If you are not holding the hormone oxytocin in the highest regard now, you will after listening to this episode’s guest, Sue Carter, PhD, as she explains how this remarkable hormone may hold the key to much of what makes us who we are. In particular, Dr. Carter describes the myriad ways that oxytocin allows humans to feel safe enough in the world and with each other to engage in the many types of bonding/sharing behaviors that have allowed us to create the world in which we live.
It’s common knowledge that stress can make you sick. But why? It’s also becoming increasingly understood that it is the body’s own inflammatory system that is responsible for most COVID deaths. Why does the immune system get so confused?
If these questions seem interesting but unrelated, this is the podcast for you. Our guest is Steve Cole, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and hero to many of us working in the field of mind-body medicine. Dr. Cole is famous for his work using the expression of genes to examine how stress impacts our immune system to produce mental and physical illness. In recent years he has revolutionized the field by providing the most cogent evolutionary arguments yet advanced for why stress seems to be so bad for us, and conversely, why loving relationships and altruistic mindsets are so beneficial for health. And before the podcast is done we explore how COVID can trick the immune system in ways that look eerily similar to the effects of loneliness. Join us as Dr. Cole explains these fascinating and timely connections.