Stress is often labeled the “silent killer.”  Each day I witness the effects of stress on the human body and people don’t take stress seriously enough.  Last week I had the privilege of consulting with a client that is experiencing the results of stress.  I sincerely mean the word privilege.  Each client offers a unique learning opportunity, since we are all mirrors and reflect back to one another.  After all, we are “all one” and must learn to navigate the earth experience together.

Ulcerative Colitis 

Ulcerative Colitis is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  It is considered a chronic condition in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops ulcers that produce pus and mucous.  The combination of inflammation and ulcers causes abdominal pain and frequent emptying of the colon.  This is a huge problem because the colon is responsible for reabsorbing water and specific minerals.  Thus, Ulcerative Colitis frequently causes dehydration and malnourishment along with anemia due to the bleeding. Typical medical treatment is medication often including prednisone, and if the ulcers become severe enough, removal of the colon is recommended.

Causes Of Ulcerative Colitis 

The cause of Ulcerative Colitis is technically unknown.  Some sources say that diet and lifestyle “may” play a factor but the cause is more immune system related.  I believe Ulcerative Colitis is more lifestyle related than the medical community does.  Diet and lifestyle play a major role in every aspect of health.  After all “we are what we eat.”  To deny this fact is to deny taking responsibility for one’s health.

Stress Is The Major Cause

There are 6 major stressors of the body —  1. Physical Stress 2. Psychological Stress 3 Chemical Stress 4. Electromagnetic Stress 5. Nutrition Stress 6. Thermal Stress.  All stresses summate in the body, and at the cellular level, cells do not know the difference between physical stress (exercise) or any of the other 5 stressors.  Stress is stress and the body releases glucocorticoids to handle the stress.  If stress is not counterbalanced by rest, good nutrition and positive thoughts, the stress hormones literally break the body down and open it up to pain, injury or disease.

Clinical Case

A year ago my new client had many events happening in his life.  Getting married, starting a new job and the beginnings of CrossFit workouts.  He stated, “I was in the best shape of my life and one day out of the blue the cramping and bloody diarrhea started.”  In my opinion this did not happen out of the blue and the breakdown process had been in motion for a long time.  Increased stress, very poor sleep quality (repair time) and nutrition that failed to support the body all led to the Ulcerative Colitis.

Stress Comes In Many Forms

Stress comes in many forms but stress is stress and it is the “silent killer.”  The big take home message from this blog is exercise is stress.  When excessive exercise is added to an already stressed life, only negative things can happen.  The mind can always fool us, but at the cellular level, stress is stress!  The most important component of the H3 program is nutrition and lifestyle counseling.  If you are experiencing pain, injury or disease and seek an alternative approach to the medical system, contact H3 today for your free consultation at 954.566.0585 or email us at

Better Body. Better Life.  

Dan Hellman, Physical Therapist, C.H.E.K Faculty