Why It’s Hard to Turn Stress (Cortisol) Off
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Dr. Berg: Hey, Dr. Berg here. In this short video, we’re going to talk about
this subject called cortisol, and how to turn off cortisol. The first thing you need to know, is that
cortisol is made from the outside of the adrenal gland. This is the adrenal gland, you have two of
them on top of the kidney, they look like this. The outside of this is all gland tissue, and
cortisol is made by the outer part of that glad. The inside of the gland is all nerve tissue. It makes neurotransmitters. They’re a hormone like substances that are
hormone like, because they travel communication wise through the nervous system, where hormones
travel through the blood. Those are the differentiation. Cortisol is made by the outside, and the inside
would be all the adrenaline. Adrenaline is a stress hormone too, right? Cortisol is a stress hormone. The thing is like, a lot of people are stressed
out, and they seem to not be able to get rid of stress, they can’t seem to turn off cortisol,
and that’s primarily because the adrenal gland only has an on switch. See, cortisol is a hormone that reacts to
stress and adapts the body to stressed states. The same thing with adrenaline. It reacts to stress, and it adapts the body
to stressed states. If you’re being chased by a tiger for example,
you’re going to have the heart rate go up, you’re going to have the blood flow to your
muscles, you’re going to have a very awake brain, excessively aware, and then you’re
going to have higher blood pressure, you’re going to have more adrenaline, you’re going
to have all these different things, but you’re not going to have as much digestion or reproduction. It’s going to turn those things off. What happens over time, and a lot of people
don’t know this, is that when they experience stress over their life, they think when they
go through it, then the stress just goes away. No, all stress is accumulative. I have a machine that measures accumulating
stress, and you can see in a body the huge relationship between the quantity of stress,
and then in present time, their body is stuck on and will not turn off, because adrenal
only has an on switch, it doesn’t have an off switch. All stress accumulates, and it’s also interesting
to note that, and I’m going to just tell you, it’s probably 100%, might be 99% of the time,
but nearly 100% of the time, you take autoimmune cases like rheumatoid, and MS, and lupus,
and all these different autoimmune diseases, it always happens after a stress event, primarily
a loss, or some threat of loss, or a divorce, or whatever. Why is that? Because a loss is a severe stress to the adrenal. It shocks the body even more than a physical
stress. The person can be stuck in it for years, as
far as the physical body gets stuck in it, and then you’re over here, but your body’s
still reacting down there, and then it turns on this autoimmune thing. That’s interesting. We have this thing where we have the adrenals
that gets stuck on over time, because of accumulated stress, it could be measured objectively. You can feel it subjectively just on how well
you tolerate stress, and how you deal with stress. If you can’t tolerate stress, and things get
to you easily, irritate you easily, then we know the adrenal glands are on edge. Now, there’s a term for this called flight
or fight mode. So when you’re flight or fight, you’re in
this mode where you’re constantly either fighting or running away or something. It’s a stressed state. The flight or fight can be measured as well,
and I can measure that in a test, and you can see how much flight or fight the person’s
in, versus if it’s normal of they’re stuck in flight or fight, and a lot of people are
stuck in this flight or fight from past stresses, okay? Stresses could be, you know, change of hormones,
menopause, it could be physical stress, mental stress, could be any type of stress at all. That’s really what’s happening, is that we
have this hormone that’s too high, and this hormone is too high because of the old stress
that you don’t see, because it’s stuck in the past. They do all these tests, and they can’t find
them, because it’s not showing up on a blood test, it’s not showing up on other tests,
but it might be in blood pressure, pulse rate, but you have to use a very sensitive test
to pick this up. I use a test that measures this part of the
adrenal. It’s called the autonomic nervous system. This is all sympathetic nerve fibers, so we
can measure that on a test. It’s called heart rate variability. Don’t worry about the name, but just realize
there is a test that can measure that, and when I look at people, I look at two things. One, is how much stress that they have in
their body, and two, how much health or recovery reserve do they have as well, because it measures
both parts. I find that it’s a relationship, and when
someone is usually in stress for long periods of time, they lose their health reserve, their
