Understanding Disease Development: The Role of the Cell Danger Response

Your body was designed to be healthy. And sometimes, the innate mechanisms that are designed to protect us become the #1 obstacle.
Have you heard about the cell danger response (CDR)? It’s a natural process, by which your cells protect and defend themselves against all sorts of threats: toxins, infections, environmental stressors, trauma (both physical and psychological), that gets stuck in a vicious loop.
The CDR is considered to be linked to about a hundred of the most common diseases, including autoimmunity, diabetes (types 1, 2 and 3), POTS, fibromyalgia, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and more.

One of the most important things for you to understand about why this concept is important is that your cells have 2 modes: make energy…OR protect and defend. Which means that in order to thrive, your body can’t think you are stuck in survival mode. If your cell danger response trigger is flipped on, you will not feel great. In fact, you might feel really, really lousy. For a detailed look at the 3 levels of the CDR, check out this article.

Common CDR Triggers & Symptoms

Common symptoms with CDR include fatigue, depression, chronic pain, digestive issues, brain fog, inflammation, and rashes.

4 Steps For Shutting Off the CDR

  • Step 1: Remove as many stressors as possible. This is where we take a big picture view of lifestyle, diet, sleep, hydration, breathing and movement patterns, daily habits, mental emotional health and stress management, environmental factors (such as air quality, toxins in home and/or at work, heavy metal exposure and dental history), as well as explore things like chronic infections, imbalanced gut health, imbalanced blood sugar, chronic mold exposure (past or present), etc.
  • Step 2: Bring in some tools to support and regulate your nervous system regulation: guided meditations (HeartMathCalmHeadspace), Apollo Neuro, vagus nerve stimulation or improving vagal toneBrainTapHemi-sync, and various neurofeedback devices like HeartMath’s Inner Balance Coherence Plus.
  • Step 3: Address issues in your tissues! Our bodies hold stress, tension, and trauma. Helpful tools for releasing and healing include are TREtai chi, qi gong, Yoga NidraCraniosacral TherapySomatic Therapy, dancing, all kinds of massage therapy, and body shaking throughout the day (shake it off!).
  • Step 4: Wiring new thoughts, habits, and ways of engaging with stress or challenges. This can be done via books, podcasts, practitioners and coaches such as myself, therapists, etc. to support the learning and embodying of being healthy and identifying as someone who is healthy and resilient. Additionally, there are tools that can be woven in once the first 3 steps are progressing well that can support resilience-building and hormesis (challenges that strengthen our ability to handle stress in a healthy way) such as cold therapy, sauna, various types of fasting, various breathing techniques, high-intensity interval training, and mental challenges like crosswords and puzzles.

I hope that this information is helpful to you, especially if you or someone you know is feeling stuck in your healing journey.

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully. 

If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!

Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!
~Rebecca

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