Sometimes stress sneaks up on us and suddenly we find ourselves trapped in an adrenalin rush. This issue our health detectives take a look at the problem of not knowing when or how to switch off and unwind properly.
A client came to the clinic recently with severe eczema on his face, hair, chest and legs. The eczema had started 1½ years previously after a routine appendix operation, and although the procedure had gone well, the next day he got a red rash on his face and chest. It took him 3 weeks to get out of bed without help. He had pain all over his body and was dizzy. After this he found all his energy had gone, he felt like death and all he could do was stay in bed until it passed, sometimes up to a week later. His skin condition got worse and he began to suffer from frequent sinusitis and palpitations. The eczema spread to his chest and legs and his colon was bloated, causing diarrhoea. He was in pretty poor shape and had been searching for help from lots of medical and complementary therapists. In spite of trying several creams, hormones, antibiotics, vitamins and minerals, food regimes, herbs, homeopathic treatments he was not getting any better, although he admitted that giving up alcohol, milk, sweets, fizzy drinks, pork and beef had helped. Through all this he was told that all his blood tests were ‘normal’, so the doctors could not find anything to point their finger at.
The messages from the Live Blood Examination
Our initial Live Blood Examination found a lot of waste products in his blood: Red blood cells were lying very close together, indicating too much acidity in his tissues, and deformed cells showed weak membranes. A test of alkaline/acidic balance showed that his body was very acidic, while lab tests showed that he was low in red blood cells, minerals and iron. Iridology and meridian tests showed long lasting stress and digestive channel disorders.
The Adrenalin Junkie
In the Personal Health Profile we went through his life style and habits, and found that he had been living life to its limits, giving everything 100% energy. Although he had done well in business and had sold his company at a young age allowing him the opportunity to enjoy life and have more time with his family, he was still ‘in overdrive gear’ until grounded by the operation. His way of living was always about excess, pushing himself every day and needing an adrenalin rush to feel alive.
We are all exposed to stress in daily life, and need some stress to function, making us catch the bus or train in time or reach out for new and unexplored adventures. This requires adrenalin. The first stage of stress is the alarm phase, and adrenalin increases the heart rate, blood pressure and breathing to make us ready to take action: ‘fight or flight’. If the stress stops here the body will repair the damage, but if the stress continues the body exhausts itself and we deplete the body of the other stress hormone: cortisol. This is the exhaustion phase. If, in spite of all warning signals, we continue to live in a stressful state we end up running on endorphins. It is like a marathon runner who can go on running even after they have “hit the wall”. Many people get addicted to this adrenalin and endorphin kick and exhaust themselves by chasing it. Our client was definitely one of those people. When the body is fighting it is in survival mode – no time to build up strength or get rid of waste products. Our client did not feel that he was stressed! He had plenty of spare time after selling his business, but his body and the lab test showed the opposite. A stress hormone test showed his cortisol level was very low, he was burned out.
Because he had a very sensitive stomach and digestive system we put him on an alkaline food plan that was easy to assimilate. With the new recipes in his hand he got straight down to it. In this case his adrenalin junkie tendency was a good thing and he took to it 100% right from the start. The trick was to make him change his lifestyle during the process – otherwise he would just make the same trouble for himself as he used to when he was getting his “adrenalin-fix”. For the first few weeks he dragged himself to the clinic twice a week to have acupuncture, massage, bioheat, reflexology, and antioxidants in combination with intravenous treatments of minerals, amino acids, fats and immune stimulating agents. He could see and feel the results very quickly and as the acid/alkaline balance was adjusted he felt his energy returning. With more energy he naturally wanted to do all the things he could not manage before and he quickly returned to the fast living he was used to. That did not work and he had a relapse, and from that point on was forced to take things step by step during this rehabilitation period.
The greatest challenge was to get him to relax and ‘recharge his batteries’. He either went full speed or he was lying flat on his back, there was no in between. After getting his biochemistry adjusted we started training him in the art of balancing active and passive states. He learned to go into deep and healing relaxed states and learned to be active when necessary instead of just automatically rushing to do something that he would regret afterwards. This was his biggest challenge, resetting his mind set and habits. Before he would just go over the top and get furious if someone was not driving well in the streets, now, he would ask himself whether the situation deserved to get his adrenalin? Or would it be better to save it for some other purposes? For a good sex life with his wife? Or to do something fun with the kids?
It is important to have good health and good alkaline reserves to be able to be ‘naughty’ sometimes. The point is to build up a healthy condition both physically and mentally and then have the surplus to let loose now and then – even a trip on the adrenalin rollercoaster for fun – and then be able to get back on your feet again.
This article is inspired by my long term colleague Inger Marie Haut’s knowledge, work and books about nutrition and lifestyle.
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