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Causes of Stress


Stress and Homeostasis


Homeostasis is the body's normal state of balance or equilibrium.  Adjustments in metabolic processes, like increasing or decreasing heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and pH, are constantly being made to achieve and maintain this state.  Most adjustments are subtle and unnoticable, but that depends on stress.


Stress is caused by influences that require a response or effort, at any level, in order to maintain homeostasis.


There are varying levels of stress responses, from the cellular level, to tissues, to organs, to the level of the entire person.  There will also be varying levels of stress perception.  For instance, a lack of symptoms is not necessarily a lack of stress. 


Perception of stress can depend on the nature of the stressor(s), adaptation to prolonged stress exposure, and on an individual's self-awareness.


Examples of Stressors


Stress may be caused by a huge number of influences, including but not limited to the following stressors.  Often, people don't think they have any stress, though they will readily admit that they are affected by many of the factors on this list:


Addictions to street drugs, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, nicotine, sugar, caffeine, stimulation, emotional fixations, or behaviors, are all causes of stress. 


Allergens including aromatic oils, automobile emissions, caffeine, coffee, dander, latex, nicotine, pollen, pollution, smoke, specific foods, tobacco smoke, toxic chemical residues and individual-specific allergens cause stress by reducing bodily functions and mental energy, causing lethargy and combating the immune system, thereby causing stress.


Bacteria and Viruses, bacterial and viral infections reduce the effectiveness of the immune system, slow down bodily functions, reduce the supply of nutrients and reduce bodily and mental energy, thereby causing stress.


Chemicals such as cleaning agents, chlorine and fluoride, fungicides, growth hormones, herbicides, insecticides, paints, and most man-made chemicals attack the immune system, impair breathing and oxygen intake, reduce the ability of the body to absorb nutrients and raise the acidity of bodily cells, thereby causing stress.


Conflict in any form (workplace, family, interpersonal, territorial, military, political, or otherwise) often creates life-altering levels of stress.


Dehydration caused by lack of water intake, excessive sweating, diarrhea, excessive urination, drinking too much coffee or carbonated soft drinks and eating too much junk food all impair the ability of the body to absorb nutrients and oxygen on a cellular level, thereby causing stress.


Electromagnetic Fields from appliances, entertainment devices, cell phone towers, and power lines (particularly high-voltage lines) have all been connected to sleep disruption, impaired cognition, and immune system suppression, which all cause stress.


Emotional Issues whether unresolved, being resolved, or resolved have all been shown to be major causes of stress.


Employment causes stress, and doing work one does not love to do has been shown to be major causes of stress.


Exercise and exertion of any kind has been shown to cause stress, though there are obvious benefits as well, given it is done safely.


Fast Foods including partially hydrogenated fats, trans fats, artificial coloring agents, artificial taste enhancers, artificial appetite appeasers, artificial aromatic agents, artificial sweetening agents and artificial preservatives are all toxic to the human organism, thereby causing stress.


Financial Problems have been shown to be a major cause of stress.


Fungi and Fungal infections whether ingested, inhaled, externally or internally attacking the body are harmful to all life and the byproducts of fungal infections are toxic to living organisms, thereby causing stress and myriad psychological and medical conditions.


Genetically Altered Foods have been linked to asthma, attention problems, balance problems, behavioral problems, concentration problems, digestive problems, libido issues, memory problems, metabolic problems, perceptual problems, sexual dysfunctions and other disorders, thereby causing stress.


Headaches and Migraines are usually caused by stress though in some cases there is a biological agent of cause; but, even then, stress may be the cause underlying the biological dysfunction; and either way, headaches and migraines are a major cause of stress.


Heavy Metals including especially arsenic, mercury and lead are implicated in adrenal, bone, bone marrow, brain, circulatory system, ear, eye, gall bladder, heart, intestinal, kidney, liver, lung, lymphatic system, pancreas, pituitary, skin, spleen, throat, thyroid, thymus and other problems, thereby causing stress.


Irradiation of foods has been shown to reduce the life force and greatly diminish the nutritional value of food; but by law all foodstuffs entering the USA and most of the civilized world must be irradiated for the public good, thereby causing stress.


Lack of Physical Activity is one of the top risk factors for disease, and the overall benefits of regular exercise for stress management and overall quality of life are well-established.


Lack of Sleep and sleep problems whether caused by emotional, psychological or medical issues is a major cause of stress.


Low Self-Concept whether caused by social conditioning, abuse, infections, poor nutrition, toxic chemicals, hormonal imbalances or other means is known to cause stress.


Medical Conditions, Diseases or Disorders whether diagnosed or not, whether being treated or not, whether improving or not, are all known to cause stress.


Microwave Radiation from cell phones, microwave ovens, portable radios and telephones, television sets and other sources are known stressors with varying affects upon people for reasons currently under investigation.


Nutritional Deficiencies whether caused by disease, disorders, poor nutrition or poor absorption of nutrients are known causes of stress.


Overworking is known to be a major cause of stress.


Pain of any kind, including physical injury, mental trauma, emotional trauma or psychological issues, is a major cause of stress.


Phobias, such as fear of spiders or fear of open spaces are irrational fears that can instantaneously trigger extreme stress responses.


Parasites including thousands of medically undetectable parasites known to infest the human body sap the body’s nutrition and energy, thereby causing stress.


Prescription Drugs and other synthetic and toxic chemicals are implicated in every physical and mental disease, disorder or condition known to science, thereby causing stress.


Psychological Conditions, Diseases or Disorders whether diagnosed or not, whether being treated or not, whether improving or not, are all known to cause stress.


Relationship Problems of any kind have been shown to be a major cause of stress.


Traumatic Experiences cause extreme acute stress that may have lasting effects known as "Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome."  This is not exclusive to soldiers.  It can be experienced by medical professionals and rescuers, victims of abuse or assault, family members after the death of a loved one, and survivors or witnesses of shocking events.


Vaccinations are cocktails of chemicals and foreign biological materials that are designed to provoke an exaggerated immune and neurological response when injected.  Foreign materials introduced into the blood stream are known to cause stress.  

Perception of stress can depend on the nature of the stressors, adaptation to prolonged stress exposure, and on an individual's self-awareness.

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