You know how illness manages to strike you right at the worst possible time? When your job's in jeopardy and you can't miss a day, or when your elderly parent is failing, or right after the car breaks down... Well, a fascinating NPR broadcast reveals that it isn't Murphy's law working against you. It's a hormone called "cortisol".
According to a team of scientists from UCLA, the hormone "cortisol" -- which shifts into high gear when we're under stress -- directly impacts the efficiency of our immune system. In a nutshell, they've figured out WHY stress makes us more susceptible to illness.
Now, I for one have never doubted the effect stress has on the body. I've felt its ill will firsthand. But I've also read countless Modest Needs applications in which sudden illness, arriving right at the height of a financial crisis, threatens to push a family over the edge.
There's no escaping stress in this life -- particularly not for families living paycheck to paycheck. But you know what it feels like when everything comes crashing down at one time, your health included. It's times like those when a helping hand is just what the doctor ordered.