Fight or Flight
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“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.”

– Natalie Goldberg, American New Age author and speaker


Stress: The Epidemic of the Eighties. That was the cover story for the June 6, 1983 edition of Time magazine. The article referred to stress as our leading health problem. At the time, experts in the field predicted the issue of stress would grow progressively worse with time and, sadly, they were right. Job stress is the leading source of stress for adults, but stress levels have also intensified in children, teenagers, students and for the elderly. In North America, an estimated 75 to 90 per cent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related issues.

Present-day stress tends to be more pervasive and insidious because...

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