Stress & Healing – Pt 3

Stress & Healing - Pt 3


Stress & Healing – Pt 3

November 24, 2015
Bill Haberman
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A Little Stress Goes A Long Ways.


Delay in healing was found to be also true of people with less stressful circumstances.  Stress can still impede healing.  Twenty-four healthy young men were evaluated  for 21 days following a 4 mm punch biopsy was performed on their forearm.


In that study, the wound healing was evaluated using ultrasound biomicroscopy. The participants’ stress levels were measured with a self-report questionnaire, the Perceived Stress Scale. Higher perceived stress on the day of the biopsy foreshadowed slower wound healing. A basis of the correlation was found between perceived stress and healing progress between the days 7 and 21 post biopsy.


Pain, which is a body and mind stressor, effects also wound healing. In a study there was 2 mm wound created on the upper arm’s back of obese women.  This was done prior to having elective gastric bypass surgery. The subjects that experienced greater pain immediately following surgery and had continuing pain for 4 weeks after surgery were found to have slower healing in the experimental wound.  Pain causes, as this experiment results indicate, mental distress, and, when added to other stressors, can put a person at greater risk of slowed wound healing.


Scientific animal studies support this understanding of stress in wound healing in humans. Mice put under restraint, which causes stress, healed after receiving 3.5 mm punch biopsy wound on average healed 27% more slowly than the mice who were not restrained. Restraint stress was also associated with delayed wound healing in a tree lizard experiment.


Social stress factors also impaired wound healing. Mice healed from a punch wound more slowly when separated from their fellow mice, compared to when they were continuously involved with other mice.


Mucous membrane wounds’ healing is also affected by psychological stress.  This was shown in a study using academic examination stress. Eleven dental students had a biopsy taken from their hard palate while they were on their summer vacation, and later another biopsy was taken 3 days before a major examination.  The wounds received before the school testing healed on average 40% slower than the self same wounds happening during summer vacation.  While there was some individual differences in rate of healing, the rate of healing was absolutely the same in that no student healed as rapidly during examinations as they did during their unstressed vacation.


Negative emotions cause stress.  Therefore, it was not surprising to find that the impact of negative emotions on wound healing was the same in a larger study.  Using 193 healthy undergraduate students who got a 3.5 mm biopsy on the hard palate, individuals who reported higher levels of depression like symptoms proved to be almost 3.6 times classified as slow healers, compared to less emotionally depressed students.

About The Author

Dr. Bill in San Antonio, TX, holds six degrees in religious studies including a Ph.D. and a Th.D. He holds several other certificates and certifications. He has been what some call a professional student.

Raised mostly in rural south and south-central Texas, he is equally at ease on the ranch, in the woods, in meditation, or metaphysical pursuits.

He was the author of two books now out of print and several that he has not pushed for publication. He has written numerous articles in pier review journals during his time in traditional ministry.

He was invited to be on the translation committee for a modern Bible translation but declined, for philosophic differences over translation presuppositions.

His studies in comparative religions led him into an in depth study of metaphysics.

He has a knack for noticing overlapping principles in different systems. It occurred to him that when things keep showing up in many religions that these maybe the secret truth past down from our ancient past that are applicable to us today.

As in folk lore Odin hung from the tree upside down and after nine days, came to know the secret runes. Today Dr. Bill strives to look at repeating truths in a different way. He is willing as needed to take the time to see the secrets that are ready to be opened from different directional considerations.

Dr. Bill was a traditional minister for 25 years, filling pulpits two times a week and teaching many classes.

Now he has centered his work on the metaphysical of spirituality.

Dr. Bill looks at the metaphysical and spiritual from a new eclectic perspective. This rare insight has been a boon to him and as he works to help you can be a boon to you

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