Geri's Good News Network posted an article from The London Paper on how all the bad news we consume is making us sick. I posted on this in the Integral Health pod at Zaadz, but I wanted to expand on it here a bit.
Here is the article:
Bad news is making us sickWhen we feel continually stressed out with fear about the world around us, our bodies release stress hormones (cortisol and and adrenalin) that can cause serious damage over time. Cortisol is a hormone that breaks down tissue (including muscle) for energy. Adrenlin is a hormone that raises blood pressure and pulse as it prepares the body for fight or flight. Prolonged high-level adrenlin secretion can cause adrenal fatigue, a kind of low-grade exhaustion.
by Gabriel Miller, Thursday 14 September 2006 09:40
But the fear we experience about natural disasters, wars, terrorism and many other threats reported on the news every night has psychological effects as well. We begin to believe we live in a world that is unsafe and we create boundaries of distrust. We may feel angry or frustrated all the time. We may regress in our development to lower developmental stages that feel safer or provide a more black-and-white view of the world. Ambiguity can become intolerable.
We experience cultural impacts from this as well. We tend to become more insular and isolalted, staying within our trusted circle of friends or ethnic groups. We begin to distrust the "other," anyone who is not like us or who we do not know. This creates divisions in the society, divisions which can result in Red State / Blue State thinking, or liberals and conservatives, or any number of other divisions, including ethnic (as in the immigration battles).
All of these things together create an over-burdened health care system, a fractured political system, and more marketing of bad news to keep us glued to our TVs, radios, computers and newspapers -- fear sells. It creates walls along our borders, communities that are fenced in, and initial support for unnecessary wars in Middle Eastern nations.