THE STRESS THEORY OF DISEASE

by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© April 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.

 

All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.

 

This is the work of Hans Selye, MD (1907-1982).  It is very important research.  Some of the terms he coined have come into general use such as stress, adaptation and others.  However, his work is otherwise not yet taught to doctors of any kind. 

 

THE STAGES OF STRESS

 

The body passes through three stages of stress, as he called them.  These he called alarm, resistance and exhaustion. Then the body dies. 

Each stage is worse than the previous one, meaning one has less adaptive energy.  Each stage has a set of so-called “diseases” associated with it.  Really, all they are is various manifestations of problems associated with each stage of stress.

 

THE GENERAL ADAPTATION SYNDROME

 

He called the process of moving through the stages of stress the general adaptation syndrome.  Basically, the body adapts to these stages of stress.  This means that it changes itself in order to cope with the stress level.  The changes involve the nervous system, nutrient levels, cholesterol level, and the levels of thousands of other chemicals, hormones and more.

 

IMPORTANCE OF THE ADRENAL GLANDS

 

Dr. Selye identified the adrenal glands as central to the stages of stress.  The adrenals are sometimes called the stress glands because they secrete anti-stress hormones.

 

THE UNITY OF ALL DISEASE

 

His research showed that all types of stressors cause similar changes in the body.  This is a monumental idea because doctors are taught the opposite – that there are thousands of diseases.

 

STRESS THEORY AND MEDICAL CARE

 

This theory unifies health care and makes it unnecessary to make up thousands of labels that doctors use to describe symptoms.  Once one understands the principles of the stress theory, one can correct dozens of symptoms at the same time without drugs or remedies of any kind.  Just correct the stage of stress and the problems that go with it disappear.

 

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND THE STRESS THEORY

 

The stress theory is used extensively in development programs, in conjunction with related concepts such as metabolic typing and yang and yin.

Dr. Selye did not explore in much detail the nutritional problems associated with each of the stages of stress.  This research was done later by Dr. George Watson, Dr. Paul Eck and others.  However, this knowledge is also vital for moving a body from a less desirable stage of stress to a more desirable stage.

For more details, read The Theory Of Development.

 

To be expanded …

 

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