People often ask me, “Which part of the body does stress affect the most?” If I’ve had this question once, I’ve had it a thousand times over the last seven years. Usually, their next question is about whether their problem could be the thing that stress causes the most. Unfortunately, the truth is far less predictable. When you’re under prolonged stress for long enough (which is different for each person), you will eventually break. Like a chain, you always break at your weakest link. It doesn’t really matter how strong the other links are, it only matters what the weakest link is, and how weak it is. It’s exactly the same with your body.

 One theory on this that is many decades old and accepted as truth by every medical doctor, chiropractor, psychologist, and naturopath I’ve ever met is “the barrel effect.” The first place I heard about it was from Doris Rapp, MD., in her wonderful book on children’s environmental medicine, a subject in which she’s considered the number one pioneer worldwide, with honors and awards as long as your arm. She is now a dear friend and a public endorser of my work. She describes the barrel effect as the imaginary barrel inside each person that holds all our stress, conscious and unconscious, physical and nonphysical. As long as the barrel’s not full, your healing and immune systems can operate without glitches, or worse, breakage. But once the barrel is full, the next tiny little nothing stressor causes a break at our weakest link.

There’s no way I know or have seen in medical research to predict what your weakest link will be. For me, it was acid reflux. For my wife, Hope, it was depression. For my dad in his 50s, it was cardiovascular disease. For my mom in her 60s, it was cancer. Hopefully, you’ll never let your stress barrel get filled, and never find out what your weakest link is.

So how does this breakage happen? According to Dr. Bruce Lipton and Dr. Caroline Leaf, we have no mechanisms for the negative, and as long as our stress barrel isn’t full, we are literally impervious to illness and disease. When fully functioning, your immune system can handle virtually anything and everything.

But the instant you become clinically stressed, the very first thing that happens is your immune system is turned off or down. Why? Because it is the biggest utilizer of energy in the body. You see, stress is only supposed to happen when your life is in imminent danger. When you need every scrap of available energy to run faster and fight harder, it takes away from things like digestion and the immune system first. That virus can wait fifteen minutes. That burrito can wait for fifteen minutes.

But if you’re not in imminent danger, which is typically what we see these days, the entire process is a malfunction. This means your immune system can be turned off or down for months, years, or even decades. Once that happens, it’s not a question of “if” you break, but “when.” But to finish where we started, where you break will always be at your weakest link. You may have some sense of what that is, but most people don’t know until it happens. My hope and prayer is that you’ll never need to find out.

But if it already has, or if it does in the future, use Trilogy and Memory Engineering to empty that stress barrel and take you far away from your breaking point. Use it for yourself, your friends, and anyone you love and care about. This is one of those few things in life where it’s better never to know.

Have a blessed, wonderful day!

Alex Loyd


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