequencies are recorded in multiple separate layers and blended together to form the most powerful combinations possible. In addition, this audio technology utilizes the principles of music science which can described as "harmonic layering" or a "harmonic matrix."
In order to mask the sound of the binaural tones on the CD, the sounds of rain are used, providing the most pleasant listening experience possible.
The tones used to create the binaural (stereophonic) beats are set at a level just below the sound of the rain. On occasion, you might hear the slightest vibration, a very deep soft sound that lasts only for a brief moment. This occurs whenever the intensity of the binaural frequencies is heightened.
Do not increase the volume of your CD player. Instead, keep the volume at a comfortable setting where the sound of the rain is soothing and not too loud.
Get Yourself into the Habit of Listening Daily
The best approach is to listen to the Insight CD daily. Select a time of day that is convenient for your personal schedule, then make a point of listening once per day for at least the minimum 24-minute session.
The Insight CD is composed of three (3) separate tracks (each track is 24 minutes long).
You have the option of listening to
only Track 1 (called Journey) each day, for a 24-minute listening experience, or
multiple tracks combined, for a longer listening experience.
However, during each listening session, you should always listen to Track 1, Journey, first. This track guides your mind into a deeply relaxed meditative state.
In other words, after you have listened to Track 1, Journey, completely, you can listen to
Track 2, called Exploration, and
Track 3, called Insight
They both begin in a deeply meditative frequency range.
If you listen to Track 2 or Track 3 alone – without listening to Track 1, the relaxation and stress relief effect will be greatly diminished.
Therefore, you may
use Track 1, Journey, on its own, or
mix and match Tracks 1, 2, and 3 for a longer listening session, always listening to Track 1 first.
Enhance Your Listening Sessions
Here are other possible track combinations:
Combination 1: When using two tracks in a single listening session:
Track 1+ Track 2 (best combination for evening)
Track 1 + Track 3 (best combination for morning)
Combination 2: When using three or more tracks in a single listening session:
Track 1 + Track 2 + Track 3
Track 1 + (Track 2, played up to 5 times consecutively)
Track 1 + (Track 2, played up to 4 times consecutively) + Track 3
Combination 3: When using two tracks per day but in two separated listening sessions:
Track 1 (once in the morning) + Track 1 (again in the afternoon or evening).
Meditate in a Fraction of the Time
If you work with meditation to keep stress at bay, you may want to consider trying the Insight CD.
This brainwave entrainment tool allows your brain to synchronize - rapidly and easily - with the delta waves commonly experienced in meditation.
Listening to this CD is like meditating in a fraction of the time; and it does a phenomenal job of enhancing and expanding emotional, mental and spiritual capabilities.
"Overall, I actually feel more centered and focused [after listening regularly to the Insight CD] - and I seem to be far better at handling stress than I had ever been.
(...) Everything "they" say about the practice is true. It is valuable. My method involves a 24-minute session with headphones every morning. (...)
It isn't uncommon for me to take a few minutes during the day or early evening to listen to some of the other tracks. They really seem to work the way they're advertised.
(...) I encourage everyone to seriously consider this approach to meditation. It is effective and EASY."
Larry Frieder, The Compounder Pharmacy, Aurora, IL
Reduce the Stress and Maximize Awareness
The Insight CD Program may be also used in conjunction with almost any other personal growth strategy you may already be using.
Initially, you will start noticing only small gradual changes. Larger changes will begin to reveal themselves further along.
Don't miss out on the Insight CD Program and experience this amazing audio technology! At Full of Health, we are sure that it will do as much for you as it has done for our clients and customers. If other people have benefited from this CD you can benefit as well.
For the first 7-14 days, please listen to the Insight CD just for only 24 minutes per day. If you overdo it, it will decrease the timeframe in which effects begin to become noticeable to you.
Always keep your total daily listening time within the maximum recommended listening time of two-and-a-half hours per day.
Improve Your Focus, Clarity, Attention, and Concentration
Whether you are seeking to
increase your chances for top success at work or school
more effectively organize your life
enhance your creative output - or
expand your mental functioning for any reason –
the Focus CD Audio Program can really help you.
The binaural (stereophonic) audio technology, also embedded beneath the sounds of rain, will guide your mind into
a highly focused and attentive mental state that is
At Full of Health, we recommend the Insight CD Relaxation and Stress Relief Program because we find it the most beneficial to your lipid health in its category.
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