The American Institute of Stress estimates that job-related stress is the number one cause of stress in the United States followed by money, health, and relationships. A Swedish study suggests that work-related stress can increase heart attacks by 50%. Indeed, a growing body of academic research indicates that toxic people and toxic environments are significant contributors to poor health.
Dr. Shayla D. Williams, toxicologist, author, and assistant professor of biology, experienced a blood pressure of 200/100, a fasting blood sugar level of 455, and a 100-lb weight gain due to toxic work environments for nearly a decade. She states that despite following dietary guidelines and exercising, she could not understand why her health was declining or why she was experiencing the weight gain.
Dr. Shayla, as she prefers to be called, says, “It didn’t make sense. I was doing all the right things. I let a toxic work environment overwhelm me. I’ve since learned that when you are under chronic stress like that, intense exercise and a high carbohydrate diet can exacerbate the problem.”
After making the connection between chronic stress and her symptoms, Dr. Shayla decided to take control of her health and how to deal with difficult people.
After losing the first 25 lbs. and stabilizing her blood sugar to 102, Dr. Shayla created The Toxic People Detox podcast. The podcast’s tagline is “a practical approach to finding peace in the midst of toxic people.”
“It’s not about trying to change toxic people, but about changing the way you respond to them and doing so in a productive, healthy way,” says Dr. Shayla. “I didn’t do that initially and I paid the price with my health.”
The Toxic People Detox podcast is centered on changing one’s mindset about how to handle toxic and difficult people. She covers topics such as staying centered in an argument, dealing with toxic family members/co-workers/bosses, getting over a grudge, and healing emotional pain through writing.
According to Dr. Shayla, “A battle of ego has no winner. Focus less on toxic people and more on creating an amazing life for yourself. In doing so you will not only learn to see past toxic behaviors, but you will see the toxicity for what it really is, a cry for help.”
The Toxic People Detox podcast has already generated positive reviews. A listener Maci Brinson says, “Knowing how to deal with toxic people is one of the many keys to success! Thank you so much for this opportunity Dr. Shayla.”
The podcast promises to empower listeners to improve their health by dealing with difficult people effectively.
To listen to The Toxic People Detox podcast, go to http://www.TheToxicPeopleDetox.com.
About Dr. Shayla D. Williams
Dr. Shayla D. Williams is an assistant professor of biology, a toxicologist, and an author. She teaches several workshops on healing emotional pain through journal writing. Her mission is to help people thrive in the midst of stress and toxicity.