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Stress, Anxiety & Our DNA; How The Damage Happens & How To Repair It

I am a great believer in teaching people how they can take charge of their own wellness and start healing themselves from the inside out. Dr. Bruce Lipton Ph.D., world renowned biologist and leader in the field of epigenetics, has discovered that 95% of illnesses are emotionally based. There are thoughts and feelings that lower our energy, resulting in our body's inability to function properly internally; which in turns results in some form of physical ailment manifesting.

We have all felt hurt, judgment, external pressures, fear, worry, anxiety and stress at one time or another. These are lower energy emotions that need to be processed and released from our body, mind and spirit on a regular basis. If left unchecked, these lower energies prevent the body's natural processes from regulating and healing itself. Instead of extra energy for thriving; your body only has energy for surviving. This creates stress in the body; which in turn creates stress in our mind. When we have stress in our minds, we tend to over think which prevents us from quieting our thoughts and getting a good, restful and restorative sleep.

When we are stressed and not able to properly release, reset and recharge, we create a situation where we are in a state of chronic stress. Our rational thought goes out the window, along with our patience. We may become short-fused or internalize. We may try to self medicate or regulate with other comforts (food, shopping,sex, escaping reality in some way).

I am going to share with you some of how stress impacts your body. I will also share with you simple tools – and I mean SIMPLE tools to empower you to release the stress, anxiety and tension; and start repairing your own damaged DNA strands.

So what does stress do in our bodies at the DNA level?


Dr. Dawson Church, Ph.D, author of “Mind to Matter” explains how chronic stress calcifies our DNA strands at the Telomere point. When you are in a state of stress, your body produces cortisol, which puts calcium into your system. Normally this is fine for short periods of time; but long-term cortisol infusion has damaging affects on your DNA.

You have telomeres at the ends of your DNA strands that help to bind your DNA and slow the process of aging. Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand in your DNA that protect your chromosomes, like the little plastic tips at the end of shoelaces.

Without the coating, the shoelaces (or in this case the Telomeres) become frayed and the strings fall apart and the shoe lace no longer can do its job. When DNA strands become damaged by Cortisol, the cells in our body become damaged and they can no longer do their job. Stress literally calcifies your Telomeres and subsequently your cells. When your Telomeres are damaged and the DNA can no longer connect properly,and it can no longer produce healthy cells. When the DNA cannot produce healthy cells chronic illness, dis-ease and degeneration occur It is when your DNA is damaged that things go south with our health. It is true what people say "stress can kill you" one telomere end of a DNA strand, at a time.

The ONLY way you can repair your damaged telomeres is by reducing your cortisol levels and increasing your dopamine and serotonin (joy, happiness, bliss, pace and acceptance).


So how do we increase our dopamine neurotransmitter levels? Meditation is a great practice that helps to create wellness in the body, by increasing your body’s dopamine levels. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate our body’s nervous system. Your body produces dopamine; then your nervous system uses it to communicate between your nerve cells, neurons and sensory neurites.

Dopamine also governs:

· Motivation

· Heart Rate

· Blood Vessel Function

· Kidney Function

· Lactation

· Sleep

· Emotional Regulation

· Attention and Focus

· Control of Nausea and Vomiting

· Pain Processing

· Movement


How do we increase our serotonin levels? Meditation helps; but Emotional Freedom Tapping Technique, really helps by connecting the emotion to the “upset” or “event”. When you are able to connect and release lower energy emotions, your serotonin levels rise.

Serotonin governs:

· Regulating Your Mood & Social Behaviours

· Regulates Your Appetite and Digestive System

· Helps Regulate Your Sleep and Your Moods

· It Assists In Managing Memory

· It Regulates Our Sex Drive & Functioning

Having a balanced supply of Dopamine and of Serotonin in one’s body, means you will be happy, balanced, content and feel well.


When you live in chronic stress, your anxiety goes up. You don’t have the “calm peaceful centered self” anymore. What you do have is a “hyper sensitive, irrational, upset, angst” self. When you are in a state of stress and anxiety, everything seems completely overwhelming; and the littlest of things will set you off. You live in a place of fear and worry.

General Anxiety Disorder has become epidemic in our society today. General anxiety disorder is different than anxiety over phobias or fears. General anxiety disorder is developing in people over time, creeping in until one day they just can’t cope any more and start to get sick.

