The Doctors TV Show was called “Cure It In No Time” today and one of the topics they discussed was how to cure stress quickly. The Drs TV Show brought Tami, a 34-year-old lady, on their show because she said that she feels like she is on a constant roller coaster. She was recently divorced and so she has nobody to ask to help watch the kids when she needs a minute for herself. Her grandfather had heart disease and she fears that she might have a heart attack. Dr John M Kennedy, author of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day, joined The Doctors to help Tami with a Stress Reduction activity called the BREATHE Technique.
The Doctors: Acute Stress vs Long Term Stress
Dr John M Kennedy told Tami that nobody is immune to the potential of a heart attack. She must learn to balance life, career, and her home life without stressing herself out, because heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US. Furthermore, he said that it is the day-in and day-out stress that increases our risk of getting a heart attack. Dr Kennedy said that there are two types of stress: Acute Stress and Long Term Stress. Acute Stress is a sudden stress that lasts momentarily and, if you are otherwise healthy, this usually does not effect you. Long Term Stress is the stress that you have day-in and day-out, which is bad for you because your stress response is turned on all the time and can cause permanent damage to your heart tissue.
The Doctors: Stress Challenge Obstacle Course
The Doctors and Dr John M Kennedy set Tami up to do a Stress Challenge Obstacle Course where she was given a list of tasks to do in 10 minutes, and she was connected to a Body Harness that tracked her blood pressure and cortisol levels. Tami’s heart rate at rest was 80, but by the time she finished making cookies, making a dinner reservation, getting a package delivery, tending to her baby, and vacuuming the floor, her heart rate was over 174 and her temperature was rising. Stress hormones were running through her body, which was causing her body temperature to go up. Cortisol is the chronic stress hormone and, when she was at her peak stress level, her cortisol levels were really very high.
The Doctors: BREATHE Technique for Stress
Dr John M Kennedy taught Tami (and all of us) how to breathe correctly to decrease our stress cortisol hormone levels. 4 out of 5 Americans are breathing incorrectly – that is a surprisingly high statistic!
Here is what Dr Kennedy said that BREATHE stands for:
B – Beginning
R – Relax – take 7 deep breaths breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth
E – Envision – visualize a familiar hiking path and, with each step, you get more relaxed. Visualize waterfalls and streams.
A – Apply – think about how the river is like your arteries and the waterfall is like your heart.
T – Treat or Therapy – look forward to doing this exercise!
H – Healing – see how you feel more relaxed from doing this stress buster.
E – End – feel relaxed and open your eyes.
The Doctors: The 15 Minute Heart Cure
Dr Kennedy said that Tami’s heart rate was much lower after doing this breathing exercise and that her cortisol level was 20% lower. No matter who you are, you could be at risk for heart disease, so this BREATH Technique is crucial! Everyone in The Doctors Audience went home with their own copy of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day.