SOCIAL DETERMINANTS AND BIOLOGY How determinants get Under the Skin (and into the brain) Colbran Marjerrison.

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  • SOCIAL DETERMINANTS AND BIOLOGY How determinants get Under the Skin (and into the brain) Colbran Marjerrison
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  • How environmental/external influences translate into changes in a person's nervous system and ultimately their biology Immediate reactions to environment This presentation will touch on endocrine, limbic systems and spirituality
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  • Peripheral Nervous System Somatic AutonomicSensory 1.Vision 2.Hearing 3.Touch 4.Taste 5.Smell 1.Spinal Nerves 2.Cranial Nerves 3.Association Nerves EntericSympathetic Parasympathetic Central Nervous System BrainSpinal Chord
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  • SNS: Fight or Flight PNS : Rest and Digest, or Feed and Breed
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  • Has some innervation from the ANS but also functions independently Embedded in the lining of the GI tract Responsible for peristalsis Can send and respond to signals and record experiences
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  • Dopamine Natural Amphetamine Motor coordination, cognition, mood, attention and learning, metabolism (BP, MR, digestion) positive reinforcement Serotonin (PNS and CNS) Provides a healing, nourishing, satisfied feeling in the body allows you to sleep naturally, enjoy time and think rationally GABA Chief inhibitory neurotransmitter Relaxation, anti-anxiety, involved in endorphin production Acetylcholine Cognition, memory, arousal Deficiency = lower creativity, learning
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  • Control Centre 3 parts: Forebrain: receiving and processing sensory information, thinking, perceiving, producing and understanding language, and controlling motor function Conscious perception Cerebrum, cerebral cortex Limbic system (hypothalamus) Midbrain: auditory/visual function and motor systems, Hindbrain: M aintaining balance and equilibrium, movement coordination, and the conduction of sensory information. Pons, cerebellum, medulla oblongata (ANS)
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  • People who share common environments, social groups are also likely to share perspectives. People who suppress similar emotions have exhibited similar manifestations of disease Connectedness between individuals Compassion effect
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  • The Crown Chakra (7 th ) Associated with the pineal gland and wake/sleep or seasonal patterns. (Serotonin and Dopamine) The Third Eye Chakra (6 th ) Associated with the limbic system, memories, emotional life and behaviour
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  • The sub-conscious, habits, reactions, perceptions What is its role in general? To what extent does it play a role in our health? Contribute to healing? Something that we can tap in to?
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  • Neuronal network Brain, spine, body Endocrine system How body response to environmental signals Self conscious/Sub conscious mind Advanced practitioners are able to control involuntary activity Perspiration The God Spot
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  • Immune System Interesting to consider from perspective of promoting health, and not preventing disease Responds directly and/or immediately to environmental signals Involved in differentiation of self from non-self, regulation of somatic systems (reproductive function, digestion, filtering) injury/healing Inflammatory response is hand in hand with stress
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  • They [science and spirituality] are complementary views on reality each exploring a different realm. Only when we mistakenly assume them to be referring to the same realm does conflict arise
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  • Deep mind : biological or spiritual? What fuels the machine of the body? What defines who you are? How are some people more connected to the divine than others? Practice, choice? . Biology? Role in health, healing, medicine?

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