The Wall Street Journal's March, 2009 article in new Health Journal addressed the effects of stress.
L. Edwards, director of the Behavioral Chronic Pain Management program at Duke University Medical Center: "Now, we recognize that what happens in the brain affects the body and what happens in the body affects the brain.
The article address:
Pain: Psychological stress can turn into physical pain and illness in a number of ways. The muscles tense up, the digestive tract slow down, blood vessels constrict and the heart beat faster.
Digestion: The digestive tract has its own extensive system of nerve cells lining the esophagus, stomach and intestines. When anxiety persists, it can set off heartburn, indigestion and irritable-bowel syndrome, in which the normal movement of the colon gets out of rhythm, traps painful gas and alternates between diarrhea and constipation.
Immune System: Stress also creates biochemical changes that can affect the immune system, making it underreact to viruses and bacterial infections, or overreact, which can set off allergies, asthma and skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema. And stress can raise the level of inflammation in the body, which has been associated with heart disease.
The article supports: "tools to try to manage the situation" and this is the focus of Custom Calm. The practices are life changing.