Stress can have a postive or negative influence. Despite the fact that it can lead to disease it can also support health. When you work flat out to reach your goal it can be just as stressful to achieve your goal as it is to miss it, but both results have greatly differing consequences.

Stress is an unavoidable consequence of life, according to researcher Hans Selye, who claimed that "Life can't exist without stress". Since it is impossible to remove stress entirely, we need to learn to manage it instead. To some extent you can say that an increase in stress leads to increased productivity, one that varies from one person to the next. When it comes to a guitar or violin, you tighten the strings in order to achieve a good sound. If you tighten too hard the finer strings can break, but if you don't tighten enough you'll get discordance. In the same way we humans need to set our own limits so that our lives stay in tune without unecessary inner tension.

Health is more than lack of disease. Health is a powerful mixture of physical and mental wellbeing, where body, soul and spirit can individually and together play their important role. The body has a capacity for healing. When we see through what external and inner stress involve it is possible to experience their positive power and make use of it.

Emotional stress

When we feel stressed we usually lay the blame on something emotional - a relationship, work, the boss or lack of money, time, love or sex. But stress isn't just caused by the things that worry us. It is caused by happy things, sad things, things we imagine or even physical things. The body is equipped to handle these kinds of situations and the stresses they present. But modern day stressors often present a very different picture.

For many the "fight" never stops. Our tendency to keep up a constant flow of activities lead to a pretty constant flow of stress and activation of the stress hormone cortisol. People who suffer from depression, angst, panic attacks, malnutrition, or addiction to sugar or alcohol, often have high cortisol levels in their blood. But the same effect can be achieved by drinking a couple of cups of coffee per day. Maintaining a high level of cortisol creates an added burden for the body's detox system and inhibits active environmental protection.

Environmental stress

Environmental stress is barely noticeable outwardly but can nontheless cause severe symptoms to humans. Harmful chemicals, toxic metals and electromagnetic radiation are the main causes of environmental stress. Typical symptoms of environmental stress are: heart palpitations, headache, internal tension, itching, prickly skin, difficulty sleeping and dizziness.

Risk assessment for chemicals is intended to assess how much of a given substance a person tolerates before it leads to death. But research shows that this is no longer important as chemicals have proven to be harmful in new ways and at very low doses. This means that we need to achieve methods to protect ourselves from the dangers of harmful chemicals as disease can occur when the human detox system doesn't function well or is overloaded.

Physiological stress

Man is experiencing a new phase of development, one that we haven't quite adapted to yet. We carry around more hormonal substances, harmful chemicals, toxic metals and other environmental toxins than our forbears and this involves physiological stress.


A new group of illness

The reality is that we all carry an overload of chemicals. Research shows that most children in the US carry 300 foreign chemicals in their blood. Most people feel fine despite this, but not all. US researcher Martin Pall has succeeded in defining a new category of illnesses previosly hard to define - one that is largely caused by environmental stressors. Illnesses that fall into this category are Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Syndrome and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Some researchers claim that Burn out, Allergy and Asthma also fall into this category. According to Pall these conditions are not often treated successfully by public medical services though have been successfully treated by Alternative Medicine.