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Health Mastery for inkers & Achievers

Health Mastery for inkers & Achievers

© 2012 VitalObjectives

e Stress at is Killing You (v. 1.0)

Mental- and Environmental Stressors as Drivers of Health- and Performance Issues

Health Mastery for inkers & Achievers © 2012 VitalObjectives e Stress at is Killing You (v.
It is a biological fact that the human body (or any living organism) is unable handle
It is a biological fact that the human body (or any
living organism) is unable handle sustained stress
over long time frames without maladaption .
Maladaption can be viewed as a genetically
programmed sacrifice of long term health in an
attempt to guarantee short term survival.
Consider these important sources of chronic stress which will all eventually cause maladaptation and
disease. Note that what we commonly associate with the word ”stress”, which tends to be lifestyle- or
psychological stress, is only one category out of several types of stressors that may undermine our
Many stressors are related to how the typical modern diet and lifestyle di er from the evolutionary
environment that shaped our physiology. Other stressors are a function of sensitivities unique to the
individual. We become vulnerable as a result of weaknesses due to past exposure to chronic stress.
Psychological Stress
Blood Sugar
Chronic Inflammation
Chronic Over-Training
caused by for example:
often caused by:
Watch out for:
High stress lifestyle
Constant Worries
Bad relationships
Cable news
Fascist assholes in Gov't
Duty based ethics.
(Sacrificing your own
goals and values to
other people's needs
and demands.)
exacerbated by for
Over-use of
Eating refined sugars
Eating too many (or
too few) carbs for one's
individual metabolism
Sleep Deprivation
Inappropriate fasting or
allergenic or
immunogenic foods
(e.g., grains, engineered
"foods", omega-6 fats ,
foods that trigger
genetic- or acquired
food sensitivity)
Gut pathogens / gut
flora imbalance
Exercising when already
A sense of ”duty”/dread
when exercising
Long ”cardio” sessions
Insu cient recovery
between training
such as:
Ca eine
NSAIDS (GI tract
Antibiotics (they
destroy normal gut
Prescription drugs
contraceptive pills)
mess with hormonal-,
liver- and/or GI health.
Chronic Stress
Characteristics: steroidal hormonal
imbalance; suppression of restorative/
reproductive hormones and processes;
the "burning-in" of stress related biochemical
pathological changes in tissues and organs;
(eventually) collapse of steroidal hormone
production and other functions. End-state:
(Techical Note: Among biomarkers of maladaptation are an elevated cortisol to DHEA ratio, and/or declining steroid hormone production overall.)
Neural Tissue
Degradation a ecting…
Memory and Learning
Quality of Sleep and
Detoxification Capacity
Distorted Fat/Protein
Distorted Carbohydrate
Musculo- skeletal issues
Distortion of Endocrine
Dysregulation resulting
Hyper- or hypo
responsiveness of
inflammatory cascades
and other immune
a ecting cellular
utilization of energy and
glucose homeostasis
a ecting bone density,
muscle- and connective
tissue integrity
Function a ecting…
Pancreas - Insulin
yroid Function
Ovarian Hormone Levels
Metabolism causing…
Destruction of
mucosal linings (1st-line
Immune Defense)
Fat gain
Reduced impeding…
Heavy Metal Disposal
Disposal of excess
hormones and cholesterol
Disposal of carcinogens
Anti-ox systems
Related symptoms/

Related symptoms/ complaints/diseases (examples)

absentmindedness ADD/ADHD angry often

apathetic best sleep between 7 – 9 a.m. concentration di cult decreased tolerance of others depression, sadness, melancholy anxiety, anxiousness feel unwell often emotionally stressed feel best in the evenings feel overwhelmed often hard to do tasks quickly forgetful get confused often foggy thinking hard to get going in a.m. hard to think or act quickly hopelessness feelings inability to calm down insomnia - hard to fall asleep insomnia - hard to stay asleep irritability lack of drive, motivation learning is di cult loud noises bother memory poor mood swings nervousness panic attacks procrastinate often sleeping pills needed for sleep spacey, hard to focus startle easily suddenly run out of energy tearful, could cry easily timid, overly cautious work best late at night

alzheimer's disease parkinson's disease

Related symptoms/ complaints/diseases (examples)

arthritis, osteo arthritis, rheumatoid

circulation poor di culty building muscle losing muscle mass low back pain muscle weakness osteopenia pain in jaw (TMJ) pain in joints pain in low back area pain in lower neck pain in sciatica pain in shoulders pain in upper back sprains or strains occur easily sti ness or achiness cardiovascular disease osteoporosis

