4.4 How Stress Harms our Immune System

In 1975, Robert Ader and Nicholas Cohen, at the University of Rochester, demonstrated the classic conditioning of immune function. They coined the term psycho-neuro-immunology. We now better understand the relationship between your central nervous system and immune system. Researchers have now shown that both physical and emotional stress have a very real effect on your immune system.

Psychoimmunology is the study of the connections between the mind and the immune system. The basic concept is that the mind and body are inseparable. It follows that stress affects the body’s ability to resist disease. When you are happy and in the flow, it’s only natural that your powerful immune system will work more efficiently. In his book,The Biology of Belief, microbiologist Dr. Bruce Lipton states that stress is a contributing factor in around 90% of all major diseases, and stress is the main enemy of a healthy immune system. https://www.brucelipton.com/newsletter/think-beyond-your-genes-march-2020

Stress sets off the body’s natural defense by releasing hormones that shut down non-essential systems, including the immune system, to conserve the body’s energy. In fact, stress hormones are so effective at compromising the immune system that physicians will give them to organ transplant recipients to keep their immune systems from rejecting the implant. What does this mean to you in relation to the corona virus? It means that all of the time you spend watching reports of crises, pandemic, and death on the TV, you’re putting your immune system at risk. The Mass Hysteria Media is not good for your health.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to relax and remain positive so that stress and negativity cannot weaken your immune system.

Let’s take a look at some facts that can help put things in a less fearful perspective.

#1 Worldwide, about 24,000 people die from lightning strikes each year. Does this stop people from going outdoors in the rain? https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2016/06/lightning-deaths-india/488261/

#2 Each year in the US 500 people died from taking Tylenol with 80,000 more winding up in the emergency room. Should we quarantine drug stores and ban Tylenol? https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/09/150-americans-die-each-year-from-tylenols-most-active-ingredient/310814/

#3 Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US causing about 250,000 fatalities a year How outraged should we be if 10 percent of US deaths are due to preventable medical mistakes? If we’re looking at only the math, hospitals are far more dangerous than cruise ships or airplanes. https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-05-03/medical-errors-are-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-us

How to Protect Your Immune System, Health and Well being
This is where your daily use of relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises can help you keep stress to a minimum so your immune function can be at its best. The most common thing that keeps your immune system from working well is negative emotional states which, in turn, is tied to your breathing. What fear, frustration, anxiety, sadness, and worry all have in common is a reduced blood flow caused by reduced breathing. The next time you start feeling any of these negative emotions, stop and breathe deeply for a bit.

There is no greater suppressor of the immune system than fear
Unfortunately, news is big business driven by advertisements. Therefore, once you tune into the news cycle, you are subjected to sensationalism, hype, fear peddling and drug industry propaganda, an all-out assault on your immune system. To survive this current fear crisis, you’ll need to do more than just wash your hands and stop touching your face. You‘ll need to stay stress free so that your adaptive immune system can do its job.

One reason the estimate of flu fatalities has increased in the US in the last 15 years is that the number of people over age 65 has increased in the last 15 years and flu related pneumonia fatalities typically strike people over the age of 65. But the real reason these numbers have been inflated is to push money-making and unreliable flu vaccines. The more you can scare people with huge numbers of fatalities, the more likely they are to go get a flu shot. The problem is that the underlying data is highly inaccurate. All that we can say is that these same inaccuracies apply to the corona virus.

What’s Next?
Fear is also the main weapon used by Inslee and the Mass Hysteria Media to shut down our schools and businesses. To generate this fear, the Mass Hysteria Media uses faulty statistics about the number of people who have the corona virus or die from the corona virus. This statistics are based on tests that, as we will see in the next chapter, are extremely unreliable.