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The Power of Two

Glee Is The Word

Published December 5, 2013 12:50 PM by Eleanor Wolfram
Just saying the word ‘glee' triggers feelings of joy. I'm thinking the joy triggers are because glee rhymes with the sound of ‘wee', a sound most people make when riding an amusement park roller coaster ride. How fun it that? Lots!

It is important to have fun, thing about fun and reduce stress levels. Medical scientists have found that while stress does appear to cause cancer, prolonged bouts may affect a person's overall health and ability to cope with cancer.

Psychological Stress is defined as when people are under emotional, mental and physical pressures. Everyone experiences short-term episodes of stress from time to time, but when stress repeatedly occurs and for long period of time then it is a problem.

Our human bodies response to it's' stressors by the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine hormones. These hormones increase blood pressure, speed heart rate, and raise blood sugar levels. These changes in hormone levels help a person act with greater strength and speed to escape a perceived threat. This is good until it becomes a long-term nonstop remedy.

Laboratory tests have shown that patients who experience long-term stress can have digestive, urinary problems coupled with a weakened immune system. In addition, these same patients are also prone to viral infections. Also, there has been research that links various psychological stress factors and an increased risk of developing cancer. These links involve, the development of risky behaviors such as alcohol drinking, overeating, and smoking.

What is really interesting is there is a gene called the ATF3, which is already known to become activated in response to external stress. This gene prompts normal cells to self-destruct if they've been damaged by outside stressors.

While stress hasn't definitively been proven to cause cancer, research does suggest it can play a detrimental role.

So what is the taken away? Reduce levels of anxiety and fear, try to keep those emotions under control and by all means have some fun.

posted by Eleanor Wolfram

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