Related symptoms/ complaints/diseases (examples)

alcohol intolerance craving for sweets irritability relieved by eating excessive hunger feel faint often feel weak hyperglycemia–high blood sugar hypoglycemia–low blood sugar insulin resistance light-headed often

nausea, eating relieves often awake 2-3 a.m. w. hunger shakiness relieved by eating

diabetes, type II cancer cardiovascular disease

Related symptoms/ complaints/diseases (examples)

asthma bruise easily cold often decreased ability to handle cold diminished sex drive, low libido, impotence dizzy upon standing wake up feeling tired dry skin fluid retention endometriosis exercise feels exhausting energy low excessive facial or body hair fibrocystic/tender breasts brittle hair headaches/migraine heartburn, reflux, or GERD blood pressure high or low menstrual irregularities/PMS nails brittle, break easily rashes, dermatitis, itching skin

swelling or pu ness under eyes thin or delicate skin thyroid disorders low stamina/endurance low energy, especially in PM unable to get pregnant unable to maintain pregnancy uterine fibroids vaginal dryness

cancer cardiovascular disease stroke

Related symptoms/ complaints/diseases (examples)

digestive disorders "leaky gut" slow healing sweat has an ammonia odor unable to lose weight

weight gain - waist, hips, thighs weight loss

autoimmune diseases cancer diabetes, type II

Below is an example of the progression of health degradation in a hard-driving person who ”inexplicably”
Below is an example of the progression of health degradation in a hard-driving person who
”inexplicably” develops health problems in their 30s to 50s. ( e example is a ”composite” from several
people that I have worked with.)
Note that chronic stress always leads to health problems in one form or another, but the sequence of
steps toward pathology depends a person's genetic- or acquired susceptibility and pattern of stress
exposure, so no two people are identical.
For instance, the trigger stressor doesn't have to be work stress as in this example. It could be blood
sugar swings from eating Gov't subsidized junk food, or over-use of antibiotics, or any other stressor
that the individual is particularly vulnerable to.
Case Study: A Path Towards Stress Induced Health-disaster
Obituary (excerpt): High Stress Lifestyle (Rock star, globetrotting CEO, Type A careerist) Moderate stress induced destruction
Obituary (excerpt):
High Stress
(Rock star,
globetrotting CEO,
Type A careerist)
Moderate stress
induced destruction
of the
gastrointestinal (GI)
mucosal lining.
"X was so healthy…
always ate his broccoli. It
is inconceivable that he
would come down with
[insert killer disease]!"
Lost tolerance to
certain foods.
(Typically un-
Increased Probability
Malabsorption of
nutrients causing low
grade systemic
nutrient deficiency.
Systemic functional
problems resulting in a
plethora of symptoms
depending on individual
predispositions. (See
symptom chart above)
Low grade
inflammation causing
further damage to
the GI tract and
proper immune
When the body has been fighting stress for a
prolonged time, it becomes increasingly vulnerable
to new types of stress such as pathogens, immune-
triggering foods and toxins. ese new stressors
become part of the total body-burden of stress, and
accelerate the progression of dysfunction. In other
words, in an early stage, exposure to, for instance, a
certain pathogen might not be a problem, but in a
later stage the same exposure may lead to chronic
infection and associated damage.
microbes move in
causing further GI
damage, immune
disruption, and stress
induced hormonal
Gut flora disruption.
(Symptoms typically
present at this point.)
Once pathology has progressed beyond a
certain point (say, in the example above,
when GI damage has become entrenched),
mitigation of the trigger stressor (in this case,
the stressful lifestyle) will not completely
restore health. Restorative therapy is needed
to re-institute GI- and hormonal health.

