Manatakaģ American Indian Council



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How Can Stress It Affect You?

From The Heart of Health by Stephen Linsteadt, NHD, CNC


Many people suffer from the effects of stress. It could come from your secular employment, family related issues or just the day-to-day problems that we all need to put up with. Whatever causes you stress-whether it is driving in rush hour traffic, a strained relationship with your family or with a fellow employee. Stress is not new to the human race! Stress in itself is not a bad thing; it can give us needed courage to face problems. In life threatening situations stress can enable people to perform things they would never have faced before.


Working in law enforcement for over 40 years, I personally have faced situations where there was great stress. Once while on patrol I happened to be in the area where a man was working on his vehicle and the jack fell on him pinning him between the driveway and the vehicle. He was in mortal danger. I donít know where it came from but I was able to lift the rear of the vehicle enough so he could be pulled to safety. A surge of adrenaline within me enabled me to perform this task. I have to say I felt strange and the hair on the back of my neck was standing straight. This was a form of stress as I was told later. Sometimes when we face difficult situations our body seems to gather something from deep inside of us so as to do something we normally would not be able to do.


Often times stress can release the adrenaline in the human body to help in many other situations. If we are being attacked by another person or perhaps an animal, this special ingredient of our chemical make up gives us extra energy to enable us to not only face these issues but to overcome the situation. The best way to deal with stress, some doctors say, is to try to think of something pleasant until the feeling passes.




"Thoughts and emotions have an electromagnetic frequency vibration that is perceived by every cell in the body through the an instant communication system.  Negative thoughts of stress can interfere with the electromagnetic, biophoton signaling at the cellular membrane and DNA levels.  When this happens, the communication signals become chaotic and cellular information and instructions for enzyme and protein formation become blocked.  The same thing happens when you are trying to get a clear signal on your radio.  The antenna must be pointed in the direction of the transmitted incoming signal.  Without this focusing you only get static... when you turn your attention away from the Source you also get static." --



The Heart of Health by Stephen Linsteadt, NHD, CNC


Grandfather Daniel SevenHawks Hoffman with Irene "Pocahontas" Bedard at the Blackhorse Powwow