Category - ~Trauma

Adrenal Fatigue

When our ancestors noticed a tiger sitting in a tree, ready to pounce upon them, their bodies knew exactly what to do. The body instantly passed through its freeze response and initiated its self defense mechanisms for fight or flight...

Getting In Control Of Control

Our guts play a pivotal role in many of our automatic behaviors. Visceral reflexes not only control our internal processes such as breathing and digestion, but are also involved in our deepest protective response: our startle or freeze response...

Circumcision

Life reproduces itself. The impulse to replicate is embedded in our most ancient genetic code, with which we share some variant with all living things. It is the foundation of natural selection, enabling animals to test possibilities for...

Insights into Isolation

New Research suggests that chronic loneliness can cause cardiovascular restriction, compromised immune function and arouse the Fight or Flight response. It suggests that we have evolved a stress response to isolation to prevent us from...

Metabolism and Protective Responses

Mammals still have the freeze response, however their additional, more complex responses to danger are layered on top of this primitive neurology. This is the part of the brain which we know as the Diencephalon, or Limbic System. Blending these...

Negative Effects of Stress on Health

Our culture has replaced natural sources of stress, for which we had refined effective responses over thousands of generations, with the stressful aspects of modern living. Many of these stressors have emerged in our lifetimes, making our...