"Why am I always getting sick?!"
March 30th, 2009 05:24 pm
Oh, that must be why.

"Cortisol is used in virtually every system in the body, a hormone that literally integrates the body and the mind by altering the configuration of the brain. Cortisol interferes with the immune system, changes the sensitivity of the ears, nose and eyes, and alters various bodily functions. When you have a lot of cortisol coursing through your veins, you are--by definition--under stress. Cortisol and stress are virtually synonymous.


In white blood cells cortisol is almost certainly involved in switching on a gene called TCF, also on chromosone IO, thus enabling TCF to make its own protein, whose job is to suppress the expression of another protein called interleukin 2, and interlukin 2 is a chemical that puts whte blood cells on alert to be especially vigilant for germs. So, cortisol supresses the immune alertness of white blood cells and makes you more susceptible to disease."
--Genome by Matt Ridley

It seems like one of the hundreds of times I bemoaned my susceptibility to illness, someone might have told me that my stress-monkey nature that is to blame.
mood: aaa-chu!
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Date:March 31st, 2009 - 01:54 am
*Raises hand* I have the same problem!

I'm searching for stress-relief cures. I've been meaning to start yoga.
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Date:April 1st, 2009 - 06:56 am
Yup. Cortisol is tricky, though, 'cause your body needs it to function properly as well. Too little is as bad, if not worse, than too much. And it's really difficult to keep in balance...especially with a stress-monkey nature, in your case, or autoimmune issues, in my case. Not so much fun.

Hope you're able to find ways of de-stressing and therefore feeling better. Being sick all the time sucks.
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