Stress & Healing – Pt 5

Stress & Healing - Pt 5


Stress & Healing – Pt 5

November 30, 2015
Bill Haberman
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Check former parts for important info


Tape stripping skin barrier function


The next wound healing model, which we notice, involves the repeated application of cellophane tape to remove by stripping a layer of skin cells.  



This causes a disruption of the stratum corneum barrier of the skin. This changes the skin’s permeability. Healing here was evaluated by measuring the skin recovery rate of recovery as seen in the skin barrier function using TEWL measurements.


Acute laboratory stressors can delay the skin function recovery following the disruptive by tape stripping. Twenty-five women were given the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST), a psychosical stressor. The TSST, a standardized laboratory stressor with a mock job interview and a mental arithmetic task, causing changes in heart rate, cortisol and cytokine production, and subjective anxiety responses.  


Skin barrier repair was slowed in women following the TSST, as compared to a more unstressed period.


This result by researchers was repeated involving a larger study group of 85 fit men and women. Those who participated in the test showed a slower skin recovery function when the TSST was applied.


Academic examination was found causing stress and impacted skin barrier recovery. Twenty-seven professional and medical students were given a tape stripping procedure on 3 different occasions.  Two were right after their winter and spring vacations.  The third was during their winter final examination week.


Skin barrier recovery was significantly delayed after tape stripping during the examination period as judged against the two vacation periods.


Furthermore, students who reported the higher levels of stress during the examination period had slower recovery in skin barrier function, compared to participants who experienced less examination-induced stress.


Stress related to the dissolution of a marital relationship slowed recovery of the stratum corneum barrier function of the skin. Twenty-eight women involved in an on going divorce or separation and also 27 women who said they were in a relationship of marital satisfaction were subjected to the tape stripping procedure on both facial cheeks. Socially stressed women had delayed skin barrier following the tape stripping, judged against to less stressed women.
There have also been animal studies on this. For example different types of stressors can also impair skin barrier recovery. Three days of immobilization stress given to the animals slowed the skin barrier function recovery for up to 7 days, compared to other rats which had not been exposed to stress. Social stress for the rats associated with cage changing also slowed the recovery of skin barrier function. These results parallel the human data which indicates that psychological stress slows skin barrier recovery.

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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