Here is another reason to use hypnosis in handling stress. Stress hormones appear to rapidly increase the formation of brain lesions associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers at the University of California at Irvine, genetically modified mice injected with dexamethasone(which is a drug similar to the human body’s own stress hormones) and they showed a 60 percent increase of the protein beta-amyloid in the brain. When beta-amyloid production increases and the protein fragments aggregate, they form plaques, a major factor in the development of Alzheimer’s. The study appears in the August, 2006, issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.