General Anxiety Disorder interferes with:

· your digestive system,

· your ability to cope and problem solve,

· mental stability,

· your ability to absorb nutrition properly

· breathing

· heart regulation

· sleep patterns

· aches and pains

General Anxiety Disorder comes out of nowhere – with no visible apparent triggers. You may just be standing in your kitchen when all of a sudden, your body shifts into “anxiety mode”. Your heart starts to race, for no apparent reason – like you have just pounded back 3 cups of coffee! You may break out in a cold sweat or start to tremble. There is no visible trigger that you can determine; that is because the trigger isn’t necessarily there. The anxiety your body is expressing might be deeply seeded, without any rhyme or reason for it emerging.

When you experience anxiety long term, it impacts your ability to absorb food nutrients because your digestive system is upset. It becomes upset as stress and anxiety create an acidic environment in your body. When there is too much acid in your system, you don’t feel very good when you eat. Over time the high levels of acid can disrupt your level of probiotics that help your body break down and absorb food. Without an adequate level of probiotics in your system you can’t absorb the nutrients.

This results in deficiencies in:

· iron,

· potassium phosphate,

· magnesium,

· vitamin b, c and d

· omega 3 and 6

· amino acids

· and much more!

When your body doesn’t have the basic vitamins and minerals it needs to function, it starts to break down:

· When that happens, you aren’t able to eat very much, if at all.

· You may experience shortness of breath or rapid heart beat.

· You feel completely exhausted and weak because you are not absorbing nutrients and your sleep patterns are all messed up.

· You start having unusually and new joint and muscle pains.

· Foods that you used to be able to eat, you can no longer eat because the high acidity has eroded part of your intestinal and stomach lining, creating a tender situation causing pain with every bite.

General Anxiety Disorder is caused by stress, worry and fear. By addressing the stressors, the worries and the fears; one is much better able to “action” a plan to resolve the situation at hand, causing these issues.


What is Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity simply put, refers to your brain's ability to repair its pathways after damage, expanding one's ability to process and cope. Damage could include physical or emotional injuries. According to neuroplasticity is:

"The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment."

The more stress you have, the more you need your neuroplasticity for coping. Increased neuroplasticity in your brain = increased ability to heal from past traumas = increased ability to cope with existing challenges and new traumas that may arise.

Options For Releasing Stress & Anxiety; While Increasing Neuroplasticity:

· Reiki Energy Healing

· Meridian Tapping

· Emotional Freedom Tapping Technique

· Meditation

· Meridian Tracing

· Neurolymphatic Massage

· Quantum Touch/Healing Touch

· Access Consciousness - Access Bars

· Reflexology

· Music/Singing Bowls / Solfeggio tones

· Yoga/Taichi Qigong/Exercise

· Deep Breathing

· Developing a daily spiritual practice

Two Best Techniques To Increase Serotonin & Dopamine; Repairing DNA

Emotional Freedom Tapping Technique (EFT)

EFT tapping gives one the steps to accept what is; love yourself in spite of what is; heal and grow.

When you tap, as you connect to the emotion of what is and loving yourself in that moment, you simultaneously activate key focal points on the meridian segments. These focal points help to activate energy flow aiding in the release of lower energy vibrations while increasing your own power of self suggestion. It helps you to retrain your thoughts, make conscious choices for your state of being and reach a place of acceptance and peace.

Releasing Negative Energy and Feelings

When you do Emotional Freedom Tapping Technique you are releasing and reducing the levels of cortisol in your system and:

· It helps to reduce pain; tests have shown up to 60% pain reduction in those subjects who tapped it away.

· Your neuroplasticity increases substantially giving you more ability to cope with the challenges of life without getting more and more stressed out.

· Your ability to problem solve and function goes way up.

· You are able to accept the situation for what it is; appreciate and send love to yourself in spite of the situation to help you release the emotions and stresses associated with that situation.

· You can also use EFT tapping to reframe a situation or retrain your brain to put more emphasis on the positive side of things; versus the lower energy side of things.

You can use EFT tapping for:

· Acceptance

· Forgiveness

· Love

· General Healing

· Specific Healing

· Dealing With Stress

· Dealing With Trauma

· Releasing Stress, Anxiety, Tension

· Manifesting A New Reality

Setup Statement:

Then you have to define what is upsetting you. So, take a moment and think about that.

· What is upsetting you and What is your “upset number”? 1 = Happy and Joyful; 10 = Angry, Upset, Depressed, Stressed out

· Define it in words

Example Setup Statement

Even though I have (enter problem here – lets use “Anxiety”) I love and accept myself. You say these 3 times.

