Fear porn is running rampant. You’ve all heard the purveyors yelling “doom! doom!” at the top of their lungs every time another new and improved disease comes rolling down the pike. This year it is ebola. Last year it was the flu. Next year it will be something else.
But guess what? There are two very important things that you can do:
- Bolster your immune system.
- Turn down the volume on the fear porn.
Let’s face it. If you eat garbage, your immune system is garbage. If your immune system is garbage, you will get sick. Just how hard is that to understand? Health depends on the immune system. Sure, there are genetic predispositions towards certain diseases, but with a bolstered immune system, they can be warded off.
So, if you want a nation of sick, compliant people who are more than willing to pay through the nose for the “cure,” what do you do? Target the immune system. And that is exactly what is going on.
Our immune systems are targeted with each new GMO, each new pesticide, each new toxic food additive, each new water additive, each new vaccine, each new drug, each new…. and on and on. And believe it or not, we can include fear porn on that list.
Yes, fear porn plays a big part in weakening one’s immune system.
Fight or Flight
To produce the fight-or-flight response, the hypothalamus activates two systems: the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system. The sympathetic nervous system uses nerve pathways to initiate reactions in the body, and the adrenal-cortical system uses the bloodstream. The combined effects of these two systems are the fight-or-flight response.
When the hypothalamus tells the sympathetic nervous system to kick into gear, the overall effect is that the body speeds up, tenses up and becomes generally very alert. If there’s a burglar at the door, you’re going to have to take action — and fast. The sympathetic nervous system sends out impulses to glands and smooth muscles and tells the adrenal medulla to release epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline) into the bloodstream. These “stress hormones” cause several changes in the body, including an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.
At the same time, the hypothalamus releases corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) into the pituitary gland, activating the adrenal-cortical system. The pituitary gland (a major endocrine gland) secretes the hormone ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone). ACTH moves through the bloodstream and ultimately arrives at the adrenal cortex, where it activates the release of approximately 30 different hormones that get the body prepared to deal with a threat.
The sudden flood of epinephrine, norepinephrine and dozens of other hormones causes changes in the body that include:
- heart rate and blood pressure increase
- pupils dilate to take in as much light as possible
- veins in skin constrict to send more blood to major muscle groups (responsible for the “chill” sometimes associated with fear — less blood in the skin to keep it warm)
- blood-glucose level increases
- muscles tense up, energized by adrenaline and glucose (responsible for goose bumps — when tiny muscles attached to each hair on surface of skin tense up, the hairs are forced upright, pulling skin with them)
- smooth muscle relaxes in order to allow more oxygen into the lungs
- nonessential systems (like digestion and immune system) shut down to allow more energy for emergency functions
- trouble focusing on small tasks (brain is directed to focus only on big picture in order to determine where threat is coming from)
All of these physical responses are intended to help you survive a dangerous situation by preparing you to either run for your life or fight for your life (thus the term “fight or flight”). Fear — and the fight-or-flight response in particular — is an instinct that every animal possesses.
Here’s how it works: A new “threat” comes on the scene and the media launches into high gear, throwing us into instant “fight or flight” mode in which our immune systems are suppressed. If this is done over and over again, repeatedly, day after day, month after month, well, the immune system is suppressed over and over again, day after day, month after month, which leads to illness. It’s another con. Another way to profit off of our ignorance.
The media makes money because fear porn is addicting, and the docs and assorted pill pushers get rich when we get sick. Everyone makes money but the poor slob who is sucked dry. Yes, it really is that simple. And with all that money comes power, the ultimate aphrodisiac. And power is very addicting. Millionaire? Naw, not good enough… need more… and more… and more… It’s not the money anymore, it’s the high.
We are a nation of addicts and that addiction is driving us over the cliff. Time to end the addiction.
©2014 Barbara H. Peterson