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Stress: It’s Not in Your Head, it’s in Your Nervous System – by Melody Walford

Have you ever been told when you’re stressed to stop worrying and just relax? That it’s all in your head? It would be nice if it were that simple. But it’s not.

Physiology research shows that the stress response memory lives in your nervous system. Take for example exposure to a stressful event. One in which you felt helpless, hopeless, and lacked control. In this case your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is engaged. This is the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling unconscious bodily actions like breathing. To be more specific, it was the sympathetic branch (fight or flight) of the ANS that kicked in while you were strained. In addition, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis of the midbrain began firing. In which a signal from your hypothalamus sends a hormonal message to your pituitary gland that stimulates to your adrenal glands.

The Impact of Childhood Trauma – Nadine Burke Harris

We are only just now beginning to understand the depth of changes and damage caused by childhood trauma. People who are exposed to intense levels of trauma are triple the risk for lung cancer and heart disease, along with a 20 year difference in lifespan, but these are symptoms of a bigger issue. These childhood traumas change how translation and transcription occurs in our DNA.

Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician working in California, reaches out to underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco, working with children to treat not just the superficial ailments but to heal the root of the problem.

How stress affects your body – Sharon Horesh Bergquist

Our hard-wired stress response is designed to give us the quick burst of heightened alertness and energy needed to perform our best. But stress isn’t all good. When activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body. Sharon Horesh Bergquist gives us a look at what goes on inside our body when we are chronically stressed.

Amygdala hijack fight or flight response | how to stop anxiety

This anxiety switch controls what is called the fight or flight response. In a persons day to day life, your amygdala, is set in ‘off’ mode. This “switch” should only activate during moments of danger or threat. This is perfectly normal for these type of situations. However, when this ‘switch’is repeatedly triggered in times of stress, sadness, grief or anger, it can get ‘stuck’ in the on’ mode. When this happens, a person can start to develop acute phobias , anxiety disorders and also trigger panic attacks .

What we learn before we’re born

When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb — from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.


Your brain’s ability to collect, connect, and create mosaics from these milliseconds-long impressions is the basis of every memory. By extension, it is the basis of you. This isn’t just metaphysical poetics. Every sensory experience triggers changes in the molecules of your neurons, reshaping the way they connect to one another. That means your brain is literally made of memories, and memories constantly remake your brain. This framework for memory dates back decades. And a sprawling new review published today in Neuron adds an even finer point: Memory exists because your brain’s molecules, cells, and synapses can tell time.

The Spirituality of Addiction by Maria Mooney

No amount of wealth, beauty, fame, power, knowledge, achievement or success can replace the satisfaction and fulfillment that exist when we feel connected to something greater than us. A regular spiritual practice allows us to find meaning and purpose in our lives as we travel down the sometimes windy and bumpy road we call “life” and can be a powerful tool in recovery from any condition.

Role and Function of the Human Brain

Dr Joe Dispenza, D.C., studied biochemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Neuroscience. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Dispenza educates people about the role and function of the human brain.

His approach, taught in a very simple method, creates a bridge between true human potential and the latest scientific theories of neuroplasticity. In this video, he explains how thinking in new ways, as well as changing beliefs, can literally rewire one’s brain.