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Constant stress can pump up the number of fat cells we generate and cause weight gain


Stress can make you fat. And it’s not entirely because you stress eat.

Researchers found that chronic stress may pump up the rate in which new fat cells are formed. It all comes down to levels of hormones called glucocorticoids, which are produced in abundance when we’re stressed.

When glucocorticoids are constantly high, as is the case when we’re chronically stressed out, it can boost the chances for a certain type of cell to morph into fat cells, the study found. And that could bump up our weight.

It’s long been known that rises in the stress hormone cortisol can lead to weight gain in humans, but the assumption has been that people were just eating more because the hormone stimulates appetite.

Suspecting something else might be going on, the Stanford researchers studied the effects of glucocorticoids — a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal gland — both in individual cells and in mice.

Under a microscope the researchers saw how the hormone, when kept at constant high levels, caused the development of fat cells. Intriguingly, if the levels rose and fell, there was no impact. And that was true even if glucocorticoid levels were extremely high, but for a limited period of time. So basically, it’s not about food intake, it’s about timing.

So maybe it’s OK to get stressed during the day, but not at night.

“It would suggest that any method people can use to beat stress could be of benefit,” Dr. Anthony Heaney, an endocrinologist and an associate professor of medicine and neurosurgery at the University of California, said.

The kinds of activities that might help are those “that need 100 percent of our attention,” Heaney said. That could mean a game of tennis over running on a treadmill, for example.

“Certain activities we do are not absorbing enough to distract from stress, you can sometimes still ruminate and be stressed because it doesn’t require your sole attention.”

Try CES Ultra. Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) directly reduces anxiety and stress. CES balances your brain’s chemistry, allowing you to be at peace with yourself again.


Antidepressants and Non-drug Alternatives

A few years ago, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) looked at antidepressant use in 25 countries and found something startling. In every single country the OECD looked at, antidepressant use was on the rise.

In Germany, antidepressant use had risen 46% in just four years. In Spain and Portugal, it rose about 20% during the same period. Iceland led the pack in overall use with about one in ten people taking a daily antidepressant — but that figure may underestimate the actual rate of use, since that calculation isn’t restricted to just adults.

The United States was not included in the OECD analysis (we’ve added it to the chart below), but if it had been, it would knock Iceland out of the top spot: 11% of Americans over the age of 12 take an antidepressant.

antidepressant chart

Antidepressant use is not an accurate window into rates of depression. Instead, the popularity of antidepressants in a given country is the result of a complicated mix of depression rates, stigma, wealth, health coverage, and availability of treatment.

The OECD suggests two possible reasons the rate of antidepressant consumption is on the rise in so many countries. The course of treatment lasts longer than it used to, and antidepressants are now prescribed not only for severe depression, but also for mild depression, anxiety, social phobia, and more.

Among Americans, 60% of people taking antidepressants have been taking them for at least two years; 14% have taken them for 10 years or more.

Central-nervous-system agents today constitute the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical market, accounting for 31% of total sales in the United States.

This trend is fraught with danger. Some people take the wrong medication; others get an old or contaminated batch, some a counterfeit; others take them in dangerous combinations with other prescriptions. Some drugs are addictive, others have devastating emotional and physical side effects. Every year a million people—3 to 5% of all hospital admissions—are admitted primarily because of a negative reaction to medications. The situation has become especially exacerbated by the medical profession’s propensity to dole out medication like candy for the slightest sign of depression, anxiety, or insomnia, helping make drugs like Prozac, Buspar, and Paxil as chic in the suburbs as crack is in the inner city. This has led to a virtual plague of legal drug addiction.

Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) is a safe and effective alternative for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. CES is the anti-drug—the non-pharmacological alternative—a unique and viable bio-electric approach which enhances the homeostasis of the biological central nervous system—the tendency for intrinsic balance within a system. User-friendly, it employs mild battery-powered electrical stimulation through clip-on electrodes attached to the earlobes or pre-gelled electrodes placed behind the ears. Current flow is limited so that the most the patient experiences during the process is nothing more than a slight tingling sensation. There are virtually no negative side effects. Gently adding energy back to all parts of the brain, CES helps return the user to the optimum state in effect before stressors were activated.

CES impacts most directly by reducing anxiety. This is often experienced in the course of treatment; for others, hours, or several days after. CES leaves the patient feeling both relaxed and alert. The effect differs from pharmaceutical treatments in that people report their body as feeling lighter and more relaxed and their mind, more alert and clear. Results are cumulative and lasting. For those suffering from depression and anxiety, CES means relief with none of the unpleasant side effects of prescription drugs. For those seeking nothing more than a good night’s sleep, it is an alternative to habit-forming tranquilizers. For a public increasingly concerned with the effects of stress on physical health and emotional well being, CES provides a way of addressing that stress in a safe and effective manner.

CES is a treatment modality with an ethic – that of self-regulation. Its goal, wellness—a state of proper alignment—the balanced interplay of body and mind attained through personal empowerment rather than dependency. The CES ethic believes that increased reliance on external drugs interferes with that self-regulatory process, reducing our ability to cope. That to reclaim control of our lives we have to learn how to alter that chemical composition and reorient that circuitry, not through dependency but by activating, strengthening, and effectively employing our own inner resources. CES—a treatment modality whose time has come.

