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The holidays are a time of joy and family, but also can be a time of stress. In this episode, discover:

--The physiological definition of stress and how our emotions can take our bodies out of their normal balance.

--That there is an increase in suicides, stress-related hospitalizations, and death around the holidays.

--How the Centers for Disease Control reports 90% of all diseases have an underlying cause of stress, including Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and weight gain around the middle.

--The most common denominator in patients with low back pain and how it relates to their work.

--How men and women react differently to stress, including which sex gets stressed more easily and which sex cannot maintain stress levels as long.

--A quiz about signs of stress and anxiety symptoms that you might have.

--How 80% of the Chiropractic adjustments that Dr. Prather makes are related to stress. And which muscles that Dr. Prather calls his "tension evaluation points".

--How 25% of all pharmaceuticals prescribed are for stress-related issues like depression and anxiety. And the natural alternatives to prescription drugs that Dr. Prather recommends to his patients such as homeopathic and herbal formulas, vitamins, and minerals.

--The technology that allows Dr. Prather to test specifically for the exact natural products to which your body will best respond.

--How Dr. Prather uses Acupuncture to give "immediate relief" to the pain of Pancreatitis.

--How gratitude actually lowers the levels of stress hormones in your body. Plus, how positive emotions can add up to seven years to your life.

--Why you need to learn to breathe properly to shift your body from a fight-flight response to a rest-digest mode. And why Dr. Prather says "the biggest indicator of how long you live" is connected to how deep you breathe.


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