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Dr. Corinne: Panic Attacks: Is Anxiety Holding You Back From Living Life to the Fullest?
Dr. Corinne Weaver : Mar 21, 2019 DrCorinneWeaver.com
I believe stress and how our body deals with stress is the main cause of disease.
Imagine, that you are sitting in a restaurant. At some point during the meal, you notice that your heart is beating faster than normal and that there is slight pressure in your chest. You feel like you are having difficulty breathing and you also notice that the lights in the restaurant are starting to bother you. You begin to hear every noise around you: a child clinking his silverware against his glass, the waiter writing down an order and conversations becoming increasingly louder. Suddenly, the restaurant feels overwhelming and small, at which point you may feel a tingling sensation down your arms or your stomach cramping. You may be thinking, is this a heart attack? Why can't I get a deep breath? Why is it so loud in here? What's happening to me? (Image: Pixabay)
What exactly is an anxiety attack?
Chances are, if you have experienced any parts of the above scenario, you've had a panic attack. Panic attacks can occur anywhere and at any time. A panic attack is often classified as feeling profound moments of anxiety that can present themselves in physical symptoms or feeling of doom. (1) They typically last for about 10 minutes but can take a few minutes to hours to calm down.
Anxiety enlists the body's natural "fight or flight" response. This type of innate response kicks in when we perceive a harmful event or threat to our survival. The body will produce a flood of hormones to help enhance our speed, heart rate, reflexes and circulation. (2) Anxiety can also tap into this "fight or flight" system. This can help explain for example why we may feel "nervous or anxious" before giving a speech in public or before flying. In order to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, the symptoms must persist for months. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, around 40 million adults age 18 and above have an anxiety based mental illness. That is nearly 18 percent of our population.
The seven common types of anxiety disorders and their symptoms
(3) There are seven common types of anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), phobias, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and separation anxiety disorder. (3) Anxiety can present itself in a variety of different symptoms and forms. Much like the restaurant scenario, it can be an emotional and or a physical response.
The emotional response can include but is not limited to the following examples (3):
Some examples of physical responses to anxiety (3):
Anxiety and the spine connection
So many times, I hear people say, "Dr. Weaver, I can breathe and smell better after you correct my upper cervical spine." Just recently I saw a young man who has been having anxiety for about a year. He had trouble sleeping, shortness of his breath and mid back pain. He went to his doctor and his doctor prescribed some anti-anxiety meds. He told me the meds made him feel weird and he did not want to take them. My heart went out to him because I knew I was unable to see him many times due to him living 640 miles away.
After I made an upper cervical correction to his spine, I made him rest with proper spinal alignment and I had him do some breathing techniques. About 30 minutes later I woke him up and he had this big smile on his face saying "I can breathe, and I feel amazing!" I smile every time I hear someone tell me they can breathe better because I still remember my first upper cervical correction. I had no idea that day was going to change my life forever.
The gut connection
Did you know digestion issues can lead to anxiety? Because of that, I recommended a probiotic for him, along with vitamin D, fish oil, magnesium, adaptogen herbs, and my essential oil roller blends to help his body recover. Hippocrates said, "All disease begins in the gut." We have now proven his theory.
Gut health determines brain health. It's not rare to hear those who complain of mental health difficulties mention diet and a difficult relationship with food and stress-eating as part of the symptoms of their illness they experience.
I believe stress and how our body deals with stress is the main cause of disease. I created a kit to help people on their road to recovery. If you would like a kit you can order one on this link.
What could you do to help reduce anxiety?
It is important to discover what vitamins and minerals you need in order to alleviate stress so that you can live a life of optimal health. If you need more personalized help, I can help get you on the right track with individualized dietary and supplement guidelines based on your blood test results. You can email me at Dr@DrCorinneWeaver.com.
I am deeply passionate about helping people become the very best versions of themselves so that they can live out God's purpose for their life. I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing his gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here
Dr. Corinne Weaver
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Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.
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