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Healthy Heart: Balancing Your Nervous System is Critical for Health

This was a truly fascinating article on Dr. Mercola’s site talking about the real cause of heart attacks. We constantly hear about the dangers of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. In truth, balance is the key!

The part of the article that was most interesting to me was where he talked about the importance of balancing the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (restoring, healing) branches of your immune system. This brief video explains the functions of both branches:

You can read the entire article if you choose to so I won’t go into detail, but the bottom line for me was that if your parasympathetic branch is balanced, healthy and functioning well, even if you experience a shock of some sort that activates the sympathetic system, you won’t have a heart attack. It is only when there is a decrease in parasympathetic function.

“So what is the sequence of events that leads to a heart attack? First...(Finish reading here)

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Comment by Rochelle J Delain on February 27, 2015 at 7:21pm

Great article.  Love #2 about regular Chiropractic care.  I may share this with my patients.

Comment by Ann Musico on February 24, 2015 at 9:59am

Thank you Chris.

Comment by Chris Conley on February 24, 2015 at 9:46am

Ann, thanks. As you commented below each aspect of our being impacts the others. This was interesting and just further supports the balanced approach you recomend.

Comment by Ann Musico on February 24, 2015 at 8:04am

We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator - each aspect of our being impacts the others.

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on February 24, 2015 at 8:03am

Ann, this is very encouraging to see that living a healthy life in all areas is life-giving as well as enjoyable. Thank you.

Comment by Ann Musico on February 24, 2015 at 7:24am

Thanks Debbie and I think the link should work now - I understand cabin fever. We haven't has snow since Saturday but more below 0 temperatures.

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on February 24, 2015 at 7:20am

Hi Ann. This was very interesting. FYI, I couldn't get the link to work. We're having snow again. Cabin fever!

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