Tapping Points

  • Karate Chop Point

  • Eyebrow Points (where the beginning of the eyebrow starts)

  • Follow the Eyebrow bone around and down to the side of your eye

  • Then come around the bottom of the eye, along the bone and tap on the center eye point

  • Then tap underneath the nose

  • Then chin point crease between your lip and your chin

  • Then tap your collar bone points (you can use your whole open hand if you like)

  • Then underneath your arm about a hand width from your armpit (or along your bra line)

  • Then end with the top of the head

Then as you tap, you say the setup statement three times per tapping point.

Short Tapping Away Stress & Anxiety Exercise

Example Setup Statement For The Tapping Intention:

Even though I feel a lot of stress when I think of ________________, I accept myself and how I am feeling; (PAUSE FOR A MOMENT & KEEP TAPPING, TAKING A DEEP BREATH) and I now choose to feel calm, at peace and confident.

Take three deep slow breaths

1. Tapping the Karate Chop Point – saying setup statement 3 times slowly while tapping

Even though I feel a lot of stress when I think of ________________, I profoundly love and accept myself; (DEEP BREATH & KEEP TAPPING) and I now choose to feel calm and confident.

2. Tapping the Eyebrow Points – say setup statement 3 times slowly while tapping

Even though I worry something might go wrong, I love and accept myself and how I am feeling; (DEEP BREATH) and I now choose to feel at peace and calm inside.

3. Tapping the Side of the Eye – say setup statement 3 times slowly while tapping

Even though I am anxious about _____________________, I love and accept myself; and how I am feeling. (DEEP BREATH) I now choose to feel relaxed and at peace inside.

4. Tapping Under The Eye – say setup statement 3 times slowly while tapping

Even though I am afraid something bad will happen, I love and accept myself; and how I am feeling. (DEEP BREATH) I now choose to feel strength and confidence in my body.

5. Tapping Under The Nose – say setup statement 3 times slowly while tapping

Even though I feel all this pressure; I accept myself and how I am feeling. (DEEP BREATH) I now choose to feel at peace and incredibly proud of all I have already accomplished.

6. On The Middle Of The Chin – say setup statement 3 times slowly while tapping

Even though I feel unsure about the outcome; I love and accept myself (DEEP BREATH). I now choose to feel empowered, strong and confident.

7. On The Collar Bone Points (King Kong Points) – say setup statement 3 times slowly while tapping

Even though I am holding all of this tension and stress in my body; I accept and love myself. (DEEP BREATH) I now choose to relax my body, releasing tension from every muscle and cell in my body.

8. Under The Arm Points – say setup statement 3 times slowly while tapping

Even though I am afraid that everything will unravel; I love and accept myself; and how I am feeling in this moment. (DEEP BREATH) I now choose to feel strong and confident .

9. Top Of Head Points – say setup statement 3 times slowly while tapping

Even though all this stress and anxiety makes me feel unwell; I love and accept myself for how I am feeling in this moment. (DEEP BREATH) I now choose to surrender control and let things unfold as they are meant to unfold.

Take 3 deep breaths in

Place your hand on your heart and just breathe normally. Notice how you will feel. Are you calmer? More relaxed and less tense?


Meditation helps one connect with love, acceptance, peace and calm in the body, mind and spirit. It helps the body connect to serotonin and dopamine; increasing their production. In turn this helps with depression, anxiety, stress, worry, fear, etc.

When you combine meditation along with EFT tapping you have an unstoppable duo that can aid in shifting your energy, improving your level of wellness, increase your neuroplasticity so you cope better and have a calmer and more peaceful outlook on life. When you meditate in combination with EFT tapping you are connecting the link between your heart and your mind and:

· Physical pain is reduced up to 60%

· Depression dissipates

· Stress and anxiety dissipate

· Neuroplasticity increases

· You create a peaceful mindfulness within your body, mind and spirit

· It helps you connect to the emotions of fruition; aiding in creating a new reality for yourself

It helps you release lower energy emotions so that you can heal yourself. Your stress level drops, your physical ailments improve, you pain levels drop, your problem-solving ability goes way up and you feel an overall sense of peace and joy.

Studies have shown that people that practice EFT tapping and meditation become more optimistic about life. Other studies have shown that optimists live 8 years longer than pessimists. The extended life span is of a good healthy life, not another 8 years of illness and disease.

Try this Releasing Stress, Anxiety and Tension guided meditation I wrote. There are lots of others on the internet as well, so explore what resonates best with you.

Tapping and Meditation are the 2 easiest and best ways to calm your nervous system, increase your neuroplasticity, increase your dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters and repair your DNA strands that have been damaged by stress & anxiety.

They are an unstoppable duo!!

Laurie Fulford, PMP

Harmony Hands Energy Healing

Terrace, BC

Phone: 250-635-7966

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