For more than 40 years we have been told that high cholesterol causes heart disease, while studies proving otherwise have been ignored. Although the truth is finally coming out, it is still confusing and controversial. I believe that the cause of ALL disease, including heart disease, is mental, emotional or physical STRESS.
When facing a (real or imagined) threat, your body automatically goes into self-protection mode. Cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine, dopamine and other stress hormones increase in order to maintain and protect your vital systems.
These hormones give you necessary tools (more blood, oxygen, sugar, etc.) to cope, fight, or run in order to survive. When the threat is over, your body returns to normal. The problem with stress, however, is that our reaction to it can keep us stuck in “fight or flight” mode.
When an event triggers a high level of stress response, or when your system is constantly stressed, you are more likely to experience the following:
The following factors are known to increase your susceptibility to stress, which can lead to illness and dis-ease.
While some stress may be inevitable, you can minimize its damage to your body. Implement deep breathing and other relaxation techniques, observe how you react to stressful situations, and seek to live a more balanced life.
To understand why cholesterol is often blamed for heart disease, and how it is part of the stress-response, read The Lowdown on High Cholesterol and watch the video below.