THE STRESS THEORY OF DISEASE

by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© June 2021, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.

 

All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.

 

JANOS “HANS” SELYE, MD 

 

This article is about the work of Janos “Hans” Selye, MD (1907-1982).  It is very important research that would revolutionize medical care.

Dr. Selye was born in Komaron, Hungary, now called Komarno, Slovakia. He grew up and was educated in a Benedictine Monastery. He then went to medical school in Prague, Czech Republic. He spent the better part of his adult life working at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Selye spoke eight languages fluently and was most proud of his Magyar Hungarian heritage. He was brilliant and wrote 40 books and over 1700 medical papers.

He probably received more awards in medicine than any other physician. He worked 10 to 14 hours per day, seven days a week, including weekends and holidays.

Some of the terms he coined have come into general use such as stress, adaptation and others.  He is one of the main founders of modern development science.  However, his work is rarely taught to most doctors. 

 

THE STAGES OF STRESS

 

The body passes through three stages of stress, as he called them.  These he called alarm, resistance and exhaustion. Then the body dies. 

Each stage is worse than the previous one, meaning one has less adaptive energy.  Each stage has a set of so-called “diseases” associated with it.  Really, all they are is various manifestations of problems associated with each stage of stress.

Dr. Selye had some difficulty measuring the stage of stress using blood tests.  Dr. Eck found he could measure the stages using hair mineral testing.   Fast oxidation corresponds to the alarm stage, slow oxidation corresponds to the resistance stage and a 4-low pattern is an exhaustion stage of stress.

 

THE GENERAL ADAPTATION SYNDROME

 

He called the process of moving through the stages of stress the general adaptation syndrome.  Basically, the body adapts to these stages of stress.  This means that it changes itself in order to cope with the stress level.  The changes involve the nervous system, nutrient levels, cholesterol level, and the levels of thousands of other chemicals, hormones and more.

 

IMPORTANCE OF THE ADRENAL GLANDS

 

Dr. Selye identified the adrenal glands as central to the stages of stress.  The adrenals are sometimes called the stress glands because they secrete anti-stress hormones.

 

THE UNITY OF ALL DISEASE

 

His research showed that all types of stressors cause similar changes in the body.  This is a monumental idea because doctors are taught the opposite – that there are thousands of diseases.

 

STRESS THEORY AND MEDICAL CARE

 

This theory unifies health care and makes it unnecessary to make up thousands of labels that doctors use to describe symptoms.  Once one understands the principles of the stress theory, one can correct dozens of symptoms at the same time without drugs or remedies of any kind.  Just correct the stage of stress and the problems that go with it disappear.

 

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND THE STRESS THEORY

 

The stress theory is used extensively in development programs, in conjunction with related concepts such as metabolic typing and yang and yin.

Dr. Selye did not explore in much detail the nutritional problems associated with each of the stages of stress.  This research was done later by Dr. George Watson, Dr. Paul Eck and others.  However, this knowledge is also vital for moving a body from a less desirable stage of stress to a more desirable stage.

For more details, read Understanding Stress and The Theory Of Development.

 

 

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