This is our 2nd line of defense on the outside of our body, and our first line of defense on the inside of our body. When stress makes our adrenals overwork long enough then our immune system jumps in to lend a helping hand. The elevated cortisol will eventually cause problems with our immune system.
In order to get an infection three things are present: First a weakened immune system, second a suitable environment for the bugs to grow on and third exposure to a bug. These very small organisms grow in a swamp and not in the ocean. When our body is toxic on the inside, it is a great place for bugs to grow and flourish.
Our perfect blue print is equipped with a very methodical precise plan of action to deal with internal invasion in our body. Nothing in the way we respond to physical, chemical, emotional or electromagnetic insult happens by accident. When this programmed response is overwhelmed, things go wrong. With a confused and compromised response bad stuff happens quickly. Tissue healing is delayed, our garbage disposal system (detoxification) gets sluggish and we accumulate toxins. The lymph system is part garbage disposal and part immune system that also accumulates poisons. These changes are manifested and measurable in blood tests that show decreased levels of short term responder chemicals (IgA). The total effect of things gone wrong by too much cortisol gives us increased susceptibility to, and increased numbers of infections.
We typically see young patients who get an infection. They are prescribed antibiotics and no sooner are they over this infection, they get another infection someplace else. They have a sore throat, swollen tonsils and a strept infection. After the antibiotics they then get an ear infection. After more antibiotics then they get a sinus infection, more antibiotics. Then they get bronchitis and more antibiotics. This cycle continues because there is now delayed healing of tissues.
This response is nothing new. We all have experienced it with our friends or our own family. It has been confirmed in many animal and human studies. When animals are under emotional stress it makes their immune system and infected skin wounds worse. Here is a typical response: Animals that were stressed prior to wounding and infection had a 30 percent delay in healing after three to five days. After five days, the stressed animals had 100,000 times more opportunistic bacteria in their wounds than the non-stressed animals. Seven days after the bacteria exposure, about 85 percent of the wounds in the stressed animals were infected. Only 27 percent of the wounds in the non-stressed animals remained infected. Emotional Stress increased the rate of wound infection three times.41
Sadly, most western trained doctors ignore this information for several reasons. They don’t know or care that it exists, or they are bound by the status quo of what drugs doctors should prescribe for what symptoms. Their rationalization is that it is an animal study, and what difference does it make when their treatment solution is ‘just fill them full of antibiotics anyway!’
Curiously we humans respond exactly the same way. Women who had high cortisol levels and were wounded on the arms had lower levels of key compounds released by the body to do the healing. The study concluded that the anti-inflammatory effects of cortisol strongly suppress the immune system.42,43
Can you believe that a doctor would give a steroid based drug to treat inflammation and infection without a second thought of what problems it will create? By the way, in order for an organ transplant to work the patient is given massive doses of steroid drugs to suppress the immune system so that our blue print to reject the foreign organ does not work. Simply and crudely, it’s my kidney made specifically for me and me alone. Just because we have the same blood type, the same genetic markers, even the same mother and father, the inborn intelligence of your body knows that it’s my kidney and has no business being inside of you. The precise action of your blueprint has been created to: REJECT A FOREIGN KIDNEY THAT IS NOT YOURS!
To every rule there is an exception. If you force-feed your body with massive amounts of steroids causing confusion and shutting off your immune system your body may accept my kidney. You also get the blessing of being capable of getting any and every infection that comes within a country mile of you.
Just stop and think here. If stuffing yourself with steroids causes your body to do stupid stuff automatically without you knowing, does it matter where the steroids come from?
Here is the ah ha moment! Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced in massive amounts when you are under stress. OUR REACTION TO STRESS PRODUCES THE EXACT SAME RESULT AS TAKING PRESCRIPTION STEROID DRUGS TO SUPPRESS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM - IT STOPS WORKING!
Cliff Atwell, B.S., D.C.