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The Relationship Between Stress And Health

It can be humbling to realize how much stress and health are joined at the hip with one another. For many, that can be a very annoying reality.

The truth of the matter is that there IS some basic physiology that affects stress and health.

The human body was designed to function optimally when in balance more often throughout the day.

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To more fully appreciate the power of unmanaged stress – being out of balance - it is important to have a basic understanding of how the stress response works.

The “Fight or Flight” Response to Stress

The “fight or flight” response IS the stress response. This is an automatic alert system that is part of our brain and its main function is to help us survive. Perfect.

The stress response is a response to a stressor that on some level we don’t feel like we have the adaptive resources needed for coping with stress:


The body responds to the stress response being triggered by releasing stress hormones. The intention of those hormones is to help the body adapt to a short-term, or acute stressor.

The problem with those stress hormones is when the acute stressors become chronic stress.

I can’t emphasize this enough…the body functions best when given an opportunity to be in balance more of the time throughout the day…

The stress response alerts us when our innate balance has been threatened...real or perceived.

Long Term Stress and Health

Many of us may first start to notice physiological stress through the physical stress and health symptoms of:

Chronic headaches
Neck and back pains
Muscle tension
High blood pressure
Cardiovascular disease
Skin problems
Elevated heart rate
Sleep deprivation
Can’t get pregnant
Losing or gaining weight

Things you CAN do to increase balance?

I am a believer in the healing benefits of balance, and feel it is important to get the opinion of a trusted medical provider…someone that truly cares about your health, well-being, AND who is willing to listen to you.

And, there are some proven holistic practices that are very effective in reducing stress and promoting the healing process:
  • healthy deep breathing
  • Energy healing or healing touch
  • Massage
  • Guided imagery
  • Meditation
  • Music therapy
  • Mindfulness meditation
And, if I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a hundred times…pain and stress reduction are significantly impacted by the power of touch.

Just being touched in a loving way CAN help to manage stress.

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No More Waiting

You can learn how to manage stress symptoms and create balance WITHOUT waiting until you:
  • get home from work
  • or until you can go to the gym or yoga class
  • or until you are alone
You CAN learn how to have a positive impact on your stress and health while, in the midst of your demanding lives and no one know that you are doing anything differently, but you WILL begin to feel better.

Why bother?

Because you CAN regain a sense of control over your life with LESS stress and anxiety. And, you will start feeling better.

for FREE during your 1/2 hour consultation about your stress situation with me.

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“Ms. Churchill is the unique health care worker everyone hopes to encounter, but rarely does. She has an extraordinary gift that allows her to do much more than diagnose and treat.”
Abbie K. – Minneapolis

K., age 45, is a long term chronically PTSD disabled patient. She has had daily headaches for 20 years. Two weeks ago she reported that she had had 4 days of pain free time, and was having the exceedingly odd sensation of "smiling all the time". She and Cathi have made extraordinary fast progress together.
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I referred C.L., age mid-forties, to see Cathi after a life of suffering the post traumatic stress disorder of parental sexual abuse over many years of her childhood, with major dysfunctions of alcohol and drug abuse, and with the disabling symptoms of migraine that have for more than twenty years become chronic.

She has lived with daily headaches that have not responded to any of the several drugs which have benefited many such suffering patients. She has needed chronic opiate treatment of her chronic pain syndrome.

In the few weeks that Cathi has worked with her, C.L. has begun to experience days without pain, periods of happiness, and a reduction in her opiate dosage requirements that represent a breakthrough in her stalled-out life as a single mom raising a teen-age daughter with only social security income resources.
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“I first met Cathi Churchill eight years ago when she effectively helped my work unit through the stress of a hospital-wide layoff. I was impressed with her clear-minded approach and willingness to listen.”
Andy R.

N., age 60, is a hard driving attorney twenty year patient of mine who hit the wall with chronic fatigue four years ago, and began to realize she had to learn to rest. She recovered enough to return to her workaholic lifestyle when she was stopped by a herniated cervical disc and resumption of her chronic colitis.

Working with Cathi, she is discovering "the way she does life" and learning to make choices about it. She came in last week, having "danced until dawn". She is learning to dialogue with her body in effective ways.
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“I stumbled upon Cathi after my recent heart attack that was brought on by stress. I was scared of having another one, and didn’t know what to do. I had lost hope. Working with her has changed my life. I’m so grateful."
Debbie – Canada

M.S., a woman in her late forties with progressively more and more disabling rheumatoid arthritis since childhood, whose most recent problems have arisen over the last two to three years as complications of immunosuppressive therapy for her disease. The complications have been associated with the severely disabling chronic pain of recurrent herpes neuralgia for more than three years, and for the past 15 months, recurrent osteomyelitis in her right lower mandible.

The second, more alarming (even life-threatening) problem has caused months of diagnostic and therapy confusion among her many consultants, three successive resections of the bone over the last six to eight months, and the still ongoing threat of more relapses of the smoldering bone infection and chronic pain only made bearable by chronic, massive doses of opiates.

In the few months since M. began to work with Cathi with several modalities: stress management, therapeutic touch, guided imaging, and others, her life has become more livable, as she has become able to bear the pain and the discouragement of unresolved disease.

She has relied on many of the methods for maintaining hope and getting through overwhelming discouragement by using the inner resources she has learned with Cathi.

My hope as her primary physician, is that Cathi and M. will be able to continue to work together to maintain that inner strength and hope as she faces yet more months of pain, and further repeated surgery.

Thank you for the healing guidance you've been able to give her thus far.
Dr. Racer

“I sought out the help of Cathi during my divorce, and found her to be an insightful and compassionate coach. Her ability to see deep into the heart of an emotionally stressful problem is, I believe, unique and I would highly recommend her service to anyone.”
P.R. – Brooklyn Center

S., age 48, is a Laotian patient of mine with 15 years of chronic abdominal pain. She has had an extensive medical worked up, and nothing ever worked. Cathi saw her over several months.

S. has improved! Cathi established a trusting relationship with her, and helped her to effectively break through her wall of silence and grief about her son's mental illness, and taught her how to "change her thinking".

S. now comes in smiling, notes some unusual continued symptoms, but no longer has chronic abdominal disabling pain.
Dr. Cole

“Control My Stress is so amazing. I want to thank you, again, for such a valuable resource.”

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