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 Stress and Rashes and Physical Symptoms  

Pamela Levin, R.N., T.S.T.A., 

How could it be possible that some stress- say, at work, cause a rash or some other horrible physical symptom or illness? Well, it is not only possible, but occurs very frequently.

When you understandi how this works, you will have a way to think about this so you 'll be better able to both reduce your stress exposure when possible and manage your stress better when it happens.

It's pretty simple, really. When you're stressed, your adrenal glands (stress management glands) release a substance called cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that directs your body to go into a special management strategy - one that's as ancient as any human being. Cortisol tells the automatic part of your nervous system (your autonomic nervous system) to 'man the lifeboats'. Then your bodily resources - nutrition, available energy, blood delivery circulation system, - in short, everything - is rerouted into dealing with the stress. You may have heard this response called 'fight or flight' reaction, and more modern research demonstrates that in women, it can be called 'tend and befriend'.

The upshot is that your body no longer tends to everyday household chores, like cleaning up dirty places, repairing tissues that need upgrading, or even chasing out invaders, like bacteria, viruses or even parasites. Your bodily response is an all-out 'run from the lion' - just the same as the first humans had back on the African Savannah.

The thing is, that big cortisol spike is designed to take place only in the short term... a few hours... maybe a day. But not constant. Not on a daily basis, for days, weeks, months, years at a time.

But the more we live in that stress response, the more those repair or chase out invader jobs that got put on the back burner can pile up. Pretty soon tissues start to break down or invaders get the upper hand.

In short, that's how stress can cause a rash or, for that matter, any other physical symptom. So keeping those cortisol surges short and getting back to 'thrive mode' in your automatic nervous system is the key to managing stress.

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Pamela Levin, RN is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in private practice 40 years She also has over 500 post-graduate hours in Clinical Nutrition and Herbology.


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Pamela Levin is an R.N. and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst who has been in private practice offering health improvement services for 40 years.

She has over 500 post-graduate hours of training in clinical nutrition, herbology and applied kineseology.

She has published many professional journal and lay audience articles and has an international reputation in the fields of emotional development, emotional intelligence and Transactional Analysis.

For her work in these areas, she was awarded the prestigious Eric Berne Award by members of the International Transactional Analysis Association in 72 countries.

She has lectured and trained both lay and professional audiences all over the world.

Her work is continues to be used  throughout North and South America, The UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.

She has personally researched the key emotional nutrients™ she makes available through this site.

They have consistently been demonstrated to be the core nutrients people need to feed all the six parts of their emotional selves. 

People from all cultures and languages in all parts of the world have used them since she first made them public in 1974 to feed their emotional selves, move from surviving to thriving, release limiting beliefs, improve parenting skills and more.