This course will focus on hormones and their role in health and disease. Hormones are important in controlling all body activities including growth, metabolism, coping with stress, sleep cycles, digestion and reproduction. Some hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, melatonin and others are commonly supplemented while others can be stimulated by appropriate nutrition. Many diseases are directly or indirectly affected by hormones including diabetes, hypo/hyperthyroidism, osteoporosis as well as the growth of cancers such as breast and prostate. Other topics covered include ketogenic diets, environmental estrogens, PMS, menopause, BPH, and appetite regulation by leptin and ghrelin.
So many subtle, yet pervasive, aspects of modern day life are perceived by the brain as threats to our survival. Most of us have very little awareness of these threats or the consequences they have on health and wellbeing. This lecture will first explore the neurobiology of the relationship between modern day stress and the brain. We will then dive into the overwhelming body of research looking at how mindful meditation leads to beneficial changes in our brains by countering the effects of stress.