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Bone, not Adrenaline, Drives Fight or Flight Response

A significant study, “Mediation of the acute stress response by the skeleton,” was published September 12 in Cell Metabolism. “It completely changes how we think about how acute stress responses occur,” reported senior investigator, Gérard Karsenty, MD, Ph.D

When faced with a predator or sudden danger, the heart rate goes up, breathing becomes more rapid, and fuel in the form of glucose is pumped throughout the body to prepare an animal to fight or flee. These physiological changes, which constitute the “fight or flight” response are thought to be triggered in part by the hormone adrenaline.

The researchers found that almost immediately after the brain recognizes danger, it instructs the skeleton to flood the bloodstream with the bone-derived hormone osteocalcin, which is needed to turn on the fight or flight response. Osteocalcin is linked to metabolism, fertility, muscle function, and even brain cognition.

Implications

It is important to establish a balance in the nervous system between the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches. If this balance is lost, a cascade of negative health effects is unleashed. A simple test called heart rate variability can measure this balance is just a few minutes. At Tail of the Sun, we have the equipment to measure this. Most importantly, Network Care is a proven modality for restoring balance to the nervous system. It really works. Call me today for a comprehensive exam and an initial session.

 

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Dr. Luke Schmelzle

Tail of the Sun Network Care is owned and operated by Dr. Luke Schmelzle, chiropractic physician. Dr. Luke specializes in liberating stress energy, stored in the nervous system, muscles, and tendons. With a focus upon Reorganizational Healing (ROH), practice members will not only feel better, but access more of the good things in life.

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