Everyone at some point in life has felt stressed, stress can be considered part of life. All animals have stress response, which can save their lives.
The nerve chemicals and hormones released during stressful times, prepares the animal to face a threat or flee to safety.
However, with chronic stress, those same nerve chemicals that are life-saving in short bursts can suppress functions that aren’t needed for immediate survival. Your immunity is lowered and your digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems stop working normally. Once the threat has passed, other body systems act to restore normal functioning.
Smoking has been linked to a set of chronic diseases, and cancers:
The conclusions from reports of general surgeons in the US have evolved from a few associations in 1964 to a robust body of evidence documenting the health consequences from both active smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke across a range of diseases and organ systems. In 2004 a report concluded that smoking affects nearly every organ of the body, and the evidence in this report provides even more support for that finding.
Despite recent advances in health care policy, American households continue to struggle with medical debt, and it’s only getting worse. Americans are putting more of their take-home pay toward medical costs than ever before. Continue reading →