A friend just had 3 heart attacks in one week! This woman (50 years old) exercised vigorously and ate an extremely healthy diet. Can you guess what caused the heart attacks? It was stress that nearly killed her. Technically it was adrenal/cortisol poisoning. ARE YOU POISONING YOURSELF? The adrenals, hypothalamus and pituitary glands all play a major role in the body’s fight or flight response by producing a number of chemicals. Adrenaline and cortisol are the most well known and they react with many target tissues and organs to produce a number of responses which are usually helpful. However, if levels of adrenaline and cortisol are sustained for longer periods of time they have disturbing effects including high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, gastric ulceration, suppression of the immune system, personality changes and digestion of the body’s own proteins. Today most people’s fight or flight response is easily triggered (exams, playing or watching competitive athletics, driving, watching movies, etc.). As a result, the pituitary/adrenal axis becomes more sustained in its secretions. So this adrenaline/cortisol “poisoning” has become quite common. Avoiding stress altogether is not possible or even beneficial. The key is learning how to handle stress. The Backhealer technique incorporates breathing techniques consistent with the physiological processes of a person in meditation, a state that promotes health. So clients who come to the Backhealer to address back or muscular function issues get the additional benefit of learning how to address stress.