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Nutritional Wellness - Beyond Food

Nutritional Wellness - Beyond Food

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October 22nd 2014:The Slow Simmer of Stress

The stress response is a biological marvel and a thing of beauty. The complex interplay of the sympathetic nervous system, various brain structures and hormonal secretions, all within a matter of milli-seconds, which literally prepares us for “fight or flight”, is fundamental to our ability to survive as a species. We need it to help us deal with transient adverse conditions, then when the stressor is gone the body returns to a state of balance. What happens though when we feel we are under a constant state of stress and we ask this finely-tuned system to work overtime? How is it able to cope

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Matthew Hill, Ph.D.

Matthew Hill is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Psychiatry at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary (Canada). He was trained in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychoneuroendocrinology at the University of British Columbia and did postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce McEwen at the Rockefeller University. Dr. Hill’s research has helped to reveal the critical role, and neural circuits through which, endocannabinoid signaling regulates acute responsiveness and adaptation of the stress response, both at the neuroendocrine and behavioral level. Further, his research has demonstrated how chronic stress can compromise endoca
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