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STRESS EFFECTS is unlike any book on the subject of stress, exploring the link between stress, adrenal fatigue and thyroid hormone imbalance, as well as the link between stress, addiction, the gut microbiome and chronic disease including: allergies, anxiety, depression, vascular disease, metabolic disease, dementia, fatty liver disease, obesity, autism spectrum disorder, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions.

Written by a university-qualified Respiratory Educator, STRESS EFFECTS presents a detailed perspective on the science of breathing and the effects of stress on the respiratory system and breathing patterns producing episodes of hyperventilation, thoracic-dominant breathing, rapid breathing and mouth breathing.  These breathing patterns can be triggered by stress and perpetuated by habit, and can produce disconcerting symptoms (e.g. breathing difficulty, chest pain, heart palpitations, arrhythmias, light-headedness, dizziness, headaches, confusion, difficulty concentrating, feeling disconnected or agitated, pins and needles, numbness around the mouth, nausea, cramping, bloating, etc.), and can cause or contribute to symptoms associated with:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Allergies
  • Airway hyper-responsiveness
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Ventricular hypertrophy
  • Cor pulmonale
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • Failed lower back surgery
  • Constipation
  • Seizures
  • Thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Exercise-induced breathing difficulty, premature fatigue and injury
  • Compromised sports performance.

STRESS EFFECTS explains why “deep breathing” can worsen stress (rather than alleviate stress) and details the 4 key elements of the real breathing antidote to stress to help restore balance to breathing patterns and blood gases to attenuate the stress response and calm and soothe the nervous system as part of the body’s relaxation response.  As an extension of the breathing antidote to stress, the author provides recommendations to minimise breathing-related symptoms associated with speaking and exercise, and recommendations to minimise sleep disturbances including snoring and sleep apnoea.

This book not only delivers the breathing antidote to stress but also provides readers with a healthy breathing foundation for life!  This is a book that belongs in every home because the quality of your breathing matters more than you think!

STRESS EFFECTS is a must-read for practitioners who support clients in reducing stress in their lives, including counsellors, psychologists, doctors, nurses, and yoga, meditation and relaxation pracitioners.  This book also addresses the effects of chronic mouth breathing and the ripple effect this can have throughout the musculoskeletal system and therefore this book may also appeal to dentists, orofacial myologists, physiotherapists, osteopaths and other body work therapists.