Pull back the curtain. Welcome to Stress Strategists! This is an older book – it was published in 1986 by Royal Publishing, Inc.. It is not written by any one person in particular. It is made up of 23 chapters written by a different person each chapter. All of them contribute their own views, knowledge, and teachings on dealing with stress, and each person has had strong success in their respective fields.
This is a very good book. Each chapter gives a different perspective on dealing with stress and how to manage it. It is nice to read from a bunch of different people coming from a variety of professions. It keeps it fresh and new each chapter embracing the paradigm of each one of these people.
In the chapter titled, “Stress Is Such A Bother – Or Is It?”, the writer shares his views on stress being beneficial in some ways. He points out that stress can share with us some things that may be ‘out of whack’ such as reasons for dealing with fatigue, or, stress can challenge us to endure and thrive through tough situations.
Chapter 14, titled, “A Holistic Approach to the Stress of Life”, is written by a man by the name of Frank Wm. Varese, M.D.. Mr. Varese obtained his medical degree from the University of Bologna – stated to be the oldest university in ‘western civilization’. It was founded in 1088. It is said to be one of the most prestigious universities in Italy and Europe and commonly ranked first throughout different categories in national rankings. He then went to the U.S. and pursued his post-medical training there.
At the time of this book’s publication, it is written that Frank Varese ‘maintains a medical practice in Laguna Hills, California’. But after ‘googling’ his name, it appears that if it is the right person that came up in the search, he had moved the location of his practice to another location in California. Dr. Varese has also been a teacher, writer, and public speaker. He has taught holistic health and nutrition at a California college for many years. He is also known to be very knowledgeable of ‘eastern’ philosophies, and religions.
Dr. Varese has been a cofounder and charter member of the American Holistic Medical Association. His various other associations have included the American Medical Association, the American Society of Contemporary Medicine, the California Medical Association, and the Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain.
This chapter starts off with a great quote by Edward Bach, M.D., in 1931: “The abolition of disease will depend upon humanity realizing the truth of the unalterable laws of our Universe and adapting itself with humility and obedience to those laws, thus bringing peace between its Soul and itself, and gaining the real joy of happiness of life.”
Dr. Varese opens the chapter with “A Simple Biology Lesson”. In the 6th paragraph section of the chapter, he talks about what all members of the animal kingdom have in common. He uses man, a butterfly, an eagle, and an amoeba as examples in this lesson. After I researched what an amoeba is, I thought, ‘What an odd member of the animal kingdom to connect to the rest of this group.’ But it quickly makes sense as you read along where he goes with that.
An amoeba is a one celled organism with no set shape and is extremely adaptable. They are common in water and soil. They can cause diseases. I encourage you to take a quick look online at some images to get a better idea as to what type of organism it is.
Dr. Varese describes that all four of these animals and all other organisms are able to endure many different situations of stress by adapting. All organisms are able to move their bodies and change position in response to to their surroundings and change in environment.
The French physiologist, Claude Bernard (1813-1878) is referenced as to have ‘made the observation that all living organisms, including man, possess the ability to preserve a constancy of their internal milieu – despite changes in their surroundings.’ When I read that, I immediately thought of Dr. Victor Frankl, a holocaust survivor who was able to keep strong in his mind and keep all his wits together while being imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. His story is beautiful and extremely to the utmost, inspirational.
Dr. Varese goes on to instruct that as long as an organism is able to maintain homeostasis (the ability of organisms to maintain a stable balance or equilibrium), ‘it is able to survive and experience a state of wellness.’
It is when stimuli becomes too intense that stress is created. This can overtake the organism’s ability to deal with that stimuli which in result causes its homeostatic balance to be destroyed. This can then lead to disease, and eventually death.
Humans are then compared to amoeba cells because both humans and amoeba cells are able to adapt to many stimuli surrounding them and survive. ‘But, when stimuli are too intense, the amoeba succumbs.’ What separates us from the amoeba cell and every other animal on the planet, according to Dr. Varese, is our brain. As intricate and diverse as the human brain is, and as much good as it can facilitate, the thoughts that stem from our brain structure can also cause a huge amount of stress. We need to very much take care of what we all think about.
Dr. Varese goes on to describe how good nutrition, an adequate amount of exercise (not too much), a good amount of sunlight, and some other pointers to focus on such as relaxation and meditation can all minimize one’s stress levels, and create that homeostatic equilibrium that we all desire.
That chapter is just one great chapter amongst many other ones. I focused on it so heavily because reading it really gathered my attention. The times we live in at the time this was written – dealing with Covid 19 – I am sure has a lot to do with that.
Stress Strategists is a great book and is definitely worth reading. I believe you will find tremendous value in picking this book up and giving it a good read. Sometimes these older books are worth dusting off! 😉
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