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How Safe Is Your Home?

When we think of safety in the home we usually refer to things like radon or fire hazard.  Today a study was revealed that young girls who live in homes where there is ongoing stress go through puberty at an earlier age.  The study reported girls as young as seven years old entering puberty.    The explanation goes back to our earliest times when our body responded to things  for survival.  When a woman’s life may have bee threatened the body kicked in earlier so that she could mature and propagate the species.

Today things are quite different and we aren’t looking at survival of a species when considering puberty.  What the study points out is that stress can have an enormous impact on the body.  If it can accelerate the clock for puberty what do you think is happening inside your body if you’ve been diagnosed with a life-altering illness.  If hormones are targeted by the stress what is the stress encouraging your body to do that you don’t want it to? 

In pre-historic times the average person couldn’t stop the woolly mammoth, but you have control over the stress level in your home.  If relationships are strained then what will you do to ease the tension?  If financial concerns are the dark cloud over the home where will you seek advice or what community programs are available to help you through this time of need?

There are enough challenges your body is confronting when dealing with the illness…why give the illness one more advantage in the wellness arena?  I know you can’t eliminate stress, but minimizing it could be as important as the next pharmaceutical to hit the shelves in saving your life…the choice is yours!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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