exciting discoveries began in the spring of 1977. Tools had been discovered. Tools that were enabling
scientists to penetrate the very interior of single nerve cells in
the brain. Important discoveries were being made almost daily
about the inner workings of the brain. We now know that vital
chemicals carry messages between brain cells. In essence, they
allow brain cells to talk to one another.
On a typical day in
the brain, trillions of messages are sent and received. The messages that are happy,
up beat messages are carried by the brains HAPPY MESSENGERS (technically
known as Biogenic Amine/Endorphin System). Other messages are
somber and quieting. They are carried by the brains SAD
MESSENGERS. Most nerve centers receive input from both
types of messengers. As long as this input is balanced, everything
runs along on an even keel.
Stress, however, causes
problems with the brains
Happy Messengers. When life is smooth, the happy messages keep
up with demand. But when too much stress is placed on the brain,
the Happy Messengers begin to fall behind on their deliveries. As
the stress continues, the happy messages begin to fail. Important
nerve centers then receive mostly SAD MESSAGES, and the whole brain
becomes distressed. The person enters a state of brain chemical
imbalance known as OVERSTRESS.
OVERSTRESS makes people
feel terrible. With
SAD MESSAGES overwhelming the happy messages, a person feels overwhelmed by
life. People complain of being tired, unable to fall asleep
or to obtain a restful nights sleep. They have plagues
of aches and pains, lack of energy, lack of enjoyment of life. They
feel depressed, anxious, or just unable to cope with life.
Too many SAD messages will cause:
Low Stress Tolerance; The Inherited Factor
a certain ability to make and use Happy Messengers in the brain. As long as you can make
enough Happy Messengers to keep up with the stress in your life,
you will find stress to be fun, exciting, challenging. In fact,
without it you would be bored.
However, when the
amount of stress in your life is so great that you begin to run
out of Happy Messengers, then bad
things being to happen. You may have sleep disturbances, aches
and pains, lack of enjoyment of life and even panic attacks.
The amount of stress
that you can tolerate before your Happy Messengers malfunction
is referred to as your Stress
Tolerance. Your Stress Tolerance is set by your genetic
inheritance. Most of us have inherited sufficient Stress Tolerance
to allow us to whether the stresses of daily living. We still
feel well and enjoy life. Yet, each of us, at some time has
experienced short periods of brain chemical imbalance.
- The night you
couldn'tt sleep before
your big test at school, or your important job interview, or
your fabulous date.
- The sadness and
crying you may have felt when a friend or relative passed away,
or a girlfriend or boyfriend
- The chest pains
or the headaches that you may have thought were heart problems
or migraine, but your doctor
said came from too much stress and strain
We have all experienced such brief episodes of happy messenger
malfunction, but, fully 10% of our population feels like this all
of the time!
You see, one in ten
people has inherited a LOW STRESS TOLERANCE. This means that his/her Happy Messengers poop
out at stress levels which the rest of us would consider normal,
everyday stress. The result of inheriting such a Low Stress
Tolerance may be a disaster. Such a person will be operating
his or her life in practically permanent OVERSTRESS. Sleep disturbances,
aches and pain, fatigue, depression, mood swings, anxiety attacks,
and even drug addiction can become life long problems.
Since one in ten persons has inherited a Low
Stress Tolerance, we are describing an enormous number of people.
Ten percent of your
friends, your acquaintances, your employees, your co-workers, your
around you there are people who are not able to cope with the stress
of daily life.
To understand how
stress results in this disastrous condition for so many people,
let us begin by examining the brains