Depression During Pregnancy: Using CES, a Pregnant, 35-year-old Woman Finds Relief from Severe Depression

L*, age 35, was diagnosed with chronic depression. She was being prescribed Prozac for several years, which modulated her mood and prevented suicidal ideations. When she became pregnant her physician was concerned about her fetus while on Prozac. She shared her concern with her therapist who asked me if CES could replace her antidepressant. At the time, the therapist and I shared space in The Family Counseling Center, and she would consult with me whenever a patient might warrant CES use if medications were not advisable.


I was skeptical at first about recommending CES because in the literature there had not been any studies of CES treatment during pregnancy. The therapist and I consulted with the physician about this dilemma. He recommended that CES could be safely used for the first and second trimester and not in the third trimester for fear of inducing labor. He had few worries of CES affecting the fetus. His primary concern was L’s possible slide into a severe suicidal depression. He hoped CES treatment would keep her depression under control without the Prozac. The physician began careful monitoring during the first 2 weeks of CES use and was satisfied that no side effects were noted.

The result was encouraging. Just prior to her first having being prescribed Prozac, L’s depression was quite severe – a 9 on a 10-point scale, 10 being the most depressed, with constant suicidal thoughts. After having been prescribed Prozac, she rated her depression a 3, with no suicidal ideations. Once her pregnancy was verified, the physician immediately had her stop taking Prozac (there was a time when Prozac was not recommended during pregnancy), and L. noticed her slide toward a severe depression.

After the physician consulted with the therapist and me, he decided to prescribe daily CES treatment, 30 minutes per day, for the first 2 weeks, then re-evaluated her condition. L complied willingly, along with weekly psychotherapy with her therapist, and rated her depression as 4 or 5 without suicidal thoughts. This rating was slightly higher than what she rated her depression with Prozac but she was not suicidal and her depression was manageable. The physician was satisfied with the CES effects and continued CES until her third trimester at which time he stopped the treatments completely. He kept close observation as L continued to keep her depression in check with weekly psychotherapy. Two weeks into her trimester without CES L rated her depression as a 6 without suicidal thinking. Both the physician and the therapist saw the results they wanted: no severe suicidal depression.

As the birth of her child neared, there was some brightness to L’s affect. Whether it was a change in her hormones or perhaps just the thought of bringing into the world her own child gave L hope. L and her family prayed to have a healthy child, and this prayer was answered one Sunday morning in November, a 6-1/2 pound baby girl. We were all pleased with our effort to keep L psychiatrically stable.

After the birth of her child, L continued with a CES device that she eventually purchased. She was beginning to find CES as a good alternative to antidepressants and a comforting backup to medications.

* (For the sake of privacy, identities are withheld.)

Operation Pro-Vet

The Problem

Tens of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan veterans have returned home from the wars with a debilitating condition: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD. The VA is at loose ends about how to deal with a mental health crisis that is ruining not only the lives of returning vets, but those of their families and friends as well. Drug therapy, which is the main way they have treated the problem, has proven to be not only ineffective, but has worsened the situation, triggering an extraordinary spike in substance abuse, leading to violent behaviors and suicide.


Read Brig. General (Ret) Stephen Xenakis MD, on the plight of our veterans at Huffingtonpost

Watch General Xenakis on Fox News, discussing how CES can help treat PTSD at FoxNews

An Answer?

Fortunately, there is a nondrug option with a proven track record in treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia which are the primary symptoms of PTSD. It’s called cranial electrotherapy stimulation, or CES. It’s an electronic device that is simple to use, has no side effects, and has been validated by decades of research. CES is currently being prescribed for active duty personnel returning from the mid-east at the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program at Ft. Hood, TX, at Ft. Campbell, KY, Ft. Joint Ft Lewis-McChord, WA, at the Bremerton WA Naval Hospital, as well as in combat conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan. It should not stop there.

Operation Pro-Vet: How You Can Help

CES units generally retail for $350-$995. Because they are not generally covered by health insurance, they are most often out of the reach of veterans most of whom have a limited income or who are currently unemployed. Neuro-Fitness LLC, the manufacturer of the CES Ultra—in recognition of those who have given so much for their country—will now make available its CES unit at wholesale cost to veterans, not only of our current wars but our past wars as well as to their families. We are also working with Service clubs to make available units at a special low cost so that they may then be distributed to veterans in need.

To learn more about CES, visit us at our website: To learn more about the program, call us at 1-425-222-0830 or email us today at sales@ for more information and how your local group or organization can become part of this program to assist those who have served on our behalf. They deserve nothing less.

Why Psychiatry needs CES

The prime directive – Do No Harm

The primary duty to patients should be to “do no harm”. Avoiding harm typically results in an approach that follows a spectrum of interventions beginning with treatments that pose the least risk of adverse side effects.

The harm reduction approach increases the likelihood patients will benefit without being exposed to unnecessary risks of harm. CES should be included in the spectrum of available treatments as it poses very low risk of harm to patients.


CES as a safe and effective alternative

People worried about the use of pharmaceutical drugs should consider CES as a safe and effective alternative

The FDA has expressed concern as to utilization of CES without first employing more “conventional” treatments. Unfortunately, the more conventional treatments at times are not only ineffective but also in many circumstances contribute to a worsening of the condition or result in deleterious side effects.

This can result in necessary therapeutic alliance adversely impacted. Frequently, patients will mention the advertisements they see on television by various attorneys soliciting patients who have been harmed by approved medications, ECT or other treatments. They are worried about being harmed by prescribed treatments and become suspicious of their health care professionals.

There is excellent data and clinical experience however to support the safety and lack of adverse side effects from CES and it should be included in the spectrum of available treatments as it poses very low risk of harm to patients.

Excerpts from “A View from the Trenches” written by Jason Worchel, M.D.

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