Researchers say stress could be contagious

Global News

TORONTO – Researchers at St. Louis University claim that stress could be as contagious as the common cold and can be passed on through things like tone of voice, facial expressions, posture and even odour.

The university researchers used saliva test kits to measure the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in people who were confronted by others who were stressed out.

Naturopaths at White Lotus Integrative Medicine in Toronto administer the test several times a week to patients young and old:  it seems stress is on the rise.

“These saliva tests are actually a more accurate way to measure cortisol compared to blood tests,” Dr. Fiona McCullough said.

The test costs $180 and includes analysis of saliva samples taken at four different times in a day. The numbers are plotted onto a graph to show specific times there are spikes in stress – it helps to identify individual triggers.

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