Is this health time-bomb ticking in your household?

The Good Life Letter

23rd August 2009

  • The health time-bomb you won't read about in the papers
  • How this type of stress affects the heart, immune system and bones.
  • Put an end to financial stress - get some help from a friend of mine,  click here for details 

You won't see this health threat discussed in the mainstream press, like Swine Flu...  It doesn't have an antidote you can pick up from your local hospital.

There's no national helpline or doctor's diagnosis.

And yet many people in the UK - especially the elderly - are at threat from hidden health problem right now. It can affect your heart, your blood pressure, your bone density and your immune system.

It may be affecting your future health without you even knowing it...

And the cause of this problem?

Stress, stress, and more stress....

Today I'd like to tell you about an unreported side-effect of recession, unemployment, falling house prices, soaring fuel and energy bills, rising food prices, repossessions, and debt.

In fact, everything you'd associate with the worst financial crisis since the 1930s.

Because of these factors millions of people in Britain are suffering from heightened levels of stress. This has a serious and tangible effect on our physical health.

Here's why...

When you feel threatened or in danger, your body floods itself with stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.

This is part of our basic primeval programming. In prehistoric times it helped us survive.

Stress hormones give us a powerful burst of energy in case we need to run or fight. They sharpen our mental ability, so we can think clearly. They give us an immunity boost and make us feel less pain.

In short, they help launch our bodies into action before our brains even twig what was going on. In times where serious and immediate danger could literally leap out of the bushes at you - these were all a good thing.

But today's stress is different...

Nowadays there's no reason to "fight or flight". The modern form of stress is a drip feed of anxiety and worry. Every day we fret about money, bills, mortgages, careers, status...

We can experience this stress at night as we lie in bed... while we're at work or at home trying to look after our families... and as we scream down the phones at phone, credit card and TV companies.

In modern times we don't use stress hormones to cope with a sudden burst of physical energy. Instead they course through our body all day.

And this is a bad thing.

Because People with too much cortisol in their bloodstream are more open to:

- Muddled thinking
- Decrease in muscle tissue
- High blood pressure
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Decrease in bone density
- Less efficient immune system

You can see how this will affect your general health and well-

But there's a more immediate danger...

The heart risk of serious trauma

A few years ago, a research team from Johns Hopkins University discovered that when you suffer an emotional trauma, stress hormones flood your bloodstream. Your heart rate quickens, your blood pressure rises and your muscles tense.

These stress hormones can actually become toxic to your heart, effectively 'stunning' it, causing chest pains, breathlessness and heart failure.

Other triggers include being the victim of a serious crime, losing your home, or suffering a serious financial or job crisis.

So what can you do to protect yourself?

How you can begin to solve these problems

Let's face it, money IS stress...

Or at least money worries are.

There's nothing more stressful than seeing your mortgage payments grow too huge, your endowment plan shrinking to the size of a sixpence (yep - I fell for THAT one back in the 80s), or your pension pot withering away to a life sentence living off stale crackers.

But this connection between your personal finances and your health is often overlooked.

Of course, if your house is repossessed and you lose everything, people can understand that you may find it all too much. But it's also the little worries... the drip drip effect of bills, the looming cloud of recession, the thought that you're making the wrong choices with your money...

It's these stresses that quietly affect your blood pressure, your immune system, your heart, your mental health.

If you're suffering from money worries like these, then I strongly advise you to take a look at this website: Relive your money stress

A step-by-step solution to money stress

Here's a way you can letmy friend, and money expert, Lewis Geary take you by the hand and lead you away from your financial problems.

In this step-by-step system he shows you how to:

- Clear all of your debts - fast - using money you have now
- Cut your spending in half - without missing out on the good stuff
- Make up to £15,000 from home in a few spare hours a week
- Invest for a substantial nest-egg (even if you have no spare cash now)
- Ring-fence your newfound wealth so that you pay less tax - legally
- Increase your personal net worth to ensure a long, rich retirement

This is a proper debt-to-wealth programme that offers specific tips and measures you can take today. You don't have to make painful sacrifices or starve. Lewis's aim is to make you feel richer and less worried about money WITHOUT you working harder or putting yourself under pressure.

By the way, this is not one of those money-saving website or books that show you how to scrimp and save.

Lewis says:

"Why make life any more miserable by telling you to water down a tin of chicken soup to make it last for three days... or make an old pair of jeans into a draft excluder and keep your heating off until you can see your breath in front of you in your front room. A bunch of money saving tips on their own are useless - and soul destroying."

Instead, Lewis shows you how to live a happy life no matter what financial position you're in right now. He's put together a "walk-you-through" system designed to take you out of debt, get you into the black, and then help you enjoy some of the treats in life.

In short, you can live like a millionaire, even if you're far, far away from being one.

Anyway, take a look at his letter, it's probably the best bit of direct, no-nonsense common sense you've read in ages:

Relive your money stress

Why happiness is the cure

What's good about following something like The Minimum Wage Millionaire is that it's NOT about getting rich quick from some business opportunity. It's not about gambling or risk. It's not about making impossible financial promises.

This is about realistic and effortless ways to tweak the way you use money. And about finding happiness in the money you do have right now.

This is important. Because according to Dr Derek Cox,
Director of Public Health in Scotland:

'If you are happy you are likely in the future to have less in the way of physical illness than those who are unhappy'.

Andrew Steptoe, the British Heart Foundation Professor of Psychology says:

'We know that stress, which has bad effects on biology, leads to those bad changes as far as health is concerned. What we think is happening is that happiness has the opposite effect and has a protective effect on these same biological pathways'

So here's a way to do something NOW about your money worries. Simply by having some clear goals in place, you'll start to feel happier and more in control. And with that, you will start to protect your health.

Here's Lewis's website for more information:

Relive your money stress


Ray Collins
The Good Life Letter





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