Stress & Shock & Lactic Acid



By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

I was initiated into Transcendental Meditation (TM) on February 14, 1971, in Beaumont, Texas.

A major benefit of TM is that it dramatically reduces lactic acid, also called “fatigue acid.”

Stress and lactic acid go together like a skunk with stank.


Ray Peat (“Lactate vs. CO2 in wounds, sickness, and aging; the other approach to cancer,” 2009) wrote …

“Lactate increases blood viscosity, mimics stress, causes inflammation, and contributes to shock.”

According to the same source …

“Lactate contributes to diabetes, inhibiting the ability to oxidize glucose.”


Dave Yarnell (Enter the Zone: The Mental Aspects of Strength Training, 2019) wrote …

“The high lactic acid level in your body inhibits or prevents your muscles from contracting. A lactic acid level concentration in your muscle fibers of about 0.3% makes further physical activity virtually impossible. However, you can significantly reduce the accumulation of lactic acid in your body during competition.”

According to the same source …

“Herbert Benson points out in his informative book, The Relaxation Response (1975), Introduction that ‘blood lactate levels fall rapidly during the first ten minutes of meditation.’ Ordinarily, after hard exercise the lactic acid level in your body takes an hour or longer to return to normal. This is too long a time period, though, to help you during a game. But, keep in mind that you can meditate during halftime, times out, or breaks. In this fashion you can dramatically lower the lactic acid level in your body, which is a good employment of time while you are waiting for competition to resume. Quite a few sports champions, in fact, follow this strategy.”


According to Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) …

“Counting repetitions generates lactic acid and makes you tired.”


Transcendental Meditation proponents in the 1970s had a saying …

“20 minutes of TM in the AM and the PM.”

People new to TM were usually started out with 10 minutes only till they were accustomed to meditation, otherwise, a de-stressing can actually cause stress.

'Stress & Shock & Lactic Acid' have 7 comments

  1. January 20, 2020 @ 3:50 pm Atom

    Re: Once aware of your trauma, what do you do?

    Mind Hack to find out WHO planted the idea in your head that MIND is inferior to MATTER.

    Emotions are never traumatized — guns don’t kill people; people kill people.

    Emotions are the guns and bullets — they only exist to do the bidding of MIND.

    The foremost investigator of the Seven Primary Emotions (SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, GRIEF, PLAY) admitted that none of them have anything to do with WAR — caused by MIND.–e-books.php#Mind-Hacking


  2. January 20, 2020 @ 3:53 pm Atom

    According to Ray Peat …

    “Cancer cells don’t ‘live on glucose,’ since they are highly adapted to survive on protein and fats.”


  3. January 20, 2020 @ 3:55 pm Atom

    Respiratory disengagement. It’s often called astral projection, only there’s no place to go because we’re already there.


  4. January 25, 2020 @ 6:39 pm Helen

    Hello At-OM,
    Can you please elaborate and give more details? I’m interested in how this applies to tennis players? and what they can do in the 20 seconds between points?
    More resources & links please!
    Hugs from burning Sydney,


    • January 25, 2020 @ 9:21 pm Atom

      Find someone local who knows how to do the Relaxation Response.

      Or you can sign up to learn TM, although it’s over $1,000 now.

      When I joined, the cost was a mere $35 !!!!!


  5. January 25, 2020 @ 6:41 pm Helen

    Hello At-OM,
    Is there a home-test for lactic acid?
    How would one know whether the cause of the tiredness is lactic acid?


    • January 25, 2020 @ 9:29 pm Atom

      It’s difficult to get tired without lactic acid. The same goes for getting cramps (leg cramps, trigger finger, etc.)

      Lactic acid blood tests are done in hospitals and emergency rooms, but are geared for the high end of the spectrum.

      Lower amounts of lactic acid are involved in serious metabolic disease, and are probably not considered relevant to mainstream medicine.

      Until the beginning of the 1980s, lactic acid was a “bad guy.” Nowadays, no one seems to realize how dangerous it really is.


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