Worry Accelerates Alzheimer's Disease

If you read this blog regularly, you know one of my favorite topics to write about is the undeniable link between physical health and your emotions. Needless ongoing stress, in the form of worry, can make people, particularly Caucasians, an easy target of Alzheimer's disease later on, according to a new study. The likely culprit: Chronic elevations of stress hormones that may damage regions of the brain regulating behavior under stress and memory.

Researchers asked some 1,100 people (age 65 or older) about their tendency toward worry and stress, then examined them three to six years later to determine if they had developed Alzheimer's disease. People who appeared prone to feeling distressed were more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease during that time period.

However, researchers were very adamant about emphasizing the connection between the two doesn't mean one causes the other. I don't have those same concerns because, in nearly all of the patients I've seen, stress was a key factor in the cause of their illnesses. In fact, stress affects the immune system in many destructive ways. It can also lead to negative impacts on these functions:

Since you cannot eliminate stress, you can work to provide your body with tools to compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can cause the serious disruption of many of your body's important systems.

One tool I've found to be invaluable for handling stress is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), the energy psychology tool I use daily in my practice. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for more than 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Learn how to use it by downloading my free EFT manual.

Yahoo News February 4, 2005

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