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Stress Control as Preventive Medicine

By Michael Biamonte, CCN

It can be argued that we live in the best time in history. We have more conveniences, food, access to health care, and overall options for just about anything we could ever want. But all these options and conveniences also come during the most stressful time to be alive. We go at such a fast and constant pace that we put our bodies and minds under tremendous stress.

Although our brains can recognize the difference between life-threatening and non-life-threatening stressors, our bodies can’t. Stress is at the root of just about every disease. It lowers immune function and leaves you vulnerable to illness.

 As we continue to go through all the craziness brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the wildfires, the social unrest, and just day-to-day life, it’s important to find ways to cope with the stress so that you don’t end up making yourself sick. Here are some simple ways to do that: 

  • Stop watching the news and reading newspapers.

  • Go for a leisurely walk, focusing on your environment. Walk until you feel refreshed.

  • Listen to classical music.

The point is, we have to take the good with the bad. We live in an amazing world at an amazing time. But our government and our healthcare system will not help ease our stress. We must do that on our own. There has never been a better time to take your health into your own hands than today.

Michael Biamonte is a certified clinical nutritionist and the founder of the Biamonte Center for Clinical Nutrition, located at 2185 34th Ave., Ste. 14D, Astoria, NY. For more information, or to schedule a $79 initial consult, visit