recovery, their reserve to back onto, because you know, if you lose your recovery, then
a little bit of stress really can affect you badly. If you have good recovery and your stress
doesn’t bother you as much because you have this buffer to fall back on. The question is, what do we do to turn this
off? Okay, now one of the things that I found,
it’s very difficult to do this with pills and things like that. What I found you have to do is, you have to
manually turn the adrenal glands off. What do you mean manually? The adrenals are stuck way into the body. Well, there’s techniques that basically work
on other parts of this nervous system, okay? It’s called the sympathetic nervous system. There is other parts of the nervous system
that control the off switch, and that’s called the parasympathetics, so that’s another word,
parasympathetics means the part of the nervous system that turns things off, because it controls
rest and digestion. Inevitably, someone that’s stressed usually
has problems with resting and digestion. If you look at the whole body and find out
where these things are located, you can do techniques, acupressure, without needles,
or massage on these locations, of where these things are located in the body, and create
incredible relaxation effect that actually helps this part of the nervous system. You’re really working, not on the gland per
se, but you’re working on the nervous system. You’re increasing the flow of this electrical
wire that’s connected to the brain that won’t turn off. It’s like a switch. What I did, is I listed a series of videos
below, in the link that you can click on to see some of the techniques. There’s a lot of them, but I’m just going
to show you a couple that you can apply on your nervous system to help turn off this
cycle, okay? I want to just give you a taste of this below,
but there’s a lot more we’re going to talk about in future videos. I want to just explain some of the basics
on what cortisol is, and how it effects adrenals, and what’s really happening for people that
are stuck in stressed states. I hope this helped, and I will see you in
the next video.
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Dr. Eric Berg DC walks you through a step-by-step procedure to quickly improve vocal cord stress. Dr. Berg’s patients include opera singers, vocal coaches, professional singers and professors of music. Use this technique at the first hint of irritation or loss of voice.
Dr. Eric Berg talks about cortisol and how to turn off cortisol and stress. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is located in a layer which is on top of the adrenal gland. Cortisol acts to stress and helps to adapt the body to stress levels. All stress is accumulative in the body and as people experience stress (even though it tends to reduce after some time), it begins to accumulate inside our body as the adrenal gland only has the “ON” switch. What you need to do is manually apply the “OFF” switch to reduce cortisol levels which is illustrated below.
I have used this technique on professional opera singers, professors of music, singers and even people with laryngitis, when their medications have no effect.
Here’s the procedure:
First locate the soreness, tickle, or hoarseness by pointing on the front of the neck.
Next, draw an imaginary circle around the neck to the back.
Lastly, press into the neck segment and hold for at least 2 minutes. You will know you have the correct point when you feel that it is at least twice as sore as the soreness in the throat — interesting. If it is not sore, then move up or down until you find the most tender area on the back part of your neck.
After a minute of pressing, evaluate the severity of your symptom and you’ll notice something very strange — it’s gone. All we are doing is removing stuck stress in the vocal cords to allow your body to function correctly. In many cases, I also have the person make one to two kale shakes (search my channel for recipes!) per day. Kale has loads of vitamin A, which the vocal cords and the immune system need to function. The last thing I check for is making sure your “stress” that originally lowered your immune system gets handled or improved.
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Dr. Berg, 50 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods. His private practice is located in Alexandria, Virginia. His clients include senior officials in the U.S. government and the Justice Department, ambassadors, medical doctors, high-level executives of prominent corporations, scientists, engineers, professors, and other clients from all walks of life. He is the author of The 7 Principles of Fat Burning, published by KB Publishing in January 2011. Dr. Berg trains chiropractors, physicians and allied healthcare practitioners in his methods, and to date he has trained over 2,500 healthcare professionals. He has been an active member of the Endocrinology Society, and has worked as a past part-time adjunct professor at Howard University.
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