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Immune System

Hi Anna,

You have treated me a great deal for stress; so I did some research and realized the only reason I am healthy at all today and not blown over by every cold or flu that walks in the door of my office is because of acupuncture. So I wrote this up for you.


In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe examined the medical records of over 5,000 medical patients as a way to determine whether stressful events might cause illnesses. Patients were asked to tally a list of 43 life events based on a relative score. A positive 0.1 correlation was found between their life events and their illnesses.

Their results were published as the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS),[1] known more commonly as the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. Subsequent validation has supported the links between stress and illness.[2]


Stress levels

Score of 300+: At risk of illness.

Score of 150-299+: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).

Score 150-: Only have a slight risk of illness.

If you have ever taken a Homes and Rhea stress scale; you would know that some rating over 300 is considered very dangerous. Well life has a way of sometimes coming up on you and your stress can hit levels that high--as mine have in the past year.

In the past year I experienced the following:

Purchasing my first home

Paying my first mortgage

Experience turbulent market conditions as coworkers lost their jobs

Variation of my job responsibilities (see above item for reason)

Watched several industries crash causing a global economic downturn

Enjoyed a short vacation (before buying the home)

Spent time with family and friends enjoying Christmas (yes even Christmas can be stressful)

Change in the health of family members

Improved my eating and sleeping habits (which is a good thing!)

and well the list could go on...but the point is that according to all the experts I was a stress mess waiting for the slightest cold or flu bug to fly in and make me dreadfully ill.

Instead of succumbing to the stress of personal, family and work, Anna treated me for the stress and today, as I am still amazed at everything that happened in the last 6 months--let alone the past year, I am sleeping well and eating healthy. If it was not for acupuncture I know this would not be the case.


Before Anna started treating me for stress, I would catch every bug (cold or flu) that seemed to creep into the office. I would spend each winter fighting infection after infection because stress had weakened my immune system.


The opposite is now occurring. I am healthy!

Thank you for strengthening my immune system and lowering my stress.


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