Michele Curlee

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Michele Curlee
Posted 4 months ago
Stephen Friend: The hunt for "unexpected genetic heroes"
Recent studies show the placebo effect is much stronger than previously thought. There is no physical method to separate the chemical cascade operating across emotional/psychological processes and all other organs and body networks. Add the epigenetics triggered by stress and psychological conditions, as well as environmental and nutritional inputs...the evidence and research is already out there to support your conjecture!
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Michele Curlee
Posted 4 months ago
Stephen Friend: The hunt for "unexpected genetic heroes"
I have told numerous doctors over the years that I and my offspring have never experienced strep throat despite direct exposure (shared toys, etc., in daycare). They all insisted it was impossible! I realize that is a contagion and not an inherited genetic disease...but, I comment to illustrate the medical community's reluctance to look at health indicators and source of resistance, rather than focus on illness and vulnerability. Further, there might be a genetic source for our resistance.
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Michele Curlee
Posted 11 months ago
Does Grit differ from social status, gender, or ethnicity?
Fritzie, you are spot on! Recent research on the impact of poverty on childhood development illustrate this...there are also finding on stressors in the environment that when they reach overload levels, inhibit the ability to concentrate and learn. Think of the brain as constantly setting priorities, it simply won't divert energy if its focus is survival. This doesn't even begin to factor in the role of sleep, nutrition, epigenetics on the ability to persevere on what biologically is a luxury...one may have a lifetime of experience on preserving on the level of daily survival, but that does not easily transfer to the ability to tolerant discomfort and dissonance in academic learning, it more likely would inhibit the ability to endure further assault on a tenuous self-efficacy.