Day 2: The Emotion-Stress Response (ESR)

Today Jon interviews Dr. David Clarke about the Emotion Stress Response (ESR) and how it can trigger pain in the body.

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Topics covered in this video include:

  • Why most MDs don’t recognize the connection between stress and pain

  • How difficult emotions trigger the Emotion-Stress Response (ESR)

  • Why pain from ESR can show up not only in the back, but also around the body in terms of GI issues, headaches, lump in the throat, pelvic pain, ringing in the ears, insomnia, etc.

  • What Dr. Clarke has learned over the course of successfully treating 7,000 patients with stress related illnesses

Journaling Assignment

Don’t edit and don’t worry about perfection … just write; questions for journaling:

  • Does your back pain move around, or come and go?

  • Have you experienced pain in other parts of your body?

  • Where do you experience your most difficult emotions – home, work, other?

  • On a 1-10 scale (10 being worst) how would you rate your pain today?

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