ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Tea drinkers have lower glaucoma risk

Basic Aromatherapy to Help Balance and Calm

Soy, cruciferous vegetables could help lower breast cancer treatment side effects

The Long-Term Benefits of Drinking Oolong Tea

Why You Should Try This Sweet-Smelling and Health-Boosting Essential Oil

Wonderful White Tea: A Drink Fit for an Emperor

Arnica: This Powerful Herb Promotes Various Kinds of Healing

Chamomile Tea: Why This Ancient Therapeutic Drink Still Stands Out Today

Get ‘Hooked’ on Cat’s Claw: The Many Benefits of This Amazonian Herb

Try Apple Cider Vinegar and Black Cumin Oil as Your Go-To Salad Dressing

 
Print Page
Email Article

NIH CFS Workshop Report: Firdhaus Dhabhar on Stress & the Immune System in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  [ 233 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • August 4, 2003


By Rich Van Konynenburg, Ph.D.

Firdhaus Dhabhar is an Associate Professor at Ohio State University. His talk (at the NIH Workshop on CFS on June 12, 2003 at Bethesda, MD) had one central message, which was that under normal circumstances the effect of stress on the immune system is beneficial, not detrimental.

In conditions of short-term or acute stress, the response of the HPA axis is to raise the output of glucocorticoids for a short time, and this actually mobilizes the immune system to be better able to cope with incoming threats. For example, under these circumstances the white blood cell count in the peripheral blood decreases, but this does not mean that these cells have been destroyed. Rather, the white cells are moved out of the blood into the tissues to be ready to fight injuries or infections that may occur. Prof. Dhabhar used the picturesque language of warriors moving from their barracks to the boulevards, and from there to their battle positions.

He noted that the problems with stress and the immune system occur when the stress situation is long-term, as in weeks, months, or years. If the glucocorticoid output is maintained at a high level for such long times, the immune system is suppressed, as was discussed by Esther Sternberg.

I think that the significance of this talk for CFS is that while it appears that a history of high stress is important in bringing about the onset of CFS in many PWCs, this stress must be of long duration in order to have this effect. I think this is fully consistent with the stress history reported by many PWCs.



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
Optimized Curcumin Longvida with Omega-3

Featured Products

Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get Energized with Malic Acid & Magnesium
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength

Natural Remedies

Priming Your Immune System for Cold & Flu Season Priming Your Immune System for Cold & Flu Season
Energy Breakthrough - One Fibromyalgia Patient’s Fortuitous Discovery Energy Breakthrough - One Fibromyalgia Patient’s Fortuitous Discovery
More Weight Loss than Any Other Discovery in Supplement History More Weight Loss than Any Other Discovery in Supplement History
Stop Bacteria With Nature's Antibiotics Stop Bacteria With Nature's Antibiotics
The Cellular Enzyme That Promotes Longevity And Reduces Fat Storage The Cellular Enzyme That Promotes Longevity And Reduces Fat Storage

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2018 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map