Neuroendocrine Health, a Dialog Dinner

“Neuroendocrine Health”
a Dialog Dinner on 110225 with Steve Fowkes
(prepared outline for discussion and blogging)

Menu:  Paleolithic Greek meal from Chef Joni Sare and friends:

Appetizer:   Fried Oyster w/Fig Balsamic Glaze
Soup:   Tomato Bisque w/Orange Coulis
Main course:   Braised Spinach, Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
wrapped in Butter Lettuce
Asparagus Slaw w/Soured Caramelized Purple Onions
Rotisserie Leg of Lamb w/Mint
Dessert:   Raspberry Coconut Lime Sorbet

Vegan option available.
Go to JoniSare.com for photos, recipes and further descriptions.

Neuroendocrine Health Outline

Neuroendocrine means neuro (brain and nervous systems) and endocrine (hormonal glands).

The brain-body part of the mind-brain-body connection.

The neuroendocrine systems involve a “dialog” between the hypothalamus gland, which senses hormonal signals within the body, and the pituitary gland, which sends hormonal signals to the other endocrine glands in the body.  The hypothalamus is the “ear” listening to the hormone “voices” in the body.  The hypothalamus whispers to the pituitary, which is the master “voice” that talks to the other glands, which are the slave “voices” that talk to the tissues.  In other words, this is a game of telephone.  Failure of the ear to hear and the voices to speak audibly creates dysfunction (disease).

1.   Mood.
a) Limbic systems and neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, GABA, acetylcholine, and NE.  b) Cellular energy, B-vitamins and precursors as limiting factors.  c) Thyroid and adrenal hormones, drive cellular energy.  d) Sex steroids:  progesterone, testosterone drive energy, estradiol, estrone suppress energy.

Neuroendocrine:   a) Cultivating happiness, appreciation, esteem, achievement, empowerment.  b) Discouraging helplessness, cynicism, passivity, externalization, guilt.  c) Physicality:  Inflammation decreases serotonin, increases estrogens.  d) Low energy inhibits physiological process.  e) Inhibition of energy flow starves body systems and sabotages healing.  f) Mind-brain connection.  Brain-body connection.  Body-mind connection.

2.   Sex.
a) Neurological involvement:  Sensory and motor function.  Sensation and proprioception.  Similar to exercise.  b) Limbic involvement:  Emotion, motivation, gratification.  Pleasure and orgasm.  c) Cortical involvement:  Meaning, relationship.  Spirituality.  Self-assertion.  Transcendence.
d) Energy involvement:  Basal metabolic rate, breathing, blood flow, arousal, climax.

3.   Sleep.
a) The restorative, balancing state for mind, the repair mode of body and metabolism.  b) The complement state to cognition.  Awareness, alertness, intuition, thought, reacting.

4.   Mental attitude.
a) Mind:   Thought (ideation), emotion (feelings), movement (coordination and proprioception).  b) Conscious, subconscious, unconscious, and instinct.

Attitude:  a) The cognitive and emotional foundation of being.  b) How do you think about yourself, others, circumstance, events, existence?  c) How do you feel about yourself, others, circumstance, events, existence?

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