Related symptoms/ complaints/diseases (examples)

acne alternating constip./diarrhea aversion to certain foods burping or belching bloating

constipation dark circles under eyes diarrhea intestinal gas irritable bowel kidney disorders leaky gut liver disorders loss of appetite lung disorders often have nightmares rashes, hives often skin problems strong body odor

cancer alzheimer's disease parkinson's disease

complaints/diseases (examples)

allergies bacterial infections catch colds easily CFS-chronic fatigue syndrome chemical sensitivities coughs or colds last for weeks environmentally sensitive food intolerances, allergies fungal infections get sick easily or often gum infections (gingivitis) headaches immune deficiency inflammation without injury often get colds or flu pain (not due to injury) parasite infections sensitive to odors, chemicals

sick often, takes long to get well sinus problems tooth infections (pyorrhea) urinary tract infections viral infections (e.g., herpes) yeast infections (candida)

autoimmune diseases cancer cardiovascular disease

What to do about it (Checklist)

1) Discover any present damage and your body's stress response pattern. I find that a great individualized "whole-body" assessment of one's degree of stress maladaptation is to take an "adrenal stress indicators" questionnaire and have it interpreted in combination with a saliva profile of steroid hormones (diurnal cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, testosterone and progesterone). e latter is the most important laboratory test that anyone could get as a big picture health assessment.

2) Remove common dietary stressors. is means eating an evolutionary- or ”paleo” diet. I don't care if it is ”low carb” or higher carb, but you must eat this type of diet, which is essentially free of refined/engineered foods, grains, legumes, and industrial (damaged) dairy. (Ultimately, further customization is possible and needed, but a basic evolutionary diet is the template to start with.)

3) Sleep in a cool, completely dark room (I mean completely dark, as in a cave – a sleep mask is not enough). Go to bed early. e

body performs hard-wired restorative and immunological activities that go on in stages at a rather fixed schedule throughout the night. You need to let the body perform these in order to achieve needed recuperation. (Poor sleep, sleep deprivation, and/or light exposure are clearly linked to cancer and other diseases.)

4) Search and destroy hidden stressors such as acquired food sensitivities, foods that cause blood sugar issues, micronutrient imbalances, GI pathogens, and environmental toxins. ese are almost always major or dominant stressors. If you can identify and get rid of them, your body will tolerate more lifestyle related stress. Properly applied and interpreted lab tests (e.g., MRT food sensitivity testing) accelerate the discovery process.

5) Learn to manage psychological stress and ”life-stress”. ese are issues of lifestyle design and psychology. However, as a start: Turn o cable TV; turn o Nancy Pelosi; exit unfulfilling jobs and relationships.

6) Exercise in a way that is appropriate for your level of stress and your hormonal profile. You may need some help in determining what may work best. As a rule of thumb, if you ever leave your training sessions with a feeling of exhaustion, you are overdoing it. Most people with stressful lifestyles should focus on weight training using heavy weights with few repetitions and sets.

7) Identify and repair damage to organs and systems, restore function, de-program ”burn- in” of stress-response pathways. Substantial amounts of specialized restorative supplements are typically needed in this process. (I apologize to current and future clients for the expense and nuisance attached to taking supplements, but this is the way to go until we have nano-technology and a complete understanding about how to rebuild tissues in the body.)

8) Re-test hormones and other functional markers at regular intervals to monitor progress. Adjust restorative protocols as needed. Continue to look for hidden stressors and eradicate them.

Remember that a lot of ”treatments” and ”remedies” exist for all of the di erent symptoms that manifest as a result of chronic stress. However, symptomatic treatments (e.g., pharmaceuticals and surgeries) will not stop the progression toward escalating malfunction in the body. Only removing causative stressors, repairing damage, and dissolving vicious cycles will do the job.

Most problems are highly reversible if corrected in time. e body has an enormous capacity to rebuild itself given stress removal and correct restorative nutrition. However, if tissues and organs become damaged past a certain point, health may never be completely restored.

As a rule of thumb, assume that you can stop and reverse damage, and start the process now. I have not seen a single person (including myself) who hasn't benefitted in terms of mental- and physical function even when symptoms have been relatively few. e longer you wait, the more you will ultimately have to invest in terms of time and money to get back to full function and health.

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